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Attorney general ends Smith probe, citing outdated case law

Annette Smith
The renewable energy critic had been accused by a lawyer of practicing law without a license. But the attorney general’s office left room for the various forms of advocacy practiced today.


Vermont Yankee security endorsed by Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Vermont Yankee
While federal regulators have approved security changes implemented since Vermont Yankee's shutdown, officials say they cannot release details.


Margolis: Petty carping, scornful words in final throes of New Hampshire primary

BernieSanders, Bill McKibben
Bill Clinton assailed Sanders as hypocritical and “hermetically sealed"; Madeleine Albright scorned young women who are supporting the Vermont senator; and Gloria Steinem said young women are backing Sanders because “the boys are with Bernie.”


Panel looks to ditch involuntary medication plan from budget

The Shumlin administration says the state could save about $2.3 million by shortening the wait to medicate mental health patients against their will. But legislators argue the budget proposal is the wrong avenue for such a policy change.


Vermonter commands the troops for Sanders in New Hampshire

Julia Barnes
After a rebellious teenage dive into liberal politics, Julia Barnes now bucks the conventional wisdom about her candidate’s rise in the Granite State.


Sen. McAllister’s sex assault trial postponed until May

Norm McAllister
Both the defense and the prosecution said they need more time to depose witnesses and consider pretrial motions in the case. Now they’ll have until April to complete those steps.


With old words, Vermont translator mines new wonder

David Hinton, one of the most lauded current English translators of classical Chinese works, marks Monday’s Lunar New Year by revealing the relevance of his latest title, “I Ching: The Book of Change.”


Vermont Gun Shop Project addresses firearm-related suicides

Led by Gun Owners of Vermont and Center for Health and Learning in Brattleboro, effort seeks to reduce firearm-related suicides.


Margolis: Neighborhood effect negligible in NH primary

Hillary Clinton
Whatever Hillary Clinton may lack, name recognition is not it. She is one of the best known people in the entire world, far better known than Bernie Sanders was a few months ago, even in New Hampshire.


Special report: In a life of drugs and prison, treatment is elusive key

Chris Dezotelle has spent his adult life in and out of prison because of his addiction to opiates. Now he wants to change. But his struggle shows how the cycle between prison, the outside and treatment can be complicated.


Addicts wait nearly a year for treatment in Chittenden County

The number of Vermonters on waiting lists at treatment clinics is considered a measure of the depth of the opiate crisis. But less attention is paid to how long they wait, and the effect that can have on whether they are successful.


Mental health service agencies warn of threats to their future

HowardCenter workers and supporters picket in Burlington on Thursday. Photo by Keith Brunner/Vermont Workers Center
A new report says static wages for staff at nonprofits that provide mental health, substance abuse and disability programs is hurting services and putting their long-term sustainability at risk.


Special Reports and Projects

Cutting Class: A VTDigger Investigation

Declining enrollment in Vermont’s public schools is at a breaking point: The state’s student population has dropped by 21,000 since 1997, and population projections show continuing declines through at least 2030.

Declining enrollment, rising school spending: The data behind the crisis. An investigation by Amy Ash Nixon, Diane Zeigler and Hilary Niles.

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2015 VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

The 2015 VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey of 700 Vermonters found support for Gov. Peter Shumlin flagging, but showed an interest in gun regulations and tax options. See the complete results here.

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VTD 411 - Cell Phone Ban

Eight facts you need to know about Vermont’s new cellphone law. A VTD-411

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Halfway Hotels

Halfway Hotels: Vermont’s Quick Fix for Homelessness. A VTDigger Investigation by Laura Krantz and Cory Dawson.

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2014 Election Candidate Listings

It’s election season again in Vermont. Need to know who’s running for state and county offices in your area? Try VTDigger’s candidate listings tool.

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VTDigger / Castleton Institute Poll

The VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute poll is based on data from 682 interviews drawn from a random sample of registered voters in Vermont. Interviews were conducted by phone by from March 31 to April 7, 2014. Thirteen percent of interviews were conducted with registered voters on cellphones. The data reported are weighted based on estimations of the population of Vermont registered voters to account for differential in response rates among age groups.

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A User's Guide to Vermont Health Connect

This special section explains how Vermont’s health care exchange works for individuals and small businesses. The guide includes interactive subsidy graphs, a navigator map and detailed information about subsidies, penalties and tax ramifications.

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Quote of the Day

“I’ll lay down in a mud puddle so an old lady won’t get her shoes wet, but if I’m using heroin, I’m liable to do anything to support my habit. … I don’t want to be that person anymore.”  Chris Dezotelle, a drug addict on the waiting list for treatment in South Burlington.

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