Hilary Niles

Hilary Niles

Hilary Niles joined VTDigger in June 2013 as data specialist and business reporter. She returns to New England from the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, where she completed her master's coursework. While there, she worked at Investigative Reporters & Editors and covered state and local government for radio, print and the Web. She’s been a researcher-in-residence at American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, D.C.; a reporter and community radio program director in the New Hampshire; and, in Boston, a public radio producer. She studied English at the University of New Hampshire and documentary writing at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine.

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    FairPoint ends talks, imposes contract on workers

    A Fairpoint Communications truck makes its way down State Street in Montpelier. VTD/Josh Larkin

    Unions file complaint with National Labor Relations Board over declaration of impasse. Strike still on the table.

    Story and slideshow: Three years after Irene, Waterbury complex stretches for higher ground

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    The $125 million project got underway one year ago, just after the two-year anniversary of the flooding that ravaged state offices and the psychiatric hospital in Waterbury.

    With turnout predicted to be low, voters and non-voters explain why

    Ellen David-Friedman, of Montpelier. Photo by Hilary Niles / VTDigger

    Civic duty, political passions and whims brought Vermonters to the primary voting booths Tuesday. Busy schedules, lack of awareness and disenchantment kept others away.

    New business lobby group to support family issues

    Lawmakers and supporters join Gov. Peter Shumlin to sign the minimum wage bill Monday at the Red Hen Bakery in Middlesex. Photo by Katie Jickling/VTDigger

    A coalition of small business owners is banding together to speak for themselves in support of universal, single-payer health care and mandatory paid sick leave.

    Dual enrollment vouchers available for low-income students

    From left, VSAC President Scott Giles, Kate Ash of Sen. Patrick Leahy's office, Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Rep. Peter Welch attend a news conference Friday warning of student loan scams. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

    The Legislature appropriated $50,000 this spring to support low-income students who might otherwise not be able to take advantage of the chance to take college courses while still in high school.

    VSEA names new legislative director

    Ben Palkowski, new legislative director for the Vermont State Employees Association. Photo courtesy VSEA.

    Former Democratic political operative Ben Palkowski has been named legislative director for the Vermont State Employees Association, according to a news release Monday afternoon. He replaces Steve Howard, who took over as the union’s executive director in June. Palkowski led the Vermont Democratic Party’s House campaign from 2007 to 2011, and worked in 2006 as […]

    Lawyer for Dollar General developer tweaks Bread & Puppet for skit, says opponents are “wealthy elitists”

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    In a YouTube video of a Bread & Puppet performance, the victor knocks a Dollar General puppet to the ground and mutely suggests a “Boycott.”

    Keurig Green Mountain partners with Kraft coffee brands

    Waterbury-based Keurig Green Mountain Inc. has added Kraft Foods to its list of marketing partners. Starting this fall, Kraft coffee will be sold in portion packs compatible with Keurig brewing systems. Kraft coffee brands include Maxwell House, Gevalia, Yuban and McDonald’s McCafé. Keurig brewers started as single-serve machines; the product line will expand to pot-sized […]

    Towns must meet state criteria for disaster relief money

    The state’s share will drop to 7.5 percent for towns that don’t meet four basic criteria: participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, adoption of the state’s most current (2013) road and bridge standards, annual updated emergency operations plans and local hazard mitigation plans.

    State to take public comment on 10-year telecom plan

    Jim Porter, telecommunications director of the Vermont Public Service Department. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger.org

    Public comment on the state’s telecommunications plan will be taken Aug. 25 through Aug. 28. The Legislature has set its sights on broadband speeds of 100 Mbps by 2024, but telecom director Jim Porter says it’s too early to predict steps for reaching that goal.

    Business outlook neutral to mildly optimistic

    Lisa Ventriss, president of the Vermont Business Roundtable. File photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Health care uncertainty and hiring difficulties challenge mild optimism among Vermont’s business leaders.

    Administration announces new Human Resources leadership

    Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding. VTD/Josh Larkin

    With former Commissioner Kate Duffy already installed at the Attorney General’s Office, Shumlin is transferring Maribeth Spellman from the Tax Department to head up Human Resources.

    Keurig Green Mountain coffee prices to increase 9 percent in November

    The Waterbury-based company said in a press release the price hike responds to increased costs of green coffee and cocoa, plus the rising expense of packaging materials, energy and transportation costs.

    Lawmakers test-drive Results Based Accountability model to evaluate government programs

    State Sen. Diane Snelling, R-Chittenden. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    Lawmakers are refining the new government accountability tool this summer and fall before shifting it into high gear for the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Among their goals: Ask questions the administration can’t answer with cherry-picked numbers.

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