Laura Krantz

Laura Krantz

Laura Krantz is VTDigger's criminal justice and corrections reporter. She moved to VTDigger in January 2014 from MetroWest Daily, a Gatehouse Media newspaper based in Framingham, Mass. She won the 2013 Morley Piper First Amendment Award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association for her investigation of the Ashland Police Department. She is skilled in the use of public records to find the real story. She is a 2010 graduate of Boston University, where she studied comparative religion.

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Twitter: @laurakrantz

Homepage: http://www.vtdigger.org

    Wellness program, software, loan repayment program among health department budget cuts

    New Health Care

    Total cuts at the Vermont Department of Health total $2.24 million, according to the governor’s budget proposal.

    Ski area leases of state land badly outdated, Auditor finds

    The new Meadows quad chairlift at Spruce replaces the old Alpine and Easy Street double lifts. Photo by Glenn Callahan/Stowe Reporter

    Once seen as a platform to help launch a new industry, decades-old agreements with seven state ski resorts haven’t kept pace with inflation or development measures as the areas diversified, State Auditor Doug Hoffer finds.

    Federal beds to keep more Vermont prisoners in Kentucky

    Department of Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito. VTD/Josh Larkin

    The deal might be good for the state’s pocketbook, but means DOC won’t be able to bring back as many VT inmates from out-of state.

    Burlington College land deal closing delayed

    The campus of Burlington College on North Avenue in Burlington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    School says paperwork not in order yet

    Attorney files for injunction against pretrial program

    Clyde Robinson/Creative Commons

    Defender General Matthew Valerio defends the program, which was passed by the Legislature last year, amid accusations that it is unconstitutional.

    Shumlin’s proposed cuts to human services would equal $29.5 million

    Gov. Peter Shumlin delivers his budget address at the Statehouse on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    The governor’s proposal will not impact child protection services, but will slash $6 million in funds to help Vermonters heat their homes and will eliminate many small grant-funded programs.

    Child protection bill would hold caregivers responsible for harm

    Luke Martland, an attorney with the Legislative Council, presents details of a new child protection bill to lawmakers Wednesday. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Failure to protect a child carries up to 10 years in prison. Bill is the work of a legislative summer committee in response to the deaths of two toddlers in 2014 whose families had contact with state protective services.

    Background check bill in the works

    Gun Sense Vermont President Ann Braden speaks at a Statehouse news conference Tuesday about gun control legislation. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Rally of gun control advocates set for Wednesday at the Statehouse.

    Senate committee works to fine tune sex offender registry bill

    State senators Tuesday began work on a bill intended to resolve persistent problems with the state’s sex offender registry. The bill, S.13, is designed to fix problems with the registry that have been known for years and were highlighted this summer in a Seven Days article. A 2010 state audit found numerous problems with the […]

    Out-of-state prison population to dip below 400 this week

    Department of Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito. VTD/Josh Larkin

    Low numbers create new problems.

    Developer adds deal for Burlington College building

    Burlington developer Eric Farrell is buying the former orphanage building attached to Burlington College. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Eric Farrell reaches deal to buy the former Catholic Diocese orphanage from the financially troubled school in addition to the lakefront acreage he already plans to develop.

    Sanders to announce decision by March

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., focused on the state of the economy and climate change at a get-out-the-vote initiative at the Hop on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, N.H., on October 23, 2014. Photo by Sarah Priestap/Valley News

    Vermont’s junior senator over the past year has been exploring a presidential run, traveling to Iowa, New Hampshire and the South, touting his platform of closing tax loopholes for the rich and helping strengthen the middle class.

    Republicans rebuke governor’s inaugural address

    House Minority Leader Rep. Don Turner, R-Milton, said Gov. Peter Shumlin has not delivered on his promises. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    GOP lawmakers criticize Shumlin for failing to address property taxes and health care in the first speech of his third term.

    Shumlin elected governor in secret ballot

    Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, shows his "secret" ballot. Sears voted for Gov. Peter Shumlin. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    The Vermont Legislature chose Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin to serve a third term Thursday in a secret ballot mandated because neither Shumlin nor runnerup Scott Milne received more than 50 percent of the votes cast on Election Day.

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