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


    Opiate treatment center to open in Bennington

    Gov. Peter Shumlin announced an opiate addiction center in Bennington on Friday. Photo courtesy of Bennington Office of Economic and Community Development

    Southwest Vermont will get a new opiate treatment center next year. A public-private partnership will provide services that are currently available an hour’s drive away. The new initiative was unveiled at a news conference Friday with Gov. Shumlin, state and local officials, and caregivers.

    Senate Democrats not rushing to back Corren

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    More Democrats in the Vermont Senate are backing Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott than are publicly supporting Progressive Dean Corren, who also appears on the Democratic ballot. One senator says concern over committee appointments may be preventing some members from choosing.

    Burlington Mayor seeks agreement with Uber

    Car-sharing company Uber is operating in violation of Burlington city ordinances but Mayor Miro Weinberger intends to work out a way for it to operate legally, the city attorney said Tuesday in a letter to the company. Uber is a car-sharing service that allows regular citizens to transport passengers in their own vehicles for a […]

    Planned Parenthood applauds new harassment ordinance

    Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Tuesday applauded the Burlington City Council for strengthening the city’s buffer zone ordinance, but said the new version “only slightly mitigates the problem.” The city had to rework the ordinance, which is meant to protect patients from harassment outside reproductive health centers, after the U.S. Supreme Court in June […]

    Washington County State’s Attorney hopeful gets high-profile support

    Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan Wednesday endorsed Scott Williams, the Democrat challenging Republican incumbent Thomas Kelly for Washington County State’s Attorney. Former State’s Attorneys Jerry Diamond, Kim Cheney and Greg McNaughton also endorsed Williams from the steps of the Washington County Courthouse. They were joined by House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morrisville, and Rep. Mary […]

    AG settles with board of Upper Valley nonprofit

    The board of Emerge Family Advocates on Monday agreed to resign as part of a settlement with Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s office after it filed suit against the board for failing to keep watch over Emerge’s finances, Sorrell’s office said. The settlement also provides for a new board to be appointed as soon as possible […]

    Burlington College to sell 25 acres to real estate developer

    A proposed housing development on land owned by Burlington College would be built near the treeline overlooking Lake Champlain. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Plans include 60 units of affordable housing, 75 units of senior housing and 300 units of market-rate housing. College to receive the equivalent of $7 million.

    Lt. Gov. Scott calls for central board to regulate school costs

    Lt. Gov. Phil Scott at the governor's budget address on Jan. 15, 2014. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    Scott says an education board similar to the Green Mountain Care Board could help keep school costs under control. His opponent, Dean Corren, says that would only create more government bureaucracy.

    Vermont debate provides fodder for political humorists

    Vermont’s colorful cast of gubernatorial candidates garnered attention from national media outlets and the late night talk shows this week. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart poked fun at Republican Scott Milne, who forgot momentarily that he was not born in Vermont. Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon suggested debate moderator Stewart Ledbetter would make a better […]

    Kranichfeld to return to Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office

    Bram Kranichfeld will depart as executive director of the State’s Attorneys and Sheriff’s Association at the end of the year. Kranichfeld in January will return to the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office as chief administrative deputy, he said this week in an email to staff. Kranichfeld was a deputy prosecutor in Chittenden County for six […]

    Shumlin launches new campaign spot

    Gov. Peter Shumlin on Thursday released his fourth television ad, this time highlighting the state’s response to opiate addiction. The 30-second spot features Raina Lowell, a former opiate addict who was featured in the documentary “The Hungry Heart,” about opiate addiction in Vermont. She calls Shumlin “caring and courageous” for approaching addiction as a health […]

    Milne reports $139,000 income, $2.6 million net worth

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    Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne releases his financial information for 2012 and 2013, calls for mandatory disclosure.

    Milne says plan would cut school spending, provide free college tuition

    Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne laid out his education funding plan Wednesday at news conference at Spaulding High School in Barre. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    In his first major policy address, Republican Scott Milne unveiled a proposal to fund education that includes school district consolidation and would provide free college tuition for every Vermont student.

    Differences emerge in lieutenant governor debate

    Candidates for lieutenant governor (from left) Progressive/Democrat Dean Corren, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Marina Brown of the Liberty Union appear at a debate Tuesday at the Burlington Free Press. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

    Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Progressive/Democrat Dean Corren disagree on health care, education funding, energy in Free Press debate.

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