When it comes to rail traffic in Vermont, hazardous materials data is hard to get

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The Lac Megantic catastrophe raises questions about the agencies charged with keeping track of hazardous materials shipped by rail. In Vermont, the state remains largely in the dark.

GOP candidate for Vermont attorney general picks up familiar refrain from Donovan

Republican candidate for Attorney General Jack McMullen proposed new policy to address drug problems across the state at a press conference today. VTD Photo/Nat Rudarakanchana

McMullen said the AG, with state-wide jurisdiction, should coordinate between all counties for a consistent approach to getting violent criminals in jail.

Vermont attorney general primary: After a hard-fought primary, concession and unity

Attorney General Bill Sorrell spoke with VPR's Bob Kinzel before the Democratic Party's unity rally. VTD Photo/Nat Rudarakanchana

The 38-year-old state’s attorney said he’d put rancor aside and support Sorrell in the General Election.

Donovan concedes race to Sorrell

In a speech to supporters. TJ Donovan says he sees no reason to “drag this out.” He called Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell an hour ago to congratulate him on his victory. “I offered to work on his re-election campaign this November,” Donovan said. “This was a hard-fought campaign, and I’m proud of the fact […]

On video, Donovan isn’t ready to concede: State’s attorney is several hundred votes behind with 91 percent of precincts reporting

Donovan: “It ain’t over until it’s over.”

After Irene: Weston Trailer Park makes a comeback — thanks to the help of volunteers, FEMA

Bill Bechtoldt and Glenn Pike of Hazlet, New Jersey work to install a railing on a porch in the Weston Trailer Park. At home, Glenn is a full-time contractor. VTD Photo/Taylor Dobbs

When Tropical Storm Irene scoured Vermont, Weston was among the worst hit trailer parks in the state. Today the park is back — in some ways in better shape than it was before.

Donovan makes hundreds of calls in get-out-the-vote effort for Vermont attorney general primary

Liz Gretkowski of Burlington, a former judge and longtime friend of the Donovan family, made calls for Donovan's campaign Monday evening. Next to her, Erin Kranichfeld was working what she said was probably her 15th shift on Donovan's phone bank. VTD Photo/Taylor Dobbs

Volunteers are likely to have made around 30,000 calls between Friday and the primary election, a campaign staffer says.

Quote used in Donovan ad raises questions about Shumlin endorsement

A radio ad paid for by TJ Donovan’s campaign for Vermont Attorney General raised questions about whether Gov. Peter Shumlin had endorsed the Chittenden County State’s Attorney over incumbent Bill Sorrell in the Democratic primary. The ad, read by a female voice, quoted the governor as saying “I can tell you that TJ has been […]

Burlington Free Press, St. Albans Messenger endorse Donovan for Vermont Attorney General

“Donovan’s challenge has forced serious debates about what the attorney general does, priorities for the office, approaches to law enforcement, as well as the incumbent’s record,” the Free Press wrote today. “The debates were long overdue.”

MacLean hired as Shumlin campaign manager

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s campaign machine, largely dormant since his victory in November 2010, is quietly starting back up as the governor’s Labor Day start date approaches. Though he maintains he won’t begin campaigning until after Labor Day, Shumlin’s campaign for re-election has hired on its second full-time staffer: Alex MacLean, the incumbent’s 2010 campaign manager, […]

Same-sex couple, ACLU-Vermont prevail in discrimination lawsuit settlement with Wildflower Inn

Ming-Lien Linsley, left, and Kate Baker were not allowed to hold a wedding reception at the Wildflower Inn due to Inkeepers' personal beliefs about homosexuality. VTD/Taylor Dobbs

The Wildflower Inn must now pay a civil penalty of $10,000 to the Vermont Human Rights Commission and establish a $20,000 charitable trust for the Bakers.

Lost in the storm: Stockbridge couple’s livelihood swept away by Irene

Rebecca Smith points to the tree she was pinned against a year ago when the White River jumped its banks and came over the campground she runs with her husband. VTD Photo/Taylor Dobbs

The family has lived on state aid of $356 in food stamps and $400 cash every month for the past year. It’s barely enough, they say.

Castleton poll puts Sorrell 20 percentage points ahead of Donovan

Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s campaign got some welcome news today when a new poll released by Castleton Polling Institute gave Sorrell a 20-point lead over challenger TJ Donovan. Sorrell was supported by 44 percent of those polled; Donovan got backing from 24 percent of those surveyed. Thirty-one percent of Vermonters polled said they were still […]

Farmers’ determination, community and government support credited with survival of farms after Irene

Stuart Comstock-Gay, President and CEO of the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund, commended the outporing of support for Vermont farms after Tropical Storm Irene. VTD Photo/Taylor Dobbs

Despite losing thousands of acres of farmland in Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont hasn’t lost a single farm due to the storm that rocked the state last fall, officials say. Gov. Peter Shumlin gathered at the Settlement Farm in Middlesex Wednesday with his secretary of Agriculture and others to congratulate farmers and aid workers. The Vermont […]

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