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Life at an impasse: FairPoint worker misses job but supports strike

Bradford Elementary music teacher Heidi Allen discusses sound design with her husband, Josh Allen, while preparing the school's gym for the annual holiday concert in Bradford, Vt., on Dec. 18, 2014. Josh Allen, who is a striking Fairpoint worker, keeps busy by taking care of his four children, picketing, and running the handful of small businesses he operates with his wife.  Photo by Sarah Priestap/Valley News

Josh Allen of Bradford, one of the FairPoint workers who has been on strike since October, says that he’s been well-compensated for his work but says he’s earned every penny in a job that is both demanding and dangerous.

House Speaker Shap Smith seeks property tax reform proposals from the public

House Speaker Shap Smith speaks with reporters in his office on May 13, 2013. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

House Speaker Shap Smith is soliciting education finance reform proposals from the public. Education spending and financing reforms are top priorities for Smith this legislative session. Smith wants ideas from all-comers, and he is encouraging Vermonters to send him proposals. “Vermonters value high quality public education, but the current delivery and funding systems have resulted […]

T-Mobile to pay Vermont $1 million to settle ‘cramming’ charges

BURLINGTON — About 500 T-Mobile customers in Vermont may be eligible for a refund following a national consumer protection settlement totalling at least $90 million, the Vermont Attorney General announced on Friday. The cell phone carrier has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission over the placement of unauthorized charges on […]

Cost of Vermont Gas pipeline project jumps to $154 million

Don Rendall, incoming president and CEO for Vermont Gas, announced the latest cost increase to build a natural gas through Addison County at the company’s South Burlington headquarters on Friday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The company planning a 41-mile natural gas pipeline expansion in Addison County announced Friday that the project will cost $154 million. It is the second time this year that Vermont Gas has dramatically raised the estimate.

New report on DCF again calls for more staff, better training

Cindy Walcott, deputy commissioner of the Department for Children and Families, answers questions on the death of Winooski toddler Peighton Geraw at a news conference Thursday in Burlington. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

A third report on the Department for Children and Families came to similar conclusions as the other two: DCF needs more front-line staff, better training, and a stronger focus on opiate addiction’s impact on families.

Burlington announces $15.7M airport bond refinancing

The city of Burlington recently refinanced a Burlington International Airport bond, saving nearly $1 million, officials said in a news release. The city was able to refinance the $15.7 million airport bond because Moody’s Investors Service elevated its bond rating from “junk” bond status to investment grade. “Today’s closing is more evidence that the nearly […]

FairPoint CEO fires back in letter to governor

Gov. Peter Shumlin talks with Edwin Hill, president of the the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, a rally by striking FairPoint Communications workers at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Thursday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

After Gov. Shumlin sent a letter to FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu urging an end to the strike, Sunu countered with a letter outlining the company’s position, clarifying what he called misinformation about the strike, and blaming the unions for refusing to negotiate.

Direct flights to Toronto return to Burlington airport

Porter Airlines has resumed its direct flights between Burlington and Toronto. The Canadian airline offers seasonal flights from Dec. 14 to April 5 between Burlington International Airport and Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto. It is the fourth year of serving BTV, a news release said. “The City of Toronto is a perfect destination for both […]

The man behind Burlington mall’s $200 million makeover

Developer Donald Sinex of Devonwood Investments has big plans for reinventing the Burlington Town Center mall on Church Street. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger

Developer Donald Sinex says he wants to be “as open and transparent as humanly possible” in executing the city’s largest downtown project in years. Some on the city council say the process is moving too fast.

Business survey shows support for paid sick leave, universal health care and better support for child care

Peter Sterling, executive director of Vermont Leads. Photo by Anne Galloway

Forty-nine percent of respondents would support a minimum number of sick days for employees; 58 percent supported a universal health care system, and 60 percent would like to see more public funding for child care in Vermont.

State pursues disaster aid after snowstorm

A tree trunk lays across power lines. Photo courtesy of Green Mountain Power

Vermont asks FEMA to help determine whether the state qualifies for public assistance disaster aid after last week’s storm left thousands without power.

Keurig expands deal with Caribou Coffee

Keurig Green Mountain last week extended and expanded its agreement with Caribou Coffee. The companies announced a 10-year deal in which Waterbury-based Keurig would continue to produce K-cup varieties of Caribou Coffee and add Caribou to its lineup of carafe-sized packs. Keurig’s new 2.0 and Bolt systems allow consumers to brew a single serving of […]

From the editor: Why VTDigger has implemented a zero tolerance policy re: personal attacks in our comment section

In the 1970s, aggressive reporters like Mavis Doyle struck fear in the hearts of lawmakers.

More and more commenters are engaging in ad hominem attacks and groundless accusations.
Because of the overwhelmingly negative tenor of the comments, we have considered eliminating the comments section altogether.

State slows down Windham Economic Development Program

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

Gov. Peter Shumlin awarded less than half of the first $2 million in money from Entergy to offset economic losses from Vermont Yankee closing. State needs to provide more guidance for applicants, he said.

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