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Senators settle on graduated minimum wage increase

A Senate panel endorsed a new minimum wage proposal Friday that would phase in increases over a four-year period. The bill, H.552, which was approved in a unanimous 5-0 vote, would increase the minimum wage to $9.15 in January 2015; $9.60 in January 2016; $10 in January 2017 and $10.50 in 2018. It heads next […]

Small plane crashes beside I-89 in Highgate

The pilot of a small plane suffered minor injuries Friday after parachuting from the aircraft, which crashed alongside Interstate 89 in Highgate, state police said. Traffic was halted in the northbound lane near Exit 21 at about 12:12 p.m. when the plane went down. Police say one lane has been reopened and traffic is moving […]

VTDigger hit by Hostgator outage

VTDigger was down for 14 hours, from 2 p.m. April 16 until 4 a.m. April 17, due to a router problem at Hostgator’s server farm in Provo, Utah.

House freezes school privatization debate

Unless the bill is revived, neither ​a proposed two-year moratorium nor study will take effect.

Senate passes GMO labeling bill

The Vermont Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to legislation that will require manufacturers to label foods with genetically engineered raw ingredients.

Montpelier passes school budget in revote

Montpelier voters braved the rain on Tuesday to pass a new, slightly slimmer school budget by a vote of 914 to 565. The new budget came in at $17,826,803, trimming $158,266 from the $17,985,069 budget voters rejected 1,211 to 1,130 on Town Meeting Day.

Flooding closes a number of roads; Lake Champlain to reach flood stage

The National Weather Service has placed most counties of Vermont under a Flood Warning due to rivers spilling their banks and the rising level of Lake Champlain. NWS says Lake Champlain is expected to reach its flood stage on Thursday.

Chelsea Republican to challenge MacDonald for Orange Senate seat

Bob Frenier of Chelsea is running for a Senate seat in Orange County. Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: This article is by John P. Gregg of the Valley News, in which it first appeared April 15, 2014. CHELSEA — A 67-year-old small businessman is launching a Republican challenge to longtime state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange. Chelsea resident Robert Frenier, who runs a company that buys used airport fire trucks and rebuilds […]

Lowell wind opponents accept $1.3 million from Green Mountain Power for farm

The state’s largest utility reached a $1.3 million settlement Monday with two Lowell landowners in a property line dispute over construction of a ridgeline wind farm. Don and Shirley Nelson, two vocal opponents of Green Mountain Power’s 63-megawatt wind turbine project on Lowell Mountain, own a 580-acre farm abutting the project. GMP will purchase the […]

Board votes to close Austine School

The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Board of Directors has voted to close the Austine School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Williams Center in June.

Publisher of Stowe Reporter, Waterbury Record sells 49 percent of company

Biddle Duke, publisher of the Stowe Reporter and Waterbury Record, formally announced the company’s partnership with the publishers of a group of weeklies in Southern California. Duke, in an editorial last week, said his family had sold a 49 percent interest in the company to Robert Miller and Norb Garrett, who own The San Clemente […]

State Supreme Court to hear VELCO appeal of jury verdict

The Vermont Supreme Court will take up an eminent domain case between the state’s transmission utility and landowners. Vermont Electric Power Corp., or VELCO, appealed a $1 million jury award to the landowners after the company built a radio tower on their mountaintop property in Wells. Felix Kniazev and Olga Julinska abandoned their home and […]

George Shumlin, father of Gov. Peter Shumlin, dies at 88

George Shumlin, father of Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, died April 10, 2014. Courtesy photo

George Shumlin, the father of Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, died Thursday at his home in Westminster West. He was 88. Gov. Shumlin issued the following statement: “Yesterday afternoon, my dad George Shumlin passed away surrounded by all of his kids and our mother, Kitty, his wife of 62 years. We will miss him terribly but […]

GMO labeling bill heads for full Senate vote

An initiative to label foods containing genetically modified organisms sold in Vermont passed a legislative panel Thursday. The Senate Appropriations committee unanimously approved H.112, a food-labeling bill designed to disclose GMOs found in certain foods. The full Senate will take up the bill as soon as next week. Lawmakers anticipate defending the legislation in court […]

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