Vermont News Briefs

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Attorney John Valente appointed to Rutland Superior Court

overnor Peter Shumlin announced that he will appoint attorney John Valente to the superior court in a press release Thursday. Valente is a shareholder and director at the Rutland law firm of Ryan, Smith, and Carbine, Ltd., where he handles cases pertaining to workers compensation, employment and business disputes, according to the news release. He […]

Sanders says he will introduce Medicare-for-all bill

On the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced that he will introduce legislation that would provide affordable health care for all Americans. At a morning rally organized by National Nurses United, Sanders was surrounded by registered nurses as he called for adoption of a nationwide system of health care coverage that doesn’t […]

Former Gov. Jim Douglas to bridge transition at Vermont Historical Society

The Vermont Historical Society this week announced that former Gov. Jim Douglas will serve as the society’s interim executive director while a national search is undertaken to replace Mark Hudson, who is leaving in the fall. Douglas will begin his part-time duties shortly and will overlap for a time with Hudson. “We are thrilled that […]

Congress passes another short-term highway funding bill

The U.S. Senate on Thursday agreed to keep the money flowing to highway projects around the country for another three months. Senators voted 91-4 to extend the federal transportation funding bill until Oct. 29. It is the 34th time Congress has voted for short-term extensions since 2009, according to published reports. The House approved the […]

State worker accused of heroin sale still employed but not being paid

Editor’s note: This article is by Keith Whitcomb Jr., of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published July 30, 2015. BENNINGTON — A child support specialist arrested Monday for allegedly selling heroin at the State Office Complex where she worked remains employed by the state, yet is not being paid. Kacey E. Caprari, […]

Business bikers riding into Bennington to hear entrepreneurs’ pitches

Editor’s note: This article is by Derek Carson, of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published July 30, 2015. BENNINGTON — On Monday, Aug. 3, over 30 venture capitalists will ride into Bennington on motorcycles, where they will hear pitches from five hopeful entrepreneurs. The event will be held Monday at 5 p.m. […]

Entergy to announce ‘substantial grant’ for economic development in southwestern NH

Editor’s note: This article is by Robert Audette, of the Brattleboro Reporter, in which it was first published July 29, 2015. KEENE, N.H. — On Thursday, at the Keene Recycling Center/Transfer Station on Route 12 North, there will be an announcement of a “substantial grant” from Entergy meant to boost economic development efforts in southwestern […]

State lands $6.7 million for emergency preparedness

Vermont will receive $6.7 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to support local community emergency preparedness initiatives. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced the federal grants for prevention and preparedness programs to respond to acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events, according to a news release. The grants were distributed under […]

Tom Carlson tapped to become superior court judge

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Wednesday that he will appoint a Burlington-based attorney to fill one of Vermont’s judicial vacancies. Tom Carlson, an attorney with the firm Langrock, Sperry and Wool, LLP, is the first name to come out of the process as the state moves to fill some superior court judge vacancies. Carlson, a Hinesburg […]

State worker accused of selling heroin, arrested at State Office Complex in Bennington

Editor’s note: This article is by Keith Whitcomb Jr., of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published July 28, 2015. BENNINGTON — A state employee was arrested Monday at the State Office Complex for allegedly selling heroin to people she met through her job. Kacey E. Caprari, 35, of North Adams, Massachusetts, was […]

NRC closes inspector’s office at Vermont Yankee

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant closed the resident inspector’s office this month after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) decided that activities at the non-operating plant no longer require constant inspection. Since the plant entered the decommissioning stage Dec. 29, 2014, the normal activities and duties conducted by a resident inspector, a position to which […]

State workers get new email addresses, but old ones still work

Vermont state workers have a new suffix on their email address, a year after the state’s vermont.gov portal was created. The change is already in effect, but state workers can still receive emails from their old state.vt.us and new vermont.gov addresses, said Richard Boes, chief information officer for the state. For example, Boes’ old address […]

Condos praises first mandatory online campaign filing cycle

Candidates, PACs and political parties all filed campaign finance disclosures through the Secretary of State’s new online system for the first time this month. July 15 was the first campaign finance filing deadline in the 2016 election cycle, and it was also the first time filing online became mandatory. Secretary of State Jim Condos said […]

Veterans cemetery to see $5.7 million expansion

The state’s veterans cemetery is about to become a bit more accommodating for the dead and the living, thanks to a $5.7 million federal grant. The grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration will be used to expand the Vermont Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Thursday. […]

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