Vermont News Briefs

VTDigger’s beat reporters cover health care, politics, education, energy, the environment, business and state finances. We offer brief Vermont news stories on issues are are keeping tabs on.

Shumlin criticizes drugmakers for Super Bowl ad about constipation

Gov. Peter Shumlin sent a letter to the leaders of two pharmaceutical companies condemning them for running an advertisement during the Super Bowl for a drug to reduce opioid-induced constipation. Shumlin’s office issued a news release Thursday morning criticizing AstraZeneca and Daiichi-Sankyo for a drug called Movantik (generic name naloxegol), which the U.S. Food and […]

Democrats pounce on Scott over missing disclaimer

Nine months ahead of Vermont’s gubernatorial election, the Vermont Democratic Party is amping up its criticism of the highest-profile Republican candidate, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, both directly and through operatives. James Valente, a Brattleboro lawyer and former vice chair of the Vermont Democratic Party, filed a complaint with the attorney general’s office alleging campaign finance […]

Commonwealth Dairy wins USDA contract to supply yogurt to schools in three states

Editor’s note: This article is by Robert Audette, of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published Feb. 10, 2016. BRATTLEBORO — Commonwealth Dairy’s Greek yogurt will continue to be found in school lunchrooms in Connecticut, Vermont and California. According to a press release from the yogurt maker on Paul’s Road in Brattleboro, Commonwealth […]

Senate passes budget adjustment

The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that adjusts the current fiscal year budget. The vote was 25 to 4. The Senate Appropriations Committee made few changes to the adjustment bill that passed the House last month. The Senate version funds a needle exchange program at $75,000 — the full amount the administration had requested. That’s […]

Officials highlight environmental effects of supporting coal

Gov. Peter Shumlin continued his push Wednesday for the state to drop its investments in coal-related stocks and Exxon Mobil. The governor used a Supreme Court ruling on regulating coal-fired plants to renew his call. In that ruling, which came out Tuesday, the court blocked efforts by the Obama administration to regulate emissions from coal […]

Newport state offices locked down after threat

A state office building in Newport went on lockdown Friday morning after a threat was phoned in. The Emory Hebard State Office Building houses branches of numerous state departments, including the Department for Children and Families and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Newport Police Department notified that a threat was phoned into the DCF office […]

Two Mass. men plead not guilty to felony charges in Bennington’s largest herion seizure

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon, of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published Feb. 5, 2016. BENNINGTON — Two Springfield, Mass., men face multiple felony charges for their connection to what Bennington police say is the town’s largest heroin seizure to date. Juan R. Martori, 24, and Robert Morales, 25, […]

Rutland man sentenced on heroin and cocaine charges

A Rutland man was sentenced Tuesday to 6½ years in prison for dealing heroin and cocaine base. Valentino Anderson, 50, received the sentence in federal court on charges that he conspired to distribute heroin and cocaine base, a category of the drug that includes several forms of cocaine, including crack. The charges stem from an […]

Man faces charges he sexually assaulted daughter for years

A Bennington man is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting his daughter over the course of more than a decade. Vermont State Police arrested Warren Lake, 59, in his home Wednesday after investigating a report of possible sexual abuse. An 18-year-old woman told detectives that her biological father had sexually assaulted her numerous times through her […]

Review documents of teen suicide attempt at Brattleboro Retreat ruled confidential

Editor’s note: This article is by Robert Audette, of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published Feb. 2, 2016. BRATTLEBORO — A federal judge denied a request to produce communications between the Brattleboro Retreat, the Joint Commission and a Massachusetts-based HMO. But, noted the judge, incident reports similar to an attempted suicide in […]

Man faces charge after shooting self in restaurant bathroom

A South Hero man is facing a criminal charge after he shot himself in the hip in a restaurant bathroom. It was described as an accident. Zeberiah Snow, 31, was cited on a charge of recklessly endangering another person after an investigation this week. Vermont State Police say Snow shot himself at McKee’s Island Pub […]

Burlington bills Trump for Flynn Center rally

BURLINGTON — City officials are billing Donald Trump’s campaign for costs incurred for public safety and security during his Jan. 7 rally at the Flynn Center on Main Street. Mayor Miro Weinberger sent the Republican presidential candidate two separate invoices, one for the overtime worked by police officers and one for firefighters. The total tab? […]

Dunne leaves Google to work full time on gubernatorial campaign

Matt Dunne resigns his position at Google to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.

Lisman first gubernatorial candidate to release TV ad

Bruce Lisman, a Republican candidate for governor, has released a 60-second TV ad, “L4VT: New Direction for Vermont.” The ad, which will be shown on WCAX and cable news, is the first to be launched by a gubernatorial candidate in the 2016 race. Lisman, a retired Wall Street executive, is competing in a primary against […]

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