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.

Billy Graham’s son leading Statehouse prayer for America

Evangelist Franklin Graham will lead a prayer vigil Wednesday on the Statehouse steps in Montpelier. Graham, the son of Billy Graham, runs the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which is holding prayer rallies in all 50 states this year. Vermont will be the 37th. According to Franklin Graham, part of the focus of the Decision America […]

July unemployment remains at 3.2 percent

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at a seasonally adjusted 3.2 percent in July, once again giving the state one of the lowest rates in the country. The national jobless rate is 4.9 percent. The states with the lowest rates are New Hampshire (2.9 percent), and Nebraska and North Dakota (3.1 percent), according to the Bureau […]

Windham Southeast to present merger plan to Brattleboro residents

Editor’s note: This article by Chris Mays was first published in the Brattleboro Reformer. BRATTLEBORO — Town Meeting representatives and residents are invited to take a last look at articles of agreement for a potential merger with school districts within the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union. “This will be the final presentation of the proposed articles […]

Recount in Grand Isle district reverses election night outcome

Recount results in one district for the state House of Representatives show a different person as one of two Democratic nominees. Four people contended for the party’s two nominations for the Grand Isle-Chittenden district House seats in the Aug. 9 primary election. Rep. Mitzi Johnson, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, emerged the clear leader […]

Bennington Select Board member disparages resident in online post

Keane calls Kulkin a “dybbuk.”

Manchester’s Gringo Jack’s announces campaign to expand with small local investors

Editor’s note: This article by Makayla McGeeney was first published in the Bennington Banner on Aug. 19, 2016. MANCHESTER CENTER — Jack Gilbert, CEO of Gringo Jack’s, announced the “CHIP IN” local investment campaign on Thursday at the Manchester Farmers Market in an effort to expand the business’s product line, create more jobs and invest […]

New superintendents at two Vermont prisons

Two Vermont correctional facilities will have new leadership in place as of next week. Mark Potanas, the superintendent of Southern State Correctional Facility, is currently on paid administrative leave, according to director of facility operations Mike Touchette. Ed Adams, the current superintendent of Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, will leave his post to serve as interim […]

State NEA endorses Zuckerman in lieutenant governor’s race

The board of directors for the Vermont division of the National Education Association endorsed Dave Zuckerman for lieutenant governor Thursday, declaring he would be the best choice for students, schools and families. “Whether it’s ensuring that all children get an outstanding public education or insisting that working men and women are treated fairly, David is […]

Barre courthouse evacuated due to suspicious substance

An envelope containing a suspicious substance prompted an evacuation of the courthouse in downtown Barre on Wednesday afternoon. The envelope was delivered to the Washington County family and criminal court Wednesday, according to Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams. The building was evacuated shortly after 4 p.m. and remained under an evacuation order while a […]

Zuckerman grabs Progressive nomination as write-in

Sen. David Zuckerman, who won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, has also secured the backing of the Progressive Party. Zuckerman won the Progressive Party primary, defeating Boots Wardinski, whose name was on the ballot, by winning more votes as a write-in candidate than Wardinski received at the polls. According to Secretary of State Jim […]

State troopers collide while responding to call

Two Vermont State Police troopers were treated at a hospital over the weekend after a collision. Troopers Gary Salvatore and Nader Hashim of the Westminster barracks were driving south on Interstate 91 in separate cars Saturday evening responding to a citizen call when they lost control of their vehicles, according to a news release from […]

Shaftsbury School Board tells parent that bullying issue is being taken ‘very seriously’

Editor’s note: This article by Derek Carson was first published in the Bennington Banner on Aug. 13, 2016. SHAFTSBURY — A parent is withdrawing her children from Shaftsbury Elementary School after what she described as years of bullying that went unaddressed by teachers and administrators. The parent, whose name has been omitted to protect the […]

Plans announced to overhaul One Burlington Square

BURLINGTON — The owner of One Burlington Square, a downtown office building at the corner of College and Pine streets, plans to redevelop that space, according to city officials. The owner, Investors Corporation of Vermont, plans to add additional covered parking to the first floor and add an additional floor to the building, in order […]

State expands child care assistance program

The financial assistance the state of Vermont offers for child care will increase later this month, the Department for Children and Families announced Thursday. Lawmakers put an additional $1 million in the budget for fiscal year 2017 to fund a program that provides financial assistance for child care. “It will allow us to make several […]