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.

Man dies after being found unresponsive at GlobalFoundries

(Editor’s note: This story was updated June 27 at 6 p.m. with the company’s comment.) A man was pronounced dead at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington on Monday after being taken there by ambulance from the GlobalFoundries headquarters in Essex Junction. The Essex Police Department and Essex Rescue say they responded to […]

South Burlington to file legal brief in support of lawsuit to block F-35

SOUTH BURLINGTON — The City Council voted 3-2 earlier this week to file an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in a lawsuit seeking to block the arrival of F-35 fighter jets at Burlington International Airport until the U.S. Air Force completes environmental reviews that the plaintiffs argue were not done properly. South Burlington […]

Hermitage Club seeks summary judgment in wrongful termination case

Editor’s note: This article is by Chris Mays, of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published June 24, 2016. WILMINGTON — The Hermitage Club is continuing its efforts to keep a wrongful termination case from going to trial. Seeking summary judgment in a case brought against the Hermitage Club by a disgruntled former […]

Vermont’s 911 system missed calls from 44 people Wednesday

Vermont’s 911 system went out for more than half an hour Wednesday afternoon, affecting 44 callers. Vermont’s Enhanced 911 Board announced in a news release Wednesday evening that the system was down from 4:07 p.m. to 4:49 p.m. The board said it found out about the issue at 4:25 p.m. The board said it reached […]

Rutland student named to state education board

A Rutland High School junior will be the next student member of the State Board of Education. Gov. Peter Shumlin announced his choice of Connor Solimano on the final day of the board’s annual retreat. Solimano will replace outgoing Hazen Union High School senior Dylan McAllister on the panel that sets, advances and reviews education […]

Brandon woman arrested in national health care fraud crackdown

A Brandon woman is facing federal charges of Medicaid fraud. Misti Baker, 36, was arrested Wednesday based on allegations that she fraudulently diverted $77,307 from a state benefits program for children with serious health issues or disabilities, according to a statement from the office of the U.S. attorney for the District of Vermont. Baker was […]

Brattleboro suing solar company over net-metering contract

Editor’s note: This article is by Chris Mays, of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published June 23, 2016. BRATTLEBORO — The town has filed a lawsuit against NextSun Energy after contract disputes and is no longer receiving net metering credits associated with a solar array. “NextSun has filed a motion to dismiss […]

Contract workers say Green Mountain Racetrack owner didn’t pay them for Brewfest

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon, of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published June 22, 2016. POWNAL — About a dozen people who worked at a brewfest at the former Green Mountain Racetrack last month say the venue owner never paid them. Contract workers for the Green Mountain Brewfest say […]

Homebrew Festival to return to Bennington for second year

Editor’s note: This article is by Derek Carson, of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published June 22, 2016. BENNINGTON — The second annual Four Corners North Homebrew Festival will return to Bennington the first weekend in August, bringing with it 60 different beers to taste, live music, and entertainment appropriate for the […]

Hoosick Falls school adds water filter system

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon, of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published June 22, 2016. HOOSICK FALLS, NY — A project initially intended to protect the school’s water supply from a man-made chemical will also remove a naturally occurring element, officials say. The state-funded project for the Hoosick Falls […]

May unemployment rate down to 3.1 percent

Vermont’s unemployment rate fell again in May and remains among the lowest in the country. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.1 percent in May compared to 3.2 percent in April. The change is not statistically significant, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Vermont lost 800 jobs from April to May, according to […]

Winooski city manager steps down

Winooski city manager Katherine Decarreau announced Monday that she will be resigning to take a job with the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union.

Secret Service still protecting Sanders

Although the primary season is over and Hillary Clinton has all but secured the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders continues to retain some of the trappings of a primary candidate, including a Secret Service detail. The Washington Post’s John Wagner reported Sunday that even while Sanders’ presidential campaign has effectively ended, Sanders continues to travel with […]

Three face federal charges of dealing heroin after drug bust

Police arrested three West Rutland residents on suspicion of dealing heroin earlier this month. The Vermont State Police Drug Task Force, the FBI and the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department searched a property in West Rutland on June 9. Law enforcement officers said they found 56 grams of raw heroin, 790 glassine bags of heroin, 77 […]