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.

General fund revenue beats forecast in February

State tax receipts exceeded expectations in February, due in part to a week-long suspension in paying out income tax refunds, the Shumlin administration said Thursday. General fund revenue for the month was $71.25 million, 13.05 percent above the revised forecast, Secretary of Administration Justin Johnson said in a news release. Overall receipts for fiscal year […]

Entergy clear to halt off-site emergency planning, NRC rules

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave Entergy permission Monday to eliminate off-site emergency planning activities around the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The Vernon reactor went permanently offline on Dec. 19. Entergy, the Louisiana-based company that owns the plant, will no longer need to maintain the emergency planning zone that encompasses a 10-mile radius around the […]

Winooski voters support joining lawsuit against F-35

Winooski residents want to join in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Air Force’s decision to base F-35 fighter jets with the Vermont Air National Guard by 2020. Residents voted 572-475 on Tuesday in support of a nonbinding referendum advising the city to join anti-F-35 activists, of which four are Winooski residents, in a lawsuit challenging […]

Brattleboro residents vote against nonbinding local option tax article

Brattleboro voters overwhelmingly rejected a nonbinding ballot article asking Town Meeting representatives to consider a 1 percent local option tax to help the town pay for the police-fire renovation project.

Westminster man arraigned on manslaughter charge, held without bail

A Westminster man, Lonnie Place, 38, suspected of being involved in a weekend stabbing incident pleaded not guilty to manslaughter on Monday.

New emergency heating money available

An extra $375,000 will be available in crisis money for heating assistance through the state’s five community action agencies, the Department for Children and Families announced last week. “While this extended stretch of bitter cold weather is affecting all Vermonters, low-income households have been especially hard hit,” DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz said in a statement […]

Bellows Falls man dead in apparent homicide in Westminster

Vermont State Police are investigating an apparent homicide that occurred just after midnight Sunday at the Shady Pine Mobile Home Park in Westminster.

State appeals decision on Vermont Yankee emergency monitoring

The State of Vermont has appealed a decision by federal regulators Monday in an effort to keep in place real-time emergency monitoring at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The plant in Vernon went permanently offline Dec. 31 and Entergy, the Louisiana-based company that owns the plant, confirmed in January that all spent nuclear fuel […]

Vermont senators applaud FCC ruling on net neutrality

Vermont’s Senate delegation cheered a Federal Communications Commission decision Thursday to endorse net neutrality. The FCC, in a 3-2 decision, voted Thursday to regulate the Internet as a public utility, similar to a telephone company, the New York Times reported. The decision means Internet providers, such as Comcast and AT&T, would not be allowed to […]

Governor signs sex offender bill into law

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Rep. Maxine Grad, D-Moretown, at a bill signing ceremony on Wednesday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill to tighten restrictions on sex offenders getting out of prison Wednesday. Shumlin thanked House and Senate lawmakers for their work on the bill, which was among the first to be signed this session. H.16 updates current policy for the sex offender registry to require any offender who […]

Windham County state’s attorney looking for new office space

Windham County State’s Attorney Tracy Shriver confirmed Monday that the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services was looking for a new space in downtown Brattleboro for the office, which employs about 15 people.

Adjunct faculty at Burlington colleges meet on union planning

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Adjunct faculty from Burlington, Champlain and St. Michael’s colleges met this week with the colleges’ administrations, according to a news release issued in recent days by the adjunct coalition. The meeting was the first step in the bargaining process in which adjunct faculty at Champlain, St. Michael’s and Burlington colleges seek to […]

Vermonters affected by Anthem security breach

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont said Tuesday that about 23,000 members in Vermont may have had their personal information exposed in a cyber attack on Anthem Inc. The affected members most likely received health care in one of the 14 states in which Anthem has reciprocal administration agreements with other Blue Cross and […]

Senate committee approves dental practitioner bill

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Friday unanimously passed S.20, which licenses dental practitioners to provide oral health services in Vermont at the discretion of a dentist. The bill has support from a coalition of advocates who say it will increase access to dental care in underserved rural areas of the state, but it’s […]

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