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.

Sanders will oppose FDA nominee for pharmaceutical ties

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced Friday he would oppose the president’s nominee to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over his alleged ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Sanders said in a news release that he opposed Dr. Robert Califf, the cardiologist who President Barack Obama nominated in September to run the FDA, because of […]

Scam targets Vermonters who filed for bankruptcy

The Attorney General’s Office is warning Vermonters of a scam in which fraudsters call someone who has filed for bankruptcy while pretending to be their lawyer. The scam is one of several so-called “imposter” scams in which a caller pretends to be a trustworthy person. The imposter scammer’s goal is to get the victim to […]

Bennington crafting rules for siting of solar arrays

Editor’s note: This article is by Keith Whitcomb Jr., of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published Oct. 13, 2015. BENNINGTON — The Select Board will be reviewing an ordinance that gives it greater control over the siting of ground-mounted solar arrays. Last week the Planning Commission met to discuss a draft of […]

Stowe Reporter buys News & Citizen of Morrisville

Editor’s note: This article was first published in the Stowe Reporter on Oct. 8, 2015. The 121-year-old News & Citizen of Morrisville has a new owner: the Stowe Reporter. News & Citizen owner Bradley A. Limoge decided to retire from the company his family has run for three generations. He sold the weekly News & […]

Stowe High School students ask for end to dance ban

Editor’s note: This article is by Lisa McCormack of the Stowe Reporter, in which it was first published Oct. 8, 2015. The handful of high school students at Monday’s Stowe School Board meeting were silent for the most part, listening intently and jotting down notes. Most were there for a social studies class assignment. Not […]

Crews pull contaminated soil from derailment site

On Friday derailment recovery crews concentrated on clearing a rough route across Bull Run in Northfield to allow them to carry the Amtrak locomotive across the brook and out to Bull Run Road. Crews have been cleaning up the site in the aftermath of a derailment of the Vermonter, an Amtrak passenger train, on Monday […]

Shumlin issues executive order calling for ‘health in all policies’

Public health advocates are applauding Gov. Peter Shumlin for issuing an executive order calling on his administration to consider public health in a wide range of state policy. The executive order, issued earlier this week, creates a task force across nine state agencies and departments that don’t exclusively focus on public health, but whose policies […]

One sentenced, two charged with distribution of crack cocaine

Two Rutland men have been charged with felony counts of distributing crack cocaine. Young “Johnny” Lim, 34 and Andi Majka, 27, both of Rutland, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Rutland Friday, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. […]

Police nab two additional suspects in Speeder and Earl’s burglary

Two men were arrested for break-ins at the Speeder and Earl’s on Pine Street, according to the Burlington Police Department.

Brattleboro coalition wants Entergy complaint thrown out

BRATTLEBORO – An anti­nuclear group is striking back against an attempt to exclude its expert from the permitting process for Vermont Yankee’s second spent fuel facility. Vermont Yankee owner Entergy has argued that state officials, as they consider a permit for the fuel pad, should disregard the testimony of New England Coalition technical adviser Raymond […]

Vermont to receive $3 million for law enforcement

Vermont will receive $3 million in federal grants for law enforcement and criminal justice programs. The grants, announced Thursday by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will fund a broad array of programs and functions for local and statewide law enforcement agencies. One federal grant, totaling $1 million will fund a program administered through the Vermont Department […]

Amtrak to restore northbound Vermonter service Thursday

Northbound Amtrak service between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans will resume Thursday following Monday’s derailment near Northfield, Amtrak officials said Wednesday. Southbound service will remain disrupted as workers clean up the site of the Amtrak Vermonter derailment Monday. No one was seriously hurt in that accident, which occurred when the train encountered a rockslide on […]

UVM reaches contract agreement with part-time faculty

The University of Vermont and its part-time faculty have reached agreement on a new contract. “We are pleased that the mediation process has led to an agreement with our part-time faculty,” said Wanda Heading-Grant, vice president for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at UVM. The part-time faculty, represented by United Academics, have been formally […]

Vermont closes first quarter slightly ahead of revenue target

Vermont closed out the month of September 5.3 percent above target for General Fund revenue, according to the monthly revenue report from the Shumlin administration. It’s the first month of the fiscal year that the state has come in above projections, after revenue fell below target in July and August. The state netted $146.1 million […]

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