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.

Shots fired in Burlington’s Old North End, but no one injured

BURLINGTON — Gunshots were fired from a vehicle Wednesday evening into 31 Hyde St., a multifamily home in the Old North End, according to police. No one was injured, but Police Chief Brandon del Pozo told the Burlington Free Press that a bullet passed through the door of a family with a 5-year-old and 7-month-old […]

Burlington school wins praise, award from first lady

The Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington has been recognized by first lady Michelle Obama for making sure students in kindergarten through 12th grade have an hour of physical activity during their school day. The national award is part of the Let’s Move! campaign started by the first lady to encourage schools to offer more chances […]

Air National Guard to start $39.8 million upgrade at base

The Vermont Air National Guard will spend $39.8 million upgrading its facilities at the state’s largest airport. The Guard accepted a contract bid from Kubricky Construction Corp., a company in upstate New York, to replace the apron and upgrade the taxiway at its base at Burlington International Airport in South Burlington. Construction will take two […]

Prosecutor honored for heroism in Barre shooting

A Vermont prosecutor is among 25 people honored for extraordinary acts of heroism by the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams was awarded a Carnegie Medal for his attempts to save the life of social worker Lara Sobel, 48, who was gunned down as she left work in Barre in […]

Police: Man whose body was found may have overdosed

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Police say they believe they’ve identified a man who was found dead Monday afternoon in the area of Patchen and Arbor roads. The body was discovered in a wooded area near the road by a Vermont Gas Systems employee who was contacted by a customer who smelled what the person thought was […]

Dartmouth College endowment drops 4 percent for 2016

Editor’s note: This article by Rick Jurgens was first published in the Valley News on Sept. 24, 2016. HANOVER — Investment losses of $100 million and distributions to support operations of $209 million drove a 4 percent decline in the value of Dartmouth College’s endowment, which was $4.5 billion when fiscal year 2016 ended on […]

Unemployment rate ticks up to 3.3 percent in August

Vermont’s unemployment rate rose slightly in August to 3.3 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage point over July’s rate. Vermont’s unemployment rate increase is not considered statistically significant, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which analyzes labor data across the country. The national unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in August. Vermont had the […]

Howard Center agrees to two-year contract with union

Management for Howard Center in Burlington has approved a two-year contract with the union that represents 723 of its more than 1,500 workers. The contract with Local 1674 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will give workers a minimum 2 percent pay increase in the first year, with an average 5 […]

Sheriff’s deputy in Winooski police shooting on leave

A member of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is on leave after his involvement in the shooting of an unarmed man in downtown Winooski on Friday. Deputy Nicholas Palmier is on paid administrative leave pending resolution of several investigations into the incident, according to a statement from Franklin County Sheriff R.W. Norris. Vermont State Police […]

Leland and Gray nationally recognized for efforts to close opportunity gaps

Editor’s note: This article by Maddi Shaw was first published in the Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 16, 2016. TOWNSHEND — Leland & Gray Union High School was nationally recognized as one of the Gold Schools of Opportunity through the Schools of Opportunity project. Twenty schools from Vermont to California are acknowledged as 2016 “Schools of […]

State workers union backs Minter for governor

The Vermont State Employees’ Association endorsed Democrat Sue Minter for governor this week after a recent membership meeting in Killington. The VSEA endorsed Matt Dunne over Minter in the primary race but decided to back the former transportation secretary during the union’s 72nd annual meeting. “Our members said they were backing her because of her […]

Prisoner hospitalized after apparent suicide attempt

A prisoner at Northwest State Correctional Facility was hospitalized Thursday after an apparent suicide attempt. Staff at the prison in St. Albans Town performed CPR on a 25-year-old inmate, according to a statement from the Agency of Human Services. Emergency personnel took him to Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. He was being treated at […]

Bennington wastewater treatment plant sees multiple discharge violations

Editor’s note: This article by Edward Damon was first published in the Bennington Banner on Sept. 16, 2016. BENNINGTON — Short-term fixes to stop smells and compliance issues at the aging wastewater treatment plant are underway, but a long-term solution could cost millions and lead to higher fees. A state order requires the town come […]

No foul play suspected in St. Michael’s student’s death

COLCHESTER — A St. Michael’s College student was found dead early Wednesday in the Gilbrook Natural Area near the campus, school officials said. They identified the student as senior business major Jeremiah Collins, of Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Winooski police were called and Collins’ death is under investigation, but foul play is not suspected, according to a […]