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House Ways and Means OKs toxic chemicals bill

The House Ways and Means committee Thursday approved a bill to regulate toxic chemicals found in children’s products. The committee voted 8-3. The committee amended the bill, S.239, to require manufacturers to pay $200 every two years for each chemical they are required to report to the state health department. The previous reporting fee was […]

One man shot in incident at Bennington Police Dept.

BENNINGTON — A Bennington man was shot after threatening officers with a knife at the Bennington Police Department on Tuesday night, state police said. Police say Gregory Filo, 42, entered the lobby of the police station at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday with a friend. According to a state police news release, a dispatcher saw Filo holding […]

Bill would study services for children of incarcerated parents

A bill making its way through the Legislature aims to help lawmakers decide how best to help the children of incarcerated parents. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday voted on a new draft of H.325, a bill that calls for a study to inform future legislation. The study will look at what services […]

House set to concur with Senate on GMO labeling bill — without a conference committee

If Gov. Peter Shumlin signs the bill into law, the state would be the first in the nation to require manufacturers to label products containing genetically engineered ingredients.

School board consolidation bill stalls, again

Controversial legislation often takes a circuitous route through the Legislature, and such is the case with H.883, the education governance, or school board consolidation bill. On Tuesday, expectations among members of the House Education Committee were high. They anticipated tweaking the legislation in House Ways and Means and their own committee and then watching the […]

Haulers might be able to get waiver from mandatory recycling

Waste haulers starting next year will be required to pick up mandated recyclables under the state’s universal recycling overhaul, but lawmakers are now offering them a waiver. The House Natural Resources and Energy Committee last week unanimously passed a bill waiving the requirement that haulers pick up recyclables in addition to trash if their solid […]

VTDigger’s Hilary Niles shares national journalism award

VTDigger business and data reporter Hilary Niles has received a prestigious industry award for her work on a project that examined the impact of nonprofit journalism. While working with the Investigative Reporting Workshop, Niles co-wrote “Measuring Impact: The art, science and mystery of nonprofit news assessment,” with executive editor Charles Lewis. The Society of Professional […]

Manchester publisher convicted of fraud charged with violating probation by publishing e-book

Legal woes continue to mount for a Manchester publisher convicted of a $200,000 fraud scheme, the latest round alleging that he violated a condition of his probation by publishing an e-book through Amazon.

May 9 adjournment is on target, House Speaker says

House Speaker Shap Smith told representatives Tuesday that the General Assembly is on target for a timely adjournment May 9. The House will wrap up all committee work by Friday and next week will meet each morning to take up legislation on the floor. Lawmakers are expected to be in session Monday, May 5, and […]

Comment sought on West Mountain Wildlife area

The Agency of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on an updated 10-year plan for the state’s largest wildlife management area. The most recent plan for the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area, a 22,500-acre parcel of state-owned conserved land in Essex County, maintains public access opportunities. Hunting, fishing, trapping, bushwhacking, and photography are allowed uses […]

Northeast Kingdom businesses receive agriculture and forest grants

Editor’s note: This article is by Robin Smith of The Caledonian Record, in which it was first published April 21, 2014. Grants announced Thursday will help agricultural and forest producers, including the expansion of a cheese-aging cave in Albany and a beer cannery in Newport Center. These enterprise grants are among $300,000 in matching funds […]

Senators settle on graduated minimum wage increase

A Senate panel endorsed a new minimum wage proposal Friday that would phase in increases over a four-year period. The bill, H.552, which was approved in a unanimous 5-0 vote, would increase the minimum wage to $9.15 in January 2015; $9.60 in January 2016; $10 in January 2017 and $10.50 in 2018. It heads next […]

Small plane crashes beside I-89 in Highgate

The pilot of a small plane suffered minor injuries Friday after parachuting from the aircraft, which crashed alongside Interstate 89 in Highgate, state police said. Traffic was halted in the northbound lane near Exit 21 at about 12:12 p.m. when the plane went down. Police say one lane has been reopened and traffic is moving […]

VTDigger hit by Hostgator outage

VTDigger was down for 14 hours, from 2 p.m. April 16 until 4 a.m. April 17, due to a router problem at Hostgator’s server farm in Provo, Utah.

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