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.

Windsor County to hold driver restoration day Dec. 11

indsor County drivers with suspended licenses will get a chance to pay off old traffic tickets next month. Gov. Peter Shumlin and Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen announced Monday that some Vermonters will be able to pay off overdue traffic tickets at a reduced price on Dec. 11, paving the way to getting back […]

Charges filed on felony tree cutting in Arlington

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon, of the Berkshire Eagle. It was first published in the Bennington Banner on Nov. 24, 2015. ARLINGTON — A man faces charges for allegedly cutting down over 50 trees during a logging job and selling them without notifying the property owner. Jason M. Morse, 34, pleaded not […]

West Townsend man held on manslaughter charges

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon, of the Berkshire Eagle. It was first published in the Bennington Banner on Nov. 24, 2015. KEENE, N.H. — A West Townshend man facing manslaughter charges in connection to a local heroin overdose is being held at $50,000 bail in New Hampshire, according to reports. Daniel Fogg, […]

Remick leaves Agency of Education

Jill Remick, the longtime director of communications and legislative affairs at the Agency of Education, is leaving to become an analyst at the Department of Taxes. After an 11-year tenure, this Wednesday will be Remick’s last day at the agency. So many things have changed since she started at AOE, Remick reminisced. “We didn’t tweet […]

Trial between ski binding manufacturer and its inventor is contentious

Editor’s note: This article is by Tommy Gardner, of the Stowe Reporter, in which it was first published Nov. 19, 2015. The civil trial between ski gear manufacturer Kneebinding and its inventor, now near the end of its second week in court, has been anything but civil. Four-letter words, scribbled missives handed out like notes […]

Vermont Health Connect gets failing accounting grade for first year

A Virginia company gave Vermont Health Connect a failing grade in an audit released this week assessing the first year of the exchange’s operation. Grant Thornton, an international auditing firm, identified nine major management problems at Vermont Health Connect between October 2013 and December 2014 and gave the health exchange an “adverse opinion.” That’s one […]

State unemployment holds steady in October

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in October, the state Department of Labor reported Friday. That’s the same seasonally adjusted number reported in September, the first month the state’s unemployment rate increased in a year. The national unemployment rate for October was 5.0 percent, the department said in a news release. The reported […]

State Board of Education to weigh new rules for private schools

The State Board of Education voted unanimously to initiate a review and rewrite of the rules that guide the approval process for private schools in Vermont. Some of the proposed changes would clarify the admissions process, the reporting of finances and special education offerings. Calling the current rules antiquated, board member William Mathis asked Agency […]

Vermonters to receive $60,000 under for-profit college settlement

Some Vermonters who attended for-profit colleges, such as Argosy University, The Art Institutes, Brown Mackie College and South University, will share $60,000 in loan forgiveness under a national settlement with Education Management Corp. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office said 67 Vermonters are eligible under the company’s $102.8 million settlement with 39 states. EDMC, based in […]

Green Mountain Power maps solar energy in Vermont

Vermont’s largest utility has unveiled a map that shows where local energy projects could strain the electrical grid in the future and hopes developers will use the tool to decide where to site their projects. Green Mountain Power, which provides electricity to about three-quarters of Vermonters and virtually everyone who lives south of Interstate 89, […]

Moody’s upgrades credit rating for Burlington Electric Dept.

BURLINGTON — Credit rating agency Moody’s Analytics upgraded its rating for the city’s electric utility in its most recent report this month. The Burlington Electric Department’s rating upgraded from Baa2 to Baa1 in a Nov. 9 report for the rating agency with a stable outlook going forward. Moody’s scale for rating the creditworthiness of debt […]

State flag to be lowered in honor of Barbara Snelling

Gov. Peter Shumlin has ordered the Vermont state flag to be flown at half-staff for the next three days in honor of the late Barbara Snelling. Snelling, a former Vermont lieutenant governor, state senator and the wife of former Gov. Richard Snelling, died Nov. 2. Vermont state flags will be lowered for three days starting […]

VTDigger editor Tom Brown leaving for Arizona

Assignment Editor Tom Brown is leaving VTDigger for warmer, and drier, climes. After two-and-a-half years of managing the newsroom of the independent, online news daily VTDigger, Brown is moving to Arizona, where he will direct media operations for the Center for Biological Diversity’s public lands program. “It’s been a privilege to help VTDigger grow to […]

Prosecutors weigh charges against suspect in KKK flier case

BURLINGTON — Police say they’ve identified an individual involved in the delivery of KKK recruitment fliers to the homes of two black city residents last month. Officers released surveillance footage from a local copy shop last week of a person who allegedly left one of the fliers in a copy machine. That led Burlington Police […]

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