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BCBS VT among insurers named in class action antitrust case

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance of Vermont in Berlin, Vt.

“We believe the claims are without merit and we have joined with the other defendants to vigorously defend against them,” officials from BCBS Vermont said in a statement to VTDigger.

Shumlin administration, task force make climate change mitigation recommendations

Waitsfield's Great Eddy Covered Bridge was one of many damaged during Tropical Storm Irene. VTDigger file photo

The authors of the report say they want to to eliminate “administrative obstacles” from FEMA that make it difficult for communities to adequately prepare for future storm events.

Leach Farms fined for dumping manure in Bogue Brook in Enosburg Falls

A dairy farm in Enosburg Falls agreed to pay a $40,000 civil penalty on Thursday for rinsing farm equipment in the Bogue Brook, which is a violation of the state’s water quality standards, state officials say.

Panels air marijuana legalization issues

A marijuana plant at a Colorado grow operation. Photo by Brent Levin/Creative Commons

The 2015 legislature is likely to revisit marijuana legalization. Lawmakers from all parties spoke about related issues at an event Wednesday night in Burlington.

Outside report criticizes DCF handling of child deaths

Patricia Holden and her niece, Dezirae Sheldon. Holden's brother is Dezirae's biological father. Courtesy photo

An advisory panel suggests changes in policy at the Department for Children and Families in the wake of two child deaths. Report cites a desire to reunify families at possibly placing children at risk.

Hundreds of MVP customers on the health exchange are billed past due

Vermont Health Connect feature

Trinka Kerr’s office has recently taken numerous calls from outraged consumers who have received collections notices from MVP Health Care, one of two carriers participating in the exchange. MVP covers less than 10 percent of the 32,000 plans sold on through the exchange’s individual market.

Townshend woman pleads not guilty in double shooting

Robin O'Neill appears in Windham Superior Court on Thursday afternoon after being cited with two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Steven Lott, 60, and Jamis Lott, 28. Photo by Kayla Rice/Brattleboro Reformer

Robin O’Neill of Townshend pleads not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting deaths of Steven Lott and his son, Jamis Lott.

SCOV Law Blog: Domicile detention denied

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr

A man charged with first-degree murder filed a motion for home confinement, proposing that he live at home and work on his 140-acre family farm. The trial court wasn’t sure that was such a hot idea.

Marijuana legalization foes organize for Vermont debate

A marijuana plant at a Colorado grow operation. Photo by Brent Levin/Creative Commons

A Vermont group opposed to legalizing marijuana has joined forces with a national organization, in preparation for an expected debate in the pending legislative session.

Republicans request records of Gruber’s work for Vermont

MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber is a consultant on Vermont's examination of a publicly financed health care system. Courtesy photo

GOP lawmakers are seeking public records related to health care economist Jonathan Gruber’s work for the Shumlin Administration. They cite a need for transparency, given Gruber’s past remarks about health care politics.

Woman to be charged in Townshend double homicide

Editor’s note: This article is by the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published Nov. 20, 2014. TOWNSHEND — A 62-year-old town lister was due in court Thursday to face charges related to the slaying of two men in Townshend. Robin O’Neill was to be arraigned in Windham Superior Court in connection with shooting […]

Vermont health officials monitoring two who visited West Africa

Tracy Dolan, acting Health Commissioner, joined Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday at a news conference regarding a person who is under quarantine after returning from West Africa, where the deadly Ebola virus has claimed nearly 5,000 lives. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Two people who recently returned to Vermont from Ebola-stricken West Africa are about to complete a 21-day monitoring period, health officials said Thursday. They were not held in quarantine and do not have symptoms of the disease.

Funding source for Vermont Strong Scholars program not yet identified

Schoolchildren, educators and legislators look on as Gov. Peter Shumlin signs the FY 2014 budget bill at Milton Elementary School on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Photo by Alicia Freese

The program is one of Gov. Shumlin’s key policy initiatives. By limiting eligibility to students who start degree programs in 2015, state officials hope to buy themselves time to figure out the funding.

Gruber agrees to take pay cut for single-payer work

MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber is a consultant on Vermont's examination of a publicly financed health care system. Courtesy photo

The state will make no further payments to Jonathan Gruber, following the recent discovery of controversial remarks by the health care consultant. Gruber’s team will be paid to finish work on a single-payer health care system.

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