Public Policy

UVM receives $20 million gift on way to $500 million goal

University embarks on plans to increase endowed professorships, add scholarships and fund several capital projects.

Three men indicted on bath salts conspiracy

Three men are facing charges in U.S. District Court in Burlington for allegedly conspiring to distribute a synthetic designer drug commonly known as bath salts. Louis Turcio, 51, of Springfield faces the conspiracy charge along with Michael DePalma, 56, of Plainfield, New Hampshire, and Andrew Darling, 52, of North Walpole, New Hampshire. If convicted, the […]

Burlington man arrested in connection with burglary at Speeder and Earl’s south end cafe

BURLINGTON — Police arrested city resident Zachary Senna in connection with a Sept. 26 burglary at Speeder and Earl’s Pine Street cafe. Officers stopped Senna’s car after a Williston police officer observed it in the area of “a series of commercial burglaries in their community,” according to a Burlington Police Department news release. The car […]

Rutland man convicted on child pornography charges

A Rutland man was convicted on three counts of possession of child pornography Tuesday, the Attorney General’s Office said in a news release. Matthew Russell pleaded guilty to the charges in the Rutland Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court this week. Russell was sentenced to 3 to 15 years in prison, with all but 90 […]

SCOV Law Blog: Sex offender challenges probation violation, and wins

In this probation violation case, the SCOV continues to search for that elusive perfect condition of probation that will stand up to legal challenges and be clear to judges, defendants and probationers alike.

Vermont Health Connect meets deadline, Shumlin says

The state’s $144 million (and counting) health exchange will return next week with much of the online functionality that has been promised.

Al Gore to speak at sold-out UVM event next week

Former Vice President Al Gore, who received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work addressing climate change, will present his solutions to addressing global warming at the University of Vermont next week. The sold-out event, entitled “The Climate Crisis and the Case for Hope,” is scheduled for Tuesday morning at UVM’s Ira Allen Chapel […]

Vermont Afterschool program receives $120,000 for STEM development

A Vermont nonprofit that supports afterschool and summer enrichment classes in science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) has been awarded a $120,000 grant from the Noyce Foundation to increase the reach of the program around the state and to provide professional development and improve the overall quality of the courses. “We want kids to […]

Vermont man sentenced on heroin and cocaine charges

A Bennington man was sentenced to 41 months in prison last week on charges related to possessing and distributing heroin and cocaine. Thomas Keith, 42, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Rutland on Thursday, following his conviction on two counts related to possessing and distributing cocaine and heroin, according to the U.S. Department of […]

State police report details trooper’s death during training

A three-page report released Tuesday by Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn says that Trooper Kyle Young received CPR after his collapse and a defibrillator was unable to deliver a shock.

Landmark College marks 30th anniversary with opening of new STEM building

Landmark College ushered in its 30th year with a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics building and a visit from the governor on Saturday.

Class action suit against Volkswagen filed in Bennington

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon of the Berkshire Eagle, in which a longer version was first published. BENNINGTON — A class-action lawsuit filed by two local owners of “clean diesel” Volkswagens alleges the German automaker violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act and deceived consumers by rigging cars to meet pollution standards. The […]

Pownal gets extension from state to seek legal counsel on school busing issue

Editor’s note: This article is by Derek Carson of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published Sept. 28, 2015. POWNAL — Pownal Elementary School Board members are seeking legal counsel on whether they should comply with an order from the secretary of education that they cease running their own school buses. At Wednesday’s […]

State police land $1.4 million federal grant to fight opiates

A new federal grant will help the Vermont State Police in efforts to confront Vermont’s opiate addiction crisis. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced Monday that the Vermont State Police is one of six recipients nationwide of a grant administered through a new Anti-Heroin Task Force program. Under the program, the Vermont Drug Task Force will […]

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