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SCOV Law Blog: Dueling experts

A judge finds both the State’s expert’s and the Defendant’s expert’s calculation of the speed of a motorcycle unreliable … so he calculates it himself.

Study highlights gaps in Vermonters’ physical, behavioral, sexual health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has evaluated Vermont’s 14 counties from most to least healthy, using factors including physical, preventative and sexual health. The Vermont Health Gaps Report features rankings of how many premature deaths could have been avoided in each county if the residents had access to health care of the other counties in […]

Corrections officers rack up overtime

Officials are worried about the impacts of the overtime on budgets and worker burnout.

Lawmakers approve stringent rule banning toxic chemicals in toys

Critics say the rule will burden Vermont industries with costly new testing requirements for chemicals at levels below those known to cause health risks.

Leland & Gray cuts staff to stay under state threshold

School officials say they’ve been able to stay under a state spending-increase threshold in budget planning for the 2016-17 school year, but the plan includes staffing reductions in several subject areas.

VPIRG identifies toys that pose a danger to children

“Don’t trust that they’re safe just because they’re on store shelves,” VPIRG’s Consumer and Environmental Advocate Falko Schilling told a handful of reporters at Tuesday’s event.

Customers’ health coverage erroneously cancelled

Customers say their coverage was cancelled even though they paid their bills.

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, […]

Brattleboro Retreat in ‘full compliance’

State and federal officials reviewed all areas of the psychiatric hospital.

Elmore school district calls for another vote on merger question

Due to the “no” vote in November, Elmore is looking at a tax increase of 40 cents for FY17.

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 […]

School officials challenge cuts before consolidation

Budget writers say a provision limiting increases will be hard to implement before savings from merging districts is realized.

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