Public Policy

Middlebury, Bennington among top entrepreneurial colleges, Forbes says

An aerial view of the Middlebury College campus. Photo courtesy of Middlebury College

Magazine ranks colleges by the ratio of business founders and owner to the student body at large. Middlebury ranks second, Bennington fourth.

State moves to restrict 75 synthetic drugs

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The Health Department is proposing to add 75 drugs to the list of regulated substances, including fentanyl.

Vermont businesses warned of email scam

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is warning about an email scam that targets Vermont businesses. The Attorney General’s Office said Thursday it has received complaints from four Vermont businesses about fraudulent emails from scammers who claim to be company representatives and request wire transfers of tens of thousands of dollars. The emails may appear legitimate […]

SCOV Law Blog: Substantiation stricken


A substantiation is a finding made by DCF upon doing an investigation and finding that a person has abused or neglected a child or placed a child at risk of harm. If a person is substantiated, his or her name gets placed on a child protection registry list.

Attorney John Valente appointed to Rutland Superior Court

overnor Peter Shumlin announced that he will appoint attorney John Valente to the superior court in a press release Thursday. Valente is a shareholder and director at the Rutland law firm of Ryan, Smith, and Carbine, Ltd., where he handles cases pertaining to workers compensation, employment and business disputes, according to the news release. He […]

Sanders says he will introduce Medicare-for-all bill

On the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced that he will introduce legislation that would provide affordable health care for all Americans. At a morning rally organized by National Nurses United, Sanders was surrounded by registered nurses as he called for adoption of a nationwide system of health care coverage that doesn’t […]

State worker accused of heroin sale still employed but not being paid

Editor’s note: This article is by Keith Whitcomb Jr., of the Bennington Banner, in which it was first published July 30, 2015. BENNINGTON — A child support specialist arrested Monday for allegedly selling heroin at the State Office Complex where she worked remains employed by the state, yet is not being paid. Kacey E. Caprari, […]

Ruth Dwyer’s fines total $26,000 in zoning dispute

This screen on Ruth Dwyer's property is costing Dwyer $200 a day in fines from the Town of Thetford. Photo by Sarah Priestap/Valley News

The town of Thetford is fining the former gubernatorial candidate $200 a day for a barricade she erected to block her view of a neighbor’s home.

Health care group opposes Blue Cross rate increase

Members of the Healthcare as a Human Right campaign attend a meeting of the Green Mountain Care Board on Wednesday in Montpelier. Photo by Sarah Olsen/VTDigger

Advocates for affordable health care ask Green Mountain Care Board not to approve the insurer’s request for a 7.2 percent average rate hike.

Tom Carlson tapped to become superior court judge

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Wednesday that he will appoint a Burlington-based attorney to fill one of Vermont’s judicial vacancies. Tom Carlson, an attorney with the firm Langrock, Sperry and Wool, LLP, is the first name to come out of the process as the state moves to fill some superior court judge vacancies. Carlson, a Hinesburg […]

UVM Medical Center unveils $16 million maternity unit

The Barnes family checks out a new delivery room in the University of Vermont Medical Center’s new Glen and Rosemary Wright Mother Baby Unit. Photo by Sam Heller/VTDigger

The Glen and Rosemary Wright Mother Baby Unit offers privacy and access to care for new mothers and families.

State worker arraigned on heroin charges

Bennington State Office Complex. Vermont 
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Some tell police that accused, who is a child support specialist for the state’s Office of Child Support in the Department for Children and Families, sold heroin to people on or formerly on her caseload.

Middlebury pushes back against $55 million rail project

Vermont Secretary of Transportation Sue Minter attends a meeting on railroad track improvements in Middlebury. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

The rail project would complete Vermont’s western rail corridor between Rutland and Burlington, but residents oppose the potential impact on the downtown area.

State on hook for up to $2.7 million more for health exchange

State officials gather at Vermont Health Connect headquarters in Winooski to announce that a key function of the state's health insurance exchange website is operational. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

The federal government will cover only 55 percent of certain expenses related to completion of the change of circumstance function.

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