Public Policy

VSEA wins concessions for PSAP workers at stations set to close early

The state employees union has secured concessions for workers at two emergency call centers that the Department of Public Safety chose to close early, according to a memo obtained by VTDigger. State officials said the Rutland and Derby public safety answering points, or PSAPs, will close next week because they don’t have adequate staff to […]

Jury duty scam calls continue in Chittenden County

The Chittenden County Sheriff’s Department says it has has received more than 30 complaints of a phone scam involving jury duty. The callers inform residents that they have missed jury duty and an arrest warrant will be issued unless they pay $978.98 through a wire transfer or a prepaid credit card. Crystal Baldwin, an employee […]

SCOV Law Blog: Court wrestles with mental health issue

Gavel

The Vermont Supreme Court overrules a court order of non-hospitalization in an appeal brought by a man diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Missisquoi Bay farmers hit hard by new EPA phosphorus limits

Chuck Ross

Farmers in the Missisquoi Bay area will be expected to reduce their contribution to the lake’s phosphorus levels by 82.6 percent, according to figures from the EPA.

Clinicians call cuts in Medicaid group therapy rate shortsighted

Danielle Seymour (left) and Mary Thompson, outpatient therapists for Washington County Mental Health Services, chat in the group therapy room at the organization's Berlin facility. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

The state will cut Medicaid reimbursements for group therapy sessions in half next year. Officials say the cut will help address Medicaid’s anticipated $40 million shortfall. Clinicians say patients will suffer.

State looks to grow hemp at medical marijuana dispensaries

A field of hemp. Photo courtesy of Vote Hemp

Legislative rules panel hears a request to allow the production of hemp and the extraction of oil that would be used in seizure control.

NECI begins partnerships with Coast Guard, Sandals Resorts

Culinary Graduation line

The New England Culinary Institute will provide customized training for resort employees and Coast Guard chefs as a way to increase its student volume.

Burlington’s pick for superintendent of schools lands visa

Edmunds School, 275 Main Street, Burlington (at the corner of South Union Street) in Vermont. Photo by Flickr user Don Shall.

Canadian Yaw Obeng, who faced obstacles in obtaining a visa to work in the U.S., gets around the hurdle with help from the University of Vermont.

Former employee’s complaints lead to AG investigation of the Brattleboro Retreat

Brattleboro Retreat

The probe comes years after Thomas Joseph, who worked for the Retreat began complaining of financial wrongdoing at the facility.

First phase of investigation of Sorrell complete

Bill Sorrell

Tom Little, acting special legal counsel to the investigation, is now seeking additional requests for information.

UVM adjusts to changes in textbook market

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A new deal between the University of Vermont and textbook providers allows more efficient and cost-effective delivery of books to students.

UVM Health Network at the center of health industry consolidation debate

John Brumsted, CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network, details the hospital group's budget plans for 2016 before the Green Mountain Care Board on Tuesday. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

The rosiest scenario offered by hospital officials and state health care regulators is one in which the annual growth in health care spending falls into step with inflation in the wider economy.

Herring pleads not guilty to new murder charges

Attorney Kelly Green whispers to murder suspect Jody Herring at her arraignment Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Washington Superior Court in Barre. Pool photo by Stefan Hard/Times Argus

Jody Herring, the suspect in the killing of state social worker Lara Sobel, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three more charges related to the slayings of three family members.

Greensboro shooting suspect turns himself in

Ryan Bacon

A 30-year-old Bend resident has been charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Lou Ron Schneider.

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