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School takes heat for past inaction on radon

Bob Thibault Bill Anton
Concerned parents asked why school administrators didn't act after 2009 tests showed elevated radon levels. Officials had few answers but said they are taking steps to fix the problem.

 

House works with Tax Department to find $5M in revenue

Tim Ashe, Janet Ancel
Rep. Janet Ancel, D-Calais, said the bill will not raise taxes but will increase collections by stepping up enforcement, including taking money directly from bank accounts.

 

New Vermont children’s book explores questions of death

Julia Alvarez Sabra Field
Author Julia Alvarez and artist Sabra Field join their words and woodblock prints in “Where Do They Go?”

 

Ex-nightclub owner’s lawsuit accuses Rutland police of bias

The Local
The suit alleges that officers drove away business by targeting the club's African-American patrons as suspected drug dealers. The police chief says that wasn’t the case.

 

House passes bill to let LGBTQ minors consent to counseling

Janssen Willhoit
The House passed the bill Thursday 125-12. Supporters said it could prevent suicide, while opponents said the bill infringes on parental rights.

 

Scott names state Supreme Court appointee

The Vermont Supreme Court chambers
The governor chose Vermont Superior Court Judge Karen Russell Carroll to fill the seat that will be vacated by Justice John Dooley at the end of the month.

 

Judge lets McAllister withdraw from plea deal

McAllister
McAllister, “under the intense pressure of a plea negotiation taking place in the waning hours” before trial, may not have fully understood the ramifications. A trial will now be scheduled.

 

Court news service sues Vermont over access to court records

Patricia Gabel
The California-based news service is suing to gain access to newly filed civil suits that under state statute are not made public until weeks or sometimes months after they have been filed.

 

U.S. Supreme Court nominee deflects Senate questions about abortion, voting rights

Neil Gorsuch
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., reiterated her concern that Neil Gorsuch would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Gorsuch tersely replied, “No one is looking to return us to horse-and-buggy days.”

 

Panel to determine ex-judge’s sanction over estate dealings

The unprofessional conduct allegations against Paul Kane do not stem from a case he was presiding over, but rather his dealings with a woman's estate as a private citizen.

 

Pregnancy accommodations bill survives challenge

Anne Donahue
The House voted 97 to 44 in favor after defeating a procedural move by Republicans that would have stalled the bill’s progress.

 

House Commerce starts writing new independent contractor bill

Bill Botzow
Rep. Bill Botzow, D-Pownal, the chair of the committee, said he will not put a deadline on when the bill needs to be finished.

 

Feds list Montpelier as noncompliant on immigration

The federal immigration agency points to the city’s policy on fair and impartial policing, adopted in June. The implications of being on the feds’ list are unclear.

 

State’s attorney creates panel to study ‘safe injection’ facilities

Sarah George
Such sites allow people to use drugs under medical supervision without fear of prosecution. Typically they are coupled with avenues to drug treatment and other social services.

 

Bill shielding journalists’ sources gets strong Senate backing

reporter
Lawmakers said information provided by whistleblowers and confidential sources has been critical in exposing wrongdoing and that the proposal is designed to prevent retaliation.

 

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VTDigger's coverage of Vermont's congressional delegation

Follow news about the impact of the Trump administration’s policies on Vermont and keep tabs on Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Patrick Leah, D-Vt., and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.

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Lessons from Colorado: A pot legalization market grows overnight

With Vermont considering legalization, VTDigger examines the pitfalls and successes of the retail pot market in Colorado.

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VTDigger's 2017 legislative coverage

Find all of our coverage on important legislation and oversight issues on this microsite, and follow stories about bills listed by topic — education, energy, judiciary, the economy, health care, and the budget.

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Eyes on the Border

Authorities acknowledge that despite round-the-clock patrols and an advanced network of surveillance technology, they can’t be certain how much criminal activity occurs along the border.

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Maple Leaf Treatment Center closes

The opiate treatment facility closed in January after multiple state investigations into allegations of Medicaid fraud, inadequate patient care and a hostile work environment.

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Suspicion in a small town: A town clerk is accused of mishandling money

The Coventry Selectboard is suing Cynthia Diaz who is town clerk, treasurer and delinquent tax collector after auditors estimated $150,000 is missing. She calls it “a smear campaign.”

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EB-5 fraud at Vermont's Jay Peak

Read about the latest developments. Check out the investigative stories VTDigger has published about Jay Peak, Q Burke and AnC Bio Vermont over the past several years.

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Quote of the Day

“I don’t know about you, but I know that down in the Marble Valley our women know how to handle themselves, frankly, with a firearm. You could make a very real argument that taking … a firearm from a home could actually make a woman or a victim less safe.” — Rep. Job Tate, R-Mendon, arguing against a bill allowing temporary confiscation of firearms in domestic violence situations

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