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Neighbors fault state for lax quarry regulation

Rock of Ages
“I’m disappointed in the state of Vermont for not enforcing this. It makes me feel helpless,” says quarry neighbor Suzanne Smith.

 

Analysis sees 21 percent premium hike with Obamacare repeal

Medicaid by the numbers, stethoscope
The Kaiser Family Foundation says premiums would go up for Vermont Health Connect users of all ages. Meanwhile, Gov. Phil Scott and others came out against the bill.

 

Move to disqualify judge delays sentencing for fatal hit-and-run

Theresa DiMauro
Christopher Sullivan’s public defender wants Judge Theresa DiMauro removed, arguing that her comments in an earlier hearing indicate she has already prejudged the matter.

 

No luck yet as Burlington pushes colleges to pay more

Miro Weinberger
The City Council has approved a one-year extension of the University of Vermont's payment in lieu of taxes at its current level of $1.3 million.

 

State: Pipeline closer to surface than ordered, but still safe

Vermont Gas
Vermont Gas Systems deviated from its permit by burying the line as little as 3 feet deep, says the Department of Public Service. The DPS says it meets safety standards but wants to know what happened.

 

Charges filed against two juveniles in Essex school threats

Essex bomb threat
The investigation relied heavily on forensic analysis by the FBI, and the incident is part of a national probe into so-called swatting hoaxes, police said. One of the suspects lives out of state.

 

High court widens pool of independent contractors

Vermont Supreme Court
The justices rejected the Vermont Labor Department's stance on when an owner of a limited liability company, or LLC, can be considered an independent contractor rather than an employee.

 

Hinesburg police officer at center of excessive force lawsuit resigns

Hinesburg police
The officer resigned nearly a year after he and another officer responded to a domestic violence call at a couple's home.

 

Vermont Country Store won’t be coming to Stowe after all

Weston
The Orton family that owns the business has withdrawn its permit to build a nearly 17,000-square-foot retail site. It would be the company's third location.

 

Vermont Yankee tech skipped tests of safety gear, say feds

vermont Yankee
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a staffer deliberately didn’t perform daily checks of employees' radiation detection monitors. But there's no evidence the equipment malfunctioned.

 

McAllister case on track for July trial, for now

McAllister
A judge is considering requests for dismissal or at least more time. He is also expected to decide whether evidence from the former state senator’s first sex assault trial can be used.

 

Auditor: State paid workers $3M during misconduct probes

Beth Fastiggi
That is more than might have been necessary, according to a pair of reports from the auditor’s office. Human Resources Commissioner Beth Fastiggi initially balked at the findings.

 

Alleged Church Street killer going to hospital instead of trial

Louis Fortier
Forensic psychiatrists concluded that Louis Fortier is not competent to stand trial and likely has schizophrenia. He will receive treatment and could be tried if he recovers.

 

GlobalFoundries reports virus at Essex plant

GlobalFoundries
The plant's customers include the Defense Department and cellphone makers. A spokesperson said the company knows the source of the computer virus but is not willing to disclose it.

 

Data Dig: How much will school employees pay in health care premiums?

Teacher health insurance graphic
Use these charts to determine how much teachers and paraeducators in your district would pay for health insurance if they were responsible for 20 percent of the premiums.

 

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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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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 town clerk Cynthia Diaz who is accused of embezzling $1.4 million. She says it’s “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

“If we were motivated by money, we would not be primary care physicians. We’d be opthamologists. The whole premise of this that money motivates physicians is actually insulting.” – Dr. Deb Richter , a primary care physician, on health care reform through accountable care organizations.

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