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Board puts off private school rules amid talk of political sway

State Board of Education
Members agreed they need the Education Agency’s input, which they haven’t had since August. How to make that happen was a matter of some disagreement.

 

Scott says he’s found right person for DEC chief at last

Gov. Phil Scott after delivering his first inaugural address. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger
She’s Emily Boedecker, most recently of the nonprofit group Local Motion. The governor also filled a job that remained open at the Public Service Department.

 

Two Vermonters arrested at border protest

Haley Renwick
They are facing charges of unlawful trespass after allegedly refusing to leave the port of entry building at the Highgate border crossing.

 

Bill on mental health ‘duty to warn’ is headed to Senate floor

Dick Sears
The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed S.3, which seeks to clarify mental health providers’ responsibilities when discharging a patient who may be dangerous.

 

Brigham milestone finds school funding under new pressure

education
Twenty years after the case that led to a new finance system, the fundamental commitment to equity is being debated as taxpayers look for relief and the governor envisions changes.

 

New recount in disputed House election to start Wednesday

SUSAN HATCH DAVIS
The ballots from the six Orange-1 District towns could take until Thursday to tally.

 

Whitingham Select Board urges residents to reject school budget

school
In attempt to send a message to the state, the Select Board said in a letter to residents that it is time to take a stand against the way education is funded in the state of Vermont.

 

UPDATED: Vail Resorts buys Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe
Vail is buying Mount Mansfield Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group Inc., a giant insurance company, for $50 million, company officials said. AIG Global Real Estate will continue to own the Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe Mountain Club, the golf course and condos on the mountain.

 

Health care split sparks fireworks in teacher negotiations statewide

Jeff Fannon
Local unions are insisting that taxpayers cover 95 percent to 100 percent of the price tag; the Scott administration says teachers should pay 20 percent of the cost of premiums.

 

Montford Point marine honored in Montpelier

Nathaniel Boone
Boone was a member of one of the first groups of black Marines to receive training at Camp LeJeune.

 

Rutland area ready to move ahead with marketing effort

Rutland
Business promoters have chosen a Brattleboro-based digital marketing agency to lead the initiative as the city sees its population continue to drop.

 

Legitimacy of new net metering rules questioned

Mark MacDonald_
They went into effect without the usual vetting by the Legislature. The chair of the committee that reviews rules says the Public Service Board may have overstepped.

 

Businesses ask for less bureaucracy in state contracting

Ken Pidgeon Jason Sicard
Construction companies say they experience red tape when working on state-funded projects.

 

Legislature considering new tax increment financing districts

mary morrissey
Bennington lawmakers are among those seeking an expansion of the program meant to spur development through public infrastructure spending.

 

Special Reports and Projects

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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Medicaid by the Numbers

About 35% of Vermonters have some kind of Medicaid benefit. Meanwhile, state spending on the program for low-income residents has increased by 73% since 2008.

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Legislative bill tracker, 'Inside the Golden Bubble'

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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One child's allegations: ‘This never ends for him’

A young boy tells stories about being sexually abused by his mother’s boyfriend. Four years later, the allegations persist, and there is no legal resolution. The case raises questions that experts say are common when child sex assault is suspected.

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In a life of drugs and prison, treatment is elusive key

Chris Dezotelle has spent his adult life in and out of prison because of his addiction to opiates. Now he wants to change. But his struggle shows how the cycle between prison, the outside and treatment can be complicated.

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Turbine sound and fury aggravates neighbors

A recent legal filing from the state lays out a path for individuals to sue over noise from wind farms. Experts say there is no public health threat from the sound of turbines spinning, but neighbors are still seeking relief. 

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The stories about Bernie

Part one of five: Ingest all the up-close-and-personal profiles the national media is producing about Bernie Sanders and you’ll find they start with the same fact: The presidential candidate hates up-close-and-personal profiles.

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Vermont hospital CEOs average $500K a year

The data show that hospital CEO pay is more than double what CEOs in other industries in Vermont make each year. The average CEO compensation was $162,210 in 2013, and the median was $141,050 that year, according to data from the Vermont Department of Labor.

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Pepperspray, pornography and two bad apples

Police officer sues over racial discrimination in the Rutland City Police Department.

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Tax breaks fuel Vermont's solar gold rush

The combination of state incentives and an impending deadline for federal tax credits is making the Green Mountain State a preferred destination for solar energy developers.

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Inmate took his own life after mental illness treatment needs went unmet

Prison was not the place for Fennessey to receive treatment for mental illness, but he returned to a cell several times because the state and community partners could not coordinate what they deemed a suitable re-entry plan before he took his own life.

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Former Rutland Mental Health CEO’s poor leadership may have put clients in danger

Officials cite a pattern of shortcomings in the care provided by the agency that contributed to a client’s overdose, a client being sexually exploited and several others being placed in neglectful or abusive situations, according to documents obtained by VTDigger. Poor management may have also contributed to one client’s untimely death.

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Quote of the Day

“This is a critical issue. To say people are nervous is an understatement.” — Dave Chappelle, a consultant on labor and management in the dairy industry, on Vermont farmworkers’ fears about immigration enforcement under Trump

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