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Firefighter’s return from transplant brings surprise spotlight

Rutland fire department
His status with the Rutland department became an issue during the mayoral campaign when he made an allegation that the city wouldn’t let him return to work.

 

Teacher retirement proposal stumps Finance Committee

Ann Cummings
A delay in finalizing the education finance bill leaves an $8 million hole, for now, in the state budget. “You don’t put cost into the ed fund lightly,” Sen. Ann Cummings said.

 

Judge weighs scope of state obligation on public records

The issue is whether providing a school-by-school breakdown on bullying, hazing and harassment would require "creating" a document from Education Agency databases.

 

Independent doctors form new advocacy group

Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, Vermont
They have created a Vermont chapter of the Association of Independent Doctors, a national nonprofit organization that fights acquisition by hospitals and hospital systems.

 

Prosecutors: South Burlington student admitted sending threat

South Burlington Middle & High Schools
The government argues Josiah Leach should be kept in jail because, if released, “it is reasonable to believe that, based on his prior behavior, (Leach) would again resort to threats.”

 

Patients complain of long wait times for surgeries

hospital
Patients and their doctors wrote in public comments about a proposed independent surgical center that people have suffered while awaiting treatment.

 

State erasing alleged bias on district merger exemptions

school
Some had argued the standards for districts that couldn’t or didn’t want to merge were more stringent than the rules for those that were uniting under the law.

 

Pallito to take job with Green Mountain Care Board

Andy Pallito
He is leaving the administration, where he is Gov. Phil Scott's chief budget writer, but said he “absolutely” felt welcome to stay on if he chose.

 

Former assistant judge suspended, publicly reprimanded

Former Windham County assistant judge Paul Kane is prohibited from judicial office for violation of professional codes of conduct over actions he took when he had power of attorney for Katherine Tolaro.

 

Green River alliance forming to address flood resilience, more

bicyclist
Three Windham County towns may join forces with other partners on conservation, planning and educational projects.

 

Bennington top in state in tick-borne illness

Infectious disease experts note ticks can cause not only Lyme disease but other serious diseases such as anaplasmosis and babesiosis.

 

Science behind chemical regulation is point of contention

A bill would make it easier to regulate toys and envisions a database where consumers could look up the contents of products. An administration official says Gov. Scott may oppose the bill as written.

 

Margolis: Good score on the midterm, but more tests to come

Phil Scott
The governor and House speaker are both taking credit for a budget that doesn’t raise taxes. But part of the reason is Democrats’ fear of Donald Trump and his anticipated funding cuts.

 

Photo Gallery: Montpelier marchers stick up for science

Science March
Scores of people descended on the Statehouse on Earth Day with signs bearing clever, angry, humorous and pointed slogans to call for support of research and evidence-based public policies.

 

VOSHA investigating crane operator’s death at wind project

Information about VOSHA's investigation won't be released until it's concluded. The worker was electrocuted when the crane he was operating touched power lines, according to police.

 

Special Reports and Projects

DC reporting: The latest on the Trump effect on Vermont

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 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

“I’m optimistic that we will come up with some strategies that could ultimately result in a project. With that said, we’re not miracle workers. I don’t think we’re going to be able to wave a magic wand and have a building sprout out of the ground next year or the year after.” — David White, of Burke + White Real Estate Investment Advisors, which has been hired by Newport to come up with ideas for a block left empty after developers were charged with EB-5 investor fraud

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