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Leaders call latest Obamacare repeal bill ‘tax cuts that would help the rich’

Jeff Tieman
It would cut taxes on health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, tanning salons, and families earning more than $250,000.

 

Nuclear dismantler touts safety, experience for Vermont job

Vermont Yankee
If Vermont Yankee is sold, Washington, D.C.-based AREVA Nuclear Materials will be in charge of cutting up, packaging and transporting the reactor to a disposal site in Texas.

 

Regulators see good news in health care reform survey

Kate O'Neill
The Green Mountain Care Board had asked providers about the move toward accountable care organizations.

 

Decision on turbine noise rules delayed as PSB bends

Cheney Hofmann
The Public Service Board has offered to ditch a requirement that turbines be a certain distance from homes. The board suggested it would defer to concerns raised by lawmakers and others.

 

Bennington businesses asked to help sell special tax district

Putnam Block
A Burlington consulting firm is telling officials and residents in town that they need to move quickly and build support in the community.

 

Route 7 roadwork rolls into second summer with a few bumps

Route 7
Western Vermont’s major north-south corridor is seeing extensive roadwork in Ferrisburgh and Charlotte. Many residents and business owners welcome the changes, while others see issues.

 

State colleges approve balanced budget with more state aid

Johnson State College
It’s the first time in several years that the Vermont State Colleges System hasn’t faced a shortfall. Savings are coming from debt restructuring and the merger of Lyndon and Johnson.

 

YWP: ‘That Song Sounds Like Blueberries’

YWP Ben Stoll
This week's Young Writers Project entry is "That Song Sounds Like Blueberries" by Ben Stoll, 17, of Georgia, Vermont.

 

SCOV Law Blog: Changing a count to fit a statute

Gavel
In deciding whether or not to uphold a defendant's convictions, the Supreme Court considers whether his convictions violate the Ex Post Facto Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

 

Sanders lawyered up in federal probe of Burlington College

Burlington College President Jane O’Meara Sanders. Photo courtesy of Burlington College.
Former school officials say they have been contacted by attorneys representing Jane Sanders, who as college president orchestrated the land deal that was blamed for sinking the school.

 

With unusual legislative session over, political fallout can begin

Phil Scott
Republican see the session as a win; Democrats 'aren't spiking the football.'

 

Inspectors find 24 violations at veterans hospital

White River VA hospital
They include five cases in which providers at the facility in White River Junction gave patients blood clot medications without performing necessary tests first.

 

The Deeper Dig: An epidemic evolves

Powdered Fentanyl
This week's podcast explores a recent initiative to help high-risk individuals and looks at the effects of the rise of fentanyl.

 

Some worry school funding problems being kicked down road

Cynthia Browning
“I am concerned this sets up an increase in taxes next year, but that ship has sailed,” said Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington.

 

Windham Southeast gets info, but no Act 46 advice

Act 46
After the supervisory union asked for help with school merger talks, two state Agency of Education officials visited Wednesday. They answered numerous questions but declined to say how to proceed.

 

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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 think it is a signal to teachers and school boards that … they should prepare for recommendations that could go either way.” – Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe on the new teacher health care plan.

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