Click here for complete coverage of the Vermont Statehouse

Vermont News: Top Stories

Latest Vermont News

Special report: Think tank’s ties to Trump raise stakes for Vermont funding

Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation's budget blueprint — if enacted — would devastate federal support for green energy, crime victim assistance, farms and more.

 

Vermont ski jump finds it’s a small world after all

ski jumping
Brattleboro’s weekend Harris Hill competition drew a slate of global athletes who said they best knew the state as the home of Bernie Sanders.

 

Brattleboro Retreat adopts new approach to treatment

Louis Josephson
Doctors, nurses and staffers have been undergoing retraining to use two new programs that emphasize mindfulness.

 

Data report: Parents choose public over private schools for special education

School bus
Private schools, with a few exceptions, don't offer a full array of programs for students with disabilities.

 

Injured ex-inmate’s suit against private prison is due for hearing

Creative Commons photo
The suit says Corrections Corporation of America, which housed Vermont prisoners in Kentucky, failed to provide a safe environment. The plaintiff was hurt by a saw.

 

Margolis: Vermont has what businesses really need

Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger
Small startups have a better chance of surviving and prospering in Vermont than in most other states.

 

Then Again: On and off the prohibition wagon

Bushnell Wet or Dry
Lawmakers and the public have long shown their ambivalence about banning alcohol production and sales as a way to combat the social ills of its abuse.

 

Supporters of ‘green burials’ seek change in law

View from the Peacham Corner Cemetery. VTD/Josh Larkin
The measure would permit burials at a depth of at least 3½ feet, compared with the current 5-foot state requirement.

 

Scott ‘resistant’ to using Vermont National Guard for deportations

Phil Scott
The governor says the state has an obligation to help refugees.

 

Leahy to Trump administration: Don’t destroy communications with Russian government

Patrick Leahy
The Vermont senator has asked that Trump’s Attorney General recuse himself from a Justice Department investigation.

 

Agreement would free man early after conviction overturned by Vermont Supreme Court

Vermont Supreme Court
Justices cited errors made in a 2013 jury trial. Under an agreement, Lamar Scales, who was accused of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, could be released without supervision.

 

Senate committee advances bill challenging Trump immigration orders

Dick Sears
The bill is expected to be on the Senate floor next week. It would require approval by the governor for state and local police to participate in federal immigration raids and ban formation of registries based on religion.

 

UPDATED: Vermont PBS sells broadcast license back to the feds for $56 million

Vermont PBS CEO Holly Groschner speaks at a new conference. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger.
The station's transmissions will not be affected, says its CEO Holly Groschner, and the money will be used to “take us into the 21st century. ..." The FCC will resell the spectrum to broadband providers.

 

Scott pitches affordable housing initiatives

Phil Scott
The proposals include a $35 million bond to finance affordable housing projects, widening two tax programs and allowing some housing projects to skip Act 250 review.

 

New Life, New Hope: Video Series from Dartmouth Hitchcock

Watch this video series brought to you by Dartmouth Hitchcock, focusing on various impacts of their treatment program and ways of combating the opioid crisis.
Watch now

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.

Visit project

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.

Visit project

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.

Visit project

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.

Visit project

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.

Visit project

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. 

Visit project

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.

Visit project

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.

Visit project

Pepperspray, pornography and two bad apples

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

Visit project

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.

Visit project

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.

Visit project

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.

Visit project

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

See more quotes

Comments

  • Ivan Shadis commented on Bob Frenier: Keeping the vote sacred: The election results are unlikely to be overt (...)
  • Scott Woodward commented on David Mears: Investing in clean water: One addition to Professor Mears' commentary, (...)
  • Neil Johnson commented on Jeffrey Amestoy: Trump, Know Nothings and judges: Reading the article 1st and then posting, and (...)
  • Neil Johnson commented on Jeffrey Amestoy: Trump, Know Nothings and judges: If man were infallible then we wouldn't need (...)
  • Heidi Willis commented on Don Keelan: A May Town Meeting Day has advantages: Thank you for this interesting suggestion. In (...)
  • jan van eck commented on David Mears: Investing in clean water: It is entirely possible to remove pollutants (...)
  • George Cross commented on Senate panel rejects Labor-Commerce merger: Doug, what you fail to understand is that "al (...)
  • Steven Childs commented on Vermont Residents Protest Against Coyote Killing Contests: Where did you come up with your info regardin (...)
  • Aula DeWitt commented on State enters $93 million ‘pilot’ program for Medicaid care: What is the reason OneCare will be required t (...)
  • Matt Fisken commented on VTDigger improves commenting system: I can understand why people wouldn't want thi (...)
  • News Around the Web