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Tens of thousands mob Capitol for climate march in DC

Patrick Leahy
Hundreds of Vermonters traveled by bus, train and rail to the nation’s capitol for the Saturday march. A UVM bus to the march sold out in under 10 minutes.

 

N.H. man accused of kidnapping and raping teenage girl in Vermont

Kurt Carpentino
In 2003, Carpentino was sentenced to 13-and-a-half to 40 years for sexually assaulting seven teenage girls from Hinsdale and Chesterfield, N.H., and Brattleboro.

 

Vermonters throng Statehouse for climate change rally

Crowd at climate march
Organizers say efforts to address climate change have stalled locally and nationally.

 

Marijuana legalization heads to House floor

marijuana
Lawmakers took a “Vermont scale step” toward addressing legalization.

 

Senate rejects statewide teachers health care contract

Chris Bray, Dustin Degree
Under Beck's plan, teacher health care would be moved to the state level. Any agreements made by the union and the governor would be ratified by a statewide vote of the teachers, administrators and town school employees.

 

House GOP ‘stands ready’ to sustain budget veto

House Republicans will not support the budget if it does not include a plan to change how teachers’ health care is negotiated.

 

Leahy pushes to expand generic prescription drugs

Patrick Leahy
The senator's bill would prevent large pharmaceutical companies from certain practices that hamper the development of generic, lower-cost drugs.

 

Saint-Gobain agrees to fund work for PFOA-affected homeowners

PFOA testing
The plastics company has agreed to reimburse the state for approximately $800,000 in design work to extend water lines to affected homeowners.

 

New owners, surprise driver, rev up for Thunder Road opening

Thunder Road
Gov. Phil Scott hopes to compete this weekend at Thunder Road, which was recently sold by Ken Squier and Tom Curley to Pat Malone and Chris Michaud.

 

GMP seeks five percent increase

Power lines cut across a Vermont hillside. VTD/Josh Larkin
A company spokesperson said the rate request will be subject to a “robust regulatory review.”

 

SCOV Law Blog: When silence is problematic

Gavel
According to the majority, post-Miranda-warning silence ought not be commented on, but without the warning, cross-examination as to post arrest silence doesn’t violate due process.

 

Former Burlington College employee says FBI probe relates to Sanders land deal

Coralee Holm is the first person with direct knowledge of the federal probe to confirm that agents were looking into a land deal orchestrated by former president Jane Sanders.

 

YWP: ‘Achieving Balance is the Most Important Thing’

YWP Sophia Cannizzaro
This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Achieving Balance is the Most Important Thing" by Sophia Cannizzaro, 17, of West Glover.

 

Vermed medical device company to close Bellows Falls operation

Graphic Controls, which bought the company in 2015, is moving the 85 jobs to Buffalo, New York.

 

Poirier throws hissy fit over independent contractor bill

Paul Poirier
When the chair announced Wednesday the bill would not be voted on this year, Rep. Paul Poirier told the chair he’d caved to business interests and had not kept his word.

 

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 don’t believe it’s an ethics bill. It’s an invasion of privacy bill. … What (interest groups) really want is tax returns.” — Rep. Ron Hubert, R-Milton, on his opposition to a state ethics commission.

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