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Bennington County commission marks 50 years of planning

Bennington
Looking ahead a half-century, the director predicts a population shift toward villages and downtowns, as well as changes in transportation such as new rail service.

 

Suspect pleads not guilty in basketball player slaying

Jayveon Cabellero
The prosecutor claims there is evidence that Jayveon Caballero was “lying in wait” for the victim, Markus Austin, to return home after the two got into a fight earlier in a Barre bar.

 

Judge won’t dismiss on-duty DUI case against former trooper

The decision sets up a second trial. “Dismissing the case after only one hung jury could have a very real impact on public confidence in the judicial system,” the judge wrote.

 

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Pownal may finally gain access to large tract it owns

Pownal
The town hopes to cut timber and create a recreation area on the land, but legal access has been in doubt. Now a forestry consultant has been researching deeds to surrounding properties.

 

Montpelier officials seek to keep from losing NECI

NECI
“We are making every effort to try and persuade them to stay in Montpelier,” Mayor John Hollar said. The culinary school said it currently has no plans to go.

 

UPDATED: Judge denies stay on Town Center mall project

Burlington
The ruling paves the way for construction to begin in early July on the $225 million redevelopment. The project cleared other legal hurdles late last week, although some remain.

 

Until we sued for EB-5 records, the public didn’t know.

Anne Galloway
We were finally able to get at the truth about the state’s EB-5 program in March -- after a protracted battle with the Vermont Attorney General's office. Please support VTDigger's investigative reporting. $113,184 left to raise by June 15th.

 

Q&A with UVM commencement speaker James Fallows

James Fallows
The onetime presidential speechwriter talks Trump, tech, journalism and the future of today’s graduates.

 

State supports confidentiality for documents in Yankee case

Vermont Yankee
Officials won't object to NorthStar Group Services' request to restrict public access to two Vermont Yankee decommissioning documents. But two organizations are protesting.

 

Margolis: How to win by losing

Gov. Phil Scott
Scott has been in the enviable position of looking like the governor who is trying to cut taxes. Being the governor when the state parks shut down for even a few days is a very unenviable position.

 

Smith: The political big one

Tim Ashe
The worst thing for a party, even one as strong as the Vermont Democrats, is to have working families and small businesses feel they are taking a back seat to a special interest group.

 

Obligations may eat up Rutland’s $1 million budget surplus

Wendy Wilton
Treasurer Wendy Wilton cautioned that if the Board of Aldermen commits all the expected surplus for the next fiscal year, it will start the following fiscal year with no cushion.

 

Equal pay compact sees rapid expansion

Cooke and Brown
More than 125 employers have signed the Vermont Equal Pay Compact as advocates work to expand discussion of — and potential solutions for — the persistent gender pay gap.

 

Pioneer in exposure of PFOA issues speaks in Bennington

Rob Bilott
Attorney Rob Bilott said steps taken by states like Vermont have created pressure on the federal government to enact tougher standards and regulation for the suspected carcinogen.

 

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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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“It’s about time” — Julie Lineberger business owner on pay equity.

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