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Lawmakers consider cuts to address $28.8 million revenue downgrade

Kavet Carr
The committee will meet Aug. 17 with the Department of Finance and Management to discuss long-term cuts, called rescissions, to the already-approved budget. The committee will then hold a public hearing on the issue on Aug. 18.

 

Senate panel approves changes to dairy insurance program in spending bill

Senate Appropriations
“I believe that was progress in offering farmers a safety net,” said Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts on dairy provisions in a U.S. Senate agriculture spending bill.

 

Some object to Pownal initiative, call for town vote

Paul Costello
The goal is to transform Pownal into a ‘climate smart’ community” with “efficiency efforts, transportation system improvements, renewable energy generation, entrepreneurship and business incubation to spur economic progress.

 

Garza pleads guilty to wire fraud

Windham Superior Court
According to court documents filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, violations committed by Garza "relate to his sale of investment contracts to more than 10,000 investors."

 

NECCA has new board, founders rehired

Jeffrey Lewis
The New England Center for Circus Arts is hoping to wipe the slate clean with an entirely new board of directors, a new interim executive director and the return of the founding sisters as artistic directors.

 

Poultney man who allegedly kept woman’s body in shed wants statements suppressed

Alexandra Rooker
"Because law enforcement did not scrupulously honor Mr. Oddo’s invocation of his right to counsel, all of his statements must be suppressed,” said Steven Barth, lawyer for Wayne Oddo.

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield seeks $10.3M for unpaid Vermont Health Connect premiums

Cory Gustafson
The insurance company has requested a total of $15.4 million over the past three years.

 

SCOV Law Blog: Calculating compensatory maintenance in divorce

Gavel
Compensatory maintenance isn’t spelled out in our statutes, but does end up happening in permanent maintenance situations. It’s appropriate where the working spouse continues to get the benefit of the other spouse even after the marriage ends.

 

Documents show Burlington College defaulted on loan while Jane Sanders was president

Sanders
Sanders declared that an examination of public records would show she had the college in “the best” financial shape it had been. But documents show otherwise.

 

The Deeper Dig: Inside the McAllister trial

VTDigger's Morgan True and Seven Days' Mark Davis take us behind the scenes at the sex assault trial of former state Sen. Norm McAllister.

 

Public advocates take aim at Blue Cross rate hike request

health insurance
An actuary for the Office of the Health Care Advocate disputed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont’s math and said premiums on Vermont Health Connect should go up just 8.7 percent.

 

Scott’s new climate group aims to cut costs, promote business

Phil Scott
The governor said he initially was skeptical about the need for a new commission, but concluded it might help develop a consensus on climate change and approaches to it.

 

Lawyer gets 14 months in case involving misuse of client funds

Campaign finance reports were due to on Friday. Photo by Kevin Rawlings
Prosecutors said William O’Brien removed $250,000 to $550,000 from the accounts of trusts and estates he handled. He pleaded guilty to mail fraud for providing false financial reports.

 

Rutland Herald moving out of Wales Street building

Rutland Herald
The newspaper has reached an agreement to move in November into a building on Grove Street, a couple of blocks from the city’s central business district.

 

Longtime head of Boys and Girls Club of Burlington departing

Mary Alice McKenzie
Part of the club’s goal has been to provide kids with a safe environment — not always easy when there has been drug dealing in the park across the street.

 

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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

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Quote of the Day

“If they just looked into public documents, they could see that his allegations of the financial difficulty during my tenure are not true at all.” — Jane Sanders, to the Boston Globe, critcizing national reporters for not fact checking allegations made against her.

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