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Vaccines front and center at autism summit

Bradley Rauch
Most speakers, including a cardiologist, a chiropractor and the organizer Bradley Rauch, connected vaccines and autism, while at a different location critics of the event held a bake sale that benefited three charities.

 

Waitlist down at state’s largest opioid treatment clinic

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As of April 15, Howard Center officials said the average wait time is now 58 days -- down from a high of more than 300 days.

 

Your gift will be doubled this weekend. Help us end the fund drive.

Anne Galloway
The next $20,000 in contributions through May 31 will be matched by a generous donor.

 

The Deeper Dig: Pot or not?

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Gov. Phil Scott wants to have it both ways. In this week's podcast, Elizabeth Hewitt, reporter for VTDigger, and Neal Goswami, of the Vermont Press Bureau discuss the future of legalization in Vermont.

 

Rutland judge: State must provide bullying data to reporter

Lia Ernst
Rutland Superior Court Judge Helen Toor ruled that extracting and compiling data does not amount to the creation of a new record.

 

South Burlington teen suspect back in custody

Josiah Leach
The FBI and South Burlington police allege that Josiah Leach fabricated instant messaging conversations on Facebook attempting to pin the crime on a friend, according to court records.

 

Vermont League of Cities and Towns pays out $500,000 for Coventry insurance claim

Cynthia Diaz
Town Clerk Cynthia Diaz has been accused of embezzling $1.4 million from the town, but she remains in office. If she can't obtain bonding for a new insurance policy she'll be forced out.

 

Sanders fails to boost Montana country singer to the U.S. House

Sanders and the Democratic Party have not yet made meaningful progress in wooing rural, working and middle class voters.

 

Economic summit: Windham and Bennington counties pursue regional cooperation

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Bill Colvin, of the Bennington County Regional Commission, who led the panel, said he doesn’t want to wait for a detailed plan to begin implementing regional approaches.

 

YWP: ‘Through Your Eyes’

This week's Young Writers Project entry is "Through your eyes" by seventh-grader Lila Taylor of Charlotte.

 

SCOV Law Blog: The art of business and insurance policy coverage

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A doctor-turned-glassblower claimed $88,000 in loss when his glassblowing studio burned; his insurance company denied most of the claim, arguing that the homeowner's policy did not cover loss from a business.

 

Markowitz wins EPA lifetime achievement award

Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz. VTD/Josh Larkin
The EPA lauded Markowitz for improving morale and instituting key new programs. The award was given this month.

 

Legislative Wrap: Lawmakers respond to a mental health system in crisis

Justin Knapp
Health care reform took a back seat this year as lawmakers grappled with shortfalls in the state’s mental health system.

 

Legislative wrap 2017: Courts and corrections

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Lawmakers addressed marijuana legalization, immigration, sexual assault and more.

 

Former Rutland attorney in fatal crash case to remain jailed

Christopher Sullivan
Christopher Sullivan lost a bid for home detention while he awaits resentencing. The judge also said that hearing will be narrowly focused; the defense wants more scope for its arguments.

 

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

“If you’re an 85-year-old woman and you’re relying on heating assistance to heat your home when it’s 45 degrees inside, that is so real to you. It’s not political. It’s not a bumper sticker. That’s your life.” — Al Gobielle, Vermont Human Services Secretary on the cuts to major public assistance programs outlined in the President’s proposed budget.

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