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Judge orders release of funds to Coventry

Cynthia Diaz
Cynthia Diaz, the former town clerk, had deposited the money in a personal account.

 

Teen pregnancy program abruptly loses millions from feds

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Youth Catalytics, based in Charlotte, stands to lose out on nearly $2.26 million over the next four years after the Trump administration ended funding to similar programs across the country.

 

State will take longer to review Vermont Yankee sale

Cheney Hofmann
Regulators issued a revised schedule that postpones a public meeting four months, to early January. Officials say the delay is necessary due to a time-consuming discovery process.

 

Lawmakers irked that court still holding hearings via video

Dick Sears
“We’re talking about this because we thought we passed a law saying you can’t do it,” said Sen. Dick Sears, vice chair of the Justice Oversight Committee.

 

City debates making bids public in Burlington Telecom sale

Miro Weinberger
Keeping the information under wraps could bolster the city's bargaining position, says the mayor. Bidders "don’t fully know who they stack up against and what the others are offering."

 

Colleges join forces in post-Vermont Yankee effort

Ecovation
Four schools in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts have agreed to create an education and training consortium meant to boost the green economy in the wake of the nuclear plant’s closure.

 

Seven years of disability discrimination complaints target UVM Medical Center

George Lareau
Deaf patients have said since 2010 that the state’s largest hospital does not provide American Sign Language interpreters when patients need them.

 

UVM fraternity house to become Champlain College dorm

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The suspended Phi Gamma Delta fraternity is leasing its mansion on South Willard Street to the nearby college.

 

Welch joins Democratic chorus against ‘horrible’ budget

Peter Welch
The House Budget Committee plan would make significant cuts to domestic non-defense programs that he said would have a big impact in Vermont, while increasing defense spending.

 

St. Albans hotel developer says bills will be paid

Jerry Davis
Jerry Davis, owner of PeakCM, said cash flow was never an issue when it came to paying bills for contractors, subcontractors or suppliers.

 

Icy Palmer: A Manchester legend brought to life

Icy Palmer
She plays a part in the debate over author Dorothy Canfield Fisher's legacy. "She was taken care of, she was assisted, but she was not accepted,” one local resident says of Palmer.

 

Smith: Politicians will say and do the darnedest things

TJ Donovan
One would hope it is inexperience combined with a lapse of common sense that led to recent actions by three Vermont officeholders, and not arrogance or entitlement.

 

Movie tour to honor Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher

Jay Craven
Filmmaker Jay Craven is set to remember his collaborator through a statewide series of screenings of the Mosher novel-turned-feature “Where the Rivers Flow North.”

 

River protection is ‘everyone’s effort,’ says new steward

Kathy Urffer
Kathy Urffer has been hired by the Connecticut River Conservancy as a river steward for Vermont and New Hampshire. She replaces longtime well-known steward David Deen, who retired.

 

Then Again: Joseph Battell, Vermont’s greatest philanthropist and conservationist

Battell
The Middlebury man was zealous about conserving Vermont's natural beauty, and amassed more than 34,000 acres, most of which is now in the public domain.

 

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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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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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