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Craven picks up DC beat for VTDigger

Jasper Craven
VTDigger's political reporter will keep tabs on the state's congressional delegation and Trump administration policy changes that could impact Vermont.


Judge to rule on redaction of EB-5 records

Lia Ernst
Meanwhile, the Vermont Attorney General's office has said it will charge VTDigger more than $200,000 for a request for records not already provided to the news organization.


Federal regulators review state inspections of Vermont Gas pipeline construction

Vermont Gas
Pipeline opponents have alleged that electrical safety standards were not met.


Landmark College expands reach

Landmark College
The Putney college, which serves students with learning difficulties, will provide educational programs to local middle school and high school students.


Digger Dialogue: Surgery gives Sen. Anthony Pollina new lease on life

David Zuckerman, Anthony Pollina, Chris Pearson
The procedure involved shooting ultrasound waves through his skull, reducing the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.


Pre-clearance deal advances Montrealer train

Amtrak service to Montreal could be back onboard in the not-too-distant future. Photo by Owen Byrne/via Creative Commons
Vermont is one step closer to reviving Amtrak train service between Burlington and Montreal.


Rutland film on racism has yet to receive local showing

Divided by Diversity
Even in the month of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the maker of “Divided by Diversity” can’t find a city location willing to screen it.


Scott to announce government restructuring plan

Phil Scott
The Scott administration will merge the departments of liquor and lottery, restructure IT programs and create a new agency of commerce, workforce and community development.


State police consolidate troops and management roles

Vermont State Police
Officials say the creation of two large troop areas to cover the entire state has freed up captains to undertake work on things like fair and impartial policing.


Voters to reconsider Vernon school exit

Vernon Elementary School
Vernon officials want to leave the regional school union due to Act 46 concerns, but they were blocked last month by Dummerston voters. A revote is scheduled for Feb. 21.


Vermonters rally in opposition to Obamacare repeal

“Our job today is to defend the Affordable Care Act, and our job tomorrow is to create a single-payer system,” Bernie Sanders said through a video feed from a similar rally in Michigan.


New documentary reveals powerful transformation

Derek Hallquist was filming his father, the CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, talking about climate change when the man he knew as Dad confided he was actually a woman named Christine.


Unsealed Douglas documents show belief in Stenger’s vision

Gov. Jim Douglas, Nov. 4, 2010
Memos from Douglas' commerce agency reveal mostly positive views about the massive expansion of Jay Peak and other projects. “Looking back, more (oversight) would have been better,” he says in hindsight.


Margolis: Why is Vermont so down on itself?

Oldest of the several dozen hikers who climbed Ascutney for the ATA’s picnic was Heinz Trebitz, 83, of Thetford, pictured in the center above. Youngest was Kip Gaddis, 10, of Windsor (not pictured). Photo by M. Dickey Drysdale
The state does comparatively well on measures such as health, life expectancy and affluence. But the gloom and doom caucus looks at demographic trends and sees only evidence of something wrong.


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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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Medicaid by the Numbers

About 35% of Vermonters have some kind of Medicaid benefit. Meanwhile, state spending on the program for low-income residents has increased by 73% since 2008.

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Legislative bill tracker, 'Inside the Golden Bubble'

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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One child's allegations: ‘This never ends for him’

A young boy tells stories about being sexually abused by his mother’s boyfriend. Four years later, the allegations persist, and there is no legal resolution. The case raises questions that experts say are common when child sex assault is suspected.

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In a life of drugs and prison, treatment is elusive key

Chris Dezotelle has spent his adult life in and out of prison because of his addiction to opiates. Now he wants to change. But his struggle shows how the cycle between prison, the outside and treatment can be complicated.

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Turbine sound and fury aggravates neighbors

A recent legal filing from the state lays out a path for individuals to sue over noise from wind farms. Experts say there is no public health threat from the sound of turbines spinning, but neighbors are still seeking relief. 

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The stories about Bernie

Part one of five: Ingest all the up-close-and-personal profiles the national media is producing about Bernie Sanders and you’ll find they start with the same fact: The presidential candidate hates up-close-and-personal profiles.

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Vermont hospital CEOs average $500K a year

The data show that hospital CEO pay is more than double what CEOs in other industries in Vermont make each year. The average CEO compensation was $162,210 in 2013, and the median was $141,050 that year, according to data from the Vermont Department of Labor.

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Pepperspray, pornography and two bad apples

Police officer sues over racial discrimination in the Rutland City Police Department.

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Tax breaks fuel Vermont's solar gold rush

The combination of state incentives and an impending deadline for federal tax credits is making the Green Mountain State a preferred destination for solar energy developers.

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Inmate took his own life after mental illness treatment needs went unmet

Prison was not the place for Fennessey to receive treatment for mental illness, but he returned to a cell several times because the state and community partners could not coordinate what they deemed a suitable re-entry plan before he took his own life.

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Former Rutland Mental Health CEO’s poor leadership may have put clients in danger

Officials cite a pattern of shortcomings in the care provided by the agency that contributed to a client’s overdose, a client being sexually exploited and several others being placed in neglectful or abusive situations, according to documents obtained by VTDigger. Poor management may have also contributed to one client’s untimely death.

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Quote of the Day

“Our nation has stumbled backwards, and America needs Vermont’s leadership now more than ever. That requires all of you to keep up the fight, and turn a momentary stumble backwards into an inspiring leap forward. Vermont must always stand against the hatred, the bigotry, the intolerance that will sadly be part of our future.” — Gov. Peter Shumlin in his farewell address Wednesday

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