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Bill seeks more freedom for student press

Jeanette White
“If we’re going to actually teach civil discourse in our schools, we need to be allowing students to express themselves,” said Sen. Jeanette White, D-Windham, the bill’s sponsor.

 

Patient support staff at UVM Medical Center press for changes

UVMMC LNAs
They want a bargaining unit separate from other support workers, as well as a base wage of $15 an hour and a limit on the number of patients they’re responsible for during a shift.

 

Welch: Vermonters’ health care vulnerable under Trump

Peter Welch
He warned lawmakers and the governor about the possible conversion of Medicaid funding to block grants and said that could devastate community hospitals.

 

Vermont to initiate hemp testing pilot program

Hemp plants growing in Chittenden. Photo courtesy of Robin Alberti
The experiment has been described as a route toward greater legitimacy for the industry.

 

Lawmakers address pre-K glitch that could affect tax rates

child care center
The bill is meant to ensure an accurate headcount of pre-kindergarten students.

 

Rutland area NAACP makes supporting students a priority

Rutland
One founder said there’s been an outpouring of community interest in the group, which has more than enough members to be chartered as a regional chapter.

 

Education board approves plan for massive all-choice district

State Board of Education
The northern Vermont district was among more merger proposals gaining the state board’s endorsement Tuesday.

 

Councilors want a pause in home buyouts near airport

Burlington International Airport. Photo by Morgan True / VTDigger
Residents eligible to have their homes purchased because of the effect of airport noise begged the council not to take any action that could scuttle those deals.

 

Lawsuit reveals intricacies of GAW Miners bitcoin scheme

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Investors who had been suing Joshua Garza and Stuart Fraser in what has been called a bitcoin Ponzi scheme have dismissed Garza from their suit after "conversations" with him. A flurry of motions has ensured and a federal SEC case is pending.

 

State treasurer: Property owners should pick up tab for Lake Champlain cleanup

Beth Pearce
The state treasurer says the state needs to collect $25 million a year for 20 years from residential and commercial property owners.

 

Scott skips Trump inauguration

Phil Scott
All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation will attend Trump's inauguration Friday. Hundreds of Vermonters are expected to protest on Saturday.

 

Ashe argues for starting with ‘achievable’ ethics commission

Tim Ashe
The Senate president said it made more sense to set up a smaller system than what Secretary of State Jim Condos proposed, then expand its scope if needed.

 

Report: DPS advocacy worth hundreds of millions to Vermont

utilities
In addition, the attorney general’s office found “no evidence” that a close working relationship between the department and Green Mountain Power had compromised staffers’ ability to serve the public.

 

Nominating Board reopening applications for high court seat

John Dooley
Gov. Phil Scott’s counsel said Scott hasn’t looked at the list of finalists the board had prepared for his predecessor but wanted to start the process again because of the unusual circumstances.

 

Special Reports and Projects

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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