McAllister case on track for July trial, for now

A judge is considering requests for dismissal or at least more time. He is also expected to decide whether evidence from the former state senator’s first sex assault trial can be used.

Auditor: State paid workers $3M during misconduct probes

That is more than might have been necessary, according to a pair of reports from the auditor’s office. Human Resources Commissioner Beth Fastiggi initially balked at the findings.

With unusual legislative session over, political fallout can begin

Republican see the session as a win; Democrats ‘aren’t spiking the football.’

After weeks of strife, few fireworks in daylong veto session

“Compromise is successful when nobody gets everything they want, and nobody walks away with their last choice option,” said the House speaker. Lawmakers passed budget and tax bills and wrapped up.

Marijuana legalization falters in the House

The legislation swiftly passed the Senate, but House lawmakers didn’t agree to suspend parliamentary rules so they could take it up in Wednesday’s brief veto session.

Pot compromise to come up in veto session, but prospects dim

Neither the governor nor the House minority leader showed any inclination to pressure Republicans to allow a rules suspension that would be needed to push a bill through the planned brief veto session.

Man extradited on charges of smuggling guns via border library

A Canadian man is facing federal charges in Vermont for allegedly smuggling about 100 handguns into Quebec that had been stashed in a library straddling the international border. Alexis Vlachos, 40, of Montreal, was recently extradited to Vermont, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office, after indictment by a grand jury in […]

Auditor: State construction projects ran late and over budget

The total cost for the nine completed projects was $24.6 million higher than projections. Some of them were affected by Tropical Storm Irene.

Vermont Attorney General joins coalition investigating opioid manufacturers

The role pharmaceutical manufacturers have played in the opiate crisis should be under scrutiny, TJ Donovan said.

Scott, lawmakers zero in on pot legalization

House Republican leaders have indicated that they are not likely to accept a rules suspension. If they follow through with that threat, they would effectively kill the bill for this year.

Task force to draw attention to outdoor recreation in Vermont

The governor says there are about 34,000 jobs in outdoor recreation in Vermont, and the sector sees about $2.5 billion annually in consumer spending. The new panel will look to boost those numbers.

Vermont inmates moved to Pennsylvania

As the inmates adjust to the transition from a private prison in Michigan, Vermont corrections staff will be on the ground in Pennsylvania over the next few weeks to assist.

Legislative leaders, governor set to meet ahead of veto session

The main focus of the closed-door meetings will be the three bills Scott has vetoed: the budget, property tax and pot legislation.

Report: Vermont ranks high in gap between wages and rent

“It’s an indication that a lot of folks are just a couple paychecks away of being at risk of homelessness,” said Erhard Mahnke, of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.