State unemployment holds steady in October

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent in October, the state Department of Labor reported Friday. That’s the same seasonally adjusted number reported in September, the first month the state’s unemployment rate increased in a year. The national unemployment rate for October was 5.0 percent, the department said in a news release. The reported […]



Vermonters to receive $60,000 under for-profit college settlement

Some Vermonters who attended for-profit colleges, such as Argosy University, The Art Institutes, Brown Mackie College and South University, will share $60,000 in loan forgiveness under a national settlement with Education Management Corp. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office said 67 Vermonters are eligible under the company’s $102.8 million settlement with 39 states. EDMC, based in […]




VTDigger editor Tom Brown leaving for Arizona

Assignment Editor Tom Brown is leaving VTDigger for warmer, and drier, climes. After two-and-a-half years of managing the newsroom of the independent, online news daily VTDigger, Brown is moving to Arizona, where he will direct media operations for the Center for Biological Diversity’s public lands program. “It’s been a privilege to help VTDigger grow to […]



Administration proposes spending $10.4 million on water quality over two years

The Shumlin administration laid out its two-year spending plan for the state’s Clean Water Fund on Monday. The Clean Water Fund Board, which includes the secretaries of Administration; Agriculture, Food and Markets, Commerce and Community Development, Natural Resources, and Transportation, recommended spending $10.4 million in FY 2016 and FY 2017 on water pollution abatement. The […]







Bernie gets down with Ellen

Grumpy? Irascible? Not to Ellen DeGeneres. Sen. Bernie Sanders, known for his impatience with the media and his no-nonsense demeanor, boogied with the TV talk show host Wednesday. Sanders, fresh off a strong performance in the first Democratic presidential debate, not only danced with DeGeneres he engaged in celebrity banter. Among the facts America was […]



Amtrak to restore northbound Vermonter service Thursday

Northbound Amtrak service between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans will resume Thursday following Monday’s derailment near Northfield, Amtrak officials said Wednesday. Southbound service will remain disrupted as workers clean up the site of the Amtrak Vermonter derailment Monday. No one was seriously hurt in that accident, which occurred when the train encountered a rockslide on […]





Vermont unemployment rate holds at 3.6 percent

Vermont’s unemployment rate held steady at 3.6 percent in August, according to figures from the state Department of Labor. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was the same in July and the August numbers mark the 11th consecutive month that the jobless rate has not increased, the department said in a news release. “This week the […]