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Vermont selected to take part in federal health care reform model
07-07-2024 4:30 PM

By PETER D’AURIA

Federal officials have selected Vermont as one of three states to participate in the AHEAD program, a new health care reform initiative, the state announced Tuesday. It’s not exactly clear what the initiative would entail for Vermont, as the state and...

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On flood anniversary, Vermont again faces heavy — and potentially dangerous — rains
07-10-2024 9:06 AM

By JUAN VEGA DE SOTO

On July 10 last year, heavy rains that had begun the night before unleashed catastrophic floods across Vermont. This Wednesday, exactly a year later, torrential downpours may once again threaten the state with flooding, according to a forecast issued...


Vermont approved to expand Medicaid coverage for people transitioning out of prison
07-07-2024 3:30 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

On Tuesday, Vermont joined a small list of states approved to bill Medicaid for some prison health care coverage. “We were expecting this, but it’s definitely very exciting,” said Isaac Dayno, chief of staff for the Vermont Department of Corrections....


Addison County state’s attorney ends fight over driver’s license suspension stemming from DUI arrest
07-05-2024 4:46 PM

By ALAN J. KEAYS

Addison County State’s Attorney Eva Vekos has dropped her challenge against having her driver’s license suspended for six months following her arrest for driving under the influence earlier this year. But she could be back behind the wheel of her...


Vermont hospitals implement new rules for accessing free medical care
07-03-2024 3:10 PM

By PETER D’AURIA

More Vermonters should have access to free or discounted health care at hospitals and other large health care facilities under a law that went into effect Monday.Because they are nonprofit entities, Vermont’s hospitals have long been required by...


Vermont’s Elle Purrier St. Pierre punches spot on 2nd US Olympic team
07-02-2024 3:27 PM

By SHAUN ROBINSON

Vermont runner Elle St. Pierre is heading back to the Olympics.The Montgomery dairy farmer finished third in the women’s 1,500-meter race and won the women’s 5,000-meter race at this year’s U.S. Olympic track and field trials, which concluded Sunday...


Employees’ union files workforce safety complaint over excessive heat at Springfield prison
07-02-2024 3:23 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

The Vermont State Employees’ Association has filed a workplace safety complaint after four staff members at the Springfield prison experienced heat stroke-like symptoms during the warm start to this summer. Some of the workers at Southern State...


To fund lawsuit over education secretary, senators sought donations
06-25-2024 6:01 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

Last week, two state senators announced they were suing Gov. Phil Scott over his appointment of Interim Education Secretary Zoie Saunders. In a Friday press conference, Sens. Tanya Vyhovsky, P/D-Chittenden Central, and Dick McCormack, D-Windsor, said...


UVM plans to nearly double its graduate student population as it nears ‘top-tier’ research designation
06-24-2024 5:00 PM

By COREY MCDONALD

Holger Hoock admits his most recent job change was a “slightly unusual” move. Leaving the University of Pittsburgh, a school with the highest level of research classification and a member of the American Association of Universities, he joined the...


After Vermont bear video goes viral, officials warn that such encounters aren’t harmless
06-17-2024 7:23 PM

By EMMA COTTON

Officials from the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife are warning that a viral video showing two black bears in a Waitsfield, Vt., backyard — one of which appears to be relaxing on a hammock — isn’t as cute as it looks. Instead, it’s an example of...


Seeking to build a Vergennes youth facility, state officials confront skepticism — and history
06-10-2024 4:30 PM

By PETER D’AURIA

For decades, the city of Vergennes was host to some of Vermont’s most troubled youth. Between 1874 and 1979, the Addison County city was the site of an institution most recently known as the Weeks School, a detention and reform facility for juveniles....


A Yale grad from Newport studied Vermont’s school mergers. She found they don’t save much.
06-09-2024 4:00 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

While studying economics and education at Yale University, Grace Miller found a surprise topic on the agenda: Vermont’s one-of-a-kind school funding formula. The 22-year-old from Newport and her classmates learned about the “Brigham decision,” a 1997...


State’s Public Utility Commission to cut net metering rates even further
06-08-2024 1:33 PM

By JUAN VEGA DE SOTO

The precipitous fall of Vermont’s net metering payment rates shows no signs of stalling. For years now, the compensation Vermonters receive when they install solar panels and send excess power back to the grid has been declining — and the state’s...


Darn Tough is wrestling with ‘rampant’ social media scams. In Vermont, it’s not alone.
06-08-2024 1:32 PM

By GRAHAM KREWINGHAUS

For as long as there’s been the internet, there have been internet scammers. For people like 40-year-old Windsor resident Brendan Dangelo, that risk feels more or less easy to navigate with a few simple rules: Be careful which download button you...


Vermont’s Scott vetoes property tax bill, unsettling next year’s school funding
06-07-2024 11:54 AM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the annual property tax bill on Thursday, setting up a veto session showdown on a piece of legislation that must pass for schools to be funded as normal. “We must provide property tax relief now. This can’t wait for another...


Families sue Vermont DCF over LGBTQ+ foster care requirements
06-06-2024 12:59 PM

By PETER D’AURIA

Two Vermont couples are suing the state’s Department for Children and Families, alleging that foster parent requirements intended to protect LGBTQ+ youth are unconstitutional and discriminate against Christians.The federal lawsuit, filed Tuesday by...


Cycling nonprofit works to make the sport more accessible for LGBTQ+ Vermonters
06-05-2024 9:20 AM

By SOPHIA KESHMIRI

It was a big year for biking in Barre. In 2017, the Vermont Bicycle Shop opened, and Barre resident and avid cyclist Kristopher Hunt hosted the state’s first Pride Ride. Although the lifelong Vermonter grew up riding the state’s rural roads, it wasn’t...


Phil Scott signs annual transportation bill with new fees on electric vehicles
06-04-2024 5:00 PM

By SHAUN ROBINSON

A new annual fee on electric vehicle drivers is slated to take effect next year after Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Monday signed this year’s annual transportation funding bill into law.The law, H.868, primarily allocates nearly $880 million to the...


Bear euthanized in Vermont displayed ‘exceptionally rare’ predatory behavior
06-04-2024 3:42 PM

By THEO WELLS-SPACKMAN

Bear euthanized in Underhill displayed ‘exceptionally rare’ predatory behaviorVermont has seen a dramatic increase in human-bear interactions over the past decade, as climate change and human food-conditioning change bear behavior.By Theo...


Bennington County Sen. Dick Sears has died at 81
06-04-2024 12:30 PM

By KRISTEN FOUNTAIN

Longtime Bennington County Senator Dick Sears has died at age 81, Vermont Senate leadership announced Sunday morning. A Democrat, he was remembered by colleagues as an indefatigable advocate for at-risk youth with drive and compassion developed...


Dozens of layoffs at former Vermont Teddy Bear distribution center due to start Thursday
05-25-2024 6:01 PM

By JUAN VEGA DE SOTO

Roughly 30 people will lose their jobs at a distribution center for the former apparel brands of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, according to a letter the new owner sent to the Vermont Department of Labor. The first round of layoffs were expected to...

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