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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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Scott signs bill limiting prior authorization, other health insurer practices in Vermont
05-22-2024 2:58 PM

By PETER D’AURIA

Gov. Phil Scott on Monday evening signed H.766, a bill that takes aim at health insurance company practices such as “prior authorization” and seeks to free health care practitioners from burdensome paperwork. “The intent of this bill is to improve the...


‘There was no right vote’: Why a controversial wildlife bill died in the Vermont House
05-21-2024 4:54 PM

By EMMA COTTON

Over the last several years, a debate over how to manage wildlife has become a symbol of a broader cultural divide in Vermont. During the recently concluded legislative session, that debate culminated in S.258, a bill that would have changed the...


After a career in public service, Jane Kitchel to retire from the Vermont Senate
05-20-2024 4:35 PM

By SHAUN ROBINSON

Sen. Jane Kitchel, D-Caledonia, is leaving the Vermont Senate.Kitchel announced her retirement from the body Friday morning in a press release issued by Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Baruth’s office. She’s set to leave office after 20 years and,...


Lawmakers pass flood disclosure requirements for home sellers, landlords
05-18-2024 5:23 PM

By CARLY BERLIN

A few years ago, when Corinne Cooper was considering leasing a lot at a manufactured home park in Berlin, she had some sense that the park had experienced minor flooding in the past. But, she said, she didn’t receive much information from the property...


Vermont Legislature adjourns after a contentious 2024 session
05-13-2024 4:09 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF and SHAUN ROBINSON

After a tumultuous day of dealmaking on housing, land use and property tax measures, the Vermont Legislature adjourned its 2024 session in the early hours of Saturday morning. The Senate gaveled out at 1:18 a.m. and the House at 2:07 a.m.The session...


Phil Scott to seek 5th term as Vermont governor
05-13-2024 3:56 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Gov. Phil Scott isn’t ready to hang up his hat.In an announcement issued Saturday evening, the four-term Republican governor said he will seek another two-year term in this year’s election cycle. “During my four terms as Governor, my team and I have...


As UVM starts disciplinary process for protesters, some state lawmakers call for amnesty
05-07-2024 2:27 PM

By COREY MCDONALD

BURLINGTON — University of Vermont is facing pushback from state lawmakers and city councilors as it initiates disciplinary proceedings against pro-Palestinian student protesters. Late last week, university police began ID’ing students at an...


After reaching agreement with Middlebury College, student protesters take down encampment
05-07-2024 2:26 PM

By SOPHIA KESHMIRI

Administrators at Middlebury College struck a deal Sunday with pro-Palestinian student protesters, who agreed in response to dismantle  an encampment they established on the campus a week earlier. Like their counterparts at college encampments across...


Killington is the East’s largest ski resort. A developer wants to expand on that in a big way.
05-04-2024 4:54 PM

By KEVIN O’CONNOR

KILLINGTON — Michael Sneyd may work in a tall office tower in Canada’s most populous city of Toronto, but he’d rather talk up the even bigger slopes of this small town in Vermont.“Killington has long been known as the largest ski mountain in the...


Pro-Palestinian protest encampments spring up at the University of Vermont, Middlebury College
04-29-2024 3:52 PM

By PETER D’AURIA and SOPHIA KESHMIRI

BURLINGTON — Pro-Palestinian protesters pitched encampments at the University of Vermont and Middlebury College on Sunday, joining a surge of student activism at institutions of higher learning across the country. By Sunday afternoon, roughly a dozen...


Aubuchon to boost its Vermont hardware stronghold by acquiring Bibens stores
04-20-2024 5:20 PM

By KEVIN O’CONNOR

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Vermont’s biggest locally owned group of hardware stores is set to be purchased by what bills itself as the country’s oldest and largest family-held chain in the field.Bibens Ace Hardware has agreed to sell its seven locations in...


With weeks to go, could lawmakers radically reimagine Vermont’s education finance system?
04-11-2024 3:45 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

The Vermont House’s tax-writing committee rolled out a preliminary proposal this week that would radically reimagine education finance in the state. The plan, written into the annual bill that helps set tax rates statewide, would provide school...


Binge drinking, alcohol use disorder in Vermont ranked among the highest in the nation
04-03-2024 3:26 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

Journey to Recovery, an addiction recovery center in the Northeast Kingdom, refers two people a week to inpatient treatment for alcohol use disorder.At the other end of the state, 2 out of 3 patients that Bennington Turning Point recovery coaches see...


Auditor’s report details lack of state oversight in Vermont’s EB-5 fraud
04-02-2024 3:06 PM

By BABETTE STOLK

A new report released by State Auditor Doug Hoffer this week affirmed a longstanding conclusion of the EB-5 scandal: that a lack of state oversight allowed the fraud to happen.“In short, we found a pattern of misplaced trust, unfortunate...


2024 eclipse expected to bring traffic jams to Vermont
03-26-2024 4:22 PM

By BABETTE STOLK

As the 2024 total solar eclipse draws near, so do the hordes of people expected to visit Vermont to see it. Public safety officials say they’re doing what they can to minimize risk.Although the exact number of people coming to Vermont remains unknown,...


Vermont could become the next state to make Juneteenth an official holiday
03-19-2024 4:29 PM

By AUDITI GUHA

An effort afoot in the Vermont Senate would make Juneteenth a legal holiday — but not a day off.Two Senate committees have given their support to S.206, which would add June 19 to a dozen other dates already in statute, and the bill could hit the...


Few people have made their way to state’s last-minute temporary shelters
03-19-2024 4:26 PM

By CARLY BERLIN

Last week, Gov. Phil Scott’s administration scrambled to set up four mass shelters within a matter of days, anticipating hundreds of people would lose their eligibility for state-subsidized rooms through Vermont’s motel housing program on Friday. Yet...


Vermont House passes ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products and substitutes
03-18-2024 5:00 PM

By PETER D’AURIA

The Vermont House passed a ban on the sale of flavored nicotine products and tobacco substitutes Friday morning, a key hurdle before the legislation goes to the governor’s desk. The passage of S.18, after hours of floor discussion Thursday afternoon,...


Black bears are emerging from their winter dens early, in search of food
03-14-2024 4:45 PM

By K. FIEGENBAUM

Reports have been coming in from around the state: Bears are leaving their dens after a shorter-than-usual winter sleep — and they’re hungry.Late last week, the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife began urging Vermonters to take down their bird...


Dick McCormack to retire after 3-decade Senate career
03-12-2024 3:14 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

After more than three decades representing Windsor County in the Vermont Senate, Dick McCormack plans to retire next January at the conclusion of his term. The veteran Democrat disclosed his decision to constituents on Town Meeting Day last week and...

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