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Authorities probe death of man shot and killed by state police trooper in Orange, Vt.
06-13-2024 3:17 PM

By ALAN J. KEAYS

Vermont State Police say they are investigating the death of a man shot and killed Wednesday afternoon by a state trooper in Orange. Few details related to the shooting were immediately available late Wednesday afternoon, including the identity of the...

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Prospects dim for property tax compromise after sour meeting between administration and lawmakers
06-13-2024 3:12 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

Negotiations between Gov. Phil Scott’s administration and legislative leadership soured after a Wednesday afternoon meeting to discuss the executive branch’s property tax and education finance proposal. The meeting and subsequent fallout followed...


Vermont Supreme Court tosses out verdict that awarded $600k to fired prison superintendent
06-11-2024 3:36 PM

By ALAN J. KEAYS

The Vermont Supreme Court has thrown out a $605,000 jury award to the former head of the Springfield prison, who was fired in 2017.The high court ruled that the state’s whistleblower protection law didn’t apply to Mark Potanas because the concerns he...


Vermont ‘Baby Doe’ death investigation closes after four decades with no criminal charges
06-01-2024 2:00 PM

By JUAN VEGA DE SOTO

No criminal charges will be filed in the 1982 death of “Baby Doe,” Vermont State Police announced this week, bringing the long-standing investigation to a close. More than four decades after a group of schoolchildren found a deceased infant off the...


In Cornwall, newly conserved grasslands are for the birds
05-26-2024 3:45 PM

By EMMA COTTON

CORNWALL — Jill Kilborn spent the morning of May 16 in tall wading boots, roaming the wet, grassy expanses of a newly conserved, 110-acre piece of land and looking for birds.An abundant assortment of songbirds made themselves known that morning...


State trooper receiving care for ‘severe’ traumatic brain injury from March crash
05-22-2024 2:56 PM

By ALAN J. KEAYS

A Vermont State Police trooper seriously injured in March when his cruiser slammed into a fire truck that had stopped at a crash scene is undergoing treatment for a “severe traumatic brain injury.”Mike O’Neil, executive director of the Vermont...


State intends to build new secure juvenile facility in Vergennes
05-20-2024 4:06 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

The Vermont Department for Children and Families formally announced Thursday it intends to build a secure youth facility in Vergennes, a project that would replace the state’s juvenile detention center shuttered in 2020.The proposed facility, named...


Vermont congressional delegation calls on FEMA to improve flood recovery efforts
05-13-2024 4:15 PM

By JIMMY NESBITT

Vermont’s congressional delegation on Thursday called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address shortcomings it said residents faced accessing federal assistance after the July 2023 floods.In a letter to FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell,...


Wild divide: Can wildlife management policy reflect Vermonters’ complex views?
05-12-2024 4:34 PM

By EMMA COTTON

This is the second story in a two-part series that examines the increasingly inflamed debate about wildlife management in Vermont. Part I of the series looked at the voices that are most often heard in the Legislature and in Vermont media. This story...


Senate’s education funding bill makes dent in tax increase but kicks the can on big change
05-12-2024 4:32 PM

By ETHAN WEINSTEIN

The Senate’s version of the annual education funding bill, passed Wednesday night, would make a dent in Vermonters’ looming property tax increases but stopped short of changing the system. By and large, the bill punts tough questions about how to...


Vermont opioid deaths decline for the first time since 2019, according to preliminary data
05-11-2024 6:00 PM

By JUAN VEGA DE SOTO

Opioid deaths among Vermonters appear to have dipped in 2023, according to new data from the state Department of Health, following three consecutive years of record-breaking fatalities. According to the report, which was released Wednesday, 231 state...


State parks celebrate 100th anniversary while rebuilding from historic July floods
05-11-2024 5:58 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

JAMAICA — Vermont state parks are marking their centennial this year, a season-long celebration that park officials are hoping will bring a record number of visitors after the disruptions from last summer’s statewide flooding.Officials are hoping to...


Students take down pro-Palestinian encampment at UVM
05-08-2024 3:37 PM

By PETER D’AURIA

A tent encampment at the University of Vermont is coming down, organizers announced Wednesday, after pro-Palestinian student protesters spent 10 nights occupying a campus quad. Protest organizers said that students had made the “strategic decision” to...


David Zuckerman is seeking reelection to lieutenant governor’s office
05-04-2024 5:01 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman wants to hold onto his gig.The Hinesburg Progressive/Democrat announced his bid for reelection to the state’s second-highest executive office in a press release Thursday morning, writing that he is “not done fighting for...


From dirt patch to a gateway garden, a Randolph volunteer cultivates community
05-04-2024 4:52 PM

By AUDITI GUHA

RANDOLPH — On a sunny afternoon in late April, a woman with a shock of white curls was hunched over a corner of a park, digging intently in the dirt.Local resident Rosalind Burgess, 75, has been working to beautify that particular corner of town —...


Sarah Copeland Hanzas launches bid for second term as secretary of state
05-02-2024 4:12 PM

By SARAH MEARHOFF

Vermont Secretary of State Sarah Copeland Hanzas wants another two years in office.The Bradford Democrat announced her bid for reelection at a press conference Wednesday in the Statehouse. She was flanked by dozens of legislators who called her a...


Lawsuit accuses Norwich University, former president of creating hostile environment, sex-based discrimination
04-25-2024 5:01 PM

By PETER D’AURIA

A longtime Norwich University employee is accusing school leaders of sexual harassment, sex-based discrimination and creating a hostile environment, according to a lawsuit filed this week.Elizabeth Kennedy, Norwich’s former vice president of...


Vermont confirms first measles case since 2018
04-25-2024 4:00 PM

By PETER D’AURIA

State officials have confirmed a case of measles in Vermont, officials announced Tuesday, the first confirmed case in the state since 2018.   The individual who was confirmed to have the disease had come to Vermont for an “international group...


New ‘incentive calculator’ launches to help Vermonters electrify their homes
04-23-2024 3:51 PM

By JUAN VEGA DE SOTO

To celebrate Earth Day, two nonprofits announced the launch of a Vermont-specific incentives calculator to electrify everything from your car to your water heater. Rewire America, a national electrification nonprofit, worked with Efficiency Vermont on...


Feds to reimburse Vermont $22M for cleanup costs following July floods
04-22-2024 3:53 PM

By TIFFANY TAN

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending Vermont $22 million to cover its costs of cleaning up debris and stabilizing state buildings in Montpelier following last summer’s historic flooding.The bulk of the federal reimbursement to the...


How a hurricane and a cardinal launched a UVM professor on a new career path
04-20-2024 5:18 PM

By K. FIEGENBAUM

Before Hurricane Katrina hit her newly adopted city of New Orleans in 2005, Trish O’Kane knew next to nothing about the environment — let alone birds.O’Kane had spent much of her life working as an investigative human rights journalist in Central...

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