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State News
July 3, 2015

Historic Supreme Court ruling made on marriage equality

Same-sex couples will be free to marry throughout the United States

On June 26, the Supreme Court held that same-sex couples can no longer be denied the freedom to marry guaranteed by the Constitution, assuring that soon all loving and committed couples will be able…

State News
July 3, 2015

23-day manhunt finally ends

Prison escapees found near the Canadian boarder

By Polly Lynn

Convicted murders David Sweat and Richard Matt had planned to drive to Mexico after successfully escaping from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., more than three weeks ago. However, they had to improvise after…

State News
July 2, 2015

Vermont-NEA endorses Sanders for president

By Jess Wisloski, VTDigger.org

Vermont’s largest union has joined the ranks of unions nationwide that are endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in his run for president. The Vermont National Education Association, which represents teachers and education workers across the state, issued a statement in support…

State News
July 2, 2015

Crash at Rte 7-103 intersection sends four locals to hospital

WALLINGFORD—On June 13 at about 2 p.m. Cedric Rogers, 58, of Wallingford, was traveling north on Route 7, approaching the intersection of Route 103.  Terri Harrington, 48, of East Wallingford, was driving on Route 103 approaching the intersection. Harrington collided with Rogers in the intersection and…

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July 2, 2015

State to decide fate of Rutland Mental Health

By Morgan True, VTDigger.org

Among the problems Rutland Mental Health Services must address to remain one of the state’s regional human services contractors is its management of a waiting list for adolescent mental health services, a state report shows.

Within the past year a 13-year-old…

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July 2, 2015

Auditor’s report finds fault with prisoner housing program

By Morgan True, VTDigger.org

The Department of Corrections is not properly tracking transitional housing services delivered by community partners and is not adequately measuring how those services help released inmates reintegrate into the community, a state auditor’s report shows.

DOC’s transitional housing program provides grants…

State News
July 2, 2015

Legislature, governor create child care commission

By Amy Ash Nixon, VTDigger.org

A lack of high-quality early learning opportunities for Vermont’s young children has led the Vt. Legislature and Gov. Peter Shumlin to form a Blue Ribbon Commission on Financing High Quality, Affordable Child Care.

The commission will collect information on the…

State News
June 26, 2015

Gov. Shumlin caps legislative session by signing 76 bills

Gov. Peter Shumlin has capped off this legislative session by signing the last of 76 bills passed by the Legislature this year.

“I was proud to sign so many pieces of legislation into law that will help make Vermont’s economy work for every Vermonter, protect…

State News
June 26, 2015

Shumlin signs water quality bill

By Sarah Olsen, VTDigger.org

On Tuesday, June 16, on the shore of Lake Champlain, Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill that aims to improve the quality of the state’s waterways .

The bill, H.35, raises money through a 0.2 percent surcharge on the state’s property…