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State News
July 19, 2017

PTSD center in White River Junction poised for full funding

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION—A national Veterans Affairs center headquartered in White River Junction is likely to be fully funded in the next fiscal year.

In the version of a budget bill that passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, July 13, the…

Leahy farmworker bill gains momentum, advocates
State News
July 12, 2017

Leahy farmworker bill gains momentum, advocates

By Gaen Murphree

A key to finally getting federal law changed so immigrants can more easily work on Vermont’s dairy farms is getting farmers and farm advocates here to reach out to their counterparts in Republican-leaning states. That is the analysis of people familiar with…

State News
July 5, 2017

Fentanyl takes a deadly toll on Vermont

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger

On Christmas Eve in 2015, Eric Morin died of acute fentanyl poisoning.

His family was told it was nearly instant.

“The counselor told us it was like turning a light switch on and off,” Morin’s mother, Rachel Coulter, said. “That’s how…

State News
June 28, 2017

Frustrated school board members form rival lobbying group

By Tiffany Danitz Pache, VTDigger

School board members who are frustrated with the Vermont School Boards Association’s lobbying priorities have formed a rival group.

Members of the Alliance of Vermont School Board Members are frustrated with the association’s stance on the school district consolidation law,…

State News
June 28, 2017

State fines North Springfield slaughterhouse

By Troy Shaheen, VTDigger

Mercy for Animals, an animal protection group based in California, is calling for an investigation into Vermont Packinghouse for what it calls “unfair and deceptive business practices.” The advocacy group filed complaints last week with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and…

Young bears are released back to the wild
State News
June 21, 2017

Young bears are released back to the wild

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department successfully released several young orphaned bears back into the wild after a short stay with a wildlife rehabilitator. The cubs had shown up malnourished in residential areas earlier this spring.

Working in partnership with New Hampshire Fish & Game,…

State News
June 21, 2017

Report provides snapshot of statewide homelessness

By Evan Johnson 

On a single night in January this year, 1,225 Vermonters were found to be literally homeless. The 2017 Point-in-Time Count Report, released Thursday, June 15, the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, showed an overall increase in…

State News
June 21, 2017

Report rates statewide efforts to feed kids

A report released June 13 by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) confirms that Vermont continues to be a national leader in the fight to end childhood hunger, especially during the summer months when free school meals are not available. With outreach and assistance…