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January 3, 2018

Wanted murder suspect tries to cross border illegally

On Dec. 20, U.S. border patrol agents assigned to the Champlain Station arrested an Albanian man identified as Sandra Hiraj, 20, during his failed attempt to illegally enter the U. S. Record checks revealed that Hiraj is wanted by the government of Albania for murdering…

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January 3, 2018

Vermont Ski Areas Association names new president

The Vermont Ski Areas Association (VSAA) board of directors has named Molly Mahar as the new president of the nonprofit trade group representing 20 Alpine areas and 30 cross country centers. She will be joining the Ski Vermont team on Jan. 8.

Mahar is currently…

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January 3, 2018

School mergers proven to save money, add curricula

By Michelle Monroe, St. Albans Messenger

State officials used Governor Phil Scott’s Education Summit last week to drive home the point that school mergers have saved significant amounts of money and enabled merged districts to improve educational opportunities for students.

Two panel discussions at the…

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December 28, 2017

Vermont Health Connect wraps up 2018 open enrollment

State officials reported that nearly 23,000 Vermonters have confirmed a 2018 health plan and qualified for financial help to make the plan more affordable. Total enrollment in qualified health plans is expected to surpass 80,000. This year’s earlier deadline means fewer members will experience gaps…

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December 21, 2017

Leahy: Development investments top $222 million for Vermont

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) economic development investments in the Vermont now total more than $222 million during fiscal year 2017. Federal funds supported a broad range of activities in thirteen Vermont counties, including business development, housing construction and…

State News
December 21, 2017

Prosecutors clear troopers in fatal shooting of man pointing BB gun

By Alan Keays, VTDigger

Prosecutors have cleared five state police troopers of criminal wrongdoing in a fatal shooting that followed a lengthy standoff in Poultney.

A big factor in that decision, according to the prosecutors, was the misleading appearance of a weapon Michael Battles pointed…

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December 6, 2017

Leahy secures $1.3 million for police heroin task force

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy announced a grant of more than $1.3 million for the Vermont State Police to continue its aggressive work fighting the opioid epidemic in Vermont on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

This was the second-largest of only eight grants awarded nationwide…

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December 6, 2017

GMP rates expected to rise 5 percent

By Mike Polhamus, VTDigger

Green Mountain Power’s electric rates are slated to rise by 5 percent in 2018 if the Public Utility Commission approves a deal the state’s largest utility reached this month with the Vermont Department of Public Service.

The deal incorporates approximately $18…