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November 21, 2018

Robocalls on the rise in Vermont and elsewhere

By Anne Wallace Allen, VTDigger

Nuisance phone calls to Vermont numbers increased more than one-third between May and October this year.

The call-blocking service YouMail said about 5.1 million robocalls rang on 802 area codes in October – a rate of 171,000 per day, 7,000 per…

State News
November 21, 2018

Advisory panel to recommend 26% tax on cannabis sales

By Kit Norton/VTDigger

The subcommittee on taxation and regulation will be recommending to the Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission that the state adopt the highest tax rate on recreational cannabis currently in New England.

It will be recommended to the the full committee next month that…

Column
November 13, 2018

House shifts to the left

By Jim Harrison

Amid high turnout, likely fueled by the discourse in Washington and anti-Trump sentiment in Vermont, along with successful efforts of the Democrat/Progressives’ “get out the vote campaign,” the Vermont House made a shift to the left statewide.

State News
November 8, 2018

Hunters asked to help collect deer data

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking hunters for help in a statewide initiative to gather more biological data on the state’s deer population.  Hunters who get a deer during the Nov. 10-25 rifle season are asked to provide an incisor tooth from their…

Local News
November 8, 2018

Lawsuit alleging police brutality in Rutland suffers setback

By Alan J. Keays/VTDigger

A federal judge has thrown out claims in a police brutality lawsuit against Rutland City and its police department, but Matthew Hart, a Rutland attorney representing Smith-Wallett, said he’s pressing forward against officer Ryan Ashe, who he alleges used excessive force…

State News
November 8, 2018

Vermont physicians’ group comes out against legal marijuana market

By Anne Wallace Allen/ VTDigger

The Vermont Medical Society has come out strongly against proposals to commercialize marijuana, saying that expanding use in Vermont would harm infants and youth, increase traffic fatalities, and hinder workplace productivity.

The society, which represents about 2,000 of the state’s…

Local News
October 31, 2018

Polls show incumbents likely to win

Incumbent governor Phil Scott

Dem. challenger Christine Hallquist

Results from the October Vermont Public Radio/Vermont PBS poll were recently released. It showed 45 percent of the respondents approved of the way Gov. Phil Scott was handling his job. About…

State News
October 25, 2018

Parkland students urge Vermont youth to vote

By Aidan Quigley

BURLINGTON — Three survivors of the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting brought their message of activism and optimism to Vermont Friday, Oct. 19.

David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez and Alex Wind, the co-founders of the March for Our Lives movement…