Tag Archives: VTDigger

Local News
February 14, 2018

Saliva testing for pot?

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

A panel of lawmakers voted in favor of a bill that would allow law enforcement officers to use saliva testing to detect the presence of drugs in motorists.

The House Transportation Committee approved the bill, H.237, on Friday, Feb. 9, by a…

Local News
February 1, 2018

Scott budget features small initiatives

By Anne Galloway, VTDigger

There are no “bells and whistles” in Gov. Phil Scott’s 2019 budget. As expected, there are also no new taxes and no new fees.

Nor have any big initiatives been proposed in the budget. Instead, the governor’s office gave the Legislature…

Local News
February 1, 2018

Crowded field vies for Rutland aldermen seats

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

RUTLAND — Ten candidates are facing off for five seats on the Rutland city Board of Aldermen.

Three of the five incumbents are seeking re-election to two-year terms on the 11-member panel. The filing deadline was 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29. Town…

Local News
January 24, 2018

Suspect in standoff had a BB gun

By Alan J. Keays/VTDigger

MONTPELIER—State police say that a pistol a man displayed during a standoff, Jan. 16, on a field at Montpelier High School, prompting nine officers to open fire and kill him, was a BB gun.

A day after the shooting, police said…

Local News
January 10, 2018

Kmart closing at Diamond Run Mall

By Alan Keays/VTDigger

RUTLAND—The third of three anchor stores at the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland Town plans to close, leaving local officials to wonder about the future of the regional shopping center.

Sears Holding Corp. announced Thursday plans to shutter 64 underperforming Kmart and…

State News
January 10, 2018

House passes pot compromise in spite of federal threat

By Alan Keays/VTDigger

The Vermont House passed a bill Thursday, Jan. 4, to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, defeating a host of amendments, including one that likely would have cost the governor’s support.

The House vote came on the same day that U.S. Attorney…

State News
January 4, 2018

Gov. Scott calls for anti-harassment training

By Elizabeth Hewitt, VTDigger

The state has investigated 52 claims of sexual harassment reported by state employees since 2014, according to the Vermont Department of Human Resources.

Disciplinary action was taken in two cases in 2016 and two cases in 2017. (Penalties can range from…

Rutland budget showdown is underway
Local News
December 28, 2017

Rutland budget showdown is underway

By Alan Keays, VTDigger

The city’s Board of Aldermen cut a bit deeper but big-ticket items survived a marathon budget session.

The board Wednesday night adopted a proposed spending plan for the next fiscal year totaling $21,393,763, a figure that will now go on the…