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Local News
March 7, 2018

Gun safety bills pass Senate, House

By Colin Meyn, VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott said he was “disappointed” that a bill addressing gun violence did not make it to his desk last week after the House decided to move on its own “extreme risk” gun seizure bill rather than passing a similar bill…

Senate panel advances “extreme risk” gun legislation
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February 28, 2018

Senate panel advances “extreme risk” gun legislation

By Alan J. Keays

The words of a Poultney teenager charged in a thwarted school shooting plot resonated in the small room as a Senate panel advanced a bill Friday, Feb. 23, allowing authorities to seize a firearm from a person deemed a risk to themselves or…

State News
February 14, 2018

Special education students could be better served for less, studies say

By Tiffany Danitz Pache, VTDigger

Vermont students needing special education could be better served for less money, according to two studies commissioned by the Legislature.

Lawmakers will use the studies to craft new approaches to delivering and funding special education services.

The studies were conducted by…

State News
February 14, 2018

Republican leader proposes drug testing for welfare recipients

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger House Minority Leader Rep. Don Turner is proposing a bill that would allow for drug testing of people receiving financial assistance through a state program for low-income families.

If a test comes back positive for an illegal substance, a person in…

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…