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Gov. Shumlin signs new law cracking down on abuse of prescription and other drugs

July 14, 2014
posted Jun 13, 2013 On June 5, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a comprehensive package of legislation designed to crack down on drug addiction and the crimes linked to abuse of prescription and other drugs, including methamphetamines. In addition, another new law provides limited immunity from liability for people who report an overdose to…

Shumlin calls for $10.10 minimum wage by 2017

July 14, 2014
By Hilary Niles, VTDigger.org updated Wed, Mar 12, 2014 06:18 PM Vt. is joined by three other New England governors echoing Obama's call Gov. Peter Shumlin wants to increase the state's minimum wage from $8.73 per hour to $10.10 per hour, by 2017. Shumlin's pitch matches that of President Barack Obama, who's calling for the…

Heroin addiction: Potential solutions explored at “Vermont’s Heroin Addicts—Handcuffs or Hospitals”

July 14, 2014
updated Thu, Feb 27, 2014 07:29 PM SOUTH ROYALTON - Heroin addiction is making headlines in Vermont and across the nation, from an Oscar-winning actor's recent death after an apparent overdose to the Boston Globe's reports of the drug's "deadly foothold in Vermont" and strings of apparent heroin being reported in nearly every state. It's…

Deluge renders a veritable ‘who-dun-it’ of Irene Storm, rescue, and recovery

July 10, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz updated Wed, Aug 28, 2013 06:43 PM Chances are you will know some of the people in the book; perhaps you are even in the book! I live on a mountain 2,230 feet above sea level along the spine of the Green Mountains. To get anywhere we descend about 430 vertical…

Act 250 permits: Reactions and progress

July 9, 2014
By Karen D. Lorentz posted Oct 23, 2013 Editor's note: This is the third article in a series on the new Act 250 permits issued Oct. 7 for Phase 1 of Killington Village. The previous two articles by Lorentz covered the details of each permit, this week she gets reactions on conditions and timelines from…