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Parenting class on trauma’s impact

Parents make shifts at home, creates ripple effect of change for families.

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Alex Smith: A hunter’s thoughts on coexistence and S.258

Why do we need animal rights groups to advocate for stronger wanton waste laws? We should be doing that.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Alex Smith: A hunter’s thoughts on coexistence and S.258.

Christine Werneke and Stephen Leffler: Vermonters urgently need more long-term care capacity

The situation has become chronic and is causing constant overcrowding in our hospitals across the state.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Christine Werneke and Stephen Leffler: Vermonters urgently need more long-term care capacity.

Tom Pelham: It’s OK to vote no on school budgets

Given the amount Vermonters already spend on K-12 education, sending budgets back to school boards and the legislature to craft and enact fiscal reforms is the responsible course.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Tom Pelham: It’s OK to vote no on school budgets.

Joe Carroll: Vote yes on the Montpelier-Roxbury school budget

Voting no on the school budget will harm our schools and do nothing to address the structural issues we are facing.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Joe Carroll: Vote yes on the Montpelier-Roxbury school budget.

Resolving conflict, finding balance: The world of Barbara Shaw-Dorso 

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The 75-year-old is a key face of Burlington’s Community Justice Center. Bringing victims and perpetrators of harm together to hear each other out is what drives her.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Resolving conflict, finding balance: The world of Barbara Shaw-Dorso .

Montpelier considers ‘just cause’ eviction standard, despite hesitance at the Statehouse

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Montpelier could join the list of Vermont municipalities attempting to strengthen tenants’ rights. But even if voters approve the “just cause” proposal, it’s likely to languish at the Statehouse.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Montpelier considers ‘just cause’ eviction standard, despite hesitance at the Statehouse.

Final Reading: State lawmakers look into why emergency departments are still so full

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A lack of staff at nursing homes, rehab facilities and home health care agencies means many Vermonters stay in hospitals much longer than necessary.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Final Reading: State lawmakers look into why emergency departments are still so full.

Vermont Conversation: ‘An amazing person in this world’ — Mother of Hisham Awartani on his return to college after attempted murder

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Awartani was shot in Burlington on Nov. 25 and is now paralyzed from the waist down.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Vermont Conversation: ‘An amazing person in this world’ — Mother of Hisham Awartani on his return to college after attempted murder.

After a spate of water main breaks, Middlebury nears the end of repairs

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While the town has turned water back on for all of its customers, it still needs to assess long-term damage created by the breaks, which interrupted service for hundreds of people.

Read the story on VTDigger here: After a spate of water main breaks, Middlebury nears the end of repairs.

Death of woman whose body was found in Washington last fall ruled a homicide 

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A final determination from the medical examiner’s office found that 23-year-old Tanairy “Tanya” Velazquez Estrada died from asphyxia due to strangling, according to authorities. 

Read the story on VTDigger here: Death of woman whose body was found in Washington last fall ruled a homicide .

Senate passes property tax cap repeal, calls for ‘groundbreaking’ reimagining of education financing and spending

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Gov. Phil Scott is expected to sign the legislation, which will allow school districts to reopen their budgets and push back budget votes. 

Read the story on VTDigger here: Senate passes property tax cap repeal, calls for ‘groundbreaking’ reimagining of education financing and spending.

UnitedHealthcare reaches deal with UVM Health Network to maintain coverage

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The move will ensure that Vermonters insured under UnitedHealthcare will be able to stay in network at the state’s largest health care provider through the spring of 2026.

Read the story on VTDigger here: UnitedHealthcare reaches deal with UVM Health Network to maintain coverage.

Bennington lawmaker faces DUI charge after traffic stop outside Vermont Statehouse

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Rep. Jim Carroll said he regretted his actions. He was initially stopped Wednesday morning for a loud muffler, according to Montpelier police, who said they then noticed signs of impairment.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Bennington lawmaker faces DUI charge after traffic stop outside Vermont Statehouse.

Phil Scott directs Vermont Emergency Management to ease applications for state flood hazard mitigation dollars

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Vermont has $100 million to hopefully soften the blow of the state’s next natural disaster.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Phil Scott directs Vermont Emergency Management to ease applications for state flood hazard mitigation dollars.

Adrian Ivakhiv: Connecting the dots on identity — from gender to race to indigeneity

Indigenous nations exist today because they have survived centuries of settler-colonial genocide. They have done this not as individuals (which would be impossible) but as intact communities.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Adrian Ivakhiv: Connecting the dots on identity — from gender to race to indigeneity.

VSAC funding helps New Americans learn to drive

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With support from VSAC’s Advancement Grant, the Haji Driving Academy helps many of Vermont’s immigrants merge into American culture

Read the story on VTDigger here: VSAC funding helps New Americans learn to drive.

Colin Larsen: Proposed Burlington zoning changes are a good start to smart growth

Paul Bierman’s prediction that this zoning change will "reverse years of work" is misleading, and denying suburban infill would be gravely inequitable. 

Read the story on VTDigger here: Colin Larsen: Proposed Burlington zoning changes are a good start to smart growth.

Joyce Slayton Mitchell: Memories of the Hardwick Gazette

The Gazette has been and always will be my first understanding of what a local newspaper is. 

Read the story on VTDigger here: Joyce Slayton Mitchell: Memories of the Hardwick Gazette.

Sen. Chris Bray: A balanced board and scientific wildlife management, S.258

This bill brings everyone’s voice into the conversation while ensuring that the trained professionals at the Department of Fish and Wildlife manage using the best science available. 

Read the story on VTDigger here: Sen. Chris Bray: A balanced board and scientific wildlife management, S.258.

Final Reading: Omnibus motor vehicle bill tackles vehicle lights, window tints 

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Senators passed legislation Tuesday that limits the use of blue lights on vehicles and changes how the state regulates window tints.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Final Reading: Omnibus motor vehicle bill tackles vehicle lights, window tints .

3-year-old in critical condition after 4 family members fall through ice on Lake Memphremagog

The off-road vehicle they were riding in went through the ice in the lake’s South Bay and plummeted into the freezing water.

Read the story on VTDigger here: 3-year-old in critical condition after 4 family members fall through ice on Lake Memphremagog.

Ex-captain in Caledonia County Sheriff’s Department banned from police work in Vermont

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Stephen Bunnell, accused of trading money for sex and nude photos, reached a plea deal in March 2022 to misdemeanor criminal charges of disorderly conduct by phone and prohibited conduct.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Ex-captain in Caledonia County Sheriff’s Department banned from police work in Vermont.

Some anglers worry about state proposal to close Salisbury fish hatchery

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Closing the fishery would save the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, according to Commissioner Chris Herrick.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Some anglers worry about state proposal to close Salisbury fish hatchery.

Vermont EMS providers have largely professionalized, but the system has not

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As volunteerism has dwindled, calls for care have increased. And reimbursement shortfalls are compounding financial strains. 

Read the story on VTDigger here: Vermont EMS providers have largely professionalized, but the system has not.

Vermont seeks federal major disaster declaration for December floods

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If approved by the White House, the declaration would be the third granted to the state for weather events in 2023, following severe flooding over the summer.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Vermont seeks federal major disaster declaration for December floods.

Paul Kendall: The Pledge of Allegiance unites and judges us

When we stand beside our neighbors and our children to recite the pledge, we commit ourselves to listen respectfully to the views of others.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Paul Kendall: The Pledge of Allegiance unites and judges us.

Matt Vogel: UVM’s remarkable turnaround has improved life for Jewish students

In the wake of a landmark settlement with the federal government, there has been a remarkable evolution in visible support for Jewish students.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Matt Vogel: UVM’s remarkable turnaround has improved life for Jewish students.

Ariel Quiros’ motion seeking a shorter sentence filed by ‘unauthorized’ person, shelved

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“It was done following a discussion by some misguided person who thought they were doing Mr. Quiros a favor,” a Florida attorney for the former Jay Peak ski resort owner said Monday.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Ariel Quiros’ motion seeking a shorter sentence filed by ‘unauthorized’ person, shelved.

Non-opioid overdose deaths rose during the pandemic, driven by cocaine use

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Such overdose deaths peaked at 29 cases in 2020, a 70% jump from the previous year — but they remained a fraction of the number of fatal opioid overdoses in Vermont.

Read the story on VTDigger here: Non-opioid overdose deaths rose during the pandemic, driven by cocaine use.

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