Public meeting access gets post-COVID upgrade

The Senate this week unanimously passed S.55, a bill that sets new ground rules for the public’s access to public meetings in the post-pandemic era. 

Vt. Supreme Court to address Vekos’s law license

The disciplinary counsel for a panel overseeing lawyers in Vermont is seeking a suspension of Addison County State’s Attorney Eva Vekos’s  ability to practice law after she refused to provide information about her recent medical leave following her arrest … (read more)

Vekos apologizes, returns to work

Addison County State’s Attorney Eva Vekos is back on the job and apologizing for an email she sent to law enforcement leaders after her arrest for driving under the influence, in which she said she didn’t feel safe around police and disparaged their intel … (read more)

School budgets take a hit statewide

Voters struck down close to a third of school budgets across Vermont on Tuesday, the highest proportion in at least a decade, according to the Vermont Superintendents Association. 

Salisbury fish hatchery closing looms

To the dismay of some anglers, state officials have proposed a plan to close a historic Vermont fish hatchery in Salisbury to cut costs within the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. 

Lawmakers are rethinking Act 127

Lawmakers are now talking about replacing a controversial cap on homestead property tax rates with a new tax “discount” that would apply only to districts losing tax capacity.

Auclair pleads guilty to killing her husband

A Monkton woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring with her son to kill her husband more than three years ago, heading off a trial that was set to begin next week.

Scott says keep the lid on spending

In his budget address delivered to the Legislature on Tuesday, Republican Gov. Phil Scott once again implored lawmakers to refrain from increasing state taxes and fees on Vermonters, and keep state spending within current revenues.

As the climate changes, more Vermonters rely on state climatologist

In the days and months after the July floods that devastated much of Vermont, Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux’s inbox filled with requests. 

Flooding returns, but effects aren’t so bad

Heavy rain and melting snow inundated much of Vermont on Monday, leading to swift-water rescues, evacuations, road closures and early school dismissals, including in Addison Central School District.

Vt. Attorney General sues Meta

New details released Dec. 14 in the Vermont Attorney General’s lawsuit against Meta describe how the tech giant studied teenagers in Vermont as part of efforts to make its social media platform Instagram more addictive — and how top company leaders allege … (read more)

Mauch takes the helm at VSC

Elizabeth Mauch, the president of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., will be the next chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges, trustees announced last week. 

Vt. is changing how it tracks COVID-19 in the state’s wastewater

Bob Fischer, water quality superintendent for South Burlington, remembers when researchers first realized that they could track the health of a population through its sewer system decades ago. 

Shooting claims Vergennes man

A Vergennes resident was one of two men who were fatally shot Sunday night in Burlington.

State sets new rules for winter shelters

The state of Vermont will once again pay to shelter people experiencing homelessness in motels during the bulk of the cold-weather months, regardless of that day’s forecast or whether they meet certain eligibility requirements.