End-of-life law could be updated

Before he died, VTDigger spoke with Willem Jewett about the law he worked on while in the Legislature.

Pay farmers not to pollute the waterways

Vermont farmers who are working to reduce phosphorus pollution from their fields into local water bodies will soon be eligible for a new kind of compensation.

Are antigen tests OK to use in cold weather?

With about 350,000 at-home antigen tests on their way to Vermonters’ mailboxes, readers wrote to VTDigger to ask how the antigen tests would hold up if left for an afternoon or overnight in cold weather.

Court criticizes Corrections on furlough procedures

The Vermont Supreme Court slammed the state Department of Corrections this month over its handling of furlough cases, calling the system close to a “procedural mockery” and demanding that the department “do better for the persons subject to the rules.”

State officials forecast Christmas COVID surge

So far only a handful of Vermonters have tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19, state health officials said on Dec. 21. But that won’t be true for long.

School-funding task force offers lawmakers per-pupil options

Since June, a task force of eight Vermont lawmakers has been mulling one big question: How can the state’s school funding system be made fairer?

Small dairies get bigger margin subsidy

Some 482 Vermont dairy farms will receive an extra $23 million in subsidies through a federal program next year.

Horizon Organic to stay a little longer

Horizon Organic, which plans to stop taking milk from Northeast producers, has announced it will extend contracts by six months, giving farmers more time to find new markets.

Vt. Senate leader Becca Balint announces run for Congress

Becca Balint, the president pro tempore of the Vermont Senate, is running for the state’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, she announced Monday morning. “I’m running because I believe that, even with the challenges of today, we cannot back … (read more)

Vt. is getting millions for water infrastructure

Vermont will receive $63 million in the 2022 fiscal year from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for water infrastructure, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced Dec. 2.

Vt. COVID rates hit record high

Within only 10 days, Vermont’s seven-day average has gone from about 200 cases each day to over 300 cases per day, Department of Health data shows.

Vermont COVID cases drop, but only slightly

COVID-19 cases have declined 7% in the past two weeks, state officials reported Tuesday, but they reminded Vermonters it’s not the first time cases have begun to slow under the Delta wave, only to come back in force shortly after. Vermont reported 90 new … (read more)

What Horizon’s exit means for Vt. farmers

The Hescocks, who milk 325 cows at their Shoreham farm, have been producing for Horizon since 1999. It’s been about a month since they received the letter, and they don’t know what their future holds, or whether they’ll be able to continue farming at all.

Census numbers show Vermont trends

VERMONT — Chittenden County’s population grew 7.5% between 2010 and 2020, the most of any county in the state, according to newly released 2020 census data.The new numbers, the first local-level results of the 2020 decennial census collection, form the ba … (read more)

Gun charges for Brandon felon

BRANDON — A Brandon man is facing charges of illegally possessing firearms just weeks after his neighbor penned a USA Today commentary about “assault-weaponed bullies” in the town of about 4,000 people.Federal and local authorities raided Eric Grenier’s h … (read more)

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