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MIDDLEBURY — When eight candidates for state government met at an Addison County forum Tuesday night, some told reporters that they support imposing a carbon tax on Vermonters, but others said no way. more

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RUTLAND — Approval of a secret plan to make Rutland a refugee resettlement center has divided the community and left many unanswered questions about security and financial risks for the city. more

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RUTLAND, Vt. — Neighbors in Rutland have asked the Vermont Public Service Board to cancel the Cold River solar project. more

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MONTPELIER — A renewable energy lobbyist in Vermont is calling a $500 million carbon tax a clever “tax reform” idea to grow jobs and the economy. more

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MONTPELIER — After years of promoting a convenient nasal spray flu vaccine, Vermont Department of Health officials say the agency no longer stands by the product, despite having spent more than $600,000 on doses over the past three years. more

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MONTPELIER — States want to expand access to oral health care, but the debate over how to do it is provoking strong reactions from many within the dental community. more

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MONTPELIER — Republican Phil Scott and Democrat Sue Minter are set for a November showdown following the Aug. 9 primary election, and the candidates for governor see two very different futures for Vermont. more

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RUTLAND — A secret plan to make Rutland a permanent refugee resettlement community has divided residents and put the mayor’s political future in doubt. more

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RUTLAND — Members of the Board of Aldermen say they haven’t seen the city’s refugee resettlement application despite a claim by the mayor that the document’s availability proves he’s being transparent on the issue. more

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BURLINGTON — Epidemiologists at the Vermont Department of Health are concealing the number of refugees with contagious active tuberculosis disease. more

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MONTPELIER — Gun-rights advocates in Vermont say the push for gun control following the Orlando terrorist attack will ensure losses for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in the November election. more

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MONTPELIER — Data from the Vermont Department of Health show that more than one-third of refugees resettled in Vermont test positive for tuberculosis. more

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MONTPELIER — Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan backed away from reclassifying the position of a division director after Republican leaders accused Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) of acting secretly to protect exempt appointees’ jobs beyond his tenure. more

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MONTPELIER — Hunters and a gun rights group want Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) to veto a bill that creates an animal cruelty investigation board potentially staffed with members from anti-hunting organizations. more

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MONTPELIER — Vermont is the second worst state in the nation when it comes to tax and regulatory policies that foster economic growth, according to a recent report on economic competitiveness between states. more

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Energy Independent Vermont claims businesses are joining the call for a carbon tax, but some business owners say they are being misrepresented by the environmentalist coalition. more

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MONTPELIER – Solar energy is certain to provoke cheers and jeers in Vermont this Earth Day, as an increasing number of industrial solar plants are popping up across the Green Mountain State. more

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MONTPELIER - Gun rights advocates in Vermont say Hillary Clinton’s comment about guns used in New York crimes is not only wrong, but a malicious lie. more

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PITTSFORD — As more than a dozen states investigate energy companies over an alleged global warming coverup, Vermont RICO 20 professor Alan Betts says backers aren’t engaged in an anti-free-speech witch hunt. more

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Vermont’s governor and state treasurer have different ideas about the subcommittee being formed to investigate fossil-fuel divestment for the state’s $4 billion retirement fund. more

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RUTLAND — Approval of a secret plan to make Rutland a refugee resettlement center has divided the community and left many unanswered questions about security and financial risks for the city. more

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RUTLAND, Vt. — Neighbors in Rutland have asked the Vermont Public Service Board to cancel the Cold River solar project. more

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MONTPELIER — A renewable energy lobbyist in Vermont is calling a $500 million carbon tax a clever “tax reform” idea to grow jobs and the economy. more

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MONTPELIER — States want to expand access to oral health care, but the debate over how to do it is provoking strong reactions from many within the dental community. more

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MONTPELIER — Republican Phil Scott and Democrat Sue Minter are set for a November showdown following the Aug. 9 primary election, and the candidates for governor see two very different futures for Vermont. more

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RUTLAND — A secret plan to make Rutland a permanent refugee resettlement community has divided residents and put the mayor’s political future in doubt. more

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RUTLAND — Members of the Board of Aldermen say they haven’t seen the city’s refugee resettlement application despite a claim by the mayor that the document’s availability proves he’s being transparent on the issue. more

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BURLINGTON — Epidemiologists at the Vermont Department of Health are concealing the number of refugees with contagious active tuberculosis disease. more

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MONTPELIER — Gun-rights advocates in Vermont say the push for gun control following the Orlando terrorist attack will ensure losses for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in the November election. more

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MONTPELIER — Data from the Vermont Department of Health show that more than one-third of refugees resettled in Vermont test positive for tuberculosis. more

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MONTPELIER — Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan backed away from reclassifying the position of a division director after Republican leaders accused Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) of acting secretly to protect exempt appointees’ jobs beyond his tenure. more

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Photo by Malia Zimmerman

MONTPELIER — Hunters and a gun rights group want Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) to veto a bill that creates an animal cruelty investigation board potentially staffed with members from anti-hunting organizations. more

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MONTPELIER — Vermont is the second worst state in the nation when it comes to tax and regulatory policies that foster economic growth, according to a recent report on economic competitiveness between states. more

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Energy Independent Vermont claims businesses are joining the call for a carbon tax, but some business owners say they are being misrepresented by the environmentalist coalition. more

, The Vermont Eagle

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MONTPELIER – Solar energy is certain to provoke cheers and jeers in Vermont this Earth Day, as an increasing number of industrial solar plants are popping up across the Green Mountain State. more

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MONTPELIER - Gun rights advocates in Vermont say Hillary Clinton’s comment about guns used in New York crimes is not only wrong, but a malicious lie. more

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PITTSFORD — As more than a dozen states investigate energy companies over an alleged global warming coverup, Vermont RICO 20 professor Alan Betts says backers aren’t engaged in an anti-free-speech witch hunt. more

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MONTPELIER – Vermont Senators approved a renewable energy siting bill last week but shot down amendments favorable to towns, ratepayers and victims of industrial wind-turbine noise. more

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Vermont’s governor and state treasurer have different ideas about the subcommittee being formed to investigate fossil-fuel divestment for the state’s $4 billion retirement fund. more

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Vermont’s governor and state treasurer have different ideas about the subcommittee being formed to investigate fossil-fuel divestment for the state’s $4 billion retirement fund. more

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    Bruce Parker

    Vermont State Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington, urged fellow lawmakers to keep consolidation local and voluntary for school districts. Her amendment was rejected by a roll call vote of 80-62.

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    Bruce Parker

    The Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday voted for a budget plan that praises sustainable spending but violates it yet another year. House lawmakers voted 96-46 Thursday to approve a $5.5 billion budget that closes a $113 million gap between spending and revenue.

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    Bruce Parker

    In a lengthy Jan. 15 address centered on closing a $94 million budget gap, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) proposed higher taxes and said the state has “a spending problem.”

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