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Life-long Vermonters fleeing state for opportunities elsewhere

Vermont Watchdog Report

Vacationers to Vermont dream of staying forever. But for many Vermonters trapped in the state’s struggling economy, opportunities in other states are convincing them to flee the Green Mountains for greener pastures. It’s no secret Vermonters are leaving the state.

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Vt. business groups question $100,000 awarded to only one chamber

Vermont Watchdog Report

Business development groups in Vermont are demanding to know how a $100,000 appropriation for fostering business with Quebec was awarded exclusively to Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, according to e-mails obtained....

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Bristol residents to vote on $3.19 million fire station, land purchase

Registered voters of the Town of Bristol will vote Tuesday, July 7, at Holley Hall from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on a $3.19 million bond to build a new fire station and purchase 9.03 acres of land located on West Street.

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How will SCOTUS ruling affect Vermonters?

Vermont Watchdog Report

The U.S. Supreme Court last Thursday ruled 6-3 to allow states without insurance exchanges to continue receiving federal subsidies. Critics of the ruling say the decision does nothing to help Vermonters escape the state’s troubled health care exchange.

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Board supports Shard Villa Road gas project

The Middlebury Select Board signed a letter reaffirming its support for the Renewable Natural Gas Biomethane Project proposed for Shard Villa Road in Salisbury, which is now before the Vermont Public Service Board for review.

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New Haven Select Board concerned regarding solar-array landscaping

New Haven Select Board members Doug Tolles and Jim Walsh recently contacted Town of Middlebury officials to express their concerns over what they believe is inadequate landscaping screening that has been put in place at the new solar array adjacent to Field Days Road.

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Green Mt. Care board presses Feds for controversial all-payer waiver

Vermont Watchdog Report

Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board has begun negotiations with the federal government, preparing for the 2016 go-ahead for Gov. Peter Shumlin’s all-payer health care waiver.

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Majority of Select Board in favor of Middlebury Airport improvements

During a June 9 meeting, the Middlebury Select Board discussed the runway extension and associated safety improvements proposed by the FAA and state for the Middlebury State Airport...

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Russian ad attracting foreign nationals to Vermont for driver’s licenses

Vermont Watchdog Report

A Russian-language advertisement offering services for illegal immigrants in the New York City area is drawing Ukrainian and Georgian foreign nationals to obtain driver’s privilege cards in Vermont, one of just 10 states offering formal identification cards to undocumented immigrants.

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Hinesburg kicks off process to search for new officials

The Town of Hinesburg is poised to begin employment searches for candidates to fill positions at the town hall.

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Rutland bike lanes still an issue

Vermont Watchdog Report

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has given preliminary approval of $175,000 for repairing Dorr Drive in Rutland City, but final approval may yet hinge on adding costly bike lanes.

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Lisa Chalidze: Race to the courthouse

Last week a grand jury indicted six police officers in relation to the death of Freddie Gray. The charges ranged from second-degree assault to “depraved-heart murder”.

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Letter to the Editor: No resemblance

Harry S. Truman, before he became 33rd President of the United States on April 12, 1945, was a Senator from the great state of Missouri. Harry served his country with honor as an artillery officer in World War 1. As a Senator during the Second World War,

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Vermont parents may suddenly get religion with vaccination bill signed

Vermont Watchdog Report

With forced vaccination set to become reality in 2016, Vermont parents are faced with drastic decisions — including feigning religious preference — as they look to make medical decisions for their children.

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Sanders promises to make nation like Vermont

Vermont Watchdog Report

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders touted his socialist vision for America as thousands of energized supporters cheered the politician’s Vermont-styled solutions on issues from education and health care to a living wage.

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