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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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A Vermonter visits Vietnam

Guest Viewpoint

My recent visit to Vietnam was spent exclusively in the north, in Hanoi, Halong Bay—a few hours north of Hanoi—and the ethnic tribal areas further north near the Chinese border, an overnight train trip from Hanoi.

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Guest Viewpoint: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders

In his typical flamboyant manner, U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders, our self-proclaimed socialist, has announced his campaign for president. There’s no doubt Sen. Sanders will generate plenty of buzz.

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E-mails reveal complete streets battle over Rutland City road grant

Vermont Watchdog Report

Officials in Rutland just want to fix a failing road at an affordable price. They might not be able to, if complete streets advocates get their way. According to leaders at the city’s Department of Public Works, Dorr Drive should be rebuilt as is.

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Bernie begs the question

Guest Viewpoint

Love him or hate him, one has to concede that Bernie Sanders has had a tremendous impact on the political direction of Vermont over the past a quarter century plus. His influence has reverberated throughout the Green Mountains and in our State House. He has had spawned many acolytes in the activist community and in the halls of power.

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Vermont driver’s privilege card fraud spreads to foreign countries

Vermont Watchdog Report

An investigation into fraudulent applications for Vermont driver’s privilege cards has spread to foreign countries, according to the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Vermont road repair costs to skyrocket under complete streets law

A one-mile road repair estimated at $263,910 could rise as high as $629,561 if lanes are added for cyclists and pedestrians, according to an analysis from the City of Rutland Department of Public Works.