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I-91 Rockingham bridge construction

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:36:03 GMT

The projected completion date is May 18, 2020. Here is the anticipated construction schedule for the week of Feb. 19, 2018.

Lead found in water at some Vermont schools

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:53:27 GMT

A state project to test for lead in the water of selected Vermont schools has found that about half the schools for which the results have come in have at least a few taps and faucets that exceed state and federal limits. Three state agencies working together - the Department of Health, Department of Environmental Conservation and the Agency of Education - announced the testing initiative last fall with a release that said "Unless you test for it, there's no way of knowing if lead is in drinking water."

School shootings are rate. But threats aren't. How do schools manage? NEW

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:11:40 GMT

Despite school shootings being fairly rare, threats of violence from students can be fairly routine. And that's put schools and local police in the tough spot of regularly trying to parse empty threat from deadly intent with only a small sample size to go on.

Mumps outbreak confirmed at UVM, St. Michael's College

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:36:38 GMT

The Vermont Department of Health has confirmed an outbreak of the mumps among students at the University of Vermont and St. Michael's College. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mumps is a viral disease typically marked by fever, muscle aches and tiredness.

'I am Vermont Too'

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 02:24:30 GMT

Photo provided by Alyssa ChenSha'an Mouliert, the co-founder of the African American Alliance of the Northeast Kingdom and a board member of Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform, teamed up with Shela Linton, of Brattleboro-based Root Social Justice Center, to create the "I am Vermont Too" photo project. Editor's note: The Reformer is rerunning this article, which originally appeared on Feb. 14, due to a misattribution of a number of quotes.

Police: 18-year-old threatened mass shooting at high school

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:07:14 GMT

An 18-year-old Vermont man accused of threatening to cause "mass casualties" at the high school he once attended in Fair Haven was ordered held without bail Friday after appearing in court in Rutland. The case prompted a visibly shaken Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, to say he was open to discussions about possibly looking at "gun safety" laws as part of a broader package of efforts to prevent violence.

Hundreds of Burlington-area college students to get mumps vaccinations

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:52:56 GMT

Health workers conducted vaccination clinics at St. Michaels College this week for upwards of 450 students, according to the Vermont Department of Health. Similar clinics are planned next week for residents of three University of Vermont dormitories with reported cases.

A bittersweet look at a vanishing Vermont

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:55:25 GMT

In the course of preparing the book, Vermont author and former LIFE magazine journalist Peter Miller traveled around the Green Mountain State; he recorded 23 Vermonters and how they cope living in one of the most expensive, most taxed, states in the Union. In 1958, Nigerian author Chinua Achebe wrote "Things Fall Apart", the award-winning ethnic novel of societal change in pre- and post-colonial Africa.

Cory Booker just took another step toward a run for president

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:16:02 GMT

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Cory Booker , criticized for campaign contributions from Wall Street and the drug industry , has sworn off corporate political action committee donations as he ponders whether to seek a run for the White House. He joined three other potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates , U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirstin Gillibrand of New York in such a pledge.

Photos: Boys Scouts Klondike Derby

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:37:55 GMT

Local Boy Scout troops took part in the annual Klondike Derby in Windsor on Saturday, Feb. 10. A portion of these photos will appear in the February 15, 2018, print edition of the Vermont Standard. Click here if you are having trouble viewing the collection of photo galleries, click on an image below to view in a larger format and to see more photos.

Think tank report pans Vermont carbon tax plan

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:54:19 GMT

The Ethan Allen Institute took aim Wednesday at a proposed carbon tax for Vermont in a report that pointed to a litany of negative economic consequences and "no measurable impact on climate." The conservative research center examined the ESSEX Plan, which calls for taxing carbon-based fossil fuels and using the money to push the state toward more use of electricity generated with renewable resources.

Photo gallery shines light on being a minority

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:51:38 GMT

Brattleboro ReformerThe Roots Social Justice Center hosted the "I am Vermont Too," gallery along with a forum about what it's like to be a person of color in Vermont. The Roots Social Justice Center hosted the "I am Vermont Too," gallery along with a forum about what it's like to be a person of color in Vermont.

Legislators act on net neutrality

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:24:55 GMT

The Scott administration and members of the Vermont Legislature are in agreement that something needs to be done to maintain public access to the internet in Vermont, but they may be at odds over how to do it. The House and the Senate both have bills pending that provide pushback against the Federal Communication Commission's December vote repealing Obama-era net-neutrality rules - a sweeping act amounting, in effect, to deregulating the internet.

Are new regulations killing Vermont's solar success story?

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:43:21 GMT

Renewable energy advocates say politicians in Montpelier and Washington are hurting the solar industry. Utilities, meanwhile, say the policy changes in Vermont are good for ratepayers.

Vermonters Have Different Options Of How To Vote

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:36:37 GMT

With Town Meeting Day rapidly approaching many people pause to reflect on the issues up for their consideration as tax payers and citizens. School budget, tax rates, changes in zoning, designation of repairs to roads and much more are upcoming topics of debate and to be put to the vote.

Letter: Support changing education funding

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:18:48 GMT

Editor of the Reformer: I support Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson's proposed overhaul of education funding - and the drastic reduction in property taxes that would result. It could happen as soon as this fall It's a different way of funding schools in Vermont.

Police: Man pointing gun at his own head killed by officers on Vermont interstate

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:14:09 GMT

A distraught man who was pointing a pistol at his own head was shot by police as he walked toward two officers next to a busy interstate and refused repeated commands to drop the weapon, state police said Monday. The man died at a hospital shortly after the Sunday shooting in the breakdown lane of Interstate 89 in Bolton, said state police Col.