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As smoking rates stagnate, tobacco fund dwindles

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By Mike Faher, VTDigger.org After years of decline, Vermont’s adult smoking rate appears to have stalled and now “lags behind the nation,” advocates say. At the same time, state investment in tobacco-related programming is shrinking. A tobacco trust fund that ... More »

Bill seeks ‘reasonable’ standard for foster parents

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By Mike Faher, VTDigger.org For Vermont foster kids like Nate Farnham, simple activities that most take for granted – field trips, sleepovers and after-school hangouts – required social worker signatures and state background checks. “I never went to friends’ h... More »

Hallquist launches campaign for governor

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By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org Statewide candidates often launch campaigns in formal settings — businesses, hotel lobbies, fancy homes. And they attract the usual politicos: lobbyists, lawmakers, a full brace of media and well-heeled business types.   Not so, ... More »

Legislature to tackle school safety

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By Colin Meyn, VTDigger.org The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin work this week on a bill that tackles school safety, school discipline and laws related to threats of mass violence. Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington and chair of the committee, said he intends... More »

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Gun control bill inspires spike in gun, magazine sales

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By Xander Landen, VTDigger.org WATERBURY — A handful of customers were already waiting in the parking lot when Parro’s Gun Shop opened Monday morning. This is the way it’s been in recent weeks. The shop’s owner, Henry Parro, estimates that the number of people... More »

Lawmakers advance two gun bills with unanimous support

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By Elizabeth Hewitt and Colin Meyn, VTDigger.org Lawmakers advanced two bills Thursday that allow police to seize guns from people in certain situations, approving both with unanimous support. The House approved a bill, S.221, that allows law enforcement to co... More »

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Quiros: State EB-5 officials have ‘unclean hands’

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By Anne Galloway, VTDigger.org Ariel Quiros, the former owner of Jay Peak Resort, has filed a counterclaim against the state. The Miami businessman says the state, which sued him in April 2016 for defrauding investors, comes to the case with “unclean hands.” Q... More »

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2,500 march on Montpelier for ‘commonsense gun laws’

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By Kelsey Neubauer, VTDigger.org Led by young Vermonters, thousands of protestors marched on the Statehouse in Montpelier on Saturday to call for reforms to the nation’s gun laws. The crowd of 2,500 gathered at the steps of the state capital to hear speakers f... More »