State offers towns, cities zoning 'help' to reduce parking, create multi-family housing

State of Vermont offers local zoning templates to make housing more dense and cities/towns more walkable. It's meant to encourage new home construction and discourage cars. The program is voluntary - at least for now. 

 

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Lyndonville nursing home makes national 'poor performer' list


Pines Rehab on national list for nursing homes with "pattern of health and safety violations" - and five other VT nursing homes in Colchester, St. Johnsbury, Ludlow, Newport and Burlington were candidates for the list

 

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New pregnancy clinic opens in Rutland

The First Step Pregnancy Clinic, which offers pregnant women immediate help and choices for their babies other than abortion, will have its grand opening and open house tonight.

 

 

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Diocese wants $8.5 mil for downtown Burlington cathedral

2.2 acre site of Burlington's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception called "an oasis in an urban landscape"

 

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Mountain bike trail dumped by Act 250

Mountain bike trail network in Northeast Kingdom to shut down after "weaponized" Act 250 ruling

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Hiring unimpaired drivers harder with "expungement" law in place

Vermont's new expungement law allows people convicted of most drug possession and some DUI crimes to have them "expunged" from court records, making it harder for employers to know if they have a drug/alcohol abuse background. 

 

 

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"Hail Satan?" movie comes to Burlington tomorrow

Documentary about Satanists to be aired at Burlington waterfront venue

 

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Remember when Bernie backed the NRA agenda?

You wouldn't know it now, but Bernie won his first federal election by backing the NRA agenda

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Burlington converts parking spaces to al fresco dining

The City of Burlington and restaurant owners are making it harder to park your car but easier to eat outside

 

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Police informant busted for coke in buttocks

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Kinda gives new meaning to "crack cocaine" -

Police informant busted for butt crack possession

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Sanders, Omar would tax Wall Street to wipe out student debt

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar would eliminate $1.6 trillion of student debt with 'a small tax on Wall Street speculation'

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State of VT: health insurers can't deny sex-change surgery due to patient's age

State insurance regulators says "Vermont insurers are prohibited from making coverage determinations for medically necessary gender-affirming care based solely on age" including gender-change surgery

 

 

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Editorial: Flying the Finger of Freedom

Westford man builds six foot tall middle digit because town won't give him permission to develop his business there

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Feds bust Springfield, MA man carrying 164 bags of fentanyl-laced heroin

Federal authorities have charged a Springfield/Holyoke area man with intent to sell 164 bags of fentanyl-laced heroin to a suspected Brattleboro dealer

 

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Montpelier lobby firm sells services to Big Marijuana

Leonine Public Affairs, one of Montpelier's heavy-hitting lobbying firms, is marketing itself to Big Marijuana companies 

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Average 2BR apartment in Vermont: $1,184

Average two bedroom apartment in Vermont takes big cut out of average renter's $13.40/hour take home pay

 

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Since '04, VT has issued driver's licenses to illegal immigrants

When it comes to allowing illegal immigrants to drive legally, NY Gov. Mario Cuomo is playing catch-up with Vermont. Ever since Vermont's Freedom of Movement law took effect Jan. 1 2014, illegal immigrants have been applying for and receiving driver's licenses. 

 

 

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As cost of making electricity drops 33%, NE still pays thru nose

Between 2014-2018, the cost of making electricity in New England dropped 33%, thanks mostly to ultra-cheap natural gas-fired power. But increased transmission and "capacity" costs have added billions to the consumers' bill, making New England power the most expensive in the continental U.S..

 

 

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Buzz-free beer brewed

an IPA for the teetotalers

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State to pay $50,000 to settle ACLU racial profiling suit

A Vermont state trooper in 2014 stopped a car driven by an African-American man, saying snow was obscuring his license plate. The ACLU filed suit for racial profiling. 

 

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