Burlington continues spilling wastewater into Lake Champlain

For more on Vermont’s water concerns, click this story: State asks Vermonters to weigh in on clean water funding The City of Burlington, the state’s largest polluter of Vermont waterways, says it dumped another unpermitted 3 million gallons of waste into Lake Champlain last week. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources said Wednesday the spill has sparked… Read More »

UVM hospital says strike won’t disrupt most patient services

UVM hospital says strike won’t disrupt most patient services

By Mike Faher VTDigger.org University of Vermont Medical Center leaders say they have a “comprehensive plan” that will keep most hospital services unaffected if unionized nurses go on a 48-hour strike starting today. The hospital has made some concessions for a work stoppage: Administrators say they’ve postponed 68 elective surgeries that had been scheduled for today and… Read More »

When tipsters call ICE, the phone rings in Vermont

When tipsters call ICE, the phone rings in Vermont

By Elizabeth Hewitt VTDigger.org The tipster called in to report his ex-girlfriend. For years, the man had known the woman was in the country without proper documentation. But the relationship had recently ended, and he decided to alert federal immigration authorities that his ex had overstayed a visa, and now was living and working in… Read More »

West Nile virus found in Springfield mosquitos

The Vermont Department of Health announced last week that five mosquito pools collected in Springfield tested positive for West Nile virus at the department’s laboratory. A pool is a group of up to 50 mosquitos of the same species; these are the first pools to test positive in the 2018 surveillance season. The infected mosquitoes… Read More »

UVM nurses set July 12 date for strike

UVM nurses set July 12 date for strike

By Mike Faher, VTDigger University of Vermont Medical Center nurses say they will walk off the job for 48 hours starting at 7 a.m. July 12 if they cannot reach agreement on a new contract. Leaders of the 1,800-member nurses’ union gave notice of the pending strike on Monday. They contend hospital leaders have “stonewalled”… Read More »

Hundreds rally, Vermont joins protest of immigration policy

Hundreds rally, Vermont joins protest of immigration policy

By Mike Dougherty and Elizabeth Hewitt VTDIGGER.ORG Opposition to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy was on display in Montpelier this week as hundreds of protestors rallied on the Statehouse lawn. On Tuesday, following the Monday demonstration, Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan joined 16 other states in a federal lawsuit arguing that the policy… Read More »