Taylor Dobbs

Digital Reporter

Taylor is VPR's digital reporter. After growing up in Vermont, he graduated with at BA in Journalism from Northeastern University in 2013.

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The presidential primaries are winding down, but for Vermont politicians primary season is just beginning. To give Vermonters a better sense of the people hoping to hold the state’s top office, VPR and Vermont’s Reddit community are planning AMAs (Ask Me Anything) with the candidates for governor to learn about their policy proposals and priorities for the state. This is in addition to live interviews with the candidates on Vermont Edition.

Authorities are still trying to determine the source of a weekend fuel leak into the Missisquoi River in Swanton.

Crews have contained a fuel oil spill in the Missisquoi River near Depot Street in Swanton, authorities say.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the final, legally binding version of its “Total Maximum Daily Load” (TMDL) plan, which sets required pollution reduction targets for Lake Champlain.

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There was apparently something fishy about the first-place catch in the Walleye category in last year’s Lake Champlain International Father’s Day Derby, and it wasn’t the smell.

Vermont’s unemployment rate fell in May to 3.1 percent, according to the Vermont Department of Labor, though seasonally-adjusted data show the state’s economy lost 800 jobs.

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State senator Norm McAllister's rape trial ended abruptly this morning as prosecutors dismissed two counts of sexual assault against him.

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Sen. Norm McAllister’s trial on charges of sexual assault began Wednesday morning with prosecutors describing a survivor who didn’t want to share details of what McAllister allegedly did to her and defense attorneys accusing the same woman of offering inconsistent stories about McAllister’s actions.

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Prosecutors have dropped their demand to have two news reporters testify in a sexual assault case against Franklin County Sen. Norm McAllister.

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Vermont Gas systems is working on another season of construction of its Addison County natural gas pipeline, which company officials have long  said will be finished this year. Now, two legal challenges have caused company executives to lose confidence that the project will be completed by the end of this year and within its $154 million budget.

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A group of Hinesburg residents got legal standing last week to fight Vermont Gas Systems on the company's effort to build a pipeline through a town park. They say the chosen route for the pipeline would be devastating for a rich ecosystem that includes state-designated wetlands.

The transgender man found badly beaten near the Barge Canal in Burlington Monday morning has died from his injuries, according to Burlington Police.

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Around noon on Friday, a pair of bicyclist casually made their way down a driveway past cars parked on what’s usually a lawn. Burgers had just come off the grill, the first tour was just finishing up, and the sewage kept flowing in.

Vermont Republican Party Vice Chairman Brady Toensing called on Sen. Bernie Sanders this week to release documents related to the senator’s involvement in a financing deal his wife secured for Burlington College while she was president of the alternative liberal arts college.

Burlington Police are searching for suspects in the beating of a transgender man who was found unconscious near a homeless encampment on Sunday.

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A group of protestors that call themselves the People’s Department of Environmental Justice showed up at Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia’s home Wednesday morning and set up a fake hydraulic fracturing tower in his driveway.

One in every 17 Vermont workers is employed in the clean energy sector, according to a new report commissioned by the state to track the economic impact of Vermont's renewable energy efforts.

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Some couples renew their wedding vows to remind themselves and each other of the closeness they share and update the promises to reflect married life. Sometimes a close friend or a religious leader officiates the informal ceremony.

Sometimes, it's just some random guy from reddit.

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After years of financial troubles, Burlington College, a small alternative college in the northern end of the city, is closing its academic programs at the end of the month.

School officials announced Monday that after People's United Bank refused to renew a line of credit to the college, they had no choice but to close it.

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger Monday nominated a top state housing official, Noelle MacKay, to lead Burlington's Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO).

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