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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Vermont Gas Systems has publicly maintained that the company plans to bring its pipeline to Addison County online by the end of this year, but a June presentation to the company’s board said otherwise: The presentation shows that by one internal estimate, the pipeline won’t be in service until April of 2017.

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A drug that can counteract the effects of an opiate overdose can now be sold by any Vermont pharmacy without a prescription, state health officials announced Thursday.

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Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is newly in favor of mandatory vaccination, he says, after learning more about the science of immunization.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is pursuing a civil enforcement action against Vermont Gas Systems after the company’s contractors killed dozens of protected sunflowers in July. The agency is also asking Vermont’s utility regulator to investigate the company for potential violations of its "certificate of public good," which sets out conditions for the pipeline’s construction.

Angela Evancie / VPR File

The City of Montpelier has been in the news in recent weeks after sewage overflowed out of the city’s system and into the Winooski River, but state records show sewage overflows are not news to city officials. In recent years, the city’s sewage system has overflowed regularly and the city simply wasn’t reporting the overflows to the public like other cities do.

John Van Hoesen / VPR

The Department of Public Service said in regulatory filings Monday that Vermont Gas isn’t likely to finish its Addison County pipeline this year, and proposed that the company be forced to cover $35.5 million of pipeline costs because of “imprudent” spending.

Regulatory filings this week show Green Mountain Power is purchasing 17 new hydroelectric dams to add to its generation portfolio, but state regulators aren't sure the dams are a smart buy.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

Vermont enacted a new law this year designed to keep people safe from potential health hazards in the water, but the law isn't working as intended. And some experts say it's ultimately up to Vermonters to protect themselves from lake toxins.

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State officials are working with FairPoint Communications to fix a system that, when it’s working, allows people in need of emergency services to send a text message to 911 instead of calling.

Nina Keck / VPR File

The Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus are being sold to new owners for an undisclosed price, according to Rob Mitchell, who serves as editor-in-chief of the paper.

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At the Democratic Party's unity rally Wednesday morning, the party prepared for its effort to put the first woman in the governor's office since Madeleine Kunin left it in 1991.

Kathleen Masterson / VPR File

A federal official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a policy change in Vermont means the agency won’t be able to use chemicals to kill parasitic sea lamprey in Lake Champlain for at least two years.

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The Public Service Board held a much-anticipated hearing Thursday on a Vermont Gas Systems effort to build a pipeline through a wetland area in Geprags Park in Hinesburg.

Vermont regulators have denied a request from Vermont Gas to kick a group of Hinesburg residents out of legal proceedings related to the company’s plans to build its pipeline through a park in Hinesburg.

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With less than a week of campaigning left before Vermont’s Aug. 9 primary, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott earned the endorsement of one of the men hoping to replace him. Former Franklin County Sen. Randy Brock, the sole Republican running for lieutenant governor, endorsed Scott in Colchester Wednesday.

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As the Village of Swanton makes plans to renovate a historic dam in the center of town, village officials say outside forces - from state regulators to environmental activists - are spending more time pointing out problems than looking for solutions.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

A Huntington woman filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Vermont Public Service Board Friday in an effort to force the board to allow the public into an upcoming hearing related to the Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County.

The Village of Swanton is planning to upgrade an old dam to generate hydroelectric power, but the state's Agency of Natural Resources says it can't support the plan without getting answers to some key environmental questions.

When Vermont’s utility regulators ruled this week that an August hearing related to the Vermont Gas pipeline will take place behind closed doors, the first question some people asked was, “What about Vermont’s open meeting law?”

Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

Vermont's utility regulators are holding a hearing next month in one of the final legal challenges to the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline project, and the public isn’t allowed to attend.

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