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 Addison County Regional Planning Commission has voted to reaffirm its support of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline being built into the county.

The 23 to nine vote shows a majority of commissioners are not concerned enough with last year’s cost increases to petition the Vermont Public Service Board to reopen regulatory proceedings.

Click here to read the Addison County Regional Planning Commission's July 1, 2015 minutes.

More than 1,000 of copies of the weekly newspaper The Commons are missing from stands in Brattleboro, the paper’s editor said.

Editor Jeff Potter said the distributor brought copies of the latest issue to vending boxes in Brattleboro Wednesday afternoon, then doubled back to the beginning of the route “and noticed that one of the vending boxes that she had stocked an hour before with a week’s worth of newspapers was completely empty.”

That wasn’t the only place the papers were taken from.

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A new report from the Department for Children and Families shows that even as the department added staff to manage heavy caseloads, the number of reports of abuse – and the number of substantiated cases – continued to rise.

The increase was so significant, DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz said Wednesday, that social worker caseloads are now higher than they were before the department added 18 new social worker positions last year.

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The new state Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin violated federal standards of patient care after a supervising nurse repeatedly and intentionally took actions that upset a patient with “severe” obsessive compulsive disorder, documents show.

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A new report from the Lake Champlain Basin Program provides a comprehensive update on an array of indicators of the health of the lake. It shows serious problems remain with phosphorus pollution in the lake and also notes some ongoing successes with regard to invasive species.

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State officials have been working since 2012 to roll out a law designed to reduce the amount of recyclable materials going to landfills, and July 1 is the next major step in those efforts.

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In his administration’s continuing efforts to make investments in Burlington’s Parks & Recreation infrastructure, Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a new funding strategy for expensive projects in the city’s parks.

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Enid Letourneau has had a house on Ferrand Road since the 1970s.

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The use of technology in Vermont state government went from a background concern to a political flashpoint throughout the troubled rollout of Vermont Health Connect. But information technology in state government is ubiquitous and makes up a significant – yet unknown – portion of the state’s budget every year. 

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Early Monday morning, the St. Albans City sewage system dumped more than a quarter-million gallons of sewage and storm runoff into Stevens Brook, which flows into St. Albans Bay.

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