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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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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Federal, state and local officials gathered in Burlington Friday to congratulate each other on a $10 million federal railway grant announced last year.

The funding is expected to connect Burlington to Rutland with passenger rail service within four years.

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Under a new law signed Wednesday, Vermonters will be informed within hours if any sewage is dumped or spilled into streams, rivers and lakes.

Gov. Peter Shumlin's office released more than 5,000 pages of emails that his administration tried to have deleted in April.

The document dump comes after VTDigger reported that the administration wanted to have the emails deleted, which led to public criticism of the governor and calls for all of the emails in question to be publicly released.

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The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign said it is laying off about 225 staffers following losses in four out of five of Tuesday's primaries.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin and his top commerce official visited Jay Peak Wednesday to ease concerns about the future of that resort as well as Q Burke and other developments in the area funded by the federal EB-5 program.

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Allegations of fraud at multiple developments in the Northeast Kingdom have raised major questions about the future of those projects and the jobs they were supposed to create, and Northeast Kingdom residents weren't the only ones counting on those jobs. For foreign investors who used the federal EB-5 program to fund the projects and pay their way into the United States, the alleged fraud could jeopardize their immigration status.

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In Ecuador, humanitarian workers are on the ground to people recover and rebuild after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit the country on April 16.

Four days after the disaster struck, in a computer lab at the University of Vermont, another group of humanitarian volunteers assemble to do their part to help the relief efforts.

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The advocacy group Migrant Justice is calling for the release of one of their own. The group says migrant activist Victor Diaz was detained by plainclothes immigration agents in Stowe at a Mexican cultural event.

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Virtually every prominent Vermont politician condemned the alleged multimillion-dollar fraud in the Northeast Kingdom after federal authorities charged the developers last week, but Vermonters have yet to hear what Sen. Bernie Sanders thinks about it – or how he might vote on a key reform bill.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s looking forward to next week after Hillary Clinton beat him by about 15 percent of the vote in the New York primary Tuesday.

“Today we took Secretary Clinton on in her own state of New York and we lost,” Sanders said to reporters after landing in Burlington Tuesday night. “I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victory.”

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A University of Vermont research effort got a $20 million boost this year to fund studies on how to make watersheds more resilient to extreme weather events, officials announced Monday.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy said Friday that Congress must provide more oversight of funds raised through the federal EB-5 program, which allows foreign investors to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for visas to the U.S.

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The news on Thursday of major, alleged fraud in the Northeast Kingdom was a punch in the gut for Vermonters who had nurtured dreams of economic revitalization in the area. But the story is pretty complicated. If you’re coming to it cold, here’s what you need to know.

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The Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee has decided not to fix a technicality in legislation that requires sewage treatment plant operators to notify the public if there is a sewage spill, according to Sen. Chris Bray.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy’s has changed his stance on how he will cast his superdelegate vote since a February news conference in which he said he would vote for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention regardless of how Vermonters voted.

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A new analysis by the University of Vermont and Cornell University faculty shows a pattern of racial disparities in the discretionary actions of Burlington police officers conducting traffic stops.

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