Taylor Dobbs

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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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Tristram Coffin, the U.S. Attorney for the district of Vermont, said he is resigning next month to take a job in private practice.

"I'm going to be reluctantly stepping down and taking on another job beginning Jan. 12," he said. "It's an excellent opportunity, but I will be leaving this job feeling it's been an amazing time here. We've got such an incredible office here and terrific people."

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Vermont Gas Systems announced Friday that it faces additional cost overruns for its pipeline to Addison County. 

The company is not ruling out a rate increase to pay for the new costs. And officials say they will ask regulators to delay proceedings on the the next phase of the project, pending revised cost estimates for that phase.  

Costs have gone up substantially since the project was first submitted to regulators a year ago.

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A new report on the Department for Children and Families sheds light on the major difficulties the department has faced in handling the opiate crisis Gov. Peter Shumlin brought to the fore in January.

The report suggests, and officials confirm, that DCF was caught off-guard by just how much opiate abuse and addiction would affect the department's work.

Deputy DCF commissioner Cindy Walcott doesn't dance around it: The agency wasn't ready for the dramatic impact drugs would have on child safety work.

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The Conservation Law Foundation is challenging the state of Vermont in court to impose more stringent controls on water pollution from farms in the Missisquoi bay watershed.

Chris Kilian, the Vermont director of the Conservation Law Foundation, said the group filed an appeal in the environmental division of Vermont Superior Court Tuesday after the state Agency of Agriculture declined to mandate “best management practices” on farms in the polluted Missisquoi Bay watershed.

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Vermont PBS named Holly Groschner as president and CEO of the station, which has been under the leadership of interim CEO Charlie Smith since John King left the station this spring.

The circumstances of King’s departure were complicated by the fact that the station’s board of directors were found to have broken open meeting laws, reportedly to discuss problems with King.

Alpha Gamma Rho

A fraternity at the University of Vermont is one chicken short after a group of three students allegedly stole the bird from the fraternity’s property and then killed it and ate it in a residence hall.

“We raised six (now five) of them for a couple years now between a few of us brothers who feed and let them out each day, and collect their eggs,” wrote Joe Pappas, the president of the Alpha Gamma Rho chapter at UVM. “We are an agricultural fraternity, so of course when this happened we were not happy.”

Vermont was ranked second-healthiest state in the U.S. by America’s Health Rankings this year for the second year in a row. Hawaii was rated healthiest.

The report cited the state’s high high school graduation rate, low rate of children in poverty and the low rate of uninsured Vermonters as positive factors in the ranking, but noted challenges as well.

Notably, the high prevalence of unvaccinated children in Vermont landed the state near the bottom of the list on a few key measures.

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Single payer advocates called a news conference Monday to decry what may or may not be some or all of a plan that Gov. Peter Shumlin has said will be released by the end of the month.

The conference came after a VTDigger story last week, citing unnamed sources and with no official response from Gov. Peter Shumlin or his administration, said that in Shumlin’s latest proposal to fund single payer, “employer-funded payroll tax was pegged at 8 percent.”

Burlington Progressives Sunday made endorsements in the city’s mayoral and city council races, backing former public works director Steve Goodkind’s bid for mayor, and supporting a slate of mostly incumbent councilors.

Two of the Progressives’ five council members decided not to run again, Seven Days reports.

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Much of the rhetoric around climate change centers on the world today's children will inherit, but this week at UVM those kids started taking things into their own hands.

In Burlington Friday, 200 high school students from across Vermont gathered at the University of Vermont for a Youth Climate Summit. 

The students were tasked with forming a climate action plan for their own schools.

And the UVM faculty and students who put it on weren't toning it down and giving the high schoolers the "climate change junior" speech.

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