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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Sometimes Vermont's sewage plants dump sewage into rivers and lakes. And they're allowed to. What's up with that?

Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

In a packed ballroom in South Burlington's DoubleTree Hotel, a well-known scientist studying Lake Champlain stood up and told state officials that some of the targets they've set to reduce pollution into the lake simply cannot be reached.

"It's just silly," said Mike Winslow, the staff scientist for the Lake Champlain Committee in an interview. He was talking about the state's target of a 60 percent phosphorus reduction from forests in a section of the southern Champlain watershed.

Courtesy / Burlington School District

Burlington School officials announced Wednesday morning that superintendent Yaw Obeng, who lives in Canada and has had trouble securing a visa since he was chosen to lead the district, was awarded a visa this week and will be in Burlington for the coming school year.

Jane Lindholm / VPR File

The new Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital opened in Berlin just over a year ago, but a nursing shortage already has one of the hospital's four units shut down.

The hospital reached full capacity in February, with all 25 beds full, but it wasn't because the state had hired enough nurses to staff it.

"When we reached full capacity in February and when we were at full capacity, we were using a substantial amount of traveling nurses," said hospital CEO Jeff Rothenberg.

Toby Talbot / AP/Times Argus Pool

The attorney general’s office has filed new charges against Jody Herring, who was charged last week with first-degree murder for the August 7 shooting death of a Department for Children and Families social worker.

Vermont’s unemployment held steady in July with a seasonally adjusted rate of 3.6 percent.

A paper recycling facility in Sheldon Springs dumped 173,000 gallons of "untreated industrial process wastewater" into the Missisquoi River between Friday, August 14 and Tuesday August 18, according to state records.

The Town of Franklin closed a public beach on Lake Carmi earlier this week in response to potentially toxic blooms of cyanobacteria in the lake, officials said.

Town Clerk Lisa Larivee said a lake monitor – trained to spot cyanobacteria by the Vermont Department of Health in partnership with the Lake Champlain Committee –  contacted the town about a bloom of the bacteria.

VPR/Amy Noyes

Wednesday morning in his hometown of Morrisville, House Speaker Shap Smith announced his run for governor.

Nina Keck / VPR

After a Department for Children and Families social worker was shot dead outside the office earlier this month, state officials condemned online comments critical of DCF workers.

Those comments are often just one side of a very complicated story, and that can make it hard to separate fact from fiction.

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