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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Amtrak Police are investigating a train accident that left one man dead and another injured. Both were hit by an Amtrack train just before noon, police said. No passengers on the train were injured.

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As leaders in more than 150 countries prepare to meet in Paris with an eye toward forming a landmark climate agreement, some students at both Vermont Law School and the University of Vermont are preparing to make contributions of their own to the international effort to address climate change.

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A group of Burlington residents is pushing the city to keep city-owned Burlington Telecom from being sold to a major national company.

At a meeting of the Burlington Telecom Advisory Board Wednesday, Burlington residents and some from outside the city spoke in favor of keeping the utility locally-owned, even if not by the city itself.

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More than two dozen Vermonters turned out in downtown Montpelier Friday to raise awareness about transgender issues and remember trans people who have been killed because of their gender identity.

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An employee of the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) remains on the job despite allegations that she embezzled more than $2,000 from the state employees’ union.

Julie A. McDonald, 51, of Georgia, Vt. was arrested Thursday afternoon. She is suspected of embezzling more than $2,000 from the Chittenden chapter of the Vermont State Employees Association.

The resettlement of Syrian refugees has emerged as a campaign issue in the Vermont gubernatorial race, with Democratic candidates supporting Gov. Shumlin’s call for the state to welcome refugees from Syria and Republican candidates calling for a "time-out."

In an indication of the intensity of the issue, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has issued a statement objecting to what he says are reports that he wants a halt to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Vermont. 

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The Vermont Gas Systems pipeline is embroiled in a public controversy as well as a complex and slow-moving regulatory battle. Environmentalists are engaged in a public campaign to defeat the project, claiming that the state should be advancing renewable energy infrastructure, not fossil fuel infrastructure.

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After a terrorist attack in Paris killed 129 people over the weekend, more than a dozen governors announced Monday that Syrian refugees are not welcome in their states. Gov. Peter Shumlin’s spokesman said Shumlin welcomes the opportunity to accept refugees.

The reactions are a response to a Syrian passport found near the site of a suicide bombing outside of the Stade de France and other reports linking the attacks to Syria.

Students from the University of Vermont studying abroad are safe and accounted for after Friday’s attacks in Paris, officials say.

Representatives from St. Michael’s College and Champlain College also said Monday that all of their students in Paris are safe.

Kim Howard, the director of the Office of International Education at UVM, said there were six UVM students in Paris on Friday. The school learned by around midnight Friday night that all six were safe, Howard said.

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After 21-year-old William Schenk was arrested Thursday on suspicion of posting Ku Klux Klan flyers on the doors of two Burlington women of color, officials told the media that they’re not aware of any other hate group activity in Burlington.