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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When rain mixed with snowmelt last week in Rutland, the resulting flows overloaded the city's storm water and sewer system. More than 100,000 gallons of untreated storm water and sewage poured into local creeks. State and local officials are trying to stop overflows like this, but there are few simple solutions.

Police in Newport, Vt. briefly placed a state office building  on lockdown Friday morning after an unidentified caller made a threat to the Department for Children and Families, authorities said. By about 10:30 a.m. police called off the lockdown and deemed the area safe.

According to a Facebook post from the Newport Police Department, the caller made demands and threatened violence at the DCF office if the demands were not met.

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The Lake Champlain Basin Program plans to start monitoring fish in the lake for mercury as well as toxins produced by cyanobacteria – commonly known as blue-green algae.

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Chittenden County prosecutor TJ Donovan announced this morning that he will not pursue criminal charges against two police officers that shot and killed a Burlington man in a drug raid last month.

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When we asked our audience (that's you) for questions about the Iowa caucuses, a lot of people were curious about the unorthodox process of caucusing.

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The city of Winooski was vacuuming sewage out of a grease-clogged sewer line over the weekend after city workers noticed that catch basins in the city’s stormwater system were emitting “sewage-like odors.”

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Earlier this month, no less an authority than TeenVogue declared that Bernie Sanders is “killin' it” with millennials.

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If you’re feeling ignored by presidential candidates, consider moving to Iowa. Caucus-goers in the nation’s first presidential contest have become accustomed to being wooed.

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IOWA CITY – “I don’t think there’s a woman more confident than Hillary Clinton!” pop star Demi Lovato told a packed ballroom at the University of Iowa after she performed her single “Confident” at a Clinton campaign stop Thursday evening.

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As public officials and local communities prepare to roll out the state's new water quality policies, a group of programmers and educators is working to grow public interest and understanding of what data from the lake can tell us.

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Lawmakers introduced a bill last week that would make it against the law for drivers to refuse to allow police to search their cell phones without a warrant. The searches would be “for the limited purpose of enabling the officer to ascertain whether the operator violated” Vermont’s law against using handheld electronics while driving, according to the legislation.

Regulators announced Friday afternoon that Vermont Gas will be allowed to continue to build its 41-mile pipeline from Chittenden County to Middlebury despite a nearly 80 percent increase of cost estimates for the project since its initial approval.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to speak in Burlington at 7 p.m. this evening, and VPR has reporters both inside and outside the Flynn Center to bring you coverage of the supporters, the protestors and Trump himself. 

Prosecutors working to get Sen. Norm McAllister convicted of sex crimes have doubled down on their efforts to force two Seven Days journalists to hand over their notes and materials and be deposed.

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Burlington Police say demand for tickets to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Burlington event far exceeds the space available in the Flynn Theater, where Trump is scheduled to speak.

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State police investigators have body camera footage from the scene of a Drug Enforcement Administration raid in Burlington in which officers shot and killed a man, according to state police spokesman Scott Waterman.

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Vermont regulators granted permission Tuesday for a 154-mile power transmission line, known as the New England Clean Power Link, designed to bring hydroelectric power from Canada to southern New England.

The power line, which has not yet received federal approval, uses Vermont as a corridor. The cable route goes along the bed of Lake Champlain, then underground to a converter station in Ludlow, Vermont.

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After the Speaker of the House kicks off the legislative session with the crack of a gavel, Vermont’s citizen Legislature kicks off a four-month frenzy of governing. The media makes an effort to track the Legislature’s handling of important issues, a vast number of the bills moving through the legislative process at a given time don’t get much press coverage.

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Vermonters across the political spectrum are planning ahead for a Thursday evening visit from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Police arrested Vermont native Chavis Murphy in Springfield, Mass. Tuesday night in connection with the weekend murder of a New York City man on Church Street in Burlington.