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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Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Wednesday that the federal government gave preliminary approval to Vermont’s planned “all-payer” health care system. So, what is “all-payer,” and how does this fit in with everything else we’ve been hearing about health care?

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A group of Hinesburg residents opposed to the Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County is bringing their fight to the Vermont Supreme Court. 

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Until Thursday, Jay Peak’s website still included a web page soliciting investments in Jay Peak’s EB-5-funded projects. The page was removed Thursday afternoon after VPR made inquiries about it.

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In a floor speech in the U.S. Senate Thursday, Sen. Patrick Leahy called on Congress to either reform the EB-5 immigrant investor program or do away with it all together.

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A transparency group is calling on authorities to release body camera footage from a fatal police shooting last week amid questions and controversy about the death of 29-year-old Winooski resident Jesse Beshaw.

Unemployment in Vermont was up slightly in August to 3.3 percent, according to the latest numbers from the Department of Labor.

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This week, Vermont Gas Systems got the final land rights needed in order to finish its pipeline to Addison County, though opponents of the project plan to appeal the decision.

Vermont Department of Corrections officials say they are investigating a suicide attempt by an inmate at Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott released his “comprehensive blueprint for economic growth” on Tuesday, outlining the candidate’s policy proposals to help the state’s economy. The plan includes a number of detailed proposals for changes in the state’s tax policy, but lacks specifics in other areas like “clean and affordable energy.”

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The implications of the British vote to leave the European Union are far-reaching in the global economy, but Green Mountain Power customers might be surprised to hear that the vote is affecting them too: It will mean cheaper rates for them next year.

Regulators ruled in favor of Vermont Gas Tuesday in the final eminent domain case related to the company's pipeline to Addison County.

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Heavy rain Saturday night led to three sewage overflows in Rutland and one in Burlington in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Green Mountain Power is the only electric company in the state using "Alternative Regulation" for its customer rates, and a VPR investigation found that regulators have allowed the company to collect millions of dollars from customers to cover costs that didn't meet the regulators' own standards.

Regulators have decided to take a close look at three of Green Mountain Power's newest programs to see how much value they bring to customers.

State regulators have approved the emergency sale of Burlington Labs, a drug-screening company at the center of a Medicaid fraud investigation.

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Recordkeeping at Vermont Gas Systems is so sloppy that Vermont’s consumer advocate made exceptions to consumer protection rules in order to prevent “significant financial hardship” for Vermont Gas, according to expert testimony filed with regulators.

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has agreed to a $40,000 settlement and a new set of policies after department staff collaborated with federal officials to arrest a resident on immigration charges.

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Vermont Gas Systems has publicly maintained that the company plans to bring its pipeline to Addison County online by the end of this year, but a June presentation to the company’s board said otherwise: The presentation shows that by one internal estimate, the pipeline won’t be in service until April of 2017.

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A drug that can counteract the effects of an opiate overdose can now be sold by any Vermont pharmacy without a prescription, state health officials announced Thursday.

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Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is newly in favor of mandatory vaccination, he says, after learning more about the science of immunization.

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