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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Sen. Bernie Sanders is breaking out the Ben & Jerry’s for the formal kickoff of his presidential campaign on Tuesday. There are a lot of moving parts, but here’s what we know for sure:

The Event Will Be At 5 p.m. In Burlington On Tuesday, May 26

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Two years to the day after Vermont made it legal for terminally ill patients to get a prescription from a doctor to end their own lives, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill to extend the law.

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It's become a tradition for the governor to hold a slew of public bill signings around the state after legislators adjourn in the spring, declaring victory on some of the year's major policy agendas.

Two of Shumlin's top priorities this year were job growth through a revamped business incentive program and a beefed up water quality plan for Lake Champlain.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is officially launching his run for president on Tuesday in Burlington, campaign officials announced.

The event is set for 5 p.m. on May 26 at Burlington’s waterfront park and will feature free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, the campaign announcement said.

“My hometown of Burlington and the people of Vermont have a special place in my heart,” Sanders said in a release. “There is nowhere else in the world where I would hold an event this important.”

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Local and state officials joined Sen. Patrick Leahy in Burlington Monday to break ground on a new transit center.

The new transit center has been decades in the making. Numerous officials speaking at the windy groundbreaking ceremony made comments about the extensive planning process.

"I don't think I fully appreciated how some projects can take the life out of you," said Chapin Spencer, Burlington's public works director and a member of the board of the Chittenden County Transportation Authority.

The cost of health plans on Vermont Health Connect may rise again next year, especially for customers of BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont.

BlueCross BlueShield proposed an 8.4 percent increase in healthcare premiums over 2015 rates, and MVP Health Care proposed a 3 percent increase.

Under the state law establishing the Green Mountain Care Board in 2011, rate changes in health plans are subject to approval by the board.

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Officials at the University of Vermont broke ground Friday on a $104 million building project to overhaul the university’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) facilities.

Sen. Bernie Sanders announced the top tier of his campaign team Friday, bringing on two longtime political allies.

Sanders named Franklin County native Jeff Weaver as campaign manager. Weaver first worked for Sanders on his 1986 gubernatorial campaign and later helped on Sanders’ 2006 Senate campaign before becoming the junior senator’s chief of staff.

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Out-of-state students attending the University of Vermont may, for the first time in UVM history, pay more than $50,000 to attend the public university next year.

New cost figures generated for the Board of Trustees show the cost of attending UVM could rise to $27,918 for in-state students and $50,310 for out-of-state students next year if the board approves a proposed 3.4 percent increase in tuition and fees.

Regulators have decided not to go forward with eminent domain proceedings related to two properties in Monkton because of continuing uncertainty about the future of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline to Addison County.

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