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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The Catch-Up

The Catch-Up is VPR's news explainer series: we tell you what you need to know about the news in Vermont.

Do you have feedback or a suggested topic? Contact The Catch-Up.

The Catch-Up
3:45 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Catch-Up: Primary Elections, Explained

What's the point of primary elections? What are "open primaries"? In the first installment of The Catch-Up, VPR's new explainer series, we tell you what you need to know.

For more information from the Vermont Secretary of State's office, check out this page.

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The Frequency
2:53 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Boil Water Order Issued In Fair Haven

State officials issued a boil water notice in the town of Fair Haven Tuesday because water samples tested positive for fecal coliform (E. coli).

Tests on Monday were positive, indicating "that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes," according to a release.

The release said officials expect to have the problem resolved within 24 to 48 hours.

The Frequency
11:11 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Former Senator Jim Jeffords Dead At 80

In 2001, Jim Jeffords separated from the Republican party, taking away the GOP majority in the Senate.
Toby Talbot AP File Photo

Former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords has died. A lifelong moderate Republican, Jeffords earned national fame in May 2001 when he abandoned his party and became an independent, single-handedly shifting the balance of power in the Senate.

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The Frequency
11:47 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Burlington Electric Fuel Takes 80 Mile Detour

The McNeil Generating Station gets most of its fuel from within a 60-mile radius, but some of that fuel travels much farther.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory AP File Photo

For the past few weeks, the wood-fired McNeil Generating Station in Burlington has been using wood chips from Pinewood Manor in Essex Junction, a 7.4 mile drive away. But the wood from Pinewood Manor has been taking a longer route, traveling nearly 80 miles by truck and train before it can be burned at McNeil.

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The Frequency
4:37 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Officials Search For Source Of Petroleum Pollution In Burlington Groundwater

Officials have been working for two years to figure out the source of a slow petroleum leak that’s repeatedly caused a sheen on the water flowing into Burlington’s waterfront wastewater treatment facility.

But so far, they’ve had very little luck. 

The petroleum leak resulted in a smell or a visible sheen on top of the water at the facility, according to Gary Kessler, who oversees the compliance and enforcement division of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

“What I was told was that it’s a very low level, but it’s perceivable,” Kessler said.

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VPR News
4:25 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Feds Warn Brattleboro Retreat Over Safety Issues

Brattleboro Retreat is in jeopardy of losing federal funding if it does not fix problems identified in an inspection this summer.
Toby Talbot AP File Photo

For the second time in three years, the Brattleboro Retreat faces a potential loss in federal funding because of a failed inspection. Despite the warnings, the state’s commissioner of mental health says he’s still confident that the retreat can provide quality care.

The federal warning comes after a suicide attempt at the Brattleboro Retreat in June which, after retreat staff notified the state, prompted a site visit of the facility.

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The Frequency
10:51 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Racine Steps Down, Chen Takes Over Agency Of Human Services

Doug Racine stepped down as Secretary of Human Services after a string of high-profile child abuse deaths.
Toby Talbot AP File Photo

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced some major changes at the top of the troubled Agency of Human Services Tuesday.

Doug Racine, who has served as Secretary of Human Services since Shumlin took over the governor’s office in 2011, is stepping down. Health Commissioner Harry Chen is replacing Racine and will serve as interim secretary through 2014. During that time, Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan will serve as the head of the department.

Shumlin acknowledged that the agency, which is responsible for a large portion of the state’s social services, is not easy to run.

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VPR News
5:04 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Addison County Lawmakers Urge Caution In Pipeline Approval Process

Addison County lawmakers want regulators to make sure they're deliberate in considering Vermont Gas Systems' planned pipeline expansion.
Taylor Dobbs VPR File Photo

Addison County lawmakers have some big concerns about the Vermont Gas Systems proposed natural gas pipeline expansion project – so big that in a jointly-written letter, three of them urged the Public Service Board not to approve Phase II of the pipeline until the concerns are met. Phase II extends the pipeline from Middlebury to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, New York.

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The Frequency
2:44 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

West Nile Virus Detected In St. Albans

The State of Vermont tests mosquitoes for multiple diseases, such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus.
Lisa Poole AP File Photo

Mosquitoes from St. Albans City have tested positive for West Nile virus, the Vermont Department of Health announced.

The mosquitoes were collected on July 29.

West Nile was in Vermont in 2013 as well, with 28 of 1,328 testing pools showing positive results for the virus. One human in Lamoille came down with West Nile last year, but recovered.

The Department of Health said West Nile symptoms are usually mild, and about 1 percent of infected people develop severe illnesses that can be fatal.

Some tips from the department on avoiding mosquito-borne illnesses:

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