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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Noelle MacKay, the director of Burlington's Community and Econonomic Development Office, says the city's lead reduction efforts are an important investment to save on future health care and education costs.
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The City of Burlington is receiving a $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support the Burlington Lead Program, which helps remove potentially dangerous lead paint from the city’s housing stock.

The Vermont Public Service Board is changing its name to the Public Utility Commission effective July 1, according to an announcement posted to the board's website.

Ed Paquin, the executive director of Disability Rights Vermont, said at a Burlington rally that proposed cuts to Medicaid spending could shrink the number of Vermonters eligible for coverage and the number of medical services covered.
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Dozens of health care advocates gathered in Burlington Wednesday to call on Vermonters and their elected officials to take action against Senate Republicans' plan to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and pay for tax cuts on wealthy Americans and corporations with cuts to Medicaid.

In a special election Tuesday to represent Ward 7 in Burlington's New North End, Democrat/Progressive Ali Dieng won over Republican Vince Dober, 610 votes to 302.

Jane Sanders, right, left Burlington College in 2011. When her husband, Sen. Bernie Sanders, was running for president in 2016, a Republican party official called for an investigation into Jane Sanders' actions as president of the college.
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The federal investigation into a financing deal orchestrated by Jane Sanders when she was president of Burlington College has become a political liability in Washington, D.C. for her husband, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The board responsible for regulating utility prices in Vermont is ordering a review of the state’s utility regulation system in Vermont, including the controversial regulatory model used by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas Systems for much of the past decade.

At the Riverside Clinic of Community Health Centers of Burlington, Sen. Patrick Leahy said Senate Republicans' health care plan threatens the kinds of services offered by the health center.
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As the U.S. Senate prepares to debate and vote on a Republican health care bill this week, Sen. Patrick Leahy says senators should be focusing on finding improvements to the U.S. health care system, not trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Director of Corporate Communication Jason Gorss confirmed Friday, "a small number of fab tools were impacted by a computer virus."
Steve Zind / VPR File

A computer virus recently infected a number of manufacturing tools at the GlobalFoundries plant in Essex Junction, a company spokesman confirmed Friday evening.

In J-Unit at Camp Hill prison in Pennsylvania there are 252 units, which doesn't leave enough room for the 269 Vermont inmates housed at Camp Hill. Advocates say 17 inmates being separated from the rest could put them in harm's way.
Marc Levy / Associated Press

Earlier in June, 269 Vermont inmates moved from a private prison in Michigan to a Pennsylvania prison called Camp Hill, but the unit they were placed in can only hold 252 inmates. Advocates say that could be bad news for the 17 Vermont inmates who are now separated from the rest.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan has been recommended by Sen. Patrick Leahy and Gov. Phil Scott to be the next U.S. attorney for Vermont, according to a release from Scott’s office.

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Gathered in Burlington Tuesday, public officials and private sector leaders announced a new coalition to address climate change, but critics say the coalition will only work if state leaders "walk the walk" in making policy decisions that address climate change.

Prosecutors say a Canadian man has been extradited to Vermont to face charges that he was part of a conspiracy to smuggle guns over the U.S.-Canada border, through a Vermont library.

In an effort to prevent the Trump administration from suppressing it, the City of Burlington published recently deleted information from the Environmental Protection Agency about climate change.
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In an effort to prevent the Trump administration from suppressing scientific information about climate change, the City of Burlington has joined 13 other cities in republishing the recently deleted Environmental Protection Agency website about climate change.

As top environmental officials from Quebec and New York looked on, Gov. Phil Scott signed a letter committing to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain as part of an inter-state and international effort.
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Officials from Vermont, New York, Quebec and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency all committed to combine their efforts to reduce pollution in Lake Champlain on Monday in the first updated pollution management plan since 2010.

Vermont’s unemployment rate held at 3.1 percent in the month of May, according to the latest data from the state’s Department of Labor. The numbers show a loss of jobs in the construction and “Technical Services” sectors and new jobs added in “Administrative & Waste Services.”

Maria Twitty (left) and Omega Jade spoke about racism in Milton schools on public access television with Black Lives Matter VT organizer Ebony Nyoni (center). Twitty said her daughter Mikhayla, right, was suspended for reporting a racist slur.
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A Milton mother says her daughter was suspended from school after another student addressed her daughter using a racial slur, and now organizers with Black Lives Matter are calling for Milton Superintendent Ann Bradshaw to resign.

Tony Sutton, an EB-5 investor, is suing the State of Vermont for being complicit in multi-million-dollar fraud allegedly perpetrated by those in charge of Jay Peak.
Lisa Rathke / AP

A man who invested a $500,000 in Jay Peak through the federal EB-5 foreign investment program is suing the State of Vermont and accusing state officials of being complicit in multi-million-dollar fraud allegedly perpetrated by Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros and CEO Bill Stenger.

Responding to a report that 39 state election systems were targeted by cyberattacks during the 2016 elections, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos said Tuesday that state officials aren’t aware of any evidence that Vermont’s elections systems were targeted.

Angela Evancie / VPR File

Burlington’s city council approved a new Fair and Impartial Policing Policy Monday, completing a process that began just after Donald Trump was elected president.

South Burlington police arrested a man Friday morning on an outstanding assault warrant after the man allegedly made a threat against the mother of a student at South Burlington Orchard School, police say. The alleged threat led to a brief lockdown at the school Friday morning.

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