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It’s been nearly two years since state officials first identified patient care problems at Rutland Mental Health Services. But serious shortcomings at the organization persist. And lawmakers are worried that neither Rutland Mental Health nor the state has done enough to bring the agency back into compliance. 

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The Rutland City Police Department is participating in a nationwide initiative to make more data about police activity available to the public.

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Vermont’s Complete Streets Bill was signed into law four years ago to make roadways safer and more user-friendly for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers.

While many applaud the concept, some city leaders in Rutland say the costs of compliance are too high. At the same time, bicycle advocates say more needs to be done to ensure the law is being followed.

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Green Mountain Power officials were in downtown Rutland Tuesday to unveil the first of 12 high-speed electric vehicle chargers they plan to install across the state. 

GMP hopes the new charging stations will encourage more Vermonters to drive electric cars and help ease what’s known as range anxiety for those who already do.

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Michael Valentine, long time director of Rutland’s PEG-TV, has stepped down from the community access station. PEG-TV announced Valentine's retirement this week, citing personal health reasons.

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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off his 2016 presidential campaign with a rally in Burlington Tuesday.

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According to U.S. News and World Report, Rutland Regional Medical Center is among the best hospitals in the nation for providing what’s known as common care.

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Rutland’s Pine Hill Park covers 300 acres of wooded hillside. Over the years, volunteers have created a 16-mile network of winding trails – a woodsy nirvana for mountain bikers like Shelley Lutz.

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Rutland's Wonderfeet Children’s Museum celebrated its grand opening this weekend – the culmination of five years of effort by volunteers and local businesses.

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The Rutland Jewish Center is presenting a free concert Sunday highlighting music inspired by a centuries old Judeo-Spanish culture known as Ladino.

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Phoenix Books will open a 2,400-square-foot store in downtown Rutland by September. City officials say it's the latest step in collaborative efforts to revitalize the city.

Tom Huebner, the CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center, says tens of thousands of Vermonters could lose coverage under the proposed Republican health care legislation. He also says his hospital could lose $19 million in federal reimbursement.
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Ken Burns’ latest documentary on the history of cancer has generated a lot of media buzz around a disease that touches nearly everyone. Hospitals across the country are showing shortened versions of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies to jumpstart community discussions about the illness.

Rutland will host a screening and discussion session Tuesday night.

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Rutland’s Grace Congregational Church will play host to three Vermont choirs and more than a dozen musicians Sunday for an evening of gospel music.

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The hit and run death of Mary Jane Oatslay in Rutland two years ago, along with several other highly publicized pedestrian related traffic accidents, has brought the issue of pedestrian safety to the forefront in Rutland. And now the city is undertaking a pilot study to help make streets safer.

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Rutland journalist Kendall Wild died yesterday at the age of 87. Wild spent 40 years as a reporter and later as editorial page editor for the Rutland Herald.

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Rutland High School took top honors at a New England cheerleading championship this past weekend in Lawrence, Mass. – beating out 14 other schools to do it.

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A Rutland jury found Christopher Sullivan guilty Thursday of two felony counts related to the hit-and-run death of a Mendon woman in 2013.

The former longtime attorney for the city was ordered jailed on $500,000 bail by a judge who said he would “likely” face jail time at his future sentencing.

Cary Buck, owner of AAA Accredited Pest Control, has permanently surrendered his pesticide license and will pay the state $70,000 as part of a settlement for using a banned and potentially harmful pesticide.

In 2013, the state determined that Buck had illegally treated a Rutland City home for bedbugs using products containing Chlorpyrifos, an insecticide banned for indoor use since 2001. 

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A restorative justice program is showing remarkable success in helping high-risk offenders re-enter the community after prison. The idea is to create a circle of support and accountability, or CoSA, to help former inmates avoid re-offending.

Tuesday night was a pretty good one for Rutland Mayor Chris Louras. The incumbent fended off two challengers in yesterday’s election to win himself a fifth term in office. On Wednesday, Mayor Louras discussed his plans for his next two years in office.

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