Latest Vermont state government News

Corrections Department to add more transitional housing

Jul. 24, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Corrections says it's funding more than 270 beds and apartments for transitional housing and services for incarcerated people who are released from correctional facilities. That includes providing housing in Lamoille and...

Vermont receives $524M as first half of COVID relief money

Jul. 22, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont received $524 million in COVID-19 relief money Thursday, the first half of the just over $1 billion the state will receive from the federal government to help recover from the pandemic. As part of the state's allotment from...

Vermont to get $60 million in opioid settlement, if approved

Jul. 22, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is expected to receive about $60 million from a proposed national settlement over the toll of prescription opioids, Attorney General T.J. Donovan said Wednesday. The $26 billion deal calls for the drugmaker Johnson & Johnson to pay up...

Vermont governor: Federal infrastructure package significant

Jul. 21, 2021 13:11 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The bipartisan infrastructure deal senators brokered with President Joe Biden would be significant for Vermont and the rest of the country if passed, Republican Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday. Scott and a small bipartisan group of governors and...

Brattleboro gauges $200K plus in damage from weekend storm

Jul. 21, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The town of Brattleboro is reporting more than $200,000 in damage to roads and bridges from a weekend rain storm. An initial assessment was completed on Sunday, the Brattleboro Reformer reported. “It’s going to be six...

Vermont Health Department warns about toxic algae blooms

Jul. 20, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department warned Tuesday that algae blooms are turning up in Vermont waters that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. The department is encouraging people to go to its website to view a video and photos of what...

U.S. Passport Agency ends walk-in service at Vermont office

Jul. 15, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Passport Agency ended its no appointment walk-in service at its Vermont’s office after it was overwhelmed by people seeking the documents amid a backlog of 1.5 million requests nationwide, the State Department said Thursday. Dozens of...

Former utility exec appointed to lead Vermont broadband push

Jul. 13, 2021 09:16 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont utility executive will help lead the state’s effort to expand broadband internet into underserved parts of the state. The appointment of Christine Hallquist by Gov. Phil Scott to serve as chair of the newly established Vermont...

Algae blooms prompt closure of some Lake Champlain beaches

Jul. 12, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — All Lake Champlain beaches in Burlington were closed Monday because of the presence of potentially toxic cyanobateria. The Parks and Recreation Department in the Vermont city announced Monday that the beaches of Oakledge and Texaco were closed...

Vermont to hold expungement clinic for Rutland County

Jul. 12, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan and Rutland County State’s Attorney Rosemary Kennedy are going to be helping people in the Rutland area clear their criminal records of certain convictions and dismissed charges. Under Vermont law, many...