Articles by Wilson Ring

Vermont to Require That All Have Health Insurance

Vermont is moving forward with its quest to ensure that as many residents as possible have health insurance by enacting a law that will require all to be covered or be penalized. The law, signed with no fanfare by Republican …

Vermont Poised to Enact Legal Pot Through Legislature

The Vermont Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would allow the recreational use of marijuana, putting the state on course to become the first in the country to legalize pot by an act of the Legislature …

Vermont Has No Amusement Park Ride Safety Oversight

Vermont has no direct safety oversight of the rides at the fairs, carnivals and field days held across the state every summer and fall, and efforts to require such oversight have gone nowhere, officials said. The state does require amusement …

No Joke: Snow Hits Northern New England on April Fools’ Day

People across northern New England woke up to a foot of heavy, wet snow on parts of the region Saturday and conducted weekend business as more fell throughout the day. The storm caused power outages and numerous highway accidents. By …

Vermont to Study Environmental Risks of Proposed Rail Tunnel

Vermont transportation officials have decided to pursue a more detailed environmental study of a proposed $40 million rail tunnel project in Middlebury, which could delay construction by at least a year. The project calls for replacing two aging bridges in …

Federal Audit Finds More Vermont Health Connect Startup Woes

A new federal audit of the first six months of operations of Vermont Health Connect details how the system failed to meet several federal requirements designed to ensure that people who sought health insurance through the system were qualified to …

Vermont Program Gives Low-Income Motorists a Break on Their Old Tickets

Program helps low-income drivers get suspended licenses back Since 2009, Brenda Kennett has been watching the cost of a handful of minor traffic violations add up, reaching about $1,500 in fines and fees. On Dec. 11, she brought her balance …

Vermont Trooper Specializes in Speeders on I-89 Hotspot

A stretch of the southbound side of Interstate 89 in Vermont is a hotspot for speeders traveling faster than 100 miles per hour and a member of the Vermont State Police’s traffic safety unit has made a specialty of catching …

4 Years After Irene, Long-Term Rebuilding Projects Nearing End in Vermont

The first new building at the still under-reconstruction Vermont State office complex in Waterbury is now occupied by state employees and more are due back before the end of the year. Down Main Street, a new town office building is …

New Vermont Law Makes Child Safety Priority

Vermont’s new child safety law shifts the state’s priority in protecting children to their well-being from an imperative to reunite them with their families, officials said Monday during the governor’s bill-signing ceremony at his Statehouse office. The workings of Vermont’s …