Articles by Wilson Ring

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 …

New Jersey Woman Gets Prison Term for Filing False Claims With Insurer

A New Jersey woman who submitted more than $500,000 in fraudulent health care claims to her insurer is now headed to prison. State authorities say 41-year-old Donna Dzienisewski, of Middletown, received a three-year term when she was sentenced last Friday. …

3 Years After Irene, New State Office Complex Rising in Vermont

Three years after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene made most of Vermont’s state office complex in Waterbury unusable, its replacement is rising out of what was a sodden mess that reeked of the nearby Winooski River. An 86,000-square-foot office building …

Vermont Enticing Disaster Preparedness With Money

Vermont is preparing to implement new rules that encourage communities to take steps to reduce future flood damage in exchange for more money to help them recover from the next big flood. Communities across Vermont have known for almost two …

Vermont Becomes 1st State to Offer Text-to-911 Service Statewide

Sometimes a voice call to 911 just won’t work, such as for deaf people in need of help or in certain domestic violence cases. Now, in a big step toward moving the nation’s emergency dispatch system out of voice-only technology …

Construction Underway in Vermont to Replace Irene-Damaged State Offices

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin helped construction crews pour one of the first concrete footings Tuesday in what will become the new state office complex, replacing a series of buildings that became unusable after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene almost three …

Vermont Jury Awards $35 Million in Sex Abuse Case

A woman who said she was sexually abused over several years in the 1990s was awarded $35 million by a civil jury, though her attorney acknowledged it was unlikely the defendant would ever be able to pay all of it. …

In Vermont, 2,400 Residents Likely to See Their Flood Premiums Rise

Much of downtown Montpelier, Vermont, is perched along the banks of the North Branch of the Winooski River, a waterway that has poured into buildings, forcing many homeowners to purchase flood insurance. Now 242 Montpelier residents who receive subsidized federal …

In Vermont, Snow Piles Prompt Threat of Possible Spring Floods

A series of February snowstorms have piled up the snow in the mountains of Vermont heading into the last month of winter and emergency planners and weather forecasters are starting to prepare for the possibility of flooding when that snow …

Vermont Already Preparing for the Next Big Storm

Vermont and federal officials Monday highlighted the state’s ongoing efforts to prepare for what is expected to be increasingly severe weather, most likely floods, in the coming years as the effects of a warming world continue to be felt. They …