Taylor Dobbs

Taylor is VPR's digital reporter. After growing up in Vermont, he graduated with at BA in Journalism from Northeastern University in 2013.

Vermont
12:27 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Pipeline Opponents Say Project Is No Longer Economically Justifiable

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 9:20 am

A group of opponents of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline say the cost of Vermont Gas Systems’ pipeline from Colchester to Addison County is no longer justifiable in light of a recently announced cost increase.

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NPR Story
8:51 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Expert: 'We Simply Do Not Have Bears Attacking People In Vermont'

This young black bear was seen searching for food in southern Vermont earlier this year. Bear attacks are very uncommon in the state.
Gillian Stippa Vt. Dept. Fish & Wildlife

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 12:21 pm

After a hunting cabin burned to the ground on Georgia Mountain last night, reports of a bear attack were widespread, but police haven’t found any evidence to substantiate those claims, and a state wildlife biologist said bear attacks in Vermont are extremely rare.

According to WCAX, police reported that 44-year-old Ladonna Merriman and 28-year-old Lucas Gingras were hospitalized after the cabin fire, Merriman with serious injuries.

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Genetic Modification
8:46 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Will Vermont Be Able To Defend Its GMO Labeling Law On Donations Alone?

A fund to help Vermont fight lawsuits from national food corporations has raised just over $15,000 -- a small portion of the $1 million to $5 million that the state would pay in the event of a suit.
michaelquirk Thinkstock

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 8:34 am

Vermont’s effort to require labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients has garnered lots of out-of-state attention – and cash.

According to data from the Agency of Administration, money from out-of-state donors makes up the majority of the state’s "Food Fight Fund," the holding account for money that will ultimately help the state defend the law in court.

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Around the Nation
6:41 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Straw Buyers Exchange Vermont Guns For East Coast Drugs

An evidence locker at the Vermont field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is filled with confiscated guns.
Taylor Dobbs VPR

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 8:00 pm

In Vermont, opiate addiction is the high-profile focus of Gov. Peter Shumlin's latest set of policy initiatives. But the state's addiction problem has led to another dangerous issue:

Vermont's loose gun laws and a high demand for drugs make a lucrative market for drug dealers who accept guns in return for the drugs they sell.

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