TJ Donovan

Attorney General TJ Donovan announcing the lawsuit at a press conference on Tuesday. The state is suing eight members of the Sackler family.
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A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chittenden County Superior Court alleges the family that owns Purdue Pharma played a direct role in Vermont's opioid crisis.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong has a skin condition called rosacea, and he says he takes the antibiotic doxycycline once a day for it.

In 2013, the average market price of doxycycline rose from $20 to $1,829 a year later. That's an increase of over 8,000%.

The attorneys general of 38 states and territories sent a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday, urging them: Please, let us bank the money generated by the country's booming cannabis business.

Gov. Phil Scott, at the podium, joined elected officials from Bennington Wednesday to announce a financial settlement with the company linked to PFOA contamination in the Bennington area.
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The state has reached a settlement with the owners of a manufacturing facility that may be linked to the contamination of hundreds of private drinking wells in the Bennington area.

A coalition of state attorneys general is suing the Trump administration for weakening the federal nutrition standards for school meals that are fed to about 30 million children across the country.

President Donald Trump at a podium outside the White House.
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Vermont is joining more than a dozen states suing the Trump administration over its declaration of a national emergency, which is intended to fund construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

A sample driver's privilege card from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. Losing the ability to drive can have far-reaching repercussions in Vermont.
Department of Motor Vehicles

Life in a rural state like Vermont can require a lot of driving, and a suspended driver’s license can be a significant hardship. But the demands of work, family and other obligations often mean that many still drive even when they're not supposed to. We're looking at what leads to a suspended license in Vermont and how getting a DLS charge can lead to more citations, larger fines and bigger trouble.

Attorney General TJ Donovan announced the results of the investigation into the alleged racial harassment of former state Rep.  Kiah Morris on Januart 14, 2019.
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Local branches of the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union are calling on state officials to investigate the Bennington Police Department.

Will Lambek, Jose Luis Cordova Herrera, and woman who identified herself as Olga, from left, testified in the Legisalture last week. They say migrant farmworkers fear that local police will out them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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Civil rights groups say Vermont isn’t doing enough to prevent local police agencies from helping federal authorities identify and detain immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Attorney General TJ Donovan announced the results of the investigation into the alleged racial harassment of former state Rep.  Kiah Morris on Januart 14, 2019.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has released findings on the alleged racial harassment of former state Rep. Kiah Morris, saying that Morris was a victim of harassment but there is not enough evidence to prosecute. We're talking with the attorney general about the investigation, his office's new bias incident reporting system and his other priorities in the coming year.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Attorney General TJ Donovan said Monday he will not file charges in the reported racial harassment of former State Rep. Kiah Morris, though he believes Morris and her family were victims.

Attorney General TJ Donovan at a podium at a press conference on Friday.
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Update — Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2:01 p.m.

Following the placement of three Vermont residential care homes into temporary receivership last week, a fourth one owned by Texas-based East Lake Capital Management will now also be run by a temporary receiver appointed by the state. 

Rep. Janssen Willhoit (right) is challenging TJ Donovan for the office of Vermont's attorney general.
Rep. Brian Keefe (right) and Peter Hirschfeld (left) / Willhoit Campaign (right) and VPR (left)

Republican State Rep. Janssen Willhoit is challenging incumbent Democrat TJ Donovan for the position of Vermont attorney general. Donovan and Willhoit joined Vermont Edition for a live debate - part of our series of candidate debates in the run-up to November election. 

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan speaking during the 2016 election. Donovan is seeking a second two-year term in the Nov. 6 election.
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TJ Donovan is the incumbent Democrat in the Nov. 6 election, seeking a second two-year term as Vermont's attorney general. Vermont Edition spoke with the candidate to hear what he'd aim to accomplish in a second term.

A row of three empty chairs set up at a table with microphones for a panel.
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Vermont branches of the NAACP will hold their first-ever candidate forums in Rutland and Brattleboro this weekend, but most of the major-party nominees invited to participate have chosen not to attend.

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan stands before a microphone.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR File

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has taken over an investigation into allegations of racial harassment against a sitting state lawmaker in Bennington, amid criticism from racial justice advocates over local law enforcement’s handling of the case.

From left: Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan, Rep. Peter Welch and Agency of Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille at a Montpelier press conference on Tuesday announcing their support for an expanded Medicaid fraud bill.
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Rep. Peter Welch said he's optimistic that his bipartisan bill that expands the authority of state Medicaid Fraud Units will soon be passed by Congress — and Vermont officials say the bill will give them greater ability to investigate a wide range of fraud cases.

An OxyContin bottle with pills arranged around it.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

Vermont has became the latest state to file suit against Purdue Pharma, the Connecticut-based drugmaker that manufactures the opioid painkiller OxyContin.

Gov. Phil Scott signed the gun bill into law at contentious ceremony at the Statehouse in April. A gun rights group says several provisions in the new law violate the Vermont Constitution.
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR file

Vermont’s new gun law is under fresh legal fire from gun rights advocates, who are challenging the constitutionality of universal background checks, raising the legal age to purchase a gun to 21 years old and a ban on bump stocks.

A Brattleboro Retreat sign.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

The Vermont Attorney General's Office announced Monday that it found "no criminal misconduct" following a five-year investigation of the Brattleboro Retreat, a mental health treatment facility in southern Vermont.

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