The Vermont attorney general has no plans to further investigate former Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams concerning a “community fund” that reportedly took donations from defendants whose cases were dismissed. Attorney General TJ Donovan said Wednesday he reviewed the allegations and planned no criminal investigation. Instead, he ordered that Williams’ office return $75,000 it had been holding to the charitable organization it came from, which had been thought to be defunct.
Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan urged lawmakers Wednesday to reform the state’s bail statutes, saying poor Vermonters were unfairly in jail and often took plea bargains just to get out. The state’s top law enforcement officer made the push at a news conference where a key senator called for all of Vermont’s out-of-state prisoners to be brought home soon and the head of a civil rights group made a dramatic demand for Vermont’s prison population to be cut in half.
A lawmaker is proposing a radical overhaul of education funding that he said should slow the growth of statewide school spending. Rep. Scott Beck, R-St. Johnsbury, will outline the proposal to the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday. One of its main components is to rescind the income sensitivity feature of the current funding system. Beck said that component would be replaced with another way to help moderate- and low-income residents, perhaps through a rebate on their income tax returns.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".