Police in Vermont say two men suspected of taking property from a sheriff's department led authorities on a 30-mile chase on Interstate 89 and other roads and crashed into several cruisers before being stopped by a blockade of state plow trucks.
New York state's 10 economic regions received more than $700 million in new economic development funding on Thursday. The North Country is welcoming its $61.4 million dollar share that will go to 77 projects across the northern tier of the state.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has told the state inspector general to launch an investigation into racial bias in the state prison system following an investigation by the New York Times . Prison advocates say the article has highlighted long-known facts, but critics say many of the accusations are based on hearsay.
The teachers' union affiliate in Rutland, Vermont, has filed a complaint with the state labor board, saying school administrators are ignoring concerns about student-on-staff violence. But the superintendent of schools is disputing the teachers' union complaint.
Arguments were heard this week in state Supreme Court on whether cutting trees to create new snowmobile trails in the Adirondacks violate the "forever wild" clause of New York's constitution. It could set precedent.
South Burlington city officials are considering conducting their own sound mapping of the Burlington International Airport in anticipation of F-35 fighter jets flying at the National Guard facility there.
The head of a Vermont environmental group has complied with a mining company's demand that the group remove from its website the names of the company's owners. But a legal expert is questioning that decision.
On Sunday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the easement permit for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The pipeline controversy has brought thousands of protesters to an encampment at Standing Rock. One Adirondack resident was at the encampment when the permit denial was announced.
The Obama administration has screened and admitted more than 12,000 Syrian refugees, and thousands more are due to arrive in the coming year. In what has been a controversial plan, the city of Rutland, Vermont is preparing to receive 100 refugees beginning early next year. The group that coordinates resettlement of the refugees in Vermont is opening an office in the city and is seeking staff ahead of the refugees’ expected arrival.
In November, incumbent Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon was defeated in his re-election bid by Democrat Colin Read. Calnon did not formally concede until absentee ballots were counted on November 21st. The final result determined that Read had actually increased his lead by 84 votes, solidifying his win. Mayor-elect Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that was a surprise, and he’s now deeply involved in transitioning the administration.
The majority Democrats in the Vermont House are expected to choose their nominee for Speaker this weekend while Republicans picked their nominee on Wednesday. The selections mean the chamber will choose its third female speaker in the body’s history.
In November voters elected Democrat D. Billy Jones to replace retiring New York state Republican Assemblywoman Janet Duprey to represent the 115th district. Jones, the current chair of the Franklin County Legislature, tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that the transition is going well and he’s looking forward to tackling challenges in Albany that concern the North Country.
The first East Coast World Cup skiing event in decades was held over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Vermont. The successful women's giant slalom and slalom races have regional officials hoping more such events will occur soon.
Seven months after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused Jay Peak's owner and president of massive fraud, the ski resort is set to open for the season on Saturday with the federal receiver overseeing it saying there is a $6.5 million shortfall.