Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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Vermont Health Connect logo
Vermont Health Connect

Vermonters who want to sign up for a health insurance plan for next year through the state's online exchange or existing subscribers who want to change to a different plan can do so starting next month.

Vermont Supreme Court building, Montpelier
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The Vermont Supreme Court says the state's public records law can extend to the private email accounts of state employees if those messages otherwise meet the state's definition of a public record.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in Plattsburgh
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New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was in Plattsburgh this afternoon to address the members of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and release the North Country Region’s Economic Profile.

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The 2010 Supreme Court decision commonly referred to as Citizens United  protected corporate rights to campaign spending.  Now, there is a national effort to pass a constitutional amendment that would overturn that decision and address the influence of money in politics.  Organizers in Massachusetts are beginning to gather signatures to place the amendment on the ballot, and Vermonter Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s fame is helping.

Senator Angus King (left) and Senator Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senate

Maine Senator Angus King says he's not interested in a potential request that he join the Democratic Party. The offer has also been extended to Vermont’s Independent Senator.

Lake Champlain
WAMC Photo by Pat Bradley

Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources Secretary wants to fund water quality improvements from the state's capital bill, money usually used to pay for large construction projects.

Infrastructure work near downtown Burlington 10-6-17
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Burlington, Vermont is wrapping up the first construction season under the city’s Sustainable Infrastructure Plan. In November 2016 voters approved $25.5 million in general obligation bonds to fund the five-year infrastructure project. The plan includes the repair or replacement of streets and sidewalks, aging fire trucks, the bike path, water systems and other infrastructure resources. Mayor Miro Weinberger says substantial work has been done and the city is on target to meet its goals.

Burlington City Council considers Burlington Town Center resolution
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The Burlington City Council has passed a resolution that authorizes the developer of a major downtown redevelopment to begin executing the plan.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Norsk Titanium in Plattsburgh
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Norsk Titanium is the only company that manufactures FAA-approved structural titanium components for the aerospace industry using a patented rapid plasma 3D printing technique.  Based in Norway, its global manufacturing facility is located in Plattsburgh.  On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the plant and officially dedicated the facility.

Burlington City Council hears comment from the public on Burlington Telecom sale at 10-16-17 meeting
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Burlington City Council narrowed the number of bidders seeking to buy Burlington Telecom to two on Monday night.  The council faced an auditorium filled with residents supporting the only local bidder – a co-op that councilors and the mayor have expressed some hesitancy over.

South Burlington Rebels logo
South Burlington School District

A recent graduate of a Vermont high school is charged with a hate crime after being accused of spray-painting an athletic field with a racial slur directed at a classmate who pushed the school to drop its "Rebels" nickname.

Vermont has streamlined the process for becoming a substance abuse counselor as the state continues to address the opioid addiction crisis.

wind turbine

Vermont lawmakers have voted down a rule that would have required large wind turbine projects to be built thousands of feet away from nearby homes.

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Vermont's top health care official says the decision by President Donald Trump to end subsidies that help thousands of Vermonters afford health insurance poses a long-term threat to their coverage.

A Burlington, Vermont man accused of killing his wife with a cleaver and critically injuring his mother-in-law hours after he sought a Vermont hospital mental health exam has pleaded not guilty.

Northern NY foliage October 8th, 2017
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The unusual warmth this fall coupled with a record heat wave in September means the natural fall foliage triggers here in the Northeast were delayed.  As fall foliage season began, muted or few colors dotted trees across the region.  But with cooler temperatures now here, more vibrant colors can be seen and some areas are now reaching peak.

Picture of Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

With the U.S. Senate is on recess this week, there has been significant activity from the White House.  Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he is particularly concerned about President Donald Trump’s executive order to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

The attorney for a New York rabbi who drove for 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometers) after a Vermont state trooper tried to pull him over for speeding on a remote interstate highway says he's hopeful the case can be resolved without the rabbi having to appear in court.

Mary Moran
Rutland City School District

The longtime superintendent of the Rutland City School District is retiring after more than 20 years with the Vermont district.

Bald eagles had a record year for nesting in Vermont thanks to a mild spring
John Hall / Vermont Fish & Wildlife

Vermont biologists say the number of bald eagles that successfully nested in the state set a modern-day record this year.

Senator Bernie Sanders views bifacial solar panels with Sandia Lab's Laurie Burnham
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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Vermont Regional Test Center for Solar Technology is one of five in the country and the only one in the North.  Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders toured the site this morning.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger (left) and Burlington Telecom Advisory Board Chair David Provost
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington’s mayor has offered his recommendation for which finalists he believes the City Council should advance the final round of consideration as the city sells its telecommunications service.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger (right) welcomes Honfleur Mayor Michel Lamarre
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington, Vermont officials officially welcomed a delegation from its French sister city on Tuesday.  This is the second official visit to Vermont since the sister city agreement was formalized 2012.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that he would rescind the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.  Environmental advocates in our region are critical of the move, noting that the cap-and-trade-style plan to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants is already working in the Northeast.

NYSSBA convention header
New York State School Boards Association

Nearly 2,500 school board members and administrators from around New York state will tackle a weighty agenda at their annual convention this week in Lake Placid.

Innovation Conference poster
Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies

The state of Vermont is planning to host a conference designed to encourage entrepreneurs with good ideas to work together.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team "DHART" flies over the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Vermont's largest hospital is working with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to expand the helicopter ambulance service that would help move critically ill or injured patients throughout its network of hospitals in Vermont and upstate New York.

SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson
State University of New York

Dr. Kristina Johnson is in her first few weeks as the 13th Chancellor of the 64-campus SUNY system.  Johnson, an engineer, is the founder of a hydroelectric company.  She served as the U.S. Under-Secretary of Energy in the Obama Administration.  She has also been provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University, Dean of Engineering at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and a professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She holds more than 100 patents and was  inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2015.  During a visit to Clinton Community College last Thursday, Dr. Johnson told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why she is staying in academia as SUNY Chancellor.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
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Part of the city of Plattsburgh’s plan to stabilize its budget includes the elimination of four city departments.  When councilors voted this summer to approve the plan in an attempt to save more than a million dollars in the 2018 budget, the department heads anticipated they would have their jobs until the end of the year.  But now they have been notified that they must leave on October 4th.

SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson (left) cuts ribbon with Clinton Community College Board of Trustees Chair David Favro
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Local and state officials cut the ribbon this morning, officially opening the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at Clinton Community College.