Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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Lake Champlain
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Officials from the U.S., Canada, New York, Vermont and Quebec were in Crown Point, New York this week to renew the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s management plan for the lake.

Governor Phil Scott (left) and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger launch the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition
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Vermont environmental, municipal and state officials were at the ECHO Center for Lake Champlain this week to announce the launch of a new coalition to help bridge the environmental chasm caused when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he will appoint a commission to study the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

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Bernie 2016

Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders say the Republican Senate health care proposal is the "most harmful" piece of legislation he has ever seen.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Legalized marijuana in Vermont will have to wait again. Among the vetoed legislation that the legislature reviewed during its special session on Wednesday was a bill to allow the use of marijuana by adults.  While the state Senate overturned the veto, the House refused to reverse the governor’s decision.

Vermont House meets in special session 6-21-17
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Lawmakers headed back to Montpelier Wednesday as the Vermont Legislature met for a special veto session.  After a long day of twists and turns, the House and Senate eventually approved the 2018 state budget, which includes an adjusted teacher health care deal that the governor wanted included in the fiscal plan.

Federal Reserve Bank of NY President William Dudley
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Since 2010, representatives of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York have been making field trips to different regions across the state.  On Monday its president, William Dudley, met with Plattsburgh business leaders to discuss North Country economic issues.

unemployment application

The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate for May remains unchanged from April at 3.1 percent.

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A New Hampshire restaurant is banning tips in favor of raising menu prices to give its staff a salary of $45,000 to $50,000 per year.

Maple tree tapped with tubing
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The USDA Agricultural Statistics Service issued its report on maple syrup production this week.  It shows that nationwide production this spring was up, with trees being tapped as early as January 1st.

Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall
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Lake Placid, the Olympic village in the heart of the Adirondacks, is in the midst of upgrading its infrastructure with its Main Street Reconstruction Project.  Mayor Craig Randall, who just started his third and last four-year term — due to term limits — says  the improvements will help deal with congestion that is normally seen in larger cities.

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is getting a new CEO.

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Republican Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he thinks it will be possible to reach an agreement with lawmakers on a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana ahead of next week's two-day session, in which the Legislature will act on the bills the governor has vetoed.

Governor Phil Scott signs Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative executive order
Vermont Governor's office

The state of Vermont and members of the business community are joining together to promote the outdoor recreation economy.

2017 Point in Time cover
Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness

On a single night in January more than 1,200 people in Vermont were homeless.  The annual Point in Time count of homelessness report issued this week found an overall increase across the state with some regional differences.

A new ethics law has been signed by Vermont Governor Phil Scott.  The bill implements reforms and establishes an ethics commission.  Advocates say they’re pleased to see such reforms implemented, but say overall it’s a weak measure.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has signed into law a bill establishing a state ethics commission.

Rail tracks
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The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the cause of a 2015 Amtrak train derailment in Vermont was debris on the tracks from a rock slide.

Burlington, VT Police car
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This week, the Burlington City Council passed a Fair and Impartial Policing Policy that meets a state mandate, but avoids federal designation as a sanctuary city.

Lake Placid with Mirror Lake in the foreground

Earlier this week, the Lake Placid village board approved the environmental review and findings from a public hearing related to eminent domain actions for an infrastructure project.   It’s a move that the owner of the property says violates New York state’s eminent domain procedural laws.

New York, California, Vermont and eight other states are suing the Trump administration over its failure to finalize energy-use limits for portable air conditioners and other products.

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Following dry and drought conditions last summer, Northeast farmers are facing the opposite challenge this growing season: a rainy, cool spring that has delayed the planting of corn and other crops and the first cutting of hay for livestock feed.

Burlington City Hall
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The Burlington City Council passed a budget Monday evening.  In presenting his formal request for passage, the mayor said the plan includes strategic investments in public safety, infrastructure and sustainability — without resulting in a tax increase.

Emma Mulvaney-Stanak
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The woman who has led the Vermont Progressive Party for the past four years announced Friday that she had stepped down.

Rutland, VT
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A third Syrian refugee family has arrived in Rutland.

Adirondack Council

The Adirondack Council announced Monday that it was able to obtain more carbon allowances during the latest Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auction.

North Country Business Expo 2017
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The North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada has been in effect for more than two decades.  President Donald Trump has promised to renegotiate the deal.  During a business expo in Plattsburgh last week, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley discovered that many businesses in the border region aren’t worried about the pending negotiations.

The Vermont-based New England Culinary Institute is merging with the VM College of Art and Design of Cleveland, Ohio.

Emma Mulvaney-Stanak
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The chair of Vermont’s Progressive Party is stepping down.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

President Donald Trump announced on June 1st that his administration would pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.  The move was criticized not only by environmental activists but also business and municipal concerns.  Earlier this week more than 200 members of the Climate Mayors coalition signed the U.S. Climate Alliance’s “We Are Still In” open letter to the global community.  Among those in this region committing to support the Paris agreement is Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger.  The Democrat says the letter is consistent with the city’s long-time position on the environment.