Pat Bradley

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Vermont's disappointing ski season so far this winter has not helped state revenues.

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Authorities took a woman in a stolen vehicle into custody after a series of hit-and-run crashes and a car chase in Burlington.

Petrova Elementary and the Middle School, 2010
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Two schools in the Saranac Lake School District were closed and students sent home early on Friday following a threat against a staff member.

Picture of marijuana plant
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The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee recently voted to approve a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. The idea is so controversial that even members of the same party are divided over the issue.

Maple trees tapped with plastic tubing.
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A winter thaw has triggered sap to flow in maple trees, launching an early start to the maple syrup season for some producers in parts of New England.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
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The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it has no objections to the decommissioning plans developed by the owners of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

David Sweat in Clinton County Court
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Convicted murderer David Sweat, who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York in June, setting off a 23-day manhunt, was back in court Wednesday. Sweat, who is already serving a life sentence for murder, appeared in Clinton Country Court to face sentencing for the breakout. 

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Farms in northwestern Vermont may have to abide by certain practices to reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain under a decision released by the state's agriculture secretary.

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David Sweat, the surviving convict who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility last June, setting off a 23-day manhunt, spoke at his sentencing on Wednesday. Already facing life in prison without parole on a previous murder conviction, Sweat was sentenced to up to another seven years.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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With the clock ticking down for local school districts to prepare budgets, the Vermont House held a rare midnight session over the weekend to pass school spending legislation.