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Vermont Land Trust's Dummerston land site
Vermont Land Trust / Photo by Mike Barrett

A Vermont nonprofit environmental organization says 61 acres along Interstate 91 are being conserved as farmland.

A Vermont man has been found not guilty on a charge that he sexually assaulted a woman in the bathroom of the state courthouse in Burlington just over two years ago.

Brad Campbell (left), Deanna Moran (center) and Tom Irwin (right)
Conservation Law Foundation

The Conservation Law Foundation, which has regional chapters in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, held a year in review teleconference Thursday to discuss environmental issues in the age of President Trump.

Senator Claire Ayer
Vermont Legislature

A Vermont legislator says she plans to push a publicly-funded health care plan in the upcoming legislative year.

Peace Corps Top States logo
Peace Corps/Facebook

Vermont continues to be among the national leaders in the number of volunteers it sends abroad to serve in the Peace Corps.

Vermont Senate Pro Tem Tim Ashe (left) and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson outline legislative priorities
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The leaders of the Vermont House and Senate discussed the legislative priorities for the upcoming session with reporters in Montpelier today.

This has been a National Day of Action for critics of the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA. The critics, which include federal representatives from the region, want the current closed door renegotiations of the trade pact between the U.S., Canada and Mexico to be opened and are calling for labor-friendly provisions.

Photo by Stephen Mease

The Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy has issued its third “Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy Education.”  Director and report author John Pelletier says that when the center was created, they wanted to understand what other states were doing to teach financial literacy.

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation released its plan for redevelopment of the former Frontier Town site in North Hudson earlier this month and held public information sessions on Monday.

Burlington City Hall
WAMC Photo

The sale of Burlington Telecom was again on the Burlington City Council agenda Monday night as the panel works to finalize the sale of the cable and broadband utility.

OneJet aircraft
Albany International Airport

Officials at OneJet announced Monday it will begin air service between Albany and Buffalo next year.

old water pipes in Burlington
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Communities across the country are grappling with aging infrastructure and limited funding to repair or replace critical water, road and utility lines. In the first part of our seven-day series on infrastructure, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at how two communities are working to upgrade antiquated water systems.

Make-A-Wish Northeast New York logo
Make-A-Wish Northeast New York/Facebook

Make-A-Wish Northeast New York is in the midst of the 25th holiday season of its Adopt-A-Wish campaign at malls and businesses across the region. The effort raises funds to help youth with life-threatening medical conditions fulfill a dream.  The organization, which covers an area from the Capital Region to the Canadian border, is working to enhance its presence in the North Country.

Carina Driscoll
Carina For Mayor/Facebook

The Vermont Progressive Party in Burlington is endorsing the stepdaughter of Senator Bernie Sanders in the race for mayor.

Scott Williams
Scott Williams/Facebook

The law license of the Washington County state's attorney is now inactive because he is taking a medical leave.

Vermont officials say they've pushed back a road paving project in Rutland, allowing the state more time to get a favorable bid.

The Northern Star tour boat
Discover Newport

A Vermont tour boat could be sold to a nonprofit group to keep it plying the waters of Lake Memphremagog along the U.S.-Canadian border.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Carol E. Davis

The Vermont Health Department says the state could be in for a rough flu season and it's advising people to get flu shots to protect themselves and others.

Vermont immigrant advocates say they're concerned a pending change to a state policy on how police work with immigrants could make it less likely immigrants will seek out police in emergencies. But Republican Governor Phil Scott said Thursday he doesn't believe the state is in danger of losing funding.

Carina Driscoll
Carina For Mayor/Facebook

Over the past week,  two candidates have announced campaigns to challenge two-term incumbent Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger in the election on Town Meeting Day in March.  On Monday, former city councilor and state legislator Carina Driscoll announced she will run as an Independent.  The lifelong Burlington resident, who is the stepdaughter of Senator Bernie Sanders, hopes to run a grassroots campaign that brings people together to build a new vision for the city.

The Essex County, New York Board of Supervisors has approved its 2018 budget.  The fiscal blueprint is the last of a five-year plan designed to bring the county under the tax cap and stabilize the fund balance.

Infinite Culcleasure
Infinite Culcleasure

Local elections in Vermont are held on Town Meeting Day in March.  In the past few days, two individuals have announced campaigns to challenge two-term incumbent Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger.  The first to announce is community activist Infinite Culcleasure.  He says will run as an Independent and seek support of the Progressive Party.

Empire State Winter Games Executive Director Tait Wardlaw
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Empire State Winter Games begin on February 1st.  Three days earlier, a torch run will begin in Manhattan.  That’s just one of the changes organizers outlined today in Lake Placid, which will host the competition.

Rail tracks
Tipiac-Alain Caraco/Wikimedia Commons

Some Vermont residents and lawmakers are concerned that propane-filled tanker cars parked on railroad tracks could pose a danger to nearby residential areas in Bennington.

Carina Driscoll
Carina For Mayor/Facebook

Bernie Sanders' stepdaughter is running for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, the same office that was the starting point for the independent U.S. senator's political career.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia Commons

Bus drivers and paraeducators in a Vermont school district have voted to go on strike Dec. 5 if a new contract isn't reached by then.

Investigators say a retirement community resident made ricin and tested the deadly toxin on her neighbors by putting it on their food or in beverages over a period of weeks.

University of Vermont Health Network Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital

A lockdown at a hospital in Plattsburgh ended Friday after nearly five hours.

Main Street in Lake Placid overlooking Mirror Lake and the Adirondacks
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Town of North Elba plans to establish “salt-free zones” on some roads along Mirror Lake in Lake Placid this winter.  It’s part of a years-long effort to reduce salt runoff into the Adirondack lake.

University of Vermont Health Network Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital

The hospital in Plattsburgh is under lockdown following a bomb threat.