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University of Vermont Medical Center
Fletcher Allen Health Care/University of Vermont Medical Center

A group of licensed nursing assistants and other employees at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington are seeking permission from the hospital to establish a union.

handcuffs
wikipedia.org

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.

North Country contingent at Regional Economic Development Awards
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

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.

Photo of Clinton Correctional
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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.

St. Lawrence River-Great Lakes watershed map
Karl Musser/Wikimedia

The U.S. and Canada have adopted a plan designed to improve environmental conditions along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River by letting water levels rise and fall more naturally.

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

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.

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

In the closing days of his administration, Governor Peter Shumlin is inviting Vermonters to apply for pardons if they were convicted of possessing up to an ounce of marijuana.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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.

242 Main entrance
242 Main/Facebook

A popular Vermont punk music venue, established with the help of the wife of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, is closing after 32 years.

Police in Colchester, Vermont, say a student was caught with a gun at the local high school.

Vermont Air Guard F-16 Viper
Ken Mist/Flickr

Members of the Vermont Air National Guard are leaving Wednesday for an overseas deployment.

Burlington International Airport sign
Niranjan Arminius/Flickr

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.

Clinton County Government Center
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Clinton County legislators will hear from the public tonight on the 2017 budget plan.

Downtown Historic District, Rutland, Vermont
Sfoskett/Wikimedia Commons

During the annual meeting Vermont Council on World Affairs this week the mayor of Rutland, Vermont, says he's committed to refugee resettlement.

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.

Oceti Sakowin Water Protector Encampment
Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild

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.

Rutland, VT
Doug Kerr-Dougtone/Flickr

Rutland’s embattled six-term mayor already has his first challenger. An economic development leader is the first to throw his hat into the race.

Rutland, VT
Doug Kerr-Dougtone/Flickr

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.

Plattsburgh mayor-elect Colin Read
Colin Read for Mayor/Facebook

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.

Downtown Historic District, Rutland, Vermont
Sfoskett/Wikimedia Commons

The group that works to resettle refugees in Vermont is opening an office in Rutland and is looking to hire staff ahead of the expected arrival of up to 100 mostly Syrian refugees.

wikipedia commons

The state of Vermont has finalized rules governing how many opioid painkillers medical professionals can prescribe.

Representatives Mitzi Johnson (left) and Linda Myers
Vermont House

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.

Billy Jones outside Plattsburgh City Hall
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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.

file picture of skiing in Vermont
John Atkinson/Ski Vermont

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.

Essex County NY government center
WAMC/Pat Bradley

With only five weeks left in the legislative year, the Essex County Board of Supervisors this week swore-in a new chair and vice chair to the panel.

Allegiant aircraft
Eddie Maloney-Wikimedia

The ultra-low cost carrier Allegiant Air is ending its direct service between Vermont's Burlington International Airport and Sanford, Florida.

Burlington City Hall
WAMC Photo

The City Council in Burlington, Vermont, is showing support for welcoming Syrian refugees.

Jay Peak Resort
Ski Vermont

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.

GlobalFoundaries, Essex Junction VT
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Green Mountain Power and GlobalFoundries have partnered on a new solar project that will help power the technology company and provide data to the Sandia National Laboratory.

Police body cameras
wikipedia.org

A Vermont county sheriff's office is planning to start using body cameras soon.

Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark says the department plans to buy between 20 and 30 cameras for deputies. Each camera costs up to $1,000.

Clark said his staff has been asking for them for a while. The Brattleboro Reformer reports that the sheriff's office has 34 deputies, 16 of which work full-time.

The community of Dover in Windham County has been using body cameras....

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