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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott's office says his proposal to have teachers negotiate their health care benefits with the state, rather than their local school district can still become law despite being rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Every 20 years, New Yorkers are given the opportunity for a constitutional convention. A referendum will be on the ballot in November asking voters if one should be held.  Groups are lining up on each side.  Several environmental organizations are opposed to the convention because they are concerned that a key protection for the Adirondacks and Catskills could be eliminated.

Students at poster session during UVM Student Research Conference
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The University of Vermont held its ninth Student Research Conference on Thursday, showcasing the work of students through poster sessions, oral presentations and creative presentations.

Former Taft School will  be renovated as UVM's integrated center for the creative arts
UVM Foundation

The University of Vermont Foundation, which manages private support for the college, announced a donation Thursday that will create an integrated center for the creative arts.

View of Lake Champlain from Plattsburgh southeast towards Vermont
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A report issued this month assesses the changing salinity of freshwater lakes.  It finds increased sodium chloride in the North American lakes studied, most likely caused by using salt to de-ice roadways.

Adirondack Experience Executive Director David Kahn
Adirondack Experience The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

This will be the 60th year that a museum in Blue Mountain Lake opens its doors to showcase Adirondack history.  Now, as it begins its sixth decade, the Adirondack Museum is being rebranded with a new name, logo and a new 19,000-square foot interactive exhibition.  Executive Director David Kahn explains why the museum’s new name is the “Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.”

cigarettes
wikimedia

The Vermont Senate has voted down a proposal to raise the smoking age in the state to 21.

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

Vermont's Republican Governor Phil Scott is proposing that Vermont's teachers negotiate their health benefits directly with the state, instead of their local school boards.

Little Brown Bat with White Nose Syndrome in Greeley Mine, VT
Joel Flewelling/Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help monitor colonies of little brown bats this summer.

Dr. Robert Larner
Peter Blacksberg / University of Vermont

The man for whom the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine is named has died at age 99 in California.  Officials at the UVM Larner College of Medicine are remembering Dr. Robert Larner as a humble and generous benefactor who wanted students to benefit from his philanthropy.

Substance Abuse and Recovery of Clinton County/Facebook

SPARCC, or Substance Abuse and Recovery of Clinton County, was formed in 2016 to raise public awareness and enhance opioid addiction prevention efforts in the North Country.  The group is now seeking volunteers to tell their addiction stories in hopes of getting more people into recovery and eliminating stigma.

Bishop Christopher Coyne
Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington

The leader of Vermont's Roman Catholic church is planning to convene the first synod to be held in the state in more than half a century to seek ways to get more Catholics involved with their church.

Picture of a judge's gavel
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A former Vermont assistant judge has been banned from holding a judicial office for life by Vermont's Judicial Conduct Board.

scam caution signs
Pixabay/Public Domain

Vermont state police are warning residents of a computer virus scam that drains the bank accounts of victims.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman
Pat Bradley/WAMC

This past week, Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott celebrated his 100th day in office and outlined his accomplishments so far.  Vermonters elect the governor and lieutenant governor separately. David Zuckerman is a Progressive/Democrat in his first term as Lieutenant Governor.  During a break in Senate sessions, he told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that during his first 100 days he’s worked to get more people, especially youth, involved in the political process.

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Vermont health care regulators say two of the state's hospitals must use $11.6 million in surplus revenue from last year to reduce commercial insurance rates.

Picture of marijuana plant
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A legal marijuana plan has suddenly resurfaced and passed the Vermont Senate on a 21-9 vote, though it's highly unlikely the House will move on the bill this year.

March for Science button designed by student Mason Martin
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Students at Clinton Community College are organizing a March for Science this weekend, one of thousands occurring Saturday across the nation.

Plattsburgh International Airport new concourse
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Officials from across Clinton County and the North Country toured the newly completed terminal renovations at the Plattsburgh International Airport this week.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott (left), Secretary of Human Services Al Gobeille (center) and legal counsel Jaye Pershing Johnson (right)
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A paperwork glitch is threatening the appointment of a regulator by Vermont’s previous governor to the state’s health care regulating board.

Students attend environmental trade fair at Clinton Community College
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh hosted an Environmental Trade Fair Wednesday to show students how businesses impact the environment — and how they could offer potential clean and green jobs.

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Businesses in Vermont are struggling to deal with a lack of seasonal workers due to the congressional cap on the number of H-2B work visas made available annually.

Vermont lawmakers have again pushed back a vote on a measure to create a statewide ethics commission.

Picture of Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

Vermont Representative Peter Welch and Senator Bernie Sanders were in northwestern Vermont this week to meet with constituents during the two-week Congressional Easter recess.  They briefly spoke about some issues of concern to them and voters.

Governor Phil Scott talks about his first 100 days
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Now that he has been in office for 100 days, Vermont Governor Phil Scott held a press conference this morning to outline what he sees as his successes so far.

Democratic National Committee/Facebook

Former presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders launches a cross-country tour in Maine Monday to reinvigorate the Democratic Party.

Burlington City Hall
WAMC/Pat Bradley

After nearly 30 years with the same flag, Burlington, Vermont, is holding a contest to find a new flag design that will capture the imagination of city residents.

Distracted driving sign
Public Domain

Vermont law enforcement agencies are working together to lower the number of distracted drivers on the state's highways.

Commissioner Basil Seggos
NYS DEC

On Friday, several hundred officials from across the North Country gathered in Lake Placid to hear Governor Andrew Cuomo discuss highlights of the recently passed state budget.  The fiscal plan includes $2.5 billion for the statewide Clean Water Infrastructure Act and $13.2 million in aid to municipalities. The spending plan keeps the Environmental Protection Fund at $300 million.  New York state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos calls it the best environmental budget the state has passed in three decades.

Vermont Supreme Court
GearedBull/Wikimedia

Vermont's highest court has overturned the sentencing of a former Rutland city attorney convicted in a 2013 hit-and-run crash that killed a 71-year-old woman.

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