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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

On Town Meeting Day in March, Burlington voters approved a resolution asking that the Air Force cancel the planned basing of F-35 fighter jets and find another mission for the National Guard base.  A few weeks later, the city council voted to forward the resolution to the Secretary of the Air Force with additional questions.  But Wednesday, the city’s mayor announced he will not sign the council‘s resolution.

Governor Phil Scott signs gun bills into law
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed a trio of gun bills on the steps of the Statehouse Wednesday afternoon as a rowdy crowd heckled or cheered the passage of the new laws.

Plattsburgh Police Chief Levi Ritter
City of Plattsburgh

Last Thursday during the Plattsburgh Common Council meeting, Mayor Colin Read announced the appointment of Levi Ritter as the city’s new police chief.  Ritter has been on the force for 14 years and began his new job Friday.  Chief Ritter tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley his desire to lead the department might be a bit of a cliché.

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Vermont officials say they believe firefighting foam used to extinguish a fire from a 1986 plane crash may be the present-day source of chemical contamination of wells in Clarendon.

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A judge has approved freezing the remaining assets of a former Vermont ski resort owner who is being investigated on suspicion of investment fraud.

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Some traditional organic farmers are rebelling against what they see as a dilution of the country's organic standards by creating their own additional organic certification program and label.

Dr. David Levy
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In March 1993, astronomers Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy discovered a comet that was on a course to impact Jupiter.  Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacted the planet in July 1994 — the first planetary impact by a comet observed in human history.  Originally from Montreal, Dr. David Levy has hosted an astronomy camp in the Adirondacks for 15 years in conjunction with SUNY Plattsburgh and periodically visits the northern New York college campus.  While in Plattsburgh Monday, Levy talked with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about his comet discoveries.

Green Mountain National Forest sign
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Green Mountain National Forest officials say between 200 and 600 acres of the forest will be burned this spring to cut back on heavy accumulations of grass and brush to reduce the risk of large, uncontrollable wildfires.

10th Mountain Division placard
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The Army will be conducting nighttime training across northern New York this week.

Lac Megantic in 2013 following train explosion
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Canadian officials say the bankrupt railway at the center of a 2013 train derailment that killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec will not have to stand trial for criminal negligence.

Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline project map
Vermont Public Service Board

Vermont utility regulators are asking for an investigation into the construction of a 41-mile natural gas pipeline.

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Vermont state employees will see changes to their health care plans starting January 2019.

Governor Phil Scott
Governor's office

Vermont's Republican Governor Phil Scott says he will publicly sign three pieces of gun legislation after they reach his desk.

Hawkins Hall on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus hosts the office of the campus president
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New York’s governor and legislature are touting progress in higher education funding in the just-passed state budget.  An overall investment of $7.6 billion according to the governor’s office includes money for the second phase of the Excelsior Free Tuition Program. It also includes a boost of $103 million in overall funding for higher education. But only $11 million of that is distributed to the 47 four-year SUNY campuses. In the second part of their interview, SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that translates to a status quo budget for his campus.

SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling
SUNY Plattsburgh

In February, the SUNY Plattsburgh campus was thrown into turmoil after a screenshot of a social media post that mentioned lynching and used the n-word was reposted to get the administration’s attention.  The campus noticed.  Students protested and held a vote of no confidence in the college president and the chief diversity officer.  Members of the community joined solidarity marches across the campus.  In late February, SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling distributed a letter to the campus community outlining a series of steps to address racial bias.  As Dr. Ettling updates WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley, he says it was important to create an action plan following those painful days on the campus.

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The closure of a Vermont bridge over Interstate 91 just below the Canadian border is scheduled to begin next week.

Employees at an airport business park in Vermont have been ordered not to drink the water due to hazardous chemicals.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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Vermont lawmakers are turning their attention to school safety measures following the approval of a package of gun ownership restrictions that were passed in the aftermath of what officials called a near-miss school shooting in Fair Haven earlier this year.

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As the war of words over tariffs between the U.S. and  China escalates, a group of students, alumni and faculty from McGill University have returned from Asia.  While the tariff controversy would appear to be a heated global topic, the group found that it took a backseat to other economic concerns.

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McGill Hot Cities 2018

For ten years students, faculty and alumni from McGill University in Montreal have undertaken an annual trip to areas of the globe considered fast-growing emerging economies.  This year, the group returned to the Far East.

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A judge has refused to dismiss murder charges against a Vermont man who fatally shot the host of a drunken party in 2015.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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A judge in Vermont has dismissed a challenge from a man hoping to overturn the state's school district consolidation law.

A panel of the Vermont Supreme Court is considering whether a teenager charged with planning a shooting at his former high school should be held without bail even though he never carried out the crime.

Adirondack Park sign
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In February, Adirondack interests raised concerns about a proposal in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget that would shift how New York pays property taxes to local communities on lands it owns in the Adirondacks. A “Forever Taxable” Coalition formed to oppose a cap and Payment in Lieu of Taxes system in the Adirondacks and Catskills. The effort was successful and the idea was removed from the final budget. But concerns remain that such a proposal could re-appear in the future.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

Nearly one month after Town Meeting Day, the Burlington City Council met last night to swear-in the mayor and council to new terms and hear the State of the City address.

Whiteface Mountain
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A college senior died while skiing in New York's Adirondack Mountains over the weekend.


Vermont fire officials say a blaze that destroyed a historic family dairy farm, two homes and killed 23 cows and calves was an accident.

Vermont 2017 scams chart
Vermont Attorney General's office

With the tax filing deadline approaching the Vermont Attorney General and state Tax commissioner on Monday warned Vermonters about tax scams.

Statue of Ceres atop the Vermont Statehouse prior to its removal
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The 80-year-old wooden statue of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, has been taken down from the top of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier because it's believed to be rotting.

The warming days mean winter is almost over and a new season is upon us.  In the first part of WAMC’s seven-part series looking at spring traditions across the region, North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at what has become our unofficial fifth season: mud season.