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New England News
12:45 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

State Officials Outline Enhanced Water Quality Initiatives

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell (left), Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross (center) and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears (right) at St. Albans meeting
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Vermont officials have outlined new steps to address agricultural pollution in Lake Champlain that emphasize stewardship and enhanced accountability.

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New England News
10:10 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Nearly 150-Year-Old Church Goes On Sale

First Baptist Church, Brattleboro
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A nearly 150-year-old church is going to be put up for sale in Brattleboro, Vermont.

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New England News
8:40 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Vermont Adds Enforcement To Lake Champlain Cleanup Tools

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell (left), Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross (center) and Vermont DEC Commissioner David Mears (right) at water quality meeting January 26, 2015
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Vermont's top officials say legal enforcement of water quality rules on the state's farmers is going to be one of the tools that will be used to help clean up Lake Champlain.

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New England News
1:15 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Conversation With Social Security Advocate About New House Rule

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In one of its first actions the new House of Representatives voted to approve a rule that blocks the transfer of funds from the Social Security’s larger retirement and survivors’ trust fund to the disability trust fund. Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders, a critic of the action, notes that such transfers have been done routinely in the past under both Republican and Democratic presidents.  Vermont’s junior Senator is working with The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare to assure the reallocation occurs.  WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Max Richtman, the President and CEO of the National Committee, about its concerns over the House rule.

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New England News
1:15 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Activist Dr. Vandana Shiva Discusses Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law

Dr. Vandana Shiva
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Vermont has passed the only law mandating the labeling of genetically modified — or GMO — foods. This week the state attorney general held a public hearing at the Statehouse on his proposed rule that would lead to the regulations to implement the law. It’s a law that is being challenged by some major food processing companies and supported by right-to-know advocates.
Dr. Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned environmental activist, scientist and the author of more than a dozen books. During a visit to Vermont, she talked with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about her support for the state’s GMO labeling law.

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North Country News
8:20 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Canadian Pair Rescued After Frosty Night In Adirondacks

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Two Canadian hikers lost in the Adirondack High Peaks spent a frigid night in the snowy wilderness before being rescued by rangers.

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New England News
7:30 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Vermont Contract With Health Expert Under Renewed Scrutiny

Jonathan Gruber
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Vermont is applying a fresh round of scrutiny to its contract with Jonathan Gruber, the MIT health economist who got into hot water for talking about what he called "the stupidity of the American voter."

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New England News
11:20 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Vermont Bill Would Count Home Heating Savings as Renewable

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Newly filed legislation in Vermont would push utilities to expand renewable energy and energy efficiency programs beyond electricity and into home heating.

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New England News
9:30 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Bill to Leave Cap and Trade Program Sees Little Support

New Hampshire Statehouse
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A bill to remove New Hampshire from a multi-state carbon cap-and-trade program known as RGGI appears to have little public support.

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New England News
7:45 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Case Of Tuberculosis Confirmed In Vermont School Employee

Scanning electron micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, which cause TB
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The Vermont Department of Health has confirmed a case of tuberculosis in an employee at Charlotte Central School.

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