Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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A regional working group focused on economic development in Bennington County will hold its first meeting next week.

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A bill has been proposed in the Vermont House that would make it legal for adults to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana.

A hearing Monday on a lawsuit challenging New York’s plan for a rail to trail transition along the Remsen to Lake Placid rail corridor was delayed after the judge requested more information pertaining to ownership of land along the route.

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Two energy providers in Burlington are expanding an energy efficiency program to homeowners.

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The Vermont Legislature has approved a resolution that affirms abortion rights.

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An upstate New York Mayor is blaming President Trump’s ban on travel from seven Middle Eastern countries for preventing athletes from India traveling to the Adirondacks.

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a roundtable in Burlington Monday with health officials and advocates to discuss the rapidly rising cost of prescription drugs.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (right) discusses presidential executive order on immigration with Vermont ACLU Executive Director James Lyall (left)
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The debate over the constitutionality of President Trump’s immigration Executive Order flared last night when the acting Attorney General of the United States was fired after refusing to enforce the mandate.  The debate between the Justice Department and the White House was occurring as Congressional Democrats gathered in front of the Supreme Court to protest what New York Senator Charles Schumer called an “inhumane” order.  Among them was Vermont Representative Peter Welch, who earlier in the day was in Burlington condemning the president’s actions.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (right) discusses presidential executive order on immigration with Vermont ACLU Executive Director James Lyall (left)
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Congressman Peter Welch expressed his outrage over President Trump’s executive orders affecting migrants and refugees to the United States.

All eight of Vermont's mayors are calling on President Donald Trump to rescind the executive order that temporarily bans travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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Howard Frank

A Vermont writer best known for his novels about life in rural Vermont has died.

Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy says he will oppose the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next U.S. Attorney General.

A Barre, Vermont man has denied helping a homicide suspect leave the state following the first slaying in the nation's smallest capital city in nearly a century.

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Key Vermont lawmakers are asking Republican Governor Phil Scott for an alternative budget proposal as it becomes increasingly clear that his won't pass in either the House or the Senate.

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As President Donald Trump issues Executive Orders clamping down on immigration, some state attorneys general are pushing back.  Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has created a Task Force on Immigration to advise him on his legal authority regarding federal immigration law.

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President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order suspending the nation’s refugee resettlement program for 120 days.  The move would halt efforts by Rutland, Vermont to bring Syrian refugees to that city.

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Vermont's largest city will ask its residents to vote this spring on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Vermont's Democratic attorney general has formed a task force to advise his office on the scope of its authority on immigration matters amid uncertainty about the Trump administration's plans for refugee policy.

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New York Farm Bureau

Officials from the New York Farm Bureau discussed the group’s top state legislative priorities and its response to the governor’s executive budget during a conference call this morning.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott presented his first budget address to the Vermont Legislature on Tuesday.  He offered a balanced budget with level funding and a number of policy changes targeting the state’s education fund.  Reaction to his plan is mixed.

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The South Burlington, Vermont city council has passed a resolution to end a home buyout program offered by the Burlington International Airport.

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A bat was at the Vermont Statehouse just before the governor's budget address.

Despite inclement weather, nearly a hundred officials and business leaders from across the North Country gathered in Plattsburgh this morning to hear addresses on the state of the town and city of Plattsburgh and Clinton County.

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Vermont's new Republican governor is calling on lawmakers to restructure the way the state pays for education.

Governor Andrew Cuomo outlines North Country budget initaitives
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his proposed state spending plan to a North Country audience Monday, highlighting what he says are the plan’s benefits for the upstate region and announcing plans to enhance tourism venues in the Adirondacks.

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Plattsburgh City Police have created an “Internet Exchange Safe Zone” for people exchanging goods purchased via social media or websites.

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Vermont's Secretary of State and Attorney General are creating a Committee on Campaign Finance Education, Compliance and Reform to address campaign finance issues and solutions.

Some New Hampshire lawmakers are proposing that the state shift away from the Eastern Time Zone and join Nova Scotia and Puerto Rico in the Atlantic Time Zone.

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A lawyer for a former Vermont legislator has requested that he withdraw a plea deal with prosecutors before going to trial on charges he tried to extract sexual favors in exchange for rent.

The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of 1 percent last month to 3.1 percent.