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The U.S. House has passed a GMO labeling bill that would preempt a Vermont law that kicked in earlier this month.

Rutland, VT
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The mayor of Rutland, Vermont, says he's confident that the city will win federal approval to host Syrian refugees, despite the city board of aldermen's misgivings.

Mayor James Calnon (left) and Supervisor Michael Cashman sign leadership agreement
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The mayor of the city and the supervisor of the town of Plattsburgh signed a leadership agreement this afternoon with a goal of formalizing joint municipal efforts.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin released the results of testing for perfluorinated compounds in groundwater at two of 11 testing sites in the state.  While both locations show the believed to be carcinogenic chemicals present in groundwater wells, there is also minimal concern that drinking water wells are being contaminated.

Nabil Oudeh
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Many cities and towns have a Rotary chapter, a service organization that supports local communities.  During the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary’s largest fundraising event of the year this past weekend, District Governor Nabil Oudeh traveled from Ottawa, Canada to attend the festival.  Oudeh says he oversees a region that includes Northern New York, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut.

John DiLeo
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Movie houses across the country were recently tasked with transitioning to digital projection.  It was an expensive proposition and many small theaters faced closure.  In the Adirondacks, the Go Digital or Go Dark campaign successfully helped many small community movie houses make the upgrades.  The Adirondack Film Society is celebrating the new digital projection system at the Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake this  weekend with screenings of the classic comedies A Night at the Opera and Sullivan’s Travels.  John DiLeo, the author of five books on classic films, will be at the theater in Schroon Lake to discuss the films and present unique clips on the Golden Age of Movies.  He says he has been steeped in movies since his childhood.

Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president.

The New Hampshire fire marshal has recommended that negligent homicide charges be brought against the operator of a circus tent that collapsed last year in Lancaster, killing two Vermont individuals.

Norsk Titanium

During the Farnborough International Air Show near London on Monday, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh has been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The international company will invest $1 billion in a new manufacturing plant and training facility in the northern New York city.

Mayor's Cup 2016
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The annual Mayor’s Cup Regatta is the largest sailing race on Lake Champlain.  But this year, high winds and rain lowered some sails and cancelled many shore events.

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The Vermont Attorney General’s office has ordered a dairy farm in Brandon to take corrective actions and pay a fine for violations of the state’s water pollution laws and agricultural practice regulations.

Sterling College
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A college in Craftsbury, Vermont, says police are investigating a series of incidents, including one in which a building that had been hanging a rainbow flag to recognize the victims of the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando was egged.

Norsk Titanium

The long-awaited confirmation that a major aerospace manufacturer will set up its U.S operations in Plattsburgh was confirmed Monday.

Two Vermont parents have pleaded not guilty to a child cruelty charge after police said their 5-year-old son screamed for help after they took heroin in a Burlington parking lot and wouldn't wake up.

Burlington, VT Police car
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Burlington, Vermont’s police chief is suspending solo officer patrols in the wake of fatal sniper shootings of police in Dallas until the prospect of copycat attacks on other officers diminishes.

Picture of solar panels
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In April 2014, the Vermont Legislature required the Vermont Public Service Board establish a revised net-metering program for consumers using renewable energy.  Since November of that year the Board has been gathering input and drafting rules.  The revisions, released at the beginning of this month, are raising concerns from environmental and energy advocates in Vermont.

Vermont Right to Know GMO logo
Vermont Right to Know Coalition

Late Thursday the U.S. Senate approved federal GMO labeling legislation and moved the bill to the House for consideration.  In Vermont, where the first-in-the-nation mandatory GMO labeling law went into effect last Friday, advocates say the federal bill caters to the whims of the corporate food industry rather than actually providing consumers information.

A Vermont prosecutor says he will not file charges against a para-educator who was caring for a toddler who drowned at a Waterbury day care.

The Vermont attorney general's office says pharmaceutical manufacturer Wyeth, Inc., has paid Vermont more than $6 million to resolve allegations that it underpaid drug rebates to the Vermont Medicaid program.

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The U.S. Senate resumed debate today on GMO legislation that would preempt Vermont’s newly effective labeling law.

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

Invasive species are spreading across the region.  The summer is a prime season for the non-native insects to move to new habitats, threatening native ecosystems. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Lands and Forests Research Scientist Jerry Carlson is also Chief of Forest Health and Protection, making him responsible for identifying changes in the forest environment statewide.  Originally trained as an entomologist, Carlson sat down to discuss the increasing risk of invasive insects throughout eastern New York.

In November, Essex County Supervisors approved extending the county occupancy tax to include private rentals effective January 1st.  Now officials are finding that a number of property owners are resisting paying the tax or are unaware they are supposed to pay it.

Governor Cuomo announces revitalization grant in Plattsburgh
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Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh today to announce that the city has been awarded $10 million in downtown revitalization funds.

Spiny Water Flea
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Vermont officials are reminding anglers and boaters to prevent the spread of spiny water fleas, an invasive species found in Lake Champlain two years ago that is becoming more common in the lake.

One of Vermont's top securities regulators has been named commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation.

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A new law that took effect Friday in Vermont led to lawsuits attempting to stop its implementation and pending legislation in Congress intending to invalidate efforts to create a GMO labeling statute.

dairy cows
WAMC

Northeast dairy farmers anticipating a payout from a settlement with a national dairy marketing cooperative may have to wait a year before seeing any checks. 

Mosquito
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The Vermont Department of Health has confirmed the state's first case this year of human illness from West Nile virus, a disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has announced that the state and its communities will get $7 million from a round of federal funding for homeland security.

The Vermont Attorney General’s office and state Human Rights Commission have issued a report offering guidance on gender-based pricing. The study by the agencies finds that women often pay more for products and services than men.

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