Pat Bradley

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More than $2.7 million in state tax incentives is going to support 22 downtown and village center revitalization projects around Vermont.

One of the largest annual events in Plattsburgh begins Thursday. The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration starts with memorial ceremonies and features a number of reenactments.

Facebook: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Reaction from many advocates in our region to President Trump’s decision to abolish DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — was swift and negative.

McGruff the Crime Dog
National Crime Prevention Council

The advertising executive who led the team that created McGruff the Crime Dog and who voiced the character has died.

Vermont officials are criticizing the Trump administration's decision to phase out a government program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.

Ray Buckley
New Hampshire Democratic Party

The chairman of New Hampshire's Democratic Party has come under fire for comments suggesting some unregistered voters in the state are white supremacists after responding over the weekend to news a group with links to President Donald Trump's campaign was planning on reaching out to thousands of the state's unregistered voters.

Moran Plant from south
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has announced that the city is ceasing redevelopment discussions for an obsolete power plant on the waterfront and will now look at demolition.  The decision comes more than three years after voters approved financing to create a plan for the site.

Lake Placid sign with snow
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Since last November, Lake Placid officials have been investigating the possibility of hosting the 2023 Winter World University Games.  Last month, a delegation made an initial presentation to international sports officials and is now working on a formal bid.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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The Burlington School Board has voted to impose terms and working conditions on teachers after officials in the Vermont city failed to reach an agreement with the teacher's union.

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The University of Vermont and several groups are investigating who farms in Vermont and plan to update the image of the Vermont farmer.

Moran Plant from south
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The city of Burlington is abandoning plans to redevelop a long-unused power plant on the shores of Lake Champlain and will now move forward with plans to demolish it.

Senator Charles Schumer examines parts manufactured at Norsk Titanium
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Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Plattsburgh, New York to tour Norsk Titanium today. The Democrat believes there is great potential for the Defense Department to contract with the airplane part manufacturer.

Fort Ticonderoga
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Fort Ticonderoga has released the results of a study that shows the historic landmark at the southern tip of Lake Champlain generates $12.1 million annually in economic impact.

Don Boyajian
Don Boyajian for Congress/Facebook

So far, six Democrats are running in hopes of challenging second-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st Congressional district.  Among them is third-generation Saratoga County native Don Boyajian. The municipal and environmental attorney feels the region has gotten the “short end of the stick” for far too long.

Lake Bomoseen

A Vermont neighborhood association is testing two new weed harvesters that help remove an invasive species from Lake Bomoseen.

The head of the Rutland Regional Medical Center is retiring.

Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel meets for the first time in Montpelier
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The first meeting of Vermont’s Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel was Tuesday in Montpelier.  The Legislature has tasked its members with providing recommendations to address systemic racial disparities across the state.

Ronald Kim
Ronald Kim for Congress/Facebook

The number of Democrats challenging second-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st district increased this week when Ronald Kim, a Queensbury and Saratoga Springs attorney, entered the race.  Kim, a former elected official and mayoral candidate in Saratoga Springs, says he is running because he feels the incumbent’s continued refusal to meet with constituents on health care issues is disqualifying.

Jon Svitavsky
Jon Svitavsky for U.S. Senate from Vermont/Facebook

Independent Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders won his last re-election with 71 percent of the vote against five opponents.  Yet that is not intimidating Democrat Jon Svitavsky, who has announced that he is challenging the state’s junior senator and former presidential candidate in 2018.  He says he’s running because he believes  Sanders is extremely damaging to Democrats.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers are talking about Canadian-U.S. trade relations days after President Donald Trump threatened to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection patch
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U.S. Border Patrol agents say they've arrested 25 people who didn't have valid immigration status and seized marijuana and other drugs over the weekend at a New Hampshire checkpoint.

Randal Gebo
Vermont State Police

The former boyfriend of a Vermont woman who was found dead down a roadside embankment has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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A fourth town in Vermont is mulling whether to join a proposed school district merger between three other districts.

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The New York Department of Health has confirmed that mosquitos collected at three sites in Clinton County have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

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The solar industry is monitoring a pending decision in Washington that some believe could dim the momentum of the industry. Vermont businesses are watching closely.

The nine Mid-Atlantic and New England states that participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have agreed to a draft proposal that will further reduce power plant carbon emissions under the regional environmental pact.

Picture of Bellows Falls sign
Doug Kerr-Dougtone/Flickr

The Bellows Falls village fire department has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the community, following an August vote by officials to eliminate the jobs of all full-time firefighters.

The head of New Hampshire's Democratic Party is challenging a new state law requiring voters who move to the state within 30 days of an election provide proof that they intend to stay, saying it presents confusing, unnecessary and intimidating hurdles to voting.

Nine Mid-Atlantic and New England states have agreed to update their regional environmental pact to further reduce power plant carbon emissions to fight global climate change.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall
American Farm Bureau Federation

The Vermont Farm Bureau will host two national agricultural leaders in the next few weeks.