Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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North Country News
11:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Vermont Governor Disputes Lawmakers on State Building

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is disputing lawmakers' recollections of what they were told about the likely costs of new state agency offices in Montpelier.

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North Country News
10:15 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Vermont Renewable Energy Fight Delayed in Senate

The Vermont Senate is delaying a debate about a measure that one side says aims to strengthen reviews of ridge-top wind power projects, and the other says would bring development of renewable energy in the state to a halt.

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North Country News
9:45 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Vermont Governor Shumlin Signs Pension Reform Bill into Law

Governor Peter Shumlin
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law changes to the pension system allowing judges to order public employees to forfeit some, or all, of their pensions if they are convicted of certain financial crimes.

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North Country News
8:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

NH House Votes to Raise Tobacco Tax 20 Cents

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New Hampshire's House has voted to raise the tobacco tax 20 cents — a dime less than Governor Maggie Hassan counted on in her budget.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Vermont House Debates Gasoline Tax Increase

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The Vermont House is debating a transportation budget bill that would raise gasoline taxes to help pay for road and bridge repairs.

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New York News
6:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

League of Women Voters Sponsors Series on Agriculture

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The Schenectady County League of Women Voters is holding a series of forums looking at the importance of agriculture and the future of the family farm.

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WAMC News
12:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Lawmakers Consider Expanded Bottle Bill

Recyclables
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As New York legislators continue negotiations over the state budget, with talks now in their late stages, one of the proposals being considered is an expansion of the bottle bill.  The measure would not only impact container types, but the redemption centers where consumers do business.

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North Country News
11:45 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

NH Lawmakers Seek to Restrict Drone Surveillance

Predator Drone
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New Hampshire lawmakers are proposing putting up a privacy bubble against surveillance drones.

Leading the charge is Republican Representative Neal Kurk, who says it's obvious drones will soon become both widespread and intrusive.

The bill cleared a committee by a vote of 16-2 and could be taken up in the House as early as Wednesday. It prohibits drones from taking pictures over private property without the owner's permission.

New Hampshire is among 34 states that proposed various drone privacy bills this year.

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New York News
9:30 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Vermont Group Plans to Sue to Protect Rare Songbird

Bicknell's Thrush
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An environmental group plans to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not giving endangered species status to a rare songbird that breeds on mountaintops in northern New England, the Adirondacks and eastern Canada, and winters in the Caribbean.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Vermont Housing Group Criticized for Ad, Takes it Down

A Vermont nonprofit housing group has taken down an online video ad after criticisms that it played on stereotypes of people from India.

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