Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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North Country News
11:30 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Senators Intro Bill to Streamline Postal Service, Save Services

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Vermont’s junior Senator has introduced legislation to boost the U.S. Postal Service and save Saturday delivery.

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Experts Say Vermont Population Loss Challenge to Growth

Credit U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Census figures show that for the first time in almost three-quarters of a century Vermont lost population last year, a drop caused by more people leaving the state than moving in.

Even though last year's population decline was small, just under 600, it's part of a broader trend that has seen the state's population growth rate hover just above zero for several years.

University of Vermont Economist Art Woolf says it was the first time since 1944 the state lost population.

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North Country News
7:45 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Vermont Assisted Death Bill Hits Bumps in Road

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC

A bill that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients could be heading for trouble as the Vermont Senate prepares to debate it.

The Senate on Tuesday rejected a Judiciary Committee recommendation that the bill be defeated. But as the bill came up for preliminary passage Wednesday, there were efforts to introduce big changes or delay action.

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North Country News
6:35 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Financial Firm Predicts Closure of Vermont Yankee

Vermont Yankee

An investment firm is predicting that the owners of Vermont’s only nuclear power plant will close that facility.

A UBS Securities analysis of the cash flow of Entergy Nuclear properties says both Fitzpatrick in New York and Vermont Yankee “...are at risk of retirement...” due to modest or negative cash flows at the plants thru 2016.

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WAMC News
12:45 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Regional Congressmen Work Towards Bipartisanship

President Barack Obama reaches to shake hands with a Member of Congress as he arrives to deliver the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12, 2013.
Credit Official White House Photo / Pete Souza

President Obama chastised Congress for its partisan bickering and lack of progress in tackling the nation’s imperatives during his State of the Union address.

“The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem,” the president said. “They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can.”

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North Country News
10:35 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Lawmakers and Advocates Introduce Stun Gun Bill

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A group of Vermont lawmakers and the heads of disability and civil rights groups are pushing legislation that would create new rules governing police use of electronic stun guns.

Advocates held a news conference on Tuesday to unveil a bill that would set up statewide training and rules for law enforcement officers using Tasers and similar devices.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Vermont Senate to Vote on Assisted Death

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC

A key backer of a bill being considered by the Vermont Legislature that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal amounts of medicine for terminally ill patients says there are numerous safeguards in the bill to guard against abuses.

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New York News
12:45 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Ethics Probe of Northern NY Congressman to Continue

NY Congressman Bill Owens
Credit http://owens.house.gov

Last August the Ethics Committee of the 112th Congress began reviewing a trip to Taiwan that New York Congressman Bill Owens took in 2010. Last week,  the committee announced that it is continuing that review.

The Ethics Committee is investigating whether Congressman Owens’ travel expenses were originally paid by improper sources.  In announcing its extension of the review of the Taiwan trip, the release from the Chair and Ranking Member of the Ethics Committee states that it “...does not...indicate that any violation has occurred....”  Their release says the extension is to gather additional information. Democrat Bill Owens did pay for the trip after questions of impropriety were raised. He maintains that he did everything according to the rules.

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North Country News
10:15 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Vermont town Holds Arts-Economic Development Summit

Bennington Battle Memorial
Credit Eixo-Sebastian Wallroth/Wikimedia Commons-public domain

The community of Bennington, Vt., is taking a closer look at using the arts as an engine for economic development.

The town wants to set up a strategic arts and culture plan. The first steps were discussed Sunday at a summit that attracted artists, entertainers, community leaders and business owners.

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North Country News
7:45 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Technical Hearings Begin on Vermont Yankee Permit

Vermont Yankee
Credit Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

Lawyers for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant's owner are trying to draw tight boundaries around the issues a state panel can consider as it weighs whether to grant the plant a new state permit.

At a Public Service Board hearing on Monday, Entergy Corp. lawyers argued that the board should not consider the plant's impact on tourism, because any impact there might be tied to perceptions about nuclear safety — and federal law makes that solely the jurisdiction of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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