Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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New York News
1:15 am
Thu January 31, 2013

New York Rangers Say Rescued Hikers Unprepared for Trek

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State forest rangers say they had to rescue two men who started a nearly 40-mile hike in the Adirondack High Peaks while improperly clothed for the below freezing conditions and carrying only two bagels and one canteen of water.

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North Country News
11:25 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Leahy Says Closing Gun Background Check Loopholes Won't Threaten 2nd Amendment

Senator Patrick Leahy

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says closing loopholes in the background check system for gun purchasers won't threaten firearms owners' Second Amendment rights to own a gun, and is a matter of common sense.

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North Country News
7:30 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

McKibben Tells Vermont Lawmakers to Act Now on Climate

Bill McKibben

Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben is urging Vermont lawmakers to pass a big expansion of weatherization programs and block tar sands oil from being shipped on a pipeline that crosses northern Vermont.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Vermont Company Touts Most Expensive Teddy Bear

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The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is touting what it claims is the world's most expensive teddy bear, just in time for Valentine's Day.

The Shelburne, Vermont-based company has put a $30,000 price tag on the 4½-foot-tall bear that it is calling The Big Hunka Love Diamond Bear.

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North Country News
6:26 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Farm Bureau Focuses on Next Generation

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The New York Farm Bureau has released its state priorities for this year. During a conference call,  officials outlined their agricultural policy goals.

Officials with New York’s farm advocacy organization said their focus this year is strengthening the economy and future of farms and growers. Farm Bureau President Dean Norton noted that the average age of a New York farmer is 56. According to a 2007 Ag census, about 19-hundred farm operators are under the age of 35, while over 33-hundred are over age 75.

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WAMC News
12:35 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Public Weighs in On Death With Dignity Bill

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Vermont lawmakers are once again considering a measure that would allow an individual to request prescription medication to end their life if diagnosed with a terminal condition.

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North Country News
3:15 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Vermont Adjutant General Candidate Withdraws

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One of three candidates vying to become the next adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard has withdrawn from the race.

Former Army Guard Brigadier Gen. Jonathan Farnham says an anonymous letter being circulated has become a significant distraction to the Legislature and Guard.

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North Country News
11:15 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Vermont Groups and Residents Seek Tar Sands Pipeline Input

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A number of residents of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom and environmental groups say they want any effort to move tar sands oil in a pipeline between Montreal and Portland, Maine, to be subject to the state's land-use permitting process.

On Tuesday, the groups asked the Environmental Commission for a section of northeastern Vermont for permission to intervene if efforts are made to move tar sands oil through the pipeline. Currently, the pipeline carries regular crude oil between Portland and Montreal.

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North Country News
8:45 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Vermont Hearings Begin on Assisted Death Bill

Vermont Statehouse
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Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin told lawmakers she supports legislation that would allow physicians to help terminally ill patients end their own lives.

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North Country News
6:20 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Advocates Offer Alternative “People’s Budget” for Vermont

Credit Vermont Workers Center

In a counter move to Governor Peter Shumlin’s budget address, a group of advocates have released what they call a “People’s Budget” for Vermont.

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