Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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North Country News
4:51 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Vermont Senate Committee Passes Immigrant License Bill

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

A Vermont Senate committee has passed a bill that would allow immigrant farmworkers to get state driver's licenses.

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North Country News
4:50 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Vermont Releases Plan to Manage Lake Champlain Bay

Credit Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

The state of Vermont is hoping to improve water quality in Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay basin, which has been the site of toxic algae blooms, by reducing bacteria that flows into the bay and finding solutions to 13 suspected discharges in the towns of Enosburg Falls, North Troy, Richford and Swanton.

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North Country News
4:50 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Vermont's Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.4 Percent

The Vermont Department of Labor says the unemployment rate dropped slightly in February to 4.4 percent.

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New England News
2:32 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

McGill Students Visit Emerging Economic City of Moscow

Credit Desautels Faculty of Management/McGill University

Every year, Montreal’s McGill University takes a complement of students, faculty and alumni to a city considered an emerging economic power.  Past trips have included tours of Israel, Dubai, India and South Africa. This year, the ”Hot Cities” tour took 34 students, plus faculty and alumni, to Moscow.

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North Country News
1:34 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Schumer Promotes NY Maple Industry

Senator Charles Schumer
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

Senator Charles Schumer was at the Parker Family Maple Farm in West Chazy in northern New York on Monday.  He stopped there to announce legislation he is introducing to boost syrup production in the state.  While there, owner Earl Parker gave Schumer some fresh syrup, which New York’s senior Senator drank from the bottle.

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Feds Warn of Busy Weekend for NY's Border Crossings

Border crossing between Champlain NY and Lacolle Quebec
Credit Andrei Tilin, Montreal, Quebec/Wikimedia Commons

Federal officials are advising travelers to expect longer wait times during the Easter weekend at the border crossings with Canada in western and northern New York.

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New York News
6:07 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Native Rabbit Endangered

New England Cottontail at Crescent Beach State Park 2010
Credit USFWS/D.Fecske

That cute bunny rabbit you see scurrying around meadows and yards in the Northeast is more than likely an invasive species. As we head into this Easter weekend, a look at a pair of dueling species of rabbits.

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New York News
12:28 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Concerns Raised Over Pending Stafford Loan Rate Increase

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Last year students at colleges across the region, and across the country, became concerned that interest rates on Stafford loans were set to double. Congress blocked the increase - but it was not a permanent measure. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch is renewing his efforts to stop the rate hike.

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North Country News
8:30 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Vermont Town Wants to Keep State Police Office

The St. Johnsbury select board wants to keep the Vermont State Police barracks in town, but a high ranking trooper says it's likely the office will be moving in several years.

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North Country News
8:15 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Vermont Fifth Graders Invited to Help First Lady Garden

Michelle Obama breaks ground on White House kitchen garden, March 2009
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The school superintendent in Milton, Vermont, says five fifth graders have been invited to Washington to help First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House garden this spring.

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