Pat Bradley

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North Country News
11:37 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Vermont Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Nuke Plant

Vermont Yankee
Credit Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

A lawyer for the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant's owner told the Vermont Supreme Court it should dismiss a complaint that says the plant has been disobeying orders from the utility regulating Public Service Board.

During oral arguments Wednesday, Entergy Corp. lawyer Kathleen Sullivan said the board was in error when it ruled twice last year that by continuing to operate the plant, Entergy was violating the terms of the board's ruling that allowed the company to buy the plant in 2002.

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North Country News
5:35 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Vermont Mayors Call for Ban on Felons Getting Weapons

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Vermont's mayors say they want a state law banning convicted felons from getting firearms, to match the current federal law.

Mayors from seven of the state's eight cities held a news conference Tuesday to outline proposals for the Legislature. The one absent mayor, Paul Monette of Newport, had a scheduling conflict.

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North Country News
5:22 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Shumlin Hit on Funding Source for Child Care

Vermont Statehouse
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Top officials with the administration of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin are defending his proposal to take $17 million from benefits for low-income working Vermonters and use it to subsidize child care for the same category of people.

Human Services Secretary Doug Racine said Tuesday that good child care is an investment that will pay off in better outcomes later in life. He also argued that the earned income tax credit, from which Shumlin wants to take the money, may not be the best use of the state's money.

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North Country News
5:19 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Police Say Child Porn Found on Vermont Woman's Computer

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Vermont State Police say they have found child pornography on the computer of a woman charged with killing a popular Vermont prep school teacher.


Documents filed in the case against Patricia Prue say investigators also uncovered forensic evidence showing the computer was used to conduct research on kidnapping.

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WAMC News
4:59 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Advocates Concerned About Mental Health Clauses in Gun Control Law

The new firearms limitations passed in New York State include provisions that restrict those with mental illnesses from gun ownership. While mental health advocates don’t have a problem with tightening the state’s gun laws, they are concerned that the mental health clauses could inadvertently create more problems.

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North Country News
4:51 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Merged Vermont Electric Utility, Union Make Single Deal

About 300 unionized workers and Green Mountain Power have reached a five-year labor agreement that brings all employees under one contract after the company's expansion following its merger with the Central Vermont Public Service Corp.

GMP said Tuesday the contract with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 brings all union employees together under a single contract.

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WAMC News
2:29 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Court Observers Assess Arguments in Vermont Yankee Appeal

Vermont Yankee
Credit Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel heard arguments Monday in a dispute between Entergy Nuclear and the state of Vermont about continued operations of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.

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North Country News
4:48 am
Tue January 15, 2013

NY Appeals Court Hears Nuclear Plant Arguments

Vermont Yankee
Credit Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

A New York federal appeals court has heard arguments but given no indication which way it's leaning in a court case over Vermont's only nuclear plant.

A panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan had questions for both sides Monday in the dispute over the future of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given the 40-year-old plant a license  extension to operate for another 20 years. However, Vermont has not issued a state license for the plant to operate.

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North Country News
2:43 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Ex-Vermont Cop Gets 2 Years, Restitution for Pay Case

James Deeghan
Credit Vermont State Police

A former Vermont State Police sergeant who pleaded guilty to charges he padded his timesheets is going to prison for up to two years and will repay $202,000 from his state pension.

James Deeghan entered the pleas to four charges Monday as part of an agreement with prosecutors. He was taken into custody at the close of the hearing.
In court, Deeghan said he had been under "tremendous" financial pressures. He also said he hoped people don't hold state police responsible for what he did.

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North Country News
10:42 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Vermont Mayors Address Reduction in Gun Violence

Several mayors in Vermont are banding together to speak out about reducing gun violence.

Mayors Miro Weinberger of Burlington, John Hollar of Montpelier, and Thomas Lauzon of Barre held a news conference at the Burlington Police station. Mayor Chris Louras of Rutland supported the move, but couldn't attend. They want more action from Washington to reduce gun violence and are joining a bipartisan coalition of more than 800 mayors and more than a million grassroots supporters.

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