Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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North Country News
5:55 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Vermont Church Sees Opposition to Accept Homeless

A Vermont church that houses preschool children is getting some opposition from parents over its proposal to act as a homeless shelter in the winter.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Vermont Governor Says Irene Shows Federal Help Process

Irene
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says the state's experience in getting federal assistance in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene makes him sympathetic to efforts by people in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut to get help after Superstorm Sandy.

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North Country News
5:35 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Vermont Third in Federal Exchange Money

When it comes to federal money to help states set up health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, you might expect that California would rank first and New York second. But here's a surprise: Vermont ranks number 3.

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North Country News
5:25 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Vermont Mayor Wants Ban on Assault Weapons at Gun Show

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Following the mass shooting at a school in Connecticut, the mayor of Barre, Vermont wants a ban on military-style assault weapons being sold at an annual gun show.

The Barre Fish and Game Gun Show will be held at the Barre Auditorium in February.

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New York News
12:40 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Groups Join VT and NY In Asking NRC to Do More Intensive Review of Nuclear Waste Storage

Twenty-four anti-nuclear and environmental groups have joined with the states of Vermont and New York in calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to do a more thorough study of the impacts of storing spent nuclear fuel on the grounds of nuclear power plants.

The groups say the NRC is rushing an environmental review of the risks of  nuclear waste storage at reactor sites across the country. The groups include the New England Coalition, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Riverkeeper.

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North Country News
6:20 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Wind Tax Credit Approved as Part of Fiscal Cliff Vote

The recently passed fiscal cliff legislation included a one year extension of a wind tax credit, a welcome move for developers in Vermont.  The credit is being renewed at the same time that a pair of state senators are calling for a moratorium on wind development.

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New York News
5:45 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

VT and NY Seek More Review of Nuclear Waste Storage

The states of Vermont and New York are calling on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to do a more thorough study of the impacts of storing spent nuclear fuel on the grounds of nuclear power plants.

The Wednesday federal court filing from the two states is part of a process by the NRC that is soliciting comments on nuclear waste storage.

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North Country News
5:35 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Vermont Health Exchange Gets Conditional Federal OK

Vermont has won conditional federal approval for its plan to build a consumer-friendly health insurance marketplace, or exchange.

Vermont is now one of 17 states to have gotten word from a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that they are on track to have a health exchange ready for business by Oct. 1.

Robin Lunge, Gov. Peter Shumlin's director of health reform, says much work remains to get the exchange up and running.

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North Country News
5:25 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

2 Vermont Senators Want Halt to Wind Development

Two Vermont state senators are calling for a three-year moratorium on large-scale wind power projects in the state, and for giving energy projects more thorough environmental review.

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North Country News
12:20 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Committee Prepares Mid-Year Budget Adjustment

Vermont Statehouse
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The Vermont House Appropriations Committee began hearings this week a mid-year budget adjustment.

Although the full Vermont Legislature does not convene until next week, the House Appropriations committee is working on a bill that would make any necessary changes to the existing state budget. Committee Chair Martha Heath says because the session begins late this year, the House speaker felt she should begin hearings early.

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