Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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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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New England News
6:20 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Farm Provisions Passed in Fiscal Cliff Bill

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The 2012 Farm Bill failed to come to a floor vote in the U.S. House before the end of year, but some key provisions were passed as part of the fiscal bill that the House passed late on New Year’s Day.

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New York News
5:45 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Vermont Hospital Corporation Joins Forces with 2 NY Hospitals

CVPH Medical Center
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The corporate parents of two New York hospitals and two from Vermont are joining forces as part of a deal that officials say will improve health care services for patients at all four hospitals.

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North Country News
5:30 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Vermont Governor Urges Pension Reform after Police Case

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he's going to push for pension reform legislation in the aftermath of a case in which a former state police trooper was charged with padding his time sheets.

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North Country News
5:15 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Shumlin Wants $20 Million More for Mental Health

An additional $20 million in mental health spending is among a list of mid-year budget adjustments the administration of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is proposing to lawmakers.

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New England News
12:59 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

North Country Representive Votes In Favor of Taxpayer Relief Act

Congressman Bill Owens
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Northern New York  Congressman Bill Owens joined other representatives from the Northeast in casting votes favoring the American Taxpayer Relief Act late Tuesday night.

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North Country News
5:45 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Snow Boosts Northern New England Snowmobilers

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Many of northern New England's rural communities depend on snowmobilers to keep stores, restaurants, motels and gas stations going strong, and they've seen a sudden increase in traffic thanks to recent snowfalls.

Many areas of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont saw little snow last year and a snowmobiling season that never really got off the ground. In Island Pond, which bills itself as Vermont's snowmobiling capital, the season was shortened to seven weeks from the usual 14.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Vermont Doctor Tele-Consults Boosted by New Regs

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New health insurance regulations in Vermont are giving a boost to telemedicine, the system that enables health care providers to offer consult with patients without being in the same room.

Sometimes residents at the Helen Porter Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury are able to see a physician at Fletcher Allen Health Care through a two-way video hookup.

Porter nurse Leslie Orelup says the system works well.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

New Vermont Wind Project Online in Time for Tax Credit

Vermont's Georgia Mountain wind project is online and making power, just in time to take advantage of a federal tax credit.

The Georgia Mountain Community Wind farm says its four turbines in the towns of Georgia and Milton are fully operational and capable of providing about 8 percent of the electricity used by the Burlington Electric Department.

Burlington Electric and Georgia Mountain have signed a long-term power supply contract.

The 10 megawatt project is expected to produce about 27 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year.

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