Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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North Country News
3:30 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Effort Begins to Give Nature Constitutional Rights in Vermont

A grassroots  campaign has started in Vermont to add a “Rights of Nature” article to the state Constitution.

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New England News
9:20 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Deal Could Prevent Spike in Milk Prices

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The leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill that expired in October, to head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month. But there is no vote scheduled yet on the House floor.

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North Country News
5:50 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Grant to Improve Cell Coverage in Southern Vermont

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The state of Vermont is investing $5 million to expand cell phone service in 19 areas in southern Vermont.

The Vermont Telecommunications Authority has approved a grant to VTel Wireless, an affiliate of Vermont Telephone based in Springfield.

VTEL Wireless will be starting its own retail cellular service, with roaming agreements with national carriers.

Governor Peter Shumlin said Friday that the investment in cellular equipment through VTel Wireless will fill in some of the most challenging gaps in southern Vermont.

Service will improve on:

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North Country News
5:40 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Vermont Man Booted From Drug Rehab and Jailed

A Hinesburg man released to a drug rehabilitation program after being charged with operating a methamphetamine lab is back behind bars after being kicked out of the rehab program.

Citing court records, The Burlington Free Press reports that 19-year-old Jacob Berino was arrested after being dismissed from the Valley Vista Rehab Center in Bradford for non-participation.

A federal magistrate has ruled Berino should be held until his criminal case is resolved, but said he would reconsider if an intensive treatment program is found.

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North Country News
5:20 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

2nd Bennington Firefighter Faces Assault Charges

A second member of a Vermont fire department is facing sexual assault charges involving a teenage girl.

Twenty-one-year-old Zachary Spaulding, of Bennington, was arraigned on two felony and one misdemeanor charges for allegedly having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.

He is the second member of the Bennington Rural Fire Department who has been charged.

Fire Capt. Bryan Watson of Bennington was charged two weeks ago with having sexual contact with the girl when she was 13.

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North Country News
5:10 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Vermont Governor: Let Congress Debate Assault Weapons

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
Credit Vermont Governor's Office

Governor Peter Shumlin says the rest of the country should look to Vermont on how to manage firearms, but he'll leave it to Congress to debate access to military-style assault weapons.

Shumlin says Vermont has a strong hunting culture and strong support for the right to own and use firearms. But he tolds The Burlington Free Press, "People don't use machines of war to shoot whitetail deer."

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North Country News
12:20 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Communities Gear Up For First Night Celebrations...or Not

First Night celebrations are approaching as communities plan to ring in the new year Monday night.  In our region, one city celebrates its 30th First Night, while another cuts back on the festival.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Burlington Councillors to Consider Assault Weapons Ban

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In the wake of the recent school shooting in Connecticut a city councilor in Vermont's largest city has drafted a proposed municipal charter change to ban ownership of assault weapons with high-capacity ammunition clips in the city.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Former Vermont State Lawmaker Edgar May Dies

Former Vermont state legislator Edgar May, who won a Pulitzer Prize during his earlier career at the Buffalo Evening News, has died.

May's sister, former Gov Madeleine Kunin, told Vermont Public Radio the 83-year-old May had suffered a stroke about three weeks ago, and died Thursday in Tucson, Ariz, where he kept a winter home.

During the 1960s, May worked as a reporter at the Buffalo Evening News in New York State, and won a Pulitzer Prize for an investigation of the state's welfare system.

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North Country News
5:15 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

For Vermont Ski Areas, Snow Is Well-Timed

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Vermont's winter resorts are celebrating what's shaping up to be a terrific holiday week, thanks mainly to the weather

Jay Peak President Bill Stenger says his northern Vermont resort was already in good shape, with more than a foot of natural snow in recent days and excellent weather recently for making snow. With a big new storm hitting the state, Stenger says that's making for superb conditions as the New Year's weekend approaches.

Many Vermont resorts are reporting that most or all of their skiing and riding trails are open.

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