Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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North Country News
10:45 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

At Least 29 Vermont Communities Say No to Tar Sands

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Organizers say at least 29 Vermont communities have voiced their opposition to any possibility of shipping tar sands oil by pipeline through the state.

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North Country News
8:45 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Rutland, VT Mayor Wins Fourth Term

Rutland VT
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The mayor of Rutland has won a fourth term in office.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Vermont Governor Wants to Forgive $6M From Cities

Governor Peter Shumlin
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Governor Peter Shumlin says he wants to forgive about $6 million that the state auditor last year said several Vermont cities and towns owe the state in connection with special tax districts designed to promote economic development.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Counties Considering Resolutions Opposing NYS SAFE Act

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Two counties in New York’s north country are putting the finishing touches on resolutions expressing their opposition to the state’s new gun control law.

The resolutions being crafted have yet to determine whether the county officials will call for repeal or revision of New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. Essex County Board of Supervisors SAFE Act Subcommittee Chair Democrat Gerald Morrow says they do not want to rush like state leaders did.

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North Country News
2:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Informational Forum for Women and Minority Business Owners Held in Adirondacks

A forum was held recently in Lake Placid for women and minority business owners to learn how to become certified contractors with the state of New York.  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to increase their contracts with certified women and minority owned businesses. But some areas of the state, like the Adirondacks, are challenged to find enough qualifying businesses.

New York Senator Betty Little spearheaded a forum in Lake Placid recently about the New York State Women and Minority owned business program.

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North Country News
11:30 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Entergy, Vermont Utilities Fight Over Documents

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

More than five years after the collapse of a cooling tower at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, legal wrangling continues over the incident between Vermont's utilities and plant owner Entergy Corp.

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New York News
9:45 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Man Condemned in Death of Vermont Woman Seeks New Trial

Lawyers for a man on death row for the 2000 abduction and killing of a Vermont woman are telling a judge he should have his conviction overturned because his trial lawyers didn't properly explore his troubled upbringing.

In a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Burlington, lawyers for Donald Fell said the jury was not made aware of his past.

Prosecutors said defense attorneys have no grounds to call for a new trial for Fell.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Vermont Gas Alters Pipeline Route

Vermont Gas says it's changed a proposed natural gas pipeline route after a number of residents in one community said it would be too close to their homes.

Meanwhile, voters in the town, Monkton, are deciding Tuesday whether to spend up to $50,000 to form a legal defense fund to represent the town's interests in the project. They also are looking at whether the town selectboard should issue any road permits for pipelines that cross town roads until residents' concerns about safety are addressed.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Overview of Vermont Town Meeting Day

Huntington, Vermont Town Meeting 2006
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It is Town Meeting Day in Vermont, a time when school and community budgets are decided and community leaders are chosen in a centuries-old tradition of discussion and debate at town halls across the state.

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North Country News
11:45 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Radon Testing at Child-Care Centers in 4 Vermont Towns

The Vermont Department of Health is testing child-care centers for radon in four Northeast Kingdom communities.

The testing is mandated by Head Start and included in the EPA's plan to reduce the risk of radon in schools and other child-care facilities.

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