Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Leftist Magazine Puts Sanders, Shumlin on Honor Roll

Two Vermont elected officials have been named to The Nation magazine's 2012 progressive honor roll.

Sen. Bernie Sanders was chosen by the left-leaning weekly as its most-valuable progressive. The magazine cites Sanders for his defense of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid against cuts being talked about in Washington.

Gov. Peter Shumlin gets The Nation's nod as the most valuable governor in the country. It cites Shumlin's work on budget issues, and his support for a single-payer health care system in Vermont.

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North Country News
5:40 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Vermont State Police Probe Newbury Shooting Death

Anne-Marie Whiteway
Credit Vermont State Police

Vermont State Police say a 51-year-old Bradford woman has been charged in the Christmas evening shooting death of 43-year-old Dale Rock of Newbury.

Police say Anne-Marie Whiteway will face a charge of second-degree murder in Rock's death.

Police got a call shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday about a shooting at Rock's home in Newbury.

By Wednesday morning, they were interviewing a person of interest and they announced the arrest and charge Wednesday afternoon.

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North Country News
5:20 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Sonar Used in Search for Missing Students in Maine

A state police dive team used sonar on Wednesday to search for two boat building students from Massachusetts and Vermont who went missing last week and whose clothing was found on an island off Kennebunkport, Maine.

The Maine Marine Patrol says two boats and an airplane were used in Wednesday's search for 21-year-old Zachery Wells of Burlington, Vt., and 23-year-old Prescott Wright of Barnstable, Mass.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Ski Areas Eagerly Anticipate Heavy Snow Fall

Snow
Credit WAMC

A forecasted heavy winter storm is good news for area ski resorts and winter sports enthusiasts.

The winter storm that is expected to bring up to a foot and a half of snow to the region is coming during a key weekend for ski resorts.  The Christmas to New Year holiday week accounts for substantial revenues, and Mad River Glen Spokesman Eric Friedman says a deep natural snowfall will bring more skiiers to the slopes.

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WAMC News
11:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Group Wants Gun Control on Town Meeting Ballots

A Vermont group plans to push for asking voters at Town Meeting Day in March if they support a ban on assault weapons and background checks for gun buyers following the school shooting in Connecticut.

The group, which met in Norwich, included a state representative, police chief, educators, mental health professionals and a licensed gun dealer.

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WAMC News
10:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

15 Months Later Vermont Sees Irene Progress and Challenges

Irene
Credit Courtesy NOAA

From afar, most of the damage Vermont sustained during Tropical Storm Irene last year appears to be fixed. But almost 16 months after the epic storm inundated the state, many Vermonters and state government are still working to recover.

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North Country News
9:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Vermont Police to Target Drunken Drivers

Vermont police plan to be out in force keep drunken drivers off the roads during the holidays.

Police say they will be conducting checkpoints to stop impaired drivers and to enforce seatbelt, child restraint and other motor vehicle laws.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Rural Hospitals Warn of Severe Consequences from Fiscal Cliff

CVPH Medical Center
Credit WAMC

Representatives from three health care systems in New York’s North Country are warning that there will be severe ramifications to health care if the nation goes over the fiscal cliff.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Student Settles Vermont School Bullying Lawsuit

A former middle school student who sued the Burlington school district in a bullying case has agreed to settle for $25,000.

Henry Atkins said in the lawsuit that his arm was fractured by a fellow seventh-grader at Edmunds Middle School after two days of being bullied in 2010. Atkins, now 15, said the district did not provide adequate supervision on the bus.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Vermont Representative Poirier Drops Plans to Run for Speaker

Vermont Statehouse

Vermont State Representative Paul Poirier is no longer running for speaker of the House.

The Barre independent sent an email to House members on Wednesday saying he has dropped his plans to challenge Democratic incumbent Speaker Shap Smith because he says he couldn't win.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Poirier said he didn't want to waste time on a hopeless challenge and start the new session with bad feelings.

The House will elect a speaker when the legislative session opens on Jan. 9.

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