Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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North Country News
6:37 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

NY Deputy Secretary of State Discusses Economic Issues

Dede Scozzafava

Members of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet have been traveling across New York to discuss the state budget with local officials. During a visit in Plattsburgh, Deputy Secretary of State Dede Scozzafava spoke about state economic issues.

Dede Scozzafava says the budget process is ongoing with the state legislature and it appears New York is on track for an on time and balanced budget.

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New York News
6:26 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Businesses Question State Reps at Business Forum

The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce held its annual Legislative breakfast forum Friday morning. It’s an opportunity for the community to meet and pose questions to their Senate and Assembly representatives in Albany.

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North Country News
11:45 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

U.S. Budget Cuts Could Cost 500 Vermont Guard Workers

Credit U.S. Air Force

The incoming head of the Vermont National Guard says the automatic federal funding cuts will cost about 500 guard employees about 20 percent of their incomes.

In an event Thursday at Vermont National Guard headquarters in Colchester, Brigadier Gen. Steven Cray said the impact of the cuts won't be felt immediately.

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Vermont Panel Debates Lakeshore Protection Bill

Lake Champlain
Credit WAMC

A proposed state law creating new protections for Vermont's lakeshores is drawing support from environmentalists and criticism from some lakeside property owners and municipal officials.

The bill before the House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee calls on the Agency of Natural Resources to draft new rules restricting what can be built at the edges of lakes and requiring a buffer of vegetation between the water's edge and built-up structures.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Vermont Waste Hauler Gets Permission for Composting Biz

Credit wisemandarine/Flickr

A Vermont waste hauler has won state approval for a commercial composting operation in Bennington.

Trevor Mance, the owner of TAM Waste Management, says he was granted an Act 250 land-use permit last week, his last regulatory hurdle.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Northern NY Congressman Expresses Frustration Over Lack of Action on Sequestration

Congressman Bill Owens

During a conference call Thursday, New York 21st District Democratic Congressman Bill Owens talked about his concerns over the sequestration cuts scheduled to take effect on Friday.

Congressman Owens is disappointed that while the president and Congressional leaders plan to meet, there has been no significant legislation, nor real conversation, to address the situation.

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North Country News
2:01 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Vermont House Committee Reverses Vote on Sugar Tax

Credit Marlith/Wikimedia

A Vermont house committee has reversed course.  After rejecting a penny-an-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages last week, the measure has now been approved.

The Vermont House Health Care Committee had defeated the measure on a 5-5 tie vote on Friday after a committee member, a physician,  abruptly left.  Vermont Digger, an independent online newspaper, quoted committee chair Democrat Mike Fisher saying “The bill is dead”.  But on Wednesday, the panel voted in two 7-4 tallies to advance the measure.

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North Country News
11:50 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Vermont Ag Agency Warns of Roof Snow Danger

Credit J.K. Werner/Flickr

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is warning farmers and building and home owners about the danger that roofs could collapse under the weight of accumulating snow.

Experts say that in some areas snow has accumulated over the winter and it may become even heavier due to the wet, icy conditions predicted.

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North Country News
9:40 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Vermont House Panel Passes Beverage Tax

Credit Marlith/Wikimedia

A Vermont House committee has reversed itself and approved a penny-an-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to pay for health care subsidies, but the idea still appears to have a bumpy road ahead.

The House Health Care Committee had defeated the measure on a 5-5 tie vote on Friday. But on Wednesday, the panel voted in two 7-4 tallies to advance the measure.

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North Country News
8:30 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Vermont Lye Victim Gets New Face at Boston Hospital

Credit Darnyi Zsoka/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

A Vermont nurse disfigured in a 2007 lye attack has received a new face at a Boston hospital.

Carmen Blandin Tarleton's full facial transplant at Brigham & Women's Hospital included transplanting a female donor's facial skin to Tarleton's neck, nose and lips, along with facial muscles, arteries and nerves.

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