Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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New York News
3:01 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Report Assesses Climate Change Impact on Region’s Wildlife

Credit National Wildlife Federation

A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is having an adverse effect on wildlife and ocean species throughout New England and the Northeast.

The new report “Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis” says climate change is the greatest threat to wildlife this century. Animals living in the changing biosphere are adapting, migrating to new habitat or facing extinction.  National Wildlife Federation Climate Change Scientist Dr. Amanda Staudt is the report’s lead author.

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

Coordinating Health Records Said to be 'Wicked Hard'

Credit Darnyi Zsoka/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

An official leading Vermont's push toward a single-payer health care system is calling efforts to coordinate electronic medical record between providers "wicked hard."

Anya Rader Wallack, chairwoman of the Green Mountain Care Board, briefed the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday on progress the board has been making to retool Vermont's health care system.

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North Country News
2:24 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Snow Sports Eager for Storm

Credit WAMC

A midwinter storm headed to the Northeast U.S. on Friday could drop more than a foot of snow, setting up a weekend of skiing, sledding and snowmobiling in places that have been stuck with bare ground for much of the season.

The storm comes just after the 35th anniversary of the historic blizzard of 1978, which paralyzed the region with more than 2 feet of snow and hurricane force winds. This week's storm isn't expected to come close to that, but outdoor enthusiasts who have been disappointed with the season so far say they'll take what they can get.

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North Country News
2:11 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Vermont Dems Rip GOP Over School Lunches

Credit Lance Cheung / U.S. Department of Agriculture

Vermont Democrats are firing barbs at Republican leaders in the state House after GOP members of a House committee voted against a proposal to provide free school lunches for low-income students.

House Minority Leader Don Turner was among Republican members of the House Education Committee who voted against the free-lunch proposal in Governor Peter Shumlin's budget.

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North Country News
12:45 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

NYS Loses Federal Grant Funds for Land Acquisition

An Adirondack pond
Credit WAMC Photo

New York State has lost a two-and-a-half million dollar federal grant that would have helped pay for the acquisition of an Adirondack land tract.  The state says it can’t afford the cost share, and the Adirondack Council points to that as a reason to increase funding to the Environmental Protection Fund.

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North Country News
11:57 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Groups To Work Together to Stem Invasive Spread to Lake George

Aerial View of Anthony's Nose on Lake George
Photo by Jelson25

A coalition of local businesses, advocacy organizations and governments are planning to implement their own measures to prevent the spread of invasive species into Lake George.

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North Country News
4:40 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Killington, Vermont Moves to Create Police Department

The Vermont ski town of Killington is a step closer to creating its own police department.

Killington already has town constables, who are elected. The Rutland Herald reports  the public will decide at Town Meeting in March whether to shift from that to an actual police department in which the officers are appointed.

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North Country News
1:15 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

Vermont Lawmakers Propose Tightening Gun Laws

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A group of Vermont lawmakers is pushing legislation that would ban large capacity ammunition-feeding devices on guns and would require background checks for people buying weapons at gun shows.

Representatives Linda Waite-Simpson, Adam Greshin and Mike Mrowicki are among those backing a bill that also would bring state law in line with federal law in prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms.

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North Country News
10:15 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Assisted Death Bill Clears Vermont Senate Panel

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A bill that would allow Vermont doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 5-0 on Friday to approve the legislation, dubbed "end-of-life choices" or “death with dignity” by supporters and "physician-assisted suicide" by opponents.

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North Country News
9:25 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Vermont Senate Advances Public Union Agency Fees

The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that calls on public employees who don't join their union to pay the union an agency fee for representing them in collective bargaining.

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