Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Vermont AG Accuses Company of Mislabeled Mints

The state Attorney General's office has sued a company called VerMints, saying it has mislabeled its tins of mints as Vermont products.

The suit was filed recently in Washington Superior Court. It says from 2006 to 2010, the company sold over 1.3 million tins prominently labeled "Vermont's All Natural Mints," or "Vermont's All Natural Pastilles." It says many tins also were marked "Product of the USA."

The attorney general's office says the products actually were manufactured at a plant in Canada, mostly out of ingredients that originated outside of Vermont.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Vermont Credit Union Records Sent to Landfill

The Vermont State Employees Credit Union says unencrypted computer tapes containing personal data and transaction records of about 85,000 members were inadvertently thrown into a landfill.

Credit union CEO Steven Post says there's no evidence any of the information has fallen into the wrong hands.

Post says it appears data tapes were buried in a landfill and cannot be retrieved.

The credit union is working with regulators and law enforcement.

WAMC News
12:45 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Conservation Groups Award Grant to Study Rare Songbird

Close-up of a Bicknell's Thrush
Steve Faccio

A coalition of conservation and environmental groups in Vermont and the Adirondack region have launched a unique effort to protect a rare songbird.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

AG Issues Guidelines for Charity Promotion Sales

NYS Attorney Eric Schneiderman

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and along with that comes the ubiquitous pink ribbon. Numerous entities slap the symbol on products and claim charitable donations will go to breast cancer research.  But how can you be sure such so-called “cause marketing” is legitimate? New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman talks about his effort to make these types of marketing campaigns more transparent.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Vermont Group Suggests Health Care Subsidy

A group of health care advocates is urging the Legislature to create a special state subsidy when Vermont's subsidized health care program is shut down in 2014.

That's when the roughly 10,000 residents enrolled in Catamount Health will need to buy their coverage through a newly created market place exchange.

Peter Sterling of the Vermont Campaign for Health Care Security tells Vermont Public Radio he's concerned. He said the federal subsidies that will be available through the exchange are not as good as the existing Catamount coverage.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Town, Vermont National Guard Look at Land Swap

The Select Board in Bennington has approved an agreement with the Vermont National Guard that will allow the town to acquire the Bennington armory if and when a new one is constructed for the local unit.

The town broached the idea of exchanging the properties in June 2011 as a potential spot for a new readiness center to replace the local Vermont National Guard headquarters. The Guard had been looking at multiple sites in Bennington County.

WAMC News
5:15 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Governor Calls for Additional Heating Assistance

Demand for heating assistance is rising in Vermont, and Governor Peter Shumlin is asking the Legislature to approve additional heating assistance funds for this winter.

Vermont’s Governor was joined by key lawmakers and advocates Tuesday as he called for 8.8 million dollars in additional state funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program, known as LIHEAP.

The Governor plans to meet with the Legislature’s Emergency Board next week to get approval for the additional funds. 

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New York News
12:20 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Hospitals Form High-Speed Telemedicine Network

CVPH Medical Center
WAMC

A collaboration of hospitals and health care systems is implementing a state-of-the-art, high-speed telemedicine network across New York State’s northern tier.

The Adirondack Champlain Telemedicine Information Network, known as ACTION, has been in the works for several years. It will link hospitals and health centers in New York and Vermont.  Plattsburgh’s CVPH Medical Center is the lead health care provider for the system, which President Stephens Mundy explained includes 8 hospitals and 40 primary care facilities across 8 counties.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Vermont Wind Project Gets Bat Permit

WAMC

The owner of a commercial wind project in Vermont has been issued a special permit allowing for possible fatalities of bats, some of which are endangered species in the state.

The permit was sought by First Wind, which has a 16-turbine wind development project in Sheffield.

The Caledonian-Record reports the permit issued by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources allows for fatalities for a maximum of four little brown bats, one Northern Long-Eared Bat, one Tri-Colored Bat and on Eastern Small-Footed Bat.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Maine Anti-Gay Marriage Ad Features Vermont Couple

A new TV ad opposing Maine's same-sex marriage referendum features a Vermont couple who were sued for not hosting a lesbian couple's wedding reception at their inn.

In the ad, Jim O'Reilly of the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville says he and his wife paid $30,000 and can no longer host any weddings because they didn't support the gay wedding due to their religious beliefs.

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