Pat Bradley

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Vermont Wind Project Gets Bat Permit

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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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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Vermont State Police Hold Public Forums

Vermont State Police are holding forums to get public feedback as they do a review of their facilities.

The state police and Vermont Building and General Services have started a comprehensive review of facilities statewide as part of a legislative mandate.

Each study will look at the program needs, deficiencies, potential land sites and estimated program costs.

The goal is to come up with a long-term plan to determine the best way for the state to support the Vermont State Police in providing services to Vermonters.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Vermont's Champlain College Gets $10M Gift

Vermont's Champlain College is going to use a $10 million gift from the founder of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to improve business education at the Burlington school.

The gift from Robert Stiller was announced Monday.

Champlain is naming its business school the Robert P. Stiller School of Business.

Champlain President David Finney said the Stiller School of Business will become a national leader in teaching certain management practices and building thinking skills.

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WAMC News
5:10 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Vermont Faith Group Adds Voice to Immigrant Discussion

Some Vermont faith communities are adding their voice to the discussion about immigrant farm workers in Vermont.

The Vermont Ecumenical Council and Bible Society, which is made up of eight Christian denominations, released a statement on Monday at the Statehouse calling for "just and fair actions" regarding immigrants who work on many of the state's dairy farms.

The group says it has a moral imperative to treat one another with dignity and infinite respect.

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WAMC News
5:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Vermont GOP Senate Candidate Says Push 'Long-Shot'

John MacGovern
MacGovern for U.S. Senate

Republican U.S. Senate candidate John MacGovern knows his effort to unseat Vermont's independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is a long shot, but he's pushing forward, hoping an unexpected confluence of events could send him to Washington.

The 61-year-old Windsor man has only a tiny fraction of the $6.8 million that Sanders has available. He's had no official support from the national or state Republican parties and little name recognition.

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WAMC News
4:50 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Burlington Mayor Requests Changes After Party

Burlington VT City Hall
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The mayor in Burlington is calling for immediate changes to reviewing events on city-owned parks property after about two dozen young people were hospitalized or taken into custody for intoxication at a rave-like event in a municipal auditorium.

The Barstool Blackout Tour party attracted about 2,000 people to the Memorial Auditorium on Friday. The city's parks and recreation department approved the permit for the event.

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New York News
4:40 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Tests Confirm NY Professor Contracted Hantavirus

Lab tests have confirmed that a New York professor contracted the potentially deadly hantavirus during a hiking trip in the Adirondacks.

A spokeswoman for Stony Brook University on Long Island said Monday the results were confirmed late last week. Doctors suspected the university professor contracted the disease after an August camping trip.

The professor has since recovered.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Report Assesses Actions Pertaining to Adirondack Park

Adirondack View
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The Adirondack Council has released their annual State of the Park report, reviewing the actions of individuals, agencies and lawmakers and the subsequent impact on the 6-million acre Adirondack Park.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

NY Canadian Power Plan Could Expand

A key lawmaker on energy policy says a company planning to run a transmission line to send New York City lower-cost Canadian electricity will also explore sharing that line with upstate utilities.

Meanwhile, western New York Republicans are criticizing the plan for the line under Lake Champlain and the Hudson River, saying upstate energy production should be expanded before relying on Canadian power.

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