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New York News
12:20 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Group Submits Plan to Create Wilderness Area in Adirondacks

Adirondack View
Credit WAMC

The Adirondack Council is the latest conservation group to release a plan for New York State’s newly acquired land in the Adirondacks.

In August, New York State officials announced the state  will purchase 69-thousand acres of former Finch-Pruyn lands in the Adirondacks over the next five years. Those lands must be classified under DEC Unit Management Plans.

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North Country News
6:20 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

New Stormwater Permits Issued to Reduce Runoff into Lake Champlain

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has issued new storm water permits to thirteen communities and three institutions to help control runoff in the Lake Champlain watershed.  There are some concerns that the remediation timetable is too long.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Vermont Governor To Forego Inaugural Ball for Irene Fundraiser

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
Credit Vermont Governor's Office

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he's not going to host a traditional inaugural ball next month after he's sworn in to his second term in office.

Instead he's going to host a free-to-the-public open house at the Montpelier Statehouse that will also serve as a fundraiser for ongoing efforts to help victims of last year's Tropical Storm Irene.

The Jan. 10 event in the House chamber will feature music and light refreshments.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Vermont Dismisses Trespass Charge in Lowell Wind Case

Vermont prosecutors have dismissed a trespass charge against a journalist who was arrested while covering a protest against construction of a wind power facility on Lowell Mountain.

Sixty-eight-year-old Chris Braithwaite, the publisher of the Barton Chronicle, was arrested a year ago while covering the protest that took place when construction was getting under way on the project that is now operational.

The Caledonian Record is reporting Orleans County prosecutors did not say why they dismissed the charge against Braithwaite.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Shumlin Taps Former Reporter, Lobbyist as Aide

Vermont Statehouse
Credit Photo by Pat Bradley

Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed Louis Porter to be his point person in the Legislature as secretary of civil and military affairs.

Porter, a former Statehouse reporter with the Vermont Press Bureau and most recently the Lake Champlain "Lake-Keeper" water policy lobbyist with the Conservation Law Foundation, will coordinate the administration's contacts with lawmakers.

Porter replaces Alexandra MacLean, who announced her departure from the administration recently.

The 37-year-old Porter, who lives in Adamant, will earn $72,000 in the post.

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WAMC News
5:10 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Shumlin Plans Trips to Florida and Italy

Governor Peter Shumlin
Credit WAMC

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he'll travel to Florida next week to listen to the F-35 fighter jet and then go to Italy to give a speech and take some vacation time.

The governor says he heard during this year's campaign from some voters concerned that if the Air Force goes ahead with plans to base F-35s at the Burlington Airport, noise from the planes will plague surrounding residential areas.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Economists Predict Sluggish Growth in New Report

A new  four-year economic forecast released by the New England Economic Partnership is predicting sluggish economic growth throughout New England.

The New England Economic Partnership is predicting that Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont will have the strongest economies among the six New England states, but most in the region will not return to pre-recession employment levels until 2015.  Vermont Economy Newsletter Publisher and Economist Dick Heaps says the forecast is no surprise.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

UVM Celebrates Upcoming Bottled Water Ban

The University of Vermont will  implement a ban the sale of bottled water on its campus at the beginning of the year.  Students and officials celebrated the change at a campus event Wednesday afternoon.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Forecast Sees Slow Economic Growth in New England

A new report predicts continued sluggish economic growth in New England and cautions that most states in the region will not return to pre-recession employment levels until 2015.

The four-year forecast released Wednesday by the New England Economic Partnership says Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont will have the strongest economies in the six-state region, while Rhode Island will continue to experience the highest unemployment.

The economists said Maine and Connecticut will also struggle to reach pre-recession jobs levels before the end of 2016.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Vermont Issues Towns and Groups New Storm-Water Permits

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is working to reduce water pollution in the Lake Champlain watershed by requiring a number of municipalities and other groups to do more to control storm water runoff.

The new permit requires 13 communities, the University of Vermont, the Burlington International Airport and the state Transportation Agency to develop storm water management plans to reduce the amount of polluted runoff that flows into streams, rivers, ponds and lakes.

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