Pat Bradley

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North Country News
5:30 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Vermont Environmental Official to Natural Resources

The deputy commissioner of Vermont's Department of Environmental Conservation is going to become the deputy secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources.

The appointment of Justin Johnson was announced Tuesday by ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz.

Johnson will replace Chris Recchia, who is leaving ANR to become commissioner of the Department of Public Service.

Johnson has 18-years of experience in local, state and federal government in both the United States and Australia.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Shumlin Hails Vermont's No. 1 Health Ranking

For the fourth year in a row, Vermont has been ranked as the healthiest state in the country.

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen say the state did well in categories including low incidence of low-birth-weight babies, low violent crime rate, and low infectious disease rates as keys to Vermont's success.

Vermont's obesity rate is growing, but not as fast as those in most other states.

Among the state's challenges: a relatively high rate of binge drinking and a higher rate of deaths from cancer than most other states.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Public Service Board Asks Court to Deny New England Coalition Petition

Vermont Yankee
Credit Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

Last week, the New England Coalition filed a complaint with the Vermont Supreme Court asking for an injunction to force the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant to cease operations until the Public Service Board rules on a Certificate of Public Good - the state’s operating license.  On Monday, the Vermont Department of Public Service asked the Court to deny that petition.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

UVM President Wants to Make Admissions Harder

UVM

The new president of the University of Vermont wants to make the school harder to get in to for out-of-state applicants.

President Tom Sullivan, who took office in July, says increased selectivity is a part of his vision for "enhancing quality and affordability" of the school.

By the standard measure of selectivity, UVM was slightly less selective in 2012 than it was a decade ago. In the fall of 2002, UVM agreed to admit 71.5 percent of applicants. This year UVM accepted 76.6 percent of applicants.

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North Country News
5:30 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Vermont State Police Recover Items Stolen in VT and NH

Vermont State Police say a search of a stolen car being used by a fugitive helped recover items stolen in Vermont and New Hampshire in recent months.

Police say 28-year-old Michael Hoehl repainted a stolen car four or five times so police wouldn't recognize the vehicle, allegedly stolen from Rivendell High School in Orford, N.H., in October.

He was arrested Tuesday after police spotted the vehicle in Newbury. Troopers allegedly chased Hoehl into the woods and he displayed a handgun, but he was apprehended without injury.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Vermont Gas Station Owner Says Prices Competitive

The head of a company targeted by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for allegedly overcharging for gasoline says his stations are competitive.

Rodolphe "Skip" Vallee — president of the company that owns the Maplefields gas stations and convenience stores — says he wants a meeting with Sanders to explain his point of view.

Sanders devoted part of a Monday news conference to complaining that the three companies that combined own more than half the gas stations in Chittenden, Grand Isle and Franklin counties are overcharging customers.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Advocates Decry Possible Medicare and Social Security Cuts in Fiscal Cliff Debate

Advocates for the elderly across the region are raising red flags over potential cuts to Medicare and Social Security as federal leaders argue over what should be done to avoid the fiscal cliff.

AARP Vermont is concerned that last minute budget deals in Washington could have a negative impact on Vermonters.  The group has issued an analysis of how a budget deal that may include Medicare and Social Security changes would impact the state’s seniors.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Bio-tech Firm to Create More Jobs in Vermont

The Vermont developer working with a South Korean bio-technology company to build a plant in Newport says the company expects to create 450 permanent and 50 seasonal jobs.

That's double the amount of jobs AnC Bio proposed earlier this year.

Vermont Public Radio reports developer Bill Stenger says the company will need more clean rooms for research and development than originally thought. He addressed a panel of state and local officials that are working together on workforce development and related needs for transportation, housing, and services.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Beetles Released to Attack Hemlock Pest in Vermont

Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
Credit Courtesy Vermont Department of Forest Parks and Recreation

Nearly 400 small black beetles have been released onto four Vermont hemlock trees near the Massachusetts state line to feed off an insect that's been destroying the trees.

The trees in Pownal are infested by the woolly adelgid. The plan is for the beetles to reproduce, spread and control the adelgid population. The beetle, a native of the Pacific northwest, eats nothing but adelgids.

The Bennington Banner reports the trees are on property owned by Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Vermont Air Guard Pilot to Seek Adjutant General Job

A Vermont Air National Guard general says he is seeking the office of state adjutant general, the top National Guard position in the state.

Brigadier General Steven Cray of Essex Junction announced his candidacy Friday.

In Vermont the adjutant general is chosen by a secret vote of the Legislature for a two-year term. The vote is Feb. 21.

Cray would succeed Major General Thomas Drew, who assumed the job last summer after former Adjutant General Michael Dubie resigned. Drew is not seeking a full term.

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