Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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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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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Vermont, Hewlett-Packard Agree to Dissolve Deal

The state of Vermont has reached an agreement with computer giant Hewlett-Packard to end the state's contract with the company for modernization of the Department of Motor Vehicles' computer system.

The settlement calls for HP to refund the state $8.37 million and the state to return to HP physical and virtual rights to all software and documents created by HP.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Group Files For State Supreme Court Injunction for Vermont Yankee Shutdown

Vermont Yankee
Credit Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The New England Coalition, which opposes continued operation of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, is asking Vermont’s highest court to issue an injunction forcing the plant to shut down.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Groups Seek Documents from Adirondack Resort Development Deliberations

Two conservation groups have re-submitted court papers in an attempt to obtain documents that they say prove state agencies improperly communicated with developers before approving the largest development project in the Adirondacks.

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North Country News
5:50 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Vermont Lake Champlain Cruise Boat Moved to Memphremagog

A Lake Champlain cruise boat is getting a new home on another Vermont lake.

The boat Northern Star was taken out of the water Monday in Burlington and moved by truck to Newport on Tuesday where it is waiting to move into its new home, Lake Memphremagog.

Owner-Captain Chris Johansen formerly captained the Newport Princess, a small tour boat on Lake Memphremagog.

The Caledonian Record reports Johansen worked for other tour lines on Lake Champlain before deciding to bring a large charter cruise boat to Newport.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Two Charged Following UVM Stabbings

University of Vermont

Police say a plan to rob a University of Vermont student of drugs has resulted in two arrests, two stabbings and a beating.

UVM Police said two men traveled from Pittsburgh, Pa., over the weekend to visit a friend at the university and discussed a plan to rob an acquaintance of drugs.

They said 19-year-old Joshua Mossburg of Pittsburgh, who was waiting in an SUV, was arrested on charges of assault and robbery. He was arraigned Tuesday.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

New England Jobless Rate Unchanged in October

The unemployment rate in New England was unchanged in October and remains below the national average.

The New England Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday that the jobless rate in the six-state region was 7.4 percent in October, the same as in September. The regional rate was 7.5 percent a year ago.

Rhode Island's unemployment rate of 10.4 percent is the highest in New England and the second highest in the nation. Vermont's rate of 5.5 percent is the lowest in the region.

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WAMC News
5:10 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Vermont Supreme Court Asked to Order Nuke Shutdown

Vermont Yankee
Credit Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

An anti-nuclear group is asking the Vermont Supreme Court to order an immediate shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The New England Coalition points to a state Public Service Board order last week saying the Vernon reactor's owners agreed in 2002 to shut down if they didn't have a new state certificate of public good by this past March.

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