Pat Bradley

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Texting for 911 Starts 4-Month Trial in Vermont

As part of a four-month trial period, Sprint Wireless customers in Vermont can send a text message to 911 for emergency help.

The service started Monday. Sprint Wireless customers must have mobile phones that are capable of sending text messages. It's part of an experimental trial to evaluate the technology.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Flags to Fly at Half-staff in Honor of Vermont Lawmaker

Vermont Statehouse
Credit Photo by Pat Bradley

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff on Tuesday in honor of a state lawmaker who was killed when he was hit by a car.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday for Representative Gregory Clark of Vergennes at the Vergennes Congregational Church.

State Police say the 65-year-old Republican lawmaker was killed Friday morning when he was hit by a car along U.S. Route 7 in Waltham.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Officials Confirm Alaska Suspect Killed Vermont Couple

Authorities say they have confirmed that a man who committed suicide in an Alaska jail killed a Vermont couple missing since last year.

Federal and state investigators said at a news conference in Vermont on Monday afternoon that 34-year-old Israel Keyes provided details about the abduction of Bill and Lorraine Currier that authorities had not released to the public.

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WAMC News
5:10 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Union Institute Closes Montpelier Offices

Union Institute and University is closing its Montpelier operations and consolidating its Vermont footprint in Brattleboro.

The move, to be completed by June, comes as the four-year liberal arts school reduces its weekend residency programs and relies more on online classes.

The Cincinnati-based school has two campuses in California, one in Florida and will go from two to one in Vermont.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Health Department Changes Immunization Form Following Complaints

The Vermont Legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules held a hearing Thursday on new rules that will be implemented regarding immunization opt out rules for parents following new regulations passed by the state.

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North Country News
5:55 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Vermont House Member Killed in Crash

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC

A Vermont House Representative was killed Friday morning after a car struck him on a snowy road.

Vermont State Police responded to an accident on US Route 7 Friday morning.  

Republican State Representative Greg Clark of Vergennes had pulled onto the shoulder of the road and exited to clear his windshield.  

He was then struck by another car.   Emergency responders initiated CRP and transported Clark to Porter Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Utility Board Rejects Vermont Yankee Requests

Vermont Yankee

The Vermont Public Service Board is rejecting requests by the owner of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant that it be allowed to continue operating without the approval of the board.

In an order dated yesterday, the board also rejected a request by the plant's owner, Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, that it modify conditions of its order limiting the amount of spent nuclear fuel that could be stored on the grounds of the Vernon reactor.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Disputed Foreclosed Lands Sold

All of the parcels that Clinton County placed for auction in a disputed foreclosure sale have been sold.

Clinton County sold at auction all 11 pieces of foreclosed property that the Turtle Island Trust claims officials illegally seized.   

The Turtle Island Trust holds lands for the Ganienkeh Mohawks near Altona.  

The county says state attorneys verified that any land outside of the original parcel negotiated with the tribe in the 1970's are taxable.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Vermont Regulator Closes Border Lodge Credit Union

The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation has closed a Derby Line-based credit union and appointed the National Credit Union Administration to oversee its liquidation.

In a statement issued Friday, the Vermont's top financial regulator, Stephen Kimbell, says the seizure was done in cooperation with federal authorities and came after "examiners discovered issues that raised serious concerns."

He did not say what those concerns were.

He says the credit union's customers will be protected.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Essex County Supervisors Focus on Bed Tax and Reigning in Proposed Tax Increases

After a preliminary budget proposal indicated that Essex County would have to raise taxes 26-percent, county officials have now lowered the hike to 2.6 percent.

This week, Essex County supervisors crafted a proposed budget plan that substantially lowers the originally planned tax increases and keeps the budget under the tax cap for the county. Finance Committee Chair Town of Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava says a key factor is assurances that 2.8 million dollars from FEMA are forthcoming and can now be calculated in the budget.

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