Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Vermont Town Creates Community Forest

The Vermont town of Canaan has taken ownership of 424 acres to create a community forest.

Vermont Public Radio reports town officials say the property will be used for a variety of economic, educational, recreational and conservation purposes. For example, it will generate income through sustainable timber harvests and provide an outdoor classroom for local schools.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Burlington Makes Bid for Hydro Plant

Burlington, VT City Hall
WAMC

Burlington's City Council has voted to reserve first-option rights on the purchase of a hydro plant on the Winooski River.

The Burlington Free Press reports that means the city's Electric Department will pay a $100,000 deposit to the private owners of the 7.3 megawatt Winooski One plant.

That deposit would either apply to the purchase price, or be returned if city voters don't authorize funds for the deal.

The full price of the three-turbine facility hasn't been determined.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

General Dynamics Lays Off 50 in Vermont, 30 in Maine

General Dynamics is laying off about 50 employees in Vermont and 30 in Maine.

Company communications director Karl Johnson attributes the layoffs to the company completing its work on special armor for military vehicles and a decline in demand for guns.

He says the cuts will be to both hourly and salaried employees in administrative, engineering, management and manufacturing support.

The layoffs will be in Williston and in Saco, Maine.

WAMC News
5:10 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Vermont Weak in Funding for Higher Ed

University of Vermont

A new national ranking puts Vermont dead last in per-student funding at its one publicly supported research university.

The National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation, says per-student state funding at the University of Vermont declined from $4,653 in 2002 to $3,482 in 2010.

But officials at the University of Vermont say the statistic might be skewed by the rapidly growing student body in recent years. The school has grown in the past decade from fewer than 8,000 undergraduates to more than 10,000 as of last year.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Concerns Expressed About State Land Purchase

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in the Adirondacks this weekend to show off the state’s recent acquisition. The governor hopes the lands will be a boon to the local tourist economy, but some local officials say the losses from the hunting and forestry industry outweigh any potential tourism benefits.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Vermont Student Admits Smuggling 20 Guns to Canada

A former student at a Vermont military college is in prison serving a seven year sentence after he admitted smuggling at least 20 firearms into Canada where he traded them for drugs.

Court documents say most of the weapons smuggled by 22-year-old August Nommik, of Newport, were handguns, but at least three were assault rifles.

The documents say one of those weapons, a handgun stolen in Derby in August 2010, was recovered a week later in Quebec. The documents didn't say what happened to the other weapons.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Vermont to Expedite Payments to Towns

The state of Vermont is notifying towns still struggling financially from Tropical Storm Irene repairs that it will give out payments early while those towns await federal reimbursement for repairs.

The accelerated payments are for town highways and payment-in-lieu-of taxes, which are normally given out in October; current use payments, which are typically sent out in November; and state aid to education payments, which are normally dispersed in December.

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New England News
5:15 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Mayors Endorse Vermont Governor's Re-election

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

Seven out of Vermont's eight city mayors — including one Republican and one former Republican who's now an independent — are endorsing the re-election of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.

The group at a Statehouse news conference on Monday was led by Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon, a Republican who two years ago endorsed Shumlin's then-opponent, Lt. Governor Brian Dubie.

Lauzon says he appreciated Shumlin's leadership following flooding in Barre 16 months ago, and on transitional housing for people being released from the corrections system.

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New England News
5:05 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Judge Dismisses Suit to Keep Obama off Vermont Ballot

President Barack Obama

A judge has refused a Vermont man's request to strike Barack Obama's name from the state's election ballots, claiming he's not a natural born citizen.

The lawsuit was filed by H. Brooke Paige, who said Obama is "not a natural born citizen" because both of his parents were not born in the United States.

Obama was born in Hawaii and is a United States citizen.

Judge Robert Bent ruled Friday that the court has been presented with an insufficient basis on which to issue a temporary or even a preliminary injunction.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Health Quality and Affordability Conference Focuses on Physicians’ Role

A conference is being held Saturday focusing on the role doctors can play in improving health care quality and affordability

Physicians from across Vermont will gather Saturday for the “Making Vermont a High Performance Health System” conference. The meeting will look at physicians’ roles in reducing costs and streamlining health care systems.  Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation Director Dr. Cy Jordan says health care has become much more complex.

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