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WAMC News
11:33 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Vermont Governor Confident Death with Dignity Will Pass

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
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Governor Peter Shumlin says he confident that the Vermont Legislature will pass marijuana decriminalization and death with dignity or what opponents call physician-assisted suicide legislation this session.

The Democratic governor also said Tuesday at his weekly press conference that he believes that other bills that he supports that would allow home-based childcare providers to unionize and immigrant dairy farm workers to get drivers' licenses in Vermont will also pass.

Shumlin says the four bills are "the right thing to do."

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WAMC News
11:31 am
Wed November 28, 2012

FairPoint Gets Contract for Health Care Facilities

The largest land-line telecommunications company in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont says it has won a $16 million contract to provide telecommunications services for more than 400 health care facilities in the region.

FairPoint Communications says the four-year contract supports the needs of the New England Telehealth Consortium

The three-state consortium received a $24.6 million award from the Federal Communications Commission Rural Health Care Pilot Program to bring telemedicine to the region.

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WAMC News
7:20 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Some Newark Residents Upset at Vermont Wind Ruling

Some Newark, Vermont officials are upset with a decision by the Vermont Public Service Board that it will not consider the town's ban on wind projects when considering a developer's request to erect test towers to monitor wind speeds in the area.

In another decision last week that upset some town officials, the board refused to dismiss the application to erect the test towers filed by Seneca Mountain Wind.

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New York News
7:10 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Driver Dies in Ambulance Crash on Northern NY Road

Authorities say the driver of a volunteer ambulance had a fatal heart attack, causing an accident in northern New York that left two medical crew members and a patient hospitalized.

State police say 45-year-old Eric Monty of Mooers was driving the Champlain EMS ambulance when it ran off the road at a curve and hit a ditch and then an embankment around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday in Altona, northwest of Plattsburgh, near the Canadian border.

Monty was pronounced dead at the scene.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

6 Women Go on Trial for Nuclear Protest

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

A trial began Tuesday in Vermont for six elderly Massachusetts women accused of trespassing at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant last year to protest the continued operation of the reactor.

Police say the women, all members of the Shut It Down Affinity Group, traveled to the nuclear plant's gate in Vernon on Aug. 30, 2011, used a chain and padlock to lock the entrance gate and chained themselves to the fence, while officials were busy with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

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WAMC News
6:10 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Vermont Cops Say Both NM Men in Murder-for-Hire Plot

Vermont State Police investigators say two New Mexico men traveled to Vermont as part of a conspiracy to murder two people in the state, but only one of those two has been charged as part of the conspiracy.

Twenty-three-year-old Tanner Ruane is being held in New York state on conspiracy to commit murder charges issued in New Mexico.

The second man, 41-year-old Mark Staake, is being held in Vermont as a fugitive from justice on a charge that he violated his probation in his home state.

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WAMC News
5:55 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Law School President Discusses Restructuring Plan

On October 26, the Vermont Law School inaugurated its new Dean and President.  During his speech, Marc Mihaly said the field of law was changing and law schools must adjust to new markets and technology.  Vermont Law School President Marc Mihaly talks about the financial and educational restructuring that is occurring at Vermont’s only college of law.

Vermont Law School Dean and President Marc Mihaly is an expert in land use and energy law and policy.  He came to the Vermont Law School as a visiting professor in 2004, and joined the faculty full time in 2005.

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North Country News
5:45 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

New Mexico Man in Custody in Murder-for-Hire Plot in Vermont

Vermont State Police say they're just learning the details of what's being called a murder for hire plot involving two New Mexico men, one of whom had befriended a Vermont man serving a life sentence in a New Mexico prison for killing a Barre, Vt., girl in 2000.

Detective Matthew Hill says that 41-year-old Mark Staake was arrested by Vermont police on probation violation charges Nov. 19 at the Highgate Springs border crossing.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Vermont Utility Says Snow Caused Loud Wind Turbines

Vermont's largest electric utility says snow stuck to turbine blades caused a roaring sound that drew noise complaints shortly after the Lowell Mountain turbines started operating.

At least 21 neighbors complained about the noise, which began on the morning of Nov. 3 and lasted into Nov. 4.

The neighbors complained to the Vermont Department of Public Service.

Green Mountain Power spokesman Robert Dostis says the excess noise was caused by the weather conditions.

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North Country News
7:39 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Occupy Protests New England Walmarts on Black Friday

Credit Nick Ut / AP

 Occupy protesters in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont joined others across the nation in Black Friday pickets at Walmart stores.

In New Hampshire, groups demonstrated in Somersworth, Manchester, Derry, Salem and other locations to take issue with wages, benefits and treatment of employees of the world's largest retailer.

In Ellsworth, one of the Maine communities where protesters appeared, about 15 activists near the city's Walmart Supercenter held signs with slogans such as "Support the strike!" and "Boycott Black Friday!"

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