Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Former Vermont Reporter Dies in NH Kayaking Accident

The kayaker who died on a dangerous stretch of New Hampshire's West Pemigewasset River has been identified as a Vermont man who worked as a reporter and for a river conservation group.

Lincoln police say the victim of Wednesday's accident was 29-year-old Alan Panebaker of Montpelier, Vt. An experienced kayaker, he was with two others when his kayak overturned south of the Flume Gorge and he became trapped under water.

Heavy rains the previous night created dangerous conditions on many of the state's rivers.

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New England News
5:30 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

NH Hospital System Joins Voter Information Program

New Hampshire's Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical center is joining a national initiative to encourage its employees to vote in the November elections.

The American Hospital Association created its "We Care, We Vote" program this summer to encourage hospital executives, medical staff, employees and board members to question candidates about health care issues, including cuts to hospitals' Medicare and Medicaid payments.

WAMC News
5:20 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Starbucks Turns up Heat on Coffee Brewer Market

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is drawing new competition in the single-serve coffee market.

Starbucks will start selling its new single-serve Verismo brewer online this week for $199. The Verismo uses a high-pressure system to make lattes and other espresso-based drinks, along with brewed coffee.

Starbucks' move comes roughly a year after it struck a deal with Waterbury, Vt.-based Green Mountain to make coffee pods for Keurig machines. Starbucks says it will continue to sell its pods for Keurig machines.

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WAMC News
5:10 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Vermont Trooper Identified in Danville Shooting

Vermont State Police have released the name of the trooper who shot and wounded a man accused of making threats over a school bus radio in Danville.

Sgt. Brian May, a patrol commander at the St. Johnsbury barracks, remains on administrative leave, which is customary.

Suspect William Mahoney remains in stable condition at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., following the Tuesday night shooting in the Danville school parking lot.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Mosquito Monitoring Programs Under Review in Vermont

Vermont officials are reviewing the state mosquito monitoring program following two deaths from a rare disease carried by the insects.

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WAMC News
6:50 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Vermont AG Sues Dairy Farm Over Discharge

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The Vermont attorney general's office is suing a dairy farm in Coventry accusing it of violating the state's water pollution laws.

The lawsuit filed in Vermont Superior Court in Orleans County says Richard Nelson's farm is discharging agricultural runoff from its bunker silos into a stream.

The lawsuit is seeking an injunction against Nelson and civil penalties.

The attorney general's office says Nelson has not responded to the allegations. Nelson says he is no longer operating the dairy farm.

New England News
6:40 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Republican Brock Lists Health Cost-Cutting Ideas

Brock for Governor

Medical malpractice reforms and rewarding healthy behaviors with lower insurance rates are among the ideas being promoted by Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock to curb the rising cost of health care.

Brock held a news conference Wednesday outside the Central Vermont Medical Center where he outlined a 25-point plan for cutting health care costs and criticized the administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin for its move toward a government-backed, single-payer health care system.

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WAMC News
6:30 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Suspect Shot by Vermont Trooper in Stable Condition

Vermont State Police say a trooper shot a man in Danville after the man said he had a bomb and threatened to kill people.

Police say 36-year-old William J. Mahoney of St. Johnsbury is in stable condition at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., following the incident Tuesday night.

Police say they believe Mahoney was intoxicated when he took a friend's car without permission, got into an accident, broke into a home and later a Danville school bus, from which he allegedly radioed threatening messages to town employees.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Final Plattsburgh Air Force Base Property Transferred to Local Community

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The final parcels of U.S. Air Force property at the former air force base in Plattsburgh was formally transferred to the county Wednesday.  

The Plattsburgh Air Force Base began operations in 1954, and closed in September 1995 following the third round of base Realignment and Closures. Since then the Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corporation - known as PARC - has worked with the Air Force Real Property Agency to redevelop the property. On Wednesday afternoon, the Air Force transferred ownership of the final parcels to the local community.

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WAMC News
6:10 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

UVM Staff Vote Whether to Join Union

About 800 staff workers at the University of Vermont are voting on whether to join a union.

Technicians, research and library support staff and others cast ballots on Tuesday and Wednesday on whether they want to organize and, if so, whether they want to join a union affiliated with the Vermont NEA teachers' union or a group based at UVM called United Staff. The vote are expected to be counted Wednesday night.

The elections cover non-exempt UVM workers — meaning those who can get overtime pay — who aren't already represented by unions.

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