Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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WAMC News
4:50 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

More Questions on Vermont State Hospital

It looks like the state of Vermont will not meet its goal of starting construction on a new psychiatric hospital in Berlin before the end of this month.

But acting Mental Health Commissioner Mary Moulton and local officials in Berlin say they think the project is still on track.

The town Development Review Board put off a decision on the project for at least two more weeks at a meeting Tuesday night.

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WAMC News
4:40 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

U.S. Marshal, VT State and UVM Police Seek Fugitives

Vermont's law enforcement community has a new tool for seeking dangerous fugitives in the state.

Since Oct. 1, the Vermont Violent Offender Task Force has apprehended about 30 suspects for crimes as varied as a 2001 murder in Florida to a series of sex crimes in Maryland.

The task force is made up of about 10 deputy U.S. Marshals working out of Rutland and Burlington, a state trooper and when the University of Vermont is not in session, a UVM officer.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Public Service Board Concludes Vermont Yankee License Hearings

Vermont Yankee
Credit Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The Vermont Public Service Board earlier this week held the last of two public hearings on whether a Certificate of Public Good should be issued allowing continued operation of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Southwestern Vermont Airport Facing Design Changes

The Vermont Transportation Agency is considering design changes at the airport that serves Bennington to help it meet federal requirements due to take effect in 2015.

State Aviation Administrator Guy Rouelle says the new regulations require "safety areas" at each end of the runways for planes that over- or under-shoot their landing approaches.

The west end of the runway at the William H. Morse state airport is considered deficient.

He says the state has contracted with a design engineer to develop several alternative solutions.

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New York News
5:40 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

48-Million Dollar Contract Signed to Build Buses

NovaBus - Metro Houston
Credit Courtesy NovaBus

Nova Bus has signed a multi-million dollar contract for new buses to be built at their manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh.

Nova Bus officials announced Tuesday that the company will build 70 articulated buses for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, which serves Houston Texas.  

The 48-million dollar contract for the company’s Artic Buses will be assembled at the Nova Bus facility in Plattsburgh over the next year.  

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New York News
5:20 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

GP Plant Donates 25-Thousand Dollars in Bath Tissue to Sandy Victims

The Georgia Pacific plant in Plattsburgh is  sending a truckload of bath tissue from its northern New York manufacturing plant to help victims of Hurricane Sandy,

The Georgia Pacific plant in Plattsburgh makes Quilted Northern bath tissue.  On Tuesday, workers at the plant loaded more than 11-hundred cases of the tissue onto a truck. Mill  Comptroller Erik Lanzer says the material will be delivered Hurricane Sandy victims that are most in need.

GP has so far donated 11 truckloads of various products for Sandy relief.

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WAMC News
5:10 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Vermont Governor Calls for Food Donations at Holiday

Governor Peter Shumlin is urging Vermonters to help the less fortunate by donating food, money and their volunteer time during the holiday season.

Shumlin made the comments Tuesday while he toured the Community Kitchen Academy job training program at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Burlington.

He says Thanksgiving is the time to raise awareness about Vermonters who are struggling to feed their families nutritious meals during this holiday season.

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Ski Areas Across the Region Opening Early

Several of the larger ski areas in Vermont and northern New York have opened, ahead of the  scheduled, and traditional, Thanksgiving Day weekend.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

New England Resorts Ramp up Snowmaking Abilities

Ski areas across New England have made big investments in low-energy, high-efficiency snowmaking to ensure the slopes are snow-covered earlier and longer than last season.

At this time last year, Stowe Mountain Resort had six trails open. This year the resort opened Saturday — a week earlier than in 2011 — with nearly double the number of trails, thanks to $4.7 million in snowmaking improvements.

This summer, Stowe added 325 energy-efficient snow tower guns, replaced 150 land snow guns and put in 16 fan guns.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

NH Man Accused in Vermont of Putting Child in Tool Box

Police say a New Hampshire man is accused of putting one of his children in a truck's tool box during a drive to Vermont.

Russell Johnson of Bradford was cited last week for cruelty by a person having custody over another.

Springfield, Vt., police said in a news release that Johnson had picked up his three children while driving a single-bench, pickup truck. One of the children was put in the tool box that spans the bed of the pickup while going from Bradford to Springfield, nearly 40 miles.

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