Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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WAMC News
5:10 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Vermont College's Ox Meat Will Not be Used for Food

An ox that lived on a Vermont college's farm has been put down despite an outcry over that decision. School officials have also decided that meat from the ox will be not used for food.

Green Mountain College says that because the animal was receiving medication for an injury, the meat was not fit for human consumption.

The 11-year-old ox, named Lou, and another ox were retired this summer from the college's farm. The school had planned to turn them into beef to be served in the college dining hall in keeping with the school's emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Veterans Groups Speak Out in Opposition to Benefit Reduction Scheme

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Most people have never heard of the "Chained CPI", a proposal in Congress that would, if approved, reduce benefits to veterans, federal retirees and Social Security recipients.  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and numerous groups discussed their efforts to stop the Chained CPI during a conference call Friday.

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North Country News
5:50 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Arrests in Transmission Line Vandalism

Four people have been charged in the vandalism that caused a quarter million dollars in damage to an electric transmission line and may cost New England rate payers a million dollars.

The Vermont Electric Power Company was forced to buy replacement power while the transmission line, which carries power from Quebec to Massachusetts was shut down.  

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North Country News
5:40 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Co-founder of Vermont's Killington Ski Area Dies at 83

Joseph Sargent, a co-founder of Vermont's Killington ski area has died, 56 years after he helped begin the process that led to the opening of the resort that is now the largest ski area in the eastern United States.

Sargent died Wednesday in West Hartford, Conn. He was 83. The cause of death was not released.

In 1956 Sargent worked with Preston Leete Smith to found the Sherburne Corp., which carved the resort out of the Calvin Coolidge State Forest in what was then the town of Sherburne.

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New England News
5:20 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Voters Give Vermont's Liberty Union Party Major Status

Vermont's Liberty Union Party has again joined the ranks of the state's major political parties.

To be recognized as a major party in Vermont, a statewide political candidate must receive at least 5 percent of the votes in a statewide election.

On Tuesday, Liberty Union candidate Mary Alice Herbert won 13 percent in her race against Democratic Secretary of State Jim Condos. The party lost its major party status in 2008.

In 2014 Vermont will have four major parties: Democrat, Republican, Progressive and Liberty Union.

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WAMC News
5:10 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Vermont Health Reform on Track With Election Results

It's full steam ahead for Vermont's push to move the state as close as possible to single-payer health care by 2017.

That word from senior state officials involved in health care reform and it follows the re-election of Gov. Peter Shumlin and the main backer of the federal Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama.

Both Robin Lunge, the state's director of health care reform, and Anya Rader Wallach, chairwoman of the Vermont Green Mountain Care Board, say Vermont likely

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Commissioners to Consider Mandatory Boat Inspections to Prevent Invasive Species

Asian Clams, an invasive species in Lake George
Credit Fund for Lake George

The Lake George Park Commission will hold a special meeting next week to discuss a plan to prevent aquatic invasive species from entering the lake.

The meeting on Tuesday follows a summer and fall assessing alternatives for keeping new invasive species out of Lake George. The Lake George Park Commission worked with communities surrounding the basin. It resulted in a recommendation from their consultant that a mandatory boat inspection program be imposed.  Commission Executive Director Dave Wick says the upcoming meeting will examine how such a mandatory program would work.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

UVM President Recommends Smaller Tuition Hike

University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan has recommended that next year's tuition increase be less than 3 percent.

Sullivan's call for a limit was part of a plan he presented to the board of trustees at its meeting Wednesday.

Last fall, interim President John Bramley urged a limit of 3.5 percent on the tuition increase for 2012-2013, which was approved.

Sullivan said an increase of less than 3 percent for the 2013-2014 academic year would be the lowest jump at UVM in 36 years.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Vermont Power Line Vandalism Cost Utilities $1.25 Million

An official with the Vermont company that owns the state's electrical transmission grid says vandalism to a line that runs from Quebec to Massachusetts cost New England ratepayers about $1 million.

Vermont Electric Power Company Vice President Kerrick Johnson says that cost was to buy replacement power while the line in the Northeast Kingdom town of Concord was shut down for repairs. Replacing the shot-out insulators cost about $250,000.

The transmission line is capable of carrying 10 percent of the electricity used throughout New England.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Vermont Court Dismisses Suit by School Against Critic

A Vermont Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a school district against a parent critical of some school decisions who had filed a formal request for documents about why he was being barred from school grounds.

In a decision dated Tuesday, Rutland County Superior Court Judge William Cohen said that allowing the Rutland-Addison Supervisory Union to proceed with the case against Marcel Cyr of Benson, would "subvert the statutory framework" of the state's Public Records Act.

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