Pat Bradley

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Vermont City Settles Ex-Firefighter's Harassment Suit

The city of Barre has settled a sexual harassment case filed by a former member of the fire department.

The city will pay $250,000 to Rachel Wyatt, who sued the city, its fire department, chief, deputy chief and two firefighters for sexual harassment and wrongful dismissal.

The terms of the settlement were disclosed this week.

Under the agreement no party makes any admission concerning the strength or weakness of any claim.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Vermont Responds to Sandy After Help With Irene

After Tropical Storm Irene caused widespread flooding in Vermont in 2011, volunteers and money poured in from around the country to help with the recovery. Now Vermont is returning the favor, sending utility crews, Red Cross and other volunteers to help victims of Sandy.

Crews from Green Mountain Power have been deployed to Connecticut, and Red Cross volunteers from Vermont are in Westchester County, New York, ready to help greater New Yorkers recover from the devastation wrought by this week's storm.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

GOP Illuzzi, Democrat Hoffer Vie in Vermont Auditor Race

A long-time Vermont state senator and a long-time, self-employed policy analyst are vying to fill the vacant job of state auditor.

The race between Republican Sen. Vincent Illuzzi of Derby and Burlington Democrat Doug Hoffer is Vermont's only statewide political race to fill an open seat.

Illuzzi is leaving the state Senate after 32 years. He says he's qualified to fill the office because of his knowledge of state government. One area he says he'd look for savings is in the way the state manages its computer systems.

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WAMC News
5:10 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Change in Amtrak Service in Vermont

Amtrak service in Vermont has been disrupted because of Superstorm Sandy.

The Vermonter, Train 55, will originate in Springfield, Mass., rather than St. Albans, Vt. The Vermonter, Train 56, will operate normally from Washington, D.C., and end its route in St. Albans.

The changes are in effect as of Friday.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Republican AG Challenger Files Campaign Finance Complaint Over Democratic Primary

Sorrell-McMullen

The Republican candidate in the race for Vermont Attorney General has filed a petition asking for a court review of the incumbent Democratic candidate’s interaction with a PAC and a campaign supporter.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

VPIRG Proposes Tighter Disclosure Rules for SuperPacs

A Vermont advocacy group is calling for the state to reform the reporting requirements for SuperPac spending in the state.

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group is asking legislators and the Secretary of State to make key changes in Vermont’s campaign finance law pertaining to the super-spending political action committees.  Executive Director Paul Burns wants to tighten the current reporting requirements.

VPIRG is also proposing that anyone funding more than 50-percent of a SuperPac must claim responsibility and appear in all advertisements. 

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WAMC News
6:05 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Border Patrol Arrests 3 Just Inside Vermont from Quebec

Federal prosecutors say two men from Montreal and another from the Dominican Republic are being held on charges one of the men allegedly helped the other two cross into the country from Quebec in the Derby, Vt., area without permission.

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Jonas Paul-Emile of Montreal, entered the United States alone in New York on Oct. 28,

The next day Border Patrol agents saw Paul-Emile drive to an area close to the border and stop briefly before leaving the area and getting onto Interstate

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WAMC News
5:55 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

3 Vermont Towns Deciding Fate of Hockey Arena

Officials in the Vermont town of Swanton have chosen to enter into a lease for a tri-town hockey arena.

The selectboard also agreed to recommend that the towns pursue a $5 million project for a facility upgrade. That would bring the 185-foot rink to 200-foot regulation size.

Hopes of renovating the current Highgate Arena have been the talk of Swanton, Highgate and Franklin, which would share ownership.

The St. Albans Messenger reports Highgate has formally a

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New England News
5:45 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Welch Cruising Toward Re-Election to 4th Term

Peter Welch

Democratic U.S. Representative Peter Welch is cruising to re-election to his fourth term in Washington, but he is still working to let Vermonters know he remains committed to promoting their interests.

At a recent campaign stop in South Royalton, Welch talked to seniors about health care, the federal budget and gridlock in Congress.

He said it's clear what needs to be done about the debt: everything must be on the table.

He was one of 100 House members calling for $4 trillion deficit reduction from a combination of revenues, defense and domestic cuts.

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WAMC News
5:35 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

No Drinking Water Order in Vermont Mobile Home Park

Residents in a Vermont mobile home park have been told not to drink the water because of a high chlorine content.

Officials in the town of Bennington have filed an enforcement action against the owner of the Sunset Mobile Home Park, alleging that he has violated water management agreements reached with the town in April.

Roughly 22 people live in the park.

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