Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Bath Salt Abuse Declining in Vermont City

Efforts to fight a dangerous synthetic drug called bath salts appear to be paying off in the Vermont city of Barre.

Officials say calls to the police department and poison control center and visits to the emergency room have died down after a surge in use of the drug early this summer.

They attribute that to the state issuing an emergency rule to expand the list of bath salts and other compounds that are now illegal to sell, make or possess in Vermont.

The synthetic stimulants can cause hallucinations, violenc

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New England News
5:20 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Underdog Brock Slams Governor Shumlin on Health Care

Randy Brock

With less than two weeks to go before the election, the Republican candidate for governor of Vermont is expressing confidence he can pull off an upset win over the Democratic incumbent, Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Randy Brock made a campaign swing through the eastern side of the state last weekend, and, at an appearance in Bethel, spent much of his time talking about health care.

He says he disagrees with the Shumlin administration's push for a single-payer health insurance system. He believes expanding competition and choice among insurers is the best way to bring down h

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WAMC News
5:10 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Vermont Urges Employees to Give Kids Public Health Care

The state of Vermont is urging some state employees with children to drop their children from their state-sponsored health care plans in favor of the public plan known as Dr. Dynasaur.

Households that earn less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level would eligible.

Vermont Public Radio reports the switch could save a single person about $2,000 a year in insurance costs. If half of the eligible children are switched, it could save the state more than $5 million a year because 70 percent of the cost is

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WAMC News
12:20 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Vermont Seeks Additional Heating Assistance

Vermont’s governor is requesting additional funding to a low income heating program at the same time they are changing how benefits are paid.

The federal government has allocated just over 19-and-a-half million dollars to Vermont for this year’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.  Governor Shumlin said he will go before the Legislature's Emergency Board next week to ask for approval  to add $8.8 million in state funds to the program. Central Vermont Council on Aging Executive Director Beth Stern.

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New York News
6:20 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Project Hope Ending Post-Irene Services

AuSable Forks, Essex County, NY August 2011 Irene Damage
WAMC

A support program that has been helping people in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in New York’s North Country is ending.

Project Hope has provided outreach to those in need in the wake of last year’s storm disaster.  Crisis counselors went door to door in Clinton and Essex Counties to assure that everyone who needed help received aid. Project Hope Program Coordinator Gretch Sando.

Project Hope Crisis Counselor Fred Balzac.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Vermont Hospital Receives Drugs from NECC Pharmacy

A Vermont hospital says it's notifying about 200 patients that they were administered drugs recalled by the Massachusetts company linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak.

Officials say the drugs administered at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital were not the same steroid injections that have resulted in 23 deaths around the country and sickened nearly 300.

Jan Puchalski, director of patient safety and risk management, said Tuesday the drugs used include Nalbuphine, which is given for pain, and Hyaluronidase, often used on the eyes.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Vermont AG Accuses Company of Mislabeled Mints

The state Attorney General's office has sued a company called VerMints, saying it has mislabeled its tins of mints as Vermont products.

The suit was filed recently in Washington Superior Court. It says from 2006 to 2010, the company sold over 1.3 million tins prominently labeled "Vermont's All Natural Mints," or "Vermont's All Natural Pastilles." It says many tins also were marked "Product of the USA."

The attorney general's office says the products actually were manufactured at a plant in Canada, mostly out of ingredients that originated outside of Vermont.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Vermont Credit Union Records Sent to Landfill

The Vermont State Employees Credit Union says unencrypted computer tapes containing personal data and transaction records of about 85,000 members were inadvertently thrown into a landfill.

Credit union CEO Steven Post says there's no evidence any of the information has fallen into the wrong hands.

Post says it appears data tapes were buried in a landfill and cannot be retrieved.

The credit union is working with regulators and law enforcement.

WAMC News
12:45 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Conservation Groups Award Grant to Study Rare Songbird

Close-up of a Bicknell's Thrush
Steve Faccio

A coalition of conservation and environmental groups in Vermont and the Adirondack region have launched a unique effort to protect a rare songbird.

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WAMC News
6:20 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

AG Issues Guidelines for Charity Promotion Sales

NYS Attorney Eric Schneiderman

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and along with that comes the ubiquitous pink ribbon. Numerous entities slap the symbol on products and claim charitable donations will go to breast cancer research.  But how can you be sure such so-called “cause marketing” is legitimate? New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman talks about his effort to make these types of marketing campaigns more transparent.

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