Pat Bradley

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WAMC News
5:05 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Winooski Roundabout Most Crash-Prone in Vermont

The once-lauded roundabout that was built in downtown Winooski as part of one of Vermont's most ambitious downtown redevelopment projects now has the distinction of being the most crash-prone intersections in the state.

Traffic planners and local officials say that among the roundabout's challenges are that it is unusually large, has several side streets entering it and has pedestrian stop lights.

WAMC News
4:45 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Vermont Sheriff Gets Education Grant for Young Drivers

The Caledonia County Sheriff's Department and St. Johnsbury Police Department are going to teach young Vermont drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.

The departments have been awarded an educational grant through Vermont Governor's Highway Safety Program and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Over the next year, the two departments will develop and carry out a distracted driver program in Caledonia County high schools.

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New England News
4:30 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Vermont Judge Says Recount Confirms Progressive Count

A Vermont judge says a recount has confirmed the original results of Progressive Party gubernatorial primary.

Washington County Superior Court Judge Robert Bent said in court Monday that the recount found that Party Chairwoman Martha Abbott received 381 votes while her write-in challenger Annette Smith received 340.

It took all of Thursday and half of Friday for Vermont county clerks to tabulate ballots of the fewer than 1,000 Vermonters who voted in the Progressive primary on Aug. 28.

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WAMC News
4:15 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Vermont Says EEE Threat Reduced, But Not Eliminated

The Vermont Health Department says efforts to control mosquitoes in Brandon and Whiting are working, but it doesn't eliminate the threat of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Earlier this month the state used aircraft to spray pesticides in Whiting and Brandon and the number of mosquitoes captured in traps in the area has been cut in half.

But Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen says that while the risk of EEE infection in Vermont has been reduced, there is no way to kill enough mosquitoes to eliminate the threat.

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North Country News
6:20 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Northern NY Primary Shows Incumbent Winning, But Challenger Remains in Race

Preliminary results in the Republican Assembly primary in the new 115th district in northern New York was won by the incumbent.  But one of the challengers will remain on the November ballot.

Three-term Assemblyperson Janet Duprey was challenged by David Kimmel and Karen Bisso in the northern New York primary. The unofficial tally shows Duprey winning.  Clinton County Republican Commissioner of Elections Greg Campbell says turn-out in the rural district was slight.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Couple to Face Separate Trials in Vermont Teacher Death

Lawyers in the case of a Vermont couple charged with killing a prep school teacher and dumping her body in the Connecticut River are planning for separate trials next year.

Allen Prue and his wife, Patricia Prue, are accused of strangling and beating 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins after luring her out of her house with a ruse about a broken down car in March.
 

Police say the Waterford couple planned the crime.
 

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Artificial Bat Cave Built to Combat Killer Disease

USFWS

A new project in Tennessee aims to create clean new digs for bats who are dying by the millions from White Nose Syndrome.

An artificial bat cave has been built that’s about the size of a single-wide mobile home. It's made from prefabricated concrete and has a textured ceiling for the bats to cling to.
  

The $300,000 trial project by the Nature Conservancy aims to save bats from white nose syndrome. The fungus was first discovered in upstate New York in 2006 and has spread.
 

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Vermont Progressive Primary Recount Unresolved

It appears that official results in the recount in Vermont's Progressive Party gubernatorial primary won't be known until sometime in the coming week.

Washington County Clerk Elizabeth Batty, who has been collecting results from her counterpart county clerks around Vermont, said Friday the results won't be made public until they are certified by Judge Robert Bent, who is overseeing the recount.
 

WAMC News
5:20 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Vermont Trooper Found Justified in Using Deadly Force

Authorities say a Vermont state trooper was justified in using deadly force on an unarmed burglary suspect who refused an order to surrender and twice took a "shooter's stance" while aiming what turned out to be a cell phone at him.

Attorney General William Sorrell and Lamoille County State's Attorney Joel Page said Friday the trooper was reasonable in his belief that he was in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury when he fired his weapon at Jonathan Martel on April 30.
   

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New York News
12:20 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Four New Infestations of Invasive Asian Clams Found in Lake George

Asian Clams with dime
Fund for Lake George

Four new colonies of invasive Asian clams have been found in Lake George.

Just after Labor Day a volunteer group organized by the Lake George Park Commission began surveying areas of high risk for further spread of Asian Clams in Lake George, including boat launch areas and sandy, shallow areas.  Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky says they are surveying between 140 and 150 areas of the lake.

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