Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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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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New England News
6:15 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Report Shows Reductions of Mercury and PCB’s in Lake Champlain

Mercury-PCB Report Cover

A report prepared for the Lake Champlain Basin Program has found encouraging drops in mercury and PCB contamination in the lake.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Vermont Village to Vote on Abolishing Police

Residents in the village of Waterbury will vote this November on whether to abolish their local police department.

The village has merged its fire and public works departments with those of the adjacent town of Waterbury, but the town has declined so far in joining to support the local police department.

Village Trustees President Skip Flanders says the vote is a chance for village leaders to learn from residents whether they want to continue with the police force, which currently has a chief and two officers, though one of the officer jobs is vacant.

WAMC News
5:40 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

NRC Says No Need for Increased Vermont Yankee Inspections

Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has made it official: It sees no need for stepped-up inspections at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

That word comes in a letter from William Dean, Northeast regional administrator for the NRC, to Vermont Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller.

Miller has written to the NRC twice this year to raise concerns about what she has termed human performance problems at the plant.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Vermont Progressive Primary Results Likely Delayed

An official leading the recount in the gubernatorial primary for Vermont's Progressive party says it's doubtful the recount will be completed before Friday.

The recount was being conducted Thursday at county courthouses around Vermont, with results being reported to the Washington County clerk, Elizabeth Battey.

Battey says clerks around Vermont are having to separate out Progressive ballots from Democratic and Republican ones to determine who got the most votes from the fewer than 800 people who voted for a candidate in the Progressive Primary.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Rural County To Consider New Sex Offender Residency Law

A rural New York State county is considering crafting a residency law after several sex offenders were found to be living near area schools.

At the beginning of this school year, Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting sent a notice to area superintendents advising them to check the Sex Offender Registry.  In the process, the county discovered 11 sex offenders living near schools and other youth facilities.  Sheriff Cutting says that’s a very serious concern.

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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Entergy Sues Vermont Over Increased Vermont Yankee Generation Tax

Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

Two Entergy subsidiaries have filed suit against the state of Vermont over a new law that hikes taxes on the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant from 5-million to nearly 13-million dollars annually.

Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee and Entergy Nuclear Operations filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont seeking to overturn the legislation signed by Governor Shumlin that substantially increases the plant's annual tax bill.  Entergy Vermont Yankee Communications Manager Jim Sinclair.

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WAMC News
5:58 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Special Vote Set on Vermont Town School Closure

Voters in a Vermont community will face ballot questions on whether a public elementary school should be closed and re-opened as an independent school.

Residents will decide the fate of the North Bennington Graded School on Oct. 23.

The Bennington Banner reports if both articles pass during the special vote, the last step will be for the state Board of Education to approve an application from the proposed independent Village School of North Bennington.

The state board has agreed to take up the application in November.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Vermont Legislators Encouraging School Mergers

Vermont lawmakers are hoping a new approach will get more school districts to merge.

A plan approved two years ago had one regional school board take the place of local town boards. So far, that's happened just once and voters in some towns have expressed concern about a further loss of local control.

This year, the Legislature passed a bill that provides more flexibility by creating the opportunity for some towns in a supervisory union to create their own single district, even if others decide not to join.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Police Look to Stop Underage Drinking at UVM

Police are taking more aggressive measures to combat underage drinking at the University of Vermont.

A special law enforcement team is stepping up patrols. It's staffed by volunteers from the Chittenden County police departments, liquor control and Department of Motor Vehicles.

Police tell WCAX-TV Burlington's Hill section neighborhood is where they get the most complaints about loud parties and underage drinking. Five undercover officers focused their attention on the area this past weekend.

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