Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Vermont Governor Says FEMA Funding Will Remain Uncertain

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is saying it may be quite a while before the state knows how much it will get from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for repairs from Tropical Storm Irene.

Shumlin on Wednesday is outlining plans for the state to go ahead with revamping its mental health system and renovating its state agency office complex.

The effort comes in response to flooding from Tropical Storm Irene 54 weeks ago, which forced the closure of the Vermont State Hospital and the surrounding office complex in Waterbury.

WAMC News
5:10 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Vermont Supreme Court in Chelsea on Wednesday

The Vermont Supreme Court is on the road today.

The court is hearing seven cases at the historic courthouse in Chelsea.

The justices normally hear oral arguments at the Supreme Court building in Montpelier, but occasionally take their show on the road.

Two of the cases Wednesday involve election issues.

Trudell versus Markowitz focuses on petition filing deadlines for independent candidates.

State versus Green Mountain Future focuses on when groups need to register as political action committees.

Elections
12:30 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Profile of Republican Primary Candidates for 115th Assembly District

Two challengers will face off against the incumbent in Thursday’s primary for New York’s new 115th district.

Republican incumbent Janet Duprey, repeat challenger David Kimmel, and Karen Bisso, who has never before run for office, are on the ballot in Republican primary for the 115th Assembly District. Incumbent Janet Duprey was first elected in 2006 to the Assembly.

Janet Duprey joins her challengers in citing the key issue for the region as jobs.

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WAMC News
5:55 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

2 Accused of Illegal Quartz Mining in Vermont

Two men have been charged with illegally digging and extracting quartz from a wildlife management area in Vermont.

Robert LaPorte of Shaftsbury and Philip Yerke of Waterford, New York, were charged with willful and careless destruction of state property. Each man is subject to a $2,500 fine and loss of their licenses to hunt, fish or trap in Vermont for a year.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Burlington, Vermont to Vote on Legalizing Pot

Burlington City Hall
WAMC

Voters in the Vermont city of Burlington will be asked in November whether they would support legalizing and taxing marijuana.

The Burlington City Council on Monday approved several measures for the November ballot, including the pot question.

WCAX-TV reports that voters also will be asked whether they support a $9 million bond to help boost the city's credit rating and a half-cent increase in the property tax to help pay for rehabilitating the bike path.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Case of Man Charged with Killing Niece Back in Vermont

The trial for a Vermont man charged with kidnapping and killing his 12-year-old niece in 2008 is at least a year away.

A federal appeals court in New York has sent the case of Michael Jacques back to Vermont for trial.

Jacques has pleaded not guilty to the death of Brooke Bennett. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York recently turned down a defense request to reconsider its decision allowing prosecutors

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Vermont Sees Growing Hospital ER Use for Psychiatry

The number of mentally ill Vermonters being held in hospital emergency rooms for lack of a mental health bed is heading in the wrong direction.

That's the word from Mental Health Commissioner Patrick Flood. Flood tells a legislative committee that instances in which mental health beds weren't available and patients were held in hospital emergency rooms grew from 15 in June to 22 in July and 24 in August.

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New York News
5:00 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

SUNY Plattsburgh Remembers 9-11 and Alumna Killed in Twin Tower Collapse

9-11 Memorial at SUNY Plattsburgh
WAMC

Students, faculty, and staff of the SUNY college here gathered at Hawkins Pond this afternoon, where a memorial to two alumna is placed. On September 11th,  Robert Sutcliffe, class of 1984, and William Erwin, class of 1992, died in the collapse of the Twin Towers.  

In front of the memorial, History Professor Doug Skopp remembers his late students.

Many of the students attending the college now were in elementary school when the Twin Towers were destroyed, including Student Association President Charles Sanchez.

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WAMC News
12:15 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

NY Submits More Than 400 Home Buyout Applications to FEMA

A car sits half-buried after massive flooding swept through downtown Windham, N.Y. from Tropical Storm Irene.
Ryan Delaney/WAMC

More than a year after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, New York State has forwarded more than 400 applications for property buy-outs to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  And state officials say there are more pending.

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WAMC News
5:55 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Supporters Hope to Restart VT-NH Bridge Project

A bridge replacement project linking Vermont and New Hampshire is a step closer to approval.

An environmental assessment has been completed and sent to federal authorities on a proposed Route 119 replacement bridge that would span the Connecticut River and connect Hinsdale and Brattleboro along the New Hampshire-Vermont border.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the assessment looked at how water quality, wetlands, and historical resources would be affected by the project. Officials are examining its location near a gas company tank farm.

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