Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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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.

WAMC News
5:40 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Brattleboro Student Appointed to Vermont Board of Education

Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed a Brattleboro Union High School student to the Vermont Board of Education.

Lachlan Francis of Putney is a junior at the school. He has been active in sports and civic organizations and has worked as a farmhand and a camp counselor. Francis also has traveled to Cuba.

He will serve as a non-voting member this year, and become a voting member during his second year on the board.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Vermont Progressives Say They Will Focus on Legislative Races

For all the debate in recent days around a recount in the Vermont Progressive Party's gubernatorial primary, party leaders say they want to keep their focus on winning more seats in the state House and Senate.

Party Chairwoman Martha Abbott appears to have won the Aug. 28 primary by one vote over write-in candidate Annette Smith, but Smith is seeking a recount.

Abbott responded to her apparent win by declining the nomination and saying she wants Progressive support to go for incumbent Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin.

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WAMC News
12:25 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

New Vote Tally Leaves One Vote Difference in Progressive Primary and Criticism

The Progressive Party is a major party in Vermont, and the recent gubernatorial primary has resulted in a recount request from a write-in candidate and criticism from Republicans over how the state is handling the vote count.

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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Advocacy Group Releases Scorecard on Vermont Legislative Votes

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC

The Vermont Public Interest Research Group has released its assessment of legislative votes over the past biennium.

The scorecard released by the advocacy group looks at votes on ten issues, including health care reform, clean energy and a fracking moratorium.  Vermont Public Interest Research Group Executive Director Paul Burns says it represents a range of their priority issues over the past two years.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Burlington, Vermont City Council to Consider Marijuana Question

The Burlington city council is going to consider asking voters in Vermont's largest city whether marijuana should be legalized and taxed.

Progressive Councilor Max Tracy says he is planning to ask the council next week to consider adding the non-binding referendum to the city's ballot in November.

He says the idea is not an endorsement of marijuana use nor a call for legislative action. Rather, he says it's a way to survey the opinion of voters on the issue.

WAMC News
5:15 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Police Say Vermont Motor Vehicle Fatalities Surpass 2011

Vermont State Police say two men killed in unrelated car crashes last weekend brings the total number of motor vehicle fatalities across the state this year to 57 — two more than last year's total.

Police said the 55 people killed on Vermont's roads last year was the lowest recorded number since 1944.

They said a record high of 161 deaths was reported in 1979.

Monday marked the end of the state police's Operation H.E.A.T., or High Enforcement Area Team, an initiative aimed at cracking down on dangerous driving. The effort started July 4.

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