Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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WAMC News
7:15 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

New Trial for Man Convicted of Police Threat

The Vermont Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a Bennington man convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for pointing a muzzleloader toward police.

A homeowner had asked police to remove Paul Bourn from his home after Bourn had been drinking and had become extremely agitated.

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New York News
6:55 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

New York’s Senior Senator Tours North Country to Talk Jobs and Energy

Senator Charles Schumer with International Paper Ticonderoga employees
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New York Senator Charles Schumer toured the International Paper plant in Ticonderoga Friday afternoon to assess energy usage and talk about a veterans job program.

Senator Schumer has been touring businesses and manufacturers across the state that hire, or are interested in hiring, veterans.  The Senator is working to renew the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors Tax Credit that gives businesses up to 96-hundred dollars in tax credits if they hire veterans. But Schumer noted that the program expires at the end of the year if Congress fails to extend it.

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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Watershed Council says Vermont Yankee Discharging Too Much Heated Water Into River

Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

The Connecticut River Watershed Council has issued a report that says the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant is thermally polluting the Connecticut River.  The group wants the state Agency of Natural Resources to expedite a new discharge permit to lower discharged water temperatures.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Vermont Capital Going With Phase 1 of Heat Project

The City Council in Vermont's capital has given the green light for phase one of a project that would bring Montpelier the state's first downtown heating district.

The plan is for buildings in downtown Montpelier to tie into a newly redeveloped woodchip-fired heating system that serves the Statehouse and surrounding state office buildings.

The Council voted 5-1 Wednesday evening to extend heating pipes from the state boilers east on State Street as far as Elm Street, a couple blocks from the Statehouse.

WAMC News
5:45 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Condos Says Vermont Clerks Should Have to Report Results

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos says he wants to require that city and town clerks report election results to his office on election night.

At the same time, Condos says he wants to streamline other steps in the reporting process to make it easier for clerks.

Condos said Tuesday marked the second part of a three-part test this year: He asked clerks to report results to his office in the March presidential primary, the state primary and on the night of the general election coming up in November.

WAMC News
5:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Northern New England to Receive $9.6 Million in Drug Settlement

Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire are receiving a total of $9.6 million as part of a nationwide settlement between the drug company Johnson & Johnson and the 34 other states.

The $181 million nationwide settlement with Johnson and Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals is believed to be the largest multi-state consumer protection settlement ever.

Vermont's share is $4.1 million. New Hampshire's is about $2.8 million and Maine's is $2.7 million.

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WAMC News
12:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New College Solar Array Aims to Educate Students and Farmers About Alternative Energy

The array and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets Secretary Chuck Ross and UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Tom Vogelmann.
Sally McCay, UVM Photo

A new solar installation at the University of Vermont is targeting not only powering part of the campus, but enhancing Vermont’s statewide agriculture sector.

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New York News
6:15 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Governor Announces Funding to Rebuild Irene Destroyed Fire Station in Adirondacks

Governor Cuomo in Keene NY
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Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Keene this afternoon to announce that the state will step in and provide funding for a new fire station in the wake of FEMA pull backs on funding.

Officials in Essex County have been working to rebuild the Keene fire station since it’s destruction during Tropical Storm Irene.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Vermont Wind Project Gets Migratory Bird Permit

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The owner of a commercial wind project in Vermont has been issued a special permit for migratory bird monitoring.

The permit was sought by First Wind, which has a 16-turbine wind development project in Sheffield.

The Caledonian-Record reports the permit was issued in July by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It authorizes the company to "collect, transport and temporarily possess carcasses and partial remains of migratory birds," except threatened or endangered species, to monitor bird mortality.

WAMC News
5:30 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Vermont Rail Spur Project on Hold Indefinitely

A proposed $32 million rail spur in Vermont has been put on hold indefinitely.

The 3.3-mile rail spur in Middlebury would be used to alleviate truck traffic between marble processor Omya's quarry and its calcium carbonate plant in Pittsford.

The Rutland Herald reports Omya plant manager Jim Stewart said given the sluggish economy and the cost of the project, the company and Vermont Rail Systems are not pursuing it.

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