Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Vermont Governor's Challenger Calls on Shumlin for Debates

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont's Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock says Governor Peter Shumlin is avoiding debates before groups that could be hostile to some of his positions.

Brock made the comments Tuesday after Shumlin said he wouldn't be participating in any debates this campaign season sponsored by what he calls special interest groups.

But Shumlin said he was eager to take part in "five or six" debates sponsored by news organizations after he formally announces his candidacy next week. Shumlin says he has to balance the need to debate with his need to run the state.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Vermont Police to Attend Fair to Seek Tips in '10 Killing

Vermont State Police troopers are planning to attend the Sheffield Field Days in hopes of getting new information that could help them solve the abduction and killing of a 78-year-old woman.

Sept. 10 marks the two-year-anniversary of the abduction of Pat O'Hagan.

The field days are being held Monday in Sheffield.

O'Hagan's body was found almost a month later about ten miles from her Sheffield home in a remote area in Wheelock.

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New York News
5:15 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

After Dry Summer, NY Dairy Farmers Cull Herds

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Some dairy farmers in upstate New York say they will be forced to buy more forage to feed their cattle or downsize their herds because of smaller harvests of corn and hay after a dry summer.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that healthy rainfall in August may have helped save some crops, but the dry weather this summer is expected to diminish the fall harvest.

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WAMC News
7:45 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Wind Developer Wants Vermont Towns to Delay Votes

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A developer considering a wind power project in a remote area of Vermont's Essex County says it will drop its plans in any community that votes against the project — after it has a chance to present its proposal.

Jack Kenworthy of New Hampshire-based Seneca Mountain Wind says Seneca will honor the vote if it happens after the company has made a detailed presentation of its plans for the town.

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WAMC News
7:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Report Finds Vermont School District Violated Civil Rights

Federal investigators say a Vermont school district violated civil rights laws while responding to an incident in which a teacher's aide threatened an African-American sixth-grader and then used a racial epithet.

After a two-year-investigation, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has reached a settlement with the Springfield School District. The Valley News reports the district is required to pay nearly $3,000 in counseling services for the student and increase regulations in training for employees.

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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.

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