Pat Bradley

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

EPA Chief Sees Ben & Jerry's Pollution Controls

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

The head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency says some of the pollution control practices developed for Vermont's Ben & Jerry's ice cream plants could serve as a model for other businesses.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson visited the company's Waterbury factory today and was given an overview of the company's business practices, a tour of the plant and then samples of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Jackson says one of the reasons she visited Vermont is because it's a state that has sees a green economy as important to its future.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

VT Wind Developer Drops Restraining Order

A wind power developer in Georgia, Vt., has dropped a court order against property owners who moved within a safety zone as construction work was scheduled on a project.

Georgia Mountain Community Wind recently got the order blocking the landowners from accessing their own land that lies with the blasting zone for the project. The landowners oppose the project.

WCAX-TV reports extra crews have been brought in to expedite the blasting process, and they are able to work on the project without requiring the restraining order.

WAMC News
5:30 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Schumer Says Small Office Replacing Canadian Consulate

Senator Charles Schumer says Canada has agreed to continue providing local consular services after it closes its consulate in Buffalo.

Schumer had protested the closing and the loss of services that businesses in western New York rely on for cross-border commerce.

He says Friday the Canadian government won't reverse the decision, but will maintain a smaller office to work with businesses and others on border issues.

The size of the liaison office and hours of operation are still being worked out.

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WAMC News
5:20 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Supervisor of Former VT Trooper Transferred

The immediate supervisor of a former Vermont state trooper charged with falsifying his time sheets has been transferred to police headquarters in Waterbury.

The Burlington Free Press reported the transfer of Lt. Marc Thomas yesterday. Thomas had been the station commander at the state police barracks in Williston since May 2010.

Thomas said he was unsure how long the transfer would be in place.

WAMC News
5:10 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

$250,000 Raised For NH Old Man Memorial

At least $250,000 has been raised for a memorial to New Hampshire's fallen Old Man of the Mountain.

The money has come from the sale of paver stones engraved with donors' messages at a plaza built in Franconia Notch. Nearly 600 granite paver stones have been laid in the plaza since last year, when it was dedicated. Paver stones can still be purchased.

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WAMC News
12:22 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Vermont Receives Federal Grant to Implement Health Care Exchange

Vermont is getting a $104.4 million federal grant to continue setting up a health benefits exchange.  While the program is required under the Affordable Care Act, those working on universal health access in Vermont say completion of the exchange will help their overall goal to create a single payer system.

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North Country News
6:15 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Study Looks at Invasive Species Spread Hypotheses

A report has been published that assesses the accuracy of  scientific hypotheses that predict how invasive species will spread and affect ecosystems.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Solar-Powered Furnace Business Proposed for Vermont

A Minnesota renewable energy company is looking to help set up a solar-powered furnace business in Vermont.

The furnaces would be made in a 6,000 square-foot former mill building in Bellows Falls. The Eagle-Times reports the company, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, has agreed to provide its patented design of solar panels that create heat through a furnace through a Vermont company. The local company would be called RREAL Warm.

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WAMC News
5:40 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Vermont Inn, 2 Women Settle Gay Marriage Lawsuit

Two New York women and a Vermont country inn have settled a lawsuit that accused the business of refusing to host the couple's wedding reception.

The American Civil Liberties Union says The Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the Vermont Human Rights Commission and place $20,000 in a charitable trust.

Kate and Ming Linsley contacted the ACLU after Ming's mother was told last year by the Wildflower Inn's events manager that the inn didn't host "gay receptions" due to the innkeepers' "personal feelings."

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Vermont Gets $104.4 Million for Health Care Reform

The state of Vermont is getting a $104.4 million federal grant to continue the process of setting up a health benefits exchange, a key part of state and federal health care reform efforts.

The money will be used to develop information technology, business and outreach operations that will be part of the state's exchange.

Vermont is on target to meet the federal schedule and begin enrolling people in the exchange in October 2013.

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