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Senator Patrick Leahy and VT State Police Director Colonel Matthew Birmingham
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont Drug Task Force is getting six new positions with help from a $1.4 million federal grant.

F-35
USAF

Opponents of a U.S. Air Force plan to base F-35 fighter jets in Burlington are deciding whether to challenge a federal judge’s decision issued Wednesday that will allow the jets to come to the Vermont Air Guard base beginning in 2019.

The Stop the F-35 Coalition and six Chittenden County residents filed suit against the Secretary of the Air Force alleging that the strict review required under the National Environmental Policy Act when preparing the Environmental Impact Statement for basing the fighter jets at the Vermont National Guard was inadequately conducted.  

David Zuckerman
Vermont Legislature

The candidates and political parties held unity events Wednesday following the Vermont primary this week.  In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, the Democratic primary was won by a state senator from a third party.

Vermont's 11 community health centers are receiving nearly $841,000 in federal grants.

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A federal trial has been scheduled for two New York men accused of operating a large-scale drug organization in Vermont and Maine.

State health officials in Vermont are increasing access to a drug that treats opioid overdoses.

The Vermont Attorney General's office says four women have been convicted for their roles in a Medicaid fraud case that cost the state Medicaid program more than $100,000 over a five-year period.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik
nygop.org

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik represents the sprawling 21st House district of northern New York that includes all or part of 12 counties.  The first-term Republican faces reelection this fall and has been travelling across the more than 16,000-square mile district during the summer break.  She spoke to WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley today about a number of issues, beginning with a look at her efforts to help communities obtain federal grants.

She was one of the best known suffragists of the early 20th Century and is the only woman known to have died while pursuing the cause.  A new documentary called Forward Into Light  looks at Inez Milholland, who lived for a while and is buried in the Adirondacks. Writer and Producer Martha Wheelock visited Lewis, in Essex County, recently and talked about her film with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Plattsburgh City Council meeting 8-11-16
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The city of Plattsburgh plans to begin live streaming of City Council meetings.

A man facing a second federal death penalty trial for the 2000 abduction and murder of a supermarket worker is seeking to exclude evidence used in his first trial.

Barre District Courthouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Police say a Vermont inmate who hatched a plot to kill Justin Bieber was behind an anthrax scare at the courthouse where he was sentenced for killing a 15-year-old girl.

President Ford Making Remarks at the Farewell Ceremony for the U.S. Olympic Team Departing for the Summer Games held at New York University College in Plattsburgh, New York, 7/10/1976
White House photograph/National Archives

The Rio Olympics are coming to a close in a couple of days, but for some people, memories remain strong of the games 40 years ago. In 1976, the summer Olympics were held in Montreal, Quebec, about an hour’s drive from Plattsburgh, New York.  The northern New York city was the final training site for many U.S. athletes before they crossed the border to compete.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Tom Lacey, who participated in a training game against the women’s basketball team.

Hudson Headwaters Health Network Champlain groundbreaking
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Hudson Headwaters Health Network is made up of 17 community health centers in eastern New York. The group recently broke ground on a new facility in Champlain to replace an overcrowded and antiquated clinic.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik holds transportation roundtable
WAMC/Pat Bradley

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was in Plattsburgh this afternoon to host a transportation roundtable. The Republican says it was vital that Congress passed long-term infrastructure funding.

Town Hall, Port Henry, NY
Enesse Bhé/Wikimedia Commons

On Tuesday, residents of Port Henry in Essex County, New York approved a plan to dissolve the village by 20 votes.  The latest vote is the final move that will lead to the Adirondack village disappearing from the map.

Election 2016 graphic
DonkeyHotey/Flickr

Financial disclosure forms show that the Vermont gubernatorial  primary in Vermont was the most expensive in the state's history.

farm tractor in field
WAMC/Pat Bradley

A Vermont dairy farm is taking a novel approach to reducing polluted runoff into Lake Champlain by spinning its manure in a centrifuge to remove some of the phosphorus.

Sign on Notch road
Vermont State Police

A Massachusetts trucker who blocked traffic for more than an hour has been fined $2,000 by Vermont State Police for ignoring numerous signs that prohibit large trucks on the road up Mount Mansfield through Smugglers Notch.

Battle of Bennington,  engraving after a painting by Alonzo Chappel
New York Public Library/Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons

Today is a state holiday in Vermont.  August 16th marks Bennington Battle Day, a Revolutionary War clash that was actually fought in nearby New York.

Plattsburgh City Council discusses charter change
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh common council held a public hearing last week to take comments on a proposed change to the city charter that would alter the form of government.  While only two people commented, it stirred discussion among councilors that led to the mayor casting the deciding vote.

The family of a federal firefighter from Vermont who was killed while battling a wildfire near the Nevada-Utah line says he had a passion for people and the outdoors, and had hoped to become a paramedic.

Picture of Heroin
Adobe Stock

The Vermont Health Department is warning street drug users that an especially deadly strain of heroin is circulating in several parts of the state, including central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom.

Bennington Battle Monument
Doug Kerr/Flickr

Vermont's annual Bennington Battle Day state holiday is Tuesday and will be followed by a birthday celebration for the monument that marks that piece of history.

wind turbine
wikipedia.org

Developers say construction on a wind turbine project in the Green Mountain National Forest will begin within the next few months after state regulators approved an agreement that aims to protect nearby bear habitat.

Adirondack Film Society

A new film shot in and around the Schroon Lake area is premiering in Schroon Lake this weekend.  “The Night We Met” is the work of Troy, New York filmmakers Jon Russell Cring and Tracy Nichole Cring.  The couple will be in Schroon Lake today and tomorrow evening to show and talk about the making of their film.  They told WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that it’s based on an incident from Tracy’s teen years.

Rendering of redeveloped One Burlington Square
Burlington Mayor's office

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announced Friday that an older building in the downtown will be redeveloped to provide for better and greener office space.

A federal appeals court in Vermont has rejected the appeal of a Massachusetts man serving a 40-year prison sentence for causing the death of a woman whom he believed had stolen drugs from him.

Norm McAllister
Vermont Legislature

The Vermont state senator facing a second trial on sexual assault charges has lost his re-election bid to continue representing Franklin County.

Sue Minter greets supporters
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The results are in and November’s race for Vermont’s open governor’s seat is set. Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott will face off in the general election after winning primaries that ended up not being as close as some had anticipated.

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