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Plan 2014 signing
International Joint Commission

The International Joint Commission, which monitors boundary waters between the U.S. and Canada, has signed an updated plan regulating water levels and flows in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.  Advocates of the plan in New York believe it will reverse decades of man-made damage and benefit the economy of the upstate region.

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell
WAMC/Pat Bradley

In January, Vermont will have a new attorney general for the first time in a generation.  Incumbent Bill Sorrell announced in September 2015 that he would not seek reelection this year after serving in the post since 1997.  The longest-serving attorney general in the state’s history says that after nearly 20 years in the office it was time to let someone new take the post.

Picture of Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

Bernie Sanders' office says the Vermont senator had a small basal cell carcinoma removed from his cheek in an outpatient procedure.

F35
USAF

Earlier this week, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted criticism over the F-35 fighter jet program. It caused Lockheed Martin stock to fall 2.5 percent. It also raised some eyebrows in the Northeast. The Vermont Air National Guard is scheduled to begin receiving the fighter jet in 2019.  Supporters of the F-35 say they aren’t worried those plans will change because the tweet raises two very different issues.

Congressman Peter Welch discusses Renewable Fuel Standard in Burlington
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Congressman Peter Welch was joined by a group of Vermont environmentalists Tuesday to highlight what they see as a need for revisions in the Renewable Fuel Standard, a national policy that requires corn ethanol be mixed into fuels.

U.S. and Canadian flags
Flanker/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Congress has approved the Promoting Travel, Commerce and National Security Act of 2016, sending it to the president’s desk.  The measure creates a preclearance procedure for Amtrak passengers traveling across the Canadian border and shared clearance functions especially at small rural crossings.

A Vermont man has been accused of using a stun gun on a 14-year-old boy after thinking the child had stolen a bicycle.

Screen capture from Governor Peter Shumlin's pardon PSA
Office of Governor Peter Shumlin

Vermont’s Governor has recorded a public service announcement to promote his plan to grant pardons to people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Fairpoint Communications logo
Fairpoint Communications

Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch want the CEOs of FairPoint Communications and the Illinois company that plans to buy it to reverse the planned layoffs of at least 110 workers across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Ashley Madison partner graphic
Federal Trade Commission

The Vermont attorney general joined the Federal Trade Commission chairwoman this afternoon to announce a settlement with the operators of Toronto-based dating site AshleyMadison.com after the company deceived consumers and failed to protect account information before a July 2015 data breach.

Senator Bill Doyle
Vermont Legislature

It’s a year of change in Vermont politics, with the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general all stepping aside. And a mainstay in the legislature is leaving, too. Bill Doyle began serving in the Vermont Senate in 1969 and is the longest-serving senator in the state’s history.  But the 90-year-old Republican lost his re-election bid this year.  On November 30th, he withdrew his request for a recount and conceded the race.  Doyle says activity in the statehouse become more political over the years.

David Fisher
New York Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau has a new leader.  During the organization’s annual meeting last week, delegates from across the state elected St. Lawrence County dairy farmer David Fisher president of the farmer-member lobbying and trade group.  Fisher says he accepted the leadership role because he wants to help agriculture across the entire state.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Governor-elect's transition office

Vermont's governor-elect says he expects to sell his share of his business — a construction company that has won state contracts in the past — before he takes office in January.

New Hampshire Statehouse
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia Commons

New Hampshire's four Democratic electors have signed a letter asking for members of the Electoral College to receive an intelligence briefing explaining whether the government is investigating links between President-elect Donald Trump and Russia.

Pat Bradley/WAMC

It was a concept that started in Springfield, Ohio in 2005 when 12 World War II veterans were taken to Washington, D.C.  There is now a coordinated nationwide network that flies World War II, Korea and Vietnam from across the country to Washington.  There they visit monuments to those conflicts, remember their service and comrades who did not survive.  In this first part of our weeklong series on World War II veterans, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the North Country Honor Flight and the veterans it honors.

University of Vermont Medical Center
Fletcher Allen Health Care/University of Vermont Medical Center

A group of licensed nursing assistants and other employees at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington are seeking permission from the hospital to establish a union.

handcuffs
wikipedia.org

Police in Vermont say two men suspected of taking property from a sheriff's department led authorities on a 30-mile chase on Interstate 89 and other roads and crashed into several cruisers before being stopped by a blockade of state plow trucks.

North Country contingent at Regional Economic Development Awards
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York state's 10 economic regions received more than $700 million in new economic development funding on Thursday.  The North Country is welcoming its $61.4 million dollar share that will go to 77 projects across the northern tier of the state.

Photo of Clinton Correctional
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has told the state inspector general to launch an investigation into racial bias in the state prison system following an investigation by the New York Times. Prison advocates say the article has highlighted long-known facts, but critics say many of the accusations are based on hearsay.

St. Lawrence River-Great Lakes watershed map
Karl Musser/Wikimedia

The U.S. and Canada have adopted a plan designed to improve environmental conditions along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River by letting water levels rise and fall more naturally.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia Commons

The teachers' union affiliate in Rutland, Vermont, has filed a complaint with the state labor board, saying school administrators are ignoring concerns about student-on-staff violence.  But the superintendent of schools is disputing the teachers' union complaint.

Picture of marijuana plant
US Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

In the closing days of his administration, Governor Peter Shumlin is inviting Vermonters to apply for pardons if they were convicted of possessing up to an ounce of marijuana.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Arguments were heard this week in state Supreme Court on whether cutting trees to create new snowmobile trails in the Adirondacks violate the "forever wild" clause of New York's constitution.  It could set precedent.

242 Main entrance
242 Main/Facebook

A popular Vermont punk music venue, established with the help of the wife of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, is closing after 32 years.

Police in Colchester, Vermont, say a student was caught with a gun at the local high school.

Vermont Air Guard F-16 Viper
Ken Mist/Flickr

Members of the Vermont Air National Guard are leaving Wednesday for an overseas deployment.

Burlington International Airport sign
Niranjan Arminius/Flickr

South Burlington city officials are considering conducting their own sound mapping of the Burlington International Airport in anticipation of F-35 fighter jets flying at the National Guard facility there.

Clinton County Government Center
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Clinton County legislators will hear from the public tonight on the 2017 budget plan.

Downtown Historic District, Rutland, Vermont
Sfoskett/Wikimedia Commons

During the annual meeting Vermont Council on World Affairs this week the mayor of Rutland, Vermont, says he's committed to refugee resettlement.

The head of a Vermont environmental group has complied with a mining company's demand that the group remove from its website the names of the company's owners. But a legal expert is questioning that decision.

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