Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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Vermont Statehouse
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The Democratically-controlled Vermont Legislature adjourned last Friday despite budget veto threats from the Republican governor over the failure to reach a deal on a new teacher health insurance negotiation plan.

Adirondack Park sign
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New York is adding almost 300 acres of land to Adirondack Park to settle more than a century of differences between the state and a group of townspeople.

Jayveon Caballero
Vermont State Police

The man charged in the first slaying in Vermont's capital city of Montpelier in nearly a century is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to the second-degree murder charge against him.

Photo of former Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
NYS Assembly

After a decade in office, former North Country New York state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey of the 115th district retired last year due to vision problems.  But she was back at the capital in Albany recently to lobby in support of the proposed Medical Aid in Dying Act.  She says her support of the measure is deeply rooted in personal experience.

Billy Jones outside Plattsburgh City Hall
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Northern New York Assemblyman D. Billy Jones is in his first term representing the 115th district.  He has held a series of town halls, the most recent last night in Malone.  Despite the animus being seen at Congressional town halls, the Democrat says he has no qualms and finds them a useful tool.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has signed into law a measure to protect vulnerable adults from financial exploitation and help Vermonters with long-term care needs.

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A marijuana legalization proponent says the Vermont Legislature's vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana shows the "walls of prohibition" are falling and it is here to stay.

Winooski River

Vermont officials are seeking a $40,000 grant to explore the effects of logging on the Winooski River.

Mayor Colin Read (left) and Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau Director of Tourism Kristy Kennedy
City of Plattsburgh

Officials in Plattsburgh have announced a new summer event to be held at the city beach in conjunction with professional fishing tournaments on Lake Champlain.

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The Vermont House has voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana, making it the first state in the country to legalize pot via its legislative body. But it’s unclear if the governor will sign it into law.

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The New York State Attorney General announced a court judgment against a Plattsburgh taxi company for overcharging refugees attempting to cross the border into Canada.

Authorities on Wednesday investigated the deaths of two people whose bodies have been found inside a home in the Adirondack Mountains.

Wakely Mountain Firetower
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New York state officials have closed a trail in the Adirondack Mountains until further notice because of safety concerns with the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower.

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The Vermont House has voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the state.

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Residents in a Vermont town will vote again on a plan to merge three school districts.

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont lawmakers returned to the statehouse Wednesday to try to wrap up the session. Among the issues they were expected to review is the governor’s last-minute proposal to change how teachers' health insurance plans should be negotiated.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read
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First-term Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read campaigned on the need for the city to move away from annual one-time budgeting to a long-term fiscal planning process to stabilize finances.  He has already started the 2018 budget process, working with the city council to create a five-year fiscal plan.  Late last week he announced that the city has a $2 million structural deficit that must be addressed.  He says  it’s a situation that’s been  building for years.

NRG Systems
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Renewable NRG Systems in Hinesburg, Vermont, a wind and solar energy project development company, has been bought by a St. Louis company for an undisclosed amount.

Vermont brewers have a message for the rest of the industry: Don't go describing a brew as a Vermont beer if it's not from the Green Mountains.

Grim Reaper and coffin at protest against Elise Stefanik AHCA vote
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Nearly 200 protesters gathered on the grounds of Mountain Lake PBS in advance of a forum held by Republican Elise Stefanik in Plattsburgh Monday evening.

Republican Elise Stefanik takes a question during a forum at Mountain Lake PBS
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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York’s 21st district, taped a forum at the public television station in Plattsburgh Monday evening. The majority of questions focused on her vote last week in favor of the American Health Care Act.

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The organization that oversees the electric grid in the Northeastern U.S. and Canada expects there will be adequate supplies of the power this summer.

Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall begins Rail Trail meeting
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About two dozen people filled the meeting room in the North Elba Town Hall in Lake Placid Thursday evening to hear about and ask questions about the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan for an Adirondack rail-trail plan.

Adirondack Park sign
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A number of issues affecting the Adirondacks are pending in New York state agencies. Other will be affected by the recently passed budget.  Environmental and municipal advocates discuss key priorities they say need to be addressed.

Despite a flurry of activity and work remaining on a number of bills, the Vermont Legislature is targeting adjournment by the end of this week.

file picture of skiing in Vermont
John Atkinson/Ski Vermont

The Northeast ski season, for the most part, has ended and people are now focused on planting gardens and swimming.  The season began strong, tapered off and then saw a resurgence of natural snowfall. Looking back, experts say the ski season appears to have been better than average for the region’s resorts.

May Day protesters gather at federal building in Burlington
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Marchers in Burlington demonstrated against the White House’s immigration policies during a May Day March for Dignity yesterday.  The protesters gathered at the Federal Building.

Protesters in front of Ben & Jerry's scoop shop in Burlington
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A coalition of groups came together on May Day in Burlington to demand that ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s implement an agreement guaranteeing dairy farm workers’ rights.

Vermont's largest electric utility wants to increase rates by nearly 5 percent.

Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott's office says his proposal to have teachers negotiate their health care benefits with the state, rather than their local school district can still become law despite being rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate.