Pat Bradley

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Vermont has launched a statewide alert system to warn residents of financial scams.

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A man igniting a sparkler in New Hampshire accidentally set fire to fireworks he had in his SUV, causing them to explode and sending him and his family scrambling for safety.

Flooded corn
Vermont Agency of Agriculture

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is urging the state's farmers to document any losses they might have suffered due to a string of heavy rains and flash floods.

Photo of former Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
NYS Assembly

Former New York Assemblywoman Janet Duprey will be honored during Plattsburgh’s annual Mayor’s Cup festivities next weekend. 

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont’s Secretary of State is clarifying that he will not release private and sensitive voter information to President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces grant for lead program
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Officials in Burlington on Thursday announced that the city has received a federal grant to help remove lead paint in homes across the city.

Chief Jennifer Morrison
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Earlier this month, Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison became the first woman to be elected president of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police.   There is only one other female police chief in the state — at the University of Vermont Police Department.  Morrison says the 51-year-old organization has not been led by a woman before because there have been so few female police chiefs in the state.

copper cables and pipes
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A ski industry group is warning ski areas around New Hampshire to keep an eye on their copper.

Representative Ron Hubert
Vermont Legislature

A Vermont state representative will resign from the legislature, citing business and family reasons.

Ali Dieng
photo by Stephanie Seguino / Ali Dieng for Burlington Ward 7/Facebook

Ali Dieng, a native of West Africa, has won a seat on Burlington's City Council.

Vermont Statehouse

Vermont’s governor signed a new state budget three days before the start of the next fiscal year.


A plan announced two years ago to give every Vermont baby at least $250 in a college savings account has stalled.

Photo of Clinton Correctional
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Today is the second anniversary of the end of one of the largest manhunts in New York history — when officials captured the second of two men who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. The episode led to convictions, inquiries and calls for security reforms.

Plattsburgh RedBirds logo
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The Empire Professional Baseball League is in its first season of play.  It has four teams – the Old Orchard Beach Surge from Maine, the Sullivan Explorers from Loch Sheldrake, New York, the Puerto Rico Islanders and the Plattsburgh RedBirds.  During spring exhibition play, the Plattsburgh team defeated all its competitors.  This week, rain postponed opening day, but the 60-game season began on Sunday.  Team co-owner and League CEO Eddie Gonzales explains that the league provides athletes an opportunity they may not otherwise have.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a senior radiation protection technician at the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant deliberately falsified safety records for eight months last year.

Officials say customers of telephone and broadband services provider FairPoint Communications won't initially notice much difference after it merges with an Illinois-based telecommunications provider.

City of Plattsburgh

Canada Day is July 1st and this year the country is celebrating its 150th Anniversary of Confederation.  On Saturday, Quebec Culture Specialist and Foreign Language Consultant David Graham will lead a discussion in Plattsburgh on Canadian history.  He says he will look at the country’s history from Quebec’s perspective because that province is an essential part of Canada’s history.

George Canon
Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board

Former Town of Newcomb Supervisor George Canon died earlier this month. Canon was considered a mentor, friend and icon of the Adirondacks to many in New York’s northern region.

Loon feeding chicks
Nina Schoch

Researchers keeping track of loon populations in the Adirondacks are looking for help from volunteers.

Vermont Public Service Board members from left: Margaret Cheney, Chair Anthony Roisman, Sarah Hofmann
Vermont Public Service Board

The Vermont Public Service Board is changing its name to the Vermont Public Utility Commission.

New Hampshire welcome sign
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New Hampshire tourism officials are anticipating 17 million visitors and $2.25 billion in visitor spending this summer, up 4 percent in both categories over last year.

wind turbine

A Vermont legislative panel has deferred action on a proposal to create new sound standards for wind turbines.

Lake Champlain
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Officials from the U.S., Canada, New York, Vermont and Quebec were in Crown Point, New York this week to renew the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s management plan for the lake.

Governor Phil Scott (left) and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger launch the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition
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Vermont environmental, municipal and state officials were at the ECHO Center for Lake Champlain this week to announce the launch of a new coalition to help bridge the environmental chasm caused when President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he will appoint a commission to study the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

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Bernie 2016

Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders say the Republican Senate health care proposal is the "most harmful" piece of legislation he has ever seen.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Legalized marijuana in Vermont will have to wait again. Among the vetoed legislation that the legislature reviewed during its special session on Wednesday was a bill to allow the use of marijuana by adults.  While the state Senate overturned the veto, the House refused to reverse the governor’s decision.

Vermont House meets in special session 6-21-17
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Lawmakers headed back to Montpelier Wednesday as the Vermont Legislature met for a special veto session.  After a long day of twists and turns, the House and Senate eventually approved the 2018 state budget, which includes an adjusted teacher health care deal that the governor wanted included in the fiscal plan.

Federal Reserve Bank of NY President William Dudley
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Since 2010, representatives of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York have been making field trips to different regions across the state.  On Monday its president, William Dudley, met with Plattsburgh business leaders to discuss North Country economic issues.

unemployment application

The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate for May remains unchanged from April at 3.1 percent.