Pat Bradley

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Patrick Leahy (left) and Scott Milne
Candidates' Facebook pages

Vermont’s Patrick Leahy is the most senior member of the U.S. Senate. First elected in 1974 he was the first Democrat the state ever sent to the Senate. Now seeking his 8th term Leahy is being challenged by a Republican who has never held elective office and three minor party candidates.

A venerable old elm tree that's believed to be the largest of its kind in New England has succumbed to Dutch elm disease.

wind turbines
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Vermont state officials have issued new energy planning standards that invite regional and town planners to say whether they're willing to welcome large-scale wind energy projects. But 'No' is not an acceptable answer.

Max Weinberg
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Max Weinberg, the drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has bought a vacant lakefront lot with mountain views in New York's Adirondacks.

Regional Economic Development Council
Regional Economic Development Council website

New York’s 10 Regional Economic Development Councils are presenting their 2016 proposals to the Strategic Implementation Assessment Team this week.  It’s the first part of the process that will lead to $750 million in development grants being awarded across the state.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
Candidates' Facebook pages

With Election Day less than a week away, we take a look at the two candidates for mayor of Plattsburgh. While the candidates’ styles are different, both are focused on the city’s fiscal stability.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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New dairy import policies being considered by Canada has prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to write the Canadian premier highlighting the negative impact on both countries if Canada implements a National Ingredient Strategy.

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Voters are running out of time to register if they want to cast their ballots in the upcoming general election. Some voters are already out of time.

A Vermont city that came to symbolize the struggle against heroin in rural America is taking another step toward recovery.

Election 2016 graphic
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Vermont Republican gubernatorial nominee Phil Scott calls women's reproductive rights a wedge issue, and some PAC ads are now trying to use the issue against him.

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and state Health Commissioner Harry Chen recently announced proposed changes to the Health Department’s rules that would severely restrict the prescribing of opioids for pain. Much of the outgoing governor’s tenure has been devoted to countering the heroin and opioid crisis.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
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Less than two weeks before Election Day, the candidates for mayor of Plattsburgh debated Wednesday night.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and environmental leaders urge passage of ballot questions
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There are six questions on the city of Burlington’s ballot in November.  Mayor Miro Weinberger and key environmentalists met recently to urge voters to pass four of the questions related to the development proposal for the downtown core.

Kate Collignon presents DRI report to local planning committee
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The Local Planning Committee coordinating the strategy for Plattsburgh’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant heard an update from the state’s consulting team earlier this week.

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Mountain Lake PBS

The final debate between the three candidates in New York’s 21st Congressional district was taped Monday at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.

Norsk Titanium CEO Warren Boley speaks at Chamber luncheon
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Plattsburgh has been chosen to host the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The head of Norsk Titanium met with business leaders from the region Monday to talk about the state-of-the-art technology and the $1 billion investment in a new manufacturing plant and training facility at the old Clinton County Airport.

Burlington School District logo
Burlington School District

The Burlington School superintendent is urging the school board to review the conduct of one of its members after Facebook posts that the superintendent says are "sexist, racist and ethnocentric."

Vice President Joe Biden at the University of Vermont
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Vice President Joe Biden was on the University of Vermont campus this morning to discuss his work as chair of President Obama’s Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which has a goal to advance and accelerate cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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Neither of the two top Republicans seeking office in Vermont this fall agrees with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump that this fall's vote could be compromised by voter fraud.

Stone Hut at the top of Mount Mansfield
Vermont State Parks

Ten months after two sons of the founder of Burton Snowboards caused an accidental fire that gutted a popular, historic stone cabin on a Vermont mountain top, the structure has been rebuilt and will soon be ready for guests.

UVM green and Waterman Building
University of Vermont

The University of Vermont has issued a new study that shows the college has an economic impact of over a billion dollars on the state.

Mike Carr at Elk Lake in the Adirondacks, May 2016
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The Adirondack Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Land Trust have worked in partnership for more than four decades to conserve lands and waters in the Adirondacks.  Mike Carr has been executive director of both organizations for the last 16 years, but in the case of the Land Trust it has been part-time.  He says it’s time for him to step down as the head of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy to become the full-time executive director of the Adirondack Land Trust.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is welcoming news that the Burlington School Board will meet with the teachers union on Wednesday in an attempt to avert a strike.

The Hardwick Gazette building in Hardwick, Vermont
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The owner and publisher of a weekly Vermont newspaper has abandoned his plan for an essay contest to find a new owner for it because he failed to get enough entries.

Black River Produce logo
Black River Produce

A North Springfield produce company that has been a major player in Vermont's local foods movement is in the process of being sold to a Chicago-based buyer.

Vermont Railway engine
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The Vermont Transportation Board is holding public forums around the state on passenger and freight rail.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia (left) with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher
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SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia were at SUNY Plattsburgh Friday afternoon to wrap up their statewide TeachNY listening tour.

Transit Center Open banner
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Just around the corner from the decades-old bus station in downtown Burlington, a new state of the art transit center opened Thursday.  City, state and federal officials celebrated the new downtown hub.

Records show that Green Mountain Power stands to collect millions of dollars from customers as reimbursement for the utility's failure to properly document expenses for regulators.

A man suspected of driving the wrong way on a Vermont interstate and causing a fiery crash that killed five teenagers and left him critically injured has been upgraded to good condition.

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