Pat Bradley

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Unlike most states, Vermont does not have an ethics commission to review any questionable acts by state leaders and employees.  There have been a number of high-level moves at the top of Vermont government that have raised some eyebrows over the past few years.  That has led to a surge in calls for the creation of such a body.  This week Governor Peter Shumlin agreed.

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The University of Vermont Health Network-Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh announced the establishment of a new family medicine residency program today. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, it’s supported by a million dollar grant.

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New York State recently completed its second Invasive Species Awareness Week.  The effort to expand awareness about the spread and prevention of invasive species is patterned on an effort that began in the Adirondacks.

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A newly created 10-member Vermont panel meets for the first time later this month to work out issues related to siting of solar power projects.

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Rocker Neil Young is lending his support to Vermont's efforts to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

Young, who performed in concert Sunday in Essex Junction, appeared earlier with Governor Peter Shumlin and donated $100,000 to a special fund devoted to defending Vermont's GMO labeling law from legal challenges.

Young has stepped up his activism on agricultural issues, and makes reference to the Vermont law in one of the songs on his new album "The Monsanto Years."

Cleanup is underway in Barre and areas of central Vermont after flooding on Sunday led to the evacuation of about 15 city residents and left streets closed or covered with mud.

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In 2011 New York passed a law imposing a limit on increases in the property tax.  The cap for 2016 will be less than 1 percent and some officials worry that could severely restrict local services.

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Standing near the shore of Lake Champlain, New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday discussed legislation she has drafted to keep microbeads out of the nation’s waterways.

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Confirmation that the overdose deaths of two brothers found dead in Burlington last month was caused by the high-powered drug fentanyl has re-focused attention in Vermont on the drug that can be 100 times more powerful than morphine.

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A Vermont State College committee has given preliminary approval to a proposal to change the name of Castleton State College to Castleton University.

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