Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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Burlington School Board member Stephanie Seguino (left), Superintendent Yaw Obeng (center), and Board President Mark Porter (right) in file photo from September 2017
Pat Bradley/WAMC

An investigation into possible racial bias by a Burlington, Vermont, school board member is pending as the board prepares to swear in its newest members.

gun
Flickr/Smarter's Photos

The Vermont Senate has given final approval to a bill that will raise the legal age for gun purchases, expand background checks for private gun sales and ban the high-capacity magazines and rapid-fire devices known as bump stocks.

Oxycodone pills
Be.Futureproof/Flickr

Officials in the city of Plattsburgh have joined a growing list of municipalities planning to sue pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis.

Bias report lead author Stephanie Seguino
Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist / University of Vermont

According to a study by University of Vermont researchers, black and Hispanic drivers in Vermont are more likely than white motorists to be searched by police during traffic stops.

Vermont utility regulators are investigating why warning lights atop wind turbines on Lowell Mountain have not yet been replaced with beacons that only activate when planes are nearby.

Police in Vermont are looking for three snowboarders suspected of cutting down trees so they could snowboard through a cemetery.

Korean War Memorial
Good Free Photos

A Vermont sculptor who designed the statutes of soldiers for the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington has died. Frank Gaylord was 93.

Airbnb says it won't fight a proposed law in Vermont that would require people renting out their homes to register with the state and pay an annual fee.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
photo provided

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was in Washington this month to testify before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding election security.  He appeared not only as Vermont’s chief election officer, but as president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  He says anything that has a computer in it can be hacked.

Senator Peg Flory
Vermont Legislature

A longtime state lawmaker has announced her retirement from the Vermont Senate.

Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline project map
Vermont Public Service Board

Vermont Gas Systems has agreed to an independent review of a pipeline project to address allegations of safety shortcuts.

Following hours of debate, the Vermont House gave final approval to a package of gun ownership restrictions Tuesday night.

This week, New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik led a delegation of North Country officials to Ottawa, Canada to discuss economic development ties. Following her meetings with Canadian officials, the 21st District Republican spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about a variety of federal issues. The Republican recently invited President Trump to visit Fort Drum, a large military base in her district. But Stefanik reports there’s been no response yet from the White House.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik with North Country delegation and Canadian dignitaries in Ottawa
Office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik led a delegation from the North Country to Ottawa, Canada Monday to discuss cross-border economic concerns.

F-35
USAF

The Burlington, Vermont City Council approved a resolution Monday night on the controversial plan to base F-35s in the city. The council voted to forward the Town Meeting Day ballot item requesting the Air Force cancel the basing of fighter jets at the Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

An invasive pest that's killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America has been found in three more Vermont towns since it was first discovered in the state last month.

Vermont legislation that would make it easier to take guns from suicidal people and perpetrators of domestic violence could reach the governor's desk by the end of the week.

Burlington City Hall Park
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Officials in Burlington, Vermont have unanimously approved a plan to remove trees in decline at the downtown park.

Vermont is now the only state to have never sent a woman to Congress.

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro at the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Deputy Premier of New South Wales, Australia was in Plattsburgh today meeting with local officials and touring facilities that have benefitted from Regional Economic Development Council funding.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones
Assemblyman D. Billy Jones

The New York state Legislature is nearing the April 1st deadline to complete its budget. North Country Assemblyman D. Billy Jones, a 115th District Democrat who represents Clinton, Franklin and part of St. Lawrence counties talks about the ongoing negotiations in the Assembly.

Picture of solar panels
wikipedia commons

The town of Bennington has reached an agreement with a developer to put up buffer zones to shield a 2.2-megawatt solar installation from the view of nearby businesses.

cell tower
Justin Smith/Wikimedia

Vermont state officials say they are working as hard as they can to replace cellphone service, including the ability to call 911 from a mobile phone, which is likely to be lost soon in some rural areas of the state.

A Vermont National Guard spokesman says the last of five soldiers hospitalized after being caught in an avalanche during a training exercise has been released from the hospital.

Woodruff Hall at Castleton University
Jared C. Benedict/Redjar - Wikimedia Commons

The Castleton Polling Institute, the only independent polling center in Vermont, will cease operations as Castleton University restructures the campus budget.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
photo provided

Vermont’s Secretary of State appeared before a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday to discuss election cyber security.

Boreas Pond tract
Nature Conservancy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved land classifications recommended by the Adirondack Park Agency for nearly 65,000 acres of land.  The move finalizes the creation of one of the largest wilderness areas in the eastern U.S.

Hubbard Park Observation Tower in Montpelier, Vermont
Niranjan Arminius/Wikimedia

A number of sites in the Vermont capital of Montpelier have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, including Hubbard Park's Observation Tower.

A judge has ruled that a Vermont teen accused of planning a massacre at his former high school will stay in jail pending his trial.

Boreas Pond tract
Nature Conservancy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday approved the Adirondack Park Agency’s classifications for the state’s most recent land acquisitions in the Adirondacks.

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