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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says he's cautiously optimistic that in several weeks the state will have an agreement with the federal government for an "all-payer waiver" to change how health care providers are paid.

Boreas Ponds Tract
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Earlier this year New York State finalized the purchase of the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds Tract in the Adirondacks, completing a 69,000-acre acquisition of former Finch Pruyn lands from the Nature Conservancy.  The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an interim access plan.  But environmental groups are concerned that the plan could compromise eventual classification of the land.

Moose on highway
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is warning drivers to be alert for moose crossing the state’s roads. 

Burlington School District logo
Burlington School District

The Burlington School District says it's working on a plan to improve the racial climate among staff after the director and two other employees of the diversity office complained of discrimination.

Burlington Police car
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Some police in Vermont are receiving training on how to de-escalate encounters with people who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

State of the Park 2016 cover
Photo by Carl Heilman II of Boreas Ponds and the High Peaks Wilderness / Adirondack Council

An annual report assessing policy affecting the Adirondack Park has just been issued by the Adirondack Council.  This year it’s largely positive, driven by the state’s acquisition of wilderness lands and investment in the Environmental Protection Fund.

farm produce
US Department of Agriculture

Agricultural producers from across New York travel to Washington each year to participate in the annual New York Farm Day.   Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is hosting the 15th annual event this evening on Capitol Hill.

A geologist in Vermont is gathering data to help build a 3-D map of the ground underneath Bennington to try to understand how the potentially cancer causing chemical PFOA may be moving through groundwater.

Leanne Werner
St. Albans Police Department

A former Burlington police officer accused of causing a fatal car wreck last year while off-duty has pleaded guilty to gross negligent driving with death resulting and gross negligent operation with serious injury resulting.

Ballot booth
Heather Katsoulis/Flickr

A federal appeals court in Boston has heard arguments in a challenge to a New Hampshire law that bans voters from posting photos of their completed election ballots.

Governor Peter Shumlin
Courtesy VT Governor's Office

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will be in the nation's capital Wednesday to seek an "all-payer waiver" from the federal government.

Reenactment of Culver  Hill and artillery assault on Halsey's Corners during Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The annual Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration was held this past weekend to celebrate the U.S. victory over invading British forces on September 11th, 1814.  Although most are aware of the pivotal battle on Lake Champlain, there were a number of land skirmishes as British forces marched south from Canada.  This year the Battle of Plattsburgh used a new site to depict one of those land battles, the expansive north end of the Old Base Oval.

A massive painting showing 350 years of Vermont history has been donated to the Vermont Historical Society, where it will be preserved and protected.

Powerball logo

A New Hampshire family has claimed a $487 million Powerball jackpot weeks after the winning ticket was announced.

Baconfest poster
Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce

A Vermont town had hoped to bring home Kevin Bacon for its third annual Baconfest, but the actor said Monday he can't make it.

wind turbines
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Developers are seeking a permit from Vermont regulators to build a wind-power project of up to seven turbines on a ridge in Swanton capable of producing electricity for about 7,300 households.

The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected an appeal of a man serving a life sentence in the kidnapping and killing of a St. Johnsbury Academy teacher in 2012.

Plattsburgh city marina, July 2016
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The city of Plattsburgh is working on expanding its marina on the Lake Champlain waterfront.  The Common Council addressed two items on its agenda Thursday night that will move the plans forward.

Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman
Michael Cashman for Plattsburgh

At the Farnborough International Air show near London in July, Norway-based Norsk Titanium announced that it had selected Plattsburgh to build the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  New York state has approved a $125 million investment in the factory and SUNY Polytechnic is working with Norsk to establish production with specialized 3D machines.  
In part two of their interview, Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman says he is excited to see the first of the Rapid Plasma Deposition machines already moving into temporary facilities.  “I tweet a lot and I’ve been following Norsk and they just tweeted that their first piece of equipment is enroute to Plattsburgh. It’s just one more mile-marker in a very exciting journey for a first in the world type of company moving here to Plattsburgh.”

Phil Scott
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott released his health care plan on Wednesday.  It’s an approach that fits his affordability policy strategy.

Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman
Michael Cashman for Plattsburgh

Two mausoleums in the towns of Plattsburgh and Ellenburg that had been operated by the same nonprofit company ended up under state receivership in 2015 after reports of severe neglect and abandonment.  The state receivership of Whispering Maples Memorial Gardens will be transferred to the two towns at the end of the month.  Repair costs alone are estimated at $146,000.  Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman plans to join his Ellenburg counterpart next week in Albany to meet with officials.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief that state officials have failed to recognize the emotional fallout Whispering Maples has caused.  “I’m quite upset by the fact that New York State doesn’t take the time to understand the impact  that it has on the local level.”

An Alexander Hamilton item on display at Fort Ticonderoga through October 30, 2016
Fort Ticonderoga

Items belonging to Alexander Hamilton are now on display among the 18th century military exhibits at Fort Ticonderoga.

Innovation Week logo
BTV Ignite

Burlington and technology officials announced the city’s first “Innovation Week” to be held in October.  The goal is to highlight the region’s emerging technology “ecosystem.”

During aerial surveys of the state’s forests this summer, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation found evidence of the forest tent caterpillar in trees in northeastern Vermont.  Officials are concerned because the bug feeds on the sugar maple, a key agricultural industry of the state.

wind turbines
WAMC/Pat Bradley

A new center is being formed in Vermont to study the sound impact industrial wind turbines have on the surrounding area.  But an advocacy group claims such studies would be biased, pointing to the sponsoring group’s anti-wind stance.

Senator Bernie Sanders at Our Revolution launch
WAMC/Pat Bradley

When he withdrew from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders promised supporters that his movement was only beginning. Last night, Sanders launched “Our Revolution,” the organization and plan to continue his political revolution.  

Gary Johnson (left) and Bill Weld at Burlington rally
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, held their first rally in Vermont Wednesday evening.  Several hundred people gathered in Burlington to support or learn about the third party ticket.

Gary Johnson (left) and Bill Weld at Burlington rally
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld were in Burlington Wednesday evening to rally supporters.

Senator Bernie Sanders at Our Revolution launch
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Senator Bernie Sanders launched Our Revolution Wednesday night,  the organization and plan to continue his political revolution.

Hundreds of adult spiny waterfleas clumped together on fishing line.
Emily DeBolt / Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

It’s a small creature about the width of your pinky, averaging 1/4 to 5/8 of an inch long.  But it has the potential to wreak havoc in the region’s lakes.  The spiny waterflea began spreading into Adirondack lakes in 2008 and was confirmed in Lake Champlain in 2014.  This month, an angler found the invasive zooplankton while fishing in what was considered to be the largest invasive-free lake in the Adirondacks.