Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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Memorial Auditorium, Burlington VT
Burlington Parks and Recreation

Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium has been in disrepair for years.  Last fall, the Public Works Department and city engineers began inspecting its leaking roof, cracked support beams and rusty steel girders.  The mayor’s office has now confirmed that the city engineer deems the building unsafe for use or occupancy.

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Less than a month after Vermont’s fiscal year 2017 budget went into effect, state economists told administration and legislative leaders a downgrade would be necessary.  While the adjustment is described as minor, critics say it’s another example of the state’s overspending.

Vermont Gas logo
Vermont Gas

A Vermont woman has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state's Public Service Board over an upcoming closed-door hearing regarding the Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County.

Vermont Supreme Court
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The Vermont Supreme Court has ordered New Hampshire-based C&S Wholesale Grocers to pay roughly $30,000 in sales tax to the state.

The Vermont Health Department says blood tests of 477 people in the Bennington area exposed to the chemical PFOA found an average level that is almost five times the national average.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

It is an annual meeting that brings together government, institutional, environmental, and business advocates to find solutions to issues of common interest across the Adirondacks.  The 10th annual Common Ground Alliance meeting last week reviewed a number of issues that could help the economy and environment within the Blue Line.

Bernie Sanders
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage of the Democratic National Convention Monday, closing an historic long-shot campaign for the White House. Vermont’s delegates had an emotional evening as their home-state champion urged unity behind Hillary Clinton.

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An analysis by The Associated Press finds that while women in the U.S. remain significantly underrepresented at all levels of elected office Vermont stands out for its state Legislature, Maine for longevity and New Hampshire for women in all levels of government.

Barre suspicious package
Vermont State Police

Officials in Barre, Vermont have determined that a suspicious package was not dangerous.

South Burlington City Hall
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South Burlington's emergency staff say they need a communications equipment upgrade, but City Council members and taxpayers are unsettled by the $1.9 million price tag.

Dairy cow
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The National Agricultural Statistics Service monthly report on milk production shows that while production is up in Vermont, prices to farmers are down.

State officials say the man responsible for promoting economic development projects in Vermont through the federal EB-5 program has resigned from his position.

Rutland, VT
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Rutland's Board of Aldermen has voted to launch an investigation into whether Mayor Christopher Louras broke any laws when he proposed that the Vermont city become a refugee resettlement site.

Lt. John Fitzpatrick launches
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A multi-state, international Homeland Security training, water quality and boating enforcement exercise is under way on Lake Champlain.

A complaint to the Democratic National Convention says two male Vermont delegates were replaced by women in the name of "gender balance" and without adequate due process.

Moran Plant from south
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington’s mayor and the developer of an old electric generating facility on the city’s waterfront have agreed to cancel a development agreement.  But the New Moran Inc. is being given a final chance to present a feasible project even as the mayor begins to assess other potential developers or destruction of the building.

Scott Milne
milneforvermont.org

The Pomfret businessman who almost beat the incumbent Vermont governor two years ago is heading into an even bigger race this season, hoping to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy.

Moran Plant
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Officials say plans to redevelop the former Moran coal plant in Burlington, Vermont, may be in jeopardy.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Following the summer Adirondack Challenge in Indian Lake this past weekend, Governor Cuomo’s office issued a report on the impact tourism has on New York’s economy.  In the regional breakdown, the report found there was more than $1.3 billion in traveler spending in the Adirondack region in 2015.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin in South Burlington July 19, 2016
Pat Bradley/WAMC

On Tuesday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order to give preference in awarding state contracts to businesses in the state that adopt climate friendly business practices. Following the formal signing of the document in South Burlington, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley discussed several issues with the governor — including his concerns over the passage of legislation by Congress last week and expectations that President Obama will sign a bill that will override Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law.

Vermont Bucks logo
Vermont Bucks

Less than two weeks after the Vermont Bucks were announced as a new expansion team for the American Indoor Football league, the franchise is looking for a new home.

Governor Peter Shumlin discusses executive order
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order today that will give preference when awarding state contracts to businesses working to fight climate change.

Rainbow Gathering welcome home sign
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The U.S. Forest Service says the cleanup is continuing after the annual Rainbow Gathering that was held this year in the Green Mountain National Forest in the town of Mount Tabor.

Vermont Statehouse
Photo by Pat Bradley

The five major party candidates for Vermont governor will be discussing Vermont's economic future in the time of climate change during a forum Tuesday evening.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was elected Treasurer of the National Association of Secretaries of State during its 2016 conference last weekend.

Multi-State Lottery Association

New Hampshire says it's the first state in the country where people can buy Powerball tickets using a smartphone app that is channeled through a convenience chain.

Vermont Statehouse
Photo by Pat Bradley

Vermont finished fiscal 2016 last month slightly below its revenue target for the year. But spending also was lower than projected, so the state's top budget officer says Vermont won't have to dip into any reserve funds.

Clinton Correctional
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York is on full lockdown today following disturbances Thursday night.

Dr. Eric Howe
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission/Lake Champlain Basin Program

In 1990, Congress passed the Lake Champlain Special Designation Act, creating the Lake Champlain Basin Program.  It is charged with coordinating water quality programs to restore and protect Lake Champlain with partners in Vermont, Quebec and New York.

On Monday, Dr. Eric Howe will become the new Program Director of the Basin Program following the retirement of Bill Howland.  Howe, an environmental scientist, worked at the Darin Freshwater Institute and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation before joining the Basin program in 2009 as its Technical Coordinator.  He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he wants to lead the bi-national and bi-state watershed protection program.

De Cora/Flickr

The U.S. House has passed and sent to the president legislation that will pre-empt Vermont’s newly effective GMO labeling law and replace it with what some consumer activists say is a weaker national standard.

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