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New England News
8:27 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Report Indicates Some Progress and Some Challenges for Lake Champlain Ecosystem

State of the Lake 2012 Report
Lake Champlain Basin Program

The Lake Champlain Basin Program issued its State of the Lake report Wednesday afternoon. Its general assessment of ecosystem indicators is that there has been progress but threats still face the lake.

The 2012 State of the Lake Report assessed phosphorus loading, mercury levels in fish and wildlife, the impact of invasive species and algae bloom impact on human use of Lake Champlain. Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz.

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New England News
8:21 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

U.S. House Leaders Change Farm Bill Initiative

WAMC

U.S. House leaders have been refusing to allow a floor vote on the 2012 Farm Bill and had instead proposed a one year extension of the existing Farm Bill.  But last night, that was taken off the table and a new proposal was put forth.  

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Report Says Heavy Rains Up 85 Percent in New England

A new report by an environmental group is pointing to what it says is a clear sign of climate change: The frequency of storms in the region with extremely high rain or snowfall is up 85 percent since 1948.

Environment America says New England leads the country in the increasing frequency and intensity of severe storms, with the weather events more than doubling in frequency in New Hampshire.

In Vermont, the group says the amount of precipitation being dropped by the biggest annual rain and snowstorms is up an average of 30 percent.

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WAMC News
5:30 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Vermont Police Report First "Bath Salts" Death

The Vermont State Police say a Clarendon man is the state's first victim of bath salts.

An autopsy determined that the June 23 death of 28-year-old Christopher Tsacoyeanes was caused by an overdose of a variety of drugs commonly known as bath salts.

The office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the death was accidental substance abuse.

Police say troopers investigating the death of Tsacoyeanes recovered a large amount of chemicals at his home.

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WAMC News
5:15 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Rutland Chooses Ex-Vermont State Police Head as Chief

The former head of the Vermont State Police has been chosen to be Rutland's new police chief.

James Baker had been serving as interim chief in Rutland when a committee charged with finding a permanent chief for the city recommended him for the job.

The Rutland Herald says the 13-member committee was unanimous in choosing Baker. The decision must be ratified by the Rutland Police Commission, but no opposition is expected.

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WAMC News
5:14 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Protesters Converge on Burlington for Governors and Premiers Conference

Occupy New England in Battery Park, Burlington
WAMC

While Governors from across New England and Premiers from the eastern provinces of Canada were meeting at the Hilton in Burlington, outside there were protesters. On Sunday they were a bit unruly, but on Monday they were much more subdued.

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WAMC News
12:17 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Energy and Transportation Discussed by New England and Eastern Canadian Leaders

New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers
WAMC

The annual meeting of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers was held in Burlington VT on Sunday and Monday.  Renewable energy and transportation were the focus of discussions.

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WAMC News
5:55 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Credit Card Breach Feared at Vermont Market

Police say between 350 and 450 shoppers at a Williston, Vt., market may have had their credit or debit cards breached in recent weeks.

Natural Provisions Inc. is thought to have suffered the breach earlier this summer, but police say steps have been taken to address the problem.

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WAMC News
5:45 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Lost List in Killing Blamed on Irene

There's a new wrinkle in the case of a man trying to use DNA evidence to reverse his 1994 Vermont murder conviction.

Lawyers for 50-year-old John Grega of Lake Grove, N.Y., say DNA evidence taken from the body of his dead wife Christine did not come from Grega, but from another, unknown male who was likely the real killer.

A prosecutor, however, says it may have come from skin particles left by someone else on an object Grega allegedly used in the attack at the condo they were renting in West Dover.

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5:30 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

NH's Dartmouth-Hitchcock Joins Mayo Clinic Network

New Hampshire's Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has become the latest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which will allow its patients to get consultations from doctors at the renowned Minnesota hospital.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock announced the affiliation today. The hospital will remain independent while having access to Mayo Clinic resources. In return for its expertise and prestige, Mayo is spreading its model of care.

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