New York Senator Charles Schumer wants returning veterans to fill open border agent positions. He was in New York’s North Country Monday to push for passage of a bill he has sponsored requiring the Department of Homeland Security to recruit vets for jobs at Customs and Border Protection ports of entry.
Among the officials attending the flag raising and official opening of the U.S. embassy in Cuba on Friday was Vermont senior U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. The Democrat played a critical role over the past few years in negotiations to normalize relations after a half-century of rancor. He tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley it was an emotional moment watching the flag rise again in Havana.
A Vermont superintendent has been placed on administrative leave as the school board determines how to deal with a report critical of the district's handling of hazing rituals by a varsity football team.
Payroll records suggest the hunt for two escaped killers in northern New York cost more than $1 million a day, with overtime costs alone for state troopers and corrections officers $22 million higher than last year.
It was a heart-wrenching story that broke a week ago: Police say a woman upset over a custody decision gunned down a state worker and three family members. During the vigil for slain Department for Children and Families worker Lara Sobel, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said negative rhetoric toward social workers must be curtailed and people should know more about what they do.