Pat Bradley

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Inequality In America slate
Senator Bernie Sanders/Facebook

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders moderated a town hall on Inequality in America Monday evening.  He brought together outspoken advocates to discuss what they see as the decline of the middle class and risks of an oligarchy, and offer potential solutions.

James Ehlers
James Ehlers for Vermont/Facebook

Lake Champlain International Executive Director James Ehlers is known in Vermont for his outspoken environmental advocacy especially when it comes to the state’s waters.  He has never held elective office but last July announced he would challenge first-term Republican Governor Phil Scott.  Ehlers, a Democrat, says he entered the race because he feels the people’s voice is missing from the governor’s office.

The U.S. Border Patrol says a North Carolina woman is facing a charge she was transporting people into the United States who didn't have permission to be in the country.

John Hall/Vermont Fish and Wildlife

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says deer hunters took 13 percent more deer during last fall's hunting seasons than the average of the previous three years.

Adirondack Park sign
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Two weeks ago, Adirondack interests raised concerns about an item Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget that would shift how New York pays property taxes to local communities on lands it owns in the Adirondacks.  Now, a “Forever Taxable” Coalition has been formed to oppose a Payment in Lieu of Taxes system in the Adirondacks and Catskills.

The man accused of driving the wrong way and causing an interstate crash in Vermont that killed five teenagers in 2016 is planning an insanity defense.


Vermont will receive $28 million to settle a long-running dispute with tobacco companies and will spend half that money to combat opioid addiction.

Vermont Inspection Station sign
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles/Facebook

Car inspection rules in Vermont could get a little laxer as the state considers making some repairs that are recommended but not required.

Councilor Mike Kelly (in striped vest) leads meeting of the Plattsburgh Common Council Finance and Budget Committee on 3/15/18
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh Common Council’s Finance and Budget Committee provided an overview of the city’s finances and an update on its five-year budget plan during its monthly meeting Thursday night.

Plattsburgh City Council considers cryptocurrency moratorium
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Common Council chambers were packed Thursday evening as Plattsburgh leaders considered a moratorium on new cryptocurrency operations in the northern New York city.

A series of panoramic maps of the proposed rail trail was displayed during the meeting
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York state wants to replace a stretch of train tracks in the Adirondacks with a recreational trail for bicycling, walking, snowmobiling and other uses.  But after losing a lawsuit, the Adirondack Park Agency is now proposing a change in the Adirondack land-use plan in hopes of clearing the way for the 34-mile multi-use trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid.

Six U.S. Army soldiers training in mountain warfare were injured after an avalanche occurred on Vermont's tallest peak.

Senator Patrick Leahy
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As students in Vermont and across the nation stepped out of classrooms Wednesday morning to demand action on gun violence Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy stood on the Senate floor to echo their demands.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

Relations between the city of Plattsburgh and the town of Plattsburgh have worsened. The city of Plattsburgh on Tuesday filed suit against the adjacent town, claiming that a Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement has been violated and the city is owed more than a million dollars.

Keith Stern

A candidate describing himself as a conservative constitutionalist Republican is challenging first-term incumbent Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott.  Keith Stern, who entered the race in November, says the main reason he is running is that the state of Vermont is rapidly becoming unaffordable.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

The city of Plattsburgh has initiated legal action against the adjacent Town of Plattsburgh.

dairy cows

Mountain Lake PBS held a forum on the dairy crisis Monday evening, covering how historically low milk prices are impacting farmers.  It comes at the same time New York U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand announced new legislation aimed at bolstering a safety net that farmers say doesn’t work.

Burlington's "Everyone Loves a Parade" mural
Michelle Maria/Wikimedia Commons

Following a quarrelsome debate Monday night, Burlington city councilors decided to create a task force to determine the next steps the city should take regarding a controversial downtown mural.

Powerball logo
Multi-State Lottery Association

A judge ruled Monday that a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth nearly $560 million can keep her identity private, but not her hometown.

Wayne Laroche/Vermont Fish and Wildlife

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is recommending the lowest number of moose hunting permits in the modern era as the herd continues to decline from infestations of ticks and brain worms believed to be caused by the warming climate.

Vermont's unemployment rate continues to remain low while employers across the state report they can't find enough workers to fill open jobs.

Northern Border Regional Commission logo
Northern Border Regional Commission

Lawmakers in New England and New York want to expand a commission that helps with economic development in the region after President Donald Trump's administration proposed eliminating funding.

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Vermont's transportation agency has spent more than $30 million keeping highways plowed and maintained this winter, despite budgeting less than $20 million.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia Commons

Republican Governor Phil Scott's administration says school budgets need to be reduced more in order to avoid property tax hikes.

Delegation from New York, International University Sports Federation and Lake Placid sign MOU on March 2, 2018
International University Sports Federation (FISU)

After a year and a half of meetings and negotiations, the organizers of the World University Games have selected Lake Placid to host the 2023 winter games.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

On Town Meeting Day in Vermont, Democratic Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was re-elected to a third term.  During his victory speech Tuesday evening, he told supporters it had been a hard-fought campaign — one in which he learned from his two challengers.  The mayor spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about the results and his plans for the city over the next three years.

Haskell Free Library straddles the U.S. and Canadian border
Reubenzadeh/Wikimedia Public Domain

The U.S. Border Patrol says 11 people, including five children, were apprehended after they crossed into the United States on a sidewalk by a library that serves people from both Vermont and Quebec.

Central Vermont Internet/Facebook

Twelve Vermont towns have agreed to form a new communications district that will bring high speed internet services to the communities via fiber optic cables.

A number of local officials were elected and ballot questions decided across Vermont on Tuesday. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at some of the results.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
Candidate websites

Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger won a third three-year term yesterday, defeating two independent challengers on Town Meeting Day.