Pat Bradley

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Vermont's secretary of state says there's a "dawning of a new landscape" in Vermont's politics as outside groups spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence voters leading up to Tuesday's primary.

MLPBS Workforce Development Panel
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This week, Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh held a forum on the needs and challenges of workforce development as the region’s manufacturing sector expands.

On Tuesday, Vermont will hold its earliest ever state primary.  It’s an unusual year in that all seats in the House and Senate are up for election, although not all face primaries.  The top five elected offices in the state will also be chosen in the general election in November. In the race to replace retiring Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin, five candidates have lined up in the Democratic primary. 

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Vermont Gas

A lawyer for citizens trying to block a Vermont natural gas pipeline from going through a public park grilled witnesses for the company as protests occurred outside the hearing room Thursday.

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The second trial for a suspended Vermont state senator charged with sexual assault has been delayed.

Democrat Colin Read
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On July 6th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the city of Plattsburgh was one of ten cities across the state to win a $10 million downtown revitalization grant.  At the time the Governor said the plan reflects  “…a sense of vibrancy and energy” in the city. But the Democrat challenging Plattsburgh’s incumbent Mayor says the downtown plan needs revisions.

Christopher Bohlmann
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During the Farnborough International Air Show near London in July, Norsk Titanium confirmed that Plattsburgh had been selected as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The company plans to invest $1 billion during the first 10 years of operations.  The Norwegian company hired Senior Vice President Operations Christopher Bohlmann to lead the establishment of the manufacturing plant.  He was in Plattsburgh this week to participate in a workforce development forum and spoke about the company’s plans.

Randy Brock (left) with Phil Scott
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Vermont Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is in the midst of a contentious primary campaign against first-time candidate Bruce Lisman in the Republican primary for governor.  Today, Scott received an endorsement from the Republican seeking his current position.

Donald Trump campaigns in Plattsburgh April 2016
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Over the weekend, the Trump presidential campaign tentatively scheduled a return visit to Plattsburgh.  But shortly after contracts were finalized the event was postponed.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo
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Immediately following the mass killing of police officers in Dallas, Burlington, Vermont Police Chief Brandon del Pozo wrote impassioned comments on his personal Facebook page calling for “the cycles of violence and hate” to stop and for everyone to be a part of the solution.  The comments got national attention as the country once again grappled with a simmering debate over the role of police in our communities.

Del Pozo was hired as Burlington’s police chief last September.  He previously served in the New York City Police Department and during that time he spent two years as an Intelligence Officer for the NYPD in the Middle East.  He is an advocate of community policing and explains how the Burlington department is implementing President Obama’s 21st Century Policing recommendations.

As Republican nominee Donald Trump begins his first full week campaigning for the presidency, his schedule indicates a stop in this region.

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Rutland’s mayor is proposing forming a "Resettlement Cabinet" to advise him on the process of bringing 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the city.  It’s a move that many hope will bridge a city increasingly divided over the issue.

Vermont Public Service Board member Margaret Cheney has announced she's stepping aside from a case in which cable giant Comcast is requesting a renewal of its state license.

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Police in Vermont say a car ended up almost vertical when the driver swerved quickly in response to her GPS ordering her to "turn around."

D.Billy Jones updates supporters on Assembly campaign
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The Democratic candidate for Assembly in New York’s northernmost district was in Plattsburgh this morning to give supporters an enthusiastic update on his campaign. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports the race for the open seat is heating up.

Memorial Auditorium, Burlington VT
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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