Pat Bradley

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Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
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The North Country’s long-serving assemblywoman announced this morning that she will not seek reelection.

Recycling containers
WAMC

Vermont's solid waste districts are trying to grapple with a downturn in prices for recycled materials just as they face new demands from the state's law requiring universal recycling.

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After a series of stinging defeats, supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in Vermont say there are still some positive signs.

The Vermont Health Department is offering more blood test clinics for Bennington residents who have been exposed to a potentially cancer causing chemical in their drinking water.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

Plattsburgh Democrats have endorsed a SUNY Plattsburgh economist as their mayoral candidate, even though his current primary residence is outside the city.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an agreement Tuesday finalizing the purchase of 69,000 acres of land that will be added to the Adirondack forest preserve.

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New York's highest court has declined to rule on whether paddlers have a right to navigate a narrow stream on private land adjacent to a state-owned Adirondack wilderness area popular with canoeists.

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The Chittenden County prosecutor's office has ruled that a Burlington police officer's fatal shooting of a knife-wielding mentally ill man was justified.

Governor Andrew Cuomo at Elk Lake
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters during a visit to the Adirondacks today that he has not been subpoenaed as part of the investigation into two former aides. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the governor also tried to deflect any implication that he was directly aware of the staffers’ actions.

A Miami businessman is asking a federal judge to allow him to resume operating projects in Vermont that a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit claims are fraudulent.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has identified more than 40 companies in addition to Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics that likely used a water-contaminating compound in their products.

Vermont Statehouse
Photo by Pat Bradley

The Vermont Legislature adjourned its biennium just after midnight Saturday morning. Although lawmakers approved a spending plan that’s expected to raise $49 million in new revenue, they also failed to pass some major initiatives.

From left: Cherrie Burgess (widow of Brother Yusuf), Danny Glover and Alice Green
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Danny Glover, Alice Green and Brother Yusuf Abdul-Wasi Burgess received the inaugural Spirit of John Brown Freedom Award at the John Brown Farm on Saturday.

Picture of marijuana plant
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

The last vestige of hope for marijuana legalization advocates has fallen by the wayside as the  Vermont Legislature moves towards adjournment.

Vermont Railway engine
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was in Burlington this afternoon to discuss a $10 million federal grant Vermont will receive to improve the rail corridor between Burlington and Rutland. 

Phil Scott
Phil Scott for Vermont/Facebook

Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, a candidate for Vermont's Republican gubernatorial nomination, says he won't make any more negative comments about Donald Trump. But Scott says he sticks by earlier comments, in which he sharply criticized the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

DNA strand
Pixabay

The Vermont House has approved legislation that expands the state DNA database by adding to the crimes that prompt collection of DNA samples from people convicted of crimes.

Burlington Town Center rendering
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

The Burlington City Council this week gave preliminary approval to a plan to redevelop the Burlington Town Center Mall in the heart of downtown.

Kent State-Jackson State memorial at SUNY Plattsburgh
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On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University, killing four people and wounding nine.  Eleven days later, two students were killed and 12 injured when city and state police opened fire during a protest at Jackson State College.  SUNY Plattsburgh is among a few colleges that annually commemorates those events.

GMP President and CEO Mary Powell with homeowner Troy Turner
Green Mountain Power

Green Mountain Power in Vermont says it is the first utility in the country to start installing the Tesla Powerwall home battery, enabling customers to store power for use during outages.

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Q Burke Resort

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges against two developers in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, accusing them of conducting a Ponzi-like scheme with EB-5 funds.

A bill that bars employers from asking about a person’s criminal history on a job application form has become law in Vermont.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
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Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy hosted a forum on criminal justice reform in Burlington on Monday with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.  The former mayor of Newark is a long-time advocate of reform and is co-sponsoring federal bills to modernize the criminal justice system.

Picture of marijuana plant
wikipedia commons

Vermont’s long-awaited move toward marijuana legalization will take even longer.  The Vermont House passed a resolution this afternoon that gutted a Senate bill to legalize the possession of small amounts of pot for recreational use.

Vermont Statehouse
Photo by Pat Bradley

A Vermont lawmaker wants the Legislature to ask Attorney General William Sorrell to clear the governor's office to release emails possibly related to the EB-5 immigrant investor scandal.

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Chittenden County bus drivers and the Green Mountain Transit Board of Commissioners have reached a new collective bargaining agreement, with a new, five-year contract starting July 1.

Mayor's Cup logo on tee-shirt
Logo designed by Katie Jeanette-Caska

Plattsburgh officials have outlined the schedule for this summer’s Mayor’s Cup, one of the city’s largest annual events.

Burlington Town Center rendering
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says a $200 million redevelopment plan for the site of a downtown mall would create 270 homes, 900 permanent jobs and new office and retail space as well as the tallest building in Vermont.

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Q Burke Resort

One of two businessmen accused in what the Securities and Exchange Commission calls a "massive eight-year fraud scheme" involving developments in Vermont says he's confident he'll be cleared of any wrongdoing.

Jody Herring
Vermont State Police

The lawyer for a Vermont woman charged with killing a social worker and three of her own relatives last August after losing custody of her daughter says she's incompetent to stand trial.

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