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Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul (left), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (center) and Primelink President Greg MacConnell
WAMC/Pat Bradley

New York’s junior U.S. senator and lieutenant governor were in Plattsburgh this afternoon to promote new legislation that would help expand broadband in rural areas of the state.

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC Photo

The mayor of Plattsburgh has released his 2017 budget proposal.  While the initial outline is over a million dollars in the red, city leaders say they’re optimistic they can bring the fiscal plan in line with the state tax cap.

tap water
William Warby, flickr

The drought has prompted a municipal water system in the southern Vermont town of Dorset to shut off its water supply at night until further notice.

wind turbine
wikipedia.org

The Swanton Select Board has authorized spending $10,000 to "vigorously oppose" the Swanton Wind Project.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
Candidates' Facebook pages

The two candidates running for mayor of Plattsburgh met recently in a rancorous debate. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was a panelist and reports there was no love lost between the duo during their first debate, which aired on Mountain Lake PBS.

Lanterns released during Harwood Union High School vigil
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About 1,000 people gathered on Harwood Union High School’s soccer field Monday evening for a vigil to remember five students killed by a wrong way driver on Interstate 89 this past weekend. The governor of Vermont was one of mourners.

The man accused of driving the wrong way on a Vermont interstate, crashing into a car and killing five high school students is facing a domestic assault charge.

The boys and girls soccer teams from the Vermont high school that lost four of the five students killed when their car was hit by a wrong-way driver over the weekend decided to hold informal practices Monday.

In the wake of a crash on Interstate 89 in which a wrong-way driver killed five high school students this weekend, a debate between Vermont’s gubernatorial candidates has been canceled.  The candidates and the current governor will attend a vigil this evening.

Sue Minter
Sue Minter for Governor/Facebook

Democrat Sue Minter beat four challengers in the August primary and now faces Republican Phil Scott and Liberty Union candidate Bill “Spaceman” Lee in her quest for Vermont Governor. With just over a month remaining in the race, she says she wants to focus on making Vermont more affordable.

Algae research sign
Vermont Small Business Accelerators, LLC

The city of Burlington has teamed with an engineering firm on a pilot project exploring a new way to reduce phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain.

Inspire program cover
Diocese of Ogdensburg

About 4,000 Catholics gathered in Lake Placid this past weekend to reinforce their faith and hear how they can bring more individuals into the church.

Ben & Jerry's ice cream
Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry's is planning a nearly $31 million expansion of its St. Albans manufacturing facility, a move it says will add 65 more jobs.

Downtown Historic District, Rutland, Vermont
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A group working to resettle international refugees in the United States says it has won approval from the U.S. State Department to bring 100 people fleeing war-torn Syria to Rutland, Vermont.

Scott Williams
Scott Williams/Facebook

A Vermont prosecutor is one of 25 people being honored with medals and cash awards by the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle with Franklin County Legislature Chair Billy Jones (left) and North Country Chamber CEO Garry Douglas (right)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The North County Chamber of Commerce and two county legislatures hosted a visit by the New York state Assembly majority leader on Tuesday.  Democrat Joe Morelle was briefed on regional economic development strategies and projects and then toured the region’s transportation manufacturing facilities.

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle
NYS Assembly

Last week, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara unsealed a 79-page criminal complaint against three members of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s inner circle and six other individuals.  The multiple counts of alleged extortion, fraud, and bribery have reignited the debate over ethics reform in Albany.  During a visit to Plattsburgh on Tuesday, state Assembly Majority Leader Democrat Joe Morelle said he and other legislators are disturbed by the latest indictments.

Rally signs
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Pressure is mounting to release the body cam video of a deadly police shooting in Winooski, Vermont a week and a half ago. 

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The University of Vermont has received the largest gift ever to a publicly-funded university in New England and has renamed its medical school in honor of the donor.

Phil Scott (File photo Sept. 2016)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont's Republican lieutenant governor says he would sell his share of a construction company if he wins the governor's race in November.

Black Lives Matter Flag flies at student center at the University of Vermont
Akilah Ho-young/Facebook

A Black Lives Matters flag that had been flying at the University of Vermont campus was stolen over the weekend.

Police are investigating the discovery of a body in a wooded area in South Burlington.

The University of Vermont College of Medicine has a new name after receiving the largest donation in the institution’s history.

Stafford Middle School teachers Brenda Bieber (left) and Debbie Favro help students with Indigenous People's Day presentation
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Five Stafford Middle school students and their teachers were on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus on Thursday to talk about their successful effort last year to get the city school board to change Columbus Day on school calendars to Indigenous People’s Day.

Phil Scott (File photo Sept. 2016)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott has been accused of breaking campaign finance rules by illegally coordinating with the Republican Governors Association on three television ads.

Vermont's administration secretary is leaving state government at the end the month.

Vermont Statehouse
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The administration of Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin is asking Vermont agencies to identify government programs that could be cut as they work to assemble the outgoing governor's last spending plan.

dairy cows
WAMC

Milk production in the region is up as the payments farmers are receiving have dropped to unprofitable levels.  Meanwhile the federal program intended to buffer the low points is coming under increasing criticism.  This is occurring at the same time an export market that might aid the dairy industry could be blocked.

Bill Lee in Nashua, New Hampshire
Craig Michaud at en.wikipedia

Former Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee is expanding on his storied baseball legacy by throwing a curveball into Vermont politics.  He is the Vermont Liberty Union Party’s candidate for governor.  Lee tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he is seeking the state’s top office because one of the founders of the party asked him to run.

Wikipedia

The town of Bennington Vermont is planning a construction project that will connect some customers with wells contaminated by chemicals to town water.

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