Pat Bradley

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A series of panoramic maps of the proposed rail trail was displayed during the meeting
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A New York State judge has derailed a plan for a proposed rail trail in the Adirondacks.

Major Charles Guess (retired)
NYS Police

On June 6, 2015 two convicted murderers escaped from the maximum security prison at Dannemora.  The search for David Sweat and Richard Matt fell under the jurisdiction of New York State Police Troop B, commanded by Major Charles Guess.  Now retired, he has written a book about the 23-day manhunt.  In this second part of an interview, he recounts his first walkthrough of the prison with Governor Andrew Cuomo on the first day of the search.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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Officials at a Vermont public school are exploring an unusual proposal to help prevent it from closing: recruiting out-of-state students.

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The Vermont Milk Commission is working to learn more about the health of the state's dairy industry in hopes that solutions to the challenges the industry faces can be addressed in the next federal farm bill.

Female Bernie Sanders spider -- Spintharus berniesandersi
UVM Agnarsson Lab

Researchers at the University of Vermont have named a new species of spider after the state’s junior U.S. Senator.

hydropower dam

The Republican Policy Committee is an advisory group to GOP members in the U.S. House.  Its two task forces, law enforcement and millennials, assess policy issues that could lead to legislation.  For the past couple of years, the Millennial Task Force has been looking at young people in the workplace and how they are affecting the economy.  Chaired by northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of the 21st district, the panel held a hearing Monday on the challenges and opportunities for millennials in the hydropower industry.

Relentless Pursuit book cover
Major Charles Guess (retired)

It captured the nation’s attention for nearly a month and kept everyone in Northern New York and Vermont on tenterhooks during the summer of 2015.  On June 6th, two convicted killers escaped from the maximum security prison at Dannemora.  Fugitives Richard Matt and David Sweat eluded searchers for weeks as reporters from around the world fixed a spotlight on the Shawshank-esque getaway.

What was it like to be the person in charge of the largest search ever conducted in the state?  New York State Police Major Charles Guess was the commander of Troop B Headquarters, and it fell upon him to lead the massive undertaking.  Now retired, he has written Relentless Pursuit, a book about those 23 days.  In the first of a two-part interview, Guess says he was encouraged to write the book by his wife Elinor as an insider’s comprehensive record of events.

Vermont Statehouse
Photo by Pat Bradley

Vermont Governor Phil Scott is asking for budget proposals from agencies for the 2019 fiscal year, but says spending cannot exceed 2018 levels.

Beach closed sign
Burlington Parks, Recreation And Waterfront

Elevated levels of toxin-producing bacteria have closed Burlington's North Beach.

The parents of a teenager accused of being involved in the near hanging of an 8-year-old biracial boy in New Hampshire insist what happened was a tragic accident and was not motivated by racism.

Burlington Electric headquarters
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington, Vermont’s electric utility has issued a peak alert for Tuesday and is encouraging residents to reduce energy usage.

A Vermont college that faced a $1.5 million deficit last year has cut staff members to balance expenses.

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wikipedia commons

A U.S. trade panel has found that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to U.S. solar manufacturers. The unanimous vote Friday by the International Trade Commission sets up the possibility that the Trump administration will impose tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from abroad.

Prosecutors say no charges will be filed in the drowning death of a Vermont toddler who was in foster care.

Emily Martz
Emily Martz for Congress/Facebook

So far, six Democrats are running in hopes of challenging second-term Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st district Congressional race.  Among them is Emily Martz of Saranac Lake.  A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she began her career in financial services working at Prudential Insurance, Putnam Investments and The Hartford.  She then went on to teach at the University of Delaware and Paul Smith’s College.  She resigned her position at the Adirondack North Country Association this summer to run for Congress.  She says she’s running because she cares about  the people of the district.

Two Native American tribes want a say in the cleanup of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and the future use of the land, which they say was the site of fishing grounds and settlements for their ancestors.

Burlington Police car
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Police in Burlington, Vermont, say a man has been arrested after he pulled a large knife during a fight in City Hall Park.

Vermont's Refugee Resettlement Program has sent an application to the federal government to resettle 100 more Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Rutland.

Vermont Statehouse

Vermont officials are scheduling a tour of the state to conduct hearings on public safety and law enforcement.

NRDC report cover

A leading environmental advocacy organization has released a report outlining measures the country could take to increase renewable energy generation and cut greenhouse gases 80 percent by 2050.

Burlington Education Association (BEA) President Fran Brock announces contract ratification by teachers.
Pat Bradley/WAMC

A week after school came to an abrupt halt in Burlington, both sides ratified a tentative contract Wednesday formally ending a four-day teachers’ strike in Vermont’s largest city.

Bee on daisy
Pixabay/Public Domain

Ground-mounted solar arrays take up a lot of space, and the ground around them is often wasted.  An initiative in Vermont seeks to change that and use the land to help the ecosystem.

Burlington high school teachers on the picket line
Pat Bradley/WAMC

School is back in session today in Vermont’s largest city. The Burlington School Board and the union representing teachers reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday night, ending a four-day strike that kept nearly 4,000 students out of schools across the district.

Brian Barrett
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A Lake Placid attorney is challenging the long-term incumbent in the North Elba town supervisor’s race this fall.

Burlington high school teachers on the picket line
Pat Bradley/WAMC

As a mediator calls the two sides together to try to resolve the Burlington, Vermont teachers’ strike, two Republican state lawmakers say they will introduce legislation to ban teachers’ strikes and imposed contracts.

Burlington high school teachers on the picket line
Pat Bradley/WAMC

As nearly 400 Burlington VT teachers walked the picket lines for the third day, two Republican lawmakers announced legislation Monday that would ban teachers from striking and school boards from imposing contracts.

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Vermont's health care regulator has approved the 2018 fiscal year budgets for the state's 14 hospitals.

Burlington teachers on strike
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington, Vermont’s 400 public school teachers are back on the picket line today after contract negotiations fell apart and a strike began last Thursday.

Burlington teachers on strike
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The public school district in Vermont’s largest city cancelled classes and all activities Thursday as teachers began a Burlington School District-wide strike.

Plattsburgh city councilors consider tax cap override
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City officials in Plattsburgh held a public hearing Thursday night to discuss exceeding the state-mandated tax cap — and then they passed the 2018 budget.