Pat Bradley

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Vermont House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski
Verrmont Legislature

The Vermont House Appropriations Committee unanimously voted 11-0 Monday to send the proposed state budget to the House floor.  In advance of the debate House leaders are previewing the budget highlights.  House Majority Leader Democrat Jill Krowinski talks about what’s anticipated during the debate over the $5.8 billion fiscal plan.

marijuana
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The anticipated vote on a bill in the Vermont House that would legalize the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults was aborted Tuesday after leaders determined there was not enough support to pass the measure.

smokestacks
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Surrounded by miners at the Environmental Protection Agency, President Donald Trump today signed an executive order that suspends, rescinds or flags for review more than a half-dozen measures that were part of the previous administration’s plan to curb global warming.  One of the most controversial measures, of concern to advocates in the Northeast, is a rollback of the Clean Power Plan.

Senator Patrick Leahy at CVOEO weatherization warehouse
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy met with community advocates and the leader of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity on Monday to discuss the implications of proposed cuts in the federal budget that would eliminate three programs that aid low-income Vermonters.

Senator Patrick Leahy
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Democratic Senator  Patrick Leahy is decrying proposed federal cuts to heating and weatherization programs for the poor.

Patricia Moulton
Vermont Technical College

The former secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development has been appointed president of Vermont Technical College.

Picture of Heroin
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A New Hampshire training program that teaches police officers and prosecutors how to treat drug overdoses as crime scenes is emerging as a model for other states grappling with the opioid crisis.

Reporter's notebook
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The Vermont state Senate has unanimously approved a measure that would provide robust protections for Vermont journalists.

Iliya Light
NYS Police

Authorities say two New York state troopers received minor injuries in a multi-vehicle collision while chasing a suspect on an Adirondack road.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was at the Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh this morning to advocate for the restoration of funding to the arts and humanities that has been zeroed out in President Trump’s budget proposal.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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The Vermont Legislature has reached the midpoint of its current session.  The governor’s weekly press conference at the Statehouse on Thursday included a look at what progress has occurred since the session began in January.

Dr. Michael Hawes
Fulbright Canada

SUNY Plattsburgh’s Center for the Study of Canada is a National Resource Center on Canada.  It has maintained a long-term relationship with Fulbright Canada.  Dr. Michael Hawes is the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the U.S. and the Executive Director of Fulbright Canada.  He was in Plattsburgh this week and talked about the relationship between the two countries and the importance of the local Canadian studies program.

Picture of marijuana plant
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A Vermont measure that would legalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use has passed a House committee.

Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George
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The prosecutor in Vermont's most populous county has asked a committee of health and law enforcement professionals to look at the possibility of setting up a safe injection site for heroin and other opioid users in order to reduce overdoses and get addicts more treatment.

From left: Jonathan Rajewski, Devi Momot, Vermont Assistant Attorney General Ryan Kriger, JayKramer, Paul Konschak
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Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont is home to the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation.  The state-of-the-art lab allows students to assist in computer forensics and digital investigations in the public and private sectors.  The facilities recently hosted a cybersecurity forum for businesses and non-profits to help them understand digital threats.

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Senate Democrats in Montpelier are giving a bill that would raise Vermont's legal age for using tobacco to 21 a lukewarm reception.

Blue Diamond Gallery

A lawsuit filed by a Vermont woman whose former civil union partner fled the country with their child rather than share custody is being allowed to proceed because one of the defendants is set to be sentenced in a separate case.

Revision’s ACH Gen II helmet
Revision Military

A Vermont company has won a U.S. Army contract worth up to $98 million to produce lightweight next-generation combat helmets for soldiers.

Canada’s Consul General in New York spoke to a crowd of northern New York officials Monday evening in Plattsburgh.

Trooper Brian Falb
Damian Battinelli / New York State Police

The funeral for an 18-year veteran of the New York State Police was held in Plattsburgh Monday.  47-year-old Trooper Brian Falb died of brain cancer related to his service as a first responder following the 9/11 attack at the World Trade Center.

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wikimedia

Vermont legislators are considering a bill that could raise the legal age for using tobacco to 21.

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ACLU

The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, says it has more than tripled its membership since Donald Trump was elected president, part of a national trend.

Trooper Brian Falb's casket arrives at St. Peter's Church
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The funeral for New York State Trooper Brian Falb was held Monday morning in Plattsburgh. The officer died of brain cancer related to inhaling toxic air at the 9/11 World Trade Center site.

The Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin will get an interim leader when the current chief operating officer retires at the end of the month.

Mount Washington
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A proposal to build a luxury hotel a mile from the summit of New Hampshire's Mount Washington has environmentalists and hiking groups complaining it would damage the fragile alpine ecology and destroy scenic views.

Burlington opioid forum
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Opioid deaths in Vermont increased 38 percent in 2016 despite efforts by health, law enforcement and government officials to stem the crisis. Now, the city of Burlington has drafted 11 principles to guide its approach in dealing with the crisis.  Thursday evening, the mayor hosted a public forum to encourage public input on the principles before they are presented to the city council.

Burlington Electric General Manager Neale Lunderville holds laptop that led to hacking report
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A recent cybersecurity conference at Champlain College in Burlington discussed how companies should respond to cyber threats.  In a case study highlighting how to deal with reporters after a hacking, officials from the FBI and Burlington Electric Department discussed how they handled widely publicized reports that the utility had been hacked by Russians, when it wasn’t.

Congressional Republican leaders and the White House are scrambling to salvage the proposed replacement to the Affordable Care Act following a report from the Congressional Budget Office this week that found 14 million people would lose health insurance next year, and 24 million after 10 years.  Vermont’s at-large Democratic Congressman Peter Welch held a conference call Wednesday with Vermont hospital executives to discuss the potential impact of the GOP’s American Health Care Act.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
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The Vermont Legislature has given final approval to a bill that will give the governor greater control over how and when the state's police forces are used by the federal government to enforce President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

March 2017 snow, Plattsburgh NY
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The late-season storm that pummeled the Northeast has ended up being the third-biggest snowstorm ever recorded in South Burlington, Vermont.

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