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Stowe gondola
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Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont is being purchased by the Colorado-based Vail Resorts for $50 million.

The Adirondack village of Saranac Lake is preparing to host the World Snowshoe Championships. The competition, which is being held in the United States for the first time, begins Friday.

marijuana
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A simpler, stripped down marijuana legalization bill is being reviewed by the Vermont House Judiciary Committee after legislation that would have created a structure similar to Colorado's legal marijuana program failed during the last legislative session.

Vermont Statehouse
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Republican Governor Phil Scott wants Vermont lawmakers to lift restrictions on a tax-related financing program that now goes to a handful of cities and towns.

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A Vermont bill would require presidential candidates to make their tax returns public in order to get on the state ballot.

Burlington International Airport USGS 1995 photo
USGS

South Burlington residents met last night with officials from the Burlington International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Vermont National Guard regarding home buyout and noise mitigation initiatives occurring in advance of the arrival of F-35 fighter jets.

Hannah (left) and Lori Sames
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Hannah’s Hope is a charity that was formed in 2008 after then-Plattsburgh residents Lori and Matt Sames’ daughter was diagnosed with a rare progressive nerve disease. Known informally as GAN, the disease appears in early childhood and slowly destroys the central nervous system.  Hannah, who recently underwent gene therapy, and her mother Lori spoke about the disease and her progress.

From left:  VT Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen, Mayor Miro Weinberger, State's Attorney Sarah George, Dr. Stephen Leffler, Chief Brandon del Pozo
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Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a series of initiatives Thursday aimed at addressing the opioid crisis in the city.

Part of Shipwrecks of New York display at Plattsburgh City Hall
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There are thousands of shipwrecks in New York state waters, dating to the early days of the nation.  A traveling exhibit highlighting their historical significance is currently on display at Plattsburgh City Hall.

Governor Phil Scott (left) and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard at a press conference in Quebec City 2/15/17
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott is in  Quebec City for his first official meetings with his counterpart in Quebec, the state's largest trading partner.

Vermont National Guard logo
U.S. Air Force

About 300 Vermont Air National Guard members will soon return from a three-month deployment in the Middle East.

North Country Chamber unveils 2017 Business Confidence Index
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A survey conducted by the local chamber of commerce finds that confidence in the North Country’s business climate is surging.

Vermont's treasurer says the state will soon launch a tax-free savings program for residents with disabilities.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
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Bills aimed at preventing what Vermont lawmakers and Republican Governor Phil Scott have called unconstitutional overreach on immigration issues by the Trump administration are moving quickly through the state Legislature.

scam caution signs
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Scammers are always coming up with ways to get your money — and with the latest technology, they are more creative than ever.  An assistant New York state attorney general and a bank president say one of the latest scams puts your finances at risk if you respond with a single word.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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The first meeting between President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was closely watched by Canadians and border communities in the U.S.  The public view of the leaders’ meeting is boosting confidence about future economic links between the two countries.

Joyce Mitchell in courtroom with her lawyer during sentencing
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The New York State Parole Board has unanimously denied former prison guard worker Joyce Mitchell’s bid for parole.

Snowmobiles
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In the wake of a series of fatal accidents this winter, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have jointly issued a snowmobile safety advisory.

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott and state legislative leaders have introduced legislation that would clarify the duties of law enforcement in carrying out federal immigration tasks — and require that the governor first approve any local or state enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Since President Trump was inaugurated and Republicans obtained control of Congress, there has been heightened concern over future environmental policies.  In response, advocacy groups are intensifying their grassroots organizing. Wednesday night, a coalition of Vermont groups held a webinar with Senator Bernie Sanders to discuss how to move forward on environmental issues without the support of the federal government.

Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott discussed a number of issues while meeting with reporters at his ceremonial office in the Statehouse Wednesday.

A pharmaceutical manufacturing and supply company in Plattsburgh has received a $1 billion contract over five years that will allow it to expand employees and infrastructure.

Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott was joined by his Human Services Secretary and several health care providers today to unveil a pilot Medicaid program intended to change the current fee-for-service system.

1980 scoreboard in Herb Brooks arena
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An iconic symbol of the 1980 Winter Olympics was decommissioned this morning in Lake Placid.
The scoreboard in the Herb Brooks Arena, where the U.S. beat the Soviet Union in the Miracle on Ice hockey game, was lowered from the rafters to be replaced.

An Iranian religion professor at Vermont's Middlebury College who has been doing research in his native country since last summer has returned home to Vermont after President Donald Trump's executive order created uncertainty about his travel plans.

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Refugees could start arriving in Vermont in the next few weeks after a U.S. judge's temporary suspension of President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting those from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Vermont's United States attorney is resigning. Eric Miller, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, announced Friday that he would resign effective Feb. 10.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has vowed to veto a bill recently proposed by legislators in the state House of Representatives that would establish a state-run paid family leave program.

Empire State Winter Games banner
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Nearly 2,300 athletes are in the Lake Placid region this weekend for the 37th annual Empire State Winter Games, the largest amateur winter athletic sporting event in North America.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the opening ceremonies Thursday evening.

VW Passat with Vermont license plates
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The costs of motor vehicle safety inspections could go up in Vermont as inspection stations start using a new electronic system.

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