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Little Brown Bat with White Nose Syndrome in Greeley Mine, VT
VT Fish and Wildlife

The little brown bat, a species that has been decimated by a deadly fungus, could be showing the first tentative steps to recovery.

Pixabay/Public Domain

A new report shows a significant increase in the number of Vermont children in protective state custody, such as foster care, in large part due to the opiate epidemic.

Former New York Congressman Bill Owens was a member of the Appropriations Committee and subcommittees on Defense and Homeland Security during his six years in the House. He now works as an attorney and consultant on U.S.-Canada relations.  The Democrat tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that Canadians are closely watching the transition of government in Washington.

Plattsburgh City Council holds special session 1-10-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Plattsburgh City Councilors held a special session Tuesday evening to consider amendments to the proposed city budget as they try to complete the fiscal plan by Saturday’s deadline.

Institute for Advanced Manufacturing/Clinton Community College

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing is under construction at Clinton Community College. The 30,000-square foot facility is scheduled to open in August.  Institute representatives updated local leaders on construction progress and their efforts to promote AIME – a curriculum to enhance advanced manufacturing career education.

Professor Stephanie Seguino presents racial bias report
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Researchers at the University of Vermont have released the results of the first ever statewide study on racial profiling by Vermont police.

Police say residents pulled a 74-year-old Vermont man to safety after he fell through ice on Lake Champlain.

Bias report lead author Stephanie Seguino
Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist / University of Vermont

A University of Vermont study released Monday shows racial disparities in how police officers from around the state treat drivers based on their race.

solar panels

Vermont's new Republican governor says he is sticking with his Democratic predecessor's goal of getting 90 percent of the energy needed in the state from renewable sources by 2050.

Fourteen Vermont towns are planning to connect with certified weatherization contractors for free home professional energy assessments, proposals and quotes in a pilot program.

Vermont Supreme Court

Vermont Governor Phil Scott says he wants to re-start the nomination process to choose the next justice of the state Supreme Court.

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary review of a crash that killed a small airplane pilot last month in Middlebury found that the plane's engine "skipped" and "sputtered" before going down.

Picture of a judge's gavel

Court records show a Florida-based circus operator has agreed to a plea deal following a tent collapse in New Hampshire in 2015 that killed two Vermonters and injured dozens.

Governor Peter Shumlin delivers farewell speech January 2017
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont’s legislative session began Wednesday and one of the first orders of business was a farewell speech to legislators by outgoing Governor Peter Shumlin.

Governor Phil Scott delivers inaugural address 1-5-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The inaugural address by newly-installed Vermont Governor Phil Scott on Thursday emphasized fiscal stability and enhancing the economy with no new taxes or fees.  Reaction was mixed and followed partisan lines.

Border crossing between Champlain NY and Lacolle, Quebec
Andrei Tilin, Montreal, Quebec/Wikimedia Commons

The Champlain border crossing between New York and Quebec was closed today after Canadian officials received a threat.

Phil Scott takes the oath of office 1-5-17
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont’s 82nd governor was sworn in Thursday afternoon.  Republican Phil Scott delivered an inaugural address stressing affordability.

Vermont will soon begin a three-year study of the state’s moose herd by capturing the animals and placing radio-collars on them.
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife via Vermont Fish and Wildlife

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is starting a multi-year study to monitor moose.

Maggie Hassan
New Hampshire Governor's office

Democrat Maggie Hassan has been sworn in as a New Hampshire U.S. senator, becoming only the second woman to serve as a state's governor and senator in American history.

Picture of marijuana plant
wikipedia commons

192 Vermonters have been pardoned by out-going Governor Peter Shumlin for minor violations committed before the state decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The Burlington Electric Department confirmed Friday that it had found on one of its laptops a malware code the U.S. government says is used by Russian civilian and military intelligence services.  The announcement set off a firestorm of speculation that Russians were attempting to hack into the nation’s utility systems.  But officials at the utility say much of the furor over the incident is overblown.

Vermont Supreme Court building, Montpelier
Geared Bull/Wikipedia

The Vermont Supreme Court will hear arguments this afternoon in a case that challenges outgoing Governor Peter Shumlin’s ability to appoint a new justice months before the position is actually vacated.

A Vermont electric utility has confirmed it found on one of its laptops a malware code the U.S. government says is used by Russian hackers.

Downtown Woodstock, Vermont
Alexius Horatius/Wikimedia

A picturesque Vermont town that has provided a backdrop for early environmentalists, the Rockefellers and even the Budweiser Clydesdales is fighting to retain its charm.

Canadian flag
Pixabay/Public Domain

In the wake of the presidential election, more U.S. students are thinking about going to college in Canada.


A company that once used a chemical in a Vermont factory that has been found in local private water systems is now questioning whether it is responsible for the contamination.

Mayor James Calnon
Calnon for Mayor/Facebook

James Calnon has served in Plattsburgh city leadership positions since 2007 when he was appointed to the common council by then-Republican Mayor Donald Kasprzak.  Calnon, who is an independent with Republican endorsement, was elected mayor in 2013.  He lost his re-election bid this year to political newcomer Democrat Colin Read.  As he serves his last days in office, Calnon says he and the city are ready for the transition.

"The Oxford Companion to Cheese"  book cover
Oxford University Press

A new book edited by a Vermont professor says cheese is far more than something slapped on a sandwich or sprinkled on top of a pizza.

An official with the Planned Parenthood Chapter that serves Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine says the organization received a large boost in donations following the presidential election.

Burlington Police car
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Police in Burlington, Vermont say they're trying to better reflect the community's demographics with their most recent round of hires.