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Plattsburgh mayor-elect Colin Read
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In November, incumbent Plattsburgh Mayor James Calnon was defeated in his re-election bid by Democrat Colin Read.  Calnon did not formally concede until absentee ballots were counted on November 21st.  The final result determined that Read had actually increased his lead by 84 votes, solidifying his win.  Mayor-elect Read tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that was a surprise, and he’s now deeply involved in transitioning the administration.

Downtown Historic District, Rutland, Vermont
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The group that works to resettle refugees in Vermont is opening an office in Rutland and is looking to hire staff ahead of the expected arrival of up to 100 mostly Syrian refugees.

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The state of Vermont has finalized rules governing how many opioid painkillers medical professionals can prescribe.

Representatives Mitzi Johnson (left) and Linda Myers
Vermont House

The majority Democrats in the Vermont House are expected to choose their nominee for Speaker this weekend while Republicans picked their nominee on Wednesday.  The selections mean the chamber will choose its third female speaker in the body’s history.

Billy Jones outside Plattsburgh City Hall
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In November voters elected Democrat D. Billy Jones to replace retiring New York state Republican Assemblywoman Janet Duprey to represent the 115th district.  Jones, the current chair of the Franklin County Legislature, tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that the transition is going well and he’s looking forward to tackling challenges in Albany that concern the North Country.

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The first East Coast World Cup skiing event in decades was held over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Vermont.  The successful women's giant slalom and slalom races have regional officials hoping more such events will occur soon.

Essex County NY government center
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With only five weeks left in the legislative year, the Essex County Board of Supervisors this week swore-in a new chair and vice chair to the panel.

Allegiant aircraft
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The ultra-low cost carrier Allegiant Air is ending its direct service between Vermont's Burlington International Airport and Sanford, Florida.

Burlington City Hall
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The City Council in Burlington, Vermont, is showing support for welcoming Syrian refugees.

Jay Peak Resort
Ski Vermont

Seven months after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused Jay Peak's owner and president of massive fraud, the ski resort is set to open for the season on Saturday with the federal receiver overseeing it saying there is a $6.5 million shortfall.

GlobalFoundaries, Essex Junction VT
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Green Mountain Power and GlobalFoundries have partnered on a new solar project that will help power the technology company and provide data to the Sandia National Laboratory.

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A Vermont county sheriff's office is planning to start using body cameras soon.
 
Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark says the department plans to buy between 20 and 30 cameras for deputies. Each camera costs up to $1,000.

Clark said his staff has been asking for them for a while. The Brattleboro Reformer reports that the sheriff's office has 34 deputies, 16 of which work full-time.

The community of Dover in Windham County has been using body cameras. Rutland approved body cameras for police earlier this year.

A branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching a new program that will help protect three rare species of turtles in Vermont, the other New England states and New York.

The Northeast Turtle Project of the Natural Resources Conservation Service is one of 11 new projects being added to the agency's Working Lands for Wildlife effort in 30 states from Florida to Alaska to protect habitat for a number of declining species on private agricultural land.

NRCS Chief Jason Weller is expected to announce the expansion of the project Tuesday in New Florence, Missouri.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
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Vermont State Police say four of 29 students on a school bus involved in a minor crash were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Police say all injuries were considered minor in the crash, which happened at about 7:15 a.m. Monday in Newbury.

They say the driver, 65-year-old William Jones, of Piermont, New Hampshire, was traveling east when he tried to make room for an oncoming vehicle. He steered the bus toward the edge of the road, but his passenger-side tires traveled onto the soft shoulder, which began to give way from the bus' weight.

Vermont House chamber
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The leader of majority Democrats in the Vermont House is dropping her bid to become the state's next speaker.

The Democratic Caucus plans to elect a nominee for speaker on Saturday. The entire House will then vote on that nominee in January.

Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas tells The Burlington Free Press she's no longer seeking the position because Rep. Mitzi Johnson has more support among Democratic lawmakers.
Johnson, a Democrat from South Hero, is now unopposed in the election.

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A federal judge in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted a nationwide preliminary injunction Tuesday that blocks implementation of new overtime rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor. They had been set to go into effect Dec. 1st.   Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh recently aired a forum on the controversial rule and what it might mean for employers and their workers throughout the region.

Snowgun at Whiteface Mountain
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The Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally the opening weekend for most major ski areas across the region.  Excitement peaked this week as multiple inches of natural snow fell, adding to the base of manmade snow already on the slopes.  Snowmaking operations can be crucial throughout the season. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at Whiteface Mountain this week to see what it takes to keep the mountain white.

Winooski building facade
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Officials in Winooski, Vermont have adopted a resolution to move the city toward formal status as a sanctuary city for immigrants that are in the country illegally.

Vermont Air Guard F-16 Viper
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Several hundred members of the Vermont Air National Guard are headed overseas, although the exact mission has not been released.

Scott Williams receives Carnegie Medal at Statehouse in Montpelier.  From left: Barre Police Chief Tim Bombardier, Congressman Peter Welch, Scott Williams, Governor-elect Phil Scott, and Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon
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The Carnegie medal for heroism was formally presented to a Vermont prosecutor on Monday.  He was honored for trying to save the life of an employee of the Vermont Department of Children and Families who was shot and killed in the department’s parking lot in August 2015.  The ceremony stirred up complicated memories.

Governor Peter Shumlin with 5-point buck
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is keeping up his skills as a deer hunter, bagging his second during his time in office.

Burlington Town Center rendering
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

Opponents of a major downtown redevelopment project approved by Burlington, Vermont, voters on November 8 are suing to have the referendum declared invalid.

The Carnegie Medal was formally presented to Washington County State’s attorney Scott Williams at the Statehouse in Montpelier Monday.

The University of Vermont brought high school students from across Vermont and northern New York to its campus today for its third annual youth climate summit.

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On Monday night, the House of Representatives passed a bill authored by Democratic Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont that would measure the economic impact of outdoor recreation.

The Vermont State Police says it's the first state police agency to join the White House Police Data Initiative.

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A Jewish community organization in Middlebury, Vermont, says someone drew two swastikas in green chalk or powder at the bottom of its door.

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is giving up his seat as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to take the same post on the budget-writing Appropriations Committee.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch handily won re-election last week, taking 82 percent to the 9 percent his Liberty Union opponent Erica Clawson received.  The Democrat returns to a House of Representatives preparing for a Trump presidency and Republican control.  Vermont’s sole representative says he was very disappointed and surprised by the results of the presidential election.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor-elect David Zuckerman
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Will the Vermont Legislature need to decide the state's next lieutenant governor? There appears to be some debate after the Secretary of State released the official canvass on Tuesday.

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