Pat Bradley

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Norsk Titanium

The long-awaited confirmation that a major aerospace manufacturer will set up its U.S operations in Plattsburgh was confirmed Monday.

Two Vermont parents have pleaded not guilty to a child cruelty charge after police said their 5-year-old son screamed for help after they took heroin in a Burlington parking lot and wouldn't wake up.

Burlington, VT Police car
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Burlington, Vermont’s police chief is suspending solo officer patrols in the wake of fatal sniper shootings of police in Dallas until the prospect of copycat attacks on other officers diminishes.

Picture of solar panels
WAMC

In April 2014, the Vermont Legislature required the Vermont Public Service Board establish a revised net-metering program for consumers using renewable energy.  Since November of that year the Board has been gathering input and drafting rules.  The revisions, released at the beginning of this month, are raising concerns from environmental and energy advocates in Vermont.

Vermont Right to Know GMO logo
Vermont Right to Know Coalition

Late Thursday the U.S. Senate approved federal GMO labeling legislation and moved the bill to the House for consideration.  In Vermont, where the first-in-the-nation mandatory GMO labeling law went into effect last Friday, advocates say the federal bill caters to the whims of the corporate food industry rather than actually providing consumers information.

A Vermont prosecutor says he will not file charges against a para-educator who was caring for a toddler who drowned at a Waterbury day care.

The Vermont attorney general's office says pharmaceutical manufacturer Wyeth, Inc., has paid Vermont more than $6 million to resolve allegations that it underpaid drug rebates to the Vermont Medicaid program.

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The U.S. Senate resumed debate today on GMO legislation that would preempt Vermont’s newly effective labeling law.

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

Invasive species are spreading across the region.  The summer is a prime season for the non-native insects to move to new habitats, threatening native ecosystems. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Lands and Forests Research Scientist Jerry Carlson is also Chief of Forest Health and Protection, making him responsible for identifying changes in the forest environment statewide.  Originally trained as an entomologist, Carlson sat down to discuss the increasing risk of invasive insects throughout eastern New York.

In November, Essex County Supervisors approved extending the county occupancy tax to include private rentals effective January 1st.  Now officials are finding that a number of property owners are resisting paying the tax or are unaware they are supposed to pay it.

Governor Cuomo announces revitalization grant in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh today to announce that the city has been awarded $10 million in downtown revitalization funds.

Spiny Water Flea
NE Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel photo/Vermont Fish and Wildlife

Vermont officials are reminding anglers and boaters to prevent the spread of spiny water fleas, an invasive species found in Lake Champlain two years ago that is becoming more common in the lake.

One of Vermont's top securities regulators has been named commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation.

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A new law that took effect Friday in Vermont led to lawsuits attempting to stop its implementation and pending legislation in Congress intending to invalidate efforts to create a GMO labeling statute.

dairy cows
WAMC

Northeast dairy farmers anticipating a payout from a settlement with a national dairy marketing cooperative may have to wait a year before seeing any checks. 

Mosquito
James Jordan/flickr

The Vermont Department of Health has confirmed the state's first case this year of human illness from West Nile virus, a disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has announced that the state and its communities will get $7 million from a round of federal funding for homeland security.

The Vermont Attorney General’s office and state Human Rights Commission have issued a report offering guidance on gender-based pricing. The study by the agencies finds that women often pay more for products and services than men.

This year more than 2000 AmeriCorps volunteers are serving in 450 locations across Vermont. During a conference call this week, Vermont’s Congressional delegation announced that the state will receive $2.1 million dollars in AmeriCorps funding.

Vermont financial regulators say they have reached a nearly $6 million settlement with a financial firm related to a fraud investigation of real estate developments at two northern Vermont ski resorts.

Sailboats docked at Plattsburgh marina
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The 39th annual Mayor’s Cup Festival and Regatta is just a week away.  The four-day celebration in Plattsburgh includes numerous events culminating in the largest sailboat race on Lake Champlain. Organizers were at the City Marina to provide an update on plans.

Kevin Mulverhill (left) with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The 115th New York state Assembly district has been represented by Republican Janet Duprey for a decade.  On May 12th  she startled her constituents when she announced that she would not seek reelection due to glaucoma.   Kevin Mulverhill, the Franklin County Sheriff, launched his campaign for the seat Wednesday in Plattsburgh.

University of Vermont

A worker died early Thursday morning at a construction site on the University of Vermont campus.

Racks of Revision’s helmets fresh out of the paint booth and ready for assembly at the Newport,Vermont facility.
Revision Military

A Vermont manufacturer of military and police protective gear produced the bullet-resistant helmet credited with saving an officer's life during the deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this month.

Vermont Right to Know GMO logo
Vermont Right to Know Coalition

After more than a year of negotiations between the top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. Senate Agriculture committee, a bill has been introduced that would preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling law days before it goes into effect.

Carolyn Kennedy
Texas A&M University

Lake Champlain has a long nautical history.  Early Native Americans used birch bark canoes on the lake.  Then warships plied the waters during the Revolutionary War. Later, the age of commerce brought ferries and steamboats, and now recreational sailing is popular. But over the centuries, many ships have sunk in the lake’s deep waters. Carolyn Kennedy, a PhD student at Texas A&M University, has been researching steamboat wrecks for the past three years.

Photo of Clinton Correctional
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York corrections officials say nine guards, officers and civilian employees at the Clinton Correctional prison in northern New York resigned or retired in lieu of other discipline after two murderers escaped last year.

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Gardeners in Burlington, Vermont are on the lookout for someone who's been stealing flower baskets and uprooting plants from yards.

Rutland, VT
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Some residents in the city of Rutland were blindsided when the mayor and the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program announced in April that 100 Syrian and Iraqi refugees would be coming to the city in October. Now, a petition seeking to put the issue before voters has been validated.

Senator Betty Little
NYS Senate

In January, New York state Senator Betty Little outlined her agenda and goals for the legislative session.  Now that the session has adjourned, the Republican from the 45th district tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley she was successful at passing a number of bills, but frustrated with the lack of substantive movement on issues such as ethics reform. She believes one of the session’s successes was finally ending the education funding Gap Elimination Adjustment.

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