Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Vermont Guard Officials Discuss F35

Vermont National Guard Assistant Adjutant General for Air Brigadier General Dick Harris (left) and Air Guard fighter squadron commander Lt. Colonel Dan Finnegan
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The U.S. Air Force is in the process of deciding where it will base a new jet, the F-35. Burlington International Airport, which is the host airfield for the Vermont Air National Guard, is on the short list and a preferred site for hosting the state-of-the-art plane. But the idea is controversial, with split votes in surrounding communities over support for the aircraft.
Thursday morning, Vermont National Guard officials met with the media to discuss issues relating to the F-35.

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North Country News
11:15 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Vermont Getting Nearly $619,000 in Health Grants

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Vermont is getting nearly $619,000 in grants to enroll the uninsured in new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act.

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Cities Offer to Pony up for Shorter Customs Lines

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A ski area in northern Vermont and several other points around the country want more officers at border crossings and customs terminals — and they're willing to pay for it.

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North Country News
8:45 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

NH Tobacco Tax to Rise Aug. 1

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Tobacco users in the Granite State will be paying a little more beginning Aug. 1 due to an increase in New Hampshire's tax triggered by a drop in revenue.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Vermont Police Officer Indicted in Shooting

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A grand jury has indicted a Vermont police officer on criminal charges connected to the shooting of a combative mentally ill man during an arrest in Winooski.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Rail Disaster Spurs Debate Over Energy Transport in Region

Photo of a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway locomotive
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Fifteen people have been confirmed killed and Quebec Police estimate 60 remain missing following the derailment and explosion Saturday of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway cars carrying crude oil.   The Toronto Globe and Mail reports Quebec officials believe there are grounds for criminal prosecution. That comes as the chairman of the rail company visits the site of the devastation and blames the train engineer.
Two advocacy groups in Vermont are warning that the derailment that incinerated the center of a small city in Quebec’s Eastern Townships shows the dangers of continued use of fossil fuels.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Two Congressmen from Region Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Syrian Intervention

Republican Chris Gibson (left) and Democrat Peter Welch

Vermont’s Democratic congressman and a Republican representative from New York have submitted legislation that would restrict U.S. involvement in Syria. The two were on C-SPAN Wednesday morning to discuss their bill.

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North Country News
11:15 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Governor and FEMA Official Say Vermont Rain Unprecedented

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and the head of Federal Emergency Management Agency operations in the state say they've never seen such a series of flash flooding events as have hit the state in recent weeks.

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North Country News
9:30 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Vermont School Officials Cited

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The principal and superintendent of a Vermont school have been cited into court on charges of failing to report child abuse and neglect of duty by a public officer.

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North Country News
7:45 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Labor Board: State Workers Don't Get Double Pay

The Vermont Labor Relations Board has denied 63 state workers who wanted double pay for working while displaced from their offices following Tropical Storm Irene.

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