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NRC/Entergy Nuclear

 The owner of Vermont Yankee says it will shutter the plant at the end of its current fuel cycle, a gradual shutdown that will see Vermont Yankee offline by the end of 2014.  WAMC's Pat Bradley reports.


The Vermont city of Burlington has mailed corrected city election ballots to 523 voters who had asked for absentee ballots or voted early at City Hall.

Votes on any city ballot that is gray will not be counted. Those ballots contained an error. The city says the new corrected ballots are either ivory, salmon or cherry colored.

Voters who have already returned their gray city ballot must vote again with a new ballot if they want their vote to count.

The error does not affect general election federal or state ballots.


Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock wants to create what he calls a "business in a box" program that would link unemployed Vermonters with business ideas that would be funded by private money.

Brock outlined his proposal Monday at a Williston business as part of a package of ideas that he said would help spur economic development and create more jobs in the state.

 The presidential campaign of Republican Mitt Romney's is complaining some Vermont military personnel serving overseas might not be able to get their absentee ballots in time to vote.

In a letter sent Tuesday to Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, Romney's veterans' affairs adviser Anthony Principi says delays by Condos' office caused 53 towns to miss the 45-day deadline needed to ensure veterans receive their absentee ballots and can return them by election day.

Vt. Judge Expected to Finalize Primary Results

Sep 18, 2012
Toby Talbot / AP

 A Vermont judge is expected to give the final OK to results confirming Progressive Party Chairwoman Martha Abbott as winner of the party's gubernatorial primary. 

Judge Robert Bent said that as of Monday afternoon, Abbott was leading environmental group leader Annette Smith by a margin of 381 to 340 with six ballots in dispute.

Bent is planning a hearing on Tuesday to review the disputed ballots and declare final results.

Ryan Delaney/WAMC

More than a year after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, New York State has forwarded more than 400 applications for property buy-outs to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  And state officials say there are more pending.

Courtesy NOAA

Tropical Storm Irene caused damage or destroyed countless homes and businesses as rivers and streams became raging torrents. In Vermont, over 500 miles of state roads were damaged and 34 state highway bridges had to be rebuilt . Over 3000 local roads, culverts and bridges were damaged or destroyed. Towns were completely isolated and supplies were helicoptered to residents.  On this one year anniversary of the storm people in northern New York and Vermont are still rebuilding and many still need help.

VT Prison Violence Rises

Jul 20, 2012
Vermont Statehouse
Photo by Pat Bradley

The man in charge of Vermont's prison system says there's been an increase in violence behind bars in the state, and that much of it appears tied to gang activity. Andrew Pallito told lawmakers today that many of those engaged in violent gang activity are people who come from out of state and get misdemeanor drug convictions while in Vermont.

Copyright 2012, by The Associated Press