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North Country News
8:42 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Some VT Cell Customers to Be Able to Text 9-1-1

For the next six months some Vermont cellular telephone users will be able to text 911 emergency calls for help.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

Vermont's Enhanced 911 Board says that Verizon Wireless customers will be able to send a text message to 911 that will be answered at a public service answering point in Williston.

The people who receive the messages will coordinate the emergency response with the appropriate agency.

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North Country News
7:36 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Air Force Considers Basing F-35's at VT Air Guard

The United States Air Force will hold a public hearing next month on a plan to add F-35A fighter jets to the Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington.  WAMC's Tristan O’Neill reports…

The public has 45 days to comment on the draft environmental impact statement that was released on Friday.

The Air Force is looking at several different scenarios for where the jets would be based. Burlington is one of two preferred locations.

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North Country News
8:13 am
Fri April 13, 2012

VT House Debates Childhood Immunization Law

The Vermont House has voted to uphold a philosophical exemption for parents who want to skip the requirement that their children get a series of vaccinations before being allowed to attend school or child care.

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North Country News
8:35 am
Mon April 9, 2012

VT House Prepares for Redistricting Fight

The Vermont House is expected to be the scene of some heated debate Tuesday over a plan to redraw legislative district, with a focus on where district lines should be drawn in the city of Burlington.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Redistricting is done every 10 years after the census shows where population shifts have occurred in the state. Both the House and Senate have been working to make sure the boundaries of their districts result in every Vermont voter getting roughly equal representation in Montpelier.

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North Country News
8:58 am
Thu April 5, 2012

VT House Panel Nixes Senate Vaccination Change

A Vermont House committee has reversed a Senate action and reinstated the philosophical exemption for parents who don't want to meet requirements that their kids get vaccinations before attending school or child care.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The Senate passed a bill — hotly opposed by some parents — that ended the philosophical exemption that allowed parents to let their children skip some or all immunizations on a state Health Department list of those kids should get before attending school.

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North Country News
8:31 am
Thu April 5, 2012

VT Governor Signs Mental Health Bill

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law an overhaul of the state's mental health system.  WAMC's Pat Bradley reports...

Wednesday's bill signing was the culmination of a process that got underway in earnest after Tropical Storm Irene in late August flooded and forced the closing of the Vermont State Hospital.

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North Country News
8:19 am
Wed April 4, 2012

VT Governor Promises to Bring Jobs to Bennington

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is promising to work with municipal officials and business owners to bring new jobs to the Bennington area.  WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

Shumlin spoke Monday at a luncheon sponsored by the Bennington County Regional Commission.

He says long-term improvements in infrastructure, education and a renewed focus on agriculture will increase the number of jobs and lead to wage increases for employees who have suffered from stagnant earnings.

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North Country News
8:23 am
Tue April 3, 2012

VT Judge Orders Company to Pay $2M Fine

A Vermont judge has ordered a Texas debt settlement company to pay a fine of $2 million in a consumer fraud case.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports...

Credit Solutions of America also must pay full refunds to 207 Vermonters totaling about $350,000.

The Vermont attorney general's office had sued both CSA of Dallas and its owner, Doug Van Arsdale, in July 2010, accusing them of using unsubstantiated claims that people can reduce their debt "in 60 seconds" to advertise its services.

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North Country News
8:55 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Woman in VT Teacher's Death is Little-Known

Vermont townspeople say they don't know much about a woman who married an area resident and is now charged in a teacher's bizarre killing.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Patricia Prue and husband Allen are accused of luring Melissa Jenkins with a ruse about a broken-down car, killing her and throwing her body in a river.

Waterford Town Clerk Joanne Jurentkuff says Allen Prue's family has had hard times but they weren't "bad news."

Patricia Prue married Allen last year.

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North Country News
8:23 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Appeal of VT Wind Project Dropped

The Green Mountain Club has withdrawn an appeal of the Deerfield Wind project.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The Bennington Banner says the appeal was dropped after the U.S. Forest Service agreed to require radar-activated lights on the project's wind turbines.

Deerfield Wind LLC, a subsidiary of the Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables, wants to build 15 wind turbines nearly 400 feet high and a half-mile apart on ridgelines on Forest Service land west of Route 8 in Readsboro and east of Route 8 in Searsburg. The turbines would produce 30 megawatts of power.

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