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North Country News
8:02 am
Thu May 3, 2012

VT Nuke Plant Wants Year in State Permit Case

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant wants Vermont's utility regulator to allow it to take more than a year to file documents that could lead to it being allowed to operate for another 20 years.

The state of Vermont is suggesting a similar time frame, but wants Vermont Yankee to file its main documents earlier than the company would like.

The plant and the state presented their cases to the Public Service Board on Wednesday. The board is deciding whether the plant's owner, Entergy Nuclear, should be given a state permit.

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North Country News
6:30 am
Mon April 30, 2012

VT U.S. Representative Welch to Collect Student Debt Stories

Vermont's U.S. Representative Peter Welch is going to be compiling stories about student debt.

Welch is going to be at the University of Vermont on Monday where he will launch an initiative to compile stories from Vermont students and families about the burden of student loan debt.

In Vermont, almost 70 percent of college graduates have an average of $30,000 in debt.

Student debt is topping $1 trillion dollars, exceeding credit card debt.

North Country News
7:49 am
Thu April 26, 2012

VT Inmate Population Down, Crime Rate Remains Low

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is hailing what he calls good news on the corrections front: Vermont has seen a reduction in its prison population, while its crime rates also are down.  WAMC’s Pat Bradley reports…

Numbers released on Wednesday show Vermont's inmate population has dropped by more than 140 since 2008, to 2,059 people behind bars. It had been projected to grow by 26 percent between 2008 and 2018.

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North Country News
8:32 am
Mon April 23, 2012

VT Debates Letting Parents Say No to Vaccines

Vermont is embroiled in a debate over ending the philosophical exemption that allows parents to have their kids skip childhood immunizations required for attending school.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The state Senate voted 25-4 recently to end the exemption, while the House has voted 93-36 to preserve it.

Vermont is among the highest states in the number of parents who exempt their children from immunizations. State health officials say Vermont had 102 pertussis cases between January and the first week of April, more than were reported in the state all last year.

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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
8:23 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
8:11 am
Mon April 2, 2012

VT Routinely Violates Law on Moving Mentally Ill

Mentally ill Vermonters who are involuntarily put in state care are still mostly being moved from place to place in shackles, seven years after the state decreed that they should be transported with "the least restrictive means necessary."  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

State officials and county sheriffs tell The Associated Press s very small percentage of patients are combative or are deemed to present a threat of violence.

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North Country News
9:03 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Snow Plow Driver, Wife Charged in VT Woman's Death

Court documents say a Vermont snow plow driver and his wife lured a beloved prep school teacher from her home by pretending their vehicle had broken down and they needed help, and then strangled her before throwing her body in a river.  WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

The only motive suggested in the court documents filed in the case against 30-year-old Allen Prue and his 33-year-old wife Patricia Prue, of Waterford, was that Allen Prue told police he wanted to "get a girl" on Sunday night.

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North Country News
8:07 am
Tue March 27, 2012

VT Police Believe Body Is That of Beloved Teacher

The discovery of a woman's body believed to be that of a beloved teacher at a prestigious Vermont boarding school sent shudders of grief and anxiety through a small New England town a day after her SUV was found running with her unharmed 2-year-old boy inside.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Melissa Jenkins, a 33-year-old single mother, taught science at St. Johnsbury Academy, whose alumni include former President Calvin Coolidge.

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