Pat Bradley

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Burlington High School, Burlington, Vermont
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Students at a second Vermont high school hope to raise a Black Lives Matter flag.

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A Vermont Senate committee has voted to approve increasing the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.

F-35
USAF

At its most recent meeting, the Burlington City Council debated a citizen resolution for the Town Meeting Day ballot that would ask residents if the F-35 fighter jets should be based in Vermont’s largest city.  Their primary concern is the resolution’s wording.

Vermont Blueprint for Health Hub and Spoke diagram
Vermont Department of Health

Vermont Governor Phil Scott and the state’s Secretary of Human Services were in Washington Tuesday to testify before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.  Their focus was on the state’s “Hub and Spoke” treatment model that is getting more people into treatment for addiction.

The Vermont Health Department says the state's chief medical examiner has been reinstated after being placed on leave amid a human resources investigation.

Firewood stacked in winter
Public Domain Pictures

Experts say the colder than usual winter is driving up demand for wood used to heat homes in northern New England, leaving some suppliers scrambling.

dairy cows
WAMC

New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is promoting legislation that would return to dairy farmers premiums paid into a program intended to be a safety net when milk prices to producers plummet.  The Democrat says farmers have never benefited even though milk prices have been dropping since the program was implemented.

(I) Carina Driscoll, (I) Infinite Culcleasure and (D) Miro Weinberger
Candidate websites

The three candidates running for mayor of Burlington, Vermont came together at a forum at City Hall Monday evening.

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Multi-State Lottery Association

A New Hampshire woman who says she has a Powerball ticket that won a $559.7 million jackpot wants a court order allowing her to stay anonymous, saying she made a "huge mistake" in signing the ticket without consulting a lawyer first.

U.S. border agents say a man from Mexico and another from Guatemala tried to smuggle five Romanians into the United States from Canada along a remote stretch of the border in Vermont.

Olympic Center, Lake Placid, NY
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The Winter Olympics begin this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 winter games and is now a key training site for U.S. athletes. Olympic Regional Development Authority Spokesman Jon Lundin speaks about the athletes from the region and their medal potential.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott  (file photo)
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Governor Phil Scott issued a challenge at the recent Vermont Farm Show: find a way to monetize phosphorus, which causes pollution in state waterways.

Boreas Pond tract
Nature Conservancy

The Adirondack Park Agency has approved the final classification for the more than 20,000-acre Boreas Ponds tract in the heart of the Adirondacks.

NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos visits Plattsburgh on January 31, 2018
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This morning, the Adirondack Park Agency board approved Alternative 2B as the classification for the Boreas Ponds in the heart of the Adirondack Park. The vote was 8 to 1. More than 11,000 acres will be designated wilderness and over 9,000 acres as Wild Forest. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos  explains that his agency now begins the Unit Management Plans for the tracts.

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Court records indicate a former Vermont police officer accused of stealing heroin from a police evidence locker for a woman with whom he was having an intimate relationship has changed his plea to federal drug charges.

A Vermont high school has raised a Black Lives Matter flag as part of a series of events on racism.

Regional representatives discuss state issues during annual legislative forum in Plattsburgh
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The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Legislative Breakfast today.  It’s an opportunity for the region’s officials and business interests to hear from and question their representatives in Albany. This year, much of the focus was on the proposed state budget.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announces broadband funding in Plattsburgh
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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants New York to be the first state to offer 100 percent broadband.  Phase Three to complete the goal is beginning, and the governor was in Plattsburgh Wednesday to announce that the North Country will receive substantial funding to fill in coverage gaps.

Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read (right) leads Governor Andrew Cuomo (center) on tour of flood damaged Underwood Mobile Home Park
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Governor Andrew Cuomo toured flood-damaged areas of Plattsburgh this morning and promised state aid to residents forced out of their homes.

The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce released its annual survey of businesses Tuesday.  It found that business confidence has risen over last year and for the first time there is a positive attitude toward both state and federal economic policy.

F-35
USAF

Burlington, Vermont residents will cast votes on whether F-35 fighter jets should be based at Burlington International Airport.

Advocates are asking Vermont lawmakers to postpone implementing a revised policing policy that they say could make immigrants less likely to seek police in emergencies.

Adirondack Park sign
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The Adirondack Park Agency will meet later this week to vote on the classification of the Boreas Ponds land tract purchased by the state from the Nature Conservancy in April 2016 for $14.5 million. In advance of the final decision, the agency released its classification proposal.  Most environmental and community interests say it's a reasonable compromise.

smokestacks
Dori/Wikimedia Commons

New Jersey's new Democratic governor has ordered the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, reversing a decision by former Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Keurig Green Mountain and Dr. Pepper-Snapple logos
Keurig Green Mountain

Keurig is buying Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc., creating a beverage giant with about $11 billion in annual sales.

Lake Placid sign with snow
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Lake Placid plans to celebrate its Olympic heritage throughout February.

Jeremiah Ward leads meeting to discuss alternatives to Plattsburgh DRI plans
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About two dozen downtown business owners and residents gathered Thursday evening to express concerns over the current plans for the Plattsburgh Downtown Redevelopment Initiative and strategize on potential alternatives.

Lake Champlain
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s budget proposal includes a concept for cleaning up phosphorus pollution in the state’s waterways.  He wants to find a way to harvest and resell it.  But critics say he’s trying to avoid spending the money to do actual cleanup.

New York Farm Bureau logo
New York Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau has announced its legislative priorities for the state legislative session that runs through June.  During a conference call, the farm advocacy group explained its focus is on addressing issues surrounding economic and income losses.

Line of oil tankers along the Boreas River
Brendan Wiltse Photography / Adirondack Council

Plans to remove old tanker train cars from a rail line in the Adirondacks have been halted by Hudson River flooding.

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