Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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Police are investigating the death of a Bennington man who was pulled out of a river.

A team of firefighters has come to the aid of a dog that was struggling to keep his head above water in an icy Vermont river.

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Vermont's top health care official says the Republican-led plan to repeal the Obama-era health care system could drive up the cost of health insurance for many Vermonters.

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Vermont State Attorney General T.J. Donovan on Thursday warned residents of a tax collection scam involving fake Internal Revenue Service callers.

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The Burlington City Council recently approved a nearly $158,000 contract to purchase 110 body cameras for the Burlington City Police Department.  Deputy Chief of Police Jannine Wright says that although some officers have body cams, the new contract will outfit every officer and replace aging technology.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan
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Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has issued a new pamphlet for municipalities across the state.  Produced by his office and the state’s Immigration Task Force, the “Guidance to Vermont Cities and Towns Regarding Immigration Enforcement” provides information regarding localities’ “ability to prohibit and restrict certain actions with respect to working with the federal government on enforcing federal immigration law.”  Donovan explains why he felt it was important to provide the information to Vermont’s municipalities.

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The Vermont supreme court reviewed several cases as it gathered Wednesday in a Vermont Law School lecture hall packed with observers.

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The city of Montpelier, Vermont, has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to create a master plan for public art and commission the city's first major public art work to be installed at a redevelopment project.

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Vermonters come together on Town Meeting Day to elect local officials and decide school budgets.  It’s also a time when residents discuss a number of binding and non-binding questions.  We look at some of the items that came up during Tuesday’s meetings across the state.

Downtown Historic District, Rutland, Vermont
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Voters in Rutland, Vermont have ousted their long-time mayor. In the four-way race on Town Meeting Day, city councilor David Allaire defeated five-term incumbent Christopher Louras.

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Vermont's attorney general is asking to intervene in the state Public Service Board's review of the sale of the closed Vermont Yankee power plant, saying significant environmental and financial issues are at stake.

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Voters in two small Vermont towns have opposed a massive development by a Utah businessman that would be based on the papers of Mormon leader Joseph Smith.

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A new report by Vermont's Health Department shows that drug overdoses from both heroin and prescription drugs spiked in the state last year.

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Vermont has joined more than 30 other states in a national lawsuit that alleges a group of pharmaceutical companies conspired to fix the prices of generic drugs.

John McClaughry is an old hand in Vermont political circles.  The founder of the conservative think tank The Ethan Allen Institute, he served in both the Vermont House and Senate. He worked in Washington in the 1960’s for the late U.S. Senator Winston Prouty and served as a policy advisor in the Reagan White House in the 1980’s.  For 51 years, John McClaughry has also moderated the Town Meeting Day gathering in Kirby, Vermont.  He says one of the nation’s founders is an inspiration behind Vermont’s annual tradition, which is wrapping up this evening.

Former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas
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Today is Town Meeting Day in Vermont, the original and traditional town hall that brings residents of communities across the state together to discuss issues, choose local leaders and decide school budgets.  Former Republican Governor Jim Douglas has moderated the meeting in Middlebury for 31 years, including the years he served as governor.  Now an Executive in Residence at Middlebury College, he explains that the tradition goes back to when the first town in the state was chartered.

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Vermont's new attorney general has provided guidance to towns to help them navigate legal issues created by President Donald Trump's immigration orders.

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An author who was targeted by Middlebury College protesters thinks students who shouted down his talk last week should be sanctioned.

New Hampshire Statehouse
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New Hampshire's Republican House leadership is looking to stall legislation that adds protections for transgender people over fears that it would let men use women's bathrooms.

Rutland, VT
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Rutland voters will go to the polls tomorrow on Town Meeting Day to elect a mayor.  Three challengers are running against incumbent Christopher Louras.  We take a look at the candidates and some of the issues.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has gathered many of the state's most powerful environmental leaders to rail against reports of deep cuts across the federal budget, especially to the Environmental Protection Agency.


A Vermont center dedicated to LGBT issues says the owner of a new Winooski gay bar that's expected to open soon should change its name.

Congressman Peter Welch meets with immigrant and refugee community
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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch held a roundtable discussion in Winooski this morning with refugees and immigrants who have settled in the Burlington area.  The Democrat wanted to learn about their challenges during the resettlement process and what contributions they feel they are making to their new home.  The roundtable comes at a time of national debate over immigration policy.


Yesterday we told you about the controversy swirling about the planned new name of a gay bar in Winooski, Vermont.  The failure of the Pride Center of Vermont to condemn the owner’s plan to name it Mister Sister led two board members to resign. One is Bailey Cummings, who is upset that the center is not taking a position. She says the bar owner has not been listening to the community’s concerns.

Downtown Historic District, Rutland, Vermont
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The four candidates running for Rutland, Vermont mayor met for their final forum Wednesday evening to debate economic development issues facing the city.


A wine bar in Winooski, Vermont has closed to remodel and reopen as a gay bar.  But there has been an outburst of controversy over its planned new name, which some say has historically been a slur against transgender women.

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In September 2014, Clinton Community College received a $12.7 million grant through the SUNY 2020 challenge program to create and build the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing.  It broke ground on the facility in May 2016.  This week, the college updated officials on the status of construction and provided tours of the partially completed facility.

Leaders of the New York Farm Bureau are in Washington this week for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Advocacy Conference and to meet with the state congressional delegation.  New York’s largest agricultural lobbying organization has a number of priority issues, and it outlined the top three on a conference call with reporters this morning.

Elm tree at Route 73 and 9N
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At the corner of Route 73 and 9N, overlooking a snowcapped ridge of Adirondack peaks, a 60-foot tall elm tree stands sentinel at the edge of a wetland valley.  A popular stop for photographers and tourists, its sweeping branches provide a foreground to the mountains.  This elm tree has also captured the attention of scientists.  Only a few yards away, a grove of elms has fallen victim to Dutch Elm Disease.  On Monday scientists from the Nature Conservancy took samples of the healthy tree.

Demonstrators gather in front of Congresswoman Stefanik's Plattsburgh office
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About three dozen people from across the North Country met in Plattsburgh Friday afternoon to demonstrate their displeasure over Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s refusal to hold a town hall meeting with constituents.