Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling
SUNY Plattsburgh

In February, the SUNY Plattsburgh campus was thrown into turmoil after a screenshot of a social media post that mentioned lynching and used the n-word was reposted to get the administration’s attention.  The campus noticed.  Students protested and held a vote of no confidence in the college president and the chief diversity officer.  Members of the community joined solidarity marches across the campus.  In late February, SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling distributed a letter to the campus community outlining a series of steps to address racial bias.  As Dr. Ettling updates WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley, he says it was important to create an action plan following those painful days on the campus.

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The closure of a Vermont bridge over Interstate 91 just below the Canadian border is scheduled to begin next week.

Employees at an airport business park in Vermont have been ordered not to drink the water due to hazardous chemicals.

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Vermont lawmakers are turning their attention to school safety measures following the approval of a package of gun ownership restrictions that were passed in the aftermath of what officials called a near-miss school shooting in Fair Haven earlier this year.

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As the war of words over tariffs between the U.S. and  China escalates, a group of students, alumni and faculty from McGill University have returned from Asia.  While the tariff controversy would appear to be a heated global topic, the group found that it took a backseat to other economic concerns.

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McGill Hot Cities 2018

For ten years students, faculty and alumni from McGill University in Montreal have undertaken an annual trip to areas of the globe considered fast-growing emerging economies.  This year, the group returned to the Far East.

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A judge has refused to dismiss murder charges against a Vermont man who fatally shot the host of a drunken party in 2015.

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A judge in Vermont has dismissed a challenge from a man hoping to overturn the state's school district consolidation law.

A panel of the Vermont Supreme Court is considering whether a teenager charged with planning a shooting at his former high school should be held without bail even though he never carried out the crime.

Adirondack Park sign
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In February, Adirondack interests raised concerns about a proposal in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget that would shift how New York pays property taxes to local communities on lands it owns in the Adirondacks. A “Forever Taxable” Coalition formed to oppose a cap and Payment in Lieu of Taxes system in the Adirondacks and Catskills. The effort was successful and the idea was removed from the final budget. But concerns remain that such a proposal could re-appear in the future.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger
Burlington VT Mayor's Office

Nearly one month after Town Meeting Day, the Burlington City Council met last night to swear-in the mayor and council to new terms and hear the State of the City address.

Whiteface Mountain
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A college senior died while skiing in New York's Adirondack Mountains over the weekend.

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Vermont fire officials say a blaze that destroyed a historic family dairy farm, two homes and killed 23 cows and calves was an accident.

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Vermont Attorney General's office

With the tax filing deadline approaching the Vermont Attorney General and state Tax commissioner on Monday warned Vermonters about tax scams.

Statue of Ceres atop the Vermont Statehouse prior to its removal
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The 80-year-old wooden statue of Ceres, the goddess of agriculture, has been taken down from the top of the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier because it's believed to be rotting.

The warming days mean winter is almost over and a new season is upon us.  In the first part of WAMC’s seven-part series looking at spring traditions across the region, North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at what has become our unofficial fifth season: mud season.

Burlington School Board member Stephanie Seguino (left), Superintendent Yaw Obeng (center), and Board President Mark Porter (right) in file photo from September 2017
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An investigation into possible racial bias by a Burlington, Vermont, school board member is pending as the board prepares to swear in its newest members.

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The Vermont Senate has given final approval to a bill that will raise the legal age for gun purchases, expand background checks for private gun sales and ban the high-capacity magazines and rapid-fire devices known as bump stocks.

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Officials in the city of Plattsburgh have joined a growing list of municipalities planning to sue pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis.

Bias report lead author Stephanie Seguino
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According to a study by University of Vermont researchers, black and Hispanic drivers in Vermont are more likely than white motorists to be searched by police during traffic stops.

Vermont utility regulators are investigating why warning lights atop wind turbines on Lowell Mountain have not yet been replaced with beacons that only activate when planes are nearby.

Police in Vermont are looking for three snowboarders suspected of cutting down trees so they could snowboard through a cemetery.

Korean War Memorial
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A Vermont sculptor who designed the statutes of soldiers for the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington has died. Frank Gaylord was 93.

Airbnb says it won't fight a proposed law in Vermont that would require people renting out their homes to register with the state and pay an annual fee.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was in Washington this month to testify before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding election security.  He appeared not only as Vermont’s chief election officer, but as president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  He says anything that has a computer in it can be hacked.

Senator Peg Flory
Vermont Legislature

A longtime state lawmaker has announced her retirement from the Vermont Senate.

Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline project map
Vermont Public Service Board

Vermont Gas Systems has agreed to an independent review of a pipeline project to address allegations of safety shortcuts.

Following hours of debate, the Vermont House gave final approval to a package of gun ownership restrictions Tuesday night.

This week, New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik led a delegation of North Country officials to Ottawa, Canada to discuss economic development ties. Following her meetings with Canadian officials, the 21st District Republican spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about a variety of federal issues. The Republican recently invited President Trump to visit Fort Drum, a large military base in her district. But Stefanik reports there’s been no response yet from the White House.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik with North Country delegation and Canadian dignitaries in Ottawa
Office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik led a delegation from the North Country to Ottawa, Canada Monday to discuss cross-border economic concerns.

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