Pat Bradley

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UVM Medical Center main entrance
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Union nurses have issued a vote of no confidence with the University of Vermont Medical Center's Board of Trustees.

Vermont labor officials say the state's unemployment rate held steady at 2.8 percent in August.

Lake Placid fall foliage (file photo)
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There are varying predictions of what to expect as we approach this year’s fall foliage season — a key tourism driver in the Northeast.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley checked in with a forester who has been studying Vermont’s trees for decades.

drop of water
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The Vermont Department of Health is recommending every school test its water for lead after the state found contamination in 16 schools.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger announces proposed Clean Water Resiliency plan
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Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a plan Thursday afternoon that is intended to solve the city's wastewater and stormwater runoff problems.

Jail cell

Vermont's out-of-state inmates being housed in Pennsylvania will be moved to a prison in Mississippi, after complaints about treatment, medical care and several inmate deaths.

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North Country law enforcement officials are highlighting the benefits of a tri-county collaboration supporting a  specially trained law enforcement team.

Main Street, Lake Placid, NY
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In May, the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court threw out an effort by Lake Placid to obtain two parcels of land on Main Street by eminent domain. This month village officials approved a bond resolution to purchase the property.

State of the Park cover
Paddlers on Boreas Ponds - Photo by Nancie Battaglia / Adirondack Council

Every year the Adirondack Council publishes its analysis of actions by the governor, legislature, courts, state attorney general, state agencies, local governments and federal policies that affected the 6 million-acre park. The latest State of the Park report came out this morning.

Vermont Statehouse summer 2018
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The independent candidates for Vermont governor say they are frustrated and feel that voters are forgetting they exist.

A popular ski touring center in Vermont will not reopen for the winter season.

Jail cell

Corrections officials are hoping to finalize a contract this week to move about 228 Vermont inmates housed in Pennsylvania to a privately run prison in Mississippi following complaints about conditions and health care and several inmate deaths.

Roaring Brook Falls
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Starting Friday, the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation will prohibit parking on the shoulders of both lanes of Route 73 near the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead in the Adirondacks.

Tedra Cobb
Tedra Cobb for NY21

In June, Tedra Cobb won the Democratic primary that at one point had 10 competitors in New York’s 21st House district. Ever since, second-term Republican Elise Stefanik has maintained attacks on the former St. Lawrence County legislator’s voting record. But Cobb says she stands by her record.

Multiple defense attorneys are questioning Vermont's use of drug recognition experts who test people suspected to be under the influence of a substance other than alcohol.

Bump Fire Stock mounted on a GP WASR-10/36 AK-47

Vermont state police barracks are accepting the rapid-fire devices attached to guns known as bump stocks that will become illegal on Oct. 1 under new state gun restrictions.

Frontier airplane
Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines has expanded flights at several regional airports.


Vermont Republican Governor Phil Scott's opioid coordination council discussed safe injection sites as a possible remedy to the ongoing opioid epidemic, but concluded they are not appropriate at this time.

Vermont Statehouse summer 2018
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Vermont's two main gubernatorial candidates held their first debate Friday at the Tunbridge Worlds' Fair.

An award-winning, longtime newspaper reporter in New York’s North Country announced his retirement during Plattsburgh’s Common Council meeting Thursday night.

Burlington International Airport sign
Niranjan Arminius/Flickr

Vermont officials are hailing an increase in business at the Burlington International Airport as they welcome a new airline to the airport.

Plattsburgh resident Ira Barbell talks to the City Council 9-13-18
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Plattsburgh’s mayor and common council held a public hearing last night on the mayor’s proposed 2019 city budget.  But no one commented on the $59 million fiscal plan.

Quechee Gorge Bridge
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Vermont state officials say the installation of a temporary fence at the Quechee Gorge Bridge meant to prevent suicides is behind schedule.

nurses' strike sign
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Contract talks are resuming between the University of Vermont Medical Center and the union representing nurses.

Burlington High School, Burlington, Vermont
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After students complained of censorship, the Burlington High School principal is allowing them to repost a story they broke on the school newspaper's website about unprofessional conduct charges against the guidance director.

New York Democratic Senator Kristen Gillibrand was in Plattsburgh this week. The Democrat says lawmakers need to use the Farm Bill to increase jobs by promoting manufacturing in rural areas.

Keith Wofford

The four-way primary among Democrats running to succeed Eric Schneiderman and Barbara Underwood as attorney general has been getting a lot of attention on this primary day. The winner will face a general election matchup with Keith Wofford, as well as Green Party hopeful Michael Sussman. Originally from Buffalo, Wofford has taken a leave of absence from a New York City law firm to run. The Republican tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that  he decided to run because there hasn’t been enough focus from state officials on the working and middle class — not to mention eliminating corruption.

Picture of a Vermont School Bus
Jared C. Benedict/Wikimedia Commons

Voters have decided to close a  local elementary school in Vermont rather than face a merger with the neighboring school district.

Burlington International Airport sign
Niranjan Arminius/Flickr

Officials say the Burlington International Airport, which struggled after the recession, is seeing a 12-percent increase in passengers this year.

Burlington Police Department statement disagreeing with State's Attorney
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In late February, an argument outside a downtown bar in Burlington, Vermont led to a shooting that seriously injured a bystander. The Chittenden County State’s Attorney recently opted not to file charges against one of the men, prompting criticism from the city’s police chief and mayor.