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Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
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The Vermont Chamber is hosting a virtual policy series this month bringing together business and legislative leaders to discuss policy issues. This week the leaders of the Vermont House and Senate addressed the group.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray
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The United Nations theme for International Women’s Day this week is “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.”  A discussion on the economic well-being of Vermont women looked at data and policy changes experts say are needed to bridge disparities between genders.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (file)
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Congressman Peter Welch met virtually Monday with two different Vermont groups to discuss the latest COVID relief package that is expected to receive final approval in the House this week and then move to President Biden’s desk.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s regular Tuesday coronavirus briefing included discussions over vaccination protocols as the state accelerates its schedule.

A gas station in Colonie, New York
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Gas prices have risen in all three northern New England states in the past week.

People wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the University at Albany
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Vermont is now in its next phase of vaccine distribution, with people ages 55 and above with certain high-risk health conditions eligible to sign up for the shots.

NASA Meteor Watch says a meteor was spotted just before 5:40 Sunday afternoon in the Vermont skies.

UVM Medical Center main entrance
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Nearly one year after diagnosing its first COVID-19 patient, the UVM Health Network is reporting a budget shortfall.

New York Farm Bureau logo
New York Farm Bureau

The New York Farm Bureau advocates for one of the state’s largest industries: agriculture.  The group recently released its 2021 national priorities.

Some Burlington High School students were back in class on Thursday inside a former downtown department store.

Placard on Vermont statehood
Vermont Governor's Office

Vermont Governor Phil Scott is tweeting birthday wishes: to the state.

Screenshot of North County Chamber's 2021 virtual legislative forum
North Country Chamber

The North Country Chamber recently held its annual legislative breakfast forum with the region’s three New York state representatives. Two are relatively new to their legislative positions, and all discussed the implications of the proposed state budget for the area.

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More than 20 Vermont communities have approved allowing retail marijuana businesses within their borders.

Vermont Dept. of Corrections Commissioner Jim Baker
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The Commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Corrections says it’s all hands on deck as a COVID-19 outbreak has infected more than 100 inmates and 10 staffers at the state prison in Newport. It is the largest outbreak at a Vermont correctional facility since the start of the pandemic.

Vermont Town Meeting Day graphic
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Town Meeting Day is traditionally when Vermonters gather to debate and decide local elections, budgets and community issues in town halls and auditoriums.  Voters assessed a number of items during non-traditional meetings this year.

Mayor Miro Weinberger wins a fourth term on Town Meeting Day 2021
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Burlington, Vermont Mayor Miro Weinberger won re-election Tuesday to a fourth three-year term in his closest race yet for the city’s top seat.

Photo of Vermont Statehouse in winter
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Vermont Governor Phil Scott held his latest COVID-19 briefing Tuesday.  The governor and administration officials discussed how the rollout of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine could impact the state's vaccination program.

The feet of two people are visible standing behind voting booths in a hallway
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The U.S. House is set to begin debating H.R. 1 this week. The For the People Act is intended to expand voting rights. On Monday, Vermont at-large Congressman Peter Welch held a virtual roundtable with the Green Mountain state’s election officials and civic advocates to discuss the implications of the bill.

Pie chart of Vermont's top scams of 2020
Vermont Attorney General's office

Vermont’s Attorney General has released the top scams reported in the state last year.

Congressman Peter Welch

Vermont’s Congressman held a roundtable with Vermont advocates and election officials Monday to discuss a House bill to revise U.S. election law that will be debated this week.

Chris Rosenquest observes absentee ballot count
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Plattsburgh’s mayor is quarantining after his son was exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

Chris Rosenquest observes absentee ballot count
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Plattsburgh Mayor Chris Rosenquest has now been on the job now for just about two months. The transition has included a new Common Council schedule and a renewed focus on the city’s comprehensive master plan. Next week, the city will host two public meetings on the plan. Rosenquest, a Democrat, sat down with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley to discuss that, police reform progress, the status of the city’s police chief, the relationship with the town, and much more.

A casualty of the coronavirus pandemic could be the centuries-old tradition of the New England town meeting.

Gov. Phil Scott says Vermont is much closer than many other states in getting kids fully back to in-person learning amid the pandemic but even with improvements to remote learning and some in-person instruction many students are struggling.

Vermont Town Meeting Day graphic
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Many Vermont communities will decide issues through Australian ballot rather than floor discussion and voice votes on Town Meeting Day Tuesday due to the pandemic.  This year questions range from land purchase approvals to cannabis sales.

Congressman Peter Welch at St. Albans food shelf
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Our region’s congressional representatives are discussing key provisions of the American Rescue Plan – the latest COVID relief bill that’s expected to be voted on in the U.S. House this week.

The Black Lives Matter flag flies in front of Burlington City Hall
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Vermont’s Town Meeting Day is Tuesday. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has this overview of the race for mayor in the state’s largest city, Burlington.

Saranac Lake welcome sign
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Last June, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order that required all local governments and stakeholders to review their police departments and develop a plan to improve operations.  The plan must be adopted by April 1st and filed with the state. The village of Saranac Lake is holding public hearings on its proposed Police Reform Plan as it prepares to finalize the document.

A Winter of Hope ice sculpture at the Hyde Collection
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The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls has paused public visits inside its buildings until May. But the museum has found an alternative way to display one type of art and honor frontline workers.

A fast moving fire has destroyed a 115-year-old church in the Vermont town of Middlesex.