Fri 07-MAR-2014 Early A.M. News Script
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A recent bill regarding sex assault in the military did not survive a senate vote this week. New York Senator Kirsten Gillabrand proposed a law to take authority away from military commanders when prosecuting rape or other serious allegations failed by just 5 votes on Thursday. This comes just as the military moved to suspend its top sex crimes prosecutor -- for allegedly sexually assaulting a fellow soldier back in 2011. Supporters say the bill will be brought up, again.
The Randolph man -- who admitted to murdering his niece -- in 2008 -- will be sentenced this spring. In August -- Michael Jacques -- struck a deal with federal prosecutors -- pleading guilty to abducting, drugging, raping and killing -- 12-year-old Brooke Bennett. In exchange -- the feds took the death penalty off the table. Now the court has announced Jacques will be sentenced May 20 -- in U-S District Court in Burlington. Prosecutors are calling for him to spend life -- plus 70 years -- behind bars without the possibility of parole.
38-year-old Brian German of collided with a tractor trailer on I-89 in Waterbury early Saturday. . Authorities say German was headed south in the northbound lane. He was hospitalized and listed in critical condition for nearly a week -- and police say he died from his injuries Wednesday night.
This winter's bitter cold has left a lot of pot holes in the roads. Vtrans says they work hard to try and cover up the pot holes-but once the snow plows are out on the roadways, that work is lost. Vtrans has been filling the potholes with this temporary fix, but says the more permanent solutions won't be available until Spring.
We're less than week away from a possible bus drivers' strike in Burlington. Unionized drivers for the Chittenden County Transportation Authority -- or CCTA -- are threatening to walk off the job next Monday morning -- if a new contract is not reached by then. Among the issues dividing the two sides are -- the length of split shifts -- and the use of part-time drivers.
((IN: 00:02:36 Bill Watterson/General Manager CCTA "certainly from our point of view we've always been ready willing and able to sit down and disucss matters. We've been very clear about what our priorities are in terms of finding a way to have more 40 hour jobs for our drivers, to have an effective way to have part-timers be a part of the solution to cover our peak hour work")) More negotiations are planned for Saturday.
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