Fri 31-JUL-2015 Noon News Script
Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. The cost of providing emergency housing in Vermont is not sustainable. That's the conclusion reached in a new Department for Children and Families report reviewing the program. When the temperature drops and homeless shelters fill, the state will put up eligible families and individuals in motels. The state also houses those attempting to escape domestic violence. The report says the state received about 50 percent more applications this year than last -- and the program's cost reached four-point-two million dollars -- a million dollars over budget. Lawmakers only budgeted for two-point-three million dollars in the fiscal year which began in July.
West Nile Virus is in Vermont. The state health department says three batches of mosquitoes collected last week in Springfield tested positive for virus. Three Vermonters were sickened by West Nile Virus in 20-12. All three survived. The health department says late summer is the peak time for infection -- so remember to use bug spray, wear protective clothing and get rid of any standing water on your property to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
A Vermont man is dead after being struck head-on on Interstate 89 in Richmond. Around 7:30 last night -- state police say 23-year-old Karri Benoir of Barre was headed south near the Richmond exit -- when she veered across the grass median and hit a car head on in the northbound lane. That car was being driven by 30-year-old Brendon (COO-sin-oh) Cousino of Richmond, who died at the scene. Benoir was ejected from her car. She was hospitalized with serious injuries. Police are still investigating what may have caused Benoir to cross the median.
Vermont communities hit hard by flooding in June will get some federal disaster aid. Flash floods hit hard in southern Chittenden County on June 9th -- doing heavy damage to roads in Richmond, Bolton and Huntington. State officials say total damage was about one-point-three million dollars -- enough to qualify for a federeal disaster declaration -- and funding to help pay for the repairs.
Customers of Green Mountain Power will be paying less on their electric bill starting this fall. Officials say the company is able to provide cheaper rates partly due to having long-term and stable energy contracts -- bracing Vermont from any volatility in the market. Green Mountain Power officials say they're dedicated to helping their customers. GMP serves 80% of Vermont..
(TC 00:03:18:06 Tile 3077) ((Kristin Carlson/Green Mountain Power "We have to work with the Department of Public Service and then we also worked with AARP on part of this filing to help deliver this lower bill to customers. Right now what happens, this is a filing and a request, so we file it with the Public Service Board and they will review everything and then October 1 the new rate will take effect." 00:03:37:19)) This is the third time the power company's price has dropped in the past 4 years. Rates went down 2-and-a-half percent last year.
A former Vermont school superintendent - is facing stalking charges. Troopers say they arrested 56-year-old Robert Rosane (ro-zane) of Middlesex last night. They say his ex girlfriend came home - and found him coming out of her house - and then he took off into the woods. Rosane is charged with unlawful trespass and stalking. He was also picked up in April and charged with DUI. He is formerly the superintendent in the Franklin Central Supervisory Union. He was forced out of his job in 20-13 after months of strained relations with teachers at the high school in St. Albans.
The race to read gears up tonight in Marshfield. The program involves some of the best local racers and young readers. Kyle Streeter races at the Thunder Road in Barre. The goal of the program is to read 15 books in three months. Many of the kids in grades 1 through 6 will cross the finish line tonight in Marshfield at the Jacquith Public Library. Those kids who have read the 15 books will get to sign the hood of Streeter's Number 37 Street Stock car at the ceremony tonight.
(0092 19:27:38) ((Kyle Streeter/Race to Read: It's just a blast with these kids. All their paperwork it's almost like a feature win////19:27:56..if I was kid and a race car showed up at my school and encouraged me to read I would really try hard to read all those 15 books so so I could sign the hood of that car.")) The awards ceremony begins at 6:30 tonight and includes race cars, fried dough and music.
Once considered endangered, peregrine falcons are having a great year in Vermont. A migratory bird biologist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife says the birds rebound is due -- in part -- to cooperation from hikers and climbers who stayed away from nesting areas. 10 trails across the state were closed -- and 5 new nesting sites were discovered. The Rutland Herald reports that out of 49 observed falcon pairs, at least 43 nested -- 34 of which produced a minimum of 61 young.
This weekend -- aviation enthusiasts are flying over to the islands! Shore Acres Resort in North Hero will be packed with hundreds of spectators for the Lake Champlain Airshow. The annual event is put on by the Vermont Flight Academy. It's designed to spark interest in aviation in Vermont -- and organizers say there will be something for everyone in the family!
((SOT Ed Antczak, Vermont Flight Academy Executive Director 003318 We have everything from seaplanes to helicopters to drones to gliders to rockets, you name it 25)) ((SOT Larry Dupont, Festival Co-Founder 000552 What we did is sort of unique because we took the sea planes and combined them with the aerobatic performers, we combined it with doing some helicopter rides 01)) One of the highlights of the festival is the grapefruit drop contest! Cat Viglienzoni shows us how this friendly, fruity competition works -- tonight at 6.
Today: Partly cloudy Less humid Highs: 77 to 84 Wind: WSW 10 to 15 mph Tonight: Variable clouds Slight chance passing shower, North Lows: 55 to 62 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Partly sunny A few showers, possible t-storms Highs: 73 to 80 Wind: SW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 77 to 84 Monday: Partly sunny Showers, t-storms Lows: 58 to 65 Highs: 77 to 84 Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers Lows: 58 to 65 Highs: 70s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers Lows: 50s Highs: 65 to 75 Thursday: Partly cloudy Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 65 to 75
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