Fri 20-MAY-2016 Noon News Script


The presidential campaign will be the focus for Vermont Republicans and Democrats when they hold their state party conventions this weekend. Republicans meet Saturday in South Burlington to elect delegates to travel to the national convention in Cleveland. Though some Vermont GOP leaders don't support Donald trump -- under party rules, they are expected to send a delegation split between Trump and John Kasich, who finished a close second to Trump in the Vermont primary.


Democrats hold their convention Sunday in Barre. They are expected to assign all of the pledged delegates to Sanders, because of his resounding victory in the primary. But there could also be demands from Sanders supporters that party super delegaes pledge their support for Sanders. Some of those delegates, including Senator Patrick Leahy and Governor Peter Shumlin, say they will back Hillary Clinton at the convention..


The University of Vermont will hold its 215th commencement this weekend. The main graduation ceremony wil be held Sunday morning on the UVM green. Nearly 3000 students will receive undergrad or graduate degrees -- about a third of them from Vermont. Graduate ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, with undergrads commencing on Sunday. Some of the events require tickets. You can find the complete schedule -- by going to the InfoCenter at wcax-dot-com.

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Students at Colchester High School witnessed a mock fatal car crash today. Again, this is not a real crash, but it is meant to show the juniors and seniors the harsh realities of driving while impaired. The designated driver was under the influence of prescription pills and marijuana. Police say a large proportion of fatal crashes they say are from being under the influence of drugs rather than alcohol. The school used friends of the students in school to really hammer home the message.


(00:32:50:17) ((Brittany Michel-Senior Dakoda is one of our really good friends so that made it really intense for all of us. It was really realistic so it was pretty scary.)) (00:31:13:16) ((Justin evans-Senior I mean it really can happen to anybody. Anyones simple wrong decision can really change lives and really has an impact on the school and the community.)) The mock crash was done ahead of prom, which takes place this weekend. Next year the school will do a mock trial of the crash that happened today.


A bill to spend nearly 2 million dollars on body scanners for state prisons and county jails will soon become law in New Hampshire. Supporters say the scanners will help stop the flow of drugs into the facilities. The bill provides 1.1 million for three scanners at the men's prison in Concord, two at the Berlin prison and one for the new women's prison, which is not yet open.


And it's now illegal in the Granite State to share private sexual images of another person without his or her consent. The governor signed a bill Thursday to ban revenge porn. Sharing an explicit image of someone else, if they can be identified, without permission will now be a felony.


Brattleboro Memorial Hospital officials say they are now in compliance with federal regulations after being flagged earlier this year for violations of patients rights. A patient complaint led to a state inspection -- which found two violations involving restraint of mental health patients.


Vermont's unemployment rate dropped slightly last month. The state labor department says Vermont's seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for April was 3.2 percent -- down a tenth of a point from March. That compares to the national rate of five percent. Notably, the jobless rate for the Burlington area was two-point-six percent -- third lowest for all metro areas in the country.


Vermont is getting more federal money to clean up old industrial sites. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency will join state leaders today in announcing a new brownfield grant. Vermont received two million dollars for the program last year.


If you're thinking of adopting a dog this summer -- are you're also thinking of hiring a trainer? The president of the Chittenden County Humane Society says there's no particular season where dog adoptions increase -- but that if you are adopting -- to ask about trainers for your new pet. Shelter officials and dog trainers recommend that new dog owners seek out trainers... not for the dog... but for themselves.


(TC 01:43:24 Title 5702)((Nancy Cathcart/Chittenden County HUmane Society President: the most important thing is to get off on the right start. Start training yourself, training your dog to have a meaningful, respectful relationship." 01:51:27)) (TC 12:07:13 Title 5450)((Laurie Lawless/Dog Trainer: "because the more the dog owner knows the more they can protect their dog and understand the way their dog is feeling." 12:13:21)) Trainers say -- sometimes --once you've gotten a feel for how to train your dog -- you become more comfortable working with other dogs.


Today: Mostly sunny Highs: 68 to 75 Wind: NW 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Clear skies Lows: 42 to 48 Wind: Light Saturday: AM sun Increasing clouds Highs: 70 to 77 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 65 to 72 Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 42 to 52 Highs: 70s Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers Lows: 48 to 55 Highs: 65 to 75 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly sunny Lows: 48 to 55 Highs: 70s Thursday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 48 to 58 Highs: 70s

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