Mon 05-OCT-2015 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. We are following a developing story at this hour -- on an Amtrak derailment in Vermont. A southbound Amtrak train went off the tracks in Northfield. We're told five cars derailed -- and that there are multiple injuries. It reportedly happened in an area off Route 12A near Bull Run Road. These are photos posted to twitter by Brian Bell. He says his parents were on the train and took these photos. They were part of a group on a fall foliage sightseeing trip. We're told in all there were 98 people on board. Again, there were reports of multiple injuries. But we don't know how many or how severe.


Kyle Midura is live in Northfield with the latest.

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Back in 1984 - Vermont saw a mass casualty Amtrak derailment -- that tested Vermont resources. Heavy rains in July of that year - overwhelmed a beaver dam -- and that washed out a section of track in Williston. The Amtrak Montrealer was heading north - and the engineer had no warning. The train had 278 people on board -- and several cars went down an embankment. There was a massive response of emergency personnel. Five people were killed in the derailment -- another 150 were injured.


An accused sex predator due in court this afternoon -- works for the Vermont Agency of Education. Investigators say 42-year-old Perry Thompson sexually assaulted a boy -- over a three year period -- starting at the age of 13. Thompson is charged with aggravated sexual assault on a minor. Until his arrest -- Thompson worked at the Agency of Education as administrative assistants to Secretary Rebecca Holcombe and the State Board of Education. He has put on administrative leave.


Democrat Matt Dunne is officially launching his candidacy for Vermont governor at this hour. Dunne has been in the race for months -- but today is his kick-off event. Much of his speech is focused on the economy. Dunne says Vermont needs to make the economy work for people all over the state -- not just in Chittenden County. Dunne is one of three Democrats in the race so far.


New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has announced she's running for the U.S. Senate. In an online video released this morning, the Democratic governor says she's running to get a response from Washington that matches progress New Hampshire has made in promoting business innovation and expanding economic opportunity.


((Maggie Hassan/Democrat for NH Gov.: " ... against the middle class.")) The second-term governor is the first Democrat to announce she's in the race to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Ayotte was elected in 2010. She says she expects a "very spirited campaign."


Former Vice President Al Gore is speaking at UVM tomorrow -- but his talk is already sold out. Gore is talking about politics and climate change at UVM's Ira Allen Chapel. He was invited as part of the Energy Action Seminar fall program.


A battery truck rollover today in Charlotte. The Interstate Battery truck went off Ferry Road this morning -- and landed on its side. Some of the batteries fell off the truck - but no hazardous materials leaked. No one is hurt.


Today: Partly cloudy Highs: 58 to 65 Wind: Variable 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Patchy fog Lows: 35 to 42 Wind: Light Tuesday: Partly cloudy Warmer Highs: 62 to 68 Wind: NNW 5 to 10 mph Extended: Wednesday: Partly sunny Lows: 40s Highs: 55 to 65 Thursday: Mostly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Friday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 38 to 48 Highs: 50s Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 50s Sunday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers Lows: 30s Highs: 50s

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