Mon 31-AUG-2015 Noon News Script


A nine-year-old girl is in intensive care -- after police say she was accidentally shot by her father. It allegedly happened Sunday morning at a family camp off Route 4 in Ira. State Police say the girl's father -- Randy Babcock was cleaning a 22-caliber handgun when he accidentally shot the girl in the stomach. The child was carried to a nearby rest area on Route 4 -- and then airlifted to the UVM Medical Center where she underwent surgery. She's currently listed in Good condition. VSP and DCF are both investigating.


New York State Police are investigating the apparent drowning of a Plattsburgh State college student. Troopers were called to the old Oxbow bridge on Kent Falls Road in Schuyler Falls yesterday afternoon. Witnesses told police that 21-year-old Evan Gillies of Huntington, New York had jumped off the bridge into the Saranac River -- and had not resurfaced. Rescue crews found is body about an hour later. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. An autopsy is scheduled for today.


A presidential candidate is scheduled to visit Vermont today. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is set to attend a state Republican event. The GOP is holding a fundraising barbeque in Essex tonight -- where Paul is scheduled to give the keynote address. It's 65-dollars a head -- though donors can pay up to two thousand dollars for a private reception beforehand. Paul and many other candidates have been campaigning regularly in New Hampshire in advance of that state's early primary. Few bother to cross into Vermont. Paul is currently polling near the bottom of the crowded Republican field.


Senator Patrick Leahy is worried he could lose the next election -- so he's making a big fundraising push. Leahy is up for re-election in 20-16. He'll be seeking his eighth 6-year term in the Senate. He hasn't faced a strong opponent since 1992, but in a fundraising letter sent to supporters this weekend, Leahy's campaign raised the spectre of a right-wing super PAC pouring money into Vermont aimed at defeating Leahy. Leahy's latest campaign finance report -- filed at the end of June -- shows he had over two-point-two million dollars in the bank at that point. With nearly 41 years at the Capitol -- the 75-year-old is the senior most member of the Senate.


Gasoline prices continue to fall -- and Vermonters are paying less on average than other Americans. The average price at the pump in Vermont is now two-dollars and 41 cents. That is also the average in the Burlington area. The national average is two-47. Vermonters are paying a dollar-16 less per gallon than they were at this same time a year ago. It was about this time in 20-14 when prices began to plummet -- dropping into the two-30 range by mid-winter. Prices then climbed again until mid-summer -- and now are on the way down again. Some experts say the national average could fall below two dollars by the end of the year.


A new bridge on Interstate 91 in White River Junction is open -- after the state's first "bridge slide" project. State transportation officials say the Northbound bridge over Route 5 re-opened at three o'clock this morning -- after an entirely new structure was slid into place over the weekend. It was the first time VTrans used the technique -- which allowed traffic to flow on the interstate and the busy road below with minimal interruptions, compared to usual bridge construction. Next up is the Southbound lanes. VTrans hopes to slide THAT new bridge into place in a couple of weeks.


A new report in Plattsburgh says the city should take-over all sidwalk plowing -- but there's serious disagreement about how much that would cost. The city council formed a snow advisory committee this past winter to examine the issue. Current regulations call for property owners to clear sidewalks within 24 hours of a snow. But city officials say many home and business owners don't comply -- leaving a patchwork of snow-covered sidewalks. The committee recommended last week that the job be done by the city public works department. But city officials tell the Plattsburgh Press Republican the committee's estimated cost for equipment and manpower is way off. The committee came back with a figure of 59-thousand a year. The public works department says it's more like 750-thousand.


Many of his classmates will be returning to dorm rooms for this school year, but one Green Mountain College senior decided to build his own living space. 21-year-old Rob Dunn of Henniker, New Hampshire built a 96-square foot house off campus. The house is made up of about 75 percent reclaimed recyclable materials and cost him 3 thousand dollars to build. He says he chose to build the house to cut down on his college expenses, as well as his carbon footprint.


(TC 00:49:51:05 Title 1843)((Rob Dunn/GMC Senior: "if you want to build a tiny house in the woods of Vermont, that's great. If you want to build it to save money, that's better. If you want to do it to save money but also to save the environment because there's no other way to reduce your impact aside from doing something crazy like this when you live in a dorm, that's sold. That's something I can get my head around. Something I want to do." 00:50:11:19)) Dunn's house is located about 5 miles from campus. Eliza Larson will have more coming up at 6.


A former Douglas administration official has a new job in the media. Next week, Mike Smith will replace Mark Johnson on WDEV Radio. Smith held high profiles position under Republican Governor Douglas He also served as President of Fairpoint in Vermont -- and recently as interim president of Burlington College. Smith currently comments on political happenings for Channel 3 and the Rutland Herald and Barre Montpelier Times Argus. -3-


A weak front is lurking to our north today. We can't rule out an isolated shower over northern areas. Otherwise it will be partly cloudy. Temps will be above normal, reaching 78/85. The humidity levels will also come up a bit. Mostly clear skies are expected tonight, with areas of patchy fog. Lows will average 52/62. A big ridge of high pressure will move in on Tuesday and Wednesday. This will means we'll see plentiful sunshine with well above normal temperatures. In fact by Wednesday some valley areas could push 90 degrees. Dewpoints will be in the low to mid 60s, so it will also feel sticky. By Wednesday night and Thursday a weak backdoor cold front will move in with the chance for just a few showers and t-storms. Highs should still make it into the 80s on Thursday. Slightly cooler, less humid air will return on Friday, with highs closer to 80. High pressure will also nose back in, so we'll see plenty of sunshine. After that, high pressure will remain in control. More sunshine is expected, along with above normal temperatures.

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