Mon 20-APR-2015 Noon News Script


Good afternoon. I'm Bridget Barry Caswell in for Roger today. The manhunt is still on in Springfield -- for whoever pulled the trigger in a fatal shooting over the weekend. Police are still searching for leads -- and the person who opened fire on 37-year-old Wesley Wing Saturday night. Officials say Wing made his way into Jake's South Street Market around 6-o-clock -- telling people there that he'd been shot. He was eventually airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock in critical condition -- and died following surgery Sunday morning. Police are now looking for the driver of a black Infiniti with Vermont plates.


(00:13:31 0296) ((Stephen Comstock/Springfield "It's not the town I grew up in. I told the chief of police last was...kind of poor choice of words at the time, but 'welcome to the town that didn't used to be." 00:13:39)) Police say the shooting appears to be an isolated incident -- and not a random act of violence.


Police are looking for an armed robber in Royalton. They say a man wearing a ski mask and sunglasses entered Rb's Deli in Royalton and robbed two clerks at knife point last night. He allegedly then fled on a mountain bike before crashing, and fleeing on foot. Police describe the man as 5 foot 10 with dark hair. He was wearing green Carhart style pants and a grey sweatshirt.


No word this afternoon on the extent of damages at a Highgate auto body shop that caught fire over the weekend. Officials say the fire at R and A Auto Body on Route 78 started when a fire in a nearby barrel spread to the building. Multiple departments responded to the scene, and were able to extinguish the blaze soon after.

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A Charlotte lawyer who is also a G-O-P official is calling on Vermont's attorney general to appoint an independent counsel -- to investigate himself. G-O-P Vice Chair -- and attorney Brady Toensing alleges four counts of misconduct related to AG Bill Sorrell's fundraising and spending. The allegations against Sorrell - a Democrat -- include failure to property report campaign expenditures, and improper solicitation of donations in exchange for official action.


(Tile 5805 26:08) ((Brady Toensing/Charlotte Attorney: "It shows there are serious allegations of campaign finance violations and serious allegations involving General Sorrell going on guilded junkets and meeting with special interests and collecting envelops full of money and then coming back to Vermont and meeting with these people and taking official action on their behalf.")) Toensing began his inquiry after a series of reports in the Seven Days newspaper. Sorrell has denied any wrongdoing related to the allegations. We'll have more tonight on the news at five and at six.


The Vermont House is expected to take up earned sick leave this week. The bill would require employers to give workers paid time off -- up to three paid days off a year starting in January, and up to five days beginning in 2018. Employees would be eligible for the benefit after having worked 14-hundred hours or a year, whichever comes first.


New Hampshire is considering a ban on powdered alcohol. "Palcohol," as it's known, has already been banned in five other states -- including Vermont. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission's enforcement leader says that powdered booze in a pouch will be easy for users to abuse. Palcohol's founder says the liquor industry is just worried about competition.


New York Senator Charles Schumer is pushing a bill for improved safety in the rail industry. "Positive Train Control," -- a kind of air-traffic-control system for trains -- was mandated by Congress seven years ago. It monitors train speeds, track conditions, and train locations -- in an effort to avoid head on collisions.


((SOT Senator Chuck Schumer/D-New York: "If a train is on a section of tracks where there is another train approaching, or a large obstacle on the tracks, it will automatically slow down the train in order to prevent a crash course collision.")) But Schumer and other lawmakers have accused the rail industry of delay tactics in installing the expensive system -- a claim the industry denies. Rail transport of crude oil has been a growing concern following recent high profile accidents.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the first American governor to visit Cuba since the re-opening of relations. Administration officials say the goal of the trip is to foster economic ties between New York and Cuba. But critics say today's visit is more about domestic politics and the governor looking for a way to make national headlines. North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas is also there. He told the Press-Republican that he's interested in attracting Montrealers to the Plattsburgh airport for trips to the island nation.


A Chittenden County bookstore is expanding. Phoenix Books is planning to open a location in downtown Rutland. Right now, the company has stores in Burlington and Essex. An announcement on the new location is expected later today -- at the GMP Energy Innovation Center.


Vermont anglers are getting some help from the state this week. Trout and salmon stocking is now underway statewide. Vermont's lakes, ponds and rivers are getting more than a million fish this year. Some of those include more than 18-thousand two-year-old trout -- and officials say that gives anglers the chance to catch the fish of a lifetime.


Our weather team has been talking about the snow melt here -- which is happening a little later than normal. But take a look at this video posted by the National Weather Service. These are satellite images taken during the first few weeks of this month. Not only do these images show the melting snow-- you can also see the melting of the ice on Lake Champlain.


A potent frontal system is moving through right now, with periods of rain. The rain, coupled with mountain snowmelt, could create some minor flooding, especially near smaller rivers and streams. It will also be windy. Southeast winds of 15-25mph will gust as high as 50 mph along the western slopes. Highs will be stuck around 45/52. Showers will continue tonight, with lows in the 40s. The winds will tend to die down. Tuesday will start out with numerous showers, and perhaps an isolated rumble of thunder. After that we'll get into a dry slot, so there is the chance we could see some breaks of afternoon sun. But there will still be the threat for some scattered afternoon showers. Highs will be in the 50s. In the longer term the pattern will remain very unsettled. A stubborn upper-level low will sit and spin from Wednesday right through Sunday. Each day will be mostly cloudy, with on and off scattered showers. Some colder air will work in by Thursday and Friday. This means any showers could mix with or change to snow at times in the higher elevations.

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