Thu 16-OCT-2014 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. A New Hampshire mother is charged with murdering her infant son. In June -- emergency crews responded to a home in Lyman, New Hampshire. Police say a baby boy was taken to the hospital -- where he died. Authorities also found his 4-month-old sister in the home with serious injuries. Their mother -- 29-year old Patina Welch -- is charged with second degree murder for her son's death -- and assault for her daughter's injuries. She is due is court this afternoon.


He spent over a decade in prison for killing his foster mother -- now Scott Favreau is back behind bars for escaping from furlough. This was Favreau as a teenager -- when he pleaded guilty to the 2000 murder of Vicki Campbell-Beer. Favreau killed Campbell-Beer at the urging of the woman's stepdaughter Tasia Beer. Both teens went to prison. Favreau was released from prison last year -- but remained under supervision of the corrections department. But police say he violated the conditions of release by leaving the state last week.


Negotiations are set to resume today between striking South Burlington teachers and the city school board. Meanwhile schools remain closed for a third day. The strike brought a large crowd of parents, students and teachers to the regular school board meeting last night. Representatives from the union and the board expressed their willingness to reach a deal on a new contract when talks resume. Residents who spoke expressed anger and frustration with both sides for allowing the contract dispute to close schools.


(Dean Meleen/Teacher 38:58)(("Don't think for a moment that this has not brought heartache.")) (michelle Rosowsky/Parent 48:46)(("There is damage to this community...48:50 I wont be able to face my children's teachers the same way.")) (27:50 Sarah Weber/RESIDENT)(("What our community will look like after this strike will depend more on how we get through this than what the dollars and cents settlement is.")) Wednesdays meeting did not include negotiations between the two sides. Those will take place THIS afternoon -- when the board says all of their members will be present.


For the first time in nearly four years, gasoline prices in Vermont have dipped below three dollars. Both the Jay Country Store and the Troy Country Store in Orleans County have prices below the three dollar mark -- according to the latest information from GasBuddy-dot-com. There are no other reports of gas anywhere near that low -- and the average in Vermont is still three-39 a gallon. But prices have been dropping steadily around the state and around the nation -- with prices now under three dollars in 25-percent of gas stations nationally. Experts credit a variety of reasons, including that Americans are driving less -- crude oil prices have fallen -- and there haven't been any major natual disasters this year. The last time the average price in Vermont was under three dollars was December of 2010.


Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne today released information about his personal wealth. Milne reports income of 139-thousand dollars last year -- primarily from his job as CEO of Milne Travel agency. He lists his net assets as about two-point-six million dollars, including ownership of the travel agency and a 50-percent stake in a realty company. Earlier in the campaign, Governor Peter Shumlin revealed his wealth at over ten million dollars. But Milne says Shumlin did not fully disclose how he made over 700-thousand dollar in income last year -- and also did not release his 2012 tax returns. Milne says the legislature should pass a law requiring candidates make full disclosures. Currently financial disclosures are voluntary.


Governor Shumlin also continues to hold a big financial edge on Scott Milne on the campaign trail. Campaign finance reports released yesterday show the governor has raised more than 3-quarters of a million dollars. His spending -- on TV commercials has ramped up recently -- and he's now spent over a half million. That's nearly four times more than Shumlin spent in his entire 20-12 campaign. The governor still has more than 850-thousand dollars cash on hand. Milne has raised a total of 146-thousand from contributors. He's spent 113 thousand and he has 58-thousand cash on hand.


State Auditor Doug Hoffer says there needs to be more oversight of non-profits that work with the mentally ill. Hoffer's office reviewed eleven regional nonprofit agencies contracted by the state. Hoffer says the state needs to do a better job of ensuring clients are getting all the services covered in the contracts.


A 24-hour smoking ban on Burlington's Church Street Marketplace--is one step closer--to becoming a reality. The ban would apply to all four blocks of the marketplace -- including restaurants with outdoor seating. A similar ban was vetoed by former Burlington mayor Bob Kiss back in 20-12. But last night in a 2-to-1 vote -- the city council ordinance committee passed the ban. The next step will be the full council vote on November 10th.


Construction on South Catherine Street in Plattsburgh has some local business saying the road work is driving customers away. The city started repairing South Catherine Street in June after complaints from the community about the road's cracked pavement and potholes. But many nearby businesses say they now need a fix for their finances -- because customers are driving elsewhere. Some businesses say they've lost tens of thousands of dollars -- and some others may have to make some tough decisions.


(TC 00:06:46:25 Tile 4043) ((David Richard/Richard's Beverage Center Owner "Business keeps going like it is I'm going to have to lay off some people because the business is that bad." 00:06:55:11)) Mayor James Calnon says work is on schedule and expected to finish by the end of this year -- but it's officially a 2 year project and any unfinished work will continue in 20-15.


Today: Periods of rain, heavy at times T-storm possible Highs: 67 to 74 Wind: SSE 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Rain tapering off Lows: 52 to 58 Wind: SE to SW 5 to 10 mph Friday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for a few showers Highs: 62 to 68 Wind: SW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Showers Turning colder late Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 55 to 65 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Showers Mountain snow showers Blustery, colder Lows: 30s Highs: 40s Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 22 to 32 Highs: 42 to 52 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers Lows: 30s Highs: 45 to 55 Wednesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 30s Highs: 45 to 55

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