Tue 04-MAR-2014 Noon News Script
Happy Town Meeting Day! I'm Shelby Cashman in for Roger Garrity. Burlington voters are making their way out to the poles today. Voters are casting ballots on a number of issues -- including the future of the Moran Plant. Other highly debated topics include firearm regulations and next year's school budget.
((John Pijanowski/Voter 00:26:45 "Im here to vote down a couple of those issues, the ones that talk about locking if the home is locked up, I feel if the home is secure people deserve the right to protect their assets." 00:26:59)) ((Peter Young00:34:56 "there's a lot of really important issues this year. The school budget, it's a really difficult budget to pass but it's important to support education so thats probably the primary reason Im here." 00:35:05)) There are also spirited races for City Council in South Burlington. And in Montpelier --a hotly contested race for a Mayor.
Some towns have already had their meetings -- and two in Addison County are saying "no" to a plan by Vermont Gas to extend a natural gas pipeline through their communities. Voters in Cornwall last night passed a non-binding resolution to oppose the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project. Voters in Shoreham this morning did the same thing. The 70 million dollar project would pipe natural gas from Middlebury -- through Cornwall and Shoreham -- and eventually under Lake Champlain to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga. We'll have much more Town Meeting Day coverage tonight at 5, 5-30 and 6.
If you need help using Vermont Health Connect today---it may be tough. The call center is currently closed. (("We are currently closed in observance of the holiday....Thank you for calling Vermont Health Connect, goodbye")) This closure comes on the heels of yesterday's announcement that the online payment function is finally up and running -- five months after the site went live. State officials say the call center is closed in observance of this very important holiday in Vermont, but the website itself is fully up and running. You can still log on and enroll today and if you run into any problems, email Health Connect directly.
Six Vermont colleges are forming a cooperative to increase offerings for students. It is called the Windham Higher Education Cooperative. The six schools are the Community College of Vermont; Landmark College; Marlboro College; School for International Training; Union Institute; and Vermont Technical College. Students will be able to take up to one course at one other participating institution each semester. The program should start in September.
The Vermont Labor Department is holding workshops Friday at the Sheraton in South Burlington to help people improve their chances of finding a job. Participants will learn interviewing skills, resume writing, and how to find the right career for them. Registration is at 8:30. Workshops begin at 9.
Two hospitals on different sides of the lake are joining forces for cardiac care. CVPH in Plattsburgh is no longer performing major cardiac procedures -- all of those cases are being sent to Fletcher Allen Health Care. CVPH is now focusing on less-invasive procedures, like angioplasty. They say this partnership will help both hospitals save money and patients will see better outcomes with specialized care.
((Stephens Mundy/President of CVPH Medical Center "National trends were that the rate of cardiac surgery was going down and down and down, and it made sense to consolidate that." 00:12:22:29)) ((Hamilton Davis "moving to rationalize how that care is delivered on a cooperative basis rather than a competitive basis makes a ton of sense to do now." 00:02:33:27)) Some people did lose their jobs as a result of this consolidation -- but CVPS hospital president says most of those staff members have found new positions.
The search is off for a missing woman in Proctor. Police are no longer looking for 59-year old Maryann Foster. She was reported missing last week -- but police now say they are receiving tips that she's been spotting in Berlin, Williston and several other locations. Foster was reported missing last week by her boyfriend. Her keys and jacket were left behind.
Bob Smith is back and wants to be a senator again. The republican represented New Hampshire in the U-S Senate for two terms -- until he lost in the 2002 primary against John Sununu. Today Smith is kicking off his campaign to reclaim his old seat now held by Jeanne Shaheen. But first Smith has to get past the primary where he faces two opponents.
An interested Balsams Grand Resort buyer wants to keep it running year round. Les Otten's spokesperson said the businessman is exploring ideas for a four-season resort with expanded ski facilities. The resort closed in 2010, after almost 1-hundred-50 years in business. The newest owners bought it one year later. They are now saying they've started a lease with Otten. The spokesperson won't give any details until a development plan is put together. But he says the neighboring wind turbines may cause an issue with expanding.
The National Park Service says an historic site in the Upper Valley is pumping millions into New Hampshire. Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site in Cornish includes the home, studio and gardens of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. In 20-12 -- it attracted more than 33-thousand visitors and contributed one-and-a half million dollars to the state's economy.
Today: Town Meeting Day! Increasing clouds Snow showers late Highs 13 to 20 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Snow showers Dusting - 2" Lows: -5 to 10 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Highs: 15 to 22 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Mostly sunny Lows: -5 to -20 Highs: 15 to 25 Friday: Partly sunny Lows: -5 to 10 Highs: 30s Saturday: Partly sunny Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Daylight Saving Time! Partly sunny Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 20s Monday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 25 to 35
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