Tue 24-NOV-2015 Noon News Script


Big news in New York's North Country today -- Alcoa has backed off a plan to close its smelting operations in Massena. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the deal this morning that will save 600 jobs in the economically depressed area. Under the terms of the agreement -- Alcoa will keep its West smelter plant open for at least three-and-a-half years. The state will offer up to 30 million dollars in electricity savings and 38 million for upgrades and improvements at the plant. Alcoa will face up to $40 million in penalties if it violates the terms of the deal. Cuomo and Sen. Charles Schumer negotiated the deal after Alcoa announced the plant's closure earlier this month.


Governor Peter Shumlin tells refugees he's thankful they decided to come to Vermont. The Governor stopped in to see an English Language Learner class for those who settled in Vermont after fleeing unrest in their home countries. Members of this class came from Africa and Southeast Asia. Gov. Peter Shumlin says many Americans are unaware of the years-long process refugees must overcome to resettle in the United States.


(00:08:00:00 ) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont but we know what we end up with is not people we should fear, but people that we embrace, appreciate, as members of the Vermotn family, and we're really really excited to have you here )) More than half the governors across the United States have called for putting a temporary halt on plans to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States following terror attacks in France. Shumlin says the resettlement program has yet to admit a terrorist -- and argues those who wish to do harm to the country have easier means of access than through the refugee program.


A longtime Vermont public official and former candidate for governor needs a new kidney. The Burlington Free Press reports that 74-year-old Con Hogan is on a transplant waiting list and has undergone 10 surgeries to prepare his body for the procedure. With no family donor available, Hogan has actively stepped up his efforts to find a match. Hogan worked under governors Snelling and Dean -- and currently serves on the Green Mountain Care Board. He ran for governor as an independent in 2002.


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is moving the chief of its hospital in White River Junction -- to oversee its troubled facility in Phoenix, Arizona. Deborah Amdur will replace one of several interim directors in Phoenix who had served since allegations surfaced last year that the hospital had manipulated reports on patient wait-times. The Phoenix VA became a flashpoint in a national scandal over mismanagement and corruption in the VA health system. The White River Junction hospital meanwhile scheduled more than 95 percent of appointments within 30 days, putting it in the top five percent of VA facilities nationwide. Amdur says her top goal in Phoenix will be to restore the trust of the veterans with timely, high-quality care.


Bernie Sanders took his pursuit of the presidency to Georgia yesterday -- courting black voters in a part of the country where he is far behind Hillary Clinton in the polls. But one campaign event was interrupted. ((Sanders: "I want you to think for a moment what that means and what the implications of that ... we have to take a break I'm sorry.")) Sanders moved away from the podium while people tended to a man who collapsed on the stage. Several people rushed to the man's aid -- and he was able to walk off the stage. And when Sanders returned to the podium -- he joked -- "I didn't know my oratory was so powerful."


Bernie Sanders hasn't made it to the top of the polls in the presidential race -- but he may just be the most popular U-S Senator in the country. A media company survey of 75-thousand Americans revealed that while Americans have a low opinion of Congress in general -- many have great affection for their own senators and representatives. But no Senator received more support from his or her constituents than Sanders received from Vermonters. He scored an 83-percent job approval rating. Vermont's other Senator -- Patrick Leahy -- had the third highest score at 71-percent.


A Vermont college's mascot uniform that went missing for more than a month has been found. Castleton University officials say the costume for its green-caped Spartan was located unharmed in the football stadium after it was reported missing. The costume disappeared from the Student Government Association offices between late September and the middle of October. The association bought it for $1,700 last year. School reps says they suspect "Sparty just needed a break" and the matter is considered closed.


Today: Mix of sun & clouds A few snow showers, mainly north Highs: 32 to 38 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 18 to 25 Wind: Light Wednesday: Partly cloudy Highs: 38 to 45 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Thanksgiving! Partly cloudy Breezy, mild Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 45 to 55 Friday: Mostly cloudy Rain showers Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 42 to 52 Saturday: Chance for AM flurries Then clearing Turning colder again Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 30s Monday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers late, south Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 30s

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