Wed 26-OCT-2016 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. A plan to transform the way health care is delivered in Vermont got a big boost this morning. State regulators gave their okay to move forward with what's known as the all-payer model. The idea is to change the way doctors and other health care providers get paid for work they do. Moving away from the current system where you get a bill for every check-up, every test, every band-aid. Instead, doctors would be paid based on the outcome of the care you get. The focus would then be on keeping people healthy, avoiding costly chronic diseases -- and slow down rate at which health care costs are rising.


Vermonters strongly favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the presidential race -- but nearly a quarter of voters plan to cast their ballots for someone else. A new Channel 3 News poll shows the Democrat Clinton has support from 50-percent of respondents. Republican Donald Trump gets just 22-percent. Some voters don't like either choice. Seven percent say they'll back Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Five percent favor the Green Party's Jill Stein. And ten percent say they plan to vote for someone else altogher. Among those "other" candidates is Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. He won 85-percent of the vote in Vermont's Democratic primary -- and some voters wish he was on the November ballot.


A record number of people have registered to vote in Vermont -- and thousands have already cast their ballots. Since early voting opened in September, voters have been pouring into town clerks offices. Secretary of State Jim Condos says its now average about two thousand per day. If that rate continues, it could eclipse the record set in 20-12 when over 76-thousand early and absentee ballots were cast.


The feds are accusing four Quebecers of driving to Vermont to rip off a bank. Prosecutors say the four men used information stolen from Canadians -- to take out cash from NBT Bank branches in Burlington and Essex. A Williston storage unit was also allegedly involved. Agents say it was packed with more than 30-thousand dollars cash -- a card reading device -- and almost 4-hundred gift cards. Each man faces up to five years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine.


A man accused in the massive fraud scheme in the Northeast Kingdom -- gets some of his assets back -- but just a fraction of what he wanted. Florida businessman Ariel Quiros wanted 1.5-million-dollars to pay his attorneys' fees. But -- a federal judge only granted him 80-thousand. Quiros is under investigation along with Jay Peak President Bill Stenger of misusing nearly 200-million-dollars of foreign investor EB-5 money.


Meanwhile, Jay Peak resort is late on its property taxes -- according to the Federal receiver now in charge of the resort. Their tax bill is just north of two million dollars -- and that money will come out of a recent settlement reached with Citibank, pending court approval. If the taxes are not paid by January, the town starts to charge a 1.5 percent penalty each month.

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A new scam targeting the University of Vermont. Police say several UVM affiliates have been hit with fake check schemes. It typically involves a job offer -- or an overpayment for services. The scammers send the victim a check or money order -- then ask them to mail or wire a percentage back to cover taxes and fees. The problem is -- the check bounces -- after the victim reimburses the scammer. UVM warns folks it will never issue a check and ask for some of it back. If this has happened to you -- report it to the Attorney General's Consumer Assistance Program.


The Vermont Supreme Court justices hit the road this week. They were in Hyde Park Tuesday to hear oral arguments on half a dozen cases. The court travels away from Montpelier several times a year to court houses and other venues around the state. Court members say it's a chance to connect with members of the public -- like law school students attending Tuesday's session.


((Justice Beth Robinson/Vermont Supreme Court... once a year we like to get out so people don't have to shlep to montpelier.)) ((Will Davis/Vermont Law School Student.... nice to hear about the field we are interested in working in. understand the technical issues behind the arguments being made.)) While the high court hears arguments on a variety of cases -- there are no rulings. Those generally weeks or months down the road.


Despite recent rain -- state officials are urging Vermonters to conserve water. Many parts of the state still experiencing dry and drought conditions. The governor's office says low water levels may impact drinking water supplies through the fall and into the winter. A new state task force is collecting data on water supply shortages. Residents are encouraged to report their low or dry drinking water wells. We have a link on the InfoCenter. Recommendations for everyone -- repair leaking faucets, run dishwashers and laundry machines only when full, and avoid washing cars.


Today: Turning partly sunny Highs: 35 to 42 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Cold Lows: 18 to 28 Wind: Light Thursday: Some AM sun Rain, mountain snow, developing Breezy Highs: 38 to 45 Wind: SSE 10 to 20 mph Extended: Friday: Rain showers Mountain snow showers tapering late Lows: 30s Highs: 40s Saturday: Rain showers Lows: 30s Highs: 45 to 55 Sunday: Chance for AM showers Then clearing Lows: 35 to 42 Highs: 40s Hyper-Extended: Monday: Halloween! Partly cloudy Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 45 to 52 Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 30s Highs: 50s

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