Wed 05-MAR-2014 Noon News Script
Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is joining President Obama on a national stage today -- as part of the president's push for a higher minimum wage. Kyle Midura is traveling with the governor in New Britain, Connecticut. Kyle what are we expecting from this event -- and why was Governor Shumlin asked to be part of it? (kyle talks) Kyle - the Governor has been out of Vermont a lot lately. Why all the travel? (kyle talks again -- roger thanks off camera) Kyle and Adam Sullivan are both covering the minimum wage event -- and Governor Shumlin's rising national profile. We'll have live reports at 5:00, 5:30 and 6:00.
Twice as many school budgets were rejected on town meeting day as usual. According to a tally compiled by the Vermont School Boards Association -- 34 communities defeated their school budgets in voting this week. Another four towns reduced their budget totals before passage. The average since 19-90 has been 17 rejections. In many cases, voters may have been sending a message about large property tax increases -- blamed on the intracacies of the school funding formula -- even though local spending was held in check.
((Steve Dale: "When you're looking at a budget and you're saying this is a reasonable budget for the number of students we're serving, but we're going to vote against it anyway, then it becomes a very difficult thing for local school boards and obviously it has a direct impact on students.")) Budgets went down to defeat in some of Vermont's larger communities -- including Burlington, where voters -- facing a ten percent tax hike -- said no to the school budget for the first time since 2003.
Burlington residents supported every other ballot item -- including three proposed charter changes aimed at gun safety. The measures would allow police to seize the weapons of anyone suspected of Domestic Abuse -- ban guns in Liquor Establishments -- and require gun owners to lock up their guns at home. All three passed by wide margins.
((00:18:06:08)) Nathaniel Kelner- Burlington I really think this is a no brainer legislation its nothing too infringing on peoples rights and it seems like its just going to make the community a safer place. ((00:18:15:19)) ((00:24 Evan Hughes / Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs "Our primary concern is that the ordinances that would be enacted - attack our Vermont sportsmans Bill of rights.")) That was Evan Hughes of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs. He says the changes may lead to conflicting gun rules across the state. Opponents will take that argument to the legislature, which must approve the Burlington changes before they become law.
In Montpelier -- capital city voters re-elected their mayor. Incumbent John Hollar defeated mayoral challenger Gwendolyn Hallsmith -- with a vote of 1,525 to 782.
Fourteen towns signed off on the creation of a public bank in Vermont. Supporters say a state bank could save money, create jobs and generate revenue -- rather than letting large global banking institutions enjoy those benefits. Detractors -- including Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce -- say the financial exposure would put the state's finances at risk. Four towns rejected the measure.
A Red Cross Bloodmobile crashed in Royalton this morning on Interstate 89. Police say a small vehicle pulled in front of the bus and braked -- not giving the Bloodmobile driver enough time to stop. He veered into the median and hit a snow bank to avoid hitting the car. The driver of the bus suffered minor injuries. Police remind everyone that large vehicles need more time to slow down or stop -- and to leave enough room between themselves and a vehicle they are overtaking when returning to a lane.
Clinton County Sheriffs say a mother-daughter team smuggled drugs into a prison. 53-year-old Victoria Curry was arrested for bringing morphine pills to her daughter -- 30-year old Kimberly Laroe who is doing time at Clinton County Correctional Facility. When corrections officers caught on to what was happening -- Laroe swallowed the pills to prevent them from being used as evidence against her. Both are facing felony charges.
Today: Snow showers tapering Gradual clearing, north to south Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Clear skies Really cold again Lows: -5 to -20 Wind: Light Thursday: Just plain sunny Highs: 18 to 25 Wind: Light & variable Extended: Friday: Mostly sunny Lows: -5 to 5 Highs: 30s Saturday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 30s Sunday: AM snow showers Then clearing Colder Lows: 15 to 25 Highs; 20s Hyper-Extended: Monday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 25 to 35 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 25 to 35
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