Wed 28-JAN-2015 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin joined other governors today in telling a U.S. Senate committee about the need for continued federal funding of state transportation projects. The Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works is holding hearings on federal transporation investment. It's at a time when both parties in Congress have acknowledged the country's roads and bridges are in bad shape -- and the current gas tax is not raising enough money to pay for maintenance and upgrades. Governor Shumlin says if federal funding isn't resolved by May, road, bridge and other transportation projects in Vermont will be in jeopardy.


((9:10-:30 Gov. Peter Shumlin/D-Vermont: "When the trust fund is out of money and you're literally unable to send the match back to the states, we're in a terrible position. Because we have to dig for cash that we didn't anticipate we would need, or say to contractors we can't do the work that we contracted to do because we don't have the money to pay the bills.")) Shumlin has a sympathetic ear in the Senate in Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders introduced legislation Tuesday to spend a trillion dollars on the nation's infrastructure in the next five years.


A Vermont inmate serving time for threatening the president -- has taken a plea deal in a prison assault case. 24-year-old Dakota Gardner was originally charged with attempted murder for the 20-12 attack on a fellow inmate at the Springfield prison. Police say he lured sex offender Ryan John into his cell and choked him. Corrections officers are credited with saving John's life. Under a deal with prosecutors, Gardner pleaded guilty to aggravated assault -- and will spend at least another five years in prison.


Two employees at a New York home for people with developmental disabilities are charged with assaulting a resident. State Police arrested 31-year-old Jimmy Beaulieu of Ogdensburg and 49-year-old Robert Kennedy of Tupper Lake. They are charged with assaulting a 22-year-old resident at the Sunmount Developmental center. This is not the first allegation of abuse at the Tupper Lake group home. Sunmount and other state-run facilities were cited in a 20-12 investigation for failing to adequately protect patients from neglect and abuse. Three Sunmount employees were charged with abuse in 20-13.


Some Vermont students are incorporating real world experience while still in High School through classes at regional technical centers. Tech Ed has transformed over the years -- with the goal of preparing students for today's workforce -- and higher education. Students at the Center for Technology Essex are studying a variety of subjects and recieving industry recognized credentials and skills, and even college credits they can take with them after graduation.


((Tile 714 6398_01 Michele Kupersmith/Vermont Department of Labor Workforce Education and Training Coordinator: 00:08:11:00" And I think our population of kids , our new culture of kids is asking for that and they are worried about their own futures they want to know they can earn money they want to know that they are going to have a career path and they are worried about college expense and they wish they had more skills." 00:08:30:02)) Tonight at 6 -Judy Simpson takes a look at the role Technical Centers play -- as we continue our specials series -- 30 Schools in 30 Days.


Vermont lawmakers might try to tinker with the state's aid-in-dying law. The law passed in 20-13 is in effect until July of 20-16. At that time -- many of the patient protections in the law will disappear. The lead backer of the original bill is Senator Claire Ayer of Addison County. She says she'll push legislation this year to stop the changes scheduled for 2016 from taking place. The three year patient protection portion was part of a compromise needed for the law to pass the Vermont Senate.

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Pro-gun advocates donned blaze orange at the statehouse to oppose a gun bill. Senator John Campbell spoke to the gun rights supporters about a bill he is co-sponsoring. It would require background checks on guns bought at gun shows.


(29:10 Sen. John Campbell)(("Everyone has a right to have a firearm, everyone has a right to defend themselves or their property.")) (Eastman Root 06:08)(("I got a copy of the proposed bill right in my pocket, I read it today, and there's nothing in there that the federal government does not already have covered.")) There will be a public hearing on the bill February tenth.


New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is giving up his leadership position. Silver faces federal corruption charges. The Manhattan Democrat is accused of pocketing almost 4-million dollars in kickbacks. Silver is not giving up his assembly seat -- and says he expects to be exonerated. Silver is currently the nation's second longest-serving speaker and considered one of the most powerful men in New York state.


Today: Continued clearing, west to east Highs: 15 to 22 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Clear & cold Lows: 0 to -15 Wind: Light Thursday: AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for snow showers late Highs: 23 to 30 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Snow Turning blustery, colder Lows: 20s Highs: 20s, falling Saturday: AM snow showers, NEK Then mostly sunny Cold & blustery Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 2 to 12 Sunday: Increasing clouds Lows: 5 to -10 Highs: 12 to 22 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Groundhog Day! Another coastal storm? More snow Lows: 5 to -10 Highs: 10 to 20 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: -5 to -20 Highs: 0 to 10

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