Wed 10-SEP-2014 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. A ribbon cutting in Shelburne marks the opening of a new affordable housing community. The Harrington Village and the Wright House in Shelburne's village center adds 78 homes. Most of the units are affordable housing -- and will be home to seniors and families. The rental housing developments cost about 20 million dollars to build.


((Nancy Owens/Housing Vermont President 00:06:30 "We have a multi-generational neighborhood open to people of all incomes, a walkable neighborhood with schools, shops and services and jobs nearby. A neighborhood with public transit at the doorstep and beautiful and land and recreational services nearby." 00:06:45)) Four additional duplex homes are currently under construction. Owens says the vacancy rate for rental housing in Chittenden County is less than one percent. They hope the new development will help alleviate the need for more housing.


No big surprises in yesterday's primary elections in New York and New Hampshire. In the Republican primary for U-S Senate in the Granite State .... Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown was the winner over two other candidates. He'll now face incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in November. The Republican nomination in New Hampshire's second congressional district goes to Marilinda Garcia. The current state representative and music professor will take on Democratic incumbent Annie Kuster in November. In the Republican race for governor Former defense industry executive Walt Havenstein (HAV'-ehn-styn) topped a large field of challengers. He'll go up against first-term Governor Maggie Hassan -- who easily won her bid in the Democratic primary.


In New York, voters had a choice of which Democrat to put on the ballot for governor. And they chose Incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo fended off a spirited challenge from the left wing of his party -- defeating Vermont native Zephyr Teachout -- 60-percent to 33-percent. Cuomo now goes up against Republican Rob Astorino in November.

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In the North Country -- no official results so far in the 115th assembly district. Incumbent Janet Duprey is seeking her 5th term representing Clinton and Franklin counties -- and the Republican primary was a rematch from 2012 -- against school teacher Karen Bisso. In that last primary, Bisso lost to Duprey by just 612 votes. Well this one is even closer. With all of regular ballots counted, Duprey leads Bisso by 101 votes. But there are still about 255 absentee ballots to be counted. Duprey tells the Plattsburgh Press Republican that she feels comfortable that she has won. But says -- she doesn't believe the race is over yet. The absentee ballots won't be counted until next week.

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Lawyers for the Shelburne man charged with killing a toddler have asked a judge to dismiss the case. 22-year-old Joshua Blow was arrested in July following the death of 2-year-old Aiden Haskins. We told you yesterday that Judge Michael Kupersmith issued a recent ruling that called the evidence against Blow "paper thin." The judge suggested the case might not survive a motion to dismiss. Blow's lawyers are now taking that route. Prosecutors say they believe they still have a strong case.


More information about the car crash involving former FBI director Louis Freeh. There was apparently at least one eyewitness to the crash on Route 12 in Barnard last month. Freeh's SUV went off the road and struck a tree. He was hospitalized with serious injuries. Police issued a report last week saying they believe Freeh fell asleep before crashing. The report did not mention that there were other vehicles nearby. One witness told investigators that Freeh's vehicle crossed the centerline -- forcing two cars and a motorcyclist to swerve out of the way.


Big changes are coming to the way Vermonters dispose of their trash, recycling and food waste. Starting next year, trash haulers that pick up garbage will also pick up recycling. And by 2020, Vermonters will have to separate their food waste from regular garbage. The law could force some major changes in some communities -- like Middlebury. The town has had its own curb-side recycling program for over 20 years. Now town officials are trying to decide whether to scrap that program -- and let the private trash haulers take over that service in accordance with the new law.


(19:38:53 Natalie Star)(("The house is going to pay one price and they are going to get the recycling service included in that.")) (19:37:30 Natalie Starr)(("For your individual haulers to provide you service, it would cost more.")) But some are concerned that dropping the town recycling program could hurt smaller trash haulers who are not equipped to pick up both trash and recycling.

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Burlington is looking at changes in the way in regulates taxicabs in the city. Right now the program is administered out of the airport -- where a large part of the taxi rides originate or end up. But a report released this week suggests the offices be relocated to city hall. The Director of Aviation, the Airport Commission and airport staff have expressed concerns about administering the city-wide vehicle system from the airport.


((Mayor Miro Weinberger/City of Burlington 01:54:36 "I'm still reviewing it, still grappling with some of the details. I've committed to the city council, we'll come back by October 20th and give the council an update on what the administration plans to do." 01:54:48)) Mayor Miro Weinberger says some good arguments were presented around why the change should happen but a final decision hasn't been made.


Clouds will thicken up this afternoon...highs in the low 70s. A cold front will start to move in tonight; Some showers will develop overnight, mainly to the north and west. Lows will range from 55/65, warmest in the Champlain Valley. Southerly winds will begin to kick up too. The front will gradually move south on Thursday, bringing a period of showers to the region. Some clearing could develop later in the day. After the front passes, notably cooler air will return on Friday, with highs in the upper 50s to upper 60s (coolest across the north). We'll hold onto cool weather through the weekend. A weak upper-level disturbance will bring increasing clouds on Saturday, with perhaps a few afternoon and evening showers. Sunday looks like a nicer day, with partly cloudy skies. Temps will stay on the cool side into next week.

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