Wed 27-APR-2016 Noon News Script
Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. Jay Peak is open - and hiring. That's the word today from Governor Peter Shumlin and the receiver now in charge of finances of the EB-5 projects in the Northeast Kingdom. Receiver Michael Goldberg had warned in a court filing of dire financial problems at Jay, but he said this morning enough funds have been released to keep everything up and running. Goldberg and Governor Shumlin met this morning with employees to assure them their jobs are secure. Goldberg says Jay Peak will continue to employ five-hundred to six-hundred people in the off season -- and that number will double once the ski season begins. He says all they need now is snow.
((at 4:48 Michael Goldberg/Receiver: I can't guarantee 100%, but I can say 99.9% ..... OUT QUE:.. It makes a profit)) As for Q-Burke -- Goldberg says the Q will be dropped within the next week -- and the resort will once again be called Burke. Goldberg also says the hotel there is finished -- and he's already shown it to a possible buyer.
Bernie Sanders says is reassessing his campaign -- but he's not dropping out -- after losing four of five primaries yesterday. Sanders claimed a victory in.Rhode Island -- but lost to Hillary Clinton in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Clinton's delegate count puts her at 90 percent of the way to the nomination. Sanders admits he has a very narrow path to the nomination but says he will stay in the race to seek as many delegates as possible to "fight for a progressive party platform."
On the Republican side ... Donald Trump swept all five primaries. He now has three-quarters of the delegates he needs for the nomination -- and he's again calling for his opponents to drop out of the race.
A plan to bring refugees to Rutland is not being welcomed by everyone. Mayor Chris Louras announced the plan yesterday to accept up to 100 people, including families from Syria and Iraq. But Louras did not give a heads up other city offiicials or the county legislative delegation. In a meeting with those lawmakers this morning, the mayor was criticized for making the decision to become a refugee resettlement community without any public input.
(00:37-:16--:38)((Rep. Douglas Gage/R-Rutland City: "There hasn't been any public testimony taken ... people's lives within the district.")) Some lawmakers raised questions about the security screening process for refugees. Others worry about financial impacts on the community, including the need for English language teachers in area schools.
A Vermont man who claimed his girlfriend was injured while the couple tried to escape an attacking bear was sentenced to four to ten years in prison. 30-year-old Lucas Gingras pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree arson and reckless endangerment after cutting a deal with prosecutors. He had been charged with attempted murder after police say he got his girlfriend to jump off a cliff while running from an imaginary bear. With credit for time already served, Gingras could be out in about two years.
A fatal crash in Dummerston yesterday afternoon. Vermont State Police say Steven Morin of Richmond, New Hampshire was traveling north on Route 30 when his tractor trailer rear ended an SUV -- pushing it into the southbound lane, where it collided with a car. A passenger in that car -- 88-year-old Charlene Higgins of Newfane -- died during transport to a hospital.
State police say a drunk driver crashed thru the front doors of the Maplefield's convenience store in Marshfield last night. No one was hurt in the crash. Police say the driver -- 38-year-old Steve Andress of Marshfield -- had a blood alcohol content of twice the legal limit. He was arrested on a DUI charge.
Today: Mostly sunny Highs: 45 to 52 Wind: NNW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Lows: 15 to 25 Wind: Light Thursday: Partly cloudy Highs: 48 to 55 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Partly cloudy Lows: 20s Highs: 50s Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 22 to 32 Highs: 50s Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 52 to 62 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 30s Highs: 52 to 62 Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 55 to 65
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