Tue 04-MAR-2014 Early A.M. News Script
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State police say they found 100 bags of heroin during a traffic stop in Brattleboro. 26-year-old Jasmine Sastre of Springfield, Massachusetts was pulled over on Monday afternoon -- and is charged with trafficking and posessing heroin and cocaine. She's being held in Vermont and will be in court on Wednesday.
Two hospitals on different sides of the lake are joining forces for cardiac care. CVPH in Plattsburgh is no longer performing major cardiac procedures -- all of those cases are being sent to Fletcher Allen Health Care. CVPH is now focusing on less-invasive procedures, like angioplasty. They say this partnership will help both hospitals save money and patients will see better outcomes with specialized care.
((Stephens Mundy/President of CVPH Medical Center "National trends were that the rate of cardiac surgery was going down and down and down, and it made sense to consolidate that." 00:12:22:29)) ((Hamilton Davis "moving to rationalize how that care is delivered on a cooperative basis rather than a competitive basis makes a ton of sense to do now." 00:02:33:27)) Some people did lose their jobs as a result of this consolidation -- but CVPS hospital president says most of those staff members have found new positions.
Waterbury is one step closer to rebuilding. Monday, demolition crews took down the entrance sign of the old Vermont State Hospital. Crews have been tearing down a total of 22 buildings in the old state office complex since the fall-- many damaged by flooding in Tropical Storm Irene. All but the historic central core of the complex is being removed. Crews are expected to start work this Spring -- on a new 124-million dollar two-story Agency of Human Services building on the Waterbury site -- along with restoration of the older building.
A former Camp Gabriels state prision in New York may soon be re-purposed. Plans are in the works to turn it into a private group camp and retreat center. The property is located in the Franklin County Hamlet -- but closed in 2009.
Governor Shumlin is meeting with President Obama tomorrow to talk about a raising the minimum wage. Governor Shumlin is chair of the Democratic Governors Association. He says boosting the hourly rate -- will raise working people out of poverty. The governors from Connecticut and Rhode Island will also join in on the conversation. They say discussing the issue with the region's governors -- will mute critics who argue businesses -- trying to avoid a higher minimum wage -- will flee to neighboring states.
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