Tue 03-DEC-2013 Early A.M. News Script
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We have a warning for commuters this morning. Vtrans will be doing maintenance on I-89 Southbound near the Winooski River bridge a little after 9 this morning. Some lanes will be closed and the exit 15 southbound ramp. They hope to wrap up work by early afternoon.
Police are looking for a pair of robbers this morning who they say assaulted motel staff and made off with money. Just before 5 last night police say a woman and a man entered the North Star Motel on Shelburne Road. Police say the woman allegedly hit the clerk in her the face with a wooden object -- and made off with cash. Police say the male suspect is about 5-foot-10, 160 pounds -- clean shaven with a thin build. The woman is described as 5-foot-2 -- and slender. She was wearing a hooded sweatshirt -- and a bandana covering her face. If you have any information, you're asked to call Shelburne police.
Vermont Health Connect is back online this morning. The state shutdown the site Monday -- to make another round of upgrades. Today Vermonters will be able to select -- and pay for -- healthcare coverage by check -- not credit card. That function still isn't working -- and state officials aren't sure when it will be fixed. People who already made a selection will be getting a bill. And those who qualify for aid -- can now get financial help. But still left out ...the 14-thousand small businesses who need to sign up. Commissioner Mark Larson says they still can't pay -- and there's no date set for when they will be able to.
((Mark Larson 00:19:53 "We need to make sure that all of that information sharing across all of those different steps across all the different scenarios for small businesses is working correctly.00:20:05)) Due to website glitches -- Vermonters now have until March to sign up for coverage.
UVM kicked the megabus off campus last month -- but now the discount carrier plans to set up shop just across the street. The University made the call after a passenger on the megabus was found carrying 30 grams of cocaine. For the past month the company has been picking up passengers at Burlington's Double Tree Hotel. But starting today, the bus stop will relocate once again -- this time to city property -- across the street from its former UVM location. Mega Bus officials plan to work with campus police to keep drugs off the bus, but say it's still a business -- and students are their target customers.
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