Tue 24-NOV-2015 Early A.M. News Script

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A Castleton man accused of sexually abusing a vulnerable adult is due in court today. The victim told police in August -- he suffered unwanted and inappropriate sexual behavior by Edward Willis. Investigators working the case have now charged Willis with lewd and lascivious conduct.


Another driver resoration day is set -- this time in Windsor County. On December 11th -- drivers there who have had their license suspended because of overdue tickets will able to pay 25-dollars per ticket to clear up what they owe to legally get back behind the wheel. Organizers say the effort is designed so low-income Vermonters are not forced to pick between paying their tickets and meeting their basic needs -- they also say it's smart for public safety.


((Gov Peter Shumlin/D-Vt.: "we need more of these so we can get more Vermonters back on the road and make our road safer. Because these folks are driving right now. When they can't afford to pay their fines, they are often not going to work, which means they go on welfare.")) ((Chris Curtis/Vermont Legal Aid: "the fine system is always meant to be a deterrent but not a permanent economic disability. And so what the fine systenm does today is trap people in a cycle of poverty from which they really can't escape.")) Earlier this year, the first Driver Resoration day helped more than 12-hundred drivers from Chittenden, Lamoille, Franklin, Grand Isle, and Washington counties. The one day push cleared up 67-hundred tickets and brought in about 150-thousand dollars.

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We are just days away from the offical start of the holiday shopping season -- and retailiers say the "Buy Local" movement is changing. Buy Local used to mean buy from Vermont-based retailers and NOT chain stories. But the Vermont Retail and Grocers Association doesn't make that distinction any more. It says internet buying is increasingly cutting into the bottom line of brick and mortar stores -- so they want you to get out this holiday season and spend in-person.


(TC 00:26:19:14 Tile 3685) ((Jim Harrison/Vt. Retail & Grocers "If the large electronics retailer here in Vermont and is employing Vermont residents and Vermont tax payers, they deserve your support too." 00:26:31:07)) Small business Saturday is this weekend. Many local shops offer discounts on their items -- and some of them start on Black Friday


A Vermont college's mascot uniform that went missing for more than a month has been found. Castleton University officials say the costume for its green-caped Spartan was located unharmed in the football stadium after it was reported missing. The costume disappeared from the Student Government Association offices between late September and the middle of October. The association bought it for $1,700 last year. School reps says they suspect "Sparty just needed a break" and the matter is considered closed.


Weak disturbance will bring just a few snow showers, north; more sun, south. Then clearing and warmer for Wednesday & Thanksgiving. Cold front with rain showers Friday, ending with a few snow showers Friday night into early Saturday AM. Then clearing, but cooler for rest of weekend. Chance for rain or snow showers late on Monday in southern areas.

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