Wed 05-MAR-2014 Early A.M. News Script
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A Williston man is facing a drunk driving charge after police say he nearly hit an off-duty officer. Swanton Police say on route 105 Monday morning 18-year-old Paul Shortsleeves was headed home when he almost hit the officer head on. The officer was able to stop Shortsleeves on Rice Hill Road. Police say Shortsleeves was more than twice the legal limit. He was charged with DUI.
In Georgia, this year's school budget could lead to a double-digit hike in property taxes. If a projection from the state's tax commissioner holds -- that will translate into a property tax hike of at least 11 percent. Some say they'll spend whatever is necessary to educate their kids, but others say they may not be able to afford to stay in the area -- if costs keep rising.
(( 46:28 - :41 - Chasity Wasco - Georgia Voter: I am one of those people that's walking around Vermont thinking that if the school needs it, they can have it :35 I never have an issue with taxes going up :38 I think our schools need them )) (( 57:41 - :49 - Julia Constantine - Georgia Voter: I try to put what little money I get away for taxes - I've lived in Georgia all my life and I want to stay here, I don't want to go to a home anywhere )) State Rep. Carolyn Branagan moderated Georgia's town meeting yesterday -- and she's hopeful that the state property tax rate may actually increase by four cents rather than the projected 7 cent increase.
Putney voters are frustrated by a lack of access to broadband internet -- one year after the governor told them he would make it a priority. Several hundred families still can't get online -- so They're circulating a petition that demands their state representatives do everything in their power -- to get them connected.
((John Field/Putney resident 12:5:18:24 We've kind of got a digital divide in this town and in this state where many people have high wired, high speed broadband, and then there's people that the state has carved out and said, well we'll eventually serve you.12:59:31:05 )) Voters who hoped to talk to Gov. Shumlin in person were disappointed he was not there on Tuesday , but local lawmakers say it's impossible for him to visit all 251 towns he covers.
Two Addison County towns have voted against the Vermont Gas Pipeline. Voters in Cornwall last night passed a non-binding resolution to oppose the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project. Voters in Shoreham did the same thing Tuesday. The 70 million dollar project would pipe natural gas from Middlebury -- through Cornwall and Shoreham -- and eventually under Lake Champlain to the International Paper Mill in Ticonderoga.
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