Wed 17-SEP-2014 Early A.M. News Script

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Governor Shumlin is starting to spend his campaign war chest. Putting out his first T-V ad of the election. ((4 sec)) That starts airing this morning in our region -- including here on Channel Three. The incumbent has more than a million dollars to spend according to his latest campaign contributions report. Two years ago Shumlin waited until the last two weeks of the campaign to buy TV ads. Not the case this race.


((Steve Terry, WCAX Political Analyst00:07:31:00 What's behind that is that in politics you never take anything for granted, the governor has the wherewithal and the means to start talkingto Vermonters directly, not through the media and when you've got a million to spend in a campaign, that is a wise investment.)) A CBS poll recently showed Shumlin with a 10 point lead over Republican challenger Scott Milne. Milne did air commercials earlier in the year before the primary but currently is not airing any ads.


Two more protesters are in trouble with the law -- after police say they chained themselves together and sat on the Vermont Gas pipeline -- halting construction. Police arrested the men -- after they refused to get off the pipeline. Their fellow Rising Tide members looked on and held up signs. Earlier in the summer, Vermont Gas said the project, which will stretch from Chittenden County to Rutland, would cost about 40 percent more. The public service board will decide later this month whether to reapprove it at the higher price.


(TC 00:01:24:00 Will Bennington/Rising Tide)(("We don't want to cost ratepayers more money but the real, Vermont Gas bears the real responsibility for costing ratepayers more money. A 40% increase in cost on this project and they didn't tell the public for four months. They clearly are the ones responsible for costing ratepayers more money." 00:01:45:00)) Vermont Gas says the delays only increase the project's costs. Tuesday afternoon's protest marked the fourth one against the pipeline in as many months.


Vermont Yankee has started the process of shutting down. It's lowering its power generating operation...a first step in the gradual process to be offline for good by the end of the year.


The search is on for a new superintendent in Burlington. The school board has put together a 15-member committee to help with the process. The Superintendent Search Advisory Committee is made up parents, teachers, administrators and business people. The school committee has also hired national firm to help. The committee hopes to have a finalist by early January. Previous superintendent Jeanne Collins -- left in the spring -- amid deepening budget problems. She's now the head of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union.

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