Wednesday, March 6, 2013

WVTK Local & State News March 6, 2013

Bridport Central School will be closed tomorrow and Friday.  There are currently 81 children enrolled in the school and 71 were out sick today and unable to attend classes.  School official have contacted health officials on both the local and state level and the plan moving forward is to take the next two days to completely clean the school, top to bottom, to try and help stop the spread of a stomach bug that is going around.  Bridport Central School will re-open Monday morning.

Police in Hinesburg are looking for a hit-and-driver who they say struck a kid on his way to school this morning.  According to reports, the 8-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld, was in the crosswalk outside the Hinesburg Community School at 7:45 when a blue SUV hit him and sped off.  The boy was transported to Fletcher Allen in Burlington with minor injuries.  Authorities believe they have located the vehicle but have not released a suspect’s name. 

Yesterday was Town Meeting Day and in Rutland, Mayor Christopher Louras was re-elected to a fourth term.  It was a tough fight against current board of aldermen chair Dave Allaire, but Louras won by a margin of about 400 votes.  In Vergennes, voters said no to a bond for the new police station.  The city was asking for bond purchases not exceeding $1,850,000 for real estate and the construction of a police station.  The article failed by 10 votes.  The vote was 292 “yes” to 302 “no”.

New Yorkers’ earning minimum wage may soon be getting a raise.  The state Assembly voted yesterday to increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour with automatic increases tied to inflation. The bill now goes to the Senate.  Currently, the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.  Governor Andrew Cuomo had proposed an $8.75 an hour wage.

New York State Police shot and killed a man after leading them on a high speed chase last night.  Authorities say when they tried to stop 28-year-old Richard Aubin, of Ausable Forks for speeding on I-87, he took off.  Aubin turned off I-87 onto Route 9 in North Hudson.  At that point police put spike strips down in an attempt to stop Aubin's pickup truck.  When his truck stopped working, he fled into the woods.  When Aubin was finally located by the two officers pursing him, a fight broke out.  Police tried using pepper spray, but it didn't work.  Aubin was shot after, police say, he tried to grab for a trooper's gun.

Vermont is one step closer to becoming the first state to put mandatory labels on genetically modified food products.  Last week, the the House Agriculture Committee, voted 8 to 3 in favor of requiring producers to put labels on food products that are genetically engineered.  The bill now goes to the House Judiciary Committee for review, then to the floor for a vote.

Coming up this Saturday is the 5th Annual Vermont Chili Festival in Middlebury.  The Vermont Chili Festival has been named a Top 10 Winter Events for the past four years by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.  All the fun starts at 1:30 Saturday afternoon with street jugglers, face painting, entertainment for kids, live music, a beverage tent, and award-winning chili.