Monday, April 8, 2013

WVTK Local & State News April 8, 2013

Green Mountain Power is moving ahead with plans to build the energy center in Rutland.  The company has issued a request for bids on construction of a 18.3-kilowatt solar generation array to be built atop the company’s planned Energy Innovation Center.  Bids are due on April 30 and GMP plans to announce the winning bidder May 10.  GMP plans to open the center to the public in October. 

Voter in Middlebury will go meet at Mary Hogan Elementary School to decide a proposed spending plan of $6.4-million for next year, representing an over 4.4-percent increase.  Officials say the budget reflects, a growing commitment to science, technology, engineering and math programs.

A man was stopped at Plattsburgh International Airport Saturday when a TSA officer spotted a gun in the passenger's carry-on bag.  A press release says the gun was a realistic replica handgun and was actually a lighter.  There was no impact to airport operations and the man, ticketed to fly to Fort Lauderdale, was permitted to catch his flight without the gun/lighter.  The TSA is reminding travelers they can be fined up to $11,000 if they are caught with prohibited items at the airport.

Governor Peter Shumlin was in Rutland on Saturday to talk about how cuts in the federal budget will affect school budgets around the state.  Shumlin talked about spending more money on secondary education to encourage low-income students to continue their educations. He also warned that some Vermont students in need of the highest level of care would soon begin feeling the effects from the federal sequester cuts.  Some areas that Shumlin said the state needs to improve on is the rate of low income students who graduate and pursue a college education.

Champlain College President David F. Finney announced this morning that he plans to retire next year.  Finney has served as president for 8 years and will retire on June 30, next year.  The college is now searching for a new president.

Essex County is asking the state for a casino.  The County Board of Supervisors wrote to Governor Andrew Cuomo expressing their desire to get Essex County on the list if the legislature decides to legalize non-Indian gambling casinos.  The Governor has proposed allowing three new casinos in upstate New York, which would require changing the states constitution by public referendum.

Another raccoon tests positive for rabies in St. Albans.  Police say the raccoon was captured Friday in the area of Federal Street.  St. Albans Police responded to two separate complaints on March 30 and 31st of possible rabid raccoons.  Both those animals, found on New Street and High Street, tested positive for rabies.  Police say exposure to rabies can occur when saliva from an infected animal gets into a fresh, open scratch or on to a mucous membrane, such as the mouth eyes or if a person is scratched by the animal.   Even raccoons that appear to be healthy could be a source of exposure to rabies. 

Tomorrow night at Mount Abe in Bristol, there will be a charity basketball game between the Harlem Superstars and the Mount Abe All Stars.  The Harlem Superstars are a talented group of basketball players, whose main mission is to entertain kids and their families through the game of exciting “Show Time” Basketball.  Our very own Bruce Zeman will lead the Mount Abe All Stars against the Superstars in a game to benefit the Mount Abe Parent Teacher Organization.  The game tomorrow night will start at 6:30 at Mount Abe.  Ticket are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.  For more information, call 802-453-2333.