Tuesday, April 9, 2013

WVTK Local & State News April 9, 2013

The Vermont Senate has passed legislation that would allow farmworkers in the country illegally to become drivers.  The vote in the Senate this morning was nearly unanimous on the bill that would create driver privilege cards for people not eligible to get an enhanced driver’s license under the federal REAL ID law.  The bill now goes to the Vermont House for final approval.

Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce announced a new tool to assist Vermonters in finding lost life insurance benefits today.  A press release says the department improved web page search tools, consumer tips and information to assist consumers in claiming their money.  The Treasurer's office has received more than $2.2 million in unclaimed property.  In addition to insurance proceeds, the state receives other unclaimed financial property that includes cash, checks, security deposits, refunds, stocks, bonds, bank accounts and estates. 

The Vermont Health Department is conducting a EEE research study.  The department is looking for volunteers to participate in a research study that will test blood samples from residents living in Brandon, Sudbury, and Whiting for antibodies to Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus.  The first of three clinics will be held on April 23, from 10 AM to 7 PM at the Brandon Senior Center (1591 Forest Dale Road).  The other two clinics will be held from noon to 7 PM at the Sudbury Town Hall on May 14 and Whiting Town Hall on May 29.  Eligible participants will be asked to complete a brief survey and give a small blood sample.  A nurse will collect the blood, which will only be tested for antibodies to EEE.

The Middlebury Selectboard meets tonight at 7 o’clock in the main conference room of the town offices.  Agenda items include nominations for annual appointments to Boards & Commissions; reports from the Energy Committee, Business Development Advisory Board and the Parks & Recreation Committee; and a bi-weekly report on the Main Street & Merchants Row Railroad Overpass Bridge Replacement Projects.

Expect Rutland to eventually be a beautiful place, with millions of flowers being planted around the city.  It's all part of the project called Rutland Blooms, with local government, businesses and citizens partnering to get seeds and bulbs planted.  The mayor says neighborhoods are dealing with a number of issues such as crime and drugs, and Rutland Blooms is a visible effort to get residents to think about their city a little differently, and to improve the quality of life.

A man was arrested last night in Starksboro for excessive speed.  Police say 21-year-old Frank Liberty was traveling at 93 MPH in a posted 50 MPH Zone on Vermont Route 116.  Liberty is scheduled to appear in court in June.

Vermont-made products aren't doing as well this year as they were last year with international trade.  The state board which looks at those numbers says the Northeast is suffering, with a numbers so far this year down by about five percent.  In Vermont, especially, there are more than 30-thousand jobs relying on foreign exporting, as well as money for tax revenue.  Industries such as sport equipment and paper are doing poorly, while instrumentation and machinery are doing well.