Friday, May 31, 2013

WVTK Local & State News May 31, 2013

Winooski schools were on a brief lockdown this morning after a woman reported being chased by a male with a gun from Motel 6 in Colchester.  Police say 21-year-old Megan Russell of Winooski, told them she ran to the school to get away from the man.  Police learned that the incident happened on Thursday night and not this morning when she reported it.  The children and staff were safe and they were not in any danger from the incident.  Police say the lockdown was based on information they received from Russell.

A new report says Vermont remains a top choice for the new F-35 fighter jets, but it is not the preferred site from an environmental perspective.  The Air Force Friday released its revised environmental impact study -- some 3,000 pages -- detailing the siting process for the next generation planes.  The Air Force determined that the Vermont Air Guard base and Hill Air Force Base in Utah are the two preferred sites for the initial basing of the jets.  Vermont National Guard officials as well as opponents and supporters of the F-35, have all indicated they will need time to read and analyze the report before offering comments.

Repair work on an Adirondack road that was postponed earlier this month will begin next week, with lane closures scheduled and full closures expected during some periods.
The state Department of Transportation say the slope repairs and drainage improvement work along Route 73 in Essex County will begin on Monday in the area of Cascade Lake between Lake Placid and Keene. The project was originally scheduled to begin in early May but was delayed after crews discovered a fiber-optic cable line in an unexpected location.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is coming out on the losing end of a bitter lawsuit with a California competitor.  Green Mountain claimed Rogers Family Coffee produced coffee pods which are too similar to the Keurig single-cup pods created by the Vermont business.  The lawsuit put production by Rogers on hold for a year, but now the judge is siding with the California company, saying it did not violate Keurig's patents.  Rogers will now go back to making the one-cup pods and plans to expand that to teas as well.

New unemployment claims fell in Vermont, for the most part continuing a trend seen since the middle of spring. For the week of May 25, 2013, there were 683 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is a decrease of 166 from the previous week's total, and 37 fewer than they were a year ago.  Vermont's unemployment rate fell one-tenths to 4.0 percent in April, the third lowest rate in the nation and lowest in New England.

Ticonderoga’s Best Fourth in the North Committee needs help now so it can put on the community’s celebration this year.  Committee Chair Debbie Barber said local businesses, organizations and community members are needed to sponsor the $30,000 event, which will be held July 1, 2, 3 and 4.  She said any sponsorships must be received quickly to be included on T-shirts, banners and schedules.  A $500 donation gets listed on parade banners, schedules, press releases, advertising and T-shirts; other sponsorships are for $250, $100 and $50 and have varying degrees of recognition at the event.  The celebration will include fireworks, a parade, live music, food, vendors, rides, games and more.