Friday, September 6, 2013

WVTK Local & State News September 6, 2013

One in eight households in Vermont are food insecure, according to the U-S Department of Agriculture.  What that means, according to a U-S-D-A survey, is one out of eight Vermont families either missed meals, or could not afford nutritional ones.  The Executive Director of Hunger Free Vermont says they’re trying to change that statistic, with different programs like one offering free meals at schools and daycare centers.

Castleton State College is adding a new source of power, with four new micro-wind turbines on the roof of its newest dormitory, Hott Hall.  The turbines are joining the solar panels which went up during construction of the building.  These aren’t the tall turbines with huge blades often seen on ridge lines, but much smaller ones, designed for urban and suburban areas by J-L-M Energy in California,.  These are the first micro turbines the company has put up east of Arizona, with two of the four provided at no cost so the business can see how they work in colder climates. 

The Vermont Medical Examiner released the cause of death of the UVM student found unresponsive in the pool of the Burlington Tennis Club on August 18.  They determined that 21-year-old Derek Schueler drowned from swimming while intoxicated.  Schueler's death is not suspicious and was ruled accidental.  First responders got the call around 4 a.m. after a friend found his body in the pool.

GroSolar is moving in to the historic Opera House office complex in downtown Rutland.  The move puts the solar power company under the same roof at Green Mountain Power, as it continues its plan of making Rutland the solar city.  NRG Energy and Same Sun have also set up shop in the city.  GroSolar employs 40 people across the country, and will add another five in Rutland. Company officials say that number could double in the next year.  The solar company is currently involved in three Rutland area projects, but says they are too preliminary to discuss specifics.

Vermont Lottery officials say a $1 million Powerball ticket has been sold in Lyndonville.  The ticket was sold at the Circle K convenience on Main Street.  Officials say the winning ticket matched five out of five numbers but not the Powerball number.

NASA newest robot lunar mission is set to launch from Virginia.  The launch of the first Minotaur 5 rocket carrying the LADEE spacecraft, is scheduled for tonight at 11:27 p.m.  Look to the south-southwest.  LADEE stands for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer.  It will light up skies from the Carolinas to Maine, including Vermont.  The blast from three of the Minotaur 5's rocket stages could be visible from parts of the East Coast during the first three and a half minutes of flight.