Tuesday, February 4, 2014

WVTK Local & State News February 4, 2014

The U.S. Senate passed a Farm Bill today.  A press release says Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy worked on the House-Senate Farm Bill negotiations.  The U.S. House passed the Farm Bill last week.  The bill now awaits President Barack Obama's signature.  The bill passed the Senate in a 68 to 32 vote.

Rutland City Police today seized several marijuana plants from a residence on East Street, just north of Killington Avenue.  It all began with after neighbors called police after seeing water pouring down the side of the building.  As police investigated the water, they saw marijuana plants and quickly backed out of the building to apply for the warrant.  The side of the building was covered in ice.  Later, officers could be seen exiting the building carrying marijuana plants and placing them in a pickup.

There’s a warning out regarding a convicted sex offender who is being released from prison today.  Police in Chittenden County say 55-year-old Todd Cardinal has completed his most recent sentence and will get out of the St. Albans state prison.  Corrections authorities say Cardinal is at high risk to offend again, with the most likely victims being women or adolescent girls.  Cardinal has been under supervision of the corrections department since 1989 for 21 separate convictions, which include four sex crimes.

A few hunters are being allowed to go after snow geese in a special season.  The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is issuing a special conservation order, with the season running from March 11th through April 25.  Vermont wildlife officials say fifty years ago, the snow goose population in the state was about 50-thousand, but now it’s up to a million.  Hunters need a state snow goose permit, which will allow them to take up to 15 of the birds per day to help reduce the population.

Gallup says that Vermont is the least religious state in the nation.  Poll results show that 22 percent of Vermonters identify as ‘‘very religious’’ and 56 percent of Vermonters identify as ‘‘non-religious.’’  New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Oregon join Vermont to make up the top five least religious states in the country.  Gallup bases the results on more than 174,000 interviews done during Gallup Daily tracking in 2013.