Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WVTK Local & State News April 2, 2014

Police in Middlebury say a 2 ½-year-old child has been hospitalized after being hit by a car. Authorities say the toddler suffered from potentially life-threatening injuries and was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center yesterday afternoon. Police say the child was standing with her mother across from the Otter Creek Child Center and ran across the street after seeing a teacher.

CCTA Management and Drivers will be meeting tonight. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has been talking to both the management and the drivers and says the two parties are ‘‘very, very close to an agreement.’’ The drivers have been on strike since March 17th. Tonight’s meting starts at 5 PM.

If you’re a subscriber to Netflix, the Better Business Bureau wants you to be aware of a scam masquerading as the popular web-streaming service. The scammers are sending emails asking the subscriber to click on a link, which leads the would-be victim to a phony web page that looks like the Netflix login page. Once you enter your account information, a message says your account has been suspended. The message then directs the person to call a fake number purporting to be Netflix Member Services. The person on the other end will try to convince the Netflix user to download “Support Software.” The download, however, will give scammers access to your computer. The scammers then have access to the victim’s personal information – including their bank account information.

The Town of Addison is fighting back against accusations of discrimination. Last month, a same sex couple sued after they said they were treated unfairly and illegally by the town and its selectboard chair. The suit claims that the women were targeted because they are lesbians. The women say they faced unfair zoning decisions, bogus citations, and a big increase in their property taxes. In a formal response to the suit, Jeff Kauffman, the selectboard chair, and the town’s attorney deny the allegations. No hearing date has been set.

The Vermont House committee debating a bill to raise the minimum wage has landed on a decision. The House General, Housing and Military Affairs committee voted 6-2 yesterday afternoon to pass a version of the bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10. It would go into effect on January 1st, 2015. Tipped employees would receive half of the minimum wage. The current minimum wage is $8.73 per hour. Governor Shumlin and President Obama both called on lawmakers to raise the wage to $10.10, but by 2017. The bill now heads to the House floor for a vote, possibly as early as tomorrow.