Thursday, October 2, 2014

WVTK Local & State News October 2, 2014

Vermont Health officials say one case of Enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68) has been confirmed in the state. The Health Department says of the two cases, one came back positive and one was negative. The positive result was from a younger than school-aged child, who has since recovered. From mid-August to October 1, the CDC reports a total of 500 people in 42 states and the District of Columbia have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.

Officials say motorists should be alert for moose on roadways this time of year. Early fall is the breeding season for moose. During this time moose are wandering looking for mates, leading them to areas where they are not typically seen. Moose are most active at dawn and dusk, which are times of poor visibility. Moose are especially difficult to see at night because of their dark brown to black coloring and their height.

New campaign finance reports show incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin continues to lead the fundraising race over GOP challenger Scott Milne. Shumlin brought in more than $100,000 this reporting period on top of the $1 million he already has. Milne saw a jump in fundraising bringing in more than $81,000 since early September but still has far less than Shumlin with a total of nearly $137,000 raised.

A Canadian coffee company is suing Keurig Green Mountain, claiming they are trying to monopolize the single-serving coffee market. Keurig's newest brewing machines have technology that only recognizes Keurig's K-cups. Club Coffee makes its own single-serve pods and says Keurig's lockout technology is designed to eliminate competition. Club Coffee is suing for $600 million in damages.

Teachers in South Burlington were supposed to hit the picket line today but decided to postpone their picketing. They are looking to call attention to stalled contract negotiations. Teachers in South Burlington are currently working without a contract as the last one expired back in July. The union representing the teachers says the school board is unwilling to reach an agreement. They had planned to picket before tonight's school board meeting, but now say they will attend the meeting without any picketing.