Thursday, April 2, 2015

WVTK Local & State News April 2, 2015

Police are investigating the death of a Middlebury College Student. Middlebury police and emergency responders were called to the campus around this morning on a report of an “unresponsive student in a dorm at the college”. Authorities arrived on the scene to find the student had already passed on. Although there is an investigation, authorities do not suspect foul play. The name of the student has not been released.

The Vermont Senate is giving its approval to a bill that would allow people to register and vote on Election Day. The measure would change current law that requires anyone who wants to vote on Election Day to be registered by the previous Wednesday. Before the vote, the Senate rejected an amendment that sought to require that a photo ID be shown in order to register and vote on Election Day. The bill moves to the House.

Plans for a new firehouse in Bristol will be revealed at a meeting next Wednesday Night. A committee of volunteers has been working on a plan to replace the aging firehouse. The new building will be built on a 2.7-acre plot on the south side of West Street, across from the Bristol Recreation Club property. The meeting will be held at Holley Hall starting at 7 pm next Wednesday Night.

A solar array will not be built just off Route 7 in New Haven. SunCommon was planning on building a 150-kilowatt community solar array just south of Town Hill Road but has since cancelled the project due to opposition. Residents and business owners complained that the Solar Array would be an eye soar and would hurt local business. SunCommon has built seven Community Solar Arrays in Addison County to date, and plans to build two more in the near future.

Some Vermont high school students will have the chance to take the SAT college entrance exam for free. The registration fee for the SAT is 50-dollars, but students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch can have the test fee waived. Governor Peter Shumlin says the SAT is the first step towards college, and the state wants people to know help is available. The test is administered next month but the deadline to register is this coming Monday.