WTSA news for your Friday March 5:
Vermont reported 112 new cases of Covid 19 on Thursday, with three of the new positive tests taking place in Windham County. Three deaths and 231 new cases of Covid 19 have been reported in New Hampshire, with 20 new positive tests in Cheshire County. 42 deaths and 1,410 new cases of covid 19 in Massachusetts, and there were 8 new positive tests in Franklin County.
Green Mountain Power has announced a power purchase agreement with Great River Hydro. The power purchase agreement, subject to the review and approval of the Utilities Commission, is for a 30-year term from 2023. The contract creates long-term stability in the economy. power supply from GMP while providing the opportunity for more local renewables as Vermont strives to achieve tackling climate change. Purchases of GMP from Great River Hydro’s local and regional facilities along the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers will increase over time, as will other GMP power supply agreements withdraw, but cover a smaller portion of the GMP charge. This will create opportunities for other complementary local and regional renewables like solar and wind power, especially as customers transition from heating and transmission to clean electricity as part of Vermont’s climate goals.
A third alarm fire in Keene is under investigation. Fire Chief Mark Howard said the units responded just before noon Thursday at 52 Marlboro Street, and quickly received the report of people trapped in a multi-story building. Keene firefighters and police managed to evacuate everyone from the building and bring the blaze under control within half an hour. Three people were treated for smoke inhalation. The damage was estimated at $ 75,000.
The Vermont Department of Health said those eligible to receive a covid 19 vaccine could get an appointment today. If you’re 65 or older and looking for a vaccine appointment in the Burlington area, there are plenty of first-dose appointments open at clinics run by the Vermont National Guard on the 5th, March 6-7 in South Burlington. If you want to schedule your appointment for these dates, or if you already have one for later and want to reschedule it, go to healthvermont.gov/MyVaccine to find these clinics, or call 855-722-7878.
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says a The recently released Senate Covid Aid Bill adds more than $ 400 million more to Vermont than the version passed by the House. Leahy says Vermont would receive what it did in the CARES act of March 2020 and address an inequality in the distribution of vaccine dollars from the December relief program. The bill includes dedicated funding for rural hospitals and invests in student safety as we begin to return to the classroom.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders kicks off new campaign to increase the federal minimum wage from $ 7.25 an hour to $ 15 an hour over a five-year period. Sanders says the amendment is similar to legislation co-sponsored by 38 Senate members and legislation already passed in the House. The Vermont senator said raising the minimum wage to a living wage would mean a pay hike for more than 30 million Americans and significantly benefit women and people of color.
The New Hampshire attorney general’s office helped end a massive tele-fundraising operation affecting 67 million consumers with 1.3 billion deceptive charity fundraising calls that were mostly illegal robocalls. The defendants have raised over $ 110 million through their deceptive solicitations. Associated Community Services (ACS) and a number of related defendants including Central Processing Services, Call Community Services, Directele and the Dale Corporation and their owners agreed to settle charges against the FTC and state agencies for soliciting individuals to donate to charities, but failed to deliver the services promised.
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Locally, in high school girls’ basketball playoff action, Hinsdale beat 58-20 over Sunapee on Thursday night. Delaney Wilcox scored 20 points to lead the Lady Pacers.
Tonight you can hear Brattleboro taking on Mt. Anthony in Girls Basketball, watch the game on 99 5 The Beast, with Tim Johnson and Evan Chadwick calling the game from 6:15 am with the Colonels Pre-Game Show.
Jayson Tatum had 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Boston Celtics won their 4e back-to-back game defeating Toronto last night, 132-127. Boston has some free time with the league heading for All Star Break.
The Bruins host Washington tonight, the puck falls at 7 p.m.