WTSA News For Your Tuesday, April 5th:

WTSA News For Your Tuesday, April 5th:

2 deaths and 352 new covid 19 cases in Vermont over the weekend. with 43 reported Sunday. There were 4 new covid positive tests in Windham County. New Hampshire’s department of health and human services says there were 192 new covid cases Sunday and a total of 394 over the weekend. There were 32 new positive covid tests in Cheshire County. There were no deaths reported in either New Hampshire or Massachusetts. There were 2,888 new cases of the covid virus in Mass, including 36 in Franklin County.

The Windham County Sheriff’s Office has received several complaints recently of persons calling from Vermont phone numbers claiming to be a member of the Windham County Sheriff’s Office. The callers are saying that court dates have been missed, fines need to be paid or warrants will be issued, and requests are made for photographs of personal identification documents.
The Windham County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind you that at no time will requests for payment of fines or requests for photographs of personal identification documents ever be demanded via telephone or the internet.

A bank buyout is complete. M and T bank corporation completed the purchase of Peoples United Bank on Saturday. The combined company employs over 22 thousand people, with over a thousand branches and 22 hundred at m’s in 12 states. People’s has branches across Vermont and had previously bought out Chittenden Bank.

Vermont 211, an information and referral program of the United Ways of Vermont that helps connect callers to services throughout the state, reports that its website is down and that people who wish to search for statewide resources can use Vermont 2-1-1 Resource Directory (navigateresources.net), our Community Resource Search web page. As always, they may also call 2-1-1 24/7 or text their zip code to 898211 (Monday-Friday 8am-10pm) The United Ways of Vermont is currently working with a web development firm to create a fresh, new website that will go live later in the spring or early summer.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says a new agreement will provide $10 billion to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Leahy says we are slowly returning to a sense of “normal.” But this pandemic is far from over. This needed funding will allow the State to purchase additional vaccines, testing, therapeutics, and treatments like monoclonal antibodies as we brace for a potential surge in the coming months.

The Scott administration is raising the red flag on Vermont’s $8 billion state budget. They say to earn Gov. Phil Scott’s support, more investments need to be made. House lawmakers advanced their spending plan last week to the Senate. But in a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, top administration officials say changes should be made to some of the House’s priorities as the Senate now gets to work. They’re calling on the Senate to include another $20 million for middle-income housing, more money for economic development initiatives and action on the governor’s proposed tax relief package. That includes an expansion of the earned income tax credit, student loan deductions, military retiree tax breaks and more. The administration is also calling for changes in pension reform, substance use funding and long-term care oversight. The letter goes on to say the administration is ready to work with the Senate to create a budget that accommodates lawmakers and the governor’s shared priorities and maximize the benefits of federal funds for Vermonters.

LOTTERY NUMBERS:

TRI STATE PICK 3 0-8-8

TRI STATE PICK 4 8-4-5-8

TRI STATE GIMME 5 6-10-18-33-34

MASS CASH 18-20-22-30-33

WTSA Sports:

Kansas outdueled North Carolina in the final minutes to win an exciting College Men’s Basketball Final last night, as the Jayhawks beat the Tar Heels, 72-69.

Jake DeBrusk scored his 2nd goal of the game in overtime as the Bruins beat Columbus 3-2. Boston is at Detroit tonight, puck drops at 7:30.

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