There were 1,260 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 489 from the week before. Altogether 6,572 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 544 from a week ago and 2,531 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,644 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 44 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 796 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 27 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external) Vermont’s unemployment rate increased one-tenth in May to 5.4 percent. See story HERE.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Sublette/SELCEarly last month, Duke Power announced that it was reevaluating a plan to build a controversial transmission line in the Western Carolinas.Now, in the face mounting opposition from land owners, conservation groups, and local governments in both North and South Carolina, the power giant has decided to abandon the project altogether.The proposed power line would have run for 40-plus miles through the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Asheville, North Carolina to Campabello, South Carolina, as part of a broader project Duke had dubbed the “Western Carolinas Modernization Project.”This strongly contested proposal also included the construction of a large natural gas unit near Asheville which Duke had hoped would replace a recently retired coal fired plant, and a power substation in Campabello.The company posted a statement on its website this morning saying that the both the 45-mile transmission line and the Campbell Substation have been abandoned, while the size of the proposed natural gas plant near Asheville has been reduced.“Under the revised plan, (we) will replace (our) coal plant in Asheville with two smaller gas units rather than one large one,” the statement reads. “As a result, the proposed 45-mile Foothills Transmission Line and Campobello substation are no longer necessary.”When plans for the project were unveiled over the summer, opposition began to surface almost immediately. Thousands of citizens across the western Carolinas turned up at public meetings to decry Duke’s plans, while commenters flooded Duke’s website with negative reactions, and an online petition asking Duke to terminate the project garnered nearly 6,000 signatures.“Duke Energy’s decision to abandon its proposed power line and substation is a victory for the thousands of citizens across the western Carolinas who have stood up to protect the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Piedmont,” said Frank Holleman, senior attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center. “Through their efforts, our mountains and our quality of life have been protected against this power line and substation. This Thanksgiving, we can be thankful that our communities and our mountains will be protected against these two threats. We hope that in the future Duke Energy will look turn away from old fossil fuels and turn toward modern clean alternatives like solar, wind, and energy efficiency. ”
Board nominates nine for examiners September 15, 2002 Regular News Board nominates nine for examiners Nine lawyers have been nominated to the Supreme Court for three vacancies on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.The Board of Governors last month approved the nine lawyers recommended by a special screening committee, and forwarded the names to the court, which will make the final selection. The three chosen will serve five-year terms starting November 1.Nominated were Janet W. Benke of Ocala, Alexander Caballero of Tampa, Mary Beth Cantrell of Orlando, Matthew R. Danahy of Tampa, Zala L. Foriza of Tampa, Miguel Manuel de la O of Miami, David Mesnekoff of Miami, Frank Nussbaum of Miami, and Alan F. Wagner of Tampa.
A South Florida man has been charged with killing his wife while her infant twin daughters were inside their apartment, according to sheriff’s officials.Kathi Blankenberg’s daughters were found safe when deputies responding to a call about a shooting at a Pompano Beach apartment on Monday morning, according to a news release from the Broward Sheriff’s Office.Investigators say 31-year-old Philip Edwards claimed that he found his wife, who had been shot.Courtesy: Broward Sheriff’s OfficeHe was arrested Monday night, after officers executed a search warrant and found several firearms, including the one they believe was used to kill the 35-year-old Blankenberg, inside Edwards’ Mercedes Benz.The girls, who were unharmed, are currently in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.Edwards faces multiple charges, including second-degree murder, child neglect, possession of a weapon and probation violation.