Saturday December 1, 2012

Utility board rejects Yankee nuke requests

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Public Service Board says it won’t overlook that the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has beenoperating since this past March without state permits.

The board has yet to issue a final decision on whether it will agree with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the plant should be allowed to operate until 2032.

But in a new ruling, it says Vermont Yankee is continuing to operate despite earlier promises it would shut down if it didn’t have new permits in place by this past March.

And the board says it will take those facts into consideration when it issues a final ruling later on the plant’s future.

Regulator closes Border Lodge Credit Union

DERBY LINE (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation has closed a Derby Line-based credit unio n and appointed the National Credit Union Administration to oversee its liquidation.

In a statement issued Friday, the Vermont’s top financial regulator, Stephen Kimbell, says the seizure was done in cooperation with federal authorities and came after "examiners discovered issues that raised serious concerns."

He did not say what those concerns were.

He says the credit union’s customers will be protected.

The Border Lodge Credit Union was first chartered in 1963. A recent report said it had 1,097 members and assets of approximately $3.1 million.

Accounts at the credit union are insured by the federal government for up to $250,000.

N.Y. protests push for taxing rich

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Protests are planned for New York City, the Southern Tier and the Hudson Valley to push New York’s congressional delegation to support higher federal taxes for the wealthy.

The mix of community activists, student groups and unions plan Saturday events.

They include a "people’s yacht trip" on the Staten Island Ferry, the sale of toy luxury cars at a farmers’ markets in Kingston. speeches by people who say they’re millionaires willing to pay higher taxes in Corning, and a teach-in at a Binghamton book store. A banner is scheduled to be draped over Interstate 84 in Beacon calling for middle class tax relief.

Swiss-born war hero OK’d for Arlington burial

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) -- The family of a Swiss-born New York doctor has received approval from American military officials to have his remains buried at Arlington National Cemetery because of his espionage heroics during World War II.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh approved Dr. Rene Joyeuse’s burial at Arlington after the Saranac Lake physician’s case was reviewed by McHugh’s staff. Although Joyeuse was decorated for parachuting behind German lines before D-Day while working for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, the burial initially was denied because his wartime heroics happened before he became an American citizen.