Vermont Yankee. 11.3.2011 Northstar Vermont Yankee,The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon is back on line after completing its twenty-ninth refueling and maintenance outage. Control room operators returned the plant to service on Tuesday, November 2 at 11:52 pm. Operators will gradually raise the plant’s output to full power over the next few days. Entergy Nuclear Site Vice President Mike Colomb said the successful outage was due to the excellent craftsmanship and safety focus of all the workers. More than 850 craft workers supplemented the Vermont Yankee staff for the 25 day, round-the-clock outage work.The work scope during the outage involved replacing approximately one third of the fuel assemblies in the reactor and maintenance activities, tests and inspections on plant equipment which runs throughout the operating cycle.Refueling and maintenance outages are scheduled every 18 months and the influx of outage workers represents a major economic benefit to the area.Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity and delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
Two brothers are now facing felony charges after officials say one of them brought a loaded gun onto a school campus.The incident was first reported on October 1st at Miami Palmetto Senior High School.Authorities say they were notified by the school after another student told officials that one of the brothers, Joshua Mizelle, brought a gun to school.When authorities questioned Joshua, the teen told them that he did not have a weapon on him and allowed officers to search his vehicle in the student parking lot.During the search, officials reported that they found not only a loaded handgun, but brass knuckles and two knives inside of the vehicle.At that point, Joshua was taken into custody.Authorities, however, returned to the school to take his brother Jonathan, into custody after they were informed that the brothers arrived to the school in the same vehicle.It was later determined that Jonathan was the brother responsible for bringing the weapons onto school property.During a court hearing on Friday, an attorney for Joshua told the judge that Joshua has never been in trouble with the law before this and the charges may affect his athletic career and scholarship:“What I just want to let the court know, not only has he never been in trouble before, he’s a star athlete. He has a scholarship, which unfortunately, is in jeopardy because of this thing. His whole career and his scholarship is in jeopardy.”Despite the words of the attorney, the judge reportedly stated that all actions have consequences even if Joshua is an athlete:“Those are consequences,” said Judge Orlando Prescott. “There’s always long-term consequences, good, bad and indifferent and because he’s an athlete [it] doesn’t bear anything with me.”Joshua is scheduled to be released on house arrest while Jonathan will be held in detention.Their next trial is scheduled for December 13th.
(Washington, DC) — A Senate investigation is revealing that U.S. domestic airlines are sitting on an estimated $10-billion in “customer cash” due to cancellations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Airlines are required by law to issue cash refunds to travelers for flights the company cancels but they are under no obligation to offer cash if a customer cancels the flight by themselves. A group of Democratic senators are urging airlines to issue cash refunds to Americans who are struggling financially.Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) argued in a statement on Friday that the the pot of money collected by the airlines should be used to issue cash refunds for Americans who are struggling financially.“The ongoing pandemic is placing enormous financial strain on millions of Americans,” the senators said in a joint statement. “In light of this pressing need, and the unprecedented multi-billion-dollar bailout that the airline industry just received from Congress, we are absolutely outraged that so few airlines are willing to offer real cash refunds to consumers who must cancel their tickets.”Portions of the $25 billion aid package for airlines are to be used for payroll grants for employees and low-interest loans. The aid is negotiated on an individual basis between the Treasury Department and U.S. airlines. Flight trips have dropped off sharply as Americans comply with stay-at-home orders across the country in an effort to limit the spread of coronavirus.While no domestic travel ban is in place, President Trump on March 16 urged Americans to avoid discretionary travel.The senators said they came to the $10 billion estimate in customer cash based on data provided by JetBlue, which was the only airline to provide the dollar amount of travel credits related to coronavirus cancellations.“Although most companies refused to say just how much money they are sitting on in the form of travel vouchers, we estimate that the airlines could be holding onto more than $10 billion of hard-earned money from American travelers,” the senators continued.“If these companies released that money back to the public, it would provide a significant stimulus for struggling families. That’s why we once again urge the airlines to end their anti-consumer policies and offer real refunds during this emergency.”The airlines singled out by the senators include American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and United Airlines.The senators said they welcome airlines to dispute the $10 billion figure.Instead of cash refunds, most of these carriers said they have responded to coronavirus-related trip modifications by waiving fees associated with itinerary changes and cancellations and extended up until at least 2021 the time customers can use travel vouchers.
MIAMI (AP)—Tourism promoters say LeBron James is giving South Florida a boost already. The reservations team at the Fountainebleau Resort in Miami Beach says they’re getting asked about packages that include Heat tickets.Prime 112 says athletes, sportscasters and regular diners want to know if they’ll still be able to get tables at the South Beach restaurant that’s bracing for even more popularity with celebrities.Real estate agents say James’ move drove up the price of at least one condo near the AmericanAirlines Arena, and home buyers want Heat tickets as part of the deal.The star already has snack named for him: the “Le-Brat James” bratwurst at the Shake Shack in South Beach.