Long-detained immigrant families could soon face deportation

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — Lawyers working with immigrant families detained by the U.S. government for more than a year say they’re worried the families could be deported as soon as this week. Six parents and six children could be placed on deportation flights as early as Wednesday, even though they continue to fight to win asylum, the lawyers said. The families say they were unfairly denied protections under several policies enacted by former President Donald Trump’s administration that courts later prohibited.last_img

Report estimates visitors spent $1.6 billion in Vermont in 2007

first_imgVisitors to the Green Mountain State spent more than $1.61 billion for goods and services in 2007, according to a recent study that measures the impact of visitor spending on the Vermont economy.The study, prepared by Economic and Policy Resources (EPR) of Williston, shows that visitors made an estimated 14.3 million trips to Vermont in 2007, an increase of 7 percent from 2005. Vermont s travel and tourism industry continues to experience steady growth, said Gov. Jim Douglas.  Vermont has outstanding brand recognition and is fortunate to have more than 80 million people living within a day s drive.Visitor spending in Vermont supported approximately 37,490 jobs for Vermont workers and business owners. There are nearly 60,000 jobs in the Vermont hospitality sector, many of which are supported locally.Vermont s merchants get a greater proportion of revenues from visitor spending than nearly any other state, with retail, restaurant and other services being two or three times more dependent on visitor spending than the national average.  In addition, visitor spending contributed $206.9 million in tax and fee revenues to state coffers in the General, Education and Transportation Funds. The hospitality industry is one of the main drivers of the Vermont economy, said Vermont Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. Many entry-level positions exist that often become high paying professional jobs for Vermonters. In fact, the Vermont tourism employee who is the primary wage earner in their household had total earnings income of $42,350 per year, an income 15 percent above the average income of $36,949 for all employed individuals in Vermont, Hyde said.The study also looks at many other aspects of the industry, including average visitor spending, visitor expenditures by category, seasonal occupancy rates for Vermont lodging properties and a comparison of lodging establishments by size.The state s methodology focuses on direct visitor spending, which is the standard used at the national level by organizations such as the U.S. Travel Association.The complete report is available online on the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing s industry website at www.VermontPartners.org(link is external).last_img read more

Women’s basketball: Badgers fall short in first two games of season under Tsipis reign

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team couldn’t find their first win under new head coach Jonathan Tsipis with two demoralizing losses, one to Charlotte University Friday and the other to Saint Francis University Sunday.The 103-100 loss to St. Francis was the first time the Badgers crossed the 100 point mark since 2004, but it felt like anything but historic as it also meant losing their home opener of 2016-17 season.Even with the losses, the weekend produced several standout moments that are cause for optimism going forward for a young team under a new coach. Junior Cayla McMorris was one of those few bright spots, leading the Badgers with 13 points Friday and a career high 31 points Sunday.Women’s basketball: ‘Nowhere but up’ for BadgersThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team will tip off the 2016-17 season with a new face at the helm: former George Read…The 63-45 season opening defeat to Charlotte was as demoralizing as Tsipis could’ve imagined, with the squad posting a 15.2 percent shooting percentage and 13 turnovers in the first half. The Badgers entered the locker room at the half down by 15 and, despite trimming the margin by seven in the third quarter, were unable to recover after a five minute scoring drought.The loss to the 49’ers was a tough one to stomach for a squad that is trying to separate itself from the last place finish in the conference one season ago under former coach Bobbie Kelsey. In her five years at the program, Kelsey couldn’t reach more than five conference and 12 total wins in a season, an era that Tsipis is hoping to reverse.Despite the offensive rebirth the Badgers witnessed Sunday in their triple-digit effort, the feeling of loss didn’t feel much better coming home. Wisconsin out-rebounded St. Francis by 20, but committed turnovers a massive 25 times to give SFU 29 extra points in a nail-bitter finish.Mental mistakes were the headline for Wisconsin this weekend, taking them out of both wins with turnovers and discombobulated defense. If the Badgers want to reach the win column in the next three games before their big University of Nevada, Las Vegas Invitational Nov. 26, they’re going to have to get rid of their turnovers and return to fundamental Wisconsin basketball.Tsipis and the Badgers stay in Madison for a big non-conference matchup with Butler University Sunday. The matchup will tip off at 2 p.m. CT and air on BTN Plus at the Kohl Center.last_img read more