Fri 14-JUL-2017 11 P.M. News Script

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The jury is in. Good evening, I'm Keith McGilvery. A former state senator facing sex crime charges - is cleared of the most serious accusutions against him. Our Kyle Midura watched the case unfold. He is live at the Franklin County Courthouse with tonight's top story. Keith three accusers initially came forward with allegations of sex crimes more than two years ago. The then-state senator lost his reputation, and his senate-seat, but tonight his legal drama concludes with only one misdemeanor conviction.

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Friday, former state senator Norm McAllister's defense team called a surprise witness: the defendant himself. He didn't deny having sex with his accuser - a former farmhand and tenant - but called their interactions consensual. (03:09:34:00) ((in her words or actions, let you know that everything you did together sexually - at the time you did it, okay with her? McAllister: yes)) The prosecution pointed to a damning recording between McAllister and his accuser… but the former state senator provided innocent explanations for the seemingly incriminating admissions --. Prosecutors didn't buy his contention of misunderstandings. ( 05:39:08:00) ((Lavoie: English is your first language right? )) But the jury evidently did on the most serious charge. (not guilty)

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McAllister does face up to one year in prison for allegedly coercing sex from his accuser in exchange for paying her power bill. What were the innocent explanations?? Prosecutors wouldn't speak to us following the verdict. But I did speak with McAllister as he left.

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(( outcue: be a concern)) What at lawmakers saying tonight?

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A convicted murderer from Wilder is back behind bars tonight. 54-year-old Bryan Lafayette was convicted of second-degree murder back in 2000. He was sentenced to 25-years-to-life -- but was let out last year for good behavior. Now he's accused of kidnapping and domestic assault. The charges come following a fight he had with his wife in their home. He's pleaded not guilty and could face up to life again if convicted on the new charges.

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A New York man will spend more than 80 years in prison for killing three family members. 29-year-old Matthew Slocum was sentenced today for murdering his mom, stepfather and stepbrother. Slocum used a shotgun for the crimes at their White Creek home back in 2011. He was also convicted of arson.

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Right now the search for clues continues as police try and figure out who killed a Barre mom. The victim was found earlier this week on the side of the road and tonight her son is talking with our Tyler Dumont.

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((TILE 6536 08:26:13--08:30:01 "They're looking for a car. Cars don't drive themselves.")) Matthew Hayes is desperate for answers - after the shocking killing of his mom, Cindy Cook. ((TILE 6536 25:17:01--25:20:12 "I'm still trying to take it in. I just found out yesterday.")) The body of the 59-year-old was found dumped in the woods in Middlesex on Wednesday night. Police think it had been there for several days. ((TILE 6543 30:59:26--31:10:24 "She was tossed out like a bag of garbage. To do that to a human being, you can't be a human being.")) Hayes says he last spoke to his mom via text message the morning of July 1st. He says she promised to call him later -- but never did. ((TILE 6536 06:03:25--06:11:15 COVER: "She didn't have mean bone in her body. She was a really good person.")) And -- she loved her little dog -- a Dachsund, named "Honeybee", who is also currently missing. Another piece that's puzzling -- after the tragic loss of this careered graphic artist and grandmother. ((TILE 6536 03:42:20--03:52:09 Tyler: "What did her grandkids mean to her?" Matt: "Everything. And she means everything to them.")) Police think Cook's last known contact was by phone with another relative on July 3rd. But, according to Hayes, the last person to see Cook was likely the man who lived with her - a man Hayes says was her boyfriend. ((TILE 6536 10:16:16--10:32:18 "What do you know about the person your mom lived with, and where is that person right now?" "That's a good question, Tyler. That's a good question. I definitely don't know where he is.")) Police also don't know where Cook's cream-colored Mini Cooper is. Hayes thinks her boyfriend might have the answer. ((TILE 6536 11:11:28--11:20:28 "I would like to ask him what happened. And where is my mother's car. And my mother got, to where and how she got.")) We are not identifying the name of Cook's boyfriend, as police haven't yet released the names of any people of interest. Last night, they told us the public should remain vigilant for their safety. They're also asking YOU to keep an eye out for Cook's car -- that MiniCooper Clubman -- Vermont plate -- GBH823. Tyler Dumont - channnel 3 news -- Middlesex.

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The former treasurer of the Isle La Motte Volunteer Fire Company is accused of embezzling money. Investigators say between 2013 and 2016 -- Scott Newman took more than 5-grand from the company and used it on himself. Newman had been with the company more than 15 years. Newman has tried to pay back the money -- he's due in court in August.

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Here's the latest on the radar, the showers have shifted out of the Champlain Valley, but we've seen some stormy weather in Addison County this evening, from Middlebury to Lincoln.

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A milestone to celebrate. A pair of cheetah cubs turn two months at Park Safari. Mosi and Jelanie were born May 13th. This is a first for the zoo - and the province of Quebec. Mom delivered by C-section. In the wild -- 75% of baby cheetahs die before their 1st birthday. In captivity -- cheetah breeding is tough. Only 16% of cheetahs reproduce. Mosi and Jelanie spent the first weeks of their lives in incubators -- and a staffer has cared for them 24 hours a day since then. You will not be able to visit the cubs until September when their immune systems are fully developed.

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Still ahead could the Vermont get called up to serve again? We get answers from the man in charge. And some are calling it collusion delusion -- others say not so fast -- what we're learning about President Trump's son and his dealings tied to Russia. Plus if mac and chesses is on the menu for you or your kids this weekend -- we have details you'll want to know. And is everyone's favorite mischievous mascot targetting a member of the Channel 3 team -- see what he was up to when the news at 11 continues.

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A deadly day in Jerusalem. Two Israeli police officers and three Palestinian gunmen are dead after this shootout near one of world's holiest sites. Police say the assailants opened fire on officers near the place Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims know as the Noble Sanctuary. Control of the site has long been a source of tension. A Muslim group has continued to maintain it even during the 50 years Israel has controlled the surrounding area. But Israel provides security and closed the site after today's attack.

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Another day, another detail in the meeting between President Trump's oldest son and a Russian attorney with links to the Kremlin. This comes as a former campaign advisor testifies on Capitol Hill - calling the whole Russian inquiry "collusion delusion." Seth Lemon reports from the White House.

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TRT: 1:20 SUPERS: 32-42 Seth Lemon/CBS News, The White House 52-56 Michael Caputo/Former Trump Campaign Advisor PKG: ((NARR-1)) PRESIDENT TRUMP IS BACK ON U.S. SOIL... SPENDING THE WEEKEND AT HIS GOLF COURSE IN NEW JERSEY, WHERE THE U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN IS BEING HELD. (GFX) WE'RE NOW LEARNING THERE WERE MORE PEOPLE PRESENT AT THE PRE-ELECTION MEETING BETWEEN DONALD TRUMP JUNIOR AND A RUSSIAN ATTORNEY PROMISING DIRT ON HILLARY CLINTON. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS A RUSSIAN-AMERICAN LOBBYING TO LIFT SANCTIONS AGAINST THE KREMLIN WAS *ALSO IN THE ROOM. THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID HIS SON DID NOTHING WRONG: ((SOT TRUMP)) "He took a meeting with a lawyer from Russia. It lasted for a short period of time and nothing came of the meeting." ((STANDUP BRIDGE: Seth Lemon/CBS News, The White House)) PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS HIRED *ANOTHER ATTORNEY TO DEAL WITH THE RUSSIA CONTROVERSY. HE'LL WORK INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE, AND OVERSEE THE LEGAL AND COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES. (NATS) ((NARR-2)) OVER ON CAPITOL HILL ....A HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE QUESTIONED FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN ADVISOR MICHALE CAPUTO FOR THREE AND A HALF HOURS ...ON RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN THE ELECTION. ((SOT Michael Caputo/Fmr. Trump Campaign Advisor)) "i had no contact with Russians, i never heard of anyone in the Trump campaign talking with Russians." ((NARR-3)) CAPUTO CALLED THE WHOLE THING "COLLUSION DELUSION": ((SOT Caputo)) "it all smells like fish to me, so if you're gonna go ahead and dig in to this thing, i hope you dig in on both sides." ((NARR-4)) HOUSE DEMOCRATS RENEWED CALLS FOR AN INDEPENDENT PANEL TO INVESTIGATE....WITH SOME LAWMAKERS EVEN DEMANDING THE PRESIDENT'S SON-IN-LAW, JARED KUSHNER, RESIGN FROM HIS ADVISORY POSITION. SETH LEMON FOR CBS NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE. #####

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Vermont guard members are preparing for the possibility of a deployment. Vermont saw the largest call up since World War Two -- in 2010 -- when 1500 soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. Our troops became available for war again in 2015. But there was no call up. Now with a potential troop surge on the horizon -- Vermont could get the call again -- and if so -- would go -- in about 3 years.

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((Maj. Gen. Steven Cray/Vt. National Guard Commander:500 i think there's a good possiblity will need the 86th brigade in the next few years and we're going to be ready in case that call comes. 545 the senior leaders in the department of defense are looking at looking at that as these will be the most ready available forces that we need, maybe Afghanistan maybe other parts of the world, there are a lot of security challenges around the world. Our soldiers are going to be ready for that call if it comes. )) In the meantime -- our troops continue training -- like here at Fort Drum. Hear more from General Steven Cray -- including the latest on PTSD numbers from the LAST deployment -- and the F35, this Sunday morning at 730 on You Can Quote Me.

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Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance showers, possible t-storms. Lows: 60/67 Wind: Light Saturday: Chance showers, t-storms, tapering PM. Some clearing late. Highs: 73/80 Wind: Bec NW 5-10 mph Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Chance patchy fog. Lows: 55/65 Wind: Light Sunday: Partly sunny. Chance showers, t-storms, mainly PM. Highs: 78/85 Wind: NW 5-10 mph Extended Forecast: Sunday night: Evening showers, t-storms. Lows: 55/65 Monday: Partly sunny. Chance showers, t-storms. Highs: 80s Lows: 58/68 Tuesday: Partly sunny. Chance showers, t-storms. Highs: 80s Lows: 58/68 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance showers, t-storms. Highs: 80s Lows: 55/62 Thursday: Partly sunny. (Storm south). Highs: 75/85 Lows: 50s Friday: Partly sunny. Highs: 75/85

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A new report is raising questions about chemicals found in foods, particularly the cheese powder used in some macaroni and cheese products. Don Champion reports.

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(PKG) (TRACK) The report funded by four advocacy groups says common chemicals known as phthalates are found in some macaroni and cheese and other cheese products. (SOT Dr. Leonardo Trasande/NYU Langone Medical Center) the findings are not surprising or inconsistent unfortunately with increasing literature that has documented phthalates easily getting into and staying in especially dairy products (TRACK) Phthalates are chemicals used to make plastics soft and can get into food during packaging and processing. They can disrupt the hormones in the body, and could affect the developing brains of children. nats (TRACK) Dr. Leonardo Trasande at NYU Langone Medical Center says his research has shown a link between phthalates and increases in blood pressure and resistance to insulin in children. While it's difficult to avoid phthalates, Dr. Trasande says simple steps can reduce your exposure . (SOT Dr. Leonardo Trasande/NYU Langone Medical Center) eating fresh fruits and vegetables in particular is a great way to avoid contact with the food packaging in the first place. (TRACK) Experts say don't microwave in plastic, the heat can cause the chemical to seep into your food. Also, don't used the dishwasher for plastics. Glass and stainless steel containers are good alternatives for storage. (TRACK) and if a plastic container is scratched or damaged, it's best to toss it. Don Champion, CBS News.

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It's almost time for sports -- but before we head over to Scott Fleishman -- let's check out what he was doing earlier tonight -- he was live at the Lake Monsters game -- with a little help. ((OUTCUE: champ is fired up.)) As you can see Scott was a good sport through it all and it made for some good TV. Scott - is Champ gunning for your job?

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The first place Vermont Lake Monsters were back at Centennial Field tonight starting a 6 game homestand. The Monsters hosting Aubrun in the first of a three game series. Aubrun gets 2 in the top of the first inning, Brandon Boggetto lines one down the left field line. It's a 2-run double off Bryce Conley who only lasted an inning and a third. --- It's 3-0 Doubledays heading to the bottom of the second, 2 on for Greg Deichmann. He goes to left. A run comes home. Vermont trails 3-1. --- The next batter, Anthony Churlin, watches one get past the catcher. Another run scores. It's 3-2 Auburn. --- Then it's Churlin lofting one to center. It falls in for an RBI single. __ The game gets delayed for rain in the 6th, but Vermont goes on to twin this one 8-6.

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Before the game, Richford high school grad, Elle Purrier, threw out the Ceremonial first pitch. A strike. Purrier is coming off a fourth place finish in the 3000m steeplechase at the NCAA Championships. Thursday she was named the America East overall female scholar athlete of the year. It's one of the biggest honors that the conference hands out.

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((Elle Purrier: "I was extremely honored. I just want to thank America East again for the recognition. It was an awesome recognition to have. I wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of my coach and the professors at UNH. It was fun to be here. I was a little rusty. I hadn't played softball since my eighth grade year, it was fun though."))

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To Montpelier, the Mountaineers taking on Keene in the first of a doubleheader. CVU grad Rayne Supple getting the start. --- the Wake Forest Demon Deacon pitches well, getting Tucker Bradley looking in the fourth. --- later in the fourth, second and third for Takahiro Yamada. A dribbler down the third baseline, Brett Malm barehands it and his throw is in time keeping it scoreless. --- but Keene breaks through in the 6th. With a runner at third, Nate Eikhoff drives one to deep left center. The catch is made, but the runner tags and scores, 1-0 Swampbats --- Vermont answers in the bottom of the sixth, Ben Bavly, back up the middle, David Sarmiento scores. We're tied at 1. --- the Neers add to it later in the inning. Malm with the sac fly. Bavly comes around to score. Vermont grabs a 2-1 lead. --- Keene is down to its last out in the top of the 7th. Robert Boselli hits one to center, Otis Statum lays out but can't get it. Boselli ends up on third. He scores on a wild pitch one batter later and this game is tied again. --- However, Vermont loads the bases in the bottom of the seventh. Malm on 3 and 0 takes one low and away for ball four. It forces in the winning run. A walk off walk! Neers take game one 3-2.

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In Game 2, Keene hangs on for the 1-0 win. The Upper Valley Nighthawks with a win at home tonight over Valley, 7-2.

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The Mountaineers weren't the only ones to win with a walk off walk. The Red Sox did the same to the Yankees and Arolids Champan tonight at Fenway Park. Boston trailed New York 4-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth. Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia reach on infield singles. A double steal puts them at seconds and third with no one out. A fielding error by ronald Torreyes leads to the tying run. An intentional walk to Hanely Ramierez loads the basses and Andrew Benintendi takes ball four. 5-4 sox the final. Earlier today, the Red Sox cut ties with third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

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A night after competing in Barre, Kyle Busch is in Loudon getting ready for NASCAR's Overton's 301 on Sunday. Busch and Governor Phil Scott were among the drivers unable to finish last night's 150 lap Governor's Cup. After taking his first win of the season a week ago, Scott skidded off turn one on lap 98 avoiding a spinout. Busch, making his debut at the track, was running 6th when he hit the wall on a lap 114 restart. It was a disappointing end to the day for both drivers. It still turned out to be a great experience for 2-time King of the Road champ, Nick Sweet, who prepared Busch's car.

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((Sweet: "Kyle did a really good job tonight. It's unfortunate what happened to us. We had a fast race car at the end. He got here and we really weren't that close, he wasn't happy with the race car. He's a true professional, did a really good job, great guy to work with, wish we could have got him a better finish. I can tell you today, we worked really, really hard. All this stuff working with him and working with people all year long is just gonna better me when I get back in the seat and I really gotta get in the seat at some point here, just gotta find the time to do that."))


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