Fri 27-FEB-2015 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening and thank you for joining us at 11. I'm Keith McGilvery. One person is dead tonight as fire continues to rip through a Westfield inn.

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Flames ripped through the night sky in Westfield Friday. ((Bobby Jacobs, troy Fire Chief 34:51 Once the fire ventilated itself it really took off on us.)) At the center of the blaze -- The English Rose Inn off Route 242. ((Bobby Jacobs, troy Fire Chief 35:31 "From our side of the mountain we got ourselves, troy, jay, montgomery, enosburg, Richford is here and I beleive Berkshire.)) For these firefighters -- the hope was to make a rescue. ((Bill Baker, Montgomery Fire Dept Chief 38:39 "Well we got the call and the woman said her husband was in a wheelchair in the cellar and the house was fully involved.)) But as the fire raged on for more than 7 hours making that rescue became increasingly less likely. ((Bobby Jacobs, troy Fire Chief 35:52 "We were told the person was downstairs, when they went downstairs to try and locate him, they couldn't find anything.)) ((Bill Baker, Montgomery Fire Dept Chief 38:47 "By the time we got here it was hard getting into the building , the smoke was so thick and she really didn't know where he was.)) Late Friday night -- Vermont State police confirmed one fatality. Montgomery's Fire chief says it was a man trying to thaw pipes in a crawl space. ((Bill Baker, Montgomery Fire Dept Chief 40:11 There were 4 or 5 crawl spaces and so we don't know which one he is in, she told us he was but we couldn't find him.)) A second person was taken to the hospital with injures -- as first responders struggled to keep any part of the Inn intact. ((Bill Baker, Montgomery Fire Dept Chief 39:01 Now we have a shortage of water all the hydrants are froze around town.)) ((Bobby Jacobs, troy Fire Chief 34:57 "Our water supply is 3 and a half miles away to get here so we are doing the best we can with what we have.)) Crews planned to be on scene overnight to make sure the fire is out and to hopefully recover the man inside. ((Bill Baker, Montgomery Fire Dept Chief :21 We're just trying to knock it down all we can and wait for the state police investigators to come.))

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Right now authorities are working on notifying the victim's family. No guests were staying at the Inn at the time of the fire.

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A dangerous situation is Springfield this afternoon. Fire Crews responded to a home on Furnace Street after a wall collapsed. The building had been abandoned for quite some time -- and crews were planning tear it down anyway. After the wall came down a nearby chinese restaurant was evacuated. A demolition crew will likely be called in to finish the job.

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Police say a Burlington man is responsible for giving heroin to a minor. Adam Gardam is charged in the case. He was in court yesterday and ordered not to go near any school -- and not to have contact with anyone under the age of 18.

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Many Vermonters say education spending is out of control. Lawmakers say they've heard the message and have crafted legislation to help tackle the problem. Statehouse reporter Kyle Midure has the details.

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Rep. Dave Sharpe leads the House Education Committee. Last year, voters called for reform on Town Meeting Day -- by shooting down budgets all across the Green Mountains. This year, Sharpe will arrive at his town meeting with a partial answer to voters demands, which would alter funding, spending and governance of the state's schools. (00:01:23:00) ((Rep. Dave Sharpe The job of educating our children can be better done for less money )) To achieve that, the measure includes provisions that would: - create new incentives for communities to join larger districts -- with a goal of 11-hundred kids per district by 2019 - require local votes to include a breakdown of how decisions will affect tax bills - and cap school district spending increases at two percent through 2018 -- though Sharpe hopes other committees can refine that aspect. (00:02:12:00) ((Rep. Dave Sharpe - D-Bristol: My hope is that they're able to nuance the cap in a better way so that it treats schools and kids more fairly across the state.)) Sharpe says the bill is projected to save between 25 and 50 million dollars -- once schools begin shifting districts and sharing more costs. But that cannot happen if the bill stalls in the Senate like a similar, but less-ambitious measure did last year. (00:10:57:00) ((Sen. Ann Cummings - D-Washington County I'm sure there'll be concerns and there will be changes and we may add or subtract but we're all going in the same direction)) (00:14:26:00) ((Sen. Ann Cummings - D-Washington County and we fully intend to have a bill out of here this year)) This year Sen. Ann Cummings is at the helm of the Senate Education Committee. She says they've been exploring many of the same reform elements the house committee pursued -- but cautions voters that complete tax salvation will not immediately materialize. (00:13:20:00) ((Sen. Ann Cummings - D-Washington County I don't know that we're going to do anything miraculously and drop your property tax rate five cents this year)) Not everyone is completely on-board with the education proposal... spokespeople for the state's teachers' union say they're deeply concerned by a potential spending cap, but generally complimented lawmakers on their reform efforts. Kyle Midura -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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Vermont is facing a 110 million dollar deficit.. And solving the problem could mean new taxes. Thursday the House Appropriations Committee unveiled 29-million in possible cuts - just to cover the latest dip in the budget. They range from cutting subsidies to help people pay for health insurance - to closing the prison in Windsor - to eliminating the Tourism Department. Rep. Mitzi Johnson from South Hero is chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Tonight on the Channel 3 News at 6 Darren Perron asked her if closing the gap would also include new taxes.

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((25:15 "because as you said it can't be solved in one year with cuts with the magnitude we are looking at there will be revenue in the mix as well, we are probably looking at a third give or take of the problem being solved with either new revenue or perhaps the elination of certain deductions or tax credits of some kind.)) Johnson says it took a few years to get into the budget problems and it will take a few years to solve them. Legislators have until the end of March to come up with a budget plan.

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A proposal in Montpelier would increase heating fuel costs to support improvements in thermal efficiency. The bill would raise the gross receipts tax -- which applies to heating oil, propane, natural gas, and electricity. Doing so would raise about 15 million dollars, and provide more cash for weatherizing homes. But spokespeople for the fuel dealers association say they cannot afford to simply absorb the six cent a gallon tax hike -- and customers cannot afford to have it passed onto them.

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(00:08:36:00) ((Matt Cota - There are some lawmakers that see gross receipts tax as an opportunity to raise more money, however they shouldn't be doing it on such an important fels such as heating guel that keeps peopel warm in the winter)) Lawmakers took testimony on the bill today, but it's unclear how much momentum it has.

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Dan is here. Another cold night.

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Vermont's number one and number two in command -- will be out of state on vacation for Town Meeting Day. Governor Shumlin will leave Saturday -- and we're told he'll head to the Island of Dominica -- and will be there until Thursday. Normally - Lt. Governor Phil Scott fills in as acting Governor when Shumlin is away. But - he too will be out of state - in Florida. So - House Speaker Shap Smith will be acting Governor much of next week - including on Town Meeting Day. The legislature is not in session next week.

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is hoping to secure a second term as the Queen City's mayor. Tonight Alex Apple talks with him as he wraps up his series on the folks looking to take charge at city hall.

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((:06 You voted for a fresh start and a new direction for Burlington.)) Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger hopes voters believe -- that over the last three years -- he gave Burlington that fresh start. ((NAT)) The incumbent says he's freshened up Burlington's northern waterfront -- launched planBTV and revealed plans for the Church Street mall's renovation. So now he's asking voters for a second term as Queen City mayor. However -- his 3 opponents say he's developing Burlington far too quickly -- losing sight of the city's historic charm. (07:07 Mayor Miro Weinberger/Burlington) (("I don't see us in any way, what we're pushing for, as in conflict with what we love about Burlington's history.")) Repeatedly at debates -- Weinberger's CHALLENGERS say that while the mayor's focused on development, he's lost sight of making the city more affordable. He argues the opposite. (09:02 Miro Weinberger/Burlington) (("Even though the downtown is just 2% of the overall land area for the city, it generates 22% of the property taxes for the whole city.")) (09:17 Miro Weinberger/Burlington) (("they could be generating substantially more, helping us keep Burlington more affordable by keeping property taxes down.")) If elected to a second term -- Weinberger promises that addressing poverty will be at the center of his agenda. (10:12 Miro Weinberger/Burlington) (("I'm very excited about this new focus on early learning initiatives as being a way to attack poverty in a new way.")) That program focuses on GETTING children READY for kindergarten. Weinberger says statistics continue to show children born into poverty are increasingly less prepared FOR SCHOOL. (10:59 Miro Weinberger/Burlington) (("By THIS time next year, we will have a pilot program up that will provide home visiting and scholarships to children in this community.")) Then -- Weinberger says its his responsibility to make sure those children can AFFORD housing after their days in school are finished. (04:47 Miro Weinberger/Burlington) (("That is what my background was in before I was mayor. I was an affordable housing developer.")) To make that housing more affordable -- he says he'll ensure more student and subsidized housing is built. ((DEBATE16:09 I've said we should have an ambitious goal of building 1500 new beds for students.)) For now those promises remain words -- he's asking Burlington voters to give him three more years in office to turn those words into action. Alex Apple. Channel 3 News. Burlington.

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The newly elected Afghan President set to speak before Congress. (Boswell tease) Plus -- know for his role as the half human half vulcan spock -- Hollywood say goodbye to Leonard Nimoy. And a study in brain trauma at UVM -- Just how safe is Youth hockey? (13:41) ((As I think you know, I just want to make these sports safer.)) The channel 3 news continues after the break.

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Just about an hour ago -- Congress approved a bill -- funding the Department of Homeland Security for one week. The Department was set to run out of money -- at midnight. Craig Boswell has our update.

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THE HOUSE OVERWHELIMINGLY PASSED A SENATE MEASURE FUNDING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR ANOTHER WEEK. THE VOTE CAME JUST TWO HOURS BEFORE THE D-H-S WOULD HAVE RUN OUT OF MONEY. MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI PROMISED FULL FUNDING FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS WOULD FOLLOW SOON. (SOT) "your vote tonight will assure that we will vote for full funding of the homeland security next week." (SOT) the nays are 224, the joint resolution is not passed..." EARLIER THE HOUSE DEFEATED A PLAN TO EXTEND FUNDING FOR THREE WEEKS. CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS WANTED THE BILL TO INCLUDE PROVISIONS TO BLOCK PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION. (SOT - Rep. John Carter/R-Texas) "we must stand up against the administration's overreach on immigration." DEMOCRATS WERE HAPPY THE IMMIGRATION LANGUAGE WAS REMOVED, BUT WANTED D-H-S FUNDING TO LAST THROUGH SEPTEMBER - NOT JUST THREE WEEKS. (SOT- Rep. Corrine Brown/(D) Florida) "and we don't do that by punting our responsibility to protecting the american people." (STANDUP BRIDGE:) THE DEEP DIVIDE OVER HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING PROMPTED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO CIRCUALTE A DOCUMENT LATE FRIDAY OUTLINING WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF CONGRESS DIDN'T PASS A FUNDING BILL. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY INCLUDES CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION, THE COAST GUARD, SECRET SERVICE AND THE T-S-A... BUT THE FULL DEPARTMENT WON'T EVER FULLY SHUT DOWN... ABOUT 85 PERCENT OF ITS EMPLOYEES, ARE REQUIRED TO WORK - WHETHER THEY GET PAID OR NOT. CRAIG BOSWELL, CBS NEWS, CAPITOL HILL.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has been invited to address Congress next month. House Speaker John Boehner put out the invitation -- saying a speech would give the newly elected Afghan leader a chance to talk about the U.S.-Afghan relations going forward. The vsit is set for March 25 -- it will be only the second time an Afghan President has addressed Congress.

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Leonard Nimoy -- known as Mr. Spock from "Star Trek" -- has died. Although Nimoy followed his 1966 "Star Trek" run with a notable career as both an actor and director -- in the public's mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner's often-emotional Captain Kirk -- on one of television and film's most revered cult series. Nimoy died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83.

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Tonight: Mostly clear and cold. Low 0/-15. Wind light. Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 15/22. Wind S 5-10 mph. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low -5/5. Wind light. Sunday: Increasing clouds. Chance of light snow, late. High 20/28. Wind S 5-10 mph. Monday: Mostly cloudy. Light morning snow likely. High 25/32. Low 0/10. Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 25/32. Low 15/25. Wednesday: Cloudy skies. A mix of rain and snow likely. High 33/40. Low 15/25. Thursday: Becoming partly cloudy. Chance of morning snow showers. High 20s. Low 0/10. Friday: Partly sunny. High 20s.

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How dangerous are head injuries for young athletes? Bridget Barry Caswell has the details.

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In a cold, northeastern state like Vermont, hockey is big. (natsnd glass smash) And it can be brutal. (7:24) ((Dr. James Hudziak/UVM Pediatric Neuropsychiatrist: In my work, we've shown that concussive events in the general population is around 11 percent in this age group. It looks like around 50-percent in our players, and in the East Coast Hockey League it's around 60-percent. To me that's an epidemic.)) It's an epidemic that Hudziak says is not getting the attention it should. He's a hockey fan himself -- loves the game and so do his own kids, who both play on teams. But he says his study of 29 male, elite hockey players -- half of them Vermonters, between ages 14 and 23, is alarming. (1:50) ((Dr. James Hudziak/UVM Pediatric Neuropsychiatrist: What we found was the more concussions you had, the more post concussive symptoms you had, the thinner the cortices were in the area of emotional control, emotional regulation, particularly in the frontal cortex was quite worrisome.)) Connected to the thinner cortex were these hyper-intensities -- seen here in green -- also called unidentified bright objects -- or UBOs. (10:39) ((Dr. James Hudziak/UVM Pediatric Neuropsychiatrist: So in the literature, it's thought that the normally developing human will have one unidentified bright object in his or her brain for every decade that he or she has lived. Well, we were finding athletes, hockey players with 18, 16, 15 -- and that worried us a little bit.)) So what does it mean? Were the hyper-intensities caused by concussions, and will those early signs of brain damage lead to catastrophic disease later in life -- like chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- or CTE -- found prevalent in retired NFL players? Hudziak and the Boston University professor who studied those NFL brains both believe young brains can recover, but they say more study is needed to know for sure. (6:58) ((Dr. James Hudziak/UVM Pediatric Neuropsychiatrist: The difference between a professional football player, a boxer, and a 14 year old hockey player is tremendous, but what would happen if a hockey player with certain hyper-intensities and cortical thickness findings continues to play and continues to have concussions and continues to go forward, we don't know.)) He focused on hockey, but Hudziak stresses that heading the ball in soccer, collisions on the field, and in football are just as harmful. But he cautions -- the takeaway from his study is not a putting an end to contact sports. (13:24) ((Dr. James Hudziak/UVM Pediatric Neuropsychiatrist: I would think it terrible if people walked away from this saying, oh sports lead to negative outcomes because at the same time we have data that perhaps the most protective thing you can do for a 13 year old is have him or her on a sports team.)) BBC, Ch. 3 News, Burlington.

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Final weekend of the regular season in Hockey East. The 18th ranked UVM men still with a chance to earn a top four seed and a first round bye. But they'd likely have to sweep their two game series at number 14 UMass-Lowell ... --- Riverhawks would lead 1-0 after one... Vermont on the power play midway thru the second when Adam Chapie knocks the puck ahead to Joe Gambardella, who skates in the rips a shorthanded goal past Mike Santaguida...2-0 Lowell... --- Vermont answers four minutes later... Brendan Bradley charging in toward the net...and the puck deflects over goalie Kevin Boyle and in to pull the Cats within one... --- same score late in the third...Chapie with another nice pass ...this time to Evan Campbell...he barrels in on net and this time the puck deflects over the stick of Santaguida... Lowell adds one more late to win 4-1. The two teams close out the regular season tomorrow night.

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The UVM women's hockey team opening the Hockey East quarterfinals at seventh ranked Boston University this afternoon and they fall 8-1. The Terriers go for the sweep in the best of three series tomorrow afternoon at 3pm.

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Day One of the NCAA Eastern college ski championships in Lake Placid...we start at Whiteface Mountain... and the men's and women's giant slalom ...it's a one-two finish for UVM women ...Kristina Riis-Johannessen with the fastest times in both the first and second runs, powering to the win by almost 1.3 seconds over teammate Elli Terwiel ...with teammate Brittany Lathrop coming in sixth. --- Dartmouth had a good day...three in the top eight led by fifth place Libby Gibson...

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The men's giant slalom featured a dominant performance by Vemront's William St. Germain...fastest time in run one... second fastest in run two and he picks up the win by over one and a half seconds... Taylor Wunsch of Swanton was the next highest UVM finishers, coming in 11th... --- the best team local team performance coming from Middlebury, as the Panthers finish fifth, sixth and eighth...led by Riley Plant...

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the nordic events being held at Mount Van Hoevenberg...and the men's 10K freestyle was dominated by Dartmouth and Vermont...the two teams claiming the top eight spots in the standings. Dartmouth's Patrick Caldwell cruised to the win, with teammate Jan Ketterson finishing third... --- between that Dartmouth duo on the podium, Vermont's Rogan Brown finished second, fellow SkiCat Jorgen Grav was fourth ...Middlebury's Heather Mooney of Peru, Vermont wins the women's 5k...with Vermont placing four in the top six...led by a third place finish from Stephanie Kirk...

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UVM sits in first place after day one... 84 points head of Dartmouth and New Hampshire, who are tied for second. The Eastern Championships conclude tomorrow with the men's and women's slalom and a pair of mass start classic races...

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the St. Mike's men's basketball team hosting St. Rose in a Northeast-10 first round matchup at Ross Sports Center...early on...the pass is tipped but right to Matt Bonds who throws down two of his 11... Knights were down seven at the break, but rallied in the second... --- up one late...James Cambronne...tough step back jumper...he tied a team and game high with 16... --- last chance for St. Rose...for overtime... but it won't go...

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and St. Mike's wins 68-65. They'll visit Southern Connecticut State in the conference quarterfinals Sunday ... --- the Purple Knight women fall in the first round of the NE-10 playoffs at AIC 52-43.

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Let's head to Castleton the Spartan women hosting Colby Sawyer in the NAC tournament semifinals. --- Late first half, check out Castleton's Lindsey Sabo with the steal. She takes it in for 2 and the foul. A game and career high 27 for Sabo. --- Later Mt. Anthony grad Makayla Farrara buries three.

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and the Spartans run away to an 82-62 win. They'll host New England College in the NEC championship tomorrow at 2pm. --- the Castleton men fall at Colby-Sawyer in the semifinals 79-76 in double overtime. Twinfield standout Chad Copeland led the Spartans with 16 points and ten rebounds in the losing effort.

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The Lyndon men in the NAC semis as well... taking on Husson at Colby-Sawyer...and they fall 78-66.

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In Plattsburgh, the Cardinals beat Brockport 71-50 in the SUNYAC semifinals... they will host Oswego State in the conference championship game tomorrow at 4pm.

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boys high school quarterfinals...D-1 second seed Burlington hosting number seven Essex...Seahorses up nine at the break... --- Essex trying to get back in it...Joseph Galati with the lob to Elias DiGrande for the lay-in... --- at the other end... Kujtim Hashani with the studder step and then he sticks the baseline jumper... --- then Josh Hale finds Marley Heimert who beats the third quarter buzzer for three... and Burlington wins it 59-43.

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let's head to Rutland ...the fourth seeded Raiders facing number twelve CVU... --- It's all Rutland early going on an 8-0 run, Omari Brown knocking down the three. --- But CVU uses the long ball to get back in it, Chris Reiss with a couple of threes as the Redhawks go up 7 in the second quarter. --- The Raiders sart to make their run right before the half, Brown a great feed to Nate Kingsley. Rutland is headed to the semis after a 60-44 win.

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Division Four quarterfinal...a 4-5 matchup with Proctor hosting Chelsea... --- The Phantoms in complete control of this one, second half, Gannon McKearin rips the ball away and finds teammate Reid Farley for the hoop. --- Wyatt Kay had a solid fourth quarter for the Red Devils, a three and a nice drive. --- But the Phantoms were tough tonight, McKearin with the strong take for 2. Proctor heads to the D4 semis in barre after a 62-32 win.


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