Fri 29-AUG-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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This is what the Week One schedule looks like...eight games tonight...eight more tomorrow...D-3 champs Woodstock put their 31 game win streak on the line...it's a new era in Hartford...Matt Trombley is the new head coach, taking over for Mike Stone who stepped down after 28 seasons leading the Hurricanes...we'll have more on Stone's new job coming up later... On Saturday...Rice begins it's bid for a third straight Division Two title... Rutland and Burr & Burton have to make the long bus rides to the Kingdom to face St. J and Lyndon...how does Mill River bounce back after losing the heartbreaker to Woodstock in the D-3 title game last fall ...all the questions start to get answered this weekend.

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Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Keith McGilvery. This morning an angry mob of students surrounded the Burlington College president. They circled her car demanding that she steps down -- and they may have succeeded. Shelby Cashman has our top story.

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((00:32:35 Student "All your faculty and staff and students are asking you to leave the community. Plunkett: ok I resign happy goodbye. Students: Cheers" 00:32:44)) That's Burlington College President Christine Plunkett--telling her students-she's done. A group of around 20 students--surrounded her car--following a college board of trustees meeting Friday morning--at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. ((00:22:03 Molly Skerry/Student "We love Burlington College. We love our faculty. We love our staff. And we fully believe in this institution. The only thing we dont believe in anymore is the leadership of Christine Plunkett." 00:22:13)) And this pinnacle moment--has been months in the making. The college spiraled out of financial control following the purchase of the old Burlington Diocese property--back in 20-10. Audits reveal the college is hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt--with no clear plan--to pay the money back. ((NATS??)) Students and faculty issued letters of no confidence in the leadership of President Plunkett earlier this month. Tuesday--it was revealed the school had not been making its regular bi-weekly deposits to employee retirement accounts -- and employee contributions were not deposited either. Plunkett called it an "inadvertent oversight." It has been fixed. And Dean of Academics and Vice President for Student Affairs--Stephen St.Onge--joined several other faculty and staff--and resigned two weeks ago. In an interview earlier the month--President Plunkett told Channel Three News--that she has worked so hard for this college--and would continue to do everything she could to ensure its survival. But she did admit--to feeling the pressure of controversy. ((00:52:15 Christine Plunkett "It's a very difficult environment to work in when there are constant financial pressures." 00:52:20)) An environment--she may be leaving. Despite Plunkett's declaration to students, the college -- nor its board of trustees -- confirmed her resignation. Calls to the board President Yves Bradley--and Plunkett herself--were not returned. ((nats: hey hey gotta go)) But the students say--they finally got their wish. ((00:33:50 David Littlefield/Student "I feel elated. We've been working really hard for a while to get this pushed out, and I think the faculty and staff are going to be really pumped with what happened today." 00:33:58)) Again--there is no confirmation that Christine Plunkett has resigned. The students tell me they are taking her at her word. But Plunkett herself --her spokesperson--nor the board have said whether she is still the college President Shelby Cashman -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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A Cabot man is dead after an apparent tractor accident. State police say 70-year-old Robert Eastman was found pinned underneath his tractor today. Authorities say he lost control of the vehicle on his Jug Brook Road property. That's when they say it rolled over and pinned him to the ground. He died at the scene.

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New York state police are trying to identify a body found in Massena. The individual was located around three this afternoon off State Route 420. Right now authorities are searching missing person databases and have not said how the individual died.

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Meanwhile -- A shooting in Newport, New Hampshire is also under investigation. Police were called to a house on Laurel Street Thursday night. A male victim was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. His name and condition have not been released. And authorities have not released any other information about the case -- including whether they have any suspects.

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((:25 Joyce Sharkey / Neighbor "We heard a loud pop and heard a woman screaming that's my son, that's my son, What did you do? That's my only son , you shot him in the chest)) A witness told WMUR-TV that a man was taken away from the scene in handcuffs. And police say there is no danger to the public.

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The battle over patient privacy continues in Burlington. The City Council's Ordinance Committee is now weighing proposed "bubble zones" -- aimed at keeping anti-abortion protestors eight feet from individual patients and staffers near the Planned Parenthood clinic on St. Paul Street. The move comes after the Supreme Court struck down 35-foot "buffer zones" around abortion clinics in Massachusetts.

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((Jill Krowinski/Planned Parenthood 00:31:54 "we reviewed all the options that they put forth and really wanted to have something that was narrowly tailored and really reacted to the problems we were having and the bubble zone definitely did that.")) ((Agnes Clift/opposes abortion 00:22:43 "we can at least be heard by anybody who's going past us. With the 35 foot buffer zone we were across the street and with the traffic on the street we often could not be heard by the people going past us.")) Planned Parenthood says bubble zones balance free speech with patient privacy. But abortion protestors claim the ordinance will be hard to enforce and will lead to false accusations.

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Dan is here. What a great day out there.

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New poll numbers show Governor Peter Shumlin with a double digit lead over his republican challenger. A Rasmussen survey this week of 700 likely Vermont voters shows Shumlin with a twelve point lead over Scott Milne -- 48 to 36 percent. The poll comes with a four point margin of error.

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Still ahead -- could an experimental drug being used on monkeys help tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. And -- What went wrong with Vermont Health Connect? We have new information. Plus -- Are you ready for some football? ((NATS)) Mike -- Scott -- and Dylan are criss-crossing Vermont with highlights from all eight high school matchups -- The Friday Night Frenzy is back -- When the Channel 3 News at 11 continues!

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There is promising news about the search for the first effective treatment for the deadly Ebola virus. Researchers say an experimental drug has healed infected laboratory monkeys. The results are a bright spot in an otherwise grim story as an outbreak continues to ravage parts of West Africa. David Begnaud reports.

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HUMAN TESTS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK FOR AN EXPERIMENTAL VACCINE FOR EBOLA. RESEARCHERS SAY THE DRUG, CALLED "Z-MAPP," SUCCESSFULLY TREATED 18 MONKEYS THAT WERE INFECTED WITH THE DEADLY VIRUS. (SOT - Fauci) "All the other monkeys, the control monkeys, that were given a lethal dose of Ebola all died. All of the animals who were vaccinated survived. So the results were pretty crisp and clear cut." EBOLA IS SPREADING ACROSS WEST AFRICA. SENEGAL ANNOUNCED ITS FIRST CASE, BUT EBOLA HAS ALREADY KILLED MORE THAN 15-HUNDRED PEOPLE IN GUINEA, SIERRA LEONE, LIBERIA AND NIGERIA. TWO AMERICAN AID WORKERS WHO WERE TREATED IN THE U.S. WERE GIVEN THE VACCINE, AND BOTH SURVIVED. BUT NOT EVERY PATIENT HAS. (SOT = Schaffner) "two people in Europe have been given the drug and have not survived. But of course, those people may have been given the drug later in the course of the infection. We don't know how severe the infection was." STILL, DOCTORS ARE OPTIMISTIC. (SOT) "at the moment, it looks like can cure Ebola in monkeys. My fingers are crossed for people." TESTS WILL BEGIN AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH IN MARYLAND, THEN IN BRITAIN AND AFRICA. DAVID BEGNAUD FOR CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.

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A new report says the Shumlin administration is to blame for many of the ongoing problems with the state's health exchange. The report from the state's new exchange contractor says the state relied to heavily on the former contractor -- CGI -- for the development of the Vermont Health Connect website -- creating a lack of oversight. Department of Vermont Health Access Commissioner Mark Larson says the best news may be what's not included in the report.

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((5:10 - :23 Mark Larson: There is no recommendation that says start again. Again, it reinforces that we have a foundation that has been built that we can continue to refine and improve upon and that can continue to serve Vermonters)) The report also calls for the state to hire an IT Director for the exchange -- something the administration says it's working on.

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Tonight will be mostly clear and comfortable. Lows will reach 48/58. The holiday weekend isn't looking like a total washout, but won't be perfect: Warmer, more humid air will be moving in on Saturday on an increasingly strong, south wind as a frontal system comes our way. While we will see some clouds from time to time, we should stay dry through the day. Sunday will be a different story; showers and t-storms will develop, and become more numerous through the afternoon. Some of the t-storms could drop some locally heavy downpours. Sunday is also looking very humid. Much of Labor Day is looking ok. However, a trailing trough could touch off a few more showers and t-storms, mainly during the afternoon. We'll catch a brief break on Tuesday morning, then another cold front will trigger more showers and t-storms Tuesday afternoon and evening. Then we should quiet down again towards midweek next week.

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The Matt Trombly era begins in Hartford. The Hurricanes playing for a new head coach for the first time since Scott was 8 years old...28 years. We'll take you to the Canes opener versus Mt. Anthony.... --- and Fair Haven and Otter Valley combine for 55 points...in one quarter...in think the scoreboard operator pulled a muscle trying to keep up...plenty of highlights to choose from that one...

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But first, Welcome to the season premiere of the Friday Football Frenzy. I'm Mike McCune. --- and I'm Scott Fleishman. Dylan Scott will join us in a bit. We want you to be apart of the show. If you're at a game and have a picture or comment, send it along on social media, use the hashtag F-F-Frenzy and if it's good, we'll show it right here on the Frenzy. --- Opening night means a fresh start for all... and for last year's champs, it means officially close the chapter on those great seasons. Two teams went undefeated last season...Middlebury in Division One...and Woodstock in Division Three... Both of those teams in action tonight and that's where we begin with our Frenzy focus. Coming off their first D-1 title since 2002...Middlebury facing a great early season test on the road at Essex... --- opening drive for the Tigers and they cash in...Bobby Ritter finds a hole and he takes it 24 yards for a 7-0 Middlebury lead ... --- Essex answers on it's next drive...Joey Robertson with a couple of strong runs ...the drive stalls at the ten...a field goal cuts the lead to 7-3 ... --- but not for long...on the ensuing kick off ...Cullen Hathaway fields the ball at the 13...cuts his way across the field... makes it to the sideline...and hits the after burners...87 yard kick off return and just like that it's 14-3... --- and the Tigers keep the hammer down... early second...off a great fake, quarterback Austin Robinson finds daylight...a 57 yard touchdown run... Essex keeps fighting but it's just too much from the Tigers... Middlebury opens with a 44-29 win. ---- Woodstock's run has been incredible... three straight D-3 titles and 31 straight wins...the bid for championship number four starting tonight at home against Poultney... --- First quarter it's last year' kicking hero Nikola Davis punching it in from short yardage, wasps jump out 7-0... --- Later in the quarter, Blue Devils driving... Inside the 10, Alex Wade airs it out but Daniel Robinson playing centerfield comes down with the big pick! --- Poultney would get defensive in the second... This time Woodstock driving but Nehemiah Wood picked off by Zack Constantine, he goes 90+ to the house... It's a 7-6 game.. --- The running game of the Wasps however, could not be stopped ... Wood flips to Bill Wood and wouldn't you know it...60-yards to paydirt, the start of a big game for him... Woodstock runs it's win streak to 32 straight games as the Wasps take it 44-26.

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It's the start of a new era at Hartford High School. Mike Stone stepping down after 28 years to become an assistant coach at his alma mater Norwich... --- Tonight, the Hurricanes were at home to open their season against Mount Anthony... Matt Trombly...and assistant coach under Stone, promoted to head coach and making his debut as the new leader of the Canes... --- His team showing heart in his debut... 14-7 Hartford in the 3rd and they're driving... Tarun Manthena runs it inside the 1... A snap later, QB Bryce Landon sneaks it in... 21-7 Hurricanes.. --- The Patriots not going down easy though ... Later in the quarter, Tyler Mattison gets the handoff and he's off to the races.. 30-yards for the score .. It's a 1-TD game.. --- Fast forward to the fourth... MAU eyeing the tie in the final minutes... Damon Young fires down the middle but it's tipped and picked off by Tyler Searles... --- That huge turnover sets up a John Bielecki TD to essentially seal the win... Coach Trombly and the Canes open with a 28-20 win. Dylan Scott has more from Hartford.

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(((trt: 1:20 oc: standard... thanks mike and scott... kind of a weird feeling in white river juntion tonight... for the first time in nearly 3 decades.. a coach other than mike stone leading the hartford hurricanes onto the field for their season opener.. now its never easy to replace a legend but hartford at least eased the transition with hiring of assitant coach matt trombly, who has been with the program since 2002.. the canes clearly happy with their new commander and chief, playing inspired football to open 2014 and they hope its just the beginning of good things to come.. trombley and his hurricanes will get their first real test next week... when they host defending d1 champion middlebury... maybe some redemption too.. as it was the tigers snapping their 27-game win streak in game 2 last season... for the friday football frenzy in white river junction dylan scott channel 3 sports...))) Thanks Dylan. how about a rivalry game to get the season started...Burlington facing South Burlington at Buck Hard Field... --- Burlington opens the game recovering an onside kick, and then go to work on offensive. Peter Labracio to Said Hilowle. It's a 16 yeard score on t the screen pass. 6-0 Burlington. --- South Burlington comes right back, Cam Nolting looking deep finds Jake LaBelle. That's an 82 yard touchdown pass folks. We've got a game, it's 7-6 Rebeles. --- Still in the first, Labracio not done, finds what is becoming his favorite target, hilowle in the back of the endzone. The Seahorses back in front. --- A lot of points, and a lot of wild plays, Nolting pass deflects off a teammate right into the hands of Burlington's Kevin Garrison. big win for the Seahorses as they down South Burlington 30-27 ...

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Welcome back to the Friday Football Frenzy Season premiere. Rice and Woodstock have been the teams to beat in their respective divisions for the past few seasons. Rice has won three D-2 titles in the last four years ...and we've already talked about the Wasps' dominance in Division Three. Who will rise up and look to knock those twin titans off their towers? Starting in Division Two...Milton on the road in Newport to face North Country... The band had plenty of reason to make some noise early on. --- The very first play of the game, North Country QB, Hunter Stanley looks deep and hits Connor Hogan. What ya gonna do. The Falcons take a 6-0 lead. --- It stays that way into the third quarter, the Falcons sloppy here on the pitch. It's recovered by Milton. Tyler Lamphere and Nate Hoffman in on the scrum. as Milton rallies scoring twice in the second half to beat North Country 14-6... moving to Division Three...U-32 hosting Mt. Abraham...it was a tale of two halves... --- all Raiders early on ...freshman Dan Green on the end around finds the endzone for the first score of the game... --- second quarter... Eagles go to the air ...the ball is tipped and picked off by Hunter Lane...nice return...he's score on the ensuing drive...a short TD dive and U-32 leads 22-8 at the break... --- second half... different story... third quarter...Mt. Abe's Ryan Paquin scores off a little misdirection to make it a 22-14 game... --- it's 22-20 with three minutes left in the game...Eagles going for it on fourth and goal...and Paquin powers over the line ...his third touchdown of the night... Mt. Abe rallies for a 26-22 win. also in D-3...Oxbow visiting Winooski. This one was all tied at 12 going into the break. --- Third quarter, the Spartans come alive grabbing a lead and the defense taking over from there. Check out captain Brandon Bigelow with the interception. Winooski taking over as the quarter comes to an end. --- Fourth quarter, the Spartans looking for insurance, but Oxbow wasn't giving in. Josh Walls with the stop and a loss on the play. --- But that only briefly slows the Winooski offense, Mark Earle takes it in from four yards out. It's 24-12 Winooski. --- The Spartans putting icing on the cake from there, how about Sean Callahan with this interception, tipping it to himself. Nicely done. the Spartans defend home turf...as they win it 30-18... and finally, in a non-division matchup ...Fair Haven playing host to D-3 Otter Valley. The game is scoreless after one, but the two teams go off for 55 in the second quarter. --- The Otters on offense here, check out Carson Leary making the grab on the screen pass. He refuses to be tackled, shoving players away. He heads in for the score and a 12-7 OVU lead. --- but Fair Haven has a response. About a minute later, quarterback Ryan Alexander keeps it and he sees some daylight. 46 yards to the endzone. The Slaters take a 14-12 lead. --- Right before the half, they're at it again, Alexander with the bullet pass to Lucas Czarnecki over the middle for the score. Fair Haven hangs on for a wild 45-44 win.

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8 games in the books tonight, 8 games on Saturday all kicking off at 1pm...Rice begins it's bid for a third straight Division Two title... Rutland and Burr & Burton have to make the long bus rides to the Kingdom to face St. J and Lyndon...how does Mill River bounce back after losing the heartbreaker to Woodstock in the D-3 title game last fall ...all the questions start to get answered this weekend.

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. It should be a fun season on the college gridiron as well. Norwich and Castleton play in the Maple Sap bucket game to close out the regular season. But that is a long ways away. Right now we're talking about week one of the Frenzy so here are our plays of the night. We start in Winooski, The Spartans Sean Callahan with this interception, tipping it to himself. Nicely done. Winooski beats Oxbow. In Fair Haven Tonight, Otter Valley's Carson Leary makes the grab on the screen pass. He refuses to be tackled, shoving players away. He heads in for the score. and at Essex... Middlebury sending a message that they are ready to defend that Division One championship...senior QB Austin Robinson with the 57 yard touchdown run as the Tigers pick up an opening night road win ...


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