Fri 23-JAN-2015 11 P.M. News Script


Good evening and thank you for joining us. I'm Keith McGilvery. And I'm Shelby Cashman. Did a Burlington health center botch the Tuberculosis diagnosis for a Chittenden County teacher? That's the allegation -- from her family -- as she fights to regain her health in isolation. They're sharing their story exclusively with WCAX.


((Laura Hall, Diagnosed with Tuberculosis 13:33 "I always love working with kids, and teaching.)) Charlotte Central School teacher Laura Hall -- is heartbroken that her Tuberculosis put her students and co-workers at risk. ((Laura Hall, Diagnosed with Tuberculosis 12:02 "I want them to be okay, I hope I didn't pass it on, on anybody.)) Laura is living in isolation in her Shelburne home as she battles the sometimes deadly disease. SHe and her husband David can't have company -- but agreed to speak with Channel 3 by phone. ((David Hall, Husband 18:38 "We feel absolutely awful that anybody has to go through anything because my wife got sick.)) Right now 140 students at her school and more than a dozen babies at the Freedom Rains Childcare Center where she works part time are slated to be tested for the contagious disease -- something David says could have been avoided. ((David Hall, 20:06 I feel the community health centers let us down, she has been going since October, since October.)) The Halls say Laura has been struggling with a cough for at least three years. And saw a doctor at the Community Health Centers of Burlington on Riverside Avenue back then. The Halls say a chest x-ray at the time turned up nothing. She continued getting care at the center over the years. And last fall went again about her cough which seemed to be getting worse. They say a second x ray a week-- and a half ago -- had doctors telling her to schedule a CT scan -- David says there was no urgency -- despite the fact she had a heavy cough, had been losing weight and was fatigued. ((David Hall, Husband 20:27 They dismissed it, they gave her antibiotics the last thing the doctor said was, we'll just send you for a chest x-ray just to rule anything else out , it should have been the first thing they did.)) Laura says was not officially diagnosed with TB until she took herself to the UVM Medical Center Saturday. ((David Hall, Husband 20:46 "It was my wife who had to go to the emergency room you know, I mean it got to the point where she was almost dying and she had to go to the emergency room and that is where they put it all together and they rushed her in for a CT scan and discovered it.)) David says the team at the Medical Center -- picked up on the Tuberculosis right away. ((David Hall, Husband 21:02 "The doctor I talked to said you could be walking 50 yards away from the x-ray and see it.)) We reached out to the community Health Centers of Burlington to address the Halls' allegations. ((Keith trying to talk to them on the phone)) Officials there declined to comment on the specifics of her situation or if she was even a patient -- citing privacy laws --- but did say their staff is positioned to test for -- and diagnose -- the disease. (DO I NEED A SENTENCE GOING INTO DAVID?)) ((David Hall, Husband 19:16 "At some point we're going to get angry enough at the people who didn't get this thing right the first time, and eventually we are probably going to want to exact some kind of revenge.)) Laura says she's fighting to get better and is hoping no one else is sick -- but knows there's a chance. ((Laura Hall, Diagnosed with Tuberculosis 11:17 "This is something that just happened to me and it could happen to anybody, you don't even know how many people could have this same sickness here and it's not being treated because their sickness is not active.))


David Hall tells me no one else in his family has tested positive for TB. A spokeswoman for the health center got back to me this afternoon saying no one was available for an on-camera interview today and that I could try back next week.


We do want to note that TB is treatable. And Vermont does not see many cases. I sat down with Dr. Kemper Alston at the UVM Medical Center is the tuberculosis consultant--for the state of Vermont. He says that TB can only be fatal if left untreated--and that treatment is done through antibiotics in a pill form--much like you'd take a vitamin--everyday.


(00:00:41) ((Shelby: "Is TB common in VT? Kemper: "No I wouldnt say it's rare, but last year we saw an all time low. I think there were only two reoprted cases of active TB disease in the state of Vermont. Usually we see somewhere between 3 and 8.")) (00:00:57) (00:01:10) ((Shelby: "Is TB treatable? Kemper: Totally treatable totally curable.")) (00:01:13) BUTTED (00:01:19) ((Kemper "You have to make a distinction between people who have just been exposed who get a preventive treatment to protect them so they don't become ill, and people who are already ill and treatment for the active disease. For those who have simply been exposed but aren't sick, the treatment is one pill a day for nine months. For those who are sick with active TB, again very uncommon in the state of Vermont, that's treated with multiple pills for about 6 months.")) (00:01:47) (00:02:31) ((Shelby: "Can you explain the difference between active TB and latent Tb?")) BUTTED (00:03:45) ((Kemper "Latent TB with a clear chest X-Ray and no symptoms just that you've been expose, you cant transmit to anyone. That's a key thing for people in Vermont to understand. The only people who can transmit TB are people who are actively ill and sick with it with an abnormal chest x-ray and coughing bacteria which then other people can breathe.")) (00:04:04) (00:04:05) ((Shelby: "How is it spread? Is it airborne? Kemper: It is airborne but not spread terribly efficiently. I have been taking care of TB patients for over twenty years and my skin test is still negative. So it's not just passing someone in the hall, seeing someone, saying hello to someone.")) (00:04:21) BUTTED (00:04:50) ((Kemper: "It's not spread by surfaces. The only way you can get infected is the bacteria has to make it all the way into the air sacs in your lung, you have to breath in the bacteria from the air.")) (00:05:03) BUTTED (00:05:06) ((Kemper: The environment is not infectious. Once the person with active TB is removed, that environment is no longer a threat.")) (00:05:15) (00:05:16) ((shelby: "There has been questions the individual we've spoken to is that she was showing symptoms, and wasn't diagnosed. Is that possible?")) (00:05:28) BUTTED (00:05:56) ((Kemper: "People in the US are not routinely tested for TB because it's so uncommon. So there's no reason to test people unless an exposure occurs. It's not unusual that people continue to go to school, it's not unusual that people continue to go to work even though they end up having TB.")) (00:06:14) (00:06:31) ((Shelby: "Is there an incubation period? Kemper: Yes there is with everything. If I was coughing on you with TB and you got infected, 90-95 percent chance you'd never become ill and if you did become ill, it might happen 30 years from now.")) (00:06:48) BUTTED (00:07:04) ((Kemper: "It's not something like the flu or the common cold where you become sick dramatically in just a few days.")) (00:07:09) (00:08:42) ((Shelby: So if people do have latent TB, would you caution them not to get worked up? What would be your advice?")) BUTTED (00:09:02) ((Kemper:"If the skin test is positive, it's not the end of the world. ")) (00:09:05) BUTTED (00:09:45) ((Kemper "Being treated for latent TB, positive skin test negative chest x-ray is not unusual and not terribly onorous, 1 pill a day for nine months.")) (00:09:53) BUTTED (00:10:21) ((Kemper "In this day and age, with modern antibiotics, 98 percent cure rate.")) (00:10:25)


If you have concerns or questions about Tuberculosis---you can contact the health department directly. We have a link on our website at wcax dot com.

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Dan is here. More sunshine today.


Progress is being made in the Fairpoint strike. That's the word from the federal mediator tasked with ending the three-month impass. It's the first feedback she's shared in three weeks since the federal government began closed-door talks to end the logjam. More than 17-hundred unionized workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike in October.


Police in New York say they caught a Canadian couple--with 75 pounds of marijuana in their car. 35 year old Chantal Mondon and 26 year old Dat Shing Chao were arrested by the US Boarder Patrol in Massena for possession. They are currently being held on 25 thousand dollars bail.


A family of six is homeless tonight--after a fire destroyed their home. Firefighters say the single family house on Pine Street drive in Keeseville New York was destroyed in the blaze. Right now its unclear what sparked the flames. The Red Cross is assisting the family tonight.


An employee was sent to the hospital with burns following an accident at International Paper this morning. Paper mill officials say the employee was working at the Ticonderoga plant -- when he suffered the injuries. The worker was transported to UVM Medical Center. So far - IP says a preliminary investigation could not determine exactly what happened. A corporate team will continue the investigation this weekend. An EMT responding to the emergency also suffered an injury, turning her ankle.

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Will labeling lobbyists increase transparency at the Statehouse? (00:08:45:00) ((Sen. Michael Sirotkin - D-Chittenden County Unfotunately it's been my experience, I don't think a lot of people know what happens in here )) Plus -- a big day for three women who the Governor says have turned their lives around. And for the health of Vermont's lakes -- why you may have to say goodbye to some of your favorite beauty products. (00:03:16:00) ((Rep. David Deen - D-Westminster we know these particles are getting into waters of the state of Vermont)) Those stories -- plus see how these high school students are helping kids with cancer -- when we continue.


He skipped the New Years pardon tradition -- but today -- Governor Peter Shumlin pardoned three women -- he says -- have turned their lives around -- and want to help others. One is now a nurse, who violated a restraining order when she was a teen. Another -- is trying to become a nurse -- after an assault -- 13 years ago. The third -- overcame addiction -- and drug crimes. She wrote a book about it. The governor says their convictions were holding them back in their careers. And the pardons will help them move on with their lives.


Should Vermont Lobbyists be labeled at the State House? Kyle Midura takes a look at the idea.


Before first taking a seat in the legislature last year, Chittenden County State Senator Michael Sirotkin spent more than two decades as a lobbyist. Now he's teaming up with the state's longest-serving Senator -- Bill Doyle of Washington County -- to bring more transparency to the statehouse. (00:08:45:00) ((Sen. Michael Sirotkin - D-Chittenden County Unfotunately it's been my experience, I don't think a lot of people know what happens in here )) His proposal come in three parts: he wants a pilot project to stream some committee discussions online. The other two elements deal specifically with lobbyists - paid to influence lawmakers and inform their clients on legislation. He wants to mandate that lobbyists who have clients with competing interests inform those clients of the conflict. More controversially - he wants lobbyists to wear name-tags indicating who they are, and who they work for. (00:09:08:00) ((Sen. Michael Sirotkin - D-Chittenden County there are hundreds of people here that walk around, we don't know who they are or who they represent frequently )) That requirement would be voluntary -- unless after two years less than 80 percent pin-up. Lobbyists we spoke with say they're not sure what nametags would accomplish. (00:29:45:00) ((Kevin Ellis - Ellis Mills Public Affairs it seems to me completely unnecessary, if they want to do this, it's fine, but it seems to me the legislature has far bigger fish to fry than this one)) (00:36:02:00) ((Allison Crowley DeMag - Morris & DeMag, Inc. we've got 35 new members of the legislature this year :05 and most of them are wearing name-tags and I find it very helpful frankly :11 so I dont' have a problem with the legislation as it's drafted, :)) (00:23:31:00) (( John Hollar - Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC I don't think having people wear name-tags is really necessary :35 )) (00:36:45:00) ((Allison Crowley DeMag - Morris & DeMag, Inc. for me it wouldn't be that big of a deal, as long as if i do forget to wear it I'm still allowed in the building )) Lobbyists say they don't begrudge their former colleague's proposal, though a few did suggest the requirement should also be extended to lawmakers... and reporters. KM, Ch. 3 Mont.


Some Vermont lawmakers are also considering a ban on personal care products. That's because many scrubs, body washes, and facial products contain micro-beads -- pieces of plastic so small waste-water treatment plants cannot filter them out. The plastic can bind with dangerous chemicals, be consumed by fish, and move up the food chain. Lawmakers have proposed a bill -- outlawing the products.


(00:03:14:00) ((Rep. David Deen - D-Westminster we know it's a reality, we know it's a reality from other water-bodies, and we know these particles are getting into waters of the state of Vermont )) The bill is expected to be taken up by the full House next week. The measure appears to have wide-spread support -- in a year where water quality will be a major focus for lawmakers.

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Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 12/22 Winds: S 5-15 mph Saturday: North: partly sunny. South: mostly cloudy, chance of snow showers. Highs: 32/38 Winds: S 5-15 mph Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers. Lows: 5/15 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Sunday: Partly sunny. Breezy and colder. Highs 13/20 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Extended: Monday through Friday. Sunday: Lows 5/-10 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 8/15 lows 5/-10 Tuesday: Partly sunny. Lows 0/-15 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs 12/22 Lows 0/10 Thursday: Chance of snow showers. Highs 20s lows 10/20 Friday: Partly sunny. Highs 15/25

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Students at Randolph Union High School are getting together for a good cause. It's a pep rally -- with a purpose -- to help kids with cancer. Logan Crawford was there.


Students at Randolph Union High are seeing pink. They're selling these pink and gray t-shirts for a good cause. (TC 00:00:51:06 Tile 5640) ((Cole Poulin/Randolph Union High School "We decided to make it Sea of Pink and send it towards Camp Ta Kum Ta.")) The money's going to the Vermont camp for kids with cancer. Students say several classmates over the years have battled cancer and found happiness at Camp Ta Kum Ta. Deb Lary -- a health teacher at Randolph -- has a daughter who was helped by the camp. (TC 00:07:46:18 Tile 5644) ((Deb Lary/Randolph Union High School "In the year 2007 my daughter who was ending 6th grade going into 7th grade was diagnosed with throat cancer and that summer she was able to attend Camp Ta Kum Ta." 00:07:59:11)) Along with the t-shirt fundraiser the school held a pep rally Friday afternoon -- getting pumped up for their series of basketball games on Saturday. They're calling them the Sea of Pink Games. (TC 00:01:20:25 Tile 5640) ((Cole Poulin/ "A lot of people in the community come to support the basketball team and we thought this would be a great way to gain school spirit and send money towards a good charity." 00:01:30:14)) (TC 00:26:49:18 Tile 5673) ((Logan Crawford/Randolph "Counselors at Camp Ta Kum Ta are volunteers and the camp's free for campers. The t-shirt sale at Randolph Union High School is a way for students to give to the camp." 00:26:58:18)) (TC 00:04:36:22 Tile 5640) ((Shyanne White/ "Important for us to know that people in our school are involved and care about our community and that's really what we're about. We're about raising awareness and making sure people know we're there to support them." 00:04:47:17)) Lary says in the 16 years she's worked at Randolph Union High -- 4 students afflicted with cancer in the school district attended Camp Ta Kum Ta. Her own daughter is in remission -- and is a camp counselor in training. (TC 00:08:50:25 Tile 5644) ((Deb Lary/Randolph Union High School "Camp Ta Kum Ta is an incredible place that makes young people feel that they're not alone and empowers them to go forward with their disease and their struggle." 00:09:02:16)) The school says they've raised more than a thousand dollars selling t-shirts so far. Students hope the sea of pink at the pep rally is just a preview of the pink basketball game. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Randolph. -3-


The 12th ranked UVM men's hockey team left it all out on the ice tonight against number 3 BU, but would that translate into pucks in the back of the net? Terriers freshman Jack Eichel is expceted to be a top 3 pick in this year's NHL draft. --- Catamount junior Alexx Privitera is playing against his former team. --- UVM did everything BUT score in that first period, check this out, Mario Puskarich goes off the crossbar. We're scoreless after one and yes frustration all around. --- Bu gets on the board in the second, the Cats can't clear the zone, it leads to Ahti Oksanen beating Brody Hoffman. 1-0 Terriers. --- Then right before the end of the second, on the power play, Bu's Cason Hohmann puts one right up under the crossbar. The refs first say no goal, but reverse the call after seeing the replay. 3-0 BU early in the third. --- The Cats battles back, on the power play, they pull the goalie for the extra attacker and Privitera puts it in. 3-2 BU with under 5 minutes to go. --- But UVM can't get the equalizer, with the extra attacker, Eichel skates out with the puck and puts it in the empty net. A tough one for the Cats in the first game of this weekend series, 4-2 the final.


(((Kevin Sneddon/"They did a good job really working hard to fight for every inch of space out there. Unfortunately it wasn't enough. As a coach, I'm proud of their effort and excited about the opportunity of coming back and playing against them again.")))


The UVM Ski program has won 16 straight EISA Carnival's, including last weekend's season opener at Bates, a 60 point victory over Dartmouth. The Cats hosting their carnival this weekend. We start with Nordic, the Men's 10 K freestyle at Trapp Family Lodge. It's a member of the Big Green that impresses, Dartmouth sophomore Patrick Caldwell, from Lyme, New Hampshire and the Stratton Mountain School cruises to the victory, winning by one minute, eight seconds. --- Vermont senior Rogan Brown finished second as the Cats place three skiers in the top nine. Cole Morgan finishing eighth and Huntington, Vermont's Jack Hegman finishing ninth.


((("really psyched to have a good start to the season. It's been an awesome carnival season so far and it's fun to get to see everyone together and hoping to keep momentum through this coming week and through NCAA's. The teams been looking really good.")))


UNH's Annika Taylor wins the women's 5K freestyle. Vermont's Mary-Kate Cirelli of Rutland comes in second. The Cats placing 3 in the top 7. Middlebury's Heather Mooney of Peru finishes third.


Let's head to Spruce Peak and Stowe Mountain for the giant slalom. The Dartmouth women dominate putting four skiers in the top eight, including a sweep of the top two spots. Foreste Peterson edges teammate Libby Gibson by 17-hundredths of a second. Vermont's Elli Terwiel finishes fourth, but overall the day belonged to the Big Green.


((("It was really exciting. It was my first carnival win and I'm actually a freshman at Dartmouth, so it's a good way to start off the season. So sweet to go 1-2 for Dartmouth. We're both really happy.")))


the afternoon wrapping up with the men's giant slalom. For the second straight week, Middlebury's Robert Cone claims the title. Cone posting two of the three fastest times of the day to earn the win by 59-hundreths of a second. --- behind Cone, the Cats followed. UVM with three skiers in the top six. Griffin Brown comes in second behind Cone. teammate Dominique Garand is third and Taylor Wunsch of Swanton rounding things out in sixth.


((("good feeling win. I had some heat and confidence off of last weekends win in Bates up in Maine. Soon as the sun came out today I knew I was gonna have some fun and had some fun against teammates and other competitors that I've known ski racing a bunch of years.")))


Overall, it's Vermont sitting atop the standings after day one. A 17 point lead over Dartmouth. New Hampshire is third, Middlebury fourth and St. Mike's is 10th. The Carnival concludes tomorrow with a pair of mass start nordic races at Trapps and the men's and women's slalom at Stowe.

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