Mon 17-NOV-2014 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Jennifer Costa. And I'm Keith McGilvery. Nationally, he helped craft Obamacare. But now his remarks about what he calls the "stupidity" of the American people are getting him in trouble. Jonathan Gruber is also on Vermont's payroll -- as one of the architects of the state's single-payer financing plan. And as Kyle Midura found out ...critics want him fired.
Republican state representatives Kurt Wright, Heidi Scheuermann, and Patti Komline sent a letter to Gov. Peter Shumlin Monday. It calls for the Governor to end the state's relationship with embattled health care policy analyst Jonathan Gruber. He's been under the national microscope since comments he made about his work crafting the Affordable Care Act recently came to light. (Gruber11-Pkg from 11/14/14) ((Jonathan Gruber - Oct. 17, 2013 lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, call it the stupidity of the Amercan voter or whatever, but bascially that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass)) Gruber currently has a 450-thousand dollar contract with the state of Vermont to help develop the state's single-payer financing plan. During a hearing in Montpelier In 2011, he responded to a a critic's question with a glib remark. (00:01:08:00 -- from PRODUCTION) (( Jonathan Gruber - Feb 20, 2011 Was this written by my adolescent children by any chance?)) (00:43:13:00) ((Rep. Kurt Wright - R-Burlington I think that Mr. Gruber has -- to me -- with those comments has disqualified himself to continue to rake in money from taxpayers who he has actually insulted with his comments.)) (00:38:30:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont not only did he say this stuff, but he thinks this stuff)) Gov. Peter Shumlin trashed the M-I-T Professor and health policy analyst for his comments. But the Governor is keeping him on the payroll. He says Gruber's take on the American public and transparency should not affect his ability to tabulate single-payer's potential impact for Vermont's economy. (00:39:05:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont We are going to continue to have him finish the job that he began, because he's the one who is really digging into the numbers, he's our calculator, he's not doing policy for us, he's not doing advice for us, he's really our calculator)) Gov. Shumlin pledges to deliver a universal care plan by January, but Wright and fellow critics say that's two years after its initial due date ... and suggest the missed deadline as evidence of Gruber's influence. Gruber's contract is nearly up, and the Governor says a plan is almost ready. The Governor did not rule out the possibility of working with Gruber again on future efforts. Kyle Midura, Ch.3 Burlington
A hit and run is under investigation in Burlington tonight. Police say a man was struck at the intersection of Shelburne Road and Home Avenue around 5-30. Witnesses say the victim was using the crosswalk correctly when he was hit. He was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center with minor injuries and released. Authorities say the suspect is a heavy-set white male who was driving a dark green sedan. Anyone who may have seen the incident should call Burlington police.
Around the same time tonight a driver reportedly struck a teen in St. Johnsbury. Authorities say 43-year-old Helene Gallagher was driving North on Main Street when she allegedly hit 16-year-old girl Sofia Kadinoff. Kadinoff was taken to the hospital to be treated for a leg injury. Gallagher is not facing charges.
An alleged drug sting turned violent in Windsor. Adam Sullivan has the latest on the officer involved shooting.
Vermont State Police investigators continued to examine the parking lot next to Ferguson Auto in Windsor-- nearly 24 hours after an officer involved shooting Sunday afternoon. An active crime scene that startled some who live in the area. ((John Demasi/West Windsor: "news of an office involved shooting, any sort of chase like that is definitely out of the ordinary. And pretty shocking.")) According to court documents-- Windsor police officers were staked out near the parking lot because they had information about a drug deal that was about to go down. When the suspect arrived-- in a car allegedly driven by 34 year old Jorge Burgos of Quechee-- officers attempted to take the pair into custody. That's when police say Burgos quote "hammered it" driving straight for one of the officers. Court paper say Windsor Police Officer Ryan Palmer-- fired multiple shots at the vehicles, striking Burgos in the arm several times. Burgos and his passenger sped away but were later taken into custody in Claremont New Hampshire. ((Sullivan: "the officer has been placed on administrative leave. The chief in Windsor says it is standard protocol in this type of incident. However, he referred all OTHER questions to the Vermont State Police. The Vermont State Police also declined an on camera interview.")) (francis video) Burgos is no stranger to police. He was in court last year, on unrelated charges, and was wanted by the Vermont Department of Corrections for allegedly not complying with community placement orders. He now faces an additional charge of aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement officer. Police say the passenger in the vehicle-- 25-year-old Brittany Smith of Plainfield New Hampshire-- had two active arrest warrants from New hampshire for Sale of Heroin and Identity Fraud. More evidence of a heroin epidemic that is gripping the region. ((Demasi: "it sounds like, after enough creditable news reports that there is a problem. And it is definitely at a level that is sort of surprising.)) But, residents in this community say drug related crimes have no place here. ((Demasi: "I don't think people need to be afraid of anything. If they are not getting involved in bad stuff. I don't think bad situations are going to find you unless you find them.")) Which is what investigators say happened in this parking lot. A cross border incident that has landed two suspects once again, on the wrong side of the law. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Windsor.
Two teens were arrested this afternoon after making threats to staff and fellow students at the Laraway School in Johnson. Authorities say a 16-year-old assaulted two deputies as they tried to take him into custody. They say a 14-year-old was arrested without incident. Both boys are awaiting court dates at the Woodside Juvenile Detention Center. One deputy suffered a minor injury to his face.
A suspended Colchester detective is no longer behind bars -- but headed to rehab in Southern Vermont. Tyler Kinney is facing federal drug and gun charges -- following accusations he stole from the department's evidence locker. His release from jail was delayed -- because prosecutors were concerned about threats -- Kinney allegedly made against a drug partner. Kinney's lawyer says his client denies making the threats -- but agreed to a release plan that involves electronic monitoring.
(00:00:13:00 John Pacht/Kinney's attorney)(("It was a joint decision based on concerns the US Attorney's Office or Probation office had. We don't have any problem adding this condition so long as Tyler gets the treatment he needs.")) Kinney will undergo treatment for drug addiction at the Serenity House in Wallingford. He still faces federal charges that could get him ten years in prison.
Dan is here. A messy day out there today.
It's a done deal -- after years of financial woes -- Burlington Telecom has a new owner. Shelby Cashman joins us now with more. Shelby? Jennifer--the city council unanimously voted to approve a 6 million dollar bridge financing loan with local investor Trey Pecor--and complete the city's settlement--with Citibank. Earlier this month--The Vermont Public Service Board approved the plan to provide a six million dollar bridge loan to help the city settle its legal battle with Citibank. Under that agreement, the city gets out of a 33-million dollar lease for about 10-million. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger mayor says taxpayers will be responsible for paying around one million of that. The Mayor says under the terms of the deal -- B-T will be leased back to Burlington-- for five years -- and continue to operate as a city department. Members of the city council did express remaining concern over the 17-million dollars borrowed from taxpayers to prop-up BT in its first years of operation--which this deal does not address.
(02:05:07) ((Jane Knodell/P-Burlington City Council "we want now moving forward to be sure that we every option for maximizing local ownership, for getting the 17 million dollars back, for finding investors and partners whose beliefs are in line with ours.")) (02:05:27) City Council President Joan Shannon--did however call this final vote--an opening of a new chapter for Burlington Telecom.
Also at tonight's meeting -- city councilors considered a plan to divest city funds -- from fossil fuel giants. A resolution on the table-- aimed at letting voters share their opinions on town meeting day--by putting the question of divesting all public funds, including the City's pension fund, from the 200 fossil fuel companies with the largest carbon reserves--on the ballot. Some city councilors said this would be a strong step in addressing the growing problem of climate change. But--in a six to eight vote--the motion failed--as some councilors said more time and study needs to be put into the issue. Though the voters wont get their say this March---a push for a feasibility study of divestment from fossil fuel companies--will be on the table at the councils December meeting. Jennifer?
The lone Vermonter -- quarantined over Ebola concerns -- was released today. Peter Italia spent 21 days at an undisclosed location in Rutland County. He was checked twice a day -- for symptoms - after his trip to West Africa. The Health Department says the quarantine was voluntary -- and Italia was cooperative.
(00:01:50) ((Tracy Dolan/Acting Vt. Health Commissioner "Once quarantine is finished we no longer have a relationship in terms of health monitoring. If the individual had concerns of course that person could reach out to us but we no longer monitor and that individual is symptom free and healthy and able to go on their way.")) (00:02:04) The commissioner says this quarantine helped educate the public about Ebola -- and how the virus is spread. Governor Shumlin released a statement saying--This was a difficult situation but he's pleased it's been resolved in a way that protected the safety of Vermonters -- and the individual involved.
Still ahead tonight -- Hackers allegedly go after State Department emails -- We'll have the latest from Washington. And -- Fixing problems with Vermont's sex offender registry. Plus is it unconstitutional? A new ruling on sending many male inmates out of state while keeping women closer to home. And a warning tonight if you use a smart phone. ((SOT Christian Hicks/President Elysium Digital)) Christian--if you delete things from your phone they aren't necessarily gone forever What you need to know before you go looking for an upgrade -- Stay with us.
The State Department has shut down its unclassified email network after apparently falling victim to hackers. It's the latest in a series of electronic intrusions targeting government computer systems. Craig Boswell reports.
THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S NON-CLASSIFIED GLOBAL EMAIL SYSTEM WAS SHUT DOWN OVER THE WEEKEND SO TECHNICIANS COULD ASSESS AND REPAIR DAMAGE FROM A POSSIBLE HACKER ATTACK. BUT OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS NO EVIDENCE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION WAS COMPROMISED. (SOT/SHAWN HENRY) ( "this is most likely an intelligence collection operation. they are looking to gather intelligence about who the players are within the government, who they are communicating with etc and the new initiatives they are developing." (STANDUP BRIDGE:) THE APPARENT ATTACK ON THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S NETWORK IS ONLY THE LATEST AGAINST GOVERNMENT COMPUTER SYSTEMS. THE WHITE HOUSE SAID ONE OF ITS NON-CLASSIFIED NETWORKS WAS BREACHED JUST LAST MONTH. THE FBI IS INVESTIGATING AT LEAST FOUR RECENT ATTACKS AIMED AT KEY GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS. SOURCES SAY CHINESE HACKERS TARGETTED THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COMPUTERS AND THE PERSONAL DATA OF ABOUT 800-THOUSAND U.S. POSTAL WORKERS. AROUND THE SAME TIME CYBER CRIMINALS BELIEVED TO BE FROM RUSSIA STRUCK UNCLASSIFIED EMAIL NETWORKS AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT. SECURITY EXPERTS SAY OUR BEST DEFENSE IS TO EXPECT MORE ATTACKS. (SOT) "to be able to detect it quickly and then to mitigate it not unlike we treat major diseases. we are not going to eradicate them" ANALYSTS SAY IF HACKERS WANT TO FIND A WAY INTO EVEN THE HIGHEST-SECURITY NETWORKS, THEY WILL. CRAIG BOSWELL, CBS NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE.
Work is underway to fix problems with the sex offender registry in Vermont. An audit revealed issues -- including the omission of offenders and inaccurate monitoring of how long they stay on the registry. Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn told lawmakers today -- about new software the state is using to monitor the registry.
(24:14 Keith Flynn/Public Safety Commissioner)(("The message I got today was the need to make sure we have the collaborative process in place...22:43 We want to make sure that we're protective of the privacy interests and due process rights of those individuals required to be on the registry.")) Flynn says the new software will fix mistakes that led to incorrect information on the online registry.
A new ruling says Vermont's practice of sending only male inmates out of state is unconstitutional. A Washington Superior Court Judge said the state is showing preferential treatment to female inmates -- and not allowing male inmates -- equal parental rights. Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito says the ruling does not immediately force the state to start sending females out of state. But it could have an effect if a subsequent lawsuit is filed by inmates housed out of state. Meanwhile the plaintiff in the original case -- Michael Carpenter -- has returned from kentucky -- now serving time in a Springfield prison.
Vermont's GMO labeling law is getting some A-list celeb support. Rock legend -- Neil Young -- wrote that he is boycotting Starbucks -- because he believes the coffee giant is teaming up with agriculture giant --Monsanto to try to block the new law from going into effect. But Starbucks says it's not true. The company issued a statement this morning saying it is not part of any lawsuit or providing any funding to try to block the Vermont law.
Tonight: Turning colder. Rain and snow showers ending. Becoming partly cloudy. Lows: 20/27 Winds: S 5-10 mph Tuesday: Partly sunny. Cold and blustery. Mountain snow showers. Highs: 25/32 Winds: SW 15-20 mph Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 12/22 Winds: SW 15-20 mph Wednesday: Partly sunny. (A few flurries mountains) Highs: 25/32 Winds: SW 10-15 mph Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday Night: lows 15/25 Thursday: Chance of rain or snow showers. Highs 28/35 Lows 10s Friday: Partly sunny, chance of snow showers. Highs 23/30 lows 10s Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 23/30 Lows 15/25 Sunday: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain/snow showers. Highs 30s Lows 25/35 Monday: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain showers. Highs 40s
Before you throw out your old smartphone, a cyber security firm has a warning for you. Just because you've deleted the information...that data isn't necessarily gone forever. Kris Van Cleave reports.
INCREASINGLY HOLDING YOUR SMARTPHONE IS A BIT LIKE HOLDING YOU LIFE IN YOUR HANDS... A LEADING PHONE RECYCLER SAYS 130 MILLION DEVICES ARE DISCARDED EVERY YEAR...AND MAY STILL BE LOADED WITH PERSONAL INFORMATION. ((SOT Christian Hicks/President Elysium Digital)) Christian--if you delete things from your phone they aren't necessarily gone forever CHRISTIAN HICKS AND JASON EADDY FROM ELYSIUM DIGITAL BOUGHT DOZENS OF OLD PHONES ONLINE..... AND FOUND MANY HAD NOT BEEN PROPERLY WIPED. ((SOT )) Christian--we recovered photos, contact information, calendar entries, emails, text messages, financial information, passwords WITH A SPECIAL COMPUTER THEY CAN PULL UP DATA--EVEN INFORMATION THAT WAS DELETED OFF A DISCARDED PHONE. ((SOT Jason Eaddy/Forensic & Discovery head for elisium digital)) "-this column shows you these things had all been deleted off this phone, as far as this person concerned this was all deleted." ((SOT )) "-right now you have his home number so you'd be able to call that number, for somebody whose interested in identity theft you get a lot of information just off a simple call log" ((STANDUP Kris)) kris--a common misconception, just because the touch screen is broken and the phone can't used, doesn't mean the data is gone. NEWER VERSIONS OF THE IPHONE AND THE LATEST ANDRIOD DEVICES WILL THOROUGHLY DELETE INFORMATION, BUT HICKS SAYS OLDER MODELS MAY NOT...WHICH IS WHY HE'LL NEVER THROW AWAY A SMART PHONE. ((SOT HICKS SOT)) Christian--I keep them in a safe place, yeah, I keep my old phones in a safe place. UNLIKE THESE HE BOUGHT ONLINE, FULL OF DATA FOR ANYONE TO FIND. KVC CBS NEWS, NY
The experts recommend following the manufacturers directions to completely erase data from your phone.
I think you can expect the unexpected with The UVM men's basketball team this season. The Cats fall at Canisius Saturday, a team picked to finish tenth in the MAAC, but beat Siena tonight, a team that was picked to finish second in the MAAC. The Cats had won the previous four meetings with Siena. The Saints unveling their CBI championship banner before the game --- Back and forth first half, Ernie Duncan to Ethan O'Day. Cats up 6. Duncan leaves the game in the second half with an apparent back injury. --- Kurt Steidel knocks down back to back 3's. We are tied at 20. But Siena gets the edge going into the break, Evan Hymes Burries three. 37-36 Saints. --- Siena's lead increasing in the second half, Hymes to Rob Poole for 2 of his game high, 22 points. Siena up by as many as 9. --- But here come the Cats, a 22-3 run over the next 5 minutes. O'Day inside, he was 8 for 8 from the floor with 20 points. Vermont down 3. --- Then it's the freshman Trae Bell Haynes going to work. His second straigh game with double digits putting in 16 off the bench. Make it five straight over Siena, Vermont picks up its first win of the season, 84-76 the final. The Cats host Southern Vermont in the home opener Wednesday.
The UVM women's basketball team is back in action tomorrow. The Cats, in search of that first win, host Bryant University.
The UVM men's hockey team dropped from 10 to 11th in this week's us college hockey on line poll, the Cats do remain tenth in the USA Today/USA Hockey. Vermont split its two game series with Providence over the weekend. The Cats and their 11 points have them at the top of the Hockey East Standings. More conference games coming up this weekend as UVM visits Connecticut Friday night and UMass Saturday night.
The Middlebury field hockey team will be headed to Lexington Virginia this week for the NCAA final four. The Panthers punched their ticket to the national semifinals with a dominating 5-1 win over Ursinus yesterday in the NCAA regional final at Kohn Field. Middlebury, ranked second in the nation, will face number four College of New Jersey in the semifinals Saturday. The Panthers are is two wins away from their first national title since 1998 and they hyave their sights set on returning to Middlebury with the heavy hardware.
((TRT: 35 ... OC: THE WHOLE THING)) ((Katherine DeLorenzo/ I like to think that every team I've ever coached is determined. This team is very determined, yes. They're very talented. They're very together. And they understand what needs to happen. They really have acquired a real acumen for playing the game and they read that like a book today and it was great.)) ((Bridget Instrum/ It's so surreal. Coming here I had no idea this is what was going to happen. Ever since preseason I knew this team was special. That we're going to go really far, and I think we can come away with the whole thing.))
The Norwich football team has one more game to play. The Cadets have been selected to host the ECAC Northeast Bowl Game. Norwich will face Salve Regina Saturday at 12pm at Sabine Field. This is the third straight year the Cadets will play in the ECAC northeast Bowl Game. The Cadets finished the regular season, 7-3 overall, 5-2 in the ECFC, that includes a 20 point loss to rival Castleton over the weekend.
The Dartmouth men's soccer team is heading to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. The Big Green hosts Fordham in a first round matchup Thursday night at 5pm at Burnham Field. Dartmouth clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA's by winning the Ivy League championships with a 3-0 shutout of Brown Saturday night in Hanover. The winner of Thursday's game between the Big Green and Fordham will travel to Providence on Sunday for a second round matchup. Dartmouth is 5-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in Hanover.
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