Mon 20-OCT-2014 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thank you for joining us at 11. I'm Keith McGilvery. IBM is calling it quits in Essex Junction. The company has finalized a deal to transfer its semiconductor division to GlobalFoundries. Under the deal, GlobalFoundries will take over the IBM chip plants in Essex Junction and East Fishkill, New York. That includes about 9000 employees at the two plants. IBM will pay Global one-point-five billion dollars to take the chip-making business off its books. Global will also gain -- the know-how and patents that have made IBM a leader in microprocessor manufacturing.
About 4-thousand people work at the Essex Junction plant. Governor Shumlin is calling the deal "good news for Vermont" Today he met with the Global Foundries CEO. Darren Perron has the details.
((nats: governor walking into room)) The governor gathered business leaders, lawmakers and administration officials for an historic announcement. After 57 years in Essex Junction, IBM says its leaving Vermont. ((Gov. Shumlin: 00:16:23 We all know in the past few years there has been a lot of uncertainty at IBM in the chip making business.)) But now -- the governor says the deal -- for GLOBALFOUNDRIES to take over IBM's Essex Junction plant -- provides economic stability in the region. And job security -- for the 4000 current IBM employees. ((Gov. Shumlin: 3:00 So it was hugely reassuring.)) He says the CEO reassured him -- the jobs would stay in Vermont. ((Gov. Shumlin: 9:05 We want to stay right here and work with them and not ask them to go somewhere else. That's the good news.)) Monday afternoon Governor Shumlin met with GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO -- who's visiting the Essex Junction facility -- and meeting workers. And he says, THAT'S why GLOBAL agreed to the deal. The workforce. GLOBALFOUNDRIES can't keep up with demand for its chips. But the company is NOT making any longterm commitments to the state. Company spokesperson Travis Bullard tells me.... "The bottom line is that we need the IBM workforce - the real value of the business to us is the people ..." " ... While it's almost impossible for any business to make open-ended commitments, we can say that we have no plans to reduce the workforce at this time ..." "We have not made any long-term decisions about the future of these facilities, but GLOBALFOUNDRIES will operate the plants for the foreseeable future." ((5:30 Gov Shumlin: I think GLOBALFOUNDRIES is being very cautious and they should be. No company can say in this market, hey you know, we can guarantee you we will be here the rest of our lives. What they can say and what they said, is we have a product here that no one else is making like you are in Vermont, the demand right now outstrips the supply, you've got a workforce we believe in and is superior to any we imagine having and we are really excited to be in this business. 5:59 So, what it means is we are moving from a company that wasn't really a chip manufacturer anymore. It was a teeny slice of their business. To one that really does this.)) The governor did NOT discuss with the CEO whether Global will offer the same benefits and pay to employees. ((12:17 DARREN Any infrastructure promises as part of these talks today? They are still trying to sort out the infrastructure questions. 12:40 Obviously we want to help them with any infrastructure needs going forward. ))
Many say IBM is at the heart of Essex Junction. Not only is it a huge employer and taxpayer -- but responsible for a large portion of the population. Residents we talked to are sorry to see the company go after decades in Vermont.
(01:04:08 Carl Houghton/Essex Jct.)(("Chittenden County really prospered because of IBM. The whole state prospered because of IBM. Now we don't have that anymore.")) (01:16:25 Benjamin Esancy/Essex Jct.)(("Good paying jobs are few and far between in Vermont. It's very important for the community to have those kind of jobs.")) (01:19:48 Troy Cirillo/Essex Jct.)(("Those jobs are hard to come by now. Whether it's at Fairpoint, IBM, Green Mountain Power, wherever. You know it's a skilled work force.")) For continuing coverage of today's developments at IBM stay connected with us here on WCAX ,WCAX.com, Facebook and Twitter.
Dan is here. Plenty of gray skies this afternoon.
The South Burlington teachers strike--is officially over. Shelby Cashman is here now with a look at what sealed--the deal. shelby? Keith--South Burlington students were out of school for four days--while their teachers and school board tried to reach an agreement ten months in the making. After countless hours of negotiations--both sides say they are pleased--with the result.
(00:07:50) ((Ed Levite/South Burlington Resident "I just want to thank you all for your time and effort-- applause)) (00:07:56) Applause from parents--and members of the South Burlington community for their school board --after a teacher strike that lasted more than four days--officially came to an end. Monday afternoon--the teachers union voted to accept a new contract--hammered out by their members--and the board--Saturday. ((NATS of them moving to approve the motion)) The board--followed suit Monday evening. (00:07:01) ((Martin Lalonde "I support this contract, its been a long road to get here. I think it is a fair and reasonable settlement for all the stakeholders.")) (00:07:09) The two sides were at odds over salaries and health benefits. The teachers wanted a higher salary and lower contributions to their health care plan--than the board was willing to give. But in the final deal--both sides made concessions. GFX: In a three year contract--the teachers will receive an 8 percent increase in total compensation. That's lower than the over 10 percent--they were seeking in earlier negotiations--and higher than the 7 percent the board was offering. GFX: Health care contributions? The teachers will contribute 16 percent the first year--and 17 percent in the subsequent 2 years -- again -- not what either side was looking for -- but both agreed to as part of the deal. But some residents--say they are still worried about the lasting effect the first strike in the cities history--will have. (00:19:57) ((Milissa O'Brien "a lot of people are saying they are going to vote no on the budget. And I'm worried.")) (00:20:05)
No word yet on how the new contract will effect that budget. I spoke to the teachers chief negotiator and asked him if they were pleased with the deal--his response was that they were happy to be back in the classroom.
It's a plan Burlington College leaders hope will save the school from financial ruin. Interim President Mike Smith says of the 32 acres of land purchased from the Catholic diocese in 20-10 -- the school will sell 25 to developer Eric Farrell. The college will keep seven acres. Smith says Farrell will assume the schools 3.5 million dollar debt to the Diocese--and pay the college an additional 3.5 million. That money will be used to pay down other debts. Smith says the deal will lower the school's total debt of eleven million dollars--to just over 4 million.
(01:25:12) ((Mike Smith "it allows us to move forward in a way that allows us to think of strategies where we can look at long term growth here in terms of enrollment, in terms of maybe consortiums with other small colleges, that we can look at an have some time to look at in a strategic and thoughtful way.")) (01:25:35) A development project with Farrell was in the works under former college President Christine Plunkett--but Smith says that one was a much smaller deal. Smith says it would not have netted the school enough to substantially reduce its debt.
Still ahead -- Allen Prue's team makes its case to the jury. ((Bob Katims/Prue's lawyer 01:18:37 "and the plan just went haywire. That's not conspiracy to commit first degree murder and that's not 1st degree murder.")) Jennifer Costa has the latest from the courtroom. And -- the entire board at one Upper Valley non-profit is out the door -- find out. Plus -- could your next washing machine clean your clothes with water? And the playoff pairing are out in soccer and field hockey! Dylan has the details in sports when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.
Today Allen Prue's legal team presented its defense to the jury. Our Jennifer Costa was there.
Allen Prue's lawyer says the evidence may point to some sort of planned sexual assault -- but he says -- it doesn't prove his client intended to kill Melissa Jenkins in 2012. ((Bob Katims/Prue's lawyer 01:18:37 "and the plan just went haywire. That's not conspiracy to commit first degree murder and that's not 1st degree murder.")) Bob Katims argued the charges should be dismissed -- after the state rested its case Monday morning. He says prosecutors failed to prove 1st degree murder, attempted kidnapping or conspiracy between Prue and his wife -- Patricia. ((Lisa Warren/Caledonia County State's Attorney 01:14:30 "they purposely got her out of her home, to get her into that car, kidnap her strangle her, beat her and strangle her.")) Katims says none of the state's eyewitness could identify Allen Prue. And the judge acknowledged little direct evidence of premeditation -- but ruled the trial would continue. ((Judge Robert Bent/Vt. Superior Court 01:25:03 "Ultimately it will be a jury call. Mr. Katims' points about the deficits are well taken.")) ((Amy Beede/former inmate 00:33:49 "I don't know why this case has affected me so bad. I didn't even know Melissa)) The first defense witness ... a former inmate ... testified Patricia Prue claimed responsibility for the killing. Sharing her alleged secrets from their cellblock. ((Amy Beede/former inmate 01:45:32 "she clenched her fists and she said my husband did not kill Melissa Jenkins." 01:47:12 "she told me when she opened that door she grabbed Melissa by the hair and pulled her in the car and was strangling her.")) Amy Beede -- waited about a year -- to tell authorities about Patricia's story. The prosecution argued she's unreliable -- but couldn't convince the judge to bar her testimony. The defense is trying to pin the murder on Patricia -- and says police coerced Allen's alleged confession. They hired a psychologist to testify about how investigators' techniques could have yielded a false confession. ((Eric Mart/psychologist 06:26:42 "I think that he didn't even understand yet what was happening. In other words, they were using these techniques and I don't think he picked up on it.")) The defense continued to paint of picture that Prue was controlled by this wife -- calling witnesses who claimed she followed him everywhere -- and was the more dominant partner. But the jury won't get to hear Prue's version of events. Late Monday afternoon -- he declined to take the stand. ((Allen Prue/accused of murder 07:09:23 "I have, your honor, spoken with my lawyer and I choose not to testify. Judge RB: that's fine. That's an absolute right you have")) ((JC/Burlington "Jurors will return to court Tuesday morning to hear closing arguments. Then deliberations will begin. JC Ch 3 News BTV))6
Damage control in Keene -- in the wake of this weekend's riots at the pumpkin festival. Police are setting up a task force to investigate violent disturbances. The weekend festival led to property damage, dozens of arrests, and several injuries. The violence prompted police to don riot gear and use tear gas to calm the crowd around Keene State University.
(:15 ) ((Colonel Robert L. Quinn // Director, Division of NH State Police - "rock, bottles, full bottles. Full liquor bottles, full cans of beer. Billiard balls. Being thrown at Police officers. Potential for serious injury was there. We were lucky they weren't more seriously injured than he was.)) (:35) Officials say several students are now charged with a variety of offenses. Governor Maggie Hassan is calling on college officials to hold the students accountable.
A former Waitsfield Elementary School employee is accused of embezzling money intended to help students. Kay Marcelle worked in IT at the school and oversaw the Waitsfield Education Fund before she retired in 2012. State police say the 60-year-old stole money from the non-profit that was originally created to buy equipment for the school. Police say it is unclear how much money was stolen but that the fund that once had at least 76-thousand dollars was closed out with 9-thousand dollars.
The board at a White River Junction non-profit is resigning. The group at Emerge Family Advocates has agreed to go. The move comes following an investigation by the Vermont Attorney General into financial mismanagement at the agency. Other Upper Valley groups are stepping up to ensure that court-ordered visitations that Emerge was responsible for coordinating continue until a new board is in place. Emerge has also agreed to an independent review of its finances.
British scientists have developed a new washing machine that uses plastic beads to help get stains out of clothes. Major US hotel chains are using the new technology and engineers say they're working on model that can be used at home. Alphonso Van Marsh reports.
London's White Rose laundry is trying a new way to clean more than 15-hundred shirts a day... NAT SOUND (Xeros machine) (Shots Xeros machine loading and running, shots of beads) These washers use plastic beads and just a little water. (SOT: Ejaz Osmani, White Rose laundry) WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK, WE KNEW, THAT THE WATER SAVINGS WAS MORE THAN 60 TO 70-PERCENT. Xeros machine makers say that's about 350-thousand gallons of water saved each year. Major hotel chains Hilton and Choice are already using the washers at some US locations. NAT SOUND Xeros plant/HANDOUT from Xeros, animated video. The British scientists who developed the technology say a small amount of water helps the beads gently rub against the clothes and act like sponges to absorb dirt. Physicist Steve Jenkins says machines use about half the detergent - and energy - as traditional washers. (SOT: Dr. Steve Jenkins, Xeros chief technology officer) WE CAN CLEAN AS EFFECTIVELY AS A HOT CYCLE, AT COLD. (Bridge: Alphonso Van Marsh, CBS News, Sheffield, England) THERE'S AROUND ONE-AND-A-HALF MILLION OF THESE BEADS SPINNING THROUGH EACH WASHING MACHINE. THEY'RE ABOUT THE SIZE OF A GRAIN OF RICE, BUT ARE HARD, LIKE A MARBLE. (shots of beads - in vial, or in washing, or in bucket) Xeros insists the beads can't slip through the washer's drain, rarely get stuck in clothing and can be used in up to a thousand washes before recycling. NATS....BEADS Engineers are working on a washer-dryer model for American homes they hope to sell within two years. Alphonso Van Marsh, CBS News, Sheffield, England.
The fall playoff season is here in Vermont... The brackets for the field hockey and boys and girls soccer tournaments were released today, with games beginning tomorrow around the state... In boys soccer... South Burlington will play...and they are the top seed in Division One...Rice gets the top spot in D-2...Lake Region in Division Three...and Twin Valley in D-4... in fact, Division Four hosts the only two undefeated teams left in the state in boys soccer...both Twin Valley and second seed Sharon are 14-0... Girls soccer...14-0 Burr & Burton is the D-1 top seed... although second seed CVU is also 14-0... Lake Region tops Division Two...Sharon D-3...and Arlington Division Four... and in field hockey ...12-0-1 Essex sits top Division One... Rice heads the D-2 bracket...and 14-0 Bellows Falls leads Division Three... Highlights throughtout on channrel 3...
Tough news today for Boston Bruins defenseman and former UVM captain Kevan Miller... The statement from B's general manager Peter Chiarelli is that Miller is out indefinitely after suffering a dislocated right shoulder in a fight during Boston's 4-0 win at Buffalo Saturday. At the end of a fight with the Sabres' Nicolas Deslauriers (DE-LORE-E-AY), Miller fell awkwardly to the ice and suffered the dislocation. Although he had yet to register a point, Miller had played in six of Boston's first seven games this season, averaging 14 1/2 minutes of ice time a game. A key loss. The team does not have a timetable for his return.
Better fortunes for his alma mater... Coming off a split home-series sweep of Clarkson this weekend, the UVM men's hockey team has made it's season debut in the U-S College Hockey Online top 20 poll. The Cats, now 3-0 on the season, debut at 17th in this week's poll, out today. Vermont is the fifth of five Hockey East schools in the Top 20. Providence, Boston College and UMass-Lowell hold down spots five thru seven ...and Boston University checks in at 12th. The Cats are back home this Saturday night for their Hockey East home opener against conference newcomer Connecticut.
From senior night to games with playoff implications and a heart-felt play of the year, we had all the ingredients for an epic Week 8 of the Frenzy Flashback. ((TRT: 2:04 ... OC: fade out on two Colchester players hugging))
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