Mon 18-MAY-2015 11 P.M. News Script
Good Evening I'm Keith McGilvery. and I'm Shelby Cashman. Fletcher Allen Health Care's former CEO landed in prison when allegations surfaced he misled state regulators over the cost of a major renovation project. The hospital's staff is hoping for a better outcome this time around. Alex Apple joins us to find out how. Keith, the old song says Santa Claus made his list and checked it twice -- that's what the project's orchestrators say they're doing to make sure a significant expansion at UVM Medical Center hits its budget.
Is forking out nearly 200 million dollars for a new building smart for UVM Medical Center? ((Testimony NAT)) That's the question the Green Mountain Care Board needed answered by the project's planners Monday. ((26:49 David Keelty/UVM Medical Center: "We wanted to leave no stone unturned.")) The hospital has struggled with cost containment in the past. In 1998 -- the "Renaissance Project" -- which included a new parking garage and front entrance -- ended up with a price tag double the original estimate. That ultimately landed former CEO William Boettcher in prison for trying to defraud a state regulatory agency. To arrive at its current 187 million dollar estimate -- the hospital had to first decide on a location for a new seven story building. ((Al Gobeille/Green Mountain Care Board 07:26 I don't know that anyone is going to get it right 100% of the time, but we need to make sure they get really really close on this estimate.)) ((Standup 53:03: "Director of Facilities David Keelty says the hospital ultimately settled on this lot adjacent to the Emergency Room because it was both cost effective and one of the last available pieces of real estate on the campus.")) ((Al Gobeille/Green Mountain Care Board 09:00 Most of it is going to be funded through a bond, an extended tax-exempt, 30-year bond.)) The bond-funded facility will include 128 new single-patient rooms -- and -- to hit the nail on the head -- the hospital hired an independent cost estimator to give the project a second look. ((Dan Morris: Project architect 03:00 the more work you do up front, the better you feel about the budget. I have no reservations about the budget.)) The estimator's budget ultimately matched the construction manager's budget -- but 17 million dollars is still budgeted for any unforeseen expenses. ((David Keelty/UVM Medical Center 46:11 what you don't know, you don't know. You try to carry a contingency for that.))
If the Green Mountain Care Board issues a certificate of need, the facility would take more than 3 years months to build -- meaning it would open in late 2018.
\ It's a wrap. The legislative session officially closed on 11 PM Saturday. Darren Perron and Kristin Kelly have a recap of some of the major laws passed.
((nats gavel)) Lawmakers agreed on some big spending cuts. GFX 1 Including $5 million in labor costs across state government. Plus agencies must find another 5-point-8 million dollars in their budgets to cover pay increases. $6 million dollars at Vermont Health Connect will be slashed. GFX 2 And $5 million dollars will be cut from LIHEAP fuel assistance for low income Vermonters. That 5 million will be the first to be restored if there ends up being a budget surplus. But lawmakers also raised taxes and fees. GFX 3 A much debated tax package raises 30 million dollars. The deal caps itemized income tax deductions - including mortgage expenses. But the cap does not apply to healthcare costs and charitable donations. The tax package also adds the state's 6 percent sales tax to soft drinks - including sugar free items. And a 9 percent meals tax to vending machine purchases. A proposal to tax e-cigarettes failed. GFX 4 But traditional tobacco taxes rise 33 cents. Making the state cigarette tax per pack 3.08. The 3-plus million dollars it generates will go toward healthcare - both helping lower income Vermonters pay for coverage - and trying to improve reimbursement rates for providers. The plan is much smaller than the Governor's proposal at the start of the session - to raise 90 million dollars in payroll taxes. Governor Shumlin's push for a clean water bill succeeded. The plan aims to cut farm and other runoff into waterways. And it includes about 10 million dollars in new fees and taxes to help pay for it -- including a jump in the property transfer tax. Lawmakers also passed education reform. The plan aims to rein in school spending and includes incentives for smaller districts to merge. It also has penalties for communities that raise their school budgets above certain benchmarks.
He was charged with enforcing the law and now he admits to breaking it. Tyler Kinney was responsible for the Colchester PD's evidence locker - when he swiped drugs and a gun. He pleaded guilty to 3 charges today. Kinney resigned late last year. He told Judge William Sessions today he is out of rehab - and taking suboxone, a prescription that helps opiate addicts kick the habit. Kinney will be sentenced in October - and could face up to 20 years in prison.
Vermont inmates--dying by suicide. Incidents of self harm in prisons around the state--are on the rise. One family has experienced the tragedy first hand --and wants the state to improve mental health care for felons. They opened up to investigative reporter Jennifer Costa.
((Alisa Lott/ex-husband killed himself 00:01:14 "He was a really good person.")) A tearful Alisa Lott is still grappling with the sudden death of her high school sweetheart. ((Alisa Lott/ex-husband killed himself 00:02:14 "He tried really hard for a long time to get himself better.")) She says 34-year-old Patrick Fennessey battled drug addiction -- and bipolar disorder. The pair was married for 2 years -- and had a son. But -- drug-related crime -- landed Fennessey in and out of jail. He tried medication and therapy. Nothing seemed to help. ((Alisa Lott/ex-husband killed himself 00:07:04 "I saved him from hanging himself three times while we were together.")) On April 23 -- Fennessey tried to kill himself again. But this time -- there was no one to intervene. ((Andy Pallito/Vt. Corrections Cmsr. 00:07:56 "He had taken a shoelace and tied it around his neck sufficient enough to stop his breathing.")) Fennessey was an inmate at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. He died two days later -- at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. ((Andy Pallito/Vt. Corrections Cmsr. 00:09:26 "I don't think there's any indication that he should have been, at that moment in time, on suicide watch.")) Vermont Corrections Commissioner -- Andy Pallito -- admits Fennessey's mental health history was challenging. But says his behavior improved in the months before his death and he was transferred to general population. ((Andy Pallito/Vt. Corrections Cmsr. 00:18:47 "If someone is really intent on killing themselves, they're going to be able to do it in our system.")) ((Matthew Valerio/Vt. Defender General 00:57:34 "Suicide is something that in a locked facility, like that, probably shouldn't happen.")) Vermont's Defender General will now investigate if the DOC was negligent -- missed warning signs -- or failed to provide appropriate supervision -- in the Fennessey case. The review could take up to 6 months. But for Fennessey's loved ones -- the answer is clear. ((Alisa Lott/ex-husband killed himself 00:06:09 "I think he needed to be in a hospital.")) Pallito says -- more Vermont prisoners require mental health services than ever before. ((GRX 1)) 44% of male inmates -- and 70% of female inmates. ((GRX 2)) Calls for -- this kind of care -- skyrocketed by 96% in six years. The results -- can be tragic. Three Vermont inmates -- including Fennessey -- have killed themselves -- since 2013. ((GRX 4)) On average 3 inmates a month attempt suicide -- and all incidents of self-harm are up 55-percent. Pallito says it's NOT that more inmates are developing mental illness -- but that fewer are getting the services they need in the community. Pallito could not point to a reason. But the rising numbers -- correspond to the closure of the Vermont State Hospital -- following Tropical Storm Irene -- four years ago. A much smaller hospital replaced it. So is DOC becoming the dumping ground for an already overwhelmed mental health system? ((Andy Pallito/Vt. Corrections Cmsr. 00:12:46 "that's a good question. I think it's a policy question that the state needs to have. The DOC doesn't get to choose who we have incarcerated.")) That's up to the courts. Fennessey's friends and family are demanding answers. They're also suing the Department of Corrections. ((EMOTIONAL Alisa Lott/ex-husband killed himself 00:11:59 "He was not a saint, but he was my best friend for a long time. And I just pray that no one else will have to feel like this.")) Lott is sharing the intimate details of Fennessey's darkest moments -- hoping -- it will prevent another tragedy. Jennifer Costa -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.
A heads up on Amber Alert testing this week -- It's just a drill. The Public Safety Department will be testing the state's amber alert system used in the event of a missing or abducted child. The test Wednesday includes mass emails, D-O-T messaging signs, and activating the state lottery notification system.
Dan is here. It was a great weekend, and another nice one today.
For more than 3 decades late-night funny man David Letterman has been making people laugh. He will step down from the Late Show Wednesday and this week we are looking back at some WCAX connections to the show. It was September 9th 1997 -- Our Photographer Lance MacKenzie was in New York City for a visit to CBS News. He was outside the Ed Sullivan Theater when David Letterman showed up on the sidewalk and encouraged him to answer a nearby payphone -- He did -- and what happened next Letterman called Lance's "Big Broadway Welcome."
((LANCE ON LETTERMAN 9/9/97 08:00 "it is my pleasure to introduce .... Balloons drop and cheering.)) 17:26:00 ((Lance MacKenzie, Channel 3 Photographer "The curtains go up and I really can't see anything, but I could see Paul and the band ere jamming like mad, it was just so awesome, flashes and balloons and stuff, it was a lot of fun.)) Lance tells us people still come up to him recognizing him from the show and we still get kick out of the video here at WCAX!
A European diplomat makes a visit to the Upper Valley. We'll tell you why. Also Amtrak service is up and running again after last weeks deadly derailment. And a massive motorcycle gang battle in Texas. Plus -- Is your toilet ready for a major upgrade? We'll explain coming up on the Channel 3 News at 11.
ISIS retook control of a major Iraqi city over the weekend - despite a U.S backed effort to keep the extremists out. The battle for the capital of Anbar Province was quick and deadly. In just a few days, ISIS militants killed 500 civilians and Iraqi soldiers -- as they seized control of Ramadi. This video from ISIS appears to show Iraqi soldiers retreating from the city -- despite 165 U.S led bombings over the past month to help Iraq's army keep control. The weekend bloodshed marks the biggest victory this year for the Islamic State.
Nearly 200 people are being held on murder-related charges after a deadly shootout in Waco, Texas. And as Vicente Arenas reports -- Police are armed and ready for any retaliation in a war between rival biker gangs.
TRT 1:27 POLICE ESCORTED BUSLOADS OF BIKERS TO COURT TODAY TO FACE CHARGES IN YESTERDAY'S DEADLY SHOOTOUT. HEAVILY ARMED OFFICERS REMAINED OUTSIDE THE TWIN PEAKS RESTAURANT, LOOKING FOR EVIDENCE AROUND THE MOTORCYCLES LEFT AT THE SCENE. POLICE SAY, BULLETS BEGAN FLYING BETWEEN BIKER GANG MEMBERS - INSIDE - AFTER A RESTROOM SCUFFLE BROKE OUT. CUSTOMERS SCRAMBLED FOR COVER. (sot -woman ) IT WAS REALLY, REALLY SCARY I DIDNT KNOW IF SOMEONE WAS GONNA COME BACK. (Track) AS THE SHOOTING SPILLED OUT TO THE PARKING LOT , 22 OFFICERS, who had been monitoring the gathering, arrived AND ALSO SHOT AT THE SUSPECTS. 9 BIKERS WERE KILLED and 18 others WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED - EITHER SHOT OR STABBED. (PHOTOS) 170 bikers ARE BEING HELD -- EACH -- on a million dollars bail..... charged with ORGANIZED Crime LINKED TO CAPITAL MURDER. Jay Dobyns, is a former Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Agent. He spent nearly 30 years UNDERCOVER, infiltrating biker gangs. (Jay Dobyns) "IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH HOW THESE GUYS ACT, THEIR TOOLS OF THE TRADE, THE GUNS, KNIVES PIPES,THERE WAS NOTHING SHOCKING ABOUT IT JUST HAPPENED TO TAKE PLACE ON A LARGE SCALE, IN A PUBLIC VENUE." IT'S STILL UNCLEAR WHETHER OTHER BIKERS OR POLICE KILLED THE NINE WHO DIED. THE The state has ordered twin peaks to stop serving alcohol for seven days. AND SCOTT, the twin peaks corporate office has severed TIES WITH THE RESTAURANT, PULLING ITS NAME FROM THE FRANCHISE.
Amtrak trains are running again along the route of the fatal derailment in Philadelphia. Eight people died and more than 200 were injured last week during the incident. A safety system called automatic train control is now in place in both directions where the derailment happened. The system can automatically slow down a train that's going too fast through the curve.
A German dignitary visited the Upper Valley today. Germany's Deputy Ambassador to the United States -- Philipp Ackerman -- met with students for a question and answer session at Hanover High School. The Supervisory Union-- which includes Hanover and Norwich-- reached out to the ambassador earlier this year with an invitation to visit the district-- and nearby Dartmouth College.
((Philipp Ackermann/Deputy German Ambassador to the United States: "I was very impressed with the level of knowledge they showed already. Many of them had been to Germany. They had a very clear political understanding, so I am very looking forward to having a discussion on an equal footing so to speak.")) Along with a trip to Dartmouth College, a school-wide forum will be held at the high school Tuesday morning. It's another opportunity for the students to interact with a foreign diplomat who is making his first trip to the region.
Tonight: Cloudy skies. Showers likely. Chance of a Tstorm. Lows: 55/62 Winds: S 10-15 mph Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Showers likely. Chance of Tstorms. Highs: 73/80 Winds: S 5-10 mph Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers/Tstorms. Highs: 45/52 Winds: W 10-15 mph Wednesday: Morning clouds. Becoming partly sunny. Highs: 55/62 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday Night: Lows 33/43 Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs 55/62 Lows 33/43 Friday: Partly sunny. And isolated shower? Highs 55/62 Lows 30s Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 60s Lows 35/45 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 65/75 Lows 40s Monday: Partly sunny, chance of a shower. Highs 65/75
Smart phones -- smart tablets -- it seems like there are high tech version of just about everything these days. but -- what about a smart toilet? It's real -- Hena Daniels explains.
WHEN GEOFFREY HOFFER SAW HIS FIRST HIGH TECH TOILET OVER TEN YEARS AGO - HE DIDNT KNOW WHAT IT WAS (nats) And the toilet opened and I jumped back. BUT AFTER USING IT ONCE - HE KNEW HE NEEDED ONE (sot- Geoffrey Hoffer/Washlet Bidet Owner) It was the most incredible thing I had ever seen THEY'RE CALLED WASHLETS, BUT IT'S BASICALLY A BIDET INSTALLED ON TOP OF A STANDARD TOILET. (natsot) And whenever you are finished going to the bathroom, it washes your body with warm water WITH A TOUCH FROM A REMOTE CONTROL, CONSUMERS CAN CUSTOMIZE WATER PRESSURE AND SETTINGS FOR MEN AND WOMEN. BENNETT FRIEDMAN, OWNER OF THE A-F SHOWROOM IN NEW YORK, SAYS THESE UPGRADED BIDETS ARE IN MOST BATHROOMS IN ASIA BUT ARE CATCHING ON IN AMERICA. (sot - Bennett Friedman/AF Showroom) They've spread out to include more moderate income users as well. I think as the value and importance grows in their lives, people are beginning to embrace the concept. AMERICAN MANUFACTURER KOHLER SAYS ITS WASHLETS HAVE SEEN YEARLY DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH SINCE 2011. (nat of ad handout from TOTO) JAPANESE TOILET MAKER TOTO IS ALSO EXPERIENCING GROWING SALES IN THE U-S. TOTOS PRICES START AT $350 BUT CAN GO UP TO 7 THOUSAND DEPENDING ON ADDITIONAL FEATURES - INCLUDING FEET WARMERS, A DRYER, AND THE ABILITY TO PLAY MUSIC. (sot - Jason Fitzsimmons/TOTO) It has a nice, warm heated seat, but probably one of the neatest features this has. (sot-hoffer) (hena) So you're a believer? (hoffer) I'm a believer. NOW THAT EVERY HOUSEHOLD'S HARDEST WORKING FIXTURE IS GOING HIGH TECH, MANUFACTURERES HOPE THERE WILL BE MORE TOILET TALK IN AMERICAN HOMES. IN NEW YORK, HENA DANIELS FOR CBS NEWS
After picking up a win in game one of their series against the Lightning, former Catamount Marty St. Louis and the Rangers headed out on the ice at Madison Square Garden tonight looking to take a 2-0 series lead.. St. Louis still looking for his first goal of the entire playoffs, could he get his first tonight against his former club.. And Louis helping getting the first goal in this one, unfortunately it's for the other team.. Rangers on the 5-3 power play but turned over and we've got a foot race...Louis dives to try and stop it but the puck goes in as he crashes into the net..It's initially waved off but on review the puck was in before the net was dislodged...It's 1-0 lightning.. But St. Louis gets redemption a few minutes later..shot fired on net, Louis with a little misdirection off his stick helps this one get loose in front and chris Kreider punching it home...We are tied at 1... Lightning though striking again..Tampa on the power play.. Tyler Johnson in front, freezes Henrik Lundqvist and putting it top shelf for the goal.. Rangers fall big in game two, 6-2..
The Middlebury women's lacrosse team has kept their season alive for at least one more week, after securing their spot yesterday in the NCAA national semifinals. The Panthers took down York in the regional finals yesterday afternoon at Gettysburg College 10-8.. --- The Panthers will now travel to their 15th national semifinals, facing Cortland this coming Saturday in Philadelphia with the winner advancing to the national title game on Sunday.. But the good news didn't stop there as three Lady Panthers were named All-Americans this afternoon by the Intercollegiate women's lacrosse coaches' association. Senior Katie Ritter and junior Laurel Pascal have both been named to the First team with Catherine Fowler taking home second team honors.
Former world cup champion and two-time gold medalist Kristine Lilly hit the stage at the Paramount Theatre tonight in Rutland, speaking with the public about her career and the upcoming Women's world cup in Canada, which gets underway in just under three weeks..The U.S. is looking for it's first world cup gold medal since Lilly and the 1999 team defeated China 5-4 on penalty kicks in the title game.. The U.S. came oh so close in 2011 against Japan, but fell in penalty kicks and had to settle for second place... But Lilly was also looking to inspire the next generation of soccer stars in the U.S...Mike McCune caught up with Lilly today on the :30..
(TRT: 22..to give back) (lMccune/"you'll have an opportunity to talk to a lot of young athletes, young kids, what's the main message you're going to give to them?" Lilly/"well my biggest thing is that I'm an example. You know, this is not the way your story is going to go but this is how my story went and things can happen. I think if you put hard work, dedication into something and believe in yourself good things could happen. I've gotten so much from the game so it's an opportunity for me to give back." )
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