Mon 25-SEP-2017 11 P.M. News Script

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It's a topic that affects all college students and their families. The Department of Education has new guidelines for how universities are supposed to handle sexual misconduct. The Night Team's Priscilla Liguori looked into how these changes will impact schools in Vermont. Priscilla? This debate comes as a former Norwich University student says she was raped -- and that the school should have done more to prevent it from happening.

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Lauren Morrissey is not staying quiet. ((Lauren Morrissey 7628 51:22-31 "The fact that the school makes it seem like they're trying to brush it under the rug somehow, makes me feel worthless.")) The 19-year-old is talking about Norwich University, where she says she was raped in her dorm room. In a one-on-one interview, Morrissey told WCAX that she's suing the school, insisting that the assault could have been prevented. ((Lauren Morrissey 7628 07-15 "The school definitely knows that he was harassing women and they didn't warn any other women on campus. 18-21 They didn't discipline him the way that they should have.")) It comes during a tense national conversation about how colleges should handle sexual misconduct. Last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos scrapped the rules put forth by the Obama administration and created new guidelines. ((Betsy DeVos 12:39:44 PM "There must be a better way forward. Every survivor of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously. Every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined.")) These changes give colleges more power to determine how much evidence they'll require to take action against students being accused. ((Jerry O'Neill, Former Federal Prosecutor :59-1:09 "In the past, it has been a preponderance of the evidence, more likely than not. Recent guidance from the Department of Education suggests that it can go to a higher standard before someone has actually taken against them.")) The Department of Education says it will be making more permanent rules in the upcoming months. Victim advocates are raising concerns about these higher standards, but DeVos argues the old policy was skewed against the accused. Former Federal Prosecutor Jerry O'Neill says it can be challenging for universities to balance protecting the rights of both students. ((Jerry O'Neill, Former Federal Prosecutor 7628 6:50-55 "I suspect that Vermont colleges will continue to use the same standard that they've used in the past and will continue to try to move these cases through in the 60 days.")) WCAX requested a list of the 258 postsecondary institutions that the Office for Civil Rights is investigating for issues related to Title IX campus sexual violence. We found Bennington and UVM were added within the past two months, but Norwich wasn't named at all. Morrissey tells us she'd rather settle medical and tuition expenses than go to court. Most of all, she wants to make sure the school is protecting all students. ((Lauren Morrissey 7628 42:46-47 "I just want to stop the cycle.")) --

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Police and the state's attorney confirm there's an ongoing investigation into the suspect at Norwich. But NO charges have been filed, which is why we are not naming him. A University Spokesperson tells us it's policy not to comment on pending litigation.

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Dan is here with a first check on the weather. Another steamy summer day out there. ((recordbreaker)) We hit 90 in Burlington for the second day in a row. Will come close to it again tomorrow. ((highstoday)) Warm all across the region this afternoon. Many spots hit 90 degrees.

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Record temps had school districts pulling the plug on athletic events this afternoon. In Chittenden County alone -- we know Burlington... Essex... C-V-U... Colchester... Milton ... and M-M-U are among those that had cancellations. School officials say -- it was for the safety of the athletes. Milton High School's Athletic Director says the risks for heatstroke -- heat exhaustion -- and dehydration -- are high on days like this.

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((Trevor Wagar, Milton High School Athletic Director, 5:35 "They get it. They know that safety is the number one concern when it comes to them and it comes to all the athletes whether they are visiting or going. It is frustrating for some of them getting ready for games, but I think they get the safety factor.")) Several schools have already canceled some events tomorrow because of the heat.

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Threre were a few places people could not go to cool off today and it was all due to a blue-green algae bloom. Burlington's Parks and Recreation Department closed North Beach. They were also telling people to stay away from the water at Leddy Park, Texaco Beach -- and Starr Farm Beach because it could make people sick. State health authorities say residents should remain aware of bacteria levels this week as we continue to see unusually warm temperatures. And here are some other places on high alert -- Charlotte Town Beach in Charlotte, Button Bay in Ferrisburgh, Burgey Farm Road in Addison and Pelots Bay in North Hero.

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The latest GOP proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare is all but dead in the water. Another Republican senator announced she won't back the bill.... making it impossible to pass in its current form. Weijia Jiang reports.

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PROTESTORS DELAYED THE START OF THE ONLY SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE LATEST REPUBLICAN REPEAL-AND-REPLACE EFFORT. IT WAS A DRAMATIC SCENE - AS POLICE CARRIED OUT SOME OF THE DISABLED PROTESTORS PLEADING FOR CONGRESS TO KEEP MEDICAID. ((sot Marilee Adamski-Smith/Medicaid Recipient in Wisconsin)) we just want to save medicaid ((NARR-2)) THE GRAHAM-CASSIDY BILL WOULD END BOTH THE MEDICAID EXPANSION UNDER OBAMACARE *AND SUBSIDIES FOR CONSUMERS. IT WOULD INSTEAD DIRECT THAT MONEY TO THE STATES TO USE ON HEALTHCARE. SENATORS LINDSEY GRAHAM AND BILL CASSIDY DEFENDED THEIR 146-PAGE BILL BEFORE THE PANEL. ((SOT Sen. Bill Cassidy/R-LA)) "Governors are excited about it. They see this as the ability to implement change that is tailored to their state. ((SOT Sen. Graham)) "if you don't like the healthcare you got you can complain to somebody you vote for." ((STANDUP BRIDGE: WJ, CBS NEWS, CAPITOL HILL )) THE GOP HAS UNTIL SATURDAY TO RALLY ENOUGH REPUBLICAN SUPPORT FOR A SIMPLE 51-VOTE MAJORITY.... BUT IT'S NOT LOOKING PROMISING. ((NARR-3)) LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON, SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS OF MAINE ANNOUNCED SHE'S OUT... ((sot Susan Collins/R-Maine )) this bill would actually cause premiums in individual markets to rise in some states. ((NARR-4)) KENTUCKY SENATOR RAND PAUL WON'T SUPPORT IT EITHER - BUT *DID SUGGEST AREAS FOR COMPROMISE: ((SOT Sen. Rand Paul/R-Kentucky)) health savings accounts, governor's waivers, put some caps on entitlements, and then let people buy insurance across state lines thru health associations. ((NARR-5)) REPUBLICAN LEADERS TO WERE SET TO MEET WITH THE RANK AND FILE TUESDAY, BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISIONS ABOUT MOVING FORWARD. WEIJIA JIANG, CBS NEWS, CAPITOL HILL.

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A case of alleged drugging, raping and trafficking -- and police saw a Vermont teenager is the victim. Kenneth Johnson of Lyndon pleaded not guilty to several felonies today. Prosecutors say he and another man lured a 15-year old girl -- drugged her up -- raped her -- and then trafficked her. Johnson is a carnival worker and new to Vermont. If convicted of just one human trafficking charge -- he faces a possible life sentence. Johnson and his alleged accomplice are being held without bail.

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An update tonight on an alleged attack in Claremont, New Hampshire that got National attention. We told you how the eight-year-old's family claims the biracial child was pushed off a table -- and nearly hanged -- by a group of teens taunting him with racial slurs. Now -- the parents of one teenager who's accused of being involved -- say it was an accident -- and was not motivated by racism. The teen's parents claim their son tried to startle the boy into jumping off a picnic table -- and didn't realize he had a rope around his neck. The state attorney general's office is currently reviewing the case -- to see if it was a hate crime or civil rights violation.

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Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is weighing in on the future of the city's Memorial Auditorium. Late this afternoon, his office released a statement about the building -- which has sat vacant for nine months. The mayor did not release any specifics of what the building might become -- but hopes the venue will stay true to its roots.

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((Mayor Miro Weinberger, D-Burlington "one of our main priorities should be retaining this historic building, that has been both a historic building and a memorial for approaching 100 years in this community.)) The mayor says he hopes to begin the public process for exploring the future of the space later this fall.

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Still ahead -- He went from a politician with hopes for higher office to a man headed behind bars -- details on Anthony Weiner's crime and punishment. And new developments in the EB-5 scandal that rocked the Northeast Kingdom -- see whose taking action against the state. Plus retail giant Target getting ready to fork over a whole lot of cash to try and improve your customer experience -- find out what's in the works. And the details behind President Trump's latest battle -- why he is taking on the NFL when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.

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Prison time for Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. A federal judge sentenced Weiner to 21-months in prison -- for transferring obscene material to a minor. The case centered on Weiner's lewd sexual conduct with a girl he knew was 15-years-old. Weiner pleaded guilty in May -- admitting to sending graphic photos and having lewd video chats with the teen.

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Is the state of Vermont partly responsible for the Kindgom Con EB-5 scandal? That's the focus of a new lawsuit. Tyler Dumont reports.

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Attorneys for multiple EB-5 investors squared off over a recently filed 92-page lawsuit against the state. Among the new allegations -- $25,000 kickbacks paid by Jay Peak President and CEO Bill Stenger. The finders fees allegedly went to immigration attorneys recommended by the state -- like Anthony Korda -- when foreign investors bought into projects. ((NAT Shumlin on EB-5 program)) Investors also take aim at top Vermont officials -- including then Governor Peter Shumlin -- who took a 100-thousand dollar all expense paid trip to Asia to find even more investors to buy-in. ((TILE 8349 26:51:11--27:13:01 Chandler Matson: "I think a deposition exploring those issues with the people who were traveling with the Jay Peak entities - with these states employees that were going to China on the Jay Peak dime, and being paid by Jay Peak to live this lavish lifestyle, why they did or did not take actions that the investors were begging them to take on their behalf.")) The lawsuit alleges the state Regional Center's executive director at the time James Candido told investors "he had investigated and reviewed everything and that it was safe to make an investment." ((TILE 8349 29:06:13--29:13:13 Matson: "I see the Vermont Regional Center acting as a securities brokerage house, in the marketing of securities.")) The investors group alleges the state was complicit in defrauding EB-5 investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars for years, through failed "oversight and monitoring" of projects led by Stenger and partner Ariel Quiros. They also accuse the Department of Financial Regulation of ignoring investors' concerns, leading up to what they call an "outright cover-up" by state officials. But in court, the state's lead attorney in the case maintains doctrines protect them from litigation. ((TILE 8349 16:14:07--16:23:23 Megan Shafritz: "The state retains its immunity for claims of fraud, for claims of misrepresentation. So, securities fraud claims cannot be asserted against the state.")) Attorneys for investors disagree. ((TILE 8351 45:03:02--45:08:21 Russ Barr/Attorney representing investors: "This is a clear set of facts where - I call it the "rogue state agency" - went into the Wall Street world.")) Tyler Dumont -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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A traffic alert for commuters in Essex Junction. Crews will be grinding pavement on Pearl Street tomorrow and Wednesday. That's from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- so you can expect major delays... and stopped traffic if you head towards the Five Corners area.

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A pay raise for Target employees. The big box store is raising it's minimum wage from 10 to 11 dollars an hour. The increase impacts workers nationwide, including the more than 100-thousand temporary workers being hired for the holiday season. Target also says it is working toward a minimum wage of 15 dollars an hour by the end of 20-20. The company says the move is designed to recruit and retain employees and improve customer service. Target has more than 300-thousand hourly employees.

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((latest90)) Yesterday broke the record of latest 90 degree day. We broke it again today. ((currents)) Still a warm night tonight after breaking record highs today. ((dewpoints)) Been muggy all weekend, and likely to remain humid through Wednesday. ((current)) Warm and humid in Burlington. ((tempsgraph)) Two more days of near record heat. Cold front comes through on Wednesday night. Turning much colder. ((surfacemap)) High pressure will keep us dry for a few more days. Not much rain with the front, then dry again. ((forecastmap)) Areas of fog the next few mornings, noticeably cooler.

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Tonight: Clear skies. Patchy fog. Lows: 62/68 Winds: Light Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Hot and humid. Highs: 85/92 Winds: Light Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Areas of fog. Lows: 60/67 Winds: Light Wednesday: Partly sunny. Still very warm. Highs: 82/88 Winds: S 5-10 mph Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday night: Chance of showers. Lows 50/57 Thursday: Partly sunny and much cooler. Highs 60/67 Lows 38/45 Friday: Partly sunny. Highs 58/65 Lows 40s Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs 55/65 Lows 35/45 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 60s Lows 40s Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 60s

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The president isn't backing down in his fight with the NFL. Today, President Trump again criticized players who protest the national anthem. In a series of tweets this morning, the president said it's "about respect for our country..." On sunday, every team took part in some kind of protest during the national anthem. Some players kneeled... some stood with locked arms... some just stayed in the locker room until it was over.

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(SOT MIKE TOMLIN, FROM POST-GAME) "They were not going to be disrespectful of the anthem so they chose not to participate, but at the same time many of them were not going to accept the words of the President." (Trump SOT// 092217 TRUMP HUNTSVILLE AL REM 116 H/O#001// 20:44:44) Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a b----h off the field, right now." N-F-L commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement - calling the president's comments "divisive" and said they "demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the nfl."

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We may be setting heat records left and right but hockey season is rapidly approaching. The UVM women played their exhibition opener yesterday afternoon, while the men play theirs this coming Sunday. Today, the Ice Cats found out what people around the country expect from them this Winter. UVM was the first team outside the Top 20 of the preseason USCHO poll, effectively ranked 22nd as Northeastern and Western Michigan tied for that 20th spot. it's a bit of a step down from last season, when the Cats spent most of the year in the top 20 and finished 18th. However, that comes after graduating 11 seniors from last year's team. The Cats face Waterloo in Sunday's exhibition, and begin the regular season a week from friday at Gutterson Fieldhouse against Colorado College.

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As mentioned earlier, the heat took a major toll on high school sports schedules, but it couldn't stop teams from battling inside or under the lights. We start in Hinesburg, defending Girls Volleyball state champ CVU hosting South Burlington --- the wolves get off to a very good start in this one, Savana Goslovich with the ace to put SBHS up 8-3 in the first set --- then after a save by Hunter Delaney, Goslovich placing this one perfectly on the line and in for yet another South Burlington point --- but the Redhawks came roaring back. South Burlington could not solves Julia Daggett. She hits the ace here to get CVU back within 2, and once she got started she didn't stop. Daggett leads a 7-0 run for the Redhawks to close out that first set 25-22 And they'd go on to win sets 2 and 3 as well to sweep the match 3 sets to none

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a 2016 playoff rematch under the lights between MMU and Colchester girls soccer tonight --- up 1-0 in the first half, the Lakers miss a chance to tack on when Autumn Hathaway hits one over the bar --- and early in the second, the Cougars take advantage. Fiona Tynion sends the long ball in to Macey Wissell who chases it down, dekes the keeper and slots it home to level it up at 1 for MMU --- we would go to overtime: the Cougars with a couple chances to win it, Wissell in on cage but Gabby Gosselin with the huge stop to keep it going --- Wissell then looking for Jordan Pelland in the box, but her shot is too high as well --- then with about 3 minutes left in the first overtime, Lakers with a corner, Ani McMannon lines it up, and Madison Finelli heads it home! Finelli the overtime hero as Colchester takes down MMU 2-1

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With less than a week left in the Major League Baseball season, the Boston Red Sox are closing in on their second straight division title. They could knock their magic number down to 2 tonight with a win over Toronto but Josh Donaldson put a dent in their hopes early on. He crushes this one towards the Monster in the first, that'll get over the fence for a solo bomb as the Jays take an early 1-0 lead --- it's 2-1 Boston in the 2nd but Teoscar Hernandez changes that in a hurry. This one off the wall for a 2-run double to put the Jays back in front at 3-2 --- later in the inning, Donaldson tacking on, this one high off the wall in center, 2 more come to the plate to make it 5-2 --- the Sox try to climb back into it: in the 8th, Andrew Benintendi tees off on this one, that's a solo shot to cut the deficit to 5-4 --- but that was as close as they got: Ryan Goins responds with a home run of his own in the 9th to seal the deal Toronto takes it 6-4, Boston misses an opportunity to shrink their magic number

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The Yankees were in action this afternoon, still hoping to avoid that do or die wild card game but today was all about Aaron Judge. He entered today one home run shy of Mark McGwire's rookie record for home runs in a season: Judge tied him with this shot in the third --- then in the 6th, it's Greg Birds turn: he launches one to right for a 3-run bomb, Yankees crusing --- Aaron Judge comes back to the plate in the 7th, and step aside, Big Mac, there's a new rookie home run king! His 50th of the season The Yankees go on to win it 11-3. With their win and Boston's loss, New york is withinin 4 games in the AL East with 6 to play


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