Mon 28-JUL-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening and thank you for joining us. I'm Keith McGilvery. Tonight about a thousand people are without power in Windsor County. The outages come after summer flooding led many to flee their homes. Alex Apple is live in Chester with the latest. 30 minutes of heavy rain swept multiple homes down stream and sent dozens of people headed for safety. Folks here say they were shocked at how quickly things turned ugly.

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Roads caved in homes washed away. A raging river FUELED by torrential RAIN left hundreds in Andover without power Monday. The flash flooding in the town had some people dubbing it the sequal to one of the worst storms in the state's history. ((Kevin Kunze "all I could think about was Irene.)) The wild Starting in the early afternoon prompted a massive response from emergency crews. ((Matthew Wilson, Chester Fire Chief "we don't know what's safe, anything with water over the top of it, don't go over it. Turn the other way, we have lost a lot of roads, we have lost a lot of houses.")) ((Alex Apple "Down route 11 in Chester the flooding continued, nearly wiping out this bridge, siding from homes thrown about, as you can see from the house behind me, it narrowly missed being washed down the river itself.")) The banks of the Williams River were no match for the rush of water, this home ironically dubbed "river house" narrowly missed slipping into the water, it's garage was flattened. Power was cut to many homes in Chester after propane tanks burst, leaking gas into the air. Bruce Orchitt came back to see his house spared but found a tree on his garage. ((Bruce Orchitt "you come down over to this side and oh my gosh")) Chester fire chief Matthew Wilson is encouraging people to stay inside until the flooding subsides. ((Chief Wilson "if people are in a safe dry place, we want them to stay in that safe dry place.))

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The Red Cross did open up an evacuation center at the Chester fire station today -- and as of late tonight just one person was left at the facility. Clean up crews will continue working over night, loads of dirt were just dumped, to try and repair the road behind me. Town officials say they hope most people will have power again in the morning.

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Dan Dowling is here with the latest on today's heavy rain. ((This slow moving system brought as much as 2 to 3 inches of rain in just an hour or two earlier this afternoon, causing areas of flash flooding. While there are still showers out there tonight, the intensity of the rain has let up, and we'll continue to see improvements during the night.))

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An arrest in the Abigail Hernandez case. New Hampshire State police say 34-year-old Nathaniel Kibby of Gorham kidnapped the Conway teen nine months ago. The 15-year-old girl disappeared last October. She later made contact with her family, and police suspected she was being aided or HELD by someone. Henandez returned home last week --but there were few immediate answers about where she had been and who she had been with. Police say they have been investigating around the clock -- and say Hernandez provided the information that led to the arrest. Kibby will be arraigned tomorrow on felony kidnapping and confining charges.

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He was found wandering the streets of Rutland without his parents now the two-year-old is in state custody after Police say the boy was wearing just a diaper and a baseball cap -- and was alone in public for at least three hours. Police learned of the situation last night from a concerned resident.

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(24:16 Chris Mayhew/Found Toddler)(("We walked out and there was a boy standing exactly where I am now. I went up to him slowly, bent down, picked him up and tried to calm him down because he was crying.")) (42:43 Sgt. John Sly/Rutland Police)(("It was decided that a judge would be called. the judge was contacted and she did order that the child be taken into the court's care and custody until a hearing could be held.")) That hearing was held today in Family Court -- the outcome of which is not public. Police say charges could follow if there is evidence that the parents were criminally negligent. Police could not provide details on how the boy ended up on the street.

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Less than anticipated growth has agency heads across Vermont looking for millions in potential cuts. It's includes DCF -- where folks are already under fire from the public -- for failing to protect children. Political reporter Kyle Midura has the details.

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Human Services is the largest agency in all of state government, taking care of the most vulnerable Vermonters. But cuts are coming -- just as the Department for Children and families is facing multiple state investigations and a public confidence crisis. The agency receives 600 million in state money. 42 percent of the cash that's on the governor's chopping block. ((1:15 - :20 - Sec. Doug Racine - Agency of Human Services we're looking at everything that we do in the agency and looking for places where we might have some room to cut )) Sec. Doug Racine says Governor Peter Shumlin asked the agency to identify 25 million in possible cuts out of the 600 million The Governor wants to avoid layoffs or pension-dipping, so 132 million in salary and benefits and is likely safe, and Corrections costs are largely locked-in. The agency has 250 unfilled vacancies that could remain empty, creating savings, but the original budget already anticipated incomplete staffing. Hires will still be forthcoming for the newly-created positions designed to address child protection issues -- in the wake high profile child deaths. (( 2:47 - :57 Sec. Doug Racine - Agency of Human Services clearly we want to protect the safety and health of individuals and that's where we're going to be looking to not make cuts. We'll have to go to other areas )) Racine says he hopes to avoid cuts in welfare benefits. But, funding is only safe when it's completely federal. ((3:40 - :50 Sec. Doug Racine - Agency of Human Services 3Squares is safe, but ReachUp, LIHEAP, others do have state dollars and we have to look at all of that. Again, nothing is off the table right now)) Each cut also ripples through the budget. Federal dollars come with strings, like matching funds. ((8:29 - :33 - Sec. Doug Racine - Agency of Human Services Every time we cut a state dollar, we're likely to lose federal money at the same time)) While the Governor set a cut target of 25 million dollars for the agency, 13 million would be proportionate to the budget hole and how much the agency receives from the General Fund. Once the Governor reviews possible cuts, a legislative committee will need to sign-off before any take effect. Kyle Midura -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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A new natural gas pipeline is in the works for Rutland County but it's not expected to be done for years and some in the business community want Vermont Gas to pick up the pace. Shelby Cashman found out why.

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Some protest the pipeline--- ((NATS file of VT Gas protests)) But Some in the Rutland County business community --are asking for natural gas access--faster. Monday the Rutland Economic Development Corporation--and Chamber of Commerce--requested that Vermont Gas--accelerate Phase Three of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project. That's the part that would outline the route through their community. And some say--its about leveling the playing field. ((01:21 Tom Donahue "Since Chittenden County and Franklin County have previously the opportunity of natural gas to their businesses and residents, and now with the addition of Addison County, it becomes imperative that Rutland County also have that access to Vermont Gas." 01:42)) Rutland Chamber of Commerce CEO and executive director Tom Donahue says--Rutland County needs access to natural gas--to gain a competitive economic advantage. He says--its infrastructure THAT'S necessary for businesses to grow--expand--and keep good paying jobs in the region. ((01:43 Tom Donahue "From a competitive nature, its very important for us to be able to achieve those same efficiencies for businesses, particularly our larger manufacturers, and other larger facilities here like our medical center and so on." 01:58)) Right now the project is slated to be complete by 20-20 but folks like Donahue argued they have not seen enough progress to meet that goal. In a letter to Vermont Gas he urged the company to get moving. ((14:35:23 Steve Wark "its nice to see Rutland so interested in this, and we're going to work hard to get it done for them." 14:35:28)) Prior to the letter there was no start date to begin work on phase three. Now-- Company spokesperson Steve Wark says Vermont Gas has agreed to begin the multi-town advisory planning process for that part of the project--this Fall. ((14:33:29 Steve Wark "The purpose is really to work with land owners, and business owners and other stake holders including government officials and regulatory agencies to try and identify the best way to build this project or phase three of this project moving forward." 14:33:45)) ((Shelby Cashman: The business community originally hoped to have the preferred route for the pipeline--established by the end of this year. Vermont Gas says that's not expected to happen until next spring when the advisory process--is complete. Shelby Cashman -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.))

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Meanwhile -- the project is facing more legal problems. The Conservation Law Foundation is suing - saying the utility should be required to get a new permit - because the cost of the project has increased 40-percent.

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Still ahead -- problems have plagued VA hospitals across the country -- now lawmakers say a fix is in the works. And -- Two Americans come down with the Ebola virus -- we'll show you where and what's being done to stop the spread. Plus -- could the fist pump replace the handshake? And -- Tonight we're saying goodbye to a well respected member of Vermont's legal community and a friend of Channel 3 -- When the news at 11 continues.

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A deal has finally been reached to start fixing the Veterans Affairs health system across the country. The agreement comes three months after revelations some veterans may have died waiting for care. Mark Albert has more.

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Tens-of-thousands of veterans still on a V-A waiting list are about to get help. (SOT: Rep. Jeff Miller/(R) Florida) "THE V-A HAS CAUSED THIS PROBLEM, AND ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE CAN HELP SOLVE IT IS TO GIVE VETERANS A CHOICE." (GFX) The V-A reform bill announced Monday would: - Allow vets who have been waiting for care longer than 30 days or live 40 miles away from a V-A facility to see a private physician. - Open up to 27 new V-A facilities. - And give the secretary more power to fire executives in the agency. The bill has a 17-and-a-half billion dollars price tag... 10-billion is emergency funding that won't need other budget cuts to pay for it. (SOT: Sen. Bernie Sanders/(I) Vermont) "PLANES AND TANKS AND GUNS ARE A COST OF WAR, SO IS TAKING CARE OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO USE THOSE WEAPONS AND FIGHT OUR BATTLES." (STANDUP: Mark Albert/CBS News/Washington, D.C.) Veterans groups say if Congress passes the bill it will make a difference. (SOT: Alex Nicholson/Legislative Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) "FOR THOSE VETERANS WHO ARE WAITING RIGHT NOW, WHO HAVE BEEN ON THESE SECRET WAITING LISTS, WHO HAVE BEEN REACHED OUT TO, WHO ARE SORT OF COMING OUT OF THE SHADOWS NOW, IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO CARE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR THEM." Alex Nicholson is with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. (SOT: Alex Nicholson/Legislative Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) "THE BILL IS DEFINITELY NOT GOING TO SOLVE ALL OF THE VA'S PROBLEMS. THERE'S A LOT LEFT TO BE DONE. THIS IS BASICALLY A STARTING POINT." The House and the Senate are expected to vote on the bill before leaving for recess at the end of this week. Mark Albert for CBS News, Washington.

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U-S health officials say there's little chance that the Ebola virus in Africa -- will make it back to the states. Two American aid workers in Liberia have tested positive for the deadly virus and are being treated there. The family of one worker - recently returned to the U.S. for a visit. The CDC says they are fine. Officials stressed people are not contagious until they show symptoms, and the doctor's family left Liberia days before he got sick.

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Tonight friends and family are mourning the loss of a well known Vermont Law School Professor and Legal Expert. Cheryl Hanna was also part of our extended family here at Channel 3 as well. She died Sunday. Darren Perron reports.

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Cheryl Hanna died suddenly at the age of 48 at her Burlington home. Details were not released. Hanna was a professor at Vermont Law School. And an expert in constitutional law, the U-S Supreme Court and legal issues for women. Channel 3 News viewers know her from many appearances on the news - helping to make complex rulings easy to understand. ((nats: )) She took legal jargon - and translated it into plain language - always taking care to talk about what a court decision meant and why it mattered to viewers at home. And joined us for a monthly segment on "the :30" called Above the Law. Hanna was also a noted author. FX: The Vermont Law School said in a statement, "Professor Hanna was a beloved teacher and role model to many within and beyond the Vermont Law School community. It is with heartache that we share this loss. She will be deeply missed by our faculty, staff, students, and alumni." FX out: Grief counselors are being made available at the school. And a memorial is being planned. The news launched an outpouring from colleagues and students on social media. One message reads ... FX: To the woman who was my role model the past two years. Cheryl Hanna you inspired me to be strong, passionate and never doubt myself even when the odds seemed stacked against me. Another wrote ... FX: You lived a giant life, Cheryl Hanna, and with broken hearts we will forever miss you. A family spokeswoman tells me the greatest tragedy in all of this is she leaves two children. Our thoughts are with them and her husband, Paul.

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A slow moving storm system brought a lot of rain to the North Country yesterday and today, and we can expect periods of rain to continue this evening, with thunderstorms likely in southern and eastern parts of Vermont. Tuesday, as this storm moves away, our weather will become much quieter. There may be some lingering showers tomorrow morning, but we should see some sunshine during the afternoon. It will be cooler and less humid with highs only in the upper 60s and low 70s. Wednesday will be the beginning of a more unsettled weather pattern. Each day through the end of the week and through the weekend will bring partly sunny skies, but there will also be the chance for a stray shower or two. Overall though, it will be fairly pleasant.

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Tonight: Periods of rain and thunderstorms. Showers ending after midnight. Low 52/58. Wind NW 5-10 mph. Tuesday: Partly sunny. Chance of morning showers. High 68/75. Wind W 5-10 mph. Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Patchy fog. Low 48/55. Wind light. Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance of a pop-up shower. High 68/75. Wind S 5-10 mph. Thursday: Partly sunny. Chance of showers. High 70/77. Low 53/60. Friday: Partly sunny. Chance of showers. High 73/80. Low 55/62. Saturday: Partly sunny. Chance of showers. High 73/80. Low 55/62. Sunday: Partly sunny. High 75/82. Low 55/65. Monday: Partly sunny. High 75/82.

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With just six games left in the regular season, the Vermont Mountaineers visiting Sanford for a doubleheader. Vermont starting the day with a game and a half lead over the Mainers in the NECBL's Northern Division. In the opener, Vermont picks up a 5-1 win and secures at least a top two finish in the Northern Division, which means home field advantage in the first round of the NECBL playoffs... ---- Sanford led 3-1 after three innings in the nightcap when that game was suspended due to rain...it will be completed as part of another doubleheader Thursday in Maine.

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In the New York-Penn League tonight, the Vermont Lake Monsters drop their third straight, 8-3 at Hudson Valley. The Monsters finish an eight game road trip tomorrow night against the Renegades before returning to Centennial Field on Wednesday night.

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In the Major Leagues tonight...Toronto absolutely hammers the Red Sox at Fenway 14-1 ... ----- while in Arlington, the Yankees fall to the Texas Rangers 4-2 ....

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The 61st Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl is this Saturday at Dartmouth's Memorial Field with the kickoff at 5:30. Vermont is trying to snap a 13-game losing streak to the Granite State. The 72 Vermont and New Hampshire seniors are working out and living at Castleton State College in the days leading up to the big game. This experience isn't just about football, money is also raised to help children at shriners hospitals. Both teams made their way to one of those facilities yesterday in Springfield, Massachuetts. Meeting those children had a major impact on these football all stars.

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((TRT: 25 ... OC: ALL COMES DOWN TO.)) ((Shawn Cavallaro (Hanover HS DB) "we're fortunate enough for the opportunity to fund raise and raise money for these kids. My mind set switched as soon as I left the place. It was a great opportunity for us, not for a football game but for raising money for the kids." ---- Oliver Kaija ( Woodstock RB) "A girl, I think she was in orthopedics, she had a cast on. A lot of guys were signing her cast and I had her sign my arm. She was having a blast and we were having a blast and I think that's what it all comes down to." ))

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Even though Molly Aronsson missed the cut over the weekend at the Symetra Tour's SEFCU championship, the Shelburne native is rising up the rankings with a spot on the LPGA tour hopefully in her future. Scott Fleishman has more. ((("From Shelburne Vermont, Molly Aronsson."))) (((In her fourth year on the Symetra tour, Molly Aronsson's commitment to golf is at an all time high.))) (((Molly Aronsson/"I think the transition for me was this past offseason. I was motivated everywhere else in my life, in golf also and getting it together created a nice combination for me to excel."))) (((But even today she vividly remembers those days walking the links in Vermont.))) ((("I had memories coming down the stretch on the last five holes of the club championship at the Burlington Country Club, Vermont Amateurs, I mean all kinds of things."))) (((Back then, Aronsson was playing several sports including hockey. But since her days at Rice memorial, the Washington grad has been focusing on nothing but golf.))) ((("I've had moments where I wish I played another sport for a living and maybe if I played a different sport in college but I'm really thankful I chose golf and the hard work is starting to pay off now."))) (((With the big pay day coming Last month in Harris, Michigan. Her first career win on tour and a huge step towards grabbing that LPGA card.))) ((("Unreal. It still doesn't even sink in. I mean I just tried to play strong, the conditions were really hard that week it was. The last two rounds were about 20 to 30 mile per hour winds so I like the challenging courses when the conditions are hard. I think it brings out the athlete in me. I love golf, I've learned so much, I've met a lot of great people on the journey. It's helping me play better golf, I'm looking forward to playing on the LPGA, that's the plan."))) (((The Symetra Tour provides that road to the LPGA. Molly Aronsson is proving she's no longer a passenger, but completely in the driver's seat. In Albany, New York, Scott Fleishman Channel 3 Spotlight on Sports.)))


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