Fri 29-AUG-2014 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. Another scathing report about Vermont Health Connect from the new contractor hired to fix the beleaguered health care system. The report from OptumInsight says structural and managerial issues have contributed to a lack of state ownership of the project and lack of accountability for fired contractor CGI. The authors say the state needs an IT director for the project -- and state employees need to take on a more significant operational role. The report also cites a lack of specific timelines as contributing to on-going problems. Our Kyle Midura is following this story today -- and we'll have a report from him tonight on the Channel 3 News.


Police are investigating a shooting in the town of Newport, New Hampshire. Police were called to a house on Laurel Street around 8 P-M Thursday. A male victim was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. His name and condition have not been released. The state police major crime unit is investigating -- but so far authorities have not released any other information about the case.


A Vermont man convicted of murdering two Dartmouth college professors will get a chance at a lesser sentence. The New Hampshire Supreme Court today ordered new sentencing hearings for Robert Tulloch and three other juvenile killers in the Granite State. Tulloch was 17 years old when he and another teen murdered Half (hoff) and Suzanne (suzanna) Zantop. Tulloch pleaded guilty to the crimes and was sentenced to life without parole. But the U-S Supreme Court ruled two years ago that mandatory life sentence for juveniles amount to cruel and unusual punishment. Prosecutors argued that the ruling should not be applied retroactively. But the New Hampshire high court ruled unanimously to grant the new sentencing hearings.


Students are protesting against Burlington College management -- demanding more say in the school's governance. About 20 students marched from the campus on North Avenue to a trustees meeting being held downtown. The school is the midst of deep financial problems -- and students and faculty recently voiced a lack of confidence in Burlington College president Christine Plunkett. This group of students want the school to recognize a student union.


((21:58-22:14 Molly Skery/BC student: "We wanted to come out and bring our personal stories and make sure the community knows that we love Burlington College, we love our faculty, we love our staff, we believe in this institution. the only thing we don't believe in anymore is the leadership of Christine Plunkett")) When President Plunkett left the meeting about a half hour ago, students surrounded and shouted at her as she walked to her car -- and in the exchange, Plunkett was heard saying that she is resigning from her job. College officials could not confirm that. We'll have much more on this story tonight at 5:00 and 6:00.


Governor Peter Shumlin will officially kick-off his campaign for re-election on September 9th. Shumlin is seeking his third two year term. He's made no secret he is running -- and has raised over a million dollars for his campaign. But Shumlin refuses to engage his opponents until after Labor Day. His main opponent this year is Scott Milne -- who won this week's Republican primary.

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More than a thousand Vermont residents have been warned that their personal information may have fallen into the hands of Chinese computer hackers. The Vermont attorney general's office says cyber criminals hacked the Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation -- stealing customer medical records containing their name, date of birth, and social security.


(tile 0546 19:16:20:17) ((Jonathan Rajewski/Champlain College Professor Digital Forensics "It's become a trend across the country. So I don't think it's anything against Vermont, it's something with just the way electronic information being stored nowadays and if it's not being secured properly -- people can become victimized." 19:16:33:08)) Security experts are offering tips for keeping your information safe online -- like not using public Wi-Fi while dealing with sensitive information -- and always using passwords containing both numbers and letters.


Police say an East Randolph teen was badly injured when he was hit by a car. Police say 14-year-old Zachary Paroline got out of a car to get the mail from his family's mailbox -- and walked around behind the vehicle -- to cross the road. Police say he stepped out into the path of a car coming in the other direction. Paroline was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with severe head trauma. The driver -- 17-year-old Cady Boule (bool) -- was not hurt.

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College kids are back in Burlington -- and police are taking a pro-active approach to prevent problems in the city's residential neighborhoods. Loud parties at rented apartments -- and bad behavior by students walking between the UVM and Champlain campuses to downtown bars -- is a chronic concern in the Queen city. To make sure people both young and old can co-exist -- Burlington police have a strategy -- they call it knock and talk. Officers are going door to door reminding students to be good citizens in the community. Mayor Miro Wienberger went along for last night's knock and talk.


((Weinberger : It's important to know this isn't the only time the police are out. It's part of a renewed effort to get the police engaged in the community.)) (tile 0549 19:55:07:12) ((Will Tennant/College Student "I think as long as you're open and you really try and just establish a good relationship with your neighbors then there shouldn't be an issue." 19:55:14:26)) Officers visited a thousand homes during yesterday's outreach effort.


Today: Mostly sunny Highs: 68 to 75 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Mostly clear Patchy fog Lows: 48 to 58 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Partly sunny Turning breezy, more humid Highs: 75 to 82 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Extended: Sunday: Showers, t-storms Some heavy downpours possible Lows: 60s Highs: 75 to 82 Monday: Labor Day Partly sunny Scattered showers, mainly early Lows: 60s Highs: 75 to 85 Tuesday: Mix of sun & clouds Showers, t-storms, mainly late Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 85 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Chance for AM showers Then partly sunny Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 70s Thursday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 70s

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