Thu 22-JAN-2015 Noon News Script

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Vermont health officials have confirmed a case of tuberculosis at Charlotte Central School. School officials say the infected person is an employee - and the school is working with the health department to identify students and staff most likely to have been exposed to that person. Those people are being notified -- for possible testing. T-B is an infectious bacterial disease that is easily transmitted thru the air when an infected person coughs. Symptoms include general weakness, coughing and chest pain. It takes two weeks of agressive anti-biotic treatment just to become non-contagious. Treatment can last up to a year. We will have much more on this story tonight at 5:00 and 6:00.

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Vermont Gas's pipeline will be facing new questions from the Public Service Board. In December, the company announced that the project from Colchester to Middlebury would cost about $154 million -- nearly double the original estimate. Now, the board has said it wants to take another look at whether Vermont Gas should have been approved for the permits. And the Public Service Department supports re-opening the case -- to determine whether the project's benefits -- still outweigh the costs.

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((SOT Chris Recchia, Department of Public Service Commissioner 1117 Cat: Do you think there is any likelihood that the project will not go forward? 22 Recchia: It is a possibility that it won't, yes. 24)) ((BUTTED)) ((29 It will not go forward if we believe, and the board doesn't believe, that overall, the project is beneficial to Vermonters 38)) Recchia told Channel 3 that they'll be doing more independent analysis of Vermont Gas's numbers in this round of assessment. Cat Viglienzoni will be speaking with Vermont Gas later today -- and will have their reaction tonight at 5 and 6. And Vermont Gas CEO Don Rendall will be a guest tonight on The Thirty at 5:30

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A made in Vermont company -- has big expansion plans. Darn Tough -- the high-end sock maker in Northfield has announced plans for a 100-thousand square foot addition, nearly doubling its manufacturing plant. The company has reported huge sales growth in recent years -- on the strength of the Darn Tough brand -- a leader in the outdoor activity market. The expansion would add more knitting machines to meet the growing demand. It will also mean more jobs. The company expects to add about 50 employees to its current payroll of 165 people.

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The speaker of the New York Assembly has been arrested on public corruption charges. The FBI says Sheldon Silver was taken into custody around eight o'clock this morning at FBI headquarters in New York City. The charges from the U-S attorney stem from an investigation by the state anti-corruption task force into into lawmakers' earnings outside their state salaries. Silver's outside income has long been a subject of discussion and controversy. Silver has been one of the most powerful men in Albany for more than two decades.

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Police identified the man found dead outside his home in Plattsburgh. Police say 50-year old Mark Brown was found dead and naked yesterday afternoon on his front lawn on Ball Street. An autopsy is being conducted today -- but police say his death is not considered suspicious.

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St. Albans police are continuing their search for a bank robber. Investigators say a man robbed the People's United Bank on North Main Street yesterday afternoon. The suspect is described as about six three wearing a black jacket and mask. Authorities say he took off on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. According to the police chief -- it's at least the third time in three years someone has robbed this bank.

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A high speed chase started on I-91 after police say they spotted a driver going 95-miles an hour. Police say they clocked 32-year-old Justin Geiger around 11-last night in Rockingham. Troopers say they followed him to Route 5 -- then Route 103 -- where Geiger allegedly passed several cars -- and hit 110 miles per hour. Geiger eventually pulled over. He's now facing several charges -- including his third DUI.

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Vermont's new Catholic Bishop will be installed a week from today. He sat down with Channel 3 News for his first local media interview. Bishop Christopher Coyne will become the 10th Bishop of Burlington. He comes to the Queen City from Indianapolis. He says he's happy to be closer to his home state of Massachusetts. Coyne has built a social media profile that's earned him the nickname the "blogging bishop." A communication strategy he plans to bring to Vermont.

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(30:09 Bishop Chris Coyne)(("We have to start doing it. That's how most conversation is taking place now through the digital media. If you really want to be communicating with people, you need to go there.")) (21:11 Chris Coyne)(("My aim right now is to open the church doors and then go out to engage with people to converse with people to welcome people.")) Bishop Coyne replaces Salvatore Matano -- who left earlier this month to become bishop of Rochester New York.

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Rutland's got spirit for their high school cheerleading team. At 6:30 this morning - the Rutland High School Cheerleading squad got a send off at the Diamond Run Mall from parents, friends and a few Rutland public figures. The team heads to Dallas, Texas where they will compete in a national competition this weekend.

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(TC 07:01:19:05 Title 0659)((Mary Moran/Superintendent Rutland City Public Schools "these young women and one man have been working all year raising money, getting ready, preparing. They're amazing athletes. We couldn't be more proud of them, Rutland City. Rutland Town. The county. Vermont. And they're going to have a great time in Dallas and we'll report back after the competition." 07:01:35:25)) The team was escorted out of the mall parking lot with an escort of police cars and a fire truck. We wish them luck.

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Today: Partly sunny Highs: 25 to 32 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 5 to 15 Wind: Light Friday: Partly sunny Highs: 27 to 34 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow/rain showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s Sunday: Partly sunny Blustery, colder Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 15 to 25 Monday: Partly sunny Lows: -5 to 10 Highs: 10 to 20 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 5 to -10 Highs: 10 to 20 Wednesday: Partly sunny Lows: 5 to -10 Highs: 12 to 22


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