Wed 29-OCT-2014 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. Vermont health officials continue to monitor a man who is under voluntary quarantine after returning from West Africa -- where he reportedly went in order to "investigate" the Ebola epidemic. Governor Shumlin and state health officials discussed the case at a press conference yesterday. They stress that the man is NOT showing any symptoms of the virus -- and is considered a low risk for having or spreading the disease. The man, whose name was not released, is now at an undisclosed location -- and will be monitored for 21 days. The state stresses that his quarantine is voluntary.Under public health laws, the state could impose a quarantine to prevent the spread of the disease.


In New Hampshire, Gov. Maggie Hassan says people returning to the state after having contact with Ebola patients will be monitored for illness at their homes for 21 days. The rules announced Tuesday also specify that anyone who has simply traveled to African countries where the virus is present will also be monitored. The state is asking such individuals to voluntarily limit their movement, including avoiding large public gatherings and public transportation.


Vermont's Health Reform Chief says the state's health exchange website WILL NOT be back online this month. The state temporarily pulled the plug on the website in Mid-September - in order to update and improve its flawed functionality. Officials did not give a hard time-line for a relaunch but had said the work would be completed in October. Health Reform Chief Lawrence Miller says the site will not be ready by the end of the month -- however, he says he's confident it will be operational by November 15th, when the re-enrollment window for next year opens.


It's 40 years in prison for a man convicted of a drug killing. Frank Caraballo was convicted a year ago of causing the death of Melissa Barratt. The jury concluded that Caraballo did not pull the trigger -- but was responsible for the execution style shooting. Prosecutors say Caraballo was running a drug operation in Brattleboro -- and Barrett stole drugs from him. At his sentencing Tuesday -- Caraballo maintained his innocence. The Holyoke, Massachusetts man admitted he was guilty of dealing drugs -- but not for murdering Barratt.


A Saxtons River man faces voyeurism charges after police say he spied on a Guilford couple. Police say 50-year-old "Ran3dy" Bright -- owner of ForNORA Energy Solutions -- was hired to perform an energy audit and weatherization at a home in Guilford. On Tuesday the homeowners told police they discovered a hidden video camera had been setup in their bedroom. After an investigation Bright was arrested and cited into court.


A bank robber who struck in Stowe is still on the loose. They say yesterday this person held up the Union Bank on Park Street in Stowe. Investigators aren't sure if it's a man or woman. The suspect was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt -- sunglasses -- and fled on foot.


No jail time for a home health care worker who falsified time cards to steal from the state. Magen Hill of Perkinsville was convicted in October of lying on timesheets to collect almost 45-hundred dollars from a state Medicaid program. She was given probation and has to repay the money.


Assault charges for a Washington County teen accused of swinging a machete at people. Police responded to a home on Mill Road in South Royalton Monday for a domestic disturbance. Investigators say 17-year-old Chad Herring of Northfield was threatening people with a knife and a machete. Herring is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He pleaded not guilty.


Green Mountain Power is planning a major upgrade of three hydro-electric dams along the Otter Creek. Federal regulators have granted GMP a new license for dams in Proctor, New Haven and Weybridge -- and the approval includes permission to upgrade the stations to allow a 65-percent increase in electric generation. When finished, the improved hydro-plants will produce enough electricity to power 92-hundred homes.


Burlington schools are struggling to pay for everything teachers and parents want. At last night's Burlington District Finance Committee meeting -- teachers and parents asked to restore funding for paraeducators in kindergarten. Several positions were eliminated last year. Salary increases for teachers next year -- will again put constraints on the school budget and could threaten more paraeducator positions.


(Stephanie Seguino 12:48)(("Investment in early education has a tremendous payoff much more than investments later. I, in particular, am very sensitive to your request.")) (Pam Shea 6:12)(("we're absolutely failing to do that right now. And I think if we don't do it, it is going to cost us a lot more financially down the road and a lot more in lost potential we will never recover.")) (14:44 Stephanie Seguino)(("The question is if we add in things such as bus transportation and paras -- what are we gonna cut.")) The next school budget is up for a vote in March.

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The Vermont fish and wildlife department is declaring the moose season a success. Between the archery and rifle seasons, hunters took a total of 169 moose, with a success rate of just over 50-percent. The harvest included a 919 pound bull that was the largest ever taken in Vermont by a bow hunter. The state has dramatically lowered the number of moose permits in recent years over concerns the population was being decimated by winter ticks. But the department says tick infestation on harvested animals was down 41-percent from last year -- a hopeful sign that the herd will come thru this next winter in better shape.


Today: Mostly cloudy A few showers Highs: 55 to 62 Wind: SW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Lows: 35 to 45 Wind: WSW 5 to 10 mph Thursday: A few sunny breaks Highs: 47 to 54 Wind: NNW 5 to 10 mph Extended: Friday: Halloween! Mostly cloudy Lows: 30s Highs: 42 to 52 Saturday: Chance for rain/snow showers Blustery Lows: 30s Highs: 35 to 45 Sunday: Partly sunny Chance for snow showers, mainly mountains Blustery Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 20s Highs: 40s Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for showers Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 42 to 52

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