Sun 19-OCT-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening, thanks for joining us, I'm Adam Sullivan. Breaking news this evening as a deal to sell IBM's chip-manufacturing facilities has reportedly been finalized. According to Bloomberg , the deal to transfer ownership of IBM's microelectronics division to GlobalFoundries comes after months of talks. The deal is believed to include IBM's chip-making plant in Essex Junction -- a facility that employs about four thousand people. The deal, according to Bloomberg, calls for IBM to pay Globalfoundries Inc. $1.5 billion dollars to take over its chip-manufacturing unit. IBM would receive $200 million worth of assets, making the net value of the deal $1.3 billion. IBM put out a statement today saying it planned to make a "major business announcement" tomorrow morning at 7AM. Darren Perron has been following the story and reports that many questions remain about the future of IBM's chip plant in Essex Junction.

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We are not sure what will be disclosed in the annoucement. News accounts have focused on GlobalFoundries. Talks between IBM and GlobalFoundries reportedly resumed recently. Financial experts indicate that IBM wants to offload its money-losing chip-manufacturing unit. Negotiations between the two companies broke down in July. IBM reportedly offered to pay Global 1-BILLION dollars to take over its chip manufacturing -- which includes the plant in Essex Junction. Bloomberg reports that Big Blue offered even more during the new talks. It would allow IBM to focus on growing its cloud computing, research and development. Another indication something's in the works -- IBM moved its earnings report from Thursday -- until October 20th. We don't know what the deal would specifically mean for the plant in Essex Junction. Calls to IBM were not returned. And GlobalFoundries says it cannot comment. Darren Perron, Ch3 news, Burlington.

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Darren will have live reports beginning first thing tomorrow morning, right here on WCAX. Governor Peter Shumlin has scheduled a press conference for 9:30 tomorrow morning in Burlington.

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In other news, the cleanup is underway in Keene, New Hampshire after overnight riots during the college-town's pumpkin festival. Bill Sheilds reports.

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Today (10/19), the campus of Keene State College was quiet...almost serene in the autum foliage. It was in stark contrast to Saturday (10/18). What started as a large, off campus party soon snowballed ...as alcohol-fuled kids began tearing through the streets .... Police showed up in force...and there were several arrests. As night fell, it only got worse....cars were overtuuned. and the police responded with tear gas. (("kids throwing bottles at cops")) By the time police got control, nearly 30 people were injured. SOT CHIEF MARK HOWARD, KEENE, N.H. FIRE DEPARTMENT Today, Jake Paster and some friends were helping clean up...and they blamed the craziness on outsiders ...and just a few Keene State students. SOT JAKE PASTER, STUDENT: The school's president said today, "we are actively working tio identify the individuals who participated in unlawful behavior... and those who are identified will be held accountable." And many students today said police used remarkable restraint. SOT STAND UP BILL SHIELDS: SOT TOM LILLY, RESIDENT: Now, there is already talk about how to prevent this from happening again next year. In Keene, New Hampshire, I'm Bill Shields.

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A tentative deal between South Burlington teachers and the School Board means students will be back in classes Monday. Details of the deal-- to break the 5-day strike-- are not being disclosed, however a mediator called in to bring both sides to agreement says BOTH sides made sacrifices An OFFICIAL vote will take place Monday.

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The battle over education funding-- which largely rests on the backs of property tax payers-- extends far beyond South Burlington. But how to make the system more affordable is a question that, as Alex Apple reports, does not seem to have any easy answers.

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Fire -- caused by lightning -- destroyed the home of Erika and Courtney Facey just over two years ago. (Erika Facey 50:05)(("It took us about a year to rebuild it. It was not fun.")) The Facey's found a different sort of surprise once they rebuilt. (50:33 Erika Facey/Barre City)(("They raised the taxes a thousand dollars on something that was an act of nature.")) They're talking about their property taxes -- which have risen sharply for many property owners across the state. (51:40 Erika Facey)(("Every day we have to struggle and wonder if we're gonna stay here.")) Much of the money gathered from property taxes is used to fund public education. Spending -- there -- has risen even as the number of students has declined. A law -- now 17 years old -- created the current statewide property tax. Last year the state legislature did not address property tax and education funding reform. And now -- voters are asking candidates what they'll do about it. In the race for the state's top public office -- both candidates have given few details on their plans to reduce the property tax rate. In our Channel 3 debate -- Republican Scott Milne pushed his plan to cap property taxes. (Scott Milne 1:46)(("I've got a good idea which is this cap idea which is meant to be a catalyst to force the legislature and the governor to work together.")) Capping property taxes would either force school districts to drastically cut costs -- or force the legislature to find other revenue sources to make up the difference. The Shumlin administration says that would be a 42-million dollar hole in just the first year of the cap. ((01:52:39:08 Scott Milne/Republican for Governor "Iv'e got a cap as a tactic to force the legislature to do something which they've been unable to do.")) ((01:34:03:24 Scott Milne/Republican for Governor "not a two year gimmick. It isn't gonna happen in two years.")) Governor Peter Shumlin offered few details on his plan to curb property taxes -- stating only that Milne's plan was flawed. (gov. Peter Shumlin 1:54)(("What works for ...not a one size fits all.")) Shumlin called the Milne plan "a gimmick," -- saying it fails to offer the relief taxpayers need. And relief is what Erika Facey says she will need to keep her family in Vermont. (50:52 Erika Facey)(("It's very expensive here.")) Alex Apple. Channel 3 News. Barre.

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Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott says the state has a spending problem and must audit all its mandates. His opponent, progressive candidate Dean Corren says the state needs to focus on income taxes -- a system, he says, oriented toward ability to pay.

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The first degree murder trial for Allen Prue heads into its third week tomorrow. The Waterford snow plow driver -- along with his wife -- are charged with killing 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins in 20-12. The state says, the Prues lured Jenkins out of her home -- then assaulted and murdered her. She was a popular teacher at the St. Johnsbury Academy. Prosecutors say, Allen Prue confessed to the crime. His defense says his wife Patricia Prue-- is responsible. The presentation of evidence should wrap up by mid-week.

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Thousands of New Yorkers unfit to own guns. Upwards of 35-thousand people in New Yorker are now listed as too mentally unstable to own guns under the state's 2-year-old gun reform law. Fewer than 300 on the list had handgun permits -- which would then have been revoked -- according to a New York Times report. State officials say they were unsure how many of those guns were actually seized. The law -- which also limited ammunition magazine sizes -- came in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut,

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Bob Spear-- a well-known Vermont naturalist and author-- has passed away. Spear was the author of "Birds of Vermont" and a founding director of the Birds of Vermont Museum. He shared his passion for birding with the young and old for decades. In recent years he was best known for his hundreds of wood carvings of birds -- many of which ended up at the museum. Spear died today surrounded by family and friends. He was 94 years-old. We'll be right back...

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A huge turnout today in honor of National breast cancer awareness month. This year 560 Vermonters will be diagnosed with breast cancer according to the American Cancer Society. That's part of the reason more than 2,000 people teamed up Sunday for a breast cancer 5k. The event raises over 300,000 dollars for research. The three mile course started at Veterans Memorial Park -- formerly Dorset Park -- and wrapped around South Burlington. Many of the organizers are breast cancer survivors.

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(00:58:29 Michele Almeida/5K Organizer)(("I was treated for breast cancer seven years ago. Volunteering was a way to fight back and then I joined the American Cancer Society. 56:46 If we raise 316 thousand dollars this year, we will have hit two million dollars raised over the past seven years.")) Statistics say, of the 560 Vermonters diagnosed-- about 80 will die from the illness.

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A controversial ice cream flavor for Ben & Jerry's will NOT be changing-- despite public pressure. Complaints were filed with the Vermont-based ice cream company about its flavor "Hazed & Confused" -- saying it was insensitive to victims of hazing. The company told Bloomberg it QUOTE "didn't make sense" for it to change the name because it's a pop culture reference to the movie "Dazed & Confused" -- and it's a play on its hazelnut ingredients.

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Fall has definitely made a comeback. In fact, it looked a little like winter in the mountains, with reports of a coating of snow in spots. There will be gradual clearing for the rest of the night. Lows will drop into the 20s. Monday will have some morning sunshine, only to be followed by increasing clouds for the rest of the day. A slow-moving low pressure system is expected to hug the coast and stick around for the middle of the week. Tuesday will be cloudy, with showers likely. A the low strengthens, a more significant rain is expected for Wednesday and Thursday. The low will start to drift east on Friday, so we'll have mostly cloudy skies, with lingering showers. Total rainfall during the time period may be 1 to 3 inches. Next weekend is looking pretty good. A few showers are still possible on Saturday, but Sunday will be partly sunny, with highs in the 50s.

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It's a long hike to support a little boy who is fighting against the odds. Melissa Howell introduces us to Gus and a man making strides in his name.

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((NATS:COMING OUT OF WOODS)) 35 days and 260 miles... ((NATS:YAY CHRIS!)) Chris Balch has hiked the long trail 3 times now -- but this time is different. ((Chris Balch/Hiker 00:51:42 "I hiked them for Gus and other kids like Gus." 00:51:46)) Gus Dreher is 10-years-old... ((Chris Balch/Hiker 00:46:16 "Gus how you doing?! Hi!" 00:46:27)) He was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy 5 years ago. It's a disease, with no cure, that causes muscle weakness -- and effects about 1 in every 35-hundred boys. ((Steve Dreher/Gus' dad 01:00:00 "He will be in a wheelchair within 2 or 3 years, he's already, his legs are quite weak. Life expectancy is early 20's usually because it's a disease that all the muscles in the body degenerate over the lifetime." 01:00:15)) Gus's dad, worked with Balch at Souhegan High School in New Hampshire for 17 years before Balch retired. Now- focused on the Dreher family's mission to raise money for the Hope for Gus Foundation. The hike is helping. ((Steve Dreher/Gus' dad 00:59:36 "This will end up - probably 22-thousand dollars going to a research project at the University of Washington." 00:59:44)) It's just one contribution to help Gus -- and many others like him. ((Chris Balch/Hiker 00:52:49 "Every single life is worth fighting for so I just think we all have to do this kind of stuff." 00:52:56)) ((NATS)) ((Steve Dreher/Gus' dad 01:02:48 "Someone like Chris, he's my hero and I think he could be Gus' hero as well." 01:02:52)) For Gus, to know he has someone like Balch in his corner.. ((Gus 00:55:24 "I was excited." 00:55:26)) ((Chris Balch/Hiker 00:51:58 "We can't sit by and do nothing. We gotta do stuff like this and I hope other people will step up too." 00:52:07)) And no matter how big or small that contribution may be, it's sure to make a difference for kids like Gus. Melissa Howell -- Ch 3 News -- Jay

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The UVM women's hockey team was looking for a clean sweep of RIT at the Gut this afternoon. The Cats with 2 third period goals yesterday to come back and beat the Tigers. --- First period, UVM with a great chance, Cassidy Campeau feeds Sarah Kelly in front but she hits the post. --- RIT on the other hand, making its opportunities count. Jess Paton with a terrific pass to Celeste Brown who beats Madison Litchfield. 1-0 Tigers after 1. --- Second period, RIT looking to add to the lead. Litchfield gives the puck away, but makes up for it with the left pad save. --- The tigers get insurance in the third, Kolbee McCrea deflects in the Taylor Thurston shot. Vermont's offense with 27 shots, but Ali Binnington makes 27 saves. RIT shutsout Vermont, 2-0 as The teams split the weekend..

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(((TRT: 25 OC: RINGS A LITTLE HOLLOW... We started with a great effort in the first game and haven't been able to finish it off ... I don't think it leaves a good taste in your mouth but I think at this point in the year the quality of hockey we're playing far surpasses the past few years... I don't think we can beat ourselves up to bad when we're getting chances but after a while it does ring a little hollow.")))

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The UVM men made another big statement over the weekend sweeping Clarkson in a home and home series. The Cats with a 2-1 win Friday night at the Gut followed by a 3-0 Shutout on the Road last night. Mike Santaguida making 28 saves while Mario Puskaisch, Kevin Irwin and Mike Paliotta had the goals. 3-0 Vermont hosts Uconn Saturday in their first ever hockey east match-up.

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Tomorrow, the VPA will release the fall sports playdown brackets for soccer and Field hockey. The cross country state championships are Saturday at Thetford Academy.

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The High school football pairings are out. Here's how it looks in division one. top seed Middlebury hosts, CVU. The 5th seed Colchester visits 4th seed Rutland. More than likely, those game will be played Friday. St. Johnsbury, the second seed, hosts Hartford in a game that will likely be played Saturday. The third seed Essex, will host BFA-St. Albans, likely on Friday. --- In Division 3, Top seed Otter Valley hosts the eighth seed Poultney. The 5th seed, U-32 hosts fourth seed windsor. BFA-Fairfax, the second seed welcomes the defending champs, 7th seed Woodstock and the third seed, Mill River hosts 6th seed Mt. Abe. Again, nothing set in stone yet, but likely these games will be played on Saturday. Division 2 has one more weekend left in the regular season.

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Tom Coughlin and the Giants in Dallas looking to knock off the unbeaten cowboys. --- Second quarter, after a Dallas turnover, the Giants go to work, Eli Manning to Daniel Fells for the 27 yard touchdown. 14-7 Giants. --- fourth quarter, G-men with the ball trailing by a touchdown, Manning hits Larry Donnell for the first down, but then the ball comes loose. It's recovered by Dallas. --- A few plays later Tony Romo his Dez Bryant. It's initially called a touchdown, it was actually down at the one, but the Cowboys do punch it in and go on to the 31-21 win.

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What a great ending to the Bills-Vikings game in Buffalo today. --- Bills with the ball, down 6 late in the fourth. On 4th and 20 Kyle Orton to Scott Chandler for the first down. --- Later in the drive, 25 seconds left in the game, Orton hits Chris Hogan at the minnesota 2 yard line. --- Then with 5 seconds left, Orton finds Sammy Watkins in the endzone and that's your ballgame. Buffalo wins 17-16. Bills running back CJ Spiller left the game with a shoulder injury.

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No one was going to come close to our number one play this week, the best touchdown of the season. (((Saturday afternoon, South Burlington Field Hockey Goalie Liz Sargent with the quick stick, block the shot then kicks it away.))) (((Also on Saturday during the 110th meeting of Lyndon and St. J, Vikings defensive back JJ Mesics tips it to himself for an incredible interception.))) (((Friday night, Colchester student assistant Patrick Bushey gets his shot to suit up on senior night. Before the kickoff, both the Lakers and Mt. Mansfield lined up to a run a play. A sweep for Bushey who ran 20 yards to the endzone. It's the touchdown of the high school football season and the number one play in our Top 3 on 3.)))


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