Thu 22-JAN-2015 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening and thank you for joining us, I'm Keith McGilvery. And I'm Shelby Cashman. A Vermont woman who works with kids in Charlotte and Colchester has been diagnosed with a contagious and sometimes fatal disease--Tuberculosis. In a channel 3 exclusive Laura Hall and her husband David spoke with us from isolation about her Tuberculosis and their message to the children and families she works with everyday.

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Laura Hall is sick and living in insolation. ((Laura Hall, Diagnosed with Tuberculosis 11:33 "I am feeling sick and I am feeling sad that all of these things are happening to me.)) The Shelburne mother of three says she's been diagnosed with Tuberculosis -- a contagious and smetimes fatal disease. ((Laura 11:06 "I am sick, this is not something that I looked for.)) Hall agreed to speak with Channel 3 by phone. She does not know where or when she contracted the disease -- but says she's been seeing doctors since October. (( Laura Hall, Diagnosed with Tuberculosis 11:09 "I didn't go by myself somewhere you know to a person that was sick and say pass me what you have.)) Hall wasn't formally diagnosed until she took herself to the UVM Medical Center ER on Saturday -- and was treated until she was sent home Tuesday to recover. Hall says she splits her time working as Spanish teacher at the Charlotte Central School and the Freedom Rains Daycare in Colchester -- where this letter is taped to the front -- warning parents that an employee had TB -- Hall says as soon as she got the hint she could have Tuberculosis -- she immediately thought of those she sees everyday. ((Laura 12:37 "I was worried from the beginning that was my concern when I found out there was even going to be the possibility to be TB that was my first concern about my students and the people that I work with.)) The Vermont Health Department would not release Hall's name -- but does say those at both the school and daycare where she works are being tested for TB. Hall's husband David says the last few days have been very difficult. ((David Hall 18:11 "It is not like we intended on making our community sick, it is not like my wife wanted to go out and intentionally hurt people and she is not a monster, she is a human who got sick and happens to work with small children and that is the greatest tragedy of all that there are small children involved.)) Some of the children in her care are one year old babies. Hall says she is focused on getting better --and she never intended to put anyone in harms way. ((Laura 13:07 What I am saying to those parents are that the kids are going to be okay, they are going to be treated if I passed anything along.))

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Hall expects to be in isolation for the next two to three weeks. She tells me someone from the health department is coming to check on her ever day.

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And while health officials are actively investigating and testing those possibly infected -- parents are worried. Our team coverage continues -- with Logan Crawford who has reaction from Charlotte Central School. Logan? Keith and Shelby, tuberculosis is a bacterial disease -- that typically attacks the lungs. Symptoms can range from mild to severe -- and can be spread through coughing or sneezing. And it's been confirmed someone has exposed 2 Vermont schools to the disease.

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Monica Marshall is a parent of 3 in Charlotte Central School. She received a letter from the school and the Vermont Health Department Wednesday -- informing her an employee at the school has active Tuberculosis. (TC 00:43:35:01 Tile 7118) ((Monica Marshall/Parent of Charlotte Central Students "When I first heard about it, I was angry, I was frustrated, I was scared. Because we received information that wasn't very specific." 00:43:44:26)) Health department officials say they became aware of the TB case Sunday -- but this school employee could have had active tuberculosis since last September. A person with a latent infection could take years to show symptoms and become contagious. (TC 00:51:11:22 Tile 1720) ((Patsy Kelso/Vt. Health Dept "There's no way to know where someone gets tuberculosis and often especially in adults they might've been infected with tuberculosis decades before." 00:51:22:03)) Officials say there's a chance 140 students and school staff at Charlotte Central were exposed. The active investigation also led to discovering 17 children at Freedom Rains daycare center in Colchester are potentially at risk for TB too -- from the same infected person. The Vermont Health Department confirmed the infected employee works at both schools. (TC 00:54:37:20 Tile 1720) ((Patsy Kelso/Vt. Health Dept "The investigation identified that this person had contacts in both of those places and so we are pursuing the follow up of potential exposed individuals in both of those places." 00:54:51:09)) The 2 schools are the only 2 places the health department is investigating -- so far. State health officials held a meeting Thursday night at Charlotte Central School -- to tell parents all about tuberculosis. (TC 00:44:21:29 Tile 7118) ((Monica Marshall/Parent of Charlotte Central Students "Meeting was really informative and there was a lot of information that was sent out. So I'm a lot calmer than I was." 00:44:28:06))

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The students and staff at Charlotte are being tested this Monday. The kids at the daycare center will be tested Tuesday. Test results take a few days to come back. If you have concerns about Tuberculosis -- you can contact the Vermont Health Department. You can get information on our website wcax.com.

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A delivery at North Country Hospital--went horrible wrong today. The hospital gets deliveries of wood chips -- to power its heating plant. But an accident almost cost the delivery man--his life.

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A spokesperson for the hospital says the delivery man was filling the wood chip bin -- and somehow -- fell in. The wood chips then buried him. And he's lucky to be alive. A hospital maintenance worker -- happened to be walking by -- and heard the man hollering for help -- underneath the chips. The fire department was immediately contacted. Firefighters managed to suck the chips out of the bin to reach the man. The hospital says he was still conscious. And was rushed to the emergency room -- right around the corner of the building. He possibly suffered hypothermia. Now - this incident comes just days after another problem at Northcountry. Earlier this week, the hospital dealt with a pipe break that left the facility without water for much of Monday.

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We don't have the delivery man's name -- or his condition. He's still being treated in the emergency department. The hospital tells us the wood chip area has been secured -- until an investigation into how this happened -- is complete. And the accident may change protocol -- on deliveries, like ensuring that two people are on site -- when wood chips come in.

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A New York prison counselor--is accused of promoting prison contraband. 49 year old Dean Gilbert of Peru New York--is an alcohol and substance abuse counselor at the Altona Correctional Facility. He was arraigned today--and is being held on 5 thousand dollars bail. State police are releasing very few details about the case--but say the investigation had been underway for the last several months.

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In the last two days--there have been three bomb threats in the Plattsburgh area . This morning --police were called to Plattsburgh High. No bomb was found. Then -- this afternoon -- another bomb threat -- this one at the Peru Central School. Again, no bomb was found. Yesterday -- students were evacuated from the Beekmantown school after a threat turned up -- but nothing was found and classes resumed. Late today -- police announced they have arrested a 14 year old boy in that case.

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Dan is here. Still cold again today.

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The Senate Finance Committee met to discuss ways the state can improve the regulation of electric and gas utilities. Utility expert from AARP, Greg Marchildon, testified at the committee hearing about past and present regulation standards. Marchildon said he believes regulators have failed. Professor at the Center for Energy Studies at Louisiana State University Dr. David Dismukes also spoke out, stating Vermont's need for an independent consumers advocate.

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Do the costs--outweigh the benefits--of the Vermont Gas pipeline? State utility regulators say they want to take another look. In December, the company announced that the first phase of the project from Colchester to Middlebury would cost at least 154 million dollars -- nearly double the original estimate on which the Public Service Board approved the pipeline. Now, the board has said it needs another look. The Public Service Department -- which is supposed to advocate for the public -- supports re-opening the case,

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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.

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Gas prices up and down across Vermont. We ask why. ((gas sot)) And a New York assemblyman facing up to 100 years on corruption charges. Also we want your opinion -- What dog breed should represent Vermont? The channel 3 poll is online. Plus the King of Saudi Arabia is dead -- what we know about his death when the channel 3 news returns.

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Members of the public--and state officials continue to express their concerns--over the price of gas in the Burlington area. Rose Spillman is here to explain why. Rose ? Keith--We get calls here every day about the concern for local gas prices. Tonight, Officials in the statehouse reported that the gas costs per gallon in Chittenden county remain at around 20 or 30 percent above the rest of the state, even as fuel prices drop.

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House Transportation and various senate committees held a hearing on Thursday night to discuss the discrepancies in gas prices in the northwestern region of the state. (00:31:02 4968) ((Dan McLean/Senior Press Advisor for Senator Sanders "There's no economic justification aside from lack of vigorous competition, that explains why these wide price disparities continue to exist." 00:31:11)) In order to monitor gas distribution, a bill was discussed that would require fuel distributors to report the volumes they sell annually. Bill sponsor Chris Pearson hopes the effort would ensure that no laws are broken by distributors in fuel pricing. (00:22:34 4961) ((Chris Pearson/Bill Sponsor "We need more tools to be able to understand if this comes in under consumer fraud or what have you." 00:22:39)) Though the meeting was sparsely attended, one audience member spoke up against the bill. (01:49:26 4996) ((Richard Barnes/Supplier of Sonoco Stations "I think that our business records should be kept private. They're our records. We do reporting to some of the state agencies." 01:49:39)) A representative from the Vermont Petroleum Association defended the prices in Chittenden county, saying the higher costs are in fact due to competition. (01:10:09 4986) ((Joe Choquette/Vermont Petroleum Association "There are more independent stations competing for your business here than elsewhere. And with 61 dealers in the area, and 6 chains, at least 67 individuals set the price everyday." 01:10:20)) Only one member of the public spoke out against the price discrepancies at the hearing. (01:51:34 4998) ((Terrance/Fletcher VT "I'd rather see Walmart make 3 or 5 cents a gallon, or Costco make 3 or 5 cents a gallon, than to see these three distributions making 35 cents a gallon. That's not fair to us." 01:51:47)) One representative from Champlain Oil said he believes most gas retailers make very little profit, and that the drop in fuel costs merely gave them a rare opportunity to make enough money to keep the businesses going.

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Some at the meeting were concerned about the possibility of distributors illegally conspiring about prices. The Attorney General said that as of now no witnesses have come forward with evidence of conspiracy. Keith?

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A New York lawmaker is in hot water tonight -- accused of using his office -- to get millions in bribes and kickbacks. Sheldon Silver surrendered to agents this morning in Manhattan. Prosecutors say Silver masked the bribes as legitimate income earned as a private lawyer. He's facing a sentence of up to 100 years in prison if convicted. Essex County Assemblyman Dan Stec says he is not surprised.

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((:12-:26 Assemblyman Dan Stec/R-Queensbury: "He's always been surrounded by issues, whether it's his conferences issues or a sexual harassment coverup, using public money as hush money for victims. So there's always been this cloud over the speaker.")) Stec and other Republicans are calling on Silver to resign his seat immediately -- so as not to distract from the work of the legislature.

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Saudi Arabia King Abdullah has died King Abdullah ascended to the throne in 2005. In his conservative kingdom, he was seen as a reformer. He ruled in 2011 that women would be allowed to vote -- but not until 2015. King Abdullah was admitted to a hospital several weeks ago - suffering from pneumonia.. His successor is expected to be his 79-year-old half-brother Prince Salman.

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Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 5/15 Winds: Light Friday: Partly sunny Highs: 25/32 Winds: S 5-10 mph Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 12/22 Winds: S 5-10 mph Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain/snow showers. Highs: 28/35 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday Night: lows 8/18 Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 15/22 Lows -5/10 Monday: another storm, south. Highs 15/22 Lows -5/10 Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs 10/20 Lows 0/-15 Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs 10/20 Lows 5/-10 Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs 20s

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Our story yesterday about the legislature's consideration of an official state dog is generating a lot of discussion. So we want to know your opinion. The bill introduced by Orleans County Senator John Rodgers would establish the beagle as Vermont's canine symbol. But Vermont has many dog lovers -- many favoring other breeds. You can weigh in by going to wcax-dot-com and participating in our unofficial poll. Right now most of you say Vermont should not have state dog -- the second most popular hit -- is the beagle.

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Deflate gate continues to take the sports world by storm. Today -- New England Patriots' head coach and starting quarterback addressed the controversy. Omar Villafranca reports.

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CGS: 12-19 Bill Belichick/Patriots Coach 31-37 Tom Brady/Patriots Quarterback SCRIPT:) THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS USED SOME FAMILIAR PLAYS IN THE BLAME GAME OVER UNDER-INFLATED FOOTBALLS. AT HIS MORNING NEWS CONFERENCE, COACH BILL BELICHICK HANDED OFF TO QUARTERBACK TOM BRADY. (SOT Bill Belichick/Patriots Coach ) "tom's personal preferences in his footballs are something he can talk about in much better detail." (SOT 16:18:49) "I didn't alter the ball in any way..." BRADY SAID HE HAS NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GAME BALLS AFTER HE APPROVED THEM BEFORE SUNDAY'S AFC CHAMPIONSHIP. SO BRADY PUNTED. (SOT) "I have no explanation for it, I don't know what happened between the time when I touched it, really until Monday morning, I don't know what happens with the balls." 'WHAT' HAPPENED IS CLEAR. AFTER SUNDAY'S GAME, 11 OF THE 12 PATRIOT GAME BALLS WERE FOUND TO BE TWO POUNDS UNDER THE NFL'S REQUIRED AIR PRESSURE. THE MYSTERY IS *HOW* THEY GOT THAT WAY. UNDERINFLATED BALLS CAN BE EASIER TO GRIP AND CATCH - ESPECIALLY IN COLD, RAINY WEATHER. BELICHICK HAS TRIED TRICK PLAYS BEFORE. IN 2007, HE WAS FINED HALF A MILLION DOLLARS AFTER THE PATRIOTS WERE CAUGHT VIDEOTAPING ANOTHER TEAM'S SIGNALS. *THIS* TIME BELICHICK SAYS HE DID NOTHING WRONG. (SOT) "i can't think of anything I would have done differently based on what I knew then... What I know now." BUT, HE ADDED... HE KNOWS MORE NOW ABOUT NFL AIR PRESSURE RULES THAN EVER BEFORE. OMAR VILLAFRANCA, CBS NEWS.

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The UVM men's basketball team putting a five game win streak and a 5-0 mark in America East play on the line tonight. The Cats opening a two game road trip at New Hampshire. UVM has won last 7 meetings with the UNH. --- All Wildcats early on led by the hot shooting of Matt Miller. 15 of his game high 18 coming in the first half. Vermont down 6. --- The Cats battle back, in transition, Trae Bell Haynes finds Dre Wills for 2 and the foul. A team high 17 for Wills, UVM up 4. --- UNH answers right before half, Tanner Leissner with the lay in before the buzzer. Vermont down 4 at the break. --- The Wildcat lead balloons to 15 in the second half, off the Wills turnover, Jaleen Smith to Ronnel Jordan for the monster jam. 54-39 UNH with 12 minutes to go. --- UVM gets back in it making some big defensive plays, Zach McRoberts with the steal and lay in. We're tied at 61 with 2 and a half minutes to go. --- But UNH answers with a pair of big threes, the second one by Miller alone in the corner. New Hampshire hands Vermont its first conference loss of the season, 73-68...Scott Fleishman has more from Durham.

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((TRT: 52 ... OC: CHANNEL THREE SPORTS)) ((("Where do you start, Ethan O'Day was in foul trouble early and was really a non-factor in this game and the one guy on the UVM scouting report that you had to cover, Matt Miller, one of the leagues best shooters in the league and what do they do? The leave him open and he burns you for 18 points on 4 of 5 shooting from three including the dagger that put the game away in the second half."))) (((John Becker/"We weren't ready to play for whatever reason in that sense. He had wide open looks all night so going into the game we worried about that, they're making a lot of three's we don't defend their three ball well. I thought we did a better job in the second half and I thought we missed shots. It's tough to gets stops when you can't make shots."))) ((("The Cats drop to 5-1 in the Conference and visit UMass Lowell on Sunday. In Durham, NH Scott Fleishman, Channel 3 sports.")))

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In Orono tonight, Liz Wood scored a career high 30 points to lead the Maine Black Bears past the Vermont women 74-46. Niki Taylor had a team high eight points and eight boards for the Cats, and the Maine native became the eighth player in program history with 700 career rebounds. It's Vermont's eighth straight loss, and they are 0-6 in America East. The Cats visit UMass-Lowell on Sunday.

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A possible state final preview tonight in Hinesburg...the unbeaten CVU girls basketball team, 12-0 ...taking on 12-1 BFA-St. Albans...the Comets lone loss...at home by 17 to the Redhawks last month... --- second quarter...CVU in control...Maeve Higgins drains a three that puts the home team up 14... --- BFA battles back... Kin Howrigan to Kenadee Cadieux... Comets close the second on a 7-0 run and go into the break down just seven... --- third quarter...BFA inching closer... Jillian Berno with the bucket and the foul... the Comets get the lead down to four... --- but CVU ends the third on an 8-0 run... around the horn to Caitlin Grasso for three... --- and in the fourth, Sadie Otley rips the twine on back to back threes to put this one away... as the streak lives on...CVU stays unbeaten, winning 49-35...

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The 12th ranked UVM men's hockey team will try to break out of it's recent funk this weekend...but the opponent will be a tough one as number three Boston University comes to Gutterson for a two game series tomorrow and Saturday night. Since returning from the holiday break, the Cats are 2-3-1. They scored four goals in each of their two wins, but in the other four games, they've scored a total of four goals. This stretch was capped by a 4-1 loss and a 2-2 tie with Northeastern this past weekend at the Gut. In the two games against the Huskies, the Catamounts put a total of 53 shots on net, and the team says they know they need to take greater advantage of those opportunities, both this weekend and for the rest of the season.

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