Thu 30-OCT-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Jennifer Costa. And I'm Keith McGilvery. It's Day 4 in quarantine for the Rutland man -- who the state is monitoring for possible exposure to Ebola in West Africa. Health officials say the man is symptom free. Still -- they're not allowing him to have any physical contact with other for 21 days. Peter Italia tells us what it's like to live in such isolation.

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((Peter Italia "looking out the windows, looking at the person who's guarding me at the moment.")) Peter Italia describes life in quarantine. He's the Rutland man -- holed up -- at an undisclosed home in rural Rutland County -- following a month long trip to Guinea and Sierra Leone -- where he says he investigated the size and scope of the Ebola epidemic. Italia says the days in quarantine are long -- and he's alone -- save the single guard who keeps his distance outside -- and the public health nurses who visit twice daily. ((PI 02:11 "ill do the 21 days. I'm not going to exit early like that nurse in Maine because that will just lend ammunition to say see we told you he was a crackpot and this goes to prove it.")) Italia is also defending his mental health -- and despite talking and writing about space and time travel -- he maintains he is of sound mind. ((PI 12:40 "I actually time travel. That's how I see and do what I do. 15:21 "and I've worked in hospitals and I've taken care of hundreds of patients and I've operated on hundreds of patients and I've saved a lot of people's lives.)) But the medical practice board tells us he never completed a license application last year because his medical school in the Dominican Republic does not qualify under state standards. Italia is being monitored daily. The Red Cross provides his food. And so far he says he's encountered four different public health nurses. Prior to their visits -- they have him take his temperature. Fever is an indicator of Ebola. When they arrive -- they watch him take his temperature again -- and ask him a series of questions related to symptoms of the virus. ((PI 8:14 "everybody maintains at least a 3 foot distance. We all do from each other. JC: Are they suited up? PI: No. As long as I'm not exhibiting any symptoms))

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Italia tells me he's trying to keep busy by posting about his experiences on social media. He says he has not had any contact with Governor Shumlin. But believes his situation has become a campaign issue.

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Meanwhile -- Ebola is raising questions about Italia's civil rights. Authorities in Vermont won't say how far they're willing to go to ensure he remains isolated. The issue of quarantines is coming to a head in Maine where nurse Kaci Hickox violated a voluntary quarantine today, and went out on a bike ride with her boyfriend. The state has vowed to go to court to have Hickox confined to her home against her will. Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, says confinement violates her rights. Governor Shumlin and Senator Leahy are both responding to how thing are being handled in Vermont.

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(00:58:42) ((Gov Peter Shumlin "I think we're doing this the Vermont way. We didn't go in and say, you know, this isnt something were going to do without your consultation, we tried to get him to cooperate and he has.")) (00:58:54) (00 1217 00) ((Sen Leahy "as governor he has a responsibility to the whole state to do what he thinks is best and we do have laws in Vermont that allow quarantine under certain circumstances but what I am concerned about is that people say if you've been to Africa we are going to automatically quarantine you we make sure they're actually symptomatic.")) Senator Leahy is reminding folks that no Americans have died from Ebola -- while large numbers of people die from the flu every year.

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Police say they know who held up the Union Bank in Stowe Tuesday. She's now in custody -- tied to other crimes. Police say these surveillance photos show 26-year-old Koren Brand of Barre -- robbing the bank. And they have also linked her to an attempted robbery Sunday night at the Shaw's Supermarket in Montpelier -- and a robbery at the Champlain Farms on South Main Street in Barre. Today she pleaded not guilty to the Barre and Montpelier incidents. She's being held for lack of 25-thousand dollars bail.

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A Putney theme park has lost all its animals. In a tweet this evening -- Sheriff Keith Clark -- of the Windham County Sheriffs Department says QUOTE as of today all animals have been removed from Santa's Land. The Putney theme park has been under fire for months -- following the discovery of dead and neglected animals on the property. Earlier this year -- Santa's Land owner and caretaker -- both denied animal cruelty charges. It's unclear if more charges will be filed.

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Should Vermont legalize marijuana? The legislature voted to study the issue-- and you can now weigh in! Public hearings are scheduled on Wednesday, November 12th -- via Vermont Interactive Technologies. There are sites across the state. The public comments will be used in a report presented to lawmakers in January. We have a link to more details in our info center -- at wcax.com

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The bridge was built this summer and it's having problems. Vtrans is trying to figure out how the structure on Vermont Route 100 just south of Stowe village already has large cracks in its concrete beams. Vtrans say there's no risk of danger -- but officials worry the bridge won't make it to its anticipated 100 year lifespan. Crews patched the cracks today -- and will inspect the bridge again -- in the spring.

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A catalyst for business growth in Vermont hits a major milestone. Alex Apple joins us tonight with the details. Alex? Jennifer -- in 1974, the Vermont legislature created an economic development agency to create businesses and job. Now -- 40 years later, that agency -- the Vermont Economic Development Authority -- is a key lender to Vermont's farms and businesses.

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((NAT: Flex-a-Seal)) Steve Pontbriand is the general manager of Flex-a-Seal -- an Essex company manufacturing metal bellows seals. Places like chemical refineries and wastewater plants use the metal parts to seal their pipes. (23:24 Steve Pontbriand/General Manager Flex-a-Seal)(("It started with that barstock all the way through to this finished product.")) Pontbriand says Flex-a-Seal has grown rapidly over the last five years -- and they're still looking to expand. (12:57 Steve Pontbriand/General Manager Flex-a-Seal)(("We will be using VEDA going forward I'm sure. Larger footprint is what we're looking at.")) VEDA is the Vermont Economic Development Authority -- a money lender hoping to spur economic development in the Green Mountains. (00:00:51:00 Jo Bradley/VEDA CEO)(("We have made loans from 10,000 to a small farm to 50 million dollars for a large revenue bond.")) VEDA is celebrating its 40th birthday -- the legislature created it in 1974. Farms and businesses like Flex-a-Seal can get loans from VEDA at a lower interest rate -- and with the legislature's backing VEDA can take more risks in lending. (4:15 Jo Bradley/VEDA CEO)(("We need to see a business plan. We're a lender. We participate with the banks in many of our projects.")) ((FLEX NAT)) Flex-a-Seal has used VEDA for loans to expand its machinery and manufacturing. (steve Pontbriand 12:47)(("We've probably used them at least 3-4 times.")) (13:50 Steve Pontbriand)(("it's a split between us and local banks and VEDA for the funding we need in order to grow the business.")) VEDA gave loans to start up companies like Ben & Jerry's and Dealer.com -- now it's handed out more than 2 billion dollars. (4:28 Jo Bradley)(("We look at collateral. We look at cash flow. We look at management.")) But in 1997 when VEDA nearly ran out of money -- the authority started selling commercial paper -- a type of short term bond to fund its lending to companies like Flex-a-seal. (13:26 Steve Pontbriand/GM Flex-a-Seal)(("They strive after like a lot of companies here in the area trying to build manufacturing here in Vermont."))

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Bradley says much of VEDA's lending now goes to technology and energy companies - two growing industries in Vermont. VEDA's annual report states its assets grew by 12 percent over the last year.

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Allegations of unethical conduct in the race for New York's 115th district assembly seat. Conservative party candidate Karen Bisso alleges Republican incumbent Janet Duprey used her office as assemblywoman to send campaign-related information -- and intimidated Bisso's close friends with personal letters. Bisso says the allegations -- if proven true -- mean Duprey would be in violation of both campaign and ethics laws. Bisso describes the letter she says her neighbor received from Duprey...

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(karen Bisso 5:18)(("She received back actual thing she asked for but with this document attached a handwritten letter identifying that she was being watched on facebook and her affiliation with me .....3:58 If I wanted to use it for political purposes I should have used it in the primary.")) We reached out to assemblywoman Janet Duprey, she responded to us in an email saying... "This is clearly a last-ditch effort by a desperate campaign to distract voters from issues that matter in the North Country. Other than a desperate candidate, I don't think anyone questions my ethics and integrity. I stand behind my 39 years in public service."

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Dan is here. Another cloudy day out there.

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A nationally renowned storyteller stopped by the 30 tonight. Tom Bodett is the "We'll leave the light on for ya" spokesman for Motel 6 and a frequent guest on NPR's game show "Wait, wait... Don't Tell Me." He's one of the founders of The Hatch and will be a host of Storytellers on a Mission Saturday night at the Flynn Theater in Burlington.

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((Tom Bodett, Vermont Storyteller 05:46 I got my start in storytelling by talking about my life in Homer, Alaska and I started doing them on my local public radio station and after a while they found there way down to Washington and All Things Considered began airing them and more people heard those and they wanted more.)) The Flynn's event will have a mix of storytellers from across the country. Money raised will help support Vermont State Parks.

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Still ahead -- captured after seven weeks on the run. Where authorities found accused cop killer -- Eric Frein (freen)? And -- a deadly crash in Kansas -- moments after takeoff. ((9:30 PKG "Have an airplane down at Mid-continent airport ...")) Plus -- a life-saving transplant -- now performed in the Green Mountains. (4:24) ((Dr. Peter Moses/FAHC Gastroenterologist: It works statistically about 93 to 97 percent of the time and the efficacy is very high.)) And -- remembering Boston's longest serving mayor. When the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.

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Suspected cop killer Eric Frein ((FREEN)) is now in police custody in Pennsylvania. He's been the state's most wanted man since allegedly shooting two police officers last month. One of them died. Danielle Nottingham reports.

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PKG: SUPECTED COP KILLER ERIC FREIN WAS TAKEN TO THE BLOOMING GROVE POLICE BARRACKS THURSDAY IN HANDCUFFS. HE APPEARED TO HAVE BLOOD ON HIS NOSE. LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCES SAY US MARSHALLS CAUGHT UP WITH THE 31 YEAR OLD AT AN AIRPLANE HANGER IN THE POCONOS.... NEARLY SEVEN WEEKS AFTER HE DISAPPEARED INTO THE WOODS. FREIN IS CHARGED WITH OPENING FIRE OUTSIDE THE BARRACKS ON SEPTEMBER 12TH.... KILLING TROOPER BRYON DICKSON AND SERIOUSLY WOUNDING TROOPER ALEX DOUGLASS. EVIDENCE LINKING HIM TO THE CRIMES WAS RECOVERED IN FREIN'S JEEP... FOUND PARTIALLY SUBMERGED IN A SWAMP DAYS LATER. FREIN LEFT A HANDWRITTEN JOURNAL AT ONE OF HIS CAMPSITES.. DETAILING THE AMBUSH. ((SOT LT. COL. GEORGE BIVENS, PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE ++FILE SOT++)) "I took a follow up shot on his head and neck area. He was still and quiet after that." (chopper nats) IT WAS A HIGH-RISK MANHUNT. FREIN IS AN EXPERT MARKSMAN AND TRAINED SURVIVALIST... WITH A PERCEIVED VENDETTA AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT. DANIELLE NOTTINGHAM, CBS NEWS.

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Authorities are investigating what caused a deadly plane crash in Kansas. Black smoke rose from Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita this morning -- after a twin engine Beechcraft King Air 200 -- like this one -- lost power in one engine shortly after take off. The pilot was trying to return to the runway when the plane crashed into a building on airport property. The building houses simulators for flight safety. Four people were killed -- including the pilot and three people in the building. Several others were seriously hurt.

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Boston's longest serving mayor has died. Former Mayor Tom Menino died this morning -- surrounded by family and friends. Menino rode the support of minority communities, labor, and others to his first election in 1993. The victory ended decades of Irish domination in Boston politics. Menino was re-elected four times. He was diagnosed with advanced cancer in February, shortly after leaving office. Menino was 71.

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Tonight: Increasing clouds. Lows: 32/42 Winds: Light Friday: Mostly cloudy. Highs: 45/52 Winds: Light Friday Night: Cloudy skies. Lows: 30/37 Winds: Light Saturday: Cloudy skies. Chance of rain/snow showers, late. Highs: 38/45 Winds: N 10-15 mph Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday Night: Chance of rain/snow showers. Lows 22/32 Sunday: Chance of rain/snow showers mainly morning. Highs 35/42 Lows 18/28 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 38/45 Lows 28/35 Tuesday: Chance of rain showers. Highs 48/55 Lows 35/42 Wednesday: Chance of rain shower Highs 45/52 Lows 30s Thursday: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain/snow showers. Highs 40s

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It may raise eye brows -- but fecal transplants -- are saving lives. Doctors say the innovative therapy is proving highly effective in fighting a hard-to-treat infection -- known as C-Diff. Bridget Barry Caswell reports.

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It's a painful, debilitating and sometimes deadly infection that kills about 14-thousand Americans each year. And some strains of clostridium difficile -- or C.diff for short -- are particularly hard to treat because of antibiotic resistance. Patients suffer colitis -- or chronic diarrhea. (:03:05:01) ((Dr. Peter Moses/FAHC Gastroenterologist: There's a higher rate of people who end up having to go to surgery and have, potentially, their entire colon removed as a result of this disease.)) But now there's a new option available: fecal microbiota transplantation. It is what is sounds like. Donated human feces is carefully screened, processed into liquid form, and transplanted into the intestine of c.dif patients. Fletcher Allen did its first transplant last month -- purchasing its material from a commercial company in Massachusetts. (8:44) ((Dr. Peter Moses/FAHC Gastroenterologist: FMT is effective when it's administered by enema. It's effective when it's administered by a tube that goes through the nose, then through the stomach around into the small bowel, but it seems to be most effective when it's delivered with a colonoscope, so standard colonoscopy is done and the the donated material is delivered through the scope and then the scope is withdrawn.)) Fletcher Allen has done two fecal transplants so far, turning away several other patients not yet deemed untreatable with antibiotics. Published studies last year showed dramatic results. (4:24) ((Dr. Peter Moses/FAHC Gastroenterologist: It works statistically about 93 to 97 percent of the time and the efficacy is very high.)) It works because c.dif bacteria can completely take over in the intestine -- squashing all other normal bacteria the intestine needs to function. The donor feces replaces them. (12:07-ish) ((Dr. Peter Moses/FAHC Gastroenterologist: FMT delivers a balanced dose of microorganisms if you will, and that pushes the c.difficile in to the kind of position that it should be in.)) (9:47) ((Dr. Peter Moses/FAHC Gastroenterologist: It is an amazing thing and when you compare that to weeks and weeks of antibiotic treatment, it's really quite a sharp contrast.)) And doctors say this is just the beginning. They believe fecal transplantation could prove effective in treating other ailments in the future. BBC, Ch. 3 News, Burlington

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The UVM men's hockey team puts it's perfect 4-0 mark and No.13 national ranking on the line this weekend when the Cats visit #20 Notre Dame for a two game series tomorrow and Saturday night. Friday's game will be an 8pm start, and can be seen live on the NBC Sports Network. UVM is off to its best start since 2005 and visits South Bend for the first time since Notre Dame joined Hockey East... The pair split a two-game series last season at Gutterson... This year another likely story about the IceCats having to be good not lucky... The Irish are riding their own four-game win streak and feature a potent offensive attack. Meanwhile, Vermont's goaltending and defense has been stout.. Allowing just four goals in the first four games..

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((TRT: 37 ... OC: FOUR POINTS)) ((Kevin Sneddon/ They certainly are younger than they were last year. They graduated ten or eleven players last year, so they have a lot of youth. We had a pair of great game with them last year. Two of the best games, in terms of environment, that we had all year. Great college hockey. And we're expecting the same thing this weekend.)) ((Mario Puskarich/ I think we're just confident that we can go in this weekend and win both games. I don't think we're looking any further than this weekend. We're not even looking at the Saturday game. We're just focused on the Friday night game and getting those two points first, and then Saturday following it up with another two points. We're a confident group and we believe we can go in there and get four points.))

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The Norwich men's and women's hockey teams open their seasons this weekend, starting with the men, who take on Plymouth State at Kreitzburg tomorrow night. The Cadets are coming off another 20-win season...but lost in the E-C-A-C East championship at home to Babson and fell at Geneseo in the NCAA quarterfinals. This year's squad is young...just six seniors and two juniors among the 28 players.. The one thing that hasn't changed though, is those lofty Cadet expectations.

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(((TRT: 26 OC: TO DO IT...))) ((Bryce Currier/ We say it every year, it's a championship or bust, but for us, this senior year, it definitely is a championship or bust. That's our goal. That's everyone's goal on the whole team. We try to instill it in the young guys that you are not going to get too many shots at this.)) ((Nevin Lawler/ Like every year, we want to go to the Frozen Four and win a national title. I think we have the team and the skill set to do it.))

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The Norwich women face Elmira Saturday afternoon and Plattsburgh Sunday afternoon as part of the 5th annual East/West Hockey Classic. The meeting with the Cardinals will be a rematch of last year's NCAA National Championship Game, won by Plattsburgh 9-2. Norwich went 27-4 last season...With three of those four losses coming to rival PSU. Despite the frustrating finish, the Cadets come in hungry for 1 more win this season.

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(((TRT: 27 OC: TO GET PLAYING AGAIN...))) ((Taylor Cross/ That's the plan, that's the goal, that's the goal every year. With this new group of girls, it's a whole new team. I think that's what every person on the team, all 28 of us, that's our goal. To get to that national championship game and win the title.)) ((Mark Bolding/ A new chapter. We're certainly excited as coaches, but all the new players and the returners, they just want to play hockey. It's a fun time to be in the locker room and everybody wants to get playing again.))

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It's almost Super Saturday! The 11 state championships games for field hockey... and boys & girls soccer are set. We will have highlights and reaction from all of them Saturday night.

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The full schedule looks like this... Division One... Middlebury-Colchester tomorrow night... Saturday afternoon at 1pm...undefeated St. Johnsbury hosts third seed Essex... in Division Two... Burr & Burton faces Fair Haven...and the 2-3 matchup on Saturday has Bellows Falls visiting Rice... both D-3 semifinals will also take place on Saturday...top seed Otter Valley hosts number four Windsor... and second seed BFA-Fairfax meets No.6 Mount Abraham...


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