Thu 31-JUL-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening. I'm Keith McGilvery. And I'm Jennifer Reading. A Richford man is dead -- killed on the job -- after police say a driver hit him on Interstate 89. Tonight authorities are looking at the woman behind the wheel and conditions in the work zone to try and figure out how things went horribly wrong. Shelby Cashman reports.

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A construction worker--struck and killed--by a car. ((00:09:51 Lt. Garry Scott/Vt. State Police "he was pronounced dead at the scene." 00:09:52)) Police say 61 year old Robert Stanhope of Richford--was removing temporary reflective fog line markers on Interstate 89 Northbound--at mile marker 86--in South Burlington. They say he was working for the Whitcomb Construction Company. Then--at approximately 11:15 pm--police say 22 year old Emma Gentry of South Burlington--struck and killed Stanhope with her vehicle. A Northern EMS crew happened to be traveling northbound on the interstate at the same time--and pulled over to help. But--police say Stanhope could not be saved. ((00:09:20 Lt. Garry Scott/Vermont State Police "This is still a very active investigation, we're working in conjunction with the Department of Labor to follow up on the construction company and what they have going on." 00:09:30)) State police say Gentry was not impaired--but the investigation is still ongoing. She was not hurt. They say they will be looking into the conditions of the construction zone--at the time of the accident--including lighting and cone markers. Also--if Whitcomb Construction--had any prior Agency of Transportation--violat ions. ((00:10:14 Lt. Garry Scott "Thats why were in contact with the Department of Labor, to see what the practices are whats normal practices, and then we'll get all the information, put it together and most likely send it along for review at the state's attorneys office." 00:10:27)) ((Shelby Cashman: Both Whitcomb Construction and the agency of transportation which oversees all road construction projects in the state declined to comment on the case. Shelby Cashman Channel 3 News South Burlington.))

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A four-week-old baby is dead -- and police are investigating. The baby -- Saunder Gilruth -- died yesterday at Fletcher Allen Health Care -- after being removed from life support. Burlington police say last Tuesday -- they responded to a house on Isham Street. The unresponsive baby was rushed to the hospital. Authorities say due to the child's age and unknown details surrounding his death -- the case was referred to the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations -- as a case of suspicious circumstances. Prosecutors are now working with investigators.

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(TJ Donovan/Chittenden County State's Attorney 14:35:35 )(("Well obviously we know the baby has died and this case remains under investigation. Obviously given what's going on in the state of Vermont, this is something that's very concerning to us and it remains under investigation, and until that investigation is complete, I can't really say much more.")) Investigators are awaiting autopsy results to determine how the baby died. This is the fifth infant death to be investigated by police this year. Three of those cases resulted in murder charges. The other child died of natural causes.

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The disabled man rescued from a burning apartment in St. Albans -- has died. Rescue crews pulled 72 year old Thomas Page out of his burning unit Wednesday. He is a double amputee -- who was on oxygen and alone in the apartment. Officials say he was able to reach a phone and call 9-11-- but by the time they got there, Page had already suffered severe burns. He died from those injuries this morning at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

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Today friends and family came together to remember a couple killed on the road in Ray Brook. Hundreds turned out to the funeral service for James and Kim Barney. The couple died following a crash on Route 86 last week. Kim's 11-year-old daughter Emily Colby was also in the car and was seriously injured. Authorities say 20-year old Trevor Sisto was on drugs and driving in the wrong direction when he hit the family head-on. Right now Sisto is facing a number of charges including reckless driving and speeding. Police say he could eventually face more charges.

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Police want to know who's behind a rash of sign thefts in Southern Vermont. Authorities say multiple street, construction and personal business signs have been stolen -- from the Pownal area -- in the last few days. The thefts are happening in the early morning. Witnesses told police a pick-up truck fled the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Shaftsbury.

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Vermont Gas could get slammed with tens of thousands of dollars in fines. State regulators are recommending that the Public Service Board -- fine the utility 35-thousand dollars -- for being slow to file a new -- and higher cost estimate for phase one of its natural gas pipeline expansion. Earlier this month -- Vermont Gas -- revealed the cost of extending the system from Chittenden County to Middlebury -- had jumped by 40 percent, to more than $121 million dollars. The Department of Public Service says it was the FIRST cost update in 16 months -- and it wants the company to be penalized.

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Dan is here. Some rain out there this afternoon, but a nice evening tonight. ((Showers have ended and skies are clearing out. We'll see some patchy fog developing tonight and a nice start to the day on Friday.))

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Help could be on the way to fix ongoing problems with Veterans health care across the country. A bill aimed at introducing new reforms to the troubled VA system passed the Senate tonight. The 16-point-3 million dollar package was approved in a 91 to 3 vote. 10-million dollars would used to allow vets to see outside providers if the wait at the VA is too long. It also includes money to hire more doctors and nurses and to open 27 new facilities across the country. The measure passed the House Wednesday. It now needs to be signed by the president.

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Officials in the Queen City say they're fed up with a dozen rental properties that are draining police resources. Alex Apple joins us now to explain. Alex? Jennifer -- Burlington says flashing blue police lights in front of homes rented by college students are becoming an all-too-frequent occurrence. The city is now fighting back against problem tenants with a new plan to stop the issues before they occur.

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Beer cans fill the trash cans and boots hang from the phone wires at 24 Bradley Street in the Hill section of Burlington. It's one of a dozen properties that the city's code enforcement department is calling a nuisance. Burlington has put together a list of 12 buildings where police visited a total of 150 times in the last two years -- for noise complaints, disorderly conduct and alcohol fueled disturbances. For the first time -- the city is working to prevent constant these problem homes. (16:43:22 Bill Ward/Code Enforcement Director)(("Each of the top 12 properties was a rental property. Rental properties are under the control of the Code Enforcement Department, and I was concerned that the property owners themselves may not know the level of disorder.")) Burlington's Code Enforcement director says the reaction from the absentee homeowners was unanimous -- none of them knew about the ongoing issues. (16:46:46 Bill Ward/Code Enforcement Director)(("If the property owners don't know that their properties are causing that much of a need for service, then there is no way for them to stop it.")) Instead of letting a small group of homes drain police resources, Code Enforcement will oversee a process to stop problems before they start. It's a three step plan that targets tenants. (GFX) First the landlord is contacted. Then Code Enforcement will inspect the property -- for safety violations. Next, the homeowner will work with the tenant to avoid future disturbances. All of the problem homes were in the wards 1 or 2 -- Max Tracy represents Ward 2 on the Burlington City Council and lives in the area. (17:33:38 Max Tracy/Burlington City Council)(("It's all about accountability ...Those of us that live in the neighborhood have an understanding of what it means to be a good neighbor.")) Tracy confirmed the houses are a nuisance -- and if you live down the street from one, it's a headache. (17:37:02 Max Tracy)(("When you live on one of these streets you know, you just know."))

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The city will revise its list of delinquent homes on a rolling basis. Officials will also make the addresses of the properties publicly available. Jennifer.

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Hundreds are dying as the Ebola virus spreads in West Africa -- tonight a warning for American travelers. And -- Medicaid is back for tens of thousands of Vermonters who had temporarily been going without the coverage. Plus -- help is on the way to expand mental health care in Burlington. And could you be the next owner of this historic Vermont inn? Why it's up for auction when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.

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As the ebola virus continues to infect people in West Africa -- an American hospital is preparing to receive its first infected patient within the next several days. Omar Villafranca reports.

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((NARR-1)) EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL IN ATLANTA IS PREPARING TO RECEIVE THE UNITED STATES' FIRST EBOLA PATIENT. THE FACILITY IS ONE OF ONLY FOUR IN THE U.S. WITH UNIQUE EQUIPMENT CAPABLE OF A HIGH LEVEL OF CLINICAL ISOLATION. (pix) TWO AMERICAN MISSIONARIES - DR. KENT BRANTLY AND NANCY WRITEBOL - ARE CURRENTLY SICK WITH EBOLA. THEY WERE WORKING IN LIBERIA WHEN THEY CONTRACTED THE DISEASE. ((SOT Josh Earnest/White House Press Secretary)) "The State Department and the CDC are working to facilitate options for potential medevacs for U.S. patients, specifically American citizen humanitarian workers." ((NARR-2)) WRITEBOL IS CURRENTLY RECEIVING AN EXPERIMENTAL DRUG. THERE WAS ONLY ENOUGH OF THE SERUM FOR ONE PERSON - SO DR. BRANTLY ASKED THAT IT BE GIVEN TO WRITEBOL. BRANTLY RECEIVED A UNIT OF BLOOD FROM A TEENAGED BOY WHO SURVIVED EBOLA. (map) THE CDC WARNED AMERICANS AGAINST TRAVEL TO GUINEA, SIERRA LEONE, AND LIBERIA, WHERE OFFICIALS ARE BATTLING THE OUTBREAK. ALONG WITH NIGERIA -- THE DEATH TOLL FROM EBOLA HAS HIT 729. LIBERIA AND SIERRA LEONE HAVE BOTH DECLARED PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES. WORKERS ARE TRYING TO TRACK DOWN INFECTED PEOPLE AND GET THE MESSAGE OUT... TO PREVENT FURTHER SPREAD OF THE DISEASE. OMAR VILLAFRANCA, CBS NEWS.

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Twenty-two-thousand Vermonters -- with lapsed medicaid plans -- once again have coverage tonight. The state's Health Reform Chief - Lawrence Miller says only about 40-percent of medicaid-eligible Vermonters re-enrolled this year. That's down from the typical rate of 90 percent. Earlier this month Miller attributed the drop to issues with the state's online health exchange, and pledged to find a solution by the beginning of August.

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((1:50:43 - :53 - Lawrence Miller - Vt. Health Reform Chief My understanding is that we've gotten those folks taken care of. I'm still waiting for the final report that will come after tonight, but my understanding is that's been handled)) There are continuing problems with general enrollment in Health Connect -- that led a pair of moderate Republicans to suggest allowing indivduals to enroll directly through the insurance companies, bypassing the exchange. Miller says he review that proposal.

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More money headed for mental health care in the Queen City. The Community Health Center of Burlington is getting a quarter million dollar grant to expand services - by hiring more providers including a counselor and part-time psychiatric nurse. Senator Bernie Sanders helped secure the money - as part of the Affordable Care Act - also called Obamacare. In all -- 55-million-dollars will go to more than 200 health centers across the country -- to expand mental health care.

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A historic Vermont inn -- is up for sale. The bank foreclosed on the Juniper Hill Inn in Windsor after efforts to revitalize the 28-room mansion failed. The inn was even featured on the television show Hotel Hell -- but that did not generate enough interest to keep it afloat. The auction will take place August 22nd.

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Friday, we'll see some sunshine, but there will still be just the chance for a passing afternoon shower. Our weather will be unsettled this weekend, with some sun on Saturday, but there is still the chance for a few showers or thunderstorms. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers. Our weather will remain unsettled through the middle of next week, as several upper level disturbances ride across the area, but it should settle down by the end of the week.

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Tonight: Partly cloudy. Chance of an evening shower. Lows: 53/60 Winds: Light Friday: Partly sunny. Chance of an afternoon passing shower. Highs: 73/80 Winds: S 5-10 mph Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog. Lows: 55/62 Winds: S 5-10 mph Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and Tstorms. Highs: 73/80 Winds: Light Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday Night: Lows 55/62 Sunday: Mostly cloudy, chance of showers. Highs 75/82 Monday: Partly sunny, chance of showers. Highs 75/82 Lows 55/62 Tuesday: Partly sunny, chance of showers. Highs 70s Lows 50s Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance of showers. Highs 70s Lows 50s Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs 70s

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This summer -- a fond farewell for a fixture at a summer camp in Thetford. But kids and counselors -- are making sure the super senior -- goes out with a bang. Joe Carroll has more.

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On the shores of Lake Fairlee, Camp Billings is rich with history. (52:24) ((Nat Sot, Playing the bugle)) It's a co-ed kids summer camp that has been around for over a hundred years. (39:14) ((Larry Drew/Super Senior, We live tradition and we live for tradition. )) A tradition for 44 years is the annual Run Around the Lake. A 6-mile fun run started by this man........ (4:48) ((Larry Drew/Super Senior, OK all runners, you better start warming up. )) .....Larry Drew. The former math teacher and cross-country running coach is a stickler for time. (:42) ((Nat sot, because at 9:30 sharp we start the race. )) He's part drill sergeant, part grandfather. (3:38) ((Nat sot, all recorders get up to the table. )) So loved and respected by the campers and staff... (8:15) ((Larry Drew/Super Senior, Look at all these shirts! )) ...They named it Larry Drew Day. A sea of yellow in honor of Larry, with the back of the shirt listing the jobs he's held in the 45 years. From program director to athletic director, he's held just about every position, but the last line says it all -- friend and inspiration to all. (36:07) ((nat sot, Love you! Love you Larry! )) (18:08) ((Bob Green/Camp Director, I think they admire him, I think they respect him and I think they are grateful for the impact he's had on this place. )) Back at the race, (10:45) ((Nat Sot, Here we are ready....yeah!!! )) There are only moments to go. (12:05) ((nat sot, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ! shot of the cap gun)) The majority of the campers participate. (12:14) ((nat sot, Laughs)) (12:31) ((nat sot, there they go!)) A vast difference from the first race in 1970-- then a one-on-one challenge. (15:24) ((Bob Green/Camp Director, It was like a race between an old man and a young kid. AND WHO WON? Larry did. )) Bob Green was 16 and Larry was just about 40. The former camper is now the director of Billings and thinks of Larry as a second father. (17:15) ((Bob Green/Camp Director, Larry's a legend.)) After an hour the runners start to trickle into the finish line, knowing that this year's race is extra special. (24:32) ((Nat sot, Kid getting fist pump after finishing)) Because Larry will be retiring at the end of the season from his latest job as head of maintenance. (43:27) ((Larry Drew/Super Senior, I think I know the answer, but are you going to miss this place? Oh of course yup.)) (40:20) ((Larry Drew/Super Senior, A lot of memories, lots of memories. )) He says it's time to spend the summers with his wife of 55 years, Margaret-Ann. (25:22) ((Larry Drew/Super Senior, Zack get over here! Jeezum! )) But today, it's all about Larry. (26:02) ((Nat sot, turning the tee shirt around to show larry's last lap)) The tee shirt might be a bit premature. (26:09) (( A Vermonter on a last lap is like waiting a decade.)) Most likely you will see Larry back next season for the race. A legend never fades away. Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News Thetford.

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Last week, Jason Corliss became the first Late Model driver to win twice this season, while Nick Sweet reclaimed the King of the Road points lead by three points over Dave Pembroke, with Trampas Demers and reigning King Derrick O'Donnell tied for third eleven points off the pace. The annual Porta Potty Grand Prix getting fans on their feet prior to the race ... Waterbury Center's Jason Woodard taking home the golden bowl honors... --- As for the 50-lap late model feature... Middlesex's Shawn Fleury jumps ahead of the pack and leads this race through 40 laps... The #1 looking good... --- However, not far behind him the #88 was quickly gaining... From the 12th position, Barre;s own Nick Sweet kicks it into another gear in the final laps... The former King of the Road winner, cuts ahead of the Fleury and hits cruise control from there... Sweet picking up his second win of the year and 13th all-time at Thunder Road... Fleury holds on for second with Derrick O'Donnell taking third.

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(((TRT: 15 OC: HAPPY ABOUT THAT... "The key part was right from the start... I knew from the first lap on that I jad a very fast car and we would be able to maneuver, which we did... We started 12th and finished first, I'm very happy about that.")))

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Speaking of stars... Red Sox & Expos pitcher Bill "spaceman" Lee making an appearance at the High Banks.... In the night's other features ...rookie Caleb Nelson of Moretown started on the pole in the Tiger Sportsman main...took off from the rest of the field and never looked back, going green to checkered to pick up his first win in the division... ---- in the Street Stocks, Tommy 'thunder' Smith nearly saws off the back end of Travis Streeter's 61...after the caution...Barre's Kevin Dodge fights off Kyle Streeter over the final ten laps to pick up his second career Street's victory...

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Just nine months after winning the World Series, the Red Sox have officially hit the reset bottom. Recent trades that sent Jake Peavy and Felix Doubront packing were just the appetizer to today when Boston made four deals before the 4pm trade deadline. The biggest of those four coming to light this morning as the Sox sent ace Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to Oakland for power hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a draft pick. The 30-year-old Lester, who will become a free agent at the end of this season, spent his entire career in Boston, winning 110 games in eight seasons at Fenway and helping the team win World Series titles in 2007 and 2013. Despite the clubs struggles, Lester is having the best season of his career with a 2.52 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 143 innings.

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Gomes is also heading west. It will be his second stint as an Oakland A. Gomes was a key spark plug in last season's World Series run, but this season is hitting just .234 with six home runs and 32 RBI.

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As for who's coming to Boston, Yoenis Cespedes provides something the Sox have had very little of this season...power. Cespedes has 17 home runs this season, three more than all of Boston's outfielders have managed to hit in 2014. He's also won the last two Home Run Derby's at the All-Star Game. The 28-year-old from Cuba is hitting .256 with 67 RBI.

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But Boston was just getting started...the next domino to fall was John Lackey. Boston sending the veteran right hander, plus a minor leaguer and cash to St. Louis for outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig and pitcher Joe Kelly. After an outstanding season last year coming off Tommy John surgery, Lackey has been consistent again for the Sox this season, going 11-7 with a 3.60 ERA.

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Boston also traded shortstop Stephen Drew to the Yankees for infielder Kelly Johnson. It's the first trade between the rivals since Mike Stanley went from Boston to New York in 1997. Drew will likely play second in the Bronx. New York has also picked up utility player Martin Prado from Arizona.

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Boston completed their whirlwind of activity by trading reliever Andrew Miller to Baltimore for minor league pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. Miller will be a free agent this offseason and could resign with Boston.

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And the blockbuster trades weren't solely the domain of the Red Sox. Just prior to the 4pm deadline, Tampa Bay set ace David Price to Detroit in a three-way deal with the Tigers and Seattle Mariners. Price, just 28, is 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA. He joins a Tigers rotation that already features Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello.


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