Thu 23-OCT-2014 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Keith McGilvery. And I'm Shelby Cashman. Deadly terrorist attacks north of the border have Vermont security officials reviewing their own procedures. Jennifer Costa spoke with Vermont's Homeland Security Advisor.
Two deadly attacks -- north of the border -- in just one week. Canada's prime minister is calling both acts of terrorism. ((STEPHEN HARPER, CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER "CANADA WILL NEVER BE INTIMIDATED.")) Canada's Parliament is under close surveillance and is closed to the public -- one day after a gunman shot and killed a solider at the nearby National War Memorial -- before be gunned down by security personnel. Authorities say the shooter was Canadian -- and a recent convert to Islam. ((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:06:59 "this is the world we live in, terrorism, homegrown violent extremism is something that we have to be aware of daily. We certainly find what happened so close by to be very concerning.")) Captain Rick Hopkins is the Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont. His team is working with state, local and federal partners -- to keep a close eye on the situation -- and says stopping these lone extremists is tough. ((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:01:54 "they are people who are in our community. they look just like everybody else. they're not wearing a uniform, they're not wearing an insignia that says I'm a bad person.")) ((Rep. Peter Welch 00:12:14 "it's a tragedy and it's becoming all too common.")) Congressman Peter Welch -- says its the unpredictability of this brand of terrorism -- that creates the most anxiety. ((Rep. Peter Welch 00:13:04 "we're all in some peril because who knows when and where somebody may do that but this is a security situation that's not new. what happened in Canada of course is something that could happen here.")) Authorities say they're not aware of any specific threats to our region -- but are asking people to remain vigilant. ((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:05:53 "we're not looking for people to jump to conclusions. we're certainly not looking for people to be reactionary jut be aware of their surroundings and to report things that might be suspicious.")) Like anyone who is: GRX acting outwardly aggressive, advocating for violence, buying large quantities of dangerous materials or scrutinizing and recording security personnel. Hopkins says Vermonters will not see sweeping security changes -- and is unaware of any special precautions at border crossings. In a statement -- the Vermont National Guard says... "The Vermont National Guard has not been requested to support Canada. We are, however, telling our Soldiers and Airmen to remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings." ((Capt. Rick Hopkins/Homeland Security Advisor for Vermont 00:02:39 "the good news is we're not finding things are glaring gaps in our preparedness.")) ((Jennifer Costa "Captain Hopkins says there's no indication that Canadian extremists will head south to Vermont or New York. JC Ch 3 News Burlington."))
The largest city in the United States is now dealing with its first case of Ebola. Initial test results show a New York City doctor has ebola - making it the fourth case diagnosed in the U.S., and the first outside of Dallas. Brian Webb has the latest from New York.
NEW YORK CITY DOCTOR CRAIG SPENCER IS THE FOURTH PERSON TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH EBOLA IN THE UNITED STATES. SPENCER TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS AT NEW YORK'S BELLEVUE HOSPITAL, WHERE HE IS IN ISOLATION. SPENCER WAS LIKELY EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS EARLIER THIS MONTH WHILE WORKING WITH THE GROUP 'DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS' IN GUINEA, WEST AFRICA. A FACEBOOK PHOTO SHOWS HIM WEARING THE PROTECTIVE GEAR HE USED WHILE CARING FOR EBOLA PATIENTS. GUINEA IS ONE OF THE THREE WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES AT THE HEART OF THE WORST OUTBREAK ON RECORD. SPENCER HAD BEEN SELF-MONITORING FOR SYMPTOMS SINCE HIS RETURN TO THE U.S. HE REPORTED FEVER AND ABDOMINAL PAIN THURSDAY MORNING. (NATS) VIDEO FROM THE NEW YORK POST SHOWS AN AMBULANCE WITH POLICE ESCORT RUSHING SPENCER TO BELLEVUE HOSPITAL, WHERE EMT'S WEARING HAZMAT SUITS WERE THEN DECONTAMINATED. (STANDUP BRIDGE:) BELLEVUE IS A DESIGNATED EBOLA TREATMENT CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY. HEALTHCARE WORKERS HERE HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR A SITUATION LIKE THIS FOR WEEKS. SPENCER IS BEING KEPT IN AN AIR-TIGHT ROOM LIKE THIS ONE. A CDC GO-TEAM WILL WORK WITH HIS DOCTORS TO MAKE SURE ALL PROTOCOLS ARE FOLLOWED. BEFORE HIS DIAGNOSIS, NEIGHBORS IN SPENCER'S APARTMENT BUILDING SAID THEY'RE NOT SCARED. (SOT - neighbor) "i'm glad they're taking precautions. But I don't have any more reaction other than I hope he's OK." SPENCER'S APARTMENT REMAINS CLOSED OFF. BRIAN WEBB, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.
Ebola is a hot topic for the two candidates running for US Senate in New Hampshire. Tonight democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen faced off against her republican opponent Scott Brown in a debate. Two weeks out from election day the candidates took on the idea of a travel ban to combat the virus.
((Scott Brown "We need to do a travel ban. I mean, it makes sense to do a travel ban to make sure that anybody who has been in an affected country would come back and, obviously, get screened.")) ((Sen. Jeanne Shaheen/(D) New Hampshire) "A travel ban, if the experts tell us that's what we need to do and that's workable, I think that's what we should support. But, I'm not willing to tell the experts that this is what we have to do.")) A new CNN/ORC poll shows Shaheen and Brown are neck-in neck in the race right now. The poll found 49 percent of voters surveyed said they would vote for Shaheen ... while 47 percent said they would cast their ballots for brown.
A new push in Burlington--to allow non-us citizens the right to vote in local elections. I caught up with some of the city councilors--to learn more about the issue.
Should the Vermont constitution be amended to give residents of Vermont who are not citizens of the United States of America the right to vote in municipal and school elections? Thats the question the Burlington City Council voted to put on the town meeting day ballot. (00:04:37) ((Rachel Siegel "this is like a tiny little step and yet it's a monumental step.")) (00:04:41) City Councilor Rachel Siegel is one of the sponsors of the resolution--that passed 11-2--Monday. (00:05:26) ((Rachel Siegel "people whose children go to the schools should be able to vote on the school budget and on the school board, I think that people who are contributing to our tax base should be able to vote for the city council and the mayor. They live under the policies that we set.")) (00:05:42) But not everyone on the city council--feels the same way. (00:13:17) ((Kurt Wright "Voting is a sacred right. And I think that comes with citizenship.")) (00:13:21) (00:07:08) ((Paul Frobose/Burlington Resident "I was stunned. I could not understand how the city council could pass a resolution that is patently illogical and that is also unconstitutional.")) (00:07:17) Wright also says --the process will be almost impossible. In order for Burlington to change its city charter--the state constitution would also have to amended--to give individual cities and towns the power to give non citizens the right to vote (00:13:43) ((Kurt Wright "We'd have to amend our constitution, which is a very difficult, very lengthy process, that very rarely happens because it is such a difficult and convoluted process.")) (00:13:53) A process those liek Siegel--think is worth it. (00:03:15) ((Rachel Siegel "I think that each town and city should be able to decide for themselves what makes the most sense for them.")) (00:03:20)
Burlington residents will get to weigh in for themselves--in March.
Natural gas will soon reach more homes in the Plattsburgh area. The Town of Plattsburgh and New York State Electric and Gas are teaming up to increase the availability of natural gas. They say it will decease the cost of heating for homeowners and businesses in the area. Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett says 17 miles of natural gas pipeline will be laid out across the town -- providing natural gas to more than 1-thousand customers.
(TC 00:02:21:24 Tile 4511) ((Bernie Bassett/Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor "They could save between $1,500-$2,000 a year, certainly over propane and fuel oil. It's a lot of money, I think it can have a very positive impact on the general economy with that many people have that kind of savings." 00:02:38:21)) Bassett says the three year project has already started. He says anyone in the town interested in switching to natural gas can contact the town.
The Burlington School district will no longer be providing free bus rides for all students--through the Chittenden County Transportation Authority. Starting November 17th--all elementary school students who live further than point 7 miles from their school--will have to pay sixty cents per ride--or purchase discounted ten ride or monthly passes--from any CCTA stand. Middle and high school students who live at least one mile away and qualify for free and reduced lunch--will continue to get free rides. Those who live further than one mile away--can choose to purchase a CCTA ID card for one hundred and fifty dollars--or pay each time they ride. Visit WCAX dot com for more information on the new rates.
Dan is here. A pretty soggy day out there.
It's the 20th anniversary of the Firefighters Haunted House--in Plattsburgh. But this year--it almost didn't happen. Volunteer firefighters from departments throughout Clinton County put together the creepy event to raise awareness about fire safety --but the usual location of the Haunted House was sold earlier this year. Then a business came forward and donated an empty warehouse for the firefighters to use.
(TC 00:08:20:27 Tile 4531) ((Keith Berg/Beekmantown Fire Dept. "Layout is all new. With that you don't know if you're going to take a right or a left, if you're going to go up or going to go down. It's going to be dark." 00:08:31:17)) Berg says more than 3-thousand people came to get scared last year. With ticket sales at 5 dollars -- firefighters say it's enough to keep their fire prevention program going.
Still ahead -- could more changes be in the works for Vermont's DCF? (02:02:51:00) ((Sen. Dick Sears - D-Bennington County The ultimate goal is to better protect Vermont's children )) Political reporter Kyle Midura goes looking for answers. And smart meters are in play at parking spaces across Burlington -- details on what they will mean for your wallet. Plus she's tackling the cross country trails and is legally blind. (((Julia Bessy/"My parents raised me on the fact that you can't use your disability as an excuse to get out of anything. They always pushed me to go out and do anything and everything I could."))) Scott Fleishman has her inspirational story when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.
A Vermont family is suing a special needs school -- alleging staffers abused a child. The suit claims a 9-year-old New Hampshire boy and an 11-year-old Vermont girl were pinched, slapped and taunted at the Crotched (KRAH'-chihd) Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield Officials at the school have not commented.
Today lawmakers outlined more changes they want to see in the child protective services. Kyle Midura reports.
After more than 10 meetings, members of the of the child protection committee sought consensus while wrangling over details during their final scheduled meeting. The group of representatives and senators is tasked with fixing flaws in Vermont's process for child abuse investigations. (02:02:51:00) ((Sen. Dick Sears - D-Bennington County The ultimate goal is to better protect Vermont's children )) Lawmakers say the child protection system failed Desirae Sheldon and Peighton Geraw - two toddlers who died after investigators allowed them to stay with their parents despite significant red flags. State House staff attorneys explained that flaws can be problems with law, Department policy, or case-worker practice. The Department for Children and families did not supply Law enforcement and the courts with all the information it should have in some cases, but the department is barred or incapable of providing any substantial details to those who sound the alarm. (00:22:31:00) ((Luke Martland - Legislative Counsel as far as increasing the information that mandated reporters receive, that may require statutory change )) It's rare for legislation to be proposed between sessions. The last such case involved changes to sex offender laws after Michael Jacques kidnapped, raped and murdered his niece Brooke Bennett in 2008. State Senator Dick Sears says when there's a compelling need, lawmakers won't let the calendar stand in the way of quick action. (02:04:26:00) ((Sen. Dick Sears - D-Bennington County the fact that it's an election year is an accident of history - this should take place and needs to take place)) Thursday lawmakers agreed on the need for better collaboration between agencies, an independent advocate tasked with constantly evaluating child protection, sharing more sensitive information with those responsible for oversight, and giving the state greater ability to pull a child from parents with substance abuse problems. The members of the committee say many specifics will need more debate, but there will be plenty of time for that when lawmakers take up the issue when they return to Montpelier in January. Though this is the final scheduled meeting for the committee, an extra one may be needed to finalize the bill proposal. Sen. Sears says he hopes the legislature can begin work promptly in January and deliver a measure to the Governor for his signature by Town Meeting Day. KM, Ch.3 BTV
Parking meters -- get a makeover in downtown Burlington. The biggest change involves the installation of 285 smart meters. They allow you to pay for parking with a credit or debit card. And starting November 1st -- a new rate structure takes effect. It will cost you more to park at these spots -- in the center of downtown. It goes from a dollar an hour -- to a dollar-50.
((Kelly Devine/Burlington Business Association: " TC 6:46:28 "We want people who are coming downtown to shop, to go to restaurants, to go out for the evening to have a good experience. Parking is often times you first and last experince you have. And if you don't have change and you're at risk of getting a ticket it's frustrating. Thsi way you can pay and as of November first these meters will have no time limits. You can stay as long as you like. ")) Another big change -- the parking fees will be charged into the evening hours. If your space has a smart meter, you'll have to pay up until 10 at night -- Monday thru Saturday. All parking remains free on Sundays -- and you still get the first two hours free in city-owned garages.
Tonight: Cloudy skies. Periods of rain, tapering to showers. Breezy. Lows: 38/45 Winds: N 10-15 mph Friday: Cloudy skies. Showers likely, mainly morning. Highs: 48/55 Winds: SE 5-10 mph Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. Lows: 32/42 Winds: S 5-10 mph Saturday: Increasing clouds. Chance of showers, late. Highs: 52/58 Winds: S 5-10 mph Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday night: Lows 35/45 Sunday: Showers. Highs 45/52 Lows 30s Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 45/52 Lows 30s Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs 55/65 Lows 40s Wednesday: Chance of showers. Highs 55/65 Lows 35/45 Thursday: Chance of showers, cooler. Highs 50s
The high school cross country championships are this weekend. But one runner -- is already a winner. Scott Fleishman explains.
(((In any cross country course you're bound to see obstacles that could trip up the fleetest of foot. At Colchester High School, there's a senior that runs through those obstacles while overcoming her own physical one.))) ((("I've just gotten used to the fact that I'm visually impaired and that I can't see as well as other people do."))) (((Julia Bessy was born legally blind. An object the average person sees 20 feet away looks like it's 200 feet away through Julia's eyes. (((Julia Bessy/"My parents raised me on the fact that you can't use your disability as an excuse to get out of anything. They always pushed me to go out and do anything and everything I could."))) (((Julia skis, swims and grew up playing soccer, but it wasn't until freshman year of high school that mom, a runner, convinced her to run cross country.))) (((Erin Bessy/"I actually don't think about the danger for her, which I think is why she is the way she is."))) (((Steve Fiske/"We run in some pretty rocky, rooty, tough elements out there. I think she's actually memorized in our runs where the roots are."))) (((But when she's at different courses, Julia gets help from guides who run alongside. On this day in Jericho, it's the Colchester boys cross country coach.))) (((George Deane/"It's a pretty amazing experience. She's really adamant that I don't coach her, because that's something that no one else gets."))) (((No special treatment, but Julia does need a guide that can keep up.))) ((("It's kind of a point of pride that she hasn't outrun me, but I have to stay in shape for it."))) (((I'm just so thankful and gracious for what they've given me, which is basically, my eyes. They've been able to let me do what I do and run on the cross country team."))) (((Scott Fleishman/"While a navigator leads her through the course, Julia leads her team, being named captain of the girls cross country team her senior season."))) ((("She's just an awesome person. I'll take her energy and use it for when I become a captain potentially."))) ((("She's going to prove all the statistics wrong. That's her job in life I think."))) ((("Do whatever you feel in your heart, because no one has a right to tell you that you can't do this, because you can."))) (((Julia Bessy, Colchester's legally blind cross country runner that CAN see the forest for the trees.))) Scott Fleishman -- channel 3 sports.
The Boston Bruins raised some eyebrows late in the preseason when they shipped veteran defenseman Johnny Boychuck to the Islanders for a pair of draft picks. It was a move designed to give Boston some breathing room under the salary cap, but it also meant the loss of one of the B's most steady and popular players. Bruins and Islanders tonight at the TD Garden...before the game, a moment of silence in honor of those killed in the tragic events in Ottawa, Canada Wednesday. --- Boston down 1-0 late in the first...rookie Seth Griffith flips the puck on net and it's redirected in by Milan Lucic...1-1 after one... --- but just 1:30 into the second...Brian Strait's shot is deflected in front of the Boston net and Kyle Okposo bats it in ...2-1 Islanders... --- they'd go up 3-1 later in the second... Boston gets one back in the third but can't find the equalizer late... and the Islanders win 3-2. Boychuck played a team high 23 minutes for New York...Boston captain Zdeno Chara played just four minutes before leaving with an injury.
The loss of a deep and talented senior class has evidently left the UVM men's basketball team with something to prove to it's conference rivals. The America East men's basketball preseason poll is out today, and the Catamounts are picked to finish fourth. Vermont won the America East regular season title last season, but was upset by Albany in the conference semifinals and then fell in the first round of the NIT. Still, the program is coming off it's sixth straight season of at least 20 wins and a postseason tournament appearance. However, junior forward Ethan O-Day is the only returning starter for Vermont, which lost seniors Luke Apfeld, Sandro Carissimo, Josh Elbaum, Clancy Rugg, Candon Rusin and Brian Voelkel to graduation. Stony Brook was picked to win the conference, followed by Hartford and Albany. The Cats play their preseason opener a week from this Saturday against Concordia at Patrick Gym and open the season for real at Canisus on Saturday, November 15th.
The UVM women's hoop team tied for a seventh place finish in the preseason poll released yesterday. The Cats, who finished sixth last season, return their top six scorers. They host St. Mike's in a exhibition game Saturday, November 8th, then tip off the regular season the following Saturday at home against Brown.
the UVM women's soccer team hosting Binghamton this afternoon at a rain-soaked Virtue Field... --- second half, game tied at one...Sarah Martin with a nice feed into the box that finds freshman Rylee Osgood who scores her second goal of the game, 2-1 Vermont... --- but 15 minutes later ...the Bearcats drop the ball over Vermont's back line... and Jacque Rice beats emergency keeper Caitie Green to the ball to tie the game ...with both regular goalies unavailable, Green, normally a midfielder, forced into action...she played well... finishing with eight saves... but ultimately in double overtime, Binghamton nets the winner to beat Vermont 3-2...and knock the Cats out of contention for the America East playoffs.
There is one quarterfinal game scheduled today in the high school fall sports playoffs... second seed North Country topped number seven Montpelier 3-1 in a Division Three field hockey in Newport. The postseason continues tomorrow and Saturday with quarterfinal play throughout the state.
the playoffs arrive in high school football tomorrow night with a trio of Wild Card games in Division One...top seed Middlebury taking on CVU...Essex hosts BFA and Colchester visits Rutland...the other Wild Card game takes place Saturday as St. Johnsbury welcomes Hartford to the Kingdom... the Division Three Wild Card games all take place Saturday... Otter Valley-Poultney ...Windsor-U-32... Fairfax-Woodstock and Mill River-Mt. Abraham ... and it's the final weekend of the regular season in Division Two, as well as for the D-1 and D-3 teams that did not make the playoffs. We've got you covered with all the highlights, reaction and more tomorrow night at 11pm on the Friday Football Frenzy...
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