Tue 31-MAR-2015 11 P.M. News Script

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Thank you for joining us at 11. I'm Keith McGilvery. And I'm Shelby Cashman. Vermonters could soon be paying more to help close the state's 113 million dollar budget gap. Lawmakers are eyeing a number of options including changes to your income taxes. Alex Apple is here to explain. Shelby -- a bill, passed by the house and heading to the Senate for review, does not include any increase in tax rates -- but it would change how much money people get back from itemized deductions -- a move that could affect young adults, families and even some senior citizens.

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Tax season might by CPA Rick Wolfish' favorite time of the year -- but... This year -- the Burlington-area tax expert is telling his clients a bill that's passed the Vermont House of Representatives could have a big impact on the money they get back at tax season. ((Rick Wolfish/Tax Expert 02:24 If this passes, we are looking at a pretty significant tax increase for tax individuals that itemize in Vermont.)) A House revenue bill would cap itemized deductions at 2.5 times the standard deductions -- capping them at 31,000 dollars for a couple filing jointly -- or 15,500 for an individual. (GFX) According to the Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office, that means if you make 50,000 and do itemized deductions -- you'll pay 143 dollars more. Making 150,000 -- $500 dollars more. And for someone making a million -- they'll pay 17,000 dollars more. ((04:11 Richard Wolfish/Tax Expert: Middle class people will see a pretty strong effect because their mortgage interest and property taxes.")) (35:05 Rep. Carolyn Branagan/R-Georgia)((" It means they have more income tax to pay, when they get done with all their calculations, that's for sure.")) Representative Carolyn Branagan helped create the bill with the House's Ways and Means Committee -- she voted to pass it -- acknowledging it helps raise 35 million dollars for the state to close it's budget deficit. ((Rep. Carolyn Branagan/R-Georgia: 35:14 Most of my constituents are accepting that. This is a tough year, every body is going to have to pay something.)) Vermonters can deduct charitable donations, uncovered health care bills, mortgage interest and property taxes; the new bill will cap that amount. ((40 Gov. Peter Shumlin/D-Vermont: "As you know, many of the other deductions are there to promote things like home ownership, to make health care costs when they're catastrophic more affordable, to ensure that charitable giving continues to happen in Vermont.")) The Governor would not say if he supported the proposal -- admitting he preferred closing other loopholes. The ones he recommended in his January budget address. The joint fiscal office says 83,000 taxpayers itemize -- but not all of those will hit the cap. ((33:58 Rep. Carolyn Branagan/D-Georgia To find how we were going to fill a 120 million dollar hole definitely wasn't easy.))

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People that use itemized deductions and make 250,000 dollars or more will see the biggest jump in their effective tax rate. If it's passed by the Senate and approved by the Governor -- it would take effect next year. Keith??????

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How would a proposed tax on sugary drinks effect you? Well--they could get more expensive. Lawmakers in Montpelier are considering charging vendors up to two pennies per ounce of every sugary-drink bought to stock shelves. Restaurants with fountains rather than bottles wouldn't save on the proposed tax -- because the per ounce charge would be on the volume that can be made not raw materials. Chris Fish who owns The Blue Stone -- a Waterbury pizza shop -- says prices would go up.

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(00:06:16:00) ((Chris Fish - The Blue Stone Quick example, two cents per ounce, you're talking somewhere in the neighborhood of 30, 35 cents for a pint of soda. That's certainly more than we can absorb, just organically ourselvs to our bottom lin, inevitably, we would probably try to split the difference)) Current proposals would put the estimated revenue -- tens of millions of dollars -- to subsidizing health exchange plans. The tax has been in front of revenue-focused lawmakers for more than a week. While they're scaling the measure back--it may fizzle if it doesn't survive a committee vote tomorrow.

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Authorities say a Barre mom was arrested after she was found with 11 bags of heroin, prescription pills and her kids in the backseat. Montpelier police say it happened late Thursday night. That's when they say they discovered 22-year-old Jaimie Pace at a commuter parking lot on Dog River Road. Investigators say help from a K-9 and a search warrant led them to the bust. Police say they found her 4 and 7 year old in the car at the time. DCF was contacted. Pace denied the drug charges. She is due in court next month.

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A Vermont State Trooper is accused of drunk driving. Trooper Eric Rademacher was cited for DUI today by the Attorney General's office. Authorities say he was operating a motor vehicle with a BAC of point-zero-eight. The trooper was allegedly on duty and responding to calls when the investigation began. David Sleigh is Rademacher's lawyer. He says the breathalizer test was below the legal limit but the A-G's Office calculates the trooper's BAC was above the legal limit when he was on duty -- before the test was performed.

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(TC 00:06:28:26 Tile 9900) ((David Sleigh/Attorney "Including when the last drink was, what was consumed, had there been a meal, all sorts of things factor into whether you can use a linear formula to express that kind of calculation." 00:06:41:24)) More details will be available in two weeks - when Rademacher is arraigned. In the meantime - he is on paid leave from the state police and faces an internal investigation.

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A state employee is accused of drinking and driving. The Attorney General's office says Andre Laliberte--who works at the state Probation and Parole office in Newport-- denied the DUI charge in court today. Police say Laliberte went off roadway on Interstate 91 in Brownington 2 weeks ago. Corrections confirms he was NOT on duty at the time of the incident - and Laliberte is still employed by Probation and Parole.

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Police say they've identified the driver who crashed into a state police cruiser yesterday and took off. Video from the cruiser's dashboard camera shows the collision in Sunderland. The driver kept going -- but left behind some debris that troopers used to help figure out who the woman was in the silver Subaru Cross Trek. DMV records narrowed the search to five possible vehicles in Bennington County.

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(TC 08:54:19:16 Title 0850)((Trooper Lauren Ronan/Vermont State Police: "after knocking on several doors and trying to verify if any of those vehicles had damage, we received a call back at about 4:30 in the afternoon from a gentleman up north. He advised that his wife had driven that same route down US Route 7 towards the airport that morning." 08:54:39:00)) Police found the damaged Subaru at the airport in Albany, where they say 46-year-old Valerie Radford of Dorset had parked the car before catching a flight to North Carolina. When she comes back she's expected to face multiple charges.

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Dan is here. Great to see some sun today.

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Some employees at a South Burlington health care company are out of a job. Allscripts confirmed to Channel 3 it's laid off almost two hundred workers globally--including 7 people here in Vermont. The company said the cuts were quote to ensure that the right resources were allocated to the right projects going forward. Allscripts provides a number of services including consulting and I-T support.

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We have the results from a budget vote for the East Haven School District. Voters shot down the measure again today. 40 people voted in support of the budget and 49 people rejected it.

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Efforts to combat bullying are taking place in schools all across Vermont. At one in Williston it's meant inviting athletes and a war hero to campus to help with the cause. Kane O'Neill has the story.

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((TRT: 2:01... Spotlight on Sports))) ((((The UVM Men's hockey team headed to Williston Central School today joining Sweethearts and Heroes to help teach kids about anti-bullying and how to take action. Shaw: You know, it's a huge epidemic so anytime you can get a chance to come out and help and, you don't know if the kids are looking up to you and if you can tell them something that's going to help a kid not get bullied later on then it's an opportunity you jump at." The event was lead by Former UFC fighter Tom Murphy, a New York native who now calls St. Albans home. He got his message out about Anti-bullying through statistics, videos and lots of humor. Murphy:"There's nothing more important than to do this kind of stuff for our youth. As I told those kids, 4400 kids make the decision to remove themselves from this world. If you're not thinking about what you're going to do everyday to help kids like that, and other people in general, you need to re-evaluate who you are." The most memorable moment for the kids came from Iraq War Veteran Rick Yarosh. Rick's vehicle was hit by an IED and he was covered in burning fuel but managed to escape. His message of hope and never giving up hit home the point of taking action. Johnson:"It was very surprising seeing all that he's gone through in that video with him, you know, working out and everything and getting himself back into shape." Yarosh:"A long time ago kids were afraid and I think some of them still might be. But then they get to hear my story and then they're like oh that's just Rick and it's no longer like, 'oh my gosh, what is that" O'Neill:"Mixed martial arts and hockey are two of the most aggressive professional sports but that aggression is part of just the in-game action. These athletes want to get across that violence is never their goal." Murphy:"I try to educate kids to it. I don't hide the fact that it is aggressive, but I don't think it's violent. I know it's not violent because, to me, violence is a state of mind and I'm not out there to perpetrate violence." Shaw:"What Tom did was pretty special so I think it will have a lasting impact on me and my teammates and also the kids here." In Williston, Kane O'Neill, Channel 3 Spotlight on Sports)

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Still ahead -- Vermont is pushing roadside safety as construction season nears. ((00:19:38 Chris Stanhope/Father killed in work zone "Respect the work zone -- speed limits. Pay attention, stay off your phones. If your tired , don't drive. Do the right things.)) And an accused bank robber is back in custody after a wild break out from a Virginia hospital. Plus -- the defense rests -- the latest from the Boston bombing trial. And tonight -- top honors for a member of the Channel 3 News team -- the details when we continue.

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A tense six-hour hostage situation at a locked-down courthouse in Turkey has come to a violent end. A masked man held a gun to the head of the public prosecutor and threatened to kill him if police didn't confess and go on trial for killing a Turkish teenager. Istanbul's police chief says the two militants who held the prosecutor hostage inside his office are now dead. The prosecutor also died later in the hospital from his injuries.

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The manhunt is over for an accused bank robber who overpowered a guard at a hospital and stole his gun in Virginia. The man was getting medical treatment when he fought a security guard and a shot was fired. Police say he took off in a hospital gown with no shoes. He later changed to regular clothes -- and stole two different cars -- before being captured by authorities.

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The defense has rested its case in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers ended their case after calling just four witnesses. In opening statements, the defense admitted that Tsarnaev participated in the bombings but said his late older brother, Tamerlan, was the mastermind of the 2013 terror attack. The defense called a cell site analyst who showed that Tsarnaev was at college when Tamerlan purchased components of the two bombs. If convicted, the jury will decide whether he should be put to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Tis the season - pretty soon crews will be out in force doing road work across the state. And transportation officials are urging work zone safety. Alexei Rubenstein has more on that -- and talks to a family whose loved one -- died in a work zone accident.

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The traveling memorial lists the names of 14-hundred workers killed on the job around the country since 2002. ((00:09:38 Sue Reiss/American Traffic Safety Services Foundation "The memorial travels the country to draw attention to the real people working behind the cones and barrels, to pay tribute to the humble service that they provide.)) It sends what Vtrans officials say is a clear message. ((00:05:34 Rich Tatro/Vtrans "Before you turn the key reflect on the wall we have before us today. Before you turn the key reflect on the three names over here.)) ((GFRX ))Three workers died in Vermont work zones over the years -- Paul Libercent died in September 1994 on Route 7 in Charlotte. Five years ago, Zach Brown was killed in Newport Center. And just last July Robert Stanhope of Richford was hit in South Burlington. ((File 7-31-14)) The 61 year-old Stanhope was working a night shift along this stretch of I-89 near Exit 13. He was picking up reflective line markers -- when he was hit by a car. No charges were ever filed against the 22 year-old driver. Family members say eight months later, they still have no closure. ((00:14:11 Darlene Ives/Ex-wife of killed worker "That's the hard part -- not knowing. And my son has had a hard time dealing with it, cause he used top go fishing with him, he used to take him, do things with him -- doesn't have that any more)) ((00:18:46 Chris Stanhope/Father killed in work zone "We think somebody should be charged with this, but that hasn't happened and we're very upset)) Another family member of a worker killed on the job said even though the accident happened 25 years ago -- it seems like yesterday. And she's constantly reminded everytime she goes through a work zone. The bottom line in most of the deadly accidents is distracted driving -- and complacency. Vtrans officials say even with a new handheld devices ban, workers on a recent day reported seeing dozens of drivers using cell phones behind the wheel. ((00:19:38 Chris Stanhope/Father killed in work zone "Respect the work zone -- speed limits. Pay attention, stay off your phones. If your tired , don't drive. Do the right things.)) ((00:04:10 Lt. Gov Phil Scott/R-Vt "We just have to remember that we need to drive safe everyday and be aware of those that are working in harms way.)) An renewed push to keep highway workers safe this construction season. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 news -- Montpelier

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Tonight's odd job is about a unique interior designer. What does your living room layout -- say about you? Jennifer Costa reports.

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((CW 00:25:45 "May I see in the closet please?")) Carol Wheelock makes a living -- bringing harmony to people's homes. ((Carol Wheelock/certified Feng Shui consultant 00:08:55 "I immediately notice things when I walk into a house. And I can usually have an idea of what's working and what's not working.")) She's a former public school teacher -- turned certified feng shui practitioner -- who helps clients understand how their surroundings affect them. ((Carol Wheelock/certified Feng Shui consultant 00:03:07 "Feng Shui itself means wind and water.")) The practice is based on ancient Chinese beliefs. By balancing chi -- or the energy in and around us -- it's thought feng shui enhances the environment in which we live. Wheelock says the work is quite personal. She wouldn't let us approach her clients -- so we found a pair of guinea pigs -- who allowed us inside their consultation. You may recognize them -- WCAX reporter Alex Apple -- and digital media producer -- Trevor Audet. ((CW 00:26:19 "You must have more coats than that?" Alex: I keep my coats in my closet. But I have a big closet. CW: and you? Trevor: Mine are mostly on the floor in my bedroom.")) Clearly these two -- twenty-somethings -- need some help -- transitioning from the college dorm to a more grown-up dwelling. ((CW 00:43:40 "You're sort of betwixt and between. It's a bachelor pad but you're talking about having relationships.")) She says by clearing clutter -- adding color -- rearranging furniture -- balancing yin and yang -- clients can actually improve their prosperity, creativity, love lives and job growth. ((Carol Wheelock/certified Feng Shui consultant 00:10:57 "We establish priorities then we look at the space.")) Wheelock started practicing feng shui 15 years ago -- studying in the U-S and China. She subscribes to Western feng shui -- a combination of old teachings -- in a modern application. ((Carol Wheelock/certified Feng Shui consultant 00:11:37 "When I was a child, I loved playing with floor plans.")) She tries to work with clients' existing belongings -- making recommendations in line with their tastes. Some rooms need more help than others -- like Trevor's bedroom. ((Trevor: 00:31:10 "first impressions?" CW: 00:31:16 "are that you really don't want a relationship.")) Wheelock says where a person sleeps -- says a lot about who they are. Those seeking relationships -- should stage items in pairs. Beds should be pulled out from walls -- with two night stands -- and symmetrical lamps. ((CW 00:34:12 "okay. Interesting.")) Alex's bedroom had a different problem. His bed was not in the command position. Wheelock suggested moving it for better energy flow. ((CW 00:34:21 "When you're in the command position, you can see the door, but you're not in direct line with it.")) Their living room has an identity crisis. Wheelock says clients need to establish a clear purpose for each room. If Alex and Trevor's goal is socializing -- she says the couches are too far apart -- giving off an uninviting vibe. ((00:38:11 AA: that's true TA: that's a shout.")) An odd job -- helping people move past their design pitfalls -- one space at a time. Jennifer Costa, Channel 3 News, South Burlington.

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Now - Trevor s you just saw in that story may need help with his bachelor pad -- but he's a social media savant. (( congrats wcax for your leafie campaign )) This evening our digital media producer accepted the Governor's Smart Award for Creative Marketing in Tourism at the Vermont Travel Industry Conference in South Burlington. Trevor submitted a 90-second video promoting WCAX's Leafie Campaign. It picked up 30,000 Facebook likes and interactions at its peak during foliage season.

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((Trevor Audet/WCAX Digital Media Producer: 32:55 I just wanted to thank everyone at channel 3 for buying into the whole leafy campaign. 33:24 we asked all of our fans are viewers are followers to send in photos of stunning images that they came across throughout their travels in Vermont photos and. We use those photos and share them with the general public and I think people love them. 13 )) The Vermont Chamber of Commerce also handed out the innkeeper of the year award to Johannes ((yo-Hahn -us)) von Trapp of the Trapp Family Lodge; chef of the year to Shawn Calley of Essex Culinary Resort and Spa; and Restauranteurs of the year award to Ted & Pixley Tyler of the Red Clover Inn.

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Brendan Kilpatrick has transferred out of the UVM men's basketball program. It was a roller coaster ride for Kilpatrick during his 2 plus years playing for Vermont. As a freshman during the 2012-2013 season, Kilpatrick saw action in 31 of 33 games averaging just over 11 minutes a game. He sat out the 2013-2014 season after having foot surgery. Kilpatrick returned for season, playing in 21 games and making 3 starts. A head injury kept Kilpatrick on the sidelines this season and he really never found his role with the team when on the court. Then, following an undisclosed incident during the regular season finale at Albany, Kilpatrick left the team for personal reasons.

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Men's basketball coach john becker says the University will honor the scholarship of recruit Josh Speidel even if the Indiana high school senior never steps foot on a basketball court. Speidel suffered a traumatic brian injury in a car accident back on February 1st. Speidel continues to make progress in his recovery as basketball takes a backseat. UVM hopes the NCAA will allow it an extra scholarship to compensate for the one being given to Speidel.

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(((John Becker/"I honestly haven't even looked at the waiver process yet what the NCAA does in extreme cicrumstances like this. Obviously, our hope and prayers are that he is a basketball player here. We donít know what that's going to be like, but he will be here on scholarship either way.")))

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There are still no reports of a contract extension for UVM head hockey coach Kevin Sneddon. His current deal is up at the end of April. Coach Sneddon told us last week he was confident he'd be returning for a 13th season. He reiterated that sentiment tonight with Mike McCune on the :30. (((Kevin Sneddon/"It's a great school with great leadership from President Sullivan. I feel good about the direction in which we're heading. This is the only place that I want to coach. I'll put that out there. I love it here at the University of Vermont. I love the community. It's a fantastic place to live. There's no other program that I would even consider right now. Very happy to tell you that we're in contract works right now and it's really just at a point where we're dotting I's and crossing T's , asside from that I will be the coach next year.")))

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If Sneddon is back next season, it's likely he won't be platooning between goaltenders Brody Hoffman and Mike Santaguida. That's because yesterday Hoffman signed with the NHL's Minnesota Wild forgoing his senior season. Today in Williston during an anti bullying event, we caught up with catamount forward Brady Shaw who says Hoffman will be missed.

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(((Brady Shaw/"Brady's a great goalie, but that doesn't help our team at all by him leaving, but it's great for him it's everyone on our team's go to get there, so we'll move past it and wish him the best of luck.")))

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The Saint Mike's women's lacrosse team hosting Southern New Hampshire. The Purple Knights are looking for their first home win of the year. --- St. Mike's gets off to hot start, scoring the first 6 goals of the game. Maggie Dougherty hits Kate Boyer for the Purple Knights third goal. ---- Courtney Piper becomes the 15th player in St. Mike's history to record 100 points. She gets it by assisting Boyer on her second goal of the game. --- Later, Dougherty hits a streaking Kealy Moyna over the middle for one of her two goals on the day. St. Michael's takes down Southern New Hampshire for the first time in 10 years, 12-10 the final.


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