Tue 17-OCT-2017 11 P.M. News Script

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Weeks after a gunmen killed dozens in Las Vegas -- a Vermont community still feeling the impact here at home. Good Evening, I'm Eva McKend. Thanks for being with us tonight. A Dorset woman was honored by hundreds of family members and longtime friends at a ceremony in her hometown. Tyler Dumont was there.

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((16:40--16:44:14 Sue Bigelow/Aunt: "She was a fun little girl. And she grew up to be a wonderful, beautiful woman.")) As bagpipes played through an otherwise quiet town center, the life of Dorset native Sandy Casey was honored in a private ceremony. ((16:08--16:15:13 Sue Bigelow/Aunt: "We shared many holiday dinners together, and many hayrides with the family, and many warm moments.")) Family members say the 35-year-old special ed teacher most recently lived in Manhattan Beach, California. The country music lover attended the Jason Aldean concert with her fiance during a trip to Las Vegas. Her life -- taken -- as a gunman open fire on the crowd. ((13:08--13:14:27 Beverly King: "It was tragic. It was just so tragic. And we were so close to people that didn't make it.")) Beverly King drove three hours from her home in Malone, New York to attend Casey's funeral service. She didn't know Casey -- but she was also at the concert on the night of the shooting. ((14:55--15:04:27 King: "I just felt this need to pay my respects - my heartfelt condolences to this family. This could've been mine.")) The heartache has been surreal. Through tears and steadfast smiles, Casey's friends recalled her quirks and humor. Family says the Burr and Burton Academy graduate embraced children... her heart, big. ((17:21--17:33 Reporter Tyler Dumont: "If Sandy is looking down today, what do you think is going through her mind?" Sue Bigelow/Aunt:"She's just full of love. I think she's just smiling because she's just that kind of person. And I know she's looking down.")) As Casey's life is mourned -- along with the 57 others who died that day -- those who love them continue to push forward, but know it's a long road ahead. ((13:45--13:59:00 King: "I think it's hard for people to understand it, to grasp it. You used to watch things like this on TV and feel bad, but no one knows - no one knows how bad it is.")) TYLER DUMONT CHANNEL # NEWS BURLINGTON

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An end to a legal saga that has dragged on for years. Today we learned former Franklin County State Senator Norm McAllister will not be going to jail for setting up his tenant to have sex with one of his acquaintences. Cat Villyenzoni has the details.

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((SOT NORM MCALLISTER 005545 I'm saying the same thing I've said from the beginning. I'm innocent in all of it. 49 I think they got this one wrong. And we're going to appeal it 54)) Former Franklin County state senator Norm McAllister maintained his innocence as he left Franklin County court Tuesday. But when asked if he was the victim here -- McAllister told reporters he didn't want to get into that. McAllister was convicted in July of one misdemeanor count of prohibited acts -- a much less serious offense than the sex assault charges he also faced -- but was cleared of. Because of that, the judge said he could not give him jail time... and sentenced him to one year probation -- 25 days of work crew -- and mandatory sex offender treatment. While he would not comment on what they thought of the judge's sentence, McAllister's lawyer Bob Katims did say -- they plan to challenge the conviction. ((SOT 005601 Katims We've filed a notice of appeal. We're going to take it to the Supreme Court and we're confident the Supreme Court will overturn this conviction. 05 Might take a little while, but we're confident in that 08)) \ There is still a civil suit pending against McAllister -- but on the line in that case is money -- not jail time. Reporting live from the newsroom -- Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News.

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Another reported home invasion in St. Albans. This time police say an armed man barged into someone's home -- and demanded money. Police say the man displayed a handgun Sunday morning -- and when he didn't get anything -- he ran off. One of the residents chased him - and a K9 was brought in -- but he did get away. Here's what they know about the suspect: He's about 5 foot 9 and skinny -- wearing a grey sweatshirt and ski mask.

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We're learning more about that death investigation we first told you about last night out of Grantham, New Hampshire. Police responded to a home on Bright Slope Way for a welfare check Monday -- and found a couple dead inside. Now -- investigators say there is NO sign of a crime. They tell us Michael and Michele Sbrega were found dead in their home -- and autopsies found no evidence of homicide.

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Meanwhile -- a concern for the health and well being of incarcerated folks in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo has been pushing for changes when it comes to solitary confinement for local jails. Under new rules -- all prisoners held in solitary at local jails must get at least four hours outside their cell each day. Local authorities will also have to tell the state when minors are placed in isolation -- or when a prison is in solitary for more than a month. The Governor says the standards will reduce prisoner mistreatment.

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Dan is here. Back to some cooler weather today. As much as it felt cool this morning, temperatures are actually pretty close to normal for a change. Warming back up again starting tomorrow, and it looks like more dry, sunny weather on the way. ((currents)) Cooling down under partly cloudy skies. Temperatures are in the 40s. ((radsat)) Just a few high thin clouds out there tonight over our northern areas. Still a chilly start to Wednesday.

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Who answers your call for help may soon be changing. Chittenden County leaders are looking to create a regional dispatch center. The Night Team's Priscilla Liguori tells us how this will impact Vermonters when they call 911.

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During an emergency - every second matters. ((NAT)) That's why Chittenden County leaders want to create a regional dispatch center. ((Chief Steven Locke, Burlington Fire Dept. 4970 7:09-19 "There may just be one dispatcher on in South Burlington and one dispatcher in Williston and you can be really busy in one community and really quiet in another.")) Burlington Fire Chief Steven Locke is spearheading the movement, after Queen City Mayor Miro Weinberger asked him to dive into the idea. ((QUICK BITE)) The goal is to cut down call-answer time and deploy police, fire, and EMS resources more quickly. Emergency services would stay where they are, but dispatchers would move to a new office space. Organizers say they wouldn't hire or fire workers - just pool the group under one roof. ((Aaron Frank, Colchester Deputy Town Manager 4995 24:43-46 "By doing this all in the same building, you can let your colleague know, hey I need a rescue.")) Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Milton, Shelburne, South Burlington, WIlliston, and Winooski are all considering joining the public safety authority. Right now when you call 911 in most of these communities, you go to a state or municipal answering point, before being transferred to a local dispatcher. ((Aaron Frank, Colchester Deputy Town Manager 4995 22:51-57 "It takes about 71 seconds for them to intake your information and then transfer you." 23:06-10 "One of the things we're seeking to do is eliminate that 71 seconds.")) Organizers talked with the Public Safety Commissioner about the idea Tuesday, and expect to get feedback from the Attorney General's office within a month. Now, each select board or city council will decide whether to have residents vote on the proposal next Town Meeting Day. ((Joe Colangelo, Shelburne Town Manager 5001 378:25-32 "Our police chief, fire chief and rescue chief all favor a regional approach in Chittenden County. 42:06-15 "Vermont's a little unique that all the municipalities are kind of trying to do it on their own. It's more common to see a regional approach.")) Locke tells us that in 2016, there were 51 thousand 911 calls in Chittenden County. The chief believes the authority would save money - the county currently spends about 3.5 million dollars on dispatcher services. He admits that one of the longtime concerns about the idea has been a loss of local knowledge- but says that isn't an problem anymore with new technology. ((Chief Steven Locke, Burlington Fire Dept. 4970 8:26-31 "When you call 911 from either your home phone or your cell phone, it's giving the geographical location of where that caller's calling from.")) ((Priscilla Liguori, Liveside "Organizers say they are looking at a space in South Burlington for the dispatch center. Priscilla Liguori, Channel 3 News, Burlington."))

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A bi-partisan effort to block President Trump's ban on transgender military members. And Governor Cuomo touting job creation in the North Country. Plus -- Why Bennington residents going after a company over tained water -- may have to cough up their medical records. ((Lenghi tease))

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A bipartisan fix to the healthcare dilemma is in the works tonight. Two senators -- a Republican and a Democrat say they've found a way forward and are rallying their respective sides. Mola Lenghi reports from The White House.

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On the Senate floor Tuesday, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander offered up a short-term plan to shore up Obamacare. (SOT: Sen. Lamar Alexander/Tennessee - R) 19:29:41 "In my view, this agreement avoids chaos and I don't know a Democrat or Republican who benefits from chaos." The plan would, for the next 2 years, restore subsidies to health insurance companies to help cover low-income Americans. President Trump announced just last week he would stop the payments. The bill would also allow states to offer a wider variety of health insurance plans. The Tennessee Senator is crafting the bill with Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington. (SOT: Sen. Patty Murray/Washington - D) "We've been able to bridge the divide." The plan appears to have broad support from Democrats but among Republicans, it's a mixed bag. (SOT: Sen. Rand Paul/Kentucky-R) "We're subsidizing a broken individual market." But Senator Susan Collins is pleased with the agreement. The Republican from Maine helped sink previous attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare. (SOT: Sen. Susan Collins/Maine-R) "Acting quickly is an urgent priority for me." (Standup Bridge: Mola Lenghi/CBS News/The White House) "President Trump says he's been involved in the process but he says it's not a long-term answer to healthcare reform." (SOT TRUMP 140001) 19:37:07 "While I commend the bipartisan work of Alexander and Murray, and I do commend them, I continue to believe congress must find a solution to the Obamacare mess instead of providing bailouts to insurance companies." But late Tuesday afternoon he tweetedAny increase in ObamaCare premiums is the fault of the Democrats for giving us a "product" that never had a chance of working. Mola Lenghi, CBS News, The White House.

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New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is attacking the Trump Administration's proposed transgender military ban from Capitol Hill. The democrat is joining forces with Republican and Vietnam Veteran John McCain. Their bill would prevent the Defense Department from removing current members of the Armed Forces based on their gender identity.

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((Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand/D-NY: "These are men and women who put on their uniforms everyday to serve this country and even die for this country.")) Vermont's Attorney General T-J Donovan has joined more than a dozen other states around the country challenging the ban in an amicus brief.

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Another block in court -- for the President's travel ban. A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the third version of President Trump's revised travel ban... which was supposed to take effect tomorrow. The new restrictions covered eight countries -- Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia, and Yemen. The judge said the ban QUOTE "plainly discriminates based on nationality". A White House spokesperson called the ruling QUOTE "dangerously flawed" ... and the justice department says it will appeal.

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Bennington residents -- suing a company over tainted water -- may have to provide medical records. That's according to a judge's ruling -- which said Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics can request 20 years of medical records from plaintiffs -- instead of 50. The company is accused of contaminating private wells in town with the toxic chemical P-F-O-A. Residents are seeking damages to create a medical monitoring fund. The company says the claims are too diverse to qualify for a single class-action suit.

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Governor Cuomo made a trip to the north country today to discuss the possibilities the area has to offer. He spoke about transportation and manufacturing in the north country and how it's on the right track to succeed. With Norsk titanium's ability to make titanium in the region- cheaply- Cuomo said he thinks it will leave other businesses working to do the same thing.

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((Governor Andrew Cuomo/ Governor: The applications are endless once you have the technology that's what today is all about.")) Cuomo went on to say what is done in the north country could have an impact on the global economy.

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((surfacemap)) High pressure in control. More of a southerly wind for the next few days will bump up temps through the end of the week. ((current)) A partly cloudy skies out there. Breezy and a little cool. ((forecasttemps)) Warming back up this week. Close to 70 by the end of the week. ((radsat)) Partly cloudy tonight. Just a few clouds early tomorrow, but another sunny day ahead. ((forecastmap)) Still chilly tomorrow morning, but a nice looking afternoon. Sunny, warm and dry through the end of the week.

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Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 35/45 Winds: S 10-15 mph Wednesday: Mostly sunny and warmer. Highs: 63/70 Winds: S 5-15 mph Wednesday Night: Clear skies. Lows: 40/48 Winds: S 10-15 mph Thursday: Mostly sunny and breezy. Highs: 65/72 Winds: S 15-20 G 30 mph Extended: Friday through Tuesday. Thursday night: Lows 38/45 Friday: Sunny skies. Highs 58/65 Lows 30/38 Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 63/70 Lows 40s Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 62/72 Lows 45/55 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 62/72 Lows 50s Tuesday: Showers. Highs 60s....turning colder.

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Honoring Vermont's first in the nation civil union law. Governor Scott dedicated a historic site marker to Marriage Equality this morning at the State House in Montpelier. Vermont became the first state to grant legal recognition to same-sex couples with its civil union legislation in 2000. By 2009 -- state lawmakers passed marriage equality legislation.

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The City of Montpelier is one step closer to creating a bike path and transit center. The city expects to close on a deal this week to buy a key piece of property needed for the project. Officials hope to sign the purchase-and-sale agreement this week to acquire and demolish the Montpelier Beverage Center on Main Street. The 12 point 5 million dollar project will include a transit center with 30 units of market-rate and affordable housing above. Work is expected to begin in the spring and take a year to complete.

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You may use Venmo to split the bill with friends at dinner but pretty soon you'll be able to use the popular app for a whole lot more. A new option rolling out this week lets users make online purchases via the app from more than two-million retailers. Venmo is owned by pay-pal... and its new features will work by tapping into its existing payment network. Pay-pal execs say they want to turn venmo into a digital wallet on your smartphone.

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The Yankees earned their first win of the American League Championship Series in emphatic fashion last night as New York routed Houston 8-1 in Game Three in the Bronx. Aaron Judge capped a five run fourth inning with a three run home run and C-C Sabathia turned back the clock, allowing three hits over six shutout innings to lead New York to the win. The teams back at it late this afternoon for Game Four... Houston still holding a 2-1 series lead... --- this one scoreless into the sixth, when Houston loads the bases with one out... Yuli Gurriel ((GRRR-re-el)) rips one down the line off David Robertson, on in relief of Sonny Gray ...all three runners score...Houston takes a 3-0 lead...they'd add another run in the seventh to go up 4-0 ... --- bottom seventh, here comes New York...Lance McCullers blanked the Yanks thru six, but Aaron Judge launches his second homer in as many days to put New York on the board... they'd add another on a sac fly... --- then, in the eighth, with one run already in to make it 4-3, Judge rips one off the wall in left...Jacoby Ellsbury scores to tie the game at four... --- and still in the frame...runners on the corners, Gary Sanchez ropes one to the gap in right center...both runners will score... --- as the Yankees come all the way back to win 6-4 and turn the ALCS into a best of three series. Game Five is tomorrow afternoon at the Stadium, a rematch of the Game One starters, Masahiro Tanaka versus Dallas Keuchel...

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NFL Owners met with representatives of the league's players association today in an attempt to reach a compromise in the wake of the National Anthem demonstrations. The issue has divided fans and the league. Hena Doba is in New York with more. ((TRT: 1:27 ... OC: CBS NEWS, NEW YORK )) (((NATS TAKE A KNEE AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACY) NEARLY TWO DOZEN PROTESTERS TOOK A KNEE OUTSIDE OF THE MEETING BETWEEN THE NFL, TEAM OWNERS AND PLAYERS IN NEW YORK. (SOT Jay W. Walker Rise and ResisT) 13:01:06 the players are standing up for the right of every single american to live freely SOME NFL PLAYERS HAVE BEEN PROTESTING RACIAL INEQUALITY BY TAKING A KNEE OR LOCKING ARMS DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. BUT NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL AND SOME OWNERS BELIEVE PLAYERS SHOULD STAND. (GFX IN) THE LEAGUE AND PLAYERS UNION ISSUED A STATEMENT TODAY SAYING owners and players had a productive meeting focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities. (GFX OUT) THE ON-GOING CONTROVERSY HAS BOTHERED SOME FANS AND PRESIDENT TRUMP WHO SAID PLAYERS WHO KNEEL SHOULD BE DISCIPLINED (TRUMP) BEFORE WATCHING THE GAME YOU WANT TO SEE THOSE PLAYERS BE PROUD OF THEIR COUNTRY. RESPECT OUR COUNTRY. RESPECT OUR FLAG. Despite the pressure from the Trump Administration, demonstrators here say they hope NFL owners will defend player's right to protest. (SOT KYLE DUCUYAN/ PAN AMERICAN ) WE HAVE PLAYERS USING THIS SORT OF PLATFORM TO EFFECT A REALLY IMPORTANT CONVERSATION IS REALLY UNPRECEDENTED FORMER 49ers QUARTERBACK COLIN KAEPERNICKů ORIGINATED THE PROTESTS AND HAS NOT BEEN PICKED UP BY ANY TEAM THIS SEASON. ON MONDAY, HE FILED A GRIEVANCE AGAINST THE LEAGUE CLAIMING THE OWNERS COLLUDED to keep him UNEMPLOYED. HENA DOBA, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))


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