Tue 14-MAY-2013 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Kristin Kelly. Final deals -- and farewells at the State House. The legislative session came to a close a short while ago. Deanna LeBlanc is at the State House tonight with the latest. Deanna.
Lawmakers adjourned Tuesday night -- after another day of scrambling to agree on the budget. In the end - they passed the 1-point-4 billion dollar plan. Some of the other big items passed this session -- a higher gas tax -- aid in dying -- decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana and hash - and giving driving privileges to undocumented farmworkers.
((Gov. Shumlin: 48:46, This session has reaffirmed the work of Vermont's brand of democracy. We work together across party lines to improve the lives of all Vermotners.)) Lawmakers did not find consensus on campaign finance reform - or on allowing child care workers to unionize.
Representative Kurt wright who supported the campaign finance reform effort tells me he intends to take it up again when the session reconvenes in 2014.
A child is injured -- after being shocked at a substation. It happened in Springfield this afternoon. Police say a 12-year-old boy grabbed an electrical line after climbing over the fence around the substation. He was airlifted to Mass General in Boston. GMP says he was conscious and moving at the scene. Power was out to the downtown area following the incident. Police and GMP are investigating.
A probe at the police department in Rutland -- will be handled by the Barre P-D. The Attorney General's office asked Barre to handle the criminal investigation at the Rutland City Police Department -- since there's no conflict of interest. A former Rutland officer -- who is now a state trooper -- alleges racial discrimination and employment law violations among the departments top brass. He's suing. Barre's Police Chief tells Channel 3 News he's assigned a detective to do the job.
12 years after the slaying of two Dartmouth professors -- one of the teen killers -- wants a new sentence. As Adam Sullivan reports -- a US Supreme Court ruling brought prosecutors and defense attorneys back to court.
A flower garden on the campus of Dartmouth College is a silent reminder of two beloved Professors whose lives were snatched away in an instant. Robert Tulloch and James Parker-- of Chelsea-- committed the brutal murders of Half and Susanne Zantop. Prosecutors say Tulloch was the mastermind behind the crime which took place in Etna New Hampshire in 2001. Tulloch was just 17-years-old when he pleaded guilty to first degree murder and received a mandatory sentence of life without parole. But- a recent Supreme Court ruling says mandatory sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. ((Cheryl Hanna/Legal Expert: 0221 Alabama versus Miller was the case in which the United States Supreme Court said that it was cruel and unusual punishment to sentence juveniles to mandatory life sentences.")) (nats court) That ruling was the basis for a court hearing in Concord Tuesday morning. Lawyers for four New Hampshire murders-- including Tulluch who waved his right to attend-- want their clients to get an opportunity for a new sentence-- with a hearing before the fact. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin disagreed. ((Jeff Strelzin/N.H.Asst. Attorney General: "the usual rule of retroactivity is that new decisions are applicable to defendants who have cases pending at the time that new decision comes down. None of these four murders had cases pending at the time that the new rule was announced in Miller vs. Alabama.")) Strelzin acknowledged that anyone under 18 convicted of murder in the future would not face a mandatory life sentence. ((Strelzin: "Miller's new rule is that their has to be individualized sentencing for juvenile murderers before the the state can impose a life without parole sentencing. So that is the law of the land and that is what the state will follow going forward in the future. But the issue is whether or not that rule applies to cases in the past.")) (file Tulloch) Even if the judge does allow a new sentencing hearing -- it does not necessarily mean Tulloch will EVER be a free man. ((Hanna: 0232 the court did not rule out life sentences for juveniles but said that judges had to figure out whether the child was acting in a way that reflected just bad judgment of their youth or whether they were somebody who should never be let out of prison.")) Adam Sullivan , Channel 3 news, from our Upper Valley Bureau.
He has a history of violent threats - but a judge may soon release a Vermont man -- into the community. 65-year-old Robert Stockham was already on probation for threatening President Bush -- the VA hospital in White River Junction -- and the Veterans Center in Colchester -- when police arrested him 2 years ago -- for plotting to to blow up a mosque in Michigan. They also found a van full of explosives. Now a federal judge says Stockham could be released safely into a community mental health center for people with severe illness -- IF he takes his medication.
Dan Dowling is here with a first look at the weather. Plenty of sun today, but it still felt a little cool.
Budget cuts have forced the Pentagon to furlough nearly 700-thousand civilian military employees for 11 days this summer. And that includes more than 5-thousand who work at Fort Drum in northern New York. But it could have been worse. Initially -- it looked like they'd be facing 22 unpaid days off. Congressman Bill Owens says even the 11 days could have been avoided if there was compromise in Washington.
((Owens: :49 Clearly this whole sequestration thing should have been and could have been dealt with but people don't have the where with all to figure it out. )) The furloughs begin in July. And last through September.
Veterans who lost a limb in war -- face serious challenges -- both physically and mentally. But Teresa Garcia shows us that some are healing -- when the Surf's Up.
Eric Lund catches a wave off the coast of Santa Cruz, California... for the first time ever. the 10 year Army soldier was seriously wounded last year in Afghanistan when his armored vehicle hit a roadside bomb. ((SOT: Eric Lund)) "I got pinned under it. That's how I lost my arms." Army Sergeant Jordan Sisco lost both his legs and a thumb in Afghanistan. One year later.. he's surfing again, doing handstands on a board. ((NATS)) ((SOT: Jordan Sisco)) "Seeing that I could do it again. It gives me a huge self-esteem boost." Sisco and Lund are taking part in Operation surf. The week-long recreational therapy clinic helps active duty military amputees overcome fears and adapt to their physical challenges. ((STAND-UP: Teresa Garcia/ CBS News)) "Some of these surfboards are made with special handles to make it easier for a surfer with one arm or even no legs to hop on and use it." ((SOT/ Van Curaza)) (clip0832, 043618) "I say, 'You're not going to surf like me. You're going to surf like you'." 50 year old Van Curaza started Operation Surf. He's a former pro surfer who struggled with addiction problems. Curaza turned his life around, and thought if surfing could heal him, it could do the same for others. ((SOT/ Van Curaza)) (clip0832, 043722) "It's amazing the transformation and healing powers of what this ocean can do." ((nats)) Operation Surf not only gives these wounded warriors something to brag about... The clinic also gives these heroes new motivation to tackle the challenges ahead. Teresa Garcia, CBS News, Santa Cruz, California.
A Hollywood actress's dramatic step -- to reduce her chances of cancer -- a double mastectomy. A push to change drunk driving laws. Should the legal limit -- be even lower? Big changes for Burlington's King Street Center. (1:09:18:29) ((Vicky Smith/King Street Center " we are bursting at the seams")) The building's coming down. And one of America's best archers -- is from Vermont. ((nats: striking target)) See how he's set his sights on a big title.
Federal transportation officials want states to get tougher -- when it comes to drunk driving. The National Transportation Safety Board says states should reduce the current legal limit from point-08 blood alcohol content -- to point-05. It's part of a series of recommendations aimed at reducing alcohol-related highway deaths. Officials say more than 100 countries have adopted the point-05 alcohol content limit.
Drivers should expect delays in Windsor County. The state is replacing a bridge on Interstate 91 -- that's more than 50 years old. The bridge spans Route 44. Traffic on the interstate is down to one lane -- on each side. And starting next week -- parts of Route 44 will be completely closed for several days. There will be separate detours for cars and trucks.
Burlington is using mother nature to help fight storm water runoff. The city is installing a drainage system on Cherry st that will re-route water beneath the street and sidewalks and through the roots of a tree -- treating the water.
((Megan Moir, Burlington Stormwater Management Program 47:12-25 Trees themselves are the perfect stormwater system. They capture rainfall and even prevent it from hitting the pavement and picking up all of the pollutants. Also through their root system they're able to suck up all of the stormwater from the system.)) The project costs about 40-thousand dollars and is expected to be completed next week.
The King Street Center in Burlington is getting a new home. And as Gina Bullard shows us -- kids wont have to travel far.
No one is a stranger in the King Street neighborhood in Burlington. ((nat hi hi )) Peggy Curtis has been greeting kids at the King Street Center for over a decade. The organization has been located HERE -- for the past 20 years. It helps hundreds of families annually -- getting them into health and educational programming, like 10 year old Misky Noor - who's been a King Street kid since she was three. (1:30:36:27) ((Misky Noor/10 years old "i get my homework done faster and it gives me time to talk with my friends")) ((it will be emotional)) Emotional because this 10-thousand-square-foo t building is being torn to the ground and replaced with a 20-thousand-square foot -- facility. With a price tag of 4.5-million-dollars. (1:13:24:07) ((Vicky Smith/King Street Center "we'll have below grade space a first level a full second story and an open rooftop play space. gb-did you look for other locations? VS-we did we did a tremendous amount of research and homework to determine where we should be located")) Executive Director Vicky Smith says it's location is perfect -- close to schools and the library. But the new building is long overdue. This once typewriter factory has major problems. It's bursting at the seams with kids. And has a number off issues -- including ventilation problems and water leaks. (1:09:26:07) ((Vicky Smith/King Street Center "it is worn and frayed but the way we are programming the building does not allow us to provide the services in thew ay we need too")) The new building will include a performing arts space and access to more technology. The biggest challenge the center faces is helping kids who are struggling in school. (1:14:59:07) ((Vicky Smith/King Street Center "this is an example of a room thats challenging with children. gb-in what ways? VS-its crowed with furniture. there's no color no light at all there are no windows")) But soon -- all of that will change. (1:31:33:17) ((gb "the king st center is set to be demolished in january of 2014 and officials hope the doors open to the new building a year later. gb chan3 news burlington"))
Tonight: Mostly clear. Still cool. Lows: 28/35 Winds: N 5-10 mph Wednesday: Increasing clouds. Afternoon showers developing. (mid afternoon) Highs: 58/65 Winds: S 10-20 mph Wednesday Night: Cloudy. Showers likely. Lows: 45/52 Winds: SW 15-20 mph Thursday: Partly sunny and warmer. Highs: 65/72 Winds: W 15-20 mph Extended: Friday through Tuesday. Thursday Night: Lows 43/50 Friday: Chance of showers. Highs 60/67 Lows 40/47 Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 60/67 Lows 45/52 Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs 60s Lows 45/52 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 65/75 Lows 40s Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Highs 65/75
Actress Angelina Jolie says she had a double mastectomy because she was at high risk of developing breast cancer. And as Teresa Garcia reports -- she hopes her proactive approach will inspire others.
ACTRESS ANGELINA JOLIE REVEALED SHE TOOK A DRAMATIC STEP TO REDUCE HER CHANCES OF DEVELOPING BREAST CANCER. THE ACADEMY AWARD-WINNER UNDERWENT A PREVENTATIVE DOUBLE MASTECTOMY IN FEBRUARY. IN AN EDITORIAL IN THE NEW YORK TIMES, JOLIE WROTE "... THE DECISION TO HAVE A MASTECTOMY WAS NOT EASY. BUT IT IS ONE I AM VERY HAPPY THAT I MADE. JOLIE LOST HER MOTHER TO OVARIAN CANCER IN 2007 AT THE AGE OF 56. THE 37 YEAR OLD ACTRESS DISCOVERED THAT SHE HAD THE BREAST CANCER GENE MUTATION CALLED "BRACA." THAT PUT HER CHANCES OF DEVELOPING THE DISEASE AT 87 PERCENT. (GFX) THE PROCEDURE ALLOWED DOCTORS TO SAVE HER NIPPLES AND MUCH OF THE SKIN, WHILE REMOVING THE BREAST TISSUE. SHE EVENTUALLY UNDERWENT RECONSTRUCTION WITH IMPLANTS. (DR. BORGEN/ MAIMONIDES MEDICAL CENTER) It preserves the cosmetic appearance of the breast, in fact if it's done well, and i'm sure it was, it makes it difficult for someone to tell that a mastectomy has been done. (STANDUP BRIDGE) JOLIE'S PROCEDURE WAS PERFORMED OVER THREE MONTHS HERE AT THE PINK LOTUS BREAST CENTER IN BEVERLY HILLS, WHERE DOCTORS ARE APPLAUDING HER PROACTIVE APPROACH. ((sot- Dr. Kristi Funk/Pink Lotus Breast Center )) "We hope the awareness she is raising around the world will save countless lives." KATE MORRISSEY SEES JOLIE AS AN INSPIRATION WHO MIGHT HELP OTHER WOMEN SAVE THEMSELVES. (SOT - Kate Morrissey) "i think it would help other people to see, ok, she did that, and I can do that too. And, this doesn't define me as a woman." DOCTORS SAY JOLIE'S CHANCES OF DEVELOPING BREAST CANCER HAVE DROPPED TO LESS THAN FIVE PERCENT. TERESA GARCIA, CBS NEWS, BEVERLY HILLS.
The Red Sox finished April with the best record in baseball... but the turning of the calendar has led to a complete turn of fortune. Just 12 games into May, the Sox are 4-8 this month, the same number of losses they had for all of April, and they've fallen from first in the A-L East to third...two games back of New York, a game behind Baltimore. Boston hoping to turn things around as they open a nine game road trip tonight at Tampa ...and they get off to a good start as David Ortiz launches a three run homer in the top of the first...but that would be it for the Sox offense, which manages just three hits... --- and when your losing things just don't go your way...bottom of the fourth...Rays already have scored three to tie it, John Lackey gets Matt Joyce to pop up with two outs...but Mike Napoli loses the ball in the lights and rafters of Tropicana Field and it falls in fair... two runs score...a five run inning and that would be enough as the Sox lose again 5-3.
the first place Yankees hosting Seattle...Curtis Granderson back into the lineup...he's been out since fracturing his forearm in his first at bat of spring training...Granderson would go hitless, but draw a walk and score a run... --- down 3-1 in the seventh...Robinson Cano connects on a two run double to deep to right center...that ties the game at three ... Cano would later score on a Lyle Overbay sac fly as the Yanks rally for a 4-3 win.
The Bruins, and their fans, are still basking in the afterglow of last night's historic comeback Game Seven win over Toronto, but there is more work to be done and a second round series with another Original Six opponent, the New York Rangers is set to begin. The Bruins and Rangers opened this lockout-shortened season against each other back on January 19th...Boston would skate away with a 3-1 win at the TD Garden. Four days later, New York would turn the tables, posting a 4-3 overtime win at MSG. The teams would only play one more time, the Rangers edging the Bruins 4-3 in a shootout in mid-February in Boston, so it's been a while since these clubs have faced each other. Both teams like to play a physical and mostly defensive-oriented style, so B's fans could be in for another long series. Milan Lucic is just excited to now be a part of the Boston-New York rivalry.
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Simple in concept but difficult in execution. Archery is a sport best appreciated up close ...but not too close. Our Dylan Scott has one of the sport's rising young stars in his sights.
(((TRT:1:54 OC:STANDARD))) (((16-year old cambridge native and competitive archer Kolby Hanley always has his eyes on the target <(Kolby Hanley) I hate missing more than I like hitting the target, that's how I see it in my head. As he trains to qualify for the Cadet USA Archery team on a warm spring afternoon at Pelky's Archery Range in St. Alban's, it's quite apparent that doesn't happen very often. <(John Fleury) He's out here shooting hundreds and hundreds of arrows. His body and form is in sync because of it. That dedication that has made him one of the nation's best. Hanley recently competed in the US JOAD National Championships in Massachusetts where he finished first in the region and second in the country in the male cadet compound bow category. <(Kolby Hanley) Vermont isn't known for Archery but I'm happy to be one of the best to represent it. As you can see these compound bows are hard to use but that doesn't stop Kolbe from hitting targets 55 yards away for 8 hours a day. <(Kolby Hanley) My dream is to compete on the world tour one day, travel the world and just have fun with the sport of archery. A nice dream for a teenager, making his own parachute-material bracelets just to fund his trip to this months qualifying events in Florida and Ohio. <(Kolby Hanley) It's like a grandma knitting at the table. I do it in my spare time and sell it to raise money. <(Rebecca Hanley) He knows what he needs to do. He's always focused and ready to do what it takes. <(Kolby Hanley) There was a tournament in Louisville, I was out in a blizzard to prepare for it. With that kind of determination, I wouldn't bet against Kolby missing his mark. In St. Albans, Dylan Scott Channel 3 Sports.))
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