Tue 28-OCT-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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The flu hasn't officially arrived in Vermont yet -- but the season is here. And health officials want everyone to get a flu shot. The Visiting Nurse Association has given thousands of flu shots over the years. Jim Budis (bew-diss) is with the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties. He joins me now. ((who gets the flu?)) ((how can you prevent the flu? -- stay home if sick, hand washing.)) ((Hand sanitizers vs soap and water. Which is better?)) ((how effective is the shot? -- nothing is 100 percent, covers four different strains)) ((can you get sick from the vaccine. What are the side effects?)) ((how long to develop immunity?))

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The VNA's next flu shot clinic is tomorrow at the Winooski Senior Center from 9 to 11 A-M. Be sure to bring your insurance card with you. For a complete listing of VNA flu shot clinics -- visit the InfoCenter at wcax dot com.

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- the cubano. In Cuba a cuban sandwich is simply called sandwich. But in order to make the perfect cuban it takes the right technique. We'll learn how to do it the authentic way from the folks at the Open Arms in Shelburne tomorrow on the thirty at 530.

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Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. A Vermonter -- under voluntary quarantine -- after travelling to West Africa. Governor Peter Shumlin says the man has not shown any symptoms of the Ebola Virus -- but the state is taking precautions in case symptoms arise. Alex Apple is live tonight at the Health Department in Burlington where the Governor downplayed the danger today at a press conference. Kristin and Darren -- the Governor said the quarantined man travelled to two West African countries and the state is not sure what he did there or what his intentions were. He stayed last night at a Rutland

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(1:19 Gov. Peter Shumlin)(("A Vermonter recently returned from West Africa and has entered voluntary quarantine, and we're actively monitoring that individual for fevers or symptoms of Ebola.")) At a press conference Tuesday afternoon -- the Governor said the state's monitoring will last 21 days until the person could no longer contract the virus. (1:48 Gov. Peter Shumlin)(("This individual does not have an elevated temperature. has no signs or symptoms of illness and is not a health risk to anyone at this time.")) The Governor emphasized several times the public should not be concerned because the person has not shown any symptoms. (3:49 Gov. Peter Shumlin)(("I want to make it very clear to Vermonters that there is an extremely low risk in my judgement of this individual contracting ebola.")) Law enforcement and health officials met the Rutland man at JFK airport Monday afternoon to transport him safely back to Vermont. Governor Shumlin said the man is not a doctor but represented himself as one while in West Africa for nearly a month. (5:57 Tracy Dolan/Commissioner of Health)(("We're simply not sure of all the details of what went on in Sierra Leone and Guinea.")) The state's monitoring will include twice daily visits and other check ins to the man's undisclosed location. (State Epidemiologist Patsi Kelso 6:50)(("That involves calling the person twice a day to make sure they have not developed any symptoms consistent with Ebola.")) Health officials say a person cannot spread the Ebola virus until he or she has shown symptoms. Then someonecan only get the disease by coming in contact with the infected person's bodily fluids. (9:07 Gov. Peter Shumlin)(("What I can tell you is he's in a safe rural setting.")) The Governor would not say who the man is or his motives for travelling to infected countries. (15:14 Gov. Peter Shumlin)(("I'm not going to speculate on what the individual's motives were what I can tell you is we don't know exactly where he was or what he did while he was in West Africa."))

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The Governor said because of that uncertainty about what the man did in Africa -- the state will take every precaution to make sure he cannot spread the disease. And again -- we want to emphasize -- because the man is asymptomatic -- he is not a danger to public health.

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We are learning more tonight -- about the man who is under quarantine. He is from Rutland - and first returned there from JFK airport. Elizabeth KeatingE is in Rutland tonight. What are you finding out Elizabeth? Officials confirm that the man is being quarantined in a single family home in Rutland County tonight. After being met by officials at JFK, he was brought to the Rodeway Inn on North Main Street in Rutland around 10 pm Monday. That location was chosen by the state because although he is from Rutland City, he told authorities he had nowhere to go. We are told he was alone and did not come into contact with anyone. Officials say there is no public health danger at this time. Around 2 pm today he was transported to the home in Rutland County. Officials say he is alone in the home and agreed to the 21 day quarantine willingly.

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((Mayor Chris Louras/City of Rutland 12:40:19:19 Due to the uncertainty of his activities in rural Africa, there was concerns about whether or not he may or may not have, come in contact with any infected individuals.)) Mayor Louras says the man has not exhibited any symptoms and they are continuing to monitor the situation. What more do we know about this individual and his intentions? Mayor Louras was tight lipped and the Governor only said the man claimed to be investigating Ebola in West Affrical and the FBI was involved when he was there..

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Again, the Rutland man -- now quarantined -- was NOT showing any symptoms of Ebola. Symptoms begin with sudden fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches and sore throat. That's followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, organ failure, internal and external bleeding. The CDC says people are only contagious when they have symptoms. We'll have more on Ebola -- coming up in our health watch.

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Security concerns involving Governor Peter Shumlin tonight. Monday dozens of protestors made their way past security to the lobby of his office. Keith McGilvery's looking into how it happened for us tonight. Tonight there are still more questions than answers in what appears to be a major lapse in security.

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((PKG)) Monday night protesters flooded the lobby of Governor Peter Shumlin's office. ((Protest nats)) In total about 40 people camped outside the executive suite for more than six hours -- with just as many on the 1st floor -- angry with the Governor's position on fossill fuels. ((Protest nat)) But the protest is fueling safety concerns -- how did dozens of people skip the security checkpoint and make it to 5th floor -- where an electronic pass is required to get up the stairs. The morning after -- the Governor did not seem concerned. ((Governor Peter Shumlin, D-Vt. 00:24:04:00 "I haven't really looked into that.)) Commissioner Michael Obuchowski of the Department of Buildings and General Services is responsible for security in all state buildings - and saw the protesters file in. ((01:15:28:00 Michael Obuchowski : "I was here as people went through that door and there was no way that it was humanly possible to check credentials on all the people that were there.)) ((Keith Standup -- "Ive been coming to the Pavilion building for years to meet with folks in the Governor's office and the routine has always been the same -- I've shown a photo ID -- signed in -- and picked up a badge that provides elevator access to the 5th floor -- that did not happen Monday night.)) ((01:16:12 KM In a position where you didn't have the manpower to facilitate that large group, should you just have said no one is allowed inside? "That was the situation we were not going to let people inside." So how did things go wrong? 01:16:37 We are investigating the situation and we will issue a statement when that was done.)) Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding says there are tools in place to help them get to the bottom of the security breach. ((Jeb Spaulding 01:27:43:00 We have video, we have electronic devices that record who used the devices and so forth.)) Spaulding is also defending the decision of the Governor's Chief of staff Liz Miller -- to buy pizza -- out of her own pocket -- for the protestors when they refused to leave the building. ((01:30:15 Keith: Is that the message to protestors? storm into the Governor's office and we'll buy you dinner? Jeb Spaulding "No the message to protrestors is they ought to do it in a respectful fashion and if they ought to obey the security protocols and when that does not happen you try to act in an authorativie but low key way, you respect others and they will have respect for you.")) The protestors remained peaceful as they were taken away by police -- but Obuchowski admits -- Monday's outcome could have been very different if someone had a violent agenda as we saw last week in Canada. ((00:15:52:00 Michael Obuchowski Certainly it could have but it didn't and I think it was a unique Vermont experience in that people wanted to express themselves and they were given an opportunity to express themselves.))

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Spaulding tells us he hopes to have a better idea of who was responsible for getting proterstors to the Governor's suite by the end of the week. There was an additional security guard on duty this afternoon and folks were back to checking in.

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Vermont Gas is getting a new leader. President and CEO Don Gilbert announced his retirement -- saying he will step down January 1st. Gilbert says recent protests over the pipeline did not influence his decision. Donald Rendall will succeed Gilbert. Right now -- Rendall is Senior Vice President of Financial and Strategic Affairs at Green Mountain Power. He has held that position since 2002. Gilbert and Rendall say they look forward to a smooth transition.

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((Don Gilbert/Vermont Gas CEO 00:00:30 "I'm very proud of what we've accomplished at Vermont Gas over the years. We have grown the company considerably, we've grown the company with a lot of new jobs..I'm proud of what we've accomplished and I look forward to turning the reigns over to a new leader." 00:00:52)) ((Don Rendall/Green Mountain Power 00:10:33 "I have wonderful, deep relationships with the folks at Green Mountain Power with whom I've worked for many years, I really look forward to maintaining those relationships as we lead separate organizations." 00:10:46)) Both Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas are owned by the Canadian energy company -- GazMetro.

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Stowe Police need your help to nab an alleged bank robber. They say this person held up the Union Bank -- on Park Street -- at 3-30 this afternoon. Investigators are unclear if it's a man or woman. The suspect was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt -- sunglasses -- and fled on foot. If you recognize the suspect -- call Stowe Police.

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A new bench honors a Rutland teen killed in a car crash just over two years ago. Tuesday Mayor Chris Louras unveiled a new purple bench and "little free library" station with a plaque honoring Carly Ferro in Depot Park. City leaders, Purple Angel Foundation members, and friends and family of Ferro gathered to celebrate the 17-year-old. Police say she was killed in 2012 when Alex Spanos was allegedly intoxicated and driving out of control when he crashed into 3 cars - and Ferro - as she was leaving work on Cleveland Avenue. Ferro's mom says she hopes community members will enjoy the bench and that it will encourage people to be kind to one another.

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((Ellen Miller/Carly Ferro's Mom 12:32:50:01 To be kinder than necessary is our motto and to show love and respect to all people because Carly had a high tolerance for everyone 12:33:00:25)) The group says they hope to bring more benches and "little free library" stations to the city.

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The Corrections Department is making changes after an inmate escaped from the prison in Windsor earlier this month. Police say sex offender 23 year old Anthony Fitzgerald cut his way through a fence at the facility. And it took hours to find him. Now -- there is both a criminal investigation and personnel investigation. Corrections commissioner Andy Pallito says a standard part of that investigation means the Superintendent of the facility is on leave. Among the changes -- sex offenders are getting moved out of the Windsor facility and will only be housed in St. Albans. Officials are also looking at whether procedures were followed before and after the escape.

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(( 000720, if any of those things are missed, that is cause for concern 000723, these are correx cfacils, they are v complicated to run 000725, and we have a lot of respo to the comm to run them safely 000728, so part of the invgn is all those steps and who made them 000733)) Pallito says the public was notified late - because officials at the facility did not activate a new notification system. All facilities are transitioning to a new automated notification system - that is run by an outside vendor. He says the investigations could take months to complete.

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Sharon is here, and once again, our weather improved this afternoon. Our weather will continue to be fairly mild, but it will also be a bit unsettled. Tonight, a weak cold front will come through with a few rain showers which may linger into Wednesday morning. Thursday will be a dry day, but clouds will be fairly persistent and temperatures will be falling through the end of the week. Then all eyes will be on the weather for Halloween and the first weekend of November. We are still in the process of narrowing down what a potent storm system will do to us. Right now, it looks like there is a chance of rain or snow showers Halloween night, with a chance of rain or snow showers on Saturday and Sunday as well. It will become colder and we could see some accumulating snow in the higher elevations, but the most recent computer models are pointing towards this storm staying a little further offshore.

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Economic leaders outlined Vermont's future over the next five years. Vermont 20-20 targets four key areas of focus to build and grow the state's economy. The plan's authors say the state must increase access to finance and capital, focus on continuing education for the workforce, innovative startups, and improve infrastructure.

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(00:04:51) ((Lisa Gosselin/Vt. Economic Commissioner: "There are other areas we also want to focus on and that is preserving our working landscape, enhancing the Vermont brand, building a culture of innovation, and planning for resiliency, economic resiliency and natural resiliency.")) (00:05:06) The commissioner says the report -- presented at the annual economic development summit -- qualifies the state for federal grants and other funding to help implement those ideas.

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Senator Bernie Sanders is stepping into the labor dispute between Fairpoint and its workers. The regional phone company has been at a stand still with union members in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire for months over a new contract -- and imposed benefit cuts. The union offered 200 million dollars in concessions -- but Fairpoint wants 700-million dollars. The union has been on strike since October 17th. Now, the union is turning to local officials for support.

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((Senator Bernie Sanders/I-Vermont 00:17:45 "I'm getting sick and tired of seeing decent people who work year after year trying to raise their families, provide for their kids, get taken apart by hedge fund companies and billionaire companies who are incredibly greedy and could care less about the needs of ordinary people." 00:18:03)) Fairpoint officials have said they are willing to negotiate - when they receive counter proposals that address their core issues.

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Imagine a currency -- no one controls. It exists. And right now -- there's a bitcoin ATM in Burlington. Shelby Cashman is here to explain. Shelby. Darren--the simplest way to describe what bitcoin is---it's virtual currency. There is no physical money like a dollar bill or a coin--its all done electronically. And you can simply use your phone. Some say it could be an economic boost to Burlington. But others fear it could lead to fraud -- and illegal, underground, black markets.

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Virtual--currency? Well--thats Bitcoin. Instead of trading coins and bills for goods and services--you exchange--code. (00:07:05) ((Dan Riley/Blu Bin Owner "essentially the way this process works is on your smart phone you have an app, Bitcoin Wallet, essentially its a way of storing your Bitcoin .")) (00:07:10) Dan Riley--owns Blu Bin--a 3D printing shop in the Burlington Town Center Mall. And he not only accepts Bitcoins as a form of payment for his products--but partnered with PYC--a New york based startup--to bring Vermont its first Bitcoin ATM. (00:15:44) ((Dan Riley "The reason we have this ATM is that we want to make it easy for anyone that wants to to access that technology.")) (00:15:49) But this ATM--is opposite of what you're used to. Instead of getting money out--you put cash in--to buy Bitcoins. The amount of money you put in--dictates how much Bitcoin--you'll get. (00:23:54) ((Shelby Cashman "so right now its about 1:15 on Tuesday afternoon, and one Bitcoin is equivalent to $383.07 but that all fluctuates depending on supply and demand, almost like a stock ticker.")) (00:24:06) So--what's the point of using Bitcoins--over cash? Champlain College Computer Science Professor Ric Messier says its main draw is--transactions are untraceable. Individual Bitcoin wallets are not connected to any personal information--and--ther e's no one monitoring. (00:25:24) ((Rick Messier "In this case, its completely decentralized so there's no issuing government at all.")) (00:25:30) But Messier says--thats what also makes Bitcoin--risky. If your Bitcoin wallet is hacked--you're out of luck. (00:31:36) ((Rick Messier "With Bitcoins since there's no way to trace the transactions, there's no way to say you did or didn't use them and so there's no way to get your money back.")) (00:31:45) Bitcoin has also been linked to drug rings -- and other illegal purchasing. ((nats: ryan)) Mall shopper Ryan Steenland--had never heard of Bitcoins before. But stopped to see what the new ATM--was all about. After finally setting up a bitcoin account and exploring the technology--he agrees the potential for fraud--seems high. (00:23:10) ((Ryan Steenland "I think its interesting, but the consequences of someone being able to hack into your file are big.")) (00:23:18) But for Dan Riley--using Bitcoins is good for business. He says it appeals to Vermont's tech savvy community--and bypasses bank fees. (00:11:18) ((Dan Riely "The fees are typically lower, so you can save money by using bitcoin in some cases, and its also a frictionless way of paying people, exchanging value.")) (00:11:28)

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So--you can actually exchange your Bitcoins into cash. but--that has to be done online. The ATM is currently only one directional. Darren?

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Voters will head to the polls to one week's time -- with the race for Governor at the top of the ticket. State House Reporter Kyle Midura introduces us to Republican Scott Milne in tonight's campaign countdown.

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Republican Scott Milne paints his campaign for Governor as one of ideas. State politics run in the family -- his mother served in the House of Representatives and his father is a long-time clerk of the House-- but Milne is new to the game. He says his campaign is about convincing voters he can effectively run Vermont. (3:12) ((Scott Milne - Republican for Governor i've worked hard to convince people that I can, but it clearly at its core is a referendum on Peter Shumlin )) Milne says the state needs more balance in its government, as Democrats control the Governor's office and legislature. He blames the Governor for problems with the rocky rollout of the state's health exchange, a lagging economy, and ballooning education costs reflected in inflated property taxes. Milne says Vermont needs to find a way to get younger as the average age of its population gets older. (1:50) ((Scott Milne - Republican for Governor they're all real symptoms of the demographic problem we have on the horizon, which is 20 years from now, there's going to be more than twice as many people over 65 in Vermont and 20 percent less people between the ages of 25 and 65 )) Milne's ideas campaign has been slow getting off the ground. Originally he promised detailed plans would be released in September. He released two framework proposals in October, and is planning a third later this week. (2:43) ((small employers need a good government, but really a good government needs employers and we haven't been doing a good job of treating small employers as great customers in Vermont lately )) The first idea is offering new businesses five years tax free, and up to 10 years if the business substantially expands. Milne argues the idea should not hurt Vermont's tax revenue, and could help. (9:27) ((Scott Milne - Republican for Governor Everybody that works in that business is still going to be paying income tax. Everybody buying houses in that business is still going to be paying property tax :34 everybody that's going out to eat or buying stuff )) The owner of a travel company calls for capping property taxes, but not limiting spending, instead shifting the education tax burden solely onto income. Milne proposes allowing the state to split into 15 education districts with different tax rates -- and searching for savings within communities. (15:47) (( nationally there's about 15 students per staff member, so we have about 10, that's the low hanging fruit :53)) The Pomfret resident suggests savings would be used to pay for vocational training or in-state college tuition for students from the area. (7:31) ((the college tuition is an incentive it's all carrot and no stick )) Milne says single-payer is dead. He says the idea and structures surrounding it are not developed enough to implement by 2017, or at all, at least until other states prove it works. When asked how to fill the state's roughly 100-million dollar budget shortfall, he criticizes the Governor for putting the state in that position. But he says he would start where the Governor suggested, by cutting spending across agencies by five percent. (7:21) (( it's taken us a lot more than two years to get into this mess, it's going to take us more than two years to get out of it :25 I'm promising Vermonters i'll be here working full-time to help get out of it ))

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Tomorrow night our campaign countdown continues, Kyle profiles Governor Shumlin.

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Sharon is here, ...We're all very curious about this weekend. Our weather will continue to be fairly mild, but it will also be a bit unsettled. Tonight, a weak cold front will come through with a few rain showers which may linger into Wednesday morning. Thursday will be a dry day, but clouds will be fairly persistent and temperatures will be falling through the end of the week. Then all eyes will be on the weather for Halloween and the first weekend of November. We are still in the process of narrowing down what a potent storm system will do to us. Right now, it looks like there is a chance of rain or snow showers Halloween night, with a chance of rain or snow showers on Saturday and Sunday as well. It will become colder and we could see some accumulating snow in the higher elevations, but the most recent computer models are pointing towards this storm staying a little further offshore.

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Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Showers likely. Lows: 45/52 Winds: S 10-15 mph Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Morning showers. Highs: 53/62 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy. Lows: 28/35 Winds: W 5-10 mph Thursday: Mostly cloudy and cooler. Highs: 45/52 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Extended: Friday through Tuesday. Thursday Night: Lows 30/37 Friday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain/snow showers likely Friday night. Highs 42/48 Lows 25/32 Saturday: Chance of rain/snow showers. Highs 30/37 Lows 20s Sunday: Chance of rain/snow showers. Highs 30s lows 20s Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 35/45 Lows 25/35 Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs 40s

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A judge is questioning the murder charge against a Hardwick mom -- whose disabled son died from alcohol poisoning. 38-year-old Melissa Robitille and her boyfriend Walter Richters both pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Robitille's 13-year-old son, Isaac. Richters told police he poured vodka in the boy's feeding tube to quiet him. Judge Robert Bent said he'd like to know how prosecutors can prove the second-degree murder charge filed against Robitille.

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A South Royalton man is accused of driving with a suspended license -- for the 9th time. Police say the latest incident happened this afternoon in Randolph. Investigators say William Spinks was caught driving on Beanville Road. He's due in court next month.

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Some happy news for the Thetford woman who survived a brutal domestic assault --Carmen Tarleton is a new grandmother. Carmen's daughter Hannah gave birth to little Jonah late last night. Both Jonah and his mom are doing well. The new addition to the family is Carmen's FIRST grandchild. And for Carmen, experiencing the birth of her grandson is a day that almost didn't come. The attack against the Thetford woman left her severely burned and clinging to life.

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((Carmen Tarleton/Grandmother: "yeah I could have given up but I chose not to. And my life now is so much better than it ever was prior to being injured. And this new baby, my first grandson, will certainly end the second book I am writing right now.")) That book will include the face transplant she received last year at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Carmen's story will be profiled tonight on the ESPN new magazine show E:60. That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ...off to their best start in a decade and ranked 13th in the nation, the UVM men's hockey team now turns it's attention to it's next challenge...a two game series at 20th ranked Notre Dame this Friday and Saturday night. The IceCats are 4-0 and they've done so in impressive fashion. A convincing season opening victory at Northeastern was followed by a home and home sweep of a tough Clarkson squad. Then this past weekend, Vermont gutted out a 2-1 win over Connecticut in their Hockey East home opener. In a bit of a quirky stat, the Cats have yet to trail this season. They know that won't continue and they also know there's a lot of hockey left to be played. It starts with the first of three straight weekend doubleheaders in conference and their longest road trip of the season out to South Bend. The results up to now have the team feeling confident, playing with confidence and looking forward to the next challenge.

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((TRT: 45 ... OC: EVER WORKED BEFORE.)) ((Michael Paliotta/ We've been facing good teams so far and we've had success. Going into conference play for a while now, we know it's going to be tough. We've been stressing a playoff mentality. I think that's huge that we play with that and not take any games for granted. Treat every game like it's a playoff game and we should be OK. We should have some success.)) ((Kevin Sneddon/ I think our hockey IQ is higher. Guys are adapting within games and within practices. They are just a very eager, hungry group of young men who want to succeed. They had a taste of it last year. That kind of fueled their fire in the offseason and it motivated them to work harder than they had ever worked before.))

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UVM hockey is well underway, tomorrow it's media day for the Vermont men's and women's basketball teams ahead of the men's exhibition opener this Saturday. We'll hear from both sets of Cats tomorrow night at six...and coming up later, we head back to high school...and semifinal action in both soccer and field hockey.

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President Obama addressed the battle against Ebola today and said the response needs to be sensible and that health care workers should be supported. Craig Boswell has more.

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(nats) applause Amber Vinson received a round of applause as she left Emory University Hospital in Atlanta today. The Dallas nurse is now Ebola free. She caught the virus treating Thomas Duncan of Liberia, who died earlier this month ((sot: Amber Vinson/Former Ebola Patient)) While this is a day for celebration and gratitude I ask that we not lose focus on the thousands of families who continue to labor under the burdens of this disease in West Africa. And: the nurse quarantined in New Jersey is now back in Maine. Local officials want Kaci Hickox to avoid going out until the 21-day incubation period is up. Her lawyer is trying to convince them that a day or two of quarantine is enough. ((on cam: Craig Boswell/CBS News)) President Obama has told his Ebola team that government policies should not discourage health care workers from going to West Africa to fight the virus. So far at least a half dozen states have come up with their own guidelines for mandatory quarantines. President Obama made a phone call to U.S. aid workers in West Africa. ((sot: President Obama)) 15:04:45 they're starting to see some progress in Liberia, and the infrastructure is beginning to get built out. That's thanks to the indcredible work and dedication from folks from the United States. The President said he also spoke to Amber Vinson before she headed home. Tomorrow he's meeting with U.S. health care workers involved in the fight against Ebola overseas. Craig Boswell, CBS News, The White House.

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The White House says President Obama's Ebola response coordinator Ron Klain has been working behind the scenes, and is meeting with CDC officials later this week. That's health watch.

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Where do doctors learn their bedside manner? Jennifer Costa heads to UVM's College of Medicine to find people with Odd Jobs.

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Kenney Bassett has been cast for a rather unusual part. ((Kenney Bassett/standardized patient 00:32:33 "I hurt my shoulder. I was raking leaves.")) He's not alone. A dozen exam rooms -- packed with patients -- experiencing identical symptoms. And they're all caught on camera. ((Proctor: 01:00:50 "you may begin.")) This is not a bizarre episode of reality TV -- but a medical school exam. And the patients...are not sick at all -- but actors -- who assume various roles -- in an outpatient clinical simulation lab. ((Shirley McAdam/Standardized Patient Educator 00:02:01 "We are their first live patient.")) They're called standardized patients -- or SPs. And have played a critical role in medical education at the University of Vermont -- for almost 20 years. ((Kenney Bassett/standardized patient 00:34:05 "I'm not a trained actor. My wife would disagree." 00:34:12 "but I can assume many roles that are appropriate to my age.")) Bassett is one of the university's 70 standardized patients. He's a boat builder by trade -- but has supplemented his income -- as a SP for 6 years -- portraying everything from abdominal pain and headaches to terminal illnesses. ((Kenney Bassett/standardized patient 00:28:54 "It's a rare privilege, I think, to work with gifted students and talented educators.")) ((Susan Luce/standardized patient 00:39:45 "I love this job so much.")) Susan Luce left the restaurant industry looking for a new challenge. She found her calling -- as an standardized patient -- four years ago. ((Susan Luce/standardized patient 00:39:50 "it's wonderful to be able to do some acting which I love and also to be able to provide the students with a real body to try different physical exams on so we can give them feedback.")) Today -- the first year medical students have 20 minutes to evaluate their SP and come up with a diagnosis. ((Proctor 00:50:21 "Encounter is over you have 2 minutes to prepare your presentation.")) Then the roles reverse. The patient becomes the doctor. And the students must present their findings to the SP -- as if they were an attending physician -- in a real hospital. ((Susan Luce "Loose"/standardized patient 00:55:30 "It's on the job training. So you start off with maybe a simpler case and to get to know the flow.")) Luce says the biggest challenge -- is keeping a dozen or more characters straight -- during a really hectic week. ((Susan Luce/standardized patient 00:27:43 "I make a lot of notes. That's how I learn.")) Today she -- and the other SPs -- will evaluate more than 100 students -- rating each one's performance in dozens of categories. Shirley McAdam is there to help. ((Shirley McAdam/Standardized Patient Educator 00:25:49 DEMONSTRATING "It kind of hurts but I can do it. Since they're first years, we don't want to scare them about pain.")) The former standardized patient -- now teaches others -- how to do the job. She helps create the characters -- draft the scripts -- and ensures each SP knows their ailment -- pain tolerance -- personality and medical history. ((Shirley McAdam/Standardized Patient Educator 00:11:22 "a mannequin can portray a variety of heart beats but they can't be emotional, but I can so can show you a variety of emotions and interact with you.")) ((SP 00:37:04 "you can't practice too much." laughs 00:37:11 TONE "SPs prepare your station.")) In the brief moments between students -- there's a flurry of activity. Some SPs review scripts. Others shake off the last student -- and get into character for the next. ((Shirley McAdam/Standardized Patient Educator 00:13:51 "a lot of them have put a great deal of time and energy and commitment into this job.")) McAdam says she looks for candidates who are convincing -- can communicate and have flexible schedules. They must also be VERY comfortable with their bodies. ((Shirley McAdam/Standardized Patient Educator 00:12:39 "You can say: hey mom can I practice an eye exam on you? But in terms of pelvic exams or breast exams, there's no one you're going to ask if you can practice. So really the only time students get to do that is when they're here learning that with us.")) Delivering bad news is practiced too. Luce enjoys -- morphing into the wife of a dying patient -- challenging students to gracefully say what no spouse wants to hear. ((Susan Luce "Loose"/standardized patient 00:40:20 "I think is really important that they practice that before they go out and do it in the real world.")) It's an Odd Job -- for passionate people committed to building better doctors and nurses -- one student at a time. ((Kenney Bassett/standardized patient 00:29:09 "This is one of the best things I ever did with my life.")) Jennifer Costa Channel 3 News Burlington.

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UVM's College of Medicine says compensation for standardized patients starts at 15 dollars per hour -- and goes up with experience -- and more invasive exams. Jennifer is always looking for more odd jobs -- so if you have one -- or know someone who does - email us at news@wcax-dot-com.

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boys soccer...we head to Stowe...a 2-3 matchup in Division Three...the Raiders hosting BFA-Fairfax... --- This one had a championship feel... First half, Stowe goes ahead... Off the throw in, Chris Cinque buries it in the box ... 1-0 Raiders at the break... --- Second half, more from the home team... Mac Arnot with the terrific finish on the corner kick, 2-0 Stowe ... --- The Bullets down but not out... Andrew Sweet settles this ball and then fires it far post.. 1 Goal game under 15 to play.. --- Closing minutes, Fairfax with a great look... But Luke Rebeor's shot is a few feet wide... Stowe back to the championship game, as they hold off BFA Fairfax, 2-1.

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to field hockey at South Burlington High School...North Country taking on St. Johnsbury in a Division Three semifinal... --- 19 minutes in, off the corner, Brittany Fortier in front it gets it to Bayla Stewart who fires it off the goalie and in. 1-0 NCU. --- A few minutes later, St. J with the corner, it's set for Taylor Belknap who fires it off a North Country defender and in. It's 1-1 at the break. --- 12 and a half minutes left in regulation, another corner for NCU. Adrianna Fournier's shot through a screen finds it's way into the box. 2-1 Falcons. --- St. J does everything it can to get the equalizer, Belknap's shot is kicked away, right to Megan Wood, but her shot is stopped as well. North Country hangs on for the 2-1 win. Tonight at 7pm... Rutland and CVU meet in a D-1 semifinal at South Burlington... we'll have highlights of that one at 11pm.

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The San Francisco Giants are one win away from their third World Series title in five years. Jake Peavy is a win away from his second in a row after winning the title last year with the Red Sox. Tonight, Peavy gets the ball for the Giants in Game Six of the World Series in Kansas City. ((TRT: 39 ... OC: EVERY OPTION)) ((Jake Peavy/ I can't imagine anything being any sweeter than that. That's what you play for. To be in the World Series and to win it. To be the guy that gets the ball with that opportunity, it's a special opportunity and I understand that. I'm just going to do all that I can do to be in the moment, to execute pitches, and find anyway, anyhow for the San Francisco Giants to win this game. And I promise you I'm going to exhaust every option.))

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drama aplenty last night in Arlington... the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Washington Redskins...third quarter...Cowboys QB Tony Romo sacked...and he injures his surgically repaired back...Romo would leave the game... --- Washington starting third string quarterback Colt McCoy ...the former University of Texas star throws for 299 yards...and calls his own number of the QB draw to put the Skins up seven...this would go into overtime tied at 17... --- first drive of OT... McCoy lofts a pass to Jordan Reed who makes an amazing grab along the sideline...sets up a field goal to put Washington up three... --- Dallas backup Branden Weeden led the Cowboys to ten second half points, but Romo returned to the game late in regulation... and then in overtime, on fourth down, facing pressure, his throw falls incomplete... as McCoy and Washington beats Dallas 20-17, improving to 3-5...the Cowboys fall to 6-2.

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