Wed 15-OCT-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening I'm Shelby Cashman. And I'm Keith McGilvery. South Burlington residents turned out in huge numbers to a school board meeting tonight fired up about an ongoing teacher strike that's keeping kids home from school. The school board and teachers union are at odds over salary and health care. Both sides had a chance to sound off -- Alex Apple is back from the heated exchange with more. Keith/Shelby -- Emotions ran high as Hundreds of students, teachers and parents described a community divided by the work stoppage.

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(47:57 Michelle Rosowsky/Parent)(("We' re angry and we're really angry.")) (Gwen Bruns Parent 50:30)(("I am stunned that the SBEA has chosen to strike.")) (Lori Dowmoore/Teacher 29:25)(("I don't want to be on strike. I want to be in my classroom.")) Hundreds piled into the middle school library in South Burlington Wednesday night to sound off on an ongoing labor dispute between the school board and teachers. The regularly scheduled school board meeting gave both sides an opportunity to voice their frustrations over THE STRIKE that's the culmination of TEN? months of failed negotiations. (25:30 Morris Mahoney/Retired Teacher)(("after more than 50 years of good will between the school board and teachers, that good will is being threatened.")) The meeting did not include negotiations between the two sides. Those are scheduled for Thursday afternoon. School board chair Martin Lalonde explained why the board wanted to negotiate a new contract. (13"15 Martin Lalonde/School Board)(("We wanted to look for ways to contain costs. We wanted to improve teacher's overall compensation...13:38 We identified health insurance as an area where we could meet some of these goals.")) Lalonde described a series of negotiations that only saw two proposals exchanged between June and October. Meeting attendees ARGUED THE STRIKE IS RIPPING THE COMMUNITY APART. (Dean Meleen/Teacher 38:58)(("Don't think for a moment that this has not brought heartache.")) (michele Rosowsky/Parent 48:46)(("There is damage to this community...48:50 I wont be able to face my children's teachers the same way.")) (27:50 Sarah Weber/RESIDENT)(("What our community will look like after this strike will depend more on how we get through this than what the dollars and cents settlement is.")) Lalonde expressed his desire to reach a deal. (19:04 Martin Lalonde)(("We will look forward to trying to resolve this tomorrow afternoon.")) -- AND teachers swore to the board they would remain at the negotiating table Thursday until a deal is struck. (26:10 Morris Mahoney/Retired Teacher)(("Settle this strike.")) (33:52 Kris Kemlan)(("we'd like to get back to it."))

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The school board set Thursday as negotiation day because some of its members were not able to meet earlier this week. Until the strike is resolved, teachers say they will picket as many hours as they would normally work during a school day -- and all school activities remain canceled. Shelby.

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They're chilling charges. A Vermont mom and her boyfriend are accused of killing her disabled son. As Krisitin Kelley reports he's the latest child to die after spending time in DCF care.

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Isaac Robitille was 5 -- when he got a puppy from Make A Wish. ((mom talks then)) A loving scene in 2005. The boy born with serious health issues and disabilities -- getting a boost to take on challenges in his life. But now his mom Melissa and her boyfriend Walter Richters are charged with second degree murder. Police say they put vodka in Isaac's IV to calm him down - poisoning him in August. DCF now confirms that problems in Isaac's home date back at least seven years. GFX: The state removed Isaac from his mother in 2007. The exact reason is not clear. But a DCF expert recommended he go back to her in 2008. In May of this year -- three months before his death -- DCF got a new complaint about Isaac's care. The state says it investigated concerns about a third party care giver -- not Isaac's mom -- and the complaint was NOT substantiated. So - Isaac stayed at home - with the same care plan in place. ((0303, Sen. Dick Sears/Judiciary Committee Chair: just shocking 0304, )) Senator Dick Sears is leading a legislative review of the state's child protection policies - following the deaths of two toddlers earlier this year. Both Peighton Geraw and Dezirae Sheldon had spent time in DCF care - and returned to their moms - before being killed. (( 0330, Sen. Dick Sears/Judiciary Committee Chair: we need to reconsider the reunification policies - particularly if there is a hist of substance abuse 0326, and we need to um continue to make sure the policies and the laws are followed 0345,)) He also says his panel's review is finding inconsistent standards for reunification around the state - and the need for better communication among those dealing with children. He says his committee learned friday of Isaac's time in dcf custody back in 2007. But were not told about the the unfounded claim DCF investigated in May -- about one of Isaac's caregivers. ((0530, Sen. Dick Sears/Judiciary Committee Chair: i wasnt aware of the allegations of three months ago 0533, so thats new to me today 0536, and hearing it from you is kind of disappointing. i wish we had heard it from them 0541, )) Isaac has three other siblings. DCF would not comment on them. But a relative says that a family member had already adopted them - before Isaac's death. DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz was not available for an on camera interview. He says there were no open cases involving Isaac at the time of his death. Kristin Kelly -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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Patricia Prue--wife of Allen Prue--made an appearance in the courtroom for her husbands trial today. The Waterford couple are being tried separately for the murder of Melissa Jenkins in 20-12. Allen's lawyer is trying to convince the jury that it was Patricia who planned and carried out the murder - and that Allen only confessed to police -- to protect her. Prosecutors called her to the stand today - but she invoked her right not to testify -- and was led back out of the courtroom.

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The man accused of a stabbing Tuesday morning in White River Junction is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. Henry Chalmers allegedly stabbed the man in the stomach on a downtown sidewalk during an early-morning argument. Chalmers is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A mental health screener who interviewed Chalmers say he has a history of mental health issues. He's been taken to the Brattleboro Retreat to see if he is competent to stand trial.

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Its another charge of embezzelment--for a South Burlington woman. Court papers indicated that 41-year-old Billie Preston has agreed to admit she stole more than 84-thousand dollars from Endyne in Williston -- where she worked as an accountant. Preston is expected to plead guilty. In 2010 she admitted embezzling from University Wholesalers in Colchester.

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What's killing cats in New York's North Country? More than a dozen animals have been euthanized recently at the Adirondack Humane Society -- and now people are stepping up to rescue the animals that are left. Logan Crawford looks at what's behind the deaths.

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Laurie Parsons runs an animal shelter in Peru, New York. She's in the process of rescuing animals from the Adirondack Humane Society in Plattsburgh. Parsons says it just closed its doors due to a sickness spreading among their cats. (TC 00:10:55:09 Tile 4339) ((Laurie Parsons/Elmore SPCA Board President "There were cats that couldn't open their eyes, there were cats that couldn't pick themselves up. It was extreme." 00:11:01:20)) Parsons contacted vets around the area to check out -- and vaccinate -- the animals. She says the dogs at the Adirondack Humane Society are fine. But cats there -- were suffering from vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss. (TC 00:10:29:08 Tile 4339) ((Laurie Parsons/Elmore SPCA Board President "We are extremely sad to say that there have been 18 cats that had to be euthanized." 00:10:35:22)) These cats had "distemper" -- a highly contagious and deadly disease for cats. 51 cats are still at the Adirondack Humane Society under observation for the next 2 weeks -- along with 4 dogs. Parsons says the cats were roaming free at the facility. And that some had come into the shelter sick -- didn't get their shots -- and spread the disease to the other cats. Parsons is in the process of bringing the healthy animals to her shelter. ((nats)) (TC 00:35:55:02 Tile 4356) ((Logan Crawford/Peru "Peewee here is 1 of 5 dogs that have moved from the Adirondack Humane Society to the Elmore animal shelter. The Adirondack Humane Society Board members declined to comment on their shelter closing." 00:36:05:27)) (TC 00:19:07:06 Tile 4339) ((Laurie Parsons/Elmore SPCA Board President "The fact these cats were running at large in the shelter put them at risk. The fact they had no received vaccinations put them at risk." 00:19:16:28)) Parsons says the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets oversee adoption shelters in the state -- and they're currently investigating the situation. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Plattsburgh. -3-

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A 24 hour smoking ban on Burlington's Church Street Marketplace--is one step closer--to becoming a reality. The ban would apply to all four blocks of the marketplace--including restaurants with outdoor seating. A similar ban was vetoed by former Burlington mayor Bob Kiss--back in 20-12. But Tonight--the city council ordinance committee passed the ban---in a two to one vote. Next step--the full council vote on November 10th.

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A cold front will bring us rain later tonight through Thursday. Temps will remain mild too. Looking ahead, we'll gradually cool off going into the weekend. The 7 day is coming up a bit later.

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New high-tech software is in the works to track Vermont weather. The Vermont Electric Power Company announced a new two year 16.6 million dollar project to create the Vermont Weather Analytics Center. It is built around a Vermont specific version of IBM's Deep Thunder weather model. The goal is to pool local resources and use the model to predict weather 48 hours in advance, across the state. As a way to better respond to super storms, like Irene and Sandy.

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((Tile 726_2177_01 Tom Dunn /Velco President and CEO: 00:07:15:22 "We are seeing an increase in the frequency and the severity of storms in Vermont. In 2013 VELCO and Green Mountain Power spent over 22 million dollars on storm response. In 2011 during tropical storm Irene VELCO had half a mile of transmission line simply washed away just extraordinary damage." 00:07:38:26)) The new center is a collaboration between all of the state's electric utilities, the New England power grid, Lyndon State College, UVM and Vermont state agencies.

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Still ahead -- We're tracking the cash in the race to be Vermont's governor. We'll show you how much Shumlin and Milne are raking in and spending. And -- Is Vermont ready? ((we are now going through a more robust training with a lot of staff.)) As Ebola makes headlines around the country -- we're checking in with folks on the front lines in our region. Plus -- Find out why flu clinics are being canceled at UVM. And -- Could a credit card makeover -- make a difference in protecting your personal finances? Details when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.

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New fundraising totals in the race for Vermont Governor. Campaign finance reports were due today. So far Governor Shumlin has raked in more than 3-quarters of a million dollars. He's spent about half a million in his bid for reelection-- and has more than 850-thousand dollars cash on hand. His republican challenger Scott Milne is dealing with a fraction of those totals. He's raised 146-thousand -- spent 113 thousand and has almost 60-thousand dollars in available cash.

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Thousands of worldwide deaths--caused by Ebola. So--would Vermont be ready if the virus made its way here? Elizabeth Keatinge visited Fletcher Allen--to find out.

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Fletcher Allen nurses say they are taking precautions so patients - and healthcare workers are prepared for a possible Ebola outbreak. ((Mari Cordes President. VT federation of nurses and health professionals In the cases in Dallas, A, the hospital did not seem to be prepared, and I'm confident that with us working together with Fletcher Allen, Fletcher Allen will be prepared and staff will be prepared.)) Since Ebola can be transferred by contact with human fluids - proper training on using protective equipment is extremely important to the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals. They represent more than 2000 health care professionals at Fletcher Allen. ((Mari Cordes Actual hands on practice and skills training, putting the equipment on, taking the equipment off.)) ((Mike Noble/Fletcher Allen Fletcher Allen has been prepared and been taking care of highly infectious and contaminated patients for a long time.)) Noble says doctors at the hospital come in contact with patients more than 1-point-1 million times a year. And says they feel ready if a case of Ebola were to come to Vermont. They've been ramping up their efforts. ((Mike Noble/Fletcher Allen Train staff in personal protective equipment, we are now going through a more robust training with a lot of staff.)) Governor Peter Shumlin says the state is ready. (LANCE CAM 10_14 TC01:18:37:22 Tile 4074)((Gov Peter Shumlin "We have trained our folks in Vermont to be prepared should it happen -- Obviously we hope it doesn, but we are prepared should we have to face the challenge.)) When it comes to getting ready, the nurses association says it's all about healthcare workers using their skills together. ((Mari Cordes/As long as we can ensure that front line workers are involved in the prevention planning process, we are confident that we will have a strong plan in place.)) The nurses association also emphasized that additional staff is needed, even just in the preparation process. They need enough staff caring for patients, while others are going through training. EK CH3 NEWS BURLINGTON.

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Flu clinics -- canceled at UVM. 400 people have already been vaccinated at two clinics on campus this fall. But UVM sent out a campus notice today saying two more clinics scheduled for next week have been called off. The school says that's because Fletcher Allen Health Care -- which contracted to conduct the clinics -- now says it can't get enough of the vaccine. Fletcher Allen says it's a temporary supply problem -- not a shortage of vaccine. The hospital says anyone who wants a flu shot this season should be able to get one.

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A cold front will catch up to us tonight through Thursday. This will bring us periods of rain. There could also be a rumble or two of thunder. Highs on Thursday will still be around 70. Some showers could linger into Friday morning, before some partial sunshine takes hold later in the day. Temps will be back into the 60s for highs. Saturday another disturbance will approach, so skies will turn mostly cloudy with scattered showers developing during the afternoon. This system will bring in a blast of colder air on Sunday. Highs will only be in the 40s, plus it will be blustery. Some scattered showers will linger, with some snow showers possible in the mountains. After that we'll quiet down going into next week, but temperatures will remain chilly.

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A new type of credit card is coming. It has a chip can stop criminals from duplicating your card but may not stop hackers from getting your credit card number. Julie Watts explains.

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FROM TARGET TO HOME DEPOT AND ALL THE CREDIT CARD BREACHES IN BETWEEN .... THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT CHIP CARDS .... AND A LOT OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. (SOT-Eric Vlugt/ VP Global Products Veriphone) "while most people have actually seen these terminals and seen these cards, they dont necessarily know how they work." BUT AS VERIPHONE'S ERIC VLUGHT (VLUTE) DEMONSTRATES... IT'S SIMPLE. INSTEAD OF A SWIPE, WITH CHIP CARDS YOU DIP. (SOT EXCHANGE) "Julie: so when i go the the store the checker might say i need you to dip you card? Eric: absolutely" BUT IN ADDITION TO PROMPTING A SHIFT IN OUR LINGO, THE GLOBAL PROVIDER OF CREDIT CARD TERMINALS SAYS CHIP CARDS WILL MAKE US SIGNIFICANTLY MORE SECURE AS THEY'VE DONE IN EUROPE FOR YEARS. (SOT-Eric Vlugt/ VP Global Products Veriphone) "the stripe on the back of our credit or debit cards is actually easy to duplicate. where as the chip is virtually impossible to duplicate." COUNTERFEIT CARDS CURRENTLY ACCOUNT FOR A THIRD OF ALL CREDIT CARD FRAUD. BUT WITH A CHIP CARD - EVEN IF A CROOK STOLE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION, THEY'D PHYSICALLY NEED YOUR CHIP TO MAKE A PURCHASE IN STORE. (nats) BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO USE IT ONLINE. AS LONG AS RETAILERS CONTINUE TO STORE YOUR DATA... IT REMAINS SUSCEPTIBLE TO CROOKS. (SOT-EXCHANGE) (vo)"Julie - while crooks wont be able to duplicate your card, it's still not full proof. Eric - that's correct. (oc) and if the system was to get hacked that card number could get stolen." (ON CAM Julie Watts/CBS NEWS/San Francisco) WHILE MANY STORES ALREADY HAVE THE TERMINALS, THEY'RE EXPECTED TO BE ACTIVE BY OCTOBER OF 20-15, THAT'S A DEADLINE SET BY THE CREDIT CARD COMPANIES AND BANKS WHO ARE CURRENTLY ON THE HOOK FOR ANY FRAUD. AFTER THAT, they say RETAILERS WITHOUT THE NEW READERS.. WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO COVER ANY RESULTING FRAUDULENT TRANSACTIONS. JULIE WATTS, FOR CBS NEWS, SAN FRANCISCO.

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While the South Burlington teacher's strike has halted action inside the classroom, the Rebels athletic teams are finding ways to hit the field off of it... Our Mike McCune has more.. ((TRT: 2:12 ... OC: ALL OF US, I'D SAY)) ((One thing is for certain, the Rebels players aren't just sitting around while their seasons stand in limbo. Earlier today, the Parisi Speed School at the Edge in Williston opened it's doors to offer free training sessions for the South Burlington field hockey, football and boys and girls soccer teams.)) --- ((Casey Lee/ Parsis Asst. Program Director/ We work with a lot of these kids when they aren't in season. We've got great relationships with them. They popped in yesterday and they were ready to work out. We said, 'why don't you grab your whole teams?' We have great facilities, we can have you come in and host your team for the whole day. They give a lot to us, so it's only fair that we give back to them when they need it.)) --- ((The football team is still set to play it's regular season finale this Saturday night at 7pm at home against Essex. The football team won't make the playoffs this year, but for field hockey and soccer, the brackets for the Division One playoffs are set to be released on Monday. Bob Johnson of the Vermont Principals Association spoke with Channel Three Sports today and he said that as far as the VPA is concerned, they are moving forward as if the South Burlington teams will be competing in the postseason, and that would only change if they are notified by the school prior to the Monday bracket release that the South Burlington teams would not be competing. Missing out on the playoffs would be a sad ending of the season for all the teams and players, but the team with the most at stake is the South Burlington boys soccer team. The Rebels are currently 11-1, likely the top seed in D-1, and a favorite to win their first state title since 2011. Although they concede that they have considered the possibility that their season could be over, the Rebels are trying to stay focused and also focus on the bigger picture.)) --- ((Keegan O'Hara/ S. Burlington Senior Back/ The field hockey girls missed their senior game, the football team might miss their senior game. It's just bad timing for everybody. I think it could be good for us in the end, because if we get a chance to play in the playoffs, we'll try extra hard to win.)) --- ((Alex Pasanen/ S. Burlington Senior Captain/ It's not just about us. Obviously it's important to us, we want to be able to go for the state championship. But it's about the whole community. What it means for the school, the athletes, every team. It's not just our senior year for the soccer team. It's the seniors on the field hockey team, the football team. It doesn't matter where they're ranked or if they're going to be in the playoffs. It's their last time playing for South Burlington. It means the same to all of us I'd say. ))

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Boys soccer...with just days left in the regular season...a pair of D-1 title hopefuls locking horns ...8-3-1 CVU hosting 8-4-1 BFA-St. Albans ... --- First half Red Hawks in full attack... Patrick McCue feeds Richard Baccei (BACK-E)... He does the rest, 4-0 CVU at the break... --- Second half, Bobwhites keeper Nick Hayden doing all he can to keep his team in it with a pair of nice saves... --- Too much CVU though ... Baccei fires a ball into the box, it ends up on the foot of Max Brown... The Co captain fires it home ... All Red Hawks as they shutout BFA, 6-0.

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Moving to high school football... It appears there will be a 62nd addition of the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. With Dartmouth's Memorial Field undergoing construction next summer, the 2015 Shrine Game will be played on Saturday, August 1st at Castleton State College. The Shine Game Board of Directors met last night and board president Richard Ellis told Channel 3 Sports today that all three Vermont & New Hampshire Shrine Centers, which recently voted to end it's sponsorship of the game... are on board with working together to put on next summer's game. Good news!

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And to the NHL... The Bruins trying to snap a 3-game skid at Detroit... --- Scoreless in the first... David Krejci back and looking healthy as the gives the B's a 1-0 lead... --- Now 1-1 in the second ... Reilly Smith continuing his hot start... Puts back this Patrice Bergeron shot... --- Red Wings tie it early in the third... We'd head to a shootout where Smith was at it again... The winger going 5-hole on Jimmy Howard to win it ... Boston tops Detroit 3-2 to snap their skid ... They'll be in Montreal tomorrow for a heated rivalry showdown.. We'll have the preview at 6.


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