Wed 02-SEP-2015 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening I'm Shelby Cashman And I'm Keith McGilvery. They've been known as the South Burlington Rebels--for decades. But --some say--it's time for the nickname--to go. While South Burlington got rid of it's Confederate soldier mascot decades ago--some still say the NICKNAME--which dates back to the Civil War-- is racist. At tonight's school board meeting--many argued it has no place in today's society-and does not represent South Burlington as the inclusive and accepting place it is. Others say many people do not even know of--or associate--the name with it's history. They also stood up for the unique community pride they say the Rebels name creates.

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(00:51:09) ((Luke Beatty/South Burlington High School Junior "I can confidently say that our school name does not negatively effect any of the current students educationally or socially nor does it discriminate against any students. Together as one we are the Rebels. It unifies our current students, our community and if you change the name we will still be the Rebels and continue to be the Rebels.")) (00:51:29) (00:46:48) ((Susan Farrell "Our great majority of white people most likely with white privilege and don't necesarily make a connection to what that name can infer to people who have experienced otherwise.")) (00:47:07) The school board did not make any decisions on WHEN OR IF IT MIGHT MAKE A NAME CHANGE - RIGHT NOW MEMBERS say they are open to a community wide discussion.

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Last night at 11 we told told you one woman's story about being violently attacked by a group of dogs. Tonight we asked investigative reporter Jennifer Costa to look at what your rights are if the same thing happens to you -- and what she learned might surprise you.

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((Lisa Monahan/dog attacked 00:12:14 "It wasn't just a bite. It was a mauling. It was attempted murder. That's how I look at it.")) Lisa Monahan says her 6-year-old Shih-poo -- Rico -- almost died -- last month -- after being attacked -- by her neighbor's dog -- in her own yard. The incident caught BOTH owners off guard. ((Lisa Monahan/dog attacked 00:04:34 "both of us are screaming, of course, get the dog off, get the dog off. I'm trying to put my hand in the dog's mouth not knowing what to do. I'd never experienced this, neither had she.")) Little Rico was gravely wounded -- and rushed to an animal hospital in Williston. ((Lisa Monahan/dog attacked 00:06:07 "He still literally had blood spurting out from him. I was covered in blood by the time that I got there.")) Rico underwent emergency surgery -- needed almost four inches of damaged intestines removed -- and multiple bite marks stitched up. The price of saving the beloved pet's life -- nearly $5,000. Monahan -- and her neighbor thought -- homeowners insurance would cover Rico's medical bills. They were wrong! ((Lisa Monahan/dog attacked 00:09:33 "He got back to me and said unfortunately they weren't going to be able to do anything because there's a law in the state of Vermont and it's called "The One Bite Law.")) Current Vermont Statute -- says dog owners can ONLY be held responsible for bites if they knew their animal was dangerous. ((Todd Schlossberg/personal injury attorney 00:21:54 "The problem is a lot of times it's just the dog owner that knows that, so it's hard to prove that independently in a lot of cases.")) Attorney -- Todd Schlossberg -- says that's why many Vermont lawyers are reluctant to take on dog bite cases. Even the state Supreme Court has declined to overturn Vermont law. In 2009 -- 3 year-old Gracie Martin -- was mauled by a boxer at an Island Pond Campground. Her parents sued arguing the dog's owners should pay their daughter's medical bills. Last year -- the high court denied the Martin's claim -- and said law changes should be left to the legislature. ((Lisa Monahan/dog attacked 00:10:08 "I'm thinking to myself how ...this just can't be real. It's so stupid.")) Schlossberg says Vermont's dog bite law is in line with most of the country. But about a third of states -- have implemented strict liability laws -- holding owners responsible for their dog's actions regardless of their behavioral history. ((PHONER Rep. Mike Mrowicki/D-Windham "it's just one of those laws that has been on the books for a long time, hasn't been revisted for awhile, and we realize something needs to be updated, brought into the 21st century and it seems like it's time for this one.")) Rep. Mike Mrowicki introduced a similar bill this session. He says it was slow to take off -- but support is growing -- and he's optimistic it will can traction next year. ((LM "they need to be held accountable")) Traumatized -- dog moms -- like Monahan say -- the change is long overdue. JC CH 3 News Fairfax.

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A Barre woman is facing charges for a deadly crash. Police say a car driven by 28 year Rachel Lissor collided head-on with a car on Route 62 in Berlin. The crash killed 53-year-old Richard Wagner of Barre -- and badly injured his passenger. After a two month investigation, police have concluded that Lissor was at fault. She was arrested on charges of gross negligent driving with death resulting.

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A sad ending to the search for a missing Northeast Kingdom man. State police say 41-year-old Travis Stuart was reported missing by family members shortly after 6:00 last night when he didn't return home from work. He was last seen working in a hay field in Glover. Police found Stuart's body this morning in the Barton River -- about a half mile from where he had been working. An autopsy has been ordered to determine how he died. But police say there is no evidence to indicate it was a suspicious death.

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Fire destroyed the Randolph Village Volunteer Fire Department Tuesday and today crews continued to assess the damage. State Fire investigators believe the early morning fire was likely triggered by an electrical short in the cab of the department's number 1 engine -- and spread to the rest of the building. A tanker truck - rescue unit -- and the building are considered a total loss. Town officials say they have received an outpouring of support.

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((00:00:12 Mel Adams/Randolph Town Manager "We've had offers that some of the local fire companies, even as far as Burlington, have equipment that we might be able to use -- engines -- Engine is a pumper/tanker -- and specifically tank trucks. That's our problem right now. We have an engine that was not involved in the fire, but being a rural fire department in Vermont, we have to have water.)) In the short-term the Department will operate from the Village Highway Garage while back-up will continue from departments in Randolph Center and East Randolph.

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Dan is here. Another warm one today.

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The Burlington YMCA has made a multi-million dollar purchase. The non-profit bought the Ethan Allen Club on College Street for two and a half million dollars. Right now the Y is not saying what it's plans are for the property but says there are challenges with its existing property that is located nearby and is exploring ways to do more for the community it serves.

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((Doug Bishop, Burlington YMCA 12:13 "we've been long looking at what our future might hold, the Ethan Allen property lot is something we were interested in the last time it came up for sale, so when we had this opportunity, we didn't want to pass it up.)) The YMCA has put it's current location on College Street up for sale -- and hopes to announce formal plans for the new space this fall. The Y will mark 150 years in the Queen City next year.

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Some might call it the election express. Today the CSPAN bus rolled through Montpelier, Burlington and South Burlington offering a chance for students to test their political knowledge and learn about the legislative and executive branches of government ahead of the 20-16 elections. It's just a pit stop on a bus tour that lasts 11 months and hits nearly 40 states a year.

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It's a dance he's done before -- Matt Dunne plans another run for Vermont Governor. And a Northfield business packing it's bags and leaving the Green Mountains -- What's next for the companies 60 Vermont workers? Plus -- Burlington's Bishop on the Pope's upcoming trip to the US. (00:01:20:00) ((Bishop Chis Coyne - ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BURLINGTON and to also perhaps get a chance to be in the same room as him at least one or two times :26 so it's always a good thing to be with the pope )) That's coming up when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.

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The field of candidates in the race for Vermont Governor is growing. Matt Dunne formally announced his candidacy today but the Democrat from Hartland has been running for months. He filed paperwork with the secretary of state in July -- and has already raised 200-thousand dollars for his campaign. Dunne is a former Windsor County State senator who now works for Google. He says he's focused on creating more opportunity for the next generation of Vermonters.

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((00:00:17 Tile 5130 Matt Dunne/Democrat for Governor "The economy is not working for all Vermonters, that the gap is growing between rich and poor, and that we're facing a crisis of education that's more about young families leaving and not being able to stay, but it's putting at risk our schools across the state of Vermont)) Dunne ran for governor in 2010 -- finishing fourth in the five-way Democratic primary -- won by Peter Shumlin. He will face Shap Smith and possibly others in the 20-16 primary. His announcement comes a day after Bruce Lisman became the first Republican in the race.

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In a move that Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott called "devastating," a longtime Northfield business is leaving the Green Mountains. The Comfort Colors facilities in Northfield and Berlin are closing. That means 60 Vermont workers will be out of work by the end of October. Tonight on "The :30", Vermont Commerce Secretary Pat Moulton reacted to the news.

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((Pat Moulton/Vt. Commerce Secretary: 00:07:54:16 "They purchased the company several months ago and were clear they were going to do an analysis of whether they can maintain the Vermont operation and unfortunately they made the decision for efficiency and integration purposes consolidate to other operations outside of Vermont. They were very clear it wasn't anything we could have done here in Vermont.")) Moulton says her team is continuing to work with companies to find ways to make Vermont an attractive place to do business. She says that includes working with business leaders in Quebec who may be looking for a US presence.

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The Pope is coming to the United States -- and Burlington's bishop will be lending the head of the Catholic church a helping hand. Kyle Midura sat down with Bishop Chris Coyne today.

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The separation of church and state won't prevent Pope Francis from commanding the attention of the US Congress as well as representatives to the United Nations. He plans to address both groups during his upcoming trip later this month to America's East Coast. Vermont's Roman Catholic Bishop will be there for it all, and says he's honored to serve as a media liaison. (00:01:20:00) ((Bishop Chis Coyne - ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BURLINGTON and to also perhaps get a chance to be in the same room as him at least one or two times :26 so it's always a good thing to be with the pope )) In recent years, churches of all denominations across the United States have been losing followers. Vermont is often described as the least religious state in the country -- but Bishop Chris Coyne says Pope Francis is changing the conversation surrounding the church, on issues ranging from gay marriage to forgiveness for abortion. (00:06:11:00) ((Bishop Chris Coyne - ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BURLINGTON people will see in Pope Francis an invitation to come back, my hope is that when they come back, they will come back to something that will keep them there )) The Pope is expected to speak before more fans and more media than are present at the Super Bowl at stops in Washington DC - Philadelphia and New York. But unlike the big game, believers say enduring long lines and crowding into packed venues will be better than following along on TV. (00:30:35:00 ) ((Laura Lynch Wells -- St. Thomas Church Coordinator of Religious Education it's not a tourist event, it's a pilgrimmage)) Laura Lynch Wells and her parish are lined up a bus for more than 40 people to see the Pope's in Philadelphia. She says based on the volume of phone calls from interested Vermonters, they may need a second for the spiritual trip of a lifetime. (00:30:37:00) ((Laura Lynch Wells -- St. Thomas Church Coordinator of Religious Education We are going to pray with the pope and the million other people who are going to be there)) (00:09:08:00) ((Bishop Chis Coyne - ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BURLINGTON if I had a chance to speak with Pope Francis, I would just simply ask him for his blessing ))

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Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy. Chance of a shower or t-storm, late. High 60/67. Wind light. Thursday: Variable clouds. Chance of showers and t-storms. High 78/85. Wind light. Thursday Night: Becoming mostly clear. Areas of fog. Low 53/60. Wind N 5-10 mph. Friday: Mostly sunny. High 75/82. Wind light. Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 78/85. Low 50/57. Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 80s. Low 55/65. Monday: Mostly sunny. High 80s. Low 55/65. Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 80s. Low 55/65. Wednesday: Partly sunny. High 75/85.

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An upcoming film is generating a lot of conversation about professional football and the health of its players. The film is called "Concussion," and stars Will Smith. As Jim Axelrod reports, its tackling the NFL head-on.

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(NATS "CONCUSSION" TRAILER) You turned on the lights and gave their bogey man a name. (TRACK 1) THAT BOGEY MAN IS C-T-E... CHRONIC TRAUMATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY (prono: en-sef-uh-LOP-uh-thee) ... AND IT WAS DISCOVERED BY BENNET OMALU (prono: BEN-net oh-MAH-loo)... A NIGERIAN-BORN DOCTOR PLAYED BY WILL SMITH. (NATS "CONCUSSION" TRAILER) If they continue to deny my work, men will continue to die. (TRACK 2) OMALU IDENTIFIED THE DISEASE IN 2002 AFTER PERFORMING AN AUTOPSY ON PITTSBURGH STEELER CENTER MIKE WEBSTER. THE HALL OF FAMER DIED WHEN HE WAS JUST 50... AFTER STRUGGLING WITH DEMENTIA, DEPRESSION, AND HOMELESSNESS. (TRACK 3) OMALU SAID WEBSTER'S BRAIN WAS BADLY DAMAGED BY PROTEINS... AS IF HE HAD ADVANCED ALZHEIMER'S. HE HAS SINCE MADE SIMILAR DISCOVERIES IN THE BRAINS OF MORE THAN A DOZEN FORMER NFL PLAYERS. (TRACK 4) (GFX OMALU STUDY) OMALU BELIEVES C-T-E IS CAUSED BY REPEATED MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY FROM YEARS OF PLAYING IN THE NFL. (TRACK 6) THE 2012 SUICIDE OF POPULAR LINEBACKER JUNIOR SEAU... WHO SUFFERED FROM CTE... PUT THE NFL ON THE DEFENSIVE. SO DID RISING STAR CHRIS BORLAND... WHO QUIT IN MARCH AFTER HIS ROOKIE SEASON BECAUSE OF THE LONG TERM RISKS OF HEAD INJURIES. (TRACK 7) (GFX NFL STATEMENT + CONCUSSION SETTLEMENT) ON TUESDAY, THE NFL WOULDN'T RESPOND DIRECTLY TO THE MOVIE, BUT ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING "WE HAVE NO HIGHER PRIORITY " THAN PLAYER HEALTH AND SAFETY. IN APRIL, A JUDGE APPROVED A $1 BILLION DOLLAR CONCUSSION SETTLEMENT BETWEEN THE NFL AND FORMER PLAYERS. (ON-CAMERA TAG:) ''CONCUSSION" OPENS IN THEATERS IN DECEMBER - JUST BEFORE THE START OF THE PLAYOFFS. THE MOVIE'S DIRECTOR SAYS HE DIDN'T MAKE THE FILM TO CONDEMN THE N-F-L OR DESTROY FOOTBALL. HE SIMPLY WANTED TO TELL A GOOD STORY. JIM AXELROD, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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Things got fast and loud tonight at the Champlain Valley Fair. `nat 4sec` The annual demolition derby is one of the highlights of the fair and it did not disappoint. Tonight drivers -- including GMP CEO Mary Powell turned out for preliminary heats and a championship round that included cash prizes for the winners. There was also a contest to see who showed up for the competition with the best painted car. Some of which as you can see in this video will need more touch ups than others. .

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In less than a month, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Sylvania 300. One of the drivers that will be taking to the track in Loudon, made a pit stop in Essex today. Sprint Cup Series driver AJ Allmendinger visited Essex High School this morning saying hi to students at the Center of Technology. Allmendinger answered questions, showed off the car provided by the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and signed some autographs. A few students even got to hop in the car and take a ride around the back parking lot A memorable way to start the school year as Nascar interacts with some of its youngest fans.

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(((Allmendinger/"Nasca r's got a huge fan base and it's fantastic to have, but we're always trying to get younger kids out there and understand what Nascar racing is all about, whether it's from the racing side of it or, as we see today, the mechanicing side of it. Up in the northeast we have such great fans and such a huge community, whether it's short track racing or just a huge fan base."))) Allmendinger then went to the Champlain Valley Fair and met Lieutenant governor and Thunder Road mainstay, Phil Scott. Scott declared today Dinger Day.

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donít forget week 2 of the Friday Football Frenzy is coming your way Friday night at 11. We'll have highlights from games across the area and you will be able to vote for our play of the week.

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High School girls soccer. A hot one at Rice as the Green Knights host Essex. --- with about 20 minutes left in the first half, Essex with the throw in, Sam Serrantonio fights through the defense and she stays with it, turing on the speed and putting it in from the tough angle. 1-0 Hornets. --- Rice has several good chances to tie it right before the break, Anna Schibley in the corner centers it, Essex goalie Annie Bove misplays it, the ball goes right to Haley Mitiguy with the open net, dings it off the post! Essex goes on to the 1-0 win....

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The lake Monsters hosting Hudson Valley tonight in a double header. It's the final homestand of the season. --- The Renegades get 4 in the first and another in the fourth, with 2 on, Angel Moreno sends one to left. A run scores. It's 5-1 Hudson Valley. --- Some weird plays in this one, fifth inning, runner at second, the wild pitch goes right back to Vermont pitcher Jared Lyons. He fires to third to get the runner. Strange play .. --- But that didn't help the Monsters get going. Roel Ramirez for the Renegades going 5 innings striking out 3. Hudson Valley wins game 1, 6-2 in 7 innings. Vermont has a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning of game 2.


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