Wed 05-MAR-2014 11 P.M. News Script
Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Keith McGilvery. And I'm Jennifer Reading. President Obama is teaming up with Governor Shumlin to push for major pay raises for millions of Americans. The two were together today to talk about increasing the minimum wage. They were joined by three other New England Governors on stage at Central Connecticut State University. Obama told the crowd about his hope to raise the federal minimum wage from 7.25 to 10.10 within three years. The last time it was increased was 2007. Obama says it's about fairness for people struggling to make ends meet.
((Pres.Obama: There are folks at the top who are doing better than ever. But average wages have barely budged. Average incomes have not gone up. Too many Americans are working harder than ever just to keep up.)) This is an issue Vermont is also debating. The state minimum wage is currently 8.73 an hour. There are multiple bills circulating at the statehouse to raise it. Governor Shumlin supports a higher wage if it can be done regionally to avoid impacts on border communities.
Governor Shumlin's visit to the Nutmeg State -- marks the latest in a string of out-of-state appearances. In the last 30 days -- the Vermont leader -- has ventured out of the Green Mountains for four political events. Our state house reporter -- Kyle Midura -- is tracking the Governor's travel. Is it excessive or could it help Vermont?
Gov. Peter Shumlin shared the stage with President Obama Wednesday in Connecticut - as the region mulls a substantial hike in the minimum wage. ((Obama - quick hit)) ((3:17 - :24 Shumlin I'm very grateful that the president is coming in to give our regional Governors a lift and saying lets get this right together)) But some wonder if the Governor has spent too much time out of state. ((4:05 Mike Smith - I think Governors in general have to be very careful with their travel as they go out of state )) Shumlin's predecessor, Jim Douglas, also spent time out of state in his role as head of the National Governor's association. Douglas' former Administration Secretary and GOP analyst Mike Smith tells us, there's political risk associated with leaving the Green Mountains: (GFX) Within the past 30 days the Governor traveled extensively while working on issues for the National Democratic Governors Association - of which he is the chairman. He flew to Las Vegas, Washington and Puerto Rico. Wednesday he's in Connecticut. Along with time spent on issues like health care, the minimum wage and opiate addiction, he's also raising money for Democrats, and possibly his own re-election campaign. (END GFX) (( :s49 Smith - it can't be perceived that you are more interested in either a national position or a national issue than you are in the fate of Vt. )) ((4:25 - :27 - Shumlin it's part of my job )) Shumlin says the state has created 11-thousand new jobs since he stepped into office in the midst of the economic recession. He says his job is to make Vermont a better state to live, work, and raise a family in. ((4:15 - :19 - Shumlin Vermonters will judge me not by how many days I'm where, but whether we're getting results :19 )) Kyle Midura -- Channel 3 news -- New Britain Connecticut.
For a Vermont Olympian -- it was a long road to Sochi -- but a sweet ride home, with some extra hardware. Ali Freeman was in Southern Vermont for Alex Deibold's emotional homecoming. She joins us live with that story. Ali? Jennifer -- it was the first time the olympic medalist has been back to Vermont since winning bronze in Russia -- and says it feels great to return to his roots and see his family, friends, and fans that have supported him from the start.
((Nats signing autographs)) Vermont native Alex Deibold -- says he never pictured this: a line of kids waiting to get autographs and take pictures -- of him. But since the Winter Olympics -- this snowboarder's life has flipped. ((1:12:28 since I competed in Sochi it's been a pretty big whirlwind.)) At 4 -- Deibold starting his snowboarding career right here at the Bromley Mountain. He says he dedicated his life to the sport -- and had his first shot at the olympics in Vancouver -- but just missed the cut to compete. ((1:15:57 So the team extended me the offer to come up as a wax technician -- and I was basically preparing the boards for my teammates. It was tough, like sitting there watching them compete on something that I wanted so badly. In the four years in between I really used that as motivation.)) Motivation and hard work that paid off when Deibold claimed bronze in Sochi for snowboard cross. He says just being there and competing was an incredible experience -- but getting a medal, was something else. ((1:15:11 that night we went down and it was still pouring rain, there was 8,000 people, you're standing on the podium, the torches were lit right behind you -- I couldn't stop smiling. My cheeks hurt. It was just such an incredible experience.")) Since becoming an olympic medalist -- the snowboarder has appeared on a flurry of talk shows, ceremonies -- and even had the honor of dropping the puck at a Bruins Game Tuesday night. ((Nats game?)) Excitement aside -- he say the most rewarding aspect -- is finally being back home surrounded by family and friends. ((1:17:25 the messages and the emails and people have been reaching out to me that I went to high school with, or went to middle school, my first grade teacher, people from the local community that just have told me how proud they are -- that support means so much more than I think people realize.")) Deibold may not feel like a celebrity -- but the fans here certainly thought he was. ((49:42 Kylie Prins / Arlington "so I came here and wanted him to sign my cast and then when I was in line I said I wanted to keep this cast forever.")) ((55:42 Elizabeth Malinowski / Bennington "this is a poster that we took some articles from the Manchester journal and then we just cut them out and out them on poster for him to sign.")) Deibold wasn't the only olympic medalist at the welcome home party. His longtime idol showed up too... Local legend and 2002 Gold Medalist Ross Powers. He now works with the area ski school and says it brings back memories of his own olympic homecoming -- inspiring kids to follow their dreams. ((1:10:54 Ross Powers / Olympic Gold Medalist "it gives a lot of hope. These kids go out, work hard, and put the time in and have a positive attitude they can go in and maybe be the next olympic medalist. So it's cool how the cycle keeps going -- as long as the kids do, they have a chance."))
Deibold's busy schedule is far from over -- on Monday he flies to Europe for a world cup event -- and then the training for next season begins. He says -- of course -- with another olympic medal ALWAYS on his mind. Jennifer?
Two kids from Vermont are neighbors at Boston Children's Hospital where both are hoping bone marrow transplants make them better. Tuesday we visited Lindsey Sturtevant from Chester -- she's the 12-year-old who just received a second bone marrow transplant to fight off a pre-leukemia condition. And during our visit we learned that Colchester Middle Schooler Le'Ondre Brockington is in the hospital bed next door. The 13-year old is fighting a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia. He's been in the hospital for seven months -- ands his mom says everyday has been a battle -- both families are thankful to their transplants. Lindsey's doctor talked with us about what's involved if you decide to donate.
((Dr. Christine Duncan, Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Hospital 22:39 "there are lots of different ways that we collect stem cells, some are directly from the bone, some are from your blood, most often it is a blood type donation. For people that are really interested they can look at the national marrow dono program which is the program that helped us find a donor for Lindsay.)) Lindsey's first donor came from a 42-year-old woman in Europe and the second came from a 23-year-old male. Le'Ondre's bone marrow donation came from a 33-year-old man. For more information on becoming a donor or to follow Lindsey and Le'Ondre's progress you can check out our website WCAX dot com or our Facebook page.
Coming up -- He's charged with secretly taking locker room pictures of student athletes -- we'll show you where. And dozens of Vermont towns shoot down their school budgets. ((08:05 Rep. Heidi Scheuermann/R-Stowe "I think the message is clear. That its time for us to take some action)) A closer look at what's behind the votes. Plus how did this minivan end up in the ocean? And Shelby Cashman introduces us to some special animals charged with tracking down trouble -- when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.
Yesterday dozens of towns rejected school budgets. But as Alexei Rubenstein reports -- it was about more than not wanting to pay-up -- for kids education.
The message from many voters across the state was clear Tuesday -- They've had enough of rising School Budgets and the statewide property taxes that propel them .... ((BYTE or NATS FROM VOTERs TUESDAY )) ((GRFX)) Out of the 253 budgets voted on, 35 were defeated -- most notably in larger communities like Burlington Colchester, Montpelier, Rutland and Bennington. The highest failure rate in a decade. But will it send a message? ((03:22 Steve Dale/Vt. School Boards Assoc. "Because these numbers are in the middle, people will see in the numbers whatever they choose to see.)) ((01:10 Steve Dale/Vt. School Boards Assoc. I dont think its a message that the whole system is broken and needs to be radically altered, but clearly there's reason for people to sit up and pay attention)) Dale says in about half the cases -- It was the proposed 7 cent increase in the statewide property tax rate that pushed voters over the edge. ((GRFX)) A case in point -- Burlington. The proposed school budget would have increased spending by 3.9 percent. But because of the increase in the statewide property tax and other elements of the education funding formula, Burlington residents faced a 9.9 percent tax increase. (( 02:33 Steve Dale/Vt. School Boards Assoc. "That is what was so confusing to people in many towns, is that there local boards, they felt had done a very good job of fashioning a budget that would do the job )) Yesterday's outcomes put Burlington and other districts in a no-win situation -- and statewide school officials fear that educational programming -- will ultimately take the hit. ((:30-:38 Jeanne Collins/BSD Superintendent "While Burlington has been willing to invest in quality programs and moving the district forward in recent years, the message is, we have to stop.")) Lawmakers have dabbled with education financing reform over the years. Now those pushing for a change say Tuesday's vote -- as hard as it may be -- may finally get the message across. ((7:36 Rep. Heidi Scheuermann/R-Stowe "There's concern all over about the current education funding system and its effect and impact on property taxes.)) ((08:05 Rep. Heidi Scheuermann/R-Stowe "I think the message is clear. That its time for us to take some action)) Representative Scheuermann says she's pushed a bill the past six years to consolidate school districts and restructure funding at the local level. She along with Republican Patti Komline started a petition this week to abolish Act 60/68 -- and replace it with what they call an equitable, less complex funding system. ((13:25 Rep. Heidi Scheuermann/D-Stowe "The only way we're going to get action is to actually set a deadline. Clearly -- this has been going on for years. These property tax increases have been going on for years. They're going to continue to go on under this system if we don't take some dramatic action.)) But its dramatic action on such a complex issue that House Speaker Shap Smith says will cause more harm than good. ((21:48 Rep. Shap Smith/D-Vt. House Speaker "If I had a silver bullet on the education finance system I would actually have proposed it because none of us really like to go to Town Meetings and get comments from frustrated constituents about their property taxes.)) ((24:00 Rep. Shap Smith/D-Vt. House Speaker "I'm willing to take that time to make sure we do it right, not something rash.)) With no relief likely from the state house this year, 34 school districts will be re-writing budgets -- looking for numbers voters can live with. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News -- Montpelier
An investigation is underway to find out if a college basketball employee took inappropriate photos of players during a game at UVM. 50-year-old Scott Weitzell was arrested last month -- charged with resisting arrest and falsifying evidence. The University of New Hampshire's director of basketball operations is accused of secretly taking photos of male athletes in a UVM locker during a game in January. Police say Weitzell then tried to destroy his cell phone to hide the photos. UNH fired him following the allegations.
A bizarre story out of Florida tonight where a mom apparently drove her minivan -- and three children -- into the ocean in Daytona Beach. Alexis Christoforous reports.
CGS: 25-31 Sheriff Ben Johnson/Volusia County, FL 51-58 Tim Tesseneer/Eyewitness 103-113 Mark Swanson/Director of Beach Services SCRIPT:) HOURS BEFORE A MOTHER DROVE HERSELF AND HER THREE CHILDREN INTO THE SURF OFF DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, THE WOMAN'S SISTER CALLED 9-1-1. SHE SAID THE WOMAN WAS ACTING STRANGELY. (SOT) "she's talking about Jesus, and there's demons in my house, and that I'm trying to control her, but I'm trying to keep them safe." A POLICE REPORT SHOWS OFFICERS RESPONDED AND INTERVIEWED THE MOTHER, BUT FOUND NO REASON TO TAKE HER INTO CUSTODY. (SOT) "she had some crisis, but it did not meet the criteria to be able to do anything with her at that time." TWO HOURS LATER, THE WOMAN DROVE HER MINIVAN OFF THE BEACH AND INTO THE WATER, HER THREE CHILDREN STILL INSIDE, AS HORRIFIED BEACHGOERS LOOKED ON. (natsot) "are they saying help? If they're saying help, that's different!" TIM TESSENEER JOINED LIFEGUARDS AND POLICE IN RESCUING THE FAMILY. (SOT) "We saw a kid sitting on the mother's lap trying to pull the steering wheel out of her hand and turn it away from the water and the kid in the back was just screaming "help us help us our mom is trying to kill us" (SOT) "The waves were strong, the water was cold, um, they got in the water and got them out of there quickly (upsot). um, if it had been minutes longer the prob-- the outcome probably would have been different." THE CHILDREN ARE NOW IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY. THE MOTHER, WHO IS PREGNANT, IS UNDERGOING A PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION. ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS, CBS NEWS.
Tonight: Clearing skies. Locally colder. Lows: -5/-20 Winds: Light Thursday: A frigid start. Sunny. Highs: 18/26 Wind: Light Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Lows: -10/5 Winds: S 5-10 mph Friday: Mostly sunny. Breezy & milder. Highs: 32/38 Wind: S 10-15+ mph Extended: Friday night: Lows: 15/25 Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Few snow showers. Highs: 30s Lows: 10/20 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs: 20s Lows: 10/20 Monday: Cloudy with snow showers. Highs: 25/35 Lows: 0/10 Tuesday: Increasing clouds. Highs: 30s Lows: 15/25 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance for rain/snow showers. Highs: 30s
Police dogs are trained to put their lives on the line everyday. Today Shelby Cashman checks out some K-9 cops at the top of their trade.
Capone and Burlington Police Officer Trent Martin-along with Drager and Vermont state trooper Rich Slusser-have just received a very high honor. They are the states K9 teams of the year. IN: 00:01:28 OUT: 00:01:33 ((Trent Martin/Burlington PD "It makes me very very proud of him. He works so hard, he's such a good dog)) IN: 00:03:51 OUT: 00:04:00 ((Rich Slusser "This will be our fourth year and we're finally getting to that place where we're comfortable with one another and the dog knows his job now, he knows what he's supposed to be doing")) 7 year old Capone was a rescue dog that showed promise. Officer Martin says that even though he is a German Shepard--a breed commonly used in K9 units-it takes a certain kind of temperament to be right for this kind of work. IN: 00:00:30 OUT: 00:00:43 ((Cpl. Trent Martin/Burlington PD "There's some basic tests to see if they have enough heart to do the job, you know if they're not skiddish and they're at least friendly.. They're not going to go after their handler")) Capone excels at drug sniffing and tracking fugitives-and has helped crack many cases this year, mainly due to one very important body part. IN: 00:04:51 OUT: 00:04:55 ((Trent "All the dogs in the program, their noses are key")) IN: 00:16:37 OUT: 00:16:45 ((Shelby Cashman "Dogs like Drager and Capone are just like every other dog...just with maybe a few extra talents)) Highliy trained and exteremly obedient-- 4 and a half year old Drager is trained to make biting apprehensions-that is, bite a suspect to keep them contained-but only at the command of Slusser. IN:00:08:33 ((Rich "If all the sudden the guy would ive up, you gotta be able to call your dog off...DRAGER OFF)) Even when they are not helping catch criminals or find missing people, Capone and Drager stay close to their companions... IN: 00:19:15 OUT: 00:19:22 ((Rich Slusser "There's a bond between us. He pretty much follows me around the house, everywhere I go")) A bond between an officer and his four legged buddy. Shelby Cashman -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.
The girls high school hockey season coming to a close tonight with a pair of state championship games at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Essex and BFA meeting in the final for the second straight year ...the Comets won last season 3-0... --- The Comets take a 2-0 lead into the third, Taylor Jackson scoring the first BFA goal. --- But in the third, The Hornets Kathleen Young takes over. 2 goals and we're going to overtime tied at 2. --- a minute 45 into OT, Young finds Melanie Theriault for the state title winning goal. payback for Essex. Hornets win 3-2 for their second D-1 title in three years.
(((GOING TO PULL THROUGH...:15)))
earlier...the D-2 final...another 1-2 matchup...Middlebury versus Burr & Burton ... --- first period, the Bulldogs Ryder Ferrone scores on the power play. It's 1-1 after 1. --- Same score six minutes into the third, The Tigers Sara Boe scores her second goal of the game. 2-1 Middlebury. --- Tigers goalie Baily Ryan preserves the lead making 24 stops. Middlebury edges Burr & Burton 2-1 to claim the first girls hockey title in school history.
(((part of a banner ...:15)))
boys basketball semifinals at the Aud ...Division Two... second seed Lyndon and number three Woodstock ... --- Connor Fegard and the Wasps hanging close early...a team high 17 for the junior...Wasps down just one after a quarter... --- but James Shufelt and the Vikings outscore Woodstock 19-7 in the second quarter... Shufelt one of three Vikings in double figures with 13... Lyndon wins 61-43 to reach the school's first state final.
earlier...Danville facing Rochester in a D-4 semifinal... --- this was an eventful game for two reasons ...the first Danville picking up big win to reach the state final for the third time in four years...Brett Elliot leading the way with 27 points, Kyle Johnson adding 23... --- the other story... Rochester star Pavin Parrish with a chance to set a new career state scoring record ...with under a minute left, Parrish sat tied for the mark, but this drive gave him 45 points for the night ...2,479 for his career...breaking the state mark set by St. Johnsbury's Henry Dalrymple in 1983... Danville wins 67-60 on a record setting night for Parrish.
((TRT: 09 ... OC: THIS YEAR))
Matthew O'Leary of Essex winning the boys halfpipe...Black River's Ginger Brown the girls on the opening day of the high school snowboard championships at Killington. Tomorrow it will be the giant slalom and the slopstyle events. We'll have highlights from Day 2 tomorrow night at 6pm and 11pm.
Final day of the high school alpine championships...slalom races at Burke...girls up first...coming in third...Mount Mansfield's Amelia Frederick...part of a strong showing for the Cougars who put three skiers in the top seven... --- second place goes to Colchester's Abby Harrington.with the second fastest times in both runs... --- but the day belonging to MMU's Ali Chivers ...the winner of Monday's GS race completes her second straight state title sweep...she posts the fastest time in both runs...winning by over a second and helps deliver a fourth straight state title for the Mount Mansfield girls...
((TRT: 22 ... OC: IT'S EXCITING))
In the boys race... Burr & Burton as dominant as Mount Mansfield was in the girls event...even more so, as the Bulldogs place three in the top four, four in the top seven... Andrew Sherras coming in third, just ahead of teammate Tom Morgantini... --- the one non-Bulldog in the top four...goes to Michael Hladky of Essex...with a pair of consistent runs...both in the top five overall... --- but no one was catching Burr and Burton's Tanner McGrath...fastest time in run one...second fastest in run two... he tops the field by over a second as BBA claims it's fourth straight boys team state title...
((TRT: 18 ...OC: I THINK))
Today it was the 1.4K Classic Sprints at the US Junior National Cross-Country races at Trapp Family Lodge. Team New England won four of the six races, including CVU's Forrest Hamilton in the male Under 16 race. That's Forrest standing on the top spot on the winners podium. The mass star freestyle races are set for Friday.
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