Wed 17-DEC-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening and thank you for joining us I'm Keith McGilvery. Governor Shumlin is calling it the biggest disappointment of his political career. He's pulling the plug for now on a single payer healthcare system after years of trying to make it happen in Vermont. Political reporter Kyle Midura has our top story.

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Governor Peter Shumlin pledged single-payer health care would save Vermonters from the ever-rising cost of coverage. That promise helped him win election in 2010, and he continued to pitch the plan at re-election campaign stops all fall. But Tuesday -- one day before the due date for a proposed benefits package -- he conceded the numbers don't add up. (00:34:20:00) (( Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont: I'm not going to undermine the hopes of achieving critically important health care reforms for the state by pushing prematurely for single-payer when it's not the right time for Vermont. )) (nats Michael Costa) The governor's health reform team said projections of the cost for covering Vermonters came in only slightly low. But anticipated savings, federal funds, and benefits from a recovering economy fell far short of the projections. The governor says taxes to pay for it would cripple individuals and businesses. (01:07:32:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont: This is the greatest disappointment of my political life so far, that we couldn't advance the ball as quickly as we wanted. But we shall persevere, we shall get it right, we shall push on.)) The governor says the state should continue to focus on cost containment and pursue changes to how care providers are paid. Advocates are not giving up on the promised system, while opponents say now the state can focus on fixing its beleaguered health exchange -- which still has substantial bugs more than a year after it launched. (1:38:20 ((Peter Sterling - VT Leads: We have to figure out how to bring it back from the ashes, in a new way that would actually work in a financial way for all Vermonters.)) (1:39:27:00) ((Rep. Patti Komline - R-Dorset: On one hand, I'm glad the governor has finally seen the light, on the other, I'm disappointed it has taken so long to come to the conclusion that many of us have come to long ago.)) The Governor said given the strength of plans covering most Vermonters, he could only stomach a plan as generous as that of state employees. Under such a plan a patient is responsible for only about six percent of the cost of their care. Even with a small income tax, that would have required a payroll tax of 11 pont 5 percent -- a rate businesses say would put them under. If all the cost had been born by individuals, the current income tax would have quadrupled. Kyle Midura -- channel 3 news -- Montpelier.

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He was found guilty of kidnapping and Killing a St. Johnsbury teacher. Tonight Allen Prue was sentenced for his crimes.

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Friends and family packed the St. Jay courthouse - where Allen Prue larned his fate Wednesday. The Waterford man was found guilty in October of the kidnapping and killing of popular teacher and mother Melissa Jenkins back in 2012. (TC 06:07:00:05 Tile 5718) ((Lisa Warren "for his role in these crimes and we believe as supported by the sentencing testimony today here your honor we believe Allen Prue deserves a sentence of life without parole.")) Prosecutors called witnesses to the stand to review testimony. A court advocate also shared a letter from Jenkins' family. (TC 05:35:43:24 tile 5715 ((susan carr/court advocate "we will never again know the joy and happiness we shared for 33 years. Please do the right thing for Melissa, her beloved son, brother, mother, family and friends.")) Judge Robert Bent sentenced Prue to 50 years to life for murder -- an additional life sentence for attempted kidnapping and another 4 and a half to 5 years for conspiracy to commit murder. Prue's main defense - was that his wife Patricia was the one who planned and carried out Jenkins' kidnapping and murder. He continued to maintain his innocence in court. (TC 06:42:59:10 Tile 5725) ((Allen Prue "the one thing I am guilty of is bringing the person who did this crime to Vermont and for that I'm truly sorry. That's it." 06:43:09:27))

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Judge Bent refused to impose the sentence of life without parole that prosecutors were looking for. He cited the lack of a criminal history in his decision. Patricia Prue's trial is set to begin in March.

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A New Hampshire man has been indicted on charges he kidnapped -- held captive and sexually assaulted -- a 14-year-old girl. 34-year-old Nathaniel Kibby was arrested in July and charged with snatching the Conway teen -- in 20-13. In July -- she mysteriously returned home after nine months. One week before Kibby was arrested. Today two courts released indictments on more than 200 counts -- against Kibby. New Hampshire's attorney general addressed the importance of protecting the victim's identity.

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((01:15 Joe Foster, NH Attorney General "In cases involving child victims and sexual asault victims, the victim's identity is protected, that is done among other reasons to protect a victim from additional indignities, it also encourages other victims to come forward knowing that to the extent it is possible, their identity and likeness will not be published")) Kibby is being held on 1 million dollars bail.

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And -- A Saranac Lake man is charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl. 54 Year-old Timothy Doherty is accused of committing the crime over the course of the last two months. Doherty is being held without bail and is due in court next week.

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President Obama announced major changes to U-S relations with Cuba today -- and Vermont's senior Senator visited the country this morning as part of the shift. Eliza Larson shows us why.

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Alan Gross returned to United States for the first time in five years. Gross was released on humanitarian grounds from a prison in Cuba. He was convicted of conspiracy. (2:47-3:01) ((Sen. Leahy: " Let's start finding out ways to at least work thru our differences.)) Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has been a leader in efforts to free Gross -- and to change U-S Cuba policies. He was with Gross as he touched down on US soil. (2:00-2:19) ((Sen. Leahy: "We ought to face up that we will have differences, but that we can improve the lives of the Cubans and I believe improve the lives of U.S. citizens by stopping this idea of a closed door toward Cuba.")) And after Gross's return -- the president announced the US should normalize relations with Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years. Mister Obama says it's time to repair the relationship with our neighbors to the south. ((TC 00:14:50:03) Obama: "we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries" 00:14:59:16)) The president said the U-S and Cuba will seek changes in policies which will open talk between the two governments ((TC 00:18:25) OBAMA "Neither the American, nor Cuban people are well served by a rigid policy that's rooted in events that took place before most of us were born."" 00:26:23)) It's something the president said he wanted to do when he was first elected President. ((TC 00:12:55:02 Title 1381) ((Sandy Baird/Lawyer, Director of Cuba Burlington College overseas study program "Here we have a neighbor, ninety miles away. A neighbor, shares our heritage as Americans. )) Sandy Baird runs the schools Cuba studies program -- and leads trips to the country. She says the announcement is long overdue. ((TC 00:12:55:02 Title 1381) ((Sandy Baird/Lawyer, Director of Cuba Burlington College overseas study program "They're much like us in so many ways. And it is sort of a signal that when we are now going to be establishing friends with the Cubans. And in a way, what Obama said was - this is to me the most moving of what he said - was after all we are all Americans. Cuba is American. It's part of the Americas." 00:13:31:05)) And Baird says she's heard that people in Cuba are celebrating the announcement. ((TC 00:11:14:06 Title 1381) ((Sandy Baird/Lawyer, Director of Cuba Burlington College overseas study program "She said all the church bells in Havana were ringing, if you can imagine that." 00:11:18:23)) Eliza Larson -- channel 3 news.

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Dan is here. A damp day today.

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Today's cool temps and rain didn't stop folks from eating outside in Burlington. It was part of the "the coolest lunch" -- the event is held each year to raise awareness about homelessness. Those who donated 25-bucks were treated to an entrée -- a drink -- and a hot cocoa.

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(TC 00:04:36:01 Title 1377) ((Mercia Lyman/Diner "With all the friends and everybody here it's a wonderful event. I'm really enjoying it." 00:04:40:04)) (TC 00:04:24:12 Title 1377) ((Mercia Lyman/Diner "The cold doesn't bother me and I think this is a wonderful event." 00:04:27:26)) (00:03:12:28 Title 1376) ((Denise Danyow/COTS, director of operationsm "Even with the rain, it's kind of helped us out. Last year it was probably in the signle digits." 00:03:17:19)) Proceeds from the event go to the Committee on Temporary Shelter.

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In national news tonight -- Sony Pictures is pulling the plug on a movie staring some Hollywood A-listers. The move comes after investigators linked a hacking scandal at the company to North Korea. Kris Van Cleave explains.

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SONY PICTURES CANCELED ITS CHRISTMAS DAY RELEASE OF "THE INTERVIEW"... THE CONTROVERIAL JAMES FRANCO/SETH ROGEN COMEDY ABOUT AN ASSASSINATION PLOT AGAINST THE LEADER OF NORTH KOREA. THE NATION'S LARGEST THEATER CHAINS DECLINED TO SHOW THE FILM... FOLLOWING THREATS OF VIOLENCE FROM A GROUP OF HACKERS. LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCES TELL CBS NEWS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS LINKED THE WEEKS LONG CYBER ATTACKS AGAINST SONY PICTURES TO STATE-SPONSORED HACKERS INSIDE NORTH KOREA. (GFX) IN AN ONLINE MESSAGE TUESDAY, A GROUP CALLING ITSELF THE "GUARDIANS OF PEACE" WARNED "THE WORLD WILL BE FULL OF FEAR. REMEMBER THE 11TH OF SEPTEMBER 2001." SONY SAID IT MADE THE DECISION TO PULL THE FILM WITH "... paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers." ((SOT Richard Roeper/Film Critic)) "I'd be laughing if it weren't kind of a sad day, also, for Hollywood. In the history of cinema, this has never happened where a major studio has said 'we're not gonna show a movie out of concern for the moviegoers.'" ((STANDUP BRIDGE Kris Van Cleave/CBS News, New York)) THIS TIMES SQUARE THEATER WAS SUPPOSED TO HOST AN ADVANCE SCREENING WEDNESDAY NIGHT... BUT AS MOVIEGOERS SHOWED UP, THEY LEARNED IT WAS CANCELED. ((sot - Anthony Morgan/Moviegoer)) "I understand it for the safety of the people." ((sot Gerardo Calixto/Moviegoer)) "Whenever you are forced to do something out of fear - it's just an unfortunate situation." ((NARR-2)) THE INTERVIEW WAS PROJECTED TO MAKE 30 MILLION DOLLARS IN ITS OPENING WEEKEND. SONY HAS NO FURTHER PLANS FOR THE FILM. KRIS VAN CLEAVE, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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Still ahead -- A love story 40 years in the making. (14:01 David Santamore)(("There are no coincidences. God brought us together when it was time.")) Find out what made this union unique! (bell nats) Plus some talented seniors showing off their skills. And how one man turned his holiday hobby into an annual tradition of giving. We'll have the story when we return.

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Staff at UVM have voted against union representation. The University of Vermont employees chose not to be represented by the Vermont State Employees Association union. The vote was 335 to 303.

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Plainfield newlyweds are celebrating a special bond -- one that came about in the most unlikely of ways-- Alex Apple met up with them today. He has our story.

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For 40 years, life drew Kay Willard and David Santamore apart. (14:01 David Santamore)(("There are no coincidences. God brought us together when it was time.")) Both attended Spaulding High School -- afterwards Kay stayed in Barre. David went INto the marines. ((NAT)) But four years ago at their 40 year high school reunion, they RECONNECTED. (12:14 Kay Santamore)(("It all started with checkers ...12:39 Come to find out he's a national championship checker player.")) (10:01 David Santamore)(("She said she was ready to start having fun, and I said I can help you with that.")) Wednesday we met them in Hardwick -- when they returned to what they call the scene of the crime. That crime: their wedding. Saturday they were married on the side of the road at the intersection of Route 15 and 16. (02:44 Kay Santamore)(("I said 15, 16 perfect. There's the place to get married.")) A perfect place? Maybe. A peculiar place? Definitely. You're more likely to find A mud pile here than anything romantic. But it's the intersection of where their love -- met their love for numbers. (01:44 David Santamore)(("So we have 10-11 on 12-13-14 at the junctions of route 15 and 16.")) On the last sequential day of the century -- December 13th -- Kay and David were married at 10:11 am on 12-13-14 at the intersection of route 15 and 16. But the numbers didn't stop there. (01:53 David Santamore)(("There were 17 people present at the ceremony. There were 18 items at the brunch we had afterwards. There were 19 white roses sent in from her brother in Arizona. We had 20 party favors, and this is about 21 miles from our house.")) The count-off was Kay's idea. (02:18 Kay Santamore)(("I've always liked numbers.")) And that's okay with David who says she's now the ONE for him (13:43 David and Kay Santamore)(("It's kind of neat to find somebody that this old age. Kay said she's glad we met later in life because she doesn't think her mother would have approved.")) They say they won't stop counting any time soon -- counting their lucky stars -- they have each other. (14:16 David Santamore)(("It's a beautiful thing.")) Alex Apple - Channel 3 news, Hardwick.

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A group of seniors --- showed off their talents tonight. ((bell ringing)) Residents at the Wake Robin Retirement Community in Shelburne held they're annual Holiday Hand Bell concert. It's was the second of two performances the hand bell choir holds each year.

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(32:25 Nancy Chiquoine/Director of Marketing and Resident Services)(("Residents are responsible for all of the programming here. They arrange it.")) (31:03 Barbara Madden/Plays Bells)((" We practice all fall just for this one concert, and each one of us has 3 to 4 bells, and we have to depend on the other people for all the other notes.")) The choir started with only a few members - but has since grown to 10 ringers.

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Tonight: Cloudy skies. Chance of evening rain showers, changing to snow showers. Trace-2" possible. Low 25/32. Wind NW 5-10 mph. Thursday: Cloudy skies. Snow showers, mainly north. High 30/37. Wind NW 5-15 mph. Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low 15/22. Wind NW 5-10 mph. Friday: Partly sunny. High 25/32. Wind light. Saturday: Partly sunny skies. High 25/32. Low 13/20. Sunday: Partly sunny skies. High 25/32. Low 18/25. Monday: Partly sunny. High 30s. Low 18/25. Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Rain/snow showers developing. High 30s. Low 20s. Wednesday: Cloudy skies. Rain showers. High 40s.

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If you want to get into the holiday spirit -- you may want to check out the Mitchell's Magic Christmas Show in Claremont, New Hampshire. Adam Sullivan paid it a visit.

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((nats: Oh the spaghetti junction )) By day, Brian Mitchell's house in Claremont New Hampshire is surrounded by a maze of extension cords, holiday displays, and lights-- 50 thousand to be exact. A donation box also sits in the driveway. ((Brian Mitchell/Claremont: "people kept offering me money to pay for the display and I kept saying, I don't need people to pay me for my hobby.")) ((nats: music)) At night-- the Francis Street home is transformed into a magical world-- Mitchell's Magic Christmas. An animated light show synchronized with music played on Mitchell's low power radio station-- which broadcasts for all of about one block. The donations go to David's House- a free place to stay in Lebanon for families with kids receiving care at at CHaD-- the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. ((Jaye Olmstead/David's House: "especially during the holidays to have a child that is sick orin need of any type of treatment. Having people like Brian do whatthey do to support us so we can provide this beautiful home for families and give them a little taste of home over the holidays, while they are here, is such a blessing for us.")) Mitchell has a special connection with CHaD that-- like his light display-- goes back decades. ((Mitchell: "our daughter had a slight heart problem when she was younger and they were very good to us up there.")) ((nats)) And for years, the show has gone on-- as countless cars stop the listen and watch. ((Nats: "we have been coming here for a very long time.")) And visitors say they keep coming back knowing that it's all for a good cause. ((Nats: "absolutely, absolutely, it is for the children.")) ((nats music)) ((Mitchell: "WE get a lot of people who come in and they tell us stories of them having stayed up to David's House and they are real thankful that we are collecting for them.")) ((Sullivan: "over the past, several years, the Mitchell's have raised thousands for David's House. By spreading a little holiday joy here locally and helping families in need across the region. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Claremont New Hampshire."))

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After starting the season with seven straight losses, the UVM women's basketball team may have turned a corner. Home wins over Dartmouth and Wagner have the Cats talking and playing with confidence. Vermont looking to keep that streak rolling tonight on the road at St. Francis Brooklyn. Former Rice standout Cassidy Derda is a freshman for St. Francis...and midway thru the second half Derda drains the corner three...the first three pointer of her collegiate career, to put the Terriers up one...Cassidy tied her career high with six points on the night... --- but Vermont answers with a 7-0 run...Niki Taylor starts it...she had 13 points and ten rebounds... --- then Sydney Smith drains three of her team high 17...first time in seven games she hasn't set a new career scoring mark... --- and Emilie Cloutire follows with another two inside...she had ten points and seven boards... --- this was a balanced Vermont attack...Kylie Butler with ten points and 12 boards...and Jordan Eisler added eight points and ten assists...St. Francis came back to tie on a couple of occasions... but Vermont never trailed again, holding off a late Terriers charge to win 63-61... make it three in a row now for the Cats. They go for win number four Saturday at Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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The UVM men's basketball team closes out a four game homestand tomorrow night when the Cats host Yale at 7pm at Patrick Gym. Vermont improved to 5-4 on the season with a win over Wagner Sunday. The Cats have just four upperclassmen on their 14-player roster and the growing pains have shown in the results, as the team has alternated wins and losses over the last seven games. But coach John Becker is happy with what he's seen from his young team so far.

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The UVM men's hockey team is on its holiday break. Time off has been about the only thing that has stopped the 13-3-1 IceCats so far this season. A big key to the Cats success has been the two men protecting the UVM net. Goaltenders Brody Hoffman, a junior, and sophomore Mike Santaguida have been outstanding in between the pipes for Vermont. Hoffman has posted a 1.79 goals against average...Santaguida, a 1.08 goals against and two shutouts. Cats coach Kevin Sneddon appreciates the value the duo brings to his surging team.

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high school hockey tonight at Cairns... the CVU boys hosting BFA-St. Albans... --- RedHawks trailing 3-0 in the third when they cut the deficit on the power play... Elliott Mitchell rips it home from the slot.. Now a 3-1 game... --- A few minutes later, Bobwhites with a chance to put it on ice... Great move by Hunter Kirouac however Ty Parker in good position to make the save.. --- Under a minute to play, CVU pulls the goalie and this time BFA finishes the job ... Captain Peter Dukas into an empty net... The Bobwhites cruise past the Redhawks, 4-1.

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also at Cairns...the Essex girls visiting South Burlington... --- Rebels goalie Erin Church solid between the pipes making two key saves early to keep it scoreless... --- Her teammates change that shortly after... Rachel Pitcher finds the loose puck and send a rocket to the back of the net. 1-0 SBHS after 1... --- From there on out though, all Hornets... In the second, Kathleen Young skates through the defense and then uncorks a high rocket for the goal... Part of 4 unanswered for Essex as they down South Burlington by another 4-1 final.


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