Wed 24-AUG-2016 11 P.M. News Script
His presidential dreams may have fallen short but he's not done yet. Good Evening, I'm Eva McKend. And I'm Keith McGilvery. Thanks for joining us at 11. Our Revolution - a movement inspired by Bernie Sanders political campaign - launched tonight where it all started. But is the group's financing structure in conflict with their stated goals? That was the big question that went unanswered tonight as no one from Our Revolution made themselves available to answer questions from the media. Senator Bernie Sanders instead spent the evening addressing a crowd of his supporters at the North End Studios in Burlington applauding what he described as the successes of his campaign. He says the main goal of Our Revolution will be to ensure progressives get elected across the country right down to local school boards.
((these are people that will be fighting at the grassroots level for changes in their local school boards, in their city Council's, in their state legislatures and in their representation in Washington)) He also says the focus of the group will be on overturning Citizens United, pushing for automatic voter registration and championing statewide ballot initiatives. But given the group's reported 501(c)(4) status - that's a special tax status that allows them to be categorized as a social welfare organization - it is unclear how Our Revolution can achieve those goals without avoiding partisan political activity. But again, we were not afforded the opportunity to ask those questions tonight. Sanders did say he will not have a direct role in this movement.
((01:07:48 Now as United States senator, I will not be directing or controlling Our Revolution)) At it's peak we saw YouTube note 30,000 people streaming the event tonight...an indication this message resonated far beyond the Green Mountains.
Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson is looking for votes in Vermont. The former New Mexico governor was at the Burlington Sheraton tonight for a rally with voters. Johnson was joined at the event by his running mate and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. Johnson told supporters if he had a magic wand he would eliminate the income and corporate tax and replace them with a federal consumption tax. He also talked about what he sees as the economy of the future.
((Gary Johnson, Libertarian for President 23:02 "I really think that the model of the future is the sharing economy, it's Air B and B, it's Uber, it's Uber everything, it's eliminating the middleman.)) Johnson also challenged Donald Trump's views on immigration and stressed how he thinks it can be good for the US economy. To hear more from the candidate on his fundraising and what he thinks about his chances to make the stage for the upcoming debates you can hear his interview from earlier tonight on The :30 at our website -- WCAX.com.
State Police have identified a man found injured and unconscious in Barre but will not release his name. Police say he was discovered in a parking lot near the Rock of Ages ((kwore-EE)) quarry Tuesday. He couldn't speak and didn't have an i-d on him. Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area at the time to call police. State Police won't comment on whether a crime was committed.
Vermont's text to 9-1-1 system is back up and running tonight. You might remember the service was intentionally shut down August 1st because of a software problem. Officials tell us that problem has been fixed. They're reminding folks that you should only use the texting option when you can't make a phone call.
Rad/Sat: Just a few passing clouds right now. Current temps: It's a mild evening out. Forecast:Lows in the 60s tonight under partly cloudy skies. Tomorrow a front moves in later in the day, with showers, t-storms. It will be warm, humid and breezy. More details coming up in full weather.
A financially-failing drug testing firm could stay afloat. This afternoon, a group of investors asked the Green Mountain Care Board to review its purchase plans for Burlington Labs via an emergency process. The board agreed -- but warned it will have plenty of questions regarding yesterday's revelations surrounding the company's finances and pending medicaid fraud investigation.
Authorities say women in our region hooked on drugs are selling their bodies for sex. They tell us a former Burlington man is responsible for preying on at least 6 victims as their dealer. Cat Viglienzoni has the details.
Burlington police say he preyed on the desperate. They say 46-year-old Timothy Galloway targeted drug-addicted Vermont women with nowhere to go -- and coerced them into prostitution to feed their habits. ((SOT Eric Miller, U.S. Attorney, District of Vermont 002341 We have seen an uptick in human trafficking associated with the drug trade 47 most often in the form of drug dealers coercing addicts into performing sex for the profit of a drug trafficking organization 57 Often that coercion takes the form of providing and withholding drugs that people become addicted to 02)) That's what police say Galloway did while he was renting this trailer in Farrington's Mobile Home Park off North Avenue in 2014 and 2015. They say his victims would often be living here. Galloway would supply them drugs -- arrange for them to have sex with customers at here, and at local hotels and private residences -- and then take a share of the money to feed his own drug habit. According to court papers, Galloway would also threaten to withhold drugs from the women -- unless they had sex with him too. ((STANDUP CAT VIGLIENZONI 001711 Neighbors say they noticed suspicious behavior. We spoke to one resident off camera who did not want to be identified, but she said the charges are disturbing and she's worried about the safety of the neighborhood 21)) Police raided the home in December -- and say inside, they found evidence of drug and human trafficking ... including items that matched pictures advertising prostitution services online. ((Deputy Chief Shawn Burke, Burlington Police 000224 the business model that's used is an illicit one, but it's also an effective one 27)) Burlington police Deputy Chief Shawn Burke says they're seeing more cases like these -- which start as drug investigations -- and are soon tied to human trafficking. ((SOT Burke 000231 Once you're a drug trafficker, you have a market of both drug consumers and then those so desperately addicted to opiates that they're willing to engage in this type of conduct to feed their habit. That's what's most shocking 43)) He says, the most disturbing part is that the victims are so desperate to feed their habit -- they told police, they felt they had no other choice. ((TRACKED FOR LATER: CAT VIGLIENZONI, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, BURLINGTON.))
Searching for bodies trapped in the rubble -- coming up we'll have the latest on the earthquake that rocked part of Italy. Plus the would you pay up to swim in one of Vermont's most popular spots? ((Sage Allen 1:11-1:12: "I think that's crazy.")) ((Dick McDonough 14:05-14:10: "We've put an enormous amount of personal money into the quarry.")) The details behind the debate. And the UVM Women's basketball team is tackling a transgender controversy head on -- Sports anchor Scott Fleishman on how it will impact their upcoming season when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.
The death toll from a powerful earthquake in Italy has risen to 159. One scene of destruction has been described as "Dante's inferno." Crews are racing against the clock to find survivors. Tina Kraus reports.
(nats clapping and yelling) ((NARR-1)) (APTN) 10 YEAR OLD GIULIA IS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. SHE WAS PULLED FROM THE RUBBLE IN "PESCARA DEL TRONTO" (peh-SCAR'-ah dell TRON'-toh). (nats ambulance) SIMILAR EFFORTS WERE UNDERWAY IN AMATRICE (ah-mah-tree-chay). THE TOWN HAS STOOD SINCE MEDIEVAL TIMES, BUT MUCH OF IT HAS BEEN REDUCED TO RUBBLE. (MAP) THE MAGNITUDE-6-POINT-2 QUAKE HIT EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING IN A REMOTE, MOUNTAINOUS REGION OF CENTRAL ITALY (nat) .. KILLING MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE. A CLOCK TOWER STILL MARKS THE TIME WHEN THE QUAKE STRUCK. THIS PRIEST HEARD PEOPLE CALLING FOR HELP (pause nats "AIUTO! AIUTO!)... AND TRIED TO LIFT STONES WITH HIS BARE HANDS TO FREE THEM. THE REGION IS A POPULAR SUMMER HOLIDAY RETREAT FOR ITALIANS. ONE OF THE COLLAPSED BUILDINGS IS A HOTEL BELIEVED TO HAVE 70 GUESTS. (nats) ITALY'S PRIME MINISTER HUGGED FIREFIGHTERS AFTER TOURING THE DEVASTATION. HE SAID IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY SOME OF THE VICTIMS. (NATS WOMAN ABOUT THE MILITARY) SOME RESIDENTS SAY THE MILITARY RESPONSE HAS BEEN SLOW. (AFP and eurovision) THE TERRAIN HAS ALSO MADE IT DIFFICULT TO BRING IN HEAVY EQUIPMENT. (nats) CREWS CONTINUE TO COMB THROUGH SOME AREAS IN THE DARK...HOPING TO FIND MORE SURVIVORS. TINA KRAUS, CBS NEWS, TERNI, ITALY. ###
The attack at the American University of Afghanistan is over according to that country's minister of the interior. Witnesses say a large explosion blew open one of the gates open. That was followed by heavy gunfire as militants stormed the campus during busy night classes. Officials say several were killed and about 30 others wounded. It's unknown if the gunmen are still at large. It's the second attack on the American University in a month.
A billboard in Phoenix is getting a lot of attention. A group of muslims had this put up along interstate-10 -- it says "hey ISIS, you suck!" They say they want people to know that islam means peace -- and they hope the sign starts conversations. The group says it's meant to show that the terrorist group ISIS actually goes against islam.
The son of famous minister, Billy Graham, led a massive prayer rally at the Vermont state house today. This is just one stop one Franklin Graham's tour around the country. He's holding prayer rallies in front of every state capitol building. Graham led thousands of Vermonters, who showed up, in prayer for state workers and police.
((Franklin Graham/Son of Minister 42:55 Billy Graham Friends, I've been going to all 50 state capitals. We are on a mission. Some people say Franklin are you running for office. Are you kidding me? I am running a campaign and it's a campaign to put God back in the politics of the United States of America.)) Graham says his rallies are a-political, but his message is anti-abortion and anti gay marriage.
An infamous pharmaceutical CEO -- is defending recent price hikes for the Epi-pen. Martin Shkreli gained notoriety last year by ratcheting-up the cost of a malaria and h-i-v medication -- by *five-thousand percent.* He' not involved with Epi-pen's parent company -- Mylan -- but is still defending the increase... from about 100- dollars for a two- pack in 2009 ... to more than 600- dollars this year.
(SOT-Martin Shkreli/) VN: "Everyone can understand in a free market that dollars rule. However these are lifesaving drugs. People don't have a choice whether they can buy them or not... " MS: "Yeah well that's up to insurance to pay for them. Like i said, it's 300 dollars a pen. 300 dollars. My iPhone's 700 dollars. The epi-pen faces little competition. It accounted for 87- percent of all epinephrine prescriptions pharmacies filled last year.
Currents BTV: It's partly cloudy and mild out. Headlines: Cold front brings some storms later tomorrow thru early Friday. The weekend starts out great, but another front moves in later Sunday. Temps: Temps are in the 60s and lower 70s right now. Dewpoints: Dewpoints are creeping up a bit, into the lower 60s, making it feel more humid. It will remain humid tomorrow. Rad/Sat: It's partly cloudy right now. But a front lurking to our west will bring us a few showers later tomorrow. Clouds/Precip: Dry and mild overnight. Tomorrow will be breezy and humid.That front will trigger a few showers and storms later in the day into early Friday. Then the humidity drops off later on Friday, and sets the stage for a nice start to the weekend. Here's Your Forecast: Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog, sheltered valleys. Lows: 58/68 Wind: S 5-15 mph Thursday: Sun and clouds. Few showers, t-storms. Breezy, more humid. Highs: 78/85 Wind: S 10-15 mph Thursday Night: Variable cloudiness. Scat'd showers, t-storms. Lows: 63/70 Wind: S 5-10 mph Friday: AM showers, t-storms end. Then partly cloudy. Turning less humid. Highs: 80/87 Wind: Bec NW 5-15 mph Extended: Friday night: Mostly clear. Lows: 50s Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 75/82 Lows: 55/65 Sunday: Partly sunny. Late day showers, t-storms. Highs: 75/82 Lows: 55/65 Monday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 75/82 Lows: 50s Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High: 75/82 Lows: 50s Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 75/82
There's a big change in the works at one of the state's most popular swimming holes. If you want to take a dip in the Dorset Quarry -- prepare to dip into your wallet. Lynzi DeLuccia reports..
((natsound)) It's the oldest quarry in the country, and one that's become a favorite summertime spot. ((Sage Allen :59-1:04: "Normally there's like 100 people here or more, normally it's really busy and I love it.")) But people who come for a swim at the Dorset Quarry are about to see a change - a 10-dollar parking fee in the quarry lot off Rt. 30. ((Sage Allen 1:11-1:12: "I think that's crazy.")) ((Sullivan Meile 1:15-1:25 "We've struggled for parking before, trying to find anywhere to go, so I guess it kind of makes sense, but I don't know I think it's kind of ridiculous too.")) While many are shocked, others are more surprised the fee didn't come sooner. ((David Heitkamp 6:34-6:45 "I'm actually surprised that this is even allowed to happen on private land...it's just a great place to come, if it costs 10 dollars a car, that's okay in my book, i just hope it goes to a good cause.")) ((Dick McDonough 14:05-14:10: "We've put an enormous amount of personal money into the quarry.")) Since purchasing his home and the property in 1997, Dick McDonough and his wife have spent 40 to 50 thousand dollars making the site one for the community - clearing out the trees, widening the road for parking, and most recently putting in porta potties. And now crowds are bringing in tons of cars, causing traffic and safety issues. ((Dick McDonough//Quarry Owner 18:00-18:11: " it was easier to manage 15 years ago because it was primarily local, but now we'll get 5 to 600 people on a given day in the summer and that's beyond my capacity...")) ((Robert Gaiotti//Town Manager 55:05-55:09: "What we've seen in recently in the last few years is an uptick in attendance...")) Town manager Robert Gaiotti is working with McDonough on controlling the crowds. A Bennington sheriff now sits on site during weekends - supervision cut down on problems with alcohol and improved parking. One thing they're looking at together is the possibility of the quarry becoming something of a state park down the road. ((Robert Gaiotti//Town Manager "It's got this unique blend of history and recreation that are pretty unlike any place around it and i think that's why folks are attracted so, our hope is to come up with a long term strategy to manage it.")) Money from parking fees will also go toward possibly making that a reality one day - bringing in amenities like electricity and changing rooms. And while McDonough believes it is almost time to 'pass the torch' on to other ownership, he says giving back by letting people enjoy his back yard, doesn't get old. ((McDonough 21:11-21:22: "I do it primarily because of the joy that I see in the faces of youngsters. They come here and it's a lifetime experience.")) An experience that certainly seems the be priceless. LD Ch3 News Dorset.
The UVM athletic department has canceled it's women's basketball road game at North Carolina on December 28th due to concern over the that state's HB2 law, which prevents transgender people from using government-run bathrooms based on their gender identity. According to UVM Athletic Director, Jeff Schulman, the decision was made after consultations with coaches, the women's team and key school officials. In a statement, Schulman said he understands the decision will impact the North Carolina Women's basketball schedule, but the school's decision is consistent with its values.
Here's an exact quote from that Schulman statement released early this evening. 'We strive very hard to create an inclusive climate for our students and staff in which they all can feel safe, respected, and valued. It would be hard to fulfill these obligations while competing in a state with this law, which is contrary to our values as an athletic department and university.' --- The Cats, under new head coach Chris Day, open the season with an exhibition game November 5th versus St. Mike's. The regular season begins Friday, November 11th at home against Bryant.
The UVM men's basketball team has released it's non-conference schedule for the upcoming season. The regular season begins with three road games in five days between Saturday, November 12th and Wednesday the 16th at Quinnipiac, Providence and Marist respectively before the home opener Saturday November 19th versus Lyndon State. --- The Cats will play three games in Florida Thanksgiving week as part of the Gulf Coast Showcase before closing out November at home against Yale. --- December begins with a road game at South Carolina on the first, then three straight at home, Dartmouth on Wednesday the 10th, Northeastern the following Saturday and Eastern Michigan on the 17th. --- Road games at Butler and Siena round out 2016. Then on Monday, January 2nd, Vermont wraps up their non-conference play at home against Harvard.
The Dartmouth football team opened up 2016 training camp today. The Big Green are looking to build off of their co-Ivy League championship last season. Their first game is at home on Saturday night, September 17th against UNH.
The ECFC preseason coaches poll is out. Norwich is picked to finish second in the eight team league. Castleton is picked third. Husson is the coaches top choice. Norwich did receive two first place votes. Last season, Norwich won the conference title for the third time in program history. --- Castleton matched it's 2014 season, tying program highs with seven overall wins and five conference victories. One of those wins coming over Norwich at Spartan Stadium. --- Norwich is leaving next season to join the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference next season, but still play to play Castleton as part of the non confernece schedule. The Cadets open the 2016 season on Saturday, September 3rd at home against RPI. Castleton kicks off it's season that same day at home versus Plymouth State.
Major league baseball from today, the Yankees beat Seattle 5-0. The Red Sox lost to the Ray tonight, 4-3 in 11 innings. Sox phenom Andrew Benintendi leaving the game with a sprained knee. An arial view of Centennial Field tonight as the Lake Monsters host the Lowell Spinners. --- Final hot dog heaven of the season, but you know what, pretzels are really good too. --- A really good catch in centerfield tonight by Lowell's Yoan Aybar in the third inning keeping this a 1-1 game. --- Now, I want to take you back to last night, basses loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning for Miguel Mercedes and by now you know what happens. A deep drive to right for a grand slam. It ties the game at 5. 10 homers for Mercedes this season. --- Ok, back to tonight and wouldn't you know, the basses are loaded in the bottom of the fifth for Mercedes. And this is what happens a dribbler to third, the third baseman throws it away at first. --- All three runners cross the plate, mercedes ends up on second. It's not a grand slam, but it will do. The Monsters win this one, 5-3.
A's General Manager David Forst left Burlington this afternoon after a brief visit with the Lake Monsters. Forst says this was an opportunity for him to check in on the players he hasn't really seen since his scouting trips. One of the guys Forst is high on, as well as the A's organization, is pitcher AJ Puk. Puk was drafted 6th overall in this summer's MLB draft. He's not the only first round pick for the A's to come through Burlington and according to Forst, he won't be the last.
(((David Forst/"This was a unique year for us, because we picked 6th overall. We haven't picked that high in a long time, but in past years, Richie Martin, Addison Russell, those guys came through here, so it's a priority for us to make sure the first picks get here to Vermont. A.J. Was one of the guys I scouted in college. This was a good spot for him to start out and work on some things. He had some command issues to get done, so this is a good league for him. Good experience for him in his first pro ball Summer.")))
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