Wed 01-OCT-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11 -- I'm Keith McGilvery. Phones down and heads up -- Vermont's hands-free law is now in full effect for drivers across the state. Today we teamed up with a state trooper to get a sense of what that will mean for you.

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State Trooper Dustin Robinson says Vermont's roads can be very dangerous. (( State Trooper Dustin Robinson 00:12:51:00 Distracted driving is a huge issue, we have seen a number of fatalities related to distracted driving.)) And people talking on their phones are often to blame. ((State Trooper Dustin Robinson 00:07:48:00 Usually what I see is lane issues and speed issues, basically the erratic driving.)) But Robinson hopes that will change now that Vermont's new hands-free law is in effect -- for drivers. Wednesday He took us on patrol along I-89 -- to give us a sense of what he'll be looking for. ((State Trooper Dustin Robinson 00:09:25:00 I'm probably at this point going to be looking for a device in hand.)) Under the new law cell phones, ipods, tablets and computers are all banned -- unless you have a hands-free system -- like a bluetooth. ((John Sullivan/Vergennes, VT 00:00:08:00 "I agree with the ban because of the safety issue but this is my mobile office and I can only use it when I'm stopped." 00:00:17:00)) Drivers say the new ban will only make Vermont roadways safer if there's teeth behind the new legislation. ((Sydney Durand/UVM Senior 00:14:05:00 "it's only going to be really effective if other Vermonters and law enforcement take it seriously as well."00:14:11:00)) The DMV's enforcement director says that's the plan. ((Glen Button/DMV Enforcement Division Director 00:00:21:00 "We're pretty confident that agencies will follow their policies, use good discretion and only be taking action for clear cut substantial violations of the law." 00:00:30:00)) Robinson's on board too and says he's been trained in what to watch out for on the road. He argues the new law isn't perfect but that it's a good place to start. ((State Trooper Dustin Robinson 00:10:31:00 The bill is a step in the right direction, I don't think it is perfect, it's got good intentions to reduce distracted driving, but by no means addresses everything, but it's a start, it is a step in the right direction.)) Robinson did write a ticket for a license plate and seatbelt violation Wednesday -- but as of mid-afternoon he had not spotted any drivers failing to go hands-free.

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Using a GPS, a CB radio, or making an emergency call is NOT against the law.

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New recommendations in a report on Vermont's Department for Children and Families. Acting secretary Harry Chen wants to add a total of 39 new staff members. Some of those are already on board--others will be added. The report also recommends enhancing parent education efforts -- bringing in outside experts to help decide custody issues -- and improving the transparency of DCF, including creation of a permanent legislative oversight committee.

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(00:01:52) ((Harry Chen "DCF should strengthen its approach to integrated services rather than engage in major reorganizations aimed at splitting up the agency.")) (00:02:03) (00:16:55:19) ((Gov. Shumlin "We have to invest the dollars to do everything that we can to have A better chance at success in protecting our most vulnerable kids. We've seen too many tragedies, we've seen too many missed opportunities so we're going to take this report very very seriously.")) (00:17:07:15) Both a legislative committee and a citizens review board appointed by the governor--are also conducting reviews--and expected to weigh in.

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He's accused of crushing state police cruises and he won't face trial. Last summer -- prosecutors charged Roger Pion of Newport with destroying multiple Orleans County cruisers. He was allegedly angry about mistreatment by police and an arrest for marijuana possession. At one point he was found incompetent for trial- then a new psychiatric review found him ready. But -- now Prosecutor Alan Franklin has decided not to prosecute - believing Pion was not competent when he crushed the cars.

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She was found incompetent to stand trial -- now the woman behind a deadly workplace shooting is moving to a less restrictive mental health facility. Elizabeth Teague has been hospitalized for 22 years -- after shooting 4 people in Bennington -- One was killed. Now a judge has agreed with state mental health officials who argued that other patients could be better served at the Brattleboro Retreat where there is a shortage of beds. Teague will be moved to a facility in Middlesex.

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Her horse was shot and killed by a crossbow -- and now one Barton woman wants answers. Patricia Russell received a call from a neighbor Friday night that one of her horses was dead lying in a pasture. Russell suspects the animal was killed by a poacher who snuck onto her family farm. Russell says losing "Spud" was like losing a member of her family.

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(patricia Russell/Horse Killed 01:04:56)(("When you work with an animal, train an animal, ride an animal, you feed em twice a day, they become more than just an animal in the pasture...01:01:58 We believe they understood what they hit, but they just left him there to die.")) Anyone with information is asked to contact Vermont State Police.

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A Clarendon woman is accused of trying to lure a teen into having sex. State Police say 25-year-old Tiffany Pagan of Clarendon used her position as a peer educator in the Rutland school system to form a relationship with a 15-year-old boy .. That included sexual messages over Facebook -- and allowing the boy to sleep at her home.

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A Barnard embezzler is heading to prison. Pamela Smith was sentenced to 15 months after pleading guilty to taking more than $200,000 from the Shire Riverview Motel in Woodstock. Prosecutors say over a period of four years the former bookkeeper was depositing unauthorized checks into her own account. Smith has already repaid more than 120-thousand dollars.

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A convicted killer has been tapped to speak at the Goddard College graduation this weekend. Tonight many are outraged and the school is defending the choice. My co-anchor Jennifer Reading reports.

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It's a small school -- making big headlines -- in Plainfield. After selecting a cop killer -- to speak at graduation. ((Col. Tom L'Esperance/Vt. State Police 01:00:39 "It has hit a nerve.")) Goddard College is known for bucking cultural norms. But the colonel of Vermont State Police says -- this time -- the school crossed the line. ((Col. Tom L'Esperance/Vt. State Police 01:00:41 "This is ridiculous to have someone, like this individual have a voice to talk to college students at their graduation day. It's embarrassing and it's disgusting all wrapped up in one.")) Mumia Abu-Jamal is serving life -- without parole -- for gunning down a Philadelphia police officer -- during a traffic stop -- in 1981. The 60-year-old former Black Panther claims he was wrongfully convicted by a racist justice system. Celebrities defended his cause. Mumia wrote books and became one of the most famous death row inmates -- before that sentence was overturned -- in 20-11. He will now live out his days in Pennsylvania prison. Goddard grads want to hear from the controversial alum. Mumia's commencement speech will be pre-recorded. And the school is proud of its pick. The interim president released a statement saying: GRX Bob Kenny/Goddard College Interim President "Choosing Mumia as their commencement speaker, to me, shows how this newest group of Goddard graduates expresses their freedom to engage and think radically and critically in a world that often sets up barriers to do just that." ((NATS)) It's not the first time Mumia has made waves in the Green Mountains. In 1995 -- a protestor climbed atop the UVM water tower -- to hang a banner opposing Mumia's execution. ((NATS free mumia)) That same year -- a half dozen protestors were arrested -- outside the National Governor's Conference -- at a Burlington hotel. They were trying to convince Pennsylvania's governor to set Mumia free. ((Col. Tom L'Esperance/Vt. State Police 01:01:46 "This individual is sentenced to life in prison. His voice should be silenced at this point.")) Det. Sgt. Mike O'Neil agrees. He heads the troopers association -- and sent a letter on behalf of its 280 members -- to the school -- to rescind Mumia's invitation. He has not heard back. But he and the colonel -- have heard from Officer Danny Faulkner's widow -- who is struggling to understand how her husband's killer is back in the spotlight. ((Det. Sgt. Mike O'Neil/Vermont State Police 01:05:10 "she relives this crime over and over and Goddard College is responsible for that this time. They made a decision to revictimize the widow of a police officer killed in the line of duty.")) 20 students are set to graduate -- from Goddard -- this Sunday afternoon -- at the school's Haybarn Theatre.

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Lots of clouds hanging out there tonight... with an upper-level trough in the region. The clouds will keep our lows at 45/55. Tomorrow drier air will gradually start to work in, so we could end the day with some sun. I'll have a look at the extended forecast in a bit.

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After 114 years, a Vermont family is selling its famous product -- letting it go corporate. Alex Apple joins us in the studio to explain. Keith we're talking about a product that -- its new owners say -- belongs in the same category as famous Vermont brands like Cabot or Burton. It's one of the oldest family businesses in Vermont -- based out of Lyndonville -- and now -- employees tell us they are excited about the change.

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Few people even know what's in it. A greasy product that is as Vermont as Ben and Jerry's. (Shawna Wilkerson/Bag Balm Employee for 17 years 52:48)(("it is used for practically everything")) For 114 years -- it's been rubbed on everything from hands, feet to cow udders. (53:50 Shawna Wilkerson)(("Oh I use it mostly for my hands or dry feet.")) And after four generations of family ownership -- Bag Balm is under new leadership. The new CEO is John Packard -- a lifelong entrepreneur --but he's no stranger to the Green Mountains -- he went to UVM -- and is even in the sports Hall of Fame -- for his baseball career. Packard took over the company one week ago from Barbara Allen Norris -- whose grandfather founded the company in 1899. (42:30 John Packard/New CEO)(("We bring a marketing and advertising approach to things, retail.")) Packard wants to get Bag Balm into more national chains like Lowe's or Home Depot. Bag Balm has never marketed itself for human use -- yet people started using it for healing cuts or skin care. (52:51 Shawna Wilkerson)(("You'd be amazed at some of the things people use bag balm for.")) (42:13 John Packard/New CEO)(("Kind of looked at it as an orphan; it's a one hit wonder.")) But Packard plans to take this one-hit wonder and hit for the cycle. (43:28 John Packard/New CEO)(("I could see us having a family of 15 or 20 products.")) (53:22 Shawna Wilkerson)(("Q:Are you excited about this change? SHAWNA: Yes -- cause they have got some great things that they're planning to do.")) Packard says like Burts Bees expanded past Lip Balm -- Bag Balm can follow suit -- one possible new product: lipstick underliner. But first, new ownership must seek the FDA's seal of approval -- something Bag Balm has never had. (44:58 John Packard)(("It is a significant expense, but without FDA approval, we can't make claims for certain things like antiseptic.")) Change is on the horizon -- but one label on Bag Balm will stick: Made in Vermont. (48:38 John Packard)(("There is a cache about Vermont products. If Bag Balm was made in Illinois I'm not sure, it would have the same cache as made in Vermont."))

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Packard say Bag Balm will keep the same formula but they will explore different packaging as they market the product for new uses. We asked what Bag Balm sold for, but Packard says that will remain private.

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Tis the season to find the perfect tree for Burlington's Church Street. The Marketplace is looking for a donation for the upcoming holiday season. The tree must be between 35 and 45 feet tall, preferably a Blue Spruce and located near Burlington.

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A major shake up at the secret service -- Why the agency's director is out the door. And -- Health officials are fanning out across one major American city -- find out what they're looking for. Plus -- Find out why former Vice President Al Gore is forking over millions to one Burlington based business. And tonight we're finding art in the Garden. (00:39:14:00 Tile 8283) ((That was the one that started it )) We'll explain when the Channel 3 News at 11 comes back!

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In the wake of the White House security woes -- the director of the Secret Service has resigned. Julia Pierson made the announcement just one day after her appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The hearing focused on the recent breaches in security -- namely, the former U-S soldier who jumped a White House fence last month -- and entered the executive mansion. Pierson had worked at the Secret Service for 30 years.

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Five children are among at least a dozen people being monitored by Texas health officials for symptoms of Ebola. The precautions are in response to the first case of the deadly disease diagnosed here in the U.S. Marlie Hall reports.

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THE MAN BEING TREATED FOR EBOLA IN A DALLAS HOSPITAL COULD HAVE BEEN PLACED IN ISOLATION WHEN HE FIRST WENT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM LAST WEEK. INSTEAD, HE WAS SENT HOME. THE PATIENT, IDENTIFIED AS THOMAS ERIC DUNCAN BY CBS DALLAS STATION KTVT, WENT TO TEXAS HEALTH PRESBYTERIAN SEPTEMBER 26TH, COMPLAINING OF FEVER AND ABDOMINAL PAINS. A NURSE - READING FROM AN EBOLA CHECKLIST - ASKED IF HE HAD TRAVELED FROM AFRICA. DUNCAN, WHO IS LIBERIAN, SAID YES. BUT WAS RELEASED ANYWAY. HE WAS ADMITTED TWO DAYS LATER. (SOT) "regretfully, that information was not fully communicated throughout the full team." (STANDUP BRIDGE:) EBOLA IS NOT CONTAGIOUS UNTIL A PATIENT IS SHOWING SYMPTOMS, AND THEN, ONLY BY CONTACT WITH INFECTED BODY FLUIDS. THOSE WHO FLEW WITH DUNCAN FROM AFRICA, THORUGH BRUSSELS AND WASHINGTON, D.C. TO DALLAS, WERE NOT AT RISK. THE HEAD OF THE CDC CENTER FOR GLOBAL HEALTH IS IN LIBERIA, AND SAID THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THAT THE PASSENGER SCREENING PROCESS FAILED. (SOT) "the longer this epidemic exists, the bigger it gets, the greater the risk of importation events like we have just seen." TEXAS HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY 12-18 PEOPLE WHO HAD DIRECT CONTACT WITH DUNCAN WILL BE MONITORED FOR SYMPTOMS FOR AT LEAST THREE WEEKS. MARLIE HALL, CBS NEWS, DALLAS.

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A former Vice President is making a big investment in a Vermont company. Seventh Generation got a 30 million dollar boost from Al Gore's investment fund. The Burlington based company is the nation's leading brand of non-toxic, bio-based household cleansers. The company says the deal with the former vice president will help expand its product line. That includes buying more of what they call mission-led brands -- like Bobble, the re-usable water bottle company 7th-Gen bought last year.

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Tonight a trough of low pressure will continue to influence our weather; we'll see more clouds and perhaps a few showers, mainly over southern areas. Lows will average 45/55. The trough will slowly pull away on Thursday so skies will gradually become partly sunny, but it could take some time. Highs will reach into the middle 60s. Friday looks like a decent day, with partly cloudy skies. The sunshine will get our highs back to 65/72. It does look like southerly breezes will begin to kick up later in the day. Looking ahead to this upcoming weekend, the weather doesn't look great. A potent frontal system will cause rain to develop on Saturday into Saturday night. Once the front passes, Sunday will be mostly cloudy, breezy, and cool, with the chance for a few showers. An active weather pattern will persist into next week. A series of upper-level disturbances will rotate through the area, with periods of showers possible from time to time.

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It's harvest time for many gardeners around the state. And for one woman -- the produce -- is for more than just table. Alexei Rubenstein explains.

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When it comes to harvesting their backyard garden, Jackie Smith and her partner Erik look forward to one particular crop. (00:12:04:04 Tile 8268)(( Erik Nielsen: Oh, here's a good one. Jackie: Oh, two -leggeds. I love two leggeds -- they're so human)) Whether short and fat -- or twisted and contorted -- it's carrots that bring this couple true joy. Rooting in the dirt to discover what lies beneath -- each one a surprise. ((Inside)) From Agriculture to Art -- what started as a quirky carrot holiday calendar for family members -- has taken on a life of its own. (00:39:14:00 Tile 8283) ((That was the one that started it )) Themes include -- carrots doing yoga -- carrots dancing -- and one of her favorites -- "The ladies room". (00:02:48:29 Tile 8267) (( I just immediatly knew they were standing in line for the ladies room)) Put together with found objects and some cardboard from a Cheerios box. It has gone on to become a best seller. She now sells calendars, post cards and prints at farmers markets and other venues -- even putting together shows with other photographers. (00:30:29:17 tile 8279)(( People were going around looking at all the beautiful photographs and they get to mine and they just burst out laughing. And that brings me a lot of joy)) Whether its rocks in the soil, or a special planting method -- the couple isn't sure what contributes to their quirky carrots. Out of their average 75 pound harvest, most go into soups and stews, but a select few have what it takes. (00:26:48:15 Tile 8279) (("Often what I'll do is I'll start by categorizing them. And they'll be my two-legged pile and they go in one bag. And my three-legged pile -- and others that are just plain weird)) Smith says she's looked at a few interesting tomatoes and beans, but so far carrots remain her medium of choice. (00:46:04:21 Tile 8284) (( I'm working with what I got and that's really the sort of philosophy of my art -- is whatever shows up. And I think when these carrots showed up, it was as if this was a gift -- that I needed the whimsy and joy that they brought. And that I could share that with other people made it a gift that spread.)) (00:28:16:27 Tile 8279) ((AR: So you haven't exhausted the creative potential of this vegetable yet? Jackie: Let's say we hope not.)) An artist excited to see what this harvest holds in store. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News Brookfield

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The UVM men's soccer team is in the middle of a slump. After winning 5 of their first six games, The Cats are winless in their last 4 and didn't score a goal in any of those games. Dartmouth, on the other hand, is unbeaten in its last 4 games. The two rivals meeting in a non conference game at Virtue Field today. --- First half, off the throw in, Nick Rooney's header is caught by UVM keeper Ryan Bailey. We're scoreless at the break. --- In the 52nd minute, big scramble in front of the UVM net, Dartmouth's Matt Danilack finds the ball and fires it home. 1-0 Big Green. --- About 21 minutes later, The Cats Bernard Yeboah to Brian Wright who goes top corner. Vermont's first goal in 4 games. We're going to overtime knotted at 1. --- After a 10 minute scoreless first OT, we go to a second overtime and with about 5 minutes to go, Dartmouth's corner kick is headed twice in the goal box before Wyatt Omsberg puts the game away with a beautiful shot. Dartmouth pulls out the thrilling 2-1 double overtime victory.

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(((Wyatt Omsberg/"This is a big game. You know they're a good team. They're going to win a lot of games. They've got a good chance of going to the tournament as well. So, we definitely had our chances especially in the second half, 2 posts, a lot of good shots, but yeah it's real nice to get the win in overtime."))) (((Jesse Cormier/"It's great to get back into that game. Now I want to see our team finish and have the will to win the game and find the goal on our end.")))

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The Dartmouth football team begins IVY league play this Saturday afternoon at home against Penn. The Big Green are coming off a blowout loss at New Hampshire over the weekend in the Granite Bowl. The Wildcats are a top 5 team, so while Dartmouth wasn't expected to come away with the victory, the team would have liked a better effort than the 52-19 score indicated.

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(((Buddy Teevens/"We feel like we're a better team having that opportunity. Certainly mistakes were made that we can make against a good team, let alone any team. But it was a learning process for us. We came away healthy, which is huge. We've got some guys coming back that had been injured and again, the IVY league opener is just tremendously important to us.")))

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The Patriots have a short week. After getting blown out Monday Night in Kansas City, the team faces Cincinnati on Sunday Night football. A lot of controversy surrounding the Pats even before that 41-14 debacle monday. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was on the field before the game talking to ESPN football analysts Trent Dilfer and Steve Young. Dilfer and Young then went on ESPN's pregame show and blasted Patriots management for not giving Brady the protection and weapons he needs to win a championship, essentially expressing Brady's frustration for him. Brady said today he hopes those issues are correctable, Bill Belichick didn't want to discuss any of those issues.

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((Bill Belichick/"We're on to Cincinnati. It's nothing about the past, nothing about the future. Right now we're preparing for Cincinnati."))) (((Tom Brady/"We're trying to find the things that we do well, and we're trying to find the things that we don't do well. Like I said, we're 2-2. It's not a great record. It could be worse, could be better. We've just got to try to find ways to do a better job.")))

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A documentary chronicling the historic career of Thunder Road co-owner Ken Squire will air tomorrow night on Vermont Public access. We got a sneak peak of the film along with the man himself. Look for that story tomorrow night at 6. Squire will be on hand Sunday for the annual Milk Bowl in Barre. This event has come a long way since it's inception 52 years ago, not only with the increased number of drivers in the field, but also the competitiveness of the drivers. Lowest score wins in this 3 segment race in which 30 cars will take to the highbanks.

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(((Tom Curley/"Most of the Milk Bowls were won with less than 10 points, a single digit. But in this generation, the drivers with these cars, almost every Milk Bowl is now a double digit win and that makes it exciting, with all those teams, because you never know who's going to win it until the end.")))


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