Wed 16-APR-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening, I'm Keith McGilvery. We have a developing story off the top tonight. Police have found two people dead in Stowe. Authorities discovered both individuals at 262 Cady Hill Road late this afternoon and are calling the deaths "untimely". Right now the state police crime unit is on scene. We have a team in Stowe as well and will bring you the very latest as it becomes available.

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Major flaws have been uncovered in the Burlington School Budget that failed at the polls. Ali Freeman has been digging into the details and joins us in the newsroom with the latest -- Ali? Keith -- an audit has discovered that the district was making huge errors when budgeting for next year. What this means -- is that the budget voters already thought was too high -- could in fact even higher.

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((53:53 Miram Stoll / School Board Finance Chair "The notion that the district has been under-budgeting or has not been reflecting actual expenses in their budget by this amount -- is a very shocking thing to think about.")) It is a budget that has already failed at the polls -- and now, the Burlington School District has uncovered another BIG problem. A new audit shows the school budget had been built based on previous budgets and NOT actual spending -- and that, that had been the case for several years. ((43:40 Miram "And they came back to us just at the end of last week and said to us in fact what we have been doing was making an error in how we budgeted. So in fact the budget that we put out for FY 15 wasn't actually reflective of our spending.")) School board Chair, Patrick Halladay says essentially -- the district's been spending more than what the budget was showing -- and were planning next year -- on expense estimates that were too low. From Fiscal Year 14-- there is a 2.5 million deficit that needs to be made up -- and the district had underbudgeted FY15 for another 2.5 million dollars. That means -- over the next few years -- the board will need to find 5 million dollars. ((20:28 Patrick Halladay / Chair "It's real and it's serious. And we are certainly not going to be able to do all of the things we hope we would be able to do.")) Halladay says they are now headed back to the drawing board -- to find a new budget that will address this gap. ((18:11 Patrick Halladay /Chair "It could mean a couple of things. It could mean higher taxes, it could mean more cuts -- or it could mean some combination of those.")) Halladay says it is too early to tell HOW these errors occurred. Superintendent Jeanne Collins would not go on camera -- but says the faulty numbers are due to a change in business managers and an antiquated software system that did not provide adequate detail. Now -- the board says it must present a budget that will come with an even bigger price tag -- with more cuts -- than the voters previously shot down. ((20:05 Patrick Halladay / Chair "Yah we have concerns. I have concerns as a parent, I have concerns as an educator, I have concerns as a board memeber, I have concerns as a citizen and as a taxpayer. What do I imagine will happen? I dont' want to guess."))

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The audit also revealed that the district's been late paying payroll taxes- and will likely owe the IRS a penalty fee. As for a new budget -- once the board has one -- it will be sent to city council and then voters for approval. The mayor decline to comment on the situation. Keith?

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Roads are rebounding from this week's flooding but the state says it will need more money for transportation repairs. At least 45 roads were closed overnight. While the situation is improving - Governor Shumlin says a big concern now is the Federal Highway Trust Fund--a pot used by all 50 state's for road repairs. It's projected to be in rough shape by July. Shumlin and state transportation leaders are urging Congress to act.

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00:08:20 00:08:30 ((Gov Shumlin "We're about to let contracts go out for work thats gotta be done, and yet we still dont know that we'll have the federal money to pay the bill when we're done.")) 00:25:47 00:26:00 ((Sue Minter/AOT Deputy Sec. "We have July staring us in the face. We cannot advance expensive projects unless we know the feds can reimburse us for those so thats why its so important we are raising this issue now and theres a lot at risk.")) State officials say they aim to put 115 million dollars into road repairs this Spring--on top of being 9 million dollars over budget after an extremely rough winter. But--they say they cannot do any of the projects they want to do - if the Federal Highway Fund falls short.

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Tonight a Vermont woman is lucky to be alive and the man who helped rescue her from dangerous flood waters is being called a hero. Jennifer Reading has the story -- with Video you'll only see on Channel 3.

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It happened in minutes. A pick-up truck -- swallowed by flood waters -- of the swollen Missisquoi River. And the driver ... trapped inside. ((Shawn Glidden/Montgomery 00:21:47 "The truck almost tipped over. It was up on its side. Water was raging over the hood.")) Montgomery resident -- Shawn Glidden -- was part of the rescue on Longley Bridge Road Tuesday night -- and shared this home video -- exclusively with Channel 3. ((NATS from home video)) Police say when the driver tried to plow through the standing water -- it wasn't that high. But her truck stalled -- and the river rose rapidly. Glidden's neighbor -- Stanley Longley -- drove his tractor to the water's edge -- to help -- but that too began to tip. They called 911. ((Shawn Glidden/Montgomery 00:22:14 "I told her to calm down. Just say in the truck.")) ((Jennifer Reading/Montomery 00:33:41 "Once the 911 call came in, rescue crews immediately headed to the scene on Longley Bridge Road but said their response times took longer than usual because the flood water had made several roads impassable and heavy mud complicated the situation.")) Corporal Brendan McKenney -- was the first officer on scene. The former marine says his military training took over. ((Cpl. Brendan McKenney/Franklin County Sheriff's Dept. 00:40:42 "I just went into action. I had rope in the back of my car and I had a pry bar. The tractor was there and that was the first thing that came to my head is that we have to go out there and get her.")) ((Shawn Glidden/Montgomery 00:23:15 "I couldn't believe he did it, but he jumped like 6 feet through the air, on the top of the truck. I mean if he'd of fell off the top of the truck I know he would have drown.")) The woman's truck -- bares the marks of the rescue. Her power windows weren't working --so McKenney smashed the driver's side and pulled her into the bed of the pick-up. ((Cpl. Brendan McKenney/Franklin County Sheriff's Dept. 00:42:36 "She was actually frozen up in there. :41 I had to do a little bit of yelling but I was like we'll get through this, we got to get you out of here. So you just got to work with me here.")) ((Shawn Glidden/Montgomery 00:23:30 "then they jumped off into the water on this side with the rope. The water started raging. Their heads started to go under the water. So I ran grabbed the rope, picked it up high, picked their heads out of the water.")) The farmer and his tractor -- the pulled the woman and her rescuer -- from the frigid water. She was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. McKenney -- changed his ripped, blood stained clothes -- and returned to his normal duties within an hour. ((Shawn Glidden/Montgomery 00:24:18 "he was a hero and he really deserves a medal or something for risking his life as quickly as he did. 00:24:26 "the way he jumped on that truck without a second thought for his safety. he did what he had to do to save her life.")) JR CH 3 News.

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GMO labeling got the green light from the Vermont Senate today. Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation requiring genetically modified foods to be labeled accordingly. The legislation now goes to the Governor. Some large food and biotech corporations have said that requiring labeling of foods is a violation of the First Amendment - and a lawsuit could follow if the law is implemented.

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((Sen. Norm McAllister/R-Franklin County 01:08:38:25 So we're gonna spend, between one and a half to 5 million dollars, and in the end the people who wanted labeling, may not get it.1:08:47:19)) ((Falko Schilling/VPIRG 1:04:11:11 It's something that consumers all across the country are demanding and that people are interested - they want to know what's in their food for a number of reasons, and this is going to give them that information.01:04:17:2 3)) Lawmakers anticipate defending the legislation in court and have set up a 1-point-5 million dollar legal fund for the Vermont Attorney General's Office. The money will come from several sources -- including the public.

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The number of homeless people in Vermont is up 9-percent from last year. A one day count from January estimates that there are 15 hundred and 56 homeless people in the state. The survey is required by the National Department of Housing and Urban Development. It involves a number of social service agencies across Vermont counting up their clients and hitting the streets to find additional homeless.

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((Erin Ahearn, Safe Harbor Health Center 04:06 "I think the ongoing concern is if this population is getting bigger, what are we doing to address that as funding gets tighter for all sorts of resources and the economy continues to struggle it makes sense that more people are becoming homeless but we have less to serve them.)) Ahearn says children make up one in four of the state's overall homeless population. She says the new numbers will help groups like hers assess the services they offer and the changes they might need to make.

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Six people escaped a house fire in Plattsburgh. Police received a 9-1-1 call Tuesday morning from a person in the house. First responders say when they arrived at 42 Smith Street, the house was engulfed in flames. Investigators learned the fire was started by a child playing with a lighter on the porch and say he will not face criminal charges because of his age.

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Dan is here. It's cold out.

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A tuition CUT is on the way to students who attend New Hampshire's community colleges! There are ten community college campuses in New Hampshire. Three of them are in our region -- River Valley Community College in Claremont... and White Mountains Community College in Berlin and Littleton. In the fall - tuition is going DOWN 5-percent. For full-time, in-state students -- that means paying 48-hundred dollars -- down from about 5-grand.

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Still ahead --heartache in South Korea. Many are dead and hundreds are unaccounted for after a ferry sinks. And sad news in the search for a missing New Hampshire man. Plus We go behind the Start Up New York campaign. And what does it take to look like this? ((("I've just always been really athletic and it seemed like fun to see how far I can push myself..)) Scott Fleishman takes us inside the world of bodybuilding with an athlete from our region. Those stories and meteorologist Dan Dowling's forecast when the Channel 3 News at 11 comes back

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At least six people are dead after a ferry boat sank off the coast of South Korea. The search continues for the nearly 300 people still missing - but hope is fading. Teri Okita reports.

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BLANKETS WERE LOADED ONTO A SEARCH BOAT HEADED BACK OUT TO THE WATERS OFF THE COAST OF SOUTH KOREA. CREWS ARE LOOKING FOR PASSENGERS MISSING AFTER A FERRY BOAT CAPSIZED WEDNESDAY. (nats sobbing) DISTRAUGHT FAMILIES ARE WAITING FOR WORD.. MOST OF THE MISSING ARE TEENAGED STUDENTS -- HEADED TO A TOURIST ISLAND ON A CLASS TRIP. SOME FAMILY MEMBERS HIRED THEIR OWN BOAT TO GO OUT TO THE SITE. (nats woman yelling) THIS WOMAN YELLED AT SOUTH KOREAN POLITICIANS... BEFORE COLLAPSING IN TEARS. ONE FATHER SAID "It's getting dark and we have to see what happened to our children!" (nat) THE CAPTAIN SENT A DISTRESS CALL AFTER THE FERRY BEGAN LISTING TO ONE SIDE. PASSENGERS WERE TOLD NOT TO MOVE FROM THEIR SEATS. THAT INSTRUCTION MIGHT HAVE COST MANY LIVES. ((nats korean )) "Who told them to stay inside the boat? - THIS RELATIVE SAID. "Does that make any sense?" (nats search) RESCUERS SCRAMBLED TO SAVE AS MANY PASSENGERS AS THEY COULD. BUT DIVERS WERE UNABLE TO GET INSIDE THE WRECK... BECAUSE THE CURRENT WAS TOO STRONG AND THE VISIBILITY WAS POOR. (nat) SURVIVORS WERE TREATED FOR BROKEN BONES AND HYPOTHERMIA. (nats korean) "There were a lot of students who did not get out of the ship." HE SAID. PASSENGERS WHO MADE IT OUT SAY THE SEVERE TILT OF THE SHIP PREVENTED PEOPLE FROM REACHING THE EXITS. TERI OKITA FOR CBS NEWS.

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A body pulled from the water near the North Hartland Dam appears to be that of a missing man from New Hampshire. 42-year old Michael Hayward of Sunapee disappeared two months ago. His car was found near the Quechee Gorge. Police say the Hartford Fire Department pulled his body from the water this afternoon. An autopsy is being performed. The investigation continues.

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If you've been watching our broadcasts then you've seen the commercials -- they're for Start-up NY -- a campaign to attract businesses to the Empire State. Governor Andrew Cuomo launched the program to counter New York's reputation as a high-tax state, unfriendly to business. To qualify, a company must be new or relocating from somewhere else -- must create jobs -- and must have a tie to a state university, like Plattsburgh State. The program uses a powerful tax incentive -- zero corporate taxes for ten years.

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(tile 0947 00:01:40:16) ((Garry Douglas/North Country Chamber of Commerce "You compare that to 8.5 percent in vermont, you compare that to almost 12 percent corporate tax rate for manufacturers in Quebec, O in New York - we start to have a very strong message." 00:01:54:08)) North Country business leaders hope to attract businesses to set-up shop near the Plattsburgh airport -- or in the old Pfizer pharmaceutical plant in Chazy.

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Tonight: BRRRRR! Mostly clear. Locally colder. Lows: 12/22 Wind: Light Thursday: MILDER Mostly sunny. Highs: 46/54 Wind: S 10-15 mph Thursday night: CHILLY. Mostly clear. Lows: 18/28 Wind: S 5-10 mph bec light Friday: SEASONABLE Mostly sunny. Highs: 50/58 Wind: S 10-15 mph Extended: Friday night: Lows: 25/35 Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance few showers. Highs: 45/55 Lows: 30s Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 45/55 Lows: 30s Monday: Mostly cloudy. Chance showers Highs: 50s Lows: 35/42 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance showers. Highs: 55/65 Lows: 30s Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 50s

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He's served our country in uniform-- and out of uniform he's making a name for himself on the stage. Scott Fleishman has his story.

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(((standard... 1:50))) (((Bodybuilding. It's a sport that takes great discipline, which is why it is a perfect fit for Jesse Tynan.))) ((("I've just always been really athletic and it seemed like fun to see how far I can push myself and this is the perfect sport for that."))) (((After graduating from Vergennes union high school in 2009 Tynan enlisted in the Air National Guard.))) ((("He came out of the guard totally changed. It was such a great step for him to go."))) ((("Still in it right now. It's awesome. I love that."))) (((He served for 3 months last year, returning to Vermont in May.))) (((Jesse Tynan/"It was my roommate in college that got me working out and when I got back from being deployed is when I decided to take it seriously."))) (((Tynan is flexing his way towards a pro career.))) ((("Bright lights on you, poising in front of these judges. It can be pretty intimidating."))) ((("Oh absolutely and I've always had bad stage fright, so it's good for me. I kind of just get into my own world and my own zone and hope everything works out for the best, you know?"))) (((After winning the novice division in his competition back in October, Tynan signed with P4p muscle as a sponsor. The company will cover competition expenses. Not bad for a 21 year old.))) (((Jack Tynan/"He's accomplished so much in a short period of time being out of high school. The way he's living his life really makes me proud."))) (((The pressure won't all fall on Jesse's broad shoulders))) ((("It's great to have family and friends support you and that's the biggest thing because it gets rough when you're dieting."))) ((("I'll say I haven't seen you in a week, let's go get something to eat, and he'll say I can't get something to eat, I have to eat my rice cake."))) (((A strict diet for a no nonsense sport. When Jesse Tynan takes the stage, his muscles are on display, but it's also a showcase of self control. In Beekmantown, New York, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 spotlight on sports.)))

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Another day... Another string of cancellations... The past few years it seems like Vermont just can't catch a break in the spring sports season... One of the few games this afternoon.... At Duffy field an NE-10 men's lacrosse showdown... St. Michael's hosting rival Franklin Pierce. --- Don't blink because the Purple Knights score early and often ... 15 seconds in, Tim McDonald says super size it... 1-0 SMC --- One goal later, off the great feed, Matt Drome-shauser with the perfect execution... Now 3-0 Purple Knights ... They're loving it. --- Then on the run, Ben Overslaugh wires it home from deep... 5-0 St. Mike's after 1... But the highlights don't do this game justice... Franklin Pierce scores 9 of the final 12 goals... As the Purple Knights are stunned at home in overtime, 9-8.

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Next weekend Thunder Road opens it's 55th season with the Merchants Bank 150. A season that could be the final one under the ownership of legendary racing advocates Tom Curley and Ken Squier. Unfortunately, with Curley battling health issues and Squier just celebrating his 79th birthday, the time to pass the torch to a new generation of racing ownership could be on the horizon... At yesterday's annual season opening press conference here in Burlington, we caught up with Squier to ask him a little more about the potential sale of the nation's site of excitement.

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(((TRT: 21 OC: COUNTS FOR EVERYTHING)))

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The NHL playoffs getting underway tonight across North America. The Boston Bruins watching the action from their couches, they don't play until Friday. But a good series starting in Tampa Bay, between the Lightning and Montreal Canadiens. Four low scoring games between the two ... Not on this night ... Down 1-0 in the first, Montreal's Tomas Plekanec with the sweet finish, tied at 1 after 1... --- Habs down 2-1 in the second, when Brian Gionta skates free... He puts back his own rebound for the shorthanded tally... Now square at 2... --- Four goals later... We head to overtime knotted at 4... This time the Canadiens making the noise... Daniel Briere to Dale Weise... And we've got a winner... Canadiens over Lightning, 5-4 in overtime. They take a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series..

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Let's head to the majors... Red Sox trying to snap a three-game skid on the road in Chicago... --- Clay Buchholz cruising into the 6th tied at 1 for Boston ... The Nasty k, things looking good... --- But a few batters later, one big mistake and it was one big mistake... Alexei Ramirex with the go-ahead two-run homer ... 3-1 White Sox... ---- Top 8, Boston with a chance to get back in it but Jackie Bradley Jr. Pops it up with the bases loaded... The park will hold it ... Currently in the 9th inning, Boston trailing Chicago, 3-2 ... We'll have the final for you in the morning show.

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To the Bronx... Yankees and Cubs in the first game of a day-night doubleheader ... --- The new pinstripes earning all their money in this one... Bottom 1... No Score .... Carlos Beltran his third homer in as many games... 1-0 Yankees... That's all they would need... --- Thanks to the 155-million dollar man ... Masahiro Tanka.... Yankee fans with a big Arigato or thank you after this effort... Cubs hitters just looking all day long ... 8 innings- no runs- 2 hits- and 10 k's for Tanka... Yankees win game one 3-0 and Michael Pineda six scoreless for a 2-0 game 2 victory as the Yankees sweep the Cubs.

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Let's keep it outside ... Vermont standout men's alpine skier Jonathan Nordbotten was named one of seven skiers to the Norwegian national team today for the 2014-15 season. Nordbotten, has 15 world cup starts under his belt... but right now his UVM glory days still fresh in everyone's mind. The senior was a six-time all-american for the Ski Cats, making 25 podiums, including 11 wins and a national championship in the giant slalom last season.


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