Fri 18-JUL-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Jennifer Reading. More than a day after a suspected missile downed a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine -- President Obama is calling for a cease fire between Ukraine and the pro-Russian rebels who are being blamed for the attack. Craig Boswell reports.

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THE REMAINS OF MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 17... AND THE 298 PEOPLE IT CARRIED ... LIE SCATTERED OVER MILES OF THE UKRAINIAN COUNTRYSIDE. LOCALS ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO MARK THE BODIES. CRASH INVESTIGATORS HAVE ONLY BEGUN TO ARRIVE TO REMOVE THE DEAD AND TO LOOK FOR EVIDENCE - ESPECIALLY THE PLANE'S FLIGHT RECORDERS. (SOT) The location of the black box is a huge concern because it's a major piece of evidence - they are also concerned about the perimeter, whether it has been secured to avoid tampering or looting." (SOT) "their deaths were an outrage" PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID THE U.S. BELIEVES THE SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE THAT DOWNED THE PLANE WAS LAUNCHED FROM AN AREA OF UKRAINE CONTROLLED BY PRO-RUSSIAN SEPARATISTS. SATELLITES PICKED UP THE FIREBALL WHEN THE PLANE WAS HIT... AND U.S. SURVEILLANCE DETECTED PART OF THE MISSILE'S FLIGHT PATH. THE PRESIDENT SAID THE BLAME COULD REACH ALL THE WAY TO THE KREMLIN. (SOT) "we know that they are heavily armed and trained and we know thats not an accident. it's happening because of russian support." THE PRESIDENT IS CALLING FOR A CEASE-FIRE. AT LEAST ONE OF THE PASSENGERS WAS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. ALSO AMONG THE DEAD, ALMOST 100 EXPERTS ON H-I-V AND AIDS. THEY WERE HEADED TO AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OPENING SUNDAY IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. CRAIG BOSWELL, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.

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A tour bus crash turned deadly -- this morning -- on the Adirondack Northway. 14-year-old Chelssy Mercier of Quebec -- and her mom -- were headed to the Big Apple. But tragically the teen never made it. Cat Viglienzoni reports.

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A tour from Three Rivers in Quebec to New York was abruptly cut short Friday morning when the bus flipped on its side in North Hudson... the crash leaving a teenage girl -- dead. ((STANDUP Cat Viglienzoni, North Hudson NY: 001146 "Police say at around 8:00 this morning the tour bus was heading southbound on Interstate 87 to New York City when it suddenly veered off the road right up there, crashed through the guardrail, and then rolled into the median. 57")) ((SOT Major Richard Smith, NYSP Troop B Commander 001418 there was one individual who we believe as ejected or partially ejected from the bus 23 And the bus came to a rest on that individual 26)) Other drivers came to their aid -- working to free the teen. But police say she died at the scene. They told us her mother -- was also on the bus. More than 50 passengers were taken to hospitals -- and one was airlifted to Fletcher Allen. The 61-year-old driver from Canada -- was not hospitalized. Police say he has been inspected recently -- but that is normal. ((SOT Smith 001703 In all three of those inspections he passed inspections so there is no reason to believe that he had any problems with his driving credentials 10)) ((FILE VO)) It's not the first deadly bus crash in this area of the Northway in recent years. In February 2004 here in North Hudson, another tour bus carrying Canadian tourists slammed into a truck that had slowed at a border patrol checkpoint. That crash killed four and injured more than 50. And in August 2006, a Greyhound bus blew a tire in Elizabethtown -- just up the interstate -- rolling and killing five people... injuring dozens more. Police said when they got the call Friday morning -- they feared more would be dead. ((SOT Major Richard Smith 003008 When I heard what had happened, that there was a bus in the median, it immediately brought to mind a mass casualty, mass fatality situation 17. But we are fortunate that only one of the individuals on that bus lost their life. 22)) Police told us they are also not commenting on the cause of the crash until they take a look at the black boxes from the bus -- which contain data on speed and braking. Cat Viglienzoni, North Hudson, New York.

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Police have not yet released the driver's name -- and tell us -- they did not see seatbelts for any of the bus passengers.

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A New York man is dead after a landfill accident in the North Country. Investigators say 77-year-old Pearly Provo was moving topsoil at the Clinton County Landfill in Morrisonville -- when there was a problem with his truck. Police say Provo left the cab to check the load had dumped -- and that's when heavy, loose dirt fell from the truck burying him. Witnesses frantically dug him out -- but the Salem, New York man died at the hospital.

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Vermont State Police need your help to nab a dog-napper. Troopers were called to the Hannaford Supermarket on Route 5 in Bradford this afternoon for a report of a stolen dog. A Boston woman told police she tied up her terrier before she went into the store and someone swiped it. The dog is black -- about 25 pounds -- last seen wearing a black collar and red harness. If you have any information -- you're asked to call state police in Bradford.

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An elderly New York camper -- missing more than a week -- has been found alive. 84-year-old Donald Combs of Sauquoit, New York, left his home last Thursday -- telling family members he planned to be gone a day or two -- for an outing in the Adirondacks. They called police when he didn't return. Crews scoured the woods for five days. Search dogs finally found Combs about a mile and a half from a family campsite. He was responsive but severely dehydrated -- and taken to the hospital for observation.

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Sharon is here, and it sounds like another beautiful weekend! It does! It was a gorgeous evening with a beautiful sunset, and we will have more beautiful days ahead this weekend. Now this evening, once the sun set, the temperatures began to fall. It will be a cool night tonight, so go ahead and leave your windows open and enjoy the good sleeping night. Tomorrow, when you wake up, it will be cool, and pleasant, and the sun will come up and stick with us through the day and most of the weekend. There is more weather still to come.

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A power company's plan to improve reliability back fired today. While crews were working on the improvements -- the lights went out. Green Mountain Power picks beautiful days -- like today -- to make upgrades -- when outages are unlikely. But during the work -- a weakness in a line -- knocked out power to about 77-hundred homes and businesses in the Colchester area. Traffic lights also went dark.

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((Dotty Schnure/GMP:19:11 We know it's really difficult to lose power in the middle of the day that's why we got the crews out there as fast as we can and we are working to get the power back on as quickly as we can. )) The power was out from 11:30 until 1:30 -- when crews rerouted power to another line. A full fix was completed by late this afternoon.

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On the lookout for loons! Tomorrow marks Vermont's annual loonwatch survey. Volunteers will hit about 150 lakes throughout the state to get an estimate of the adult loon population. They'll also check on nesting lakes. Organizers say most of the high priority lakes -- like Bomoseen and Comerford and Moore Reservoirs -- have already been assigned. But if you have a boat -- and would like to help out -- we've posted contact information -- on our info center at -- wcax.com.

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It's bottoms up for Beer lovers this weekend at the Vermont Brewers Festival in Burlington. This year -- 46 craft breweries will join forces for three sessions -- over the next two days. Vermont's notoriety in the beer world is growing everyday -- and a new law is making it easier for brewers and restaurants to promote their products. Up until this week -- it was illegal for bars and restaurants to offer sampler flights of beer or wine -- or a small amount of several different varieties. But now that's changed and people are toasting to the news.

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((18:08:34 Renee Laroche/Beer drinker "we've been for the past three years now and it gets better and better. There's so much more experimenting going on with all the different flavors. I like the fruity stuff. He likes the real hoppy stuff. GINA: Is it worth waiting in line? David Rheaume: Oh, it totally is. You just grab a beer wait in line and it's a good time.")) The popular event sold out in record time this year. 8400 tickets in just 11 minutes

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Still ahead -- it's a Lake Champlain mystery. Five people and their jet disappear during a snowstorm. Why the search is resuming 43 years later. (tile 1919 00:32:55:14) ((Kate Stensland/Victim's Niece "It's haunted me my whole life. To the point where you live with fantasies.)) Plus -- Senator Sanders is taking aim at corporations that reorganize overseas. ((Sen. Bernie Sanders/I-Vermont: 00:05:35 we have legislation in to deal with this. This is an absolute outrage. it really is.")) And -- what's the Adirondack challenge ... And why's it pitting these politicians against one another? Plus -- foster care for four legged friends. We'll explain when the Channel 3 News continues.

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It's a mystery that's baffled investigators for decades -- where is the plane that crashed into Lake Champlain in the early 70s? Today crews renewed their search -- Logan Crawford was there.

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(tile 1918 00:23:11:19) ((Kristina Coffey/Victim's Daughter "We're here to finish the search." 00:23:14:13)) In 1971 a plane flying from Burlington to Providence during a snow storm went missing over Lake Champlain. It's still missing to this day -- along with the 5 people who were on board. (tile 1919 00:32:55:14) ((Kate Stensland/Victim's Niece "It's haunted me my whole life. To the point where you live with fantasies. Maybe he's in Brazil having cocktails everyday. You don't know how to rest with the fact that he perished in a frozen lake." 00:33:10:25)) George Nikita was the plane's pilot. His family is in Vermont and have not lost hope of finding him. Vermont State Police, New York State Police, and volunteers make up the search party heading out on Lake Champlain to pick up where the search left off -- 40 years ago. (tile 1875 00:11:26:01) ((Lt. James Whitcomb/Vermont State Police "With the technology advances that we've seen - both in the public safety diving realm and also the civilian realm - it's a great time to come together to see if we can solve this." 00:11:36:21)) The current search will cover nearly 3 miles of Lake Champlain. (tile 1929 00:41:17:01) ((nats water 00:41:20:03)) (tile 1926 00:39:52:09) ((Logan Crawford/Shelburne "According to the search party the plane was last seen flying over Juniper Island just behind me. The incident happened in the winter of 1971 and the lake had frozen over - making the search for the plane nearly impossible." 00:40:05:15)) (tile 1873 00:09:00:24) ((Walt Houghton/Search Volunteer "We searched 14 square miles of the bottom of the lake at that time. And we did have some debris that did appear along the shoreline down here. We were able to confirm that it was positively parts from that airplane." 00:09:16:16)) (tile 1893 00:17:10:19) ((nats setting up torpedo 00:17:12:11)) Along with human volunteers -- underwater robotics join the team looking for the missing jet. (tile 1872 00:02:30:02) ((Raymond Siler/Search Coordinator "We have these what are called AUVs or underwater operated vehicles. They're basically torpedoes we'll be using in the water to sonar. They're very accurate, very quick." 00:02:40:04)) Nikita's family says they're grateful for the search effort -- and finally feel some closure after all of these years. (tile 1918 00:26:21:16) ((Kristina Coffey/Victim's Daughter "I could go home today because I have just been overwhelmed by this A team, this elite team that has been put together, to put the search together." 00:26:31:23)) The search for the missing jet continues Saturday and Sunday -- to see if anything from the plane can be recovered. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Burlington.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced legislation -- today aimed at stopping what's known as tax inversion -- that's when corporations reorganize overseas to cut taxes back home. Mylan Pharmaceuticals -- a company with a plant in St. Albans -- is one of the latest companies to make a move -- merging with Abbott Laboratories and reincorporating in the Netherlands. Four dozen companies have made the move in the past decade -- costing the U-S government billions in tax revenue.

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((Sen. Bernie Sanders/I-Vermont: 00:05:35 we have legislation in to deal with this. This is an absolute outrage. it really is. here you have a situation where you have a large deficit -- we have many unfunded needs in this country in terms of education, in terms of infrastructure and you have these large, multinational corporations who are merging with foreign companies with the expressed purpose -- no one denies this -- of avoiding paying their fair share of taxes to the united states government 00:06:03)) Sanders' bill would ban those businesses from receiving lucrative U.S. government contracts. Republicans say Congress should focus instead on reforms that make it more attractive for companies to stay within the U.S., not those that make it harder to leave.

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Vermont and New York's Governors are squaring off -- on the water. Governor Cuomo invited Governor Shumlin to the Adirondacks to compete in a rafting race. This Sunday is Cuomo's second "Adirondack Challenge" near Indian Lake. Last year's competition saw Cuomo's team beat a raft captained by former -- New York City mayor -- Michael Bloomberg. Cuomo holds the race to highlight the area's recreational opportunities.

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What a beautiful summer day today, and there will be more nice weather ahead. With high pressure building across the North Country, tonight skies will be clear and it will be cool, with areas of fog possible. Most locations will fall to 45/52 for early morning lows, but some locations in the colder spots will fall even more. High pressure will bring us another pleasant day on Saturday, with temps in the lower 80s. After that, the high will slide east. This means we'll pick up a southerly flow of air which will gradually bring in warmer and more humid air. This could spark couple of isolated afternoon showers or thunderstorms Sunday through Wednesday, but for the most part it should be dry and warm. Later next week, a cold front will approach, bringing us a better chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms by Thursday.

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Tonight: LOCALLY COLDER Clear skies. Areas of fog. Lows: 45/52 Wind: Light Saturday: A BIT WARMER A few high clouds. Highs: 78/85 Wind: S 5-10 mph Saturday Night: COMFORTABLE Mostly clear. Highs: 50/60 Wind: S 5 mph Sunday: NOT BAD Partly sunny. Isolated PM thunderstorm. Highs: 78/85 Wind: S 5-10 mph Extended Forecast: Sunday Night: Lows: 50s Monday: Partly cloudy. Isol'd PM t-storm. More humid. Highs: 80/87 Lows: 55/65 Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Isol'd PM t-storm. Highs: 83/90 Lows: 60s Wednesday: Partly sunny. Scat'd PM shwrs/t-storms. Highs: 83/90 Lows: 60s Thursday: Partly sunny. Scat'd shwrs/t-storms. Highs: 75/85 Lows: 55/65 Friday: Partly sunny. Less humid. Highs: 70s

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If you didn't know.. it is kitten season! And that means this is the time of year when most new kittens are born -- and animal shelters need to find them homes. But if you can't make a full time commitment to a pet. Susan McGinnis tells us about another option.

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Trt - 1:17 (PKG) (nats) EIGHT YEAR OLD KALI SCHAD AND BROTHER COLT ARE IN LOVE WITH THEIR 4 KITTENS. (SOT-Kali Schad/Fostering Kittens) "they're really cute I love them a lot" BUT THE KITTENS WONT BE IN THIS MEDFORD NEW JERSEY HOUSE FOR LONG. THE SCHADS ARE A -FOSTER- FAMILY, CARING FOR THEM TEMPORARILY. ...during a critical TIME known as 'KITTEN SEASON.' (SOTS) SM: "this is a rough time of year for kittens?" MR: "It is.. There are certainly a lot of kittens that need homes." MAYA RICHMOND IS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ANIMAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION. CATS GIVE BIRTH IN THE WARMER MONTHS, FILLING SHELTERS NATIONWIDE WITH KITTENS. (SOT-Maya Richmond/Exec. Dir., Animal Welfare Assoc.) "we'll prob see about 700 kittens in the next 3 months that need to be cared for. " LEAVING SHELTERS IN DIRE NEED OF FOSTER FAMILIES, TO CARE FOR NEWBORNS UNTIL THEY REACH ABOUT 2 POUNDS.. AND CAN BE ADOPTED. (Nats) BRITTANY ROBINSON'S FOSTERING 3 KITTENS, SO YOUNG, THEY NEED TO BE BOTTLE-FED EVERY FEW HOURS. (SOT-Brittany Robinson/Animal Welfare Assoc. Worker) "she's a piggy she eats alot" FOR FOSTER FAMILIES LIKE THE SCHADS, IT'S A WAY TO HAVE PETS WITHOUT A PERMANENT COMMITTMENT, AND A WAY TO HELP THE COMMUNITY. (SOT) "you're saving lives here?" "yes..absolutely we are! definitely (nice smile) it's very gratifying." "it's definitely teaching them a lesson about life" EVEN IF IT'LL BE TOUGH TO GIVE THEM UP WHEN THE TIME COMES..... SUSAN MCGINNIS , CBS NEWS, VORHEES NJ.

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Last night, season long championship points battles were shaken up at the Mid-Season Championships at Thunder Road. Tonight, the scene shifting to Devil's Bowl and the Mid-Season Championships at the West Haven track. Double points on the line...last week Emily Packard became the first woman and youngest driver to win a Late Model race at Devil's Bowl...looking for a repeat tonight ... --- 1 point behind Josh Masterson in the points standings... She gets greedy on the 15th lap... Tries to cut two cars to move into first but spins out. She finished 6th --- That allows Plattsburgh's Bucko Branham to step out and make a move... He takes over on the restart and then takes the checkered flag... His first in a Late Model at Devils Bowl since 1995. Jamie Fisher finishes second and takes over the point standings lead.

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((TRT: 13 ... OC: WE DESERVE THIS))

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Also tonight..Jamy Begor earns his first ever win at Devil's Bowl in the Renegades ...Chris Lavair takes checkers in the Mini Stocks in a borrowed car...and Ron Proctor grabs the victory in the Modifieds...his first since August of 2012. We'll have full coverage from the Mid-Season Championships tomorrow night at 6pm.

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Local baseball...the Vermont Mountaineers pick up their fifth straight winning, topping the Keene Swamp Bats on the road 7-2... --- while State College doubles up the Lake Monsters 6-3 at Centennial. Both the Mountaineers and Lake Monsters are home tomorrow night. The Monsters a 6pm start against Hudson Valley ...the Mountaineers host North Adams starting at 6:30pm in Montpelier.

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the Majors back in action out of the All-Star break... Xander Bogaerts and Jonny Gomes each hit two run home runs in a four run sixth as the Red Sox rally for a 5-4 win over Kansas City at Fenway... --- while Jacoby Ellsbury's two run homer in the fifth is the difference in a 4-3 Yankees win over Cincinnati at the Stadium...

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What started out as a family trip last summer has turned into a nationwide mission for a young bowler from Texas. Today, that mission takes her to Vermont. As Scott Fleishman shows, the only distance that matters to her is the space between the ball and the pins. (((It didn't take Natalie Savant long to realize one sport would play a major part in her life.))) ((("My parents bowl. My grandparents bowl. My uncles bowl."))) (((This 10 year old from San Antonio, Texas has hit the alleys since the age of 5. This summer she's hit the road, bowling throughout the 48 continental United States. ))) (((Natalie Savant/"I'm trying to raise awareness for the sport. You can meet so many people while you're doing it. You can do it no matter how old you are. You can be 9 or 99."))) (((" I'm extremly proud of her. We're a year past when she decided she wanted to do it and she's just as excited now as she was on day one."))) (((and Natalie takes pride in knowing that in one year, 18 million children bowl while 6 million dollars in bowling scholarships are awarded.))) (((I think that's amazing. It's just amazing."))) (((Scott Fleishman/" Natalie has bowled in 5 states over the last 2 days. This morning she started in Keene, New Hampshire before arriving here in Brattleboro. From here, it's a long drive up to Buffalo before flying home to Texas."))) (((Ginger Bess/"We'll probably be home a week or two weeks. She has a tournament to bowl in the first weekend in august so we'll pick back up after that. I'm not really sure where she'll go next."))) (((After today, Natalie Savant only has 10 more states to go. She's traveling long distances, but to this third generation bowler, each lane feels like home. In Brattleboro, Scott Fleishman, Channel 3 Sports.")))


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