Fri 01-MAY-2015 6 P.M. News Script


Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. Governor Shumlin signed new gun legislation into law today. The move was done with little fanfare in a private signing. Keith McGilvery is here with the details. The new law means new restrictions on gun ownership in Vermont. The bill sets new limits on gun ownership in Vermont, aimed at convicted felons and the mentally ill. Governor Shumlin signed the bill in private this afternoon. He strongly opposed an earlier version of the bill that would have required background checks for private gun sales. He says he supports these changes.


((4/28 20:11 Gov. Peter Shumlin "it is a shadow of the bill that was introduced, I am happy about that, I had some real concerns about the bill that was introduced, so it makes some common sense changes to current law that I kind of compare to and voted for, keeping guns out of schools, it was a logical step for Vermont to make.")) In a statement today -- the governor offered further reassurance to gun rights supporters -- saying -- quote -- "Vermonters know that I feel that Vermont's gun laws make sense for our state. We in Vermont have a culture of using guns to care for and manage our natural resources in a respectful way that has served us well." -- unquote. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger applauded the new law today calling it a "step in the right direction." His statement did not address the fact that the legislature shot down charter changes by the city's voters on additional gun restrictions.


As protesters make noise about budget cuts, lawmakers tack a minimally-discussed tax onto the health care bill But proponents of the plan say the tax has nothing to do with money. Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura is here to explain Darren and Kristin, one day after the Governor asked lawmakers to cut millions from the budget rather than relying on taxes, the House voted in favor of a another new tax proposal.


(nats) For the second time this year, demonstrators swarmed the statehouse to protest proposed budget cuts... as lawmakers seek to fill a 113-million dollar budget hole. But this time, their songs and chants died out quickly - while representatives endlessly debated a health reform bill. (vote nats) The bill raises 12 million dollars to support primary care providers and increase access -- (file nats soda or register?) .... primarily by expanding the sales tax to include soda and candy. But another -- less-discussed tax drew the bulk of debate... (nats - e-cig) a 46 percent tax on e-cigarettes products bought for resale by stores. (00:56:43:00) ((Rep. Jim McCullough - D-Williston if we permit this to continue wihtout regulation, then we are aiding and abetting nicotine addiciton, guaranteed for our children in middle school right now)) The proposed rate is half of that imposed on regular tobacco products -- and is aimed at tax fairness -- not the estimated 250-thousand dollars of revenue. It would regulate display counters, and ban use in public as well as the workplace. Proponents argue its about helping kids escape nicotine's addictive hold. (00:41:47:00) ((Rep. Jim Condon - D-Colchester I suppose I do have a vested interest in this, this is an e-cigarette)) But some opponents argue E-cigs could help them kick regular cigarettes. Others say not enough is known to act. (00:36:54:00) ((Rep. Bob Helm - R-Fair Haven let's just put it on hold for a year, I'm not saying I'm against it, all I'm saying is put it on hold for a year, let's get some good concrete information before we go flying off the handle)) The House voted 70-to-67 in favor of the new tax. Getting a similar provision through the Senate will likely be a tougher prospect -- and could easily go up in vapor.


Secretary of administration Justin Johnson says the governor has not formulated a stance on the proposal. The underlying Health bill with the tax is still under debate at this hour -- with more than 10 amendments under consideration today.


As Kyle mentioned - demonstrators were at the statehouse this May Day. Our Eva McKend learned, the event extended beyond concerns for worker's rights - protesters said they want action on a list of issues facing the state.


***NAT*** Chanting and marching down State Street, hundreds gathered in Montpelier demanding justice in solidarity with May Day demonstrations around the world. ***NAT*** ((Ellen Schwartz, Vermont Workers Center President, 00:00:56:13 - 00:00:59:04, It feels like thi s year, the struggle has been a lot harder.)) ***NAT*** 00:04:39:15 We are unstoppable, another world is possible Among the issues addressed in Vermont on International Worker's Day included mounting concerns about the potential impact state funding cuts will have on the poor and the disabled. ((Ellen Schwartz, Vermont Workers Center President, 00:01:42:04 - 00:01:58:09 We don't see any reason for there to be an austerity budget, the VSEA has put out a way of raising taxes that would be more equitable, we'd all be paying by our ability and we would actually be able to fund needed services for people in Vermont.)) ((nats inside)) Demonstrators briefly filled the statehouse - where lawmakers say they are making tough choices about how to close a 113 million dollar budget gap. And both spending plans in the House and Senate do raise about 35 million in taxes. Short of what this group wanted. ((nats outside)) Migrant workers also had a strong presence, launching a fair food campaign to address what they describe as a significant lack of dignity in the state's dairy industry. ((Enrique Valcazar, Migrant Justice)) IN SPANISH 00:18:27:08 - 00:18:42:15 ((TAKE FIRST FEW SECONDS OF HIS SOUND AND DUCK UNDER, BUMPING UP ENGLISH TRANSLATION)) ((Brendan O'Neill, Migrant Justice, 00:18:42:23 - 00:19:00:21, Some of the problems we face is that there is actually cases of stolen wages, of unpaid wages, there are many workers who don't receive the minimum wage or the Vermont minimum wage. There's also the case of many workers, 40 percent, who don't even have a day off a week.)) ((EVA MCKEND//STAND UP, 00:24:45:04 - 00:25:00:22, In addition to worker's rights, groups came together on a number of human rights issues including what they view as police brutality in Baltimore. They say without that sense of coalition building, six officers would not have been charged in Baltimore with Freddie Gray's death.)) ((Ebony Nyoni, Black Lives Matter Vermont, 00:21:10:29 - 00:21:20:07, This is a direct result of people using their voices to say that they are not going to take it anymore across the nation as well as Vermont.)) Though many organizers admit the struggle for human rights can at times be taxing work with little tangible reward, they say the most powerful aspect born of May Day is coalition building. ((Sarah Launderville, Vermont Center for Independent Living Executive Director, 00:09:52:15 - 00:10:04:16, When I know that I can come out on May Day and other days like this and be with people who understand that this injustice is something we could actually overcome if we just change the direction of the state, it's a very powerful time for us. )) They say coming together in unity shows they are not fighting one another for support but instead believe there are strength in numbers. Eva McKend, Channel 3 News, Montpelier.


The protest inside the statehouse concerned some lawmakers - who were frustrated about a lack of security at the start of the session. Senator Dick Sears says he may push for more funding for security personnel to keep demonstrations under control - and allow lawmakers to get their work done.


Is there trouble with getting Bernie Sanders on the ballot in the granite state? CNN is reporting that the New Hampshire's Secretary of State raised concerns that Sanders is not registered as a democrat. And that's required to get on the primary ballot. New Hampshire holds the first-in-the-nation primary -- and could be huge for Sanders' bid for the white house. It's unlikely any democratic candidate will challenge Sanders right to run on the party's ticket. And Sanders does meet the requirements of Democratic National Committee rules. Sanders campaign indicated to CNN that it wont be a problem.


Sanders has been a presidential candidate for about 24 hours -- and his campaign says in that time -- he raised 1-point-5 million dollars. Money will be just one of the challenges facing Sanders in the Democratic primary. Today - Roger Garrity spoke with another Vermonter who tried to win the nomination - Howard Dean.


((OUT CUE ... i'm going to continue to support senator clinton."))


Hear more from Howard Dean ... As part of a special You Can Quote Me -- dedicated to Bernie Sander's campaign for president -- coming up this Sunday morning. Reaction -- analysis -- a Bernie history-lesson -- plus -- a one-on-one interview with Bernie Sanders from Washington -- this Sunday morning -- at 7:30.


You get national attention when you launch a bid for President -- you also get your own bear! Vermont Teddy Bear announced today -- the Bernie Bear -- complete with a Bernie 20-16 pin -- and iconic, unruly, white hair. The Bernie Bear will set you back -- 80 bucks.

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A nice start to a new month today with a mix of sun and clouds and some pleasant temperatures! Over the weekend, we will see more and more sunshine, and temperatures will continue to warm up as well. Saturday we'll find afternoon temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s, and by Sunday, most of us will find temperatures reaching the 70s. Monday will be another warmer than normal day with highs in the 70s, but a cold front will come through late Monday into early Tuesday. That will bring some rain showers to the area, along with some slightly cooler temperatures. Even so, another stretch of dry weather through the end of next week will bring those temperatures right back up into the 70s once again!

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An out-of-control brush fire burned down a barn in North Hero. Fire officials say the property owners were burning brush when gusting winds pushed the flames toward the barn. Fire crews from several communities responded -- but the barn was destroyed. It was reportedly being used for storing furniture and equipment.


A dramatic spike in DUI arrests in Rutland City. The police department says stepped up efforts by officers have led to 51 arrests -- in the first four months of the year. Compared to just 11 -- during the same time period last year. Two of those arrests happened after suspected drunk drivers collided with Rutland P-D cruisers -- including this crash back in February.


Seized bagpipes -- lead to new ivory rules. It comes after a pair of New Hampshire teens were stopped at the border in Highgate. They were returning from a competition in Canada. Their bagpipes were taken -- because they contained small pieces of ivory. Importing ivory -- is against federal law. U-S Fish and Wildlife reviewed its enforcement policy. And now says the ban will remain. But exemptions will be made for things like musical instruments -- so long as there's proof the ivory was harvested before 19-76.


Green Mountain Power is partnering with Tesla motors to distribute a new line of home batteries.


Tesla motors is most known for its sleek electric cars, but the company claims its new Powerwall battery could help homes reduce their carbon footprints. ((NATS announcement video)) And Green Mountain Power is partnering with Tesla to sell the batteries in Vermont. (00:02: 6321) ((Josh Castonguay "Can be charged at night and then just maintained. And then when you need it, if the grid goes down, you have an outage, you can rely on the battery to carry you through." 00:02:51)) During outages, GMP expects the units could power both electric and solar powered homes for more than 6 hours. (00:01:51 6321) ((Josh Castonguay/Green Mountain Power "If you have solar on your house, and the grid goes down, most systems you can't run the solar. The solar's down until the grid comes back. When you add a innovative product like this, now your solar actually becomes part of an emergency generator." 00:02:07)) On a normal day, the battery is expected to save electricity by charging during low usage hours and powering homes entirely at peak. CEO Mary Powell hopes this could eventually reduce rates. (00:00:52 Voicecapture) ((Mary Powell/Green Mountain Power CEO "We're also gonna be able to get grid benefits that help lower costs for other customers that aren't generating through solar or utilizing these batteries." 00:01:04)) Those potentially lower costs for customers would come over time - if the company is able to see savings. Those savings would then be reflected in future rates. GMP says 400 Powerwall batteries in use in Vermont homes for a decade would save the company about 1-point-5 million dollars. If you like the battery idea - it will cost about 4,500 to buy one and have it installed. ((nats announcement?)) GMP has been talking to Tesla for about 2 years - looking for a chance to partner with the innovative company. The deal comes at a time when energy experts say traditional utilities are looking for new ways to make money - because successful conservation efforts, and more renewable energy access are leading customers to use less power. Innovations like Tesla's battery could be a win for utilities - and customers who want to control their power choices at home. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Colchester.


Those batteries are expected to last ten years - and Tesla says it will take them back - free - and recycle them.


Tomorrow on "The Weekend," we're going behind-the-scenes of a hazmat response. 25 people were decontaminated after a chemical spill at a Williston recycling plant this week -- the most -- the state hazmat team has every had to deal with during an emergency. The team says it went smoothly -- and within 15 minutes -- they started treating patients. The state's hazmat chief says that's in part thanks to departments like South Burlington that have hazmat equipment and training.


((SOT Chris Herrick 333 I have 30 hazmat technicians but with these 20 departments, I have more like 200 hazmat decon workers. And they agree to take these anywhere in the state 46)) ((SOT Chief Doug Brent 1309 We've really got to be able to do it all. So making sure that everyone is good and up to speed on everything is important 16)) Saturday morning -- Cat takes us through what's involved in the decontamination process. Also coming up on "The Weekend"....


(TC - 00:27:15:00) ((Julie Kelley/Reporting You always hear that shopping is a sport, but when it comes to second hand stuff, it's an adventure! I'm julie Kelley. Coming up on the weekend, the rummage sale rush!))


((2011 How do you solve the problem of getting heavy space station equipment out of the atmosphere? I'm Cat Viglienzoni and we'll meet a team of UVM students who are working on a solution, coming up in Sunday Science 21)) Join Julie, Cat, and Nick for these stories... plus your news and weather... starting at 6 a.m. Saturday... and 8 a.m. Sunday.


Starting this summer - you have to recycle. The state is in the process of rolling out the Universal Recycling Law. Logan Crawford takes a look at what it means for you..


Reduce -- reuse -- and recycle. Words many Vermonters live by. ((nats of truck picking up recycling)) Arthur Barnier has separated his trash and recycling for years. (TC00:07:51:14 Tile 7269) ((Arthur Barnier/Burlington "Ever since they had recycling bins." 00:07:53:18)) State officials say recycling saves resources -- and reduces energy use and green house gas emissions. ((nats)) Soon -- things like paper, plastics, cans, bottles and glass will be no longer allowed to be tossed in the trash. ((nats)) The state of Vermont passed a Universal Recycling Law in 2012. It's rollout is being phased in -- with the biggest changes yet coming this summer. GFX: Starting July first -- Recyclables are banned from landfills All trash haulers must offer residential recycling And public buildings need to provide recycling containers next to trash, except in bathrooms. There are 2 landfills in Vermont -- with one almost full. The recycling regulations are in part aimed to keep the remaining landfill in Coventry open -- and not clog it up with recyclables - ((nats)) - that could go to centers like the Chittenden Solid Waste District's Materials Recovery Facility. (TC 00:16:37:03 Tile 7135) ((Clare Innes/Chittenden Solid Waste District "We have to separate paper from glass, steel from aluminum, different types of plastic." 00:16:43:01)) Right now the CSWD gets 360-thousand pounds of recyclables a day. When the new law goes into effect -- the company expects to receive a lot more. Before now recycling has NOT been required by state law. But the Agency of Natural Resources is calling on all Vermonters to start using those blue bins. (TC 00:33:28:08 Tile 7148) ((Josh Kelly/Agency of Natural Resources "Biggest barriers are convenience, making it easy for people." 00:33:34:11)) Josh Kelly is with the Solid Waste Program of the Agency of Natural Resources. He says Vermont's Universal Recycling Law makes recycling statewide -- and makes it more convenient. (TC 00:27:57:04 Tile 7148) ((Josh Kelly/Agency of Natural Resources "Most of us have the opportunity to recycle in our towns, there's even curbside for many of us. And for those who don't, those services are going to be provided in some of Vermont's more rural areas." 00:28:08:25)) (TC 00:39:22:05 Tile 0738) ((Logan Crawford/Colchester "Following the new state regulations haulers will be required to provide the blue bins to residents for recycling. State officials say it's a common misconception that the recycling in the blue bins and the trash in the red bins all go to the same place." 00:39:35:15)) ((nats of Myers truck picking up recycling)) While Myers Container Service offers to customers much of what the new recycling law requires -- they are getting ready to see new customers in the rural parts of the state. (TC 00:27:55:26 Tile 0723) ((Joe Sinagra/Myers Container Service "The recycling isn't at the same rate as it is in Chittenden County.)) Sinagra expects the law to increase the rate of recycling -- and the cost to consumers. Myers crews will be spending more time at each stop -- have more trucks on the road -- and need more manpower. Sinagra says it's hard to tell how much this will cost them until they see how many new customers they get. They're still determining if they will need to buy more trucks and hire new employees -- or if they can do the extra work with existing staff and equipment. (TC 00:29:23:00 Tile 0723) ((Joe Sinagra/Myers Container Service "In some neighborhoods we'll have to have a second truck on the road to pick up recycling. There is going to be a cost in just raw materials, customers are going to need 2 containers instead of one." 00:29:36:24)) Myers hopes mandatory recycling will lead to new customers -- offsetting the new costs. But Myers MAY need to charge more. The recycling law says haulers CANNOT charge residents a separate fee for collecting recycling -- but they CAN increase charges for trash pick up. (TC 00:31:01:24 Tile 0723) ((Joe Sinagra/Myers Container Service "We haven't made that final determination but it's really a point of last resort, to raise prices." 00:31:09:13)) Next year -- the law expands to require mandatory composting. Many are already voluntarily composting -- like James Procopio and his neighbors in Burlington. (TC 00:14:52:21 Tile 7283) ((James Procopio/Burlington "We also compost, we have a composting bin in our backyard. We compost old flowers and leaves and things like that and grass clippings. We haven't gotten to food composting yet but I'm sure we'll get there." 00:15:03:10)) GFX: By July 2016 -- Leaf, yard, and wood waste will be banned from the landfill In July 2017 -- in addition to trash and recycling haulers must offer food scrap collection And by July 2020 -- Food scraps will be banned from trash cans There are a lot of new rules -- but there's actually no penalty for breaking the new recycling law. (TC 00:30:21:13 Tile 7148) ((Josh Kelly/Agency of Natural Resources "Enforcement is something that we're looking at further down the road. So at this initial stage I'd say if you have recycling services at your curb, make sure you're separating those materials." 00:30:32:28)) GFX: According to the Agency of Natural Resource -- in 1987 there was a recorded 350-thousand tons of garbage generated in Vermont. 12 percent of it was recycled. In 2013 -- Vermont had 619-thousands tons of garbage. 36 percent was recycled. Kelly hopes the new law will significantly increase the recycling rate in the Green Mountains. (TC 00:36:35:24 Tile 7148) ((Josh Kelly/Agency of Natural Resources "it's one of the most achievable green activities. Everything from a 2 year old to a 100 year old can do. It's within reach for all of us." 00:36:46:26)) For many Vermonters like Barnier -- recycling's second nature. (TC 00:08:02:27 Tile 7269) ((Arthur Barnier/Burlington "You don't throw away cardboard or anything nowadays. It is second nature, it should be for everybody." 00:08:08:22)) Everybody recycling ... Or at least that's the goal of Vermont's Universal Recycling Law. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Burlington. -3-


A nice start to a new month today with a mix of sun and clouds and some pleasant temperatures! Over the weekend, we will see more and more sunshine, and temperatures will continue to warm up as well. Saturday we'll find afternoon temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s, and by Sunday, most of us will find temperatures reaching the 70s. Monday will be another warmer than normal day with highs in the 70s, but a cold front will come through late Monday into early Tuesday. That will bring some rain showers to the area, along with some slightly cooler temperatures. Even so, another stretch of dry weather through the end of next week will bring those temperatures right back up into the 70s once again! Remember, even though our temperatures are summer-like, the water temperatures of our lakes and rivers are still dangerously cold. Please postpone boating activities, or wear a wet suit if you plan to go out on the lakes or rivers. Hypothermia sets in within minutes in water in the 40s, leaving you unable to swim or stay afloat. Stay safe and enjoy the beautiful weekend!


Tonight: Variable cloudiness. Lows: 38/45 Winds: Light Saturday: Becoming partly sunny. Highs: 68/75 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 40/47 Winds: Light Sunday: Mostly sunny and warmer. Highs: 70/77 Winds: Light Extended: Monday through Friday. Sunday Night: Lows 43/50 Monday: Partly cloudy, chance of showers late. Highs 70/77 Lows 45/52 Tuesday: Chance of showers. Highs 60/67 Lows 35/45 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs 65/75 Lows 35/45 Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs 65/75 Lows 40s Friday: Partly sunny. Highs 70s



Five people were hurt when a suspended ceiling collapsed at Hotel Vermont in Burlington. It came unhitched and crashed to the ground inside the lobby last night. Four of the injured people -- were taken to hospital. They were treated and released.


((Carrie Pettee, Guest 04:17 All of the sudden the alarms went off we went down the stairs and saw the whole like the ceiling above the lobby bar area just collapse.)) (( Deputy Fire Chief David Roberts 09:26 "It was heavy, it was quite a bit of weight and the people that were injured were in a location that they didn't get more severely hurt and they could have been if they were in a different location.)) Another similar ceiling was removed as a precaution. The hotel says engineers inspected others at the hotel and deemed them safe. Hotel Vermont and Juniper's restaurant inside -- are open for business.


Three Tomatoes in downtown Rutland -- served its last meal Thursday night. After nearly 20 years in business -- the restaurant on Merchant's Row closed for good. Diners and staff at the Italian restaurant say they're sad to say goodbye.


(TC 19:33:21:27 Title 1933)((Allen Frey/Three Tomatoes Owner: "thank you very much to the community of Rutland. All the people that have made this place a great success. And most of all I want to thank my help because without them there would be no me." 19:33:31:08)) Three Tomatoes opened in Rutland City in the mid-19-90s.


Three men accused in the Pumpkin Fest Riot in Keene -- have a chance to reduce their sentence. The men each face 1-thousand dollars in penalties -- but they could reduce their fines by 200-dollars for each Keene elementary school classroom they visit to explain how their behavior led to the festival's cancellation. Keene held the event since 1991 -- but after last year's riots -- the City Council rejected its permit for next year. Laconia plans to host it next fall instead. That's news around the region.


Starting Line Sports ...coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, the University of Vermont has extended the contract of men's hockey coach Kevin Sneddon. It's a three year deal, with two one-year options that will keep Sneddon behind the Catamounts bench at least through the 2017-2018 season. The new deal will pay Sneddon a base salary between $241,000 and $251,000 over those first three years, which, according to UVM Director of Athletics Bob Corran, puts him in the middle of compensation for coaches in Hockey East. Sneddon, who's current contract expired on Thursday, has been at the helm of the Vermont men's hockey program since 2003. He led the Cats to 22 wins this past season, back-to-back 20-win seasons for just the third time as a D-1 program, and three trips to both the Hockey East semifinals and NCAA Tournament. There have been lean years as well, including a total of 25 wins between 2011 and 2013. Today, Corran said that while the school's philosophy is to wait until the final year or a coaches deal before officially deciding whether to renew them, Sneddon was not in a position where he needed a successful season to earn a new contract.


((TRT: 16 ... OC: EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS.)) ((Corran/ What happened this year simply confirmed what we always knew, that he really was the best person for the job... had done a very good job long term...and the last two years we've had some pretty extraordinary success.))


Coach Sneddon is traveling and wasn't available today, but late last month, when he joined me live on The :30, Sneddon said that he would be signing a new deal and that UVM was the only place where he wanted to coach.


In the United States, almost 50 percent of drivers are signed up to be organ donors. That percentage could be even higher, but health experts say a number of myths and misconceptions about the process holds some people back. Hena Daniels reports.


(package script) FOR THE ASHURST FAMILY, REGISTERING AS ORGAN DONORS IS PERSONAL. (SHOW LICENSE) MOM CAROL SIGNED UP AFTER HER HUSBAND RECEIVED A KIDNEY. (SOT Carol Ashurst/Potential Organ Donor) it gave my husband several more years to live with his kidney. If he hadn?t had it he wouldn?t have made it (track 2) MANY MYTHS PREVENT PEOPLE FROM SIGNING UP. (Yvonne Kenney/) If I?m on the verge of death and organs are needed are they really going to try and save me or do they want to save the organs? 35:37 (track 3) THE BELIEF THAT HOSPITALS DON?T WORK AS HARD ON POTENTIAL DONORS IS TOTALLY FALSE ACCORDING TO TRANSPLANT EXPERTS. (Howard Nathan/President and CEO/Gift of Life donor program) If you're in an accident the first thing is they're going to save your life not look for your organ donor designation on your license. (track4)(graphic) OTHER MISCONCEPTIONS INCLUDE: ?ORGAN DONATION IS AGAINST MY RELIGION.? ORGAN DONATION IS CONSISENT WITH MOST MAJOR RELIGIONS ?AND I?M TOO OLD TO DONATE? THERE?S NO DEFINED CUTOFF FOR DONATING ORGANS. (SOT Howard Nathan/President and CEO/Gift of Life donor program) We've used organs from people up to 85 . Don't rule yourself out (TRACK 5) ROBERT KLEIN WAS AMONG THOSE WHO THOUGHT HE WAS TOO OLD. (Sot Robert Klein/) would someone still want my eyeballs (laughs ) or my pancreas? I don?t know. Hena: you can donate at any age. Ok well then I shall (TRACK 6) CHANGING A MIND AND PERHAPS ONE DAY SAVING A LIFE. HENA DANIELS, FOR CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.


There are currently 123-thousand people in the United States waiting for a vital organ transplant. That's health watch.



Bees don't just make honey -- they're key to our food supply But they're threatened - and now a study is underway in Vermont to try to help them. Judy Simpson has the story.


(("today reversing our bee hives.")) Chas Mraz is checking on his hives at this bee yard in Charlotte. ((Chas Mraz/Champlain APiaries 00:00:11:14" We have done most of those we have one left we lost for or five colonies in this bee yard which isn't too bad relative to some of the others .")) It was a long cold winter, but the bees were able to make plenty of honey last summer, to feed them through the winter months. Champlain Apiaries has 30 bee yards spread throughout Addison, Chittenden and Franklin Counties. (( Chas again 00:02:32:16" So we just lightly smoke these. These are the bees they have plenty of honey , this is all honey and this is brood over here .")) Along with making honey, the bees also pollinate crops. The past few years have been tough on bee keepers. Mites and diseases have taken a big toll on colonies across the country. But Mraz says there is another threat, pesticides. ((Mraz again 00:09:10:26" A lot of neoniconoids they are not only on commercial farms they are sold at your regular garden supply places sometimes labeled that they are a wonderful thing to spray on your plants you have to read the directions very carefully ."))' Mraz says the pesticides can end up in the honey that bees feed to their babies, killing them. And while he can't ban the pesticides used, but there was something he could do. ((JS SU 00:30:35:29 Judy Simpson/ Charlotte " Mraz teamed up with UVM's Sid Bosworth to secure a USDA grant to study the practice of seeding white clover into farmers fields." 00:30:45:11)) Farmers have always had some clover varieties in hayfields as part of their forage. But now they are cutting their fields early in the season. (( 00:25:40:00Sid Bosworth/UVM Extension " Diary farmers will cut early to get high nutritional value which makes sense so often time they get cut before the plants go to bloom so we are looking at some white clover varieties that might bloom a little early. 00:25:58:00 Our goal is to not take away from the quality in yield that the dairy farmer needs but to see if we can provide at least some nectar source for these honey bees in the middle of the summer especially." 00:26:10:21)) So the bees won't have to turn to other crops like corn for their pollen, crops that have been treated with pesticides. The study started with growing short dutch clover in a field in Addison county to see if it would bloom between hay cuttings. The jury is still out on how effective that is. ((00:27:04:11 Sid again "A big part of this is educational get the word out so we are working with pasture farmers to really promote more clovers which increases the quality of the pasture as well." 00:27:16:05)) This is year three of the four year grant. Another part of the study includes a farm in Bridport looking at mixing the white clover with alfalfa. Bosworth is still collecting data on that. Judy Simpson, Channel three news, Charlotte.


In Starting Line Sports, I misspoke on the contract details of the new deal the University of Vermont has signed with men's hockey coach Kevin Sneddon. I said he would make $256,000 in the third year of the deal. He will actually make $251,000 that year, and $256,000 the next year if the University picks up the first of it's two one year options. I apologize for the error.


It's been a great spring season for the sports teams at Castleton. Both the Spartans baseball and softball teams are the top seeds in the North Atlantic Conference championship tournaments. Those double elimination events getting underway today. the fun starting at 9pm as baseball opened up against fourth seed Maine-Farmington... --- Joe Sullivan holding Castleton's bats silent until the 4th ...A runner on first for BFA St. Albans standout Nick Swim who send one deep to center...Taylor Vile scores on the RBI double...Spartans up 1-0.. --- Swim would get tagged out in a rundown but it won't matter because the next batter Dan Errico gets all of this one, high and deep to left and gone..A solo shot.. Devin Hayes of Vergennes allows just one run over seven with ten strikeouts as Castleton wins 4-1, advancing to the winners bracket where they will next face Husson tomorrow morning at 9am.


just an hour later, the Spartans softball team opening it's tournament against fourth seed New England College... --- Spartans trailing 3-1 in the 6th when Brittany Brayman ropes a double to straight away center... Jessica Babcock of BFA-Fairfax scores and it's a one run game.. --- same score in the 7th ..Spartans with the tying run on third after a lead off double from Missisquoi's Stephanie Sylvester and a sac but, but with two outs ..Kayla Daigle pops the ball up and that's the game... Castleton falls 3-2 in the opener, which would force them into an elimination game...


and that game took place early this afternoon...the Spartans facing third seed Thomas... --- and Thomas blows open a scoreless game in the fourth...three runs already in... bases loaded...Brianna Warren doubles to right...two runs score ...and it's 5-0 Thomas ... --- Castleton gets on the board in the fifth... Missisquoi's Katie Gagne goes deep to left center for a solo home run... but that's all the Spartans could muster. Castleton falls 5-1 and is eliminated from the tournament with two straight losses.


Tomorrow, both the Castleton men's and women's lacrosse teams will play for the NAC title at Spartan Stadium. The women will host second seed Thomas in their title game at 4:30pm, then at 7pm, the men face number two New England College. Both sets of Spartans cruised to easy wins in the semifinals earlier this week, but both teams are prepared for a tougher test on Saturday.


(((Zach Davidson/"Our coach will put in a good game plan for us to use. It's exciting we definitely have some momentum going into the championship game."))) (((Brianna MacKay/"Honestly I think we're ready to go. We're ready to take on anything and face anything that comes our way. We've had close games and we know how to work competitive games and that's how actually we play better.")))


The Middlebury men's and women's lacrosse teams will have to earn a pair of road wins this weekend to earn conference titles. The NESCAC men's tournament is at Amherst tomorrow and Sunday, while the women play at Tufts. Both sets of Panthers begin their championship quests with semifinals tomorrow afternoon... the women facing Bowdoin, while the men take on Tufts.


(((Cal Williams/"Tufts is a team in the playoffs that we've seen plenty of times before. We're familiar with them, so we know what they want to do and they know what we want to do. It's going to come down to who's going to come out and execute on Saturday."))) (((Katie Ritter/"We know that we ave to get by Bowdoin first to get to that championship round. So we're just expecting to play a nice team game. A nice Middlebury team game hopefully it can get us to the finals and we can really capitalize there.")))


(((Nick Sweet/Well, there's nothing like having your weekly guy win at Thunder Road. It shows how strong of a core group you guys are there. And we have a very strong core group of people here on a weekly basis. So, there's nothing like having one of our weekly guys win that.")))


Speaking of green... the Dartmouth football team will hold its annual Green-White scrimmage tomorrow starting at 10am at Memorial Field. The Big Green have held 12 spring practices over the past four weeks, the first look at a team hoping to build on the program's best season in nearly twenty years. In 2015, Dartmouth went 8-2, and 6-1 in league play, finishing in second place. They return nine starters on defense and six on offense, led by senior quarterback Dalyn Williams. Looking ahead to 2016...both confidence and expectations are high.


(((Buddy Teevens/"Our guys are hungary. We have a solid football team. We have to prove how capable we are by performance. The guys are getting ready for a purpose. Championship football is where you want to be. We feel like we have a team that can put that level of play on the field. Now we have to prove it."))) (((Dalyn Williams/"We have the experience and the couching staff and the players and attitude to win an Ivy League Championship. We want to come out, go 10-0 and dominate everybody we play and I think that's something you do after the course of winning over time.")))


Also this weekend, the Dartmouth softball team will be hosting Penn in the Ivy League Championship Series. That best of three series starts with two games tomorrow, and if neither team sweeps, a deciding third game will be played on Sunday.


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