Fri 22-APR-2016 6 P.M. News Script

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Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Kristin Kelly. Lawmakers are weighing in on controversy swirling around emails sent and received by Gov Peter Shumlin's administration. Burlington Representative Chris Pearson put forward a resolution calling for the Governor to release all emails slated for deletion to a House committee by May second. The Progressive party leader also called on the Attorney General to release administration emails related to EB-5 in the wake of alleged massive fraud in the Kingdom Con.

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(01:34:57:00) ((Rep. Chris Pearson - P-Burlington pretty simple, I don't think we're asserting wrong-doing, but we are asking that we have the chance to determine for ourselves whether or not anything fishy is happening)) Earlier this week, the Shumlin administration told the media they asked the Attorney General to release emails related to the EB-5 projects at Jay Peak and Q.Burke Resorts. Today, the Governor's spokesperson took to Twitter, accusing Pearson of failing to understand the situation and grand-standing. Another lawmaker proposed a substitute resolution -- promising to make the Northeast Kingdom whole -- but Representatives post-poned voting on both measures until next week.

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We are taking a deeper look tonight -- at the staffer emails the Governor wanted to have deleted. Earlier this month - his office-- asked the state's tech team to delete the accounts of five former top aides. The Secretary of State's office said the move would violate the law -- and stopped the purge. Our investigative reporter -- Jennifer Costa -- found out -- there may be more to the story. Jennifer? Kristin and Darren -- The Shumlin administration will be the first to archive emails. For the last year -- the Governor's senior staff has been working -- with the state archivist -- and her staff -- to decide what records should be preserved for future generations. So then why would the Governor's lawyer -- go around the archivist -- when trying to delete records? When we asked -- we were repeatedly put off by state officials.

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((MONDAY Justin Johnson 00:13:51 "We're just not going to open the door and let it all out.")) Governor Peter Shumlin's senior staff is defending its plan to delete emails of former top aides. Through a public records records request -- WCAX has learned... ((GRX 1)) On April 1st -- Sarah London -- Shumlin's general counsel -- asked to "remove the accounts of folks that are more than three years old." On the top of London's list... Her own mother's emails. Elizabeth Bankowski -- headed Shumlin's transition team after his election in 2010. ((GRX 2 -- head shots)) She also sought to delete the emails of the governor's former chief of staff (Lofy) -- campaign manager (MacLean) -- scheduler (Weingroff) -- and press secretary -- who is a former WCAX reporter (Slota). ((MONDAY Scott Coriell 00:39:26 "it's definitely thousands of emails.")) ((GRX )) The Department of Information and Innovation -- told London... "DII has not historically been in the business of deleting data." On April 8th -- London AGAIN asks to trash the five accounts -- after it appears she was told it was a no-go. State Archivist -- Tanya Marshall -- writes... ((GRX 3 Tanya Marshall -- state archivist 4/8/16 to John Quinn of DII)) "Sarah's request is not in compliance with state law and destruction hasn't been authorized. We have been working with the Governor's Office for the last year and they were aware of it. Nick Connizzo was there on Wednesday and reaffirmed that email can't be handled this way." Secretary of State -- Jim Condos -- reached out to London directly... Saying... ((GRX 4 Jim Condos 4/8/16 to Sarah London)) "I ask you not to delete ANY emails from any state employee until we meet to discuss further!" "We do not believe this is in compliance with state law!" ((MONDAY Darren Springer 00:16:26 "Clearly there was some sort of miscommunication or misunderstanding.")) The Governor's Chief of Staff says London was using the Secretary of State's record retention rules to guide her request -- and says Shumlin's team halted the purge as soon as concerns were raised. ((MONDAY Darren Springer 00:05:21 "No emails from any of those archives have been deleted.")) And it appears state officials stalled when we tried to find out. In an email chain obtained by Channel 3 -- Condos writes: ((GRX 5 -- Condos to London 4/8/16 )) "Jennifer Costa from WCAX has emailed me about this - I have no idea how she would know - it certainly did not come from Tanya and me! I'm going to try and ignore her this weekend." So what's the in -- the thousands of emails -- the state was trying to trash? We still don't know. And the administration is not making them readily available. ((MONDAY Darren Springer 00:14:18 "Just because something doesn't have archival value under those standards, doesn't mean that it doesn't have proprietary or confidential information that the state is under records law to not release.")) The administration says it's a coincidence London's deletion request coincided with the announcement of the alleged Jay Peak fraud scandal -- and says NONE the emails on the chopping block involved EB-5. Those are currently being withheld from the public -- by the Attorney General's Office -- due to the pending litigation.

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The Secretary of of State tells us -- he's unaware of the Shumlin administration adopting a written policy that details how records are to be retained and destroyed. Kristin

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We're learning more about the true cost of Governor Shumlin's trip to Paris -- in December ... a cost the administration sought to hide. A court sided with WCAX - forcing the Governor's office to release documents showing the tab amounted to four times what Vermonters were told. Kyle Midura is live in our newsroom with the details, Kyle - Darren and Kristin, the Governor originally said taxpayers only shelled out about 12-hundred dollars for the Paris trip. The administration refused to release detailed travel costs citing security concerns though. Today a judge ruled that those concerns are unfounded -- ordering the administration to release detailed receipts. Those show the Department of Public safety spent four-thousand dollars on a chaffeured limo service and also rented an additional car. Spokespeople for the Governor would not comment today -- referring all questions to Department of Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn. Flynn did not return calls -- but did issue a statement, which reads in part. "... In Paris, the Protection Unit followed the lead and recommendation of other states with governors attending the conference... (The) service consisted of a four door sedan as well as a driver that spoke French and was familiar with navigating the routes that were traveled. Operating in a city that was hosting multiple heads of states and other dignitaries and that had just experienced a terrorist attack, were factors that the Protection Unit considered... . Neither the Governor nor his staff make decisions about these types of operational needs." The judge is still reviewing additional documents ... so more costs may become apparent in the future. -Darren

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There are new concerns about a military fighter jet set to land in Vermont. Tyler Dumont has the details -- which outline concerns about the plane's operation. Tyler. The F-35 is set to come to the Green Mountains in 2019 -- but a new report outlines major concerns about it's ability to operate properly. And potential functionality problems could come with billions in new costs.

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The F-35 is called the most ambitious and expensive weapon system in the Department of Defense's history -- costing hundreds of billions. 18 of the planes are set to land in Vermont in just three years. At the core of the F-35 is a software system known as ALIS -- essentially, the aircraft's brain -- just as important as the engine and airframe. ((02:53:09-02:58:05 "Quite simply, if you don't have a functioning ALIS - you really don't have an F-35, the way it's designed.")) The Autonomic Logistics Information Systems monitors almost everything -- from engine diagnostics, to navigation and target data coming from servers that are not on board. Now, a report from a federal watchdog group says there's a chance the connection to those external servers could fail -- with no backup. ((01:58:12--02:09:10 "The longer you're disconnected from the main ALIS system, you then have issues with being able to get current data that you would need to make sure the aircraft is safe to fly.")) Durability to operate in high-heat environments is also a concern for the $17 billion dollar ALIS system. While the aircrafts will still have the ability to fly, the developmental issues could impact the entire F-35 fleet-- putting missions and the plane's production at risk. And the problems could cost between another $20 to $100 billion in delays and labor costs.

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According to the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Defense does not yet have a firm plan in place for a fix. Critics argue the program is over budget and behind schedule, but defense contractors and the Air Force say problems like this were expected. Brigadier General Joel Clark at the Vermont Air National Guard says they have no indication the report will affect any delivery schedule of the F-35 aircraft. s

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New test results show no PFOA in Pittsford. The state tested 5 samples around the Pittsford Fire Academy -- because crews uses firefighting foams that may contain PFOA. But again, the results came back clean. And -- following more than 100 positive PFOA tests in North Bennington and Pownal -- Vermont's congressional delegation is pushing for stricter federal regulations for chemicals like PFOA. They also want to make sure the Toxic Substances Control Act -- which is in final negotiations -- won't pre-empt state regulations that are already tough and in place.

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Nearly 200 acres of forest -- scorched. And investigators say the fire was intentionally set. (HELICOPTE R) The fire was first reported Thursday afternoon in Stoddard. Fire officials say two people were spotted lighting fires in the area, and that the brush fire is now being investigated as arson. Channel 3 News confirms a firefighter has been arrested! Firefighters say the flames reached 12 feet high in some places. 17 homes have been evacuated. But Governor Maggie Hassan says that blaze is now under control. No one was hurt.

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As a cold front sweeps east tonight, any showers will gradually come to an end overnight. Lows will dip to 42/52 under mostly cloudy skies. Saturday will be breezy and cooler, with highs in the 50s. We'll start off the day with some low clouds, but they'll break up during the morning and give way to plenty of afternoon sunshine. Sunday will start off cold, but highs will work their way back into the 50s again. We'll start off the day with some sunshine, but clouds will increase through the afternoon. Overall the weekend is looking pretty good.

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He was sent to prison for 17 years - before DNA evidence got his conviction tossed. And now John Grega's relatives settled with the state of Vermont for 1-point-5 million dollars. Grega was convicted of killing his wife during a vacation in Dover in 1994. Grega was released -- after testing showed unknown DNA was found in his wife's body. Grega died soon after his release - in a car crash.

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A nationally recognized migrant activist carted off by immigration officials in Stowe. His arrest prompted outrage and a swift response in the activist community. Our Eva McKend has been following this story today and joins us this evening. Eva? Darren, he fought for farm workers to reclaim stolen wages and demanded dignity for undocumented workers. But tonight he's in a New Hampshire detention facility. Immigration officials says it's all due to an incident in 2015.

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Storming Senator Patrick Leahy's office Friday ((***NAT***))) migrant workers demanded the senator call for the release of activist and farm worker Victor Diaz. ((Enrique Balcazar, Migrant Justice, spanish nat - 00:24:35:01 - 00:24:38:13, 00:25:17:08 - 00:25:21:26, two ICE agents wearing plain clothes approached us, asked for Victor's name and arrested him)) Enrique Balcazar was with Diaz in Stowe Thursday when immigration officers stopped them on their way to a Mexican cultural event at a local restaurant. ((Enrique Balcazar, Migrant Justice, spanish nat - 00:25:28::21 - 00:25:31:18, 00:25:44:13 - 00:25:54:02, we started to panic because...seeing our friend was being detained without knowing any of the reasons or any of the causes...we were pretty afraid)) Diaz is an undocumented worker who's lived in Vermont for several years. He is also an outspoken well known leader for workers like him across the country. Last year, he was even featured in the New York Times. In a statement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Diaz became an enforcement priority as a result of his November 2015 DUI conviction in Vermont. Prior to the release of I-C-E's statement, Senator Leahy's state director says the senator has helped the migrant community in the past and that these challenging situations highlight the need for comprehensive immigration reform for the hundreds of undocumented immigrants living in the state. ((John Tracy, Senator Patrick Leahy State Director, 00:19:57:15 - 00:20:04:22, They're good members of the community. They're helping our agricultural sector, which is the culture of Vermont. They've been part of Vermont society for years.)) Activists with Migrant Justice say they will continue to push for the release of the Addison County farm worker and that Diaz has widespread support. ((Brendan O'Neill, Migrant Justice, 00:08:40:09 - 00:08:46:12, Victor has a community in Vermont who are worried about him now and want to see him free.))

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And we are just getting a statement from Migrant Justice ... that says in part the fact Diaz was arrested and convicted for a D - U - I changes nothing. They say Vermont is equipped to deal with such offenses and there is no reason he should be deported. Darren, KK?

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New Hampshire Lawmakers said no - again -- to removing criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. The vote leaves the Granite State as the only one in New England without some form of decriminalization for the drug. The Senate defeated the measure by four votes.

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Several Vermont newspapers -- now owned by a group of Massachusetts investors. Birdland Acquisition purchased -- the Bennington banner, Brattleboro Reformer, Manchester Journal and The Eagle. The investors -- with journalism backgrounds -- say they plan to grow the newspapers. The sale will be finalized May 2nd.

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Here's a sign of the season. Yeah -- a sweet one. It's the Maple Fest in St. Albans. That's where Sharon is tonight. Two questions. How much have you eaten? And it looks like it's raining there too? Sharon talks about weather.. But people have been taking advantage of the shelter of the gym at BFA during the occasional shower where there are vendors, ...all kinds of delicious maple treats from creemees to those really deliscious maple donuts, and of course you can see the amber glow of the results of the maple syrup contest, and the baking contest is on the other side of the room. There are some winners in that group! Of course there is all kinds of yummy fair food on the green, the parade as usual on Sunday morning, the weather should be good for that. There are concerts, and fair rides. ...And the fan favorite pancake breakfast served both mornings. This festival has some history to it, ....this is the 50th anniversary of the Vermont Maple Festival, and organizers tell us it has changed a little over the years.

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(00:07:22) ((Cecile Brannon A lot of changes used to be done right in the brink of sugaring in March by a few sugar makers that would bring some buildings together and peg them all together and offer sugar on snow and doughnuts, just a few items, but then they realized that was pretty hard to keep that business going)) The good news is, the weather should cooperate with these events once the showers wind down tonight, but it will be cooler, so grab a jacket when you head out this weekend.

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A Northeast Kingdom family soldier's tearful homecoming -- caught on video. Cat Viglienzoni went to Newport to find out why this visit -- was so special -- for his little sister.

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((0001628 NATS Amanda "I usually don't start on this one 30)) NATS Piano playing Fourth grader Amanda is brushing up on her piano playing during school vacation week. Today -- she has a slightly larger audience than usual. Family NATS Her brother-in-law, Anthony Eversole, is back on a break from Lackland, Texas, where he's based with the U-S Air Force. He and Alissa had planned to celebrate their five-year anniversary ... but Amanda had no idea. ((SOT Alissa Eversole, Amanda's Sister 000052 Mandi had seen some military homecoming videos on YouTube and always said it would be really cool if we could surprise her at school 58)) And that's just what they did last week at Derby Elementary. NATS video Coordinating with the school to let Anthony come -- and surprise Amanda in class. Her big hug -- and happy tears -- captured by Alissa on cell phone video. ((SOT Alissa 000621 All the teachers cried. There were tears everywhere for happiness 25)) She hadn't seen her "big brother" in about a year. He and Alissa made the decision to live apart so he could pursue a career in the Air Force... while Alissa helped raise Amanda. Their mom died from cancer six years ago ... and since then, Alissa has been sharing parenting duties with her grandparents. ((SOT Alissa 000522 It's like she's my own child, so I just couldn't imagine being apart from her. And AJ's like a big brother to her because he's been here since she was a baby 31)) But distance is a sacrifice Anthony knows is often part of a military career. ((SOT Anthony Eversole, Amanda's Brother-In-Law 000414 They don't want to uproot them and destroy everything they've worked for 18)) He says they've been relaxing this week -- and enjoying family time that they know flies by too fast. Alissa says planning the next date -- helps. ((SOT Alissa 000344 then we have that countdown. And that makes it a lot easier when you start ticking the days off a calendar 47)) A calendar that will reset for everyone -- when Anthony heads back to Texas next week. Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News, Newport.

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As a cold front sweeps east tonight, any showers will gradually come to an end overnight. Lows will dip to 42/52 under mostly cloudy skies. Saturday will be breezy and cooler, with highs in the 50s. We'll start off the day with some low clouds, but they'll break up during the morning and give way to plenty of afternoon sunshine. Sunday will start off cold, but highs will work their way back into the 50s again. We'll start off the day with some sunshine, but clouds will increase through the afternoon. Overall the weekend is looking pretty good. In the longer term a slow-moving frontal system will impact us with some periods of showers on Sunday night through Tuesday morning. Some sunshine could begin to return on Tuesday afternoon, especially in northern areas. After that high pressure will move in on Wednesday. Despite plenty of sunshine, highs will remain a bit below normal. In the longer term it look like another frontal system will impact us with more showers on by Thursday afternoon into Friday.

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A Made in Vermont -- a Happy Passover -- and some intense biking. It's all coming up on the Weekend.

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. (00:40:46:01) ((ATH:Im alex Hirsch and this week for destination recreation I met with the Vermont Mountain Bike Association to learn how you can get into the game, and eventually become as good as these guys..)) Also we will be previewing Sugarbush's 3rd annual WCAX Made in Vermont Weekend at Lincoln Peak. More than 40 Vermont Vendors will be setting up shot to sell their local crafts, art, food and spirits. Then On sunday, we are back in the kitchen...this time at Ohavi Zhedek Synagogue for a tasty Passover Recipe, but with twist (00:01:28:00) (jeff Potash it's a persian recipe and it reflects the sapphardic tradition and it has a little more spice and a little more interest.)) Jeff Potash gives us a taste of Jewish History. (00:11:31:00) (jeff Potash Lechiam!) Join us on The weekend Saturday from 6-8am and Sunday at 8 after you can quote me!

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Vermont's frats and sororities testified in Montpelier today --- trying save their houses. Students went before the Senate Finance committee today. Two years ago, lawmakers decided to scrap property tax exemptions for Greek organizations effective this July. That's worth as much as 50-thousand dollars a year per house for the state. Andrew Dazzo (Dah-Zo) -- a brother at Phi Gamma Delta -- proposed a compromise in front of the Senate Finance committee -- a payment in lieu of taxes amounting to half of the full bill.

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(00:14:59:00) ((Andrew Dazzo it would allow us to persist on-campus for the forseeable future and it would also allow the state to see some sort of revenue and we also think it could be tangentially beneficial to the state because they could point to Greek organizations as a non-proft they were able to compromise with)) Committee chairman Tim Ashe told those who spoke that their pitch would not be included in tonight's tax bill. But he did say the exemption could be preserved later when key Senators and Representatives iron out differences between the two chambers plans.

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Police in South Burlington are trying to solve a pair of crimes. Investigators say the women here -- stole a purse from Shaw's -- and went on a shopping spree at the Best Buy in Williston -- racking up a two-thousand dollar bill.

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And they're also looking for this man -- who they say -- made off with 15 packages of meat from Shaws. If recognize any of the suspects -- call South Burlington Police.

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The Reserve Officer's Training Corps or ROTC -- celebrates 100 years. And Norwich University, the birthplace of ROTC is hosting a Centennial Symposium throughout the weekend. A number of high-ranking military -- and business leaders -- will discuss preparing for the next century of ROTC. Including the Commanding General , U.S. Army Cadet Command Major General Peggy Combs.

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((Maj. Gen. Peggy Combs/U.S.Army Cadet Command 00:01:34:19 "You learn leadership skills and that last a lifetime and even if you came in for active service for 4 5 6 years you can take those skills back out to serve our nationa in our community in government, industry or in anything but leaderships skills are so vital to our nation and its productivity. "00:02:00:16)) The Major General says more than 1 million officers have been commissioned through ROTC in the last 100 years.

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Starting Line Sports ...the Boston Celtics host the Altanta Hawks in game three of the first round NBA playoff series tonight at 8pm at TD Garden. After losing the first two games in Georgia, the Celtics will most likely have to break a trend that has popped up at the worst possible time if they are going to try and claw their way back into this series instead of starting to plan their summer vacation. In both of the first two games in Atlanta, the Celtics got off to terrible starts. They scored just 36 points in the first half and trailed by 17 at the break before rallying in the second half, and falling by one, 102-101... --- game two was another story entirely. In that matchup Tuesday night, the Celtics scored just seven first quarter points, the lowest first quarter total in a playoff game since the NBA went to a shot clock in 1954, managed just 28 points total in the first half and were run out of the building 89-72. But these slow starts began at the and of the regular season, as Boston dropped two of its last three games to lose home court in the first round of the playoffs. Even in the game they won, a 98-88 victory over Miami in the season finale, Boston scored just 38 first half points and rallied from 26 points down to earn the win. The C's know they have to find a way to get out of the blocks quicker if they are to get back into this series.

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((TRT: 25 ... OC: WITH THAT CROWD)) ((Sullinger/ It's like we've got to get punched in the face to start playing the way we need to play. We keep talking about how we can't keep doing this. We got away with one against Miami, but we can't keep doing that. What we did against Miami was a fluke.)) ((Thomas/ We're going to be ready. I can't wait. It's going to be loud and energized and we better not start off slow with that crowd.))

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Also in the NBA playoffs tonight... Cleveland is in Detroit and San Antonio visits Memphis. The Cavs and Spurs hold 2-0 series leads. And there are a quartet of Game 5's in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Three teams have a chance to clinch. Washington and Dallas at home... San Jose in L-A... while Florida hosts the New York Islanders with that series tied at two.

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New government numbers show suicides are at the highest level in nearly 30 years. Marlie Hall reports.

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(TRACK) GREGG LOOMIS HAS STRUGGLED WITH DEPRESSION FOR MANY YEARS. ITS BEEN SO EXTREME HE TRIED TO END HIS OWN LIFE. (SOT - Gregg Loomis / Attempted Suicide) i did not want to live, i figured i'd be better off dead (emotional) (TRACK) THE 57-YEAR OLD SUFFERS FROM MANIC DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR DISORDER. (SOT - Gregg Loomis / Attempted Suicide) there was a neurochemical thing going on in my brain that twisted the way i thought A NEW REPORT FINDS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE COMMITING SUICIDE. ACCORDING TO THE CDC.. SUICIDE RATES HAVE JUMPED TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN DECADES. (SOT - Dr. Christine Moutier / American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. ) suicide rates are on the rise in our nation, there has been a 24 percent increase overall. THE MOST ALARMING FINDINGS, SUICIDE RATES FOR GIRLS 10 TO 14 TRIPLED, ALTHOUGH THE OVERALL NUMBER WAS STILL VERY LOW. AND RATES ALSO JUMPED FOR MEN BETWEEN 45 AND 64 . STUDIES SHOW MIDDLE AGE AND FINANCIAL CONCERNS CAN BE DRIVING FACTORS. Bridge: EXPERTS SAY PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THE STIGMA AROUND MENTAL HEALTH AND THAT THE FOCUS NEEDS TO BE ON PREVENTION. DOCTOR CHRISTINE MOUTIER WORKS FOR THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION. (SOT - Dr. Christine Moutier / American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. ) to take the shame out of seeking psychotherapy or psychiatric treatment if its warranted. thats part of taking care of your health. (TRACK) ITS BEEN NEARLY 10 YEARS SINCE GREGGS LAST SUICIDE ATTEMPT, HE SAYS MEDICATION IS HELPING. (SOT) mh: but its still a struggle for you? gl: yes, everyday, everyday. (TRACK) HE HOPES BEING OPEN ABOUT HIS STRUGGLES CAN HELP SAVE OTHERS. MARLIE HALL CBS NEWS NEW YORK.

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The weather perfect - to start working on that garden. Sharon and Charlie show us which perennials need to be divided and which ones you should leave alone.

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((How exciting to finally see things growing again! Look at all of that green! Yes, things are popping out of the ground and as soon as the soil is drained out enough you can actually do some things. And the first thing you can do, is to divide some perennials. But you have to be careful about which ones you are dividing. So the rule of thumb is, if it's a spring blooming perennial like irises and peonies, you divide those in the summer and the fall. But if it's a summer or a fall blooming perennial like day lilies or hostas or asters, you divide those now. And the best thing about this, is if you can get them early, like these day lilies here when they are small, you divide them and replant them, they'll still flower for you this year. Perfect. So, the best way to do it, if you have a small clump like this, is rip out the whole clump. We're going to dig it right out. If it was a larger clump, you might kinds of just slice it like a pizza. But this way you are not really going to damage that much of the plant. Now once you've got this out of the ground you can slice it into small little sections, but I like to do about a one foot diameter section because that way it's more likely to bloom with much more root system with it. And you can just take a sharp spade or even that shovel you had and just dig right into it. You just kind of slice right down into it, take out a little section, lean into it a little bit, there we go. And there! Here, something to take home! Thank you. You can see with this sized day lily you can take maybe three of four different sections. You can find a similar place in your yard, with the sun and the right soil, give it a little compost, plant it and water it, and Voila! More daylilies!))

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As a cold front sweeps east tonight, any showers will gradually come to an end overnight. Lows will dip to 42/52 under mostly cloudy skies. Saturday will be breezy and cooler, with highs in the 50s. We'll start off the day with some low clouds, but they'll break up during the morning and give way to plenty of afternoon sunshine. Sunday will start off cold, but highs will work their way back into the 50s again. We'll start off the day with some sunshine, but clouds will increase through the afternoon. Overall the weekend is looking pretty good.

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It's Earth Day, and a grass-roots organization in Rutland is celebrating. Rutland Blooms is diving into this spring. Lynzi DeLuccia has the story.

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((Steve Costello//Organizer 36:12-39:11: "If you change the environment, you change the way people behave in that environment.")) These words, Steve Costello says, planted the seed for Rutland Blooms. ((Steve Costello//Organizer 23:23-30:13: "Rutland Blooms is a city beautification project that kind of came out of the whole Project Vision effort that the city has led.")) Project Vision - Rutland's so-far-successful movement to improve the city's neighborhoods and get crime off the street. Residents have noticed Project Vision's impact, and are beginning to notice Rutland Blooms'. ((Jessica Forrest 10:36-10:41 "It makes me feel like this city is being reborn again ..." )) Jessica Forrest lives in Wallingford but grew up in Rutland - she says she comes into the city nearly every day. ((Jessica 10:52-11:03: "To see people really care about this area and show it, and work hard to make it beautiful again, it's wonderful because this is a wonderful place to live.")) The people of Rutland Blooms DO really care - the organization is made up completely of volunteers. They've planted millions of flowers and hundreds of crab apple trees across the city. This year, they have twice the amount of donated money to do so. ((Costello 2:07 "we'll spend about 42,000 dollars on plants and materials alone - 1:30-1:37 We're really stepping it up this year, thanks to significant donations from a host of different organizations...")) One of those organizations is Castleton University. The school has become a leading partner in the beautification movement. ((Dave Wolk//President, Castleton University : 17:57-18:03 "We've made a significant investment in Rutland because it's a laboratory of learning to our students..." 18:39-18:44 "we'll have some students involved as part of service learning, we have the center for civic engagement there ...it just makes sense.")) Just across from the newly-planted crab apple trees on Rutland's Business route 4 sits Southern Vermont Hydroponics, a gardening store. ((Phil Tebbetts//Store manager 14:05-14:10 "Just makes you happier to see flowers all over the place and nice trees...")) Store manager Phil Tebbetts thinks Rutland Blooms work will also raise awareness that every day should be Earth Day. ((Phil Tebbetts//Store Manager 15:18-15:22 "A lot of people don't even know what Earth Day is, nor do they care honestly..." 15:25-15:29 "Throwing garbage out their window it's like, come on, you're part of the problem. That would definitely make people aware to see things like that, one baby step at a time.")) Rutland Blooms volunteers will be kicking off spring season planting next week, taking those baby steps to beautify the city they love. Lynzi DeLuccia, Channel 3 News, Rutland.

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Hunters gets ready -- it's turkey season and this is youth hunting weekend. Adults season starts May first. Judy Simpson went looking for tips.

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Vermont's wild turkey population has come a long way baby. Since 31 wild birds were captured in New York in 1969 and 1970 and released in the Green Mountain State to help jump start the population. ((Mark Scott/Vermont Fish & Wildlife 00:02:52:16" It is probably one of the most cited modern day wildlife success stories you even see it written in text books")) The Vermont Fish and Wildlife department documented the release of the birds in Pawlet and near Lake Bomoseen. There are now an estimated 45 to 60 thousand turkeys throughout the state. Hunting helps keep the population in check. Youth turkey hunting season starts Saturday morning. And to bag a nice adult male, Scott says hunters have to turn on the sex appeal. ((Nat sot turkey call)) (( Mark again 00:01:29:14" You have got to try to act like a very seductive hen a female because right now it is the peek of the breeding season for wild turkeys in the state of Vt testosoerone levels are very high in the males.")) Luring the tom turkey close enough to get a shot. ((Homemade turkey call 00:04:37:03 you rub it along the slate in certain ways that makes a purr )) You just have to know what motivates a turkey. ((Mark again 00:08:35:08" What probably drives a turkey more crazy out there, male, is that there is a boyfriend intruding in on his girlfriend when he is out there. "00:08:41:11)) The successful hunter is one that can trick the tom, which is not easy , turns out turkeys are not so bird brained. JS channel three news (nat sot turkey call) Burlington

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The Red Sox open a brief, five game, road trip tonight at Houston. Steven Wright getting the start for Boston. Infielder Matt Duffy, who played the first two years of his college career at Vermont, made the Astros opening day roster, but has only seen limited action as a pinch hitter, with three total at bats in three games, he's struck out twice and has yet to get a hit.

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Giving up hits has, unfortunately, not been a rare occurrence so far this eason for new Sox ace David Price. Signed to a record free agent contract for a pitcher this offseason, seven years, $217 million, Price has gotten off to a slow start for Boston. In his four starts, Price has allowed 17 runs on 24 hits in 21 and two thirds innings, capped by a horrendous performance against his original team, Tampa Bay, yesterday, where Price was roughed up for eight runs and two home runs in just three and two thirds innings in Boston's eventual 12-8 defeat. His ERA after four starts is 7.06, more than double his career mark of 3.15. On the positive side, Price's career ERA in March and April is nearly a run higher than any other month in the season, so his history shows more typically dominant days ahead...something manager John Farrell alluded to after yesterday's performance.

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((TRT: 34 ... OC: ONE AREA)) ((Farrell/ I think with power pitchers, we've talked about the first month. It's still a building phase of arm strength and overall command. We may just be seeing that. Where he is typically so good on both sides of the plate, I thought there were a number of pitchers where he tried to go inside to right handers and was just missing his spot. With his inconsistency to right handers, he was pretty much on one side of the plate and they looked in that one area.))

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At the Stadium last night, former Red Sox Rich Hill rung up ten strikeouts in six innings against the Yankees, and allowing just three hits and two runs. He was matched by Luis Severino, who spread seven hits over two innings and also allowed two runs, but Oakland won the battle of the bullpens and pulled away in the late innings for a 7-3 win, completing a series sweep. New York has lost seven of eight to drop to 5-9, last place in the A-L East. The Yankees open a weekend series with Tampa Bay tonight in the Bronx, C-C Sabathia against the Rays' Matt Moore.

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Saturday will be a key day for several college lacrosse teams in our region. Both the Castleton men's and women's teams are action at Spartan Stadium tomorrow. The Castleton women, who sit in first place in the North Atlantic Conference by a half game with three games left in their regular season, host Johnson State tomorrow afternoon at 4:30pm. The Spartan men are a game and a half behind first place New England College following an overtime loss at NEC Tuesday. They host Johnson at 7pm tomorrow night in their home finale, then close out their regular season next Tuesday at Green Mountain.

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The UVM men's lacrosse team visits Hartford tomorrow evening at 5pm. The Hawks and Cats are two of four team separated by just a game in the standings in the race for three America East playoff spots. Hartford and Stony Brook are 3-1 in conference, Vermont and Binghamton 2-2. The Cats close out the regular season next Saturday night at home against the Bearcats. Vermont has won three of its last five to improve to 6-7 overall, matching last season's win total, and another victory would give the program it's most wins in a single season since 2006

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The Middlebury women's lacrosse team is in the midst of another great season, 12-1 overall, but it speaks to the strength of the NESCAC that the Panthers are yet to lock up top seed in the conference tournament with just two games to go. Middlebury hosts 11-2 Colby in the Panthers home finale tomorrow morning at 11am. Middlebury is tied with Trinity with a 7-1 conference record, with Midd's lone loss coming to Trinity at home last Saturday. Colby is still in the mix as well. The Mules are tied with Amherst for third, both teams sitting at 6-2, so the outcome of tomorrow's matchup could dramatically shake up the NESCAC standings.

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St. Mike's women's lacrosse taking on nationally ranked Stonehill at Duffy Field. --------- The Purple Knights would jump in front early, Kealy Moyna around the crease finds Emily Loebs who finishes to make it 2-0 St. Mike's. --------- After the Skyhawks get one back, Alex Vincent finds Emily Clark, through contact and the foul to make it 3-1! --------- But Stonehill fights back, Caitlyn Sweeney goes up high and cuts through the defense to put the second goal on the board for the Skyhawks. --------- Steph Bonewald had a hattrick for St. Mike's But it was not enough, Stonehill scores with just over a minute to go to win it 8-7.

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Showers (possible thunderstorm) early, then mostly cloudy tonight. Saturday will be breezy, with morning clouds giving way to afternoon sunshine.


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