Fri 26-JUN-2015 Early A.M. News Script

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The second prison employee facing charges after two inmates escaped -- won't be in court until Monday. Gene Palmer was supposed to be arraigned Thursday -- but instead, his attorney Andrew Brockway -- abruptly stepped down. Brockway has maintained Palmer did not know of Richard Matt and David Sweat's plans to escape from the Dannemora prison. Palmer -- who has been working for corrections since 1987 -- did however admit to several instances where he helped Matt and Sweat -- such as leading them back into the catwalks -- and letting Matt hide contraband when his cell was searched.

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((Brockway: I'm a small town attorney, guys, um. THis is a small community. I'm a solo practitioner. THis is taking a lot of resources, and I fully believe Mr. Palmer and I think he needs a team of attorneys that has the resources that he's going to need to fight the charges. )) Palmer faces up to seven years in prison for the promoting prison contraband charge -- and up to four years for the tampering with evidence charges.

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A Windsor man, accused of aggravated sexual assault, is denying the charges. Police say 58-year-old Richard Coleman kept graphic journals about sexually assaulting a teenage girl. He is also charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a child. He was ordered held without bail - and faces a potential life sentence if convicted.

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We are learning more about the moments before a doubel fatal crash in Hinesburg back in April. A new report reveals the driver who died -- was high. Police say 17-year-old Joseph Marshall was speeding when he hit and killed 47-year-old Richard Tom -- who was riding his bike on Route 116. Both men died at the scene. Hinesburg Police Chief Frank Koss NOW says Marshall was under the influence of 36 nanograms of marijuana. He pointed out that is seven times the legal limit for driving under the influence--in the two states where pot is legal.

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A former state employee who admitted stealing thousands of taxpayer dollars is headed to prison. Lisa Peduzzi was a claims examiner with the Vermont Office of Risk Management. Prosecutors say she used state checks totaling $217-thousand dollars -- on personal shopping sprees. She then covered her tracks with fake insurance claims. The 52-year-old Plainfield woman was sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

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Vermont has added nine species to its list of those threatened or endangered. The list included four plants, three bumble bees, an amphibian and a bird. The bees are the rusty-patched bumble bee, the yellow bandit bumble bee and the Ashton cuckoo bumble bee. Officials say the species appear in decline due to parasite infestation. Also, the Fowler's toad and rusty blackbird are now listed as endangered. Plant species include the dwarf birch, tulip tree, whorled milkweed, and green mountain quillwort.

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And it's Friday -- so we are celebrating -- with a video that's causing quite the stir. But in a wonderful way. A young Boston Red Sox fan is getting a lot of attention -- after his act of kindness -- towards an even younger fan. Take a look. ((end of clip is white MLB logo))

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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A sudden shakeup. A second prison employee facing charges after two inmates escaped -- won't be in court until Monday. Gene Palmer was supposed to be arraigned Thursday -- and expected to plead not guilty -- but instead, his attorney Andrew Brockway -- abruptly stepped down. Brockway has maintained Palmer did not know of Richard Matt and David Sweat's plans to escape from the Dannemora prison. Palmer -- who has been working for corrections since 1987 -- did however admit to several instances where he helped Matt and Sweat -- such as leading them back into the catwalks -- and letting Matt hide contraband in them when his cell was searched.

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((Brockway: The true story isn't Joyce Mitchell and Gene Palmer. It's bigger than that, and we're hoping that the truth comes out...I've made contact with another attorney. I'm a small town attorney, guys, um. THis is a small community. I'm a solo practitioner. THis is taking a lot of resources, and I fully believe Mr. Palmer and I think he needs a team of attorneys that has the resources that he's going to need to fight the charges. ))

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This morning we also now know Palmer transported a package of hamburger meat to Richard Matt. It contained blades frozen inside the meat. Palmer maintains he did not know about the blades. Logan Crawford takes a closer look at the case.

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As we near week three of Richard Matt and David Sweat's prison break from Clinton Correctional Facility -- a second prison employee is charged along with Joyce Mitchell in the plot to bust the two killers out of jail. ((June 24 PKG 1:07-1:14 Andrew Brockway/Palmer's attorney: It was a mistake. He trusted Joyce Mitchell.")) Gene palmer faces multiple charges in connection with the prison break -- including Promoting Prison Contraband and destroying evidence -- paintings he was given by Matt and Sweat in exchange for giving them tools. Palmer allegedly burned paintings at his home and also burying more in the woods a few blocks away. The lawyer who worked with him while police were investigating -- says Palmer is a private person. (TC 00:15:18:19 Tile 1655) ((Logan Crawford/Dannemora "A neighbor who lives down the street from Gene Palmer told me off camera she's known Gene for years, and knows him to be a nice, shy person. She's believes he's innocent and was tricked by Joyce Mitchell into helping the 2 inmates escape." 00:15:30:11)) Though he's described by some as a nice guy who likes his job - Palmer did express the stress some guards at Dannemora feel 15 years ago - in an interview with North Country Public Radio about the prison. ((Gene Palmer from North Country Public Radio Interview in 2000: "With the money you pay you'll go bald, you'll have high blood pressure, you'll become an alcoholic, you'll divorce, and then you'll kill yourself...It's a negative environment. And long-term exposure to a negative environment, you become hard on issues as in when you see someone get cut in the face and they're bleeding and stuff.. ")) Palmer faces up to seven years in prison for the promoting prison contraband charge -- and up to four years for the tampering with evidence charges. Logan Crawford, Channel 3 News, Dannemora. -3-

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It's been 21 days since Matt and Sweat escaped. Alex Apple gives us a look at just how this investigation has unfolded.

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A meticulous precision-like cut through cell walls -- paced steps along a catwalk -- and a tight crawl out a steam pipe to freedom. It was a Shawshank-like plot that authorities know Richard Matt and David Sweat could not have pulled off without help. ((Andrew Wylie from "PRISON WORKER ARRAIGNED...ACCUSED... "it would appear that it would have taken a long time to do that.)) Less than a week after the escape, police made their first arrest -- of former prison employee Joyce Mitchell. ((Court NAT: June 15 PKG...Attorney Steve Johnston/Mitchell's attorney: What we're going to do right now judge is we're going to waive a preliminary felony hearing.")) Mitchell faces a felony charge of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor of criminal facilitation. Those stem from her giving Matt and Sweat the tools they needed to cut out of their cell. Her relationship with the pair -- started in the prison tailor shop -- and became so intricate -- she was supposed to be their getaway driver and the trio reportedly discussed killing Joyce's husband -- Lyle. ((Andrew Wylie June 15 PKG: "as to whether they were going to take any type of physical harm, to harm Lyle Mitchell, I'm not going to comment on that.")) But 9 days later -- Lyle Mitchell did. ((Lyle Mitchell -- June 23 47-1:02 -- I said, how can it happen? She said, I was in over my head and scared. She said, I have something else to tell you. I said, what's that? She said, their plan was they want to kill you. I said, what? They wanted her to pick them up.")) As the second week of the investigation concluded -- a second corrections officer, Gene Palmer, was placed on leave. Channel 3 later learned -- he allegedly passed the weapons -- around a required metal detector -- to Matt and Sweat after Joyce Mitchell hid them inside frozen hamburger meat. ((June 24 PKG 1:07-1:14 Andrew Brockway/Palmer's attorney: It was a mistake. He trusted Joyce Mitchell.")) A mistake that's led to three felony charges against him. The latest in an investigation into who was complicit in two killers' escape. Alex Apple -- Channel 3 news -- Plattsburgh, New York.

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By the end of the month -- hundreds of Vermont prisoners -- will be moved to Michigan. Nearly 300 prisoners -- currently serving their sentences in Kentucky and Arizona -- will be flown to the North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin. The Department of Corrections will now work with another private company called the GEO Group, cutting ties with the Corrections Corporation of America. Commissioner Andy Pallito says his goal is to stop the practice of shipping inmates out of state all together within the next four years.

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((Andy Pallito/Vt. Corrections Cmsr: 00:05:37:13 In the end the goal of this, the Department and this administration has been to close the out of state program and the fact that we will be at 280 when we were close to 700 just a hand full of years ago is a pretty big success 00:05:49:16)) About 22 percent of Vermont's prison population is serving time out of state.

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A former state employee who admitted stealing thousands of taxpayer dollars is headed to prison. Lisa Peduzzi was a claims examiner with the Vermont Office of Risk Management. Prosecutors say she used state checks totaling $217-thousand dollars -- on personal shopping sprees. She then covered her tracks with fake insurance claims. This morning, the 52-year-old Plainfield woman was sentenced to 18 months behind bars. She'll begin serving her sentence July 12th.

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Still few details this morning -- after a massive police presence in Burlington's Old North End. This was the scene on North Winooski Avenue just after 7 pm Thursday. Authorities on the scene told neighbors they were "looking for a person" but would not elaborate.

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((Bob Clark, Burlington 05:33 "totally unusual, it's not just another day, we're not comfortable with it.)) Burlington Police have confirmed the incident was tied to a federal investigation and would not provide any additional details.

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A weak system will bring some morning showers, mainly in southern Vermont. This will give way to partly sunny skies for the afternoon, with highs in the 70s. A more potent system will move in for the weekend. Saturday will start with sun, but then clouds will thicken up during the day, with rain by late afternoon. The rain may be heavy at times Saturday night into early Sunday morning, so we'll have to keep an eye on rivers and streams. The rain will taper to showers on Sunday. It's going to be rather active and unsettled into midweek. Scattered showers will linger into Monday. Yet another system will move in on Tuesday, with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. It will be a humid day as well. More showers will be scattered about on Wednesday. We'll finally get a break on Thursday, with partly sunny skies.

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A third funeral will take place in Charleston today -- as the city continues to heal from last week's church massacre. Anne Marie Green Reports.

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President Obama travels to Charleston, South Carolina today ...to deliver a eulogy at the funeral service for slain pastor and State Senator Clementa (Clemen-tay) Pinckney. Pinckney was among 9 people killed during a bible study session at Emanuel AME church last week. The president is also expected to meet with the families of the victims. Republican lawmakers are vowing to put up a fight...after the US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act for the second time. In the 6-to-3 decision Thursday, the court ruled that the Obama administration could legally hand out healthcare subsidies in all 50 states...to help millions of struggling Americans buy private health insurance. The Justices are expected to soon decide on other major issues...including the future of same sex marriage and lethal injection. And, NTSB go-teams will begin investigating how a sightseeing plane crashed on a cliff in southeast Alaska. An NTSB official says the 8 passengers and the pilot were killed. The plane was found Thursday evening near Ella Lake...hours after it was reported missing. The passengers were on a shore excursion from a cruise ship. Those are some of the day's top stories. I'm Wendy Gillette, for CBS News New York.

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Welcome Back! Just how do you spend your time? A new survey says your likely working, sleeping or watching TV. The Bureau of Labor statistics survey shows the average American worked seven hours and 48 minutes a day last year. That's up 12 minutes from 20-13. Nearly one in four people do at least some of their job from home. Those, age 15 or up, are averaging nearly nine hours of sleep per day. But people with full-time jobs averaged about eight hours of sleep. The survey also found people watched about three-hours of television.

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Apple has added a feature to its I-tunes U app, continuing its dive into education. Students can now turn in their homework directly from their i-phone or i-pad. The i-tunes U app will send the teacher a notification and the teacher will see a time stamp showing what time the homework was turned in. Three years ago, teachers could start assigning homework and creating courses.

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And a little house cat took a stand against a big 'outdoor' cat at a home near Boulder, Colorado. Tom Mabe's camera was rolling when a mountain lion came to the house's back porch. The two felines met at the sliding door window. After some pawing.. purring and hissing from both cats, the mountain lion walked away and went back into the woods.

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Morning showers, mainly south, will give way to partly sunny skies, with highs in the 70s

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It was a historic decision by the US Supreme court. And Vermont's lone Congressman is hailing an Obamacare decision. In a six-to-three ruling Thursday, the justices upheld nationwide tax subsidies that help make insurance affordable for more than 8-million Americans. The ruling is a blow for opponents of the Affordable Care Act -- but supporters love it. Including Vermont Congressman Peter Welch who admits the law is not perfect -- but says Congress needs to focus on fixing it rather than repealing it.

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Governor Shumlin released a statement about the decision -- saying that while subsidies here were secure because we have a state-based exchange -- quote - "I am glad that the rest of the country will not lose the significant ground gained in health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. We are making progress to deliver the services Vermonters expect through Vermont Health Connect. We have insured nearly 20-thousand Vermonters who previously did not have insurance, and now Vermont has the second lowest rate of uninsured in the nation. "

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Meanwhile - Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott - who is considering a run for Governor -- released his own statement saying now that federal subsidies will stay in place -- quote -- "It's clear we must immediately explore alternatives to Vermont Health Connect. These alternatives could be a regional partnership with other states like Connecticut, a partnership with the federal exchange, or a full transition to the federal exchange."

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In the headlines this morning A Windsor man faces sex assault charges prison time for a man who let drug dealers peddle out of his property And-- software glitches continue to trouble the launch of the f35.

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning. Morning showers, mainly south, will give way to partly sunny skies, with highs in the 70s. Rain, heavy at times, is expected Saturday night into Sunday morning.

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A Windsor man, accused of aggravated sexual assault, is denying the charges. Police say 58-year-old Richard Coleman kept graphic journals about sexually assaulting a teenage girl. He is also charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a child. He was ordered held without bail - and faces a potential life sentence if convicted.

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We are learning more about that double fatal accident in Hinesburg. A new report reveals the dead driver was high. Police say 17 year old Joseph Marshall hit and killed 47 year old Richard Tom--who was riding his bike on Route 116. Both men died at the scene in April. Hinesburg Police Chief Frank Koss now says Marshall was under the influence of 36 nanograms of marijuana. He pointed out that is seven times the legal limit for driving under the influence--in the two states where pot is legal. Police also say Marshall--was speeding.

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A White River Junction woman has been arrested -- for allegedly letting kids stand out of the sunroof of a car. Police say they say 70-year-old Cynthia (EE-mms) Eames let a 6 and 7 year old stand out of her the car's sunroof on Willard Road in Quechee. Eames is set to be in court on August 4th -- to answer to charges of reckless endangerment and negligent operation.

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Police are working to find out what caused a military vehicle crash on I-89 Thursday morning that snarled traffic in White River Junction. The humvee was traveling as part of a military convoy from Massachusetts when the accident happened just before 10AM. Police say the driver was heading south - near the interchange of 89 and 91. They say when he went to slow down he lost control of the trailer and it flipped. Traffic was backed up for miles. Two men inside the vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-threatening injuries.

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The Marines are taking some last steps preparing F-35 fighters for duty -- the jets that are eventually headed to Vermont. The F-35 is going through its final weeks of training before going into active duty aboard aircraft carriers. The Marines plan to buy 420 F-35s, but just getting the first squadron of ten aircraft ready to go on time is an uphill battle.

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(11:50:36) (( LIBERMAN: IT WOULD TAKE US 30 MINUTES SOMETIMES WITH SHUT DOWNS, RESTARTS JUST TO GET THE AIRPLANE AIRBORNE DUE TO JUST VARIOUS SOFTWARE GLITCHES. LIBERMAN: I MEAN NOWADAYS WE'RE UP AND READY WITH THE AIRCRAFT IN 10 MINUTES.)) As for Vermont -- the planes are scheduled to start flying in and out of Burlington in 2020.

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Vermont has added nine species to its list of those threatened or endangered. The list included four plants, three bumble bees, an amphibian and a bird. The bees are the rusty-patched bumble bee, the yellow bandit bumble bee and the Ashton cuckoo bumble bee. Your seeing some of them there. Officials say the species appear in decline due to parasite infestation. Also, the Fowler's toad and rusty blackbird are now listed as endangered. Plant species include the dwarf birch, tulip tree, whorled milkweed, and green mountain quillwort.

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(anchors introduce gary)

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A weak system will bring some morning showers, mainly in southern Vermont. This will give way to partly sunny skies for the afternoon, with highs in the 70s. A more potent system will move in for the weekend. Saturday will start with sun, but then clouds will thicken up during the day, with rain by late afternoon. The rain may be heavy at times Saturday night into early Sunday morning, so we'll have to keep an eye on rivers and streams. The rain will taper to showers on Sunday. It's going to be rather active and unsettled into midweek. Scattered showers will linger into Monday. Yet another system will move in on Tuesday, with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. It will be a humid day as well. More showers will be scattered about on Wednesday. We'll finally get a break on Thursday, with partly sunny skies.

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(((Barre's Nick Sweet and Milton's Scott Dragon headed into Thursday night tied for first place in the King of the Road standings with 211 points. Both however were still looking for their first win at Thunder Road this season. year ..Westford, Vermont's Darrell Morin starting on the pole tonight in the 50 lap late model feature...He holds the lead until lap number 4... Northfield's Matt White moving to the inside of Morin and he takes the lead heading into the back straightaway... Only one caution in the race tonight, coming just 5 laps later, as Barre's Jason Allen gets spun out heading into the turn.. White holds onto the lead on the restart and for the next 16 laps...But on lap 30, Barre's Jason Corliss makes a move on the outside of turn 4 and takes over the lead.. Corliss fights off a tough late push by Montpelier's Josh Demers to pick up his first win of the season. --- (Corliss/"It's a big momentum boost. We've struggled out of the gate and we're not sure why. Made some adjustments tonight that made a real big difference so if we start heading that direction we'll be okay. Two weeks in a row, top 5, with a win tonight, I feel like we're heading in the right direction.") --- A good night for the Vermont baseball teams, the Lake Monsters win at Hudson Valley, 4-3. The Monsters scoring 3 runs in the 8th inning. 4 Mountaineers pitchers combined on a 1-0 shutout win at the Valley Blue Sox. The Neers return to Montpelier tomorrow night to host Laconia. --- Keegan Bradley is off to a good start at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. Bradley dropped in seven birdies and just one bogey for an opening round of six under par 64. He is in a four-way tie for second, two shots behind leader Bubba Watson. --- The Red Sox lost to the Orioles yesterday, 8-6. While The Yankees fell to the Astros last night, 4-0. That's it for now, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 sports, have a great day.)))

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This morning 3 Minute Wrap. Getting you up to speed every morning -- in just 3 minutes.

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A sudden shakeup in the investigation behind how two men escaped from Clinton Correctional. A second prison employee facing charges -- won't be in court until Monday. Gene Palmer was supposed to be arraigned Thursday -- and expected to plead not guilty -- but instead, his attorney Andrew Brockway -- abruptly stepped down. Brockway has maintained Palmer did not know of Richard Matt and David Sweat's plans to escape from the Dannemora prison. Palmer -- who has been working for corrections since 1987 -- did however admit to several instances where he helped Matt and Sweat -- such as leading them back into the catwalks -- and letting Matt hide contraband in them when his cell was searched.

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((Brockway: I'm a small town attorney, guys, um. THis is a small community. I'm a solo practitioner. THis is taking a lot of resources, and I fully believe Mr. Palmer and I think he needs a team of attorneys that has the resources that he's going to need to fight the charges. )) Palmer faces up to seven years in prison for the promoting prison contraband charge -- and up to four years for the tampering with evidence charges.

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A Windsor man is being held without bail -- after denying sex charges. Police say 58-year-old Richard Coleman kept graphic journals about sexually assaulting a teen girl. He is charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault on a child and two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a child. Coleman faces a potential life sentence if convicted.

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By the end of the month -- hundreds of Vermont prisoners -- will be moved to Michigan. Nearly 300 prisoners -- currently serving their sentences in Kentucky and Arizona -- will be flown to the North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin. The Department of Corrections will now work with another private company called the GEO Group, cutting ties with the Corrections Corporation of America. Commissioner Andy Pallito says his goal is to stop the practice of shipping inmates out of state all together within the next four years.

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In just weeks -- a former state employee guilty of stealing thousands of taxpayer dollars -- is headed to prison. Lisa Peduzzi was a claims examiner with the Vermont Office of Risk Management. Prosecutors say she used state checks totaling $217-thousand dollars -- on personal shopping sprees. She then covered her tracks with fake insurance claims. The 52-year-old Plainfield woman has been sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

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A third funeral will take place in Charleston today -- as the city continues to heal from last week's church massacre President Obama travels to South Carolina this morning ...to deliver a eulogy at the funeral service for slain pastor and State Senator (Clemen-tay Pink - KNEE) Clementa Pinckney. (Pink - KNEE) was among 9 people killed during a bible study session at Emanuel AME church last week. The president is also expected to meet with the families of the victims.

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NTSB go-teams will begin investigating how a sightseeing plane crashed on a cliff in southeast Alaska. An NTSB official says the 8 passengers and the pilot were killed. The plane was found Thursday evening near Ella Lake...hours after it was reported missing. The passengers were on a shore excursion from a cruise ship.

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And -- that's a wrap. Gary, over to you.

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A few morning showers south, then partly sunny today. Highs in the 70s.

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At 70 Harold Ruggles -- found someone to dance with -- for the rest of his life. As his love is now looking down from up above... this weeks super senior is making sure she can always hear the music playing. Here's Joe Carroll.

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Every Tuesday at Project Independence in Barre. (00:00:08:00) ((Chris Beltrami/Musician, Does anybody haven't got a songbook that would like one? )) Chris Beltrami gets ready to perform. (00:01:00:00) ((Chris Beltrami/Musician, Everybody's going to sing real loud today, alright. )) It's a sing-a-long with the seniors at this adult day center. (00:02:36:00) (( Baby face, you've go the cutest little baby face. )) The group doesn't hold back, except for one person: Harold Ruggles. (00:05:59:00) ((Group Singing, I have a Yankee Doodle Sweetheart. )) (00:06:10:00) ((Chris Beltrami/Musician, Let's wake up everybody up on Main Street . I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy, A Yankee Doodle do I die.)) (00:07:58:00 ) (( Singing Que Sera, Sera, Larry staring at the camera)) From a Doris Day tune. (00:09:51:00) (( I'm Crazy,)) To Patsy Cline. Through it all, Harold just sits -- and waits patiently -- while fidgeting with his songbook. (00:10:18:00) (( Woman dancing at the end of Crazy )) His time will come soon. (58:04) ((Joe Carroll/WCAX. Harold keeps quite through most of the sing-a-long, until a certain love song comes up.)) (00:10:34:00) ((Chris Beltrami/Musician, Alright, let's turn right over to the song right beside it, 104. This is called, "Can I have this dance." )) (00:10:43:00) ((Chris Beltrami/Musician, We call it here, we call it Harold's song. )) ((00:15:29:20 Joe: Why is it so special for you? Harold: Well, that it brings back memories.)) (00:11:28:05) ((Harold singing, Can I have this Dance for the Rest of My Life. )) It brings back memories - of Patty - his wife and the love of his life. For her, the 88 year old sings with unbridled passion. (00:11:58:00) ((Harold singing, I'll always remember that magic moment, when I held you close to me. )) (00:15:37:08) ((Harold Ruggles/Super Senior, Yea it brings back memories that are of her and I being together for 17 years before she went.)) Harold and Patty met at a square dance. He said she died from a bad heart. (00:12:24:00 ) ((Chris: Go come on! Harold and Chris: Can I have this dance for the rest of my life. Would you be my partner every night. )) (00:24:13:00) ((Joe: What do you think when Harold sings? Barb: Oh it brings a lump to your throat. I mean because he is so into it. It doesn't matter whether he can carry a tune or not, it is very beautiful to listen to because of his passion and his emotion.)) Harold Ruggles -- a simple man teaching us all a powerful lesson -- that true love is pure and everlasting. (00:13:06:00) ((Harold singing, When we're together it feels so right, can I have this dance for the rest of my life.)) (00:13:20:00) ((Nat sot, Harold takes a bow and gives the thumbs up too.)) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News. (00:13:40:00) ((Nat sot from singer, Isn't that beautiful. )) Barre.

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1} POT11_VO


We are learning more about the moments before a doubel fatal crash in Hinesburg back in April. A new report reveals the driver who died -- was high. Police say 17-year-old Joseph Marshall hit and killed 47-year-old Richard Tom -- who was riding his bike on Route 116. Both men died at the scene. Hinesburg Police Chief Frank Koss now says Marshall was under the influence of 36 nanograms of marijuana. He pointed out that is seven times the legal limit for driving under the influence--in the two states where pot is legal. Police also say Marshall--was speeding.

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A White River Junction woman has been arrested -- for allegedly letting kids stand out of the sunroof of a car. Police say they saw 70-year-old Cynthia (EE-mms) Eames let a 6 and 7 year old stand out of the car's sunroof on Willard Road in Quechee. Eames is set to be in court on August 4th -- to answer to charges of reckless endangerment and negligent operation.

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The Marines are taking some last steps preparing F-35 fighters for duty -- the jets that are eventually headed to Vermont. The F-35 is going through its final weeks of training before going into active duty aboard aircraft carriers. The Marines plan to buy 420 F-35s, but just getting the first squadron of ten aircraft ready to go on time is an uphill battle.

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(11:50:36) (( LIBERMAN: IT WOULD TAKE US 30 MINUTES SOMETIMES WITH SHUT DOWNS, RESTARTS JUST TO GET THE AIRPLANE AIRBORNE DUE TO JUST VARIOUS SOFTWARE GLITCHES. LIBERMAN: I MEAN NOWADAYS WE'RE UP AND READY WITH THE AIRCRAFT IN 10 MINUTES.)) As for Vermont -- the planes are scheduled to start flying in and out of Burlington in 2020.

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And it's Friday -- so we are celebrating -- with a video that's causing quite the stir. But in a wonderful way. A young Boston Red Sox fan is getting a lot of attention -- after his act of kindness -- towards an even younger fan. Take a look. ((end of clip is white MLB logo))

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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A sudden shakeup. A second prison employee facing charges after two inmates escaped -- won't be in court until Monday. Gene Palmer was supposed to be arraigned Thursday -- and expected to plead not guilty -- but instead, his attorney Andrew Brockway -- abruptly stepped down. Brockway has maintained Palmer did not know of Richard Matt and David Sweat's plans to escape from the Dannemora prison. Palmer -- who has been working for corrections since 1987 -- did however admit to several instances where he helped Matt and Sweat -- such as leading them back into the catwalks -- and letting Matt hide contraband in them when his cell was searched.

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((Brockway: The true story isn't Joyce Mitchell and Gene Palmer. It's bigger than that, and we're hoping that the truth comes out...I've made contact with another attorney. I'm a small town attorney, guys, um. THis is a small community. I'm a solo practitioner. THis is taking a lot of resources, and I fully believe Mr. Palmer and I think he needs a team of attorneys that has the resources that he's going to need to fight the charges. ))

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This morning we also now know Palmer transported a package of hamburger meat to Richard Matt. It contained blades frozen inside the meat. Palmer maintains he did not know about the blades. Logan Crawford takes a closer look at the case.

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As we near week three of Richard Matt and David Sweat's prison break from Clinton Correctional Facility -- a second prison employee is charged along with Joyce Mitchell in the plot to bust the two killers out of jail. ((June 24 PKG 1:07-1:14 Andrew Brockway/Palmer's attorney: It was a mistake. He trusted Joyce Mitchell.")) Gene palmer faces multiple charges in connection with the prison break -- including Promoting Prison Contraband and destroying evidence -- paintings he was given by Matt and Sweat in exchange for giving them tools. Palmer allegedly burned paintings at his home and also burying more in the woods a few blocks away. The lawyer who worked with him while police were investigating -- says Palmer is a private person. (TC 00:15:18:19 Tile 1655) ((Logan Crawford/Dannemora "A neighbor who lives down the street from Gene Palmer told me off camera she's known Gene for years, and knows him to be a nice, shy person. She's believes he's innocent and was tricked by Joyce Mitchell into helping the 2 inmates escape." 00:15:30:11)) Though he's described by some as a nice guy who likes his job - Palmer did express the stress some guards at Dannemora feel 15 years ago - in an interview with North Country Public Radio about the prison. ((Gene Palmer from North Country Public Radio Interview in 2000: "With the money you pay you'll go bald, you'll have high blood pressure, you'll become an alcoholic, you'll divorce, and then you'll kill yourself...It's a negative environment. And long-term exposure to a negative environment, you become hard on issues as in when you see someone get cut in the face and they're bleeding and stuff.. ")) Palmer faces up to seven years in prison for the promoting prison contraband charge -- and up to four years for the tampering with evidence charges. Logan Crawford, Channel 3 News, Dannemora. -3-

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It's been 21 days since Matt and Sweat escaped. Alex Apple gives us a look at just how this investigation has unfolded.

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A meticulous precision-like cut through cell walls -- paced steps along a catwalk -- and a tight crawl out a steam pipe to freedom. It was a Shawshank-like plot that authorities know Richard Matt and David Sweat could not have pulled off without help. ((Andrew Wylie from "PRISON WORKER ARRAIGNED...ACCUSED... "it would appear that it would have taken a long time to do that.)) Less than a week after the escape, police made their first arrest -- of former prison employee Joyce Mitchell. ((Court NAT: June 15 PKG...Attorney Steve Johnston/Mitchell's attorney: What we're going to do right now judge is we're going to waive a preliminary felony hearing.")) Mitchell faces a felony charge of promoting prison contraband and a misdemeanor of criminal facilitation. Those stem from her giving Matt and Sweat the tools they needed to cut out of their cell. Her relationship with the pair -- started in the prison tailor shop -- and became so intricate -- she was supposed to be their getaway driver and the trio reportedly discussed killing Joyce's husband -- Lyle. ((Andrew Wylie June 15 PKG: "as to whether they were going to take any type of physical harm, to harm Lyle Mitchell, I'm not going to comment on that.")) But 9 days later -- Lyle Mitchell did. ((Lyle Mitchell -- June 23 47-1:02 -- I said, how can it happen? She said, I was in over my head and scared. She said, I have something else to tell you. I said, what's that? She said, their plan was they want to kill you. I said, what? They wanted her to pick them up.")) As the second week of the investigation concluded -- a second corrections officer, Gene Palmer, was placed on leave. Channel 3 later learned -- he allegedly passed the weapons -- around a required metal detector -- to Matt and Sweat after Joyce Mitchell hid them inside frozen hamburger meat. ((June 24 PKG 1:07-1:14 Andrew Brockway/Palmer's attorney: It was a mistake. He trusted Joyce Mitchell.")) A mistake that's led to three felony charges against him. The latest in an investigation into who was complicit in two killers' escape. Alex Apple -- Channel 3 news -- Plattsburgh, New York.

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By the end of the month -- hundreds of Vermont prisoners -- will be moved to Michigan. Nearly 300 prisoners -- currently serving their sentences in Kentucky and Arizona -- will be flown to the North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin. The Department of Corrections will now work with another private company called the GEO Group, cutting ties with the Corrections Corporation of America. Commissioner Andy Pallito says his goal is to stop the practice of shipping inmates out of state all together within the next four years.

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((Andy Pallito/Vt. Corrections Cmsr: 00:05:37:13 In the end the goal of this, the Department and this administration has been to close the out of state program and the fact that we will be at 280 when we were close to 700 just a hand full of years ago is a pretty big success 00:05:49:16)) About 22 percent of Vermont's prison population is serving time out of state.

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Prosecutors say she's used her power for her own personal gain. A one-time Vermont state employee convicted of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars is heading to prison. Investigative reporter Jennifer Costa was in the courtroom when she was sentenced.

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((Lisa Peduzzi/embezzler 01:10:42 "Words cannot describe how sorry I am for what I've done.")) It's an apology many having been waiting - more than a year - to hear. ((Lisa Peduzzi/embezzler 01:12:44 "I apologize to the state of Vermont employees, because of my actions, they are looked at with suspicion and the public confidence in them has been compromised.")) Lisa Peduzzi was employed as the state's sole liability adjuster within the Vermont Office of Risk Management -- processing and paying small property damage claims made against the state. But police say she used that power for her own personal gain. Finding an item she liked online -- then creating a fake insurance claim -- and cutting a check to the seller. The problem -- Vermont was footing the bill. ((Lt. Thomas Hango/Vt. State Police 00:30:12 "guns, high end guitars, jewelry, automobiles, boats, motorcycles, paid some of her bills, property taxes.")) Peduzzi's scheme worked for at least six years. Her spending spree reached 217-thousand dollars before she was caught. The 52-year-old pleaded guilty to three counts of embezzlement. ((Rosanna Chase/Peduzzi's lawyer 01:09:03 "I don't think it's home confinement or jail will help Lisa.")) Her lawyer begged the judge to sentence her to probation -- but the state argued jail time was the only punishment that fit the crime. In the end -- the judge agreed -- sending Peduzzi to prison for 18 months. ((Lisa Peduzzi/embezzler 01:15:32 "I could have stopped stealing at any time but I chose not to. I started stealing initially because I needed the money and then to obtain very nice material things to try to fill the void in my life. What I did was very wrong and deserving of punishment. I'm anxious to begin paying my debt to society then getting on with my life.")) Jennifer Costa -- channel 3 news.

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Still few details this morning -- after a massive police presence in Burlington's Old North End. This was the scene on North Winooski Avenue just after 7 pm Thursday. Authorities on the scene told neighbors they were "looking for a person" but would not elaborate.

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((Bob Clark, Burlington 05:33 "totally unusual, it's not just another day, we're not comfortable with it.)) Burlington Police have confirmed the incident was tied to a federal investigation and would not provide any additional details.

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A weak system will bring some morning showers, mainly in southern Vermont. This will give way to partly sunny skies for the afternoon, with highs in the 70s. A more potent system will move in for the weekend. Saturday will start with sun, but then clouds will thicken up during the day, with rain by late afternoon. The rain may be heavy at times Saturday night into early Sunday morning, so we'll have to keep an eye on rivers and streams. The rain will taper to showers on Sunday. It's going to be rather active and unsettled into midweek. Scattered showers will linger into Monday. Yet another system will move in on Tuesday, with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. It will be a humid day as well. More showers will be scattered about on Wednesday. We'll finally get a break on Thursday, with partly sunny skies.

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A third funeral will take place in Charleston today -- as the city continues to heal from last week's church massacre. Don Champion reports

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(PKG) Mourners will fill the arena at the College of Charleston today... to bid a final farewell to pastor and State Senator Clementa (Clemen-tay) Pinckney. President Obama will deliver the eulogy. Both the President and First lady Michelle knew Pinckney, and some of the other victims. (SOT WH 14:04:09 Josh Earnest/ WH Press Secretary) The President will be mindful not just of how sad it is, but use the occasion to celebrate their lives. They are remarkable people who led remarkable lives. Pinckney's was killed during a bible study at the Emanuel AME church. Thousands turned out there Thursday evening - to view the pastors open casket: (SOT Dr. Katie B. Catalon/ Mourner) He saw no evil that could not be stamped out through love and he lived by that (STANDUP: Don Champion CBS News Charleston, SC) President Obama will also meet with the families of the other victims in the church massacre here in Charleston. -nats- singing Among them, 45 year old Sharonda Coleman Singleton... -nats- Ethel give me your keys ...And 70 year old Ethel Lance... (SOT Brandon Risher/ Grandson)) She was a victim of hate and she can be a symbol for love. Emotions ran high as the women were laid to rest... ...Emotions that will play out again over the next few days...as Charleston buries six more of its own. Don Champion CBS News Charleston, South Carolina.

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Hope disappeared Thursday when police found the bodies of a little boy AND his father who tried to save him in New Hampshire. Boscawen police say a family of four were swimming in a sandbar in the Merrimack River on Wednesday when the 10 year old went under. His 31-year-old father jumped in after him, and the pair never re-surfaced. The mother called 9-1-1 after seeing both disappear.

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The world's largest rubber duck made its official debut along the Delaware River Thursday. Over a dozen ships arrived in Philadelphia for the annual Tall Ships Festival. The rubber duck is 61 inches tall and weighs 11 tons. Circling the duck is the main attraction. Ships come from across the globe from places likes France and Portugal. The four day festival continues throughout the weekend.

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Welcome Back! Just how do you spend your time? A new survey says your likely working, sleeping or watching TV. The Bureau of Labor statistics survey shows the average American worked seven hours and 48 minutes a day last year. That's up 12 minutes from 20-13. Nearly one in four people do at least some of their job from home. Those, age 15 or up, are averaging nearly nine hours of sleep per day. But people with full-time jobs averaged about eight hours of sleep. The survey also found people watched about three-hours of television.

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Apple has added a feature to its I-tunes U app, continuing its dive into education. Students can now turn in their homework directly from their i-phone or i-pad. The i-tunes U app will send the teacher a notification and the teacher will see a time stamp showing what time the homework was turned in. Three years ago, teachers could start assigning homework and creating courses.

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And a little house cat took a stand against a big 'outdoor' cat at a home near Boulder, Colorado. Tom Mabe's camera was rolling when a mountain lion came to the house's back porch. The two felines met at the sliding door window. After some pawing.. purring and hissing from both cats, the mountain lion walked away and went back into the woods.

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Morning showers, mainly south, will give way to partly sunny skies, with highs in the 70s.

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It could be a major breakthrough in fighting Ebola. Reasearcher say -- they've found a way to test for the deadly virus -- in minutes.But first -- a warning for women taking anti-depressants. Here's Eboni Williams.

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A new study suggests older women taking anti-depressants known as SSRI's to battle hot flashes and night sweats... *may* be at higher risk for bone fractures. More than 137-thousand women were tracked... the fracture rate was 76-percent higher among those on SSRI's one year. A New York University study suggests senior citizens who write a *life review* and share experiences with younger people can improve their sense of purpose. And it may even help them to *age in place* longer... instead of in nursing homes or moving in with family members. Researchers from Harvard Medical School say a new test accurately diagnoses the Ebola virus within minutes. They say simplifying diagnosis could have a *major* impact on helping to end Ebola outbreaks. Those are some of the day's top health stories. Eboni Williams, CBS News, New York.

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In the headlines this morning A Windsor man faces sex assault charges prison time for a man who let drug dealers peddle out of his property And-- software glitches continue to trouble the launch of the F35.

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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A Windsor man, accused of aggravated sexual assault, is denying the charges. Police say 58-year-old Richard Coleman kept graphic journals about sexually assaulting a teenage girl. He is also charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a child. He was ordered held without bail - and faces a potential life sentence if convicted.

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We are learning more about that double fatal accident in Hinesburg. A new report reveals the dead driver was high. Police say 17 year old Joseph Marshall hit and killed 47 year old Richard Tom--who was riding his bike on Route 116. Both men died at the scene in April. Hinesburg Police Chief Frank Koss now says Marshall was under the influence of 36 nanograms of marijuana. He pointed out that is seven times the legal limit for driving under the influence--in the two states where pot is legal. Police also say Marshall--was speeding.

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A White River Junction woman has been arrested -- for allegedly letting kids stand out of the sunroof of a car. Police say they say 70-year-old Cynthia (EE-mms) Eames let a 6 and 7 year old stand out of her the car's sunroof on Willard Road in Quechee. Eames is set to be in court on August 4th -- to answer to charges of reckless endangerment and negligent operation.

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A Rutland man will spend 18 months in prison for housing for drug dealers -- in exchange for crack. 52-year-old Troy Gibbs pleaded guilty to making his house on Summer Street available to out-of-state dealers -- from 20-13 to 20-14. Gibbs allowed them to stay -- in exchange for crack. Four people who lived in the house have also been charged.

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Police are working to find out what caused a military vehicle crash on I-89 Thursday morning that snarled traffic in White River Junction. The humvee was traveling as part of a military convoy from Massachusetts when the accident happened just before 10AM. Police say the driver was heading south - near the interchange of 89 and 91. They say when he went to slow down he lost control of the trailer and it flipped. Traffic was backed up for miles. Two men inside the vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-threatening injuries.

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The Marines are taking some last steps preparing F-35 fighters for duty -- the jets that are eventually headed to Vermont. The F-35 is going through its final weeks of training before going into active duty aboard aircraft carriers. The Marines plan to buy 420 F-35s, but just getting the first squadron of ten aircraft ready to go on time is an uphill battle.

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(11:50:36) (( LIBERMAN: IT WOULD TAKE US 30 MINUTES SOMETIMES WITH SHUT DOWNS, RESTARTS JUST TO GET THE AIRPLANE AIRBORNE DUE TO JUST VARIOUS SOFTWARE GLITCHES. LIBERMAN: I MEAN NOWADAYS WE'RE UP AND READY WITH THE AIRCRAFT IN 10 MINUTES.)) As for Vermont -- the planes are scheduled to start flying in and out of Burlington in 2020.

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Vermont has added nine species to its list of those threatened or endangered. The list included four plants, three bumble bees, an amphibian and a bird. The bees are the rusty-patched bumble bee, the yellow bandit bumble bee and the Ashton cuckoo bumble bee. Your seeing some of them there. Officials say the species appear in decline due to parasite infestation. Also, the Fowler's toad and rusty blackbird are now listed as endangered. Plant species include the dwarf birch, tulip tree, whorled milkweed, and green mountain quillwort.

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A weak system will bring some morning showers, mainly in southern Vermont. This will give way to partly sunny skies for the afternoon, with highs in the 70s. A more potent system will move in for the weekend. Saturday will start with sun, but then clouds will thicken up during the day, with rain by late afternoon. The rain may be heavy at times Saturday night into early Sunday morning, so we'll have to keep an eye on rivers and streams. The rain will taper to showers on Sunday. It's going to be rather active and unsettled into midweek. Scattered showers will linger into Monday. Yet another system will move in on Tuesday, with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. It will be a humid day as well. More showers will be scattered about on Wednesday. We'll finally get a break on Thursday, with partly sunny skies.

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It was a historic decision by the US Supreme court. And Vermont's lone Congressman is hailing an Obamacare decision. In a six-to-three ruling Thursday, the justices upheld nationwide tax subsidies that help make insurance affordable for more than 8-million Americans. The ruling is a blow for opponents of the Affordable Care Act -- but supporters love it. Including Vermont Congressman Peter Welch who admits the law is not perfect -- but says Congress needs to focus on fixing it rather than repealing it.

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Governor Shumlin released a statement about the decision -- saying that while subsidies here were secure because we have a state-based exchange -- quote - "I am glad that the rest of the country will not lose the significant ground gained in health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. We are making progress to deliver the services Vermonters expect through Vermont Health Connect. We have insured nearly 20-thousand Vermonters who previously did not have insurance, and now Vermont has the second lowest rate of uninsured in the nation. "

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Meanwhile - Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott - who is considering a run for Governor -- released his own statement saying now that federal subsidies will stay in place -- quote -- "It's clear we must immediately explore alternatives to Vermont Health Connect. These alternatives could be a regional partnership with other states like Connecticut, a partnership with the federal exchange, or a full transition to the federal exchange."

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(((Barre's Nick Sweet and Milton's Scott Dragon headed into Thursday night tied for first place in the King of the Road standings with 211 points. Both however were still looking for their first win at Thunder Road this season. year ..Westford, Vermont's Darrell Morin starting on the pole tonight in the 50 lap late model feature...He holds the lead until lap number 4... Northfield's Matt White moving to the inside of Morin and he takes the lead heading into the back straightaway... Only one caution in the race tonight, coming just 5 laps later, as Barre's Jason Allen gets spun out heading into the turn.. White holds onto the lead on the restart and for the next 16 laps...But on lap 30, Barre's Jason Corliss makes a move on the outside of turn 4 and takes over the lead.. Corliss fights off a tough late push by Montpelier's Josh Demers to pick up his first win of the season. --- (Corliss/"It's a big momentum boost. We've struggled out of the gate and we're not sure why. Made some adjustments tonight that made a real big difference so if we start heading that direction we'll be okay. Two weeks in a row, top 5, with a win tonight, I feel like we're heading in the right direction.") --- A good night for the Vermont baseball teams, the Lake Monsters win at Hudson Valley, 4-3. The Monsters scoring 3 runs in the 8th inning. 4 Mountaineers pitchers combined on a 1-0 shutout win at the Valley Blue Sox. The Neers return to Montpelier tomorrow night to host Laconia. --- Keegan Bradley is off to a good start at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. Bradley dropped in seven birdies and just one bogey for an opening round of six under par 64. He is in a four-way tie for second, two shots behind leader Bubba Watson. --- The Red Sox lost to the Orioles yesterday, 8-6. While The Yankees fell to the Astros last night, 4-0. That's it for now, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 sports, have a great day.)))

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Morning showers, mainly south, will give way to partly sunny skies, with highs in the 70s

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It's taken years but it looks like efforts to open a Vermont Granite museum in ((BARRY)) Barre is making some real progress. With a new director on board and a soft opening this month, officials hope the momentum is there to finally get the project going. Alexei Rubenstein reports.

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(NATS Granite Train) Barre's granite industry isn't what it used to be. From the turn-of-the-century Granite Capital of the world, where hundreds of workers toiled in large sheds lining the Stevens Branch River -- to today -- where the sporadic granite train hauling waste rock -- rolls through town. It's in one of those old sheds -- a new museum hopes to re-capture the history of the town that granite built. (00:00:43 Tile 7839) Scott McLaughlin/Vt Granite Museum "We've got a lot of opportunity for visitors to come here to the Barre-Montpelier area.")) 00:04:04 Tile 7839) Scott McLaughlin/Vt Granite Museum "Just walking around looking at the architecture is pretty impressive. It is an industrial cathedral.)) The idea for a museum first got rolling in the 90's. But it wasn't until 2003, when part of this space in the former Jones Brothers Company shed was transformed into the Stone Arts School -- an effort to train modern day craftsman in the granite carving arts. The school -- and an accompanying small exhibit closed in 2009, but the dream for a larger museum persisted. (00:06:49 Tile 7839) ((Scott McLaughlin/Vt Granite Museum "It intersects with a lot of interesting aspects about Vermont's history -- labor unions; The health department of Vermont is initiated because of the issues of silicosis with the quarry workers, also those working especially in the sheds. There's also the ethnicity of various members coming to Vermont who are part of the granite industry )) Volunteers involved in the project include Ilene Gillander, who worked for 38 years in the local schools. ((00:21:58 Tile 7882 Ilene Gillander/Volunteer "The Grandchildren of these granite workers -- they know nothing about what their grandpas did and that part of the history is being lost. If we don't preserve it now it's going to be gone forever)) To help mark the launch of the museum, a special fundraiser -- RockFire -- will take over the museum Friday evening. Organizers say the event includes hands on demonstrations of stoneworking, traditional music and living history presentations... (00:15:42 Tile 7871)(( Pierre Couture/Rockfire "We'll go out and lay out about 1-thousand luminaries, light a mile-long passage way through the property of the museum.)) ((00:15:42 Tile 7871)(( Piere Coutere/Rockfire "and then come 9:30, the Jones Brothers who built the quarry will invite attendees to walk through the property and see the spirits of the granite past.)) With part of the floor still missing, and many exhibits in disarray, museum director Scott McLaughlin admits its still a work in progress, but he says they're headed on the right track. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News - Barre

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A second prison employee facing charges after two inmates escaped -- won't be in court until Monday. Gene Palmer was supposed to be arraigned Thursday -- and expected to plead not guilty -- but instead, his attorney Andrew Brockway -- abruptly stepped down. Brockway has maintained Palmer did not know of Richard Matt and David Sweat's plans to escape from the Dannemora prison. Palmer -- who has been working for corrections since 1987 -- did however admit to several instances where he helped Matt and Sweat -- such as leading them back into the catwalks -- and letting Matt hide contraband in them when his cell was searched.

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((Brockway: The true story isn't Joyce Mitchell and Gene Palmer. It's bigger than that, and we're hoping that the truth comes out...I've made contact with another attorney. I'm a small town attorney, guys, um. THis is a small community. I'm a solo practitioner. THis is taking a lot of resources, and I fully believe Mr. Palmer and I think he needs a team of attorneys that has the resources that he's going to need to fight the charges. ))

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A Windsor man, accused of aggravated sexual assault, is denying the charges. Police say 58-year-old Richard Coleman kept graphic journals about sexually assaulting a teenage girl. He is also charged with two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a child. He was ordered held without bail - and faces a potential life sentence if convicted.

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A former state employee who admitted stealing thousands of taxpayer dollars is headed to prison. Lisa Peduzzi was a claims examiner with the Vermont Office of Risk Management. Prosecutors say she used state checks totaling $217-thousand dollars -- on personal shopping sprees. She then covered her tracks with fake insurance claims. This morning, the 52-year-old Plainfield woman was sentenced to 18 months behind bars. She'll begin serving her sentence July 12th.


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