Fri 22-MAY-2015 Early A.M. News Script

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A driver is facing charges -- after police say he crashed into the Winooski bridge. The bridge is back open this morning -- but has extensive damage. Authorities say 31-year-old Feisel (Ab - Dee - Ramen) Abdirahman crashed his SUV into the guard rail on the Winooski bridge. The bridge was shut down for about two hours Thursday night -- as investigators made sure it was structurally sound. The Winooski man was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. He's been charged with gross negligent operation and will be in court the 26th. The crash is still under investigation -- and police say more charges may be coming.

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Burlington's Mayor says he will be ramping up taxi enforcement efforts -- after a former Uber driver was charged with sexual assault. 23-year-old Omar Nassir pleaded not guilty to charges of Sexual Assault -- and Lewd-and Lascivious Conduct -- after police say he sexually assaulted his drunk passenger while he was taking her home. The sex assault charge carries a possible life sentence. He's been released -- but is not allowed to contact the victim or work for any taxi service while the investigation continues.

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A pilot is safe this morning -- after a plane crash in Morristown. Police say Leonard Wing had just landed his Single Engine Piper Cub at the Morrisville-Stowe airport -- when a big wind shift caused him to lose control - and the plane flipped over. The 68-year-old was not hurt. Police say he's been a pilot for 50 years. Another seasoned pilot told us the crash was not a surprise. He says the runway area at the airport has become a concern in recent years.

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The search has resumed -- for a missing 24-year-old mom. Denise Hart was last seen leaving a friend's home in Sudbury in January. Investigators found Hart's car engulfed in flames shortly after she went missing. Air and ground searches continued Thursday in Rutland and southern Addison counties. Authorities did not find Hart and would not say if they found any clues tied to her disappearance.

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Randolph students hard work is on full display. Seniors at Randolph Union High School are one step closer to graduation with the finale of their year long individual projects. Each student had to choose a topic to research throughout the year. Students explored everything from the art of glass blowing to lessons in flying planes.

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(00:44:30) ((Alexis Ashley/Senior Student "At first I thought it was a terrible idea, but once I picked something I love, which is what you have to do, this is one of the best experiences I've ever had I'm my life." 00:45:39)) Teachers say the projects are an opportunity for students to demonstrate all the skills they've learned in high school through a more hands on approach.

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Turning cooler again today. Cold & frosty tonight. Warm-up over holiday weekend. Lots of sun on Saturday, partly sunny Sunday - just a slight chance for a shower. Warmer, more humid next week, chance for showers, t-storms each day starting late Monday.

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And it's Friday! We have made to the Memorial Day weekend. As you know on Fridays, we love to celebrate. ((TAKE SOUND UP FULL FOR 2 SECONDS)) Take a look at this Virginia police officer's personal home video that's now gone viral. Kenny Bowman, was just having a little fun with his kids as he pretended to pull them over on his driveway. Bowman cites his children for being too cute. He says he's glad the video has been shared thousands of times because it serves as a reminder that officers have families they want to come home to.

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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 driver is facing charges -- after police say he crashed into the Winooski bridge. The bridge is back open this morning -- but has extensive damage. Authorities say 31-year-old Feisel (Ab - Dee - Ramen) Abdirahman crashed his SUV into the guard rail on the Winooski bridge. The bridge was shut down for about two hours Thursday night -- as investigators made sure it was structurally sound. The Winooski man was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. He's been charged with gross negligent operation and will be in court the 26th. The crash is still under investigation -- and police say more charges may be forthcoming.

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A pilot is safe this morning -- after a plane crash in Morristown. Rose Spillman was at the accident scene and explains why other pilots are concerned for their safety.

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Police say THIS plane was being flown by a pilot with 50 years experience. Thursday afternoon---68 year old Leonard Wing crashed this single engine aircraft--at the Morrisville-Stowe Airport. He was not hurt. And Don Post--another seasoned pilot--says the crash was not a surprise. He says the runway area at the airport has become a concern in recent years. (00:31:37) ((Don Post/Stowe Soaring Owner "the runway was all redone last year which is wonderful, but part of that process, and we're not really sure why it was done, but they added drainage to the side of the runway. So there's two big ditches on the south end of the runway. 00:31:58)) Post-who runs a gliding business out of the airport-- did not see Thursday's crash happen. But he says those two ditches could have played a role. (00:32:16 ) ((Don Post/Stowe Soaring Owner "With a ditch close to the runway then as the plane goes off the runway when the gear goes into the ditch it's either gonna nose into the ground or the plane could just flip right over and around, and that seems like something that shouldn't be at an airport 00:32:33)) The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation. But-- Police say Wing told them crosswinds caused him to lose control. After using emergency braking, the plane flipped upside down. Glider Pilot Bill Henchey, who flies in and out of the airport regularly, says that's a common issue when landing. (00:25;17) (( Bill Henchey/Commercial Glider Pilot "For the most part I think this is a pretty nice day to go flying. There is if you look at the run of the flags, there is a crosswind and it produces more of a challenge. Bigger airports they have an alternate runway Here we have one."))

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We made multiple attempts to reach out to the airport and state department of aviation and did not hear back for comment.

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State police resumed their search for a missing 24-year-old woman Thursday. Denise Hart was last seen leaving a friend's home in Sudbury in January. Investigators found Hart's car engulfed in flames shortly after she went missing. Air and ground searches continued Thursday for the missing mom in Rutland and southern Addison counties. Authorities didn't find Hart and would not say if they found any clues tied to her disappearance.

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Burlington's Mayor says he will be ramping up taxi enforcement efforts -- after an uber driver has been charged with sexual assault. Logan Crawford reports.

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Former Uber driver Omar Nassir pleaded not guilty in court Thursday -- to charges he sexually assaulted a passenger in February - while giving her a ride home from downtown Burlington. Police say the alleged victim was incapacitated at the time. (TC 00:56:43:19 Tile 7193) ((Sgt. Michael Warren/CUSI "Under the current statute if someone is not able to provide consent, and somebody forces sex upon them or participates in sexual intercourse and they're either too incapacitated or there's some sort of condition where they can't provide consent, then that would be considered to be sexual assault." 00:57:06:02)) Nassir is also a licensed a cab driver, but police say he was working solely for Uber at the time. WCAX interviewed him back in 2013 -- when immigrants in Vermont were speaking out against violence in Kenya. ((Omar Nassir/Burlington Resident 00:22:40:25" In the Muslim religion they teach you to give a life not to take someone's life peacefull and happiness with their family not like to hurt anybody or something like that." 00:22:54:17)) Judge Michael Kupersmith was initially concerned about the charges -- and dismissed the sex assault -- due to lack of evidence. He later changed his mind. Prosecutors pointed out that Nassir admitted to having sex with the alleged victim -- while she was extremely intoxicated. So now he's facing lewd and lascivious -- and sex assault charges. His arrest has shaken some users of the popular car sharing app. (TC 00:50:24:18 Tile 7190) ((Chelsea Rossi/Williston "It's awful. You get into someone's car you don't know and hope they take care of you. It's really scary actually." 00:50:30:02)) GFX: We reached out to Uber for comment, and were issued the following statement from the company: "This was a horrific incident and upon learning of it in February, we immediately removed the driver from the Uber platform. We have been in touch with the rider to support her during this difficult time, and have been working closely with the authorities throughout their investigation." Investigators from the Chittenden Unit of Special Investigations say people need to be extra vigilant about their safety when getting into a vehicle with somebody they do not know -- but they also say Nassir's alleged crime is a rare occurrence in the Queen City. (TC 01:02:07:08 Tile 7193) ((Sgt. Michael Warren/CUSI "Lots of taxis in service operating every day in Burlington, whether it's an Uber taxi service or one of the local companies, and this is not the norm for the type of behavior that we see in dealing with them on a daily basis." 01:02:24:02)) And this Uber user agrees. (TC 00:55:49:05 Tile 7192) ((Liv Nycklemo/Peru, NY "I wouldn't judge the rest of the drivers by the actions of one person." 00:55:53:12)) Nassir was released with conditions of not contacting the victim or working for Uber or any taxi service while the investigation is on-going. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger released a statement about what happened -- saying he is going to ramp up taxi enforcement efforts in the city. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Burlington.

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Lawmakers in New York State are moving to make sex between schools employee and students illegal. North Country Senator Betty Little sponsored a bill that would apply to sexual relationships -- even if a student has reached New York's legal age of consent -- which is 17. Supporters say school employees have power over students - even if students are of age. Vermont and 19 other states have similar laws already.

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(anchors introduce gary) Turning cooler again today. Cold & frosty tonight. Warm-up over holiday weekend. Lots of sun on Saturday, partly sunny Sunday - just a slight chance for a shower. Warmer, more humid next week, chance for showers, t-storms each day starting late Monday.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for a few showers Breezy & cooler Highs: 57 to 64 Wind: SW to NW 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Cold Areas of frost Lows: 25 to 35 Wind: WNW 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Mostly sunny Breezy Increasing clouds late Highs: 58 to 65 Wind: W 10 to 20 mph Extended: Sunday: Partly sunny Slight chance for a few showers, north Lows: 38 to 48 Highs: 70s Monday: Memorial Day! Partly sunny Chance for showers late Lows: 48 to 58 Highs: 70s Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 85 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 85 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Showers, t-storms Lows: 60s Highs: 72 to 82

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The hunt for the man suspected of torturing and killing a family before setting their mansion on fire...is now over. Anne Marie Green has the latest.

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AUTHORITIES IN D-C- HAVE CAPTURED THE MARYLAND MAN ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN THE TORTURE AND MURDERS OF FOUR PEOPLE IN THE NATION'S CAPITOL. ) POLICE SAY 34-YEAR-OLD DARON DYLON WINT WORKED AT 'AMERICAN IRON WORKS' WHERE SAVVAS SAVAPOULOUS WAS THE CEO. LAST WEEK - THE BODIES OF SAVAPOULOUS, HIS WIFE, SON AND HOUSEKEEPER WERE FOUND INSIDE THEIR BURNED-OUT MANSION. INVESTIGATORS LINKED WINT TO THE CRIME THROUGH DNA FOUND ON A PIZZA CRUST LEFT INSIDE THE HOME. A BALTIMORE GRAND JURY HAS INDICTED THE SIX POLICE OFFICERS ALREADY CHARGED IN THE DEATH OF FREDDIE GRAY. GRAY DIED LAST MONTH OF A SEVERE SPINAL INJURY - HE RECEIVED WHILE IN POLICE CUSTODY. THESE CHARGES RANGE FROM SECOND DEGREE MURDER TO ASSAULT AND RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. THE OFFICERS WILL BE ARRAIGNED JULY SECOND. AND THE CLEAN-UP CONTINUES AROUND THE CLOCK ON A STRETCH OF THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA COAST AFTER THIS WEEK'S OIL SPILL. AN ESTIMATED 105-THOUSAND GALLONS OF CRUDE LEAKED FROM A BROKEN PIPELINE OFF SANTA BARBARA - A PIPELINE OWNED BY PLAINS ALL AMERICAN. FISHING HAS BEEN BANNED IN A 160-SQUARE-MILE SECTION OF THE PACIFIC. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES. I'M ANNE-MARIE GREEN, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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Welcome Back! Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the country's armed forces. This weekend is also seen as a the launch of the summer travel season. And this year, Memorial Day travel is expected to be quite busy. Triple-A travel projects more than 37 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home this holiday weekend. That's nearly five percent more than last year and the highest travel volume for the holiday in a decade. And most drivers should expect to pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years. Triple-A says the national average for a gallon of gas is two dollars and 66 cents. That's a dollar less than last year.

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Amid allegations that some of the company's wood flooring contains high levels of cancer-causing chemicals... Lumber Liquidators C-E-O has unexpectedly stepped down. Robert Lynch resigned Thursday. The company has stopped selling the controversial laminate flooring from China. Still, more than 100 class action lawsuits over the presumed dangerous flooring have been filed against lumber liquidators since March. The flooring company is also facing possible federal charges over imports of the flooring.

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And the second grade class at Richmond Elementary School in Richmond, Vermont have a message for President Obama. The students posted this video to YouTube asking him to consider putting Harriet Tubman on the twenty dollar bill. This is all part of a grassroots mission across the country created by the group Women On 20s to get an influential woman from American history to replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill.

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((OUTCUE: not fair that only boys get to be on money)) According to "Women on 20s," all it takes to change the face of the twenty dollar bill is an an order from the Secretary of the Treasury, which can be directed by the incumbent president. President Obama has repeatedly mentioned in the past that he would like to see a woman on U.S. currency.

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Turning cooler again today. Cold & frosty tonight. Warm-up over holiday weekend. Lots of sun on Saturday, partly sunny Sunday - just a slight chance for a shower. Warmer, more humid next week, chance for showers, t-storms each day starting late Monday.

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She takes pride -- in making others look and feel good. As Joe Carroll explains, this weeks super senior doesn't just cut hair -- she cares... a lot.

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Spring is a time of renewal. It's also time for Carol Paddock to get her hair - refreshed. (00:00:52:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, She comes every week at the same time.)) Every Tuesday at 10:30 Carol arrives at Gert's Beauty Shop in Underhill to be coiffed and curled. (00:02:04:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, OK, come on over Carol. Yup, we're all set to go )) Gert Hunt has owned the business for almost 60 years. (00:03:14:00) ((Nat sot, the squeaky sound of chair)) (00:03:24:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, OK, here we go. )) The 91 year old has been coming to Gert's place for a short time, but it's the highlight of her week. (00:04:09:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, Well we have to get you beautiful for the week! )) (00:03:51:00) (( Joe: you look forward to getting your hair done? Carol: Of course! Joe: Why so? Carol: Cause I don't have to do it! )) It's a delight for Carol, but that's not the only treat she will get today. (00:06:36:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, Each week, she orders a different pie. )) (00:41:10:00) ((nat sot, picking up the pie.)) A take home pie for Carol. (00:41:17:00) ((Nat sot, Treat time! )) And an apple pie for us. (00:41:36:00) ((Gert to Carol, We're not going to cut into yours. )) (00:42:37:00) (( Carol: We will celebrate together. Joe: We will celebrate together.)) Gert's pie making career began with an entry at the fair. She won grand prize. It took off from there. (00:46:36:00) (( Joe: I could eat the whole pie. Gert: Could you? That's a compliment! )) (00:49:36:00) ((Carol Paddock/Customer, you're making me laugh. )) (00:47:15:00) (( Joe: An apple pie a day, keeps the doctor away? Gert: Um hum. )) The 77-year-old has made thousands of pies through the years. For holidays, festivals and even weddings. She has a rack at the beauty salon for people who buy her delicious deserts, but hair styling pays the bills. (00:26:25:00) (( Joe: You know, they say bartenders know a lot about people, you probably know a lot about people too. Gert: Oh yeah, you share a lot of things, yeah, you really do, you see people through a lot, a lot of good times, a lot of hard times. )) Gert has also experienced the good time and hard times. First the good. (00:29:17:00) (( Joe: how did you two meet? Gert: he came in here for a haircut. At the time, I thought, I don't think he liked it, I won't see him again. )) But he did return. His name was Ruben Canepa. The native of Mexico took a shine to Gert. Ruben said.... (00:29:38:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, I wish my hair would grow faster so I could come here more often. )) They dated and married, it was her first time walking down the aisle and she was 60. But the marriage had a challenge. Ruben developed throat and tongue cancer. (00:28:15:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, People kept telling me you can't do it, you can't take care of him, I said I can do anything I put my mind to. )) Gert even brought Ruben to the salon, in a way it was a respite. When he died they were only married for 6 years. (00:37:46:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, I was very sad, yes. But it's all an acceptance, you accept what is and you go on with your life. )) Gert doesn't take any day for granted. And at the shop it's piece of pie and a permanent. (00:53:29:00) (( Gert: Feels good too huh. )) A fulfilling day (00:53:46:00) (( Carol: Thank you. Gert: You're welcome.)) (00:54:02:00) (( Gert: Wow! Thumbs up! )) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Underhill.

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In the headlines this morning a Burlington lawyer nominated for US Attorney.. New Hampshire bans hunting drones... Plus-- a big gig for Grace Potter.

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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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President Obama is throwing his support behind Burlington lawyer Eric Miller--to be Vermont's next U-S Attorney. Miller is an expert litigator in civil and white collar criminal cases. He would replace Tris Coffin who resigned last year after five years on the job. Senator Patrick Leahy recommended Miller for the post back in February. The nomination must now be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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A Colchester company has been named Vermont's 2015 business of the year. Champlain Cable makes custom wires and cables -- used in a variety of industries - from telecom to the military. The company was awarded the prestigious Deane C. Davis Award Thursday morning -- at the Vermont Business Expo in South Burlington.

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(00:12:47:00) ((Dick Hall - Champlain Cable President and CEO This wouldn't be possible without their support and on behalf of the 250 - about 250 - employees of Champlain Cable, they're the ones who make this possible)) (00:13:55:00) ((Dick Hall - Champlain Cable President and CEO so on behalf of everybody I want to say thank you all very much, appreciate it)) More than 3-thousand people were expected at the Expo this year, with 110 exhibitors featuring their products.

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In New Hampshire -- there's no more hunting with drones. The granite state now bans it. The new rules also prohibit the use of rifles with computers -- that lock in a target, adjust for wind and animal movement, and automatically fire. Hunters are also are not allowed to locate wildlife -- using cameras that transmit real-time images to cell phones or computers.

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Randolph students hard work was on full display. Seniors at Randolph Union High School are one step closer to graduation with the finale of their year long individual projects. Each student had to choose a topic to research throughout the year. Students explored everything from the art of glass blowing to lessons in flying planes.

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(00:44:30) ((Alexis Ashley/Senior Student "At first I thought it was a terrible idea, but once I picked something I love, which is what you have to do, this is one of the best experiences I've ever had I'm my life." 00:45:39)) Teachers say the projects are an opportunity for students to demonstrate all the skills they've learned in high school through a more hands on approach.

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Another big gig -- for Vermont rockstar Grace Potter. ((opening for the stones baby -- whoooo! :07)) That's right -- Potter will be opening for the Rolling Stones in Minneapolis and Dallas on June 3rd and 6th. As you can tell -- Grace is pumped -- and on her facebook page she says it's another dream checked off her bucket list.

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(anchors introduce gary) Turning cooler again today. Cold & frosty tonight. Warm-up over holiday weekend. Lots of sun on Saturday, partly sunny Sunday - just a slight chance for a shower. Warmer, more humid next week, chance for showers, t-storms each day starting late Monday.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for a few showers Breezy & cooler Highs: 57 to 64 Wind: SW to NW 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Cold Areas of frost Lows: 25 to 35 Wind: WNW 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Mostly sunny Breezy Increasing clouds late Highs: 58 to 65 Wind: W 10 to 20 mph Extended: Sunday: Partly sunny Slight chance for a few showers, north Lows: 38 to 48 Highs: 70s Monday: Memorial Day! Partly sunny Chance for showers late Lows: 48 to 58 Highs: 70s Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 85 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 85 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Showers, t-storms Lows: 60s Highs: 72 to 82

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((TRT: 2:09 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((It's been a reversal of fortune, both good and bad, for the Red Sox of late. The pitching staff has found its form, but the offense has vanished...scoring two runs or less in ten of Boston's last fifteen games. ------------------ The Sox hoping to turn things around last night against Texas...but when it rains it pours...top one...Xander Bogaerts mishandles what would have been an inning ending double play... two runs score...2-0 Texas... --- then in the fourth, Mitch Moreland takes Clay Buchholz deep... Buchholz pitched well enough to win...three runs on five hits in seven and a third... --- but once again, the Sox can't get the big hit when they need it going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, and Texas makes some big plays on defense...including getting Dustin Pedroia at the plate on a comebacker to the pitcher. Rangers win 3-1...taking two of three in the series. The Angels arrive in Boston tonight. -------------------- The Middlebury women's lacrosse team will play in the NCAA National Semifinals Saturday in Philadelphia. The sixth ranked Panthers are joined by the top three teams in the nation in the Final Four. Middlebury takes on second ranked Cortland State in the semis...then would meet either third ranked Franklin and Marshall or NESCAC rival and top ranked Trinity in the national title game. All three are familiar opponents for the Panthers. Middlebury played both Cortland and Franklin & Marshall last season, while the Panthers and Bantams have meet 35 times. Middlebury leads the overall series, but Trinity has won the last nine meetings. None of those meetings will have any direct impact on the results this weekend, but the Panthers feel the experience garnered by playing top teams over the years could play a big role in their bid for a national title. -------------------- Foote/"It's really interesting that we play both Franklin and Marshall and Cortland last season, we didn't get either of them on our schedule this season. We did have some great out of season opponents, plus our NESCAC opponents are so strong, so I think that's all a big confidence booster for us so we have played really well in some big games." ---------------------- --- We'll have more on the Panthers journey to the Final Four tonight at 6pm. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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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 driver is facing charges this morning -- after police say he crashed into the Winooski bridge -- causing extensive damage. Authorities say 31-year-old Feisel (Ab - Dee - Ramen) Abdirahman crashed his SUV into the guard rail on the Winooski bridge. The bridge was shut down for about two hours Thursday night -- as investigators made sure it was structurally sound. The Winooski man was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. He's been charged with gross negligent operation and will be in court the 26th. The crash is still under investigation -- and police say more charges may be forthcoming.

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A pilot is safe this morning -- after a plane crash in Morristown. Police say Leonard Wing had just landed his Single Engine Piper Cub at the Morrisville-Stowe airport -- when a big wind shift caused him to lose control - and the plane flipped over. The 68-year-old was not hurt. Police say he's been a pilot for 50 years. Another seasoned pilot told us the crash was not a surprise. He says the runway area at the airport has become a concern in recent years.

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Burlington's Mayor says he will be ramping up taxi enforcement efforts -- after an uber driver was charged with sexual assault. 23-year-old Omar Nassir pleaded not guilty to charges of Sexual Assault -- and Lewd-and Lascivious Conduct -- after police say he sexually assaulted his passenger while he was taking her home. The sex assault charge carries a possible life sentence. Nassir is also licensed to be a cab driver but police say he was solely working for Uber at the time. He's been released -- but is not allowed to contact the victim or work for any taxi service while the investigation continues.

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The search has continued -- for a missing 24-year-old mom. Denise Hart was last seen leaving a friend's home in Sudbury in January. Investigators found Hart's car engulfed in flames shortly after she went missing. Air and ground searches continued Thursday in Rutland and southern Addison counties. Authorities did not find Hart and would not say if they found any clues tied to her disappearance.

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A military honor -- long over due for a veteran in Essex. Private First Class -- John Metruc (metric) was wounded in battle -- during the Korean War 65 years ago, shot in the back during a retreat from enemy territory. The bullet missed his spine by a fraction of an inch -- yet the former rifleman and runner never got his Purple Heart. His family set out to change that. Their dream came true Thursday -- but (metric) Metruc did not live to see his service recognized.

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((John Metruk/Metruk's son (EMOTIONAL) 00:03:10 "it's just a great honor to have this here because it will really mean a lot to him.")) ((Joe Cogley/Metruk's grandson 00:05:40 "I wish it could have happened a little sooner." 2 but I am happy he's finally getting awarded it today.")) His family worked with Senator Patrick Leahy and the military -- over the last three years -- to ensure (metric) Metruk was finally awarded his purple heart. Metruk was 84.

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

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Turning cooler again today. Cold & frosty tonight. Warm-up over holiday weekend. Lots of sun on Saturday, partly sunny Sunday - just a slight chance for a shower. Warmer, more humid next week, chance for showers, t-storms each day starting late Monday.

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Welcome Back! This morning we are joined by Chef Courtney Contos who will show us how to make make rhubarb baklava. Middle eastern dessert, flaky, crusty, people love it, very popular. 8-10 stalks of rhubarb, trimmed and diced 2 1/2 cups nuts, pulsed in food processor until very fine 24 sheets of phyllo dough 2 tablespoons sugar 3-4 teaspoons Yemen spice blend Butter (melted) or olive oil for brushing 1 ½ cups honey ¼ cup water 1. Preheat the oven to 385 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silpat. 2. Spread the rhubarb on the prepared tray and roast for 30 minutes, then lower the oven to 325 degrees and roast for another 30 or so minutes until the rhubarb has broken down to the consistency of jam. Throughout the roasting process, stir the rhubarb a bit to ensure it cooks consistently. 3. Once the rhubarb is done, mix in the sugar and Yemen to taste. Raise oven to 350 degrees. 4. Brush butter or oil on a ¼ sheet tray, then place your first sheet of phyllo dough. Brush butter or oil on top of phyllo and follow with another piece of phyllo and repeat until you have 8 layers of phyllo, brush with butter or oil. 5. Top with rhubarb and spread so that it evenly covers the phyllo. Top with eight more layers of phyllo (brushing each layer with butter or oil again). Then spread the nuts evenly over the phyllo. 6. Top with 8 more layers of phyllo, each layer brushed with butter or oil. Brush top layer of phyllo generously with butter. Using a ruler and a sharp knife, cut the baklava (through the top and bottom) into twelve 3-inch squares. Cut each square in half to make triangles. 7. Bake the baklava for 25 minutes on center rack of the oven. Then lower the oven temperature to 300°and bake for 35-45 minutes longer, until golden and cooked through. 8. While the baklava is baking add honey and water into a small sauce pan. Heat on low for 2 minutes only (Heating honey over 110 degrees will cause the beneficial nutrients to disappear). Stir the honey mixture until well mixed. Remove baklava from oven. Immediately ladle the honey syrup over the hot baklava and let stand until completely cool, at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.

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A pilot is safe this morning -- after a plane crash in Morristown. Police say Leonard Wing had just landed his Single Engine Piper Cub at the Morrisville-Stowe airport -- when a big wind shift caused him to lose control - and the plane flipped over. The 68-year-old was not hurt. Police say he's been a pilot for 50 years. Another seasoned pilot told us the crash was not a surprise. He says the runway area at the airport has become a concern in recent years.

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President Obama is throwing his support behind Burlington lawyer Eric Miller--to be Vermont's next U-S Attorney. Miller is an expert litigator in civil and white collar criminal cases. He would replace Tris Coffin who resigned last year after five years on the job. Senator Patrick Leahy recommended Miller for the post back in February. The nomination must now be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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In New Hampshire -- there's no more hunting with drones. The granite state now bans it. The new rules also prohibit the use of rifles with computers -- that lock in a target, adjust for wind and animal movement, and automatically fire. Hunters are also are not allowed to locate wildlife -- using cameras that transmit real-time images to cell phones or computers.

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This memorial day weekend -- Vermont's parks will officially open. The 52 parks are scattered in all regions of the state -- and offer camping, boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking and hiking. Overnight fees at the state Parks range from 18 to 95 dollars per night. As of last week, there were still camp sites available for the popular memorial day weekend.

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Turning cooler again today. Cold & frosty tonight. Warm-up over holiday weekend. Lots of sun on Saturday, partly sunny Sunday - just a slight chance for a shower. Warmer, more humid next week, chance for showers, t-storms each day starting late Monday.

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And it's Friday! We have made to the Memorial Day weekend. As you know on Fridays, we love to celebrate. ((TAKE SOUND UP FULL FOR 2 SECONDS)) Take a look at this Virginia police officer's personal home video that's now gone viral. Kenny Bowman, was just having a little fun with his kids as he pretended to pull them over on his driveway. Bowman cites his children for being too cute. He says he's glad the video has been shared thousands of times because it serves as a reminder that officers have families they want to come home to.

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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 driver is facing charges -- after police say he crashed into the Winooski bridge. The bridge is back open this morning -- but has extensive damage. Authorities say 31-year-old Feisel (Ab - Dee - Ramen) Abdirahman crashed his SUV into the guard rail on the Winooski bridge. The bridge was shut down for about two hours Thursday night -- as investigators made sure it was structurally sound. The Winooski man was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. He's been charged with gross negligent operation and will be in court the 26th. The crash is still under investigation -- and police say more charges may be forthcoming.

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A pilot is safe this morning -- after a plane crash in Morristown. Rose Spillman was at the accident scene and explains why other pilots are concerned for their safety.

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Police say THIS plane was being flown by a pilot with 50 years experience. Thursday afternoon---68 year old Leonard Wing crashed this single engine aircraft--at the Morrisville-Stowe Airport. He was not hurt. And Don Post--another seasoned pilot--says the crash was not a surprise. He says the runway area at the airport has become a concern in recent years. (00:31:37) ((Don Post/Stowe Soaring Owner "the runway was all redone last year which is wonderful, but part of that process, and we're not really sure why it was done, but they added drainage to the side of the runway. So there's two big ditches on the south end of the runway. 00:31:58)) Post-who runs a gliding business out of the airport-- did not see Thursday's crash happen. But he says those two ditches could have played a role. (00:32:16 ) ((Don Post/Stowe Soaring Owner "With a ditch close to the runway then as the plane goes off the runway when the gear goes into the ditch it's either gonna nose into the ground or the plane could just flip right over and around, and that seems like something that shouldn't be at an airport 00:32:33)) The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation. But-- Police say Wing told them crosswinds caused him to lose control. After using emergency braking, the plane flipped upside down. Glider Pilot Bill Henchey, who flies in and out of the airport regularly, says that's a common issue when landing. (00:25;17) (( Bill Henchey/Commercial Glider Pilot "For the most part I think this is a pretty nice day to go flying. There is if you look at the run of the flags, there is a crosswind and it produces more of a challenge. Bigger airports they have an alternate runway Here we have one."))

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We made multiple attempts to reach out to the airport and state department of aviation and did not hear back for comment.

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State police resumed their search for a missing 24-year-old woman Thursday. Denise Hart was last seen leaving a friend's home in Sudbury in January. Investigators found Hart's car engulfed in flames shortly after she went missing. Air and ground searches continued Thursday for the missing mom in Rutland and southern Addison counties. Authorities didn't find Hart and would not say if they found any clues tied to her disappearance.

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Burlington's Mayor says he will be ramping up taxi enforcement efforts -- after an uber driver has been charged with sexual assault. Logan Crawford reports.

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Former Uber driver Omar Nassir pleaded not guilty in court Thursday -- to charges he sexually assaulted a passenger in February - while giving her a ride home from downtown Burlington. Police say the alleged victim was incapacitated at the time. (TC 00:56:43:19 Tile 7193) ((Sgt. Michael Warren/CUSI "Under the current statute if someone is not able to provide consent, and somebody forces sex upon them or participates in sexual intercourse and they're either too incapacitated or there's some sort of condition where they can't provide consent, then that would be considered to be sexual assault." 00:57:06:02)) Nassir is also a licensed a cab driver, but police say he was working solely for Uber at the time. WCAX interviewed him back in 2013 -- when immigrants in Vermont were speaking out against violence in Kenya. ((Omar Nassir/Burlington Resident 00:22:40:25" In the Muslim religion they teach you to give a life not to take someone's life peacefull and happiness with their family not like to hurt anybody or something like that." 00:22:54:17)) Judge Michael Kupersmith was initially concerned about the charges -- and dismissed the sex assault -- due to lack of evidence. He later changed his mind. Prosecutors pointed out that Nassir admitted to having sex with the alleged victim -- while she was extremely intoxicated. So now he's facing lewd and lascivious -- and sex assault charges. His arrest has shaken some users of the popular car sharing app. (TC 00:50:24:18 Tile 7190) ((Chelsea Rossi/Williston "It's awful. You get into someone's car you don't know and hope they take care of you. It's really scary actually." 00:50:30:02)) GFX: We reached out to Uber for comment, and were issued the following statement from the company: "This was a horrific incident and upon learning of it in February, we immediately removed the driver from the Uber platform. We have been in touch with the rider to support her during this difficult time, and have been working closely with the authorities throughout their investigation." Investigators from the Chittenden Unit of Special Investigations say people need to be extra vigilant about their safety when getting into a vehicle with somebody they do not know -- but they also say Nassir's alleged crime is a rare occurrence in the Queen City. (TC 01:02:07:08 Tile 7193) ((Sgt. Michael Warren/CUSI "Lots of taxis in service operating every day in Burlington, whether it's an Uber taxi service or one of the local companies, and this is not the norm for the type of behavior that we see in dealing with them on a daily basis." 01:02:24:02)) And this Uber user agrees. (TC 00:55:49:05 Tile 7192) ((Liv Nycklemo/Peru, NY "I wouldn't judge the rest of the drivers by the actions of one person." 00:55:53:12)) Nassir was released with conditions of not contacting the victim or working for Uber or any taxi service while the investigation is on-going. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger released a statement about what happened -- saying he is going to ramp up taxi enforcement efforts in the city. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Burlington.

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Lawmakers in New York State are moving to make sex between schools employee and students illegal. North Country Senator Betty Little sponsored a bill that would apply to sexual relationships -- even if a student has reached New York's legal age of consent -- which is 17. Supporters say school employees have power over students - even if students are of age. Vermont and 19 other states have similar laws already.

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(anchors introduce gary) Turning cooler again today. Cold & frosty tonight. Warm-up over holiday weekend. Lots of sun on Saturday, partly sunny Sunday - just a slight chance for a shower. Warmer, more humid next week, chance for showers, t-storms each day starting late Monday.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for a few showers Breezy & cooler Highs: 57 to 64 Wind: SW to NW 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Cold Areas of frost Lows: 25 to 35 Wind: WNW 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Mostly sunny Breezy Increasing clouds late Highs: 58 to 65 Wind: W 10 to 20 mph Extended: Sunday: Partly sunny Slight chance for a few showers, north Lows: 38 to 48 Highs: 70s Monday: Memorial Day! Partly sunny Chance for showers late Lows: 48 to 58 Highs: 70s Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 85 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 85 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Showers, t-storms Lows: 60s Highs: 72 to 82

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The hunt for the man suspected of torturing and killing a family & then setting their mansion on fire...is now over. The family lived not far from the residence of Vice President Joe Biden. Susan McGinnis has the latest

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(PKG SCRIPT) US Marshals tracked suspect Daron Dylan Wint to Northeast D-C ...and took him into custody late Thursday night. Police followed a truck Wint was riding in and pulled it over. (SOT Commander Rob Fernandez /U.S. Marshals Service) Once in good location they boxed in the truck with multiple people all of which were taken into custody. Wint is charged with first-degree murder while armed. The arrest comes one week after the bodies of Savvas Savopoulous, his wife, their 10-year-old son and their housekeeper... were found murdered in their home after it was set on fire. Three of the four bodies showed signs of blunt force trauma or stab wounds. (SOT Chief Cathy Lynn Lanier/Metropolitan Police Department) This does not appear to be a random crime. There is a connection through the business of the suspect and the Savapoulous family business. (STANDUP: Susan McGinnis CBS News Washington, D.C.) Police believe the family was abused in this home for about 12 hours. During that during that time - an assistant to Savopolous dropped off 40-thousand dollars on the porch. Investigators matched DNA from skin cells found on a pizza crust left at the crime scene to Wint. Wint, who has a long rap sheet, once worked as a welder for American Iron Works where Savapolous was the CEO. So far, authorities have not discussed a possible motive. Susan McGinnis CBS News Washington.

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Hillary Clinton is heading to New Hampshire for the second time during her presidential campaign, with a focus on small businesses and the economy. She'll visit a Brewing Company in Hampton to talk with business owners about taxes, regulation and access to capital before heading to an organizing party with supporters in Exeter. Clinton's campaign trips so far have not included large rallies or town hall style meetings.

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Two female inmates at the jail complex on Rikers Island in New York have filed a lawsuit against the city and a corrections officer they say raped them repeatedly. The women claim they were sexually assaulted at the jail many times and that authorities did nothing to stop the abuse when they were made aware of it. The lawsuit also accuses seven other officers of involvement in sexual abuse. Six are still employed at Rikers. A spokesman for Corrections says the office does not comment on pending litigation but says there is a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault.

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Welcome Back! Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the country's armed forces. This weekend is also seen as a the launch of the summer travel season. And this year, Memorial Day travel is expected to be quite busy. Triple-A travel projects more than 37 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home this holiday weekend. That's nearly five percent more than last year and the highest travel volume for the holiday in a decade. And most drivers should expect to pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years. Triple-A says the national average for a gallon of gas is two dollars and 66 cents. That's a dollar less than last year.

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Amid allegations that some of the company's wood flooring contains high levels of cancer-causing chemicals... Lumber Liquidators C-E-O has unexpectedly stepped down. Robert Lynch resigned Thursday. The company has stopped selling the controversial laminate flooring from China. Still, more than 100 class action lawsuits over the presumed dangerous flooring have been filed against lumber liquidators since March. The flooring company is also facing possible federal charges over imports of the flooring.

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And the second grade class at Richmond Elementary School in Richmond, Vermont have a message for President Obama. The students posted this video to YouTube asking him to consider putting Harriet Tubman on the twenty dollar bill. This is all part of a grassroots mission across the country created by the group Women On 20s to get an influential woman from American history to replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill.

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((OUTCUE: not fair that only boys get to be on money)) According to "Women on 20s," all it takes to change the face of the twenty dollar bill is an an order from the Secretary of the Treasury, which can be directed by the incumbent president. President Obama has repeatedly mentioned in the past that he would like to see a woman on U.S. currency.

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Turning cooler again today. Cold & frosty tonight. Warm-up over holiday weekend. Lots of sun on Saturday, partly sunny Sunday - just a slight chance for a shower. Warmer, more humid next week, chance for showers, t-storms each day starting late Monday.

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Perhaps you've heard the phrase "you are what you eat"... Well there's new research that indicates your memory -- influences WHAT you eat. Eboni Williams explains.

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(PKG) A new government report finds more than 4 million working Americans had an anxiety disorder in the past year. The number is even higher for unemployed adults. People with anxiety disorders battle overwhelming worry and fear. cold weather kills more people than heat. That's according to researchers in England who analyzed more than 74 million deaths in 13 countries. They determined cold weather kills 20 times more people than hot weather. VO) and some food for thought, literally. Using brain scans, psychologists in Switzerland found that memory influences our food choices. They say the stronger a person's memory is for a certain food, the more likely they are to choose it. even if it's a food they don't like. 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 Burlington lawyer nominated for US Attorney.. New Hampshire bans hunting drones... Plus-- a big gig for Grace Potter.

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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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President Obama is throwing his support behind Burlington lawyer Eric Miller--to be Vermont's next U-S Attorney. Miller is an expert litigator in civil and white collar criminal cases. He would replace Tris Coffin who resigned last year after five years on the job. Senator Patrick Leahy recommended Miller for the post back in February. The nomination must now be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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A Colchester company has been named Vermont's 2015 business of the year. Champlain Cable makes custom wires and cables -- used in a variety of industries - from telecom to the military. The company was awarded the prestigious Deane C. Davis Award Thursday morning -- at the Vermont Business Expo in South Burlington.

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(00:12:47:00) ((Dick Hall - Champlain Cable President and CEO This wouldn't be possible without their support and on behalf of the 250 - about 250 - employees of Champlain Cable, they're the ones who make this possible)) (00:13:55:00) ((Dick Hall - Champlain Cable President and CEO so on behalf of everybody I want to say thank you all very much, appreciate it)) More than 3-thousand people were expected at the Expo this year, with 110 exhibitors featuring their products.

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In New Hampshire -- there's no more hunting with drones. The granite state now bans it. The new rules also prohibit the use of rifles with computers -- that lock in a target, adjust for wind and animal movement, and automatically fire. Hunters are also are not allowed to locate wildlife -- using cameras that transmit real-time images to cell phones or computers.

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Randolph students hard work was on full display. Seniors at Randolph Union High School are one step closer to graduation with the finale of their year long individual projects. Each student had to choose a topic to research throughout the year. Students explored everything from the art of glass blowing to lessons in flying planes.

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(00:44:30) ((Alexis Ashley/Senior Student "At first I thought it was a terrible idea, but once I picked something I love, which is what you have to do, this is one of the best experiences I've ever had I'm my life." 00:45:39)) Teachers say the projects are an opportunity for students to demonstrate all the skills they've learned in high school through a more hands on approach.

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Another big gig -- for Vermont rockstar Grace Potter. ((opening for the stones baby -- whoooo! :07)) That's right -- Potter will be opening for the Rolling Stones in Minneapolis and Dallas on June 3rd and 6th. As you can tell -- Grace is pumped -- and on her facebook page she says it's another dream checked off her bucket list.

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(anchors introduce gary) Turning cooler again today. Cold & frosty tonight. Warm-up over holiday weekend. Lots of sun on Saturday, partly sunny Sunday - just a slight chance for a shower. Warmer, more humid next week, chance for showers, t-storms each day starting late Monday.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for a few showers Breezy & cooler Highs: 57 to 64 Wind: SW to NW 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Cold Areas of frost Lows: 25 to 35 Wind: WNW 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Mostly sunny Breezy Increasing clouds late Highs: 58 to 65 Wind: W 10 to 20 mph Extended: Sunday: Partly sunny Slight chance for a few showers, north Lows: 38 to 48 Highs: 70s Monday: Memorial Day! Partly sunny Chance for showers late Lows: 48 to 58 Highs: 70s Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 85 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 85 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Showers, t-storms Lows: 60s Highs: 72 to 82

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A Vermont war veteran has been laid to rest. But not before receiving an honor -- that was long overdue. Jennifer Costa reports.

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A casket draped with an American flag. A father of six laid to rest. ((Nancy Gianna/Metruk's daughter 00:13:06 "Just like my dad, there are so many unspoken heros.")) Heros who served their country. John Metruk was 84. ((NATS taps 00:19:21)) For decades -- the former rifleman and runner wore his Marine Corps cap with pride. Yet seldom spoke of being shot. ((Susan Cogley/Metruk's daughter 00:01:10 "We'd sneak in an we'd look at it and we were like wow this is a bullet. We'd never actually seen one.")) A bullet -- once lodged an eighth of an inch from their father's spine. Fired from an enemy machine gun -- during the Korean War. Despite being wounded in battle -- Metruk never received his Purple Heart. ((NATS firing 00:18:58)) His family set out to change that -- appealing to Senator Patrick Leahy and the military for help. ((Susan Cogley/Metruk's daughter 00:02:41 "I think it was a journey that actually brought everyone closer to understanding that part of our dad.")) A dad -- they describe -- as a father figure to the neighborhood -- humble to his core -- and a military man at heart. Thursday -- Metruk finally received his Purple Heart. ((NATS 00:17:09 "the president of the United States of America has awarded the Purple Heart" 00:17:18 "to Pfc. John Metruck, United States Marine Corps for wounds received in action.)) ((John Metruk/Metruk's son (EMOTIONAL) 00:03:10 "it's just a great honor to have this here because it will really mean a lot to him.")) An honor long overdue -- for a veteran -- who put his life on the line -- to help his country. ((00:22:41 "please accept this flag as a symbol of your loved ones dedicated and faithful service to country and corps.")) Metruk's family says -- this Memorial Day -- remember our veterans -- and the stories they have to tell. Especially those -- whose numbers are dwindling. ((John Metruk/Metruk's son 00:11:23 "just like our dad, they're hidden treasures you got to break in and you got to really get to talk to these guys, they're not going to last much longer.")) Jennifer Costa... ((DOVE release 00:26:01 "John we let you go")) Channel 3 News Essex.

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((TRT: 2:09 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((It's been a reversal of fortune, both good and bad, for the Red Sox of late. The pitching staff has found its form, but the offense has vanished...scoring two runs or less in ten of Boston's last fifteen games. ------------------ The Sox hoping to turn things around last night against Texas...but when it rains it pours...top one...Xander Bogaerts mishandles what would have been an inning ending double play... two runs score...2-0 Texas... --- then in the fourth, Mitch Moreland takes Clay Buchholz deep... Buchholz pitched well enough to win...three runs on five hits in seven and a third... --- but once again, the Sox can't get the big hit when they need it going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, and Texas makes some big plays on defense...including getting Dustin Pedroia at the plate on a comebacker to the pitcher. Rangers win 3-1...taking two of three in the series. The Angels arrive in Boston tonight. -------------------- The Middlebury women's lacrosse team will play in the NCAA National Semifinals Saturday in Philadelphia. The sixth ranked Panthers are joined by the top three teams in the nation in the Final Four. Middlebury takes on second ranked Cortland State in the semis...then would meet either third ranked Franklin and Marshall or NESCAC rival and top ranked Trinity in the national title game. All three are familiar opponents for the Panthers. Middlebury played both Cortland and Franklin & Marshall last season, while the Panthers and Bantams have meet 35 times. Middlebury leads the overall series, but Trinity has won the last nine meetings. None of those meetings will have any direct impact on the results this weekend, but the Panthers feel the experience garnered by playing top teams over the years could play a big role in their bid for a national title. -------------------- Foote/"It's really interesting that we play both Franklin and Marshall and Cortland last season, we didn't get either of them on our schedule this season. We did have some great out of season opponents, plus our NESCAC opponents are so strong, so I think that's all a big confidence booster for us so we have played really well in some big games." ---------------------- --- We'll have more on the Panthers journey to the Final Four tonight at 6pm. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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Turning cooler again today. Cold & frosty tonight. Warm-up over holiday weekend. Lots of sun on Saturday, partly sunny Sunday - just a slight chance for a shower. Warmer, more humid next week, chance for showers, t-storms each day starting late Monday.

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This week -- a New Hampshire woman celebrated a milestone birthday. What made it even more special, is that she got to share the spotlight with her sister. Eliza Larson reports.

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(NATS) Eva Morin says she's still giddy from the surprise. (TC 08:29:29:24 Title 0826)((Eva Morin/101st Birthday: "it was exciting. Yeah." 08:29:31:10)) On Tuesday -- Morin -- surrounded by family -- celebrated her 1 hundred and first birthday. But she wasn't the only one blowing out the candles. Her twin sister -- Ruth -- was there too. (NATS) Morin says they're lucky. She couldn't say what their secret was -- but she did say she walked a lot in her younger years. (TC 08:27:18:04 Title 0826)((Eva Morin/101st Birthday: "the first part of our lives, about nine years, we lived on a farm. And that was a blast. I mean, there were five of us and we had a lot of fun. And roaming the fields. And bringing the cows in." 08:27:33:11)) We caught up with Morin at her apartment the next day. Ruth returned home to Massachusetts after the celebration. Morin says the two have remained close throughout the years. (TC 08:40:00:17 Title 0840)((Eva Morin/101st Birthday: "when she left I said to her -- ok old lady, stand up so I could give you a hug." 08:40:07:19)) Eva said she's been blessed with lots of family. She has two children -- grandchildren, great grandchildren, and now six great great grandchildren. (TC 08:35:04:28 Title 0826)((Eva Morin/101st Birthday: "it goes on and on." 08:35:05:29)) Eliza Larson. Channel 3 News. Keene, N.H.

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A driver is facing charges -- after police say he crashed into the Winooski bridge. The bridge is back open this morning -- but has extensive damage. Authorities say 31-year-old Feisel (Ab - Dee - Ramen) Abdirahman crashed his SUV into the guard rail on the Winooski bridge. The bridge was shut down for about two hours Thursday night -- as investigators made sure it was structurally sound. The Winooski man was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. He's been charged with gross negligent operation and will be in court the 26th. The crash is still under investigation -- and police say more charges may be forthcoming.

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Burlington's Mayor says he will be ramping up taxi enforcement efforts -- after a former Uber driver was charged with sexual assault. 23-year-old Omar Nassir pleaded not guilty to charges of Sexual Assault -- and Lewd-and Lascivious Conduct -- after police say he sexually assaulted his passenger while he was taking her home. The sex assault charge carries a possible life sentence. Nassir is also licensed to be a cab driver but police say he was solely working for Uber at the time. He's been released -- but is not allowed to contact the victim or work for any taxi service while the investigation continues.

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State police resumed their search for a missing 24-year-old woman Thursday. Denise Hart was last seen leaving a friend's home in Sudbury in January. Investigators found Hart's car engulfed in flames shortly after she went missing. Air and ground searches continued Thursday for the missing mom in Rutland and southern Addison counties. Authorities didn't find Hart and would not say if they found any clues tied to her disappearance.

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Turning cooler again today. Cold & frosty tonight. Warm-up over holiday weekend. Lots of sun on Saturday, partly sunny Sunday - just a slight chance for a shower. Warmer, more humid next week, chance for showers, t-storms each day starting late Monday.


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