Mon 15-SEP-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening, I'm Shelby Cashman. And I'm Keith McGilvery. Tonight new calls to clean up Lake Champlain. And taxpayers could be asked to pick up the tab -- but are they willing to foot the bill? Alex Apple has the story.

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(15:49 Rep. Steve Beyor)(("I hate to be the one that says it. I don't want to raise taxes, but the money has to come from somewhere.")) State Representative Steve Beyor joined fellow legislators in St. Albans -- they came to discuss with residents how to fix what some are calling a crisis -- pollution running into Vermont's lakes. (Larry Myott/Lives on Lake Carmi 9:30)(("The buck stops here today because if we don't do something now, it's going to be too late.")) The pollution is causing blue green algae -- a toxic substance that can make both humans and animals sick. It's driving tourists away and homeowners can't use the lake they love. (12:38 Rep. Steve Beyor)(("I think now people are going to start realizing just how much this lake is worth to the state of Vermont.")) Much of the pollution comes from sewage runoff or farms that fertilize with manure. The legislature considered imposing new environmental protections on even small farms last year -- but when farmers, adamantly objected, the bill died. (david Mills/Pittsford Beef Farmer 32:22-28)(("You've regulated the large farms. You've regulated the medium farms, yet the lake is getting worse.")) But now seven months later, the people of Franklin County want Montpelier to act again. 13:54 Rep. Steve Beyor)(("Q: is it time to ask farmers of both large and small farms to put more skin in the game and start to change some practices. I'm not so sure it's gonna take a whole lot more skin in the game. I think a lot of this is going to go with an outreach program we've got to talk to more of the farmers.")) Beyor wouldn't give details on what new regulations would ask of farmers -- but he believes his colleagues are ready to act. (12:20 Steve Beyor)((" I think you're going to find a difference in the legislature this year")) (4:23 Denise Smith - Friends of Northern Lake Champlain)(("The majority of the money isn't going to the surface runoff from fields so we would argue, yes you've spent money, but have you spent it in the right places.")) One place they want more money spent is on enforcement of farming regulations. Peyor said he doesn't believe stronger enforcement is automatically needed. (14:21 Rep. Steve Beyor)((" It's just that a lot of them don't even know what those standards are.")) But whatever the legislature passes will need funding -- where that money will come from, that's a question yet to be answered. (15:26 Rep. Steve Beyor)(("That's gonna be a good question. I mean let's face it, none of us want to raise taxes.")) Beyor emphasized that the political will to pass legislation will come when Vermonters start to realize this pollution is hurting their wallets. Communities driven by tourism rely on people using the lake to stir their local economies -- without that tourist base, Beyor says homeowners will be forced to pay the difference in taxes. Alex Apple Channel 3 news -- St. Albans.

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Bogus bills go out to thousands of Fletcher Allen patients. The medical center confirms that 38-hundred people with last names that start with the letters L through Q errantly received old bills. Officials are now trying to figure out what led to the 20-11 bills being sent out.

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((Mike Noble, Fletcher Allen Health Care 00:00:31:00 "it has never happened before so we will be studying exactly what happened and ensure that it doesn't happen again.)) Fletcher Allen says it sends out about 50-thousand bills a month. If you have questions about a bill you've received you're asked to call it's billing center.

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Dan is here. It was nice to see a return to some sun today.

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From world renowned cheese and maple syrup--to companies that run entirely on renewable resources--Vermont businesses of all kinds--continue to flourish. And there are 25 in particular--that are amongst the fastest growing businesses--in the state.

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(00:02:25:00) ((Barry T. Chouinard "I like to think I've worked 39 years and become an overnight success.")) (00:02:29:08) Barry T. Chouinard has spent those 39 years--helping to make the world--a little more colorful. ((NATS from old pkg?)) Chouinard's company imports shirts and other garments--then uses massive washers and dryers to dye them in thousands of colors, including custom hues. Once the color is just right--the garments are shipped all over the country-ready for logos--or slogans. An open canvas--for any company or occasion. Chouinard's company was among 24 others--to be recognized Monday night at the Double Tree Hotel in South Burlington as one of the fastest growing businesses -- by Vermont Business Magazine. The recipients were separated by category--into the top five business in manufacturing--retail- -service--technology and wholesale. Chouinard says he's seen a 133 percent increase in his business--over the past year. (00:01:42:24)((Barry T. Chouinard "We have found a huge niche in the college market, especially in the big southern schools.")) (00:01:49:11) Also among the recipients--Jay Peak Resort. (00:04:01:16) ((Bill Stenger/Developer "It's about people who are excited about the future of the state, excited about business, excited about investing in our employees.")) (00:04:10:11) Developer Bill Stenger--who has played a key role in developing the Northeast Kingdom--says Vermont business is successful--because of its diversity. (00:05:04:04) ((Bill Stenger/Kingdom Developer "The variety and diversity of the team economy--travel, education, agriculture, and manufacturing in very broad, but its equally balanced.")) (00:05:13:29) As for Chouinard --- he says it's the quality of life that brought him to Vermont-- (00:03:15:01) ((Barry T. Chouinard "We hope to continue to grow, our plan is to keep investing in Vermont, and keep hiring people, right now we probably have about 10 or 15 openings in Vermont.")) (00:03:28:07) And he says its that same quality of life--thats keeps him here.

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For a list of all the other businesses honored -- go to our website -- wcax - dot - com.

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Channel 3 is celebrating a major milestone this month. September marks our 60th anniversary on the air. WCAX-TV became the first television station in Vermont when it began airing local programs in 1964. This weekend faces from in front and behind the camera over the last 6 decades came together to celebrate. Former 11pm Anchor Tom Farmer was just one of many Channel 3 alums who came back for the party. WCAX will air a half hour special on our anniversary Friday, September 26th at 5-30.

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In Manchester, Vermont she is a living legend. Tonight Adam Sullivan introduces us to a special woman celebrating her 105th birthday!

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(photo) On this day, 105-years-old ago, a baby was born in a farm house in Manchester. Directly across the road, birthday balloon dance in the breeze. A picturesque spot in Southern Vermont-- where Mildred Forrest has called home for just about her entire life. ((Mildred Forrest/105-years-old: "We didn't have electricity. We didn't have running water. It was more like camping.")) Midge-- as she is known around town- still has the shoes in the photo. Hand stitched pieces of history that she holds on to like the memories riding her horse to school and working the dairy farm with her late husband. ((Forrest: "if he needed a tractor driver, I was there.")) ((Forrest: "if he needed a truck driver to go to Albany to pick up a load of metal from a ship, I was there.")) On her 105th birthday, she is surrounded by family-- even though only one of her 15 brothers and sisters is still alive to help her celebrate. ((Forrest: "I am very lucky to have my family around.")) Her granddaughter, Hiedi Shaffer, drove over from Seneca Falls New York. ((Heidi Shaffer/Granddaughter: "she is totally on it. To me it is amazing to know someone who is 105-years-old. She can be kind of sassy and sharp-witted.")) She's known for her flowers outside her house with her roots running deep in this community. So much so, this day in Manchester, has been declared "Midge Forrest Day." ((Shaffer: "September 15th is the actual day so my husband and I drove out to spend the afternoon here. We don't want to tire her out though because she has to be ready for her girls later.")) That's right, she still hits the town. ((Forrest: "we have been every place in town so now we are starting over again.")) And as for secrets to her longevity, Midge says it's all about the mind. And going with the flow ((Forrest: "just your attitude towards life and towards people and not be afraid to make changes.")) Changes like getting the first lightbulbs installed in her home, or whatever the latest invention might be. ((Forrest: "everything is pretty easy now. You just push a button and you got whatever you pushed.")) ((nats: snapping photo) Technology I took advantage of as we all celebrate the life of a Vermonter, who is still going strong. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Manchester.

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Still ahead -- Potential new clues about the fate of Vermont's GMO labeling law. And -- Problems at the pump -- Are you frustrated with what it costs to fill up? Plus she successfully swam the English Channel -- now she's sharing her secret to success with WCAX. And the nightmare continues for the NFL -- will the league be able to rebound from recent troubles? Details when the Channel 3 News at 11 continues.

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A hearing this fall could shed some light on the fate of the state's recently-passed GMO labelling law. A group of food producers is suing Vermont over the mandated labelling of products made with genetically engineered crops. The state is asking a judge to dismiss the suit -- while the plaintiffs want an injunction to block the law while the lawsuit plays out. Legal analysts say the judge's response to those motions, could signal which side will ultimately prevail.

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Paying more at the pump in the Chittenden County? Tonight Melissa Howell looks into what's behind the hefty price tag -- and how some lawmakers are tackling the problem.

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((Steve Hagstrand/Shelburne Resident 00:25:24 "When I was growing up it was 30 cents a gallon." 00:25:27)) But times have changed. And so have prices at the pump -- especially in and around Vermont's Queen City. In 2012, Burlington gas prices were higher than the national average 86 percent of the time. Burlington prices were higher than the statewide average 72 percent of the time. ((Ben Dwinell/Burlington resident 00:19:18 "the prices are kind of fixed. Around here in Burlington, down in Rutland it's 30 cents a gallon less. I don't know why." 00:19:29)) Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Lt. Governor hopeful Dean Corren say this may be due to a small number of gasoline distributors who own a large percentage of fuel dealers in northern Vermont. So -- they are throwing their support behind a Vermont House bill -- that calls for reporting wholesale prices for comparative purposes to the attorney general's office. It would also require gas station owners to notify the AG within 30 days of a potential sale to a competitor. ((Dean Corren 00:09:50 "As we know, just by providing the data, it will have a positive effect on competition. Vermonters deserve that competition" 00:09:57)) The biggest offenders, Corren says, include SB Collins, R-L Vallee, Champlain Oil and Wesco. Sorrell says they've done nothing illegal -- but what they are doing -- is forcing Vermont drivers to pay more. ((Bill Sorrell/D-Vt. Attorney General 00:08:44 "What is against the antitrust laws is if they call each other and say let's charge x per a gallon, so there's some collusion there." 00:08:55)) John Choquette with the Vermont Petroleum Association disagrees with the bill all together. ((Joseph Choquette/Vermont Petroleum Association 00:33:58 "Everybody would like to have lower gas prices but in my opinion, there's nothing in the bill that's going to result in that. This is just going to add more complexity to the industry, lead to higher costs and probably be reflected in the polls."00:34:10)) The bill was struck down by the Vermont house, but Sorrell -- and the bills' supporters aren't giving up. ((00:05:33 "My hope is that come January, the newly elected legislature, that we will reintroduce the bill and hopefully it will get an airing in both chambers." 00:05:46)) ((Melissa Howell "That bill is sponsored by Progressive Representative Chris Pearson of Burlington. Republican Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott -- who is being challenged by Dean Corren -- says if Sorrell was serious about gas prices he would have brought the issue up during the last session. He says the Democrats could have done something if they wanted because they control the House, Senate and Governor's office. Scott says the Attorney general is being used as a "campaign prop" by Corren. Melissa Howell Channel 3 News, Burlington"))

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An amazing feat for a swimmer from Wallingford. Earlier this month -- Bethany Bosch conquered the English Channel. She started on the shores of England -- and swam 17-hours and 39-minutes before reaching the coast of France. At its narrowest point, the channel is 21 miles across. This afternoon Bosch joined Mike McCune on the :30.

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((Bethany Bosch, Swam the English Channel "when I first started, I just sort of started swimming and I realized oh I can do eight miles, if I can do eight miles, I can do ten, If I can do 10, I can do 15, then I thought maybe I can do that, I can swim the English Channel. )) Bosch says her swim was largely an effort to bring awareness to the sport and to raise money for the aquatics center in Rutland.

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Tonight: Increasing clouds. Showers developing. Lows: 43/50 Winds: Light Tuesday: Cloudy skies. Showers likely, mainly morning. Highs: 55/65 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Tuesday Night: Mostly clear. Areas of fog. Lows: 35/45 Winds: Light Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance of a late day shower, mainly mountains. Highs: 55/62 Winds: Light Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday night: Lows 35/45 Thursday: Partly sunny. Widespread frost at night. Highs 50/57 Lows 25/35 Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs 53/60 Lows 35/45 Saturday: Partly sunny, chance of late day showers. Highs 60s Lows 45/55 Sunday: scattered showers. Highs 60s lows 50s Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 55/65

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The NFL Players Association is expected to file an appeal Tuesday on behalf of Ray Rice. Rice was cut by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after he was seen on video beating his then-fiancee. Jericka Duncan has the latest.

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RAY RICE COULD BE BACK ON THE FIELD MUCH SOONER THAN HIS INDEFINITE SUSPENSION FROM THE NFL MIGHT SUGGEST. RICE WAS CUT BY THE BALTIMORE RAVENS AND SUSPENDED INDEFINTELY BY NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL WEEKS AFTER HE WAS GIVEN A TWO-GAME SUSPENSION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. SOURCES SAY THE NFL PLAYERS ASSOCATION IS FOCUSING ON A CLAUSE IN HIS CONTRACT THAT SAYS, (GFX) " THE COMMISSIONER AND A CLUB WILL NOT BOTH DISCIPLINE A PLAYER FOR THE SAME ACT OR CONDUCT." (SOT) "depending on how you read that clause, it may implicitly connote that the league can't suspend someone twice for the same thing, and it definitely, explicitly states that the league and the team cannot impose penalties." (STANDUP BRIDGE:) WHILE GOODELL'S HANDLING OF THE RICE CASE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION, TODAY THE NFL ANNOUNCED THE HIRING OF THREE WOMEN AS "SENIOR ADVISERS" TO HELP SHAPE THE LEAGUES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICIES. THE NFL IS ALSO DEALING WITH THE INDICTMENT OF MINNESOTA VIKINGS RUNNING BACK ADRIAN PETERSON FOR ALLEGEDLY ABUSING HIS FOUR-YEAR-OLD SON. PETERSON WAS BENCHED LAST WEEK, BUT WILL PLAY SUNDAY. (SOT) "based on the facts we know, we made the best decision we could have made." PETERSON DEFENDED HIMSELF ON SOCIAL MEDIA, SAYING, (GFX) "I AM NOT A PERFECT SON. I AM NOT A PERFECT HUSBAND. I AM NOT A PERFECT PARENT, BUT I AM, WITHOUT A DOUBT, NOT A CHILD ABUSER." JERICKA DUNCA, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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The Vermont men's soccer team continues to receive votes in the college soccer news top 30 national poll. The Cats went 1-1 over the weekend at the UAB soccer for the cure classic. UVM's Brian Wright scored in each for the games and was named America East player of the Week Monday.

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High School boys soccer this afternoon, 2-1-1 Milton hosting 2-0 Mt. Abraham. --- The Yellow Jackets score in the first minute of the game and almost add another one later in the first half, but Nick Sczceciski dives and punches away the shot. It's 1-0 Milton at the break. --- It stays that way until late in the game, Josh Muir with the high and deep ball, Nick Goodrich heads it to Eric Menard who heads it home. Milton goes on to the 2-0 win.

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Week 4 of the Friday Football Frenzy is highlighted by a few interesting match-ups. One thing we know is that it should provide for some exciting action just like week 3 did. Here is your Week 3 Frenzy Flashback. ((TRT: 2:04 ... OC: ...On players celebrating))

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From surgery in January, to a national championship in July and a bronze medal at the World Championships last Saturday. It certainly has been an eventful few months for Jericho's Lea Davison. The 2012 olympic mountain biker returned home last night to a hero's welcome. Winning a bronze in Norway September 6th probably wasn't on the radar for Davison when she was having work done on her hip in January. But it just shows the hard work and dedication she put into her rehab while missing the first half of the World Cup season. Given Davison's recent success, there's plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future.

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(((Lea Davison/"This is a lot of great momentum more than I could ever ask for. To get a World Championship medal is better than what I expected and I'm just excited to see what I can do with a full season of racing and training.")))

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Finally tonight, UVM women's assistant basketball coach and alum Courtney Pilypaitis was in action tonight for team canada against team USA in an exhibition game in Hartford, Connecticut. It's a warm-up for the FIBA world championships, which will be held later this month. Pilypaitis came off the bench and did not score in limited minutes, as the US beat Canada, 76-51. Pilypaitis and company head to Spain for two more exhibition games this weekend.


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