Mon 27-OCT-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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We are all spending more time in front of screens. But how much is too much when it comes to kids? Gina spoke with a national expert who was in town for a conference about the education of young children.

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Lisa Gernsley: Screentime Gina Bullard: Llisa Gernsley is the author of Screentime and she jopoins us now. Thanks for talking with us today Lisa. Gernsley: It's a pleasure, thanks. Bullard: So we always here that when it comes to younger children, that we should limit thir amount of screentime. What exactley does that mean? How much screentime? ((00:00:15:03)) Gernsley: Right, everyone wants to know the amount of time and I completely get that, becuase when I started this research I had a one year old a nd three year old and there were all sorts of headlines about possible harm that might come from screentime. What I found though as I dug into the research is that while limits are important, they are important in parenting no matter what, we also have to look at the content on the screen. The context, the way different forms of media are being used, the way we interact with our kids around that media, how it fits into their day. And then the third thing we really have to think about is the child. The individual child. So i call this the three C's; think about the content, the context and the child. ((00:00:56:03)) Bullard: Okay so when it comes to content, what are some good things? Some bad things? ((00:01:00:17)) Gernsley: Right, it turns out that the way infromation is presented on a screen really matters, especially for kids that are quite young, still trying to understand hwo the world works. So a three year old looking at information on a screen needs to have it provided to them in a w ay reschool teacher would present information, so very clear and in a linear fashion. Not jumping around all over the place, very engaging moments ofpausing so children can hear, maybe think about, and answer to the question, respond. ((00:01:37:14)) Bullard: Okay so you're not talking about a video, you're talking about more of a game or an interactive. (00:01:42:19)) Gernsley: Well those kinds of ures show up in even tv shows, when they're designed well for young children. Blue's Clue's is an old classic now, and that's considered a good example, but now when it comes to interactive media, you want to start looking for some of the same things. We don't have as much research on interactive media on apps yet, but some of the early research is showing that the way it's designed, that those moments of being able to pause, allow children to really grasp, and understand what is presented. That is really what is important. ((00:02:13:24)) Bullard: Okay so some parents do feel guilty about sitting your kid down in front of the ipad and putting a movie on. Should you? ((00:02:20:04)) Gernsley: Rights, I get it. believe me, I had washes of guilt throughout my years of when the kids were little Bullard-It's a quick fix! ((00:02:27:10)) Gernelsey: and it is, and I uhm, started to understand it in the context of child rearing in general. There are times when you are just exhausted and times when you just really want to break. Our society and the United States is not really well set up to support parents and especailly parents under huge stress and without a lot of resources. You know babysitters and child care. But one of the things that I learned and I tried to do myself, the more I learned was that there can be moments of children playing quietly wiht devices to give yourself a break, but make sure to jujst kind of tune into what they're doing or ask them questions later. Know of course before picka game, what that game's about. Whether it is something that is appropratie for their developmental age and stage. And then, come back to it, in fun ways, there are some games that have songs, or fun little sayings. As a parent you can use that later you know when you're strolling down the street or in the car to sing songs together or play together. ((00:03:31:00)) Bullard: That's a fun idea. When it comes to eBooks, we're seeing a lot those now, do you think that will eventually replace traditional reading with a real book in your hand. ((00:03:40:11)) Gernsley: So this is a very hot topic right now, librarians especially are peling with this, so are parents. We are seeing so far, that there is something different about it, an ebook, an e-picture book with a child than a print bookwe need to start being alert to those differences. Part of that is becuase ebooks come with more bells and whistles. There's more things to touch and press and there's animations to activate. And some early research on this has shown that's distracting to children's comprehension of a story. So they're not able to answer questions about what they just had read to them very well when they've been playing with a lot of different things on a device. The other thing that's interesting and just worth keeping in mind as parents is that we might interact differently with our kids when we're reading an eBook to them. So some research showed that parents aren't very good at talking about the story when they're doing an ebook or using an ebook, instead they are just saying 'don't touch that' or 'make sure to press that' or 'have you' you know ((00:04:42:18))Bullard :Be careful with the iPad. ((00:04:45:05)) Gernsley: Don't drop it. soe don't really help with story comprehension. ((00:05:01:10)) Bullard: So obviously technology is all around us, do we nee to be embraing it when it comes to our kids, or do we need to be a little bit weary? ((00:05;09:10)) Gernsely: I would not say necessarily embrace, not would i say ban. I think that in fact what the research shows is just being smarter about hwo we use technology, and putting ourselves in control, instead of letting the technology control us. So there some kind of new mindfullness techniques we can use to recognize that 'okay at this moment my kid seems really intersted in this, maybe this is a moemnt where I should use this to ask more questions, to trigger a cool little field trip we could do in the backyard around that same question.' You know maybe use crayons an coloring books later around the same kinds of things they're interested in here on the ipad. ((00:05:52:14)) Bullard:e any ever conern about if you're using technology all the time, kids are really embracing technology , they won't use their imagination as much. They won't be happy to just sit down and play with blocks anymore, they want the iPad. (00:06:05:11)) Gernsley: Yeah, i mean i think it's going to coem down to those three C's again; the content, the context and the child. There are some apps that are available that are very good at activating the imagination, that are blank pages for drawing or lettinga child narrate a story, recording themselves narratinga story. There are others that real close-ended, not mindless necessarily but really repetitive for kids that may not be doing a lot to help them develop their imaginations. And I presonally as a parent I wanted to limit those kinds of interactions a lot, and make sure I had many more imaginative interactions, on and offline. ((00:06:48:28)) Bullard: What are just some of the concerns when it comes to the children's health and just things like ADHD, with too much screen time. ((00:06:56:29)) Gernsley: Yes, well there are a number of them, and they are placed, typically on research that lumps all screen time together in one big bucket which is why it's kind of problematic. So instead, now that we have ways of distinguishing between tv time that's just adult directed shows like watching CSI or soap operas, versus educational. When young children have too much of those kinds of shows, that kind of content coming at them, they are starting to show problems with their ability to focus or pay attention when they are a little bit older. So that's a little troubling, agian it's the content that may be part of the picture there. There's also different stuff we still need to untangle about how parents just have interation with the children on and off en. And those kinds of interations are what build focus and attention the other thing that is really important for parents to start a handle on is sleep. How children's sleep may be affected by way they are using different devices at different times of the day and there is some research right now showing us that may be best to limit screen time oer bed to bring things down to a quieter, calmer place for kids. That's why print books really can be quite beautiful, there's really nothing going on except the sound of your voice, and those still pictures on the page. ((00:08:20:22)) Bullard: Alright Lisa Gernsely, a really important and interesting topichanks for chatting with us. Gernsely: Yeah, no thank you, I appreciate it.

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So how do you get the ipad or phone away from your child when they've spent enough time on it? Lisa will share some helpful techniques later this week.

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With the change in the weather comes the start of flu season. Flu can arrive as soon as October and stay as late as May. Tomorrow on The Thirty we'll talk with the Visiting Nurse Association about this year's flu season -- and the flu shot supply. So be sure to joins us tomorrow at 5-30 for The Thirty.

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Good Evening I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. Who killed a Shelburne toddler? 26-year-old Joshua Blow is charged with the crime but his defense team wants the charges tossed. Jennifer Costa -- joins us with more on today's hearing. Jennifer? Darren -- Experts agree that traumatic head injuries killed the two year old -- but don't agree when they happened -- and therefore who did it. Dr. Barry Heath with the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Fletcher Allen says Aiden Haskins' injuries were consistent with a fall from a 3rd floor window or a high-speed car crash. He says his review of the evidence shows the abuse happened the day the child died. Vermont's Chief Medical examiner agrees that Haskins died from blunt impact to the head -- but says that the evidence can't prove it happened the morning of July 22nd.

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((Dr. Steven Shapiro, Vt. Chief Medical Examiner 00:55:38:00 "just using the anatomic bindings, living in a vacuum, I can't")) ((Dr. Barry Heath, Fletcher, Fletcher Allen Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 00:38:58:00 "this child had a previous injury, it may have made his brain more sensitive, but it required a mortal injury, that occurred the morning that he died.)) Police say Joshua Blow admits to being the only one home the morning the toddler died. They say he's offered conflicting accounts of falling on the toddler and the toddler falling on his own. One of the first police officers on the scene the day Haskins died -- described Blow as nonchalant. He was in court today taking notes during the testimony. The hearing is scheduled to continue through tomorrow. Darren.

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Enterovirus -- has been confirmed in our region. Health officials in Clinton County say two cases have been confirmed in the area. Both patients have since recovered. The virus has been detected in 40 states so far.

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Cutting school costs. That's the topic of a new report released today--that claims millions of dollars in savings--if schools transitioned to single payer health care. Shelby Cashman joins us now with the details. Shelby? Kristin-- the study was done for the Vermont School Board's Association. And it documents the enormous cost of providing health care to teachers and staff at the state's K-12 schools. And shows what switching to either single payer--or a Gold plan--under Vermont Health Connect--could save schools. Total payroll at Vermont k-through-12 schools next year is estimated at 920-million dollars. The School Boards Association says 202 million of that is for health care. The employees will pay another 33-million as their share of insurance premiums. The study found that current health care plans offered to school district employees are more generous than anything available thru Vermont Health Connect -- and pushing all school employees into Health Connect's gold plan would cut school district costs by 39-million dollars. The study says if the state were to switch to single payer healthcare -- and schools were no longer responsible for health care benefits -- school districts would save up to 119-million dollars.

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(00:02:17) ((Steve Dale "our level of health care benefits is among the most generous of any employers in the state of Vermont. Any change that could bring about teacher health care benefits that are more in line with the majority of Vermonters likely will result in substantial savings.")) (00:02:38) The study notes that the cost could shift to employees thru new payroll taxes -- and all of the savings for schools could be erased if the legislature requires schools to offset those costs by paying teachers higher wages. The study has its critics. I will have much more on that -- including what the state's largest teachers union says about the study -- tonight at 11. Kristin?

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A strike at FairPoint Communications enters a second week. Employees -- and the company -- still at odds over benefit cuts, a recent pension freeze, and the use of temporary workers. Now, a new tactic -- to get attention -- is causing concern. Melissa Howell is here with the details. What's going on, Melisssa? The spotlight has been on Fairpoint since negotiations began to fall apart in August. As the company continues to bring in temporary workers, union members have started following those workers -- and picketing outside jobsite. The company says it's dangerous. The union says it just wants to get back to the bargaining table.

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((Troy Cirillo/Fairpoint Employee 00:21:04 "We want to talk, they will not talk to us. Come back to the table. We're here, we're ready." 00:21:09)) That's been the echoing message from 1,700 union members in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine since their latest proposal was shot down by Fairpoint on October 17th. The union, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Vermont, says it proposed more than 200 million in savings to the company after a recent pension freeze and a push to cut benefits. But the company says it's not enough. ((Mike Spillane/IBEW Local 2326 Union 00:07:11 "What fairpoint has done now is put out a demand in April and they've stayed right there since then. They haven't moved at all." 00:07:21)) Fairpoint proposed 700 million in concessions -- and says the cuts are necessary to keep up with the changing industry. ((Angelynne Beaudry/Fairpoint Spokesperson 00:02:34 "While we've implemented our final proposal, we will always remain willing to negotiate and have a committment to respond to counter proposals that meaningfully address our core issues. So far we have not received any such counter proposals 00:02:54)) ((Mike Spillane/IBEW Local 2326 Union 00:20:50 "We're not asking for anything new, we offered givebacks and they don't think they're enough, they want the moon and we can't do that, we have to survive." 00:20:58)) Fairpoint has since brought in temporary workers -- and says productivity has not been effected since the strike. But the company IS concerned over the union's latest tactic -- following those temporary workers as crews respond to customers' requests for service. ((Mike Spillane/IBEW Local 2326 Union 00:03:07 "Once they set up at a pole or cross box, our people will get out with their signs and start chanting at them, most of the people screaming scab go home, or something like that." 00:03:18)) The company says this compromises safety. And says it's suspicious that there's been an uptick in damaged equipment throughout service areas. ((Angelynne Beaudry/Fairpoint Spokesperson 00:08:36 "These acts are clearly done by people who know what they're doing and know how to take customers out of service." 00:08:47)) ((Mike Spillane/IBEW Local 2326 Union 00:01:37 "We are not doing it, our people are trained not to do it, we don't encourage it. If I find it, we will take action against members who do that." 00:01:45)) Spillane says mobile picketers have had 3 interactions with police after complaints of harrassment -- but those claims didn't hold up. It's still unclear when Fairpoint and it's employees will move forward with negotiations but the union remains hopeful. ((Troy Cirillo/Fairpoint Employee 00:20:43 "We'll do this as long as we have to; we can't go back to nothing. We work very hard for what we have." 00:20:49))

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Senator Bernie Sanders has expressed his concerns regarding negotiations between the union and Fairpoint -- and has urged the company to go back to the bargaining table. He will also be holding a press conference on the issue tomorrow. Darren.

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Vermont's Highest court has a new Justice. Justice harold Eaton Junior was sworn in this afternoon in front of friends, family and political leaders from across the state. Adam Sullivan reports.

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Lines stretched out to side walk in front of the Windsor County Court House in Woodstock to watch the newest Justice be sworn into the state's highest court. Inside, the Honorable Harold Eaton Jr-- or Duke as most of his closest friends call him- prepared to take the oath of office. The Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court helped kick of the ceremony. ((Chief Justice Paul Reiber: "my congratulations and best wishes to Duke Eaton, Justice Eeaton, in the work that you do ahead and Governor, thank you again for this excellent appointment.")) Governor Peter Shumlin-- who appointed Eaton to the post-- administered the oath. Eaton -- a Woodstock native -- and graduate of Woodstock Union High School in 1973 -- was surrounded by family, friends and classmates. ((Virginia Eldredge/High School Classmate: "even now he serves as our fearless leader. In alumni involvement, building floats, participating enthusiastically.")) Eaton's dedication to law, and his compassion for the average citizen were just a few of the main themes addressed at the ceremony. That, and his well known sense of humor. ((Eldredge: "duke said to some potential jurors, unless my head is down and I'm drooling, I'm listening.")) But, the state currently faces serious issues like opiate abuse. Eaton says those case should be a top priority, as well as figuring out how to pay for it. ((Justice Harold Eaton, Jr.: "there simply is not enough money to do all that needs to be done.")) The UVM and Vermont Law School Grad also promised to hold the values he grew up with close to his heart. ((Eaton: "being true to my Vermont values, to the rule of law, and to the people of this state.")) ((Shumlin: "He's honest, he's decent, he's hard working and he very much relates to anybody before him. He care deeply about children, he care about Vermonters. He's going to be a great addition to the Supreme Court.")) When asked what the day meant to him , Justice Eaton seemed a bit at a loss for words. ((Eaton: "it is the dream of my life and I look forward to serving the state of Vermont.")) Serving from the bench, along with four other Justices, at the state's highest court. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Woodstock.

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Eaton becomes the first Vermont Law School alum on the high court. He replaces former Justice Geoffrey Crawford, who took a federal court appointment.

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Sharon is here, and it was beautiful this afternoon! A warm front will bring some clouds our way overnight tonight, with a chance of showers by morning. We'll see a mix of sun and clouds for most of the day Tuesday, with temperatures warming into the upper 50s and low 60s. The cold front from this weather system will follow through Tuesday night into Wednesday morning with more showers. Then all eyes are on a storm system that looks like it will bring some wet weather on Halloween night with rain showers during trick or treat time, mixing with snow as the temperatures cool towards midnight. And it will be a cold and blustery start to the new month on Saturday, with more rain and snow showers likely. How much snow? Still way too early to say, and the computer models are not yet in agreement, but we could see some significant accumulations in the mountains, and even the valleys may get some accumulating snow.

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Two aging bridges -- are being replaced in Rutland. VTrans says the Ripley and Dorr bridges combine to carry nearly six-thousand cars a day. Both are in disrepair, but at a press conference Monday state and local officials say they've found a way to do so for just under 14 million dollars. Gov. Shumlin says the state has spent heftily over the past two years to ensure work like this gets underway all across the state.

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(00:10:20:00) (( Gov. Peter Shumlin D- Vermont The Ripley and Dorr bridges are symbols of the progress we're making to rebuild Vermont's infrastructure, we can't grow jobs, we can't hae quality of life if we let our roads and bridges crumble.)) Transportation officials say the bridges have been in need of repair since work was "fast-tracked" in 19-94. Work is scheduled to begin in November, with contrsution on Dorr wrapping in September of 20-15, and Ripley in October of 20-16.

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A developing story in Montpelier -- where protestors have barged into the building -- that houses the Governor's office. Dozens are in the building - and even outside his office. And so is Keith McGilvery who is covering the story. Keith.

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(00:00:40:00 ((I think there is this on-going dialogue taht will continue around fossil fuels and its role in Vermont's energy future, but as of right now there is no energy source, especially for Vermotners that can help people cut two-thousand dollars out of their home heating expenses and in aggregate, reduce green house gas emissions but two-thousand tons))

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A vacant building -- goes up in flames. Fire investigators are trying to figure out how the building -- on Pine Street in Rutland -- caught fire. It damaged three neighboring buildings, and a car. No one lived in the home but when neighbors spotted the flames, they feared their homes would be lost too.

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(00:44:02:00) ((Kaylee Frazier - Neighbor I've definitely seen flames like that, but I was definitely prepared to start running up and down and getting my stuff, as much as I could out of my house, but yheah, I was definitely afraid of this house catching on fire )) One neighbor may be forced to stay elsewhere tonight. It's unclear what started the fire, but those who live in the area suggested homeless individuals have been breaking into the abandoned property State police took over the investigation from Rutland City Firefighters but did not answer our questions.

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Police in Hartford say a powerful painkiller is linked to overdoses in the area -- two of them fatal. Investigators say test results show heroin linked to the O-Ds had fentanyl in it. Fentanyl is a prescription opiate - about 80-to-100times stronger than heroin. They say mixing the painkiller with heroin puts users unknowingly at risk. And they blame dealers-- trying to increase the high and their profit margin.

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(( Deputy Chief Brad Vail/Hartford Police Dept.: "by cutting it with the fentanyl and the morphine it adds to the potency or in their circles, some people seek that product because of its potency. And these people who are sick and addicted, they are going to look for that better product.")) Police say there have been 9 overdoses in the Upper Valley this month. Two were fatal. Earlier this year authorities in Addison County blamed three deaths on fentanyl laced heroin.

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A plan to fix problems at the Brattleboro Retreat -- approved. The psychiatric hospital says the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has accepted its proposal. The retreat has private patients, but has also been providing care for patients under state supervision -- since the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury closed three years ago.

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The hospital in St. Johnsbury is nearly back to normal after a malfunctioning sprinkler -- dumped water in part of the hospital three weeks ago. The water poured out for about 30 minutes until a maintenance worker deactivated the sprinkler. Hallways and a handful of patient rooms -- at Northeastern Vermont Regional -- were damaged. Repairs are just about done. The hospital doesn't have a pricetag on the clean up yet.

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Carmen Tarleton is being featured on ESPN. The Thetford woman was the victim of a brutal domestic assault in 2007. More than 80 percent of her body was burned -- changing her appearance forever. Last year she underwent a full face transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Carmen has been traveling the world sharing her story and has become an inspiration for domestic assault survivors. ESPN's weekly news magazine show-- called E-60-- profiled Carmen for an upcoming piece.

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((Carmen Tarleton/Domestic Violence Survivor: "I feel like life gives you what you need and if I get certain opportunities through channels I wouldn't think of like ESPN of all stations, then I really believe there is a reason for that. And my story can help people in so many ways and it certainly can help the viewers of ESPN as well.")) The piece is scheduled to air tomorrow night at 8pm.

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Some say a shortage of prosecutors in Vermont is causing a case backlog. Alexei Rubenstein takes a look at how that's figuring into a political campaign -- in Washington County.

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Washington County State's Attorney Tom Kelly has been a prosecutor his entire career -- most of it in Washington County. ((NATS -- walking around)) The two-term Republican supervises four deputies in an office that processes upwards of 2-thousand criminal cases a year. Despite the challenge, he says he loves the work. (LANCE CAM 10_14 TC 00:39:48:06 Tile 4022) ((Tom Kelly/Washington County State's Attorney "A Prosecutor gets to do the right thing. We have to look at the whole picture and take into account the defendants situation its not just an adversarial process )) But it's that larger prosecutorial perspective -- that Kelly's opponent says has mired down the Washington County office. Scott Williams -- a Barre-based defense attorney -- says there's a lack of creativity when it comes to alternative programs for non-violent offenders. The Democrat says too many cases are prepped for trial that should have been quickly resolved in other ways. (LANCE CAM 10_15 TC 02:08:26:09 Tile 4097 )((Scott Williams/Democrat for Wash. County State's Atty "This historic model of arrest, prosecution, and conviction - by itself hasn't changed the amount of crime that's being committed. In fact crime has generally across the board increased.)) Kelly rejects the idea of any backlog at his office. And when it comes to court diversion -- it's entirely dependent on the case... (LANCE CAM 10_14 TC 00:33:45:29 Tile 4022) ((Tom Kelly/Washington County State's Attorney With the experience I have we'll use that experience to identify the cases that are right for that approach)) Bram Kranichfeld with the State's Attorney's and Sherriff's association says that case backlogs have many causes... (LANCE CAM 10_15 TC 01:28:44:14 Tile 4084) ((Bram Kranichfeld/to fully understand backlog you need to look at many factors -- one of which may be the staffing of the prosecutors, but certainly you also want to look at court practices and staffing of the judiciary and defender general.)) When it comes to staffing of prosecutors, Kranichfeld says The state doesn't have enough. A recent study he conducted found the state could use 17 additional prosecutors --- especially in critical areas like Washington, Rutland, Addison and Windsor counties. (LANCE CAM 10_15 TC 01:27:49:09 Tile 4084) ((Bram Kranichfeld/When you understaff prosecutors you create risks for public safety and the integrity of the court system.)) Tom Kelly says in the past eight years the number of drug and sexual assault cases continues to increase. He says a new pre-charge screening program set to begin in January should help keep some lower-level non-violent cases out of the courts -- but that additional help would be welcomed. (LANCE CAM 10_14 TC 00:35:05:19 Tile 4022) ((Tom Kelly/Washington County State's Attorney Would it help the staff to have more eyes on and be able to prepare cases -- more time with the cases -- of course)) Meanwhile Kelly faces a tough campaign. His opponent has lined up endorsements from Barre and Montpelier's Mayors, as well as backing from other Democratic party faithful. Kelly says he doesn't seek or make endorsements -- trying to maintain an office he says should be a-political. A tough proposition in this political season. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News -- Barre.

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Adding 17 Deputy state's attorneys would cost upwards of three-quarter million dollars a year. The legislature approved funding to add four positions earlier this year.

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So ...Really? Snow on Halloween? It's still too early to know how much, ...The models aren't in agreement yet, but it is enough to make us think it could be interesting! A warm front will bring some clouds our way overnight tonight, with a chance of showers by morning. We'll see a mix of sun and clouds for most of the day Tuesday, with temperatures warming into the upper 50s and low 60s. The cold front from this weather system will follow through Tuesday night into Wednesday morning with more showers. Then all eyes are on a storm system that looks like it will bring some wet weather on Halloween night with rain showers during trick or treat time, mixing with snow as the temperatures cool towards midnight. And it will be a cold and blustery start to the new month on Saturday, with more rain and snow showers likely. How much snow? Still way too early to say, and the computer models are not yet in agreement, but we could see some significant accumulations in the mountains, and even the valleys may get some accumulating snow. Either way, it's probably a good time to get your snow tires on!

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Tonight: Increasing clouds. Chance of showers by morning. Lows: 30/38 Winds: Light Tuesday: Sun and clouds. Chance of morning showers. Highs: 57/64 Winds: S 10-20 mph Tuesday Night: Cloudy skies. Showers likely. Lows: 45/52 Winds: S 10-15 mph Wednesday: Chance of morning rain showers. Becoming partly cloudy. Highs: 53/60 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday Night: Lows 33/40 Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs 50/57 Lows 33/40 Friday: Mostly cloudy. Rain or snow showers likely Friday night. Highs 43/50 Lows 28/35 Saturday: Rain or snow showers likely. Highs 30s Lows 20s Sunday: Mostly cloudy, chance of snow showers. Highs 30s Lows 20s Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 35/45

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Vermont is joining New York and Connecticut -- challenging nuclear rules. The states want the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to do a more thorough environmental review -- before allowing nuclear plants to store spent radioactive fuel on site. Vermont Yankee has tons of spent fuel - stored in special casks.

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Vermont Yankee will be sounding the alarm on November 1st. But don't worry. It's just a test. 37 different poles surrounding Vermont Yankee's ten-mile emergency planning zone -- will be audibly tested. It's to ensure the effectiveness of the public notification system. Starting at noon, towns like Brattleboro, Vernon, Hinsdale, New Hampshire, and as far south as-- Leyden, Massachusetts, will hear the three- minute siren.

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Starting Line Sports ...the UVM men's hockey team continued it's best start to a season in nine years with a 2-1 victory over Connecticut Saturday night at Gutterson...and in the aftermath, the IceCats have continued their climb up the national polls. After improving to 4-0, the UVM men have jumped up four spots, from 17th to 13th in this week's U-S College Hockey Online national poll. They also debuted at 14th in the USA Today poll. There are now a total of six Hockey East teams in the USCHO top 20, including four in the top nine. Boston College and B-U are fifth and sixth... UMass-Lowell eighth and Providence ninth. And below the Cats, Notre Dame has slipped into the 20th spot. It speaks of the tremendous depth of the conference and Vermont are diving right into it. Saturday's win over the Huskies was the first of 12 straight games against Hockey East opponents. It continues with a doubleheader this weekend at the 20th ranked Irish.

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The UVM women's hockey team is coming off a weekend sweep of Union at Gutterson, posting a pair of 4-0 wins Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Sarah Campbell has been named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week. The senior co-captain had a goal and a pair of assists in the two victories. The Cats are now 5-2-1, the best start through eight games in program. They have the second best record among Hockey East schools, although they have yet to conference game. That changes this weekend when they play their Hockey East opener on the road at Connecticut Sunday afternoon.

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Coming up later, we start semifinal week in the Vermont high school playoffs...

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Some key shipments of flu vaccine are delayed this season .. forcing some health care providers to put off vaccinations. Kris Van Cleave reports from New York, where doses for children are in short supply.

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(pkg trt: 1:05) Supers :10-:15 Dr. Alanna Levine, Pediatrician :31-:36 Dr. Carolyn Bridges, CDC :55-:59 Michelle Benson (NATS: DR. GREETS THEM IN EXAMINING ROOM:) 'HELLO!' Pediatrician Alanna Levine in Orangeburg New York, says she is down to her last few doses of flu vaccines specifically made for children. (SOT: DR. ALANNA LEVINE:) There's been a delay in the shipment of the vaccine which has made it very difficult for pediatricians to get all their patients vaccinated. (NATS: VACCINE PREP) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms the delays and says the overall vaccine supply is behind 10-million doses for this time of year. But officials are reassuring doctors and families .. this is not a *shortage*, just a *delay* in shipment. (Dr. Carolyn Bridges, CDC 10:13:10) SOT: THERE MIGHT BE A LITTLE DELAY BUT KEEP CHECKING.. WE UNDERSTAND IT'S ON ITS WAY. Manufacturers say they planned to have most doses available in October.. but now some shipments will continue into November. (NATS NURSE: ) HI, MISS GEORGIA.. ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR SHOT? Little Georgia Benson and her big sister Chloe were lucky to get some of the last flu vaccines at Dr. Levine's office. (NATS NURSE: ) ONE, TWO, THREE - PINCH! SOT: MICHELLE BENSON, MOM: 'RELIEVED THEY GOT THEIR SHOTS TODAY AND I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT FLU SEASON ANYMORE'. Their mom is happy now that all of her children are protected. Kris Van Cleave, CBS NEWS, New York.

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The Vermont Health Department tells us there is no delay in shipments here and it has received all doses its ordered. That's healthwatch.

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Sugaring can be tough work. But one kid has his hopes set high on the family business and it's Made in Vermont maple products. Here's Gina Bullard.

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The end of foliage season marks the beginning of the busy season for one Derby business. ((nat)) From liquid gold to maple apple chutney Jed's Maple Products makes more than 60 items. (00:10:36:12) ((Steve Wheeler/Jed's Maple Products "my grandmother as a little girl used to watch her grandfather make syrup")) Steve Wheeler started the business 15 years ago with his wife Amy. They started producing pure maple products. (00:10:50:00) ((Steve Wheeler/Jed's Maple Products "it's in your blood")) What started in the woods tumbled into the kitchen -- the product line expanded with things like nuts and dressings. The Wheeler family lives above their production facility which is a good thing because this is a family affair. Steve named the business after his son Jed who's now 16. (00:14:49:02) ((Steve Wheeler/Jed's Maple Products "g-you named the business after jed. s-thats where things went south a little")) Jed may be the name of the business -- but the face of the business is his younger brother. ((nat jonah)) Meet 13 year old Jonah Wheeler. ((nat jonah talking about products)) (00:18:00:28) ((Jonah Wheeler/Jed's Maple Products "i got a little story about this one)) He's the best salesman this company could ask for. (00:21:08:04) ((Jonah Wheeler/Jed's Maple Products "g-what makes your syrup better than others? j-the love the love")) (00:19:41:22) ((Jonah Wheeler/Jed's Maple Products "g-you know your stuff jonah. j- yah i've been doing this a while. g-13 years? J-yah pretty much")) He talks like a business man but he still needs dad's help from time to time. (00:18:44:14) ((Jonah Wheeler/Jed's Maple Products "i need a little help dad i'm feeling weak")) Jonah has big plans for the Jed's Maple Products -- (00;22:58:19) ((Jonah Wheeler/Jed's Maple Products "by the time i'm old enough to buy it it has to be as big as Kraft but we still have to maintain the quality ")) (00:36:18:19) ((Steve Wheeler/Jed's Maple Products "he figures if there's boxes of mac and cheese in every store we could have jeds maple in every store. i don't think he realizes Kraft is multi national ")) So what does Jonah think about his big brother being on the label and not him? (00:23:16:29) ((Jonah Wheeler/Jed's Maple Products "i'm the newer shinier model, he took a step back and i dove right in this is my home my turf g-do you think your brother will work for you one day? yah g-what about your parents? no comment")) (00:11:43:12) ((Steve Wheeler/Jed's Maple Products "it's about love family, we're tight and doing stuff together")) No matter who's in charge -- the Wheeler's all agree this is a Made in Vermont journey that always comes back to family. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Derby. ((gina- pretty good Jonah - yah!))

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To learn about Jed's Maple Products -- click on the info center at wcax-dot-com.

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Good News for country music fans -- in the kingdom. A new Radio station -- JJ Country 94-5 FM -- has launched in Orleans County. The station will primarily play country music -- and will eventually add news and weather programming.

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It was a wild weekend of quarterfinal action in the Vermont fall sports playoffs as four of the eight top seeds in soccer suffered upsets. Division One girls top seed Burr & Burton fell to Mt. Mansfield ...Milton knocked off Lake Region in Division Two... Thetford stunned Sharon in Division Three...and Hazen upset Lake Monster in D-3 boys soccer. Semifinal play beginning today, and it starts with field hockey...Rice facing Harwood at UVM... --- nine minutes into the game...Rice's Sierra Combs fires the pass into the box...there's a scramble...but Michelle Bolger eventually knocks it in...1-0 Green Knights at the half... --- midway thru the second half...Lucy Stillman races down the right side then sends a slow roller in front that finds Megan Collins...she scores and it's 2-0... --- five minutes later, Kayla St. Marie and Stillman set up Bolger on a nice display of teamwork... it was a total team effort as Rice wins 4-0 to return to the D-2 final for a second year in a row.

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the other Division Two semifinals taking place at Castelton... second seed Otter Valley facing number three U-32... --- OVU on attack early 1st half, Myliah McDonough breaks in, but u32 goalie Bailee Hudson makes save. --- 9 min in Raiders get on the board, Jasmine Moody to Abigail Daniels. It's 1-0 U32 at the break. --- 4 min left in regulation, OVU fires it in, it deflects to Courtney Bushey. We're tied at 1. --- It stays that way until late in the 2nd OT, Olivia dexter slips the defender gets it to Daniels who fires it home. Both teams exhausted but what a game, u32 wins 2-1 in double OT

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We have also reached the semifinals of the Vermont high school football season. 12 teams in three divisions have earned the right to play this weekend with a trip to the state finals on the line. In Division One, undefeated Middlebury looks to advance to a second straight state final when the Tigers host fourth seed Colchester Friday night at 7pm. Back in Week Three, in Middlebury's home opener, the Tigers ran past the Lakers 34-0 ...

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the D-1 semifinals feature the top four seeds in the division ...Middlebury hosts Colchester Friday night, then Saturday afternoon at 1pm, Essex visits unbeaten St. Johnsbury. That will be the first meerting of the season between the Hilltoppers and Hornets...

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In Division Two, Burr & Burton completed an undefeated regular season with a 34-7 win at Fair Haven this past Friday night. This Friday night, the Bulldogs are at home in Manchester where they will host the Slaters in the state semifinals...

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The Division Two semifinals featuring the four sqauds that have shown to be the class of the division throughout the regular season...B&B and Fair Haven Friday night... Rice hosting Bellows Falls on Saturday. Rice's lone loss...to Burr & Burton... Bellows Falls lost twice...to the Bulldogs and Green Knights...while 6-3 Fair Haven beat everyone but, you guessed it, Burr & Burton, Rice and Bellows Falls...

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Otter Valley came through a tough, balanced season in Division Three with a 7-1 record and just edged out 8-1 BFA-Fairfax for the top seed in the Playoffs thanks in large part to a head-to-head win over the Bullets back in Week Two. Coming off a wild card victory over Poultney, the Otters will face a tough Windsor squad in the semifinals Saturday at one. The Yellow Jackets advancing with a convincing win over U-32 in the four-five matchup this past weekend.

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Both Division Three semifinals will take place on Saturday... and D-3 features the one cinderella left in the playoffs...as sixth seed Mount Abraham visits BFA-Fairfax coming off the Eagles dramatic 20-15 win at Mill River in the quarterfinals...

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As we mentioned earlier...the state semifinals are set in Vermont high school football. We reached this point on the shoulder pads of another great weekend of action...let's take a look back in this week's Frenzy Flashback. ((TRT: 2:01 ... OC... out on players celebrating...))

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Tonight at 11. More on the protestors who barged into the building -- housing the governor's office. The demonstration continues. Will they be arrested? That's tonight. Good night.


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