Fri 27-MAR-2015 Noon News Script

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Good afternoon, I'm Logan Crawford in for Roger today. Police officers from all over the state got a lesson in fair and impartial policing this morning at the Burlington Police Department. Instructors say implicit bias -- or attitudes that affect our understanding -- is a normal human attribute. The three-day course included lessons for police trainers -- so they can help others conduct bias-free operations -- and avoid snap judgements.


(TC 00:01:24:17 Title 5179)((Anna Laszlo/Fair and Impartial Policing: "all of us as human beings have implicit biases that are often unconscious. We don't even know if they are operating in our system. And that those implicit biases can impact our perceptions and our behaviors." 00:01:38:03)) Participants in the course included local police officers -- as well as state police officials.


A Hardwick mom facing murder charges in the death of her disabled son -- now faces DUI charges. State police say just before midnight Thursday they pulled Melissa Robitille over on Memorial Drive in St. Johnsbury. They say her blood alcohol content was point-one-one-three. She's charged with DUI. The 39-year-old and her boyfriend, Walter Richters both pleaded not guilty to second degree murder in the death of Robitille's teenage son. Richters allegedly told police he poured vodka in the boy's I-V to quiet him. Robitille was free on bail -- after a judge said the evidence against her didn't support a second-degree murder charge.


94 homes by the Burlington airport are set to be removed. Airport officials held a meeting Thursday at Chamberlain School in South Burlington -- informing more than 1-hundred concerned citizens about the home removal process. In the past 10 years the airport has purchased homes experiencing noise around the airport. Now demolition plans are about to begin.


(00:18:06 8050) ((Gene Richards/Director of Aviation "There's three phases in the housing removal program, and they will start around April 15th. The Northface going first, centerface second, and then the third. So tonight we're just talking with the neighbors. 00:18:20)) Once deconstruction begins -- contractors are expected to be at work Monday through Saturday. Two way traffic will be maintained on all roads. Airport officials say the process should take 6 months -- with all sites cleared and restored by November. Another public outreach is scheduled for next Thursday April 2nd.


A shuttered incinerator that turned trash from New Hampshire and Vermont into energy is now up for sale. Wheelabrator Technologies stopped accepting waste at its Claremont facility back in 20-13 -- after 27 years of operation. Now -- the company wants to sell the incinerator by April 13th. If it doesn't sell -- it'll be auctioned off the next day. The plant is valued at almost 7-and-a-half million dollars. The plant used to burn 200 tons of trash a day -- and generate 5-thousand kilowatts of energy. But activists worked to shut it down -- saying the emissions were dangerous to the community.


A new way to ride for UVM students. It's called Wheeli. Creators say it's carpooling in the digital age. Wheeli came to UVM in January. You just log on to the site -- create a profile -- and once you find other students going your way -- you're off. You might be asking --- isn't this like the popular ride sharing service Uber? The founder and CEO of Wheeli says -- it's much different.


(TC 00:01:06:23 Tile 0485) ((Jean-Pierre Adechi/Wheeli Founder "They're not really a ride sharing service, because you're not sharing a ride with your taxi driver right. The idea with Wheeli is that it's a community of student drivers and student passengers that are looking for rides going places." 00:01:16:27)) Similar to Uber -- passengers pay for rides with a debit or credit card so there's no cash involved. Nearly 200 UVM students are already hitching rides with Wheeli. The Wheeli website has been up and running since last fall -- but the mobile app isn't ready yet. For more on Wheeli -- check it out on our website


Bennington College is getting a big donation for the arts. The 5-million dollar gift comes from the Frankenthaler Foundation. Helen Frankenthaler was a 19-49 graduate of the college -- and went on to become one of the country's most celebrated abstract painters. On April 12th, the college plans to name the visual arts center of the facility in her honor.


Vermont's senior senator may be making a cameo in the new Batman movie -- at least according to the newest Dark Knight -- Ben Affleck. ((SOT Ben Affleck 1:36-1:47 "And to Senator Leahy -- I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my costar in Batman. His role is marginally smaller than mine - I understand you're quite good.")) The star let that spoiler slip Thursday during a senate hearing on foreign aid and international diplomacy. Senator Leahy has made cameos in four previous Batman films -- including 2008's "The Dark Knight." When we asked about a potential cameo in next year's "Batman vs Superman" -- ---- the senator told us QUOTE "I know that others have speculated about this, and so far I have not. But I would never contradict Ben Affleck, or Batman."


Snowy conditions caused multiple crashes last night. State police snapped this photo on Route 17 in Buels Gore. They say heavy snow caused one car to roll over on a hill. And then about 45 minutes later, a driver with a trailer carrying a snowmobile jackknifed across both lanes -- and slid backwards, blocking the road. Neither of the drivers were hurt. But Route 17 was closed for several hours.


Today: Mostly cloudy A few snow/rain showers Highs: 35 to 42 Wind: N 5 to 12 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few mountain flurries Lows: 15 to 22 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Chance for a few AM flurries Then partly sunny Chilly Highs: 23 to 30 Wind: NNW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly sunny Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 30s Monday: Rain/snow showers Breezy Lows: 22 to 32 Highs: 38 to 45 Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly sunny Lows: 12 to 22 Highs: 32 to 42 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 40s

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