Mon 18-MAY-2015 Noon News Script

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Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. The recent death of a Vermont prison inmate by suicide is raising new questions about how Vermont deals with mental illness. The corrections department says 32-year-Patrick Fennessey strangled himself at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield last month. Fennessey was serving a 2-to-10 year sentence for violation of conditions of release. But he also had a history of mental illness -- and his loved ones wonder whether prison was the right place for him.

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((Alisa Lott/ex-husband killed himself 00:04:11 "I really think there needs to be some accountability. Someone needs to take some responsibility and there needs to be a lot more awareness of the fact that people are suffering.")) The corrections department says it has seen an increase in suicide attempts and self-harm incidents -- since the closing of the state hospital in Waterbury four years ago. Jennifer Costa investigates the issue of mental illness and incareration tonight on the Channel 3 News at 6:00

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Police and prosecutors are once again at odds over whether the results of blood alcohol tests in drunk driving tests can be released before a suspect is arraigned. Many police agencies have routinedly provided the results of BAC tests in news releases. State police briefly halted that practice two years ago after complaints from some state's attorneys. And now the prosecutors are again asking state police to stop releasing the results. In a letter to public safety commissioner Keith Flynn, the state's attorneys say they believe making the information available before court appearances could cause unfair prejudice against defendants.

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Three men from New York City are facing charges after police say they were caught with counterfeit cash. Bellows Falls police pulled over a car on Route Five early Saturday morning -- and a police dog alerted to the scent of drugs. Police then search the car -- finding 15-thousand dollars worth of 100-dollar bills -- that turned out to be phony. Police arrested the driver -- 31-year-old Arturo Puello on counterfeit charges. His passengers -- Yohandy and Raynelis Rodriguez were charged as accomplices.

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You may see an amber alert this week -- but the Vermont Department of Public Safety says its just a test. The department will be testing the state's amber alert system used in the event of a missing or abducted child. The test Wednesday includes mass emails, D-O-T messaging signs, and activating the state lottery notification system.

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The Vermont legislature wrapped up the 2015 session this weekend. It took until after 11-p.m. on Saturday to close out business for the year -- adjournment coming after Democrats in the legislature reached a compromise with Governor Shumlin on the budget and revenue bills. Lawmakers are touting several accomplishments -- passing a bill to improve protections for children -- streamline Vermont's school districts -- and address water quality in Lake Champlain and other waterways. They also passed economic development legislation and new gun regulations. Will these new laws actually do what lawmakers hope -- and will they improve Vermonters lives?? We'll have analysis and an interview with the governor -- tonight at 6:00.

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Presidential candidates are flocking to New Hamsphire. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in Portsmouth today -- giving a speech on foreign policy -- before he holds a town hall meeting in Hudson. (:09) Thursday -- former Florida governor Jeb Bush returns for a two-day visit. (:04) And Friday -- Democrat Hillary Clinton makes her second trip to New Hampshire following her entry in the 2016 presidential contest.

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Groundbreaking today for Burlington's new bus station. The new facility will be kitty-corner from the existing bus stop on Cherry Street. It will be an enclosed structure with indoor seating and restrooms. It will be built on a section of St. Paul Street between the Catholic Church and the state office building. This morning's ground-breaking was ceremonial. Actual construction on the project is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

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You now have to pay to park in Winooski. As of today -- the city is charging a dollar an hour for on-street parking Monday through Saturday from 7 am until 8 pm. Parking is still free Sundays and holidays. The city is using parking kiosks and smartphone app Way-To-Park -- no traditional meters.

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The future of the Bellows Falls Fire department is up for a vote tonight. Voters will consider whether to turn the paid department into an all-volunteer organization. Some village officials says it would put Bellows Falls in line with what other similar size communities in Vermont have. The meeting starts at 7pm at the Opera House.

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The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking people around the state for their input on a 10-year revision of its Wildlife Acton Plan. The goal is to develop land proctection and wildlife management plans that protect species from becoming endangered. The revision is required by states for them to qualify for federal wildlife grants.

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The U.S. Forest Service it's waiving day-use and campground fees in the Green Mountain National Forests on Saturday, June 13th. It's in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day. The forest service say the fee-free days are a way of thanking visitors while encouraging more people to enjoy the national forests. The only overnight campground fee that will not be waived is the popular Hapgood Pond Campground in Peru.

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Today: Partly cloudy Cooler east Chance showers, t-storms, NY Highs: 72 to 82 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Showers, possible t-storms Lows: 55 to 62 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Tuesday: Mix of sun & clouds Showers, t-storms Highs: 73 to 80 Wind: S to W 10 to 15 mph Extended: Wednesday: Chance for AM showers Then partly sunny Breezy & cooler Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 55 to 62 Thursday: Partly cloudy Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 58 to 65 Friday: Partly cloudy Lows: 33 to 43 Highs: 55 to 62 Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 30s Highs: 55 to 65 Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 60s


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