Thu 25-SEP-2014 Noon News Script


Good afternoon, I'm Roger Garrity. A man is hospitalized in critical condition after being stabbed in the neck. It happened just before midnight in Wilmington. Police say they were called to a home on East Main Street where they found the male victim. He was transported to the hospital in Bennington and later transported to Albany, New York where he is in critical condition. Police have not released his name. Police believe the stabbing may be related to an earlier fight at the Wilmington Village Pub -- and police are questioning three people about their involvement in both incidents.


A Lamoille County man will be in court today to face charges that he shot a man in Morrisville yesterday. 39-year-old Christopher Burnor was arrested last night in Johnson -- nine hours after the shooting in downtown Morrisville Police say, the Waterville man shot 32-year-old Thomas Zapantis of Johnson at the Cumberland Farms on Congress Street. Eyewitnesses tell Channel 3 that the two men had some kind of confrontation -- before Burnor allegedly shot Zapantis several times -- hitting him in the back and side. Burnor has a long criminal record -- dating back nearly two decades. He is currently on probation for simple assault -- domestic assault and knowingly sheltering a juvenile.

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A Vermont man accused of murdering a toddler is free on bail. 26-year-old Joshua Blow left the state prison in St. Albans last night -- after a judge agreed earlier this week to set bail at 25-thousand dollars. Blow is charged with killing 2-year-old Aiden Haskins in Shelburne back in July. Murder defendants are often held without bail -- but Judge Michael Kupersmith said the evidence against blow is "paper thin."


One of Vermont's most successful high school basketball coaches is no longer welcome on campus. School officials at BFA-St. Albans say Ken Fairchild has been fired from his job as an assistance football coach -- and the school sought a no trespass order against him. School officials will not say why -- only that it is a personnel matter. Fairchild resigned his job as BFA basketball coach back in June -- after 40 years with the program. He is one of the winningest coaches in Vermont history with over 425 victories.


Vermont students continue to fall short of science achievement standards -- as measured in the latest assessment tests. 4th, 8th and 11th grade students took the New England Common Assessment Program science tests last spring. 44-percent of the fourth graders scored as proficient or higher. That's down three percentage points from 2013 In eighth grade -- only 25-percent of students reached the proficiency level -- down seven percentrage points from last year. And 30-percent of 11th graders made the grade -- down a single point. The assessment tests are given -- as a way to measure achievement year to year -- and school to school. Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe says while some schools are doing very well, overall the state is not satified with the scores.


SUNY Plattsburgh is teaching young girls how to be confident. Shine On is a program run by Plattsburgh State to build self esteem in girls before they reach middle school. It's taught by Plattsburgh students and staff. Once a year girls can attend a workshop at the university -- and Shine On just expanded to workshops for parents. The program covers how to deal with peer pressure, body image, and building confidence.


(TC 00:00:58:19 Tile 3839) ((Colleen Lemza/SUNY Plattsburgh "By the time they get to be in middle school and high school, 1 in 4 girls has had suicidal ideations, eating disorders -- mental health and social type issues." 00:01:10:14)) The CVPH Foundation donated 5-thousand dollars this year to run the programs. The first parent workshop is Thursday at 6PM at 30 City Hall Place in Plattsburgh. It's free and open to the public. That's news around the region.


One of Vermont's great community leaders has died. Catherine Beattie (BEE-AT-TEE) of Danville passed away on Wednesday at her home. She was 93. Beattie was a fixture in agriculture, politics and her community. She served as a democrat in the Vermont legislature -- and was elected to the Vermont Agriculture Hall of Fame. She also was a legendary cook---known for her Maple Cream Pie and baked beans. Her funeral service is Saturday at the Danville Congregational Church.

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WCAX is celebrating a big birthday this week. Tomorrow marks our 60th year on the air. (( W-M-V-T telecasting on Channel 3 from the top of Vermont begins its first day of programming in service to the people of Vermont, our neighbors in New York state and New Hampshire, and our friends in Canada.)) We started as WMVT -- which was soon changed to WCAX. We were the first television station in Vermont -- and we're still going strong today. Tomorrow night at 5:30 -- we will have a half hour on the history of Channel 3 -- and its impact on the community.


(jack laduke talks about the importance of the antenna) (patrick leahy also talks about tuning the antenna) Just some of the many former and current WCAX employees -- and newsmakers -- who spoke with us for this project. Tune in tomorrow night at 5:30 for the full half-hour 60th anniversary special. And find out more about this project came together -- tonight on The :30 at 5:30.


Today: N: Partly cloudy S: Mostly cloudy Highs: 65 to 72 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Clear skies Areas of fog Lows: 40 to 50 Wind: Light Friday: AM fog Then mostly sunny Highs: 72 to 78 Wind: WNW 5 to 10 mph Extended: Saturday: Sunny Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 75 to 82 Sunday: Sunny Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 75 to 82 Monday: Partly cloudy Chance for a few showers Lows: 48 to 58 Highs: 70s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Chance for a few showers Lows: 48 to 58 Highs: 65 to 75 Wednesday: Partly sunny Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 60s

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