Sat 04-JUL-2015 6 P.M. News Script

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Good evening, thanks for joining us, I'm Adam Sullivan. A lot to celebrate in Poultney today after a violent storm last summer forced the town to cancel its 4th of July celebrations. This year -- the national holiday was celebrated once again-- in part, by saying thanks to the crews who respond a year ago. Eliza Larson has more.

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It was a challenge to find a spot. Crowds gathered Saturday morning along Main Street for Poultney's Independence Day parade. It was a celebration the town wasn't going to miss -- again. (NATS) Last year -- on July 3rd -- a massive summer storm caused thousands of power outages and damage to the town. Residents spent days after the storm picking up the pieces. (TC 10:41:30:11 Title 0811)((Bob Buciak/Poultney: "power lines down down which makes it very dangerous and then - actually College Street right in front of the college was closed off. And somebody was going down there with his kids and, you know, we said, you know, stop because you've got live power down there so it was definitely a destructive storm." 10:41:45:01)) (TC 10:40:33:26 Title 0811)((Penny Froeschl/Poultney: "we couldn't get down our road. Trees were all over the road." 10:40:37:19)) Green Mountain Power sent bucket crews and tree crews out to help with the damage. (TC 10:37:39:10 Title 0180)((David Birmingham/GMP Designer: "it was a four day restoration effort." 10:37:47:00)) (TC 10:43:17:17:16 Title 0811)((Penny Froeschl/Poultney: "local people. Local men and young men were out there with chainsaws. I mean We had trees right across main street here. You know? And no power in any of the stores in town. None. You know we had to call for pizza to bring over to the lake and well forget that. Nothing." 10:43:34:18)) Due to the extensive damage -- the town cancelled their Independence Day celebrations -- a day usually full of activities -- a parade -- and then fireworks. Thanks to GMP and the other responders -- Poultney was able to get power back to the people. The town honored them in this year's parade. (TC 10:38:26:25 Title 0180)((David Birmingham/GMP Designer: "it feels fantastic. Everybody's very proud and we're glad we're able to support the community and we all had a good time today." 10:38:34:01)) A day to celebrate the country's Independence-- AND-- those who are there to help when disaster stirkes. Eliza Larson. Channel 3 News. Poultney.

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What appeared to be some tense moments during Friday night's HUGE fireworks display on the Burlington waterfront. According to the Burlington Fire Marshall-- combustible packaging for a group of fireworks located on the break wall ignited during the show-- sending flames shooting into the air. The fire was quickly contained by a Coast Guard boat positioned nearby. Fire officials say a fire like this is actually quite common when setting off fireworks. Because of that, proper permits-- which include distance between displays-- is required and closely monitored. Officials say while this incident appeared to be much worst than it actually was-- it should serve as a reminder that firework shows should be left to the professionals.

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Police are out in force this holiday weekend. Police say patrols and sobriety checkpoints will be based on analytical review of fatal crashes in the state. There have been 18 traffic fatalities in Vermont so far this year. Police say four of the deaths were drivers suspected to be speeding; five were suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol; and five were not wearing seat belts. Driver are being encouraged to buckle up, slow down, and designate a sober driver.

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A mountain rescue in Stowe today after a minor fell from the top of a waterfall at a popular swimming spot. The call came in just before noon Saturday. According to Stowe Mountain Rescue-- the minor slipped at the top Bingham Falls and fell about 30 feet onto the rocks below. Multiple agencies responded-- including Stowe Mountain Rescue. The patient was treated at the scene-- before being brought down the trail and transported to the UVM Medical Center. The patient's name has not been released and we do not know the extent of the injuries.

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A Florida man-- accused of driving 100 miles per hour with 3 kids in the car- is facing a slew of charges. It happened on Interstate 91 near Fairlee last night. Investigators say 28-year-old Johnny Lopez was speeding in the Northbound lane with a 7-year-old, 6 year-old, and 2 MONTH old in the car. Police say they found marijuana in the car as well.

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Good news for the region's bat population. Researchers studying white-nose syndrome-- that has devastated Vermont's little brown bat population-- say their numbers could be stabilizing - or even growing. The state has been monitoring a cave in southwestern Vermont. Officials say early data indicates significant bat populations in the cave. It's still not known why-- considering other bat hibernation caves have been almost completely emptied as a result of the disease. The full report will not be released until late summer.

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Huge crowds in Montpelier this holiday weekend. Montpelier had all kinds of activities including a 3rd of July parade. Dozens of community groups flooded the streets of the Capitial City to celebrate America's Birthday. Festivities on the statehouse lawn--included family yoga--and live music. Organizers say turnout was great.

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Nick is here now with a look at the weather... Happy 4th of July! A weak disturbance will linger into this evening. As a result, we'll see partly to mostly cloudy skies with a few widely scattered showers, and possibly a thunderstorm. Temperatures will fall into the lower and middle 60s around sunset. We'll dry out overnight and skies will become partly cloudy. Lows will range from 52/62. The extended forecast is coming up in a bit.

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Coming up on tonight's news... The Greatful Dead is back on stage... And so is Trey... plus... How a new soda tax in Vermont is not welcome news to some businesses....

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Phish front man Trey Anastasia is channeling his inner Jerry Garcia this weekend in Chicago. The Grateful Dead is saying goodbye--after fifty years--with a three night performance at Solider Field . That's where band leader Jerry Garcia played his last concert before he died twenty years ago. The lead singer of the Vermont band Phish is stepping in to help them out. More than 70 thousand deadheads are expected to fill Soldier Field--for the next two nights.

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A new 6 percent tax in Vermont on sodas and other sugar-added drinks went into affect this week. The goal is to raise revenues but some store owners say its an added headache. Cat Viglienzoni reports.

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NATS Ron scanning bottles Ron Hubert started scanning drink bottles in the early morning Wednesday. ((NATS 5307 This is what I've done since lunch 09)) One by one -- and then marking each code under "taxable" goods. And it all had to be done that day -- as Vermont's new soda and sugary drinks tax took effect. ((SOT Ron Hubert, Middle Road Market Owner 5316 Nine doors of coolers of products that have to be put in one by one. There's no bulk way of putting them through because of type of system that we have 24)) Hubert and his wife Clare own the Middle Road Market -- and Ron is also a representative from Milton. The Republican says he fought against the six percent tax because he knew if it passed -- work for him and other small business owners would add up fast. NATS him at the register ((SOT Hubert 5745 The burden is still on the small businessman to do this right, with no guidance from the tax department 50 which I think is just wrong 52)) ((STANDUP CAT VIGLIENZONI 011526 Part of the reason that grocers don't like this new law is they say it's hard for customers to figure out what's being taxed. For instance, this container of 100 percent grapefruit juice is not taxed, but just down the shelf, this container of 27 percent cranberry juice is 40)) ((SOT Hubert 5903 The consumer will have no warning when they're picking that up 05)) Hubert says he would have rather seen the state decrease spending -- instead of adding a new tax. And he isn't the only one disappointed in the outcome. ((SOT Tina Zuk,Co-Chair of Alliance for Healthy Vermont 4156 I don't believe the 6 percent tax that was passed will help at all. 4200 The price increase has to be substantial in order for it to be a dis-incentive. 05)) Tina Zuk is the co-chair for the Alliance for Healthy Vermont -- and also works for the American Heart Association. She and others lobbied for an more severe excise tax of two cents per every ounce of sugary drinks -- to try to push people towards healthier drink options. She says other states have a similiar sales tax to Vermont's... and it's not working. ((SOT Zuk 4243 In those states, that low of a tax has not been shown to have a positive health impact. It's a revenue generator for the state 51)) It's expected to raise 5 million dollars... money that's going to be split between the general fund and education fund... not on health programs, as she'd hoped. Zuk also says because customers don't see the extra six cents per dollar on the shelf price -- only on their receipts -- it won't work to curb overconsumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. (( Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News, Milton))

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Happy 4th of July! A weak disturbance will linger into this evening. As a result, we'll see partly to mostly cloudy skies with a few widely scattered showers, and possibly a thunderstorm. Temperatures will fall into the lower and middle 60s around sunset. We'll dry out overnight and skies will become partly cloudy. Lows will range from 52/62. Sunday is looking like a nice day! Skies should average partly cloudy with highs of 77/84. After that high pressure will bring us mostly sunny skies on Monday. As a southerly flow kicks in temperatures will really feel like summer, reaching 82/88! A frontal system will catch up to us on Tuesday afternoon into at least Wednesday morning with the chance for showers and a few thunderstorms. After that the weather models are showing a wedge of high pressure nosing in on Thursday through Saturday with partly to mostly sunny skies. While it does look nice and dry late in the week, there is a front lurking just to our south...we'll have to keep an eye on it; if it ends up coming north we would see more clouds and showers. Check back for updates!

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Fourth of July celebrations rolled forward in Stowe today-- offering a little bit of everything. Rose Spillman reports.

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The streets of Stowe were filled with people on Saturday as the village celebrated the fourth of July. Locals and out-of-towners got a taste of some traditional favorites from barbeque and popcorn to one very popular attraction: the pie eating contest. Some kids said they had been waiting all year to compete again in their favorite annual competition. (07:33:26 0078) ((Massimo & Biagio Dicenso/10 & 9 Years old "We're gonna do the pie eating contest. I came in second place last year. I want first this year. I came in fourth. I was way too full." )) Main street was lined with fun including face painting, a bouncy house, and lots of shopping and food. Well known local residents and volunteers were soaked in another popular game--the dunking booth. The main attraction for the afternoon was the 3rd annual village parade. The fairly new tradition for Stowe featured some classical parade elements. (07:34:51 0079) ((Rachel Stevans/Stowe "My favorite part of the parade was the team passing out the candy." 07:34:55)) .The parade featured a clown, animals, and local groups. Activities lasted throughout the day with a finale of fireworks planned for the evening. (07:23:42 0035) (Ella Miller/9 Years old "We haven't done much so far, but I can't wait for the fireworks tonight.")) For families and friends in Stowe, it was another year of celebration and traditional fun for the fourth of July. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Stowe.

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The Red Sox were back at Fenway this afternoon hosting the Houston Astros, just a few hours after Houston Houston beat the Sox 12-8 in 10 innings. Boston sending Clay Buchholz to the mound and he was on his game. He allows one run in 9 inning on 6 hits with 8 strikeouts. It's the Sox first complete game this season. --- Offensively, it was the kids coming through Xander Bogaerts got Boston on the board in the first, then in the fifth, he sends this double to left scoring Brock Holt. 3-0 Boston. --- Mookie Betts drove in a run with a sac fly in the second, then in the 6th he sends this one down the line in left. Sandy Leon comes home. It's 4-0 Boston. --- Eighth inning, Betts is at it again, the drive to center brings home another run. Boegarts and Betts combine for 4 hits and 5 rbi. Sox win, 6-1.

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The Rays and Yankees at the Stadium on this independence day. --- Michael Pineda with a strong outing for the bombers, 7 shutout innings allowing just five hits while striking out 10. --- But the New York bullpen can't hold a 2-0 lead in the ninth, Runner on first for STEVEN SOUZA JR. A 2-run bomb off DELLIN BETANCES. Just like that we're tied at 2. --- But in the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees threaten, 2 on for RAMON FLORES. He lays down the bunt, BRAD BOXBERGER makes a bad throw to first, JOSE PIRELA beats the throw to the plate The Yankees walk off with a 3-2 win.

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It's the second straight night the Yankees walk off. In case you missed it late last night the Yankees rallied to beat the rays 7-5 in 12 innings. Tampa taking a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the 12th, but Mark Teixeira drives one of those runs in with the RBI single to right. --- Then with 2 on, Brian McCann becomes the hero blasting the three run walk off homerun. It was the second time in the Yankees the Bombers had to come back from a deficit.

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The Vermont Lake Monsters continue their 6 game road trip tonight in Connecticut. Vermont dropping 2 of three at Tri City this week. The good news is that the team has shown signs of life at the plate, scoring 15 runs in the last 2 games. Oakland's number one draft pick in 2015, 20th overall, Richie Martin has gotten off to a host start, 4 for 9 with a homer 2, RBI and 4 runs scored.

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The Vermont Mountaineers and Sanford Mainers get going in just a few minutes at Montpelier Rec Field. Vermont took over first place in the Northern Division standings last night with a 4-0 win over North Adams.

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right before 6 o'clock officials at Airborne speedway called off tonight's action including the 76 lap battle of plattsburgh modified feature. They plan to double up on the features and have fireworks next Saturday.

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Tomorrow, we are back at Thunder Road. It was quite a late model feature on the high banks Thursday as Cody Blake grabbed the win. Meanwhile it's what a battle for king of the road. Derrick O'Donell and Nick Sweet entered the night tied for the lead. Sweet finished second in the late Model feature, O'Donnell was third. O'Donnell has won 2 features at Troad this season. Sweet hasn't won any, so the Barre native says he's been pretty fortunate to be where he is in the standings.

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(((Nick Sweet/"It's hard to say. We're doing very well in the points, but we've struggled a bit so, very happy going into Sunday, definitely not with the turnaround and with how my life has been lately. It's nice to keep it all in one piece and be ready for this weekend.")))

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Woodstock's Keegan Bradley slipped a bit today in the third round of the Greenbrieer classic. Bradley shot a one over par 71. He's 2 under overall, 10 shots behind the 4 leaders at 11 under.

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The US women's world cup team is preparing for its championship match with Japan tomorrow night at 7 in Vancouver. This is a rematch of the 2011 World Cup final Germany. In that one, the U.S. had the lead twice in the game only to see Japan come back to tie it and win it on a penalty kicks. The U.S. didn't look so good on those kicks either missing their first three. While some on the team still feel the pain of that loss, this game tomorrow is not about revenge or avenging that defeat.

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(((Abby Wambach/"Because this team is different. I feel an air of confidence and we don't overlook Japan for one second, because they are a very organized and good team."))) (((Carli Lloyd/"This is the finals. This is where you put everything on the line. There's no holding back. There's no reserving energy. It's full throttle and I'm really confident in the way we are looking right now.")))

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Finally, it's become as much of a tradition on July 4th as fireworks, the Nathan's hot dog eating contest. Matt Stonie devoured 62 dogs and buns in 10 minutes to beat reigning champ Joey Chestnut by 2. That is considered an upset as both men I'm sure will have upset stomachs. --- Miki Sudo defended her's women's division title eating 38 hot dogs in 10 minutes. That's four more than she ate last year. Sonya Thomas finished second eating 31.

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