Thu 17-JUL-2014 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening and thanks for joining us at 11. I'm Jennifer Reading. And I'm Keith McGilvery. Authorities are investigating who launched a missle -- thought to have caused a Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine -- that killed nearly 300 people. Now US Intelligence is trying to figure out if feuding factions are to blame -- and why the commercial airliner was traveling through dangerous airspace. Craig Boswell has more on the developing story.

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PKG TRT: 1:15 RESTRICTIONS: Contains Eurovision material - No access Europe except Eurovision members. No access Ukraine Contains AP and AFP photos - NO excerpting. Contains ENEX material - No access Europe except ENEX members. Please consult your Internet use guidelines before airing. NO INTERNATIONAL, NO AFP, NO REUTERS, NO SYNDICATED PROGRAMS. CGS: 22-26 Najib Razak/Malaysia Prime Minister SCRIPT:) A FIREBALL RISING FROM THE UKRAINIAN LANDSCAPE SHOWS WHERE THE BULK OF MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT 17 CRASHED TO THE GROUND. BUT THE TRAIL OF WRECKAGE AND BODY PARTS STRETCHES FOR MILES AND DEBRIS WAS SEEN STREAMING FROM THE SKY. OFFICIALS SAY THAT INDICATES THE PLANE BROKE APART IN MID-AIR. U.S. MILITARY INTELLIGENCE STRONGLY SUSPECTS IT WAS HIT BY A SURFACE-TO-AIR MISSILE. (SOT) "the aircraft did not make a distress call." FLIGHT 17 WAS FLYING FROM AMSTERDAM TO KUALA LUMPUR. IT DISAPPEARED FROM RADAR AS IT WAS PASSING OVER EASTERN UKRAINE, AN AREA WHERE GOVERNMENT FORCES ARE FIGHTING PRO-RUSSIAN SEPARATISTS. UKRAINE DENIED SHOOTING IT DOWN. BUT ITS SECURITY AGENCY RELEASED RECORDINGS OF WHAT IT CLAIMED WERE INTERCEPTED PHONE CALLS BETWEEN A RUSSIAN INTELLIGENCE OFFICER AND A SEPARATIST GROUP IN UKRAINE:. CBS NEWS COULDN'T VERIFY THE RECORDING, BUT A VOICE IS HEARD SAYING (SOT IGOR BEZLER: ) "WE HAVE JUST SHOT DOWN A PLANE." RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN BLAMED THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT. MALAYSIAN OFFICIALS ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY FROM THE WRECKAGE OF THE PLANE. INVESTIGATORS ARE HOPING TO LOCATE THE FLIGHT RECORDERS AND OTHER EVIDENCE THAT COULD EXPLAIN HOW AND WHY IT WENT DOWN. CRAIG BOSWELL, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.

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A new push is underway to find a Jet that disappeared into Lake Champlain more than 40 years ago. The twin-engine aircraft and the five people on board went missing during a snow storm in 1971. Small pieces of debris ended up washing on shore in Shelburne but that was all. Now crews from New York and Vermont are teaming up for a high-tech search. Tomorrow they'll use sophisticated side-scanning sonars, underwater vehicles and a submarine to try and find the jet.

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Wild weather -- earlier this month -- damaged a half dozen F-16's fighter jets. That's the word from the Vermont Air National Guard. Today guard leaders said 60 mile per hour winds -- on July 8 -- collapsed the hangars doors -- which flew inward --- damaging the jets. The Guard provided photos from the storm and say nothing of this magnitude has happened since the hangars were built back in 1958.

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(Col. Hank Harder/Vermont Air National Guard 15:03:50)(("Jets were put under cover to protect them from forecasted hail damage and then when there's lightening within five miles, which there was that evening, safety is paramount to keep our people safe...the men and women of the 158th fighter wing performed their duties admirably that night.)) The Guard says four of the damaged aircraft will return to service within the next two to three weeks. Damage to the building is still being assessed.

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A multi-car crash in South Burlington sends one person to the hospital. Police say it happened just before six. That's when they believe an inattentive driver plowed into a motorcyclist and two other cars that had come to a stop on Hinesburg Road. The motorcycle ended up underneath one of the cars -- police found its driver on the side of the road with non-life threatening injuries. Investigators say it's an important reminder to be alert behind the wheel -- especially this time of year.

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((Det. Ron Bliss, South Burlington Police Department 20:34:10 "not only do we have the motorcycles we have the pedestrians, bicycles, all the things that summer brings and we have to be a little more attentive of our surroundings.)) South Burlington Police say the driver thought to be responsible could face charges depending on the severity of the motorcyclist's injuries. The impacted stretch of Hinesburg Road was closed for three hours following the crash.

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Police need your help to find a hit and run driver. Troopers were called to Marble Street in West Rutland -- this afternoon -- for a report of an injured bicyclist. They say 52-year-old Janet Slade was hit by a car -- from behind -- then the driver took off. Police are now looking for a small black, two door sedan -- with a missing passenger side mirror. The vehicle's quarter panel may also be damaged. Slade's being evaluated for a possible broken arm. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police in Rutland.

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Dan is here. Nice night out there.

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It's a 35 billion dollar industry. And now it's getting a little help from a Vermont senator. Alex Apple joins us tonight with the latest on the growing organic farming industry. Keith, Senator Patrick Leahy announced -- as part of the 2014 federal Farm Bill -- that 13 million dollars will be made available to farmers hoping to become organically certified. It's money that -- he says -- will go a long way for Vermonters hoping to join the organic industry.

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With the sun setting beyond the hills, a party got underway at the Family Cow Farmstead in Hinesburg. (NATS from celebration) The community tasted ice cream, cheese and many more food items from local farms -- most of the products were grown organically. An organic farming community that received a 13 million dollar cash infusion Thursday. The money came from a provision in the 2014 Farm Bill -- added by Vermont's Senior Senator -- Patrick Leahy. The funds are designed to help farmers pay for their organic certification. And it gives customers assurance that the products were raised 100 percent organically. (06:25)((Dave Zuckerman/Organic Farmer "So many farms have moved to organic that there has not been enough funding.")) Farmers say becoming organically certified can be a long and pricey process. They will now get up to a $750 subsidy to help pay for that approval/distinction. Dave Zuckerman grows organically. He says the cash can go a long way for farmers on a tight budget. (02:39)((Dave Zuckerman/Organic Farmer "When you're a smaller farm, you're selling 20,000 to 30,000 dollars worth of product and you've got a $400 certification fee but 300 of that gets reimbursed, that makes a big difference.")) Organic farmers say they provide their customers with an alternative to artificially enhanced products. Andrea Stander works for Rural Vermont -- a group that advocates for organic farmers. (19:24:50)((Andrea Stander/Rural Vermont Director "I think what this is all about is giving both farmers and customers the opportunity and the ability to choose the food and choose the farming practices that meet their values.")) But not all farmers feel the need to get certified. Kalyn Campbell says her customers trust -- her products ARE organic -- even if she doesn't have the paper to prove it. (19:07:32)((Kalyn Campbell/Not Certified Organic "I don't really feel that I need to be certified. My customers understand that I believe in organic and don't need to be certified.")) So she calls her milk, cheese and beef products... semi-organic. Stander says more and more farmers are using Campbell's approach. (Andrea Stander Rural Vermont Director 19:22:09)(("In Vermont you'll see that a lot of farmers are saying things in their promotion like organically managed or using organic principles and that means they're doing every thing the organic farmers are doing but they haven't taken that step, that is very time consuming and can be expensive, to become certified.")) Leahy says the subsidy will encourage more farmers to become certified. Zuckerman agrees -- if farmers pay less for their certification, they can spend more on growing crops -- taking more products to market -- and driving down prices for consumers.

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Up to 20-thousand farmers could be helped with the new funding. That's double the number who received assistance just two years ago.

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It's a moment some Vermonters wait decades for. Logan Crawford was at the Statehouse as more than 300 hunters were awarded the rare chance to bag a moose.

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(tile 1851 00:09:27:18) ((nats announce winners 00:09:31:19)) The annual Moose Lottery Drawing in Vermont is a tradition for moose hunters. (tile 1857 00:22:09:21) ((Rodney Elmer/Northfield "It's really a privilege and the people of our state love the moose and it's nice to do the moose a favor too." 00:22:15:29)) The Moose Lotto started in the early 90s -- when Vermont was overrun by moose. So state wildlife officials came up with the idea to have a moose hunting season in October -- and have a lucky few hunters selected to thin out moose numbers. (tile 1852 00:18:40:14) ((Ronald Fortier/Lottery Participant "I enter every year since the first lottery I've always been in every year. And I got 1 myself about 9, 10 years ago." 00:18:48:12)) Vermont's moose population peaked around 2005 at about 6,000. Today the population is less than half of that at 23-hundred. Vermont Fish and Wildlife says that decline is mainly due to hunting and disease spread by ticks. Rodney Elmer is one of this year's lucky permit lottery winners. This year more than 11-thousand hunters applied for a license -- but only 335 permits were handed out. (tile 1851 00:20:30:16) ((nats Lotto winner 00:20:33:11)) (tile 1857 00:25:03:00) ((Rodney Elmer/Lottery Winner "I've seen some really smart moose and they really know how to avoid you, they're good at surviving. And it's good that we hunt them some too so they're not tame -- they're nice and wild like they should be." 00:25:13:11)) (tile 1858 00:27:21:15) ((Logan Crawford/Montpelier "Wildlife officials say moose hunting and this lottery are still very much needed, even with the declining moose population. Officials say hunting moose is more humane than letting them get hit by a car, or suffer from a tick borne illness." 00:27:35:03)) (tile 1823 00:04:19:29) ((Mark Scott/Vermont Fish and Wildlife "Make sure there's not too many or else the tick problem could explode worse than it is. The tick needs the moose to survive on to get their blood and grow and things like that. So if we can keep the moose numbers in check - understand we're happy where they are right now." 00:04:36:01)) Scott says nearly half the winners of moose hunting licenses will bag a moose during hunting season -- and says the moose lottery will happen again next year. (tile 1857 00:25:39:19) ((Rodney Elmer/Northfield "I want to go out in the woods and feel like I belong there, and man's a product of nature and we belong out there too. I can't wait to get back to it." 00:25:47:03)) Vermont's Moose Lottery Drawing may be over -- but New Hampshire's Moose Hunt Auction is still to come. The deadline to bid for a permit is August 8th. And it's currently against the law to hunt moose in New York. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Burlington.

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A pop star with Lake Placid roots -- is on the cover of Rolling Stone. Lana Del Rey -- who's real name is Elizabeth Grant -- was raised in the North Country. She's featured on the cover of Rolling Stone's next issue. Some of her hits, include Summertime Sadness and Young and Beautiful. That issue of Rolling Stone is on stands tomorrow.

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Violence continues in the Gaza Strip. The latest on Israel's efforts to go after Hamas. Plus tens of thousands of kids are illegally crossing the U.S. border... ((SOT/Raul "Here, if you don't do certain things, your life is going to end anyways, and it's better to try than to just stay and die.")) Tonight Darren Perron looks at whether any of them could end up in Vermont. Plus meet a group of teens -- that could one day be on the front lines of keeping your family safe -- we'll explain when we come back!

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The fight in the middle east has now turned to the ground. Israel has launched a large-scale ground attack in the Gaza Strip, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas' weapons arsenal, rocket firing abilities and tunnels under the Palestinian territory's border with Israel. It's the first major Israeli ground offensive in Gaza in more than five years. The operation followed a brief truce earlier today in which Israel held fire to allow Gazans to stock up on food and other necessities.

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The White House wants to know if Vermont can house some of the immigrant children -- illegally entering the country along the southern border. Darren Perron reports.

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((SOT/Raul "Suddenly, we just found my dad dead.)) 16 year-old Raul -- says he fled the gang-infested streets of El Salvadore -- for a new chance in America. ((SOT/Raul "Here, if you don't do certain things, your life is going to end anyways, and it's better to try than to just stay and die.")) He's one of thousands of children -- from Central America -- who made their way through Mexico -- to the U-S border -- where they're being held -- overwhelming immigration facilities in Texas. ((Sen. Patrick Leahy/D-Vermont: "the violence there is escalating so you have children who are being told they're going to be shot is they don't join gangs. You have young girls who are being raped, sometimes while being pregnant. It is a horrible, horrible situation." )) The government is struggling with what to do about the problem -- and Congress is debating the President's plan for nearly 4-BILLION dollars in emergency funding for new detention centers and deportation proceedings. In the meantime, the Obama Administration is asking Vermont to look into the possibility of housing some of those kids. (tile 1848 00:14:09:01) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin/D-Vermont "We've got vulnerable kids, Vermonters have big hearts and we would like to help if asked. So all we're doing is trying to get back to the White House about what capacity we would have if asked along with other states in the region." 00:14:22:28)) Senator Leahy called on Congress to support the president's emergency spending measure -- to sort out who's a refugee -- and who's just trying to sneak across the border. ((Leahy: "stop trying to play politics with this, stop trying to score points for or against the Obama Administration, or for or against each other. Just pass the money we know they urgently need right now.")) Some of the money -- 300-million -- would go to fight the lawlessness and lack of educational opportunities -- that have Raul -- planning to flee his home country. ((SOT/Raul) (01 24 00) "I don't even go outside in my neighborhood because I'm scared that someone might do something to me.")) ((Darren Perron: It's unclear how Vermont could help or where the kids would go. The Governor says his team is looking into it. Other Governors have also been asked to help. And reaction to that request has been mixed. DP Ch 3 News Burlington))

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(wx at greenwall) An upper level trough moving through today brought a little bit of cloudiness to the North Country. Those clouds will clear out tonight but there could be some areas of fog, and it will be cool with lows in the upper 40s and low 50s. High pressure will take hold once again for Friday and Saturday bringing us lots of sunshine and pleasant temperatures. Humidity levels will be low as well, which will lead to comfortable sleeping nights. As that high slides off to the east, we'll pick up a southerly flow of air which will bring warmer and more humid air back into northern New England. That could spark couple of isolated afternoon showers or thunderstorms Sunday through Tuesday, but for the most part it should be dry and warm. Later next week, a cold front will approach bringing us a better chance of afternoon showers and t-storms Wednesday into Thursday.

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Tonight: Becoming mostly clear. Lows: 45/55 Winds: W 5-10 mph Friday: Sunny skies. Highs: 75/82 Winds: Light Friday Night: Clear skies. Lows: 50/58 Winds: Light Saturday: Sunny skies. Highs: 78/85 Winds: Light Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday Night: Lows 55/62 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 80/87 Lows 58/65 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 80/87 Lows 55/65 Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs 80s Lows 60s Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance of showers/Tstorms. Highs 80s Lows 60s Thursday: Partly sunny. Chance of showers/Tstorms. Highs 80s

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a firefighter. Today some young Vermonters got a first hand look. Shelby Cashman reports.

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((00:18:17 James Gallagher/Londonderry fire Department Cadet "I've always wanted to be a career firefighter, or a police officer. I just love emergency services and helping people. 00:18:21)) 15 year old James Gallgher's inspiration: his dad--who was a New York City police officer during 9-11. ((00:16:52 James Gallagher/Cadet "he had a 9/11 related illness and hes a volunteer firefighter he really inspired me to come here. 00:16:58)) James is one of 34 cadets--participating in the annual Vermont State Firefighters Association's Fire Cadet Academy. Its a week long intensive program--for cadets ages 14 to 17--from 20 different fire departments across the state. ((00:01:10 Chief Fran Buck/Vermont State Firefighters Association "We want them to know everything thats involved in the fire service and make sure its for them before they go on." 00:01:14)) And Barre City Deputy Fire chief Joe Aldsworth also says--the state needs more volunteer firefighters. Right now in Vermont--there are only 11 full time fire departments--out of 236. ((00:05:15 Dep Chief Joe "day times are very hard, everybody works, so programs like this help plug in and beef up those roles because right now they don't really have full staffing." 00:05:27)) And he hopes programs like this--will help create the next generation. ((00:02:39 Dep Chief Joe Alsdworth "As our firefighters age, we need to replace them. So programs like this are very important to be able to plug them in." 00:02:47)) The cadets participating in this years academy--spend all year developing certain skills at their home fire departments. They are not volunteers just yet--In Vermont--some departments allow you to become a volunteer at the age of 18. Others--its 21. But here at the academy-- ((NATS of them putting out the fire extinguisher sound)) Its hands on training. ((NATS of more training)) Instructors say --the cadets are put in real life situations--such as the midnight call. The students simulate being woken up abruptly-- ((NATS)) Putting on all their gear as fast as they can-- ((NATS)) And running to spray the hose at the target. ((NATS)) While the academy may only last a week--some students say they are leaving with the true sense--of what it means to be a firefighter. ((17:22:15 Kaleb Scott Ladue/Swanton fire Department Cadet "The brotherhood in the fire service and EMS and law enforcement is just incredible. The fact that all these people are my brothers makes me happy, pretty big family" 00:17:30)) Ready to someday help save lives--in the Green Mountain State. Shelby Cashman Channel 3 News Barre City

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It's one of the most important nights of the season at Thunder Road. The Mid-Season Championships. Double points on the line in all three divisions. A big chance for a leader to pull away from the pack, or a new contender for the season-long track titles to emerge. The Late Model feature...a 100-lapper ...the top drivers in the points chase starting in the back half of the pack due to the track handicapping system, which throws this one wide open... --- Kyle Pembroke had the pole and led for the first 22 laps before Lance Allen passed him on the outside... --- then it was Allen leading the way until Phil Scott gets into John Donahue going into turn one on lap 37 to bring out the first caution flag of the night... --- Scott Dragon took over first on the restart and held onto the lead throughout the middle part of the race, but Trampas Demers makes a charge and after a door-to-door battle over several laps, the 85 car pushes into the lead on lap 72 and he'll make that lead stick...Demers picking up the win with Dragon second, Lance Allen, Dave Pembroke and points leader Nick Sweet rounding out the top five. Demers keeping the streak alive...now nine different drivers have won the nine Late Model races at Thunder Road this season.

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((TRT: 17 ... OC: COME AWAY WITH THIS WIN)) ((Trampas Demers/It's something that I always dreamt about, having a race where you catch up and have a close finish. I was replaying it in my mind. It was very rewarding for all the effort we've put in this season to come away with this win.))

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The evening began with the 50-lap Tiger Sportsman feature... Joel Hodgdon starting on the front row and the #36 Chevy would grab the lead and never look back. Hodgdon going green to checker to pick up his second win of the season...points leader Jason Woodard comes in third, but gets second place points after runner up Tucker Williams is disqualified for an apparent suspension violation...Hodgdon your mid-season championship winner...

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the night concluding with the Street Stocks ...the Streets going 35 laps to determine a winner...Williams Hennequin had the lead when a caution came out on lap 16...once racing resumed, Tommy 'Thunder' Smith takes over the lead and the veteran from Williamstown holds off Alan Maynard to pick up the big victory, with Jamon Perry coming in third...

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One night after being shutout and getting just one hit, the Vermont Lake Monsters erupt for eight runs on 12 hits in an 8-6 win over State College tonight at Centennial Field.

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After three years at the helm, Castleton women's hockey head coach Bill Bowes has stepped down to become an assistant coach with the women's program at the University of New Hampshire. This past season when Castleton went 16-12-2 and advanced to it's first ECAC East title game, falling to Norwich. Bowes also served as Castleton's head men's golf coach.

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McIlroy is out in front, but there are 29 players within four shots of the lead, including Tiger Woods. Woodstock's Keegan Bradley is one over par, tied for 66th..


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