Thu 21-MAY-2015 6 P.M. News Script

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Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Kristin Kelly. He's accused of sexually assaulting his passenger while driving her home this winter. Now, the driver for the popular car sharing app known as Uber -- is pleading not guilty to multiple charges in the case. Logan Crawford joins us now with more on the arrest. Logan ... Kristin and Darren, investigators say of 23-year-old Omar Nassir told them the activity in his car was consensual, but admitted the victim was intoxicated. It all started when she requested a ride from downtown Burlington -- and was picked up on Main Street.

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Former Uber driver Omar Nassir pleaded not guilty in court Thursday -- to charges he sexually assaulted a passenger in February - while giving her a ride home from downtown Burlington. Police say the alleged victim was incapacitated at the time. (TC 00:56:43:19 Tile 7193) ((Sgt. Michael Warren/CUSI "Under the current statute if someone is not able to provide consent, and somebody forces sex upon them or participates in sexual intercourse and they're either too incapacitated or there's some sort of condition where they can't provide consent, then that would be considered to be sexual assault." 00:57:06:02)) Nassir is also a licensed a cab driver, but police say he was working solely for Uber at the time. WCAX interviewed him back in 2013 -- when immigrants in Vermont were speaking out against violence in Kenya. ((Omar Nassir/Burlington Resident 00:22:40:25" In the Muslim religion they teach you to give a life not to take someone's life peacefull and happiness with their family not like to hurt anybody or something like that." 00:22:54:17)) Judge Michael Kupersmith was initially concerned about the charges -- and dismissed the sex assault -- due to lack of evidence. He later changed his mind. Prosecutors pointed out that Nassir admitted to having sex with the alleged victim -- while she was extremely intoxicated. So now he's facing lewd and lascivious -- and sex assault charges. His arrest has shaken some users of the popular car sharing app. (TC 00:50:24:18 Tile 7190) ((Chelsea Rossi/Williston "It's awful. You get into someone's car you don't know and hope they take care of you. It's really scary actually." 00:50:30:02)) GFX: We reached out to Uber for comment, and were issued the following statement from the company: "This was a horrific incident and upon learning of it in February, we immediately removed the driver from the Uber platform. We have been in touch with the rider to support her during this difficult time, and have been working closely with the authorities throughout their investigation." Investigators from the Chittenden Unit of Special Investigations say people need to be extra vigilant about their safety when getting into a vehicle with somebody they do not know -- but they also say Nassir's alleged crime is a rare occurrence in the Queen City. (TC 01:02:07:08 Tile 7193) ((Sgt. Michael Warren/CUSI "Lots of taxis in service operating every day in Burlington, whether it's an Uber taxi service or one of the local companies, and this is not the norm for the type of behavior that we see in dealing with them on a daily basis." 01:02:24:02)) And this Uber user agrees. (TC 00:55:49:05 Tile 7192) ((Liv Nycklemo/Peru, NY "I wouldn't judge the rest of the drivers by the actions of one person." 00:55:53:12))

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Nassir was released with conditions of not contacting the victim or working for Uber or any taxi service while the investigation is on-going. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger released a statement about what happened -- saying he is going to ramp up taxi enforcement efforts in the city. Darren.

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The New York state senate voted to make sex between school employees and students -- illegal. North Country Senator Betty Little sponsored the bill that would apply to sexual relationships -- even if a student has reached New York's legal age of consent -- which is 17. Supporters say that school employees have power over students - even if students are of age. Vermont and 19 other states have similar laws already.

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A military honor long overdue. Jennifer Costa follows one family's mission to connect their father with his purple heart.

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A casket draped with an American flag. A father of six laid to rest. ((Nancy Gianna/Metruk's daughter 00:13:06 "Just like my dad, there are so many unspoken heros.")) Heros who served their country. John Metruk was 84. ((NATS taps 00:19:21)) For decades -- the former rifleman and runner wore his Marine Corps cap with pride. Yet seldom spoke of being shot. ((Susan Cogley/Metruk's daughter 00:01:10 "We'd sneak in an we'd look at it and we were like wow this is a bullet. We'd never actually seen one.")) A bullet -- once lodged an eighth of an inch from their father's spine. Fired from an enemy machine gun -- during the Korean War. Despite being wounded in battle -- Metruk never received his Purple Heart. ((NATS firing 00:18:58)) His family set out to change that -- appealing to Senator Patrick Leahy and the military for help. ((Susan Cogley/Metruk's daughter 00:02:41 "I think it was a journey that actually brought everyone closer to understanding that part of our dad.")) A dad -- they describe -- as a father figure to the neighborhood -- humble to his core -- and a military man at heart. Thursday -- Metruk finally received his Purple Heart. ((NATS 00:17:09 "the president of the United States of America has awarded the Purple Heart" 00:17:18 "to Pfc. John Metruck, United States Marine Corps for wounds received in action.)) ((John Metruk/Metruk's son (EMOTIONAL) 00:03:10 "it's just a great honor to have this here because it will really mean a lot to him.")) An honor long overdue -- for a veteran -- who put his life on the line -- to help his country. ((00:22:41 "please accept this flag as a symbol of your loved ones dedicated and faithful service to country and corps.")) Metruk's family says -- this Memorial Day -- remember our veterans -- and the stories they have to tell. Especially those -- whose numbers are dwindling. ((John Metruk/Metruk's son 00:11:23 "just like our dad, they're hidden treasures you got to break in and you got to really get to talk to these guys, they're not going to last much longer.")) Jennifer Costa... ((DOVE release 00:26:01 "John we let you go")) Channel 3 News Essex.

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A pilot managed to walk away from a crash this afternoon. Police say Leonard Wing had just landed his Single Engine Piper Cub at the Morrisville-Stow airport -- when a big wind shift caused him to lose control - and the plane flipped over. The 68 year old was not hurt. Police say he's been a pilot for 50 years.

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Rose Spillman will have more on the story tonight - on the Channel 3 News at 11.

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Temperatures did make it into the 60s this afternoon, but there is another shot of cold air heading our way! A weak cold front will drop down out of Canada Friday. There will be the chance for a few passing showers but the cold air behind it will be more noticable! If you have some young plants in your garden, you will want to cover them up before you go to bed Friday night. Lows will reach the low 30s with some of the colder outlying areas dropping into the 20s. Saturday, after a chilly start the sunshine will boost our temperatures into the upper 50s and low 60s. Still chilly for this time of year. But then our temperatures will continue to moderate with upper 60s and low 70s on Sunday, and Monday. A frontal system will be approaching by the end of our holiday weekend, with the chance for a few showers by late in the day. That warm front will lift northward, allowing some warmer more humid air to return to the North Country.

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Summer is right around the corner and the American Red Cross says it comes with a dip in blood and platelet donors. Tonight Keith McGilvery kicks off our series "100 Days of Summer" looking at blood donation issues. He is live at the Red Cross donor center in Burlington for us tonight. It's been a busy afternoon for donors -- folks here say they're focused on making suring things stay that way as summer approaches.

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76-Year-old Dick Paquette-- is in the egg business at Shadow Cross Farms 6 days a week. ((Dick Paquette, Shadow Cross Farm :29 "I think what I love the most is the people, just the customers, being on the road and meeting different people, I enjoy that.)) While the family business that first opened its doors in 1940 keeps him pretty busy -- The Colchester dad still finds time to donate blood and platelets regularly -- something he's done for more than 50 years. ((Dick Paquette, Shadow Cross Farm 02:17 "One of my youngest sisters was running on the back porch with a canning jar and fell and cut the artery in her hand and was bleeding very badly and so my parents took her to the hospital and she had to have three pints of blood transfusion.)) It's a childhood memory that's led Paquette to pick up accolades for more than 60 gallons of donations at the Red Cross donor center in Burlington. ((Dick Paquette, Shadow Cross Farm 02:41 "I can remember the trauma my mom went through trying to find somebody with the same blood type to donate.)) But the Red Cross says come summer 20-percent fewer people across our region are rolling up their sleeves like Paquette to donate as outdoor activities, and vacations compete for peoples' time. ((Mario Lopez, Red Cross, 03:32 "Typically in the summer we see a dip in the number of appointments that are being booked, the number of people that are presenting out on the community blood drives that occur at your churches, your VFW's, places like that and even at the donor center here in Burlington.)) The team here at the donor center on North Prospect Street says collections in Northern New England still manage to bring in about 30-thousand units a year -- roughly 3-times what folks in our region need -- but that whatever doesn't go to our neighbors is shared with patients across the country. ((Mario Lopez, Red Cross, 01:51 Trauma, people generally need red blood cells, the need their irion, they need their clotting factors, someone who is undergoing treatment for cancer really needs platletts and plasma, burn victims need plasma.)) While Paquette doesn't get to meet the folks who benefit from his generosity -- he says he'll routinely gets postcards letting him know where the Red Cross put his donations to work -- and wants others to know that stepping up to help is not as hard as it may sound. ((Dick Paquette, Shadow Cross Farm 04:21 "It is very easy to do especially whole blood, it only takes less than an hour through the whole process, you feel good after.))

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If you want info on where and when you can donate. Visit WCAX.com.

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Demolition began today in Burlington -- to make way for a Champlain College housing project. Contractors are taking down the old Eagles Club building at the corner of Maple and St. Paul Streets. Champlain bought the property seven year ago -- with the goal of building a large housing project. Neighborhood residents stopped to watch as the corner starts its transformation.

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(( "I would ditch school when i was 8-yrs-old to see a building like this come down, so why not now that I am retired. I just have more time to enjoy it.")) The project will cover this lot and the adjacent city parking lot at the corner of St. Paul and King. It's expected to house about 300 students.

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A Colchester company is Vermont's 2015 business of the year. Champlain Cable makes custom wires and cables -- used in a variety of industries - from telecom to the military. The company was awarded the prestigious Deane C. Davis Award this morning -- at the Vermont Business Expo in South Burlington.

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(00:12:47:00) ((Dick Hall - Champlain Cable President and CEO This wouldn't be possible without their support and on behalf of the 250 - about 250 - employees of Champlain Cable, they're the ones who make this possible)) (00:13:55:00) ((Dick Hall - Champlain Cable President and CEO so on behalf of everybody I want to say thank you all very much, appreciate it)) More than 3-thousand people were expected at the Expo this year, with 110 exhibitors featuring their products.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin is joining other state and international leaders to take on climate change. The governor says it's the biggest challenge Vermonters face -- and points to three major storms in the state since he took office in 2010. The agreement calls for action to limit the increase in global average temperature rise to less than two degrees celsius. Many scientists say crossing that threshold would lead to substantial climate disruptions and species extinctions.

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(00:19:22:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont I just feel very strongly that in light of the fact that we're losing this battle, Vermotn has to join anyone who will join us in ensuring that we reduce our emissions)) California's Governor spear-headed today's agreement. It commits states who sign on to reduce emission levels to below 19-90 levels by 20-50... or to a total of less than two tons of greenhouse gases per person.

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No hunting with drones -- in New Hampshire. The granite state now bans it. The new rules also prohibit the use of rifles with computers -- that lock in a target, adjust for wind and animal movement, and automatically fire. Hunters are also are not allowed to locate wildlife -- using cameras that transmit real-time images to cell phones or computers.

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No fowl competitions at fairs in New York this year -- to keep the Avian Flu at bay. The Avian Flu has not reached the Northeast - but it's been detected in 20-states and is the largest outbreak in U-S history. More than 35 million birds have died or been euthanized. In Vermont, agriculture officials are not planning a ban. Instead, they say they're providing bio-security information to those involved in bird swaps at fairs -- and will re-evaluate that decision should positive cases end up in the Atlantic flyway or in New England.

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A trapped loon -- was rescued from a pond -- by a good samaritan. Carla Skinder says the bird was unable to fly out of the marshy area -- next to the post office in Cornish. So, she got help from a loon specialist. They used a canoe -- and a net -- to capture the bird. It was brought to a vet -- then an animal rehabilitator -- who helped hydrate the bird -- so it could be released back into a pond -- north of Cornish.

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Good news for the Sweet Pond in Guilford. Lawmakers passed a bill that includes nearly half-a-million dollars to rehab a dam that would refill the pond. Sweet Pond was a popular recreation spot before it was drained in 2011 due to safety concerns about the dam.

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Temperatures did make it into the 60s this afternoon, but there is another shot of cold air heading our way! A weak cold front will drop down out of Canada Friday. There will be the chance for a few passing showers but the cold air behind it will be more noticable! If you have some young plants in your garden, you will want to cover them up before you go to bed Friday night. Lows will reach the low 30s with some of the colder outlying areas dropping into the 20s. Saturday, after a chilly start the sunshine will boost our temperatures into the upper 50s and low 60s. Still chilly for this time of year. But then our temperatures will continue to moderate with upper 60s and low 70s on Sunday, and Monday. A frontal system will be approaching by the end of our holiday weekend, with the chance for a few showers by late in the day. That warm front will lift northward, allowing some warmer more humid air to return to the North Country. Through the middle of the week we'll see some sun and a few clouds building up and there will be the chance for some showers and thunderstorms as well. Summer is right around the corner!

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Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 35/45 Winds: Light Friday: Partly sunny. Chance of a passing shower. Highs 55/62 Winds: W 5-10 mph Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Cold. Chance of a mountain rain or snow shower. Lows: 25/35 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 55/62 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday Night: Lows 43/50 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 65/72 Lows 50s Monday: Partly sunny. Chance of showers, late. Highs 65/72 Lows 50s Tuesday: Showers likely. Highs 70s lows 55/65 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance of showers/Tstorms. Highs 75/85 Lows 55/65 Thursday: Partly sunny. Chance of showers/Tstorms. Highs 75/85

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A New Hampshire woman celebrated a milestone birthday earlier this week. What made it even more special, is that she got to share the spotlight with her sister. Eliza Larson reports.

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(NATS) Eva Morin says she's still giddy from the surprise. (TC 08:29:29:24 Title 0826)((Eva Morin/101st Birthday: "it was exciting. Yeah." 08:29:31:10)) On Tuesday -- Morin -- surrounded by family -- celebrated her 1 hundred and first birthday. But she wasn't the only one blowing out the candles. Her twin sister -- Ruth -- was there too. (NATS) Morin says they're lucky. She couldn't say what their secret was -- but she did say she walked a lot in her younger years. (TC 08:27:18:04 Title 0826)((Eva Morin/101st Birthday: "the first part of our lives, about nine years, we lived on a farm. And that was a blast. I mean, there were five of us and we had a lot of fun. And roaming the fields. And bringing the cows in." 08:27:33:11)) We caught up with Morin at her apartment the next day. Ruth returned home to Massachusetts after the celebration. Morin says the two have remained close throughout the years. (TC 08:40:00:17 Title 0840)((Eva Morin/101st Birthday: "when she left I said to her -- ok old lady, stand up so I could give you a hug." 08:40:07:19)) Eva said she's been blessed with lots of family. She has two children -- grandchildren, great grandchildren, and now six great great grandchildren. (TC 08:35:04:28 Title 0826)((Eva Morin/101st Birthday: "it goes on and on." 08:35:05:29)) Eliza Larson. Channel 3 News. Keene, N.H.

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Morin and her sister were born in Massachusetts -- but she has lived in New Hampshire for many years.

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Police say blood -- helped them track the burglar who broke into a South Burlington business. The Lefties Only Golf Shop was burglarized last May -- and today 29 year old Kevin Larose of St. Albans pleaded not guilty to burglary -- unlawful trespass -- and unlawful mischief. Investigators say they found a drop of blood under a broken window inside the business. They sent it to the Vermont Forensic Laboratory -- which matched the DNA to Larose. He was released on conditions.

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A Burlington man faces drug and gun charges. After a two month investigation -- police arrested 20 year old Reid Poosikian. They say he had heroin on him. And when they searched his apartment at Orchard Terrace -- they found a stolen gun. He's being held on 25 thousand dollars bail.

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Construction of a new Kohls Department Store near the Berlin Mall still needs environmental permits. The proposed 56-thousand square-foot store would stand alone -- opposite the 802 Toyota dealership. Developers hoped to break ground this spring, but say they are still awaiting permits. Issues over traffic congestion at the intersection of Route 62 -- means more revisions and threaten to delay construction.

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(00:11:15 Chuck Storrows/Berlin Mall The issue is that the fact that Kohls has a protocol where they open stores either in the spring -- in a targeted two week period -- or in the fall. So if we're not able to meet our timeline for opening in the spring then the timeline will be postponed ill the fall.)) If all goes as planned --developers expected to open the 4-million project in the spring of next year.

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Dartmouth College in Hanover is getting a big gift -- $21-million dollars. Alumnus Bob King -- and his wife, Dottie, say the gift will create the King Scholar Leadership Program -- to help bring students from developing nations to the Ivy League school in New Hampshire. The money will help exceptional students from Latin America, Africa and Asia -- who want to eradicate poverty and foster opportunity in their home countries. That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ....when you are hovering around .500 like the Boston Red Sox, it's a sign your team is struggling with consistency. Over the first month and a half of the season, Boston's pitching staff was the worst in baseball... but it's bats kept the team afloat. Over the past week, Sox pitchers have allowed an average of less than two runs a game, but the bats have gone silent. In fact, in Boston's last fifteen games,the club has scored two runs or less ten times. Both those trends continuing last night against the Rangers at Fenway...new bruins GM Don Sweeny throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. --- A solid outing for Boston's Joe Kelly A mistake here in the third however as Robinson Chirinos takes him deep to left into the monsters seats. It gives Texas a 2-0 lead...the only two runs Kelly allows over seven innings... --- Boston gets one back in the bottom of the fifth, Xander Bogaerts with a shot to left. That one is over the wall. It's 2-1 Texas. --- Same score Bottom of the ninth, Boston gets 2 on, but Hanley Ramierez grounds out to second to end it. for the second straight night, the Red Sox leave 12 runners on base and they fall 2-1. The rubber match of the three game series is tonight...Clay Buchholz getting the start for Boston.

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the slumping Yankees closing out a two games series against the Washington Nationals in D-C... --- top of the first, New York gets on the board ...Carlos Beltran goes deep to right center ...it's an RBI double ...he'd later score on a sac fly for a quick 2-0 lead... --- Washington would pull even thanks to a pair of solo home runs...by Ian Desmond in the first, then former Vermont Lake Monster Tyler Moore goes long in the fourth with his third homer of the season to tie things at two... --- same score in the seventh...Washington's Denard Span hits one to shallow left that drops in Wilson Ramos scores giving the Nats a 3-2 lead. --- bottom nine...Yanks with the tying run on base...but Alex Rodriguez strikes out to end it. Washington wins 3-2. The Bombers have dropped 7 of 8. New York is off tonight.

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With their losing streak, the Yankees have dropped into a tie with Tampa atop the A-L East, and despite being two games under .500, Boston is in third, just two and a half games off the pace.

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When babies are sound asleep, it's music to any parent's ears..... but at one children's hospital -- it's a certain sound that's helping newborns get out of the intensive care unit. Hannah anderson reports.

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THE SOFT SOUNDS OF A LULLABY... (TAKE SOT) "NATS of muffin man" ((TAKE VO)) TRICKLE OUT OF BABY JACE'S CRIB... (TAKE SOT) "NATS" ((TAKE VO)) AND THE REASON BABY JACE HEARS THAT THE MUFFIN MAN LIVES DOWN DRURY LANE... IS BECAUSE BABY JACE IS PROPERLY SUCKING THE PACIFIER. (TAKE SOT) "so if they want to hear the music, they keep sucking on the pacifier. " ((TAKE VO)) PARENTS BRIAN AND ANDREA JEWETT HAVE TWO BABIES IN THE NEO-NATLE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT AT MINISTRY SAINT JOSEPH'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL... ((TAKE VO)) THE JEWETT TWINS WERE BORN ON APRIL 17, HOWEVER THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO EAT ON THEIR OWN. (TAKE SOT) " they were doing ok but they weren't growing the way that they should have." ((TAKE VO)) IT'S BEEN TWO WEEKS IN THE NIC-U. (TAKE SOT) PARENTS SUPER " this one has an NG tube out, they took it out today he's been doing a lot better with his feedings that's all they need to get down is the eating." ((TAKE VO)) LOCATION SUPER BABY JACE IS 3 POUNDS 15 OUNCES AND OAKLEY IS JUST 4 POUNDS 9 OUNCES... (TAKE SOT) "until we started, they got one bottle feeding a day and the rest was all through the NG." ((TAKE VO)) THEN THE JEWETTS TRIED SOMETHING NEW... THE PACIFIER ACTIVATED LULLABY DEVICE... . (TAKE SOT) "he drank his whole bottle less than 10 minutes after we did the musical pacifier on him." ((TAKE VO)) THE DEVICE TRAINS BABIES HOW TO EAT THROUGH MUSIC THERAPY. (TAKE SOT) "it's a very important skill for those babies to learn ." ((TAKE VO)) CAROLANN FRANKE IS A BOARD CERTIFIED MUSIC THERAPIST AT MINISTRY SAINT JOSEPH'S. FRANKE SAYS BABIES NEED TO BE ABLE TO EAT ON THEIR OWN BEFORE THEY CAN GO HOME. (TAKE SOT) "sometimes that's one of the only thing they need to learn before going home, so having that coordination is important for them." ((TAKE VO)) LOCATION SUPER FRANKE SAYS THE DEVICE TEACHES THE BABY PROPER FEEDING TECHNIQUES. THE JEWETTS FINALLY GET TO LEAVE THE NICU AFTER TWO WEEKS. Nats.

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Parents can also record a song for the lullaby for families to play if they want to get more involved.

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Vermont tops the nation when it comes to health of its senior citizens. That's according to a report by the United Health Foundation. It looked at behaviors, community & environment, policy, clinical care, and outcomes. Vermont's strengths include low intensive care unit use and ready availability of home-delivered meals. New Hampshire was ranked second healthiest for seniors. That's health watch.

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Memorial Day weekend is an important one for gardeners! It is, it's time to plant! The general rule of thumb is that it's safe to plant Memorial Day weekend to avoid a frost, but this year, you probably want to wait until after Friday night! When you do plant, Garden Expert Charlie Nardozzi has some ideas on how to get the most out of your garden space.

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Runs :55 CG :07-:13 Charlie Nardozzi CG :36-:40 Bob photo credit Alright! We're planting! Yay! Yes! It's tomato planting season, now right up until June, and a lot of times you don't have a lot of space for other things if you have big tomato plants. Right. That's why there is a technique called inter cropping. Because they aren't all that big yet. No, they're not big yet and there's a lot of space in between so let me show you how to plant these. So inter cropping is planting quick maturing crops in between other plants that take up a lot of space but are slow to mature. Weeds are going to want to grow there, so you may as well put something you want to eat in there. Exactly. So things like radishes and mescaline greens and lettuce are great crops to put in here, all you do is just create a little bed and I just broadcast the seeds I don't necessarily create rows. Just sprinkle the seed all through here and then just take a little of that soil and cover it over the top, pat it down, keep it nice and moist and then it will grow up and you'll get a whole harvest in about a month and by then, these tomatoes will be big enough to shade the area and you'll never have to weed. Nice!

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She cuts hair and cares a lot. Tonight's super senior helps people look and feel the best. Here's Joe Carroll.

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Spring is a time of renewal. It's also time for Carol Paddock to get her hair - refreshed. (00:00:52:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, She comes every week at the same time.)) Every Tuesday at 10:30 Carol arrives at Gert's Beauty Shop in Underhill to be coiffed and curled. (00:02:04:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, OK, come on over Carol. Yup, we're all set to go )) Gert Hunt has owned the business for almost 60 years. (00:03:14:00) ((Nat sot, the squeaky sound of chair)) (00:03:24:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, OK, here we go. )) The 91 year old has been coming to Gert's place for a short time, but it's the highlight of her week. (00:04:09:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, Well we have to get you beautiful for the week! )) (00:03:51:00) (( Joe: you look forward to getting your hair done? Carol: Of course! Joe: Why so? Carol: Cause I don't have to do it! )) It's a delight for Carol, but that's not the only treat she will get today. (00:06:36:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, Each week, she orders a different pie. )) (00:41:10:00) ((nat sot, picking up the pie.)) A take home pie for Carol. (00:41:17:00) ((Nat sot, Treat time! )) And an apple pie for us. (00:41:36:00) ((Gert to Carol, We're not going to cut into yours. )) (00:42:37:00) (( Carol: We will celebrate together. Joe: We will celebrate together.)) Gert's pie making career began with an entry at the fair. She won grand prize. It took off from there. (00:46:36:00) (( Joe: I could eat the whole pie. Gert: Could you? That's a compliment! )) (00:49:36:00) ((Carol Paddock/Customer, you're making me laugh. )) (00:47:15:00) (( Joe: An apple pie a day, keeps the doctor away? Gert: Um hum. )) The 77-year-old has made thousands of pies through the years. For holidays, festivals and even weddings. She has a rack at the beauty salon for people who buy her delicious deserts, but hair styling pays the bills. (00:26:25:00) (( Joe: You know, they say bartenders know a lot about people, you probably know a lot about people too. Gert: Oh yeah, you share a lot of things, yeah, you really do, you see people through a lot, a lot of good times, a lot of hard times. )) Gert has also experienced the good time and hard times. First the good. (00:29:17:00) (( Joe: how did you two meet? Gert: he came in here for a haircut. At the time, I thought, I don't think he liked it, I won't see him again. )) But he did return. His name was Ruben Canepa. The native of Mexico took a shine to Gert. Ruben said.... (00:29:38:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, I wish my hair would grow faster so I could come here more often. )) They dated and married, it was her first time walking down the aisle and she was 60. But the marriage had a challenge. Ruben developed throat and tongue cancer. (00:28:15:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, People kept telling me you can't do it, you can't take care of him, I said I can do anything I put my mind to. )) Gert even brought Ruben to the salon, in a way it was a respite. When he died they were only married for 6 years. (00:37:46:00) ((Gert Hunt/Super Senior, I was very sad, yes. But it's all an acceptance, you accept what is and you go on with your life. )) Gert doesn't take any day for granted. And at the shop it's piece of pie and a permanent. (00:53:29:00) (( Gert: Feels good too huh. )) A fulfilling day (00:53:46:00) (( Carol: Thank you. Gert: You're welcome.)) (00:54:02:00) (( Gert: Wow! Thumbs up! )) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Underhill.

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Another big gig -- for Vermont rocker Grace Potter. ((opening for the stones baby -- whoooo! :07)) That's right -- Potter will be opening for the Rolling Stones in Minneapolis and Dallas on June 3rd and 6th. As you can tell -- Grace is pumped -- and on her facebook page she says it's another dream checked off her bucket list.

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The Middlebury men's tennis team lost to the top ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps , 5-0 in the NCAA Division Three National championship match yesterday in Ohio. The third-ranked Panthers were in search of a third national title and first since 2010. Middlebury finishes the season at 22-4, tied for the second-most wins in program history.

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That leaves one local college team left standing and it is the Middlebury women's lacrosse team which will play in the NCAA National Semifinals Saturday in Philadelphia. The sixth ranked Panthers are joined by the top three teams in the nation in the Final Four. Middlebury takes on second ranked Cortland State in the semis...then would meet either third ranked Franklin and Marshall or NESCAC rival and top ranked Trinity in the national title game. All three are familiar opponents for the Panthers. Middlebury played both Cortland and Franklin & Marshall last season. They fell to Cortland, this year's SUNYAC champs who beat Castleton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and beat Franklin & Marshall. And, of course, the Panthers and Bantams have meet 35 times. Middlebury leads the overall series, but Trinity has won the last nine meetings. None of the outcomes of those meetings will have any direct impact on the results this weekend, but the Panthers feel the experience garnered by playing top teams over the years, could play a big role in their bid for a national title.

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((TRT: 38 ... OC: FOR SURE)) ((Foote/"It's really interesting that we play both Franklin and Marshall and Cortland last season, we didn't get either of them on our schedule this season. We did have some great out of season opponents, plus our NESCAC opponents are so strong, so I think that's all a big confidence booster for us so we have played really well in some big games."))) ((Ritter/"It really helps us. Being in the NESCAC, especially when it comes to post season is really helpful. Every game we've had this season is going to be a battle, it's going to be a good game. Every team brings it, so having that mentality and attitude really helps us and it's going to help us this weekend for sure.")))

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The group leading the bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston is shaking up its management. Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca is taking over the bid committee, replacing construction magnate John Fish. The bid committee is facing political pressure to produce an updated plan for building and running the Games. The move comes amid signals from the US Olympic Committee that Boston must build more public support in order to keep alive its bid to bring the Summer Games back to the United States for the first time since 1996.

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There is even more legal trouble for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. In a New Bedford, Massachusetts courtroom today, Hernandez pleaded not guilty to witness intimidation. He is accused of trying to silence a witness in a double murder case by shooting the man in the face. Authorities say Hernandez shot friend Alexander Bradley in 2013 in Florida a night after Bradley made a remark about the 2012 double slaying in Boston. Hernandez is accused of fatally shooting two men in a car on a Boston street over a spilled drink in a bar. Bradley lost an eye in the shooting and is suing Hernandez in Florida over it. Hernandez was convicted last month in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd and was sentenced to life in prison.

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In a wild, back and forth game three of the NHL's Eastern Conference Finals, Tampa Bay got a goal from Nikita Kucherov with three and a half minutes left in the first overtime to give the Lightning a 6-5 win over the New York Rangers last night in Tampa and take a 2-1 series lead. If the Rangers are going to get back in this series and ultimately win it, they have to figure out some way of slowing down the Lightning's quick paced offense. Tampa has scored twelve goals in the past two games against New York and their star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist struggled against the Lightning in the regular season as well, allowing 14 goals in three games, all New York losses. Game Four of the East finals is tomorrow night in Tampa. This evening, it's Game Three of the Western Conference Finals... Chicago hosting Anaheim. That series is tied at one.

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LeBron James scored 31 points, hauled in eight rebounds and dished out six assists, but it was a red hot shooting night from J-R Smith that was the difference as the Cleveland Cavaliers stole home court advantage in the NBA's Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 97-89 win in Game One last night over the Hawks in Atlanta. Smith scored 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting, including hitting eight of twelve three pointers. Atlanta suffered another loss when standout forward DeMarre Carroll went down with a knee injury late in the fourth quarter. He's been diagnosed with a sprained left knee. His status for tomorrow's Game Two is unknown. Tonight, it's Game Two of the West Finals. Golden State hosting Houston with the Warriors holding a 1-0 series lead. Rockets center Dwight Howard will be a game time decision to play after spraining his knee in that series opening loss Tuesday night.

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Tonight's Throwback thursday credit roll takes us back to the 70s. We leave you with video of Motocross racing in Plattsburgh. Enjoy -- have a good night. Good night.


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