Thu 19-JAN-2017 6 P.M. News Script

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Vermont -- welcoming Syrians fleeing war. Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron.The first Syrian refugee family arrived in Rutland last night -- And today we found out -- and the second family is on its way... set to arrive at any time. Cat Viglienzoni joins us with what we've learned today. Darren and Kristin, we were not able to speak with Rutland's newest residents. But a spokeswoman for the U-S Committee for Refugees and Immigrants told us the family is staying with a temporary host family for a few days -- before they move into their own apartment. Rutland's mayor says -- he was given a couple hours' notice -- to meet them last night.

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((SOT Chris Louras/Rutland Mayor: "I think we will continue to see this family integrate seamlessly into our community the way my grandparents did from Greece.")) Rutland Mayor Chris Louras was hopeful Thursday -- as he described his meeting with the first Syrian refugee family ... who now calls his city home. ((Chris Louras/Rutland Mayor: "The mom has a degree in French literature. She speaks French fluently and she writes children books. The father - he has some rudimentary English language skills. He is insisting on using those skills. He wanted to speak to me about the snow.")) The snow was just melting from the ground last April when the mayor made headlines -- announcing suddenly that Rutland would become a refugee resettlement community -- welcoming Syrian families fleeing years of brutal civil war. ((FROM REFUGEES6 PKG 4-27-16)) ((SOT Louras 001928 There is no burden on the taxpayers of the city of Rutland 32)) In an emergency meeting with lawmakers -- Mayor Louras promised that the city's taxpayers would be physically -- and financially -- safe. ((FROM REFUGEES6 PKG 1-19-17)) ((Madeline Denis/Assoc. Dir. Rutland County-Parent Child center: "I'm most concerned about the language barrier.")) But just this week -- we spoke with a child care center -- told to hire an interpreter. They say -- they can't afford it. And last September -- the city's treasurer claimed taxes would go up -- because of the refugees... something the mayor adamantly denies. ((FROM REFUGEES11 5-3-16)) ((Kelly Cross//Rutland, VT 58:02-58:06 "i'm here because the way the mayor did this was underhanded and conniving.")) ((Marsha Cassel 19:47-19:52 "how can we ignore the moral imperative to care about these people?")) The decision divided Rutland residents. But now that the families are here -- the mayor asks skeptics -- to give them a chance. ((SOT Chris Louras/Rutland Mayor: "for those individuals in the community who still have a healthy skepticism - I think they recognize that in order to integrate our neighbors into the community we need to be welcoming."))

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Louras was unable to tell us how many individuals arrived but said the family was a 'complete unit.' The second family is expected to arrive today. The refugee resettlement group tells us that they expect two to three families will arrive each month -- until September. All told -- it's expected to be about 100 people.

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Who killed an elderly woman in Arlington? And are police any closer to catching them? People living there want to know. And tonight -- they get to ask. Taylor Young is at a community meeting tonight. Taylor, what are we expecting? Darren the meeting is set to start at 6:30 --we spoke with a neighbor who is going and just wants answers.

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PKG (00:55:54:00) ((Howard Cross/East Arlington:" I think really for a lot of the folks around here, just not knowing anything is just really scary.")) Howard Cross has lived in East Arlington for 6 years and says he never expected his quiet town to be rocked by a violent death. 2 weeks ago 81 year old Helen Jones was was killed in her home. Police say she was stabbed to death. A week later -- Investigators in Haz Mat suits -- searched a house on East Arlington Road -- about a mile from the scene of the homicide. Police tell us a bug infestation was the reason for the suits but called the search a criminal investigation. Now -- a week after that search -- and still no arrests -- the community wants answers. ((Howard Cross/East Arlington:"I'm hoping to hear more than they can probably tell. That there's some sort of movement. I think anything that's suggested to us that they have any leads or whatever it may be or even that they haven't found out anything. Just being able to tell us that we are active.")) :19

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The meeting is expected to start at in about 20-- we will have the outcome of that meeting at 11

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A frightening ride on Interstate 91 today -- When 2 tractor trailers crashed in Westminster -- and one went off the overpass and landed below -- on Route 121. These photos from the Brattleboro Reformer show the results. Police say it was icy when one driver lost control and went off the road - but one of its trailers remained on the highway -- and was hit by the other tractor-trailer. It took crews several hours to reopen the northbound lane of 91 -- and clean up a fuel spill. No one was hurt.

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Dan Dowling is here with a first check on the weather. A real cloudy day today. (wx script) ((radsat)) Still stuck under clouds. We will see areas of light freezing drizzle and patchy frozen fog out there tonight which could make roads slick. ((temps)) Temperatures continue to run above normal. Will likely remain in the upper 30s to near 40 into early next week.

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Dezirae Sheldon's death -- revealed problems at DCF. Now -- A big settlement for the biological father of the little girl who died while in state care. Willis Sheldon will get a half million dollar payout -- three years after his daughter's alleged murder. Eva McKend is in the newsroom to explain why the state settled the case. Kristin and Darren -- Authorities say 2-year-old Dezirae Sheldon -- was killed by her step-father, Dennis Duby. And when she was an infant -- the little girl's mother, Sandra Eastman -- was convicted of child cruelty. There was a delay in getting medical care for Dezirae's broken legs. After that, the Vermont Department for Children and Families placed her in state custody -- but later returned Dezirae to their home -- without determining who had broken her legs. Dezirae died in February 2014 when prosecutors say Duby crushed her skull. Dezirae's biological father -- Willis Sheldon sued the state for failing to protect his daughter. His lawyers say they showed that the state had policies in place that could have protected Dezirae -- IF they had been followed.

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((0001111 Sharon Gentry/Willis Sheldon's Attorney - On the Phone: I think he wanted dcf to learn it needed to follow its own policies. 000113 and by not doing so it could cause immense harm to children.)) (( 5:18 Sharon Gentry/Willis Sheldon's Attorney - On the Phone: there were numerous opportunities for those checks and balances for different sets of eyes to be on this case and we believe had those eyes been on it - a very different outcome would have been reached. )) Willis Sheldon's lawyers say the Vermont dad used 250-thousand dollars of the settlement to create a trust for Dezirae's half-sister. Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan told us this evening that "the state hopes the settlement allows the family to close this chapter - and allows DCF to focus on its core mission which is to protect children." Dennis Duby remains in prison awaiting trial. He has pleaded not guilty to murder.

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The Vermont prosecutor who disarmed an alleged murderer -- is no longer carrying a gun to work. Back in 20-15 State's Attorney Scott Williams grabbed a rifle away from Jody Herring -- the woman accused of murdering social worker Lara Sobel outside a state office building. Williams was carrying a gun to work -- but says he isn't anymore. Williams learned the gun made some courthouse workers feel uncomfortable -- so he stopped.

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The man accused of killing a horse is now wanted by police -- but not for shooting the animal. A judge believes 21-year-old Quinton Clayton of East Montpelier didn't complete substance abuse treatment. Clayton pleaded not guilty to using a stolen bow and arrow to shoot and kill a quarter horse named Bunny. Another man -- Christopher Goslant -- pleaded not guilty last week to helping kill the horse.

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A bad batch of drugs -- prompts a warning from police. They're investigating two fatal overdoses in the Clinton County area. They say, the circumstances are unusual -- and there's the possibility that very strong -- already dangerous opiates -- are being laced with other substances.

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A Rite Aid employee faces criminal charges after police say she stole prescription drugs from the store she worked at. Investigators say Bernadette Lourie -- took 750 tablets of the painkiller Tramadol from the pharmacy in Enoburgh over several months. The Richmond woman is due in court in March.

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Who took tools form a hardware store? Police say a couple went to the Ace Hardware in Jericho and stole tools. If you recognize them -- you're asked to call Vermont State Police.

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Two major snowmobile makers have issued recalls. Yamaha says its snowmobiles with after market turbo chargers can over-boost -- causing severe engine damage leading to crashes and fire hazards. Arctic Cat says the fuel tanks on its sleds can crack -- and fuel can leak into the engine. Also a fire hazard. You can find links to the recalls -- on our website -- wcax.com

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You likely know his face. Well, maybe not in this clip. ((Alex nats 4 sec)) Yep, believe it or not that's Alex Apple! He took a break from Channel 3 News -- to film a show called "Stranded With a Million Dollars" He was one of ten strangers dropped on an island in Fiji with nothing except the clothing on their backs. So, here's what the show is about -- a million bucks is dropped on the island too --- and the contestants can use that money to survive for 40 days -- but the more they spend -- the less the winners take home at the end. It debuts on February 21 -- on MTV.

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A gun bill in New Hampshire clears a major hurdle. The bill makes it easier for Granite Staters to carry a concealed weapon -- repealing the need to have a permit or license for one. The bill passed the senate today -- it's expected to pass the house -- and be signed into law by the new republican governor -- Chris Sununu.

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Vermont's state budget is nearly 30-million dollars in the red. And our political reporter Kyle Midura tells us... lawmakers don't have long to fix it. He's live in our newsroom. Kyle. most aspects of the budget is over-performing expectations -- but not nearly enough to compensate for the massive fall-off in tax revenue from big business.

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In recent years, it kept the state budget in the black, but this year it's dragging state finances into the red. (00:31:58:00) ((Jeff Carr we had a really good run in corporate tax, and now, that run appears to be over)) That leaves the state 28 million dollars over budget with less than six months to manage or cut funds. Budget writers had already planned on lower returns this year, but not the newly projected drop of 34 percent -- or about 40 million dollars. The state economists say there are two factors in play. (00:27:45:00) ((Tom Kavet - is due to corporate tax changes that have to do both what happened cyclically and then individual circumstances that affect specific firms)) In english, part of the problem may be a good thing. Businesses are performing well enough to hire more people and give raises -- which comes out of companies' bottom lines. The other element is that the tax is simply prone to big swings -- and states all across the country are watching revenues fall. New York's fund is down more than 150 percent. Downturns in corporate cash always come before recessions -- but recessions don't always follow. (00:19:57:00) ((Jeff Carr - Vt State Economist The upturn is getting a little long in the tooth)) The state economists say continuous economic growth has lasted longer than only a couple of other historical instances. But they don't see the slow but steady climb of the Vermont economy peaking quite yet. (00:19:24:00) ((Jeff Carr - Vermont State Economist Longevity, particularly when you're on the upside of a cycle, has its virtues. And, that's been a good thing. We don't see any of the normal precursors of a downturn any time in the near term))

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Lawmakers have some ideas where to find cash but it's not clear yet if the preferred options will be realistic. This news also puts more pressure on Gov. Phil Scott's pledge not to raise taxes or fees.. Exactly how he plans to compensate should be clearer after his budget address Tuesday. Kyle - We've been hearing about funding gaps of about 70 million dollars -- we're talking about two different budgets here. That's right, this budget pinch of 28 million dollars is for the current fiscal year which ends June 30th. The 70 million dollar gap is for the following year which begins on July first, and will be the subject of much debate the rest of this winter and spring. This latest revelation will only compound that problem.

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Governor Phil Scott has picked a new State's Attorney for Chittenden County. Late this afternoon, he announced that Sarah George will fill the position -- left by Attorney General TJ Donovan. George has been a Deputy State's Attorney since 2011. The governor says she was the right candidate because of her experience -- and her QUOTE "strong moral compass"

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President-elect Donald Trump is now in Washington where Inaugural festivities are well underway. Mister Trump will be sworn-in as the nation's 45th President tomorrow. Craig Boswell has more from Washington.

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(PKG) (CLAPPING) (TRACK 1) PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP LAID A WREATH AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWNS AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY ON THE EVE OF HIS INAUGURATION. EARLIER HE SPOKE AT A CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON ATTENDED BY MANY OF HIS ADMINISTRATION PICKS. (SOT Donald Trump- President-elect) We have by far the highest IQ of any cabinet (TRACK 2) AIDES SAY MISTER TRUMP IS STILL WORKING ON HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS BUT THE SPEECH WILL FOCUS ON THE ROLES OF GOVERNMENT AND EVERYDAY AMERICANS. (SOT Sean Spicer, Incoming White House Press Secretary) It's going to be a very personal and sincere statement about his vision for the country. BRIDGE: BARRICADES LIKE THESE ARE SET UP ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE WHERE THOUSANDS ARE EXPECTED TO WELCOME THE FIRST FAMILY TO THEIR NEW HOME BUT INAUGURATION OFFICIALS SAY THE CELEBRATION WILL BE SUBDUED. (TRACK 3) ALEX STROMAN IS WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL COMMITTEE. (SOT ALEX STROMAN, PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL COMMITTEE DEPUTY DIRECTOR) What you are seeing is a workman-like inaugural that is saying to get to work for the people while honoring traditions of the past and paying tribute to the peaceful transfer of power the hallmark of our democracy. (TRACK 4) PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP WILL TAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE USING A BIBLE GIVEN TO HIM BY HIS MOTHER AND A BIBLE THAT PRESIDENT LINCOLN USED AT HIS FIRST INAUGURATION. CRAIG BOSWELL, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.

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Channel 3 will be covering the inauguration throughout the day. You can watch the event live -- and we'll have comprehensive analysis throughout our broadcasts

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((currents)) Cloudy skies, but above normal again today. Temperatures are in the mid to upper 30s. ((highs today)) Mild across the region today. No bitter cold. Highs in the mid to upper 30s. ((temps graph)) More of the same in store for the weekend and most of next week. Highs will remain in the upper 30s. ((radsat)) Skies will remain cloudy tonight. Chance for some spotty drizzle or patchy fog. We might get a few breaks of sun later on Friday. ((forecast map)) Best bet for any sun will be Friday afternoon. Clouds return early on Saturday with generally mostly cloudy skies on the way. Maybe a few spotty showers Saturday morning, but otherwise reasonably quiet weather ahead into Monday. Messy storm moving in late Monday and into mid week.

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Tonight: Cloudy skies. Patchy freezing fog or drizzle. Low 18/25. Wind light. Friday: Morning clouds. Becoming partly sunny. High 35/42. Wind S 5-15 mph. Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 25/32. Wind S 5-10 mph. Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of morning showers or freezing drizzle. High 35/42. Wind light. Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High 35/42. Low 15/22. Monday: Mostly cloudy. Rain/snow showers developing. High 33/40. Low 30s. Tuesday: Cloudy skies. Rain showers likely. High 35/42. Low 25/32. Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain or snow showers. High 35/45. Low 20s. Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High 35/45.

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A recovery effort is underway in Italy -- where an avalanche has buried a luxury hotel. Authorities say more than two-dozen people, including children, are still missing. Teri Okita reports.

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PKG.) (nats - helicopter) (TRACK 1) AS HELICOPTERS SHUTTLED RESCUERS TO THE SCENE, IT WAS DIFFICULT TO SPOT THE FOUR-STAR HOTEL ... LET ALONE ANY SIGNS OF LIFE. EMERGENCY VEHICLES ENROUTE TO THE AREA WERE BACKED UP FOR MILES EARLY THURSDAY. CREWS WITH PLOWS STRUGGLED TO CARVE A PATH THROUGH THE DEEP SNOW THAT REACHED AS HIGH AS SIX FEET. (nats of civil defense spokesman in italian) (TRACK 2) THE HEAD OF ITALY'S CIVIL PROTECTION CONFIRMED CREWS WERE HAVING DIFFICULTY GETTING IN AND DESCRIBED IT AS AN EXTREMELY CRITICAL SITUATION. (nats of rescuers) (TRACK 3) ALPINE TEAMS ON SKIS WERE FIRST TO REACH "HOTEL RIGOPIANO" IN THE PRE-DAWN HOURS ... AFTER TWO SURVIVORS MANAGED TO CALL FOR HELP. INSIDE THE THREE-STORY BUILDING, THEY FOUND A SCENE OF UTTER DESTRUCTION ... WITH HUGE PILES OF DEBRIS … AND SNOW COVERING THE CORRIDORS. THE ROOF COLLAPSED TO THE GROUND FLOOR FROM THE WEIGHT OF THE SNOW. (TRACK 4) RESCUE WORKERS RECEIVED A TEXT MESSAGE FROM SOMEONE BELIEVED TO BE TRAPPED INSIDE THAT READ: "HELP, WE'RE DYING OF THE COLD". NOW, CRITICISM IS MOUNTING OVER THE TIME IT TOOK FOR AUTHORITIES TO MOBILIZE EMERGENCY CREWS. THE HOTEL SITS IN THE ABRUZZO REGION OF CENTRAL ITALY ... WHICH IS POPULAR WITH TOURISTS. FOUR STRONG EARTHQUAKES AND MULTIPLE AFTERSHOCKS ROCKED THE AREA WEDNESDAY, AS RECORD SNOWFALL SWEPT THROUGH . TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, LONDON.

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Two more Trump administration cabinet picks head to Capitol Hill for Senate confirmation hearings. Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin faced tough questions from Senators. Mnuchin was grilled over his management of off-shore accounts to help people avoid paying taxes. And while Rick Perry acknowledged climate change is real -- he says he's cautious about how to handle it.

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President George H-W Bush is getting better. The 92-year-old is in intensive care battling pneumonia. He had a procedure done to help clear his airway. This is his 4th hospital stay in 5 years and he is suffering from a disease similar to Parkinson's that has limited his mobility. His wife Barbara -- is also in the hospital -- not feeling well.

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A young woman from Burlington is on a mission to teach the world about stuttering. Her efforts have her nominated for the "National Stuttering Association's Kid of the Year" Keith McGilvery is here with a look at her story. Madison Denton is just 12 years old and she's not letting her age or challenge slow her down. Madison has a stutter -- and she's working hard to educate people about stuttering. For two years she has been writing letters to the makers of the American Girl Dolls - hoping that one of their dolls could have a stutter like her. Thanks to her effort and those of others across the country it's happening. The company has unveiled "Gabby" -- a little girl who's an accomplished dancer -- a great poet and also happens to speak with a stutter. Madison joined us tonight on The :30.

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((27:04 KM - What is your advice? Madison - To do what you want to do, kind of like help people.)) ((23:03 Sara - She wants to eradicate the stigma that surrounds stuttering and she is always working and coming up with these very creative projects to work with the people she is getting speech services.)) Madison is a student at the Christ the King School in Burlington. She recently took home 3rd prize in the school's science fair. Her project looked at whether people treat individuals who stutter differently when they know about the stuttering. Madison will travel to Texas this summer as part of her nomination for the "National Stuttering Association's Kid of the Year." We wish her the best of luck.

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Starting Line Sports ...it's another doubleheader night in Cat Country for the Vermont men's and women's basketball teams. Both in action tonight, both taking on UMass-Lowell. The men are hosting Lowell in a 7pm tip off at Patrick Gym. The Hoopcats are flying...15-5 overall and winners of seven straight, Vermont is 5-0 in conference play following a 12 point win at UNH Monday and tonight is looking for the program's first 6-0 America East start since the 2004-05 season. The Cats have made it look pretty easy so far...thru those five games, Vermont leads the league in scoring offense and scoring defense...they have the highest field goal and three point shooting percentage and the lowest field goal percentage allowed, plus lead the league in blocked shots and their average margin of victory has been 16 points. If they do need a reminder of the potential pitfalls in conference play, they only have to look at tonight's opponent, Lowell, which stunned the Cats twice last season. However, this Vermont team has been playing with a purpose all season long and they seem to be aware that overconfidence could be just as big a challenge to them as they team they are facing tonight.

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((TRT: 38 ... OC: AND BEAT US)) ((Becker/ What we have to try to prevent is feeling too good about ourselves. We're off to a 5-0 start...winning is the best feeling you can have, but it can also make you lose your edge a little bit. My job and our leader's job is to make sure we don't loose the edge and the sense of urgency that we've been playing with.)) ((Bell-Haynes/ Obviously, we're confident in our own ability to play with any team in the league. But we can't be overconfident. We haven't played Stony Brook. We haven't played Albany. There are a lot of games left in conference and if we think too big of ourselves now, someone is going to come up and beat us.))

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If Vermont picks up the victory tonight, it will be the coach John Becker's 125th career win as head coach of the Catamounts, pulling him into a tie with his predecessor, Mike Lonergan, for third on the career wins list at UVM. John 'Fuzzy' Evans is second on that list with 260, Tom Brennan holds the top spot with 264 career victories. We'll have highlights and reaction at eleven and we'll have more on the UVM women's hoop team's visit to Lowell coming up.

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One of President-elect Trump's signature campaign promises was to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. He insists he'll still build that wall. But many wonder would it work. Chris Martinez reports.

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((Take PKG)) (Track 1) RAZOR WIRE LINED FENCING - SOME SECTIONS 18 FEET HIGH - STRETCHES ALONGTHE US/ MEXICO BORDER IN SAN DIEGO. BUT IT DOESN'T ALWAYS STOP PEOPLE FROM TRYING TO GET THROUGH. ((Nats - ride along with agent @ 5:44:01)) "Day or night… doesn't matter... " (Track 2) BORDER PATROL AGENT JAMES NIELSEN SHOWED US AREAS WHERE PEOPLE ATTEMPTED TO CROSS OVER - OR EVEN CUT THEIR WAY THROUGH... ((Agent James Nielsen/ US Border Patrol @ 5:52:49//5:51:50)) CM: "This is not something that's been tried once, they're doing this over and over again." JN: "Over and over again..and you can see the cuts here." (Track 3) THAT'S THE REALITY OF BORDER BARRIERS - - ACCORDING TO EXPERTS WHO QUESTION PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP'S PLAN…. (Donald Trump) "We're going to build a wall." (Track 4) SOME ESTIMATES SUGGEST A NEARLY 2,000 MILE-LONG WALL ALONG THE US/MEXICO BORDER COULD COST 25-BILLION DOLLARS. BUT MISTER TRUMP SAYS IT WOULD BE LESS THAN HALF THAT AMOUNT. ((Nats - Trump Presser)) "Mexico, in some form, will reimburse us. And they will reimburse us for the cost of the wall." (Track 5) IMMIGRATION PROFESSOR MANUEL PASTOR BELIEVES THE WALL WOULD DO LITTLE ON ITS OWN TO ENHANCE SECURITY. ((Professor Manuel Pastor/ USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration @ 3:52:20//3:52:26)) "You build a higher wall, somebody will build a higher ladder ...what you need on the border in order to ensure security is more border patrol agents, more drones, etc." (Track 6) EVEN MR TRUMP'S CABINET PICK FOR HOMELAND SECURITY AGREES... ((Gen. John Kelly Confirmation Hearing)) "A physical barrier in and of itself will not do the job, certainly it has to be a layered approach." (Track 7) AGENTS SAY MAN MADE BARRIERS *CAN* HELP SLOW DOWN ILLEGAL CROSSERS.. ((Agent James Nielsen/ US Border Patrol @ 6:06:37)) "So we have that time, to make the apprehension…" (Track 8) BUT THEY STRESS MORE MANPOWER IS WHAT'S REALLY NEEDED TO SECURER THE BORDER. CHRIS MARTINEZ, CBS NEWS, SAN DIEGO.

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History is what drives Don Whitney. Joe Carroll shows us how the super senior is preserving the past.

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(00:05:09:00) (( Joe: Have you lived anywhere else? Don: Not for more than a month probably.)) Don Whitney can tell you anything you want to know about Springfield. (00:41:49:00) ((Don Whitney/Super Senior, When you get to be 94, you've seen a lot of history. )) We're on a historic journey - Don's going to show some of his memories. The first stop is to the Spencer Hollow section of town to a one-room school house. (00:37:30:00) (( But this served from 1781 to 1926. )) Don is not only interested in documenting history- but preserving it. (00:40:23:00) (( Joe: Well let's go inside. Don: Ok.)) The school house needs work. Don has invested time and money to bring it back to its former glory. (00:40:58:00) ((Don: Vandals have broken all of the windows. )) Don and a crew have replaced many of the window panes. Plastering will come this summer. There is an issue - the lack of a modern bathroom. (00:45:00:00) ((Don, Actually it's a 3 holer, there are 2 covers that were down. )) Don never went to school here, but 3 of his siblings did. Part of the reason he working so hard to save it. (00:46:48:00) (( Joe: When did your ancestors arrive in Springfield? Don: In 1780. )) Next stop - the now defunct Fellows Gear Shaper Plant, some of it now occupied by a health center. (00:15:20:00) (( Joe: So you worked in here? Don: yeah, I'll show ya. )) In a way Don grew up here. In his sophomore year in high school, this farm boy apprenticed at Fellows and never left. (00:19:21:00) ((Don, Isn't that terrible, the only place I ever worked for. )) He started full time in 1941 and worked until 1987. (00:15:40:00) (( Joe: So this is the great hall? Don: Right. )) The Great Hall was once humming with machinery - now pop music fills the room and art work hangs on the wall. (00:16:40:00) ((Don, Well I actually ran machines in this area. )) And in the corner - an homage to it's former glory. A small museum that Don helped set up so people wouldn't forget the past. (00:34:38:00) ((Don, During World War 2 they had 3 thousand, but that was when the company ran 24/7. )) We're on the road again - this time a dozen miles up the road to the American Precision Museum in Windsor. (00:52:27:00) ((Nat sot, Knocking on the door and entering. )) The museum is closed for the season but Don is always welcomed. (01:04:52:00) ((Ann Lawless/Museum Director, Don is an amazing person that gets things done. )) Ann Lawless runs the museum dedicated to industrial ingenuity. Don is their go to guy. (01:06:23:00) ((Ann: Don is a walking encyclopedia, he shares his knowledge and his own personal history is just remarkable. )) (00:56:55:00) ((Nat sot, It's already to go I guess.)) This machine is a Fellows Gear Shaper built around the time Don started there. (00:57:32:00) ((Don, We took this machine completely apart, there wasn't a screw or bolt or anything. )) (01:00:20:00) ((Don, Come here a minute. )) Don worked on the first computer used in the state in 1955. That's him on the left. (01:01:02:00) ((Don, I don't know, I think I have a big nose. )) From farm-boy to computer programmer - that's some history. Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Windsor.

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And a bit more history - The American Precision Museum was once where guns were manufactured during the Civil War.

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As you saw in Starting Line Sports, the UVM men's basketball team hosts UMass-Lowell tonight at 7pm at Patrick Gym. This could be a wild one as the Cats and Riverhawks are the two highest scoring teams in America East thru the first five games of league play. Last season, Lowell shocked Vermont twice, sweeping the regular season series. We'll have highlights and reaction at 11pm.

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The UVM women's hoop team visits Lowell tonight. A 7pm start and it can be seen live online on ESPN3. The Cats, 4-13 overall, have lost four straight since winning their conference opener against Maine, but they have been competitive in each of the last three...a nine point home loss to Binghamton...a three point setback in overtime at UMBC...and Monday afternoon, an eight point loss to New Hampshire at Patrick Gym. This Lowell game looks to be a great chance for the Cats to get back into the win column. The Riverhawks are 3-15 overall...0-5 in conference, and Vermont won at Lowell last season, but coach Chris Day knows his team is in no position to take anyone for granted.

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((TRT: 24 ... OC: WE'LL BE READY)) ((Day/ We can't think that we're going to walk into that gym and win, because who are we. The other thing is, we've got to get that extra energy, that extra fight in our team to say, 'listen, let's go now. Let's try to get this going'. Because I do feel a win streak coming, and I just hope it can start Thursday. But that team's scrappy. They've got a top three post player. So it's not going to be easy, on either part, but we're going to be focused and we'll be ready.))

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The 12th ranked UVM men's hockey team hosts Connecticut tomorrow night at 6pm at Gutterson. That game can be seen live on NESNplus. The Cats enter the weekend tied for third place Hockey East.

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Like the men, the Vermont women are currently in a tie for third place in the conference standings following a pair of overtime ties on the road at then tenth-ranked Boston University this past weekend. The Cats have only finished higher than sixth in Hockey East once in eleven years, that was a fourth place finish in 2014. It doesn't get any easier for the UVM this weekend, as conference leaders and the sixth ranked team in the country, Boston College, visits the Gut for a two game set this weekend, with the opening game tomorrow afternoon at 1pm. The Cats actually have a better league mark against the teams above them in the conference standings than the teams below them, so head coach Jim Plumer knows his team is capable of going toe to toe with anyone on their schedule.

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((TRT: 27 ... OC: BEYOND THIS YEAR)) ((Plumer/ I think the difference, both in the Northeastern series and against B-U is that we've been able to play in their zone more than they've played in our zone. So I think that's going to be the big challenge for this weekend. We know that we're close and I think it's going to be another one of these games that if we continue to prove to ourselves that we can play that way, then, yeah, it's a huge confidence booster for us going forward. Maybe even beyond this year.))

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high school hockey... a triple header at Cairns...headlined by the 6-1-1 CVU boys hosting 3-2-2 BFA... --- 1st period, it's the Redhawks striking first. Richard Hall ...from the blueline, sneaks it under the crossbar. 1-0 CVU after 1... --- A big 2nd period for the Bobwhites. Owen Deslauriers with his own blueline blast ties it at 1... --- Then Cooper Cioffi connects on a long-range shot. 3-1 BFA after 2... --- 3rd period, Zachary Savage gets behind the D and chips it over the goalie, extending the Bobwhites' lead... CVU rallies late, but BFA holds on for a 5-3 win.

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Division Two boys... Missisquoi facing Milton...both team enter the night at 4-4 ... --- Both teams with chances throughout, but the goalies...Cam Gagne of Missisquoi and Milton's Jackson Ehler, doing what they can to keep this scoreless through regulation... --- Milton with a good shot in the closing seconds of O-T, but it won't gets past Gagne ... who made 15 saves... Ehler had twenty as the teams skate to a scoreless tie...

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D-1 girls...8-1-1 Rutland visiting one win South Burlington ... --- Midway through the 1st, Rutland on the attack. Katja Steupert's shot is saved, but Meghan Hamilton pokes home the rebound....the first of her three goals on the night... --- Rutland helping itself on the defensive end as well. Julia Finnegan gets in on net, but Carolyn Laird shuts it down... Rutland pulls away for the 5-1 win...

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Residents looking for answers in Arlington -- where an elderly woman was stabbed to death. We have a team at a community meeting there. Find out what we've learned -- tonight on the Channel 3 News at 11. Take care. See you soon. Good night.


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