Thu 30-JUN-2016 Early A.M. News Script

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There have been 31 deaths on Vermont roads so far in 2016. Many of them have occurred on the state's major routes and highways. Now, Vermont State Police are launching a new effort to combat speeding and aggressive driving. It's called "Operation STRIVE" - Safe Travel on Roads in Vermont Everyday. As part of the effort -- police say they will be incorporating untraditional methods of catching speeders -- but admit they can't just ticket their way out of the problem.

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((TILE 8210 04:29:24--04:41:07 LT. JOHN FLANNIGAN/VSP: "I think it comes down to personal responsibility. People get behind a wheel in a vehicle and they feel some sort of invincibility.")) The operation is scheduled to be conducted now through Labor Day. All day long we are covering a different topics .. To keep you safe this summer .. So be sure to check out all our other newscasts ..For a NEW story each time.

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An update on the fire that destroyed the home of Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell. She and her husband Mark Brooks were not home when the fire broke out. Fire officials say they lightning might be to blame for sparking the blaze. 3 dogs were saved from the flames -- but two dogs and two cats did not survive. Investigators confirmed the home is unlivable.

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You may soon have to pay up if you park in downtown Burlington on Sundays. The department of public works and Burlington Business Association are considering changes to downtown spots close to shopping and restaurants. Charging for peak times on Sundays is one idea ... another would be to reduce some hours in the mornings and nights Monday through Saturday. They say it would help balance parking availability to make spaces turn over during peak times. But not everyone is on board with the idea.

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Lots of sunshine today, less humid. Clear tonight. Friday starts with sunshine, but then next frontal system moves in by mid-late afternoon & evening with more showers & t-storms. A few showers may linger into Saturday, mainly in our northern areas. Then the rest of the holiday weekend and into the middle of next week is looking good. Saturday will be a little cooler, but then there will be a slow warming trend into the middle of next week.

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An entire litter of cats is born with a rare defect .. How volunteers are working to save them. and we'll meet this week's super senior. Joins us tomorrow starting at 5 a.m.

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Today: Nice start to the day - cooler, less humid. Nice, summer day on tap with lower humidity and lots of sunshine.

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((THANK GARY))

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Speeding is a leading factor in highway crashes. And in recent months, it was a top contributor in multiple deaths on Vermont roads. Tyler Dumont found out how police are trying a new effort to put it to a stop -- he's live along Interstate 89 with that story. Gina -- there has already been nearly three dozen deaths on Vermont roads this year. And week after week -- arrests are made for people driving at speeds around 100 miles per hour. Police are hoping a new crackdown effort can make a difference.

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Linda Crosby still feels the pain of a horrific crash that happened more than a decade ago. ((TILE 2554 04:36:03--04:39:05 "It changed my entire life.)) On a night in September 2003 -- Crosby was a passenger inside this blue Kia just off the beltline in Colchester. Her 15-year-old son Scott was driving -- when the two were hit head-on. The 17-year-old girl behind the wheel of this car that hit them was killed. Authorities said she was drunk, speeding and not buckled. Her son's aorta was torn. ((TILE 2554 02:57:17--03:14:26 LINDA CROSBY: "They had to bring in the jaws of life, and then they took him to the ambulance. Once they put him in the ambulance, the EMT told me that he took one last breath - and he said bye mom I'll see you at the hospital.")) Tragic accidents like this continue to change -- and claim lives on Vermont roads. Now, a new effort by Vermont State Police is trying to change that. ((TILE 8218 28:08--39:01 Sgt. John Helfant/Vermont State Police: "We're looking for drivers that are driving aggressively. Weaving in and out of lanes, without signaling. Starting and stopping quickly.")) Sgt. John Helfant is one of the troopers enforcing Operation S.T.RI.V.E. -- an initiative cracking down on speed and aggressive driving on state roads and highways during the summer. It's the time of the year when crashes involving injuries -- or death -- tend to increase. But even on rainy days -- weather isn't always a deterring factor. ((TILE 8218 04:03:20--04:09:28 "We'll still see speeders out there, even in the middle of a snowstorm or heavy rain like we have today.")) ((TILE 8242 06:52:02--06:54:28 NATS "Warning today for the speed and the cell phone use.")) Helfant runs radar using an unmarked cruiser. He's spent over two decades on the state's busiest roads. He says people seem to be speeding more today in the past. ((TILE 8218 01:18:09--01:24:10 "It seems that in today's society, everybody wants to get where they need to go a little faster.")) ((TILE 8279 13:24:14--13:33:14 TYLER DUMONT: Speeding and aggressive driving is nothing new. But the high number of deaths on Vermont roads already this year is. The battle for police, how to stop it.")) ((TILE 8210 01:57:03--02:06:20 "We're at 31 deaths so far this year. 50% of those have been unbelted. That's disturbing in itself.")) A disturbing trend -- that hits close to home for Crosby. Her teenage son Scott didn't make it after their crash. His death -- added to a long list of fatal crash victims -- and it continues to grow. ((TILE 2554 11:46:16--11:52 I don't want other mothers like me out there grieving. Other parents that have to live with all the pain. )) Today, Crosby lives with 28 rods that hold her pelvis together -- and a plate in her arm. She's finally able to walk to her son's memorial without the help of a wheelchair or walker. It's been 13 years since she and her son were hit. But, she says, it still haunts her everyday. (((TILE 2554 11:53:16--12:02:18 I can feel it like it was yesterday. It doesn't go away."))

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And to prevent future tragedies, State Police have already started Operation S.T.R.I.V.E. They say they could be using some untraditional, new techniques to enforce speed limits. The effort is currently scheduled to go through Labor Day -- unless the growing trend of injuries and deaths on our roads continues.

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We are just days away from America's birthday -- which for many means fireworks! That always comes with thousands of injuries to kids every year. Medical professionals encourage parents to bring their kids to a public fireworks display rather than buy bottle rockets, firecrackers and sparklers. The American Academy of Pediatrics says there's no such thing as a pyrotechnic child friendly safe device and it's often bystanders who get hurt.

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(7:45) ((Dr. Stephen Leffler/UVM Medical Center: We see serious injuries every year from fireworks. We see them in adults. We see them in children. Sparklers burn at more than a thousand degrees. We see burns from sparklers. We see people that accidentally have fireworks go off in their hands and cause severe and permanent hand injuries every year.)) If you'd like more information .. click on our infocenter at wcax-do-com.

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A Connecticut woman is facing 30 years in prison after prosecutors say she was involved in a million dollar scheme. 40 year old Allison Gu is accused of defrauding three lenders. Police say she used identities stolen from dead people and forged documents to get mortgages. She also has to forfeit properties in Vermont and Florida.

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In recent elections, some Vermont Progressives have also run as Democrats -- in an effort to avoid splitting overlapping voters. But several dual party candidates say they were denied access to valuable voter information held by the Democratic party. Party leadership rejected Lt. Governor candidate David Zuckerman's request for access to VoteBuilder -- a software and data tool. That's despite the party's endorsement of the Progressive-Democrat State Senator this weekend as an acceptable candidate. The party's executive director says acceptability doesn't reach the National party's criteria for access -- Zuckerman argues he should qualify as a candidate who runs as a Dem and votes with them.

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(04:08:16:00) ((David Zuckerman - Democrat for Lt. Governor I think a lot of Vermonters and voters both here and across the country are showing that folks are tired of party establishment politics and really issues matter more, and I've always been an issues based political figure.)) (03:55:09:00) ((Conor Casey - Vermont Democratic Party Executive Director you need to be a bona fide Democrat to receive access to this too, so if someboduy chooses to run under the banner of the Progressive party primarily, and the Democratic party secondarily, there's a big question whether they would be eligibly to access this tool)) The other two Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor -- Rep. Kesha Rahm and House Speaker Shap Smith -- both have access to the system. Party leaders say they'll reconsider whether to grant Zuckerman access in the next couple of weeks.

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A former trooper kicks off his run for the State Assembly in the North Country. Republican Kevin Mulverhill wants to fill Assemblywoman Janet Duprey's seat when she retires at the end of the year. Mulverhill is a former state trooper and corrections officer --- and has been the Franklin County Sheriff for the past 5 years. He'll face the Chair of the Franklin County Legislature, Democrat Billy Jones, in November.

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Come this fall, there may be fewer apples to pick. Last year there was a great crop. Lots of apples on the trees but here's the bad news...after a fruitful apple season-- the following season the crop won't be as abundant. And to make matters worse - Mother Nature can add a challenge..like this week's thunderstorms that produced hail at Allenhome Farm in South Hero.

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(00:02:44:00-00:03:00: 00) ((Ron Allen: Here's an apple that got a hail mark on it that came last night. And once you get a mark like that, as the apple grows up, the cells are killed under the skin, so it will be a misshapen apple when we get done)) Allen says he's still hopeful for a good crop this fall. Vermont's fresh apple crop is valued upwards of 12 to 15 million dollars each year.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Sunny, cooler, less humid start to the day Local temps: Mainly in 50s, a few low 60s NE radar/temps: Storms from yesterday are gone, radar now clear. Temps a little warmer in southern New England. U.S. Rad/sat: Frontal system that brought us the stormy weather the last couple of days is now off to the east and north. We're in the clear now. Another frontal system brewing in the midwest. Forecast clouds/precip: Lots of sunshine today, less humid. Clear tonight. Friday starts with sunshine, but then next frontal system moves in by mid-late afternoon & evening with more showers & t-storms.

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Today: Mostly sunny Highs: 78 to 85 Wind: WNW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Clear skies Patchy fog Lows: 50 to 60 Wind: Light Friday: AM sunshine Showers, t-storms by late afternoon, evening Highs: 75 to 82 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers, mainly north Lows: 50s Highs: 65 to 75 Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 48 to 58 Highs: 70s Monday: 4th of July! Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 72 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 85 Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 80s

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U-S officials say the country is failing with its airstrikes against Isis. Air Force officials say the U-S has been conducting airstrikes since 20-14, but are not finding Isis targets that will impact the organization. They say our country doesn't lack in the amount of fighter jets or having enough targets. Officials believe the airstrikes are ultimately helping to take back territory and disrupt Isis finances.

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The death toll has gone up following the attacks at a Turkey Airport. At least 42 people people were killed and more than 200 injured during the terrorist attack at Ataturk Airport. U-S officials say the three suicide bombers were armed with grenades, suicide vests and automatic weapons. Turkey's Prime Minister says no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks -- however they believe it follows the acts of Isis. This was the eighth suicide bombing in Turkey this year.

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Three men will face a judge for murdering one of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's aides. Police say Carey Gabay was shot to death before a New York parade last year--while two rival groups were engaged in a crossfire. Officials arrested three men all in their twenties--and they have been charged variously in a 16-count indictment. Governor Cuomo says Gabay was a dedicated worker who helped pass New York's gun laws.

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By tomorrow food products in Vermont stores will need GMO labeling but that's causing some confusion. Manufacturers handle most of the labeling of food products. But small Vermont retailers have to label the products they make in house. They're on the hook for bulk foods and salads. Retailers will have to get affidavits from companies that make ingredients, certify what contains GMOs, and label their product appropriately.

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((Jim Harrison: 38:09 The potato salad, the cole slaw, are the responsibility of the store if they contain ingredients like mayonnaise that may contain genetic engineering.)) ((Dick Mazza: Now I would have to verify every product in that salad is GMO free, and I'd have to have an affidavit from the manufacturer from the products that say that.)) Business experts say the law could be a strain on the wallets of Vermont families who can't afford local organic products.

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#heterosexual pride day was trending across the world yesterday on Twitter and Facebook. The response was largely negative... It was quickly snuffed out by Twitter users -- rallying together against anyone who'd entertain the idea that straight people needed a day to assert pride in their sexuality. But supporters say it's a day to celebrate being straight .. And is not meant to be offensive.

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This is sure to make you smile... Check out this photo that viewer Nancy Brown MacDowell snapped of the sky this week. She thought it looked like a smile. She says by the time her husband got outside to take a picture it was more like a wink.

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NE radar/temps: Storms from yesterday are gone, radar now clear. Temps a little warmer in southern New England. Today: Nice start to the day - cooler, less humid. Nice, summer day on tap with lower humidity and lots of sunshine.

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Still ahead... This morning in our Dangerous Roads series .. A new initiative by state police to keep the roads safe. Lightning is suspected to have started the fire at Green Mountain Power CEO - Mary Powell's home. And growing concerns over the opiate crisis in Lamoille County.

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Today: Nice start to the day - cooler, less humid. Nice, summer day on tap with lower humidity and lots of sunshine.

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Speeding is a leading factor in highway crashes. And in recent months, it was a top contributor in multiple deaths on Vermont roads. Tyler Dumont found out how police are trying a new effort to put it to a stop -- he's live along Interstate 89 with that story. Gina -- there has already been nearly three dozen deaths on Vermont roads this year. And week after week -- arrests are made for people driving at speeds around 100 miles per hour. Police are hoping a new crackdown effort can make a difference.

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Linda Crosby still feels the pain of a horrific crash that happened more than a decade ago. ((TILE 2554 04:36:03--04:39:05 "It changed my entire life.)) On a night in September 2003 -- Crosby was a passenger inside this blue Kia just off the beltline in Colchester. Her 15-year-old son Scott was driving -- when the two were hit head-on. The 17-year-old girl behind the wheel of this car that hit them was killed. Authorities said she was drunk, speeding and not buckled. Her son's aorta was torn. ((TILE 2554 02:57:17--03:14:26 LINDA CROSBY: "They had to bring in the jaws of life, and then they took him to the ambulance. Once they put him in the ambulance, the EMT told me that he took one last breath - and he said bye mom I'll see you at the hospital.")) Tragic accidents like this continue to change -- and claim lives on Vermont roads. Now, a new effort by Vermont State Police is trying to change that. ((TILE 8218 28:08--39:01 Sgt. John Helfant/Vermont State Police: "We're looking for drivers that are driving aggressively. Weaving in and out of lanes, without signaling. Starting and stopping quickly.")) Sgt. John Helfant is one of the troopers enforcing Operation S.T.RI.V.E. -- an initiative cracking down on speed and aggressive driving on state roads and highways during the summer. It's the time of the year when crashes involving injuries -- or death -- tend to increase. But even on rainy days -- weather isn't always a deterring factor. ((TILE 8218 04:03:20--04:09:28 "We'll still see speeders out there, even in the middle of a snowstorm or heavy rain like we have today.")) ((TILE 8242 06:52:02--06:54:28 NATS "Warning today for the speed and the cell phone use.")) Helfant runs radar using an unmarked cruiser. He's spent over two decades on the state's busiest roads. He says people seem to be speeding more today in the past. ((TILE 8218 01:18:09--01:24:10 "It seems that in today's society, everybody wants to get where they need to go a little faster.")) ((TILE 8279 13:24:14--13:33:14 TYLER DUMONT: Speeding and aggressive driving is nothing new. But the high number of deaths on Vermont roads already this year is. The battle for police, how to stop it.")) ((TILE 8210 01:57:03--02:06:20 "We're at 31 deaths so far this year. 50% of those have been unbelted. That's disturbing in itself.")) A disturbing trend -- that hits close to home for Crosby. Her teenage son Scott didn't make it after their crash. His death -- added to a long list of fatal crash victims -- and it continues to grow. ((TILE 2554 11:46:16--11:52 I don't want other mothers like me out there grieving. Other parents that have to live with all the pain. )) Today, Crosby lives with 28 rods that hold her pelvis together -- and a plate in her arm. She's finally able to walk to her son's memorial without the help of a wheelchair or walker. It's been 13 years since she and her son were hit. But, she says, it still haunts her everyday. (((TILE 2554 11:53:16--12:02:18 I can feel it like it was yesterday. It doesn't go away."))

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And to prevent future tragedies, State Police have already started Operation S.T.R.I.V.E. They say they could be using some untraditional, new techniques to enforce speed limits. Operation STRIVE is currently scheduled to go through Labor Day -- unless the growing trend of injuries and deaths on our roads continues.

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You may soon have to grab more change to park in downtown Burlington on Sundays. The department of public works and Burlington Business Association are considering changes to downtown spots close to shopping and restaurants. Charging for peak times on Sundays is one idea ... another would be to reduce some hours in the mornings and nights the rest of the week. They say it would help balance parking availability to make spaces turn over during peak times. But not everyone is on board with the idea.

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((SOT Kelly Devine, Exec. Director, Burlington Business Association 001914 Parking is emotional. People generally don't like to pay for parking. Nobody does 18 but it's also essential that there be a fee in some cases so you can get spots to turn over 25)) ((SOT Steve Polewacyk (Pole-eh-wah-sick), Owner, Vermont Pub & Brewery 000850 People shouldn't have to be paying on Sunday as well. It's like enough is enough 53 Let's give our tourists and our folks visiting Burlington a bit of a break 000900)) Recommendations could go before the city council in 4 to 6 months.

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New information is released on a massive fire that destroyed the home of a well-known family in South Hero. Melissa has more on this story... Gina, they say the home of Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell is no longer livable. Powell and her husband were not there at the time. Investigators say lightning probably sparked the massive house fire in South Hero. 3 dogs were saved -- but two dogs and two cats did not survive. The couple lost a home to fire once before - about 20 years ago.

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Lamoille County officials shed light on the opiate addiction crisis throughout rural Vermont. It's an epidemic that police say is only getting worse. A crowd at the Green Mountain Technical Center in Hyde Park last night, learned about the facts behind opiate addicts--and heard from locals directly affected by it. Vermont's U-S Attorney says the state is seeing more cases appear in rural parts of Vermont--rather than the bigger cities and towns. Officials say it's not enough for police to make arrests, it takes public awareness and action to stop it from happening.

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((Roger Marcoux/Lamoille County Sheriff 01:10 law enforcement alone can't do it and it really takes a partnership with the Health Department and the community to take care of it.)) Police ask the public to report cases before it's too late. Anyone that is affected by opiate addiction can head to our website, there's a list of resources for people to reach out to there.

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A 46 year old Barton man is arrested for aggravated sexual assault. State Police say Travis Eurbin sexually assaulted a victim under the age of 16 between 2003 and 2008 in Barton. He was released on 20 thousand dollars bond.

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A Warrensburg woman is arrested for endangering the welfare of a child. Police arrested 26 year old Amanda Planty yesterday .. They say she and Alexander Gay engaged in sexual contact with a 16 year old. He was arrested a few days before.

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There's a new spot for beer lovers ... The brand new Alchemists brewery will open soon in Stowe. There's no grand opening date yet -- but officials say sometime next week. The Alchemist's original location in Waterbury was closed after flooding in 2011. After, they opened a cannery in Waterbury that began cranking out Heady Topper -- a beer that's won accolades around the world. The new Stowe facility -- unlike the cannery -- will accommodate visitors.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Sunny, cooler, less humid start to the day Local temps: Mainly in 50s, a few low 60s NE radar/temps: Storms from yesterday are gone, radar now clear. Temps a little warmer in southern New England. U.S. Rad/sat: Frontal system that brought us the stormy weather the last couple of days is now off to the east and north. We're in the clear now. Another frontal system brewing in the midwest. Forecast clouds/precip: Lots of sunshine today, less humid. Clear tonight. Friday starts with sunshine, but then next frontal system moves in by mid-late afternoon & evening with more showers & t-storms.

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Today: Mostly sunny Highs: 78 to 85 Wind: WNW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Clear skies Patchy fog Lows: 50 to 60 Wind: Light Friday: AM sunshine Showers, t-storms by late afternoon, evening Highs: 75 to 82 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers, mainly north Lows: 50s Highs: 65 to 75 Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 48 to 58 Highs: 70s Monday: 4th of July! Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 72 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 85 Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 80s

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Tomorrow kicks off a long weekend of celebrations for the 4th of July. Blogger Kim Conner is here with some patriotic ideas to make our barbeques a little more festive. I'll bring the Simple Patriotic Drink and the Flag Jar Utensil Holder. The Flag Jar Instructions are as follows: Supplies: 3 Mason Jars White Spray Paint Red Acrylic Paint Blue Acrylic Paint White Acrylic Paint Small and Medium Paint Brushes Painters Tape Star Stickers (can cut out of vinyl or contact paper) Starting with three Mason jars, spray paint the outsides of them white, allow to dry and spray a second coat. For the striped jars: Tape off stripes using painters tape Carefully paint the jars red, making sure to brush away from the tape so that you don't push paint under the tape. Allow to dry and then add a second coat. Remove the painters tape. Using a small brush and white paint, cover any bleed spots. For the star jars: Place the star stickers randomly around the jar. Plaint the entire jar blue. ALlow to dry and then add a second coat. Remove the stars. Using a small brush and white paint, cover any bleed spots on the stars. Note: some of the stars that were covering the raised text on the jar bled a lot, so I painted the entire star to cover any blue. Place the jars together and add flatware or tea light candles for festive 4th of July table decor!

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Almanac: A little cooler yesterday and got some more rain. Back in the Day: We've been fairly dry recently, so some of that rain over the last few days has been welcome. But so far this year, when we get rain, it doesn't last long. That was not so in 2013 when, at this time of the year, we had 17 straight days of rain in Burlington.

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There have been 31 deaths on Vermont roads so far in 2016. Many of them have occurred on the state's major routes and highways. Now, Vermont State Police are launching a new effort to combat speeding and aggressive driving. It's called "Operation STRIVE" - Safe Travel on Roads in Vermont Everyday. As part of the effort -- police say they will be incorporating untraditional methods of catching speeders -- but admit they can't just ticket their way out of the problem.

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((TILE 8210 04:29:24--04:41:07 LT. JOHN FLANNIGAN/VSP: "I think it comes down to personal responsibility. People get behind a wheel in a vehicle and they feel some sort of invincibility.")) The operation is scheduled to be conducted now through Labor Day. All day long we are covering a different topics .. To keep you safe this summer .. So be sure to check out all our other newscasts ..For a NEW story each time.

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An update on the fire that destroyed the home of Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell. She and her husband Mark Brooks were not home when the fire broke out. Fire officials say they lightning might be to blame for sparking the blaze. 3 dogs were saved from the flames -- but two dogs and two cats did not survive. Investigators confirmed the home is unlivable.

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Lamoille County officials are working to inform the public about opiate addiction across the state. A meeting at the Green Mountain Technical Center in Hyde Park last night, allowed residents to share personal stories on how addiction has touched their loved ones. Law enforcement say the state is seeing more cases appear in rural parts of Vermont--rather than the bigger cities and towns. Police say this is an epidemic that can destroy families.

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((Roger Marcoux/Lamoille County Sheriff 01:45 a lot of people are strapped financially due to addiction of a loved one, there's emotional baggage, physical impact. A lot of people trying to raise a family.)) Anyone that is affected by opiate addiction can head to our website .. We have a list of resources there.

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A Warrensburg woman is arrested for endangering the welfare of a child. Police arrested 26 year old Amanda Planty yesterday .. They say she and Alexander Gay engaged in sexual contact with a 16 year old. He was arrested a few days before.

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You may soon have to pay up if you park in downtown Burlington on Sundays. The department of public works and Burlington Business Association are considering changes to downtown spots close to shopping and restaurants. Charging for peak times on Sundays is one idea ... another would be to reduce some hours in the mornings and nights Monday through Saturday. They say it would help balance parking availability to make spaces turn over during peak times. But not everyone is on board with the idea.

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And -- that's a wrap. Gary, over to you.

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Lots of sunshine today, less humid. Clear tonight. Friday starts with sunshine, but then next frontal system moves in by mid-late afternoon & evening with more showers & t-storms. A few showers may linger into Saturday, mainly in our northern areas. Then the rest of the holiday weekend and into the middle of next week is looking good. Saturday will be a little cooler, but then there will be a slow warming trend into the middle of next week.

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Lots of sunshine today, less humid. Clear tonight. Friday starts with sunshine, but then next frontal system moves in by mid-late afternoon & evening with more showers & t-storms.

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There have been 31 deaths on Vermont roads so far in 2016. Many of them have occurred on the state's major routes and highways. Now, Vermont State Police are launching a new effort to combat speeding and aggressive driving. It's called "Operation STRIVE" - Safe Travel on Roads in Vermont Everyday. As part of the effort -- police say they will be incorporating untraditional methods of catching speeders -- but admit they can't just ticket their way out of the problem.

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((TILE 8210 04:29:24--04:41:07 LT. JOHN FLANNIGAN/VSP: "I think it comes down to personal responsibility. People get behind a wheel in a vehicle and they feel some sort of invincibility.")) The operation is scheduled to be conducted now through Labor Day. All day long we are covering a different topics .. To keep you safe this summer .. So be sure to check out all our other newscasts ..For a NEW story each time.

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An update on the fire that destroyed the home of Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell. She and her husband Mark Brooks were not home when the fire broke out. Fire officials say they lightning might be to blame for sparking the blaze. 3 dogs were saved from the flames -- but two dogs and two cats did not survive. Investigators confirmed the home is unlivable.

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You may soon have to pay up if you park in downtown Burlington on Sundays. The department of public works and Burlington Business Association are considering changes to downtown spots close to shopping and restaurants. Charging for peak times on Sundays is one idea ... another would be to reduce some hours in the mornings and nights Monday through Saturday. They say it would help balance parking availability to make spaces turn over during peak times. But not everyone is on board with the idea.

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Lots of sunshine today, less humid. Clear tonight. Friday starts with sunshine, but then next frontal system moves in by mid-late afternoon & evening with more showers & t-storms. A few showers may linger into Saturday, mainly in our northern areas. Then the rest of the holiday weekend and into the middle of next week is looking good. Saturday will be a little cooler, but then there will be a slow warming trend into the middle of next week.

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Today: Nice start to the day - cooler, less humid. Nice, summer day on tap with lower humidity and lots of sunshine.

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((THANK GARY))

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Summer months are the most popular for motorcycle riders -- and that means drivers have to be on the lookout. Cat Viglienzoni is live with this hour's focus on Dangerous Roads. Melissa and Gina, on average, eight motorcyclists die on Vermont roads in a year. We're only halfway through 20-16 ... and already, seven have died. So we went to the experts to find out what motorcyclists -- and drivers -- can do to keep each other safe.

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NATS motorcycle ((SOT Peter Curless, General Manager, Green Mountain Harley-Davidson 000727 this is an adventure sport, so they have a very good idea of what they're getting into 31)) But Green Mountain Harley-Davidson general manager Peter Curless says riding should not be dangerous. He says there's one big thing both riders -- and drivers -- can do to keep each other safe. ((SOT Peter Curless, General Manager, Green Mountain Harley-Davidson 000359 looking multiple times. So when you're coming into an intersection or you're coming into a stop, you want to make sure you're looking two or three times to make sure the road is clear. That's the biggest thing 12)) ((BUTTED)) ((SOT 004023 I have way too much fun and I ride about 10,000 miles a year 25 Cat: Wow 26)) Department of Motor Vehicles motorcycle training coordinator Paul Graves owns five motorcycles. The avid rider says helmet and gear are essential -- every time. ((SOT Graves 003355 It can be a little warm at times, but I'll tell you, I don't ride anywhere without my full riding gear on 003400)) He says drivers need to be prepared for a motorcycle that could be hiding in their blind spot. And give them some space. ((SOT Graves 003410 One of my pet peeves is I have people tailgating me. And they don't realize that give us a little room because we can stop quicker than a lot of cars can 18)) ((GFX)) He says nationwide -- 40 percent of motorcycle fatalities are due to speeding... and 45 percent from DUIs. That's something riders, he says, need to take responsibility for. ((SOT Graves 003826 with the fact that we have to balance a motorcycle, it affects us more than even with one drink in your system than it would with a car 31)) And -- you're more likely to see a rider on the road now. Graves says since 2002, the number of registered motorcycles in Vermont has grown from nearly 19-thousand, to more than 34-thousand. More than 61-thousand have an endorsement to ride. And the state programs train about 13-hundred people a year. ((SOT Graves 004043 There's a lot more people out there riding motorcycles 45))

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So we mentioned there have been seven fatalities so far this year. Only three of those people had a motorcycle endorsement on their license. To get one -- you have to take a written test and skills test with the D-M-V, much like getting a license to drive a car. If new riders are looking to make sure they start off right -- the DMV does offer basic skills classes ... and you don't need to have your own motorcycle to take them. Thanks Cat. In our next hour Tyler will be talking about a new push from state police to keep the roads safe.

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We are just days away from America's birthday -- which for many means fireworks! That always comes with thousands of injuries to kids every year. Medical professionals encourage parents to bring their kids to a public fireworks display rather than buy bottle rockets, firecrackers and sparklers. The American Academy of Pediatrics says there's no such thing as a pyrotechnic child friendly safe device and it's often bystanders who get hurt.

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(7:45) ((Dr. Stephen Leffler/UVM Medical Center: We see serious injuries every year from fireworks. We see them in adults. We see them in children. Sparklers burn at more than a thousand degrees. We see burns from sparklers. We see people that accidentally have fireworks go off in their hands and cause severe and permanent hand injuries every year.)) If you'd like more information .. click on our infocenter at wcax-do-com.

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A Connecticut woman is facing 30 years in prison after prosecutors say she was involved in a million dollar scheme. 40 year old Allison Gu is accused of defrauding three lenders. Police say she used identities stolen from dead people and forged documents to get mortgages. She also has to forfeit properties in Vermont and Florida.

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Bad news for renters. According to a new report by Harvard University -- 11 million people spent at least half their income to pay for housing -- that's a record high. And more than 21 million people spent 30 percent or more of their paychecks to cover rent. Financial experts generally advise against paying so much -- but the cost of rent -- is rising faster than wages.

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In recent elections, some Vermont Progressives have also run as Democrats -- in an effort to avoid splitting overlapping voters. But several dual party candidates say they were denied access to valuable voter information held by the Democratic party. Party leadership rejected Lt. Governor candidate David Zuckerman's request for access to VoteBuilder -- a software and data tool. That's despite the party's endorsement of the Progressive-Democrat State Senator this weekend as an acceptable candidate. The party's executive director says acceptability doesn't reach the National party's criteria for access -- Zuckerman argues he should qualify as a candidate who runs as a Dem and votes with them.

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(04:08:16:00) ((David Zuckerman - Democrat for Lt. Governor I think a lot of Vermonters and voters both here and across the country are showing that folks are tired of party establishment politics and really issues matter more, and I've always been an issues based political figure.)) (03:55:09:00) ((Conor Casey - Vermont Democratic Party Executive Director you need to be a bona fide Democrat to receive access to this too, so if someboduy chooses to run under the banner of the Progressive party primarily, and the Democratic party secondarily, there's a big question whether they would be eligibly to access this tool)) The other two Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor -- Rep. Kesha Rahm and House Speaker Shap Smith -- both have access to the system. Party leaders say they'll reconsider whether to grant Zuckerman access in the next couple of weeks.

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A former trooper kicks off his run for the State Assembly in the North Country. Republican Kevin Mulverhill wants to fill Assemblywoman Janet Duprey's seat when she retires at the end of the year. Mulverhill is a former state trooper and corrections officer --- and has been the Franklin County Sheriff for the past 5 years. Mulverhill says topping his priorities will be combating the state's heroin and opioid epidemic, and improving roads and other infrastructure to attract more manufacturing to the North Country. He'll face the Chair of the Franklin County Legislature, Democrat Billy Jones, in November.

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A big tech company might make the move to Plattsburgh. An Empire State Development Grant worth 4 million dollars was awarded to the Norwegian Company Norsk Titanium. The money will be used for facility planning, design, and engineering project costs. The company is expected to bring more than 500 new advanced manufacturing jobs to the area.

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((MIchael Cashman/Plattsburgh Town Supervisor 1098 04:01:20 "i'm very, very excited about this continuing to advance forward. I give a lot of credit to Senator Little and Garry Douglas and a number of folks that have really advanced this project forward in our community." 04:01:37)) Norsk uses 3-D printing to manufacture products for aerospace technology. The project aims to build a 170-thousand square foot facility at a new North Country Hub for Innovative Manufacturing Nanotechnology.

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Come this fall, there may be fewer apples to pick. Last year there was a great crop. Lots of apples on the trees but here's the bad news...after a fruitful apple season-- the following season the crop won't be as abundant. And to make matters worse - Mother Nature can add a challenge..like this week's thunderstorms that produced hail at Allenhome Farm in South Hero.

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(00:02:44:00-00:03:00: 00) ((Ron Allen: Here's an apple that got a hail mark on it that came last night. And once you get a mark like that, as the apple grows up, the cells are killed under the skin, so it will be a misshapen apple when we get done)) Allen says he's still hopeful for a good crop this fall. Vermont's fresh apple crop is valued upwards of 12 to 15 million dollars each year.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Sunny, cooler, less humid start to the day Local temps: Mainly in 50s, a few low 60s NE radar/temps: Storms from yesterday are gone, radar now clear. Temps a little warmer in southern New England. U.S. Rad/sat: Frontal system that brought us the stormy weather the last couple of days is now off to the east and north. We're in the clear now. Another frontal system brewing in the midwest. Forecast clouds/precip: Lots of sunshine today, less humid. Clear tonight. Friday starts with sunshine, but then next frontal system moves in by mid-late afternoon & evening with more showers & t-storms.

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Today: Mostly sunny Highs: 78 to 85 Wind: WNW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Clear skies Patchy fog Lows: 50 to 60 Wind: Light Friday: AM sunshine Showers, t-storms by late afternoon, evening Highs: 75 to 82 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers, mainly north Lows: 50s Highs: 65 to 75 Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 48 to 58 Highs: 70s Monday: 4th of July! Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 72 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 85 Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 80s

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U-S officials say the country is failing with its airstrikes against Isis. Air Force officials say the U-S has been conducting airstrikes since 20-14, but are not finding Isis targets that will impact the organization. They say our country doesn't lack in the amount of fighter jets or having enough targets. Officials believe the airstrikes are ultimately helping to take back territory and disrupt Isis finances.

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The death toll has gone up following the attacks at a Turkey Airport. At least 42 people people were killed and more than 200 injured during the terrorist attack at Ataturk Airport. U-S officials say the three suicide bombers were armed with grenades, suicide vests and automatic weapons. Turkey's Prime Minister says no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks -- however they believe it follows the acts of Isis. This was the eighth suicide bombing in Turkey this year.

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Three men will face a judge for murdering one of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's aides. Police say Carey Gabay was shot to death before a New York parade last year--while two rival groups were engaged in a crossfire. Officials arrested three men all in their twenties--and they have been charged variously in a 16-count indictment. Governor Cuomo says Gabay was a dedicated worker who helped pass New York's gun laws.

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Labeling GMOs causing confusion. Will a new Vermont law drive shoppers away from some stores? Alex Apple spoke with retailers who are if there is a stigma that comes with labeling a product that contains GMO's.

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((Standup intro: By Friday, products will need GMO labeling. At Healthy Living in South Burlington, they say most of their products are already labeled GMO free but some retailers wonder if a stigma comes with labeling a product as containing GMO)) Dick Mazza is confused. ((NAT 00:11 The total law is confusing)) ...Confused about what food sold at his General Store in Colchester he'll have to label when Vermont's GMO labeling law goes into effect Friday. ((Mazza: 03:20 every one of us wants to do that right thing but it's not that simple.)) Manufacturers handle most of the labeling of food products. Dick Mazza voted for the bill as a senator, but stores like Mazza's or Shelburne Market have to label the products they make in house. They're on the hook for bulk foods and salads. ((Jim Harrison: 38:09 The potato salad, the cole slaw, are the responsibility of the store if they contain ingredients like mayonnaise that may contain genetic engineering.)) Here's how it works: A retailer will have to get affidavits from companies that make ingredients, certify what contains GMOs, and label their product appropriately. ((Dick Mazza: Now I would have to verify every product in that salad is GMO free, and I'd have to have an affidavit from the manufacturer from the products that say that.)) The effect is two fold: small Vermont retailers feel pressure to get the correct label -- then work to source their products locally -- so they can avoid turning away some customers opposed to anything G-M-O. ((Paul Seyler - Cookie Love 03:10 I would say that we got between 15-20 different letters based on all of the ingredients that we use here at the store.)) A store like Cookie Love in Ferrisburgh uses mostly local ingredients -- but during the debate over the bill in Montpelier, food producers argued some customers stigmatize food made with GMOs even though no scientific evidence says they are harmful to humans. ((Paul Seyler - Cookie Love 01:44 If the point of the whole labeling law was to inform the public as to what they're consuming, then it should've just gone straight across the board.")) ...across the board to restaurants that don't have to label food eaten in their building. Also exempt: Vermont's largest farming industry. No labeling for dairy. If products needing a tag are driven from the market -- business professor Robert Letovsky says the most economically vulnerable Vermonters are most affected. ((01:00:48 robert Letovsky/Business professor Not everyone can afford to buy all of their things, locally made, organic, fair trade, by an artisanal way. That's great, but not every family can afford that.)) if that's realized .. Come friday .. Alex Apple. Channel 3 News. Colchester.

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Vermont companies, especially small grocers, will have one year to sell all of their unlabeled products.

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Facebook founder -- Mark Zuckerberg -- isn't making too many friends lately. He put up a 6-foot wall around his property in Hawaii to block the sound of traffic. Neighbors are pissed because the stone structure that goes around his 700-acre estate blocks their ocean views. This sounds familiar a man coming in and building a wall ...

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They say diamonds are a girls best friend... You can be friends with this...an 11-hundred carat uncut diamond. It's about the size of a tennis ball and is expected to fetch at least 70-million-dollars at an auction in London. The only problem is the sale price could be uncertain because of the fallout from the BR-Exit vote. The British pound has lost more than 10-percent of its value.

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Today: Nice start to the day - cooler, less humid. Nice, summer day on tap with lower humidity and lots of sunshine.

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Still ahead... We're supposed to share the road with motorcycles -- this morning in our Dangerous Roads series -- tips to keep safe. Lightning is suspected to have started the fire at Green Mountain Power CEO - Mary Powell's home. And growing concerns over the opiate crisis in Lamoille County.

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Today: Nice start to the day - cooler, less humid. Nice, summer day on tap with lower humidity and lots of sunshine.

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Once the weather gets nice .. Motorcycle riders hit the road ... And that means other drivers need to be on the lookout.. Cat Viglienzoni is live with this hour's focus on Dangerous Roads. Gina, it has already been a deadly year for motorcyclists on Vermont roads. Seven riders have been killed. In a typical year -- we only see eight. This morning -- we're focusing on what drivers -- and riders -- can do to keep each other safe.

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NATS motorcycle ((SOT Peter Curless, General Manager, Green Mountain Harley-Davidson 000727 this is an adventure sport, so they have a very good idea of what they're getting into 31)) But Green Mountain Harley-Davidson general manager Peter Curless says riding should not be dangerous. He says there's one big thing both riders -- and drivers -- can do to keep each other safe. ((SOT Peter Curless, General Manager, Green Mountain Harley-Davidson 000359 looking multiple times. So when you're coming into an intersection or you're coming into a stop, you want to make sure you're looking two or three times to make sure the road is clear. That's the biggest thing 12)) ((BUTTED)) ((SOT 004023 I have way too much fun and I ride about 10,000 miles a year 25 Cat: Wow 26)) Department of Motor Vehicles motorcycle training coordinator Paul Graves owns five motorcycles. The avid rider says helmet and gear are essential -- every time. ((SOT Graves 003355 It can be a little warm at times, but I'll tell you, I don't ride anywhere without my full riding gear on 003400)) He says drivers need to be prepared for a motorcycle that could be hiding in their blind spot. And give them some space. ((SOT Graves 003410 One of my pet peeves is I have people tailgating me. And they don't realize that give us a little room because we can stop quicker than a lot of cars can 18)) ((GFX)) He says nationwide -- 40 percent of motorcycle fatalities are due to speeding... and 45 percent from DUIs. That's something riders, he says, need to take responsibility for. ((SOT Graves 003826 with the fact that we have to balance a motorcycle, it affects us more than even with one drink in your system than it would with a car 31)) And -- you're more likely to see a rider on the road now. ((GFX)) Graves says since 2002, the number of registered motorcycles in Vermont has grown from nearly 19-thousand, to more than 34-thousand. More than 61-thousand have an endorsement to ride. And the state programs train about 13-hundred people a year. ((SOT Graves 004043 There's a lot more people out there riding motorcycles 45))

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Of the seven riders who have died this year -- only three had a motorcycle endorsement. To get one, you take a written test and skills test with the D-M-V, much like getting a license to drive a car. The D-M-V also offers classes for new riders. Gina?

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You may soon have to pay up if you park in downtown Burlington on Sundays. The department of public works and Burlington Business Association are considering changes to downtown spots close to shopping and restaurants. Charging for peak times on Sundays is one idea ... another would be to reduce some hours in the mornings and nights Monday through Saturday. They say it would help balance parking availability to make spaces turn over during peak times. But not everyone is on board with the idea.

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((SOT Kelly Devine, Exec. Director, Burlington Business Association 001914 Parking is emotional. People generally don't like to pay for parking. Nobody does 18 but it's also essential that there be a fee in some cases so you can get spots to turn over 25)) ((SOT Steve Polewacyk (Pole-eh-wah-sick), Owner, Vermont Pub & Brewery 000850 People shouldn't have to be paying on Sunday as well. It's like enough is enough 53 Let's give our tourists and our folks visiting Burlington a bit of a break 000900)) Right now they're gathering research -- and could present recommendations to the city council in four to six months.

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New information is released on a massive fire that destroyed the home of a well-known family in South Hero. Melissa has more on this story... Gina, they say the home of Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell is no longer livable. Powell and her husband owned the home but were not there at the time. Investigators tell us lightning probably sparked the massive house fire in South Hero. 3 dogs were saved from the flames -- but two dogs and two cats did not survive. The couple lost a home to fire once before - about 20 years ago.

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Lamoille County officials shed light on the opiate addiction crisis throughout rural Vermont. It's an epidemic that police say is only getting worse. A crowd at the Green Mountain Technical Center in Hyde Park last night, learned about the facts behind opiate addicts--and heard from locals directly touched by it. Vermont's U-S Attorney says the state is seeing more cases appear in rural parts of Vermont--rather than the bigger cities and towns. Officials say it's not enough for police to make arrests, it takes public awareness and action to stop it from happening too.

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((Roger Marcoux/Lamoille County Sheriff 01:10 law enforcement alone can't do it and it really takes a partnership with the Health Department and the community to take care of it.)) Police ask the public to report cases before it's too late. Anyone that is affected by opiate addiction can head to our website, there's a list of resources for people to reach out to there.

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A 46 year old Barton man is arrested for aggravated sexual assault. State Police say Travis Eurbin sexually assaulted a victim under the age of 16 between 2003 and 2008 in Barton. He was released on 20 thousand dollars bond.

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More than 30 properties in Clinton County are sold at auction Wednesday. The properties were foreclosed by the county after owners were given an April 25th deadline to pay off delinquent taxes. 18 of the properties were residential, 2 were commercial, and 21 were vacant lots. All were sold at auction in the West Side Ballroom in Plattsburgh.

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((Kimberly Davis/Clinton County Treasurer 03:58:36 "the law is very specific in the process. The people who, unfortunately, that they're property was foreclosed on, haven't paid taxes in at least two years, and so the process then happens that we receive the title, the deed to the property." 03:58:54)) Several properties were sold for less than the taxes owed. Overall, the county was owed over 300-thousand in taxes. They say any extra money made on lots at the auction will go back to the county's general fund.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Sunny, cooler, less humid start to the day Local temps: Mainly in 50s, a few low 60s NE radar/temps: Storms from yesterday are gone, radar now clear. Temps a little warmer in southern New England. U.S. Rad/sat: Frontal system that brought us the stormy weather the last couple of days is now off to the east and north. We're in the clear now. Another frontal system brewing in the midwest. Forecast clouds/precip: Lots of sunshine today, less humid. Clear tonight. Friday starts with sunshine, but then next frontal system moves in by mid-late afternoon & evening with more showers & t-storms.

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Today: Mostly sunny Highs: 78 to 85 Wind: WNW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Clear skies Patchy fog Lows: 50 to 60 Wind: Light Friday: AM sunshine Showers, t-storms by late afternoon, evening Highs: 75 to 82 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Partly sunny Chance for a few showers, mainly north Lows: 50s Highs: 65 to 75 Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 48 to 58 Highs: 70s Monday: 4th of July! Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 72 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 85 Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 80s

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A five year-ban on felt-soled waders in Vermont -- ends tomorrow. Alexei Rubenstein tells us why -- and how anglers are running to get them.

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((NATS -- REEL)) Frank Ferrante takes any opportunity he can to get his feet wet. Whether it's here on the Little River in Stowe, or working as a seasonal guide. ((00:06:17 Small mouth bass, trout -- all three trout -- rainbow, brook, brown.)) Come July 1st he and other anglers will be able to return to the felt-soled shoes that were once common. ((00:07:59 Frank Ferrante/Fly Rod Shop " I think a lot of people are excited about it.)) ((00:06:46 Rubber boots just don't seem to have the traction on the slimy rocks. Theres a lot of slipping -- you can get yourself into some hairy situations.)) The boots were banned five years ago -- shortly after the discovery of Didymo -- or Rock Snot -- in some Vermont Rivers. The gooey algae can create thick mats on the bottom of a stream, and there was concern that fishermen might be spreading it with their felt soles. Now new research from Canadian and U.S. Scientists indicates rock snot is native to the Green Mountains after all. ((00:25:09 Shawn Good/Vt. Fish & Wildlife "So the historic records of didymo was showing that these very small spores were actually present but they never manifested themselves into these massive blooms that we see today)) Some researchers believe climate change may be a contributing factor. The bottom line -- Good says the ban just isn't justified. ((00:30:16 Shawn Good/Vt. Fish & Wildlife "It's not one vector that really is spreading all of these, it's many vectors, and to pick out one specific pathway or piece of equipment like felt soles was really the wrong approach when we should be looking at it more holistically and across the board for all invasive species.)) At the Fly Rod Shop in Stowe -- the rubber boots are still available, but the felt boots are flying off the shelves. ((00:00:30 Parker Wright/Fly Rod Shop "There's the bottom of a felt boot. You can see these have much better traction on rocks when your standing in the river)) Wildlife officials stress it's still just as important to properly clean the soles of your shoes and other equipment. A lesson that Ferrante takes to heart every time he's angling for a big one... ((00:07:19 NATS "Fall Fish -- the biggest minnow that swims)) Alexei Rubenstein --Channel 3 News -- Stowe.

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Treasure hunting in Vermont is a weekend hobby for many. But some modern-day gold prospectors are upset with the lack of required permits. For years, people have been trying their luck by digging for gold. Gold panning by hand is a lengthy and physical process .. While others go for sluicing, using a sluice box to gather gold from part of the Great Appalachian gold belt. But sluice boxes require a permit, which some say is difficult to obtain in the state.

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((Nelson Illinski//VT Gold Mountain Prospecting: 43:10-43:20: "I think Vermont is losing a lot of tourist dollars because of it, I know quite a few people who go to New Hampshire and Maine, because they're allowed to have sluice boxes there without the permit process.")) Illinski says he's heard of hundreds of applications for permits put in each year and very few being approved, but the Department of Environmental Conservation says 20 or 30 permits are applied for by the year - and most, if not all, are approved.

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((TRT: 1:29 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((UVM announced the hiring of it's new men's lacrosse coach on Wednesday. Chris Feifs takes the reigns after spending the last seven years as an assistant coach at North Carolina, which just won the national championship. This afternoon, the Cats will also be holding a press conference to introduce its recently hired new women's lacrosse coach, Cornwall, Vermont's Sarah Dalton. We'll hear from Dalton tonight at 6pm. ---------------------- ------------------ The Vermont Lake Monsters hosting a double header with Aberdeen last night... ---- Game 1 starter, Dakota Chalmers leaves this one up for Cole Billingsley in the top of the third. It's a solo shot making it 2-1 Aberdeen. --- Vermont gets that back and more in the bottom of the third, Miguel Mercedes with an RBI single to center. Mercedes with 3 hits and 2 RBI in the game. It's 2-2. --- JaVon Shelby also goes three for three, he drives in a run with the base hit. Steven Pallares coming around from second, beats the throw to the plate. It's 3-2 Vermont. --- Then with Sean Murphy at the plate, the catcher tries to get Mercedes out at third, but the ball is thrown away. Here comes Mercedes with the 4th Lake Monsters run. --- Icing on the cake here, the wild pitch brings in Shelby. A four-run inning. Vermont doesn't score again as the Lake Monsters win the opener 5-3...and would complete the sweep with a 2-0 shutout in the nightcap... ---------------------- --------------- Later this morning, it's the final round of the New England Women's Am at the Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury Center. The top three players, Hannah Ghelfi of Massachusetts, Susan Cavanagh of Rhode Island and Katie Barrand of Massachusetts are separated by just two shots. We'll have highlights and reaction at 6pm. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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It will be a star studded event... This thanksgiving .. Killington will host the first Alpine World Cup event in the East in 25 years.. U-S ski team stars Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn are expected to attend... Tickets go on sale Tuesday .. starting at 20 bucks. But the general admission area -- however -- is free for spectators.

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Almanac: A little cooler yesterday and got some more rain. Back in the Day: We've been fairly dry recently, so some of that rain over the last few days has been welcome. But so far this year, when we get rain, it doesn't last long. That was not so in 2013 when, at this time of the year, we had 17 straight days of rain in Burlington.

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This week you could get your chance to become a mega-millionaire! There was no winner in the last mega-millions drawing. So the pot has grown to 4-hundred-15 million. That's the third largest jackpot in the game's history! You can watch Friday's drawing right here on the Channel 3 News at 11.

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