Thu 23-APR-2015 Early A.M. News Script

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Good Morning, I'm Eva McKend!

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A Burlington woman will be in court today, facing allegations of child voyeurism. The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations says 34-year-old Mandy ((LAAH TUU LIP)) Latulippe was involved in secretly taping a 14-year-old having sex. Authorities say she then shared the video with 39-year-old Raymond Edwards, also of Burlington. Edwards was arrested in November for sexually assaulting the teen, voyeurism and possession of child porn.

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Rutland police say a pair of men assaulted -- and robbed -- two men they knew. The victims say around 6 last night they were attacked by Robert Sawyer Junior and Kyle Woodard on Prospect Street. At Sawyer's home -- police say they found the men, one of the weapons used, and the stolen property. Both are being held on 75-thousand dollars bail.

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An 8-year-old from Vermont had his wish come true in southern California yesterday. ((Reporter: How does it feel Noah? Noah: Yup, great!)) Noah Cohen is battling a rare genetic disease. The Make-A-Wish Foundation helped fly him out to California -- so he could meet the city's police -- fire -- and E-M-S personnel. And they didn't disappoint -- a full entourage met him at the airport! His parents say he's always wanted to meet them -- because one of his favorite 70's T-V show "Emergency" -- featuring L-A's first responders.

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((SOT Amy Cohen, Noah's Mom "It's incredibly emotional. Noah is a great kid and he's gone through a lot, so it's really -- it's pretty moving to just see so much preparation and attention just based on the things he really loves)) A fire truck transported him to L-A-X, where deputies, airport police and firefighters let him walk in their shoes for a day. As you can see... he was absolutely thrilled!

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Breezy & cooler today with scattered rain/snow showers. Same on Friday. Some sun on Saturday in our southern sections, but still unsettled north. More showers, on-and-off Sunday into middle of next week.

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A police officer from the Vermont VA Hospital is accused of threatening two people with her gun. Maine State Police say Demetria ((boo-hollis)) Buhalis of Brownsville pointed a gun at a driver and passenger. Authorities say it happened Wednesday morning on I-95 in Gardiner. Buhalis is charged with aggravated criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

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To avoid a devastating oil spill in Plattsburgh -- lawmakers are acting. There are concerns about a derailment or accident that would jeopardize safety and the environment. The Clinton County Legislature has passed three resolutions. Included: imposing stricter speed limits requiring safer rail cars -- for the 20 oil-carrying trains that whip through the county each week.

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((19:15 Eric Day/Emergency Response Director: Developing resolutions to try to urge state and federal governments to take a stance and move forward with some additional safety factors is a huge plus.)) Six other towns have also passed similar resolutions.

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This morning some job news out of IBM... And it's not layoffs ... IBM says, they're hiring. The company says it's looking to hire 100 workers in Essex Junction. Those jobs will be in its chip-manufacturing division. These are supplemental positions. Some could be longterm -- some seasonal. Meanwhile GlobalFoundries is expected to complete its 1-and-a-half BILLION dollar take over of IBMs micro-chip manufacturing operations this year.

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National Life Insurance is also looking for workers. The company says it has 60 job openings -- at its Montpelier headquarters -- and at its office in Texas.

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Breezy & cooler today with scattered rain/snow showers. Same on Friday. Some sun on Saturday in our southern sections, but still unsettled north. More showers, on-and-off Sunday into middle of next week.

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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It's been almost two years since one of the deadliest oil spills in history. Plattsburgh sits just three hours away from the Quebec town where the spill happened -- and lawmakers there, are taking steps to avoid a similar disaster in their city. Alex Apple reports.

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((Water NAT)) The cool spring water of the Saranac River that ran through Plattsburgh Monday is a peaceful treasure -- one the town would like to keep and protect. ((Disaster NAT)) The polar opposite of the scene in Lac Megantic in 2013. A rail car -- carrying crude oil -- erupted. Instantly killing over forty people -- and leaving a hole in the Quebec town. ((Colin Read/D-Clinton County Legislature 29:25 TO be fully prepared for something of the scale that occurred in Lac Magantic Quebec, I think is just about impossible.)) Such disaster is exactly what lawmakers in Clinton County want to avoid. ((Eric Day - Emergency Services Director 19:15 Developing resolutions to try to urge state and federal governments to take a stance and move forward with some additional safety factors is a huge plus.)) Clinton County legislators on the Oil Train Task Force proposed three ideas -- the county legislature adopted Wednesday. Included: imposing stricter speed limits requiring safer rail cars -- for the 20 oil-carrying trains that whip through the county each week. ((Train HORN)) ((STANDUP 36:23 or 34:55 Each train car moving along these tracks can carry up to 30,000 gallons of crude oil, but there's only so much the local governments can do. Because the trains carry oil across state lines, the federal government has some jurisdiction.)) ((31:48 Collin Read/D-Clinton County Legislature: The rail companies will do what is asked of them and they have proven to be relatively responsive up until now.)) In all -- Clinton County is 1 of 6 towns to pass such resolutions. Giving residents the peace of mind -- their home -- is as safe as the train breezing by. ALEX APPLE, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, PLATTSBURGH.

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A police officer from the Vermont VA Hospital is accused of threatening two people with her gun. Maine State Police say Demetria Buhalis of Brownsville pointed a gun at a driver and passenger. Authorities say it happened Wednesday morning on I-95 in Gardiner. Buhalis is charged with aggravated criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

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Rutland police say a pair of men assaulted -- and robbed -- two men they knew. The victims say around 6 last night they were attacked by Robert Sawyer Junior and Kyle Woodard on Prospect Street. At Sawyer's home -- police say they found the men, one of the weapons used, and the stolen property. Both are being held on 75-thousand dollars bail.

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You may remember when we told you about the dozens of dogs and cats removed from an Eden home about two months ago. Wednesday, a woman and her roommate answered to multiple animal cruelty charges related to that incident. Carol Merchant claimed she was an animal rescuer -- who got in over her head. But prosecutors allege she intentionally and maliciously tortured the animals. Court papers show almost all of the cats and dogs were dehydrated, malnourished and covered in feces. Merchant pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Russell Goodell -- denied 6 counts of neglecting the animals. Advocates say the charges send a message.

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((Joanne Bourbeau/Vt. Humane Society Director 00:30:28 I think it sends a very clear message that Vermonters take this very seriously and to see felony charges is very rare in an animal cruelty case here on vermont so very pleased to see that.")) The court allowed Merchant to keep 4 dogs -- and 1 cat -- still living at her home -- but barred her from acquiring any new animals.

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This morning some job news out of IBM... And it's not layoffs ... IBM says, they're hiring. The company says it's looking to hire 100 workers in Essex Junction. Those jobs will be in its chip-manufacturing division. These are supplemental positions. Some could be longterm -- some seasonal. Meanwhile GlobalFoundries is expected to complete its 1-and-a-half BILLION dollar take over of IBMs micro-chip manufacturing operations this year.

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National Life Insurance is also looking for workers. The company says it has 60 job openings -- at its Montpelier headquarters -- and at its office in Texas.

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(anchors introduce gary) Breezy & cooler today with scattered rain/snow showers. Same on Friday. Some sun on Saturday in our southern sections, but still unsettled north. More showers, on-and-off Sunday into middle of next week.

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Today: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Breezy & cooler Highs: 43 to 50 Wind: W 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Rain/snow showers 1-3" snow in mountains Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: WNW 5 to 15 mph Friday: Mostly cloudy Scattered rain, mountain snow showers Highs: 42 to 48 Wind: NW 10 to 20 mph Extended: Saturday: N: Mostly cloudy, showers S: Some sun Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 45 to 55 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 48 to 58 Monday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Wednesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 55 to 62

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The pilot of a gyrocopter that landed on Capitol grounds last week is lucky to be alive, officials say. But lawmakers are now demanding to know why he wasn't shot down. Alison Harmelin has the latest in our world watch.

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LEADERS OF A HOUSE OVERSIGHT PANEL ARE DEMANDING ANSWERS AFTER A MAJOR SECURITY BREACH LAST WEEK - THAT ALLOWED A MAN TO FLY A GYROCOPTER THROUGH RESTRICTED AIRSPACE...AND LAND ON THE CAPITOL LAWN. FOLLOWING A CLOSED DOOR BRIEFING WEDNESDAY -- COMMITTEE CHAIR JASON CHAFFETZ SAID POSTAL CARRIER DOUG HUGHES IS "LUCKY TO BE ALIVE" AND "SHOULD HAVE BEEN BLOWN OUT OF THE AIR" FOR THE STUNT. THE HOUSE PANEL PLANS TO HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING INTO THE INCIDENT NEXT WEEK. REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE FAA AND NORAD ARE EXPECTED TO TESTIFY. DEMONSTRATORS IN BALTIMORE ARE KEEPING UP CALLS FOR JUSTICE FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF FREDDIE GRAY. THE 25-YEAR-OLD SUFFERED A FATAL SPINAL CORD INJURY AFTER HIS ARREST A WEEK AGO. FIVE OF THE SIX OFFICERS INVOLVED HAVE PROVIDED STATEMENTS TO INVESTIGATORS BUT DETAILS ARE NOT YET KNOWN. PROTESTERS BELIEVE THE OFFICERS SHOULD BE CHARGED WITH GRAY'S DEATH...AND PLAN TO CONTINUE TO MARCH IN HIS MEMORY. AND, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES... CHILE'S CALBUCO VOLCANO HAS ERUPTED… SENDING LARGE CLOUDS OF ASH INTO THE SKY. THE WEDNESDAY ERUPTION ALSO FORCED THE EVACUATION OF A NEARBY TOWN… WHERE MORE THAN ONE-THOUSAND RESIDE. CALBUCO LAST ERUPTED IN 1972. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES. I'M ALISON HARMELIN, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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Welcome Back! A Tennessee father has a unique way of keeping an eye on his daughter ... after he decided to let her walk to school on her own. ((DRONE NOISE)) Hovering father Chris Early flies his drone overhead as his eight year old daughter walks to school. The techie dad says maybe he's just a little over protective but wants to make sure Katie is safe and looking both ways when she crosses the street.

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After being out of touch for about 16 years, a brother and sister were reunited after being matched up on the dating app Tinder! The Netherlands media reports the Erik and Josephine last saw each other when their parents separated in 1999, moving to separate countries. In 2008, Erik moved back to the Netherlands to study and in early April -- the brother and sister were matched on Tinder. After a few chats Erik began wondering if this Josephine might be the sister he had left behind 15 years before. Turns out -- she was!

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And a 102 year old got the surprise of a lifetime when she saw her younger self dance on video for the first time. Time Magazine reports Alice Barker had been a famous dancer in the 1920's, sharing the stage with the likes of Frank Sinatra, but all of her memorabilia had been lost. A worker at her nursing home attempted to find Barker's old films - which were called "soundies" back then - but had no luck until some jazz historians stepped in and found recordings of her under a different name. Barker says watching the footage made her wish she could get out of her bed and do it all over again.

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Breezy & cooler today with scattered rain/snow showers. Same on Friday. Some sun on Saturday in our southern sections, but still unsettled north. More showers, on-and-off Sunday into middle of next week.

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The 49th Annual Vermont Maple Festival kicks off tomorrow! But we are lucky because this morning we are going to get a little sampling of what we can expect. We are joined by Chef Marcus Hamblett from One Federal Restaurant in St. Albans cooking salmon poached in Maple sap! Thanks for being with us this morning.

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Coming up on the Channel 3 News... VACCINE DEBATE -- why unvaccinated students may have to stay home ... VOYEURISM CHARGES -- police say a woman recorded a teenager having sex... And MAKE A WISH -- a young Vermont boy battling a rare disease gets to meet his heroes!

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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Wednesday, the Vermont the Senate voted to get rid of a vaccine exemption. About three-thousand school children attend school in Vermont without vaccines - because their parents are philosophically opposed. There's disagreement about whether the language in the bill would apply to private and independent schools or just Vermont's public schools. Parents with children with depressed immune systems celebrated the vote, while those who don't vaccinate their kids say they don't know what they'll do if the bill becomes law.

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(5:32:59:00 ) ((Mia Hockett - Burlington Mom I think that it means that my daughter would have an opportunity to have an education and a healthy environment where we can send her to school everyday, not afraid that she's going to contract a communicable disease that could be prevented and have life-threatening consequences )) (5:40:15:00) ((Joan Kahn I will have to put off that decision as long as I possibly can because I don't want to withdraw them from school, but it is a very real possibility . We might have to look at alternatives )) Lawmakers from both chambers will be asked to reach compromise.

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If you get pulled over for erratic driving -- one day, you may have to do breath AND saliva tests. House lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow police to use new machines -- in addition to the standard field sobriety tests. Civil liberty advocates question both their reliability -- and whether those machines violate peoples' rights.

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A Burlington woman will be in court today, facing allegations of child voyeurism. The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations says 34-year-old Mandy Latulippe was involved in secretly taping a 14-year-old having sex. Authorities say she then shared the video with 39-year-old Raymond Edwards, also of Burlington. Edwards was arrested in November for sexually assaulting the teen, voyeurism and possession of child porn.

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Could Rutland go smoke-free? A concerned citizen brought up the proposal -- and city officials say they'll consider a smoking ban. Bill Jalbert - says folks lighting up outside his apartment building - leads to secondhand smoke for him and his son. The state has laws in place addressing secondhand smoke -- at the workplace -- in motor vehicles -- public places -- school grounds -- and childcare settings. However -- the law does not apply to apartment buildings.

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This morning an 8-year old Vermont boy battling a rare disease is in Southern California -- to make one of his dreams come true. Rachel Kim spoke with the special family.

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An 8-year-old boy battling a rare disease saw his dream come true when he flew into Los Angeles from Vermont. The Make A Wish Foundation gave Noah Cohen the opportunity to spend the day with emergency first responders. The boy got a hero's welcome as a fire truck transported him to LAX, where deputies, airport police and firefighters let him walk in their shoes for a day. Noah Cohen's parents say he's always been obsessed with police, ambulances and firefighters. Watching the hit '70s TV show "Emergency!" got him wondering what it would be like to meet emergency responders in L.A., where the show was filmed. "It's a great experience. This guy has been smiling the whole time," the boy's father said. Cohen was born with VACTERL association, a rare condition which prevents his organs from functioning. He's underwent 24 surgeries thus far. "It's incredibly emotional," his mother Amy Cohen told CBS2/KCAL9's Rachel Kim. "Noah is a great kid and he's gone through a lot so it's pretty moving to just see so much preparation and attention and anticipation just based on the things that he really loves." Sheriff's deputies dressed Cohen in one of their bulletproof vests and helmet. (credit: CBS) (credit: CBS) "How does it feel Noah?" Kim said. "Yup, great!" he replied. LAX police showed the boy the skills of their K-9 "Whiskey." Then, Cohen got a tour of an armored SWAT vehicle. He changed hats and became a firefighter. He was visibly thrilled that he got to turn on the truck's siren. The last part of his experience had him step into an ambulance where a paramedic hooked him up to a heart monitor. And if it could measure joy, it would have been clear that Noah's readings were off the charts. He made sure to tell Kim about his day: "I just love it!"

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(anchors introduce gary) Breezy & cooler today with scattered rain/snow showers. Same on Friday. Some sun on Saturday in our southern sections, but still unsettled north. More showers, on-and-off Sunday into middle of next week.

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Today: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Breezy & cooler Highs: 43 to 50 Wind: W 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Rain/snow showers 1-3" snow in mountains Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: WNW 5 to 15 mph Friday: Mostly cloudy Scattered rain, mountain snow showers Highs: 42 to 48 Wind: NW 10 to 20 mph Extended: Saturday: N: Mostly cloudy, showers S: Some sun Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 45 to 55 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 48 to 58 Monday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Wednesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 55 to 62

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((TRT: 1:47 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((Last night in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens were looking to complete a first round sweep of the Senators in Game Four in Ottawa ... ------------------- But they had to put the brooms back in the closet...both goalies standing tall on this night...Carey Price making 31 saves for the Habs...Craig Anders stopping 28 shots for a desperate Ottawa team. This won was scoreless until midway thru the third period when Mike Hoffman would score, sending the Sens crowd into a frenzy...the only goal on the night in a 1-0 Ottawa win. Forcing a Game Five which will take place tomorrow night at the Bell Center. ------------------- to baseball, the Red Sox let one get away last night, falling 7-5 to Tampa Bay at the Trop... Boston built a 5-1 lead that included home runs from Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz...but starter Joe Kelly and reliever Craig Breslow coughed up that lead as the Rays scored four runs in the sixth to tie the game at five... then two the lead with a two run seventh, including a home run from Jake Elmore. The Sox see their two game win streak snapped. The three game set wraps up tonight. ---------------------- - The Yankees broke out the bats in a big way on Tigers ace David Price in Detroit, pounding the Tigers 13-4... --- it started with a six run top of the first, highlighted by a bases clearing, three run double from second baseman Gregorio Petit ...Detroit answered with four in the bottom of the frame against Adam Warren, but New York came right back with two in the second...on back-to-back RBI triples from Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley...as the Yanks pick up their second straight win. The four game series concludes this afternoon. ---------------------- --- Tonight, the NBA playoffs return to the TD Garden. The Boston Celtics hosting Cleveland in game three of their Eastern Conference first round series. The Cavaliers lead the series two games to none. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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To avoid a devastating oil spill in Plattsburgh -- lawmakers are acting. There are concerns about a derailment or accident that would jeopardize safety and the environment. The Clinton County Legislature has passed three resolutions. Included: imposing stricter speed limits requiring safer rail cars -- for the 20 oil-carrying trains that whip through the county each week.

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((19:15 Eric Day/Emergency Response Director: Developing resolutions to try to urge state and federal governments to take a stance and move forward with some additional safety factors is a huge plus.)) Six other towns have also passed similar resolutions.

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Rutland police say a pair of men assaulted -- and robbed -- two men they knew. The victims say around 6 last night they were attacked by Robert Sawyer Junior and Kyle Woodard on Prospect Street. At Sawyer's home -- police say they found the men, one of the weapons used, and the stolen property. Both are being held on 75-thousand dollars bail.

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After dozens of cats and dogs were removed from an Eden home in February -- the pet owners have answered to numerous charges in court. Carol Merchant claimed she was an animal rescuer -- who got in over her head. But prosecutors allege she intentionally and maliciously tortured the animals. Court papers show that almost all the cats and dogs were dehydrated, malnourished and covered in feces. Merchant pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Russell Goodell -- denied 6 counts of neglecting the animals.

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((Joanne Bourbeau/Vt. Humane Society Director 00:30:28 I think it sends a very clear message that Vermonters take this very seriously and to see felony charges is very rare in an animal cruelty case here on vermont so very pleased to see that.")) The court allowed Merchant to keep 4 dogs -- and 1 cat -- still living at her home -- but barred her from getting any new animals.

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The U.N. secretary-general is calling on European leaders holding an emergency summit Thursday to act swiftly to address the growing migrant crisis. At least thirteen hundred people have drowned in the past three weeks alone trying to make the crossing from Libya. Ban Ki-Moon says he'll also take up the issue with Pope Francis next week.

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A federal judge has approved a potential 1-billion dollar plan -- to resolve thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits filed by retired players. The awards could reach $1 million to $5 million for younger men diagnosed with Parkinson's or Lou Gehrig's disease, or for chronic brain trauma-related deaths. The lawsuits accuse the league of hiding what it knew about concussion risks. The NFL denies the claims.

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And, for the first time in decades... Chile's Calbuco volcano has erupted sending large clouds of ash into the sky. The Wednesday eruption also forced the evacuation of a nearby town where more than one-thousand reside. The volcano last erupted in 1972.

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

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Breezy & cooler today with scattered rain/snow showers. Same on Friday. Some sun on Saturday in our southern sections, but still unsettled north. More showers, on-and-off Sunday into middle of next week.

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Welcome back -- spring cleaning season is upon us. To de-clutter your life -- why not sell or donate extra gear. Dann VanDerVliet joins us to talk about ONE way you can do that. Good morning. ((This weekend there is a gear swap -- how does the swap work?)) ((Who is putting it on -- and who benefits from this?)) ((What type of items can people bring in?)) ((If people have gear to sell or donate -- what's the best way to do that?)) ((This is the 4th year -- how have previous years gone? How much money has been raised?)) ((And for interested shoppers, what are the details? And I understand there is plenty to check out that day besides the gear!)) West Monitor Barn in Richmond on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 9-3

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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It's been almost two years since one of the deadliest oil spills in history. Plattsburgh sits just three hours away from the Quebec town where the spill happened -- and lawmakers there, are taking steps to avoid a similar disaster in their city. Alex Apple reports.

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((Water NAT)) The cool spring water of the Saranac River that ran through Plattsburgh Monday is a peaceful treasure -- one the town would like to keep and protect. ((Disaster NAT)) The polar opposite of the scene in Lac Megantic in 2013. A rail car -- carrying crude oil -- erupted. Instantly killing over forty people -- and leaving a hole in the Quebec town. ((Colin Read/D-Clinton County Legislature 29:25 TO be fully prepared for something of the scale that occurred in Lac Magantic Quebec, I think is just about impossible.)) Such disaster is exactly what lawmakers in Clinton County want to avoid. ((Eric Day - Emergency Services Director 19:15 Developing resolutions to try to urge state and federal governments to take a stance and move forward with some additional safety factors is a huge plus.)) Clinton County legislators on the Oil Train Task Force proposed three ideas -- the county legislature adopted Wednesday. Included: imposing stricter speed limits requiring safer rail cars -- for the 20 oil-carrying trains that whip through the county each week. ((Train HORN)) ((STANDUP 36:23 or 34:55 Each train car moving along these tracks can carry up to 30,000 gallons of crude oil, but there's only so much the local governments can do. Because the trains carry oil across state lines, the federal government has some jurisdiction.)) ((31:48 Collin Read/D-Clinton County Legislature: The rail companies will do what is asked of them and they have proven to be relatively responsive up until now.)) In all -- Clinton County is 1 of 6 towns to pass such resolutions. Giving residents the peace of mind -- their home -- is as safe as the train breezing by. ALEX APPLE, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, PLATTSBURGH.

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A police officer from the Vermont VA Hospital is accused of threatening two people with her gun. Maine State Police say Demetria Buhalis of Brownsville pointed a gun at a driver and passenger. Authorities say it happened Wednesday morning on I-95 in Gardiner. Buhalis is charged with aggravated criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

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Rutland police say a pair of men assaulted -- and robbed -- two men they knew. The victims say around 6 last night they were attacked by Robert Sawyer Junior and Kyle Woodard on Prospect Street. At Sawyer's home -- police say they found the men, one of the weapons used, and the stolen property. Both are being held on 75-thousand dollars bail.

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She claims she was saving them from kill shelters, but prosecutors say it was torture. The Eden woman is now facing several felony charges -- following an animal cruelty investigation. Jennifer Costa was in the courtroom.

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A crowd of animals advocates packed the Lamoille County courthouse -- for the arraignments of Carol Merchant and Russell Goodell. The Eden pair is accused of abusing dozens of dogs and cats -- cooped up in their home. ((NATS - scene)) This was the scene -- back in February -- after an anonymous tip lead Vermont State Police -- to Merchant's home on Rt. 100. Inside -- authorities say they found dehydrated, malnourished animals -- covered in feces and open sores. ((Joanne Bourbeau/Vt. Humane Society Director 00:31:41 "some dogs had to have parts of their bodies amputated because of severe infections.")) Joanne Bourbeau is the state's humane society director. She helped coordinate the rescue team -- and has followed Merchant's case to court. Prosecutors allege the 57 year old intentionally and maliciously tortured the animals. But she denied 8 felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. ((COURT- 00:19:36 "enter a not guilty plea on all 8 counts.")) Bourbeau says the animal community is pleased with such severe charges. ((Joanne Bourbeau/Vt. Humane Society Director 00:30:28 "I think it sends a very clear message that Vermonters take this very seriously and to see felony charges is very rare in an animal cruelty case here on vermont so very pleased to see that.")) Goodell -- also lived in the home -- owned two dogs -- and was supposed to help Merchant care for the animals. He pleaded not guilty to 6 lesser charges of animal cruelty. According to court papers -- Merchant told police she was an animal rescuer -- who got in over her head. But it's not the first time she's been investigated by police. In 2014 -- she promised authorities she'd get her animals to a manageable level. Instead they seemed to double. ((Joanne Bourbeau/Vt. Humane Society Director 00:32:39 "It's animal cruelty no matter how you characterize what her intentions were.")) Merchant still has 4 dogs -- and 3 cats living in her home. The court allowed her to keep them -- but barred her from acquiring any new animals. She must also arrange vet checks every 10 days -- and allow an animal control officer to inspect her property if there are future suspicions of abuse. Humane officers -- like Deborah Loring -- would like to see the state do more. ((Deborah Loring/humane officer 00:36:15 "we would like to see the state file a motion fir forfeiture and the judge left them open.")) Merchant told the court she's already made arrangements with Lamoille Valley Vet Services -- for those 10 day vet checks. We called the animal hospital. The owner denies entering into any agreement with Merchant -- and questions whether she could afford the frequent house calls -- or if the facility even wants the job. JC C3 NEws BTV.

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This morning some job news out of IBM... And it's not layoffs ... IBM says, they're hiring. The company says it's looking to hire 100 workers in Essex Junction. Those jobs will be in its chip-manufacturing division. These are supplemental positions. Some could be longterm -- some seasonal. Meanwhile GlobalFoundries is expected to complete its 1-and-a-half BILLION dollar take over of IBMs micro-chip manufacturing operations this year.

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National Life Insurance is also looking for workers. The company says it has 60 job openings -- at its Montpelier headquarters -- and at its office in Texas.

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(anchors introduce gary) Breezy & cooler today with scattered rain/snow showers. Same on Friday. Some sun on Saturday in our southern sections, but still unsettled north. More showers, on-and-off Sunday into middle of next week.

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Today: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Breezy & cooler Highs: 43 to 50 Wind: W 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Rain/snow showers 1-3" snow in mountains Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: WNW 5 to 15 mph Friday: Mostly cloudy Scattered rain, mountain snow showers Highs: 42 to 48 Wind: NW 10 to 20 mph Extended: Saturday: N: Mostly cloudy, showers S: Some sun Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 45 to 55 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 48 to 58 Monday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Wednesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 55 to 62

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A Florida mail carrier is facing charges after landing a gyrocopter on Capitol grounds. But now -- lawmakers are putting airspace monitoring agencies in the hot seat. Mark Albert reports.

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(SOT Chaffetz) He is lucky to be alive because he should have been blown out of the air. House oversight committee Chair, Jason Chaffetz, had harsh words Wednesday for postal carrier Doug Hughes, who flew a gyrocopter through restricted airspace last week...landing it on the Capitol lawn. But Chaffetz was even tougher on NORAD and the FAA - both agencies are responsible for monitoring the airspace over Washington DC. (SOT Chaffetz) They chose not to brief us today, and that's the heart of the question that we will be asking next Wednesday. During a closed-door briefing Wednesday -- officials from the Secret Service and Capitol Police revealed multiple agencies tracked the aircraft but made a judgment call not to shoot it down...out of concern for people on the ground. The committee's top Democrat, Elijah Cummings, expressed frustration that members of Congress were never made aware of the potential threat. (SOT Cummings) This is a wake-up call for all of us and for all of the agencies to look very carefully at what happened here//figure out every way they can to make sure it doesn't happen again (STANDUP: Mark Albert CBS News Washington) Hughes had flown from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to D-C intending to deliver letters to members of Congress about campaign finance reform. (SOT Hughes) I landed, I delivered the mail without anyone getting hurt, without any property damage, I succeeded. The 61-year-old has since been charged with operating an unregistered aircraft and remains under house arrest in Florida. Mark Albert for CBS News Washington.

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A Pennsylvania high school teacher is facing criminal charges after calling out an alleged victim in front of her entire class. The girl is involved in a teacher sex scandal. 40-year-old Drew Zoldak faces witness intimidation charges. He teaches at Plum High School near Pittsburgh where two teachers are accused of having sex with students. According to authorities, he pointed out the victim and called her to the front of the classroom to discuss the issue of sexual assault. He is the third teacher to be arrested as part of that investigation.

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A SkyWest Airlines flight from Chicago made an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York, after three passengers lost consciousness. The flight carrying 75 passengers was on its way to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut when it landed in Buffalo before noon Wednesday. The FAA says the crew reported a possible pressurization problem. A SkyWest spokeswoman says the passengers, who passed out, were evaluated and didn't need to be hospitalized.

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((Steve Marcil/Passenger, "Some rattling and shaking, like a steep roller coaster coming down very quickly, but we had to get it under 10,000 because we lost cabin pressure.")) The plane descended 28,000 feet in three minutes.

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Welcome Back! A Tennessee father has a unique way of keeping an eye on his daughter ... after he decided to let her walk to school on her own. ((DRONE NOISE)) Hovering father Chris Early flies his drone overhead as his eight year old daughter walks to school. The techie dad says maybe he's just a little over protective but wants to make sure Katie is safe and looking both ways when she crosses the street.

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After being out of touch for about 16 years, a brother and sister were reunited after being matched up on the dating app Tinder! The Netherlands media reports the Erik and Josephine last saw each other when their parents separated in 1999, moving to separate countries. In 2008, Erik moved back to the Netherlands to study and in early April -- the brother and sister were matched on Tinder. After a few chats Erik began wondering if this Josephine might be the sister he had left behind 15 years before. Turns out -- she was!

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And a 102 year old got the surprise of a lifetime when she saw her younger self dance on video for the first time. Time Magazine reports Alice Barker had been a famous dancer in the 1920's, sharing the stage with the likes of Frank Sinatra, but all of her memorabilia had been lost. A worker at her nursing home attempted to find Barker's old films - which were called "soundies" back then - but had no luck until some jazz historians stepped in and found recordings of her under a different name. Barker says watching the footage made her wish she could get out of her bed and do it all over again.

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Breezy & cooler today with scattered rain/snow showers. Same on Friday. Some sun on Saturday in our southern sections, but still unsettled north. More showers, on-and-off Sunday into middle of next week.

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With all that rain we're having this week -- runoff into Lake Champlain is a concern. Especially when it comes to pet waste. Cat Viglienzoni caught up with volunteers making sure dangerous bacteria -- don't end up in our water.

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Rich Brandt and his daughter India love walking their dog at Oakledge Park in Burlington. But they say they often find unwanted surprises when fellow pet owners don't pick up after their pooches. ((SOT Rich Brandt, Burlington Dog Owner 5822 You think it's kind-of dirty and people are getting educated about bacteria, but still, a lot of people are lazy 28)) ((NATS Fisher putting on gloves)) Volunteers like Lori Fisher spent the morning helping keep this water source for 200-thousand people -- clean. ((SOT Lori Fisher, Lake Champlain Committee 4018 I think some naively think oh, it's natural, it'll break down. 22 It takes a long time to break down and when it does, and it's on the hard surfaces, again, that stuff is running off into our waterways 32)) ((CAT STANDUP 4931 If you think Fido's waste doesn't have a big impact… think again. The Lake Champlain Committee says 2-3 days' worth of waste from 100 dogs is enough to close an area like this to swimming and fishing 43)) ((SOT Fisher 3955 One of our volunteers, in under an hour, picked up those hundred piles of poop 4001)) Our dogs have a bigger impact than wild animals, Fisher says, because there are a lot more of them around here than coyotes or deer. And because our pets have a much different diet, their waste contains more bacteria, viruses and water-polluting nutrients. Brandt says -- India is learning early that it's not safe. ((SOT Rich Brandt, Burlington 5841 You don't want them in contact with it. But she's four and she made a comment earlier that it was you know, gross 50 and someone should have picked it up 52)) A simple solution -- to a pesky poop problem. Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News, Burlington.

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Coming up on the Channel 3 News... VACCINE DEBATE -- why unvaccinated students may have to stay home ... VOYEURISM CHARGES -- police say a woman recorded a teenager having sex... And REMEMBERING ROSIE -- an iconic model from Vermont dies.

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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The senate has passed new legislation -- that could leave thousands of unvaccinated kids home from school. It's a move getting Vermont parents fired up at the statehouse. Kyle Midura has the latest.

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(those in favor nats) The issue of vaccines splits lawmakers and the public. A small percentage of the population worries about the shots -- concerned by the growing number suggested by doctors, and unconvinced of safety assurances from drug companies and public health officials. About six percent of students in Vermont schools are not fully-vaccinated as required by law. (4:54:30:00) ((Zuckerman we in this room are determining what goes into every single person's body)) Senators Wednesday voted to eliminate the most common of three legal excuses for skipping shots: the philosophical exemption. (4:59:06:00) ((Cummings What are we goign to do with the children not allowed in public schools?)) A handful of the Senate's 30 members say the change is a solution in search of a problem -- and may contribute to the state's on-going struggle with enrollment. But proponents contend vaccine safety is settled science, the best way to limit or eliminate the spread of life-threatening diseases. Parents with children with depressed immune systems celebrated the vote today… (5:32:59:00 ) ((Mia Hockett - Burlington Mom I think that it means that my daughter would have an opportunity to have an education and a healthy environment where we can send her to school everyday, not afraid that she's goign to contract a communicable disease that could be prevented and have life-threatening consequences )) .... while those who would prefer their kids not get vaccinated don't know what they'll do if the bill becomes law. (5:40:15:00) ((Joan Kahn I will have to put off that decision as long as I possibly can because I don't want to withdraw them from school, but it is a very real possibility . We might have to look at alternatives )) There's disagreement about whether the language would apply to private and independent schools or just public. Kyle Midura -- channel 3 news.

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A Burlington woman will be in court today, facing allegations of child voyeurism. The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations says 34-year-old Mandy Latulippe was involved in secretly taping a 14-year-old having sex. Authorities say she then shared the video with 39-year-old Raymond Edwards, also of Burlington. Edwards was arrested in November for sexually assaulting the teen, voyeurism and possession of child porn.

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Could Rutland go smoke-free? A concerned citizen brought up the proposal -- and city officials say they'll consider a smoking ban. Bill Jalbert - says folks lighting up outside his apartment building - leads to secondhand smoke for him and his son. The state has laws in place addressing secondhand smoke -- at the workplace -- in motor vehicles -- public places -- school grounds -- and childcare settings. However -- the law does not apply to apartment buildings.

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(TC 21:21:25:24 Title 2112)((Bill Jalbert/Rutland Resident: "we live in this age now where everything you hear about is how dangerous second hand smoke is. And here it is pouring in my apartment and exposing myself and my child to it." 21:21:34:20)) (TC 16:04:41:14 Title 1603)((Dave Allaire/Rutland City Board of Aldermen Chair: "we work for these folks. There was a legitimate issue and seems as those we should at least take a look at it and see if there's something we can do." 16:04:50:03)) The chair of the city's board of alderman says that the board will now take a look at other similar ordinances in Vermont -- to see what -- if anything -- can be done. He plans to host a meeting addressing the issue -- next week.

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"Rosie the Riveter" is being remembered right here in Vermont after passing away earlier this week. Mary Doyle Keefe was an 18-year-old telephone operator in Arlington when she was asked by artist Norman Rockwell to pose for the famous painting that appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post magazine in 1943. The image of Rosie the Riveter depicted the efforts of women to fill factory jobs while American men were off fighting in World War Two. The government used the image to sell war bonds. And for decades to come, advocates used Rosie to forward the cause of women's rights. Channel 3 talked to Keefe last year. She told us she had no idea the impact the painting would have.

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((Mary Doyle Keefe/"Rosie the Riveter " 07:36:58:00 No I didn't expect anything like this but as the years went on, I realized that the painting was famous.07:37:08:07)) Keefe was one of dozens from our region who posed for Rockwell paintings during the 15 years she lived and worked in Arlington. Like Keefe, many wound up on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. Mary Doyle Keefe died earlier this week in Connecticut. She was 92 years old.

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(anchors introduce gary) Breezy & cooler today with scattered rain/snow showers. Same on Friday. Some sun on Saturday in our southern sections, but still unsettled north. More showers, on-and-off Sunday into middle of next week.

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Today: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Breezy & cooler Highs: 43 to 50 Wind: W 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Rain/snow showers 1-3" snow in mountains Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: WNW 5 to 15 mph Friday: Mostly cloudy Scattered rain, mountain snow showers Highs: 42 to 48 Wind: NW 10 to 20 mph Extended: Saturday: N: Mostly cloudy, showers S: Some sun Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 45 to 55 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 48 to 58 Monday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Wednesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 55 to 62

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To crack down on drugged driving -- lawmakers are considering beefing up roadside testing. As ((ALEX--EE)) Alexei Rubenstein reports -- if you get pulled over for erratic driving -- one day, you may have to do breath AND saliva tests.

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(file) When police pull someone over for erratic driving, there's a series of tests the officer looks for... ((File -- NATS?)) Slurred speech, Blood-shot, watery eyes, unsteady balance -- It's only after the field sobriety tests, that drivers may take a blow test to see if they've been drinking. But for drugged drivers -- like someone smoking pot -- there has been no similar road-side tool. Up until now -- Introducing -- saliva samples. (00:20:00 Tile 7602) (( Lt. Gary Scott/Vt. State Police "They would insert the swab inside the device in the back end. This takes about 4-5 minutes to give a reading. You would read off a little print out like this saying if there was some type of detection of drugs in the system.)) House lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow police to use the machines -- one of the first states in the country to do so. Many departments -- including the Vermont State Police -- already have voluntary pilot studies underway. Authorities say the tests are highly accurate and do not represent a big departure from the blow tests for alcohol. (00:29:04 Tile 7618)((Trisha Conti/Vt. Forensics Lab Director "This is going to be indicative of recent use of drugs. Its not going to show something that was done yesterday or two days ago or last month. This is a noninvasive alternate tool to allow another piece of the puzzle that may or may not indicate impairment.)) The machines can't detect all drugs -- like bath salts or huffing -- but police say there are other tests -- including a blood test -- that are routinely used after an arrest. The state defender general and Civil Liberties advocates -- have questioned whether the technology is ready for prime time. (00:50:36 Tile 7632)(( Allen Gilbert/ACLU "If the machine is not 100 % accurate and reliable, a persons freedom to move about -- which is a pretty basic freedom -- could be curtailed, based on science that's not working. )) He says taking saliva also raised constitutional search and seizure questions that breath tests don't. The machines cost about 5-thousand each. State Police say grant money can cover much of the initial costs. The measure is not expected to make it for a vote this session. But will likely be back come January. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News -- Montpelier

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((TRT: 1:47 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((Last night in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens were looking to complete a first round sweep of the Senators in Game Four in Ottawa ... ------------------- But they had to put the brooms back in the closet...both goalies standing tall on this night...Carey Price making 31 saves for the Habs...Craig Anders stopping 28 shots for a desperate Ottawa team. This won was scoreless until midway thru the third period when Mike Hoffman would score, sending the Sens crowd into a frenzy...the only goal on the night in a 1-0 Ottawa win. Forcing a Game Five which will take place tomorrow night at the Bell Center. ------------------- to baseball, the Red Sox let one get away last night, falling 7-5 to Tampa Bay at the Trop... Boston built a 5-1 lead that included home runs from Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz...but starter Joe Kelly and reliever Craig Breslow coughed up that lead as the Rays scored four runs in the sixth to tie the game at five... then two the lead with a two run seventh, including a home run from Jake Elmore. The Sox see their two game win streak snapped. The three game set wraps up tonight. ---------------------- - The Yankees broke out the bats in a big way on Tigers ace David Price in Detroit, pounding the Tigers 13-4... --- it started with a six run top of the first, highlighted by a bases clearing, three run double from second baseman Gregorio Petit ...Detroit answered with four in the bottom of the frame against Adam Warren, but New York came right back with two in the second...on back-to-back RBI triples from Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley...as the Yanks pick up their second straight win. The four game series concludes this afternoon. ---------------------- --- Tonight, the NBA playoffs return to the TD Garden. The Boston Celtics hosting Cleveland in game three of their Eastern Conference first round series. The Cavaliers lead the series two games to none. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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Breezy & cooler today with scattered rain/snow showers. Same on Friday. Some sun on Saturday in our southern sections, but still unsettled north. More showers, on-and-off Sunday into middle of next week.

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This morning an 8-year old Vermont boy battling a rare disease is in Southern California -- to make two of his biggest dreams come true. He's going to spend a couple days meeting some of the city's emergency first responders. K-Cal 9's Rachel Kim spoke with the special family.

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An 8-year-old boy battling a rare disease saw his dream come true when he flew into Los Angeles from Vermont. The Make A Wish Foundation gave Noah Cohen the opportunity to spend the day with emergency first responders. The boy got a hero's welcome as a fire truck transported him to LAX, where deputies, airport police and firefighters let him walk in their shoes for a day. Noah Cohen's parents say he's always been obsessed with police, ambulances and firefighters. Watching the hit '70s TV show "Emergency!" got him wondering what it would be like to meet emergency responders in L.A., where the show was filmed. "It's a great experience. This guy has been smiling the whole time," the boy's father said. Cohen was born with VACTERL association, a rare condition which prevents his organs from functioning. He's underwent 24 surgeries thus far. "It's incredibly emotional," his mother Amy Cohen told CBS2/KCAL9's Rachel Kim. "Noah is a great kid and he's gone through a lot so it's pretty moving to just see so much preparation and attention and anticipation just based on the things that he really loves." Sheriff's deputies dressed Cohen in one of their bulletproof vests and helmet. (credit: CBS) (credit: CBS) "How does it feel Noah?" Kim said. "Yup, great!" he replied. LAX police showed the boy the skills of their K-9 "Whiskey." Then, Cohen got a tour of an armored SWAT vehicle. He changed hats and became a firefighter. He was visibly thrilled that he got to turn on the truck's siren. The last part of his experience had him step into an ambulance where a paramedic hooked him up to a heart monitor. And if it could measure joy, it would have been clear that Noah's readings were off the charts. He made sure to tell Kim about his day: "I just love it!"

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After dozens of cats and dogs were removed from an Eden home in February -- the pet owners have answered to numerous charges in court. Carol Merchant claimed she was an animal rescuer -- who got in over her head. But prosecutors allege she intentionally and maliciously tortured the animals. Court papers show that almost all the cats and dogs were dehydrated, malnourished and covered in feces. Merchant pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Russell Goodell -- denied 6 counts of neglecting the animals. Advocates say the charges send a message.

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((Joanne Bourbeau/Vt. Humane Society Director 00:30:28 I think it sends a very clear message that Vermonters take this very seriously and to see felony charges is very rare in an animal cruelty case here on vermont so very pleased to see that.")) The court allowed Merchant to keep 4 dogs -- and 1 cat -- still living at her home. But, she's not allowed to get any new animals.

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The Vermont Senate -- has voted to get rid of a vaccine exemption. About 3-thousand children attend school in Vermont without vaccines -- because their parents are philosophically opposed. There's disagreement about whether the language in the bill would apply to private and independent schools or just Vermont's public schools. Parents with children with depressed immune systems celebrated the vote... While those who don't vaccinate their kids say they don't know what they'll do if the bill becomes law.

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(5:32:59:00 ) ((Mia Hockett - Burlington Mom I think that it means that my daughter would have an opportunity to have an education and a healthy environment where we can send her to school everyday, not afraid that she's going to contract a communicable disease that could be prevented and have life-threatening consequences )) (5:40:15:00) ((Joan Kahn I will have to put off that decision as long as I possibly can because I don't want to withdraw them from school, but it is a very real possibility . We might have to look at alternatives )) Lawmakers from both chambers will be asked to reach compromise.

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International paper is turning to a virtual gas line to get natural gas. Colchester-based N-G Advantage has signed a contract to deliver compressed natural gas to the paper mill in Ticonderoga, New York. International Paper said last year it could cut its fuel costs in half by switching from oil to gas. The company was preparing to spend millions to bring a Vermont Gas pipeline to its plant on the shore of Lake Champlain. But cost over-runs killed that project. So now the paper company is turning to NG Advantage -- which delivers the fuel by truck.

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Breezy & cooler today with scattered rain/snow showers. Same on Friday. Some sun on Saturday in our southern sections, but still unsettled north. More showers, on-and-off Sunday into middle of next week.


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