Tue 15-APR-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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The Shumlin administration last week announced a reshuffling of its Health Care Reform team. Commerce Secretary Lawrence Miller was tapped for a new position -- Chief of Health Care Reform -- and starting in June will act as a senior advisor to the Governor. Secretary Miller is here to talk about the new job -- and challenges that lie ahead on the way to Vermon't Single payer plans. Welcome... ((why is this new position needed? Isn't Green Mtn Care Board leading health care reform. There are five paid board members and a tremendous amount of staff. Why do we need to add another layer at the Cabinet level?)) ((what will your role be?)) ((what is going to be the funding source for single payer?)) ((Why all the missed deadlines to provide a financing plan? Critics say its because it would be unpalatable to voters? )) ((Don't businesses and Vters deserve an answer not and NOT until the election is over?)) ((The launch of the Health Connect was a failure and still does not work..why should the public being confident the state can create a single payer health care system.)) ((How many people have signed up for VHC?)) ((How will commissioner Mark Larson's role change?)) ((when should people expect Governor Shumlin's single payer system to take effect?))

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- a performance from "Our Town" The Lost Nation Theatre in Montpelier is bringing Thornton Wilder's classic play to the stage on its 75th anniversary. It's the timeless drama in the mythical village of Grover's Corner, New Hampshire -- of love -- life -- and death. We'll get a preview, tomorrow, at 5-30 on the 30..

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Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. Warnings tonight -- about rising rivers across the region. We are already seeing flooding. And more is expected. We begin our coverage with Ali Freeman. She's in downtown Montpelier tonight. Ali. Kristin and Darren -- I am standing next to the Winooski river here in Montpelier -- and the waters are raging below. Not only is rain falling fast -- but the warm temps yesterday melted snow -- adding to high waters. Parts of our region are already flooding -- and others are bracing.

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((2:44 Bill Fraser / Montpelier City Manager "Well flooding is flooding. And it's still always a concern.)) Montpelier City Manager Bill Fraser says residents need to be on alert -- as the rivers continue to climb. Frazer says the city has been cleaning storm drains to avoid backups, readying sandbags -- and closing parking lots prone to flood. ((3:00 Bill Fraser "we need to be prepared. We expect there will be some on some roads, there will be some in some parking lots, there will be some in basements -- and certainly people need to know what's going on.)) The water is expected to crest around midnight -- so flooding in low laying areas is expected to hit in the early hours of the morning. Frazer says they don't think the levels will catastrophic measures -- but urges the community to be careful. ((4:44 don't drive through standing water. You don't know how deep it is and it doesn't take much to have a car hydroplane and you don't know if it's going to be washed out underneath. That's number one. Don't walk or a lot of times people think it's fun to wade or splash around in flood waters…)) While Montpelier is preparing -- some parts of the state have already started to Flood. Like in Cambridge -- where the Wrong Way Bridge on Route 15 is submerged in water. Earlier this afternoon -- cars were still slowly making their way over the flooded part of the road -- but we have been told that since then -- the road is closed to any traffic. ((7:10 Robert Anderson / VTrans Cambridge "I'd turn around and go back, because you don't know what that pavement looks like underneath. Right now we can see the payment so we know there's no big holes or pavement lifting.")) Roads are covered -- fields are flooded -- and rivers are spilling their banks. As the rain continues to fall -- the water levels will keep rising. Officials are warning drivers NOT to cross roads with water over them. In Lyndonville, athletic fields are under water. The Passumpsic River is now creeping toward roads. And the Center Street Covered Bridge is closed. Parts of New York's North Country are flooding as well. At least a half of a dozen roads are closed.

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montpelier -- Darren and Kristin?

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And authorities are urging people who live near rivers and streams should watch for a sudden rise in water levels. You should avoid flooded areas - don't try to walk through a flowing stream - you can be swept off your feet by just 6 inches of fast flowing water. Don't drive on flooded roads - the water could hide damage beneath - and your car can start floating in just a foot of water. And - experts say - use extra caution at night - when it is harder to spot flooding and washouts.

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A man was rescued from Black River in Springfield this morning. Fire and rescue crews were able to get him safely to shore -- after fighting the rising water. Logan Crawford has more on that.

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(tile 8355 00:08:37:16) ((nats 00:08:39:08)) Michael Barror couldn't believe what he was seeing. (tile 8365 00:12:32:01) ((Michael Barror/Springfield "it was crazy." 00:12:34:09)) A man in the middle of the Black River in Springfield... Looking like he was unable to swim to shore. (tile 8365 00:11:56:24) ((Michael Barror/Springfield "I was thinking it was a little cold to go for a swim." 00:12:00:02)) The Springfield Fire Department responded to the 9-1-1 call Tuesday morning. Fire Chief Russell Thompson immediately started coordinating a rescue. (tile 8334 00:00:54:15) ((Chief Russell Thompson/Springfield Fire Dept. "A gentleman who was at that point finding himself on a rock about 70 feet in a swift water area." 00:01:04:12)) Hartford Swiftwater Rescue and Springfield Rescue teams were called in to help. Thompson says the high water level from rain and melting snow - made it difficult for rescuers to reach the man in need. (tile 8334 00:01:52:19)) ((Chief Russell Thompson/Springfield Fire Dept. "There was 18 to 24 inches over the rock set near where he was perched.")) (tile 8367 00:14:29:14) ((Logan Crawford/Springfield "According to an eyewitness the man who was rescued left Springfield Health Center this morning at around 7 o'clock, at which point he climbed over this railing and jumped into the water below. It took rescue teams nearly 2 hours to get him back on dry land." 00:14:43:17)) (tile 8365 00:12:53:00 ((Michael Barror/Springfield "They strung a line across, and they went out with a boat, went across went down through and they gave him a life jacket and he put it right on, he didn't hesitate." 00:13:07:27)) Officials have not yet identified the rescued man or why he was out in the water. He is now recovering at Springfield Hospital. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Springfield. -3-

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The Vermont Senate wants you to know what you're eating. In a 26-to-2 vote -- Senators gave preliminary approval to a bill requiring food companies to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. A similar bill already passed in the House. If the measure gets final approval - and the governor's signature - Vermont would be the first state to enact a GMO labeling law. And - lawmakers are already preparing for potential legal challenges from food companies. The bill sets up a legal defense fund.

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A push to help farmers sell more RAW milk. There's new debate at the state house tonight. And that's where we find Shelby Cashman. Shelby, what can you tell us? Darren-the bill would be a victory for Vermont Dairy Farmers who produce raw or unpasteurized milk--by allowing them to expand where and how they sell their product. Opponents say-raw milk is a major health risk.

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A Vermont great dairy debate--raw milk versus pastuerized milk. 00:01:13 00:01:25 ((Nathan Rogers/Owners, Rogers Farmstead "People really desire a raw product, something that hasnt been altered by pasturization or been altered in the name of profit more often then not.")) 01:21:19 01:21:26 ((Jane Clifford/Exec. Dir. Green Mt. Dairy Farmers & Farm Owner"We are very proud of the milk we produce and we like that its pasturized and its safe.")) The sale of raw milk in our region is allowed but there are restrictions aimed at protecting the public from getting sick. STANDUP ((Shelby Cashman "tier 2 dairy farmers can sell up to 40 gallons a day of raw milk from their farms-but now they say its about taking it to market.")) 00:06:13 00:06:29 ((Nathan Rogers "If youre gonna do this and do this safely, you have to have the ability to move the product. And if its sitting around, that doesnt help. its all about being able to create an economic business model that will work for the farmer.")) The House Agriculture committee heard testimony Tuesday on Bill S70--if passed, the bill would allow tier 2--or larger dairy producers--to deliver to farmers markets. Jane Clifford- co-owner of Cliffords Dairy and the executive director of green mountain Dairy famrers says Vermont produces 2 billion pounds of milk every year--and its pastuerized for a reason. 00:19:58 01:20:11 ((Jane Clifford/Exec. Dir. Green Mt. Dairy Farmers OR Owner clifford Farm "The challenge we have with unpastuerized milk or raw milk is shall we say the bacteria that milk carries.")) health professionals and some who make their living selling milk argue even the cleanest farms could be at risk.. pasteurization can kill the e-coli bacteria which can be deadly. Critics of the bill say if the bill passes-- Consumers may not know the risks of what they are buying. But raw milk producers say-their product is completely safe and thouroughly tested-and drinking and buying raw milk is a choice.. 00:04:16 00:04:28 ((Nathan Rogers "Its all about what you as an individual feel is safe, what you as an individual choose to do with your own body and your family. and thats really for us what it comes down to, the fundamental right to make the decision yourself."))

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Raw milk producers tell me they represent a small fraction of dairy farmers in Vermont-and they serve a niche market----but want to be able to sustain a viable business through the expansion of their method of sale. Opponents of s70 say the problem with selling raw milk to farmers markets is oversight. Darren?

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A plea deal for a man who triggered a 5 hour standoff in Newport last fall. Derek Niles pleaded no contest to reckless endangerment today. He got a deferred sentence - will be on probation until April next year - and has to get mental health counseling. Niles had filed several motions from jail - including one asking to plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

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An arson at the Albany Fire Department was an inside job. And today -- former firefighter Elmer (yorg) Joerg --- pleaded no contest -- to setting the blaze. Investigators say the former volunteer was caught on camera -- setting the fire -- inside the fire station last summer. Police said -- under questioning -- he admitted he had urges to set fires. No sentencing date has been set.

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One year ago -- a deadly attack rocked the Boston Marathon -- changing countless lives forever. Today that city honored victims and their efforts to move forward-- and folks in Burlington came together to do the same. Keith McGilvery is here to show us how they did it. Keith. It was a wet cold afternoon in Burlington but it did stop one group of dedicated runners. The athletes turned out to pay tribute to marathon victims and their loved ones in a quiet run along the water.

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Many of these marathon runners are charting a course for Boston.... ((Ryan Polly, Race Organizer 07:47 "I think if anything from tragedy comes triumph and that's where we are headed now.)) But this year they're preparing for a race that's about much more than making it to the finnish. ((NATS of 2013 blast)) When last year's Boston Marathon Bombings killed 3 and injured hundreds of others -- it shook long-time marathon runner Jess Cover to the core. She was not at the race - but many of the people she runs with were. ((Jess Cover, Marathon Runner 03:16 So many of my friends were right there and just knowing that life is really short and you can lose anybody at any time.)) Tuesday she joined about 20 others for a run along the waterfront in Burlington to mark a year since the blast. ((Ryan Polly, Race Organizer 06:15 "For us it's so important to just take that few moments to remember what happened but also to prepare ourselves for moving on and healing.)) Ryan Polly organized the simple tribute-- The Williston athlete was running Boston when the bombs went off. He's helped raise more than 17-thousand dollars to help the marathon victims since the blasts -- and says he reminded of them all the time. ((Ryan Polly, Race Organizer 06:54 "I was out running yesterday and there were a ton of sirens and a car accident in Williston and it brought me right back there.)) He and Cover will be back on Boylston Street next week to give the race all they've got. ((Jess Cover, Marathon Runner 02:58 A lot of my friends were there and I just decided if I have the chance and I have a qualifying time that I should do it.)) Do it they will -- for their friends -- and all those whose lives were forever changed on an April morning they'll never forget. ((Jess Cover, Marathon Runner 03:45 "We are going to celebrate that day, and we are going to celebrate the lives that were lost and all the families that were effected by it, we're coming back and we can't be put down.))

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This year's Boston Marathon is scheduled for Monday.

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An arsonist changed Burlington's skyline -- when he set fire to a church's steeple. But now -- just in time for Easter -- the church is reopening. Melissa Howell stopped by.

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Members of the College Street Congregational Church have been waiting months for this moment... ((NATS)) And with each hour dedicated to the restoration of their building -- they're now ready to open their doors to the community. And the timing couldn't be better. ((Pastor Ken White/College Street Congregational Church 00:14:09 "yesterday was the day we got our certificate of occupancy because we didn't know until yesterday if we'd be here on Easter or not so we had this hopeful expectation and it was so neat to get that." 00:14:19)) The steeple of the church was destroyed in October after Aliaksandr Bychkou torched it. He later admitted to setting the fire. He said voices told him to do it. He was then deported from the United States -- back to his home country of Belarus. ((construction)) And now -- after 2 million dollars in renovations to replace the steeple, repair water damage and update the sanctuary, the congregation is pleased with the outcome. ((Bill Harwood/Church member 00:20:14 "this is fabulous, this is rebirth, this is Easter. This is how the church should've looked but since 1867 it's had some aches and pains." 00:20:25)) ((Rachel Cosgrove/Church Member 00:23:55 "there are definitely nice things that have come out of it. Silver linings. The wood up on the floor of the sanctuary is one such." 00:24:07)) Pastor White has only been with the church a few months -- and looks forward to his first service in the sanctuary. The hard work has been a labor of love -- and an opportunity for him to get better acquainted with his new congregation -- and the community. ((Pastor Ken White/College Street Congregational Church 00:12:38 "As much as this was a loss for our church, it helped the church remember that we are the church and also reminded us that we have a call to show love to our neighbors just as they have shown love to us." 00:12:51)) First Congregational Church on South Winooksi Street invited the church to hold services in their building until restorations were complete -- throughout the process, Pastor White says parishioners have learned a lot. ((Pastor Ken White/College Street Congregational Church 00:12:51 "I think one of the things that will come out of this is a renewed energy to invest and share and give back to the community." 00:12:59)) And as the Easter Holiday is upon us - members of the church look forward to service in their restored church -- and new beginnings. Melissa Howell Channel 3 News Burlington.

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Easter service will be held Sunday morning at 10.

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We are nearing the end of the 2014 legislative session. Big issues remain .... next year's budget -- paying for education -- the minimum wage. And yesterday -- the governor made a big announcement. An economic jobs package. To talk more about this, we are joined by Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith -- who is at the State House tonight. Good evening, Mister Speaker. Let's begin with this new jobs package. It depends on a 5-million dollars from a projected budget surplus -- funding incentives for businesses. And loans to jump start businesses. Why now? Why wasn't this a priority -- included in the budget? And what if there are no surplus funds in a budget year? The house wants to increase the minimum wage to 10.10 an hour soon. The governor wants to phase it in. Which proposal will you stick with? Voters sent a strong message on Town Meeting Day. More than 35 school budgets defeated. Many want a change in how we pay for education. Property taxes are going up again. Will this be addressed this year? Burlington voters on Town Meeting Day overwhelmingly Ok'd a charter change to regulate guns in the city. It needs state approval. Will you be taking it up? Why not? And finally, mister Speaker. Are you running for re-election? Are you seeking or eyeing -- any other statewide office? Lieutenant Governor? Attorney General? House Speaker Shap Smith. Thank you.

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Tonight: WINTER RETURNS Rain changes to snow, ending after midnight. Trace-3", more mtns. Lows: 15/25 Wind: NW 10-20 mph Wednesday: CHILLY Mostly sunny. Highs: 32/40 Wind: nw 10-15 mph bec light Wednesday night: COLD Mostly clear. Few clouds, north. Lows: 12/22 Wind: light Thursday: MILDER Mostly sunny. Highs: 46/54 Wind: S 10-15 mph Extended: Thursday night: Lows: 20s Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 50s Lows: 25/35 Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance few showers. Highs: 48/58 Lows: 25/35 Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 48/58 Lows: 25/35 Monday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 55/65 Lows: 30s Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance showers Highs: 50S

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A Vermont man is using the insanity defense for a brutal slaying in a Littleton hotel lobby. 38-year old Rodney Hill of West Danville is accused of killing Catherine Houghton at the Hampton Inn over a year ago. The two were total strangers. Hill told police he believed he was Jesus and that Houghton was the devil -- or his father out to hurt his family. The New Hampshire Attorney General's office agrees Hill was insane during the attack. If a judge signs off -- Hill will be sent to the secure psychiatric ward at the New Hampshire State Prison.

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The former CEO of a credit union in Derby is headed to prison. 59-year old Debra Kinney pleaded guilty to fraud. Federal prosecutors say she stole more than 633-thousand dollars from about 30 accounts at the Border Lodge Credit Union. Then -- the tiny credit union was forced to be liquidated. Insurance covered each account up to a quarter million dollars. Kinney was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

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Burlington's Fletcher Free Library was back open today -- after a bit of a mess Monday. Water started running down the walls above the children's section. It turns out a heating unit on an upper floor burst - when the system switched to cooling. The library shut down Monday as a precaution. Luckily no books -- furniture -- or equipment were damaged.

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Another sign of spring. The Bennington Battle Monument is getting set to open for the season. The monument is 306-feet tall -- has 417 steps -- and honors a crucial Revolutionary War battle in 1777. The monument opens to visitors on Saturday -- and will be open daily -- until the end of October. That's News Around Region.

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In starting line sports, the 2014 season at Thunder Road kicks off a week from Sunday with the Merchants Bank 150. Thunder Road and ACT officials met today in Burlington to discuss the new season with members of the media. Late Model drivers Williston's Brian Hoar and Derrick O'Donnell were on hand as well. O'Donnell is the reigning King of the Road and Rookie of the year. He's the first late model driver to win both honors in one season and will try to avoid the sophomore slump in 2014. Hoar could make history on the 27th when he tries to become the first driver to win three straight Merchant's bank 150s. Right off the top we've got great storylines for what should be the High banks biggest and best season to date.

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The Merchants bank 150 will be the only ACT race to invade Barre this season. ACT president Tom Curley said they are cutting back on tour events this season so not to overload the drivers. Coming up, One year later, one Vermonters reason for returning to the Boston Marathon.

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Knee replacements are expected to skyrocket from a-half-million a-year to 3-and-a-half million by 2030. Now a surgeon has created a way for knee replacement patients to go home the same day and heal faster. Meg Farris reports.

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LANA MARTIN HAS HAD BOTH KNEES REPLACED BECAUSE SHE HAS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS ... AN AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE THAT ATTACKS HER JOINTS... (------------------) IT'S A STRUGGLE EVERYDAY IT'S A STRUGGLE EVERY DAY (------------------) BEN HEAD ALSO STRUGGLED FROM AN OLD MOTORCYCLE INJURY AND BEFORE HIS KNEW REPLACEMENT IT WAS BONE ON BONE. (------------------) JUST CONSTANT GRINDING GRINDING GRINDING ++ 3656 WHOO IT WAS BAD IT WAS BAD I MEAN THERE WAS SOME DAYS I FELT JUST LIKE FALLING TO THE GROUND FROM THE PAIN (------------------) BUT LANA AND BEN WERE THE FIRST PATIENTS TO HAVE THE "RAPID RECOVERY " KNEE REPLACEMENT. IT WAS DEVELOPED BY BY LSU HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON DR. (VIN-ODE' DAH'-SUH) VINOD DASA AND HIS TEAM. 20 PATIENTS SO FAR HAVE LEFT THE HOSPITAL WALKING THE SAME DAY OF SURGERY. AND WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY BEGINNING THE NEXT DAY THEY ARE WALKING UNASSISTED IN AROUND 6 WEEKS..RATHER THAN IT TAKING THE USUAL 3 TO 4 MONTHS. PATIENTS ARE IN THE O.R. FOR AN HOUR OR SO .. JUST SEDATED. AND ALONG WITH A COMPUTER ASSISTANCE... DR. DASA'S INCISIONS AND TECHNIQUES MEAN LESS BLOOD LOSS, TRAUMA AND POST OP PAIN AND STIFFNESS. (------------------) SO WE DON'T HAVE TO BLOCK THE NERVES THAT CONTROL THE MUSCLE WE CAN SIMPLY BLOCK THE NERVES THAT CONTROL THE PAIN ++ 5151 BUT NOW THAT WE CAN GET THEM MOVING MUCH EARLIER BECAUSE THEY ARE PAIN FREE EVERYTHING HEALS MUCH BETTER (------------------) I'M UP COOKING AND THEY TOLD ME YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO COOK (------------------) IF I HAD TO DO IT AGAIN I WOULD HAVE DONE IT SOONER

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But it's not all good. Orthopedic surgeons trained in joint replacements are projected to only be able to handle 30-percent of the cases. That's health watch.

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Haircuts were on the house at South Burlington High School this afternoon. It was part of a community-wide effort to go "Bald for Burke." Principal Patrick Burke was diagnosed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in March. Today his students, faculty and staff flooded the auditorium stage to shave their heads to show their support. Burke who is currently undergoing chemo turned up to go under the buzzers as well.

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((Patrick Burke, I'm not going to lie, it's really helped a lot, it's helped me, it's helped my family and I'll never be able to say thank you enough.)) ((David Shiffert, Spanish Teacher "Patrick supports everyone of us whether we are students or faculty, and we support him fully.)) ((Molly Burke, Burke's Daughter "it's really cool that so many people are willing to do that for him.)) ((Eric Schwaigert, South Burlington H.S. Student "it shows we're all together, we're all one community.)) Folks who were not ready to shave their heads head the option to weave a blue extension into their hair to show support. Principal Burke just underwent his second of 6 chemo therapy sessions.

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A new commercial wants to reinvent Rutland. The goal is to brand the city as a shopping and dining destination. Elizabeth Keatinge has that story.

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******((From youtube 00 Rutland is classy 02)) ****((from youtube 08 Rutland is blooming 09)) Rutland is taking charge of its reputation. Nats A new 30 second ad called "Downtown Rutland Is" - produced by the Downtown Rutland Partnership and the Imagination Company - features 12 area businesses. ((Michael Coppinger/Downtown Rutland Partnership 01:39:40:20 Obviously with everything that's going on lately, it's good to just remind folks of the great things that we have in downtown and have always had in downtown.01:39:45:22)) The Marble City has had an uphill battle when it comes to its notoriety as the poster child for Vermont's opiate problem. National media recently highlighted the city - calling it "entrenched in a heroin epidemic." ((Michael Coppinger 01:41:15:07 On a timely basis, it couldn't happen at a better time, but we had been planning this all along.01:41:17:21)) James McNeil of McNeil and Reddy is featured in the ad. *****((from youtube 0:11 Rutland has style 0:12)) The men's clothing store has operated on Merchant's Row for 58 years - and McNeil has worked there for 40. ((James McNeil/McNeil and Reedy 1:44:07:11 We've been through cycles of this before, so this is one more thing. But we are family, we stick together. 01:44:14:18)) Just around the corner on Center Street, Hawley's Florist - has also stood the test of time. Bonnie Hawley has been in business for 37 years. ((Bonnie Hawley/Owner Hawley's Florist 01:52:34:05 We really wanted to get the word out, so people could see what we have here.01:52:37:11)) With downtown Rutland's current 90 percent occupancy on its first floor retail space, the branding message seeks to remind people of what the city has to offer. ((Bonnie Hawley 01:53:04:00 We really wanted people to know, we are just real people down here, working hard, and providing what they need.01:53:09:10)) ((Michael Coppinger 1:39:34:13 We want folks in the Rutland region to think of downtown Rutland first, for their shopping and dining needs1:39:40:20)) ((Elizabeth Keatinge/Rutland 01:59:02:13 Well this ad is just part of a larger campaign to promote downtown Rutland. After this ad runs through July, a new one will start running after that. Elizabeth Keatinge, Channel Three News, Rutland.01:59:14:00))

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The ad can be seen on several TV channels -- as well as the Partnership's YouTube and Facebook pages. The video just went online Friday and already has over 16-hundred hits.

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The rain has affected tonight's Yankees game. The Bombers were supposed to host the Cubs, but it has been washed out. The Red Sox visit the Chicago White Sox. Jake Peavy gets the start for Boston. The last time we saw Peavy was at the home opener against the Brewers. Peavy pitched well, allowing just 2 runs in 6 innings. Peavy needs another strong outing if the Sox are going to bounce back after dropping 3 of 4 to the Bombers.

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Vermont Mountaineers fans could watch the son of a future hall of famer this summer. Mariano Rivera Junior has signed on to pitch for the NECBL's Laconia Muskrats. Rivera Junior is a 20 year old righty, just like his old man career saves leader and former Yankee Mariano Rivera. Laconia's first appearance at Montpelier Rec field is Friday, June 20th.

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Lyndon Institue is looking for a new football coach. That's because Dan Nolan is leaving to take an assistant coaching job in Midland, Texas. Nolan, a lyndon alum, spent 6 seasons as the Vikings head coach with a career 27-29 record. A former assistant coach at North Country Union, Nolan had his best season with LI in 2013 taking the Vikings all the way to the division 2 sate title game last fall. In a farewell letter to the Lyndon football community, Nolan said quote, "While I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join such a well established program in the nation's premiere football state, I am saddened to be leaving my alma mater behind." The team Nolan is joining, plays in front of 15 to 18 thousand fans.

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How about Essex Junction's Evan Russell, the Hartford Hawk finishing second at the New England Division 1 championships over the weekend. He shot a 70 in round one and came back with a 66 on Sunday. Last summer, Russell became just the third Vermonter to win the New England Amatuer and the first to win it in Vermont.

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The Brulington free press reports that Darren Payen, a 6-foot-8, forward has transffered from hofstra to UVM. He will sit out next season and have 2 years of eligibility. In 10 minutes a game this past season, Payen averaged 3 points and 2 rebounds.

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Not too many sports going on in the rain today, the Middlebury men's lacrosse team hosting Skidmore. --- All Panthers in the early going, Jack Cleary to Tim Giarruso in front. It's 1-0 Panthers. --- A couple of minutes later, check out this shot by Taylor Pirie, going upstairs knocking some water loose there. It's 2-0. --- Jack Rautiola then gets it to Brian Ayers. Middlebury taking a 3-0 lead in the first period and looking good. --- but Skidmore answers back with 2 straight, Jack Metzler with the bouncing shot. It's 3-2 Middlebury after one. --- The Panthers keep control however, great passing here leads to the long shot and score by Cleary. Middlebury goes on to the 18-10 win. The Panthers women are facing Union tonight. An updae at 11.

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The NHL playoffs get going tomorrow night, the Candadiens host the tampa bay lightning in game one of their first round series at the Bell Centre. The Bruins meanwhile host the Red Wings friday in game one of their series. The Bruins haven't played too well coming into the playoffs, but they've also been resting some of their top stars down the stretch. One concern for the B's, Detroit having won 3 out of the 4 regular season games.

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(((ON THOSE GUYS TOO ...:27)))

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As you may have saw earlier in the newscast, today marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The lives will never be the same for those impacted by the attack. Meanwhile there are Vermonters ready to make an impact by attacking Monday's marathon head on. Here's tonight's Spotlight on sports. (((Boston strong... 2:01))) (((At first, South Burlington's Mike Kennedy wasn't sure he'd return.))) ((("How do you teach people to come back or not be afraid?"))) (((But as time passed, it became clear that going back to Boston was something he had to do.))) (((Michael Kennedy/"Given the events, it was important for me personally to be back there this year.))) (((Kennedy finished last year's marathon about an hour before the bombs went off. It was an unnerving experience, but this year will prove people's resolve, including Kennedy's, won't be shaken.))) ((("For me, it's just important to finish, to be there really. Hopefully to finish storng for the people that were so impacted by that day."))) (((According to Run Vermont about 150 Vermonters are registered to run in this year's Boston Marathon. That's close to the same number of participants from last year. The numbers haven't changed, but the reasons for running Boston certainly have.))) ((("I had plan to not run Boston. I had ran it two other times and felt like I did really what I could there."))) (((But after Jess Cover watched the events of last year unfold from her Richmond home...))) (((Jess Cover/"I really decided that to run for those whose lives had been forever changed. In the world of distance running, peoples spend years and years of time trying to qualify for Boston and run Boston, so it's a big deal."))) (((Bob Sayers/"I turn 60 a couple of days before the marathon and I thought running Boston at 60 would be a nice birthday present, but certainly the events of last year certainly reinforce my desire to go."))) (((Mike Kennedy's desire to go grows with each training session regardless of the weather.))) ((("This winter hasn't been great to run, but I thought a couple of times, there's a lot of people out there who were there last year that would love to be able to run., no matter how cold it is, or how rainy it is, or how snowy it is."))) (((Committing to a solid decision to remain Boston Strong.)))

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