Tue 24-MAY-2016 6 P.M. News Script

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Pulled over - for not being white? A new report shines light on troopers' traffic stops. Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. Vermont State Police are about to release data that could answer questions about whether racial bias plays any role in traffic stops. Anson Tebbetts is at Vermont Law School in South Royalton tonight -- where the report is being released. Anson who is at this meeting? Well the panel is called the Vermont State Police Fair and Impartial Policing Committee. It's not a new panel...it's been around about a decade but the report IS new.

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This is a significant report….it's been a long time coming and there is tremendous detail... Two national experts with Northeastern University are the authors of the study. They have taken ALL the traffic stops by the Vermont State Police from 2010 to the end of last year…FIVE years worth of traffic stops. It's going to examine why the stop was made---was there a moving violation? Was there some wrong with the equipment on the car? Was someone suspected of DWI? Or was there a reason to investigate a driver? It's also going to drill down and examine what's happening at all the barracks in Vermont? For example, do troopers out of Williston stop drivers differently than say troopers who work out of Rockingham which is closer to the Massachuetts border? We are told the report is 15 pages long….and has tremendous detail… Ready to be presented to this panel which is made up of community members and a number of state troopers…all looking at whether is a racial bias when it comes to traffic stops in Vermont by the Vermont State Police. -3-

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We should note...the state police now have appointed a Captain to handle all these issues. Captain Ingrid Jonas will be working fulltime on the issue of racial bias and fair policing... VSP knows they have to take this issue seriously. Thank you.

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A fire yesterday caused 20-thousand dollars in damage to a downtown Burlington building. The culprit -- a discarded cigarette... and firefighters say it's the third major incident in the city in just the last month. Cat Viglienzoni joins us from the newsroom with the story. Darren and Kristin, firefighters say it's costing them -- and taxpayers -- time and money. And it's putting residents' lives at risk.

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((SOT Joe Keenan 000657 People are going to smoke -- that's their choice, that's fine. 00)) But that's a choice that Assistant Fire Marshal Joe Keenan says comes with a VERY important responsibility -- making sure their butts are snuffed out. ((SOT Joe Keenan, Asst. Fire Marshal 000120 It is frustrating because when you look at causes of fire, some are pretty preventable 25)) That was the case for Monday's fire on the rooftop of the College Street building. He says it was an accident -- a cigarette tossed by a worker and forgotten that set part of the roof on fire. While the cigarette itself won't burst into flames -- Keenan says all it takes is a breeze to fan -- and spread -- the fire. ((SOT Joe Keenan 000710 Everybody thought their cigarette was out and that there was no chance that it was going to cause a fire. But we've had three significant fires where that was the case 18)) The other two fires took down homes as residents were sleeping... FIRE VIDEO NATS? -- one nearly a month ago in the South End on Hayward Street ... where improperly-discarded smoking materials sparked the fire that forced a woman to leap to safety from a second-story window -- and sent a man to the hospital with burns. HYDE STREET FIRE VIDEO NATS And the most recent house fire on Hyde Street -- sending two people to the hospital with smoke inhalation last Wednesday. ((SOT Nick Awad 000355 That front window -- that was mine 57)) Tenant Nick Awad told us he's mad at the carelessness -- but he knows his neighbors lost everything too. ((Nick Awad 000730 Nobody wins. Everybody just kind-of loses out of this 32)) And he has a strong message for smokers. ((Nick Awad, Resident 000659 Don't be an idiot. Be careful with what you do with your stuff, especially stuff that's flammable 705))

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Keenan say the safest ways for smokers to ensure they DON'T accidentally spark a fire is to extinguish the butts in a bowl of sand -- or water. One of the residents in that home is a well-known member of Burlington's music community. There is a music benefit for her and other residents who lost everything. "A Devastation Celebration" is tomorrow night at ArtsRiot... at 7. We'll have more details on our website. Darren?

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And Burlington firefighters were back at it this evening. This time battling a fire -- at a three-unit building -- on Spruce Street. A passerby noticed fire coming out of the roof. And called it in. No one was home. No one was hurt.

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((BTN. CHIEF BARRY SIMAYS/Burlington Fire Dept.: "They did have ... had active.")) Fire officials say a contractor was working on the roof earlier. It's not clear what sparked the blaze. But it doesn't appear suspicious.

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An update tonight to the house that's teetering on the edge of the Winooski River. Burlington's city engineer says that home off of Plattsburgh Avenue will have to be taken down. They hope that can happen soon -- because the embankment continues to give way. He says the city is in the process of preparing a dangerous building order. And that the property owners -- who live out of state -- are aware of the situation.

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Burke Mountain reveals an opening date for its new hotel. The long-delayed project will open its doors -- September first. It was built thru the EB-5 foreign-investor program. But the opening -- originally scheduled for last December -- never happened. By that time, federal investigators were looking into allegations of fraud -- and contractors were not being paid. Now the government-appointed receiver is working to resolve those financial issues. And the new management company -- tells Channel 3 News -- the hotel will open in time for the fall season.

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Radar/Satellite: It all depends on where you are today, we have had beautiful weather in the Champlain Valley, while there have been clouds and showers keeping temperatures down in eastern and southern parts of our viewing area. High temperatures: Temperatures have been much cooler in the east, while here in the Burlington area, we reached the low 80s once again. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows: 48/55 Winds: SE 5-10 mph Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance of afternoon showers/Tstorm. Highs: 75/82 Winds: SW 10-15 mph Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Chance of evening showers/Tstorm. Lows: 50/57 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 75/82 Winds: Light

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Dangerous dinner? A recall of frozen items from local stores keeps growing. Investigative reporter Jennifer Costa has the information you need to know.

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It might be time to dig deep -- in your freezer -- and check out what's lurking inside. ((Laina Johnson/consumer 00:00:18:09 "I opened the freezer. I saw the exact same thing. Threw it out. I was very lucky that I saw it.")) Laina Johnson tossed her chicken fried rice -- from Trader Joe's -- after learning of a massive food recall. It involves millions of packages of frozen fruits and vegetables -- shipped to the US, Canada and Mexico -- as far back as 20-14. The CDC says these products are potentially contaminated with Listeria. A scary thought for new mom -- Jill Kirby. ((Jill Kirby/consumer 00:01:18:25 "We eat a lot of frozen stuff from Trader Joe's having a new baby and we actually ate a ton of food that was under the recall and then we were like, oh! maybe we should have checked that.")) This is one of the largest food recalls -- with more than 400 products -- coming from Washington producer -- CRF Frozen Foods -- and sold under at least 40 different brand names at major retailers like -- Costco, Target, Walmart -- and Trader Joe's -- just to name a few. ((Jill Kirby/consumer00:01:28 :00 "We did not get sick, but I'm definitely checking stuff now when we go in.")) The list of potentially dangerous frozen foods keeps growing. The CDC says at least seven people have been hospitalized due to Listeria. Some of their illnesses -- linked to eating CRF-manufactured or processed products. Two -- have died -- but listeria was not the primary cause of death. ((Jacquelyn McAndrew/consumer 00:03:14:00 "I actually found it: A) slightly fascinating and also kind of terrifying because the nature of listeria and what it does to the digestive system.")) So how worried should YOU be? We asked the state's food borne epidemiologist. ((Bradley Tompkins/Vt. Health Dept. 00:05:12:10 "we've all likely been exposed to it, but when you ingest it as part of a food item and you happen to be elderly, perhaps a newborn, or a young child or a pregnant woman or even immuno-compromised it can cause a very serious and sometimes fatal illness.")) A blood test is the only way to know for sure. No cases have been reported in Vermont. And consumers are divided -- whether this outbreak will have them skipping the frozen food aisle. ((Laina Johnson/consumer 00:00:45:02 "It makes me nervous. And it's the first time from Trader Joe's I saw a recall, so I'll still go but I might not buy frozen veggies.")) ((Jill Kirby/consumer 00:02:05:15 "I feel like these things happen, food safety stuff. We'll keep eating stuff.")) ((COSTA "for a complete list of the recalled food items -- head to our website -- wcax.com. JC CH 3 News BTV))

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says many of the state's alcohol laws are outdated. And now some changes are on the way -- Rose Spillman is live from our Plattsburgh bureau with more. Rose. Darren and Kristin, Cuomo is looking to boost the state's billion dollar beverage industry by easing up on some requirements. Some changes include reducing the amount of licensing paperwork for craft manufacturers, and others changes involve the method--and even time of day--that alcoholic drinks can be sold.

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Meagan Mccomb works at the Blue Collar Bistro in downtown Plattsburgh. She says every Sunday there's a rush of customers stopping by for breakfast or brunch. ((Meagan Mccomb/Blue Collar Bistro 4368 10:47:50 "It's definitely super busy on Sundays, it's one of our biggest days. A lot of people come in, some celebrated things the night before, and are definitely ready for either a mimosa or a bloody mary when they come in in the morning, and they don't have the opportunity to have them." 10:48:06)) New York's current Alcohol Beverage Control Law does not allow alcohol sales at restaurants and bars before noon on Sundays. ((Adam Blaine/Peru, NY 4395 10:56:59 "I think it's pretty crazy. I mean on Sunday, that's when you're having brunch, you know, and you're not having it at noon, you're gonna have it at like 10am, and a Mimosa's a pretty standard thing that you should be able to have with that." 10:57:09)) Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced legislation with a list of changes for the state's alcohol laws. Removing the Sunday morning ban was at the top. ((Meagan Mccomb/Blue Collar Bistro 4368 10:48:13 "I feel like it would be beneficial. It would help businesses everywhere just to be able to boost your sales with alcohol purchasing." 10:48:22)) ((Rose Spillman/Plattsburgh 4396 10:59:30 "The legislation changes would also include reducing fees for craft beverage sales people and for small wholesalers. Governor Cuomo says that over the past several years the number of microbreweries in the state has increased by over 200 percent, and he's hoping these changes will continue that momentum." 10:59:48)) Also on the list--allowing wine to be sold in growlers. Businesses like Elf's Farm Winery and Cider House in Plattsburgh can only sell wine by the bottle or glass. They say growlers provide a whole new avenue for business. ((Erin Frey/Elf's Winery and Cider 4403 11:03:15 "It's a little more of a communal share thing, you know, get a bunch of friends together and share a growler. They're also a bit of a cool momento. A lot of travelers that come into the area like to take one home with them, and we also have a growler club, so for every 10th growler that you get filled, you get it for a penny." 11:03:32))

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Cuomo's legislation would also allow the State Liquor Authority to consider license applications for restaurants that fall within 200 feet of schools or places of worship--something that is currently prohibited. He hopes all changes will help boost sales, businesses, and jobs that come with the industry. The law still needs to be passed by the senate and assembly, and if approved, it would take effect immediately. Thanks.

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In the pursuit of the presidency ... New developments -- in the Kentucky nail-biter. Bernie Sanders has requested a re-canvass in Kentucky's presidential primary. Sanders trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent after last week's vote. The recanvass is unlikely to affect the final outcome of the election, but could affect the awarding of a single delegate still up for grabs.

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He's the youngest GOP delegate - from Vermont. And this Colchester High School junior is heading to Cleveland for the Republican Presidential Convention this summer. Jace Laquerre had supported John Kasich. Earlier this evening on The 30 - he told Judy Simpson about what he would like to see chance in the GOP.

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((Jace Laquerre/Vt. GOP Delegate:06:08 I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A MORE LIBERTY ORIENTED PLATFORM IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY... LESS HAWKISH...SO NOT GETTING INVOLVED IN FORIGN CONFLICTS AS MUCH AS WE DO NOW... "WHAT ELSE"..I WOULD SAY ENDING DOMESTIC SPYING..THE NSA COLLECTING PHONE RECORDS OF AMERICANS, THATS A BIG THING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE because WERE ALL ABOUT OUR phONES"06:24 (16) )) You can see more of the interview with Laquerre - on our website - wcax.com.

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Vermont Republicans have a candidate for Auditor of Accounts. Dan Feliciano -- who ran for governor as a Libertarian in 20-14 -- will take on incumbent Democrat Doug Hoffer in November.

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It's official. The Gilfeather Turnip -- is the new state vegetable. It didn't come without some good-natured controversy. Some preferred kale -- or fiddleheads -- for example. But today -- Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation -- awarding the top state veggie to the Gilfeather. The idea had been germinating in the Statehouse for nearly two years -- after students from Wardsboro -- presented the idea to lawmakers in Montpelier.

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A Vermont high school student wants the state to create more so-called "integrated treatment" programs for families facing an opiate addiction. They treat the addict -- and their kids. Sadie Tilden says its something she did not have when her mother was sent away to a 28 day residential treatment facility. As part of her senior project, she's calling on the state to look at programs where children are allowed to go to treatment with their parents. Julie Kelley takes us inside a program like this in Burlington.

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*** ADD STUDIO STANDUP *** Lund runs an integrated treatment program for mothers and children. It's the only place in the state where they can live together while women get treatment. To give you a sense of the difference between integrated and traditional treatment in Vermont -- the capacity at Lund is for 26 women and their children versus 140 in the three facilities that don't include children. The average stay at Lund is 3-6 months. The average stay in a traditional facility is 15 days. ***ORIGINAL PKG SCRIPT*** (TC - 00:19:33:00) ((Kelly/Recovering Addict I'm comfortable here ...)) That may not be something you'd expect to hear from a recovering opiate addict walking through her residential treatment center. (TC - 00:20:52:00) ((Julie - so this is the room you and your daughter stayed in. Kelly - Yah.)) Kelly Breeyear and her daughter Marley spent almost all of last year --- 11 months --- living in this room. (TC - 00:37:22:00) ((Kelly I can look around the room and see how I had it decorated. Marleys Art work from school all up on the wall.)) She also notices the bed. (TC - 00:36:55:00) ((Julie - what strikes you about that? Kelly- Thinking about the first day back and not even being able to get myself out of it.)) She says, "first day back" because she went through rehab twice here. She says, she breezed through it the first time and relapsed. (TC - 00:23:19:00) ((Julie - If she couldn't have come with you do you think you would have done treatment? Kelly - No.)) (TC - 00:06:30:00) ((Kim Coe Our client is the family.)) Coe has been running this program for 20 years. She believes their comprehensive approach is making a big difference .... particularly with the opiate crisis ... where children are often an afterthought to treatment. (TC - 00:06:39:00) ((Kim Coe Every person who lives here has a clinician that's doing the treatment, the most individual, group and family treatment, they have a family educator who's doing the work around parenting, child development assessments, working individually with the children.)) (TC - 00:00:32:00) ((Julie - oh she is so pretty!)) Children like Marley also benefit from the play lab. (TC - 00:07:05:00) ((Kim Coe Sometimes families have not had that experience of learning how to play and to use that as a way to help children develop.)) And they're developing in a safe space. (TC - 00:41:39:00) ((Kelly This is like the living room, the communal area, so all the children get together, we would do art projects.)) Like these sparkly stars which Kelly helped the kids make when she and Marley were still here. Coe says, kids who grow up around addiction --- and don't get support --- gfx - can suffer developmental delays, post traumatic stress and struggle to develop healthy attachments. It's been five months since Kelly and Marley left Lund. Before they moved out, Kelly had help lining up housing. She still goes back for group meetings and a family educator visits her apartment to make sure she's on track. Nats - And Marley is still getting help too. After some time on the waterfront, she's heading to play therapy to work on struggles that have come up around her father's addiction and his lack of involvement in her life. This all comes at a cost. Medicaid covers Kelly's expenses. Stand up - Barbara Cimaglio with the state health department says, Lund's integrated program naturally evolved from the residential work they were doing with pregnant women and treatment. She says, because of that, DCF covers most of the cost and the health department provides a small supplement for families in treatment. GFX- Cimaglio says, the state currently has 3 short term residential treatment facilities with a cost of about 300 dollars per day per person. She says, an integrated residential treatment program would cost more than twice as much if established. She says, there is also the question of whether there are enough people in vermont seeking that kind of care to make it cost effective. (TC - 00:14:42:00) ((Kim We can't afford to not be treating addiction and doing it in a way that's preventing the next generation from following suit. We can't afford not to do it this way.)) For Kelly, there is one more way this integrated approach to treatment is paying off. (TC - 00:33:23:00) ((Kelly I have a son, his father has temporary custody, he just turned eight years old and we're in the process of reconnecting.)) For this mother of two and recovering addict ... There is sense of hope that she hasn't felt in a long time. ***ADD STUDIO TAG *** Once the treatment is done -- whether in an integrated or more traditional system -- it's not really done. Most patients transition to longer term outpatient care. For instance in St. Johnsbury and Newport, the drug treatment program called BAART serves 700 people who are in different stages of recovery. As for their children, last summer BAART had 22 pregnant women who were addicted to opiates. Because of that, they started parenting classes. That's an example of how treatment continues to evolve as vermont gets a handle on this crisis. Julie Kelley, Channel 3 News, Burlington.

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Burlington College's days are numbered. Last week the school announced it's closing. Interim President Carol Moore played a lead role in the decision. She joined Keith McGilvery tonight on The :30. He's live in the newsroom tonight. Keith. The decision to shut down came as the school was faced with massive amounts of debt. Lofty plans to expand the college on North Avenue did not work out. The school bought more than 30 acres of waterfront property from the Catholic diocese. That decision came under former president Jane Sanders' leadership -- just before she left her post. I asked Moore if she thought Sanders was to blame for the College's collapse.

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((05:27 I don't want to be --- here we are.)) In the end efforts to secure a new lender and merge with Green Mountain College both failed. School officials say the remaining land and buildings will be purchased by developer Eric Farrell. I asked Carol Moore if there was a federal investigation into the purchase of the diocese property by Burlington College -- she would not comment on that. The school is slated to officially shut down this Friday.

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Radar/Satellite: Here's the circulation of the low along the coast, pulling the clouds and showers around in northeastern Vermont, central Vermont and southern Vermont. That's made a difference in the temperatures. Temperatures: Temperatures reached the low 80s again today, while not too far down the road, temperatures held in the 60s. RPM: The clouds and showers will clear out to the east and this next cold front will catch up with us late tomorrow and tomorrow night. Surface Map: That will bring a round of showers and possibly thunderstorms in from the north, but that will clear out with this bubble of high pressure giving us a quiet and pleasant Thursday.

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Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows: 48/55 Winds: SE 5-10 mph Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance of afternoon showers/Tstorm. Highs: 75/82 Winds: SW 10-15 mph Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Chance of evening showers/Tstorm. Lows: 50/57 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Thursday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 75/82 Winds: Light Extended: Friday through Tuesday. Thursday night: Lows 53/60 Friday: Chance of showers/Tstorm. Highs 78/85 Lows 55/62 Saturday: Chance of showers. Highs 78/85 Lows 55/62 Sunday: Chance of AM showers, then drying out. Highs 75/82 Lows 45/55 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 70s Lows 45/55

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Police have released the identity of the woman who died in a utility vehicle crash in Westminster. Police say 23-year-old Angel Frost was a passenger when the she was thrown from the vehicle Sunday and hit a tree. The driver 24 year old Andrew Ielpi then drove the Putney woman to the Bellows Falls police station where she was pronounced dead. The crash remains under investigation -- no charges have been filed.

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A Beekmantown man is accused of stealing more than 300-thousand dollars from his employer. 32-year-old Kevin Conroy was the chief financial officer for High Peaks Dental and High Peaks Realty. Police say Conroy embezzled the money between 20-12 and 2015 and falsified company records.

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A Brattleboro woman has pleaded guilty to a burglary spree. Donna Ditchkus admitted to stealing more than 200 items -- including a antiques from area stores in the Windham County area. Police say she had help -- Rebecca Harkness -- from Westminster -- is already serving time for the spree.

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Traffic tied up in Essex today while crews battled a fire. Investigators say a home on Essex Road caught fire this afternoon. The blaze was contained to one room -- and no one was hurt. No word yet on a cause.

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Starting Line Sports ...there is a saying that hard work is its own reward. But hard work can also lead to other rewards as well. Today, the Boston Bruins announced that they have signed defenseman and former UVM captain Kevan Miller to a four year contract worth $10 million. This past season, Miller's third in Boston, the 28-year old played in 71 games and set careers highs with five goals, 13 assists, 18 points and 53 penalty minutes. He was also second on the team in plus/minus rating at plus 15 and led Boston with 164 hits and entered this offseason as an unrestricted free agent. After a four year career at Vermont, Miller was signed by the Bruins as an undrafted free agent in late 2011 and assigned to Providence. After two plus seasons, Miller was called up to Boston for the first time in the 2013-14 season, playing 47 games...scoring one goal and adding five assists. That off-season, Boston signed Miller to a two year contact worth $1.6 million. The first season was cut short after 41 games, as Miller suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery, but this past season Miller was one of Boston's most consistent defenders. He struggled early on when injuries thrust him into a role as a first-line D, but overall, Kevan showed his worth and the team obviously agreed, locking Miller up for the next four seasons at $2.5 million a season.

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Another former UVM hockey star, Amanda Pelkey, is one of 29 players that have been invited to the USA Hockey Women's National Team Off-Ice Training Campa from June 1st-5th at the U-S Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The camp is primarily focused on strength and conditioning, nutrition and mental skills. Of the group of invitees, Pelkey is one of 21 members of the U-S Women's National Team that won the gold medal at the World Championships in April and one of 17 players that won the Four Nations Cup in November.

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In the NHL playoffs, Tampa Bay can close out the Pittsburgh Penguins on home ice in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight as the Lightning look to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second year in a row. Last night, the Sharks won Game Five of the West Finals 6-3 in St. Louis and San Jose can reach the Finals for the first time ever with a win at home in Game Six tomorrow night.

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Copley Hospital in Morrisville will soon have a new look ... Construction is underway on a $12.5 million Surgical Center. Officials say the idea behind the 20-thousand square foot addition is more about consolidation then expansion. They say -- like the old one -- it will include three operating rooms, but that the new space will improve a patient's experience from when they register -- to their post operative care.

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((Art Mathisen/Copley Hospital CEO "Some of the major surgeries do have to go to the bigger hospitals but we've got a great staff, great surgeons, great nurses across the board that can handle a lot of the bigger surgeries that are needed by our patients.)) In addition to current procedures -- like total hip and knee replacements, the hospital will also bring on a trauma surgeon. Construction is expected to be completed by the fall of next year. Officials say existing surgical services will not be disrupted by the construction.

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June Outlook: After a chilly start to the month of May, it has warmed up considerably for this last week of the month. But what about next month? The outlook for the month of June tells us it could be warmer than normal in the northeast, and wetter than normal. Lake: Most of the day should be very nice on Lake Champlain, but watch for some showers and possibly some thunderstorms to be developing late in the day and evening. Mountain: Same in the mountains, with most of the day being very pleasant, with the chance for a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm coming in from the north late in the day. Weekend Outlook: This weekend, the threat of showers and possibly some thunderstorms will continue into Sunday morning, but then it should dry out for the afternoon leaving us with a pleasant day on Monday.

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A Vermont company is expanding its horizons - to Cuba. Lynzi DeLuccia takes a look at what Orvis has in store.

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((natsound typing)) Research, planning, and traveling - Orvis Adventures's senior manager Simon Perkins has had a lot on his plate for the company's newest venture. ((Simon Perkins//Senior Manager, Orvis Adventures 1:14-1:17: "Cuba's been on the radar for quite a while now...")) The Vermont-based company that specializes in fly-fishing, hunting and sporting goods also boasts another feature - adventure trips, which send customers around the world to experience foreign culture including everything from fishing to feasting. ((Simon Perkins//Senior Manager, Orvis Adventures :32-:40: "At the end of the day what we're trying to do is we're trying to inspire a connection to the adventure and wonder of the natural world.")) Orvis already sends travelers to places like New Zealand, South America, and Africa and now - Cuba came up with the Obama administration's move to restore diplomatic relations between the island nation and the U-S. ((Perkins 2:18-2:29: "For 18 months we've been developing this trip, our goal was to make sure we did this right, and by that I mean make sure it's 100 percent compliant by Us and Cuba regulations.")) Orvis worked with a team of legal advisors to make the trip possible. Though travel between the countries is now more lenient, foreigners still have to travel under special licenses. ((Perkins 6:20-6:30: "We're doing it under a people to people license where you have to have a certain amount of meaningful interactions with the people, the culture, to comply with that license.")) Besides the legalities, a top priority was making the visit authentic - the 8-day trips will begin in October and continue through spring. Travelers will spend half the trip fishing in pristine national parks, and the other half with Cubans, who will share their parts of Cuba with them. ((Perkins 7:53-8:04: "stuff like you visit a musician in his house and have drinks with him, and he talks about the history of music in Cuba and then he plays a couple of original compositions for you...")) The adventure comes at a price -- just more than 6 thousand dollars per person Perkins was part of a group of employees who took the trip as a trial run. ((Perkins 21:54-22:07: "It's been eye-opening and an experience that has been incredible to be a part of, and now we get to bring our customers on that trip with us.")) The company hopes the trips will click with customers - and play a part in strengthening relations between the two countries. LD, Ch 3 News, Sunderland.

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UVM senior Isaac de La Bruere of Colchester was the first alternate to qualify for javelin at the East Preliminary Round of the NCAA, but unfortunately, none of the 48 competitors dropped out of the field by last night's deadline and so Isaac will not be heading to Jacksonville, Florida later this week. Vermont junior Ian Weider is bound for the Sunshine State to compete in the long jump. The former Thetford Academy standout is a two-time America East outdoor champ, but he'll be dealing with more than just the best his sport has to offer, he'll also be battling the conditions. It's expected to be near 90 degrees in Jacksonville this week. Weider is used to practicing and competing in temperatures thirty, forty or even fifty degrees cooler.

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((TRT: 30 ... OC: ANY OTHER TIME)) ((Weider/ I've been trying to come out in the middle of the day, when its hot, and try to acclimate the best I can, because it's going to be brutal. The fact of the matter is most of these great jumpers are from southern schools, so they're used to it and they can practice outside all year round and I'm not afforded that same luxury. So I'm going to come out and try my best.)) ((Belfield/ Part of that is not considering it a strange environment. It's somethere where it's the runway, it's you and your spikes. It's the take off board and you try to keep that part of it as similar as any other time.))

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The Middlebury men's tennis team will play for a national championship. The Panthers beat Chicago 5-2 in the NCAA semifinals today in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Middlebury will meet NESCAC rival Bowdoin for the national title tomorrow morning at 10am. Meanwhile, the Middlebury women fell in the D-3 semifinals 5-1 this afternoon to Emory.

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If you blinked, you missed Carson Smith's first season with the Boston Red Sox. The club announced today that Smith will have to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, effectively ending his season. Smith appeared in just three games this season. He missed the first month plus with a strained muscle in his forearm and returned to action May 3rd. The 26-year-old was the key piece of the offseason trade that sent starter Wade Miley to Seattle and was expected to be a key part of Boston's bullpen.

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After having Monday off, the Red Sox open a three game interleague series with the Colorado Rockies tonight at Fenway Park. Boston won the last two games of the Cleveland series this week and enters tonight tied with Baltimore atop the A-L East standings. Jackie Bradley, Jr extended his hit streak to 27 games Sunday, and David Ortiz came up a triple short of hitting for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. The offense, which leads almost every statistical category in all of baseball, will look to feast on Jorge De La Rosa, who has a 10.18 ERA and is making his return from a month-long stint on the disabled list. David Price gets the ball for Boston in search of his third straight win.

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The New York Yankees, who also had Monday off, take on the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at the Stadium. New York has found something of late, running off five straight wins, including a four game sweep of the A's in Oakland this weekend, to move past Toronto into third place in the A-L East, five and a half games back of the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles. Tonight's stater for the Yanks, Nathan Eovaldi, has also found his form recently...posting a 2.84 ERA while winning four of his last five starts. Alex Rodriguez was eligible to come off the disabled list tonight, but instead of rejoining the big club, A-Rod has been sent to Double-A Trenton for a rehab assignment. Rodriguez has been out since May 3rd with a strained hamstring.

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The NBA's Eastern Conference Finals are even at two games apiece after the Raptors picked up a 105-99 win over Cleveland in Game Four last night in Toronto. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 67 points to lead the Raptors. LeBron James had 29 for the Cavs, but Cleveland struggled from deep, hitting just 13 of 41 three point attempts. Game five of that series is tomorrow night in Cleveland. Tonight, Oklahoma City looks to take a surprising 3-1 series lead on Golden State in Game Four of the West Finals in OKC.

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Showers will be ending tonight, with a pleasant day for most of tomorrow. There will be the chance for a few late day showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Thursday looks dry and pleasant.

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A new hospital being built in Franklin County. Details on that tonight on the channel 3 news at 11. And testing the strength of muscle cars. Next on the CBS Evening News. Take care. See you soon. Good night.

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