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The Democratic National Convention is underway in Philadelphia. As we enter the second day, Hillary Clinton is set to become the first female presidential nominee of a major party. On the first day -- First Lady Michelle Obama, New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, and others made pleas for party unity. Meanwhile -- Bernie Sanders urged his disappointed supporters to back Clinton.

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((Sanders: I think it's fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am. But to all of our supporters here around the country I hope you take enormous pride of the accomplishments we have achieved." )) Former President Bill Clinton will speak tonight.

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South Burlington's fire department is hoping for some upgraded communications equipment. The fire chief says the radio used by his department was discontinued 5 years ago. A new system would cost taxpayers nearly 2 million dollars. The improvements will be up for a vote on August 9th.

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Police are expanding technology to monitor speeds on the roads of Essex. These special speed signs have built in radars to let drivers know how fast they're going -- and record and upload that data. The speeds are uploaded via cell data to a cloud server, where police can later review it and keep track of problem spots.

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((TILE 5020 10:38:45:19--10:38:53: 01 Sgt. Rob Hall/Essex Police Dept.: "It will tell me when the officers need to be out there, when the greatest speed problems are, and it allows us to prioritize our resources.")) ((TILE 5100 11:22:09:28--11:22:17: 01 Stephanie Minicozzi "It's definitely helpful to keep all the kids safe. A lot of them are biking over here, we're all walking down this way.")) The signs have detected speeds as high as over 80 mph.

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Today: Starting out warm & mainly clear. Nice day ahead, just a slight chance for a passing shower.

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((THANK GARY)) ((TALK ABOUT SPEEDING))

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Hillary Clinton is set to become the first female presidential nominee of a major party today ... the second day of the Democratic National Convention. On a rocky first day of the DNC -- First Lady Michelle Obama, New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, and others made pleas for party unity. While Bernie Sanders urged disappointed supporters to back Clinton ... Sanders reminded everyone to remember the good work his campaign has done along the way.

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((Sanders: I think it's fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am. But to all of our supporters here around the country I hope you take enormous pride of the accomplishments we have achieved." )) Party leaders also addressed their concerns with Republican nominee Donald Trump -- saying he has no real plans for the country. Former President Bill Clinton, addresses the convention tonight... along with mothers who lost their children to gun violence.

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A former Congressman is weighing in on the divide. Democrat Bill Owens worked with Wasserman-Shultz. He says the DNC needs to give Sanders a big role -- if there's to be unity. ((Bill Owens/Former NY Congressman 2099 05:24:46 "I think Bernie Sanders needs to be given a significant play in the convention process. He needs to be seen by his people as a player and someone who is having influence and who is likely to have influence in a Clinton presidency." 05:25:03))

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Our Kyle Midura is in Philadelphia for the convention. We will have complete coverage all week--right here on WCAX.

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A lawsuit over access to a meeting -- about the Vermont Gas Pipeline. The Public Service Board announced last week that the public would be barred from its August hearing -- due to disruptions caused by anti-pipeline protesters at previous hearings. The media will be allowed in -- and the hearing will be streamed live online. But that's not good enough for Lisa Barrett. The retired lawyer from Huntington filed a fedaral lawsuit claiming that closing the meeting violates the first amendment right of access to governmental proceedings.

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A brutal attack at a treatment home in Middlebury sends two people the the hospital. And prosecutors say the patient behind the attacks is facing attempted murder charges. Judy Simpson has more.

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52 year old Ronald Bean has a history of assault convictions, most recently in March of last year. But Monday he was charged with two counts of attempted murder stemming from a violent incident Sunday afternoon. Police say he allegedly punched, choked and stabbed two people at this residential facility in Middlebury. One of those injured was Justin Covey a staff member who works for Counseling Service of Addison County. The other victim, Allison Burton is another resident. ((Bob Thorn/Counciling Service of Addison County "I don't believe the injures to the staff member 00:01:22:29 are life threatening but they are serious this is a serious incident a serious issue.")) Bob Thorn is the Executive Director of Counseling Service of Addison County. He says staff is shocked by what happened at Hill House. According to court documents Bean entered the office and started asking Covey questions about what day it was. The documents say Bean became aggressive and began choking Covey, punching him repeatedly in the head, then grabbed 4 inch scissors and began stabbing Covey. Police say another resident, Allison Burton tried to get Bean to leave the office, and she then locked herself in a bathroom. Bean then allegedly kicked down the bathroom door and began punching and stabbing Burton. Authorities say he left the home, and headed into the woods, leaving bloody footprints behind. Another staff member called police. It took several hours to arrest Bean -- and for at least 3 hours -- state and local police did not notify the public that a potentially dangerous suspect was on the loose. Police did not respond to our requests for an interview. Bob Thorn says Counseling Service of Addison County is reaching out to the community. ((00:04:20:24Thorn again " Right now our focus is on our staff people injured and what can we do in terms of outreach we are also very concerned about the community because this has to be concerning to people thinking that this kind of thing can happen. And what does it mean, am I safe.?" 00:04:41:05 )) Bean pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder charges and is being held without bail. ((Nat sot Bean 00:07:11:25" Thank you your honor good luck to you sir.")) A competency evaluation was also ordered by the judge. Justin Covey was treated and released from the hospital . UVM Medical Center says Allison Burton is listed in good condition. JS. CH3NEWS. BURLINGTON.

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A bomb scare in Barre .. Turns out to be an electric hand warmer. Police say someone spotted this blue pack in a parking lot yesterday -- got concerned -- and reported it to authorities. They say a square, electronic device inside -- covered with some foam and two wires hanging out -- made it look suspicious. The Vermont State Police Bomb Squad was called in -- and determined it was not a threat.

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((TILE 2089 05:14:04--05:22:26 Tim Bombardier/Barre Police Dept.: "Lot of stuff going on. I think being cautious. This is suspicious in nature. We're being appropriately cautious.")) The scare closed off parts of North Main Street for a couple of hours. No word on who may have placed the device in the parking lot -- or if it was meant to be a hoax.

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Police are expanding the way they monitor speeds on the road in Essex. They recently added to their fleet special speed signs. They have built in radars to let drivers know how fast they're going. But it doesn't stop there. The signs also capture the individual speeds -- and upload that info via cell data to a cloud server, where police can later review it.

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((TILE 5020 10:38:45:19--10:38:53: 01 Sgt. Rob Hall/Essex Police Dept.: "It will tell me when the officers need to be out there, when the greatest speed problems are, and it allows us to prioritize our resources.")) ((TILE 5100 11:22:09:28--11:22:17: 01 Stephanie Minicozzi "It's definitely helpful to keep all the kids safe. A lot of them are biking over here, we're all walking down this way.")) The signs have detected speeds as high as over 80 mph. We'll have more on how police are using this technology later in the show.

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New research shows the town of Middlebury is saving thousands of dollars in flood damage each year -- thanks to decisions made on the land upstream. During Tropical Storm Irene, the Otter Creek jumped its banks and caused flooding in Rutland, but downstream in Middlebury -- the town was spared -- even though it got twice as much water. A researcher from the University of Vermont studied the gauges on the Otter Creek and found that water was slowed by the wide flood plains around Middlebury -- so it went through town gradually instead of all at once.

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((SOT Keri Watson, Researcher 000446 So elsewhere in Vermont, river corridors have been altered. They've been straightened and incised in a way that prevents rivers from accessing those flood plains 55 So those flood plains, however big they are, can't provide this benefit 500)) Watson estimates the flood plains saved Middlebury from nearly two million dollars in damage, and on average -- 126 to 450-thousand dollars in potential damage each year.

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If you'd like one of the lasting symbols from Tropical Storm Irene -- time may be running out. We're talking about the "I Am Vermont Strong" license plates. They were first issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles in 20-12 to raise money for victims of Irene. They were set to expire last month, but Governor Shumlin said they'd become a symbol of pride -- so he signed an executive order allowing people to continue to display them. Now the D-M-V is offering the plates for five dollars apiece -- until the current stock is depleted.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Warm, mostly clear start to the day. Local temps: Mainly in upper 60s and low/mid 70s. NE radar/temps: Line of showers & t-storms that came at us yesterday broke up into two parts - one going north, one going south. Temps mainly in upper 60s and 70s throughout the northeast. NE Dewpoints: Got really high yesterday, now down just a notch, but still fairly humid in low/mid 60s. U.S. Rad/sat: Front has gone by, trailing trough of low pressure to our north may swing down with just a few passing showers.

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Today: Partly cloudy Slight chance for a passing shower Highs: 78 to 85 Wind: WNW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Clear skies Patchy fog Lows: 55 to 65 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mostly sunny Hot Highs: 85 to92 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Chance for a shower, t-storm Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 80s Friday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms south Lows: 55 to 62 Highs: 75 to 85 Saturday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 75 to 85 Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 78 to 85

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Japanese police arrest a suspect after a deadly stabbing spree near Tokyo. At least 19 people were killed and another 26 were injured -- some still in critical condition. The rampage happened early this morning in a facility for the disabled. 30 minutes into the attack, the suspect turned himself in -- police found out the attacker used to work at that facility.

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Police release the names of the victims in the Fort Meyers Nightclub shooting. 18-year old Stef'an Strawder and 14-year old Sean Archilles were killed in a random shooting that happened yesterday. Club Blu staff were hosting a teen night event -- and police say 18 other people were shot and sent to the hospital. Florida officials brought three people into custody -- no word on a motive.

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At least 18 homes are destroyed following a massive sand fire in California. The fire broke out last Friday in Santa Clarita along the freeway -- evacuating residents from 10-thousand homes in that area. Officials say one man's body was found inside a charred vehicle -- and they believe he may have died attempting to escape the flames. At last check, fire crews say the fire was about 10 percent contained. It's still unclear what initially sparked the blaze.

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Medical marijuana could help treat Alzheimer's patients. A recent study suggests it could be effective. Medical officials say T-H-C -- the psycho-active ingredient in cannabis -- stimulates the removal of toxic plaque in the brain. They say it also blocks inflammation -- which prevents the damage of brain neurons. Unfortunately, there are still no effective therapies for stopping the disease.

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General Mills announces a recall yet again for its flour. This comes only one month after the company initially recalled 10-million pounds of flour for e-coli prevention. The C-D-C confirmed four new e-coli cases linked to the flour -- previously they had linked 46 cases to the outbreak. The recalled flour includes the Gold Medal, Wondra and Signature Kitchen Brands.

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Attention parents -- it's time to check your baby monitors. The popular Lorex Care and Share video baby monitors have been recalled after officials say the batteries can overheat, swell and pop the cover off. There have been close to 500 reports of the batteries overheating and expanding -- luckily no injuries have been reported. The recall targets about 26-thousand monitors across the U-S -- anyone with one is asked to contact the company for a full refund.

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I want you guys to meet someone...his name is Graham. He's the only person designed to survive a car crash. An artist in Australia created the life size sculpture to show how our bodies can change during a car accident. He has a flattened face to absorb the energy of an impact and a larger skull to protect his brain. The creator worked with a trauma surgeon to design Graham for a road safety campaign.

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Move over Gary, the spotlight is not on you this morning. As a matter of fact, humpback whales are taking center stage in California. Here's why... A paddleboarder in the San Francisco Bay area was playing a flute while riding the waves -- when this happened! The long time California resident says she's never been that close to a whale, but says recently she's been bringing her flute along for her paddleboard rides. She believes they wanted front row seats to her concert.

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Today: Starting out warm & mainly clear. Nice day ahead, just a slight chance for a passing shower.

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...An August deadline looms for the Burlington Mall zoning. Plus new technology to crack down on speeders. And Bernie Sanders took the stage at the Democratic national convention .. Encouraging his supporters to vote for his former rival ...

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((Sen. Bernie Sanders/(D) Former Presidential Candidate "Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her.")) We will have more from Sanders .. And a look at the first night of DNC just ahead .. But first .. Sunglasses or raincoat Gary?

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Today: Starting out warm & mainly clear. Nice day ahead, just a slight chance for a passing shower.

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Protesters say the will be out all week in Philadelphia during the D-N-C this week. Melissa .. Joins us with the latest... While that's happening Gina, Party leaders are hoping to move forward from the email leak that already has caused a lot of chaos. Reid Binion has the latest from the convention.

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DEMOCRATS SOUGHT TO AMPLIFY HILLARY CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN SLOGAN OF "STRONGER TOGETHER" ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE D-N-C... BUT THE UNITY EFFORT GOT OFF TO A ROUGH START… BOOS AFTER AN EMBARRASSING EMAIL LEAK OVER THE WEEKEND SHOWING SOME D-N-C OFFICIALS FAVORED A CLINTON WIN - AND MAY HAVE SOUGHT TO SABOTAGE THE BERNIE SANDERS CAMPAIGN. OUTSIDE THE CONVENTION HALL, POLICE DETAINED MORE THAN 50 PROTESTERS... AND ON THE FLOOR…SANDERS SUPPORTERS HELD UP SIGNS IN DEFIANCE. THE NIGHT WENT ON... FEATURING PROMINENT SANDERS SUPPORTERS WHO CALLED ON ALL DEMOCRATS TO STAND BEHIND CLINTON...LIKE MINNESOTA REPRESENTATIVE KEITH ELLISON (Rep. Keith Ellison, (D) Minnesota) Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender. COMEDIAN SARAH SILVERMAN - ALSO A SANDERS SUPPORTER - CALLED OUT PROTESTERS. (Sarah Silverman, Comedian) "to the Bernie or bust people, you're being ridiculous." FINALLY SANDERS HIMSELF WALKED OUT TO ADDRESS THE CROWD... (Sen. Bernie Sanders, Former Presidential Candidate) "I think it's fair to say no one is more disappointed than I am." THE VERMONT SENATOR THEN URGED VOTERS TO STAND BEHIND THE OFFICIAL DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE. (Sen. Bernie Sanders/(D) Former Presidential Candidate) "Based on her ideas and her leadership - Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States." A CALL D-N-C OFFICIALS ARE HOPING STICKS...AS THEY LOOK TO move past a chaotic opening day. I'M REID BINION REPORTING.

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Federal investigators say they tried to warn the D-N-C about a possible cyber hack months ago. U-S officials are still looking into how those emails got leaked in the first place -- but believe at this point it may have been Russian hackers.

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On the Republican side .. Donald Trump got a bump in the polls after his party's convention. The latest CNN poll shows the republican at 48-percent and Clinton at 45 percent. But the average of all recent polls shows the candidates tied.

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The new Vermont State Police dispatch center will begin operations today. The new $6.8 million barracks opened last week in Westminster. The Vermont Department of Public Service consolidated dispatching of emergency services to locations in Williston and the new site in Westminster. This new building replaces the barracks in Rockingham and Brattleboro.

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South Burlington's emergency staff says they need upgraded communications equipment. The Fire chief says the radio his crew uses .. Was discontinued 5 years ago. Officials say a new system would cost taxpayers 1 point 9 million dollars. The bond to pay for the improvements is up for a vote on August 9th.

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Speeders are going 80 -- in a 35 mile per hour zone. It has been happening repeatedly in Essex, according to police. But new technology could be helping them in the crackdown.

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Speeds -- above and beyond the limit in Essex. ((TILE 5020 10:39:31:10--10:39:36: 27 "We've seen speeds on this road in the 80's - in a posted 35 zone.")) But those drivers aren't necessarily getting pulled over. That's because these solar-powered signs -- not officers -- record the violations. ((TILE 5085 11:16:23:17--11:16:35: 04 TYLER DUMONT: "Speeds aren't just shown to drivers. They're also uploaded to a cloud server, where it can be analyzed and reviewed back at the police department - so they can better enforcement.")) The town recently bought more of these speeds signs -- in total, they have more than a dozen on various roads.. known for speeding. As data is collected -- it's broken down daily into categories. ((TILE 5007 10:24:38:07--10:24:42: 13 "The speed limits posted there. The number of vehicles -- it has all of the information.")) Speeds are uploaded wirelessly using cell data -- and police use it to their advantage. ((TILE 5008 10:24:54:04--10:24:57: 28 "And you see some pretty consistent 60's up through here.")) It helps them pinpoint areas where people speed the most... they can examine the highest, average speeds by day of the week, and even hour by hour. ((TILE 5012 10:25:59:16--10:26:09: 09 "It allows us to send an officer out there at those specific times to target the behavior that we're trying to educate people and enforce to slow down.")) ((TILE 5051 10:55:27:22--10:55:29: 24 NATS: "How you doing?")) The system used by the state's second most-populous community is designed to pick up cars only. Sgt. Hall says so far, it's been reliable -- but it's not necessarily slowing down drivers. ((TILE 5020 10:44:17:29--10:44:26: 19 "Recently, I've noticed the speeds have started to creep up again. I don't know if that's a matter of people getting used to the signs and kind of ignoring it.")) But residents say -- in the long term, they think the signs will be effective. ((TILE 5099 11:20:39:14--11:20:50: 16 TRAVIS HATHAWAY: "I do think they work. I think it gives everybody a chance that's driving down the road to see the signs and recognize that I'm going too fast, or hey look - I'm going the speed limit as I should be."))

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The signs cost around five thousand dollars each -- including a data subscription. They can also be easily moved around town to different problem areas -- if they want to collect data in another spot. And Tyler, where are some of the problem areas that police are monitoring now? The highest speeds police are seeing is on Weed Road and Brigham Hill Road. Speeds on both roads are repeatedly coming in at 60, 70 and sometimes even 80 mph.

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The saga of the Burlington Town Center Mall continues. Burlington's city ordinance committee met to go over the downtown mixed use zoning of the mall development plans. Only a few members of the public were at last night's meeting -- bucking the trend of the packed house in the past. But those there ... voiced concerns over the project and its builders.

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((TC 06:13:24 TITLE 9212 Michael Long/Concerned Resident: "I believe the ordinance before you that youre working on has really no discernable connection with plan BTV. the only plan that its only really clearly connected with and inextricably connected with is plan Sinex and plan Devonwood." 06:34:06)) The city's ordinance committee will meet again tonight to continue to go over the downtown development ordinance.

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Today: Partly cloudy Slight chance for a passing shower Highs: 78 to 85 Wind: WNW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Clear skies Patchy fog Lows: 55 to 65 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mostly sunny Hot Highs: 85 to92 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Chance for a shower, t-storm Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 80s Friday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms south Lows: 55 to 62 Highs: 75 to 85 Saturday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 75 to 85 Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 78 to 85

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Staying organized can be tough sometimes. I found some bags to help you do that -- and they're made in Vermont.

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Let's face it.... ((nat)) We all lug around a ton of stuff. That's probably not going to change... But Elise Panlilio says you can at least be organized -- and look chic at the same time. ((nat sewing or something?)) She makes designer makeup bags and travel accessories for her business Made on Main. (06:34:17:15) ((Elise Panlilio/Made on Main VT "practical functional simple travel accessories for women that are machine washable")) She makes them in her Main Street studio in Manchester. All of the pieces are made with linen cotton blend fabric. Panlilio says along with being super soft -- it also resists wrinkles. Several of her items are padded to keep your items protected and some have waterproof linings. (06:35:47:27) ((Elise Panlilio/Made on Main VT "i think i was just looking for something to call my own")) Made on Main started three years ago. Panlilio learned to sew from her mom. (06:35:11:18) ((Elise Panlilio/Made on Main VT "i just remember her sewing night and day")) A tax preparer by day ...Panlilio sews in her spare time. Pumping out a couple hundred pieces a year -- most of her sales come from her Etsy page. Items range in price from 26 to 48 dollars. (06:37:59:00) ((Elise Panlilio/Made on Main VT "a lot of my customers are people who vacation here and they like to buy things because they remind them of vermont")) Practical Made in Vermont accessories to keep you organized.

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((REAX))

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((TRT: 1:13 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) (( Drew Pomeranz allowed two runs in six strong innings, but the Red Sox bats were silenced in a 4-2 loss to Detroit last night at Fenway, while New York's Michael Pineda held the Astros to one run in seven in a 2-1 Yanks win in Houston. ----------------- Earlier Monday, the Yanks swung a major trade with the Chicago Cubs, sending closer Aroldis Chapman to the Windy City for four player, including the Cubs top minor league prospect. Since returning from an early season suspension under baseball's domestic violence policy, the 28-year-old Chapman has posted a 3-0 record with a 2.01 ERA and 20 saves in 31 games for the Yankees. New York received four players, headlined by Chicago's top prospect, 19-year-old shortstop Gleyber Torres. Pitcher Adam Warren is returning to New York after the Yanks traded him to Chicago this offseason as part of the trade for Starlin Castro...and the other two players in the deal are minor league outfielders, including Billy McKinney, who played for the Vermont Lake Monsters in 2013. -------------------- We are down to the final four of the Vermont American Legion baseball tournament. Today at Castleton Rutland faces Essex at 1pm... then Brattleboro meets White River Junction at 4pm. We'll have highlights coming up on the Channel Three News at 6pm. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune. ))

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Almanac: Hot & humid yesterday, but just a bit of rain. Storm reports: The worst of yesterday's storms stayed to our south. Hot Times: This is the hottest time of the year, although after today, our average temperatures start sliding downward.

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Firemen say two men playing Pokemon Go outside of beach in Rochester New York ... heard ducklings stuck in a drain. Officials were able to get all of the ducklings out and brought them to an animal hospital for rehab before heading back into the wild. It is believed they were stuck in the drain for days -- and thanks to a couple gamers they are now OK.

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((GARY DOES SHORT WX .. TAKES FULL SCREEN ... SHOT COMES BACK OUT TO 4SHOT FOR CLOSE))

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Today: Starting out warm & mainly clear. Nice day ahead, just a slight chance for a passing shower.

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((THANK GARY)) ((TALK ABOUT SPEEDING))

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Hillary Clinton is set to become the first female presidential nominee of a major party today ... the second day of the Democratic National Convention. On a rocky first day of the DNC -- First Lady Michelle Obama, New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, and others made pleas for party unity. While Bernie Sanders urged disappointed supporters to back Clinton ... Sanders reminded everyone to remember the good work his campaign has done along the way.

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((Sanders: I think it's fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am. But to all of our supporters here around the country I hope you take enormous pride of the accomplishments we have achieved." )) Former President Bill Clinton, addresses the convention tonight... along with mothers who lost their children to gun violence.

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Our Kyle Midura is in Philadelphia for the convention. We will have complete coverage all week--right here on WCAX.

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We are learning more about an alleged assault at a Vermont group home. 52 year old Ronald Bean of Middlebury is charged with two counts of attempted murder. Police say he allegedly choked, punched and stabbed Justin Covey, who works in the home .. and a fellow resident. Police searched for several hours before Bean was found. He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

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((Bob Thorn/ Counseling Service of Addison County 00:04:20:24" But right now our focus is on our staff people injured and what can we do in terms of outreach we are also very concerned about the community because this has to be concerning to people thinking that this kind of thing can happen. And what does it mean, am I safe?"" 00:04:41:05 )) Covey was treated and released from the hospital. At last check the other victim is listed in good condition.

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A bomb scare in Barre .. Turns out to be an electric hand warmer. Police say someone spotted this blue pack in a parking lot yesterday -- got concerned -- and reported it to authorities. They say a square, electronic device inside -- covered with some foam and two wires hanging out -- made it look suspicious. The Vermont State Police Bomb Squad was called in -- and determined it was not a threat.

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Police are expanding the way they monitor speeds on the road in Essex. They recently added to their fleet special speed signs. They have built in radars to let drivers know how fast they're going. But it doesn't stop there. The signs also capture the individual speeds -- and upload that info via cell data to a cloud server, where police can later review it.

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((TILE 5020 10:38:45:19--10:38:53: 01 Sgt. Rob Hall/Essex Police Dept.: "It will tell me when the officers need to be out there, when the greatest speed problems are, and it allows us to prioritize our resources.")) ((TILE 5100 11:22:09:28--11:22:17: 01 Stephanie Minicozzi "It's definitely helpful to keep all the kids safe. A lot of them are biking over here, we're all walking down this way.")) The signs have detected speeds as high as over 80 mph. We'll have more on how police are using this technology later in the show.

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New research shows the town of Middlebury is saving thousands of dollars in flood damage each year -- thanks to decisions made on the land upstream. During Tropical Storm Irene, the Otter Creek jumped its banks and caused flooding in Rutland, but downstream in Middlebury -- the town was spared -- even though it got twice as much water. A researcher from the University of Vermont studied the gauges on the Otter Creek and found that water was slowed by the wide flood plains around Middlebury -- so it went through town gradually instead of all at once.

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((SOT Keri Watson, Researcher 000446 So elsewhere in Vermont, river corridors have been altered. They've been straightened and incised in a way that prevents rivers from accessing those flood plains 55 So those flood plains, however big they are, can't provide this benefit 500)) Watson estimates the flood plains saves Middlebury anywhere between 126 to 450-thousand dollars in potential damage each year.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Warm, mostly clear start to the day. Local temps: Mainly in upper 60s and low/mid 70s. NE radar/temps: Line of showers & t-storms that came at us yesterday broke up into two parts - one going north, one going south. Temps mainly in upper 60s and 70s throughout the northeast. NE Dewpoints: Got really high yesterday, now down just a notch, but still fairly humid in low/mid 60s. U.S. Rad/sat: Front has gone by, high pressure building in with clearing skies. Forecast clouds/precip.: Trough of low pressure to our north may swing down with a few clouds and a passing shower, mainly to the north, in the afternoon. Otherwise, nice day on tap, and hotter tomorrow with more sunshine.

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Today: Partly cloudy Slight chance for a passing shower Highs: 78 to 85 Wind: WNW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Clear skies Patchy fog Lows: 55 to 65 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mostly sunny Hot Highs: 85 to92 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Chance for a shower, t-storm Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 80s Friday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms south Lows: 55 to 62 Highs: 75 to 85 Saturday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 75 to 85 Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 78 to 85

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Whether it's chirping birds...or thumping loud music... we are all effected by sounds. For thousands of years sound has been used for healing purposes. This morning Kirk Jones and Robin Hanbridge of Evolvlove Sound Therapy are here to give us a sound bath. ((what's the point?)) ((what does it do?)) ((How can people experience this themselves?))

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Japanese police arrest a suspect after a deadly stabbing spree near Tokyo. At least 19 people were killed and another 26 were injured -- some still in critical condition. The rampage happened early this morning in a facility for the disabled. the suspect turned himself in.

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Police release the names of the victims in the Fort Meyers Nightclub shooting. 18-year old Stef'an Strawder and 14-year old Sean Archilles both died yesterday's shooting.. Club Blu staff were hosting a teen night event -- and police say 18 other people were shot and sent to the hospital. Florida officials have three people in custody.

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At least 18 homes are destroyed following a massive sand fire in California. The fire broke out last Friday in Santa Clarita along the freeway -- evacuating residents from 10-thousand homes in that area. Officials say one man's body was found inside a charred vehicle -- and they believe he may have died attempting to escape the flames. At last check, fire crews say the fire was about 10 percent contained.

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Medical marijuana could help treat Alzheimer's patients. A recent study suggests it could be effective. Medical officials say T-H-C -- the psycho-active ingredient in cannabis -- stimulates the removal of toxic plaque in the brain. They say it also blocks inflammation -- which prevents the damage of brain neurons. Unfortunately, there are still no effective therapies for stopping the disease.

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Attention moms -- check your baby monitors. The popular Lorex Care and Share video baby monitors have been recalled after officials say the batteries can overheat, swell and pop the cover off. There have been 500 reports of this happening -- but no injuries. About 26-thousand monitors are part of the recall ...

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Donald Trump is tweeting up a storm... This time about the Democratic National Convention... He called Elizabeth Warren "pochahontas" and brought out the new nickname "hillary Rotten' Clinton". He also tweeted that Bernie Sanders sold out to Crooked Hillary Clinton -- saying all that work energy and money -- and nothing to show for it - waste of time. But Bernie Sanders isn't having it. His account simply replied -- Never Tweet -- to Mr. Trump. A twitter burn.

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Speaking of Twitter and Bernie Sanders... It's nearing the end of an era. We were talking about Bernie Sanders having one in his twitter photo last week... According to Japan's Funai Electric -- the world's last video cassette recorder will be manufactured this month. The company claims they are the only V-C-R manufacturer left and they plan to end productions this month.

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NE radar/temps: Line of showers & t-storms that came at us yesterday broke up into two parts - one going north, one going south. Temps mainly in upper 60s and 70s throughout the northeast. NE Dewpoints: Got really high yesterday, now down just a notch, but still fairly humid in low/mid 60s. Today: Starting out warm & mainly clear. Nice day ahead, just a slight chance for a passing shower.

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...An August deadline looms for the Burlington Mall zoning. Plus new technology to crack down on speeders. And Bernie Sanders took the stage at the Democratic national convention .. Encouraging his supporters to vote for his former rival ...

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((Sen. Bernie Sanders/(D) Former Presidential Candidate "Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her.")) We will have more from Sanders .. And a look at the first night of DNC just ahead .. But first .. Sunglasses or raincoat Gary?

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Today: Starting out warm & mainly clear. Nice day ahead, just a slight chance for a passing shower.

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Protesters say the will be out all week in Philadelphia during the D-N-C this week. Reid Binion has the latest from the democratic national convention.

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DEMOCRATS SOUGHT TO AMPLIFY HILLARY CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN SLOGAN OF "STRONGER TOGETHER" ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE D-N-C... BUT THE UNITY EFFORT GOT OFF TO A ROUGH START… BOOS AFTER AN EMBARRASSING EMAIL LEAK OVER THE WEEKEND SHOWING SOME D-N-C OFFICIALS FAVORED A CLINTON WIN - AND MAY HAVE SOUGHT TO SABOTAGE THE BERNIE SANDERS CAMPAIGN. OUTSIDE THE CONVENTION HALL, POLICE DETAINED MORE THAN 50 PROTESTERS... AND ON THE FLOOR…SANDERS SUPPORTERS HELD UP SIGNS IN DEFIANCE. THE NIGHT WENT ON... FEATURING PROMINENT SANDERS SUPPORTERS WHO CALLED ON ALL DEMOCRATS TO STAND BEHIND CLINTON...LIKE MINNESOTA REPRESENTATIVE KEITH ELLISON (Rep. Keith Ellison, (D) Minnesota) Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender. COMEDIAN SARAH SILVERMAN - ALSO A SANDERS SUPPORTER - CALLED OUT PROTESTERS. (Sarah Silverman, Comedian) "to the Bernie or bust people, you're being ridiculous." FINALLY SANDERS HIMSELF WALKED OUT TO ADDRESS THE CROWD... (Sen. Bernie Sanders, Former Presidential Candidate) "I think it's fair to say no one is more disappointed than I am." THE VERMONT SENATOR THEN URGED VOTERS TO STAND BEHIND THE OFFICIAL DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE. (Sen. Bernie Sanders/(D) Former Presidential Candidate) "Based on her ideas and her leadership - Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States." A CALL D-N-C OFFICIALS ARE HOPING STICKS...AS THEY LOOK TO move past a chaotic opening day. I'M REID BINION REPORTING.

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Federal investigators say they tried to warn the D-N-C about a possible cyber hack months ago.

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The new Vermont State Police dispatch center will begin operations today. The new $6.8 million barracks opened last week in Westminster. The Vermont Department of Public Service consolidated dispatching of emergency services to locations in Williston and the new site in Westminster. This new building replaces the barracks in Rockingham and Brattleboro.

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South Burlington's emergency staff says they need upgraded communications equipment. The Fire chief says the radio his crew uses .. Was discontinued 5 years ago. Officials say a new system would cost taxpayers 1 point 9 million dollars. The bond to pay for the improvements is up for a vote on August 9th.

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Speeders are going 80 -- in a 35 mile per hour zone. It has been happening repeatedly in Essex, according to police. But new technology could be helping them in the crackdown.

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Speeds -- above and beyond the limit in Essex. ((TILE 5020 10:39:31:10--10:39:36: 27 "We've seen speeds on this road in the 80's - in a posted 35 zone.")) But those drivers aren't necessarily getting pulled over. That's because these solar-powered signs -- not officers -- record the violations. ((TILE 5085 11:16:23:17--11:16:35: 04 TYLER DUMONT: "Speeds aren't just shown to drivers. They're also uploaded to a cloud server, where it can be analyzed and reviewed back at the police department - so they can better enforcement.")) The town recently bought more of these speeds signs -- in total, they have more than a dozen on various roads.. known for speeding. As data is collected -- it's broken down daily into categories. ((TILE 5007 10:24:38:07--10:24:42: 13 "The speed limits posted there. The number of vehicles -- it has all of the information.")) Speeds are uploaded wirelessly using cell data -- and police use it to their advantage. ((TILE 5008 10:24:54:04--10:24:57: 28 "And you see some pretty consistent 60's up through here.")) It helps them pinpoint areas where people speed the most... they can examine the highest, average speeds by day of the week, and even hour by hour. ((TILE 5012 10:25:59:16--10:26:09: 09 "It allows us to send an officer out there at those specific times to target the behavior that we're trying to educate people and enforce to slow down.")) ((TILE 5051 10:55:27:22--10:55:29: 24 NATS: "How you doing?")) The system used by the state's second most-populous community is designed to pick up cars only. Sgt. Hall says so far, it's been reliable -- but it's not necessarily slowing down drivers. ((TILE 5020 10:44:17:29--10:44:26: 19 "Recently, I've noticed the speeds have started to creep up again. I don't know if that's a matter of people getting used to the signs and kind of ignoring it.")) But residents say -- in the long term, they think the signs will be effective. ((TILE 5099 11:20:39:14--11:20:50: 16 TRAVIS HATHAWAY: "I do think they work. I think it gives everybody a chance that's driving down the road to see the signs and recognize that I'm going too fast, or hey look - I'm going the speed limit as I should be."))

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The signs cost around five thousand dollars each -- including a data subscription. They can also be easily moved around town to different problem areas -- if they want to collect data in another spot. And Tyler, where are some of the problem areas that police are monitoring now? The highest speeds police are seeing is on Weed Road and Brigham Hill Road. Speeds on both roads are repeatedly coming in at 60, 70 and sometimes even 80 mph.

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The saga of the Burlington Town Center Mall continues. Burlington's city ordinance committee met to go over the downtown mixed use zoning of the mall development plans. Only a few members of the public were at last night's meeting -- bucking the trend of the packed house in the past. But those there ... voiced concerns over the project and its builders. The city's ordinance committee will meet again tonight to go over the downtown development ordinance.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Warm, mostly clear start to the day. Local temps: Mainly in upper 60s and low/mid 70s. NE radar/temps: Line of showers & t-storms that came at us yesterday broke up into two parts - one going north, one going south. Temps mainly in upper 60s and 70s throughout the northeast. NE Dewpoints: Got really high yesterday, now down just a notch, but still fairly humid in low/mid 60s. U.S. Rad/sat: Front has gone by, high pressure building in with clearing skies. Forecast clouds/precip.: Trough of low pressure to our north may swing down with a few clouds and a passing shower, mainly to the north, in the afternoon. Otherwise, nice day on tap, and hotter tomorrow with more sunshine.

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Today: Partly cloudy Slight chance for a passing shower Highs: 78 to 85 Wind: WNW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Clear skies Patchy fog Lows: 55 to 65 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mostly sunny Hot Highs: 85 to92 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Chance for a shower, t-storm Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 80s Friday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms south Lows: 55 to 62 Highs: 75 to 85 Saturday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 75 to 85 Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 78 to 85

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Whether it's chirping birds...or thumping loud music... we are all effected by sounds. For thousands of years sound has been used for healing purposes. This morning Kirk Jones and Robin Hanbridge of Evolvlove Sound Therapy are here to give us a sound bath. ((what's the point?)) ((what does it do?)) ((How can people experience this themselves?))

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Almanac: Hot & humid yesterday, but just a bit of rain. Storm reports: The worst of yesterday's storms stayed to our south. Hot Times: This is the hottest time of the year, although after today, our average temperatures start sliding downward.

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The Democratic National Convention is underway in Philadelphia. As we enter the second day, Hillary Clinton is set to become the first female presidential nominee of a major party. On the first day -- First Lady Michelle Obama, New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, and others made pleas for party unity. Meanwhile -- Bernie Sanders urged his disappointed supporters to back Clinton.

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((Sanders: I think it's fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am. But to all of our supporters here around the country I hope you take enormous pride of the accomplishments we have achieved." )) Former President Bill Clinton will speak tonight.

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A bomb scare in Barre yesterday. Police were called to investigate a suspicious package.. They said a square, electronic device was inside -- covered with some foam and two wires hanging out -- that made it look suspicious. Parts of North Main Street were closed while the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad checked it out -- they determined it was not a threat, and just an electronic hand warmer.

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A new Vermont State Police dispatch center will begin operating today. It's inside a new $6.8 million barracks -- that opened last week in Westminster. The Vermont Department of Public Service consolidated dispatching of emergency services to Williston and the new center in Westminster. The new building replaces former barracks in Rockingham and Brattleboro.

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South Burlington's fire department is hoping for some upgraded communications equipment. The fire chief says the radio used by his department was discontinued 5 years ago. A new system would cost taxpayers nearly 2 million dollars. The improvements will be up for a vote on August 9th.

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Police are expanding technology to monitor speeds on the roads of Essex. They recently added to their fleet of special speed signs. They not only have built in radars to let drivers know how fast they're going -- but they also record and upload that data. The speeds are uploaded via cell data to a cloud server, where police can later review it and keep track of problem spots.

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((TILE 5020 10:38:45:19--10:38:53: 01 Sgt. Rob Hall/Essex Police Dept.: "It will tell me when the officers need to be out there, when the greatest speed problems are, and it allows us to prioritize our resources.")) ((TILE 5100 11:22:09:28--11:22:17: 01 Stephanie Minicozzi "It's definitely helpful to keep all the kids safe. A lot of them are biking over here, we're all walking down this way.")) The signs have detected speeds as high as over 80 mph.

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

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Trough of low pressure to our north may swing down with a few clouds and a passing shower, mainly to the north, in the afternoon. Otherwise, nice day on tap, and hotter tomorrow with more sunshine. Cold front will come through Wednesday night into Thursday with just a few showers, t-storms. Might still see a shower or t-storm near the MA border on Friday, otherwise nice, summer day. The weekend could swing either way - very nice and sunny each day, or - we are watching a little, clipper-like system that could clip us with some showers, and possibly a t-storm. That goes for Monday as well.

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Trough of low pressure to our north may swing down with a few clouds and a passing shower, mainly to the north, in the afternoon. Otherwise, nice day on tap, and hotter tomorrow with more sunshine.

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The Democratic National Convention is underway in Philadelphia. As we enter the second day, Hillary Clinton is set to become the first female presidential nominee of a major party. On the first day -- First Lady Michelle Obama, New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, and others made pleas for party unity. Meanwhile -- Bernie Sanders urged his disappointed supporters to back Clinton.

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((Sanders: I think it's fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am. But to all of our supporters here around the country I hope you take enormous pride of the accomplishments we have achieved." )) Former President Bill Clinton will speak tonight.

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South Burlington's fire department is hoping for some upgraded communications equipment. The fire chief says the radio used by his department was discontinued 5 years ago. A new system would cost taxpayers nearly 2 million dollars. The improvements will be up for a vote on August 9th.

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Police are expanding technology to monitor speeds on the roads of Essex. These special speed signs have built in radars to let drivers know how fast they're going -- and record and upload that data. The speeds are uploaded via cell data to a cloud server, where police can later review it and keep track of problem spots.

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((TILE 5020 10:38:45:19--10:38:53: 01 Sgt. Rob Hall/Essex Police Dept.: "It will tell me when the officers need to be out there, when the greatest speed problems are, and it allows us to prioritize our resources.")) ((TILE 5100 11:22:09:28--11:22:17: 01 Stephanie Minicozzi "It's definitely helpful to keep all the kids safe. A lot of them are biking over here, we're all walking down this way.")) The signs have detected speeds as high as over 80 mph.

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Trough of low pressure to our north may swing down with a few clouds and a passing shower, mainly to the north, in the afternoon. Otherwise, nice day on tap, and hotter tomorrow with more sunshine. Cold front will come through Wednesday night into Thursday with just a few showers, t-storms. Might still see a shower or t-storm near the MA border on Friday, otherwise nice, summer day. The weekend could swing either way - very nice and sunny each day, or - we are watching a little, clipper-like system that could clip us with some showers, and possibly a t-storm. That goes for Monday as well.

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aloha! Melissa heads camp ... To try her hand at hula! and the he might be young ... But he already has a booming business! Join us tomorrow morning starting at 5.


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