Tue 28-APR-2015 Early A.M. News Script

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Good Morning, I'm Eva McKend!

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This morning -- a 16 year veteran of the Vermont State Police has been suspended... over comments he is believed to have made on his personal Facebook page. State police have launched an internal investigation -- after a citizen raised concerns claiming some of the trooper's posts are racist and anti-gay. State police officials are calling the allegations disturbing -- and say the comments cut into the fabric of public trust. The state police commander says Corporal Jon Graham's online comments show evidence of bias -- which -- the state police work hard to prevent. Graham's suspension has generated considerable public debate on the conflict between free speech and employment rules.

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Montpelier police say two robbery suspects are on the loose -- and are considered armed and dangerous. According to investigators -- a man and woman robbed the Meadow Mart Convenience store on Elm Street -- around 8:30 Monday night. Police say both suspects pulled-out a handgun and pointed them at the clerk. The duo fled on foot with cash. One suspect is described as a stocky female about 5-2 or 5-3 with blonde hair. The other is a lanky male about 6 feet tall. Both were wearing dark pants and hoodies -- carrying black handguns.

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A Burlington man is behind bars this morning -- after police say he stole drugs from a Pharmacy. Around 5 PM Monday -- Bryan McMohan allegedly robbed the Rite Aid Pharmacy on North Ave. Police say he made off with opiates -- but officers were in the area and were able to detain him. He's being held for lack of 100-thousand dollars bail and will be in court today. Police say -- they are now reviewing other cases that could be related.

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Improving weather today - partly sunny, a little warmer. And staying that way through end of week and through weekend with slow warming trend, especially by Sunday and Monday - some low 70s for highs.

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This morning -- 16 year veteran of the Vermont State Police has been suspended... over his personal facebook page. State police have launched an internal investigation -- after a citizen raised concerns claiming some of Corporal Jon Graham's posts are racist and anti-gay. State Police commander Colonel L'esperance -- calls the allegations disturbing -- and says they cut into the fabric of public trust. He says the facebook comments show evidence of bias -- which -- he says -- the state police work hard to prevent. Graham's suspension has generated considerable public debate on the conflict between free speech and employment rules.

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((Col. Tom L'Esperance/Vermont State Police 00:01:11 "A state trooper is held to the highest standard. A regular citizen has freedom of speech, but they don't need to abide by a code of conduct that dictates what behavior we can and can't do, both on and off duty.")) ((Pietro Lynn/Attorney 00:11:45 "It may well be, that this trooper had some strongly held convictions which could have been presented in a way that was inoffensive. If the statements that are made are offensive that can create problems for the employee and lead to very serious discipline.")) We reached out to Corporal Graham -- for comment -- on Friday -- but have not heard back.

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Montpelier police say two robbery suspects are on the loose -- and are considered armed and dangerous. According to investigators -- a man and woman robbed the Meadow Mart Convenience store on Elm Street -- around 8:30 pm Monday. Police say both suspects pulled-out a handgun and pointed them at the clerk. The duo fled on foot with cash. One suspect is described as a stocky female about 5-2 or 5-3 with blonde hair. The other is a lanky male about 6 feet tall. Both were wearing dark pants and hoodies -- carrying black handguns.

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A Burlington non-profit has about 16-hundred dollars this morning -- after chefs squared off. 22 Campus chefs teamed up with food vendors and student volunteers from various groups to make starters, entrees and desserts. Tickets were just 7 dollars for students -- and 10 dollars for everyone else -- but all the money -- went to charity.

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(("Tonight is our largest fundraiser for Campus Kitchens, a student-run nonprofit on the UVM campus that takes donated food from the interval food hub and other community partners along with the money that we fundraised tonight to serve meals for people probably anywhere from 30 to 80 people depending on the time of year, down at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, which is probably one of the largest and most important food shelves in the area," said Kaitlyn Vitez form Campus Kitchens.)) The winning team tonight - was Duck, Duck, Goose from Cook Commons.

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Improving weather today - partly sunny, a little warmer. And staying that way through end of week and through weekend with slow warming trend, especially by Sunday and Monday - some low 70s for highs.

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

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This morning -- a 16 year veteran of the Vermont State Police has been suspended over comments he may have made on his personal Facebook page. The suspension has sparked public debate on the line between professional responsibility -- and personal rights. Jennifer Costa has our top story.

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Corporal Jon Graham has worn a state police uniform for 16 years -- and won awards for his service. Now -- controversial facebook posts -- are putting his law enforcement career in jeopardy. ((Col. Tom L'Esperance/Vermont State Police 00:02:26 "There are many good things I could stand here and say about Trooper Graham but today is not the day.")) Colonel Tom L'Esperance says the department launched an internal investigation after a citizen raised concerns Friday -- about the content of Graham's personal Facebook page -- calling some of the posts racist and anti-gay -- like this one telling gays to go away -- and quit ramming their nonsense agenda down our throats. (Col. Tom L'Esperance/Vermont State Police 00:04:12 "There are very few things in policing that are taken as serious as this.")) The trooper's page disappeared. And Graham is on paid administrative leave. ((Col. Tom L'Esperance/Vermont State Police 00:05:45 "I have no indication, at this point, that he has acted upon any of the posts.")) Still -- L'Esperance says Graham's online comments show evidence of bias -- which -- he says -- the state police work hard to prevent. ((Col. Tom L'Esperance/Vermont State Police 00:02:58 "the posts, that I have read, cut into the fabric of community trust, cut into the fabric of who we are as the state police, and cut into who we are paid to protect and police at the same time.")) Graham's suspension has generated considerable public debate on the conflict between free speech and employment rules. For L'Esperance the answer is simple. ((Col. Tom L'Esperance/Vermont State Police 00:01:11 "A state trooper is held to the highest standard. A regular citizen has freedom of speech, but they don't need to abide by a code of conduct that dictates what behavior we can and can't do, both on and off duty.")) ((GRX)) VSP's Code of Conduct states: "No member shall conduct himself/herself in a manner which is unbecoming to a Vermont State Police Officer...conduct which could reasonably be expected to damage or destroy public respect for -- or confidence in members of the Department..." ((Pietro Lynn/Attorney 00:10:51 "there will be arguments on both sides as to whether those statements are matters of public concern or not.")) Peitro Lynn -- is a labor lawyer -- specializing in the litigation of free speech cases. He says -- in some instances -- public employers can restrict what their employees say, when they say it and how they say it. ((Pietro Lynn/Attorney 00:13:02 "If you say things that are generally offensive your protections are few and far between.")) Lynn says it boils down to whether the employer's right to an efficient workplace -- outweighs the interests of the public employee's right to free speech. ((Pietro Lynn/Attorney 00:12:34 "Some in the public may believe that this is a trooper, who under some circumstances, could not be objective. That, of course, is problematic.")) ((GRX)) The Vermont Troopers Association released a statement saying: "The union will be representing Cpl. Graham during this internal investigation and will ensure that any possible disciplinary action is fair and reasonable for the alleged conduct of the member involved." State Police say they're now reviewing how far back the posts go - and whether his views influenced his work as a trooper. Jennifer Costa Channel 3 News.

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A community is in mourning -- after a crash took two lives in Hinesburg Sunday morning. People who knew and loved the victims -- are sharing their memories of the friends they lost. Here's Keith McGilvery.

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Flowers -- rain-soaked cards and candles mark the spot of a double tragedy -- on Route 116 in Hinesburg. ((Max Ryan, Marshall's friend 24:46 "there's a lot of flowers, and there's a remembrance plaque for the older man.)) It is here where police say 47-year-old Richard Tom was struck on his bicycle by 17-year-old Joseph Marshall who then went off the road and hit a tree Sunday morning. Both men died at the scene. ((Teejay O'Brien 21:57 "really nice, great to everybody, always open.)) Marshall was a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School. Monday night some of his friends stopped by the road-side memorial to show their respect. ((Max Ryan, Marshall's friend 23:52 "he was really easy to get along with like when I first met him he stood out as a good kid, that is how he should be remembered as.)) News of the crash is also hitting hard in Tom's condo complex -- just a half a mile from where he died. ((26:31 Sue Root, Tom's Neighbor He was a very, very polite nice, young man and he was an athlete so I appreciate that.)) Sue Root was a long-time neighbor of the former VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations employee. She says she was always greeted with a smile -- by a man -- who was always able to brighten her day. ((27:53 Sue Root, Tom's Neighbor "he really was a very good neighbor, he was considerate, he was kind, he was alert if he could help in anyway, he would watch to make sure the car came in.)) Back at the scene where BOTH men lost their lives -- the CVU students are hoping BOTH families can find some comfort -- knowing that a community IS SHARING IN THEIR LOSS. ((Teejay O'Brien, Marshall's friend 22:45 "they're great people spent a lot of great time with them and I have a lot of great memories and I thank them for it.)) ((Max Ryan, Marshall's friend 25:04 "my hope is just that both of them can sort of grieve with the rest of us and hopefully get through it, because I know it is going to be hard for both sides.)) CVU did have counselors on hand today for students today struggling with the loss of their classmate. Police believe Marshall was speeding when he hit Tom and went off the road. ((KM Channel 3 News))

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This morning Bennington police are looking for two missing teenagers. Thirteen year old Brooke Cole is five, five with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey shirt and navy sweats. And sixteen year old Cassidy Gilman is five, four with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a purple shirt and navy pants. Police say they could potentially be runaways. The girls were last seen two days ago at Bennington School. They may or may not be together.

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Montpelier police say two robbery suspects are on the loose -- and are considered armed and dangerous. According to investigators -- a man and woman robbed the Meadow Mart Convenience store on Elm Street -- around 8:30 pm Monday. Police say both suspects pulled-out a handgun and pointed them at the clerk. The duo fled on foot with cash. One suspect is described as a stocky white female about 5-2 or 5-3 with blonde hair. The other is a white lanky male about 6 feet tall. Both were wearing dark pants and hoodies -- carrying black handguns.

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A Bethel man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault with a weapon -- after a shooting in Bethel -- he claims was in self-defense. 66-year-old Dennis Dundas allegedly shot 47-year-old Donald Giovanella 4 times with a handgun after the two men got in a fight at Dundas' home. Dundas told police he grabbed the gun because quote, "he was pounding me." Police found Giovanella lying outside the house on Route 14. Troopers say they had to use a taser on Dundas to take him into custody. Giovanella underwent surgery and is reported in stable condition at Dartmouth Hitchock.

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Attacked in the Queen City while he was delivering pizza. Now police are asking for your help as they try to track down the trio of suspects they believe are responsible. Police say a delivery man handed over his money after he was hit and that one suspect allegedly mentioned getting a gun. The three suspects are described as being between 16 and 19 years old and were said to be wearing bright red and yellow clothing. Investigators say it happened just before 11 PM Sunday night at a home on Church Street. Police claim the delivery man was initially struck in the face when he refused to accept a counterfeit one hundred dollar bill. Anyone with information is asked to contact the authorities.

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The legislative session will soon come to an end, leaving a sales tax on services on the table next year. The proposal to tax services -- like car repair -- is being led by Senate Finance Committee chair Tim Ashe. He says the state's current sales tax system is quote "screwed up," because it only targets businesses that provide goods. Expanding it to businesses that provide services is already getting push back-- from business owners near the New Hampshire border.

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((Kevin Audette/Blodgett Supply: "there is already enough of a challenge with the sales tax being so close to New Hampshire, not if a tax goes into any other type of labors, that will just hurt business even further.")) ((3:04: Sen Tim. Ashe/D/P- Chittenden County "it's a balancing act but the important piece is we are looking to the out year. WE don't want to come back every year talking about which constituency is going to get hit with a new tax or a new fee or a new assessment.")) Governor Shumlin is already voicing opposition to the plan-- saying it's a gift to New Hampshire.

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(anchors introduce gary) Improving weather today - partly sunny, a little warmer. And staying that way through end of week and through weekend with slow warming trend, especially by Sunday and Monday - some low 70s for highs.

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Today: Partly sunny Breezy Highs: 53 to 60 Wind: N 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Lows: 35 to 42 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mix of sun & clouds Highs: 57 to 64 Wind: N 10 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 58 to 65 Friday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 65 Saturday: Partly sunny Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 60s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly sunny Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 62 to 72 Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 40s Highs: 65 to 75

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This morning -- Baltimore is in a state of Emergency -- amid violent protests of the death of Freddie Gray. Schools in the city remain closed today -- and a weeklong citywide curfew goes into effect tonight. Edward Lawrence

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(PKG) -nats- Thousands of armed National Guard members have taken position on the ground in Baltimore -- where tensions continue to escalate over the death of Freddie Gray. Hours after the 25-year-old was laid to rest Monday, the city descended into chaos. Authorities say protestors, many of them teenagers, pelted officers with objects, including rocks and sticks... Police responded with pepper spray... Demonstrators looted stores, damaged cars, and set fires. (SOT Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Anthony Batts) We had opposition ends of the city pulling us at the same time so extra resources here will allow us to get on top of the issues at multiple locations. Close to thirty arrests were made, and more than a dozen officers injured. As night fell, members of Gray's family emerged to condemn the violence: (SOT Gloria Darden/ Freddie Gray's Mother) I want you all to get justice for my son but don't do it like this here. Don't tear up the whole city, man. Just for him? It's wrong." (STANDUP: Edward Lawrence/ CBS News/ Baltimore, Maryland) Baltimore's mayor has imposed a weeklong city-wide curfew which goes into effect tonight. (SOT Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake) Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs. Gray died more than a week ago from a severe spinal injury after being taken into police custody. The Newly sworn-in Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the Justice Department will send two officials to Baltimore ...as it continues its investigation into Gray's death. Edward Lawrence for CBS News Baltimore.

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A Maine lawmaker is working to ensure hayrides be inspected after a Halloween-themed ride crash last year, killed a 17-year-old girl and injured more than 20 others. Republican Representative Robert Nutting of Oakland told the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Monday, someone who pays for a hayride should be able to expect the ride will be safe. The state fire marshall says his office oversees inspection of other amusement rides but doesn't have the expertise to also inspect hayrides.

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A Rhode Island man was sentenced Monday for driving drunk four times within less than 48 hours. John Lourenco of Cumberland will spend two years of a four-year sentence in prison.... with the rest served on probation. Police say he was drunk last September when he crashed three different vehicles, on three different occasions. He was also pulled over for driving erratically in a fourth vehicle. Lourenco was also ordered to pay a 34-hundred-dollar fine and undergo alcohol counseling. He will lose his license for eight years once he is released from prison.

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Welcome Back! Five children living in San Diego got to hug and kiss their loved ones in Mexico. Many hadn't seen their family on the other side of the border for some time. Border agents unlocked this gate so they could cross this week. Children hugged family they hadn't embraced for years. The nonprofit 'Border Angels' organized the reunion...and brought toys for the kids. It was all part of Children's Day...a holiday celebrated in Latin America. Sometimes children and adults try to visit family at the gate but can only touch using their fingers through the holes.

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It's a first for a major restaurant chain. Chipotle says it's food -- will now be G-M-O-free. That means none of the ingredients will be genetically modified for its tortillas, rice, chips and salsa -- and also in the marinades used to cook its meats. Most of the country's corn and soybean crops are genetically modified to make them more resistant to diseases. The FDA continues to say GMO's are safe despite widespread concerns.

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And you can't stop saying "wow" while you watch this video. The camera was rolling as Louisiana photographer caught this happen during severe storms Monday. Strong winds literally forced some train cars off the elevated tracks in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Amazingly ....no injuries were reported. The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad told local media the railcars were empty.

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Improving weather today - partly sunny, a little warmer. And staying that way through end of week and through weekend with slow warming trend, especially by Sunday and Monday - some low 70s for highs.

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There is new reaserch -- that says women -- may have a harder time recovering from a concussion than men. Marlie Hall reports.

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(pkg) A new study shows children in single-parent households are more likely to suffer health and emotional problems. Swedish researchers also found girls had more psychosomatic problems than boys. Exercise could help women battling breast cancer. The Netherlands cancer institute found women who exercised while undergoing chemotherapy showed less side effects compared to those who did not exercise. And women often have a more difficult time recovering from a concussion than men. A new study shows almost twice as many women seek medical attention for memory problems 3 months after suffering a head injury. Doctors say women who suffer a concussion need to be aware of the potential problems and watched more closely. That's a look at some of the day's top health stories. Marlie Hall, CBS News, New York

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In the headlines this morning: Burlington police on the lookout for a suspect behind a pharmacy robbery... Why North Country students are saying no to the common core tests. Plus-- How retirement incentives-- could save the state big bucks..

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

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A Burlington man is behind bars this morning -- after police say he stole drugs from a Pharmacy. Around 5 PM Monday -- Bryan McMahon allegedly robbed the Rite Aid Pharmacy on North Ave. Police say he made off with opiates -- but officers were in the area and were able to detain him. He's being held for lack of 100-thousand dollars bail and will be in court today. Police say -- they are now reviewing other cases that could be related.

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Today a special election will determine whether the Town of Concord will keep open the high school section of the Concord school. The alternative is to pay tuition to send the community's high school students to surrounding schools. The high school has just 65 students. Over the years, Concord residents have considered closing the high school a number of times, including a 2011 vote that failed by 20 votes. Proponents argue, the school costs too much and there aren't enough opportunities for students.

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A New Hampshire climbing guide, his wife and five clients were on Mount Everest during the quake -- but were not caught up in the avalanche. Rick and Celia Wilcox of International Mountain Equipment in North Conway were reportedly at about 17,000 feet in Gorak Shep when the quake hit. They are reportedly safe and headed back to Nepal's capital. Rick Wilcox reached the highest point of Mount Everest in 1991 and has led 19 expeditions in the Himalayas.

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Vermont's new GMO labeling law will stand -- despite recent opposition. A has judge rejected a bid by food industry groups to block the law. The groups say there's not enough time to implement the law's labeling rules before they are set to take effect in July of 20-16. The law -- passed last year -- requires all foods made from genetically modified ingredients to have labels. Four large industry groups are still suing to overturn the law.

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The Shumlin Administration and the state employees union are finally seeing eye to eye. The parties have together, come up with a plan to save the state 2 and a half million dollars a year -- by getting older employees to retire. It is being called a retirement incentive -- offering employees who are old enough to retire up to 15-thousand dollars. About a thousand state employees are eligible and the administration says if 300 take the retirement option -- and the state can leave three quarters of those jobs vacant -- that will save two and a half million dollars a year.

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((Justin Johnson/Adminstration Secretary 00:09:23:06 "SO you get an immedate savings by not filling the positions which compensates forthe cost you have to pay. The overall savings is 2 and a half million dollars. We sat with the treasurers office which runs the retirment funds, we didnt want to do anything that would create a problem with the retirement fund.")) Johnson and Treasurer Beth Pearce presented the plan to the Senate appropriations committee Monday afternoon. The early retirement plan would only cover a portion of the ten million dollars in personnel savings the Shumlin administration is looking for. Other job cuts -- including some layoffs -- are also being considered.

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(anchors introduce gary) Improving weather today - partly sunny, a little warmer. And staying that way through end of week and through weekend with slow warming trend, especially by Sunday and Monday - some low 70s for highs.

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Today: Partly sunny Breezy Highs: 53 to 60 Wind: N 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Lows: 35 to 42 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mix of sun & clouds Highs: 57 to 64 Wind: N 10 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 58 to 65 Friday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 65 Saturday: Partly sunny Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 60s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly sunny Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 62 to 72 Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 40s Highs: 65 to 75

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Plattsburgh parents are standing up against the state's common core exams by opting students out of taking them. Rose Spillman has the latest on yet another battle against these controversial state tests.

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Christy Bezrutczyk has a third grader in the Plattburgh city school district. She believes Common Core tests are giving students a lopsided education as teachers cater lesson plans around around exam subjects. (02:18:18 0529) ((Christy Bezrutczyk/Parent "My daughter has had very little social studies and science, because the focus is on ELA and Math." 02:18:24)) When exams began two weeks ago, Bezrutczyk opted her daughter out of taking the tests. Plattsburgh city superintendent James short says that more than 60 percent of Plattsburgh students in grades 3 through 8 have been opted out of the exams by parents. (02:07:57 725) ((Superintendent James Short/Plattsburgh City School District "The common person actually has a voice in this. Joe Average parents have found a way to exercise their voice. Now that I'm intrigued with." 02:08:07)) Governor Cuomo faced much opposition this year when he tied teacher evaluations to students' test scores. Cuomo said the original evaluation system was ineffective, as most teachers had high ratings while students continued to score poorly. Parents like Bezrutczyk argue that the exams are a poor reflection of a student's and teacher's success. (02:23:57 0529) ((Christy Bezrutczyk/Parent "I think it's great to have a universal standard, that's great, but to force all of our children... special needs, advanced learners, and even our status quo kiddos...to learn the exact same way isn't gonna happen. It's not a successful model." 02:24:11)) Superintendent Short says not all parents are opposed to the test taking system. He believes the exams could be beneficial to schools, but a few things need to be changed, he says, including the amount of time it takes for schools to receive exam results. (02:06:49 725) ((Superintendent James Short/Plattsburgh City School District "In my opinion, there is a place for testing, for benchmark to look at the rigor of curriculum, but when you add all these pieces in when it wasn't ready for that, I think that caused quite a problem." 02:07:03)) Statewide, Bezrutczyk says nearly 200,000 students were opted out of the exams. She hopes the movement will bring more awareness to parents and be a voice for educators afraid to speak up. (02:18:44 0529) ((Christy Bezrutczyk/Parent "We feel that our teachers, and administrators, and our public schools, and our children don't have a voice right now, and as parents we're fighting for our voice to be heard, and this is one way that we can be heard is by refusing these assessments." 02:18:59)) The opt outs have yet to change the minds of state officials, however. Counsel to the Governor Alphonso David says that, by law, new regulations for teacher evaluations must be enacted by June. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Plattsburgh.

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( Sunday was a brutal day for the Red Sox, as they surrendered 18 runs, falling to the Orioles 18-7.. They had to bounce back quickly as they headed to Fenway Monday to start at 3 game series with the Blue Jays... The Sox turning to Joe Kelly, hoping that he could right the ship ... But Kelly spun that wheel right back into the eye of the storm, first inning..already down 1-0...Montreal's own Russell Martin lining this one down the left field line and into the corner, that will plate two Jays..Sox down 3-0... Boston now down 5-3 in the 5th but about to make it a little closer..Dustin Pedroia chopping this one right back to the mound but, look out this one air mailed into the stands, Mookie Betts comes home on the error and Boston is down just a run... It would stay that way until the 8th inning ...and a huge chance for Boston, bases loaded for the red hot Hanley Ramirez...and Hanley scorching this one to left but Dalton Pompey making the great diving save... But that will allow Betts to come home on the sac fly...We're tied at 5... And in the bottom of the 9th with two on, who else, it's the Mookie Monster, Betts right up the middle and Xander Boeagarts comes home.. Boston is walk-off city as they defeat Toronto 6-5... Yankees facing Tampa Bay, Alex Rodriguez one home run shy of tying Willie Mays for 4th all time, but struggled, here grounding out to 3rd ....A-Rod 0-3 today... Yankees though still finding ways to score .. Bases loaded in the 5th... Nathan Kars walks Brett Gardner... former Red Sox Stephen Drew can trot home and New York takes a 1-0 lead.. Tied at 1 and the Yankees now busting out the bats in the 6th... Brian McCann launching this one high and deep and gone ...Yankees now on top 2-1 Three batters later, Stephen Drew sending this one into the right field corner... Carlos Beltran will come across the plate .. Yankees top the Ray, 4-1... and it will be a big tuesday at Castleton, with a playoff men's lacrosse game and the regular season finales for the baseball and softball team...we'll have the highlights tonight...with your sports wrap, I'm Kane O'Neill)

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Improving weather today - partly sunny, a little warmer. And staying that way through end of week and through weekend with slow warming trend, especially by Sunday and Monday - some low 70s for highs.

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Chefs -- squaring off for a good cause. 22 Campus chefs teamed up with food vendors and student volunteers from various groups to make starters, entrees and desserts. Tickets were just 7 dollars for students -- and 10 dollars for everyone else -- but all the money-- went to charity.

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(("Tonight is our largest fundraiser for Campus Kitchens, a student-run nonprofit on the UVM campus that takes donated food from the interval food hub and other community partners along with the money that we fundraised tonight to serve meals for people probably anywhere from 30 to 80 people depending on the time of year, down at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, which is probably one of the largest and most important food shelves in the area," said Kaitlyn Vitez form Campus Kitchens.)) The winning team tonight - was Duck, Duck, Goose from Cook Commons. We're told about 16-hundred dollars was raised for Campus Kitchens.

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A Bakersfield woman has been crowed the new Miss Vermont. 23-year-old Alayna Westcom won the competition over the weekend at the Barre Opera House. She says her platform -- will focus on STEM -- and getting kids involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. She spoke on the :30 -- about her pageant talent -- which showcases that effort.

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((So my talent is a little out of the box, I do a live science experiment on stage it uses potassium iodine and hydrogen peroxide and it makes a giant vat of foam and it's all about the entertainment factor making sure that students out there in the audience can see that science can be fun science can be relatable science is what we see what we feel what we breathe every day and to get them excited about it at a young age, i wanted to prove it can just as exciting as any other talent out there. ))4:23 Westcom wasn't the only one crowned -- Sophia Parker from Addison, a 16-year-old student at Vergennes High School, was named the new Miss Vermont's Outstanding Teen.

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Friends and family of 2 people who died in a Hinesburg crash are remembering them with a memorial. Flowers, rain-soaked cards, and candles -- mark the spot of the double tragedy -- on Route 116. It is here where police say 47-year-old Richard Tom was struck on his bicycle by 17-year-old Joseph Marshall who then went off the road and hit a tree Sunday morning. Both men died at the scene.

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((Max Ryan, Marshall's friend 23:52 "he was really easy to get along with like when I first met him he stood out as a good kid, that is how he should be remembered as.)) ((27:53 Sue Root, Tom's Neighbor "he really was a very good neighbor, he was considerate, he was kind, he was alert if he could help in anyway, he would watch to make sure the car came in.)) Police believe Marshall was speeding when he hit Tom and went off the road.

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Two teenage girls are missing from Bennington. 13-year-old Brooke Cole and 16-year-old Cassidy Gilman were last seen Sunday at the Bennington School. Police are not sure if the girls are together at this time -- but believe they may have run away. Cole is described as 5 foot 5 with brown hair blue eyes and Gilman is 5-4 with brown hair and brown eyes. If you have any information -- call Bennington Police.

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If you want to go hiking -- you might have to wait. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says a number of hiking trails are closed around the state to protect nesting areas of peregrine falcons. The once-endangered birds are sensitive to the presence of humans -- so the state and Audubon Vermont are asking climbers and hikers to avoid the nesting areas. They will remain closed until August 1st.

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Improving weather today - partly sunny, a little warmer. And staying that way through end of week and through weekend with slow warming trend, especially by Sunday and Monday - some low 70s for highs.

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

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This morning -- a 16 year veteran of the Vermont State Police has been suspended... over comments he may have posted on his personal Facebook page. State police have launched an internal investigation -- after a citizen raised concerns claiming some of the trooper's posts are racist and anti-gay. State police commander Colonel Tom L'Esperance -- calls the allegations disturbing -- and says they cut into the fabric of public trust. He says Graham's online comments show evidence of bias -- which -- he says -- the state police work hard to prevent. Graham's suspension has generated considerable public debate on the conflict between free speech and employment rules.

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((Col. Tom L'Esperance/Vermont State Police 00:01:11 "A state trooper is held to the highest standard. A regular citizen has freedom of speech, but they don't need to abide by a code of conduct that dictates what behavior we can and can't do, both on and off duty.")) ((Pietro Lynn/Attorney 00:11:45 "It may well be, that this trooper had some strongly held convictions which could have been presented in a way that was inoffensive. If the statements that are made are offensive that can create problems for the employee and lead to very serious discipline.")) State police say -- at this point -- they have NO indication that Graham acted on any of the views -- expressed in his posts. We reached out to Corporal Graham -- for comment -- on Friday -- but have not heard back.

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A community is in mourning -- after a crash took two lives in Hinesburg Sunday morning. People who knew and loved the victims -- are sharing their memories of the friends they lost. Here's Keith McGilvery.

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Flowers -- rain-soaked cards and candles mark the spot of a double tragedy -- on Route 116 in Hinesburg. ((Max Ryan, Marshall's friend 24:46 "there's a lot of flowers, and there's a remembrance plaque for the older man.)) It is here where police say 47-year-old Richard Tom was struck on his bicycle by 17-year-old Joseph Marshall who then went off the road and hit a tree Sunday morning. Both men died at the scene. ((Teejay O'Brien 21:57 "really nice, great to everybody, always open.)) Marshall was a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School. Monday night some of his friends stopped by the road-side memorial to show their respect. ((Max Ryan, Marshall's friend 23:52 "he was really easy to get along with like when I first met him he stood out as a good kid, that is how he should be remembered as.)) News of the crash is also hitting hard in Tom's condo complex -- just a half a mile from where he died. ((26:31 Sue Root, Tom's Neighbor He was a very, very polite nice, young man and he was an athlete so I appreciate that.)) Sue Root was a long-time neighbor of the former VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations employee. She says she was always greeted with a smile -- by a man -- who was always able to brighten her day. ((27:53 Sue Root, Tom's Neighbor "he really was a very good neighbor, he was considerate, he was kind, he was alert if he could help in anyway, he would watch to make sure the car came in.)) Back at the scene where BOTH men lost their lives -- the CVU students are hoping BOTH families can find some comfort -- knowing that a community IS SHARING IN THEIR LOSS. ((Teejay O'Brien, Marshall's friend 22:45 "they're great people spent a lot of great time with them and I have a lot of great memories and I thank them for it.)) ((Max Ryan, Marshall's friend 25:04 "my hope is just that both of them can sort of grieve with the rest of us and hopefully get through it, because I know it is going to be hard for both sides.)) CVU did have counselors on hand today for students today struggling with the loss of their classmate. Police believe Marshall was speeding when he hit Tom and went off the road. ((KM Channel 3 News))

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This morning Bennington police are looking for two missing teenagers. Thirteen year old Brooke Cole is five, five with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey shirt and navy sweats. And sixteen year old Cassidy Gilman is five, four with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a purple shirt and navy pants. Police say they could potentially be runaways. The girls were last seen two days ago at Bennington School. They may or may not be together.

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Montpelier police say two robbery suspects are on the loose -- and are considered armed and dangerous. According to investigators -- a man and woman robbed the Meadow Mart Convenience store on Elm Street -- around 8:30 pm Monday. Police say both suspects pulled-out a handgun and pointed them at the clerk. The duo fled on foot with cash. One suspect is described as a stocky white female about 5-2 or 5-3 with blonde hair. The other is a white lanky male about 6 feet tall. Both were wearing dark pants and hoodies -- carrying black handguns.

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A Bethel man has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault with a weapon -- after a shooting in Bethel -- he claims was in self-defense. 66-year-old Dennis Dundas allegedly shot 47-year-old Donald Giovanella 4 times with a handgun after the two men got in a fight at Dundas' home. Dundas told police he grabbed the gun because quote, "he was pounding me." Police found Giovanella lying outside the house on Route 14. Troopers say they had to use a taser on Dundas to take him into custody. Giovanella underwent surgery and is reported in stable condition at Dartmouth Hitchock.

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Attacked in the Queen City while he was delivering pizza. Now police are asking for your help as they try to track down the trio of suspects they believe are responsible. Police say a delivery man handed over his money after he was hit and that one suspect allegedly mentioned getting a gun. The three suspects are described as being between 16 and 19 years old and were said to be wearing bright red and yellow clothing. Investigators say it happened just before 11 PM Sunday night at a home on Church Street. Police claim the delivery man was initially struck in the face when he refused to accept a counterfeit one hundred dollar bill. Anyone with information is asked to contact the authorities.

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The legislative session will soon come to an end, leaving a sales tax on services on the table next year. The proposal to tax services -- like car repair -- is being led by Senate Finance Committee chair Tim Ashe. He says the state's current sales tax system is quote "screwed up," because it only targets businesses that provide goods. Expanding it to businesses that provide services is already getting push back-- from business owners near the New Hampshire border.

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((Kevin Audette/Blodgett Supply: "there is already enough of a challenge with the sales tax being so close to New Hampshire, not if a tax goes into any other type of labors, that will just hurt business even further.")) ((3:04: Sen Tim. Ashe/D/P- Chittenden County "it's a balancing act but the important piece is we are looking to the out year. WE don't want to come back every year talking about which constituency is going to get hit with a new tax or a new fee or a new assessment.")) Governor Shumlin is already voicing opposition to the plan-- saying it's a gift to New Hampshire.

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(anchors introduce gary) Improving weather today - partly sunny, a little warmer. And staying that way through end of week and through weekend with slow warming trend, especially by Sunday and Monday - some low 70s for highs.

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Today: Partly sunny Breezy Highs: 53 to 60 Wind: N 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Lows: 35 to 42 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mix of sun & clouds Highs: 57 to 64 Wind: N 10 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 58 to 65 Friday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 65 Saturday: Partly sunny Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 60s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly sunny Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 62 to 72 Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 40s Highs: 65 to 75

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This morning -- Baltimore is in a state of Emergency -- amid an uprising protests of the death of an unarmed black man by police Alison Harmelin has the latest.

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A state of emergency is in effect in Baltimore amid violent protests over the death of Freddie Gray. Thousands of National Guard troops have now been deployed to help calm tensions...that escalated Monday after Gray's funeral. Authorities say several Baltimore police officers were injured after being hit with rocks, sticks and bottles, but are expected to be okay. Schools in the city remain closed today. A weeklong citywide curfew goes into effect tonight. People in earthquake ravaged Nepal are spending a third night in the open, as crews continue to search for survivors. The 7.8 magnitude quake, which triggered an avalanche at the Mount Everest base camp, killed more than 4,000 people. International aid is beginning to trickle in, but the destruction is making it hard to reach some of those who need it most. Experts say smaller aftershocks could continue to hit the city for weeks. And, the Supreme Court will hear arguments today in several cases about the right of same-sex couples to marry. Justices will weigh questions on whether states have an obligation to perform same-sex marriages and whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The cases before the court come from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee -- all of which had their marriage bans upheld by a federal appeals court last year. Those are some of the day's top stories. I'm Anne Marie Green CBS News New York.

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Welcome Back! Five children living in San Diego got to hug and kiss their loved ones in Mexico. Many hadn't seen their family on the other side of the border for some time. Border agents unlocked this gate so they could cross this week. Children hugged family they hadn't embraced for years. The nonprofit 'Border Angels' organized the reunion...and brought toys for the kids. It was all part of Children's Day...a holiday celebrated in Latin America. Sometimes children and adults try to visit family at the gate but can only touch using their fingers through the holes.

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It's a first for a major restaurant chain. Chipotle says it's food -- will now be G-M-O-free. That means none of the ingredients will be genetically modified for its tortillas, rice, chips and salsa -- and also in the marinades used to cook its meats. Most of the country's corn and soybean crops are genetically modified to make them more resistant to diseases. The FDA continues to say GMO's are safe despite widespread concerns.

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And you can't stop saying "wow" while you watch this video. The camera was rolling as Louisiana photographer caught this happen during severe storms Monday. Strong winds literally forced some train cars off the elevated tracks in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Amazingly ....no injuries were reported. The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad told local media the railcars were empty.

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Improving weather today - partly sunny, a little warmer. And staying that way through end of week and through weekend with slow warming trend, especially by Sunday and Monday - some low 70s for highs.

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As we've seen the last couple of days, Vermont can sometimes get a little bleak outside as we wait for the trees and the flowers to get in full bloom. But Gina Bullard found an artist who hopes to keep your landscape interesting -- no matter the weather -- with his Made in Vermont sculptures.

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((nat grinding)) (00:27:12:11 COVER BITE) ((Gerald K Stoner/Gerald K Stoner Sculpture "i think they fit quite nicely in the landscape and frame things thats the great thing about working outside")) Just like his art -- Gerald K Stoner battles the weather to create large outdoor sculptures. ((nat)) (00:22:23:26) ((Gerald K Stoner/Gerald K Stoner Sculpture "it can be atmospheric it can be whimsical the steel can be kind of brutal")) Stoner creates everything from abstract pieces to instruments and animals. This now high school art teacher found his love of working with steel in college. (00:21:23:09) ((Gerald K Stoner/Gerald K Stoner Sculpture "once i started the welding it all seemed really natural to me once i figured out the tools")) His business Gerald K Stoner Sculpture has been open for five years in Underhill. His pieces range in price from 150-dollars to around one-thousand -- he sells more than twenty a year. (00:21:51:28) ((Gerald K Stoner/Gerald K Stoner Sculpture "i have family members who worked in steel mills so there's a natural connection with that and although its entirely different i'm still working with the steel and tools")) Working with steel is difficult -- it's a loud hot job -- and making it look whimsical or like it's moving can be a challenge. ((nat)) As a teacher Stoner tells his students to start with rough drafts -- he tries to do the same. (00;24:12:11) ((Gerald K Stoner/Gerald K Stoner Sculpture "a lot of times i'll set the pieces on the ground and see what i can formulate from there and weld from there")) (00:24:43:08) ((Gerald K Stoner/Gerald K Stoner Sculpture " so i practice what i preach but things change dramatically in the process")) And even when gardens aren't looking so great -- Stoner says his Made in Vermont sculptures will brighten up any landscape. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Underhill.

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In the headlines this morning: Burlington police catch the suspect in a pharmacy robbery Why North Country students are saying no to the common core tests. Plus-- How retirement incentives-- could save the state big bucks..

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

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A Burlington man is behind bars this morning -- after police say he stole drugs from a Pharmacy. Around 5 PM Monday -- Bryan McMohan allegedly robbed the Rite Aid Pharmacy on North Ave. Police say he made off with opiates -- but officers were in the area and were able to detain him. He's being held for lack of 100-thousand dollars bail and will be in court today. Police say -- they are now reviewing other cases that could be related.

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Today a special election will determine whether the Town of Concord will keep open the high school section of the Concord school. The alternative is to pay tuition to send the community's high school students to surrounding schools. The high school has just 65 students. Over the years, Concord residents have considered closing the high school a number of times, including a 2011 vote that failed by 20 votes. Proponents argue, the school costs too much and there aren't enough opportunities for students.

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Vermont's new GMO labeling law will stand -- despite recent opposition. A has judge rejected a bid by food industry groups to block the law. The groups say there's not enough time to implement the law's labeling rules before they are set to take effect in July of 20-16. The law -- passed last year -- requires all foods made from genetically modified ingredients to have labels. Four large industry groups are still suing to overturn the law.

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The Shumlin Administration and the state employees union are finally seeing eye to eye. The parties have together, come up with a plan to save the state 2 and a half million dollars a year -- by getting older employees to retire. It is being called a retirement incentive -- offering employees who are old enough to retire up to 15-thousand dollars. About a thousand state employees are eligible and the administration says if 300 take the retirement option -- and the state can leave three quarters of those jobs vacant -- that will save two and a half million dollars a year.

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((Justin Johnson/Adminstration Secretary 00:09:23:06 "SO you get an immedate savings by not filling the positions which compensates forthe cost you have to pay. The overall savings is 2 and a half million dollars. We sat with the treasurers office which runs the retirment funds, we didnt want to do anything that would create a problem with the retirement fund.")) Johnson and Treasurer Beth Pearce presented the plan to the Senate appropriations committee Monday afternoon. The early retirement plan would only cover a portion of the ten million dollars in personnel savings the Shumlin administration is looking for. Other job cuts -- including some layoffs -- are also being considered.

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Many parents in Plattsburgh are against the state's common core exams -- and now they're letting their kids -- opt out. In the past two weeks, less than half of all Plattsburgh city students in third through eighth grade have taken the tests. Parents say the exams hinder student learning, and are a poor reflection of a teacher's ability.

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(02:23:57 0529) ((Christy Bezrutczyk/Parent "I think it's great to have a universal standard, that's great, but to force all of our children... special needs, advanced learners, and even our status quo kiddos...to learn the exact same way isn't gonna happen. It's not a successful model." 02:24:11)) Statewide, nearly 200-thousand students have received parental permission to skip the exams. New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo has been leading the charge in support of the Common Core tests.

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(anchors introduce gary) Improving weather today - partly sunny, a little warmer. And staying that way through end of week and through weekend with slow warming trend, especially by Sunday and Monday - some low 70s for highs.

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Today: Partly sunny Breezy Highs: 53 to 60 Wind: N 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Lows: 35 to 42 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mix of sun & clouds Highs: 57 to 64 Wind: N 10 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 58 to 65 Friday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 65 Saturday: Partly sunny Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 60s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly sunny Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 62 to 72 Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 40s Highs: 65 to 75

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( Sunday was a brutal day for the Red Sox, as they surrendered 18 runs, falling to the Orioles 18-7.. They had to bounce back quickly as they headed to Fenway Monday to start at 3 game series with the Blue Jays... The Sox turning to Joe Kelly, hoping that he could right the ship ... But Kelly spun that wheel right back into the eye of the storm, first inning..already down 1-0...Montreal's own Russell Martin lining this one down the left field line and into the corner, that will plate two Jays..Sox down 3-0... Boston now down 5-3 in the 5th but about to make it a little closer..Dustin Pedroia chopping this one right back to the mound but, look out this one air mailed into the stands, Mookie Betts comes home on the error and Boston is down just a run... It would stay that way until the 8th inning ...and a huge chance for Boston, bases loaded for the red hot Hanley Ramirez...and Hanley scorching this one to left but Dalton Pompey making the great diving save... But that will allow Betts to come home on the sac fly...We're tied at 5... And in the bottom of the 9th with two on, who else, it's the Mookie Monster, Betts right up the middle and Xander Boeagarts comes home.. Boston is walk-off city as they defeat Toronto 6-5... Yankees facing Tampa Bay, Alex Rodriguez one home run shy of tying Willie Mays for 4th all time, but struggled, here grounding out to 3rd ....A-Rod 0-3 today... Yankees though still finding ways to score .. Bases loaded in the 5th... Nathan Kars walks Brett Gardner... former Red Sox Stephen Drew can trot home and New York takes a 1-0 lead.. Tied at 1 and the Yankees now busting out the bats in the 6th... Brian McCann launching this one high and deep and gone ...Yankees now on top 2-1 Three batters later, Stephen Drew sending this one into the right field corner... Carlos Beltran will come across the plate .. Yankees top the Ray, 4-1... and it will be a big tuesday at Castleton, with a playoff men's lacrosse game and the regular season finales for the baseball and softball team...we'll have the highlights tonight...with your sports wrap, I'm Kane O'Neill)

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This morning 3 Minute Wrap. Getting you up to speed every morning -- in just 3 minutes.

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We begin with national headlines -- where a state of emergency is in effect in Baltimore amid violent protests over the death of Freddie Gray. Thousands of National Guard troops have now been deployed to help calm tensions ...that escalated Monday after Gray's funeral. Authorities say several Baltimore police officers were injured after being hit with rocks, sticks and bottles, but are expected to be okay. Schools in the city remain closed today. A weeklong citywide curfew goes into effect tonight.

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People in earthquake ravaged Nepal are spending a third night in the open, as crews continue to search for survivors. The 7.8 magnitude quake, which triggered an avalanche at the Mount Everest base camp, killed more than 4,000 people. International aid is beginning to trickle in, but the destruction is making it hard to reach some of those who need it most. Experts say smaller aftershocks could continue to hit the city for weeks.

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This morning -- 16 year veteran of the Vermont State Police has been suspended... over his personal facebook page. State police have launched an internal investigation -- after a citizen raised concerns claiming some of the trooper's posts are racist and anti-gay. The state police commander -- calls the allegations disturbing -- and says they cut into the fabric of public trust. He says Corporal Jon Graham's online comments show evidence of bias -- which -- he says -- the state police work hard to prevent. Graham's suspension has generated considerable public debate on the conflict between free speech and employment rules.

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((Col. Tom L'Esperance/Vermont State Police 00:01:11 "A state trooper is held to the highest standard. A regular citizen has freedom of speech, but they don't need to abide by a code of conduct that dictates what behavior we can and can't do, both on and off duty.")) ((Pietro Lynn/Attorney 00:11:45 "It may well be, that this trooper had some strongly held convictions which could have been presented in a way that was inoffensive. If the statements that are made are offensive that can create problems for the employee and lead to very serious discipline.")) We reached out to Corporal Graham -- for comment -- on Friday -- but have not heard back.

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Bennington Police are urging residents to be on the lookout for two teenage girls. 13-year-old Brooke Cole and 16-year-old Cassidy Gilman were last seen Sunday at the Bennington School. Police are not sure if the girls are together at this time -- but believe they may have run away. Cole is described as 5 foot 5 with brown hair blue eyes and Gilman is 5-4 with brown hair and brown eyes. If you have any information -- call Bennington Police.

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Montpelier police say two robbery suspects are on the loose -- and are considered armed and dangerous. According to investigators -- a man and woman robbed the Meadow Mart Convenience store on Elm Street -- around 8:30 pm Monday. Police say both suspects pulled-out a handgun and pointed them at the clerk. The duo fled on foot with cash. One suspect is described as a stocky female about 5-2 or 5-3 with blonde hair. The other is a lanky male about 6 feet tall. Both were wearing dark pants and hoodies -- carrying black handguns.

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

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Improving weather today - partly sunny, a little warmer. And staying that way through end of week and through weekend with slow warming trend, especially by Sunday and Monday - some low 70s for highs.

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With the Vermont City Marathon next month, how can runners measure and improve their fitness level and oxygen intake like the elite athletes? The key is called your VO2 max!! Interview. - What is VO2 max? * Single best measure of cardiovascular fitness. - How is it measured? *Incremental exercise. -What factors contribute to a high VO2max? *Genetics and training - What training methods can increase this? * 30/30 60/60


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