Tue 23-AUG-2016 Early A.M. News Script

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The first one on one debate to be Vermont's next governor took place last night in Randolph. Republican Phil Scott and Democrat Sue Minter went head-to-head at the event sponsored by the Vermont NEA. Minter aligned herself with Vermont health connect. Meanwhile Scott -- put some national Republican views to the side -- and opining that transgender Vermonters should get to pick the bathroom they use. But it was the economy -- and creating jobs that were front and center.

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((PS 18:25 I can't point to one single bill that would have had a positive effect, one job attached to it whatsoever.)) ((SM 15:43 While I agree with Phil Scott about the need to focus on efficiency. 16:18 I do think it's important to understand what kinds of cuts we're talking about when we can't meet our budget needs.")) Minter touted the consolidation of school districts as an example of effectively modernizing government. Scott proposed looking for efficiencies in medicaid -- the largest entitlement program in the state.

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What's the difference between what your kids need -- and what they want -- before heading back to the classroom? We talked to families at the U-Mall in South Burlington doing back to school shopping. Parents said brand name clothing and the latest technology tends to grab kids' attention. Consumer experts say peer pressure has a lot to do with that.

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(Kathleen Kono/Shelburne 18:32:25 as long as you have good reasons and you allow them the opportunity to purchase some of the stuff they really want on their own, it works out in the end.)

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And be sure to join us tomorrow ... As we continue our back to school week! Tomorrow ... Getting back in the school routine... And freshmen at UVM .. Head off to orientation .. In the green mountains! That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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Lots of sunshine for the next couple of days. Warmer today than yesterday, and back to hot & more humid for Wednesday. Weak cold front comes through late Thursday into early Friday with a few showers, possible thunderstorms. Then it will clear out late Friday and stay that way through the weekend, which is looking very nice. Another weak frontal system may bring some showers on Monday.

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First year college students may feels a little nervous -- the answer? Embrace the great outdoors. We see how UVM students get ready for the start of school tomorrow starting at 5AM.

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1} DEBATE3_OC__VO


The first one on one debate to be Vermont's next governor took place last night in Randolph. Republican Phil Scott and Democrat Sue Minter went head-to-head at the event sponsored by the Vermont NEA. Minter aligned herself with Vermont health connect. Meanwhile Scott -- put some national Republican views to the side -- and opining that transgender Vermonters should get to pick the bathroom they use. But it was the economy -- and creating jobs that were front and center.

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((PS 18:25 I can't point to one single bill that would have had a positive effect, one job attached to it whatsoever.)) ((SM 15:43 While I agree with Phil Scott about the need to focus on efficiency. 16:18 I do think it's important to understand what kinds of cuts we're talking about when we can't meet our budget needs.")) Minter touted the consolidation of school districts as an example of effectively modernizing government. Scott proposed looking for efficiencies in medicaid -- the largest entitlement program in the state.

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What's the difference between what your kids need -- and what they want -- before heading back to the classroom? We talked to families at the U-Mall in South Burlington doing back to school shopping. Parents said brand name clothing and the latest technology tends to grab kids' attention. Consumer experts say peer pressure has a lot to do with that.

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(Kathleen Kono/Shelburne 18:32:25 as long as you have good reasons and you allow them the opportunity to purchase some of the stuff they really want on their own, it works out in the end.)

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And be sure to join us tomorrow ... As we continue our back to school week! Tomorrow ... Getting back in the school routine... And freshmen at UVM .. Head off to orientation .. In the green mountains! That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

6} AM_WEATHER


Lots of sunshine for the next couple of days. Warmer today than yesterday, and back to hot & more humid for Wednesday. Weak cold front comes through late Thursday into early Friday with a few showers, possible thunderstorms. Then it will clear out late Friday and stay that way through the weekend, which is looking very nice. Another weak frontal system may bring some showers on Monday.

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here are some of the top stories we are following this morning ... New charges for a former Burlington cop involved with a fatal drunk driving case. They face off -- both Phil Scott and Sue Minter go head to head in their first public debate for governor. And what is the price to pay? We look at what parents are spending their money on for their kids heading back to school.

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Today: Clear, cool start. Heading for a mostly sunny, warmer day with comfortable humidity.

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((THANK GARY)) ((talk about back to school week.)) ((talk about DIY school supplies during the 6. Transition to Cost of teens))

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What's the difference between what your kids need and want before heading back to the classroom? We ran into lots of families hitting the U-Mall in South Burlington all for back to school shopping. Parents tell us brand name clothing and the latest technology tends to grab kids' attention. Consumer experts agree and say peer pressure has a lot to do with that. But a way to handle that -- one parent tells us is compromise by letting your kids pitch in for school expenses.

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(Kathleen Kono/Shelburne 18:32:25 as long as you have good reasons and you allow them the opportunity to purchase some of the stuff they really want on their own, it works out in the end.) Besides the clothing and gadgets, what are consumer experts telling parents to budget for?

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We have their whole list of tips later this hour... And at 6 .. We have some fun and simple ways to spice up your plain school supplies... And be sure to join us tomorrow ... As we continue our back to school week! Tomorrow we talk to professionals about how to ease kids back into the daily 'school' routine.. And freshmen at UVM .. Head off to orientation .. In the green mountains! That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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Daily fantasy sports get the green light to operate once again in New York. Companies like DraftKings and FanDuel got permits to again do business in the state. Both were shut down this year after New York's Democratic attorney general compared the daily fantasy games to illegal gambling. Lawmakers then passed a new law imposing rules and taxes on the industry.

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Four new charges for a former Burlington police officer accused in a fatal DUI. Judy Simpson explains .. These charges come just weeks before her trial is scheduled to begin.

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Court papers show Officer Leanne Werner admitted to drinking at home by herself last year -- and then decided to drive to St. Albans Bay -- when she crossed the center line hitting an on coming car. Saint Albans Police say they breathalized her on the scene. There she blew a point oh 8-1. Just over the legal limit of point-oh-8. ((Jane Martin /victim "My husband died because of this case.)) Jane Martin suffered a broken hand in that crash, her husband died in the hospital six days later. She was in court Monday to see charges upped against Werner. ((Jane again 00:12:25:15 "My husband did he tried to avoid her but it happened in just a split second he did try to swerve he seen her coming but he couldn't get over fast enough 00:12:39:00)) But in June of this year, A judge threw out evidence in the case. Werner failed that breath test--but the judge tossed the results out since it was taken before she was read her rights. Any evidence collected after she was read her rights is still admissible. Monday a chemist affidavit was entered into the case. She calculated - based on a blood alcohol test and other factors - that Werner's BAC at the time of the crash would have been aproximately point oh 9-8. Well above the legal limit. Werner now faces four more charges for a total of six, including Driving under the influence with death resulting. She entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. It has been an exhausting ordeal for Omer's family ((Jane again 00:11:29:27" I have never been through anything like this before I think it will be a relief to get to that point so we can see that justice be served. for my husbands death. 00:11:39:14")) ((Lynn Martin/ Victim's Daughter 00:14:27:11"Hopefully she is convicted on at least half of them my hope is that she serves a fair amount of jail time I understand it is not what I would consider huge amounts of time my Dad probably had a good ten to 15 years plus to live and she should do some serious time." 00:14:52:09 )) werner resigned from the burlington police department last fall. Judy Simpson -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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Senator Bernie Sanders prepares to return to full-time work in Washington D-C in early September. Sanders says his top priority will be blocking the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Last November, Sanders criticized Republican senate peers and presidential opponents for campaigning more than voting. This year, he missed nearly 100 votes himself, but says his absence did not have a big impact on the Senate's work.

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(00:05:35:00) ((Sen. Sanders it would have been better for me to be there for very vote, but everything being equal, this was not a session which accomplished a whole lot with or without Bernie Sanders. But, what I did do was run for president and I think in changing the conversationa dn bringing forth issues like trade, liek making public colleges and university's tuition free, by greatly expanding community health centers, putting more focus on climate change, I think I accomplished a little bit in doing that)) Sanders says he wants to be the chairman of the Senate's Health Care or Budget committee in January when the next session begins.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Clear & cool Local temps: 50s in Champlain Valley, but most spots in 40s, even some upper 30s in colder pockets. NE clouds: Barely a cloud in the sky, but some fog in some valleys. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. Temps a little warmer in southern New England, some low/mid 60s. NE dewpoints: In dry 40s and upper 30s - very comfortable. U.S. Rad/sat: Clear skies over the northeast, thanks to high pressure. Forecast clouds/precip: Lots of sunshine for the next couple of days. Warmer today than yesterday, and back to hot & more humid for Wednesday.

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Today: Mostly sunny Highs: 73 to 80 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Patchy fog Lows: 52 to 62 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Wednesday: Mostly sunny Highs :83 to 90 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Showers, possible t-storms, especially late Lows: 60s Highs: 80s Friday: Partly sunny Showers, mainly early Lows: 60s Highs: 77 to 84 Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 70s

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Getting the right school supplies is one thing -- personalizing them is another! Kim Conner is with us for some design tips to spice up the look of your back-to-school gear.

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President Barack Obama will be in Louisiana today to visit the flood ravaged region. The disaster has killed at least 13 people and damaged around 60-thousand homes. Across the southern part of the state, roads are lined with debris. The storm forced more than 100-thousand people to register for FEMA assistance -- in just one week, the federal agency hasn't seen such high numbers since Superstorm Sandy. Some areas of the state are still unreachable.

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Convicted child molester and former football coach, Jerry Sandusky is back in court this morning. Sandusky wants a NEW trial... His lawyer calling into question the credibility of one of the victims .. And a possible grand jury leak during the trial. Investigators are looking into the story told by one of the victims -- and if it matches up with the case. The prosecution is expected to call 3 more witnesses to the stand today.

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Are you an insta-grammer? A new study shows the pictures you post might indicate if you are depressed. UVM researcher, Chris Danforth, and Harvard University's Andrew Reece, checked out close to 44-thousand instagram pictures from volunteers with a history of depression. They found those who were depressed posted photos that were bluer, grayer and darker. They also posted more frequently -- using more filters to alter the picture.

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Police in Vermont say they need help dealing with the heroin crisis ... To help .. The state police drug task force is expanding.. Senator Patrick Leahy secured a 1.4 million dollar grant ...they'll be able to add five new investigators and another data analyst. That now ups the task force to 24 investigators. This year they say they've taken 94 thousand bags of heroin off the street.

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You know how parents believe their kids can do anything? And pet parents probably feel the same way about their dogs ...or at least I do. What about running for mayor of a town? For nine-year old Duke of Minnesota...he is just that. Just coming off his re-election victory, this pooch is actually mayor of a small town in Minnesota. He was first elected three years ago with a write-in vote and residents there were pretty taken by his leadership roles.

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Still ahead... Comparing needs, versus wants... How parents decide what to buy for their kids heading back to class. Plus the first debate between the nominees running for Vermont governor. And is a price decrease in the works? How Vermont Gas is pitching a lower rate for its customers.

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Today: Clear, cool start. Heading for a mostly sunny, warmer day with comfortable humidity.

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It's crunch time for parents to get their kids ready to head back to the classroom. But what does that mean for parents and their wallets? We look at the cost of back-to-school shopping.

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(COVER WITH SNEAKERS) (kid: 18:44:28 they're like white with the three black stripes on the side.) (kid: 18:36:17 Well I like shopping a lot and I like clothes.) For many kids, it's hard to say good bye to summer, but easy to say hello to brand new stuff before heading back to school. The only obstacle? What mom and dad will spend money on... (COVER) (kid: 18:45:13 you already have stuff like that, you don't need stuff like that.) (mom: 18:31:25 she needed a laptop case, some planners, some binders and tons of pencils.) Although parents, don't always get the same joy out of shopping. (mom: 18:31:40 do you ever find that there's a little bit of a gray area between what your kids need and want? Yes.) For Kathleen Kono, it's always the same routine when it comes to her daughters heading back to class. (mom: 18:32:25 as long as you have good reasons and you allow them the opportunity to purchase some of the stuff they really want on their own, it works out in the end. 36) Consumer experts say the percentage that parents pay for 'back to school' stuff -- has gone up 33% since last year with the big ticket items parents are opening their wallets for. (expert: Parents are looking at spending over 600 dollars for one child alone on school supplies on tech on clothing.) That's why experts agree, there should be compromise if kids insist on having certain pricey wish list items. (expert: maybe you're getting them involved to pick up some of those costs, Maybe getting a summer time job as a lifeguard or a babysitter. And then help contribute where then they feel a sense of reward.) And besides the clothes and newest gadgets, any activity kids want in on ... Also adds to the back to school costs. (expert: More than ever parents are spending money on music lessons, after school programs, sports, and that can get expensive when you add up participation fees, gear and supplies.) Luckily for Kono, the after school activities mean more to her kids than the name brands. And it's something they budget for every summer. (mom: 18:33:08 and then dance the costume and weekly lessons. But it's all worth it.)

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Experts say kids sometimes want things because of their peers. They advise parents to have conversations with their children to figure out if bullying or society pressures are a factor in their shopping needs.

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A resort more than a century old ... Will get a second chance to serve the public. Quimby Country is near the Vermont-Canadian border -- it closed its doors earlier this year, after being in business 122 years. Reports say the lodge is reopening in 20-17 after receiving a private loan and donations -- and that money is going toward repairs. The board of directors is considering new programs like WIFI to attract more guests.

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Lake Champlain International believes a wastewater spill this weekend makes 66 in Rutland this year. 400 thousand gallons flowed into East and Otter Creeks in Rutland Sunday Swimming in Otter Creek is not recommended -- and residents of towns around Rutland should take caution when boating in waterways close by. Also Sunday -- 500 thousand gallons spilled into Stevens Brook and then into St. Albans bay.

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Vermont Gas is negotiating with state regulators a rate decrease for customers. Vermont Gas filed for a 3-point-3 percent rate cut earlier this year -- because of a drop in the price of natural gas. The Department of Public Service said the rate cut should actually be about 5-point-7 percent. And the state is pointing to the ballooning cost of the Vermont Gas Pipeline to Addison County. DPS officials call some expenditures - "imprudent." They also say the company cannot properly document some of its spending -- so those costs should NOT be passed on to ratepayers. Vermont Gas disagrees.

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((Beth Parent/Vermont Gas 00:12:18:00 "We believe strongly that the cost that we put forward to go into rates, which is $134 million is accurate and justified. we look forward to make our case in front of the public service board.")) Vermont Gas had already made a deal with the state to for a 134 million cap. Any pipeline spending above that has to be absorbed by the company. So far - that amount is about 31-million dollars.

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The general election showdown is underway in Vermont's race for governor. At a debate sponsored by the Vermont NEA last night .. Republican Phil Scott and Democrat Sue Minter took bold stands. Minter aligning herself with Vermont health connect. Scott -- bucking national republicans -- and opining that transgender Vermonters should get to pick the bathroom they use. Creating jobs also front and center.

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((PS 18:25 I can't point to one single bill that would have had a positive effect, one job attached to it whatsoever.)) ((SM 15:43 While I agree with Phil Scott about the need to focus on efficiency. 16:18 I do think it's important to understand what kinds of cuts we're talking about when we can't meet our budget needs.")) Minter touted consolidating schools districts as an example of effectively modernizing government. Scott proposed looking for efficiencies in medicaid -- the largest entitlement program in the state.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Clear & cool Local temps: 50s in Champlain Valley, but most spots in 40s, even some upper 30s in colder pockets. NE clouds: Barely a cloud in the sky, but some fog in some valleys. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. Temps a little warmer in southern New England, some low/mid 60s. NE dewpoints: In dry 40s and upper 30s - very comfortable. U.S. Rad/sat: Clear skies over the northeast, thanks to high pressure. Forecast clouds/precip: Lots of sunshine for the next couple of days. Warmer today than yesterday, and back to hot & more humid for Wednesday.

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Today: Mostly sunny Highs: 73 to 80 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Patchy fog Lows: 52 to 62 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Wednesday: Mostly sunny Highs :83 to 90 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Showers, possible t-storms, especially late Lows: 60s Highs: 80s Friday: Partly sunny Showers, mainly early Lows: 60s Highs: 77 to 84 Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 70s

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What kid doesn't want a little fun for their school supplies? In my day it was Lisa Frank that was the hot design for all our binders and folders. But sometimes those name brands are the most expensive! Kim Conner is back with us for some more design tips to make your back-to-school gear pop. Buy the less expensive notebooks- and jazz them up!

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Almanac: Cool yesterday, and dry. Lake level: Still low for this time of year, by more than 1/2 foot. And not much rain in the forecast. Lake Champlain: Not as windy today as it has been.

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The first one on one debate to be Vermont's next governor took place last night in Randolph. Republican Phil Scott and Democrat Sue Minter went head-to-head at the event sponsored by the Vermont NEA. Minter aligned herself with Vermont health connect. Meanwhile Scott -- put some national Republican views to the side -- and opining that transgender Vermonters should get to pick the bathroom they use. But it was the economy -- and creating jobs that were front and center.

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((PS 18:25 I can't point to one single bill that would have had a positive effect, one job attached to it whatsoever.)) ((SM 15:43 While I agree with Phil Scott about the need to focus on efficiency. 16:18 I do think it's important to understand what kinds of cuts we're talking about when we can't meet our budget needs.")) Minter touted the consolidation of school districts as an example of effectively modernizing government. Scott proposed looking for efficiencies in medicaid -- the largest entitlement program in the state.

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Multiple new charges in a fatal drunk driving case against a Burlington Police officer. It happened last July -- when Officer Leanne Werner was off-duty. She allegedly crashed head-on into a car in St. Albans, killing Omer Martin. Werner had originally pleaded not guilty to DUI with death resulting and gross negligent operation with serious injury. But new, amended charges include four more counts after new evidence came to light. Werner's trial is scheduled to start next month.

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An organization looking out for the health of Lake Champlain says a wastewater spill over the weekend makes 66 in Rutland this year. Lake Champlain International says 400 thousand gallons flowed into the East and Otter Creeks in Rutland Sunday. 500 thousand gallons also spilled into Stevens Brook and then into St. Albans bay on Sunday.

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Vermont Gas is negotiating a rate decrease with state regulators . The company filed for a 3-point-3 percent rate cut earlier this year -- because of a drop in the price of natural gas. But now -- the Department of Public Service says the rate cut should actually be about 5-point-7 percent. The state is pointing to the ballooning cost of the Vermont Gas Pipeline to Addison County. DPS also says the company cannot properly document some of its spending -- so those costs should NOT be passed on to ratepayers. Vermont Gas disagrees.

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Daily fantasy sports are set to operate once again in New York. Websites like DraftKings and FanDuel got permits to again do business in the state. Both had shut down there earlier this year after New York's attorney general compared the daily fantasy games to illegal gambling. A new law has since been passed by lawmakers -- imposing rules and taxes on the industry.

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What's the difference between what your kids need -- and what they want -- before heading back to the classroom? We talked to families at the U-Mall in South Burlington doing back to school shopping. Parents said brand name clothing and the latest technology tends to grab kids' attention. Consumer experts say peer pressure has a lot to do with that.

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(Kathleen Kono/Shelburne 18:32:25 as long as you have good reasons and you allow them the opportunity to purchase some of the stuff they really want on their own, it works out in the end.)

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And be sure to join us tomorrow ... As we continue our back to school week! Tomorrow we talk to professionals about how to ease kids back into the daily 'school' routine.. And freshmen at UVM .. Head off to orientation .. In the green mountains! That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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

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Lots of sunshine for the next couple of days. Warmer today than yesterday, and back to hot & more humid for Wednesday. Weak cold front comes through late Thursday into early Friday with a few showers, possible thunderstorms. Then it will clear out late Friday and stay that way through the weekend, which is looking very nice. Another weak frontal system may bring some showers on Monday.

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Lots of sunshine for the next couple of days. Warmer today than yesterday, and back to hot & more humid for Wednesday.

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here are some of the top stories we are following this morning ... New charges for a former Burlington cop involved with a fatal drunk driving case. They face off -- both Phil Scott and Sue Minter go head to head in their first public debate for governor. And what is the price to pay? We look at what parents are spending their money on for their kids heading back to school.

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Today: Clear, cool start. Heading for a mostly sunny, warmer day with comfortable humidity.

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((THANK GARY)) ((talk about back to school week.)) ((talk about DIY school supplies during the 6. Transition to Cost of teens))

4} COSTOFTEENSAM_TOPVO


What's the difference between what your kids need and want before heading back to the classroom? We ran into lots of families hitting the U-Mall in South Burlington all for back to school shopping. Parents tell us brand name clothing and the latest technology tends to grab kids' attention. Consumer experts agree and say peer pressure has a lot to do with that. But a way to handle that -- one parent tells us is compromise by letting your kids pitch in for school expenses.

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(Kathleen Kono/Shelburne 18:32:25 as long as you have good reasons and you allow them the opportunity to purchase some of the stuff they really want on their own, it works out in the end.) Besides the clothing and gadgets, what are consumer experts telling parents to budget for?

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We have their whole list of tips later this hour... And at 6 .. We have some fun and simple ways to spice up your plain school supplies... And be sure to join us tomorrow ... As we continue our back to school week! Tomorrow we talk to professionals about how to ease kids back into the daily 'school' routine.. And freshmen at UVM .. Head off to orientation .. In the green mountains! That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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Daily fantasy sports get the green light to operate once again in New York. Companies like DraftKings and FanDuel got permits to again do business in the state. Both were shut down this year after New York's Democratic attorney general compared the daily fantasy games to illegal gambling. Lawmakers then passed a new law imposing rules and taxes on the industry.

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Four new charges for a former Burlington police officer accused in a fatal DUI. Judy Simpson explains .. These charges come just weeks before her trial is scheduled to begin.

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Court papers show Officer Leanne Werner admitted to drinking at home by herself last year -- and then decided to drive to St. Albans Bay -- when she crossed the center line hitting an on coming car. Saint Albans Police say they breathalized her on the scene. There she blew a point oh 8-1. Just over the legal limit of point-oh-8. ((Jane Martin /victim "My husband died because of this case.)) Jane Martin suffered a broken hand in that crash, her husband died in the hospital six days later. She was in court Monday to see charges upped against Werner. ((Jane again 00:12:25:15 "My husband did he tried to avoid her but it happened in just a split second he did try to swerve he seen her coming but he couldn't get over fast enough 00:12:39:00)) But in June of this year, A judge threw out evidence in the case. Werner failed that breath test--but the judge tossed the results out since it was taken before she was read her rights. Any evidence collected after she was read her rights is still admissible. Monday a chemist affidavit was entered into the case. She calculated - based on a blood alcohol test and other factors - that Werner's BAC at the time of the crash would have been aproximately point oh 9-8. Well above the legal limit. Werner now faces four more charges for a total of six, including Driving under the influence with death resulting. She entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. It has been an exhausting ordeal for Omer's family ((Jane again 00:11:29:27" I have never been through anything like this before I think it will be a relief to get to that point so we can see that justice be served. for my husbands death. 00:11:39:14")) ((Lynn Martin/ Victim's Daughter 00:14:27:11"Hopefully she is convicted on at least half of them my hope is that she serves a fair amount of jail time I understand it is not what I would consider huge amounts of time my Dad probably had a good ten to 15 years plus to live and she should do some serious time." 00:14:52:09 )) werner resigned from the burlington police department last fall. Judy Simpson -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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Senator Bernie Sanders prepares to return to full-time work in Washington D-C in early September. Sanders says his top priority will be blocking the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The former presidential candidate didn't sound hopeful that he will be able to push through much of his broader agenda though ... given congressional grid-lock. Last November, Sanders criticized Republican senate peers and presidential opponents for campaigning more than voting. This year, he missed nearly 100 votes himself, but says his absence did not have a big impact on the Senate's work.

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(00:05:35:00) ((Sen. Sanders it would have been better for me to be there for very vote, but everything being equal, this was not a session which accomplished a whole lot with or without Bernie Sanders. But, what I did do was run for president and I think in changing the conversationa dn bringing forth issues like trade, liek making public colleges and university's tuition free, by greatly expanding community health centers, putting more focus on climate change, I think I accomplished a little bit in doing that)) Sanders says he wants to be the chairman of the Senate's Health Care or Budget committee in January when the next session begins. That would require Democrats to win the majority in November's general election.

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The Libertarian candidate for President is coming to Vermont. Former Republican governor of New Mexico and presidential candidate Gary Johnson will visit later this week. He is pushing for smaller government and greater personal freedom. He will speak tomorrow at 5:30 pm - at the Sheraton in South Burlington.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Clear & cool Local temps: 50s in Champlain Valley, but most spots in 40s, even some upper 30s in colder pockets. NE clouds: Barely a cloud in the sky, but some fog in some valleys. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. Temps a little warmer in southern New England, some low/mid 60s. NE dewpoints: In dry 40s and upper 30s - very comfortable. U.S. Rad/sat: Clear skies over the northeast, thanks to high pressure. Forecast clouds/precip: Lots of sunshine for the next couple of days. Warmer today than yesterday, and back to hot & more humid for Wednesday.

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Today: Mostly sunny Highs: 73 to 80 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Patchy fog Lows: 52 to 62 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Wednesday: Mostly sunny Highs :83 to 90 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Showers, possible t-storms, especially late Lows: 60s Highs: 80s Friday: Partly sunny Showers, mainly early Lows: 60s Highs: 77 to 84 Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 70s

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President Barack Obama will be in Louisiana today to visit the flood ravaged region. The disaster has killed at least 13 people and damaged around 60-thousand homes. Across the southern part of the state, roads are lined with debris. The storm forced more than 100-thousand people to register for FEMA assistance -- in just one week, the federal agency hasn't seen such high numbers since Superstorm Sandy. Some areas of the state are still unreachable.

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Florida officials wrap up the investigation into the gator attack at Disney World. 2-year old Lane Thomas Graves was snatched by an alligator at a Disney hotel back in June. Fish and Wildlife experts now say the event wasn't provoked by human behavior, rather it was a predatory attack. Trappers killed six gators but could not make a positive DNA match. Since the attack, Disney has upped its security measures.

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Convicted child molester and former football coach, Jerry Sandusky is back in court this morning. Sandusky wants a NEW trial... His lawyer calling into question the credibility of one of the victims .. And a possible grand jury leak during the trial. Investigators are looking into the story told by one of the victims -- and if it matches up with the case. The prosecution is expected to call 3 more witnesses to the stand today.

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Are you an insta-grammer? A new study shows the pictures you post might indicate if you are depressed. UVM researcher, Chris Danforth, and Harvard University's Andrew Reece, checked out close to 44-thousand instagram pictures from volunteers with a history of depression. They found those who were depressed posted photos that were bluer, grayer and darker. They also posted more frequently -- using more filters to alter the picture.

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Police in Vermont say they need help dealing with the heroin crisis ... To help .. The state police drug task force is expanding.. Senator Patrick Leahy secured a 1.4 million dollar grant ...they'll be able to add five new investigators and another data analyst. That now ups the task force to 24 investigators. This year they say they've taken 94 thousand bags of heroin off the street.

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((Col. Matt Birmingham 00:01.478:10 ... we have to continue to pressure on both supply and demand to ensure that the traffickers, the drug traffickers and drug networks are not able to come to Vermont to establish themselves ... 00:02.17:18)) The state health department is concerned some addicts are buying heroin laced with a substance called car-fentanyl -- which is 100 times stronger than regular fentanyl.

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Gary, we know how you love your Pokemon Go. Well police in Thailand aren't as impressed with the game. The game launched over there August 6th and has since caused lots of traffic and accidents. So, they created the "Pokemon Buster" squad, made up of 50 officers. They are patrolling 10 of Bangkok's busiest roads -- now being considered no-go zones. This photo was taken by one of the local papers there.

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We all see on the big screen how the Olympics brings all countries together on one big stage. But what about all of the viewers? This is a series of different photographs showing where the public in countries all over the world were watching the games in Rio this year. From convenient stores to restaurants and in public parks, it was 17 days that the world secretly came together to enjoy the same thing.

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NE clouds: Barely a cloud in the sky, but some fog in some valleys. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. Temps a little warmer in southern New England, some low/mid 60s. NE dewpoints: In dry 40s and upper 30s - very comfortable. Today: Clear, cool start. Heading for a mostly sunny, warmer day with comfortable humidity.

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Still ahead... Comparing needs, versus wants... How parents decide what to buy for their kids heading back to class. Plus the first debate between the nominees running for Vermont governor. And is a price decrease in the works? How Vermont Gas is pitching a lower rate for its customers.

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Today: Clear, cool start. Heading for a mostly sunny, warmer day with comfortable humidity.

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It's crunch time for parents to get their kids ready to head back to the classroom. But what does that mean for parents and their wallets? We look at the cost of back-to-school shopping.

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(COVER WITH SNEAKERS) (kid: 18:44:28 they're like white with the three black stripes on the side.) (kid: 18:36:17 Well I like shopping a lot and I like clothes.) For many kids, it's hard to say good bye to summer, but easy to say hello to brand new stuff before heading back to school. The only obstacle? What mom and dad will spend money on... (COVER) (kid: 18:45:13 you already have stuff like that, you don't need stuff like that.) (mom: 18:31:25 she needed a laptop case, some planners, some binders and tons of pencils.) Although parents, don't always get the same joy out of shopping. (mom: 18:31:40 do you ever find that there's a little bit of a gray area between what your kids need and want? Yes.) For Kathleen Kono, it's always the same routine when it comes to her daughters heading back to class. (mom: 18:32:25 as long as you have good reasons and you allow them the opportunity to purchase some of the stuff they really want on their own, it works out in the end. 36) Consumer experts say the percentage that parents pay for 'back to school' stuff -- has gone up 33% since last year with the big ticket items parents are opening their wallets for. (expert: Parents are looking at spending over 600 dollars for one child alone on school supplies on tech on clothing.) That's why experts agree, there should be compromise if kids insist on having certain pricey wish list items. (expert: maybe you're getting them involved to pick up some of those costs, Maybe getting a summer time job as a lifeguard or a babysitter. And then help contribute where then they feel a sense of reward.) And besides the clothes and newest gadgets, any activity kids want in on ... Also adds to the back to school costs. (expert: More than ever parents are spending money on music lessons, after school programs, sports, and that can get expensive when you add up participation fees, gear and supplies.) Luckily for Kono, the after school activities mean more to her kids than the name brands. And it's something they budget for every summer. (mom: 18:33:08 and then dance the costume and weekly lessons. But it's all worth it.)

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Experts say kids sometimes want things because of their peers. They advise parents to have conversations with their children to figure out if bullying or society pressures are a factor in their shopping needs.

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A resort more than a century old ... Will get a second chance to serve the public. Quimby Country is near the Vermont-Canadian border -- it closed its doors earlier this year, after being in business 122 years. Reports say the lodge is reopening in 20-17 after receiving a private loan and donations -- and that money is going toward repairs. The board of directors is considering new programs like WIFI to attract more guests.

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Lake Champlain International believes a wastewater spill this weekend makes 66 in Rutland this year. 400 thousand gallons flowed into East and Otter Creeks in Rutland Sunday Swimming in Otter Creek is not recommended -- and residents of towns around Rutland should take caution when boating in waterways close by. Also Sunday -- 500 thousand gallons spilled into Stevens Brook and then into St. Albans bay.

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Vermont Gas is negotiating with state regulators a rate decrease for customers. Vermont Gas filed for a 3-point-3 percent rate cut earlier this year -- because of a drop in the price of natural gas. Today, the Department of Public Service said the rate cut should actually be about 5-point-7 percent. And the state is pointing to the ballooning cost of the Vermont Gas Pipeline to Addison County. DPS officials call some expenditures - "imprudent." They also say the company cannot properly document some of its spending -- so those costs should NOT be passed on to ratepayers. Vermont Gas disagrees.

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((Beth Parent/Vermont Gas 00:12:18:00 "We believe strongly that the cost that we put forward to go into rates, which is $134 million is accurate and justified. we look forward to make our case in front of the public service board.")) Vermont Gas made a deal with the state to for a 134 million cap. Any spending above that has to be absorbed by the company. So far - thatís about 31-million dollars.

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The general election showdown is underway in Vermont's race for governor. Alex Apple has a recap of the first one on one debate between Republican Phil Scott and Democrat Sue Minter.

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One on one for the first time: Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott shared their visions for Vermont's future. ((SM 17:55 I'm someone who addresses challenges straight on, who sets goals and achieves them. That's the kind of governor I will be.)) ((PS 18:06 I'm happy to hear that we're going to focus on the economy because we haven't been in the last 6 or 7 years.)) Monday in Randolph -- at a debate sponsored by the Vermont NEA -- Both Scott and Minter took bold stands. Minter aligning herself with Vermont health connect. Scott -- bucking national republicans -- and opining that transgender Vermonters should get to pick the bathroom they use. Creating jobs also front and center. ((PS 18:25 I can't point to one single bill that would have had a positive effect, one job attached to it whatsoever.)) Scott criticized Democrats for sponsoring too many job-killing bills. Minter took on Republicans for proposing cuts to vital programs. ((SM 16:33 Eliminating funding for substance abuse treatments, for state colleges reducing financial aid.)) Scott and Minter won their primaries by large margins on August 9th. Monday's debate -- a first step by both campaigns to shape the narrative of the race. ((PS 14:40 Modernization in government is an area we should be looking for. Efficiencies in government is something that we desperately need.)) Scott's ideas for a modern, fiscally-prudent government. A contrast to Minter's warnings that budget cuts can be dangerous. ((SM 15:43 While I agree with Phil Scott about the need to focus on efficiency. 16:18 I do think it's important to understand what kinds of cuts we're talking about when we can't meet our budget needs."))

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Minter used consolidating schools districts as an example of effectively modernizing government. Scott proposed looking for efficiencies in medicaid -- the largest entitlement program in the state.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Clear & cool Local temps: 50s in Champlain Valley, but most spots in 40s, even some upper 30s in colder pockets. NE clouds: Barely a cloud in the sky, but some fog in some valleys. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. Temps a little warmer in southern New England, some low/mid 60s. NE dewpoints: In dry 40s and upper 30s - very comfortable. U.S. Rad/sat: Clear skies over the northeast, thanks to high pressure. Forecast clouds/precip: Lots of sunshine for the next couple of days. Warmer today than yesterday, and back to hot & more humid for Wednesday.

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Today: Mostly sunny Highs: 73 to 80 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Patchy fog Lows: 52 to 62 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Wednesday: Mostly sunny Highs :83 to 90 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Showers, possible t-storms, especially late Lows: 60s Highs: 80s Friday: Partly sunny Showers, mainly early Lows: 60s Highs: 77 to 84 Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 70s

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It's been 5 years since Tropical Storm Irene ravaged Vermont. In Rochester it washed out graves -- leaving one woman wondering if she would ever get to rebury her loved ones remains. Keith McGilvery reports.

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((PKG)) For Darlene Thompson -- her daughter -- MacKenzie and her grandchildren -- the Woodlawn Cemetery is a place to talk about family. (( 20:14 DT "This is nannie and grampa, It was Junie Marie and Henry Ray..)) For them it means sharing stories here at the beautifully-maintained spot off Route 100 in Rochester. ((19:17 I can't believe it turned out as well as it did, it doesn't look like anything happened.)) But the manicured lawn and pristine headstones -- are a far cry from what Darlene found when we first met her 5 years ago. ((:31 2011 PKG Darlene"How could a little stream like that do so much damage?)) When Tropical storm Irene hit Vermont in August 2011 -- raging flood waters tore through the cemetery brook -- ripping open the earth. ((HELICOPTOR NATS)) From the sky -- Channel 3 cameras captured open coffins being tossed down stream. ((Darlene Thompson 11:47 What happened to your family members here? "It washed five people out, there was my mom, my dad, my grandmother, my uncle, and my baby brother, and horrifically it took them out of their sealed vaults, out of their caskets.)) ((Tom Harty, Storm Volunteer 01:38 "This was a unique situation, cemeteries don't wash out everyday. 6 and in fact FEMA when we contacted them said your on your own)) Tom Harty works in the funeral business -- and was tasked with collecting and managing remains. ((Tom Harty, Storm Volunteer 01:53 :We had remains in various stages of being casketed and not being casketed up and down the brook and actually out onto route 100 and across route 100)) At the time it had Darlene keeping MacKenzie out of the water -- fearful of a gruesome discovery. ((34:11 DT 2012 "I don't want to let my four year old go play in the river this summer, anywhere, I don't even want her out behind my house in our river, because I am afraid she is going to find something, that's the most devastating to me.)) ((GRAPHIC OVER VIDEO?? TRACK WILL NEED TO GO UPSTAIRS: Rochester Cemetery Commission)) No one knows exactly how many remains washed out in the flooding -- because many were buried years before cemetery records were kept -- But of the roughly 50 people known to have gone missing 27 were recovered -- 26 were identified by family or with DNA. ((Marvin Harvey, Cemetery Commissioner 25:03 "We had 24 hour armed security volunteers from around the state that came here and babysat the this cemetery if you would, until we collected all the remains that we could find.)) ((Darlene Thompson 12:14 "My brother they never found their body, my mom and dad were left here in the cemetery still, and my grandmother's body, they found in the golf course in a pile of dirt.)) For Darlene's family -- their vaults that were above ground for months and identified with pumpkins following the storm (FILE) are buried again. (TODAY) Their toppled headstones ((FILE)) -- were pulled from the water and are now up right ((TODAY)) and marked with flowers. ((NAT)) ((01:36 KM Standup: Those who were either never recovered or identified are being remembered at the cemetery as well with this plaque here that says "Rest in Peace wherever you now lie, gone but not forgotten.)) ((Darlene Thompson 11:22 "It was hard five years ago, not knowing who was going to find who)) Darlene knows she's found more peace than many -- but admits Irene can still be painful to think about. ((13:22 Is it hard not to cry today? DT Yeah, it is but it is not too bad because I have a lot more closure than a lot of people.)) Closure -- she says come from a community standing together to honor the dead in a spot restored to its original beauty-- proving Rochester is stronger than the storm that tried to tear it apart.

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The mass grave in Rochester contains more than 70 fragments of those unearthed in the storm. Officials say if new remains surface in the future they will do their best to identify them.

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Hartford town officials work to make-over another area destroyed by Irene .. The scaled back plan includes benches .. And landscaping to convert the site into a park. But the Valley news reports - FEMA- says the 350 thousand dollar park design puts people in danger ... By being close to the river. Town leaders say some construction grants expire next year... So work must begin as soon as possible.

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Our coverage of Five Years after Irene continues tonight. The storm left massive damage to state infrastructure. How we've rebuilt - and the cost. Tonight at 6. We'll be right back...

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((Good morning, the Boston Red sox have spent much of the 2016 season floating between first and third place in the AL East standings. Thanks to a recent run of 8 wins in 10 games, Boston entered play Monday in second, just half a game behind the Toronto Blue Jays. --- Pick it up in the fourth, runners at the corners for Chris Young, just coming back from the DL. He lines this one to left for an RBI double, Hanley Ramirez scores, it's 1-0 Boston --- David Price trying to pick up his first win at Tropicana Field as a visitor and he was money in this one. --- Price goes 8 shutout innings, 8 strikeouts for him and just 2 hits and 2 walks. --- We go to the 8th, Stephen Souza Junior trying to ruin the shutout for Price. He blasts it to the left field corner but Andrew Benintendi pulls it back! Are you kidding me?!? Take another look, likely the catch of the year from the rookie and Souza can't believe it. --- In the ninth, Xander Bogaerts goes yard to put Boston up 5-0, --- They go on to win it 6-2. The Sox now back even with the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East Race. --- The Red Sox have two more in Tampa while Toronto starts a three game home set with the Angels tonight. With your sportswrap, I'm Jack Fitzsimmons.

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Almanac: Cool yesterday, and dry. Lake level: Still low for this time of year, by more than 1/2 foot. And not much rain in the forecast. Lake Champlain: Not as windy today as it has been.

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A long battle with disease hasn't slowed her down. Our Gina Bullard introduces us to an artist who has overcome every obstacle to produce eye-popping made in Vermont drawings.

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Corrina Thurston is at peace when she's drawing. ((nat)) She's a colored pencil artist. Wait... stop yourself there. She knows what you're thinking. (00:28:38:13) ((Corrina Thurston/Artist "oh okay..that sounds like third grade but okay")) She makes detailed drawings of animals that sometimes look more like photographs. (00:23:00:13) ((Corrina Thurston/Artist "there's just something about animals that makes me feel happier")) There's so much more to them than meets the eye -- just like Thurston. ((nat)) Today is a good day for the 26 year old. She's spent the last eight years doing pretty much nothing but lying in bed. (00:24:30:03) ((Corrina Thurston/Artist "when you're stuck in bed you can't watch tv you can't use a computer for five minutes a time, you can't read there's nothing else to do but focus on my pain")) Thurston has Lyme disease. Bitten by a tick in high school, her symptoms didn't start until her first weeks of college. It took six more years to get a diagnosis. (00:31:39:29) ((Corrina Thurston/Artist "from that tick i got Lyme disease, Bartonella, Babesia which i found out last week and two types of pneumonia")) For years Thurston had vision problems, couldn't sleep...walk ...live a normal life. (00:25:22:28) ((Corrina Thurston/Artist "there was no rest from the pain. when that happens and they put you on medicine after medicine and it makes things worse you get depressed. i became suicidal")) With no light at the end of the tunnel... something made Thurston reach for a Number 2 pencil in her closet. .(00:25:57:01) ((Corrina Thurston/Artist "eventually there was like a switch")) She started sketching her cats. (00:23:03:14) ((Corrina Thurston/Artist "when i was sick stuck in a bedroom with nothing to look at nothing to do what i wanted to see was animals")) What might be the most shocking -- Thurston had no idea she could draw. She still sees snow over everything and is on a long term treatment program. She takes 50 medicines a day -- down from 65. Art is her silver lining in this 8 year battle. (00:32:37:22) ((Corrina Thurston/Artist "i can't tell when i'm going to be able to do what")) Her health may be unpredictable but art is her constant -- and her job. She uses the money to pay for medications. Each detailed piece can take between 15 and 120 hours. Thurston sometimes documents her process for her website. (00:28:04:03) ((Corrina Thurston/Artist "the best part is wen i tell them it's colored pencil and they say what?! ")) Dealing with the unthinkable with Made in Vermont Art. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Richmond.

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((GARY DOES SHORT WX .. TAKES FULL SCREEN ... SHOT COMES BACK OUT TO 4SHOT FOR CLOSE)) Lots of sunshine for the next couple of days. Warmer today than yesterday, and back to hot & more humid for Wednesday. Weak cold front comes through late Thursday into early Friday with a few showers, possible thunderstorms. Then it will clear out late Friday and stay that way through the weekend, which is looking very nice. Another weak frontal system may bring some showers on Monday.


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