Wed 24-MAY-2017 6 P.M. News Script

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NO-- on legal weed. Good evening, I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. Governor Phil Scott says he is vetoing a bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana -- next year. Today -- citing concerns about public safety and protecting kids -- the governor outlined the three reasons why he made that decision. First -- he said the bill does NOT have stiff enough penalties for selling marijuana to minors. He wants lawmakers to rewrite those sections. Second -- Governor Scott says the bill needs more aggressive penalties for using marijuana while driving -- and around children. And third -- he said the marijuana regulatory commission needs more time to study the issue -- and the potential mental health and drug use prevention implications.

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( 00:05:41:00) ((From my vantage point, S.22 does not yet adequately address those questions. Therefore I'm returning this bill to the legislature. I am however offering a path forward))

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So what is that path forward? Channel 3 Political Reporter Kyle Midura has been following this bill all session -- and got some answers today. Kyle. Darren and Kristin, the Governor says he thinks it's doable... but it's clear from discussion I had today with leading lawmakers, it won't be easy.

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Governor Scott's veto is a blow for lawmakers who wanted legal weed to pass this session. But, the potential for a pot bill has not completely burnt out yet. (00:09:20:00) ((Gov. Phil Scott - R-Vermont We can all work together on this issue in a thoughtful and responsible way)) Gov. Phil Scott suggested he's willing to sign off on a bill to legalize possession and homegrows for those 21 and older -- if his concerns are addressed. (00:18:53:00) ((Gov. Phil Scott - R-Vermont it's really about making sure we protect the kids)) (00:41:31:00) ((Sen. Chris Bray - D-Addison County I was frankly a little surprised that he left the door open to finding a remedy)) We caught up with Sen. Chris Bray as he entered the Statehouse Wednesday afternoon. He and most of his peers already planned on returning for a veto session in late-June to address the Governor's concern over teacher health care. An agreement on that or pot will rely heavily on leg-work ahead of time. (00:42:15:00) ((Sen. Chris Bray - D-Addison County in essence, you'd want to work out the details in a compromise before you ever walk into the building to begin with)) (nats - gavel) House Speaker Mitzi Johnson blasted the Governor in a statement for not bringing his concerns forward earlier. She did not say whether she'll direct her members to tackle the Governor's issues. (nats - senate) Senate President Tim Ashe tells us there are easy fixes for some of Scott's concerns, but adds that it's not clear yet whether his colleagues will have the time or desire to take it back up this year. Meanwhile, Republican leaders largely praised the veto. But even if lawmakers make the fixes the governor wants -- they STILL might not change the votes of Republican lawmakers who opposed it this time. (00:32:45:00) ((Gov. Phil Scott - R-Vermont I'm not twisting arms one way or the other on that one)) And without their support -- or at least more of it -- in the House, there's no guarantee lawmakers WILL have the time they need to pass a pot compromise.

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Lawmakers could address the Governor's concerns next January and still meet the July 2018 legalization timeline in their original proposal. That would however delay efforts to create a plan to get to a Colorado-style taxed and regulated framework. - D+K

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While some voters voice disappointment -- others are applauding the governor's decision today. Tyler Dumont gathered reaction today. He's live in downtown Burlington. Tyler? Views of Vermonters are certainly mixed on marijuana legalization. And while the future of this bill is now unclear -- what is clear is that the issue isn't going away.

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Hold that lighter! Marijuana legalization has been stopped by Vermont's governor. ((00:07:51--00:07:52 Greg Knops/Opposes veto: "This is a disappointment.")) ((00:06:11--00:06:17 John Johnston/Monkton - Supports Veto: "I think it's great - we don't need any more outlets for people to mess up their minds.")) The governor's veto is a cause of frustration -- for some Vermonters who have been advocating support for the bill as proposed. ((TILE 0539 05:19:03--05:24:06 Dan Schmidt/Opposes veto: "I'm disappointed. I wish they'd hurry up and do it. I'm about to move back to Massachusetts because of it.")) ((Matthew Robinson/Wanted bill signed: 00:00:19 "I take pride in the fact that we do things differently so i thought it would be a cool way for us to stand out and be more progressive 00:00:25)) But some told us -- they understood Scott's reasoning. ((000617 -- 000623 John Johnston/Monkton - Supports Veto: "We can't tell if they're inebriated, under the influence, when they're driving a car.)) The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter also applauded the governor's decision, saying in part: ((FONT)) "Legalizing recreational marijuana would have created substantial risks to the health and development of Vermont's children and adolescents, and normalized use of the drug in ways that had great potential to increase youth use rates." ((TILE 0540 06:40:28--06:50:18 Courtney Shay/Undecided: "I know when my kids are older, things will be different. But right now, in this moment, there just needs to be more of a detailed outline.")) Businesses that would've benefited from passage of bill -- and advocated for it -- say they're disappointed. ((TILE 0543 10:10:22--10:19:04 Dylan Raap/Green State Gardener: "I think he's just kicking the can down the road. This whole world of roadside testings that are illusory - they don't exist yet.")) But they're still hopeful -- for the future. ((TILE 0543 10:58:11--11:05:24 Dylan Raap/Green State Gardener: "It's utterly inenvitable. Whether it's this bill -- or a full tax and regulate -- this wave is coming."))

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I also spoke to a number of law enforcement officials today. Many of them expressed support for the governor's decision to veto the bill -- in particular, his expressed concern about impaired driving -- and child safety.

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A frightening morning on the job for workers in Berlin. This Green Mountain Transit van went up in flames this morning at the company's garage. Firefighters were called there around 10:30. They told us employees were working on one of the vans when a fire broke out. They tried to put it out -- but had no luck -- so they called for help.

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((25:15 Asst. Chief Jeremie Dufresne/Berlin Fire Dept. "They were working on it and had a malfunction -- created a small fire -- they tried to extinguish it, they couldnt so they evacuated everybody out.)) The van is a total loss, and two others were damaged. No one was hurt. GMTA officials on their website were warning riders in the capital region to expect possible delays because of the fire..

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Sex crime -- in a toy store. And the man accused -- goes before a judge next week. And our Alexandra Montgomery learned he allegedly did it before. She's live in studio. Alexandra, what do you know? Kenneth Bishop is accused of pleasuring himself while in the doll section of a Williston ToysRUs. Police tell me it happened over the weekend and that a child did witness this. This picture of Bishop was sent to us by Williston police, as officers were first looking to figure out who he was. The Chittenden Unit for Special investigations cited the 33 year old with lewd and lascivious conduct. It's not the first time Bishop has been in trouble… Back in February, the Lamoille County prosecutor says Bishop exposed himself to a young girl in the doll section of the Morrisville Big Lots. I'm told Bishop was arraigned yesterday for violating probation- in connection with the Williston ToysRUs incident. The Lamoille County prosecutor says Bishop was released to his fiancé on a 24 hour curfew. Bishop will be arraigned for the alleged ToysRUs incident next Thursday in Chittenden County Court.

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New at 6 -- Montpelier is tackling problem properties. The city council meets tonight -- ready to take action. Alexei Rubenstein tells us what they want to do to clean up the capital city.

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Urban blight isn't a term you normally associate with Vermont's capital city, but take a short drive around town and it's easy to find prime examples. There's this home on Elm Street -- set on fire three years ago, but still standing... Grossman's Lumber on Route 2 has been vacant for years.... And there's the old Two Rivers Farm -- built in 1835 and has seen better days. But it's frustration from neighbors over the former Brown Derby Restaurant that helped push the City Council to act. ((29:43 Cindy Davis/Neighbor "It's filthy, there's garbage, there's rodents, there's drug deals happening there....)) Cindy Davis has lived across the street from the Econolodge-owned property for 20 years ... ((29:12 Cindy Davis/Neighbor "The whole neighborhood is frustrated by it being there and pretty much most of everybody's given up.)) The city council is expected to approve an ordinance giving the city authority to compel property owners to fix up properties like this. It goes beyond the current health and safety laws. ((15:53 Bill Fraser/ Montpelier City Manager A nuisance ordinance broadens the scope a bit. It talks about impact on neighborhoods, other public nuisances that something might occur.)) And unlike other enforcement efforts by the state -- this has teeth. It includes the power to levy fines of $100 per day, and -- even demolish neglected buildings. We tried to contact the owner of the Econolodge property several times but got nowhere. In addition to the Brown Derby, city planners came up with a list of over a dozen other properties that could qualify as a nuisance. (( 35:42 AR Standup "Several homes on the list like this one on George Street look like they're reasonably OK from the outside, but city officials say they've either been foreclosed or are uninhabitable.)) While officials say the new measure will be a useful tool, they caution not to expect demolitions to begin overnight. ((16:47 Bill Fraser/ Montpelier City Manager "There's plenty of due process, plenty of appeal opportunity for people. This is private property, we've got to really careful that we are addressing a public interest, but this ordinance really does give us a little more flexibility for doing that.)) Neighbors like Cindy Davis say they'll take what they can get. ((30:50 Cindy Davis/Neighbor "Anything to get to the final result.")) Alexei Rubenstein, Channel 3 News, Montpelier.

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The measure up for final action tonight in Montpelier takes its cue from Rutland and other cities that have gotten aggressive with blighted buildings.

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Today was a beautiful day, even a little warmer than normal with temperatures reaching the upper 70s here in the Champlain Valley. Temperatures last week, were cooler than normal, and then of course, it spiked up into the 90s. This week, the swings not quite as dramatic. What are we looking at for the summer months ahead? The outlook for June, July and August is indicating we are more likely than not to have a warmer than normal summer in the northeast, and all along the eastern seaboard for that matter. For precipitation, it look like normal conditions expected for the east. We do have more wet weather on the way now though. Tonight: Partly cloudy. More clouds, late. Lows: 48/55 Wind: Light Thursday: Cloudy. Showers develop, mainly PM. Breezy. Highs: 60/67 Wind: SE 10-20+ mph Thursday night: Showers to periods of rain. Lows: 48/55 Wind: Bec N 5-10 mph Friday: Periods of rain to showers. Cool. Highs: 53/60 Wind: N 5-15 mph

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Popped tires. Bent rims. Messed up alignments. Potholes do a number on our cars. And now is the time of year -- they're the worst. Investigative reporter -- Jennifer Costa -- discovered how to get the state to pay your repair bill. Kristin and Darren -- I never even thought to file a claim with the state until I started working on this story. I found out claims go to the Vermont Office of Risk Management. Adjusters investigate every one. If the pothole is on a state road -- the state fails to fix it -- and your car is damaged -- there's a good chance Vermont will cover your bill. Here's the catch... Vermont gets 72 hours to fix potholes. But the clock doesn't start ticking until the first driver reports it. Which means hundreds of you may get sucked into a pothole...loophole.

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((COSTA 01:41:07:18 "you're just out if luck because the state didn't know?" BD: Unfortunately that's the way it works." It's all based on negligence and negligence as one of the elements has to be prior knowledge so that you have an opportunity to fix it." 01:42:30:17 "I am very sympathetic to the poor first person who hits that pothole and blows out a tire and we have to tell them sorry.")) We checked state records and discovered only 18 drivers filed pothole claims with the state -- since October. 10 of those drivers were denied -- many based on that 72 hour rule. The state tells me 18 claims is abnormally low -- but couldn't provide previous yearly data for comparison. If you would like to submit a pothole claim -- we have a link online. Just look for this story on wcax.com.

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A milk truck tipped over off of Route 215 in Cabot earlier today. The driver was transported to the hospital for a non-life threatening injury. The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles responded to the scene to assist. This crash remains under-investigation.

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The Vermont ACLU says the state is illegally using facial recognition software to violate your rights. The Vermont DMV got the software to search the images of ID applicants -- to detect identity theft and fraud. But now the ACLU says the DMV is using that technology at the request of police -- and giving them Vermonters' photos and personal information -- most of the time without a warrant. The ACLU sent a letter to DMV Commissioner Ide demanding the facial recognition program be shut down. The group says innocent Vermonters are being subjected to electronic lineups without their knowledge.

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Need a doctor's appointment last minute? Now -- in Plattsburgh -- you have a new option. Five Star Urgent Care held its grand opening this morning on Route 3. Patients will NOT be required to make appointments, and they can be treated for a variety of sicknesses or physical injuries.

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((LouAnne Giangreco/Chief Medical Officer for 5 Star Urgent Care 3775 01:39:19 "We do have X-Ray on site, so we're able to take X-rays to see if you have a broken bone. We're able also to do some point of care testing to, so to do a strep test or urine test, flu test, RSV--for the virus that causes bronchiolitis." 01:39:35)) The facility begins accepting patients tomorrow and will be open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm.

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Paying for kindergarten -- through lottery games? That's one plan lawmakers in New Hampshire are looking at to fund full-day kindergarten. The lottery game is called Keno -- and state lawmakers have frequently opposed it in the past. Governor Sununu has said full-day kindergarten funding is a priority -- and says he would review the proposal to tie this lottery game in with that.

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A mother bear -- and three babies -- will be caught and killed -- for getting too close to homes. And now -- there's a petition to save the mother and three yearlings. They've been roaming the neighborhoods around Dartmouth College for food... and two of them even got inside a home! New Hampshire Fish & Wildlife officials say it's not a good option -- but they say the bears are too used to humans... and say they've gotten numerous calls about them.

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Tonight at 11 -- we're investigating service animals in Vermont. What rights to individuals -- and businesses -- have when it comes to these animals? It stems from a case in Montpelier -- where a deli allegedly violated a man's rights. Priscilla Liguori is looking into this right now... and will have a report tonight at 11.

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It's getting close enough to the weekend that many folks are wondering what the weather will be like, especially if you are running in the marathon. MWX: At this time it does look like it will be dry, and most importantly, it will not be as hot as it has been in the past, and will be fairly comfortable. Surface: We do have a storm system that is heading our way and that will bring some soggy weather into the region, developing tomorrow and continuing Friday. Winds: And we will also see the winds from the east picking up during the day, to the 40s in southern areas. There is a high wind advisory in effect from 2pm tomorrow until midnight with winds in these areas expected to reach 20-30 mph gusting to 50. There could be some downed tree limbs and possibly some power outages. RPM: Here's the rain that will be approaching from the west tomorrow, the heaviest of the rain will be late tomorrow night into early Friday morning.

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Inside The Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy. More clouds, late. Lows: 48/55 Wind: Light Thursday: Cloudy. Showers develop, mainly PM. Breezy. Highs: 60/67 Wind: SE 10-20+ mph Thursday night: Showers to periods of rain. Lows: 48/55 Wind: Bec N 5-10 mph Friday: Periods of rain to showers. Cool. Highs: 53/60 Wind: N 5-15 mph Extended Forecast: Friday night: Becoming partly cloudy. Lows: 40s Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs: 70s Lows: 45/55 Sunday: Increasing clouds. Chance showers, late. Highs: 70s Lows: 50s Monday: Mostly cloudy. Showers. Highs: 65/75 Lows: 50s Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance showers Highs: 65/75 Low: 48/58 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance showers. Highs: 60s

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The hunt for people connected to the Manchester bombing now extends to the Middle East. Police arrested a fifth suspect today in Monday's bombing that killed 22 and injured more than one-hundred. Police say the bomber was 22 year old SALMAN ABEDI (AH-BEE-DEE) -- a British citizen born to Libyan parents. A Libyan security spokesman says Abedi's father and one of his brothers were arrested in Libya. Another brother was arrested in England. And police arrested a fifth man carrying a suspicious package -- today near Manchester.

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((IN-55WE Chief Constable Ian Hopkins/Greater Manchester Police: "It is very clear that this is a network that we are investigating. As I've said it continues at a pace, this extensive investigations an activity taking place greater Manchester as we speak.)) In the center of Manchester -- a shrine to the victims keeps growing -- mostly young people excited for the chance to see pop sensation Ariana Grande perform live on stage.

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President Trump and Pope Francis did not seem to be fans of one another before today. But the President called it an honor of a lifetime to meet the Pope at the Vatican. (("Its such an honor to meet you")) The two leaders seemed to put their previous clashes aside during their half-hour meeting. Trump and The Pope have opposing views on many issues including the President's attempt to ban Syrian refugees. The Pope gave Trump 3 books -- including one on climate change. Trump gave the Pope writings by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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New details tonight about investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Seth Lemon reports from the White House.

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(PKG) (track 1) IN A CLOSED-DOOR MEETING, THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE DISCUSSED THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. (SOT: Sen. Chuck Schumer/(D-NY) Minority Leader) "That's very serious stuff, really serious. We must pursue that investigation with vigor, no matter who might stand in the way of it." (track 2) A SOURCE ON THE COMMITTEE CONFIRMED FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN PAUL MANAFORT HAS SUBMITTED DOCUMENTS IT REQUESTED OF ANY INTERACTIONS WITH THE RUSSIANS. TRUMP ASSOCIATE ROGER STONE SAYS HE'S ALSO COMPLIED. BUT FIRED NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER MICHAEL FLYNN SAID THIS WEEK HE WOULD NOT ... PLEADING THE FIFTH TO AVOID INCRIMINATING HIMSELF. THE COMMITTEE FOLLOWED THAT TUESDAY BY ISSUING TWO NEW SUBPOENAS TO FLYNN'S BUSINESSES. IF FLYNN FAILS TO RESPOND, HE COULD BE CHARGED WITH CONTEMPT-OF-CONGRESS. (STANDUP: Seth Lemon/CBS News/The White House) CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF -- THE TOP DEMOCRAT ON THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE -- SAYS THEY'LL ALSO ISSUE SUBPOENAS TO GET FLYNN TO COOPERATE ... ADDING THAT "IF" PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS TO DENY EVIDENCE, IT SUGGESTS OBSTRUCTION. (track 3) MEANWHILE, HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO DIG INTO TRUMP'S BANK RECORDS. THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE SENT A LETTER TO DEUTSCHE BANK ASKING WHETHER ANY OF MR. TRUMP'S ACCOUNTS OR LOANS WERE BACKED BY MOSCOW. (gfx) THEY WROTE: "ONLY WITH FULL DISCLOSURE CAN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THE PRESIDENT'S FINANCIAL TIES TO RUSSIA..." AND FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN ADVISER CARTER PAGE SAYS HE'LL TESTIFY IN A CLOSED-DOOR MEETING BEFORE THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE. THAT'S TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 6TH. SETH LEMON FOR CBS NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE.

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Tens of millions of people would be uninsured -- under the latest version of the House Republican health care bill. Those numbers are just out this evening from the Congressional Budget Office -- which is a nonpartisan group. It says 51 million people under the age of 65 would be uninsured in 20-26... which is little change from the previous version of the health care bill -- which collapsed earlier this year. That compares with 28 million under Obamacare.

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If you've got a little one -- you'll want to listen to this recall. Graco is recalling safety restraints. The move impacts 25-thousand "My Ride 65" convertible child seats. The company says the seat's webbing may not safely restrain passengers during a crash. No injuries have been reported so far -- and you can have your restraint replaced for free. We have the 1-800 number on our website WCAX.com.

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It's a real-life version of the kid's movie Ratatouille! A California theater is offering its guests a chance to experience a theme in the show -- rats. The San Francisco dungeon theater says the rat café is part theater enhancement and part animal rescue. Here is what guests will experience -- coffee and a snack -- and then the rats come out to play. Ambassador rats are taken to each table to get to know those who may or may not have ever seen a rat up close, much less ever touched one.

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((Matthew Gunter/San Francisco Dungeon Performance Supervisor: "It's a story that we tell here at the dungeon, and we wanted to combine that story of plague and rats with something new and exciting, and we thought what better way than to experience rats in person with some coffee and a danish before they see the dungeon show in person.")) The rats are provided by a rescue organization dedicated to finding a home for rats. The organization wants to send the message that domestic rats make great pets.

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A lot of people would love a way to look and feel younger. Now - there's research pointing to a POTENTIAL fountain of youth. And - you might be surprised where researchers in Germany found it.

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Could poop be the key to slowing the aging process? (( Lila Hughes/Burlington: 000232 poop may be the answer ha ha 000235 )) A string of headlines pointed in that direction -- after a small study in Germany found that replacing the gut bacteria in middle aged killfish - with gut bacteria from younger killfish -- helped the older fish live longer AND avoid some of the problems that come with old age. (( 000251 Seth King/Burlington: I hope it works - it would be great)) ((000339, Ben Mule/Elizabethtown, NY: well it sounds interesting - i dont know how long we want to go on anyway??)) (( Cheryl Titus/Grand Isle: 000455 those implications could be wonderous for me ha ha ha 000457)) ((000044 Kristin Kelly: How real is that? Can I get excited that I can , stop the aging process because of a fish study? Dr. Peter Moses/UVM Medical Center: Well you know I think most science involves an animal model, and fish are an unusual model but - I think its very suggestive 000102 )) Dr. Peter Moses knows about gut bacteria. He's a gastroenterologist at UVM Medical center - and an expert on fecal transplants. Back in 2014 WCAX profiled his work transplanting carefully selected - and processed - feces from healthy donors -- into patients struggling to recover from C difficile - a nasty gut infection. The fecal transplants are now standard treatment for C-diff. And he and his colleagues are now studying if transplants can essentially cure another nasty condition - ulcerative colitis. (( 000256, KK so what is it about gut bacteria that makes it hold so much promise for all these different things? DR: Well - we interact with our gut microbes in a number of ways - it certainly helps control immune function. )) And he says - studies keep piling up showing the so-called microbiome - all the bacteria and viruses living in and on us - plays a role in all sorts of other health issues -- from weight control - and depression - to asthma and multiple sclerosis. (( ted talk sound from youtube)) The microbiome's potential is feeding a flurry of Ted talks - books - and diets -- all pushing that a healthy gut - and cleaner eating - can solve all sorts of health problems. ((000959, KK is some of it hype - is some of it real? are we sorting it out? Dr. Peter Moses/UVM Medical Center: Well I dont think a lot of it is hype.)) ((01051 Dr. Peter Moses/UVM Medical Center: I think theres a lot of science that needs to be done - but I doubt its all hype.))

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More research will obviously take time - but Dr. Moses says there's something you can do now to improve your microbiome - he says make sure your diet is full of fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. That helps the good bacteria thrive.

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Inside The Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy. More clouds, late. Lows: 48/55 Wind: Light Thursday: Cloudy. Showers develop, mainly PM. Breezy. Highs: 60/67 Wind: SE 10-20+ mph Thursday night: Showers to periods of rain. Lows: 48/55 Wind: Bec N 5-10 mph Friday: Periods of rain to showers. Cool. Highs: 53/60 Wind: N 5-15 mph Extended Forecast: Friday night: Becoming partly cloudy. Lows: 40s Saturday: Partly sunny. Highs: 70s Lows: 45/55 Sunday: Increasing clouds. Chance showers, late. Highs: 70s Lows: 50s Monday: Mostly cloudy. Showers. Highs: 65/75 Lows: 50s Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance showers Highs: 65/75 Low: 48/58 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance showers. Highs: 60s

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Bennington residents woke up to a new piece of art downtown this morning. Piano Keys and a Compass were painted last night at the four corners.... a pretty cool sight for drivers! The three-hour project was finished last night. The creative minds behind the idea say that they feel Bennington is known for its arts -- and this is a way to express that.

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If you're not running in this weekend's marathon -- there's a still a role for you -- race officials are looking for volunteers. RunVermont is looking for help in a variety of areas -- from race packet stuffing to crowd control and more. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt -- coupons to local restaurants and a chance to win prizes from local sponsors.

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Peter Delaney/RunVermont 03:57:36:16 ((we've got all sorts of volunteer jobs from race packet pickup to handing out the packets guioding people with way finding information. We also need course monitors and relay exchange monitors.. And then we have clean up as well. There are lots of different ways to participate.)) We have a link to more on how to register to volunteer - with this story on our website - wcax.com.

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Fasten your seatbelts for this story Scott Fleishman takes us to a vermont car restoration shop that's showing off its Supercar sensation to a nation wide audience.

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There's no other car like in the world. (((49:49))) ((Scott Roth: "We've pretty much changed everything on this car.")) A 66 Corvette Sting Ray cut in half and widened 6 and 3-8th inches. (((3:32))) ((Brian Hartwell: "It's never, ever been done.")) Inside, an all modern interior (((50:20))) ((Scott Roth: "It's pretty much like getting into a brand new Corvette off of GM's lot.")) It can be controlled from a phone and it was built right here at the Auto Shoppe in South Burlington. (((53:22))) ((Scott Roth: "It was pretty intense.")) The process took 17 months, over 22-thousand hours, with nine people working on it. (((2:45))) ((Brian Hartwell: "There were nights where especially Scott slept overnights here, because we were sometimes working 20 hour days.")) (((56:38))) ((Scott Roth: "Everybody has their own specialty. We worked great together and we were able to build something that's pretty amazing.")) The folks at the Riddler in Detroit thought so. The top custom car show in the world chose the Splitray as one of its great 8. It was up against cars that cost millions of dollars and took 5 or 6 years to put together. (((55:15))) ((Scott Roth: "We were just amazed to be there and to be in the final selection was pretty awesome.")) (((16:01:00))) ((Brian Hartwell: "It certainly has brought a lot more attention to us.")) The Splitray is hitting car shows across the country and even received an exclusive invitation to Hollywood. But this Supercar isn't just for show. (((57:15))) ((Scott Roth: "It's made for the streets.")) When Fast and furious meets dedication and design, you get one unique ride. Scott Fleishman, Channel 3 news, South Burlington.

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For more than a little while last night, it looked like the Celtics might just be able to even the Eastern Conference Finals...and maybe... just maybe...even think about pulling off the real upset and win the series. But then a Cleveland superstar stepped up and took over the game ...and now the C's are facing playoff elimination. Cleveland rallying in the second half to beat Boston 112-99 in Game Four of the East Finals last night. Early on though, things were going the Celtics way...while Lebron James was picking up four first half fouls for the first time in his NBA career, the C's built a 16 point led in the second quarter and still led by ten points at the half... --- but the second half, and especially the third quarter, belonged to Kyrie Irving. Irving nearly outscored the Celtics by himself in the third quarter... dropping in 21 points to Boston's 23...and he finished with a new playoff career high 42 ...James, despite that foul trouble, had 34 and Kevin Love chipped in with 17 points and 17 rebounds...so the Cavs big three come up big and now take a 3-1 series lead into Game Five tomorrow night in Boston.

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((TRT: 37 ... OC: WE CLICKED )) ((Stevens/ The thing that i would say, they still have two all stars on the floor. You know? With the best player in the world they go to unreal, but they're still a pretty darn good team when those guys are out there and Irving again...end of the 2nd, end of the 3rd...did some incredible things. )) ((Irving/ That Celtics team is not going to give up and they're going to continue to attack us. We're going to have to be able to face adversity, look it in the face and say that you're not going to win today. I'm telling my guys on the court the whole entire game, we've been through this before. We've seen this, we've experienced this, and we're going to get through this. From that point on, we clicked. ))

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The East Prelims of the NCAA Division One Track & Field Championships open tomorrow in Lexington, Kentucky. Montgomery's Elle Purrier will compete in the 3000 meter steeplechase on Friday and as the top ranked runner in the country in that discipline, she's expected to advance to the outdoor championships in two weeks in Eugene, Oregon. Last year, as a sophomore, Purrier finished third at nationals, earning first-team All-American honors... and her best time this year is four seconds faster than top three finish time of a season ago. For Purrier, it's always about striving to improve.

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((TRT: 17 ... OC: REALLY WHERE IT SHOWS )) ((Purrier/ My training, every year, gets a little bit more intense. It's hard to notice, because my coach does such a good job of bringing me along. But I definitely notice a little bit more mileage and more intense workouts, but I guess the races are really where it shows. ))

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At the other end of the qualification spectrum are the two UVM Catamounts that will be competing in Lexington this weekend. Thetford Center's Ian Weider (WIDER) and Ed Simon of Fairfax. Weider will compete in the long jump tomorrow... Simon in the pole vault on Friday. Simon enters as the 28th seed, while Weider is 36th. There are 48 competitors in each event, and only the top twelve will move on to the outdoor championships next month in Eugene. Despite the tall task that awaits them, neither Cat is worried about the odds.

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((TRT: 25 ... OC: SAME SITUATION )) ((Simon/ I'm pretty much ignoring the whole seed list. You have to be top 12 in the East to go on to nationals. There's 24 total. I'm not really thinking about the seed, I'm just thinking about doing my best and beating enough guys to get there. )) ((Weider/ The way I'm looking at it now is, regardless of seeds, everyone's got a mark of zero right now. We all have three jumps. We're all going to be jumping the same day within twenty minutes of each other, so everyone's got the same situation. ))

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