Wed 15-NOV-2017 6 P.M. News Script

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A quadruple murderer -- sentenced to life behind bars. That decision -- handed down by a judge in central Vermont today -- after powerful testimony from the family and friends of the four people she killed. Tyler Dumont was in the courtroom -- and joins us live from Barre now. Family of those murder victims rejoiced today -- saying justice was served. But before she was sentenced to life behind bars, Jody Herring had a message for them.

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((TILE 1378 22:56:26 - 23:02:00 Naomi Herring/Family member of victims: "Family is the most important thing to us, and with the pull of a trigger you ended it.")) Although they share the same last name, members of the Herring family expressed hate and anger toward the woman who shot and killed her aunt and two cousins in 2015. ((TILE 1379 03:16:23-03:21:25 Randy Herring: "I could write all day and night and never explain what I and my family have been going through.")) Equivalent feelings for the family of DCF worker Lara Sobel, who was Herring's caseworker. Her older sister telling the judge Sobel was "hunted down" as she left work. ((TILE 1379 18:45:28-19:04:02 Lauren Shapiro/Sobel's sister: "Siblings and sisters are everywhere in this world, but mine is not - my beloved sister, Lara, was murdered - and deliberately, with preditation, targeted.")) ((BUTTED)) ((TILE 1379 01:14:02-01:14:14 Alex Sobel/Father: "I have not lost a daughter. She was brutally murdered - stolen from me as part of an act of unprecedented evil.")) Evil …that has left a lasting impact to Sobel's colleagues. ((TILE 1379 12:02:13-12:13:09 Karen Shea/DCF: "Adding the fear and trauma caused by Lara Sobel's murder made this work much harder for the staff in the Barre office, and has taken a toll on the lives of the staff and their loved ones.")) And then, a rebuttal from Herring…who spoke out for the first time since the start of the murder case. ((TILE 1384 3:38:35--3:38:49 Jody Herring: "It bothered me for everybody to get up there, and listen to those impact statements. I know how it feels - and I'm very sorry. I can't take back that day, I wish I could.")) Herring's lawyer wanted her to have a chance not to die behind bars. But prosecutors wanted life without parole -- and they got it. Judge John Pacht called her a threat to public safety, with no certainty of her future risk -- and handed down his sentence. ((TILE 1386 05:00:14-05:02:02 "The murder of Lara Sobel, the sentence is life without parole.")) Clapping and hugs -- from family and friends -- relieved at the ruling. ((05:07:24-05:07:31 Lauren Shapiro: Jody Herring will never be out there to live one day of freedom."))

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Family and friends of the victims told me more than anything, they're happy that this court case is finally over. Live in Barre, TD, Ch3 News.

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And we are learning new details about the missing witness -- Washington County Prosecutor -- Scott Williams. He was absent from sentencing -- despite being one of the first people to respond to the scene in 2015. Jennifer Costa -- has been following this. What have you discovered? Earlier this week -- Jody Herring's defense team subpoened Williams to testify at sentencing. Williams fought it -- and today the judge ruled his testimony was not necessary. Williams was allowed to dodge a court room appearance -- and questions from Herring's lawyer. This afternoon -- the Vermont Department of State's Attorneys and sheriffs -- released a statement explaining Williams is on leave -- allowed under the federal Family Medical Leave Act. And that he is expected to return to work -- after clearance from his doctor. For now -- Williams is still getting paid. We know Williams was in the courtroom arguing cases as recently as last week. We are not sure what triggered this sudden medical leave. A former staffer tells us there has been unusually high turnover in William's office -- and points to leadership problems. We wanted to know what bearing -- if any -- Williams unexpected absence will have on his pending cases -- but executive director -- John Campbell -- did not return our calls and email. We are told county prosecutors will help out -- and a senior deputy state's attorney is stepping in to supervise.

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A Vermont man shot in a confrontation with police on I-89 -- avoids jail. Bryan Evans of Quechee pleaded guilty to criminal threatening and disobeying an officer. He was shot in the leg and hospitalized in May. Police say a New Hampshire trooper stopped the allegedly-stolen vehicle. The state attorney general says police were justified because Evans pulled out one of his hands -- and pointed it to appear he had a gun.

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A recent closure of a bridge in Plattsburgh has some residents fired up. They're meeting right now to figure out solutions -- to this transportation issue. Channel 3's Kelly O'Brien explains why it matters.

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((Kelly O'Brien/ Reporter:00:00 "Danger bridge closed until further notice -you might have seen this sign over the last few days if you use the Webb Island Pedestrian Bridge and it's causing quite the commotion here in Plattsburgh.")) For some Plattsburgh residents - this bridge is the quickest way to get from one side of the town to other. Having it closed - really affects people - like Kyle Tkacz (Ty-kaz) ((Kyle Tyacz/ Plattsburgh Resident 02:17 "I use the bridge for a lot of things to get across town it makes it so much easier.")) Closing it -- makes his life a little bit harder. And for students walking to and from school -- it adds time and distance. ((John Konowitz/ Plattsburgh Resident 08:34 "I think for the kids it's not very good -- I really feel bad for them and I just hope they'll be able to do something about it soon.")) But soon -- isn't likely. Two engineering companies said it's unsafe -- and warned it should be shut down right away. ((Jay LeBrum/ Plattsburgh Schools Superintendent 03:19 "I closed the bridge immediately upon recieving that.")) ((BUTTED)) ((Jay LeBrum/ Plattsburgh Schools Superintendent04:35 Safety was prioritized over convience and we'll always do that - well always make that decision.")) Plattsburgh Schools superintendent made that call because the school owns the bridge. But the city does the maintenance. And engineers say among the problems -- support beam corrosion -- and weld breaks. ((Jay LeBrum/ Plattsburgh Schools Superintendent 03:30 "Now were in the process of exploring solutions through which the city can honor its commitment to keep the bridge in acceptable repair.")) Mayor Colin Read said in a statement that the total fix could cost an upwards of two million dollars -- and the city doesn't have the money. ((Kyle Tyacz/Plattsburgh Resident 01:L31 "It's been here for years.")) The community wants its shortcut back -- and even started an online petition. ((Kyle Tyacz/Plattsburgh Resident02:00 "I hope that the petition goes through and we can actually get the bridge fixed")) Kelly O'Brien/ Reporter The superintendent told me he does not know if the bridge will open at all - but if it does - it will be after months of construction -- so residents should not expect it back anytime soon. In Plattsburgh, Kelly O'Brien. Channel 3 News.

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Temperatures have been seasonable today, the highs you see here are spot on for November 15th. Radsat: after all of the sunshine we had today, clouds are returning and we can see our next storm system bringing rain and some areas of snow to the great lakes. This will also be bringing a mix of snow and rain, and snow again as temperatures cool back down tomorrow evening.

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Cold temperatures have been good news for Adirondack ski areas. Gore and Whiteface Mountains are both making snow -- ahead of openings planned for this weekend. The governor's office says each winter -- skiing and riding bring millions of visitors to New York -- and generates about a BILLION dollars for the state's economy.

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In Vermont -- a milestone for a resort this week. Friday -- Stowe Mountain Resort opens its trails for the first time -- under Vail's ownership. We wanted to know what would be changing -- so we sent Ike Bendavid there today ... he joins us now. Kristin and Darren -- this past spring Stowe Mountain resort was bought out by Vail Resorts for 41 Million dollars. And Stowe says visitors should expect improvements -- but not big changes. The biggest change will be for visitors' wallets. Season passes -- will be cheaper. That's because Stowe is now one of more than a dozen other resorts that Vail owns. It's also part of Vail's Epic Pass -- which gives skiers and riders access to all 14 of its resorts for just nearly 9 hundred dolalrs. Last year-- the pass just for Stowe was almost DOUBLE that. But you might see a more crowded mountain because of that. Stowe says the Epic Pass -- and its new ownership -- has the potential to bring many new skiers to the state for the first time.

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((14.08.05 There should be definitely new customers. People that are experiencing Stowe for the first time.. And vermont 14.15 06)) We asked Stowe how many out-of-state skiers and riders are expected to visit Vermont because of the Epic Pass - but they say they don't know. I did find out that Stowe has a new plan to deal with added traffic from more visitors. The resort says it has moved employee parking and added additional spots. Also the Mountain Road Shuttle -- which brings people from the village up to the resort -- is going to run more often on holidays and weekends. Darren & Kristin?

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The idea of cleaning up Lake Champlain gets a lot of support. But -- when it comes to paying for it -- there are some big problems. Our political reporter Neal Goswami found a battle bubbling up in Montpelier.

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((Neal Goswami/Montpelier: A group charged with finding money to clean up Vermont's waterways released its final report. Some lawmakers and advocates say the group hasn't done its job.)) ((726_4665 5:29:56 Rep. David Deen "Deja vu all over again. This is the third time that the legislature has asked for specific recommendations in order to underwrite addressing clean water." 5:30:09)) Instead of finding new funding sources, the Act 73 Working Group says the state can use the capital bill through fiscal year 2021. The group's chairwoman says it's too soon to find revenue sources. (( 726_4657 ANR Secretary Julie Moore 5:21:30 "Part of the challenge is it may be far more complicated than the Legislature envisioned in drafting Act 73. We realized there are a number of unanswered questions as we delved into the issue." 5:21:51:21)) The EPA says Vermont must clean its waterways. Treasurer Beth Pearce provided a two year window to come up with a long-term funding plan using the capital bill. The working group proposes to use capital funds even longer. ((726_4657 ANR Secretary Julie Moore 5:22:14:00 "We've identified funding that will carry us through the end of fiscal year 2021, recognizing that after fiscal year 21 a combination of stress on the capital bill -- competing demands for capital dollars, coupled with permit requirements that kick in in those out years, will increase the demand for funding."5:22:35:00)) Moore says a funding source the group explored -- a per-parcel fee on properties -- was not feasible. It would cost 5 million dollars to raise 25 million dollars. ((726_4657 ANR Secretary Julie Moore 5:24:41:00 "What we found was the administration costs were disproportionate to the amount of revenue we believe needs to be raised." 5:24:47:06)) Key lawmakers say they are now poised to move forward on their own. ((736_4665 Rep. David Deen 5:31:13:09 The Legislature may be at the point of taking some direct action itself in terms of a clean water authority or clean water utility and just moving forward. We can't wait." 5:31:32")) Advocates say lawmakers should move forward. ((726_4665 5:35:29 Jon Groveman/Vermont Natural Resources Council "What they should do is what the working group should have done, is introduce a bill that put in place a funding source and how we're going to collect that money and make decisions about getting that money out for water quality projects." 5:35:43)) But finding that funding source will be lawmakers biggest challenge. In Montpelier -- NG Ch 3 News.

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A major garage in downtown Burlington will be closed next month. The Burlington Town Center mall's 500 space parking garage is set to be replaced so developers can add an extra 460 spots. The redevelopment of the mall and garage is set to be finished in 2020. Business owners and city officials have some concerns that losing the garage will impact drivers visiting the Queen City. But owner Don Sinex tells us -- monthly parkers are already being transitioned to other city lots -- where there is plenty of room.

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And tonight -- Burlington Public Works officials want to hear from you -- about proposed parking meter changes. We told you how the department wants to reduce enforcement before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m. They say they don't need to encourage turnover as much during those times. The meeting is at the Department of Public Works office on Pine Street -- at 6:30 p.m.

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Channel 3's Priscilla Liguori is at the meeting. Find out what the city has to say about potential changes -- tonight at 11.

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Police are hoping you can I-D the man behind a break-in at a country club in Plainfield. Take a look at this video police sent to us. Troopers responded to The Country Club of Barre on Drake Road. They say this man forced his way into the Club with a crowbar and was in there for more than an hour. Staff members are now working to figure out what if anything was taken.

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Students and staff at the Allen Brook School in Williston prepared for the worst today. As part of an emergency drill -- students were bused to an undisclosed safe location, where parents could pick up their kids, and the rest were bused home from that location. Parents didn't know about the drill in advance -- to make it realistic as possible. They got a call from the school when it was going on.

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((08:33:55:12 Edwards: we have seen what is happened in the past 5 or 10 years in terms of emergency situations so it's good to practice these things, its good to have the kids be aware of emergency situations possibly happening)) ((08:21:11:18 Marino when you push yourself to the limit, in terms of doing somehting you havent done yet, it really causes you to get down into the weeds into a level of detail in terms of prepardness that is def diferent then on paper.)) With the recent attack at a school in California, school officials say the drill -- that had been planned for months -- couldn't have come at more relevant time.

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Month so far, ...on average with the highs and the lows all averaged together the month so far has been colder than normal by about a degree and a half. For precip, we've been below normal by about half, ...The moisture from these next two storm systems will help us catch up on that. Looking ahead to the end of the month, it the outlook is for cooler than normal temperatures, and drier than normal in the northeast. Surface: Here's the storm system that will be bringing us our next batch of a messy mix. In the morning, we'll see mostly rain in the champlain valley, but in eastern areas, we're looking at snow so the morning commute will be a bit slow in these areas. Eventually, it will be changing over to rain in most areas during the afternoon, but then changing back to snow again Thursday night with lingering snow showers Friday morning. Snow amounts will range from nothing at all, to an inch or two in some of these eastern areas, or in the mountains. Tonight: Increasing clouds. Chance of rain/snow showers after midnight. Lows: 28/35 Winds: S 10-20 mph Thursday: Cloudy skies. Breezy. Rain/snow showers changing to rain. Highs: 40/47 Winds: S 15-30 mph Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy. Rain to snow showers. Lows: 25/32 Winds: NW 15-20 mph Friday: Morning snow showers. Becoming partly sunny. Blustery. Highs: 25/32 Winds: NW 10-20 mph Extended: Saturday through Wednesday. Friday night: Lows 12/22 Saturday: Rain likely, mixed with snow. Highs 38/45 Lows 28/35 Sunday: Snow showers, chance of rain showers. Highs 33/40 Lows 15/25 Monday: Chance of lingering snow flurries. Partly sunny. Highs 25/35 Lows 15/25 Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs 35/45 Lows 20s Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs 40s

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Battle lines are drawn as lawmakers debate the Republican tax overhaul plan. It's day three of the mark-up in the Senate finance committee where one big proposed change to the GOP legislation has ramped up Democratic opposition. Mola Lenghi reports.

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(WYDEN 10:14:30) "this bill seems to get worse by the hour" DEMOCRATS ARE PROTESTING A NEW ADDITION TO THE SENATE TAX OVERHAUL BILL - THE REPEAL OF OBAMACARE'S INDIVIDUAL MANDATEWHICH REQUIRES AMERICANS TO HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE OR PAY A PENALTY. (HATCH 10:09:10) "i think we can all agree individual mandate is a tax" REPUBLICANS ARGUE THE REPEAL WOULD REDUCE THE DEFICIT BY MORE THAN 300 BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS (SOT HATCH/MCCASKILL 11:27:51) HATCH "that's what the estimate is going to happen. we won't be cutting medicaid" MCCASKILL"you are spending 318 billion dollars to make tax cuts for big corporations permanent" BRIDGE: THE NONPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE HAS PROJECTED 13 MILLION MORE AMERICANS WILL BE UNINSURED WITHIN THE SAME TEN YEAR SPAN IF THE MANDATE IS REPEALED. (SOT CASEY 11:21:50) "how many will lose coverage and have their taxes increases as a result of this bill that's a question we should be asking" REPUBLICANS INSIST BY DOUBLING THE STANDARD DEDUCTION AND SIMPLIFYING THE TAX CODE, MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS WILL SEE SOME RELIEF.. AND MANY DO NOT WANT TO BE FORCED TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE. (TOOMEY 12:49:40) "this is a regressive tax on people who can't afford it and people who shouldn't be subject to it in the first place. There is broad support among republican senators to repeal it" THE HOUSE IS EXPECTED TO VOTE ON ITS VERSION OF THE TAX BILL THURSDAY. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE MEASURE TO REPEAL OBAMACARE'S INDIVIDUAL MANDATE. MOLA LENGHI, CBS NEWS, CAPITOL HILL. Darren and Kristin - back to you.

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Vermont's Senior Senator says health care -- should NOT be tacked on to tax reform. He told us today -- he also wants to see more transparency in the process. ((SOT Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont 000048 The fact is they're doing it mostly behind closed doors, talking just to lobbyists and political supporters. I would much rather see it the way it should be done. Open debate, Republicans and Democrats, and let the American people have a say 1:09))

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We've just learned that North Country representative Elise Stefanik will NOT support the House tax reform plan. The republican congresswoman's representatives tell us she will vote NO -- because the bill eliminates the deduction for state and local taxes. Taxpayers in high tax states -- like New York and Vermont -- get a break on federal taxes because they pay so much in property, income and sales tax. About one-third of Americans take advantage of the deduction.

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New details today -- about the shooting rampage in Northern California yesterday. Police say Kevin Neal killed his wife first -- then went on to kill 4 other people and injured 10 others -- including a child at an elementary school -- before officers gunned him down. The death toll went up after police searched the shooters home and found the body of his wife hidden in a floor.

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((Sot: Phil Johnston // Tehama County Assistant Sheriff: We are confident he murdered her, probably late Monday and put her body in the floor and covered it up.)) Police are still trying to determine a motive.

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Troubled banking giant -- Wells Fargo-- has uncovered 450 more cases -- in which it illegally repossessed the vehicles of U-S service members. The total number of cases stands at more than 860. Banks are required to get a court order before seizing cars from military members. The justice department charged wells fargo in 20-16 -- with 413 illegal service-member vehicle-seizures. The new cases were discovered as part of a settlement reached last year. The bank will pay an additional 5-point-4 million dollars for the repossessions.

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Three UCLA basketball players are apologizing for shoplifting in China. And they faced the cameras back at UCLA. They returned from China last evening, after being detained there on suspicion of shoplifting. All three admitted to breaking the law. President Trump spoke to his Chinese counterpart directly while he was visiting the country last week. Trump said the young men were facing ten years of jail time under chinese law.

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The NutriBullet can blow up -- according to a new lawsuit. The NutriBullet is billed as a high speed appliance that can pulvarize food. At least 22-people are suing -- claiming their NutriBullet malfunctioned. Their lawyer says the device's spinning creates heat and pressure inside the canister - causing the canister to blow up. Both of these women say they got burned.

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((Mireya - Your arms felt on fire? Utal - On fire. Yeah and it was on my chest. It also had hit me in the face as well.)) ((Riviera: "I want to tell the people don't use this product no more because it's dangerous.")) NutriBullet is contesting the lawsuits -- saying reports of injury are extremely rare -- and usually are the fault of the user.

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A New Hampshire House committee is saying no to legal pot. The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Tuesday voted not to recommend the bill to the House. Under the measure, people 21 and older would have been able to buy recreational pot from licensed businesses that were taxed by the state. Opponents of the bill argued legalization in the state would conflict with federal law.

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A Franklin County Senator is joining Governor Phil Scott's administration. Republican Dustin Degree will start this week as special assistant to the governor and executive director of workforce expansion. Scott's office also says former Democratic Rep. Sarah Buxton will become director of workforce policy and performance in the Department of Labor. Buxton has worked in the department since March after losing her re-election bid last year. The governor plans to appoint a replacement for Degree in the Senate.

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For decades, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has been doing cutting edge research and treatment for epilepsy. But doctors also they're dealing with a stigma associated with the disease. Adam Sullivan reports.

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If you were wondering how many people have Epilepsy, a chronic disease that causes repeated seizures, the answer may surprise you. ((Jobst: "Vermont and New Hampshire together as population.")) And it's actually even more than that... ((Alpha GRX)) Doctors say about 1.2% of the population has the neurological disease. In the United States, that equates to roughly 3.8 MILLION people. ((Dr. Barbara Jobst/Neurologist: "there are many different types of Epilepsy, different types of seizures.")) Dr. Barbara Jobst specializes in the brain. The neurologist is also the Director of the Epilepsy Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. ((Jobst: "the most commons seizures are alcohol withdrawal seizures but they or not necessarily Epilepsy.")) The Center was founded two and half decades ago with help from Peter Williamson- who was world-renowned field. A building- with his name on it greets patients at the Lebanon campus. And doctors say devices, like this brain stimulator which is embedded in the skull- are a product of some of Williamson's work. ((Jobst: "it records your brain activity as whenever it sees a seizure coming on, its stimulates.")) Which essentially-- aborts the seizures. DHMC has been implanting this device for trials since 2005. It was approved by the FDA in 2013 but the research continues. ((alpha GRX)) So far- 15% of patients with the device have become seizure free. And 70% have seen a significant decrease. But exactly why they occur in the first place, and how genetics play a role, is not as clear. ((Jobst: "little malformations of the brain that can cause it. You can have little scars in the brain. Of course you can also have brain tumors and strokes.")) What is known, is that people with re-occurring Epilepsy can't hold down jobs, drive cars, or live fully independent lives- which creates a significant social impact. That something this doctor is highlighting this National Epilepsy Awareness month. ((Jobst: "we shouldn't ignore the population of Vermont and New Hampshire on a public health concern.")) ((Sullivan: "One of the goals of National Epilepsy Month is to raise that awareness. Both across the country, and here at Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Epilepsy Center which is celebrating its 25 anniversary this year. IN Lebanon New Hampshire, Adam Sullivan channel three news."))

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Do you call your kids for help using Facebook or Twitter? Well, now you might not have to. Legal expert turned social media expert, Greta Van Susteren, is out with a new book. Jacqueline Policastro tells us about her guide to social media.

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(PKG) On Facebook, Greta Van Susteren says she's in-depth and passionate. On Twitter - rapid-fire. And on Instagram - she's silly. (Greta Van Susteren) "Social media can be fun!" Greta's worked at all three major cable news networks where she interacted with her viewers not just on TV, but online. She has millions of followers. (Greta Van Susteren, 00:22-00:29) "Social media is here. If you hate it, it's sort of like tough we're stuck with it so you might as well make the best of it and make it work for you." Greta's out with a new book: Everything You Need to Know About Social Media (Without Having to Call a Kid) How to protect your privacy, keep your family safe, and jumpstart your job search. (Greta Van Susteren, 00:43-00:51) "The book is for people 40 and over, for people who have kind of missed the wave of social media and feel left behind. Well, they need not feel left behind. They'll catch up here ." (Jacqueline Policastro, 00:52-1:03) "You talk about how in 2016 you asked Donald Trump if he will ever stop using Twitter and his answer to you was that it's like owning his own newspaper - talk to us about the intersection of politics and social media." (Greta Van Susteren, 1:04-1:12) "The reach is phenomenal and he bypasses people in the media. He doesn't have to face the hard questions and so he loves it." Whether its President Trump's tweets or wishing your grandchild a happy birthday- social media is changing how we communicate and get information. (Greta Van Susteren, 1:20-1:35) You can reach all the way around the world or you can reach around the block or for your kids' school or if there is an alert going on in your community. It's endless. The key is know how to navigate it. Reporting in Washington, I'm Jacqueline Policastro.

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Around 30 eighth grade students from Stafford Middle School in Plattsburgh got a first hand look at what it takes to run a machine plant today. They stopped at Moldrite Plastics to see all the engineering that goes into it. The students saw machines fly through the air - twist and turn while holding various lids. Todd Duprey - Automation Technician Lead - said that running his robots was similar to work like a video game. The tour was catered to students to show the importance of STEM and to get a jump start into your future.

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((Todd Duprey/ automation technician lead02:01 "Being able to look at is as coming in from the building coming in first hand and seeing it hands on - its a whole different way of looking at it than in a book.but when you see it in person and you actually sit there and its like wow thats really interesting I'd really like to do that, that's what were trying to drive to the younger generation.")) Duprey(DO-PREE) says the plant does tours for school about every 3 months.

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Help for hurricane victims -- just by buying beer. 14th Star in St. Albans just brewed up some new suds -- called Hurricane Saison. The brewery is veteran owned. And the recipe for this new saison -- came from a Vermont National Guard Colonel -- who just deployed to the hurricane zone in the Virgin Islands. He's a freind of the breweries owners and a homebrewer himself. The beer is a Belgian-style saison.

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((Dan Sartwell: 3707 It's a little bit cloudy as this style tends to be. It's got a little banana character, some clove and spicyness to it. The beer also has ginger in it.)) You can buy the Hurricane Saison at the brewery. It's on tap -- for five bucks a pint. And any profits go to hurricane relief efforts in the hardest hit areas in the Virgin Islands.

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Another banner year for the Wheels for Warmth program. Officials say a record 66-thousand dollars was raised in the event where people trade in old tires for used -- DMV inspected tired. Proceeds go toward fuel assistance programs in the state.

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The UVM men's basketball team is back to work after going down to the wire with one of the elite programs in college hoops this weekend. The Vermont men opened the season with a four point loss at fourth ranked Kentucky Sunday at historic Rupp Arena. The Cats shook off some first half jitters to rally from a 12 point halftime deficit and have three chances to tie the game in the final ninety seconds before falling just short. Vermont has other tough opponents on its schedule this season, but none to the level of the Wildcats, and after going toe-to-toe with a true basketball blueblood and not looking out of place, the Cats know this is a result they can build on, even though they walked off the court frustrated that Kentucky escaped with the win.

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((TRT: 36 ... OC: HAS TO PLAY US)) ((Becker/ I think that's been the change. And I think it started last year with the Butler game and the Purdue game and carried over to this Kentucky game is that we belong out there, and that we can play with these teams. I think the combination of our talent and our system is going to give us a chance against anyone. )) ((Lamb/ It really shows the character of our guys. I know nobody likes losing, I don't care who it is. As a team, that dynamic allows us to get better and zone in, especially when we have a challenge like that. But now, if we weren't focused before, we definitely are now and I'm sorry for whoever else has to play us. ))

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The 0-2 UVM women's basketball team plays its home opener tonight when the Cats take on Norwich at 7pm at Patrick Gym. It's the first of three home games in five days for Vermont and it's also the first ever meeting between the programs. We'll have highlights at 11pm.

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the top ranked Norwich women's hockey team hosting Castleton last night at Kreitzburg... ---------- The Cadets struck twice in the opening minute, and they put on a clinic from there. Bryn Labbe following her own miss for the tally to put Norwich in front 3-0 --- before the end of the first, KC Herne carries around net and finds Brynn Womperer for the fourth --- less than five minutes into the second, Norwich on the power play. Sarah Schwenzfeier with the deke, and high fives all around as she beats Rylie Wills on the wrister...her second of the night... --- about a minute later, Labbe flying on the break, she passes over to Amanda Conway, the drag in front of net for the easy backhand ...first of two for Conway... --- minutes later, Sophie McGovern pokes home her second goal of the game... Norwich wins it 9-0, they're home for a pair this weekend against Southern Maine and the University of New England

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Three high school football state championships were handed out last Saturday at Rutland, but the season isn't quite over yet. Saturday afternoon, the best high school seniors in Vermont are set to converge on Youngman Field at Middlebury College for the annual North South game. Lonnie Wade of North Country will coach the North All-Stars and Rich Saypack of Springfield is at the helm of the South team, and their staffs were in charge of putting together the rosters. It's an interesting dynamic for the players to adjust to new teammates who they might have played against or not know at all, but they are looking forward to the challenge.

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Breaking news -- we've learned the Justice Department may be withholding federal law enforcement grants from Burlington -- and the state of Vermont -- over sanctuary city policies. The Justice Department claims Burlington -- and 28 other jurisdictions including the state of Vermont -- are putting QUOTE "criminal aliens'" protection above the safety of law-abiding citizens. It says -- it may withhold about 40-thousand dollars in federal law enforcement funding to Burlington because of it. But in a statement out moments ago -- Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said the city believes it IS in compliance. And he said, the city will be responding to the letter by the deadline -- and forcefully arguing the case. We're reaching out to the mayor and governor for reaction to this announcement -- for our news at 11. Thank you for watching ... The CBS Evening News is next.


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