Wed 25-MAY-2016 6 P.M. News Script

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Tax troubles for e-filers in Vermont. Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Kristin Kelly. The state says thousands of taxpayers -- underpaid -- due to a glitch in commercial tax preparation software. Jennifer Costa is here to explain. Jennifer? Kristin and Darren -- It's a 2 million dollar mistake -- affecting as many as 19-thousand Vermonters who itemized their deductions in their most recent tax filings. Now the state wants its money.

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When Eddie Spooner hit the submit button on his tax return -- he thought he was in the clear. Then he got this email -- from Turbo Tax. ((Eddie Spooner/owes taxes 00:01:35:02 "They said that I may have underpaid my taxes and I need to maybe do an amendment.")) Spooner -- like thousands of Vermonters -- elected to e-file -- and paid a commercial vendor to walk him through the process. ((Mary Peterson/Vt. Tax Cmsr. 00:00:23:07 "Software is not always perfect and in this case it was a pretty widespread problem.")) Vermont's tax commissioner says as many as 19-thousand taxpayers -- who itemized their deductions last year -- likely underpaid. 1040EZ filers are in the clear. ((Mary Peterson/Vt. Tax Cmsr. 00:03:22:00 "Only about a third of our taxpayers actually itemized. Everybody else is taking the standard deduction.")) Itemizers for tax year 2015 -- were required to file this form -- the IN-155. It's a new state tax schedule for personal income tax filers. The state says software coding errors meant some people never filed the form -- and other submitted incomplete forms. ((GRX)) The tax department says these software glitches occurred with Lamson Tech, We File Inc., Turbo Tax, H&R Block, Intuit Pro Series, Liberty Tax Service and CCH Small Firm Services. ((Mary Peterson/Vt. Tax Cmsr. 00:07:49 "What we can't do is know whether in every single instance, those wizards are getting our tax rules correct and that's what happened here.")) ((JC 00:01:18:08 "do you know how much you owe additionally?" ES: "No idea right now. I haven't even looked at the numbers. I figured that if I owe somebody money, like the state, they're probably let me know before I know.")) The state says outstanding balances -- vary greatly -- but on average -- taxpayers with this mistake -- will owe about $160. If they pay up by the end of June -- Vermont plans to waive interest and penalties. Spooner says Turbo Tax apologized for the inconvenience -- but is not offering to refund its preparation fee. ((Eddie Spooner/owes taxes 00:01:49:05 "It is a little frustrating.")) Despite the hassle he says he'll remain a loyal customer. ((Eddie Spooner/owes taxes 00:02:48:01 "I guess you could always pay that extra couple hundred dollars to have it done but I'll probably use turbo tax again. I think their customer service has been fair."))

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The tax department says customers should get instructions from their preparers about how to the fix the problem. The state is also working with these software vendors to streamline the process.

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It seems scammers are back - with a familiar tax fraud. We heard from several viewers today - about someone calling them claiming to be the IRS - saying they owe money. It is a familiar phone scam we have reported on before. The Attorney General's office got 350 complaints about the scam today. And Waterbury Police put out a warning about it today on twitter - saying: "The IRS will never call & demand payment. If you get this call take out your Air Horn. Blast them & hang up."

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State environmental officials are expanding the sampling area in Bennington and North Bennington - in their search for PFOA contamination. Updated testing results for more than 400 private wells in the area found more than half of them have the potentially cancer-causing chemical in the water -- with concentrations above state safety levels. Testing will resume next week -- in homes with private wells along East Road and north of the former Bennington Landfill, and along Town Line Road and Route 7A.

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High Temperatures Today: Once again temperatures reached the low 80s in the Champlain Valley, but it was warmer in the upper valley that it was yesterday with highs in the mid 80s. Radar/Satellite: There were a few clouds and a few scattered showers that moved from the northwest to the southeast today, that will leave us with a quiet day tomorrow. Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy. Lows: 48/58 Wind: Light Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 77/84 Wind: N 5-10 mph Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy. Scat'd showers. Possible t-storm. Lows: 52/62 Wind: Bec S 5-10 mph Friday: Partly sunny. Chance showers, t-storms. Hot & humid. Highs: 80/87 Wind: SSW 5-15 mph

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A pair of child care workers in southern Vermont are facing child cruelty charges. State police cited 54-year-old Debbie Miller and 47-year-old Kristie Clough (cluff) for delaying medical care for a one-year-old child at Dooda's Daycare in North Bennington. Police say the child was not alert when dropped off at the daycare, but the workers did not seek immediate help, endangering the child's safety.

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Police -- investigating a possible hate crime -- after a transgender man -- was beaten unconscious in Burlington. The victim was found near a homeless camp -- just off Pine Street -- near the Barge Canal. The 38 year-old suffered facial fractures -- several broken bones -- and head trauma. He remains unconscious and may not not make a full recovery.

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(00:18:22:20) ((detective Lt. Shawn Burke There are a number of people that live between 2 and 3 camps in this general area. We do know there was some form of dispute between the encampments, and we are still trying to pick apart the root of that dispute and then try to determine why it led to such a violent act.)) Police are asking for any witness who may have seen or heard the dispute to step forward.

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If state police are searching non-white drivers --3 times more often than white drivers -- does it prove they are biased? New numbers are new fuel for a long-simmering debate. Anson Tebbetts takes a look.

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Every traffic stop by a Vermont State Trooper in the past five years is now under the microscope. More than 200,000 were examined. Researchers from Northeastern University say they are in the middle of their work. (6042 7:56:20) ((Jack McDevitt/Northeastern University "Not the end of a process not the beginning but in the middle.")) The process was played out before a panel charged with looking a fair and impartial policing. The public and troopers looking to see if there is any racial bias behind traffic stops. The report found areas of concern. GFX Take searches. 265,000 white drivers were stopped. Just over 1 percent were searched. But when it came to searching 12,000 non-white drivers-more than 3 percent were searched. GFX and when you drill into the data -- African American drivers were most likely to be searched -- it happened in 5 percent of stops. Despite that -- the authors did not draw a conclusion there was racial bias. (6042 8:34:15) ((Jack McDevitt "It's important to understand a disparity does not equal discrimination. There are lots of legitimate reasons for why you have a disparity.")) (6028 2:58:19) ((Col. Matt Birmingham/Vermont State Police "data is data. And it doesn't necessarily mean one thing or another... (3:40) Implicit human bias is a very complicated thing to understand and changing human behavior is a complicated thing to understand.)) Not all were buying the research. One critic believed the presenter was too cozy with the cops: (Tile 6070 47:21:18) (("Mark Hughes/Justice for All "I admire your support for law enforcement and how you couch these things but from a community perspective from where I stand you look like you are on their side to me. This to me does not look legitimate to me".)) What's next is cloudy-the authors did not deliver any solid recommendations. But one member of the committee did: (6058 38:13:13) ((Robert Appel/Panel Member "The way to get at this problem is to have good policies, train on these policies and most of all hold people to account.")) The data has already raised red flags about some troopers. (6056 29:07) ((Jack McDevett/Northeastern University ""The first person searched 20 percent of the non white drivers that she or he stopped and 5 percent of the white drivers.)) Finding answers will fall on the shoulders of Captain Ingrid Jonas -Vermont's first Fair and Impartial Policing Director. She and the higher ups say they are committed to change. Data will reveal whether changes actually make a difference. Anson Tebbetts channel 3 news South Royalton. -3-

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They said they ran a no-kill shelter for cats - but prosecutors say they were actually cruel to the animals - and had a freezer full of dead ones. 61-year-old Mary Donaldson and 25-year-old Jessica Fecteau each pleaded innocent to several misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. Police say they ran Webster House in Chester which is also called TARPS. The women took in dozens of cats -- but one inspector said their building was quote -- " a cesspool of disease." Investigators moved in after a shelter volunteer said a sick cat was euthanized by drowning. And investigators seized several dead cats from a freezer. They believe they were drowned - too.

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State police are investigating -- after pipeline protesters targeted the Public Service Commissioner's house early this morning. Cat Viglienzoni is live in our Montpelier bureau with the latest. Cat, what do you know? Darren, the Commissioner told us he respects protesters and their message -- but coming to his home at 6 a.m... crossed a line.

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A tumbled wood frame of an oil rig... Orange lines on the ground -- and a pile of stakes are all that's left of a protest early Wednesday morning at Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia's home in Randolph. He says two people came to his door just after 6 a.m .... With a paper saying they were taking his land by eminent domain. ((SOT Recchia 1548 I told them no, I was not signing it, I'm not interested in having someone read it to me. 53 And that they were trespassing and they needed to leave the property. 57)) Instead, he says, they blocked off his driveway, put up a 20-foot-tall mock oil rig... spray-painted the ground... drove the stakes in... And held a mock groundbreaking. Recchia he was concerned they would further damage his property. ((SOT Chris Recchia, Public Service Commissioner 001713 It was a little scary and it was just unacceptable. 17 It's really a transition that makes me feel like 'boy, we need to go back to a civil dialogue' 23 Which I'm happy to have with anybody at anytime. 26 But this felt like an intrusion on my privacy and my family 30)) ((BUTTED)) ((SOT Harris 000703 Cat: Are you concerned about criminal charges as a result of this? 07 Harris: Not in the slightest 10)) State police say they're still pursuing leads -- but protesters aren't shy about identifying themselves. We spoke on the phone with Henry Harris, who told us he was at Recchia's house in Randolph. ((PHONER Henry Harris, Protester 000552 We just felt like it was appropriate to give Chris a taste of his own medicine 57)) ((HARRIS 2014 FILE VO)) It's not his first protest on private property. Harris was arrested for trespassing in 20-14 -- during a demonstration at the Vermont Gas headquarters in South Burlington with Rising Tide. He also identified himself to Channel 3 as a member of the group at multiple protests since then. A Rising Tide spokesman told us -- they weren't behind this one though. ((BROUGHTON FILE -- FROM JAN 2016 PROTEST)) Harris says they were doing this for Claire Broughton, who opposed the pipeline's contstruction across her land, and who Harris says recently died. He says they were claiming Recchia's land for an environmental justice center. ((SOT Harris 000658 we actually insist that it belongs to us now 701)) Recchia says he stands by his department's decisions on the Vermont Gas pipeline -- and says this is a waste of time. ((SOT Recchia 2133 This is just not helpful and not productive 36))

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State police told us so far, no arrests have been made. Recchia says he's not sure if he'll press charges yet. Darren?

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Its being called an advance in civil rights - for the LGBT community. Starting July first -- Vermont will ban counselors from using so-called conversion therapy on minors. The practice is sometimes pitched as a way to change a gay person's sexual orientation to straight. But -- the scientific community discredits it as being harmful. Governor Peter Shumlin signed the bill into law today. Vermont senators who worked on the bill -- found no evidence that conversion therapy was actually practiced here.

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In New York -- lawmakers just sent a bill to Governor Cuomo -- to toss the tampon tax. And he plans to sign it. Right now -- sanitary products for women face a sales tax - while other drugstore items for men - do not. Cuomo plans to sign the bill.

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With his pursuit of the presidency more daunting by the day -- Sen. Bernie Sanders takes steps to become a political king-maker. He is making some endorsements. Political reporter Kyle Midura has the details, Kyle - Sanders recently endorsed candidates from across the country for federal and state positions as he seeks to cement his momentum and movement in the national grass roots.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders will spend the next couple of weeks harvesting every fiber of support he can from California ahead of the country's final democratic primary. But he's also using his new-found political machine to fertilize progressive, grass roots campaigns in the North, South, East, and West. Middlebury College Political Science Professor Matt Dickinson says Sanders could easily sway campaigns where the political soil is fertile for change. (00:03:38:00) ((Matt Dickinson - there's all different ways in which his fundraising prowess could help down ballot candidates)) Along with the free publicity, a joint fundraiser could generate big dollars. So could an email from Sanders -- especially when passionate but maxed out Bernie-donors may not have even considered donating to a senate or house campaign. Dickinson says cash helps incumbents, but is critical to challengers. (00:01:23:00) ((Chris Pearson - PHONER I have some 400 more followers on Twitter than I did yesterday. I've had tons of tiny donations coming in)) Vermont State Representative, and Progressive Party leader Chris Pearson is risking his Burlington House seat to run in arguably the state's toughest local race -- to be one of Chittenden County's six state senators. He is running as a Democrat. He won Sanders' endorsement earlier this week, but unlike in his previous races, the Bernie-backing this time led to a flood of interest from coast to coast. (00:00:34:00) ((Chris Pearson - PHONER obviously a huge honor to have Bernie's endorsement, he's my former boss, political mentor, and really a hero of mine)) Nationally, Pearson is among eight prospective state lawmakers to get the Sanders seal of approval, and the only one in Vermont. Four congressional candidates are also on the list -- including former Vermonter Zephyr Teachout, who's seeking to represent New York's 19th district in D.C. Dickinson says it's no surprise that Sanders' list is a short one for now -- (00:05:05:00) ((Matt Dickinson - He has to be very picky, you don't want to just fund a candidate who's a long shot, who has no chance to win. You don't institutionalize a revolution by backing losers )) For Sanders' revolution to succeed, the small mob of candidates may need to transform into an army.

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Perhaps the most notable of Sanders' endorsements comes out of Florida. He's backing Tim Canova, an underdog challenger for DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's congressional seat. Wasserman Schultz and Sanders have spared over the party's handling of the presidential nomination process. - D or K

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Protecting Lake Champlain from an oil spill. Top officials -- working with local officials today -- bracing for a worst-case scenario. Rose Spillman is live in Plattsburgh with more. Rose. Environmental officials say there are a number of factors that could cause fuel spills on the lake--whether by a boat or an oil train along the shoreline. Today their focus was to strategize how to both contain the spill and protect areas from contamination.

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Carl Pellegrino works with the U-S Environmental Protection Agency to regularly train emergency responders on how to deal with oil spills. ((Carl Pellegrino/On Scene Coordinator for EPA 4490 00:28:35 "The training that we do is equally applicable oil spills from really any source, whether it be a ferry or a pleasure craft or anything else that's in the lake." 00:28:48)) On Wednesday, the EPA worked with multiple agencies in Plattsburgh--like the US Coast Guard and Department of Environmental Conservation to practice what to do in case of a spill on Lake Champlain. Canadian Pacific--a transcontinental railway with tracks along Lake Champlain--provided the equipment. ((Andy Cummings/Canadian Pacific Spokesman 4476 00:17:33 we do run North to South parallel to the lake, and so there is a good distance where we are in close proximity, and from CP's perspective, the critical piece is ensuring that we're operating safely. That said, we do believe it's important to be prepared for any type of incident." 00:17:47)) Another possible cause of spills could be trains. Cummings says they have around 4 freight trains coming through Plattsburgh every day--some of which contain oil. Environmentalists from across the region want to ban the transport of oil by train. ((Jim Murphy/Senior Council with National Wildlife Federation 4422 00:03:41 "It's a drinking water source for the region, Lake Champlain is. IT's also the economic driver of the region. It brings billions of dollars to both New York and Vermont. A disaster would cause decades of harm to that, and also the rail infrastructure over there is very old." 00:03:58)) But Cummings says rail transportation is safe way to move oil. ((Andy Cummings/Canadian Pacific Spokesman 4476 00:18:01 "Well there is no safer way to move goods over land than by rail. From our perspective, we're a common carrier railroad, which means we are required to haul the products that are tindered to us, provided they meet those federal standards, so it's not our choice whether or not to handle these shipments. It is our choice to operate safely." 00:18:18)) The training in Plattsburgh took place over three days and finished up at Wilcox Dock-- with a drill using containment booms. ((Carl Pellegrino/On Scene Coordinator for EPA 4490 00:27:48 "THe whole purpose of booming is to basically control where it does go, to recover it, and also to protect the areas that we want to ensure oil doesn't reach." 00:27:59))

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The EPA holds over a dozen training courses like these across the country each year. They say it's important to get departments together as much as possible so that--should an incident occur--they already have a working plan for how to respond.

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The holiday weekend is about to kick off the summer season -- and Vermonters will be doing a lot of driving for their getaways. You may think you know how to get the most for your gas money - but there are some mileage myths. Tyler Dumont spoke with the experts - to learn the truth about ways to save.

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They are the common misconceptions of fuel mileage. ((TILE 7767 01:29:29--01:33:11 Richard DeCosta/Drives fuel efficient vehicle: "They say you get better mileage with a standard shift.")) But experts say - before you trade in, you should take a closer look at what you're already driving. Lets bust myth #1.. that you have to drive a small car to get good fuel economy. ((TILE 0658 05:50:12-05:55:22 WIGHT: "A small car will do better, but again all cars do better than they used to.")) A couple of midsized cars even made it onto the EPA's top ten most efficient vehicles list for 2016. Myth #2… Manual transmissions always get better fuel economy than automatics. Not so anymore with advances in automatic transmissions, says our expert. ((TILE 0658 07:12:03-07:25:22 WIGHT: "There's constant variable speed and they just adjust, so it turns out - except for a driver who's really tuned in to a standard - a modern automatic can do better in terms of mileage.")) Myth #3: Vehicles have to be warmed up before being driven. ((TILE 0658 08:07:27-08:11:13 WIGHT: "You're not getting anything out of it if you let it warm up forever.")) For most modern cars, its more efficient to start it up and go - than to let it sit and idle. Myth #4: As your car gets ages, fuel economy decreases significantly. ((TILE 7782 11:22:23-11:27:01 "Do you think efficiency changes as a car gets older?" ALEX VUTECH/Drives hybrid: "Yeah!")) But our expert says a vehicle that is properly maintained will actually retain its efficiency for many years. ((TILE 0658 01:00:23-01:11:09 Greg Wight/Engineer Professor, Norwich University: "Unless the car's really worn out, if you tune it up - if you get new spark plugs, you'll be able to consume the gasoline just as efficiently as you ever did.")) This driver -- found that out. ((TILE 7767 01:57:00--02:05:17 DECOSTA: "This car happens to be 6-years-old and I'm getting excellent mileage. I'm getting the same mileage I was when I bought it." "So the key is to take care of it?" "Yeah!")) And…Myth #5 : Using premium fuel improves fuel economy. But - our gas gurus say if your car doesn't need it, don't buy it. ((11:38:18-11:41:16 WIGHT: "The one thing you've done is spent more money - nothing else.")) Cars continue to change. They now have better aerodynamics and less weight. But experts say you don't need a new car - instead, take a look at your driving habits. ((TILE 7214 02:32:26-02:35:26 Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur/Direct or of Transportation Efficiency, VEIC: "If you're being a safe driver, you're also going to be saving on fuel.")) The Dept. of Energy says gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph. They say estimate that each 5 mph you drive over 50 is like paying an additional $0.16 a gallon for gas. So, obey speed limits -- the faster you drive, the more fuel you use. ((08:16:17-08:32:17 TYLER DUMONT: "And think about the trips that you're taking. Sometimes the best ways to save are by taking things like public transportation, biking or even walking. And if you're trip isn't absolutely necessary, maybe don't take it in the first place. I'm TD, Ch3 News."))

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There was an interesting sighting in southern Vermont today. Yes there was, ...We had a report of a white moose on Rt 100 in Rochester this morning, and there were photos to prove it. PHOTO: Many thanks to Bruce Waterworth for sharing this photo with us, ...This is actually a leucistic or piebald moose since he is not completely white. But he is very unusual, and stopped traffic for sure as he ambled across the road. Current conditions: We have a nice evening out there right now. We are expecting a nice day tomorrow but it will become warmer and more humid through the end of the week. Current Temperatures: Right now temperatures are in the low 80s and upper 70s across the region. Dewpoint: And the dewpoints are still low in the 40s and 50s. Still in the comfortable range. They will go up over the next few days. Temperature Forecast Graph: Temperatures will remain well above normal in the days ahead. Reaching the mid 80s here in the Champlain Valley by Friday and for the weekend. Surface Map: The weak cold front that went through today, will continue offshore, with a nice day tomorrow before this warm front approaches Thursday night. Then we'll be in the warmer and more humid air mass right through the holiday weekend.

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Forecast: Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy. Lows: 48/58 Wind: Light Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 77/84 Wind: N 5-10 mph Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy. Scat'd showers. Possible t-storm. Lows: 52/62 Wind: Bec S 5-10 mph Friday: Partly sunny. Chance showers, t-storms. Hot & humid. Highs: 80/87 Wind: SSW 5-15 mph Extended: Friday night: Chance showers, possible t-storm Lows: 55/65 Saturday: Partly sunny. Scat'd showers, t-storms. Highs: 80s Lows: 55/65 Sunday: Partly sunny. Scat'd showers, t-storms. Highs: 75/85 Lows: 55/65 Monday: Partly sunny. Scat'd showers, t-storms. Highs: 75/85 Lows: 55/65 Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 72/82 Lows: 50s Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Less humid. Highs: 70s

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Hunting is full of tradition. But there are always new challenges. Alexei Rubenstein shows us what instructors from around the country are learning this week - right here in Vermont.

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The International conference brings together hunter education officials -- from the Champlain Islands... ((00:07:40 Richard Bayer/Alburgh Hunting Instructor " there's a whole list of people there that are now taking part in it.)) To the Hawaiian Islands... ((00:26:29 Robert Okawa/Hawaii Hunter Education Program "Pig -- feral pigs are probably the biggest thing in a lot of places because they're so prolific.)) It's the first time the gathering has come to Vermont. One of the main goals -- standardizing hunter ed programs. ((00:00:42 John McKay/International Hunter Education Assoc. "You take your hunter education course in Vermont you can go to any of the other states in the country -- Canada, Mexico -- and that card will be accepted)) ((File- hunter ed class)) Vermont hunter ed classes are at the core of the state's efforts to spread a message of conservation to the next generation. Organizers say urbanization and other societal trends have created an alarming drop in the number of new hunters -- but it's not all bad news. ((00:03:28 John McKay/International Hunter Education Assoc. "Interesting enough one of the biggest areas we are seeing growth is in the whole localvore, foodie movement -- that people have recognized that if you're really looking for an organic, sustainable meat, there's none more so than wild game.)) Sessions this week include everything from -- suburban deer management -- to trends in tree stand safety -- and the impact of diseases. ((00:28:59 Walt Cottrell/UVM Ecology Professor "Young hunters, new hunters all need to understand the place of disease in population changes, but perhaps more importantly they need to understand that there are practices which they can avoid.)) Illegal practices -- like feeding deer. A four-day gathering that gives educators the tools to teach a new generation of hunters. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News -- Vergennes

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Bobcat trapping season - could be longer - if state Fish and Wildlife officials give their OK tonight. The proposal would double the length of the December trapping season to a full month. It has the support of the Vermont Trappers Association. Supporters say that bobcat populations are strong, and that it makes better sense if the season matches the month-long Fisher season. Opponents say there isn't enough firm data to justify the move.

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((00:03:40 Brenna Galdenzi/Protect Our Wildlife "I think were working -- looking at it from two perspectives -- a lack of science to extend these seasons and also the need to understand that the general public really has an affinity for these animals and we need to be represented as well.)) ((00:28:22 Mike Covey/Proposal Sponsor "This extension of the season is not going to add any traps to the landscape, it's not going to add any trap time to the season -- the season is already running. What it's going to do is allow trappers that are targetting Fisher to also target bobcat at the same time.)) Annual bobcat harvest numbers have averaged around 100. New Hampshire recently called off bobcat trapping after intense pressure from opponents. The Fish and Wildlife Board meets tonight in Montpelier.

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A high school guidance counselor in Newport New Hampshire -- convicted of indecent exposure and lewd conduct. Thomas Mauzy stood naked -- in front of his neighbor. A judge suspended his one-year jail sentence -- and instead ordered probation and psychological testing. He's been on administrative leave since his December arrest. The education department will decide whether to pull his certification.

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Burlington police say a purse snatcher turned himself in. Burlington police say it was the public that caught Jason Vezina. Police put out these security camera images allegedly showing Vezina after he stole a purse from a 35-year old woman on chruch street monday night. They say he is well known in the chittenden county community and that is what helped lead to his arrest.

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(00:21:19:15) ((Lt. Shawn Burke We received a number of the crime stopper tips and we were starting to get a plan together about when and where we were going to approach Mr. Veezna, and he got a copy of the media release from a friend and called the assigned detective)) Police say that Veeze-Na snatched around a thousand dollars worth of items when adding everything up that was in the purse.

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Police say a cable guy stole prescription drugs from one his customers in Shaftsbury. Investigator say 38 year old Ryan Greenslet installed cable -- at an elderly woman's home and returned several times -- stealing her meds. The Comcast worker was issued a citation and will be in court next month.

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Starting Line Sports ...yesterday, defenseman Kevan Miller signed a four year, $10 million contract to remain with the Boston Bruins. It's a significant commitment from the team and validation of Miller's arrival as an established NHL player. I spoke with the former UVM captain earlier today by phone from his home in Los Angeles. ((TRT: 2:38 ... OC: GREAT JOURNEY)) ((Miller/ "It's a great feeling. After the end of the season I expressed my interest in wanting to come back to Boston. It's the team that first signed me and I've spent my whole career there so far. It definitely means a lot and I'm excited to be back in Boston." ---------------- Miller is coming off his best season... playing in a career high 71 games and posting career highs in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. He had the second best play/minus rating on the team and led the Bruins in hits. Miller was set to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career on July 1st. If he went out on the open market, there was a good chance the 28-year-old could get several teams battling for his services, but Kevan said his heart was always set on returning to Boston. ------------------ Miller/ "It moved pretty quickly because I feel both sides were pretty mutual in wanting to get something done and I just know that I has a strong feeling that I wanted to be back in Boston and I believe we're going to get back into the players and be successful again and make a Cup run. That's my ultimate goal, is to play for a team that wants to win and can win and I feel that's best served in Boston." ------------------- It's been a long, winding road for Miller. From Los Angeles to prep school to four years in Burlington. Signing with Boston as an undrafted free agent and working his way up to the big club from Providence...missing half a season due to a shoulder injury before finally coming into his own this past season. But Miller is looking at this not as the end of a journey, but the next step and now he's looking forward to continuing to improve and justifying the faith the Bruins have placed in him. ------------------- Miller/ "I came off an injury last season and probably had a bit of a slow start for sure, and I think I found my game toward the end of the season and I think that will help a lot coming off a full summer of training. The game is getting faster and that is something I want to continue to work on, my foot speed and my overall speed. There are some things I can improve on and I plan on doing that. You can always get better, no matter what age you are or where you are in your career. You're always looking to get better everyday, so that's one thing I'm definitely working on this summer." ------------------- And while there is plenty of time to look toward the future, now is also a time to celebrate this moment, and the work and support that it took to get here. Kevan said that once news of the contract signing went public, the messages of congratulations came pouring in. ------------------- Miller/ "Just about everybody. It was pretty cool to see that. Past and present teammates. Whether it be from high school, Berkshere or college at UVM, most of those guys did too as well. Providence players and my current teammates and past teammates. Without those guys I wouldn't be where I am. I thank all my teammates and coaches and family, it's definitely been a great journey."))

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And Miller is set to embark on another great journey as well. He will be getting married next month.

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They're often the fittest of the fit, but even elite athletes can develop abnormal, sometimes deadly blood clots. Besides genetics, there are other risk factors for blood clots in athletes. Bridget Barry Caswell explains.

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She's a tennis icon and perhaps the most well-known athlete to experience a blood clot. Serena Williams had a life-threatening pulmonary embolism back in 2011 -- meaning a blockage in an artery in her lungs. (2:28) ((Dr. Mary Cushman/UVM Medical Center: So athletes have a lot going for them that might prevent them from getting blood clots. Obviously they're in superb physical condition. They don't have the most common risk factor for clots, which is obesity - most of them. And so it is kind of shocking or surprising, but the lesson learned from this is that it can happen to anyone.)) Cushman says blood clots don't discriminate. Hundreds of thousands get them every year, and they can kill. But for athletes like Williams, Miami Heat star Chris Bosh and several NHL players -- they have specific risk factors related to their professions. (graphic) She says injuries are a major source of risk for clots, especially leg injuries when there's limited mobility that follows. Surgery is also an issue, especially orthopedic surgery, and so too is long travel -- part of a professional athletes' lifestyle. (cover) Cushman says larger people who are taller or have bigger legs are at increased risk, and so are athletes who use their arms heavily -- like tennis players, baseball pitchers and basketball players -- those with highly developed muscles of the upper body. That's because the blood vessels must pass from the central part of the body - through a canal called the thoracic outlet -- and to the arm. (4:17) ((Dr. Mary Cushman/UVM Medical Center: So when the muscles get large that outlet can be narrowed and when you're repeatedly throwing like a pitcher or a tennis play or playing basketball, that outlet - there's repeated trauma to the structures that are passing through the canal and that repeated trauma damages the vessels and can set you up to get a clot.)) She says awareness is key for athletes like Serena Williams -- and knowing the signs and symptoms than can accompany a blood clot: including pain, redness or swelling in an extremity, and shortness of breath if a clot has lodged in the lungs. BBC, Ch. 3 News, Burlington

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As Bridget mentioned, obesity and genetics are also risk factors for blood clots -- and it's important to note that doctors say birth control pills also increase the risk of clots in women. If you'd like more information, go to our infocenter at wcax-dot-com. That's health watch.

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We're finally seeing some summer-like weather but back in 2013, we had some significant snow in the mountains. Photos: This is what it looked like the same day the Vermont City Marathon was taking place in 2013, lots of snow in the mountains. Mountain snow graph: Today, ...We lost the last of the snow at the stake. Throughout the season this was a very weak snowfall year, but what little snow we did have, was slow to melt through the cool weather we had through much of May. Mountain: Tomorrow, we are expecting a quiet day with temperatures in the 60s in the mountains. Lake: And it will be a quiet day on Lake Champlain as well, with N winds 5-10 knots. The water temperature is still a pretty brisk 55 degrees. Weekend Outlook: We are still expecting some pretty warm and humid weather over the weekend with showers and thunderstorms popping up from time to time.

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Using music to turn your life around... And your community. That's what two hip hop artists are trying to do in Springfield. Adam Sullivan reports.

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((Nats: "covered in mud, I'm loving it up, ...)) Meet Causin' Effect ... On the drums Brad Veysey... ...And with the lyrics... John keefe ... A.k.a Jibba the Gent... They are well known hip hop artists in Springfield and co-owners of the town's brand new music studio called So.802 ... ((Brad Veysey/Opened Music Studio: "I think one of the problems here is that no business would want to move here. Who would want to move to a town with this many problems.")) Over the years- Springfield has suffered greatly-- both economically... and with deep-rooted drug problems. ((nats: opening door)) This musician says the studio will help change his community for the better. Especially for kids-- who need a place to go after school and a positive outlook on the future. A passion they find time for during the day-- while holding down full time jobs at night. ((Veysey: "I know that sounds cliche, and I know it is all about hard work and what you want but you can do it.")) ((nats: music video)) But this isn't exactly gospel music. Profanity and references to drugs and crime are common themes in their videos. Veysey gives a quick sample of the song "Speechless." ((Veysey: "this time I am going to rise above, ain't too many ... Lining up... But I still find time to keep mine in check.. All that disrespect...")) He says he's speaking from the heart-- growing up next to broken out windows and abandoned buildings. Real life truths that today's youth, he says, can relate to. ((Veysey: "you get angry when you decide to make a good decision for yourself and the friends that surrounded you, you find out, where the ones who were pulling you down.")) And he knows a thing or two about hitting bottom. In 2010 he was arrested for felony drug sales and went to prison. ((Veysey: "i'm not proud of it, but it's who I am. It's my history. I can't change it.")) ((John Keefe/Hip Hop Artist: "obviously we have been in trouble. Things have happened but we have found a better way. A better path.")) A better path though music- and sharing their talents-- when it comes to how to make-- with a town where they both went to high school. ((Keefe: "if we can lend a helping hand for these kids out here who have absolutely nothing to do, then it would make us feel good, at the end of the day and hopefully help some kids stay out of trouble.")) And they are finding unlikely help along the way... ((Bob Flint/Springfield regional Development Corp.: "it's important to have activities, it is important to have culture and yeah, hip hop music is a part of modern culture.")) Bob Flint-- the Executive Director of the Springfield Regional Development Corporation helped find the space to make the studio a reality. ((Flint: "that has turned into a project that is engaging and touching the lives of the people in the region.")) ((Veysey: "if somehow you can make your dream flourish and make music like we do and have a studio and own it here, and own it here, then you can do just about anything.")) Words-- ... that are meant to inspire... turning his own life around-- and he says hopefully his entire home town. ((nats 'cause we all about the freedom and we're up in VT...)) Adam Sullivan channel three news in Springfield.

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The Middlebury College men's tennis team fell 5-0 to NESCAC rival Bowdoin in the NCAA Division Three national championship game this morning in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Middlebury was playing in the sixth national final in program history and was in search of its third championship. There is one more Panthers team with a shot at a national title. The women's lacrosse team plays in the NCAA D-3 Final Four this weekend in Philadelphia.

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The University of Vermont is now in need of both a men's and women's lacrosse coach. UVM announcing today that women's lacrosse head coach Jen Johnson will not return next season. This past season, Johnson's 12th at the helm, the Cats went 6-10, 2-4 in America East, finishing in fifth place. Prior to that, the Cats had reached the conference playoffs three straight seasons. A nationwide search for Johnson's replacement will be immediately. Earlier this month, Vermont men's lacrosse coach Ryan Curtis stepped down from his post after ten seasons and a first ever trip to the America East title game.

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A day off did little to cool off the Red Sox offense as Boston opened a three game interleague series with Colorado with an 8-3 win last night at Fenway. as they have done regularly throughout the season, the Sox struck quickly, scoring twice in the first and twice in the second to grab a quick 4-1 lead. Jackie Bradley Jr extended his hit streak to 28 games with two hits, and David Ortiz drove in four runs in support of David Price, who allowed three runs on five hits in seventh innings to improve to 7-1 on the season. Game two of the series is tonight with Steven Wright on the hill for Boston.

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The Yankees continued their winning ways last night, blanking Toronto 6-0 at the Stadium for New York's sixth straight win. Carlos Beltran homered, drove in two runs and scored twice in support of Nathan Eovaldi, who allowed just two hits in six shutout innings to improve to 5-2 and pick up a win in his fourth straight start. With the win New York improves to 22-22... the first time the team has been at .500 since it was 4-4. The Yanks and Jays play again tonight in the Bronx. Ivan Nova gets the start for New York.

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We are expecting a beautiful day tomorrow, with warmer and more humid weather over the weekend. There will be scattered showers and thunderstorms.


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