Wed 05-MAR-2014 6 P.M. News Script
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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- it's national consumer protection week. Attorney General Bill Sorrell will be in the studio to tell us about the latest scams you should be aware of. We'll also learn about the Pure Vermont Award -- which was given out to a Vermonter who has helped seniors who were losing money to scam mailers. All that and a lot more coming up tomorrow on the thirty at 5:30.
Good Evening I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Julie Kelley -- in for Kristin. Vermont just saw the minimum wage go up 13 cents in January It's currently at 8-dollars and 73-cents per hour. But the President wants the federal wage to reach 10-dollars and 10-cents per hour. It's been a priority of the President in his second term. He asked New England Governors to join him in his campaign. Governor Peter Shumlin shared the stage with President Obama in New Britain, Connecticut today. That's where we find Adam Sullivan. He joins us from Central Connecticut College tonight. Good evening, Adam. Today's event seemed like a stump speech on the campaign trail. President Obama touched on several issues jobs, ed, equal pay and health insurance. But the main point for him being here in Connecticut was to pitch his plan to raise the minimum wage.
President Barack Obama was greeted with cheers and hugs on the campus of Central Connecticut State University Wednesday as he unveiled a new plan to raise the federal minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents a hour. The President says it's all about leveling the playing field. ((Obama: it is a central task for all of us - to build an economy that works for everybody not just for some )) Joining the President on stage, the Governors from four New England states. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont's- Peter Shumlin. They all agree on a united approach to higher wages. ((Shumlin: having a higher minimum wage is important having a regional higher minimum wage - so we take away the argument that we can't compete with our neighbors - would be even better)) ((David/Birth of Blues: even 10 dollars an hour is really difficult to pay your bills)) David Heimberg-- who owns Birth of the Blues in West Lebanon- pays his two employees, factoring in benefits, around $15 dollars an hour. He says as a small business owner he wants his employees to feel good about where they work. An idea, he says, that is often not shared by bigger employers-- and we all end up paying. ((David: if they don't pay them a decent minimum wage we end up subsidizing their employees in one way or another - whether it be through social contracts that we have with them or what have you because they cannot live on less than that)) Emily Hawks is a shopper at clothing store. She works part time at Price Chopper for a little more than 9 bucks a hour with no benefits. She says it's hard to make ends meet. ((Hawks: it is really hard I mean I have an apartment and I do have a roommate. But, it's hard to buy groceries and pay rent on only making 9.30 )) But others think raising the minimum wage is a bad idea. Jim Harrison works for the Vermont Grocers' Association. He says Obama's plan to raise the federal minimum wage will cost jobs. And he says, the current bills circulating the Vermont legislature for the Green Mountain State to raise wages on its own-- makes matters worse. ((Harrison: we need to spend more time and effort doing legislation, doing things that can develop jobs, grow the economy, that will take care of wages )) But the president -- and the region's governors aren't buying that argument. Saying that when employees have more money-- the entire economy benefits. ((OBAMA: which means they make more profits, which means they can hire more workers, which means you create a virtuous cycle... It's common sense APPLAUSE))
Obama says there are bills before Congress to raise the wage. Lawmakers need to act. By doing so -- 28 million Americans will see higher salaries. And what's next, Adam -- in Vermont? Especially if Congress doesn't enact that plan? Vermont lawmakers are grappling with multiple bills before them calling for raising the minimum wage. Governor Shumlin has made it clear that a regional approach is better way to go. To avoid creating economic issues near border communities, like impacts to jobs and costs of goods.
The buzz has started....voters want action from lawmakers at the State House. That's following the results on Town Meeting Day. Voters are saying property taxes are too high. Nearly three dozen school budgets were shot down...many in the big school districts. Alexei Rubenstein reports.
The message from many voters across the state was clear Tuesday -- They've had enough of rising School Budgets and the statewide property taxes that propel them .... ((BYTE or NATS FROM VOTERs TUESDAY )) ((GRFX)) Out of the 253 budgets voted on, 35 were defeated -- most notably in larger communities like Burlington Colchester, Montpelier, Rutland and Bennington. The highest failure rate in a decade. But will it send a message? ((03:22 Steve Dale/Vt. School Boards Assoc. "Because these numbers are in the middle, people will see in the numbers whatever they choose to see.)) ((01:10 Steve Dale/Vt. School Boards Assoc. I dont think its a message that the whole system is broken and needs to be radically altered, but clearly there's reason for people to sit up and pay attention)) Dale says in about half the cases -- It was the proposed 7 cent increase in the statewide property tax rate that pushed voters over the edge. ((GRFX)) A case in point -- Burlington. The proposed school budget would have increased spending by 3.9 percent. But because of the increase in the statewide property tax and other elements of the education funding formula, Burlington residents faced a 9.9 percent tax increase. (( 02:33 Steve Dale/Vt. School Boards Assoc. "That is what was so confusing to people in many towns, is that there local boards, they felt had done a very good job of fashioning a budget that would do the job )) Yesterday's outcomes put Burlington and other districts in a no-win situation -- and statewide school officials fear that educational programming -- will ultimately take the hit. ((:30-:38 Jeanne Collins/BSD Superintendent "While Burlington has been willing to invest in quality programs and moving the district forward in recent years, the message is, we have to stop.")) Lawmakers have dabbled with education financing reform over the years. Now those pushing for a change say Tuesday's vote -- as hard as it may be -- may finally get the message across. ((7:36 Rep. Heidi Scheuermann/R-Stowe "There's concern all over about the current education funding system and its effect and impact on property taxes.)) ((08:05 Rep. Heidi Scheuermann/R-Stowe "I think the message is clear. That its time for us to take some action)) Representative Scheuermann says she's pushed a bill the past six years to consolidate school districts and restructure funding at the local level. She along with Republican Patti Komline started a petition this week to abolish Act 60/68 -- and replace it with what they call an equitable, less complex funding system. ((13:25 Rep. Heidi Scheuermann/D-Stowe "The only way we're going to get action is to actually set a deadline. Clearly -- this has been going on for years. These property tax increases have been going on for years. They're going to continue to go on under this system if we don't take some dramatic action.)) But its dramatic action on such a complex issue that House Speaker Shap Smith says will cause more harm than good. ((21:48 Rep. Shap Smith/D-Vt. House Speaker "If I had a silver bullet on the education finance system I would actually have proposed it because none of us really like to go to Town Meetings and get comments from frustrated constituents about their property taxes.)) ((24:00 Rep. Shap Smith/D-Vt. House Speaker "I'm willing to take that time to make sure we do it right, not something rash.)) With no relief likely from the state house this year, 34 school districts will be re-writing budgets -- looking for numbers voters can live with. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News -- Montpelier
Governor Shumlin in a statement this afternoon promised to redouble efforts to improve the school financing system.
Governor Shumlin's visit to Connecticut today -- to join the president -- is the latest trip for Vermont's Governor. Over the last 30 days he has traveled out of state four times for political events. Is it too much? Or will it ultimately help Vermont? We asked State House reporter Kyle Midura to look into it. He's live in Connecticut -- with more on that. Good evening, Kyle.
Gov. Peter Shumlin shared the stage with President Obama Wednesday in Connecticut - as the region mulls a substantial hike in the minimum wage. ((Obama - quick hit)) ((3:17 - :24 Shumlin I'm very grateful that the president is coming in to give our regional Governors a lift and saying lets get this right together)) But some wonder if the Governor has spent too much time out of state. ((4:05 Mike Smith - I think Governors in general have to be very careful with their travel as they go out of state )) Shumlin's predecessor, Jim Douglas, also spent time out of state in his role as head of the National Governor's association. Douglas' former Administration Secretary and GOP analyst Mike Smith tells us, there's political risk associated with leaving the Green Mountains: (GFX) Within the past 30 days the Governor traveled extensively while working on issues for the National Democratic Governors Association - of which he is the chairman. He flew to Las Vegas, Washington and Puerto Rico. Wednesday he's in Connecticut. Along with time spent on issues like health care, the minimum wage and opiate addiction, he's also raising money for Democrats, and possibly his own re-election campaign. (END GFX) (( :s49 Smith - it can't be perceived that you are more interested in either a national position or a national issue than you are in the fate of Vt. )) ((4:25 - :27 - Shumlin it's part of my job )) Shumlin says the state has created 11-thousand new jobs since he stepped into office in the midst of the economic recession. He says his job is to make Vermont a better state to live, work, and raise a family in. ((4:15 - :19 - Shumlin Vermonters will judge me not by how many days I'm where, but whether we're getting results :19 ))
The driver of a Red Cross Bloodmobile is recovering from minor injuries after a crash on Interstate 89 in Royalton. Police say, a small vehicle pulled in front of the bus and put on his breaks -- not giving the Bloodmobile driver enough time to stop. He veered into the median and hit a snow bank to avoid hitting the car. Police want to remind drivers that large vehicles need more time to slow down or stop -- and to leave enough room when you're passing them.
Teen pregnancy is often overshadowed by other problems -- like addiction or budget issues. A new study shows that tackling unplanned teen pregnancies can actually help battle those bigger issues. Elizabeth Keatinge joins us live ... Elizabeth what have you found out? Teen parent advocates say by acknowledging the importance of supporting and educating those teen parents with unplanned pregnancies - we can avoid you footing the bill in the future.
17-year-old Laurie Smith juggles getting ready for the day and caring for her 11-week-old daughter Amari. It's not what she pictured she would be doing almost a year earlier when she had plans to tour colleges. Then, she found out she was 16 and pregnant. ((Laurie Smith/teen mom 10:26:26:13 I was in tears just because this was a whole shock for me. This is like, my whole life is about to change and everything I had planned, everything I imagined for my future isn't gonna be what it is, it's gonna be something different.10:26:38:19) ) Smith says she had no intentions of being a teen mom. ((Laurie Smith 10:29:51:04 I was that 1 percent that gets pregnant. I used birth control. I made sure of it. 10:39:59:00)) Vermont has one of the lowest teen pregnancy rates in the nation. GFX: The most recent federal report ranks Vermont 49th out of 51 in the US in teen birth rates. Vermont hovers around 8% for teens 15 to 17 years old. New Mexico has the highest teen pregnancy rate at 26 percent. Still, teen parent advocates say this is a problem we cannot ignore. ((Caprice Hover/Rutland County Parent Child Center 11:07:58:15 The reality is though there are pockets , it isn't a problem that doesn't exist obviously. 11:08:05:09)) The Rutland County Parent Child Center currently serves 3,000 children and parents in Rutland County. Executive Director Caprice Hover says preventing more teen pregnancy and educating young parents is a key to keeping taxpayers from supporting teens who get pregnant. ((Caprice Hover11:13:18:12 We know that if they don't get their high school diploma then they're not gonna earn enough money to survive, so we will be supplementing them through food stamps or other programs 11:13:27:00)) GFX A recent report by the RCPCC says that preventing one teen pregnancy saves taxpayers almost $10,000 each year. Preventing one mother and child from requiring public assistance saves taxpayers over $34,000. nats Laurie Smith has come full circle after receiving her high school diploma though the Rutland County Parent Child Center. ((nats: )) She heads off in the RCPCC van with Amari to volunteer at the center and help other teen parents - while Tammy Cabezola of the center helps her look for a job - and they celebrate another young mom completing her high school education. Nats ((Tanya Gomes/mom 11:21:51:25 It just feels great that I can move on with my life and instead of just having to come and finish school. 11:21:57:15)) Although she says she is handling her unexpected situation as a teen mom and doing the best she can, Smith admits it's very tough. ((Laurie Smith/teen mom 10:40:34:12 I wouldn't choose to be 16 and pregnant again - I would love to have Amari in my life, It wouldn't hurt to have her a couple years down the road.10:40:43:12))
Teen parent advocates say that addressing teen pregnancy is also a key to battling Vermont's opiate problem. A recent report by the CDC says that increased instances of adverse childhood experiences such as neglect or household dysfunction increase the risk of illicit drug use. By teaching teens how to raise their children, the Rutland County Parent Child Center says they are helping young parents to raise stable Vermonters with bright futures.
A bone marrow transplant could be a life saving move for a little girl from Chester. Keith McGilvery visited her at Boston Children's Hospital yesterday and found out she's not the only young Vermonter who's sick on her floor. Keith, good evening. They're two kids from Vermont -- One from Chester and the other from Colchester. Tonight they're neighbors at Children's Hospital hoping that their transplants will make them better. Tuesday we visited Lindsey Stutervant -- she's the 12-year-old who just received a second bone marrow transplant to fight off a pre-leukemia condition. And during our visit we learned that Colchester Middle Schooler Le'Ondre Brockington is in the hospital bed next door. The 13-year old is fighting a rare form of acute myeloid leukemia. He's been in the hospital for seven months -- ands his mom says everyday has been a battle -- both families are thankful to their transplants. Lindsay's doctor talked with us about what's involved if you decide to donate.
((Dr. Christine Duncan, Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Hospital 22:39 "there are lots of different ways that we collect stem cells, some are directly from the bone, some are from your blood, most often it is a blood type donation. For people that are really interested they can look at the national marrow dono program which is the program that helped us find a donor for Lindsay.)) Matches don't always come from family-- Lindsay's first donor came from a 42-year-old woman in Europe and the second came from a 23-year-old male. De'Ondre's bone marrow donation came from a 33-year-old male. For more information on becoming a donor or to follow Lindsay and Le'Ondre's progress you can check out our website WCAX dot com or our facebook page.
Catch and release is a common fishing practice used in tournaments. But not all fish survive after being released. Logan Crawford has more on a new study -- looking to increase their chance of survival.
Chris Kinney-Hermes is an angler. He's competed in fishing tournaments all his life. (tile 0544 01:36:31:08) ((Chris Kinney-Hermes/Plattsbu rgh "preserving those fish for the future is a big part of what those tournaments are about." 01:36:37:14)) That's also the reason behind a new study at SUNY Plattsburgh. Researchers want to see if it's possible to reduce stress on bass fish caught and released in these tournaments. (tile 0550 01:43:22:11) ((Logan Crawford/Plattsburgh "Fishing tournament organizers put such a high priority on keeping the fish alive, that they dock points from anglers who bring back dead fish." 01:43:30:12)) (tile 0544 01:34:17:08) ((Chris Kinney-Hermes/Plattsbu rgh "When you catch a big fish and when you return it back into the water, it goes back and it breeds. You're maintaining those good genetics." 01:34:25:15)) Researchers recommend releasing the bass back to where they were originally caught quickly -- to decrease their stress and increase their chances for survival. (tile 0537 01:18:37:20) ((Mark Malchoff/Lake Champlain Sea Grant "Nobody went home. Almost none of these fish went back to the original location where they were captured." 01:18:44:26)) Researchers didn't specifically look at injuries to bass due to fishing hooks, but say bass are resilient to that -- and habitat plays a much larger role. Kinney-Hermes says these studies about catch and release are important to fish and fish anglers alike. (tile 0544 01:34:11:15) ((Chris Kinney-Hermes/Plattsbu rgh "Catch and release is a great way to make sure that the sport stays alive." 01:34:17:01)) There other factors too -- leading to higher mortality rates. (tile 0537 01:26:06:16)) ((Mark Malchoff/Lake Champlain Sea Grant "Water temperature if its warm, not as much oxygen available. And the distance/time that a fish is confined." 01:26:23:06)) Colder waters and less time confined could mean more fish to catch in the years to come. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Plattsburgh. -3-
Tonight: Clearing skies. Locally colder. Lows: -5/-20 Winds: Light Thursday: A frigid start. Sunny. Highs: 18/26 Wind: Light Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Lows: -10/5 Winds: S 5-10 mph Friday: Mostly sunny. Breezy & milder. Highs: 32/38 Wind: S 10-15+ mph Extended: Friday night: Lows: 15/25 Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Few snow showers. Highs: 30s Lows: 10/20 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs: 20s Lows: 10/20 Monday: Cloudy with snow showers. Highs: 25/35 Lows: 0/10 Tuesday: Increasing clouds. Highs: 30s Lows: 15/25 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance for rain/snow showers. Highs: 30s
Aside from the school budget -- Burlington voters supported every other ballot item on Town Meeting Day -- including the purchase of the Winooski One Hydro plant. And three proposed charter changes aimed at gun safety. The measures would allow police to seize the weapons of anyone suspected of Domestic Abuse -- ban guns in Liquor Establishments -- and require gun owners to lock up their guns at home. All three passed by wide margins. Because they are charter changes, they must be approved by the legislature -- and that would require lawmakers to be willing to allow local communities establish their own local gun laws. House Speaker Shap Smith says it's too late in the session to take it up. And given its sensitivity -- it needs to be addressed in a thoughtful way.
((17:27 Shap Smith I think a patchwork of local ordinances is probably not an effective way to go about the issue. The other thing is that there is a real tension between tradtional views about sportsmen and hunting and this notion of gun safety and I think that's a conversation Vermonters really need to have.)) Speaker Smith says given the sensitivity over gun control, it is probably too late in the session for the legislature to take up Burlington's charter changes.
Burlington voters also passed a financing plan for the city waterfront that will make-over the Moran plant and build a new marina.
And in Waterbury -- voters approved a new town office complex project. The 2-point-9-5 million dollar bond will pay for the construction or renovation of space for the Waterbury Municipal Office, library, community room and historical society.
In Montpelier -- capital city voters re-elected their mayor. Incumbent John Hollar defeated his challenger Gwendolyn Hallsmith -- with a vote of 1,525 to 782.
And here's proof that every vote counts. In Fairfax -- residents were asked whether to make the Recreation Director a full time paid position. The selectboard knew it would be close. But not this close. The vote was 306 -- to 306. So far, there's been no request for a recount. If that is done -- and it's still a tie -- it will up to the selectboard to decide whether to hold a special election.
Authorities are investigating whether a college basketball official took inappropriate photos of players during a game at the University of Vermont. 50-year-old Scott Weitzell was arrested last month -- charged with resisting arrest and falsifying evidence. The University of New Hampshire's director of basketball operations is accused of secretly taking photos of male athletes in a UVM locker during a game in January. Police say Weitzell then tried to destroy his cell phone to hide the photos. UNH says it fired Weitzell following these allegations.
A Rutland man is facing child porn charges -- and aggravated sex assault. Investigators say Stuart Lizotte-Junior emailed child porn to someone last year. And invesigators say they found video of Lizotte and minors engaged in non-consensual sex acts on his computer. He denies the charges -- and is being held on 25-thousand dollars bail.
Investigators in Dannemora say a mother and daughter teamed up to smuggle drugs into a prison. 53-year-old Victoria Curry was arrested for bringing morphine pills to her daughter -- 30-year old Kimberly Laroe who is doing time at Clinton County Correctional Facility. When corrections officers caught on to what was happening -- Laroe swallowed the pills to prevent them from being used as evidence against her. Both are facing felony charges. That's news around the region.
In Starting line sports, just when the UVM women's hockey team was catching its collective breath, the Cats now have to prepare for the top team in Hockey East. Vermont will face Boston College Saturday in Hyannis, Massachusetts in the women's hockey east semi finals. The Eagles swept the 3 games against UVM during the regular season. However, it was during the 2 games at Boston College in mid January where the Cats started to turn the season around. They went on to win the next 9 out of 10 including a triple overtime victory over Maine at the Gut on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
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Tonight at Gutterson, it's the Division One and Two girls high school hockey state championship games. Tonight at 8pm, Essex faces BFA-St. Albans for the D-1 title... already underway, the D-2 state final between Middlebury and Burr & Burton. At last check it was -- in the --. We'll have highlights and reaction from both games tonight at eleven.
University of Pennsylvania researchers have made a potential breakthrough in the fight against HIV. Bigad Shaban reports.
Jay Johnson has been HIV positive for more than 20 years. He considers himself lucky since he has remained healthy, but says his drugs are a daily reminder he has the virus. (Sot Jay Johnson/Patient) I would love to say one day I'm HIV negative and to be able to come off of meds and not have to have that hanging over my head. (TRACK) That's why Jay decided to enroll in a gene therapy study at University of Pennsylvania. Researchers say they were able to successfully genetically modify the immune cells of 12 HIV Positive patients to make the T-cells, a type of white blood cell, resist infection. (SOT Dr. Pablo Tebas/Penn Center for AIDS Research) that might be a step towards eventually making the immune system of the patient resistant to HIV. (TRACK) In the lab, researchers mimicked a gene mutation in the patients cells, removing a protein the HIV virus needs to infect cells. The altered cells were then put back into the patients. The therapy decreased the virus in some patients, including one who had no detectable levels of hiv. nats About 8 months ago, Jay's doctors told him modified T cells are still circulating in his body. (Sot Jay Johnson/Patient) If I could stop the virus form being within me, it would just be absolutely wonderful (TRACK) Researchers say if they can make the immune system resistant to HIV, it could mean patients like Jay would no longer need their medications. Bigad Shaban, CBS News.
Next, doctors plan to expand their research to a larger group of patients. That's Health watch.
They're hard-working, and invaluable assets to Vermont Law enforcement. And the four legged heroes have just won a very prestigious title. Shelby Cashman reports.
Capone and Burlington Police Officer Trent Martin-along with Drager and Vermont state trooper Rich Slusser-have just received a very high honor. They are the states K9 teams of the year. IN: 00:01:28 OUT: 00:01:33 ((Trent Martin/Burlington PD "It makes me very very proud of him. He works so hard, he's such a good dog)) IN: 00:03:51 OUT: 00:04:00 ((Rich Slusser "This will be our fourth year and we're finally getting to that place where we're comfortable with one another and the dog knows his job now, he knows what he's supposed to be doing")) 7 year old Capone was a rescue dog that showed promise. Officer Martin says that even though he is a German Shepard--a breed commonly used in K9 units-it takes a certain kind of temperament to be right for this kind of work. IN: 00:00:30 OUT: 00:00:43 ((Cpl. Trent Martin/Burlington PD "There's some basic tests to see if they have enough heart to do the job, you know if they're not skiddish and they're at least friendly.. They're not going to go after their handler")) Capone excels at drug sniffing and tracking fugitives-and has helped crack many cases this year, mainly due to one very important body part. IN: 00:04:51 OUT: 00:04:55 ((Trent "All the dogs in the program, their noses are key")) IN: 00:16:37 OUT: 00:16:45 ((Shelby Cashman "Dogs like Drager and Capone are just like every other dog...just with maybe a few extra talents)) Highliy trained and exteremly obedient-- 4 and a half year old Drager is trained to make biting apprehensions-that is, bite a suspect to keep them contained-but only at the command of Slusser. IN:00:08:33 ((Rich "If all the sudden the guy would ive up, you gotta be able to call your dog off...DRAGER OFF)) Even when they are not helping catch criminals or find missing people, Capone and Drager stay close to their companions... IN: 00:19:15 OUT: 00:19:22 ((Rich Slusser "There's a bond between us. He pretty much follows me around the house, everywhere I go")) A bond between an officer and his four legged buddy. -3-
These two K9 teams beat out over 40 other teams in the state. Good job Capone and Drager!
The Vermont high school ski season coming to a close today at Burke Mountain Academy. Day two of the alpine championships. After Monday's giant slalom races at the Middlebury Snow Bowl Burr & Burton stood atop the boys team standings, Mount Mansfield holding the lead in the girls team standings. Today, the competition concluding with the state slalom championships at Burke ...girls up first... coming in third... Mount Mansfield's Amelia Frederick... part of a strong showing for the Cougars who put three skiers in the top seven... --- second place goes to Colchester's Abby Harrington with a two run time of 1:31.52... --- but the day belonging to MMU's Ali Chivers ...the winner of Monday's GS race completes her second straight state title sweep...a time of 1:30.4 and helps deliver a fourth straight state title for the Mount Mansfield girls...
In the boys race... Burr & Burton as dominant as Mount Mansfield was in the girls event...even more so as the Bulldogs place three in the top four... Andrew Sherras coming in third, just ahead of teammate Tom Morgantini... --- the one non-Bulldog in the top four...goes to Michael Hladky of Essex...with a pair of impressive runs... --- but no one was catching Burr and Burton's Tanner McGrath...a combined time of 1:22.39 as McGrath leads BBA to it's fourth straight boys team state title ...
The high school snowboarding state championships getting underway today at Killington. The two-day, three event competition opening with the halfpipe. Matthew O'Leary of Essex winning the boys competition...Black River's Ginger Brown the girls. Tomorrow back at Killington it will be the giant slalom and the slopstyle events...and the team champs will be crowned as well. We'll have highlights from Day 2 tomorrow night at 6pm and 11pm.
After dominating the Eastern ski season, the UVM SkiCats are in Utah in search of their second NCAA championship in three years
and after Day One, Vermont sits in fifth, behind a quartet of western schools. Middlebury and Dartmouth are a ways back in seventh and eighth. It was the giant slalom today. Vermont's Kate Ryley was fourth in the women's Gs...the only local skier in the top ten. Fellow SkiCat Kristina Riis-Johannessen was fifth after the first run but didn't finish her second run. On the men's side, UVM's Jonathan Nordbotten was sixth, teammate Kevin Drury ninth. Tomorrow, it's the first day of nordic competition with the classic races.
Former longtime Northfield high school baseball coach Frank Pecora has been named to the Class of 2014 for the National High School Hall of Fame. He's the first person from Vermont to be inducted into the Hall. In 38 seasons, Pecora's teams won 15 state championships, including five in a row from 1997-2001, and finished runner up four other times. He capped his career at Northfield by leading the Mauraders to the 2012 Division Three state crown before retiring. He currently serves as an assistant baseball coach at Norwich. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be July 2nd at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston.
Tonight, we head back to Barre for a pair of boys hoops semifinals. In Division Two, Lyndon faces Woodstock tonight at 8:15pm. Just underway at the bottom of the hour, Danville and Rochester meeting in a D-4 semi. We'll have highlights at eleven.
The Division I Boys Basketball State Championship Game is all set for Saturday. The 5th seed Mt. Mansfield Cougars punching their ticket with a 60-56 win over Burr and Burton last night in the semis at Patrick Gym. Sean Springer led the Cougars with 20 points, including five 3-pointers. The Cougars led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs used a 17-3 run to help get within 2 in the final 30 seconds. MMU's Nick Bergeron hit four free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
In the second semifinal game, third seed Rice beat second seed Burlington, 44-35. Kendrick Gray scored a game high 19 points for the The Green Knights as they held the Seahorses to just 9 points in the first half. Rice has won 2 of the last three state titles. Their loss coming at the hands of the Cougars back in 2012. Tip off on Saturday is set for 1 at Patrick Gym.
The NHL trade deadline came and went this afternoon. The Bruins did not make a move. Montreal acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Islanders and a back up goalie from Nashville. Also, former UVM standout Torrey Mitchell was sent from Minnesota to Buffalo and he was one of three ex-Vermont players changing uniforms today.
The big blockbuster saw former UVM star Martin St. Louis sent from Tampa Bay to the New York Rangers for forward Ryan Callahan and a pair of draft picks. Both St. Louis and Callahan were the captains of their respective teams. The 38-year-old St. Louis has been seeking a trade out of Tampa since being initially left off Canada's Olympic roster by Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman. St. Louis was eventually added to the team as an injury replacement and won a gold medal in Sochi, but that apparently wasn't enough to change his mind. The former UVM star is a six-time NHL All-Star and former league MVP and is currently eighth in the NHL in scoring with 29 goals and 61 points.
The teaming of Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo in Florida lasted all of one day. Thomas has been traded from the Panthers to the Dallas Stars, for fellow netminder Dan Ellis. Thomas's last game with the Panthers turned out to be against Boston last night. The 39-year-old allowing three goals in a 4-1 Bruins win. The move comes one day after the Panthers acquired Luongo from Vancouver. Thomas and Luongo squared off in the 2011 Stanley Cup final and sparred verbally as well as Thomas backed the Bruins to the Cup.
Tonight at 11 - Bromley celebrates a local Olympian -- Ali Freeman willl have more on that on the channel 3 news at 11. And the brutal winter -- is perfect for flying kites? That's next on the CBS Evening News. Take care. See you soon. Good night.
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