Wed 20-JUL-2016 6 P.M. News Script

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A family therapist -- accused of of preying on kids he was supposed to help. Good evening I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. The Northeast Kingdom counselor says the accusations of sex assault are untrue -- but as investigative reporter -- Jennifer Costa found out -- he's been accused before. Jennifer, what do you know? Kristin and Darren -- During his 20 year career Armand Henault has counseled countless kids -- many from broken homes. In June police arrested him. They say some of his behavior is criminal -- some unethical. Henault claims it's a witch hunt. Now the Episcopal Church is weighing in.

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((Bishop Thomas Ely/Episcopal Diocese of Vermont 00:00:42:14 "It's totally devastating and sad for us.")) Bishop Thomas Ely is not hiding from a harsh reality. One of his own is accused of sexually assaulting a child. He says the allegations against Armand Henault are a blow to the Episcopal Church -- but not entirely surprising. ((Bishop Thomas Ely/Episcopal Diocese of Vermont 00:01:02:16 "So many others whose trust in Mr. Henault must be understandably shaken by the allegations, including me.")) Ely ordained Henault in 2009. He was a deacon assigned to St. Andrew's in St. Johnsbury. Three years after he joined the clergy -- Ely says the first complaint surfaced. ((Bishop Thomas Ely/Episcopal Diocese of Vermont 00:07:51:03 "The complaint came to us about an incident of his being in a hot tub with a minor. We just thought that was pretty poor judgement.")) The incident was investigated by the church -- DCF and the state police. No one found enough evidence to support a crime. The church disciplined Henault anyway -- requiring him to take classes on preventing child sex abuse. Then in 2013 -- Henault was placed on administrative leave after Ely got another report of "inappropriate conduct with a child" -- this time -- in Massachusetts. Ely told authorities there -- but says nothing came of it. Before Henault could complete the steps to be reinstated as a deacon -- he was arrested in June -- charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy -- and contributing to juvenile delinquency. ((Chief Clement Houde/St. Johnsbury Police Dept. 00:42:27:24 "There are law violations and then there's stuff that may be morally or ethically is improper as well.")) Ely says Henault worked with kids of incarcerated parents at Camp Agape. Outside the church -- the 63-year-old is a mental health counselor -- licensed in Vermont -- since 1996. The victim in the most recent case -- was Henault's client for years -- and considered him a "father figure." According to court paperwork -- Henault offered the boy marijuana. And allegedly used spiritual beliefs to convince him -- posing for nude photos would check his aura -- and molesting him -- would release his chakra. ((ALPHA GRX)) The victim told police: "...I was pretty young and dumb ...I trusted Armand like 100%." ((Chief Clement Houde/St. Johnsbury Police Dept. 00:41:40:00 "We go there to get help and to be preyed upon, in those circumstances, certainly is not something, as a society, we really expect.")) Chief Clement Houde believes there may be more victims -- and says some parents have already come forward with concerns. Henault's lawyer balks at the accusation. ((David Sleigh/Henault's lawyer 00:52:12:29 "There's nothing in this file that even hints at it." 00:53:27:05 "There's patterns prior accusations that were not substantiated. How that makes you presumptively a guilty person I don't know.")) Vermont's Office of Professional Regulation suspended Henault's license a week after his arrest. The board took emergency action -- basically concluding the allegations against Henault -- make him unfit to practice -- and show he took advantage of a child client. ((Bishop Thomas Ely/Episcopal Diocese of Vermont 00:07:27:14 "We didn't have, prior to his ordination, any sense of a red flag. If we did, we would have not gone forward with it.")) The Bishop knows regaining the congregation's trust will not be easy. And says the emerging predatory pattern is deeply troubling. ((Bishop Thomas Ely/Episcopal Diocese of Vermont 00:09:22:13 "That's the biggest concern that I have, is that there may be more. I hope not. I pray not. But it's always possible. So that weighs heavily on my mind."))

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Henault has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He's awaiting trial. He'll be back in court tomorrow to clarify the conditions of his home confinement. Police are urging past clients and parents to contact them with any concerns about their interactions with Henault.

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Criminal charges now -- after a tent collapse -- that killed a Vermont man and his 6-year-old daughter. A grand jury in Coos County returned an indictment with one felony -- and seven misdemeanors -- against Florida company --Walker International Events. The circus tent collapsed during a storm last August at the Lancaster fairgrounds. 41-year-old Robert Young of Concord and his daughter Annabelle were killed.

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A week-long lockdown at the Dannemora prison could be lifted by tomorrow. Corrections officials say it started last Thursday with a fight among inmates that got out of control. At one point guards were surrounded. Authorities say a warning shot was fired and tear gas was used to bring the incident under control. The maximun security prison has been in lockdown ever since. A corrections spokesman said today that a thorough frisk for contraband is nearing completion -- and they anticipate a slow return to normal operations during the day tomorrow.

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Changes are on the way - for a dangerous spot on Shelburne Street in Burlington. Cat Viglienzoni joins us live from the Route 7 rotary -- a busy spot during rush hour traffic. Cat? Darren and Kristin, some people barely see this as a rotary -- because of its weird shape. That's part of what makes it one of the top 50 most dangerous intersections in Vermont -- with about 10 crashes per year. And now -- the state and city are teaming up to do something about it... after decades of debate.

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NATS driving Five streets intersect at this one island on Shelburne Road. And for decades -- the city of Burlington has been trying to figure out what to do to make this spot clearer for drivers. ((SOT Christine Hadsel, Neighbor 000517 that's what we got for 30 years -- oh, it's too complicated, it's too expensive 20)) Longtime resident Christine Hadsel says they know how to navigate the intersection -- but people new to the area get confused. ((SOT Christine Hadsel, Neighbor 000617 I've seen people cutting across in all of the directions. Because it's not a proper rotary. It's a little island 26 And it's not in the middle -- it's off to the side. So people sort-of just say 'well, I'll just go' 33 and they go 34)) She says she supports any effort to make the area clearer -- and slow traffic down as it hits the school zone -- crosswalks -- and neighborhoods. ((SOT Hadsel 000332 so people really rev up 33 and they go fast 35 And one of the things that we've always hoped that the rotary would do would be to calm people down 40)) ((PROJECT PIC)) This current rotary plan was first scoped ten years ago. VTrans says it plans to use about 3 million dollars in federal safety money to add in a modern roundabout. Project Manager Michael LaCroix expects this one will meet less resistance because there's already an exisiting island. ((SOT Michael LaCroix, VTrans Project Manager 004020 The communities have not been terribly receptive of them beforehand 23 And part of that is that they're not entirely sure of how a roundabout is supposed to function 29 But generally the feedback after we've constructed modern roundabouts has been pretty positive 35)) The challenge here, he says, is dealing with decades of infrastructure. 20-19 -- the first planned year of construction -- will be dedicated to relocating a complex network of underground utilities. ((SOT COVER IN FILE PIC 004145 we found about 37,000 linear feet of buried utilities 51 Anything from five years old to 60-70 years old 55)) ((BUTTED TO ON CAM)) ((SOT Michael LaCroix, VTrans Project Manager 004224 It's like a bowl of spaghetti that you're trying to sort our strand by strand 29)) Construction on the rotary itself -- would be in 20-20. For Hadsel -- it means another four years of waiting for change. ((SOT Hadsel 001207 It's always in the future. It's always down the road 09))

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I asked Hadsel if she was concerned about delays -- or other disruption -- while this is torn up for construction. She says she's willing to put up with it if it means change.

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Lows: Chilly this morning, with lows in the upper 40s and low 50s across the region. Over in Saranac Lake, they dropped down to 39! Highs: It's been a beautiful afternoon with temperatures reaching the upper 70s and low 80s. Dewpoint: And the humidity levels have remained fairly low, ..Dewpoints in the upper 40s and low 50s is pretty reasonable. Tonight: Mostly clear. Patchy fog. Locally cooler. Lows: 53/60 Wind: Light Thursday: Mostly sunny. Hot, not too humid. Highs: 83/90 Wind: S 5-15 mph Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Possible shower, t-storm. Warmer, more humid. Lows: 62/72 Wind: Light Friday: Partly sunny. Showers and t-storms, possibly strong. Hot, humid, & breezy. Highs: 82/88 Wind: SW 10-20 mph

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New concerns about water contamination - this time - in Shaftsbury. The state found elevated levels of PFOA in a monitoring well at the closed Shaftsbury Landfill. The Department of Environmental Conservation will be contacting residents within a quarter mile radius of the landfill - about getting their wells tested - and bottled water will be provided until the tests come back. The state says the municipal water system in Shaftsbury - shared with North Bennington - is clear and safe to drink.

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Concerns about lead contamination -- prompt a recall. L-L Bean is recalling these children's insulated water bottles. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the bottles were imported from China -- and sold by L.L. Bean -- from July of last year through May of this year. The 13-point-5-ounce bottles come in five colorful designs. You can return the bottles to the company for a refund.

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Donald Trump's pursuit of the presidency -- became official. He's now the GOP's nominee. And the delegation -- from the Green Mountains -- played a role -- at the republican national convention last night. Vermont National Committeeman -- Jay Shepard -- took the stage at the Cleveland convention hall to offer a prayer, before the nominating process. Here's how Vermont's 16 delegates cast their votes.

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(("Vermont votes. 1 vote for John Kasich, 2 votes for Rand Paul, and 13 votes for Donald J. Trump!")) Today marks day 3 of the convention. Newly picked Vice Presidential candidate -- Mike Pence -- is headlining the list of primetime speakers tonight.

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A candidate for Vermont governor launched a new campaign commercial today -- putting gun regulation squarely in her sights. Political Reporter Kyle Midura is here with more on that story, Kyle - D or K, many considered taking aim at firearm reforms to be political suicide for candidates in gun-friendly Vermont -- even for liberal democrats. But this year, those closest to the issue say taking a stand for new regulation is unlikely to back-fire.

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(00:00:18:00) ((Minter Ad - I'm the candidate for Governor who's willing to talk about it)) In a new TV ad -- Democratic candidate for Governor Sue Minter spends the full 30 seconds calling for gun reform. (00:01:19:00) ((Minter - PHONER this is a conversation that people are willing to have and perhaps in the past they weren't)) (00:03:22:00) ((Minter - PHONER I think we are ready for the conversation and I'm ready to lead)) She touts universal background checks on all firearm sales as a proven way to curb domestic violence and suicide. (00:00:22:00) ((Minter Ad - I won't back down from this fight, you can count on it)) Historically that's a bold position in Vermont -- even for liberal Democrats -- where hunting and safe gun ownership are deep rooted an part of the culture. The state's U.S. congressional delegation has slowly grown louder in recent years calling for more restrictions, but Hillary Clinton effectively criticized Bernie Sanders for taking pro-gun positions over his decades representing the gun-friendly Green Mountains. (6-13-16 - Law5-SOT-VO -- Gov. Peter Shumlin) (( it does you no good to have feel good legislation. )) Current Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin says Vermont does not need new gun laws -- the nation does, so would-be criminals can't simply shop in another state. But along with Minter -- the other two Democrats running to succeed him support universal background checks on all sales. (00:48:20:00 -- futures 6-30 Dem Candidates) ((Matt Dunne - Democrat for Governor no gun owner, including me, wants to wake up one morning and find out that a firearm they sold ended up being involved in a shooting)) Dunne and Minter say they would sign military assault weapons bans if the legislature crafts a sensible bill. Peter Galbraith pledges to actively push for one. (00:37:28:00 - futures 6-30 Dem Candidates) ((Peter Galbraith - Democrat for Governor They have no legititmate purpose in terms of hunting. They are designed for one purpose which is to kill large numbers of people in a short period of time)) Ann Braden - a spokesperson for Gun Sense VT, says her group avoided pushing for legislation this year with November's election around the corner. But now she has felt a shift -- pointing to polling data -- and sent out a press release detailing lawmakers voting records and where candidates stand. She says a stance on universal background checks could help a candidate's election chances -- while in the past it could only backfire, as was the case for former state representative Linda Waite-Simpson who lost her seat after supporting new gun regulations in 2013. (00:09:48:00) ((Linda Waite-Simpson - Fmr. State Representative there were people who didn't have the opportunity to talk to me about my position and they believed what the NRA had to say)) She says she's not surprised the topic has become less toxic, but says the speed of the shifting of the political landscape is remarkable.

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Both of the Republican candidates for Governor -- Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and former Behr Stearns executive Bruce Lisman -- say the state does not need new laws, Rather, Vermont should better enforce those already on the books.

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Vermont communities - battling over a big wind project. And the debate in Grafton and Windham has been going on for 4 years. Now, a critical vote is approaching. Lynzi DeLuccia is in our Rutland bureau with more, Lynzi K&D, it seems to be the topic of each week's selectboard meeting - Grafton's board even elected a brand new member to help speed along the process of a town-wide vote. But residents say, the town remains divided on the issue.

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((nat sound "i'm so upset I feel like crying right now")) After hearing five thousand acres of ridgeline between Grafton and Windham could become home to Vermont's largest wind farm to date, Gina Cunningham wanted answers. ((Gina Cunningham :56-:59: "It's awful, we were shocked to hear what's going on.")) Cunningham and her family are annual visitors to the small town of Grafton - she says an industrial wind farm would ruin the town's quaint charm that attracts tourists and second-home owners. ((Gina Cunningham :26-:31: "We've been coming up to the area, especially the Grafton area, for the past 20 years. " 1:22-1:29 "Honestly, if it ever went through, we would probably never come up to this area again.")) A number of residents are against this wind farm, proposed by multinational corporation Iberdrola - also known as Avangrid Renewables locally. The company plans 28, nearly 500-foot tall wind turbines. While many here are for natural energy, they think the project is much too big for Vermont - especially Grafton. ((Carol Lind//co-director Grafton Woodlands Group 10:05-10:13: "We are a community that lives through our visitors, we're a tourist community, and what we're selling is an 1801 inn and a town that was established...")) Carol Lind is a co-director for the Grafton Woodlands Group - started by residents to spread awareness and education of the negative impacts the project could have. ((Carol 7:15-7:31: "We don't see any pros, we feel environmentally, it's a disaster. Ecological disaster, for birds, for bats, we'd be losing so many acres of our forest.")) Lind adds years of construction, noise and sight pollution, lost property value, and increased flooding as cons. But others in town say these aren't worth worrying over. ((Kent Armstrong//Grafton, VT 31:09-31:14: "It will not hurt Grafton, this is what we need.")) Kent Armstrong says alternative energy is necessary, and he thinks because of Grafton's small population, it's actually a good place for a wind farm. ((Kent Armstrong//Grafton, VT 33:09-33:18: "You might see a blade. Seriously? Why's that going to put anyone off from coming here? To see a blade in the distance of miles?")) And some remain open to the idea of negotiating with Iberdrola before the project takes off. ((Kathy Scott//Windham, VT 37:33-37:38: "They're offering to include us in the process of developing that arrangement...": 37:51-37:56: "And I think for us to not go through that process is foolish.")) While the town of Windham has written a letter to the company asking to immediately suspend the project, Grafton residents will vote on the issue come November - and Iberdrola says either way, they'll listen to residents' requests. ((Paul Copleman//communicatio ns Manager, Avangrid Renewables/Iberdrola: "we remain committed to abiding by the vote of the registered voters in Windham and Grafton, we have made that committment."))

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Residents against the project tell me they simply fear this project is premature, and down the road, there may be better technology to serve the purpose - but those for it say they believe if the vote doesn't pass and Iberdrola doesn't build the wind farm, someone else simply will. Darren. Lynzi Dellucia. Thanks.

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State regulators want to put caps - on solar and wind projects. But the proposed rule change at the Public Service Board is facing pushback from renewable energy advocates. They say the cap on net metering will prevent the state from reaching its goal of getting 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. Net metering allows wind and solar producers to sell extra power they produce back to the grid. Supporters of the caps say the limits support renewables -- while protecting other customers from absorbing higher costs.

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The state's groundbreaking recycling law -- Act 148 -- is re-shaping how the state deals with its trash. And state officials say its working -- with a 5-percent reduction in garbage since the law kicked in last summer. As Alexei Rubenstein reports, The Vermont Foodbank is seeing some of the biggest benefits.

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Hannaford's been doing it for years... Price Chopper started last year... and Shaws will begin next month ... ((00:00:40 Mathew Brady/Price Chopper "We donate between 200-500 pounds weekly)) It's called Food Rescue -- taking food that's reached its sell by date -- and donating it to the Foodbank. While the practice isn't new, under Act 148 -- the state's mandatory recycling law -- it's become widespread. ((00:00:14 Mathew Brady/Price Chopper "Packaged salad, potatoes, apples. We also do bread items - day-old bread items from the fresh bakery.)) ((00:01:11 Mathew Brady/Price Chopper "There isn't anything that we donate that if it was acceptable that we wouldn't take home ourselves.)) Foodbank officials say food rescue contributions have increased by nearly 40-percent in the last year alone -- some 4.7 million pounds last fiscal year. About a half-million pounds of food from the Essex Price Chopper alone since they began last April. Shaws -- which stopped donations after a change in ownership three years ago -- is set to resume next month and is expected to boost those numbers even further ((00:18:58 Judy Stermer/Vt. Foodbank "The food that we're getting, that's available to us now because of Act 148 -- it's a different type of food.)) Like dairy products, meat and cold cuts. At the Essex Price Chopper, they now freeze all the meat that is past code. It's picked up three times a week and redistributed from the Foodbank's main storage facility in Barre. ((LANDFILL - FILE)) Around the country, studies have found that 40-percent of food goes uneaten -- making it the single largest component in landfills. Under the new law, many of the supermarket cast offs that don't make it to the Foodbank are picked up and composted. (( 00:02:27 Mathew Brady/Price Chopper "I don't know how the state is consuming all the compost -- it's quite a bit.)) Foodbank officials say the food rescue influx while welcome, also brings with it a new set of storage and distribution challenges. ((00:19:17 Judy Stermer/Vt. Foodbank "We're thinking about what's the infrastructure needed to handle that close to code, very short shelf life product. )) She says that infrastructure and training will mean increased fundraising to meet a projected 180-thousand dollar budget gap. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News -- Essex.

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What to expect: Warmer tomorrow, but possibly strong storms on Friday, with unsettled weather to begin the weekend. Temp RPM: Temperatures will get warmer tomorrow, and then the humidity will increase towards evening with a chance of showers or thunderstorms during the overnight hours. More showers and thunderstorms expected on Friday and some of those could be strong or severe. Dewpoint RPM: Humidity levels will remain fairly low tomorrow, but they will come up quite a bit on Friday. National Temp map: Temperatures are still very hot through the middle of the country, it won't be getting this hot for us. Surface: As high slides east, we'll pick up a southerly flow of air, which will bring the heat and humidity into the north country. But this cold front to our north will come through Friday, which will keep our temperatures from continuing to climb and stay there like what they are experiencing in the midwest.

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Forecast: Tonight: Mostly clear. Patchy fog. Locally cooler. Lows: 53/60 Wind: Light Thursday: Mostly sunny. Hot, not too humid. Highs: 83/90 Wind: S 5-15 mph Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Possible shower, t-storm. Warmer, more humid. Lows: 62/72 Wind: Light Friday: Partly sunny. Showers and t-storms, possibly strong. Hot, humid, & breezy. Highs: 82/88 Wind: SW 10-20 mph Extended: Friday night: Chance showers, t-storms. Lows: 60s Saturday: Partly cloudy. Chance few showers, t-storms.Highs: 80s Lows: 55/62 Sunday: Partly cloudy. Less humid. Highs: 75/85 Lows: 50s Monday: Partly sunny. Chance showers, t-storms. Humid. Highs: 80s Lows: 60s Tuesday: Partly sunny. High: 75/85 Lows: 58/65 Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 78/85

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Winooski is looking to a city staff member - to lead the community. Raymond Coffey was just appointed Interim City Manager - taking over for Katherine "Deac" Decarreau who left for another job. Coffey has been Winooski's Community Services Director since 2012. The City Council expects the search for a permanent City Manager to last at least 4 months.

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In Brattleboro - a grant aims to help public housing clients - get jobs. The Brattleboro Housing Authority plans to use nearly 140-thousand dollars to help residents get the tools they need to find work. The program creates earning and savings incentives for public housing residents - who typically face higher rents when their income rises.

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Police in Williston say they found a PS4-loving thief. We told you Monday - about investigators needing help indentifying the man seen walking out of Toys R US without paying for playstations. Police now say he is Richard Atkinson and he was picked up last night.

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A Lebanon police officer is being honored for saving a child's life in May. City officials say Officer Peter Begin was off duty at a basketball game in Hampton when a player collapsed on the court. He performed CPR and helped with the portable defibrillator that got the player's heart pumping again. Officer Begin will be presented a Meritorious Service Bar at tonight's city council meeting.

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Nearly half a million dollars headed for the airport in Massena. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand made the announcement today -- the money will go toward fixing runway lights -- and replace a outdated equipment. The funding is from the DOT and FAA.

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Starting Line Sports ...Drew Pomeranz will make his Red Sox debut when Boston wraps up a two game series with San Francisco tonight at Fenway Park. The Sox acquired Pomeranz, just two days after the 27-year-old pitched in the All-Star Game in San Diego, from the Padres last Thursday for prized pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza. A former first round draft choice, Pomeranz broke out this season with the Padres after struggling over parts of five seasons with Colorado and Oakland. In 17 starts with San Diego, Pomeranz posted a 2.47 ERA with 115 strikeouts in 102 innings pitched. The series opener last night featured both good news and bad news for the Sox... first the good...Brock Holt hits a solo homer in the third...and David Ortiz followed with a three run shot in the fourth...his 23rd of the season... both coming off former Red Sox Jake Peavy... in a 4-0 Boston win, the team's ten in its last 13 games... --- and Rick Porcello had another strong outing ...holding the Giants to just four hits in six and a third scoreless innings to improve to 12-2 overall...and 9-0 at home... ---------------- the bad news came in the top of the ninth ...Koji Uehara on the mound...Koji could be seen grabbing the right side of his chest had to leave the game after striking out the first batter of the inning and throwing one pitch to the second...today, the Sox placed Uehara on the 15-day disabled list ith a right pectoral strain...he joins Craig Kimbrel on the D-L...so the Sox are once again without a closer. The most likely candidate to fill that role is the recently acquired Brad Ziegler. Ziegler had 18 saves with Arizona before the Sox picked him up on July 9th for a pair of low level prospects.

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The Yankees mid-summer surge continued last night as Starlin Castro homered and drives in four...and after a brief demotion to the bullpen, Nathan Eovaldi bounced back ...allowing just one run in five and a third innings as the Yankees picked up their second straight win over the first place Baltimore Orioles 7-1 at the Stadium. Castro hit a two run home run in the second, and added a two run double in the sixth. Thanks to the Yanks win, Boston is now just a half game back of the O's in the A-L East and New York, which has won three in a row, is just six and a half games off the pace.

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Game three of the four game series is tonight, with Michael Pineda on the hill for New York.

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Feeling a little relief from your allergies right now? You should be -- if you're sensitive to pollen. Doctors say mid-July -- through mid-August -- offers a bit of a break -- for allergy sufferers. Bridget Barry Caswell reports.

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Lush and green, it's a wonderful time of year in Vermont, but until this week -- if you're allergic to grass -- summer has meant misery. (13:52) ((Dr. Edward Kent/Timber Lane Allergy and Asthma: Unfortunately, you can have allergies year round. (15:37) There's a lot of different species of grass, but they share common protein allergens. So you tend to be allergic - if you're allergic to one grass, you tend to be allergic to all of them.)) But right now, Kent says, there's a bit of a respite for those sensitive to pollen. It comes every year at this time -- when grass season dries up and before ragweed blooms next month. (14:41) ((Dr. Edward Kent/Timber Lane Allergy and Asthma: If you're allergic to tree, grass and weed pollens, this is the best month of the summer - late July early August.)) Outdoor molds can still pose a problem for people. Microscopic like pollen, you don't see it, but with decaying vegetation in fields, Kent says molds sporulate and become airborne. But for pollen, he says the daily counts are at, or near, zero right now -- so it's the best time to get out and enjoy summertime in Vermont. Nevertheless, Kent says you can still take steps right now to ease your symptoms when the next pollen season -- which is ragweed - rolls in. (6:10) ((Dr. Edward Kent/Timber Lane Allergy and Asthma: Knowing you're going to be exposed inevitably -- there's preventative medicines depending on what bother you and that can be an inhaled medication if you have asthma symptoms with pollens, or nasal medications and we all know about antihistamines.)) And Kent says different forms of immunotherapy offer relief for those who suffer from allergies year-round. But for now, at least for the next month, he says allergy sufferers can enjoy a break from the sneezing, sniffling and scratching of those itchy eyes. BBC, Ch. 3 News, South Burlington

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Pollen: Count is low. Precip graph: We have seen some storms, and summer storms means that some areas get a heavy dumping of rain, while others can miss altogether. Here's a graph showing how much rain we've gotten each month this year in Burlington, compared to normal, and you can see most months we've been below normal. Precip: That leaves us with below normal for the year to date by a little more than 2.5". Lake: A warm day tomorrow means anybody who can get away will be thinking about going to the lake, the water temperature is 70. Mountain: And in the mountains, it will be a cooler place to be, with afternoon highs in the 70s and a westerly breeze. Weekend: There will be the chance for a few showers or possibly a thunderstorm on Saturday, but Sunday is looking dry and pleasant.

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Summer festivals are in full swing. Musicians are gearing up to perform at the No town festival in Stockbridge this weekend. Featuring some of Vermont's best bands, 'No Town' will kick off for people with special VIP passes Thursday night and run through Saturday at the site of Tweed River Tubing on Route 100. 13 artists will be performing over the two day event. Festival organizers say that the field just next to the Tweed River is a great place for the concert.

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((Bow Thayer//Musician "it's so close to the stage you can actually just go refresh yourself in the river and then come out and dance in the field, and just keep doing that, over and over again, you can do that all weekend long.")) We have a link to more on the festival - on our website wcax-dot-com.

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Nothing beats a homemade thank you card. Just ask the Burlington Fire Department. They got one thanking them for saving a leopard gecko named Melvina. The note came from a little girl named Riley -- who lived in an apartment above the Henry Street Deli -- that was damaged in a fire earlier this month. Firefighters say simple gestures like this mean the world to them.

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((Joshua Kirtlink, Burlington Fire Dept. Firefighter 20:26 "we absolutely love these when the kids and parents come in and reach out to usespecially with handmade cards, it's why we do it, really puts a smile on our face, it makes our day bright, we look forward to it.)) ((Andrew Pitrowiski, Burlington Fire Dept. Sr. Firefighter 28:53 "when I was giving her a tour I asked her if she wanted to be a firefighter someday and she described to me that she would like to be a firefighter princess, so I hope she can be a firefighter princess.)) The firefighters were also able to rescue Riley's favorite stuffed animal named Bob.

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The UVM men's hockey team announced it's incoming recruits, representing the class of 2020. It's a balanced class, with four forwards, four defenseman and on goaltender. The headliner is likely forward Ross Colton. The New Jersey native was a fourth round draft pick this summer by Tampa Bay and the second leading scorer last season in the USHL, with 35 goals and 66 points in 55 games for Cedar Rapids.

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Day two of the 87th New England Amateur Championship today at the Hartford Country Club in Connecticut... and Logan Broyals, who was D-1 medalist in this spring's high school state championships as a freshman at Rutland... and finished fifth at the Vermont State Am earlier this month, sits in third place, two shots back of leader Timothy Umphrey of Massachusetts. Connor Daly, playing out of Basin Harbor, led after day one at three under, but was three over today to drop back to even par. The tournament wraps up tomorrow.

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr will miss two more races as he recovers from concussion-like symptoms, and he's found himself one heck of a replacement driver. Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will come out of retirement to drive the 88 car this coming weekend at Indianapolis and next weekend at Pocono. Gordon retired at the end of last season after running in 797 consecutive races from the season finale in 1992 through the end of 2015. He won 93 races, third on the all-time Sprint Cup list, and Indianapolis was one of his best track. The 44-year-old is the only five-time winner of the Brickyard 400. He spent the first half of this season serving as a TV analyst. Earnhardt missed this past weekend's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire as well. Rookie Alex Bowman drove the 88 in that race, finishing 26th.

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After a complete rain out last Thursday night and another rain out just prior to the start of the race last Friday night, the 2016 Vermont Governor's Cup race will take place tomorrow night at Thunder Road. And there has been several adjustments to the schedule at Devil's Bowl Speedway as well. The Mid-Season Championships on the asphalt track will be this Saturday night. The Mid-Season Championships on the dirt track will be held a week from Sunday.

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In the NECBL tonight, the Vermont Mountaineers host Sanford, while the Upper Valley Nighthawks take on Winnipesaukee in Hartford. Last night, Vermont suffered just their second home loss in their last 12 games in Montpelier, falling 7-2 to North Adams, while Upper Valley split a doubleheader at Keene. With fourteen games left, Vermont, Keene and Winnipesaukee are tied for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Northern Division.

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The Vermont Lake Monsters have the night off before opening a three game series with Hudson Valley at Centennial Field tomorrow night. The Monsters avoided a three game sweep in Connecticut with a 3-2 win over the Tigers last night. Overall, it's been a tough week and a half for Vermont, which has gone 3-7 in the last ten games after winning their previous five. Right now, let's Meet The Monsters. Here's Scott Fleishman. ((("This week, we're in Cambridge, say hello to the Wildcats!"))) (((The Cambridge T-Ball team are made up of 5, 6 and 7 year olds. They played two games against waterville and scrimmaged against and an older girls softball team. They had a great time learning the game. Here's question one for the Lake Monsters.))) ((("My name is Decklan, I'm five years old, Do you think there's a monster in Lake Champlain?"))) (((Jordan Schwartz/"Hi Decklan. Is there a monster in Lake Champlain? Absolutley. I think he comes to all the home games and he's our good friend, Champ."))) ((("My name is Alex, I'm seven years old, How did you guys get so good at baseball?"))) (((Nolan Blackwood/"Good question Alex. I got good at baseball by practicing everyday, listening to my coaches and doing what they tell me to do."))) ((("My name is Bodie, I'm five years old, does it hurt when the baseball hits you?"))) (((Nate Mondou/"Hey Bodie thanks for the question. It does hurt a little bit, but you always want to remember never to rub it as you're running down to first base. You never want to rub where you got hit, but it goes away quick."))) ((("Thanks again to the Cambridge Wildcats for some great questions. We'll see you next week on... "))) ((("Meet the Monsters!")))

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