Wed 18-JAN-2017 6 P.M. News Script

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Access to weapons at airports --- new information about what's coming in to Burlington. Good evening. I'm Julie Kelley in for Darren. And I'm Kristin Kelly. In the aftermath of the deadly Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting, we're learning more about what's raising flags at airports including here. Tyler Dumont is live at the airport --- Tyler, what they've discovered there might surprise some people. Living in a big hunting state, airport officials say it is extremely common for travelers to bring guns on flights here. But it's that legal process -- following the Ft. Lauderdale shooting -- that's raising concern nationwide -- on just how easy it is to do others harm.

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Take a look at these two loaded handguns. Both were caught in carry-on bags at Burlington International Airport security checkpoints last year. ((TILE 5599 13:22:13--13:29:22 MCDONALD: "It happens, occasionally, that someone really will forget that they've got a gun in their bag. But that's not always the case.")) It's up to these federal security officers to get it right -- as just one missed lethal item could lead to a threatening situation. Knives, cubatons, hollowed out grenades and military-grade ammunition.... ((TILE 5599 13:53:06--13:56:20 MCDONALD: "They've all been found at our checkpoint over the years.")) ((TILE 5649 30:34:12--30:46:14 TYLER DUMONT: "The TSA says it's pretty rare for them to find fully loaded guns through security checkpoints here in Burlington. What's much more common, and just as concerning though, is the discovery of pieces of guns.")) ((TILE 5599 12:09:25--12:24:05 MCDONALD: The firing pin, the rods, the assembly, the handles, the receiver. What we worry about is that a piece comes through Burlington, a piece comes through another airport and they all meet up in the same place like lets say JFK, and then is assembled and we have a real threat on our hands.")) Under current TSA guidelines, unloaded guns and ammunition can be brought on a plane if they are in a locked, hard-sided container. The firearms have to be first declared to airlines -- and can only travel in the bottom of the plane. ((TILE 5599 11:40:29--11:46:07 "There's no problem with bringing a gun, as long as you know the rules about putting it through the checked baggage section.")) But it's this legal process -- not a security failure -- that is now under the spotlight following the Ft. Lauderdale airport attack... where a gun was in the shooter's checked luggage. And nationally, the number of passengers caught with guns in their carry-ons is on the rise. Over 3,000 guns were discovered in carry-ons in 2016. That's 5 times more than the amount discovered in 2005 -- and a 28% increase from 2015. ((TILE 5599 14:15:10--14:21:05 MCDONALD: "I think the further we get away from 9/11, the less cognizant we all are of the precautions that we all have to take."))

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And not following those precautions could cost you. Brining a loaded gun through a security checkpoint could lead to over $7,000 in fines -- and a criminal referral. As for the current legal process for flying with guns -- some legislators say they're going to be looking into revisiting the rules so that an attack doesn't happen again.

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Burlington police are offering a reward -- hoping to catch whoever is shooting out car windows with a BB gun. The vandals hit about 150 cars across the city over the last year. Police say, the cars are parked when it happens. And there's no evidence linking the cases. It's a costly cleanup for car owners.

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((TILE 5653 33:04:26--33:16:16 "Some vehicles have all 5 windows shot out, that's a significant dollar amount for those victims to have to recoup themselves - sometimes covered by insurance, but not always.")) Burlington police are offering up to a 1-thousand dollar reward for information that leads to a conviction.

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President-Elect Donald Trump may prevent Republican Governor Phil Scott from fulfilling a campaign pledge. Our Capitol Bureau Chief Kyle Midura is following the money --- Kyle --- what'd you find out? Julie - the new Governor has pushed to cut costs by shortening the length of lawmakers work year. But even if state senators and representatives get their work done early -- they may be left waiting on the federal government.

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Vermont's sole U.S. Congressman spent more than a dozen years as a state lawmaker. Thursday Rep. Peter Welch briefed many of his former peers on the latest from the nation's capitol just ahead of President-elect Trump's inauguration. (00:01:45:00) ((Rep. Peter Welch - D-Vermont there's a new reality and we don't quite understand exactly how it's going to function)) Budget choices in D-C could have monumental impacts in Vermont -- where federal funds account for more than 2 BILLION dollars -- about half of the state budget. Its not clear exactly what cuts the GOP-led congress will make, but Welch says Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act are already underway. (00:02:12:00) ((Rep. Peter Welch - D-Vermont they're deadly serious about it. This is not just campaign talk, this is a determined plan)) But the replacement plan -- and associated spending are unlikely to come into focus for several months. State lawmakers are scheduled to draft their tax and spending plans well before then -- and will have to with a big piece of the equation unknown. (00:48:58:00) ((Rep. Mitzi Johnson - Vt. House Speaker the word unpredictable comes to mind, so I think we have to be prepared for any number of things)) The Governor can alter the state budget on his own if only small tweaks are neccessary. A select-group of lawmakers get called in for bigger changes (00:35:55:00) ((Gov. Phil Scott - R-Vermont anything massive, I would want to make sure we have the full support of the legislature)) State law already requires the Governor to call lawmakers back to the capital if a budget needs to change by more than four percent. Scott says he's hopeful that won't be necessary. Sen. President Pro-Tem Tim Ashe says lawmakers will likely leave themselves the option to return this Fall as they gavel out this Spring -- if Trump's budget breaks the bank for the state. (00:51:07:00) ((Sen. Tim Ashe - D-Vt. Senate Pro Tem I don't know what the right percentage is, but I think there's a 'you know it when you see it test that we'll have to try to put into language))

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Gov. Scott's Chief of Staff says there will be a contingency reserve fund within his budget in order to deal with federal uncertainty. We'll get more details on exactly what that looks like next week when Scott addresses the legislature. - Julie

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Dan Dowling is here. Not a huge some last night, but enough to cause some problems. ((snowtotals)) It felted a lot heavier than it looked. A real slushy wet accumulation last night, that added up in southern and eastern parts of Vermont. ((radsat)) We're going to see more clouds heading into the end of the week, but any precip will be limited. Chance of snow showers tonight, then gradual clearing through Friday. (wx script) FORECAST: TONIGHT: Cloudy. Few snow showers or patchy freezing drizzle. Low: 25/33. Wind: Light THURSDAY: Cloudy. Few sprinkles or flurries. High: 32/40. Wind: Light THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy skies. Low: 20/28. Wind: Light FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy. High: 32/40. Low: 22/30. Wind: Light

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Its explosive - and toxic. So clearning a meth lab can be dangerous work. First responders swarmed Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester this morning -- for training. Special teams from the state police, hazmat and the Vermont National Guard responded to a fake meth lab. They had to find it, identify the dangers, collect the evidence -- and keep their team members and community safe. In the real world -- there are no second chances and complacency kills. That's why -- they say -- exercises like this one are important.

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((Lt. Reg Trayah/Vt. State Police 01:56:31:24 we tried different things. Something's here worked some things didn't we've identified some things we need to work on we did a man down drill on this and we have not done that. We all knew the process we knew how it worked but we've never done it first-hand. This was a great training. it showed everyone exactly what we're going to do what to expect and how we are going to take care of our own.")) Methamphetamine and butane honey oil are the most common drugs they're dealing with. Both are extremely volatile. Police say these teams dismantle 15 to 20 labs a year.

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The first refugee family from Syria is expected to arrive in Rutland any day now. That will mark the beginning of about 100 people making the city their new home. Taylor Young is live in Rutland -- Taylor --- is the city of Rutland prepared for the newcomers? City officials say Rutland is prepared for their arrival-- but one organization is afraid they aren't ready to properly care for refugee children due to a lack of resources.

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This room at the Rutland County-Parent Child Center in Rutland is full of kids. ((NATS children)) Its one of the programs available to incoming refugee children. ((Madeline Denis/Assoc. Dir. Rutland County-Parent Child center: "I'm most concerned about the language barrier.")) Madeline Denis and Caprice Hover work a door away from each other -- and both agree their programs are in need of an interpreter. ((Caprice Hover/Dir. Rutland County-Parent Child Center: "I am a big believer in that it doesn't always work over the phone sometimes you need that interpreter with you on site.")) Hover says they asked the Vermont Resettlement Program how to prepare for the refugees -- and the response was to budget for an interpreter. But Hover says that's close to impossible - because the Center already has a budget gap of 60,000 dollars a year. ((Caprice Hover/Dir. Rutland County-Parent Child Center: "adding an interpreter on top of that would is just clearly creating more stress on the program.")) Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras orchestrated the refugee resettlement plan for the city -- and says the Center's lack of an interpreter wont be a problem. ((Chris Louras/ Rutland Mayor: "subject matter experts from the Northern part of the state said that's there's no need for interpretation, there's no need to translation at that very young level and that the children will just naturally pick up the English language.")) ((Caprice Hover/Dir. Rutland County-Parent Child Center: "We know that the brain develops quickest 0-3 and if you're having trauma during that time that these kids are experiencing, these kids are going to develop differently.)) ((Stacie Blake/ US committee for Refugees and Immigrants: "some people have resilient spirits and everyone has a different past. )) Stacie Blake works for the US committee for Refugees and Immigrants located in Virginia. She says when the first family arrives -- it's possible mistakes will be made -- and says that's perfectly okay. ((Stacie Blake/Director of Government and Community Relations: As long as we are working together and putting forth our best efforts I know that newcomers will experience that as a welcoming intent.")) According to a Child Development Division spokeswoman -- the cost of an interpreter is covered IF the child is under 3 AND is being assessed for Early Intervention Services. But if the child does not meet those requirements Hover says they will have to rely on funding and volunteers. ((Caprise: "if we don't have volunteers or somebody on site, it's not going to work."))

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The Resettlement Program is funded by the government -- that money goes towards transitioning the refugees -- including 3 translators in the Rutland office.

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Members of New York Governor Cuomo's administration are touring the state to present the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. Today the state's Commissioner for the office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Samuel Roberts, stopped by the town of Plattsburgh's offices to present the budget to North Country officials. The budget includes over 30 million dollars for the Plattsburgh International Airport expansion--which is expected to bring around 60 new jobs.

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((Simon Conroy/Clinton County Legislator 01:40:49 "we know we got our 38 million dollars for the airport redevelopment, which is incredible, and just to see that in the context of everything else that's going on in the state, and to see the recognition for Plattsburgh-I think we're in a good place right now in the North Country." 01:41:03)) The expansion is expected to take 2 years to complete. The budget also includes funds to turn the former theme park Frontier Town, located in Essex County into a new recreational park that would include camping, a visitor's center, and event space.

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Support staff at the UVM Medical Center say there's a mental health staffing crisis -- that's cutting in to patient care. And that led to a rally this afternoon outside the hospital in Burlington. Licensed Nursing Assistants -- and Mental Health Technicians -- want to be let into the nurse's union. They say -- they're dealing with patients -- and should be able to organize to advocate for better working conditions. The hospital says, the staff members should unionize with other support services in their unit -- which includes housekeeping and food service.

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((SOT Kate FitzPatrick, UVM Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer "We value your advocacy for your own needs so you don't need a third party to do that. We don't feel any reason to have the group of LNAs bypass the national labor relations board rules.)) ((SOT Heather Lambert, Licensed Nursing Assistant "The average we should have is 7 to 8 patients a day. You cannot do proper care doing 10-12 patients. You can't.")) The hospital has hired some temporary staff to try to ease the workload, but the workers we spoke with say -- it's not enough.

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We told you last night about Jericho's debate over how to balance economic growth with historic preservation. Well the results are in -- and it came down to only 8 votes -- with 493 people voting no -- and 485 people voting yes on a plan to cut the size of new development in the town's commercial district along Route 15. The proposed changes would have limited the size of structures in the rest of town as well.

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and 18 million dollars is headed to a school district in the North Country. The Central School District in Beekmantown will get a new educational space -- athletic courts -- and library. And Beekmantown Elementary is getting a new cafeteria and food serving line. Voters supported the move in a vote last night.

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Should mental health organizations be liable if one of their former patients turns violent? That's the question lawmakers are weighing in Montpelier. And as Alexei Rubenstein found out -- some say a new plan goes too far.

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The Senate bill aims to overrule a decision by the Supreme Court last year -- by diluting the duty of mental health workers when it comes to warning about the risks of potentially violent patients. The court case involved Michael Kuligoski, the 50 year-old St. Johnsbury furnace repairman who was the victim of a random, violent attack back in 20-11. ((FILE WRENCH6 2-28-11 BENJAMIN LUNA/Caledonia County Deputy Prosecutor: 4:52: The defendant has displayed a variety of mental health and competency issues.)) Evan Rapoza allegedly beat Kuligoski over the head with a wrench -- and tried to drown him in a bucket. Kuligoski survived, but remains permanently impaired. In a controversial split decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Brattleboro Retreat and other providers failed to warn Rapoza's parents of the danger he posed to the public. Critics of the ruling --- Who support the new Senate Bill -- say its opened the door for mental health providers to face negligence claims and has created confusion among providers. ((07:11:19 Anne Cramer/Lawyer for Hospitals "We've been asked a lot of questions as to what the decision means and its very hard to provide our clients guidance.)) State mental health officials say the ruling has also contributed to a clog in the mental health system. Providers -- in an over abundance of caution -- are reluctant to release acute patients -- creating a shortage of beds, and a spike in emergency room admissions. Opponents of the bill -- including Kuligoski's lawyer -- say health care providers have a duty to act -- whether the threat to a victim is specific or not. ((01:51Richard Cassidy, Kuligoski's Lawyer "If a patient comes and credibly says I have a gun and I'm going to use it and they don't tell you who, the legislation would say they have no obligation to do anything because there's no identifiable victim. That's not consistent with public safety, it's not consistent with good medicine, It's not a good rule )) The question for lawmakers boils down to whether a mental patient poses imminent harm -- and whether there is an identifiable victim. But some on the judiciary committee arent sold yet. ((05:23 Sen. Joe Benning/R-Caledonia County "In fairness, I think there's a legitimate reason to try to put the brakes on to some extent. I'm concerned the way the bill is written currently goes too far.)) Senate leaders say the bill -- initially on the fast track -- now appears more complex. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News -- Montpelier

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((currents)) Cloudy and damp this evening. Temperatures are in the mid 30s. ((temps)) We spent most of the day above freezing, helping to clear up roads this morning. As we dip below freezing tonight, watch out for some slippery spots. ((temps graph)) Overall trend will be for some above normal temps to continues. Highs will be in the upper 30s and low 40s through early next week. ((radsat)) Lingering snow showers out there tonight with little or no accumulation. Some areas of fog possible as well as dewpoints remain high. ((forecast map)) Cloudy skies will linger tomorrow, with some breaks of sun possible on Friday. A better chance for some sun heading into the weekend, before another messy storm heads our way starting Monday night and into Tuesday. At this point it is shaping up to be mainly rain.

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FORECAST: TONIGHT: Cloudy. Few snow showers or patchy freezing drizzle. Low: 25/33. Wind: Light THURSDAY: Cloudy. Few sprinkles or flurries. High: 32/40. Wind: Light THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy skies. Low: 20/28. Wind: Light FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy. High: 32/40. Low: 22/30. Wind: Light SATURDAY: Partly sunny. High: 35/45. Low: 25/35 SUNDAY: Partly sunny. High: 30s. Low: 20s MONDAY: Increasing clouds. PM mix, continuing overnight. High: 30s. Low: 25/35 TUESDAY: AM mix. PM rain. High: 35/45. Low: 30s WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain/snow showers. High: 35/45

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A big announcement this week will change family traditions around the country. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus is planning to shut down. It had us wondering how Vermont's circus community is fairing in the wake of a changing industry. Keith McGilvery is here with what he's learned. Ringling Brothers is pulling the plug on the circus after more than 100 years. The company says a combination of high operating costs and a decrease in ticket sales that led to the decision. The New England Center for Circus Arts is based in Brattleboro. The group says it is saddened by the move. They say they're moving forward with circus entertainment that's rooted in great performances -- with a focus on physical artistry. The organization's co-founder Serenity Smith Forchion says she's putting on 40 shows a year -- and that they're selling out. She joined me tonight on The :30.

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((Serenity Smith Forchoin, The New England Center for Circus Arts 25:36 - What do you need to do --- able to offer.)) The New England Center for Circus Arts says it is the largest center for circus training in the United States. Co-founder Serenity Smith Forchoin tells me the center works with thousands people every year. Forchoin says while Ringling Brothers is closing up shop -- she sees the industry growing across the world. She says she's currently working with circus enthusiasts from 3 to 80 -- she tells me I could learn the trade -- something tells me I could be headed for clown school on The :30!

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Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara are both in the hospital. According to a family spokesman, the former president is recovering after a procedure to help clear his airway. The 92-year-old was having trouble breathing when he went into the hospital in Houston this past weekend. The spokesman says, the former first lady hasn't been feeling well for a couple of weeks and decided to get checked out. The Bushes recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.

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President Barack Obama is defending his decision to commute convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's prison sentence. That happened during his final news conference today. Weijia Jiang has more from the White House.

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(TAKE PKG) (TRACK 1) PRESIDENT OBAMA SPOKE TO REPORTERS IN A PACKED WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM... HIS 39TH--AND LAST--NEWS CONFERENCE AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. HE THANKED JOURNALISTS FOR THEIR ROLE IN THE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. (SOT--POTUS) it doesn't work if we don't have a well informed citizenry and you are the conduit for information from the halls of power (TRACK 2) THE PRESIDENT EXPLAINED HIS DECISION TO CUT SHORT THE SENTENCE OF CHELSEA MANNING. THE TRANSGENDER ARMY INTELLIGENCE ANALYST WHO LEAKED CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS WILL BE RELEASED FROM PRISON IN MAY. (SOT--POTUS) I feel comfortable justice has been served and a message has been sent :42-:53 (SOT--STAND UP BRIDGE--Weijia Jiang/CBS News/The White House) "THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW THE MEDIA WILL OPERATE WHEN PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP TAKES OVER ON FRIDAY ...AND RUMORS THE NEW ADMINISTRATION WILL *MOVE*REPORTERS OUT OF THEIR BASE IN THE WEST WING. (TRACK 3) AS PRESIDENT OBAMA HANDS OVER THE KEYS,(GFX IN) A CBS NEWS POLL FINDS 62-PERCENT APPROVE OF HOW HE HANDLED THE PRESIDENCY. THAT'S CLOSE BEHIND RONALD REAGAN AND BILL CLINTON. (GFX OUT) NOW HE'S LOOKING AHEAD TO A SLOWER PACE. (Sot Potus) I want to do some writing. I want to be quiet, not talk so much. I want to spend time with my girls (TRACK 4) SAYING GOODBYE TO THE MEDIA, PRESIDENT OBAMA PROMISED NOT TO BE A STRANGER. HE SAYS HELL WORK CLOSELY WITH THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ...TO HELP THE COUNTRY MOVE FORWARD. Potus: At my care, I think were going to be okay WEIJIA JIANG, CBS NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE.

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A series of polls show President-elect Donald Trump will take office with historically low popularity numbers. A new CBS News poll shows him with the lowest approval of any incoming president in the survey's 36-year history. Trump criticized the polls on Twitter. Speaking of that .... a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll showed more than two-thirds of Americans disapprove of his use of the social media site.

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And you can tune in to Channel 3 on Friday for inauguration coverage. We'll be starting the day with live reports on our morning show -- at 5 a.m. -- and then throughout the day on CBS. Then -- you can count on us for reaction and analysis -- on our evening news ... from 5 to 7 p.m.

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A new plan from American Airlines could get you the cheapest seats, but it comes at a price. Passengers will soon be able to purchase basic economy fares that are the lowest available price -- but you'll have to sacrifice a few things. Fliers won't get a seat assignment until check-in... can't use overhead bin space... and will be the last group to board. The tickets are also non-refundable -- and are not eligible for an upgrade. Basic economy fares will go on sale in late february in 10 markets with plans to expand.

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And a scary sight in Texas -- caught on police dashcam video. You can see the moment that a natural gas pipeline explodes! That happened Monday night in Hansford County -- which is on the border with Oklahoma. Officials say the fire is under control -- and will eventually burn itself out... and then crews will be able to fix the pipeline. No one was hurt.

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You might call it a gym for the mind --- a place where creative juices can flow and ideas can grow. Channel 3's Ike Bendavid takes us inside a new maker's space in Burlington.

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((58.39.01 We are very much like a gym. Except working --building, instead of working out. 58.43.27)) With 8,500 square feet of opportunity, Generator opened their doors to the public with an open house Wednesday. It's a MAKER's-space -- with metal and woodworking stations -- jewelry making -- and electronics... and a place for creators to bounce ideas off each other... and experiment. ((55.45.20 Lars Torres Executive Director The goal is to create a community experience where people can share their skills. where they can build the tools and they technologies and the products that they are passionate about. and where we can also provide training and education. 55.57.23)) ((Ike 6.24.55.17 With 23 individual studios. Generator is a place where artists to engineers can have a prototype idea and make it happen here. 6.25.04.10)) Creators like Peter Talbot -- say that atmosphere is key -- to getting a new idea off the ground. ((Peter Talbot Creator at Generator 6.26.30.08 Its provided a community and a grouping of tools that has given us the opportunity to expedite the design process. 6.26.40.11)) It's also a space for local students as well. Chris Thompson from Champlain College hops having a space like this for students to develop ideas -- will keep them here in Vermont. ((Chris Thompson Curator and resident at Champlain College 6.09.36.17 For our students not only do we want them to come here and work on projects. we also want to be able to encourage them to stay after they graduate. 6.09.48.24)) ((NAT)) This new space with growing opportunity. Is hoping to create new ideas-- with the different types of makers to call Generator home Ike Bendavid Channel 3 Burlington

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Starting Line Sports ...the UVM men's hockey team is back at work. The 12th ranked Cats preparing for a one-game weekend as they'll host Connecticut Friday night...a 6pm start at Gutterson. This past weekend, the Cats split a two game series with the Friars in Providence. Vermont opened with a 4-3 win Friday night, and saw the Friars score three unanswered goals in the third period Saturday to win game two 4-1 and avoid the series sweep. That loss was a missed two points in the Hockey East standings that could come back to haunt the Cats. The players have said that their goal is the earn a first round bye in the conference playoffs, which means finishing in the top four, something the team hasn't accomplished since 2009. Right now, Vermont sits in fourth place, but the teams around them all have a game or two in hand. In year's past, slow starts to league play meant that the Cats were playing catchup in the second half of the season and a top four finish just wasn't realistic. This time around, Vermont is right in the think of the race ...which means a different kind of pressure than the team has faced before, and the challenge of not letting that pressure get to them.

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((TRT: 46 ... OC: TO GO FOR THOSE THINGS)) ((Shaw/ That's kind of uncharted waters for us. Usually we're trying to scratch and claw our way back to the top of the standings at this point. I don't think there's too much pressure. Guys will look at the standings a little bit and it's exciting, but when the puck drops I don't think guys think about that too much.)) ((Sneddon/ They've done a good job of putting themselves in a situation where they can control their own destiny. We've been on the other side of that the past couple of years, where, at least last year, early on we were kind of eliminated from discussions of home ice or byes or things like that. So this year's team has done a good job of putting themselves there, so I'm happy we're even having that discussion. But the focus has to be on how we need to play and what we need to do to be successful to give ourselves a chance to go for those things.))

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Friday night's game with Connecticut is a 6:05pm start time, an hour early than the usual and the game will air nationally on NESNplus. The Vermont women were originally set to host sixth ranked Boston College Friday afternoon at 2pm. The start time of that game has been moved to 1pm.

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This week -- parents around the country were alarmed when reports surfaced -- of a popular teething toy... filled with mold. But is all the hype -- overblown? Cat Viglienzoni spoke with a local pediatrician to find out what you need to know about mold -- and your children.

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If you know someone with an infant -- you've probably seen this toy. ((NATS YouTube videos -- moms talking about Sophie the Giraffe.... quick SOTs butted together --- Maybe 10-15 seconds?)) It's all the rage among moms -- who rave on YouTube about this little giraffe. More YouTube NATS!! ((MOLD PHOTOS -- FROM SOPHIE12)) But is the hottest toy for teething tots -- dangerous? After one mom posted pictures of her child's giraffe filled with mold after she cut it open -- other Amazon reviewers chimed in -- saying they'd seen the same -- and some parents scrapped Sophie. Many others want to know -- is my child safe? ((SOT Dr. Joseph Hagan, Pediatrician 000303 I think the main issue here is the gross factor 06)) Burlington Pediatrician Dr. Joseph Hagan says parents shouldn't panic. He says this is NOT black mold -- which is dangerous. That kind of mold won't grow on rubber like Sophie. This, he says, is more like something you'd find in the bathtub. Gross -- but not worth cutting up -- or tossing out -- a $20 toy. ((SOT Dr. Hagan 000240 mold sensitivity, mold allergy, is not terribly rare but it's rarely significant 47 It rarely has life-threatening consequences to it 51)) Sophie comes with cleaning instructions which say to wipe it with a damp cloth -- and warn not to immerse the giraffe in water. But Dr. Hagan says, it's not something parents should stress over. ((SOT Dr. Hagan 000330 I think it's good to dry Sophie off if Sophie gets wet, but I certainly wouldn't chase Sophie around all day with a dish towel 35 I probably would not use Sophie as a bath toy 39 And I wouldn't worry too much about the rubber ducky either 43)) He says -- the toy is safe for teething -- and he's not worried about any Sophies in his practice. Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News, Burlington.

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We picked up almost three inches of snow in Burlington last night, but we're still running below normal for the month and the season. Not much additional snow in the forecast for the week ahead. FORECAST: TONIGHT: Cloudy. Few snow showers or patchy freezing drizzle. Low: 25/33. Wind: Light THURSDAY: Cloudy. Few sprinkles or flurries. High: 32/40. Wind: Light THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy skies. Low: 20/28. Wind: Light FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy. High: 32/40. Low: 22/30. Wind: Light

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A free, family-friendly tradition kicks off tonight at the state house! Every Wednesday night, from now until the end of the legislative session, there will be free concerts... for Farmer's Night. You can find a mix of events -- from swing, to poetry reading, to performances from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Farmer's night started as an 18th century tradition where lawmakers -- many of them farmer's -- took a break from politics to entertain each other.

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(( 11:23 Sen. Alison Clarkson/D-Windsor County "one night a week they dedicated to doing something different. Something to restore their spirits, something to remind themselves that they have deep humanity. And so they would entertain each other -- they would read plays, they would play their music-- many and most of them obviously were probably instrumentalists in some variety.)) Tonight kicks off with a Vermont Symphony Orchestra performance -- at 7:30. You can find a complete list of perfromers -- on our website.

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You don't have to be an officer to wear a special version of the Colchester Police Department patch. The department is selling bright pink versions -- as part of the Pink Patch Project. It's something departments are doing around the country -- to raise money for breast cancer. They say -- they've had requests from around the country.

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((Chief Jennifer Morrison, CPD: "The pink patch project has a website and we've received lots of letters and checks through the mail from people from all over the country to add to their collection.")) Proceeds from Colchester's sales go to the Colchester CAN-survive team -- which supports Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The Winooski Police Department is also participating. We'll have a link to the project on our website.

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The St. Michael's women's hockey team has joined into a new six-team scheduling alliance with fellow D-2 programs Franklin Pierce, St. Anselm and Post and Division One teams Holy Cross and Sacred Heart starting next season. The teams will meet four times each in the regular season, a total of twenty games, then take part in a postseason tournament. The Knights will still have room to add non-conference games to it's docket to fill out a full 26 game regular season schedule.

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Let's head to Middlebury College, Green Mountain paying a visit to the 15th ranked Panther men. --- Middlebury pushing the fast paced tempo all night. After Green Mountain's Patrick Rittmon hits three of his team high 19 points, The Panthers quickly come down the court and Adisa Majors slams it home. --- Right before the half, Eric McCord with the strong take. He had 16 off the bench. Middlebury up 1 at the break. --- Second half, Matt St. Amour gets the shooters bounce... three of his game high 24. Middlebury wins 104-79. The panthers are 13-2.

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Earlier in the night at Pepin Gym, the Middlebury women facing Potsdam. --- The Panthers open this one up in the third quarter, out scoring Potsdam 23-9. Lily Kuntz buries the three. --- Then Kira Waldman goes to work. She had a team and career high 16 points. as the Panthers roll 72-36 improving to 12-3.

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High school boys basketball, Enosburg on the road to take on Winooski --- this just turned into a showcase game for the Hornets, Mahlik franklin inside to Wade McAlister who spins for the layup --- a few possessions later, Franklin throws it down with authority for two more and he wasn't done --- later Noah Swainbank comes up with the steal and heaves down to Franklin, and you know where this one's going. Franklin showing off the acrobatics all night Enosburg cruises to a 64-27 win, the Hornets now 9-0 on the year

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One thousand career points. It's a great accomplishment for any high school basketball player, but for one member of the South Royalton Royals, it means just a little bit more. Jack Fitzsimmons explains in tonight's Spotlight on Sports. (( --- Nicholas Howe is a senior captain on this year's South Royalton boys' basketball team, and on Friday night, he had a chance to become just the 10th member of the school's 1000 point club. --- Nicholas: "This year's probably been my best year so far. I've just been trying to stay as positive as I can every night." --- Howe entered the game against Sharon just two points shy of the mark. About midway through the first quarter, he slashed from the wing and hit a tough shot through contact to reach the milestone. --- --- But what makes Nicholas' accomplishment particularly special is who he got to share it with. --- Pete: "You all right? I love you. Good job, now you can relax. Let's go beat these guys. It's tied up 4-4 ok?" --- Basketball has always been a family affair for the Howe family: Four generations of the clan have captained the South Royalton basketball team over the years including Nicholas. And it's not just ancient history: there are four Howes with a role on this year's team: Nicholas' father Pete is the Royals' head coach, while his uncle Chuck serves as an assistant, and cousin Jack coaches the JV squad. --- Chuck: "They're an integral part of everything we do, whether it's work or play and it means everything." --- Jack: "We're a huge family, so that support is huge. We've had a lot of success in athletics with our generations that have been through here, so for me it's an honor to be able to work on the same floor that my grandfather was, all my cousins, everyone whose name's on that board." --- Aside from cementing his name in the record books, 1000 points has another special significance for Nicholas: back in 1981, Pete became South Royalton's first player to ever reach the milestone. It's a mark Nicholas has always had firmly in sight. --- Pete: "Nicholas has been on a countdown since zero. It's been his goal." --- Jack: "We used to play when we were little kids and neighbors, and I used to bang him around. Honestly I've heard people ask me when I knew he was gonna score 1000 points. Honestly I knew he was gonna score 1000 points when he was about 8 years old." --- Nicholas maintains that wins, rather than individual numbers, are what motivate him most. But for his family, seeing the person he's become is the most rewarding part. --- Eleni: "I think he was overwhelmed by what was gonna happen tonight. For us as parents, it wasn't about the 1000 points, it was about who Nicholas has become over the last four years." --- Pete: "He's matured, and he's turned into a team leader and for him to score it, obviously its very exciting from a coach's perspective. I'm very proud as a father. So yeah, I'm glad. I'm glad it's over too, so now we can move on." --- In case you're wondering if there are more Howes to look out for in the future... --- Eleni: "Sports are the Howe's life. We have twin daughters that are coming up, they're in seventh grade. It's more than just sports though, it's about how we're raising our kids and what we want them to become as adults." --- And only time will tell if they're the next to hold up the Howe family name. In South Royalton, Jack Fitzsimmons, Channel 3 sports.))

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Former Montreal Expos great Tim Raines, in his last year on the ballot, has been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He will be joined in the Class of 2017 by first baseman Jeff Bagwell and, on his first time on the ballot, catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Closer Trevor Hoffman and another Expos great, Vladimir Guerrero missed the 75 percent of the vote needed to get in by a handful of votes. Both Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds gained about ten percent more votes, around 54 percent. Manny Ramirez, in his first year on the ballot, picked up just under 24 percent.

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FORECAST: TONIGHT: Cloudy. Few snow showers or patchy freezing drizzle. Low: 25/33. Wind: Light THURSDAY: Cloudy. Few sprinkles or flurries. High: 32/40. Wind: Light THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy skies. Low: 20/28. Wind: Light FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy. High: 32/40. Low: 22/30. Wind: Light


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