Wed 27-AUG-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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Just recently we lost a member of our Thirty team - Cheryl Hanna to suicide and depression. The death of Robin Williams made international headlines. One facility that helps treat people battling depression is the Brattleboro Retreat. Mike McCune recently sat down with the President.

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- we're back here live at the Champlain Valley Fair. Mike and I head over to the cattle building where we will have our own milking contest. Neither Mike nor I have ever tried milking a cow -- so this could get interesting. I'm looking for a win -- we'll see if he brings his game. That's tomorrow at 5-30 on The Thirty.

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Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Julie Kelley. Kristin is off tonight. Many out-of-work employees of Rutland Plywood are searching for jobs after the plant burned down. And some are now raising questions about conditions at the facility. Elizabeth Keatinge is live in Rutland with the latest. Elizabeth ... Julie and Darren: Those workers get their final paychecks tomorrow. While they're concerned about what to do next ... We're also learning more about past safety violations at Rutland Plywood.

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Teresa Miele shows us where her human resources office at Rutland Plywood used to be. Miele was one of 170 employees affected when the almost 85,000 square foot building was destroyed in a fire that started early Thursday morning. ((Teresa Miele/Rutland Plywood 12:38:40:27 It was heart wrenching to see employees who had been here for so many years watch the place that they'd come to every day burn. 12:38:49:14)) Some of the seventy full-time workers had been at the plywood manufacturing plant for years. For some, working there was a second - or third chance. ((Chief James Baker/Rutland Police Dept. 11:38:30:00 A lot of those individuals may not be able to find comparable work in the area.:39)) Rutland Plywood tells us that as part of its partnership with Project Vision and other community programs, the company employed many people who were in recovery or had a criminal past. ((Teresa Miele/Rutland Plywood 12:23:07:25 People who maybe wouldn't be eligible or able to be hired due to you know, their history, have been welcomed at Rutland Plywood. :17)) Some people who say they worked at Rutland Plywood told us off camera that the working environment was messy and disorganized. This is a 60 page report from Vermont's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It outlines, with photos included, VOSHA violations at the facility after an inspection in July of last year. ***GFX--- According to VOSHA ... Five of those were labeled "serious". VOSHA states that the employer, quote, "did not provide a safe and healthful work place free from recognized hazards." VOSHA lists those violations as serious injuries and amputations as a result of faulty drive belts, not protecting employees from sprockets and chains, and broken and bent parts on machines "caused by overheating."*** Miele says any concerns had all been addressed well before the building caught fire - and VOSHA's report indicates that there was a settlement agreement in March of this year. ((Teresa Miele/Rutland Plywood 12:41:29:07 That issue has all been resolved. It's been resolved months and months ago.12:42:34:00)) She says the focus now is getting employees counseling and other services they need to get through such a difficult situation. ((Teresa Miele/Rutland Plywood 12:38:54:20 That was really hard. 12:38:57:00)) Miele tells us the community has been very generous in offering services - and some of the employees already have new jobs.

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The investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing. Miele told us any employees who have questions or who are in need of services, can contact her directly. Her information is on our website.

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A lawsuit has just been filed against the Vermont Department for Children and Families. It claims that D-C-F social workers failed to act on reports of abuse and neglect of two Ludlow children. The lawsuit claims the abuse went on for four years until Ludlow Police intervened in 2012. The suit alleges Richard and Krista Hudson abused both their children and vulnerable adults they invited to live in their home. Ludlow Police say Krista Hudson carried out much of the abuse while her husband Richard -- who was released from prison earlier this month -- was involved too. Krista Hudson could be released from prison as early as next year. We'll have reaction from the D-C-F Commissioner tonight at eleven.

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The school bells are ringing again. Every district heads back to school this week. There are 3-hundred-18 public schools in Vermont. More than 85-thousand students are enrolled this year and there are 8-thousand-370 full-time teachers. Vermont's average student-to-teacher ratio is nearly 10 students for every one teacher. And on the high school side of things -- the Vermont Agency of Education says the population of students has declined 20-percent since 1997. That's one of the largest drops in the nation -- due in part officials say -- to a low birth rate in the state -- and fewer people moving to Vermont.

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For kids -- heading to school for the first time.... It was an exciting day.... As our Melissa Howell found out. Right, Melissa? It was -- and you know, it's not easy to come across a gymnasium full of well-behaved kids -- but I did at Edmunds Elementary in Burlington. And they couldn't be happier to be back in school.

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((NATS)) 350 elementary school kids piled into the gymnasium bright and early..It's the first day of school, and a warm welcome from teachers is in order. ((ASSEMBLY NATS FROM TEACHER)) And this year, expectations are high .. ((Sage Kinner/Second Grader 00:26:44 "I want to learn more science but really I love anything." 00:26:47)) ((Dr. Shelley Mathias/Principal 00:29:40 "The first thing we do is build community in the classrooms, make sure that everybody knows everybody's name, a little bit about everybody."00:29:50)) Meeting new classmates is always something to look forward to..but the best part of all? ((Ellie MacDonald/Fourth Grader 00:25:01 "Probably seeing all my friends cause I didn't get to see them all over the summer." 00:25:05)) At Edmunds, Mathias says the focus is on encouraging social skills through a system called Positive Behavior Intervention Support. Instead of assuming students have basic life skills, they teach them. ((Dr. Shelley Mathias/Principa 00:28:15 "Knowing social behaviors needs to be taught the same way we teach reading and mathmatics." 00:28:22)) ((NATS)) Principal Mathias says it's these learning moments that will set the foundation for each student's future. ((Dr. Shelley Mathias/Principal 00:32:11 "It's where children come and learn how to be students so the support of elementary schools is absolutely critical." 00:32:20)) And for some students, it's about taking it all in and looking ahead. ((Ellie MacDonald/Fourth Grader 00:25:09 "I'm a fourth grader so I'm really excited to end this year and go into 5th grade." 00:25:14))

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Students did get out around 2 this afternoon for early release Wednesday but tomorrow it's back to a full day of learning. Darren.

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Another delay for a new elementary school in Unity, New Hampshire. The starting date for students has been postponed to give teachers more time to set up their classrooms. The first day of school was scheduled for next Tuesday, Sept. 2nd. But, that's now been pushed back to the following Monday. To make up the time lost, school board members say, they plan to ask the state Department of Education if one hour can be added to each school day throughout the year.

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A big change for the Lake Placid school district. The district now offers universal pre-k -- at no cost to parents. The state funds were just announced. Logan Crawford is live in Plattsburgh with more on this. Logan? Julie, the first day of school for students k through 12 in Lake Placid is September fourth. And now a younger group will also be attending class this fall.

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(tile 3192 00:26:03:27) ((Linda Morgan/Parent "I think it's fantastic that it's been made available to everybody." 00:26:07:13)) Linda Morgan is excited her 4 year old son Jack will be 1 of 45 kids starting the new public pre-k program this fall. It's a state-funded program. Before it began -- parents had to pay for private Pre-K. (tile 3192 00:26:16:16) ((Linda Morgan/Parent "With the reduced financial burden on the parents it's hard to think of a downside." 00:26:20:14)) 405-thousand dollars a year for 5 years is coming to the Lake Placid school district. The district applied for the grant -- wanting to start a pre-k program. (tile 3176 00:01:43:07) ((Roger Catania/Lake Placid School Superintendent "We know how critical early childhood education is. We know how much of a different it can make for children, families, and really entire communities." 00:01:53:00)) The money will be going to 1 new teacher, increasing salaries for current teachers -- and things like school lunches, classroom materials, and bus transportation. Classes will take place at St. Agnes School. (tile 3176 00:02:10:26) ((Roger Catania/Lake Placid School Superintendent "We already had a good strong working relationship with St Agnes School. And they have had a successful pre k program -- not all day." 00:02:20:17)) (tile 3198 00:31:05:27) ((Logan Crawford/Lake Placid "The announcement about the grant for the pre-k program came about 2 weeks before classes start. School officials say if St. Agnes School didn't already have a part-time program -- the new full-time pre-k program likely would not have happened until next year." 00:31:20:16)) (tile 3191 00:22:26:06) ((Catherine Bemis/St. Agnes School Principal "Anyone who is eligible for the Lake Placid Central School District is eligible for this program. As long as they turn 4 on or before December 1st of this year." 00:22:37:01)) The grant money is not going to come all at once. The school will foot the bills and be paid back. (tile 3176 00:13:47:17) ((Roger Catania/Lake Placid School Superintendent "We're not going to be getting the reimbursement for this grant until later. The word that we heard before was April -- and then beyond into the summer and maybe even later than that." 00:13:59:02)) But pre-k classes will still start this September. Jack will be attending this year and his younger brother Sam will be next fall. (tile 3192 00:27:00:18) ((Linda Morgan/Parent "He will be participating in the program next year so we're hoping it's a success and we'll be sending him along as well." 00:27:06:25))

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The pre k program will also have unique features like French speaking class on Fridays and buddy lunches with kindergarteners. Julie?

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Day six of the Champlain Valley Fair. And that's where Dan Dowling is tonight. Looks like another nice night out there, Dan. It's not quite as hot as it has been this week, but still pretty warm for the end of August. Temperatures will continue to fall through the rest of the work week, although we're planning on more dry, sunny weather on the way. (wx script)

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Vermont's largest city is in violation of state election law -- following yesterday's primary. State House reporter Kyle Midura is here with the exclusive story, Kyle Darren, every precinct in Vermont is required to submit election results to the state the night of a vote. Despite posting primary outcomes on its own webpage shortly after nine last night, Burlington did not submit that data to the state until early this morning... and the city still hasn't supplied all of the legally required information.

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Burlington is Vermont's most-tech savvy city. Only a couple of hours after polls closed, results from Tuesday's primary posted automatically to the city's website. But city election staff could not get those results to the Secretary of State's office before the legally-mandated midnight deadline. ((37:56 - :06 Mayor Miro Weinberger - D-Burlington: We had staff working on the election until 1:30 last night, and they did get a good amount of the results up. They did not get it all up. We're trying to figure out why, what went wrong. )) When we asked the city's top election official what went wrong Wednesday afternoon, he said the state's new election portal is not designed to handle the complexity of Burlington's results. He also referenced the differences in political boundaries within the city for local and state representation, and noted that the city website's results automatically generated. That's not the case with the state system. The mayor's office canceled our on-camera interview with THAT official -- though before it took place. We asked the mayor about those explanations. ((39:23 - :28 We haven't really figured out what happened last night, why we weren't able to get all the data into the state system)) He says the explanations are possible, but that determination wouldn't be made until they meet with the Secretary of State. In an email, a spokesperson for the Secretary of State said the portal is not the problem adding... "this is not a systems issue but an issue of timely entry into the system" ((41:07 - :14 Mayor Miro Weinberger - D-Burlington we had a learning experience last night and it's certainly goign to be a high-priority to make sure this doesn't happen again)) The mayor says the problem will be resolved for the next election round in November.

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The mayor says they cancelled our interview so that election staff can focus on getting official results into the Secretary of State's office by tomorrow's late-afternoon deadline. Top officials for the Secretary of State's office also cited heavy work volume as the reason they could not be available for an on-camera interview today. They also said about 31 other precincts -- mostly in small towns -- did not meet the midnight deadline. - Darren.

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Construction of Burlington's Champlain Parkway--also known as the Southern Connector --- was stopped years ago-- because of permitting and legal problems. Now--the city says--its cleared a significant hurdle. Shelby Cashman is live in Burlington's South End with more. Shelby? Julie--the road I'm standing on--is an unfinished project--decades in the making. But now--Burlington City officials finally say--the Champlain Parkway--has the green light.

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((00:20:15 Marie Boisverd "Well its been a long time coming, its a good thing I haven't held my breath." 00:20:19)) Marie Boisverd has lived in Burlington's South End--for more than fifty years. And she says the Champlain Parkway--is a project she has been hearing about--for almost that long. ((Marie: I was on the mayor's committee in the 70s and all they do is talk talk talk.)) Now--the project--which will link the end of Interstate 189 with downtown Burlington finally has an Act 250 permit--after construction was halted years ago. A hurdle Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says--is significant. ((00:30:48 Mayor "This has been a real focus of ours for sometime, and we're pleased to get over another milestone, and we're going to keep pushing to get over the remaining hurdles." 00:30:56)) Some of those include detailed design work--right of way issues--and construction logistics. But Mayor Weinberger says--the project will be well worth the wait. On top of alleviating traffic concerns in residential neighborhoods--he says the parkway will create an easier route to downtown Burlington. ((00:34:18 Mayor "This is adding to the total capacity of the burlington transportation system, this is adding for travelers who are headed south out of town or who are trying to come in from the south this is adding another outlet." 00:34:30)) The Champlain Parkway--an estimated 30 million dollar project--is mostly federally funded. Mayor Weinberger says--only about two percent--is coming from taxpayers pockets. But even if residents aren't shelling out extra cash--some like Boisverd still feel the parkway is taking traffic away from one part of the city--and dumping it onto another. ((00:21:23 Marie "I don't really feel its going to alleviate a traffic problem in Burlington. I really feel its going to dump it into a congested, residential neighborhood." 00:21:33))

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As far as timeline goes--Mayor Weinberger told me that for years--Mayor's before him have said groundbreaking on the project is two years off. This time--he says he's confident--thats actually true. Julie?

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Fairpoint employees -- pitch another contract proposal. The last proposal submitted on August 14th -- by the union representing some 17-hundred workers -- was rejected by Fairpoint. And officials say the company did not come back with a counter proposal. FairPoint wants to cut labor, health care and pension costs. Unionized workers have already authorized a strike. They've been without a contract since August 3rd.

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250-thousand Vermonters will get a break on their next electric bill. The folks with Green Mountain Power say, they are cutting electric rates by almost two and a half percent. The changes will take place October 1st. GMP serves over 70 percent of Vermonters -- it's the second rate decrease offered by GMP in the last three years.

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(33 Kristin Carlson)(("The company looked really hard internally about where can we find efficiencies, where can we find savings that are gonna benefit customers...15 It's a challenging time for some families and so we're pleased to be able to offer a rate decrease at a time when many other areas in New England are seeing rate increases.")) Rates will go down for both families and commercial businesses.

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Lamprey treatment will take place in Vermont and New York this fall.... .... It's an effort to kill the eel-like parasites in Lake Champlain. Federal fish and wildlife officials say lamprey-killing chemicals -- will be applied to six tributaries and three delta areas. In New York, the Boquet, Ausable, Little Ausable, Salmon, and the Great Chazy rivers will be treated --along with Lewis Creek in Vermont.

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Vermont is one of thirty states getting money for bat research. The 43-thousand-dollars comes from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It will support conservation and recovery of six bat species affected by white nose syndrome. Vermont's little brown bat population has declined by up to 90 percent, and the northern long-eared bat has declined as much as 98 percent from the disease.

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Tonight will be partly cloudy and comfortable with lows of 48/58. Cooler air will return on Thursday, with highs around 70. A little bit of upper-level energy working through could trigger an isolated shower, mainly in the mountains. After that high pressure will work overhead on Friday. This means we'll see plenty of sunshine to round out the workweek. Unfornately the forecast goes downhill for the holiday weekend: A frontal system will be catching up to us and stalling out. Warmer, more humid air will be moving in on Saturday. Most of Saturday should be okay, but there could be a few showers and t-storms later in the day and evening. Sunday looks like it will be the most active day, especially later in the day, with showers & t-storms. Some heavy downpours are possible. A few showers and t-storms could also linger into Labor Day. Another front will come our way late Tuesday with more showers & t-storms. We may finally begin to quiet down next Wednesday.

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State leaders in Agriculture are being recognized for their efforts. A full house turned out to honor the 2014 inductees to the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame -- at the Champlain Valley Fair. Each year -- a committee chooses four to eight outstanding individuals -- who go above and beyond the call of farming. Congratulations to Joseph Carrigan -- Ronald Greenwood -- Richard Moore -- Harry Morse Sr. and Lucien Paquette.

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((Jackie Folsom/ VT. Agricultural hall of Fame 00:51:32 "we don't actually have an age limit, but you notice that these tend to be people who have been around awhile and made significant contributions to vermont agriculture. And I just think it's important that we honor them because they were the beginners of our history here. They stuck with it. They helped as much as they could. It was really important to them and it should be really important to us.")) If you know a farmer who fits the bill -- we've got a link to the nomination form -- in the infocenter on our website -- wcax-dot-com.

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Colchester police found the body of missing boater Brian Webb. The Marine Unit says Webb was found in the waters off West Lakeshore Drive -- in the area of the International Sailing School. That area is in the search zone where crews have been looking for the 65-year-old man from Montpelier -- who disappeared Sunday. Webb's car was found parked at the Sailing Center -- and his dinghy was later found about a mile from his sailboat -- but both were empty.

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((00:13:24 Cpl. Mike Akerlind/Colchester Police Dept. Marine Unit "The victim's boat was located on his mooring ball, in front of the International Sailing School. The location where we found the deceased this morning was about a half mile from shore, straight out in the general area, but quite a distance from his boat." 00:13:39)) At this point -- police are still investigating what led to Webb's death, but it is not considered suspicious. Webb was the former conductor of the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra. He was also the director of graduate studies at Vermont College -- before it was purchased by Union Institute. He served there as dean, director and associate vice president. The school sent out a statement saying "brian will be sorely missed. And that his wife and two kids, and countless friends are in our thoughts and prayers."

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A college student in Brighton -- has died after suffering a seizure -- and drowning. Police say 19-year-old Nicolas Pendl's body was found Tuesday afternoon -- on the shoreline of the St. Regis Lake at Paul Smith's College. Troopers say he had a pre-existing seizure disorder.

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Police in Littleton need your help solving a burglary. On Sunday night police say two people broke into "That Dam Pit Stop" store on Monroe road. In surveillance video you can see two suspects ransacking the place, stealing cash -- and tobacco products. If you know who they are -- call Littleton Police.

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A Middlebury College graduate is back in the U-S after being held hostage for two years in Syria. Islamic rebels released Peter Theo Curtis Monday. Family members say, the freelance journalist was abducted in 2012 and held by a group affiliated with al-Qaida. The former Vermont resident spoke about his relief outside his mother's home in Massachusetts.

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(Sot 10:10:03) ((Peter Theo Curtis/Free Journalist: I had no idea that so much effort was being expended on my behalf and now having found out I am overwhelmed by emotion. I'm also overwhelmed by one other thing and that is that total strangers have been coming up to me saying glad you're home, welcome home, glad you're back.)) Curtis also writes under the pen name Theo Padnos.

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The wheels are in motion for a new bus service in the Upper Valley. Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law that will allow bus routes between Claremont and Lebanon. The law allows the Community Alliance Transportation Services to seek partnerships with the federal government and the private sector to start the bus service. That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ...the Vermont high school football season kicks off this weekend with eight games around the state both Friday night and Saturday afternoon. In Division One, Middlebury is coming off an undefeated season and it's first D-1 state title since 2002. Like with any high school team, some key contributors were lost to graduation, impact players like running backs Sam Smith and Jakob Trautwein and several seniors on the offensive line. But one player still around is quarterback Austin Robinson. Now a senior, Robinson will be a player coach Dennis Smith looks at to be the leader both on and off the field as the Tigers being their quest for back-to-back titles Friday night on the road at Essex.

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Coming up later, we catch up with the other team that went undefeated last season in Vermont high school football...and remeber, year two of the expanded, Friday Football Frenzy kicks off this Friday night at 11pm.

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The first major study on color blindness finds certain boys are most likely to be born with the condition. As Marlie Hall reports, it's important that doctors diagnose it early.

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Zachary Lehr has trouble distinguishing some colors. (nat pop) "what color's that? Red." The 6 year old has a mild form of color blindness. (SOT: Sam Lehr/Zachary's Father) "The chart test was a red and green chart test and he couldn't see the nuances of different shades of red or different shades of green within the chart test." A study of more than 4-thousand California preschoolers finds color blindness mostly affects Caucasian boys with One in 20 suffering from the condition. (SOT: Dr. Miesha Frempong/Mount Sinai Hospital) "The problem in color vision deficiency is on the X-chromosome. Girls have two x's, boys have one x. If a boy gets a bad x, he doesn't have another x, so he's going to be affected." The most common form of color blindness is genetic.. people lack the genes that help the eye see red or green. (nats of Frempong arranging hue chips) Dr. Miesha Frempong uses these chips with different hues and color dot cards to diagnose patients. (nat as she's showing cards) "In order to see these numbers you have to see the color." Researchers say in some cases color blindness can affect learning and test taking. But in Zach's case, he's had no problems. (SOT: Sam Lehr/Zachary's Father) "It is a complete non-issue, and I don't expect it to be an issue going forward." Marlie Hall CBS News, New York.

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There is no reversal or cure for the inherited form of color blindness. And that's healthwatch.

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It was another warm day out there, but cooler air is lurking to our northwest, and we'll be tapping into it on Thursday and Friday. Highs will be back in the 60s and 70s. Then warmer temps will arrive this weekend. Great day on the mountain or lake tomorrow, though a pop-up shower is possible in the high terrain. This weekend will be unsettled, especially Sunday.

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The University of Vermont is home to an amazing collection. It's a record of the state's history. And it's a protector of some of the most diverse plants from around the world. Judy Simpson takes us there.

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UVM's Historic Torrey Hall is home to a huge collection of plants, all of them dead. ((Dave Barrington/Curator,Pri ngle Herbarium 00:01:42:18" Its an old old collection our oldest collections are 1810 we have a number of collections from the 19th century a large number the total number of collections all told is about 300 thousand. 00:01:57:18)) It includes the largest collection of Vermont plants you can find anywhere. But the bulk of the collection comes from around the world. And it is still growing. The herbarium receives about 2,000 new specimens each year. They arrive pressed in newspaper. ((Dave 00:16:43:41 one of our staff Michael Sundu collected this in Mexico on a recent trip )) People who visit and use information from the Herbarium include students, state officials and conservation biologists, not to mention school classes. Studying genetics, geography and ecology. ((Dave again 00:06:45:13" A more interesting aspect of that which is quite modern is that it turns out that the DNA in these dried specimens remains intact so you can extract DNA from the herbarium specimens and use it for genetic analysis so its like a mine that you can mine for data on plants some of which are extinct." 00:07:09:23)) It is a facility that is chock full of hidden gems. ((JS SU 00:34:35:11" The Herbarium is home to the first tangible evidence of interest in flora in the state of Vermont its called the Penniman collection. 00:34:42:12)) Named after Mrs Jabez Penniman and her daughter Delia. (DE-lee-ah) It is the most historically significant collection in the herbarium that is relevant to Vermont. (( Dave again 00:18:28:00 "and before she was Mrs Jabez Penniman, she was Mrs. Ethan Allen and was his widow after he died and then she remarried.")) 00:18:38:24 And while these walls are home to the past, the eye is on the future. The Plant Biology Department has teamed up with the Biology department to create the new UVM Natural History Museum. Combining the herbarium with two animal collections. The project received a 470 thousand dollar national grant . Some of that money will be used to purchase state of the art cabinets to safe guard this collection. ((DAVE again 00:14:52:25 "We included a substantial amount of funding in the grant for the natural history museum to expand our work on creating what we call a virtual collection a collection that is on line so you literality click on a link and get an image of a whole specimen. "00:15:13:16)) That work has already begun. ((Dorothy Allard/Pringle Research Assoc. :36:50:15 "2 different sorts of imaging a fancy machine called an herbscan high resolution scanner its an upside down high resolution scanner that takes the plant specimine and cranks it up to the scanner and does the scan so you don't have to flip the specimen over which isn't good for it.: 00:37:08:12 )) A camera is also used to take pictures. All these images will eventually be available on line. Making researching plants from around the world, much easier. JS Channel three news, Burlington.

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The Vermont Lake Monsters are doing their best to end the season in style. Vermont edged Tri-City 2-1 last night and go for a three game road sweep of the Valley Cats tonight. Overall, the Monsters are 14-9 in the month of August. Following tonight's game, they play three at Staten Island then close the season out with a two game set against Tri-City Sunday and Monday night at Centennial Field.

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The Red Sox will be looking to complete a three game sweep of the Blue Jays when the two teams meet tonight in Toronto. Last night, for the second straight game, the teams went into extra innings before Boston came away with the victory, doing so by scoring seven runs in the top of the eleventh, highlighted by a mammoth three run home run from Mike Napoli that travelled all the way to the fifth deck of the Rogers Center. Toronto made it interesting by scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning, but the Red Sox held on for an 11-7 win. Joe Kelly goes for Boston in tonight's series finale.

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The Yankees saw their five game win streak come to an end last night in Detroit, the Tigers topping New York 5-2. Brendan McCarthy, who has been outstanding for the Pinstripes since arriving via a trade from Arizona in early July, had his worst start for New York, giving up five runs in six and a third innings. Jacoby Ellsbury provided all the Yankees offense with a pair of solo home runs. With the loss, New York falls three and a half games behind Seattle for the final American League wild card spot. Detroit remains a half game back of the Mariners. The series continues tonight in the Motor City...New York sending rookie Shane Greene to the mound to face the Tigers David Price.

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Many people both inside and outside of the NFL were surprised by yesterday's trade between the Patriots and Tampa Bay. New England sending six time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Bucs in exchange for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth round draft pick. It appears Mankins' contract, which will pay him over $6 million dollars each of the next three seasons, played a major roll in the Pats decision to move him. It's no surprise that Bill Belichick would not confirm that when asked about the trade. In his statement on the deal, Belichick said, 'Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I ever coached. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when difficult decisions have to be made -- and this is one of the most difficult we will ever make -- but like every other decision it was made for what we feel is in the best interests of the team." The Patriots play their preseason finale tomorrow night against the Giants. You can see that game right here at 7:30 on WCAX. Now, the Pats will have to go into that game, and the new season, without a player that had been one of team's captains and locker room leaders.

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After some offseason changes, UVM men's basketball coach John Becker has finalized his coaching staff for the upcoming season. Coach Becker has promoted Ryan Schneider from Director of Basketball Operations to Assistant Coach, hired Hamlet Tibbs as a new Assistant Coach and Greg Snyder as the new Director of Baseball Ops. The moves became necessary after Assistants Chris Markwood and Matt O'Brien left UVM to take similar positions as Norhteastern and Maine respectively this offseason. Schneider, a former player at Vermont, is starting his second season on the Cats bench. Tibbs spent the past five seasons coaching at The Albany Academy in Albany, New York. Snyder coached at St. Mark's School in Southborough, Massachusetts last year and prior to that served as an assistant coach at Hamilton College and Colgate. The Hoopcats exhibition opener is Saturday, November 1st.

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As we said in Starting Line Sports ...the Vermont high school football season gets underway this weekend. In Starting Line, we took a look at the returning Division One state champions, Middlebury. The Tigers are coming off an undefeated season, but they have a long way to go before challenging the team that has been the team to beat in it's division for three years running...and no one has been able to do it. The Woodstock Wasps faced a ferocious fight in last year's D-3 title game, but managed to edge Mill River 20-19 in overtime. Throughout the season leading up to that championship game, the Wasps were a runaway train...and the engine that pulled that train along was running back Oliver Kaija. Kaija and the Wasps capped what has been an amazing three year run for the program...three straight Division Three state championships, and 31 straight wins and counting. With each successive game, the pressure to keep that streak alive builds, but the returning Woodstock players, led by senior quarterback Nehemiah Wood, are eager to keep that winning tradition going.

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Tomorrow night at 6pm, we'll visit with the other returning state champions this season...the Division Two title holders at Rice...

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Pleasant Thursday and Friday. Unsettled through the holiday weekend; Sunday will be the wettest day. Finally quieting down later next week.

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Tonight at 11 -- Alex Apple takes a closer look at the DCF lawsuit. Plus -- a teen tennis star -- turning heads at the U-S Open -- next on the CBS Evening news. Take care. See you soon. Good night!


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