Wed 28-SEP-2016 6 P.M. News Script

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Mystery on the water. We're learning new details about a Vermont man lost for days at sea. Good evening I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. Nathan Carman's mother is presumed dead following the shipwreck. Police agencies from multiple states are now investigating the castaway. Jennifer Costa -- has been digging through court documents. What can you tell us? Kristin and Darren No charges have been filed against 22-year-old Nathan Carman. But police in Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut are working together. They say some of the aspects of the mother and son's disappearance are confusing -- and they're trying to sort out exactly what happened at sea.

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It seemed like a miraculous rescue. After seven days lost at sea... ((CG RECORDING "Nathan this is the United States Coast Guard Boston.")) A 22-year-old castaway -- alone in a life raft -- was plucked from the ocean -- by a freighter 100 miles off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. Nathan Carman told the Coast Guard he and his mother -- Linda -- were fishing when they experienced engine trouble -- and their boat took on water. ((CG RECORDING "I got to the life raft after I got my bearings and I was whistling and calling around and I didn't see her.")) Linda Carman is presumed dead. But is there more to the story at sea? Dock surveillance caught the boat leaving a Rhode Island marina. Investigators THERE say the mother and son's disappearance is confusing. They partnered with Vermont authorities to search Nathan's home in Vernon for evidence of reckless endangerment. ((SEARCH WARRANT)) WCAX obtained court records that show the Windham County Sheriff's Office seized a modem, GPS sim card and a letter Nathan wrote. ((CNN NE-038TU Nathan Carman / Found safe "I feel healthy. I feel healthy. Emotionally, I've been through a huge amount.")) Nathan returned to his home on Fort Bridgman Road Tuesday night. His father dropped him off after flying in from California. ((NEWSPATH WED0129 Nathan Carman 00:00:22 "I want to thank the crew of the ship and especially the captain for taking such good care of me.")) The Vermont search warrant indicates Nathan's boat needed mechanical repairs. He was doing the work himself -- and the vessel may not have been seaworthy. The investigation also revealed Nathan intended to go fishing 80 miles further off-shore -- and in a different spot -- than where his mother had expected. ((WED 0233 Clark Carman/Nathan's father 00:00:38 "very difficult situation. None of us really know what he went through. I'm sure it was traumatic.")) Nathan allegedly has Asperger's Syndrome. It makes social interactions tough for him. The developmental disorder surfaced during a 2013 investigation into the murder of Nathan's millionaire grandfather -- who was shot in his home. Police say Nathan was the last person known to see him alive. But he was never charged in the case. ((WED 0233 Clark Carman/Nathan's father 00:00:01:54 "I know my son. He's not capable of it.")) Other family members ARE afraid of Nathan. Court records show some even hired armed private security guards to keep them safe. They told police once -- as a child -- Nathan allegedly held another child hostage at knifepoint. And in high school he allegedly had several violent episodes when his coping mechanisms were challenged. His former neighbors in Connecticut described him as a "ticking time bomb waiting to go off" -- and told police they called him "murder boy" based on his propensity for violence. When police searched his apartment -- after his grandfather's death -- they allegedly found notes about improvised explosive devices, sniper rifles and cameras with facial recognition. Nathan's father dismissed the accusations -- saying his son is innocent. ((WED 0233 Clark Carman/Nathan's father 00:01:13 "he was not involved with his grandfather. With his mother it was a pure accident."))

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Clark Carman says Nathan's mother and grandfather were the two most important people in his son's life. He describes Nathan as a good kid. He flew into to support his son -- but at this point he says Nathan is requesting "alone time." A will indicates -- Nathan's grandfather left more than 40 million dollars to his four daughters -- including Nathan's mother.

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At least 100 Syrian refugees can move into Rutland -- now that the city has been granted federal funding for resettlement. Eliza Larson is in the marble city with the latest, Eliza? Eliza: this is a decision that citizens of Rutland have been waiting for -- and preparing for -- for months.

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Pkg: ((tc 09:15:01 Marsha Cassel/Rutland Welcomes: pots and pans and dishes and utensils and sheets and winter boots." 09:19:07)) Marsha Cassel lists off the items her fellow Rutland residents have given her to help new neighbors move in -- from thousands of miles away. ((TC 09:45:19 Marsha Cassel/Rutland welcomes: the community is coming forward and giving what we have in abundance." 09:48:24)) She and Erica Wallstrom are members of Rutland Welcomes -- a group formed after it was announced that the city was on track to welcome at least 100 Syrian refugees. And now -- their work ramps up. ((TC 06:03:14 Erica Wallstrom/Rutland Welcomes: we can now actually get really down to work." 06:05:21)) The state department announced it will fund a project bringing at least 100 Syrian refugees in Rutland. Through that -- each refugee gets 925 federal dollars to use on settling in. Rutland welcomes is collecting items to help too. ((TC 15:29:20 Christopher Louras/Rutland Mayor: "clearly it's been expected. I was relieved by the action and delighted that it came before the 1st of October." 15:38:21)) Mayor Christoper Louras says he wasn't surprised by the news -- but he knows concerns still exist -- like those of city treasurer -- Wendy Wilton. She worries about financial strains on the city -- and claims the mayor made arrangements to bring refugees to Rutland without much input. ((TC 27:43:09 Wendy Wilton/city treasurer: there will still be some concerns. Quite a lot of concern and I think it's rooted in a lack of transparency." 27:50:04)) There's been a lot of back and forth discussion about if resettlement is right for Rutland. Now -- the city waits for the Syrians to arrive -- which could be sometime around the end of this year.

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Rutland welcomes is organizing an event tomorrow night in Main Street park. And coming up at 11 -- we'll hear more from residents of the Marble City. Darren.

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A developing story in Burlington. Police are investigating shots fired into a house -- on Hyde Street. No one is reported injured. But police are on the hunt for the suspect -- and a maroon Ford Focus. We have a crew en route to the scene.

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Attorney General Bill Sorrell wants to know if you have experienced biased policing in Vermont. Sorrell and a group of people from both law enforcement and community organizations is gathering information - to make recommendations to the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council. There are 3 forums planned across the state to get your feedback next month -- In White River Junction, Burlington and Bennington. We have more details with this story on our website - wcax-dot-com.

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Highs: Today were in the 60s for most of us, but right here in Burlington we soared into the low 70s. Radsat: There have a been a few showers that popped up along the Canadian border this afternoon, but these will melt away shortly once the sun sets. Tonight: Variable cloudiness. Lows: 40/50 Wind: SE 5-10 mph Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs: 63/70 Wind: SE 5-15 mph Thursday Night: Variable cloudiness. Lows: 38/48 Wind: SE 5-15 mph Friday: Increasing clouds. Chance showers, south. Highs: 58/68 Wind: SE 5-15 mph

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The Green Mountain state gets the green-light from regulators to overhaul how medical providers get paid. Statehouse reporte Kyle Midura is here with more, Kyle Darren and Kristin - the federal government and state leaders have a draft agreement in place to reward care providers for quality rather than quantity of care. The aim is to keep costs from growing by more than three and a half percent a year over the next six years. Hospitals and other providers would not be forced into the payment plan -- and the agreement cannot legally reduce the level of benefits to Medicare or Medicaid recipients. The state itself will be judged on access to care and chronic disease management as well as reducing the rate of suicied and opiate overdoses. Gov. Peter Shumlin says health care costs continue to rise unsustainably -- and says this agreement should help private and public checkbooks.

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(00:10:38:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont that allows us to move to a more affordable system that improves quality, that's the goal, while bending the cost curve)) Administrators say while parts of the agreement may change, the substance won't. They plan on hearing from both the public and providers to before settling on a finalized agreement. Earlier this evening, Republican legislative leaders criticized the draft agreement -- arguing the governor is setting the state up for failure. A future Governor, or the federal government could back out of the agreement at any time -- as long as they give the other party 180 days notice. - Darren and Kristin

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Governor Shumlin is also defending his use of an old state airplane - especially since he moved to the southern part of the state late this summer. The Gov. says flying likely does not cost more than driving between his home in Westminster -- and saves over-time costs for his state police protection detail. He's used it three times this month -- but only 4 other times in the last 2 years -- even though the Governor tells us those tasked with keeping him safe -- prefer he not ride in a 56-year-old, single-engine aircraft.

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(01:24:24:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont I've had the door pop open on me in flight. It's an old plane, so there are reasons why Governors aren't anxious to fly in it, there are reasons why security is not anxious to have Governor's fly in it, and there are probably reasons why Lt. Governors hope the Governor will fly in it)) The governor says he's ignoring his security detail's advice because it makes economic sense to fly on occassion from his home in southern Vermont. The Governor did say the state may want to consider a new state plane -- not only for the Governor's use -- but for the variety of other state services it performs.

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton showing a united front in New Hampshire today. The former democratic rivals spoke at a rally on the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham. New Hampshire polls show Clinton with a single digit lead over Trump. Political experts say appearing with Sanders helps her appeal to younger voters -- a group that fueled HIS campaign -- but one she still struggles with.

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(SOT - Sanders) "this election is enormously important for the future of our country, it is imperative that we elect hillary clinton has our next president" (SOT - Clinton) "thank you, Bernie. Thank you for your leadership and your support in this campaign." Clinton is touting free in state college tuition for middle and lower income students -- something Sanders championed during their primary battle.

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The future of the old Moran Plant on Burlington's waterfront is up in the air -- but now a big boost of federal money could fuel its revival. Senator Patrick Leahy announced today he's secured a 1-point-4 million dollar grant to fund waterproofing and flood protection for the old coal power plant. The news comes as a group trying to redevelop the building faces a November deadline to prove to the city their plan is financially viable.

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Still no deal for Burlington teachers -- the school board says it might be willing to re-open contract talks. Teachers and supporters marched with signs yesterday showing their displeasure with the contract terms the school board imposed this month. Today the school board said it would consider returning to the bargaining table -- but is sticking to its position that it cannot offer teachers any more money. The teachers union says a negotiation with conditions is not a true negotiation.

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Tonight -- a new warning to new moms and dads... about the dangers of co-sleeping. A new P-S-A aims to educate them on the risk of the long-standing practice. But as Cat Viglienzoni reports -- not everyone sees the issue as so clear-cut.

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((SOT Rosemary Gile in PSA 1:01-1:09 "We were on the couch sleeping together. I didn't feel like it was a situation that was dangerous for him. That night when we fell asleep, it was never the same again")) Rosemary Gile's son -- Saunder Gilruth -- was just 20 days old when he died in July 2015. ((FILE VO)) Police say Gile had been drinking and was high when she slept on the couch with her infant son -- and suffocated him. She was charged with manslaughter -- and later took a plea deal. ((SOT Rosemary Gile in PSA 1:28-1:31 The idea of losing him was just more than I could take.)) She appears in a newly-released PSA from the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations that promotes the "ABC's of Safe Sleep". Those are: sleeping alone without other people, blankets, or toys... on their back... and in a crib. The makers of the PSA say -- babies sleeping with their parents are at risk of being smothered. ((SOT Dr. Joseph Hagan, Pediatrician 000939 You're going to get a whole lot of ways to "make it safe". Well, that's not true. You cannot make it safe 45)) Dr. Joseph Hagan says while the risk can be lowered -- when the outcome is death -- parents can't take any chance. And former CUSI director Michael Warren told us it's important to get the word out because they investigate a few cases a year. ((SOT Michael Warren, Former CUSI Director 000031 they're cases that don't hit the media. We don't discuss them. A lot of people in the public don't really know that these cases happen 37)) ((CAT STANDUP: 002605 Their message is a bit controversial for some members of the birthing community, who feel like it's a family's decision, and parents have to decide what's best for their situation 14)) ((SOT Susan Cline Lucey, Owner, Evolution Prenatal and Family Yoga Center 001948 You know, these moms are tired and they want to get their sleep and at the same time, they're trying to do what they've been told about being safe 55)) Susan Cline Lucey owns Evolution Prenatal and Family Yoga Center in Burlington. Part of their programming is postnatal yoga -- and she says while she is careful not to advise moms on what they should do -- she hears a lot of new moms talking about having their babies in bed with them... and says it's up to families to decide what's best for them based on conversations with their providers. ((SOT Susan Cline Lucey 002014 babies are typically more comfortable when they're snuggled up with their mom 17 They've been inside their mom and they like that comfort and that body heat and the rhythm of the mom's breathing 25 and so it's hard for moms to take what they know as the safe standard and then to see what the reality is like at three in the morning 34)) The makers of the PSA hope that their message keeps that reality from turning tragic. Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News, Burlington.

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CUSI says the goal is to get the PSA into hospitals -- to show to new parents. If you want to watch it, we will have link on our website with this story.

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Ben & Jerry's is getting bigger. The ice cream giant is planning a nearly 31-million dollars expansion of its St. Albans manufacturing facility, a move it says will add 65 more jobs. State filings show it's proposing an additional 30-thousand square feet of buildings and additional parking on its 42-acre site in St. Albans Town. The filing says the project would generate almost $593,000 in property taxes. The St. Albans plant operates around the clock -- and the new hires would push total employment to about 300 people.

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The chances for legal pot in Vermont's near future will hinge on voter decisions up and down the ballot this November. At the top of the ticket -- there's a stark contrast. Statehouse Reporter Kyle Midura has more in this week's campaign countdown.

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Issue-based voters don't need to take a deep dive into the weeds to find the policy differences between Sue Minter and Phil Scott on marijuana. (00:00:10:00) ((Sue Minter - Democrat for Governor I support legalization and regulation of marijuana )) (00:00:22:00) ((Phil Scott- Republican for Governor I'm not opposed to it in the future, I'm not saying never, I'm just saying not now )) Last year, a legalization bill burned out in the Vermont House -- after the senate became the first in the country to pass such a measure. Phil Scott watched and presided over the deliberation as Lt. Governor. (00:07:55:00) ((Phil Scott - Republican for Governor I was surprised at how much debate there was :58 again, I didn't think we had the information we needed to make a decision at that point in time)) Another debate is expected to bud in January with the start of a new legislative session. (00:04:47:00) ((Sue Minter - Democrat for Governor I have confidence in that process, and I will be working with legislators. When they have come up with a bill that meets my requirements for implementation, I will sign it )) Minter's stated requirements mirror those outlined by current governor Peter Shumlin. She says the state would need a roadside test, an effective regulation regime, and to devote any tax revenue to enforcement, as well as drug education and abuse prevention efforts. (00:12:04:00) ((Sue Minter - this could be an opportunity for us to find the revenues we need to address -- in such an important way -- the challenge we're facing with opiates :14)) Scott says he would follow the advice of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper -- who has suggested other states wait on further results from that state's experiment. (00:04:22:00) ((Phil Scott - Republican and go into it with our eyes wide-open :24 and make sure that we are able to address some of the issues they're facing, we can't afford to make mistakes )) Scott says he doesn't think legal weed would grow business in Vermont -- or enough to counter associated costs. (nats) Ballot initiatives on legal weed will go before voters this November in Arizona, California, Nevada, nearby Maine, and neighboring Massachusetts. But in Vermont, voters' best chances to weigh-in will be in the Governor's race. KM Ch 3 News Burlington.

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Scott says he's never tried marijuana -- Minter says she did in college.

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Burlington is looking at creating a green heating system for all of downtown. Mayor Miro Weinberger announced a partnership today - to study how to install a district energy system. The group says UVM -- UVM Medical Center -- Vermont Gas -- Burlington Electric and the new Burlington Town Center Project will work together on the plan that they HOPE will bring energy savings for heat and hot water. A central focus is capturing waste heat from Burlington Electric's McNeil Generating plant in the Intervale.

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((Neale Lunderville/BED: TC 2:45" Burlington Town Center is a game changer for district energy in Burlington. With that new developemnt...with those additional square feet that will need to be heated...it sudden;y; makes the downtown district from a district energy perspective. When a downtown district becomes viable suddenly the rest of the city becomes more viable. )) Officials say the district energy system would first cover the downtown - then expand. Each partner is contributing cash to cover the 75-thousand dollar cost of the study - which should be done by June.

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The State of Vermont's proposed Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory in Randolph Center continues to run into opposition from some neighbors and community members. The proposed site located on 13 acres of the Vermont Technical College campus would replace the state lab in Waterbury damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. Funding for the project comes from FEMA. But some neighbors -- including the Lake Champagne Campground -- say the plan for a 38-thousand square-foot, two story building, and a 65 foot smokestack for the wood chip plant don't fit with the rural aesthetics under Act 250.

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((00:16:30 Pierre LaFrance/Lake Champagne Campground "It's such a large building, it's out of scale, out of character for the community. This is a small agricultural setting)) Lafrance has run the campground for 50 years. He submitted his concerns to the state last week. But they were a month after the filing deadline, according to state officials. Those officials say the project DOES conform with Act 250. The Environmental Court is also considering an appeal of a decision by the Randolph Development Review Board granting a permit for the project.

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Currents: Temperatures right now are generally in the 60s, ...Still 70 here in Burlington. Temp graph: Normal high for this time of year, is 65, and through the week, we'll see our temperatures close, a few degrees above for the next couple of days, and a few degrees below as we head into the weekend. National temps: We are seeing some cooler, fall weather across the midwest and the northeast. There is some unsettled weather across the midwest as well. RPM: That upper level low pressure system back across the great lakes is moving very slowly and will be rotating slowly to the south, and eventually back up towards the northeast. Surface: Here is another look at it, and this will be bringing some showers into our area over the weekend.

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Forecast: Tonight: Variable cloudiness. Lows: 40/50 Wind: SE 5-10 mph Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs: 63/70 Wind: SE 5-15 mph Thursday Night: Variable cloudiness. Lows: 38/48 Wind: SE 5-15 mph Friday: Increasing clouds. Chance showers, south. Highs: 58/68 Wind: SE 5-15 mph Extended: Friday night: Mostly cloudy. Few showers, south. Lows: 40s Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Few showers. Highs: 58/65 Lows: 48/55 Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Scat'd showers. Highs: 60s Lows: 50s Monday: Mostly cloudy. Scat'd showers. Highs: 60s Lows: 40s Tuesday: Partly sunny. High: 60s Lows: 40s Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 60s

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The Vermont prosecutor who wrestled away a gun from a murder suspect in Barre is being nationally recognized. Scott Williams has been awarded a Carnegie medal for heroism. Authorities say Williams -- the Washington Count State's Attorney -- grabbed the hunting rifle from Jody Herring after seeing her shoot social worker Lara Sobel. The Carnegie medal is a national honor. Williams is one of just 25 honorees from across the country.

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The Lions Club International President is touring the country in celebration of the club's 100 year anniversary. This morning he stopped in Plattsburgh. The Lions Clubs have chapters across the globe. Members do volunteer work. In honor of the visit, the Plattsburgh Lions Club held an event at the Seton Catholic School. Groups of students got to meet the chapter's mascot--a blind dog named Pepper. Pepper's mom, Suzanne Moore, is a member of the club and wrote a book about her dog to read to the kids.

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((Walt Williams/Plattsburgh Lions Club Treasurer 4900 05:45:51 "It's a project that Suzanne's developed to help kids understand that just because people are different, and blind in particilar, doesn't mean that they're incapable or they can't do things." 05:46:00)) Pepper is a 12 year old labrador retriever, and she lost her sight from complications with diabetes. The crowd of kids loved getting to see the pup. In addition to the school gathering, the lions club got to meet with the president to talk about their community's most critical service needs.

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A colorful show of support for the LGBTQ community at Champlain College in Burlington. The Student Government Association sponsored a project to paint a rainbow-colored crosswalk. They say the goal is to celebrate the LGBTQ campus community and increase pedestrian safety. The multi-colored crosswalk is in front of the school's Perry Hall Welcome Center on South Willard Street. Work was started following an event earlier today.

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((TILE 7691 07:44:18--07:55:22 Donald Laackman/Champlain College President: "This crosswalk is a physical manifestation of Champlain college's commitment to create and foster an inclusive culture and environment for our students, faculty and staff.")) ((TILE 7707 17:41:09--17:52:18 Hannah Warren/Champlain College Freshman: "I think that it's really great that the campus is doing all this to support the community and any people who feel kind of put out or on the outside like an outlier.")) The crosswalk used to just be white-lined only -- and Champlain says this will also help with visibility for the average of 180 crossings per hour during the busiest time of day.

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Starting Line Sports ...it was media day for the UVM men's and women's hockey teams. As with the start of most any season for any team, there is a lot of excitement among both squads about what this upcoming season in Cat Country could hold. There are quite a few similarities between the Vermont men's and women's teams. Both return experienced rosters. The men have 17 upper classmen, including ten seniors ...the women have 13, including seven seniors who compromise the first full recruiting class of Cats head coach Jim Plumer. The men's team returns their top three scorers from last season, and ten of their top 12. The women lost leading scorer Dayna Colang, but the next nine players on their scoring list all return, and both teams bring back senior goaltenders in Mike Santaguida and Williston, Vermont's Madison Litchfield. Plumer and men's head coach Kevin Sneddon both hope those similarities lead to similarly successful seasons.

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((TRT: 38 ... OC: LAST YEAR)) ((Sneddon/ We want to play fast, gritty, relentless and smart. That's kind of how we have identified our play. I feel really good about the roster we have. The type of student-athletes we have as men, and certainly as players, that we can make big improvements and be a team that's competing for a championship when all is said and done.)) ((Plumer/ It seems like we not only picked up where we left off in the playoffs last year, but honestly, after just one exhibition game and a couple weeks of practice I feel we're playing even better hockey then we did at the end of last year.))

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The women played their exhibition opener this past Saturday, falling to McGill in overtime 3-2. They open the regular season this coming Tuesday at Union. The Vermont men host Concordia in their exhibition opener this Saturday night and drop the puck for real a week from Friday at Clarkson. We'll hear from the Catamount players coming up.

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Medicare is now covering a potentially life-saving device for patients with an abnormal heart rhythm called A-fib. Vermonters were part of the clinical trials for the Watchman device -- in studies conducted at the UVM Medical Center. And the hospital is one of the few in New England now offering the device. Bridget Barry Caswell has our update.

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The surgery takes place here -- inside the electrophysiology lab at the University of Vermont Medical Center. During clinical trials that began here in 2011, 22 patients received the Watchman device -- designed for people with a potentially fatal heart arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation. The condition -- called A-fib for short -- puts people at risk for a stroke. (34:10) ((Dr. Dan Lustgarten/UVM Medical Center: The stroke that happens from a-fib is a particularly bad kind of stroke because it is generated by a blood clot that thrown from the heart to the brain, and that can be quite devastating.)) It happens when blood pools in an appendage in the left atrium of the heart. Blood clots can form and break off. Because of that, Lustgarten estimates at least two thirds of all a-fib patients need life-long blood thinning medication. But now, since the Food and Drug Administration approved the Watchman -- there's an alternative. It's an umbrella-like device that seals off the opening of the appendage so clots can't escape. (38:21) ((Dr. Dan Lustgarten/UVM Medical Center: The reason why it's revolutionary is what the trials proved is that the device, doing the procedure is by our standards, the device is at least as good as the drugs at preventing the strokes.)) But until recently -- despite the FDA approval -- the Watchman has not been routinely implanted in patients -- because it wasn't covered by insurance. (40:50) ((Dr. Dan Lustgarten/UVM Medical Center: So the good news is that as a consequence of medicare agreeing to pay for it, well now insurers and private insurers generally fall in line with medicare. Now patients can use their insurance to pay for what would otherwise - for most people - be a cost prohibitive alternative or option.)) Lustgarten and his UVM colleagues just started implanting the Watchman again about a month and a half ago. Four have been done so far and he says he expects demand will grow significantly now that it's medicare approved. A potentially life saving alternative to lifelong blood thinning therapy -- now available in Vermont. BBC, Ch. 3 News, Burlington

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Tropical Storm Mathew developed today, and it's one we are going to want to keep an eye on. Through the end of the week, it will be tracking towards the west, but then it looks like it will be heading north, and we'll be watching this in the days ahead to see what the track of this storm will be early next week. Lake: It will be another pretty day tomorrow on Lake Champlain. Mountain: Some good fall hiking as well, with pleasant temperatures. Weekend: Looking unsettled, with a chance of showers each day.

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Does location make a difference when brewing beer? A Lake Placid brewery is almost sold out of suds -- aged in an old missile silo -- left over from the Cold War. Rose Spillman has the story.

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What's the story behind any good glass of beer? For some brewers, it's the exotic ingredients--but for a new brewery in Lake Placid--it's location, location, location. The Big Slide Brewery opened this summer with a Russian imperial stout that was aged for 8 months in an old missile silo. ((Jason Scull/Production Brewer 5011 00:19:54 "The history of the missile silo is very interesting in and of itself. It's a great temperature to age beer. A little warmer than our typical aging conditioning temperature of about 40 degrees, and that just allows the yeast to metabolize some of those flavors that are in there and give it a little bit different flavor." 00:20:11)) The missile silo they used is one of many placed in the area around the former Plattsburgh Airforce. They date back to the Cuban Missile Crisis when the United States and the Soviet Union were in a political and military standoff. Big Slide brewers got the idea to use it from owners of the Atlas Hoofed It farm in Vermontville who volunteered the abandoned silo on their property. The stout was named: To Russia With Love. ((Joshua Smanburgh/Lake Placid 5010 00:18:25 "It was very good. It's very strong, and again that's a cool thing when you can make stronger beers that are specialty and unique like that, and again I'm an IPA fan, but I thought it was really different style and a really cool way to age the beer." 00:18:40)) The beer was brewed with black strap molasses and flaked barley. It's been a hit since opening day. ((Stu Ruttan/General Manager 4961 00:01:57 "We had pre-sale bottles as well as retail sale bottles. Cage and cork wine style bottles. They sold out in one week. We were expecting about a month's movement on those. Sold out in about a week, and we've only got about one more week--if that--of draft of that left as well." 00:02:12)) Owner Christopher Ericson says that the goal of the new business is to give customers a unique taste--no matter what brew they try. ((Christopher Ericson/Big Slide Brewery Owner 5009 00:15:38 "Our goal is to have 10 quality made beers that represent a variety of styles and offer people a good opportunity to taste some beers maybe that they've never tasted before." 00:15:48)) Brewers say they may put another batch in the missile silo, but that brew wouldn't be ready until this time next year. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Lake Placid.

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As we mentioned in Starting Line Sports ...there are a lot of similarities between this year's editions of the UVM men's and women's hockey teams. Both are veteran squads led by large senior classes, return most of their top scorers from a season ago and will be backed by senior goaltenders. But the connections don't stop there. Three years ago, when both of these groups of seniors were freshman, both the Vermont men's and women's programs had very successful seasons, with the men winning twenty games and advancing to the NCAA Tournament, while the women set a program record with 18 victories and reached the Hockey East semifinals for the first time in program history. Now, those freshman are seniors, with one more chance to make their mark. Today, both head coaches, Kevin Sneddon and Jim Plumer, said this season already feels different from the last couple. It's a sentiment their players agree with.

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((TRT: 50 ... OC: NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP)) ((Kelly/ It comes from them (the coaching staff). They believe in us, I think, more than they have ever. It reminds me a lot of my freshman year. There's just a different feeling around things. And when it comes from them, and them believing in us, that just gives us all the more energy and motivation to fulfill all their expectations.)) ((Bradley/ That's what we've been building for the last three and a half years. Coming in, a lot of our guys had won championships in juniors. We had a big class, ten guys. Coming in our freshman year, we made it to the NCAA tournament, and we thought that's what its going to be like the next three years. Obviously, the last two years have been a little bit of a disappointment in that sense. But I think now that we see that, that's all we want is to get back into the NCAA tournament and a chance at a national championship.))

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Following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Dartmouth, UVM men's soccer head coach Jesse Cormier said his team needed some rest after essentially starting the season by playing a game every three days. Maybe there is something to that assessment. Despite a sterling record of 8-1-1, the signs of fatigue may be showing on the Cats. In their first five games, all wins, Vermont out-scored its opponents 14-3. In the last five games, in which the Cats went 3-1-1, it was ten goals scored...and eight allowed. And three nights after that Dartmouth game, the Cats were back at Virtue Field last night, wrapping up their non-conference schedule against 4-1-2 Hartwick... --- first half...Hartwick with a great chance... Marc Berry tips the cross but Aron Runarsson makes a diving save...no score at the break... --- second half...Vermont with one of its nine corners on the night ...Eamon Kitson with the header but Lenny Wilson knocks the ball over the crossbar... --- then, with ten minutes to go...Shane Haley turns the corner on his defender then sends a low cross that finds Bernard Yeboah who scores his ninth goal of the season.... Cats looking good up 1-0... --- but with just five minutes left...Vermont tries to clear the ball...it goes out to Kane O'Neill fires a rocket from nearly 25 yards out...no chance for Runarsson...we're tied at one and going to overtime... --- early in the second OT...Haley gets a good look at it but the ball hits off the bottom corner of the post... --- then, with just over three minutes left... Cats get out of position defensively and Hartwick takes advantage, Kyle Honor knocks it out of the air... and knocks the air out of Virtue Field. The Hawks win it 2-1 ...Vermont finishes non-conference play with a record of 8-2-1

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((TRT: 23 ... OC: ON SATURDAY)) ((Cormier/ In the end, we were pushing to win the game. And we were maybe a little careless, as we exposed ourselves. How our guys positioned ourselves and how we recovered. They deserved it. They played intelligent, the pounced. They had their moment and they made us pay. So, hopefully we can learn from it and be more prepared for Stony Brook on Saturday.))

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A trio of the state's top amateur golfers, Eric Lajeunesse, Garren Poirier and reigning State Am champ Bryan Smith, are representing Vermont this week at the USGA Men's State Team championship at the Country Club of Birmingham in Alabama. The trio are out on the course for the first round of the three round tournament and are currently tied for 43rd with New Hampshire.

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The Yankees did there part to keep the Red Sox from clinching the A-L East pennant last night as New York hit three home runs off David Price to beat Boston 6-4 at the Stadium and snapped the Sox eleven game win streak in the process. Toronto also won last night, beating Baltimore 5-1 at Rogers Center to keep Boston's magic number stuck at one. One more win or Blue Jays loss is all the Sox need to win the division. New York's win also kept the Yankees alive in the Wild Card race. The Orioles hold the second A-L Wild Card, Detroit, Seattle and Houston are all within two and a half games of the Birds. New York is four games back with five left to play, but their final three games are against Baltimore in the Bronx.

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