Wed 17-SEP-2014 6 P.M. News Script


Vermont Information Technology Leaders has been working with primary care providers around the state to set up an electronic health records database. Gina sat down with the CEO of VITL to talk about the future of patient records.


Start: 00:03:12:03 Gina: Joinging me now is the CEO of Vitl, John Evans. Thank you so much for talking with us today. Evans: Very happy to be here thanks for having me. Gina: So the company has been working on Vitl access for nine years now. What does it mean to finally go online? And what does it mean in the way patient's records will be handled? (((00:03:28:26))) Evans: It's very exciting work for us, it's a culmination of first helping health care providers move from a paper health care environment into an electronic environment or an electronic health records. Then building the network, which means connecting these electronic healthcare records to Vitl and having infastructure that supports tha ability to use that information. And there are really three uses of the information: One is at the point of care, so when you go to see your healthcare clinition or provider and they have the ability to look up information on you, if you consent to letting them do that. Secondly is to that information for analysis purposes, to help them prove care comparatively. Thirdly and ultimatley more population management purposes. ((( 00:04:20:01))) Gina: There are always concerns about privacy. What steps are being taken to making sure these resors stay in the correct hands? (((00:04:26:10)))Evans : So we do a number of things on the private securty front. First of all, when the patient clinical information is transmitted to us in an encryted form, it is stored in seperate data vaults, by provider information. The network is monitored twenty-four seven. The patient has to give consent, for anyone who is involved in their care to access the infomation. The information is constantly looked at in terms of any attempt to access it, both in terms of appropriateness of the individual accessing information, the use of the information. And it were deemed to be inappropriate, then an audit, and potentially some kind of action ight need to be taken with a clinictian if they were looking at data inappropriatley. (((00:05:19:20))) Gina: Okay I was going to say, becuase this information would be gold to say an insurance company, so what prevents this misuse there? (((00:05:26:00))) Evans: Well first of all, insurance companies do not currently have access to the information through Vitl access. That's always a potential though becuase insurance companies if they recieve patient consent to do that, that's something that could be pursued. The information is not accessable by law enforcement, by state government. It is for the use of individuals involved in your care who have gotten consent who can use that information for a variety of different purposes. So having information that was generated previously by an organization that they don't get that information from. For example, a lab test result. Patients don't want to have to give another lab test result if they don't have to. So that information exsists, it's still appropriate for the clinition to use, that improves patient care, it improves safety, the patient doesn't have to get stuck with a needle again, perhaps they don't have to take time off from work, and if the test isn't ordered again it saves money for the healthcare system as well. (((00:06:30:27))) Gina: Are there other health benefits to sharing records electronically like this? (((00:06:35:01))) Evans: Yes, absolutely! When organizations want to be able to utilize clinical information for analysis. For example we work closely with a blue print for health. Which is a statewide health reform undertaking, that takes our data an utilizes it with healthcare teams around the state of Vermont as they care for the cronic desease populations in Vermont. And they use that data and analyze it from a trending standpoint to see if interventions are successful in the care of the patient. We also provide immunization data to the department of health currently for example. The data has a myriad of different uses, during disaster events when hospitals have been effected and their information has been lost, that can serve as an opportunity to look at people's medications. So there is a myriad of uses for this. (((00:07:30:20))) Gina: Does it reduce the cost of helathcare? (((00:07:34:01))) Evans: it will. it will. Gina: How? (((:00:07:36:00))) Evans: Well the example that I had just given you, so let's assume that someone arrvies into the emergency department. Perhaps their semi-conscious, they don't have information with them related to their medications, their friends accompanying them don't know who their doctor is or who to call. So in the absence of that, the clinitions have to take steps to do the right thing for the patient. That might require additional tests, that might require procedures. that might require admitting the patient. If they have access to information on that pateint they might not have to do any of that. They may know what medications the patient is on, they may know that they don't need to perform a procedure, or admit the patient overnight. So it has major ramifications, for patients during the course of the care. (((00:08:25:28))) Gina: Rally interesting new technology. John Evans, the CEO of Vitl information, thank you so much for joining us. Evans: Thank you so much for having me. End: 00:08:31:26


Good evening, I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. The news last week of Dollar General's $9.1 BILLION hostile take over of Family Dollar has wide-spread implications for the fast-growing retail chain. As Alexei Rubenstein reports, small-town Vermont is very familiar with the growth of the mini-box stores.


Hardwick resident Merrill Chapin is concerned about the new neighbor moving in. (TC 00:02:20:17 ) ((Merrill Chapin/Fighting Dollar General "I feel like my rights are being stepped on. I feel like the animals rights are being stepped on. I feel like nature is. )) Dollar General is hoping to put up its latest store on this patch of wooded land on Route 14 -- just outside of Hardwick. Chapin says he has no beef with Dollar Generals, he's just concerned about what the development will means for water quality on his abutting 22 acres -- and in nearby Cooper Brook. (TC 00:01:22:27 Tile 9916)((Merrill Chapin/Fighting Dollar General "The water they're going to capture is coming off parking lots etc. so its not exactly going to be clean water. It's not going to be water you want to reach down and drink.)) The store has been approved by the town, but an appeal brought by Chapin is underway in environmental court. ((GRFX - map with locations)) Chapin is not alone in his concerns. The chain -- that calls itself "the nation's largest small-box discount retailer" has mushroomed in Vermont -- from only a half a dozen stores a few years ago -- to nearly two dozen today -- and five more in the works. Besides Hardwick, residents in Ferrisburgh, Jericho and Chester have raised concerns about the stores. The Vermont Preservation Trust's Paul Bruhn says In the case of places like Barre and Berlin -- where two stores popped up in the last few months within less than 3 miles of each other -- the chain made the right move -- building or converting structures in or near designated downtowns. But he says in the case of Hardwick and other rural towns, the development often creates the kind of sprawl that flies in the face of Vermont's reputation for thoughtful land use planning. Because the stores are smaller than your typical big boxes, they are often able to fly under the radar of statewide planning. ((TC 00:31:52:05 Tile 9984 Steve Jeffrey/Vt League of Cities and Towns "Unlike a WalMart or a Home Depot, these things are very small in their footprint so they usually are not subject to the Act 250 process, so it is up to the local zoning officials to be able to look at it within the authority they've been granted with their zoning bylaws.)) And if there's nothing in the bylaws -- as was the case in Hardwick -- there's not much locals can do. But the stores do have their fans -- shoppers we spoke to in Berlin and Barre were pleased with the openings... (TC 00:20:15:01 Tile 9940) ((Marsha Biler/Barre "The people are friendly and if you cant find anything they're always asking if they can help. An a lot of their food is a lot cheaper than WalMart, so you find good deals in there everyday.)) (TC 00:30:06:14 Tile 9983) ((Matt Richardson/Berlin "It's a little bit cheaper than the regular grocery stores. I live probably about half a mile up the hill so its really local , I can walk right to it -- saves on gas)) Dollar General would not talk to us on air -- but issued the following statement: ((FONT)) "Both in Vermont and across the 40 states Dollar General operates in, we are respectful of community concerns and thoughtful in store design to comply with local building codes in order to be consistent with the charm and character of the towns we serve." Back in Hardwick, Chapin says he's not an environmentalist -- and he's not in it to get money -- he just wants to protect what's in his backyard. (TC 00:14:49:09) ((Merrill Chapin/Fighting Dollar General "I would think if they want to go through the Northeast and build like this, they would come up with a green pattern. does that make sense? A way that they can build without effecting the land.)) Dollar General says they're playing by the rules -- now some are questioning if those rules need to be revised... Alexei Rubenstein - Channel 3 News - Hardwick


He taught in a Vermont school -- but now 49-year-old Brant Nelson has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison -- for sexually assaulting kids. Brant Nelson was arrested in 20-12 for possession of child pornography -- and then fired from Vermont Academy in Saxtons River. Prosecutors say Nelson was creating child porn -- and sharing it with other pedophiles over the internet. Investigators then found evidence that Nelson had repeatedly had sex with two children under the age of twelve -- and had transported those kids out of state to have sex with another man.


A developing story now in Brattleboro. At least four people hurt -- in a crane accident. We're told by fire officials that there's been a malfunction with the basket on a crane -- involved in the West River Bridge project on Interstate 91. We expect to get more information later this evening.


Its just two weeks away -- Vermont's new ban on using handheld cellphones while driving goes into effect October first. State agencies are trying to get the word out about just what you can and cannot do behind the wheel. Drivers can only use their phones in hands-free mode -- using the speakerphone, headphones or with a blue-tooth connection. State officials say reducing distractions will make everyone on the roads safer.


(713_2557_01) (( ROBERT IDE/DMV COMISSIONER 00:17:46:06 I WOULD ASK YOU ALL TO THINK MORE HOLISTICALLY ABOUT WHAT YOUR RESPONSILBITY IS TO THE PERSON YOU MEET IN THE OTHER LANE AND ALTERING YOUR BEHAVIOR MAY SAVE SOMEONE ELSE A LIFETIME OF PAIN. 00:17:57:10// butted// 00:18:06:15 THIS IS MORE THAN HOW DO I BEHAVE, THIS IS WHAT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO GREATER SOCIETY 00:18:11:25)) And we now know how much you'll be fined for breaking the law. For a first offense drivers face a 162 dollar fine. Subsequent offenses raise the cost to 392 dollars. Those fines could be higher, if the driver contests the violation and loses.


Where will you find the rudest drivers on the roads? One survey -- says Vermont. The consumer insurance website -- Insure-dot-com -- ranks Vermont tied for sixth with Delaware for rude behavior behind the wheel. The results come from a survey of 2-thousand drivers nationwide. New Yorkers are even worse -- ranking as third rudest. New Hampshire drivers are among the best behaved -- tied for 48th on the list.


A warning about a phony billing scam --targeting schools. The Better Business Bureau wants school districts across the country to look out for phony invoices like this one sent to the Orange West Supervisory Union. The invoices come from a company called Scholastic School Supply. They seek payment of 647-dollars and 50 cents for the bulk purchase of text books. But the Better Business Bureau says the company -- and the bills -- are bogus. They've been sent to schools in at least 28 states. Experts say the scammers are counting on school accountants to pay the relatively small fees without checking to see if they are real.


Clinton Community College is getting millions of dollars from New York State -- to build a new technology center. It's part of a statewide grant program for economic development. Logan Crawford is live in Plattsburgh with more on the new center. Logan? Kristin, Educators and students at Clinton Community College are excited. They say this facility will grow tech programs at the college -- and provide skilled workers for local tech companies.


Derek Marcelino is in his second year at Clinton Community College. (TC 00:19:02:25 Tile 3601) ((Derek Marcelino/Clinton Community College "I'm a electronics major, I'm thinking about dual majoring in industrial or computer tech." 00:19:07:22)) He's excited to be one of the students who will be learning in the new tech center coming to the college. New York State is funding 12-point-7 million dollars for the "Advanced Manufacturing Institute" -- in an effort to grow technology jobs in the North Country. (TC 00:19:35:04 Tile 3601) ((Derek Marcelino/Clinton Community College "It's good to actually get some jobs out here because I know recently people have been talking about how it's a problem." 00:19:42:26)) The new facility will house all current tech programs at Clinton Community -- and also grow them. (TC 00:26:04:22 Tile 3602) ((Kristopher Renadette/Asst. Professor Industrial Technology "Not only provides a building for us, this gives us a chance to update and greatly enhance all of the equipment that we currently have." 00:26:12:22)) (TC 00:40:00:22 Tile 3632) ((Logan Crawford/Plattsburgh "Construction on the new tech center is expected to begin by the spring of 2015. College officials hope students will be in class by 2016. The new tech center will not only be beneficial for students and future workers -- but for businesses around Clinton County." 00:40:16:15)) (TC 00:22:24:14 Tile 3602) ((Kristopher Renadette/Asst. Professor Industrial Technology "This is going to be a one stop shop for all the manufacturing companies in the area -- and those to come -- to come to the institute and get all the training they desire." 00:22:35:03)) Students can earn a 2 year Associates Degree in Technology -- or spend a week in a customized program. And state officials hope that translates into more prospective workers for tech businesses in the area. (TC 00:03:25:09 Tile 3574) ((Paul Grasso/The Development Corporation President "Provide a pipeline of employees, so it's going to be very helpful for the economy here, and for employers, and for manufacturers." 00:03:32:06)) And the hope is more qualified workers will draw new businesses to the region -- creating more opportunities for those like Marcelino in the tech field. (TC 00:21:01:16 Tile 3601) ((Derek Marcelino/Clinton Community College "It's definitely going to open the door for a lot of people, including me." 00:21:04:17))


The tech center will also have room to allow students from Clarkson and SUNY Plattsburgh to enroll in tech courses at Clinton Community. Kristin?

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Nick, it was a pretty nice day out there... It sure was. We saw plenty of sun and comfy temps. However, this evening we're watching a weak cold front move in from the north. It will bring us some clouds tonight, and perhaps a few showers. Once it passes some chilly temps will arrive. In fact, many spots will see a frost on Thursday night. I'll the details in my full forecast coming up. (wx script)


A political attack ad is about to run, slamming a Vermont candidate who is not up for election this year. A Shelburne businessman and former George W. Bush appointee-- paid for the commercial - which calls Senator Bernie Sanders a hypocrite. State House Reporter Kyle Midura is here with the story, Kyle? Darren and Kristin, Sen. Sanders has criticized excessive bonuses and severance packages on Wall Street in recent years. The ad due to start running here on Channel three asks Sanders to return hundreds of thousands of dollars producers of the ad argue amount to a golden parachute for his wife.


Sen. Bernie Sanders is a frequent critic of the United States' wealthiest citizens. (00:00:10:00) ((TV Ad - they're able to manipulate a rigged system, tax breaks for them sending American Jobs all over the world, getting golden parachutes )) In an attack ad scheduled to be released Thursday, Sanders is accused of hypocrisy. The ad alleges Sanders' wife Jane -- the former president of cash-strapped Burlington College -- received a golden parachute of her own. (00:00:28:00) ((TV AD when she left the faltering and cash-strapped Burlington college in 2012 :33 she took a 200-thousand dollars with her that's almost four times what the average Vermont Household makes in a year )) Shelburne Businessman Skip Vallee spent 10-thousand dollars to purchase about a week's worth of air-time here on Channel 3. He says he wants viewers to call Sanders and demand the college's money back. (00:02:22:00 - PHONER ) ((Skip Vallee - Paid for Ad Bernie has consistently said that these golden parachutes should not be allowed to happen and i think he should back up his rhetoric and give the money back )) (00:03:52:00) ((Skip Vallee - Paid for Ad there's no question that this is the ultimate of hypocrisy )) President George W. Bush appointed Vallee as an ambassador to Slovakia in 2005, serving for two years. Sanders is laying the groundwork for a potential run for president in 2016. Vallee says he may buy more media time locally but doesn't plan on airing the ad in battle-ground states like Iowa. (00:02:58:00) (( it wouldn't surprise me if the Hillary people or the Malloy people :03 or the Biden people took a version of this in their own ads, I'll leave that up to them )) Sen. Sanders declined our request for a phone interview, but his communications director says the ad stems from the pair's fight over gas prices. Vallee made a fortune in the gas industry. He co-owns Maplefields and a fuel distribution company. He's fighting CostCo's efforts to enter the market on environmental grounds. FX A statement from Sanders' office calls Vallee, "a millionaire who has crawled into the gutter and bought TV ads attacking Bernie's wife for a sabbatical she earned." The release continues, "Skip Vallee has ripped off customers for years at his Burlington-area gas stations that sell the highest priced gas anywhere in Vermont." and closes with, "this junior varsity version of the Koch brothers is dipping into his fortune to bankroll a smear campaign." END FX Vallee denies gouging customers -- arguing some sellers in Southern Vermont are selling their product at cost or a loss.


We also reached out to Jane Sanders this afternoon and did not hear back. - Darren


We have a Republican candidate for New York's 115th Assembly race. After counting absentee ballots -- Incumbent Janet Duprey wins with 19-hundred-83 votes -- to Karen Bisso's 16-hundred-87 votes. In a statement -- Bisso congratulates Duprey on the Primary win. But says she's still running in the general election in November -- as a Conservative candidate.



Tonight a weak cold front will drop in from Canada bringing us a period of clouds and perhaps a few showers. Overnight lows will range from 38/48. Thursday morning that front will continue to sag south. As this happens skies will become partly to mostly sunny. Highs will be in the 50s across the north, and 60s to the south. An area of high pressure will crest overhead on Thursday night. With clear skies, light winds, and low humidity temperatures will bottom out in the 20s and 30s; there will be a widespread frost for most of us away from Lake Champlain. Friday looks mostly sunny with temperatures rising to 55/62. Looking ahead, a warm front will pass through the area on Saturday with a couple of showers. Sunday will be breezy and mild, with a period of steadier showers arriving along a cold front through the afternoon and evening. Fall officially begins at 10:29 PM on Monday; it looks like we'll usher in fall with plenty of clouds, a few showers and highs around 60.



Are you in the market for a multi-million dollar home? Now's your chance to bid on one. Shelby Cashman is at the home in Sharon -- with the story. Hi Shelby. Nice digs! Darren and Kristin--this gorgeous home behind me is just the beginning of this 128 acre --multi million dollar property--aptly named "great Views" and you'll see why in just a little bit. Now the homeowners are actually gearing up to sell the property--but they are not going about it--the way you might think.


(00:00:48) ((Mike Jensen/Estate Owner "I said to sue, I think I'll buy a piece of property and build a cabin in the woods.")) (00:00:54) 128 acres of woods to be exact. And that cabin? ((NATS of us talking outside on deck)) Over fifty six hundred square feet--of open views in Sharon. (00:03:03) (( Sue Strober " to look around and not be able to see these views from inside would just be such a shame so the more glass we could put in the happier we were.")) (00:03:14) Mike Jensen and Sue Strober built Great Views 16 years ago. Take the time to explore--you'll find three separate houses on the property--miles of walking trails--a state of the art wine cellar--and unique art pieces from all over the world. ((NATS of us in the Great Room)) And wander up to the pinnacle point of the property--you might feel like you're on top--of the world. Standup (00:36:26) ((Shelby Cashman: it's pretty obvious why the property is called great views. It's 360 incredible degrees of the green mountains. But with a luxury property so unique it also takes a unique way to sell it.")) (00:36:39) (00:21:01) ((Danny Prell/Concierge Auctions "it takes about 3 to 5 years to sell a luxury home property of this magnitude so what we do we sell it in about 4 to 6 weeks.")) (00:21:11) Enter Concierge Auctions--an auction house that helps sell luxury properties across the globe. The owners of Great Views say they called in Concierge--when they struggled for the last 2 and a half years to sell their home in a traditional real estate market -- asking 6-point-5 million. Concierge says it taps an expansive data base of high end buyers and investors--and gets to work. Property sales manger Danny Prell--says they might have thousands of interested parties look at a property--but that number significantly drops on auction day. The choice comes with some risk. Owners COULD see far less than what their asking price had been - but Concierge says it tries to "protect" them. (00:21:45) ((Danny Prell "you might have anywhere between five and 10 bidders auction. So what happens is the bidding starts and when the gavel strikes, whoever has been the highest they get the property.")) (00:21:59) Prell says Vermont has had estate auctions--but Great Views--is different. (00:23:17) ((Danny Prell "they've had other auctions but not of this magnitude.")) (00:23:20) As for Sue and Mike--they say--the decision to sell--was not easy. But Florida is waiting. (00:07:32) ((SC: "what are you going to miss the most?" Mike Jensen: "these. The time sitting out on the porch, walking through the woods taking the dog for a walk it's really great.")) (00:07:44) But its time for a new family--to take in the views. (00:10:15) ((Mike Jensen "it has a very special place in our heart.")) (00:10:17)


Auction day is October 7th and if you are interested in the property we have a link to more details on our website--wcax dot com. Darren kristin?


A Keene man is due in court tomorrow after police say he assaulted a boy for the second time. Duke Pete served six months for simple assault after police say he broke an infant boy's leg in 2012. Now that boy is 2. And police say he was taken to the ER Monday after Pete allegedly slammed his head and face on a table and the floor. Pete is charged with second-degree assault.


Several members of a Lyndonville family have been indicted -- in connection with a melee at a New Hampshire amusement park. Security video shows the altercation -- between the Perry family -- and security guards -- at Canobie Lake Park in Salem. Guards say they'd asked the family to leave knives in the car -when the fight broke out. Now Elmer Perry and his sons Joshua and Brian are due in court a week from Friday.


Construction starts soon on the 9-million dollar expansion of the Newport State Airport. But other signs of the half-a-billion dollar redevelopment project are harder to spot. Downtown -- a large number of shops on Main Street remain vacant. A major setback this spring when a deal fell through to convert lake front property into a visitor and convention. Still -- some town officials say they remain bullish about the future -- and the potential for new jobs.


((Neil Morrissette/Newport Board of Alderman. "We're putting a lot of emphasis on the empty storefronts -- and don't get me wrong -- I'm a Newport boy, I'd love to see them. I remember when J.J. Newberry's and everything was here, but it's going to happen again. Mr. Pomerleau is doing a lot of good things. Mr Stenger is doing a bunch of good things. There are certain areas that are not as fast as we want when it comes to build-up and stuff, but it's happening.)) Further from the Downtown -- Morrissette says plans to break ground on a Korean Bio Tech company should rev up this fall. He hopes that -- along with the airport expansion -- will bring new employers coming to the area.


An industrial site in Bennington -- is being added to the federal Superfund list -- for environmental cleanup. The area used to be the Jard Company -- but it is contaminated with PCBs -- in the soil and groundwater. The Environmental Protection Agency removed some of the soil -- but last year found that that the pollution was drifting west of the site. Now -- the EPA will study the site and involve the community in decision about cleanup.


Norwich University in Northfield is launching its largest-ever capital campaign. The private military school's previous high-mark was more than 80-million dollars. School President General Richard Schneider will announce the new fundraising goal on Friday. The campaign will run through 20-19. President Schneider tells us the money will be put toward new buildings, renovating older facilities and the University's endowment.


(01:28:05:00) ((Gen. Richard Schneider - Norwich University President aceademic improvements, scholarships, we'll be building a new six-story academic facility, renovating 3 academic builidings that really need it, so it's a great range of things people can invest in)) Even though the goal is a secret until Friday -- the school says in order to reach it -- the school's 17-thousand living alumni will each need to give more than five-thousand dollars. That's news around the region.


Starting Line Sports has been in the news for a lot of negative reasons of late. But there are also plenty of positives about the game, things like learning teamwork and developing leadership skills. In Rutland, the game of football is also being used to break down some barriers. Elizabeth Keatinge has more.


((TRT: 2:12 ... OC: CHANNEL THREE NEWS, RUTLAND)) ((One of the 37 players on the Rutland High School freshmen football team is not like the others. Abby Hawkins says she's happy to be the only girl on the Rutland Raiders. ((Abby Hawkins/wide receiver and cornerback 20:09:56:02 I actually prefer them see me as the weak link, and so I can prove myself. 20:10:00:07)) ((The 5'3" 114 pound wide receiver and cornerback tells us she's wanted to do this for awhile, but it took some convincing to get her parents to allow her to join the team.)) ((Abby Hawkins/wide receiver and cornerback 20:08:03:07 Every time I told them, they said, no, you're not playing, you're a girl, go play a different sport. 20:08:08:04)) ((Her teammates tell us besides changing in a different locker room, she's just like them.)) ((Jared Migliore/quarterback and middle line backer 20:16:33:05 You don't really, like even notice it that much. I mean, she can do, girls can do basically whatever guys can do as long as they put their mind to it. :38)) ((Brendan Crossman/ tight end and defensive end 20:20:09:07 I think it shows that our school is willing to let anybody play a sport, no matter who they are, so I think that's great. :14)) ((Although they say they accept her and treat her as one of the guys, having a girl on the team does come with stereotypes.)) ((Jared Miglorie/ quarterback and middle line backer20:17:28:13 I definitely think there is some like, probably talk before the game, "she's a girl, we don't know what she's gonna do." :34)) ((Brendan Crossman/ tight end and defensive end 20:19:41:16 Some people, you can usually see them go a little soft, less aggressive against them. :45)) ((Abby Hawkins/ wide receiver and cornerback 20:10:22:01 I've had a couple comments given back to me, the typical, oh she's a girl on the football team. :28)) ((If she ever gets down, she can get a pep talk from someone who has been through the exact same thing, right here on campus. Earth Sciences teacher Sarah Coon was the only girl on the St. Alban's freshmen and JV teams. Here's Coon when she played in 2005.)) ((Sarah Coon/Earth Sciences Teacher 20:04:31:06 I think it's great. I think it's amazing. I wish we could say that there was more than one female player on the team. 20:04:36:01)) ((All players on the freshmen team try out, but they all make the team. It's an opportunity for freshmen to learn the sport and have fun, and Hawkins is no different.)) ((Devin Siva/assistant coach and defensive coordinator 20:22:48:26 A lot of kids are coming in new, learning it, so you gotta treat them all the same:52)) (( 14-year-old Hawkins says by joining the team, she's learning more than just football skills.)) ((Abby Hawkins/wider receiver and cornerback 20:12:06:07 Don't listen to what anyone else says, because, it's, in the end it's going to affect you and you only. If you're going to enjoy it, then why not. 20:12:13:11)) ((Elizabeth Keatinge/Rutland 20:39:41:10 As far as her future in football goes, Hawkins says she's just focused on this season, but she as well as her coaches and teachers hope that her story will inspire other girls to try out in the future. EK Ch3 News Rutland. 20:39:54:16))


Coming up later...a look ahead to a busy weekend in local college football...and the UVM women's soccer team in action this afternoon, we'll have the highlights...


Tonight at 11 -- a craft beer lover's dream come true. Alex Apple will take you to Vermont's first craft beer filling station. The Growler Garage will offer 21 taps of beer from Vermont and beyond. See what he finds tonight on the Late News at 11.


New research suggests a child can start developing asthma in the womb. The study blames prenatal exposure to some common household chemicals. Danielle Nottingham reports.


(SOT Dr. Robin Whyatt/ Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health) :08-:15 PREGNANT WOMEN MAY WANT TO TRY TO LIMIT THEIR EXPOSURE TO CERTAIN HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS IF THEY WANT TO LOWER THEIR CHILD'S RISK OF DEVELOPING ASTHMA. (SOT Dr. Robin Whyatt/ Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) The prenatal period tends to be the great window of susceptibility. The time when the lungs are developing. (Show author than phthalate molecules then file of kids) RESEARCHERS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY FOUND EXPOSURE TO HIGH LEVELS OF TWO KINDS OF chemicals called PHTHALATES - LED TO A 70 PERCENT INCREASED RISK OF THEIR CHILDREN BEING DIAGNOSED WITH ASTHMA BETWEEN THE AGES OF 5 AND 11. (VO) PHTHALATES ARE FOUND IN EVERYTHING FROM PLASTIC CONTAINERS TO SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES TO VINYL FLOORING AND SHOWER CURTAINS. (SOT Dr. Robin Whyatt/ Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) 43:42 They are used both as plasticizers to make plastic flexible they are also used to hold scent (BRIDGE Danielle Nottingham/CBS News, Los Angeles) Phthalates are generally not listed on a product label so it's difficult to avoid them completely. But experts say there are ways to lower your exposure. (GRX) -THEY SAY AVOID PLASTICS WITH THE NUMBERS 3,6, AND 7. -DO NOT MICROWAVE FOOD IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS -AND REDUCE YOUR USE OF SCENTED PRODUCTS (VO) PHTHALATES HAVE ALREADY BEEN BANNED IN TOYS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, BUT RESEARCHERS SAY MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PROTECT CHILDREN BEFORE THEY ARE BORN. DANIELLE NOTTINGHAM, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.


The study followed 3-hundred pregnant women and their children who live in a part of New York City with one of the highest asthma rates in the world. That's HealthWatch.


The weather has been cooler than normal recently, but in the longer range it looks like september could wrap up with near normal temps. Precip looks pretty normal too. In the meantime cooler air will work in later tonight, so the mountains will be chilly tomorrow. The lake temp continues to come down too. The weekend forecast shows a few showers Saturday. Then Sunday will be mild with afternoon showers.


High praise for a Bolton artist. Alison Bechdel has won a "Genius Grant" from the MacArthur Foundation. Bechdel is one of 21 people nationwide to wind the award. The 54-year-old is a cartoonist and graphic memoirist. This is video of her in her studio a few years ago. The MacArthur Foundation says it chose Bechdel because of the conceptual depth and complex structure of her storytelling.


Vergennes Union High School could soon have 100-thousand new reasons to celebrate. As education reporter Keith McGilvery found out -- it's in large part thanks to the work of one teacher.


((Kristine Kirkaldy, 00:00:22:00 "the job is never the same, everyday I learn something new from my students and hopefully they learn something from me.)) But the way Kristine Kirkaldy's students are learning at Vergennes Union High School is changing. ((Kristine Kirkaldy, Nellie Mae Foundation Nominee 00:01:02:00 "we want to take the students dreams, their aspirations, their passions or their interests and put that on the forefront so that way the learning becomes a lot more important to them.)) Krikaldy is a spanish teacher by profession -- who's been in the classroom for close to 15 years. Ten -- at Vergennes. ((Joshua Sickles, VUHS Junior 00:11:37:00 "she is fantastic, I think she is one of the best teachers in the school.)) ((Natalie Salley, VUHS Junior 00:22:59:00 She is definitely outgoing and she is really up and peppy.)) now she splits her time -- becoming a driving force in her district for creating and implementing portfolio-based student assessments. ((Joshua Sickles, VUHS Junior 00:11:37:00 "I have kept work since my freshman year, since I have been here, work that I think has shown that I have had growth.// She is very lenient on putting work in, she really wants us to show as much work as we can for the most evidence we can.)) The effort has students combining traditional class work, with individualized projects, community service and internships to demonstrate what they know in order to graduate. ((Stephanie Taylor, VUHS Principal 00:29:22:00 "someone had to have the vision and Christine had that vision.)) Now she's gaining national attention for her efforts. She is one of six finalists from across the country for a 100-thousand dollar prize from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation for innovation in education and student-based learning. ((Stephanie Taylor, VUHS Principal 00:29:25:00 "it was Christine that really put herself out there and took the risk in convincing her colleagues and the community that this is the way we need to be doing education.)) If she wins, the money would go toward her efforts at the high school and would also allow staff to share what's working with other communities. Principal Stephanie Taylor praises Kirkaldy's vision and says a teacher exclusively lecturing from the front of the class is a model that will not work for today's students. ((Stephanie Taylor, VUHS Principal 00:28:13:00 "that type of learning, that model worked for a world that looks very different from the world that our students will graduate into. We need to make sure that they have a set of skills that will allow them to be flexible, life-long learners.)) Kirkaldy stresses it's been a team effort in Vergennes and that a win for her and her school would also be a win for the Green Mountain State. ((Kristine Kirkaldy, Nellie Mae Foundation Nominee 00:04:09:00 "this would be a win for Vermont as well because our state has really taken to heart the idea of student-centered, proficiency based and personal learning.)) The grant will be decided by an online vote -- and you can vote for Kirkaldy by using the link in the info center on WCAX dot com. Keith McGilvery, Channel 3 News, Vergennes.


Online voting ends September 30th at noon.


The hot start this season by the UVM men's soccer team has grabbed headlines, and justifiably so. 5-1 ...the top ranked team in the East and just outside the top 25 in the national rankings. The Vermont women... have hit a cold patch. After winning their first two games, the Cats have dropped four straight, all at home. This afternoon, the UVM women were back home, taking on Siena at Virtue Field... --- Siena had just two shots on net in the entire game...but they'd make one of them count eight and a half minutes into the the corner kick...the ball finds Tara Sobierajski at the top of the box and she hammers it home... 1-0 Siena at the break ... --- Vermont would answer with a Sarah Martin goal early in the second half and the teams play to a 1-1 draw. We'll have full highlights at eleven. The Cats next travel to Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday and then host Dartmouth Sunday.


high school soccer this afternoon Burlington boys visiting Rice... --- Good second half to this match, tied at 1 ... When the Seahorses break through... Tumba Felekini with the solid strike to the near side... 2-1 BHS ... --- The Green Knights answer back on the corner... The ball knocked around the box, lands on the foot of Eric Morin who sends it home... We're tied at 2... --- Fast forward, under 4 to play.. Rice's Hussein Hussein with the cross to Nate Cary who finishes with a brilliant header... That's the game-winner as the Green Knights rally to down Burlington, 3-2.


It doesn't happen often, but this Saturday, the Castleton, Norwich, Dartmouth and Middlebury football teams are all home. The Cadets and Spartans are already into their seasons, but it will be the season openers for the Big Green and the Panthers. Middlebury is coming off a 7-1 season in which the Panthers earned a share of the NESCAC championship. One of the biggest questions for the team heading into this season was, who is going to play quarterback? With McCallum Foote graduating in the spring, four players had their sights set on the job including for Burr and Burton star Jake Stalcup. The former Vermont gatorade player of the year is entering his sophomore season in Middlebury. Stalcup had an impressive camp, but was beaten out for the position by junior Matt Milano. Stalcup knows it's early in his Panthers career so he just has to wait for his time to shine.


(((Jake Stalcup/"It's good to know that I have a couple of more years here and it's just that much more motivation to work hard and try to earn that starting spot or put myself in the best spot I can when Matt leaves or if someone goes down or something. It's really just helping me focus just each and every day as if it was a game day to just do the best I possibly can."))) (((Bob Ritter/"He's got a great sense of the passing game and he can throw the ball really well. He did a great job for us also.")))


Their season has been a lost cause for a while, but there's a reason to tune into tonight's Red Sox game in Pittsburgh. Prized Cuban signing Rusney Castillo will make his Boston debut tonight, playing center field. The Red Sox inked Castillo to a seven year, $72.5 million contract last month.


The Yankees lost for the fifth time in the last six games, falling 6-1 to Tampa Bay last night at Tropicana Field...and the frustrations seemed to boil over late after Derek Jeter was hit in the hand by Steve Geltz in the eighth inning. It was the five time a Yankees batter had been hit in their last five games against the Rays and it led to an angry Joe Girardi getting ejected... -- then in the bottom of the eighth, David Phelps goes inside on Kevin Kiermaier and the benches clear... Phelps was also tossed. New York is now six games out of the final A-L Wild Card with 12 games to go. The Rays go for the series sweep tonight.


at the top of the mountain...the Orioles downed the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 last night in Baltimore to clinch the O's first American League East pennant since 1997. It was Baltimore's ninth win in their last ten games and it secures a second trip to the postseason in three years....a long awaited run of success after the franchise had suffered through 14 straight losing seasons.


Baltimore's next door neighbors, the Washington Nationals, were also in celebration mode last night. The Nats blanked the Braves 3-0 in Atlanta to secure the N-L East title for the second time in the last three years.



Cooler weather arrives the next couple days. Milder with some showers this weekend, mainly Sunday PM. Cool again early next week.


Can decide which Vermont brewery you want to visit? Well, now there's a one stop shop for a lot of them. We take a tour tonight -- at 11. And the search for America's undiscovered artists. Next on the CBS Evening News. Good night. Good night.

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