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It's already that time! We made it to the mid week. Happy Hump Day everyone! Today's quote comes from Jonathan Lockwood (HUE--EE)) Huie who says, "Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace." And this photo was sent in by Tammy Clark Furnam.

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Nick Borelli starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. Today is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week. Highs will reach 83/90, under mostly sunny skies. By late afternoon areas near the Canadian border could see a few more clouds. It will also become more humid with dewpoints bumping up into the mid 60s. A weak backdoor cold front will move in tonight, with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly in northern areas. Lows will range from 58/68. (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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We start with a traffic alert this morning. Route 9 in Marlboro will be closed today while crews remove a concrete wall weighing nearly 50-thousand pounds. The wall was being carried by a tractor trailer when it tipped over last Tuesday. State police say prepare for long delays between 10 am and noon.

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Police are asking for the publics help finding a missing Newport man. They say Travis Lee Stuart was reported missing around 6pm Monday -- after family members were worried when he didn't return home from work. The 41-year-old was last reported tedding hay in a farm field in Glover. Police say he works as a farm hand at a nearby farm about 2 miles from the field. The tractor was located at the edge of the field around 11:30, but Stuart was gone.

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Tensions high in one community as people disagree on a proposed installation of wind turbines. Alex Apple has more from both sides of the debate.

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((Joel Clark/Swanton Selectboard 59:15 One of the beefs many of us have been here is that we have no local control.)) Selectboard members from Fairfield, St Albans and Swanton -- are frustrated. ((Daniel Billado/Swanton Selectboard 29:08 this is very aggressive, very ambitious to have 90% renewables by 2050.)) They feel like they have no say -- over whether seven proposed wind turbines are built atop a plateau in Swanton -- three miles northeast of St. Albans. ((Martha Staskus/VERA Renewables 57:19 we are required by the rules to provide enough information to be able to have conversations like this.)) Martha Staskus spoke on behalf of the wind project's developers. They've yet to formally submit a proposal to Vermont's Public Service board -- which approves such projects -- but they've got the attention of the locals that would live near the project... like former gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie. ((39:55 Dubie NAT Mark My Word)) ((Brian Dubie/Lives near building site 03:10 It's disturbing but this project proposes to clear cut 70 acres.)) Atop the ridge -- is wetland -- which feeds into the Mississquoi and St. Albans bays. ((Brian Dubie 05:05 It doesn't make sense to me, clear cutting 70 acres of forrest in the name of saving the environment.)) Dubie's neighbor Christine Lang -- worries about noise pollution. ((Christine Lang/Lives on ridge 11:27 We have gotten no answers from the developer.)) Through Staskus -- developer Travis Belisle tried to give those answers Monday -- and said the public's concerns will factor into the eventual proposal. ((Martha Staskus/VERA Renewables 54:42 We have put out a letter that says in 45 days of when the letter went out last week there will be enough information to submit a petition to the public service board.)) Developer Travis Belisle attended the meeting -- but declined to speak. He's said on past occasions that he could file for the project soon -- but the review process could take up to a year. That would mean construction would start no earlier than late 2016. ((AA Channel 3 News))

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A Judge has denied a plea deal for the Hardwick man accused of killing a 13-year-old disabled boy. 38-year-old Walter Richters walked into court in handcuffs Tuesday morning ready to plead guilty to killing 13-year-old Isaac Robitille. Police say last year Richters and Isaac's mother -- Melissa Robitille -- gave Isaac a dose of vodka thru his feeding tube to quiet him. But the booze kiled the boy. Richters' lawyer and prosecutors made a deal for Richters' murder charge to be reduced to manslaughter -- and called for a sentence of 4 to 15 years -- but with only 18 months to serve. But, the judge said that wasn't enough jail time.

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(TC 00:13:25:12 Tile 5126) ((Daniel Maguire/Richters' Lawyer "It is unusual that both the state and the defense are asking the court to accept this agreement." 00:13:30:03)) (TC 00:09:20:10 Tile 5126) ((Judge Robert Bent/ "Another judge like myself is likely to say not enough. Then we're going to go back to the drawing board at the juncture." 00:09:28:00)) Judge Bent told the prosecution and defense to come back with a new agreement that would include more jail time for Richters. This agreement also called for Richters to testify against Melissa Robitille -- who's also charged with second degree murder in the case. Richters is due back in court in October.

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A fire at the fire station in Randolph. Adam Sullivan learned what's next for the department after flames destroyed their vehicles and gear.

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Fire fighters sifted through the ashes and worked to put out hotspots at the Randolph Village Volunteer Fire Department --- most of the morning Tuesday. At 6:19AM the fire was toned out. Officials say the cab of the department's #1 engine caught fire-- which quickly spread to the building. ((Richard Lacaillade/resident: "this is very tragic. It's hard to believe that you would have a fire in the fire station itself.")) ((courtesy: Tom Hewitt)) When crews arrived on scene, the flames were already shooting through the roof. Multiple area departments were called in for backup to bring the fire under control. ((Chief Jay Collette/Randolph Village Fire Dept: "i've been a chief since 1998 so it's a little bit awestruck right now. The impact. Fire chiefs don't want this in their own home.")) By Tuesday evening -- fire investigators had not pinpointed what started the fire in the truck. We do know that it was used in a training exercise the day before. One witness in the area heard a loud explosion around the time crews began to respond. ((Collette: "there was a lot of pressure vessels in the apparatus. Air bottles, fire extinguishers, water cans, stuff in the engine compartment that is all pressurized.")) Along with the #1 engine- which is a total loss-- the station's rescue truck, tanker truck , and ALL for firefighting gear was either damaged or destroyed. Officials estimate the total lost to be as much as one million dollars. ((Lacaillade: "one of the reactions you have is how do we replace the resources and what do we do for coverage in the meantime.")) Luckily, along with the fact that there were no injuries reported, a backup #2 engine was NOT in the building at the time. ((Mel Adams/Town Manager: "in our capital plan had anticipated replacing this building probably in the next three years because it's outsized and converting it to a police station.")) ((Sullivan: "the town manager says the town has already received offers to borrow equipment from stations in Vermont and outside the state and he says with the two nearby departments, residents in this community will be covered in an emergency despite this unexpected fire. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Randolph Village."))

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(anchors introduce gary)

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Today is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week. Highs will reach 83/90, under mostly sunny skies. By late afternoon areas near the Canadian border could see a few more clouds. It will also become more humid with dewpoints bumping up into the mid 60s. A weak backdoor cold front will move in tonight, with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly in northern areas. Lows will range from 58/68. That cold front will continue to sink south on Thursday. A few more showers and thunderstorms will pop-up, then move south through the day. Our best chance at seeing the most sunshine will be during the afternoon. Highs will reach the low 80s for most of us. Behind that front we'll clear out all over again on Friday. It will be cooler and less humid, with highs of 75/82. That same old upper-level ridge will nose back in for Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day. This means temperatures and humidity levels will slowly bump up all over again. The good news is that if you have any outdoor plans over the holiday weekend it's looking dry and mostly sunny.

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Demonstrations are expected today as the first court hearing for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray gets underway. Gray suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody in April. Brook Silva-Braga has the latest.

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(PKG) -nats- There is stepped up security outside the Baltimore courthouse where later today a judge will decide what's next for the six officers facing criminal charges connected to the death of Freddie Gray. (SOT Commissioner Kevin Davis/ Baltimore City police) The residents and citizens of this city expect their police department to be prepared. The officers won't be in attendance...as attorneys argue whether they should be tried separately or if the charges should be dismissed. The defense is also seeking to have Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby removed from the case ...citing conflicts of interest. -nats-Don't let the cops get off Gray died in April after suffering severe spinal cord injury while riding in a police van. A coroner ruled it a homicide Activists are planning to gather outside the courthouse this morning... (SOT Lee Patterson/ Protest Organizer, People Power Assembly) The killers of Freddie Gray must go to jail and be prosecuted Gray's death sparked weeks of protests.. that calmed after the officers were charged and some worry any change in the case could reignite violence. (SOT MOS) I believe some people want an excuse to do things. The six officers face charges ranging from second-degree assault to second-degree 'depraved-heart' murder. The trial is set to start in October. Brook Silva-Braga for CBS News.

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Officials have filed charges after making a gruesome discovery in Philadelphia. They found three bodies, decomposing inside a funeral home that was operating without a license. Funeral director Blair Hawkins was charged with three counts of abusing a corpse. One body was so badly decomposed police couldn't tell the gender. They also found two separate sets of organs that belonged to two different people.

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A structure collapse on the campus of a Rhode Island university sent 6 people to the hospital. The accident happened at an indoor practice facility at Bryant University that's under construction at the school. Police say the victims fell about 30 feet and were under the structure when rescue crews arrived but their injuries are minor. Classes at Bryant are not scheduled to begin until next week.

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Welcome Back! An 87-year-old Texas man has undergone an unusual surgery to save a hand that was badly burned in an accident. In these photos from the Associated Press, you can see doctors sewed Frank Reyes hand to his belly. They left it under a pocket of tissue for three weeks to give it time to heal and form a new blood supply. The man had a second operation at Houston Methodist Hospital to remove his hand. Doctors are hopeful he'll regain the ability to do most everyday tasks.

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It's a stinky situation! And Vermont seems to have it about the worst. According to Choice Home Warranty, Vermont has the most clogged toilets in the country. The group used Google Ad Words to see which state searched "how to fix a toilet" the most and Vermont topped the list. But the study found that the state has a good handle on composting waste and has an abundance of dual-flush toilets that help the environment.

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And an Uber driver saw his car turned into a delivery room when an impatient baby didn't have time for Manhattan traffic. Eric Rodriguez picked up a Hoboken, New Jersey mom already in labor headed to the hospital but when the car got stuck in rush hour traffic inside the Lincoln Tunnel, the baby wasn't waiting around.

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((Erick Rodriguez/ Uber Driver, When we're in the middle of the Lincoln, her water broke, all I hear is water. ==((BUTTED TO))== baby wanted to come out, she was having contractions every minute.)) Once he saw the light at the end of the tunnel, he hopped out to call for help and flagged down E-M-T's and paramedics. Within minutes, they delivered a healthy baby girl in the back seat of the Uber car, without complications. Both mom and baby are doing fine.

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Today is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week. Highs will reach 83/90, under mostly sunny skies. By late afternoon areas near the Canadian border could see a few more clouds. It will also become more humid with dewpoints bumping up into the mid 60s. A weak backdoor cold front will move in tonight, with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly in northern areas. Lows will range from 58/68. That cold front will continue to sink south on Thursday. A few more showers and thunderstorms will pop-up, then move south through the day. Our best chance at seeing the most sunshine will be during the afternoon. Highs will reach the low 80s for most of us. Behind that front we'll clear out all over again on Friday. It will be cooler and less humid, with highs of 75/82. That same old upper-level ridge will nose back in for Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day. This means temperatures and humidity levels will slowly bump up all over again. The good news is that if you have any outdoor plans over the holiday weekend it's looking dry and mostly sunny.

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Millions of adults are old at heart. And the number of Americans having their knees replaced has skyrocketed. Kenneth Craig has the day's medical headlines.

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PKG: More middle aged Americans than ever before are getting new knees. The Centers for Disease Control says from 2000 through 2010 more than 5-million people got total knee replacements, most of them adults over 45. Rates increased among both sexes but especially women - up 99-percent. A separate study from the CDC finds nearly 70 million adults in the US have hearts that have aged beyond their actual years. For men, the average difference is 8-years, compared to 5 years for women. The biggest risks to having an aging heart include: High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and smoking. Older adults are getting into bicycling, but thats leading to more injuries. A survey of emergency rooms finds bike injuries have jumped almost 30 percent in recent years. Cyclists over 45 are end up in the hospital most often. Those are some of the day's top health stories. KC, CBS News, New York

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In the headlines this morning: A New Hampshire woman is behind bars after her alleged murder-for-hire scheme goes wrong... Crews rescue a woman pinned under a pickup truck Plus-- A new name in the race for Vermont Governor makes it official.

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning. Today is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week. Highs will reach 83/90, under mostly sunny skies. By late afternoon areas near the Canadian border could see a few more clouds. It will also become more humid with dewpoints bumping up into the mid 60s. A weak backdoor cold front will move in tonight, with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly in northern areas. Lows will range from 58/68.

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We've long heard about the new Burlington police chief but now it's time to see how he'll do on the job. Queen city mayor ((MURROW)) Miro Weinberger swore in the city's new top cop Brandon del Pozo Tuesday. Del Pozo is a Dartmouth grad who was a September 11th first responder. He then went on to hold multiple leadership positions with the New York City Police Department. One of the way's he'll be measured is how he decides to tackle the city's opiate problem.

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((21:37:09 Chief Brandon DelPoso "There's a definite pipeline of opiates from places like New York City up to Vermont.)) ((Mayor Miro Weinberger, D-Vt 09:25 "We are ahead of many communities, cities, states in the country because we have recognized it as that and we are trying to bring a broad based approach to the opiate challenge, at the same time there is no doubt that law enforcement is a critical piece of that response.)) The mayor has asked the chief to report back on his assessment of the city's opiate problem within the next 60 days. del Pozo's new job pays 114-thousand dollars a year.

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A family fight landed a Barnet man behind bars. The fight allegedly broke out around 2pm yesterday at a home on West Main Street. Police say 30-year-old Raymond Vincent assaulted three people inside the home after a fight broke out. Vincent also allegedly through a piece of wood at the hood of a victims car. Vincent was arrested and had a B-A-C of point-014 percent.

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A case of the exes in an alleged New Hampshire murder for hire plot. Police say 25-year-old Kerri Reason of Keene tried to hire her ex-husband in a plan to kill an ex boyfriend who is the father of her child. The hitman -- who ended up contacting police -- was allegedly offered a five-thousand dollar down payment for the hit. Reason has been charged with criminal solicitation and murder -- her bail was set at a half-million dollars.

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A woman is expected to be okay after she was pinned under a truck. First responders were called to a parking lot on Riverside Avenue in Burlington Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say she was doing some kind of maintenance in the area when the pickup backed over her.

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(00:04:29:00-00:04:42: 00)((Lt. Jamie Valyou/Burlington Fire Dept. "It appears that he did not witness the person injured in the area and he was returning from a friend that he was visiting and he was backing out of the parking space to leave and that's when the accident occurred.")) A rescue crew was able to safely get the woman free -- and she was taken to the hospital for treatment of what they called minor injuries.

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Could a former Wall Street Executive turn around Vermont's economy? Well, there is now a Republican in the race for Vermont Governor with those credentials who is hoping to do just that. Bruce Lisman announced his decision Tuesday. He is also a former Chairman of the UVM Board of Trustees. Since returning to his native Vermont six years ago, Lisman has led the political advocacy group -- Campaign for Vermont -- pushing an agenda of government accountability and transparency. He says many Vermonters feel the state is going in the wrong direction.

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(tc 7:33) ((Bruce Lisman/Republican for Governor: "Disappointed in their government they are angry with their government disillusioned and this is a small state where it's an intimate place. They expect a budget that makes Sence for them they would like to live here and be able to afford to live here. It's just not property taxes. It's the cost of living.")) Lisman joins Democrat House Speaker Shap Smith as an official candidate. Democrat Matt Dunne has filed to run but hasn't formally announced. Republican Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is also expected to announce his candidacy soon -- setting up a primary battle with Lisman.

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(anchors introduce gary)

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Today is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week. Highs will reach 83/90, under mostly sunny skies. By late afternoon areas near the Canadian border could see a few more clouds. It will also become more humid with dewpoints bumping up into the mid 60s. A weak backdoor cold front will move in tonight, with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly in northern areas. Lows will range from 58/68. That cold front will continue to sink south on Thursday. A few more showers and thunderstorms will pop-up, then move south through the day. Our best chance at seeing the most sunshine will be during the afternoon. Highs will reach the low 80s for most of us. Behind that front we'll clear out all over again on Friday. It will be cooler and less humid, with highs of 75/82. That same old upper-level ridge will nose back in for Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day. This means temperatures and humidity levels will slowly bump up all over again. The good news is that if you have any outdoor plans over the holiday weekend it's looking dry and mostly sunny.

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A staggering number of Vermont schools participate in farm to school programs. According to the Vermont Community Garden Network, the push for natural foods has reached more than 27 thousand students across the state including a group of preschoolers at Fletcher Elementary.

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As the pre-schoolers start the year at Fletcher Elementary ((***NAT***))), they resume a very special project they started in the spring. ((00:05:43:12 - 00:05:50:19, What kind of seeds did we put it in the ground?// Carrots.//We did. Those were teeny tiny. Those were the smallest seeds that we planted.)) Back to school at Fletcher means it's time to harvest their school garden. The 3, 4 and 5 year olds eager to see what came of their vegetable seeds. ((19:31:21 - 19:43:26, Hold it up. Show everyone what you got. So this part of the root was in the ground drinking the water.)) ((Nancy Hurt, Fletcher Elementary School Preschool Teacher, 00:02:52:21 - 00:03:06:29, It really gives them a connection to where these vegetables come from and gives them that hands on experience to actually pull that vegetable off the vine or pull it out of the soil and really know where that came from.)) Lily did notice one thing. ((32:37:24 - 32:40:01 Your hands get dirty.)) But it didn't stop her or her friends from yanking the carrots, ((NAT)) plucking the tomatoes, ((NAT)) or twisting the cucumbers. ((NAT)) When it was Henry's turn, he could hardly manage to stand on his own two feet. ((00:21:20:29 - 00:21:29:11 Pull. Whoa, that was a nice pull. Show everyone what you found in the soil.)) ((Henry, 00:33:26:13 - 00:33:29:02, I pulled them with two hands, 00:34:31:28 - 00:34:43:14, I love carrots because they are really crunchy. I love tomatoes because they are really sweet and I love peas because there is a yellow and green juice inside.)) According to the Vermont Community Garden Network, the state has more than 400 community gardens and more than half of them are in schools. ((Nancy Hurt, Preschool Teacher Fletcher Elementary, 00:03:21:20 - 00:03:33:09, At any age, we can get children involved. Even younger siblings have had a chance to help their older pre-school brother or sister come and pick something from the garden and add it to our basket)) On day one, teaching these young people it's never to early to learn exactly how to grow their own food. Eva McKend, Channel 3 News, Fletcher.

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Nancy Hurt has been gardening with the children at Fletcher for more than 5 years. According to the Vermont Community Garden Network, 89% of Vermont schools report they participate in some sort of farm to school programming.

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((TRT: 2:06 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((It was announced Monday that UVM men's basketball sophomore Brandon Hatton had decided to transfer. The guard is the second member of last year's six player freshman class to leave, joining Zach McRoberts who made his decision to transfer earlier this summer. Head coach John Becker said he was surprised when Hatton called him this weekend to say he wasn't coming back to Vermont. ---------------------- ----- ((Becker/ "It's unfortunate, both he and Zach, the last two guys that have left, the timing of it isn't great. But it's decisions these kids have made, with their families. You hate to see guys leave, especially guys you like, and the last two guys that left are kids I really liked. I thought they could help us down the road. They just decided it wasn't the best opportunity, the best fit for them. So we'll move forward and we'll fill those scholarships at the appropriate time.")) ---------------------- ----- Keegan Bradley was back home in Woodstock Monday for his fourth annual Charity Golf Classic. It was a fun day for Bradley, who hasn't had many reasons to smile this year on the PGA Tour. --- Bradley missed the cut last week at the Barclays, the first event in the four tournament PGA playoff known as the Fed Ex Cup. With that result, Bradley dropped from 62nd to 71st in the Fed Ex standings. He'll be looking to bounce back this week, when the second event of the Cup, the Deutsche Bank Championship, tees off on Friday in Norton, Massachusetts. Bradley knows he'll need to start putting together better results. After the Deutsche Bank, only the top 70 players left in the Fed Ex standings will advance to next week's BMW Championship...and Bradley, sitting at 71, is on the outside looking in. ---------------------- --------- 2015 has been the worst season of Bradley's five years on the PGA Tour...with no wins, just three top tens and eight top 25 finishes in 22 events. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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Don't try this weeks odd job -- if you have a fear of heights. Jennifer Costa tracked down a worker whose sky high job -- involves keeping the state's wind turbines running smoothly.

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With his toolbox and harness in hand -- Caleb Cristofolini -- is ready for another day on the job. But his office -- is unlike any other. ((Caleb Cristofolini/turbine technician 00:47:32 "It's not for the faint of heart. That's for sure.")) He commutes up this bumpy road -- to his tower in the sky. ((Caleb Cristofolini/turbine technician 00:47:57 "Getting on top and looking at everything and saying I'm on something that literally takes the wind and makes power, it's phenomenal.")) Cristofolini is a turbine technician at the Sheffield Wind Farm. He and three other techs -- work together to ensure -- these blades keep producing power for about 13-thousand homes. They're affectionately known as the Moose Gang -- because of all the wildlife that roam the grounds. It's a nickname they wear with pride. ((NATS of Jim)) Jim Slicer is the operations manager. Slicer says his turbine techs -- need mechanical or electrical backgrounds -- from the military or trade schools. Cristofolini -- started at a windfarm in Searsburg -- and rose through the ranks -- learning on the job. ((Caleb Cristofolini/turbine technician 00:45:56 "They had me up there climbing and changing filters and after that I was hooked.")) ((Jim Slicer/Turbine Operations Manager 00:39:04 "It's interesting. It's progress. It's new.")) The Moose gang keeps busy inspecting the 16 turbines, substations and storm water protection systems. They try to get all maintenance and meter repairs done during the low wind -- summer months. Staying out of the towers -- in the winter -- when higher winds can make working conditions unsafe. ((NATS)) But like anything mechanical -- breakdowns are unpredictable. And since those broken parts can't go DOWN to the shop...the technicians -- and their tools -- must go up...300 feet up. ((NATS)) Their huge toolbox is hoisted -- through the air -- by a crane -- to the top of the platform. But getting themselves up there -- requires a bit more work. The technicians have to hoof it up a 276 rung ladder. A climb that takes about 10 minutes. ((Jim Slicer/Turbine Operations Manager 00:41:06 "It's not so much a fear of heights, it's a respect for heights. If you respect it and trust your gear, there really is no fear of it.")) ((Jim Slicer/Turbine Operations Manager 00:44:50 "well considering my office is 300 feet off the ground, I'd have to consider it a little bit odd.")) He says the sheer beauty is yet another reminder of how lucky he is to hold such an odd job. ((NATS)) JC CH 3 News Sheffield.

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It's already that time! We made it to the mid week. Happy Hump Day everyone! Today's quote comes from Jonathan Lockwood (HUE--EE)) Huie who says, "Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace." And this photo was sent in by Tammy Clark Furnam.

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. Today is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week. Highs will reach 83/90, under mostly sunny skies. By late afternoon areas near the Canadian border could see a few more clouds. It will also become more humid with dewpoints bumping up into the mid 60s. A weak backdoor cold front will move in tonight, with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly in northern areas. Lows will range from 58/68. (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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We start with a traffic alert this morning. Route 9 in Marlboro will be closed today while crews remove a concrete wall weighing nearly 50-thousand pounds. The wall was being carried by a tractor trailer when it tipped over last Tuesday. State police say prepare for long delays between 10 am and noon.

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Police are asking for the publics help finding a missing Newport man. They say Travis Lee Stuart was reported missing around 6pm Monday -- after family members were worried when he didn't return home from work. The 41-year-old was last reported tedding hay in a farm field in Glover. Police say he works as a farm hand at a nearby farm about 2 miles from the field. The tractor was located at the edge of the field around 11:30, but Stuart was gone.

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Tensions high in one community as people disagree on a proposed installation of wind turbines. Alex Apple has more from both sides of the debate.

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((Joel Clark/Swanton Selectboard 59:15 One of the beefs many of us have been here is that we have no local control.)) Selectboard members from Fairfield, St Albans and Swanton -- are frustrated. ((Daniel Billado/Swanton Selectboard 29:08 this is very aggressive, very ambitious to have 90% renewables by 2050.)) They feel like they have no say -- over whether seven proposed wind turbines are built atop a plateau in Swanton -- three miles northeast of St. Albans. ((Martha Staskus/VERA Renewables 57:19 we are required by the rules to provide enough information to be able to have conversations like this.)) Martha Staskus spoke on behalf of the wind project's developers. They've yet to formally submit a proposal to Vermont's Public Service board -- which approves such projects -- but they've got the attention of the locals that would live near the project... like former gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie. ((39:55 Dubie NAT Mark My Word)) ((Brian Dubie/Lives near building site 03:10 It's disturbing but this project proposes to clear cut 70 acres.)) Atop the ridge -- is wetland -- which feeds into the Mississquoi and St. Albans bays. ((Brian Dubie 05:05 It doesn't make sense to me, clear cutting 70 acres of forrest in the name of saving the environment.)) Dubie's neighbor Christine Lang -- worries about noise pollution. ((Christine Lang/Lives on ridge 11:27 We have gotten no answers from the developer.)) Through Staskus -- developer Travis Belisle tried to give those answers Monday -- and said the public's concerns will factor into the eventual proposal. ((Martha Staskus/VERA Renewables 54:42 We have put out a letter that says in 45 days of when the letter went out last week there will be enough information to submit a petition to the public service board.)) Developer Travis Belisle attended the meeting -- but declined to speak. He's said on past occasions that he could file for the project soon -- but the review process could take up to a year. That would mean construction would start no earlier than late 2016. ((AA Channel 3 News))

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A Judge has denied a plea deal for the Hardwick man accused of killing a 13-year-old disabled boy. 38-year-old Walter Richters walked into court in handcuffs Tuesday morning ready to plead guilty to killing 13-year-old Isaac Robitille. Police say last year Richters and Isaac's mother -- Melissa Robitille -- gave Isaac a dose of vodka thru his feeding tube to quiet him. But the booze kiled the boy. Richters' lawyer and prosecutors made a deal for Richters' murder charge to be reduced to manslaughter -- and called for a sentence of 4 to 15 years -- but with only 18 months to serve. But, the judge said that wasn't enough jail time.

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(TC 00:13:25:12 Tile 5126) ((Daniel Maguire/Richters' Lawyer "It is unusual that both the state and the defense are asking the court to accept this agreement." 00:13:30:03)) (TC 00:09:20:10 Tile 5126) ((Judge Robert Bent/ "Another judge like myself is likely to say not enough. Then we're going to go back to the drawing board at the juncture." 00:09:28:00)) Judge Bent told the prosecution and defense to come back with a new agreement that would include more jail time for Richters. This agreement also called for Richters to testify against Melissa Robitille -- who's also charged with second degree murder in the case. Richters is due back in court in October.

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A fire at the fire station in Randolph. Adam Sullivan learned what's next for the department after flames destroyed their vehicles and gear.

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Fire fighters sifted through the ashes and worked to put out hotspots at the Randolph Village Volunteer Fire Department --- most of the morning Tuesday. At 6:19AM the fire was toned out. Officials say the cab of the department's #1 engine caught fire-- which quickly spread to the building. ((Richard Lacaillade/resident: "this is very tragic. It's hard to believe that you would have a fire in the fire station itself.")) ((courtesy: Tom Hewitt)) When crews arrived on scene, the flames were already shooting through the roof. Multiple area departments were called in for backup to bring the fire under control. ((Chief Jay Collette/Randolph Village Fire Dept: "i've been a chief since 1998 so it's a little bit awestruck right now. The impact. Fire chiefs don't want this in their own home.")) By Tuesday evening -- fire investigators had not pinpointed what started the fire in the truck. We do know that it was used in a training exercise the day before. One witness in the area heard a loud explosion around the time crews began to respond. ((Collette: "there was a lot of pressure vessels in the apparatus. Air bottles, fire extinguishers, water cans, stuff in the engine compartment that is all pressurized.")) Along with the #1 engine- which is a total loss-- the station's rescue truck, tanker truck , and ALL for firefighting gear was either damaged or destroyed. Officials estimate the total lost to be as much as one million dollars. ((Lacaillade: "one of the reactions you have is how do we replace the resources and what do we do for coverage in the meantime.")) Luckily, along with the fact that there were no injuries reported, a backup #2 engine was NOT in the building at the time. ((Mel Adams/Town Manager: "in our capital plan had anticipated replacing this building probably in the next three years because it's outsized and converting it to a police station.")) ((Sullivan: "the town manager says the town has already received offers to borrow equipment from stations in Vermont and outside the state and he says with the two nearby departments, residents in this community will be covered in an emergency despite this unexpected fire. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Randolph Village."))

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(anchors introduce gary)

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Today is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week. Highs will reach 83/90, under mostly sunny skies. By late afternoon areas near the Canadian border could see a few more clouds. It will also become more humid with dewpoints bumping up into the mid 60s. A weak backdoor cold front will move in tonight, with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly in northern areas. Lows will range from 58/68. That cold front will continue to sink south on Thursday. A few more showers and thunderstorms will pop-up, then move south through the day. Our best chance at seeing the most sunshine will be during the afternoon. Highs will reach the low 80s for most of us. Behind that front we'll clear out all over again on Friday. It will be cooler and less humid, with highs of 75/82. That same old upper-level ridge will nose back in for Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day. This means temperatures and humidity levels will slowly bump up all over again. The good news is that if you have any outdoor plans over the holiday weekend it's looking dry and mostly sunny.

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Demonstrations are expected today as the first court hearing for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray gets underway. Anne Marie Green reports.

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A judge will hear critical arguments today...concerning the six Baltimore police officers...charged in death of Freddie Gray. Among other things -- defense attorneys are seeking to have Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby removed from the case ...for alleged misconduct. Gray died in April after suffering a severe spinal injury while in police custody. A massive manhunt continues in northern Illinois for three men who allegedly murdered a Chicago area police officer. (wildline: Authorities in Illinois have captured the three men ...on the run after allegedly murdered a Chicago area police officer.) Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz (glen-o-witz) was shot and killed Tuesday... while pursuing the suspects on foot. Lieutenant Gliniewicz is the third police officer to die in the line of duty in Illinois this year. And, President Obama wraps up his three day climate tour of Alaska today. Before heading back -- he'll meet with fisherman in a coastal town threatened by eroding shorelines and deliver remarks. The President is putting pressure on world leaders to act fact to reverse climate change. Those are some of the day's top stories. I'm Anne Marie Green CBS News New York.

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Welcome Back! An 87-year-old Texas man has undergone an unusual surgery to save a hand that was badly burned in an accident. Some of these images may be graphic... In these photos from the Associated Press, you can see doctors sewed Frank Reyes hand to his belly. They left it under a pocket of tissue for three weeks to give it time to heal and form a new blood supply. The man had a second operation at Houston Methodist Hospital to remove his hand. Doctors are hopeful he'll regain the ability to do most everyday tasks.

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It's a stinky situation! And Vermont seems to have it about the worst. According to Choice Home Warranty, Vermont has the most clogged toilets in the country. The group used Google Ad Words to see which state searched "how to fix a toilet" the most and Vermont topped the list. But the study found that the state has a good handle on composting waste and has an abundance of dual-flush toilets that help the environment.

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And an Uber driver saw his car turned into a delivery room when an impatient baby didn't have time for Manhattan traffic. Eric Rodriguez picked up a Hoboken, New Jersey mom already in labor headed to the hospital but when the car got stuck in rush hour traffic inside the Lincoln Tunnel, the baby wasn't waiting around.

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((Erick Rodriguez/ Uber Driver, When we're in the middle of the Lincoln, her water broke, all I hear is water. ==((BUTTED TO))== baby wanted to come out, she was having contractions every minute.)) Once he saw the light at the end of the tunnel, he hopped out to call for help and flagged down E-M-T's and paramedics. Within minutes, they delivered a healthy baby girl in the back seat of the Uber car, without complications. Both mom and baby are doing fine.

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Today is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week. Highs will reach 83/90, under mostly sunny skies. By late afternoon areas near the Canadian border could see a few more clouds. It will also become more humid with dewpoints bumping up into the mid 60s. A weak backdoor cold front will move in tonight, with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly in northern areas. Lows will range from 58/68. That cold front will continue to sink south on Thursday. A few more showers and thunderstorms will pop-up, then move south through the day. Our best chance at seeing the most sunshine will be during the afternoon. Highs will reach the low 80s for most of us. Behind that front we'll clear out all over again on Friday. It will be cooler and less humid, with highs of 75/82. That same old upper-level ridge will nose back in for Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day. This means temperatures and humidity levels will slowly bump up all over again. The good news is that if you have any outdoor plans over the holiday weekend it's looking dry and mostly sunny.

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A staggering number of Vermont schools participate in farm to school programs. According to the Vermont Community Garden Network, the push for natural foods has reached more than 27 thousand students across the state including a group of preschoolers at Fletcher Elementary.

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As the pre-schoolers start the year at Fletcher Elementary ((***NAT***))), they resume a very special project they started in the spring. ((00:05:43:12 - 00:05:50:19, What kind of seeds did we put it in the ground?// Carrots.//We did. Those were teeny tiny. Those were the smallest seeds that we planted.)) Back to school at Fletcher means it's time to harvest their school garden. The 3, 4 and 5 year olds eager to see what came of their vegetable seeds. ((19:31:21 - 19:43:26, Hold it up. Show everyone what you got. So this part of the root was in the ground drinking the water.)) ((Nancy Hurt, Fletcher Elementary School Preschool Teacher, 00:02:52:21 - 00:03:06:29, It really gives them a connection to where these vegetables come from and gives them that hands on experience to actually pull that vegetable off the vine or pull it out of the soil and really know where that came from.)) Lily did notice one thing. ((32:37:24 - 32:40:01 Your hands get dirty.)) But it didn't stop her or her friends from yanking the carrots, ((NAT)) plucking the tomatoes, ((NAT)) or twisting the cucumbers. ((NAT)) When it was Henry's turn, he could hardly manage to stand on his own two feet. ((00:21:20:29 - 00:21:29:11 Pull. Whoa, that was a nice pull. Show everyone what you found in the soil.)) ((Henry, 00:33:26:13 - 00:33:29:02, I pulled them with two hands, 00:34:31:28 - 00:34:43:14, I love carrots because they are really crunchy. I love tomatoes because they are really sweet and I love peas because there is a yellow and green juice inside.)) According to the Vermont Community Garden Network, the state has more than 400 community gardens and more than half of them are in schools. ((Nancy Hurt, Preschool Teacher Fletcher Elementary, 00:03:21:20 - 00:03:33:09, At any age, we can get children involved. Even younger siblings have had a chance to help their older pre-school brother or sister come and pick something from the garden and add it to our basket)) On day one, teaching these young people it's never to early to learn exactly how to grow their own food. Eva McKend, Channel 3 News, Fletcher.

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Nancy Hurt has been gardening with the children at Fletcher for more than 5 years. According to the Vermont Community Garden Network, 89% of Vermont schools report they participate in some sort of farm to school programming.

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In the headlines this morning: A New Hampshire woman is behind bars after her alleged murder-for-hire scheme goes wrong... Crews rescue a woman pinned under a pickup truck Plus-- A new name in the race for Vermont Governor makes it official.

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning. Today is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week. Highs will reach 83/90, under mostly sunny skies. By late afternoon areas near the Canadian border could see a few more clouds. It will also become more humid with dewpoints bumping up into the mid 60s. A weak backdoor cold front will move in tonight, with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly in northern areas. Lows will range from 58/68.

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We've long heard about the new Burlington police chief but now it's time to see how he'll do on the job. Queen city mayor ((MURROW)) Miro Weinberger swore in the city's new top cop Brandon del Pozo Tuesday. Del Pozo is a Dartmouth grad who was a September 11th first responder. He then went on to hold multiple leadership positions with the New York City Police Department. One of the way's he'll be measured is how he decides to tackle the city's opiate problem.

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((21:37:09 Chief Brandon DelPoso "There's a definite pipeline of opiates from places like New York City up to Vermont.)) ((Mayor Miro Weinberger, D-Vt 09:25 "We are ahead of many communities, cities, states in the country because we have recognized it as that and we are trying to bring a broad based approach to the opiate challenge, at the same time there is no doubt that law enforcement is a critical piece of that response.)) The mayor has asked the chief to report back on his assessment of the city's opiate problem within the next 60 days. del Pozo's new job pays 114-thousand dollars a year.

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A family fight landed a Barnet man behind bars. The fight allegedly broke out around 2pm yesterday at a home on West Main Street. Police say 30-year-old Raymond Vincent assaulted three people inside the home after a fight broke out. Vincent also allegedly through a piece of wood at the hood of a victims car. Vincent was arrested and had a B-A-C of point-014 percent.

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A case of the exes in an alleged New Hampshire murder for hire plot. Police say 25-year-old Kerri Reason of Keene tried to hire her ex-husband in a plan to kill an ex boyfriend who is the father of her child. The hitman -- who ended up contacting police -- was allegedly offered a five-thousand dollar down payment for the hit. Reason has been charged with criminal solicitation and murder -- her bail was set at a half-million dollars.

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A woman is expected to be okay after she was pinned under a truck. First responders were called to a parking lot on Riverside Avenue in Burlington Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say she was doing some kind of maintenance in the area when the pickup backed over her.

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(00:04:29:00-00:04:42: 00)((Lt. Jamie Valyou/Burlington Fire Dept. "It appears that he did not witness the person injured in the area and he was returning from a friend that he was visiting and he was backing out of the parking space to leave and that's when the accident occurred.")) A rescue crew was able to safely get the woman free -- and she was taken to the hospital for treatment of what they called minor injuries.

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Could a former Wall Street Executive turn around Vermont's economy? Well, there is now a Republican in the race for Vermont Governor with those credentials who is hoping to do just that. Bruce Lisman announced his decision Tuesday. He is also a former Chairman of the UVM Board of Trustees. Since returning to his native Vermont six years ago, Lisman has led the political advocacy group -- Campaign for Vermont -- pushing an agenda of government accountability and transparency. He says many Vermonters feel the state is going in the wrong direction.

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(tc 7:33) ((Bruce Lisman/Republican for Governor: "Disappointed in their government they are angry with their government disillusioned and this is a small state where it's an intimate place. They expect a budget that makes Sence for them they would like to live here and be able to afford to live here. It's just not property taxes. It's the cost of living.")) Lisman joins Democrat House Speaker Shap Smith as an official candidate. Democrat Matt Dunne has filed to run but hasn't formally announced. Republican Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is also expected to announce his candidacy soon -- setting up a primary battle with Lisman.

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(anchors introduce gary)

34} FORECAST2


Today is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week. Highs will reach 83/90, under mostly sunny skies. By late afternoon areas near the Canadian border could see a few more clouds. It will also become more humid with dewpoints bumping up into the mid 60s. A weak backdoor cold front will move in tonight, with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly in northern areas. Lows will range from 58/68. That cold front will continue to sink south on Thursday. A few more showers and thunderstorms will pop-up, then move south through the day. Our best chance at seeing the most sunshine will be during the afternoon. Highs will reach the low 80s for most of us. Behind that front we'll clear out all over again on Friday. It will be cooler and less humid, with highs of 75/82. That same old upper-level ridge will nose back in for Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day. This means temperatures and humidity levels will slowly bump up all over again. The good news is that if you have any outdoor plans over the holiday weekend it's looking dry and mostly sunny.

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((TRT: 2:06 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((It was announced Monday that UVM men's basketball sophomore Brandon Hatton had decided to transfer. The guard is the second member of last year's six player freshman class to leave, joining Zach McRoberts who made his decision to transfer earlier this summer. Head coach John Becker said he was surprised when Hatton called him this weekend to say he wasn't coming back to Vermont. ---------------------- ----- ((Becker/ "It's unfortunate, both he and Zach, the last two guys that have left, the timing of it isn't great. But it's decisions these kids have made, with their families. You hate to see guys leave, especially guys you like, and the last two guys that left are kids I really liked. I thought they could help us down the road. They just decided it wasn't the best opportunity, the best fit for them. So we'll move forward and we'll fill those scholarships at the appropriate time.")) ---------------------- ----- Keegan Bradley was back home in Woodstock Monday for his fourth annual Charity Golf Classic. It was a fun day for Bradley, who hasn't had many reasons to smile this year on the PGA Tour. --- Bradley missed the cut last week at the Barclays, the first event in the four tournament PGA playoff known as the Fed Ex Cup. With that result, Bradley dropped from 62nd to 71st in the Fed Ex standings. He'll be looking to bounce back this week, when the second event of the Cup, the Deutsche Bank Championship, tees off on Friday in Norton, Massachusetts. Bradley knows he'll need to start putting together better results. After the Deutsche Bank, only the top 70 players left in the Fed Ex standings will advance to next week's BMW Championship...and Bradley, sitting at 71, is on the outside looking in. ---------------------- --------- 2015 has been the worst season of Bradley's five years on the PGA Tour...with no wins, just three top tens and eight top 25 finishes in 22 events. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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This morning 3 Minute Wrap. Getting you up to speed every morning -- in just 3 minutes.

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A heads up before you head out the door -- Route 9 in Marlboro will be closed today while crews remove a concrete wall weighing nearly 50-thousand pounds. The wall was being carried by a tractor trailer when it tipped over last Tuesday. State police say prepare for long delays between 10 am and noon.

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Police are asking for the publics help finding a missing Newport man. They say Travis Lee Stuart was reported missing around 6pm Monday -- after family members were worried when he didn't return home from work. The 41-year-old was last reported tedding hay in a farm field in Glover. Police say he works as a farm hand at a nearby farm about 2 miles from the field. The tractor was located at the edge of the field around 11:30, but Stuart was gone.

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A Judge has denied a plea deal for the Hardwick man accused of killing a 13-year-old disabled boy. 38-year-old Walter Richters walked into court in handcuffs Tuesday morning ready to plead guilty to killing 13-year-old Isaac Robitille. Police say last year Richters and Isaac's mother -- Melissa -- gave Isaac a dose of vodka thru his feeding tube to quiet him. But the booze killed the boy. Richters' lawyer and prosecutors made a deal for Richters' murder charge to be reduced to manslaughter -- and called for a sentence of 4 to 15 years -- but with only 18 months to serve. But, the judge said that wasn't enough jail time.

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(TC 00:13:25:12 Tile 5126) ((Daniel Maguire/Richters' Lawyer "It is unusual that both the state and the defense are asking the court to accept this agreement." 00:13:30:03)) (TC 00:09:20:10 Tile 5126) ((Judge Robert Bent/ "Another judge like myself is likely to say not enough. Then we're going to go back to the drawing board at the juncture." 00:09:28:00)) Judge Bent told the prosecution and defense to come back with a new agreement that would include more jail time for Richters. This agreement also called for Richters to testify against Melissa -- who's also charged with second degree murder in the case. Richters is due back in court in October.

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A wind project in Swanton has not even been proposed to the Public Service Board -- but it's gotten the attention of locals who call it a disaster for water quality -- and quality of life. Turbine supporters see the potential in a 250 acre ridge line that could produce enough energy to power 78-hundred homes. But those who would live next to the turbines want to put a halt to the project before it gets started. The developer attented a meeting last night -- but declined to speak. He's said on past occasions that he could file for the project soon -- but the review process could take up to a year.

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And State police fire investigators do NOT think a fire that tore through the Randolph Village Fire Station -- is suspicious. The blaze destroyed the department's main pumper -- and damage two other vehicles. Most of the firefightering gear was lost. Randolph is now looking to other departments around the state for the loan of equipment while they recover. Fire investigators traced the orgin of the blaze to the cab of the pumper truck that burned. Total damage is estimated to be as much as one million dollars.

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And -- that's a wrap. Gary, over to you.

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Today is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week. Highs will reach 83/90, under mostly sunny skies. By late afternoon areas near the Canadian border could see a few more clouds. It will also become more humid with dewpoints bumping up into the mid 60s. A weak backdoor cold front will move in tonight, with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly in northern areas. Lows will range from 58/68. That cold front will continue to sink south on Thursday. A few more showers and thunderstorms will pop-up, then move south through the day. Our best chance at seeing the most sunshine will be during the afternoon. Highs will reach the low 80s for most of us. Behind that front we'll clear out all over again on Friday. It will be cooler and less humid, with highs of 75/82. That same old upper-level ridge will nose back in for Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day. This means temperatures and humidity levels will slowly bump up all over again. The good news is that if you have any outdoor plans over the holiday weekend it's looking dry and mostly sunny.

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In just months -- his last book -- the Silent Girls -- became a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller. We had Eric Rickstad on the show just before that release -- and we are very excited again to welcome him -- as his latest book is about to come out. ((Your newest book 'Lie in Wait ' -- I have to say, I could not put it down. My heart was pounding within the first few pages. This thriller takes us into rural Vermont -- to try and figure out who killed sweet Jessica Cumber. Tell us more.)) ((The detail is incredible. Specific places, relationships -- I was especially fascinated with your attention to police detail. What kind of research did this take?)) ((You use very exact places. Canaan, st johnsbury etc -- what's real and what's not? And were you careful to make sure nothing was TOO real?)) ((This book comes just months after a historic and landmark ruling -- when the supreme court legalized same-sex marriage everywhere in the nation. In your fictional novel -- we are talking about the very real and controversial Take Back Vermont campaign. What made you want to write about that?)) ((Who was your favorite character to write about? Detective Test the unsung hardworking hero or someone villainous like Jed King?))

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Today is shaping up to be the warmest day of the week. Highs will reach 83/90, under mostly sunny skies. By late afternoon areas near the Canadian border could see a few more clouds. It will also become more humid with dewpoints bumping up into the mid 60s. A weak backdoor cold front will move in tonight, with a few showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly in northern areas. Lows will range from 58/68. That cold front will continue to sink south on Thursday. A few more showers and thunderstorms will pop-up, then move south through the day. Our best chance at seeing the most sunshine will be during the afternoon. Highs will reach the low 80s for most of us.

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We start with a traffic alert this morning. Route 9 in Marlboro will be closed today while crews remove a concrete wall weighing nearly 50-thousand pounds. The wall was being carried by a tractor trailer when it tipped over last Tuesday. State police say prepare for long delays between 10 am and noon.

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Police are asking for the publics help finding a missing Newport man. They say Travis Lee Stuart was reported missing around 6pm Monday -- after family members were worried when he didn't return home from work. The 41-year-old was last reported tedding hay in a farm field in Glover. Police say he works as a farm hand at a nearby farm about 2 miles from the field. The tractor was located at the edge of the field around 11:30, but Stuart was gone.

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A family fight landed a Barnet man behind bars. The fight allegedly broke out around 2pm yesterday at a home on West Main Street. Police say 30-year-old Raymond Vincent assaulted three people inside the home after a fight broke out. Vincent also allegedly through a piece of wood at the hood of a victims car. Vincent was arrested and had a B-A-C of point-014 percent.

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A woman is expected to be okay after she was pinned under a truck. First responders were called to a parking lot on Riverside Avenue in Burlington Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say she was doing some kind of maintenance in the area when the pickup backed over her.

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(00:04:29:00-00:04:42: 00)((Lt. Jamie Valyou/Burlington Fire Dept. "It appears that he did not witness the person injured in the area and he was returning from a friend that he was visiting and he was backing out of the parking space to leave and that's when the accident occurred.")) A rescue crew was able to safely get the woman free -- and she was taken to the hospital for treatment of what they called minor injuries.

-------- The 8:25 News Scripts Follow ------------

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Police are asking for the publics help finding a missing Newport man. They say Travis Lee Stuart was reported missing around 6pm Monday -- after family members were worried when he didn't return home from work. The 41-year-old was last reported tedding hay in a farm field in Glover. Police say he works as a farm hand at a nearby farm about 2 miles from the field. The tractor was located at the edge of the field around 11:30, but Stuart was gone.

2} FIGHTAM_FONT


A family fight landed a Barnet man behind bars. The fight allegedly broke out around 2pm yesterday at a home on West Main Street. Police say 30-year-old Raymond Vincent assaulted three people inside the home after a fight broke out. Vincent also allegedly through a piece of wood at the hood of a victims car. Vincent was arrested and had a B-A-C of point-014 percent.

3} WIND3_VO


A wind project in Swanton has not even been proposed to the Public Service Board -- but it's gotten the attention of locals who call it a disaster for water quality -- and quality of life. Turbine supporters see the potential in a 250 acre ridge line that could produce enough energy to power 78-hundred homes. But those who would live next to the turbines want to put a halt to the project before it gets started. The developer attented a meeting last night -- but declined to speak. He's said on past occasions that he could file for the project soon -- but the review process could take up to a year.

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And State police fire investigators do NOT think a fire that tore through the Randolph Village Fire Station -- is suspicious. The blaze destroyed the department's main pumper -- and damage two other vehicles. Most of the firefightering gear was lost. Randolph is now looking to other departments around the state for the loan of equipment while they recover. Fire investigators traced the orgin of the blaze to the cab of the pumper truck that burned. Total damage is estimated to be as much as one million dollars.

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Back to school for preschoolers at Fletcher Elementary means it's time to harvest their school garden. The 3, 4 and 5 year olds, eager to see what came of their vegetable seeds. According to the Vermont Community Garden Network, the state has more than 400 community gardens and more than half of them are in schools. The young peopled planted cucumber, tomato and carrot seeds in the spring.

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((Nancy Hurt, Preschool Teacher Fletcher Elementary, 00:02:52:21 - 00:03:06:29, It really gives them a connection to where these vegetables come from and gives them that hands on experience to actually pull that vegetable off the vine or pull it out of the soil and really know where that came from.)) Nancy Hurt has been gardening with the children at Fletcher for more than 5 years. According to the Vermont Community Garden Network, 89% of Vermont schools report they participate in some sort of farm to school programming.

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A Judge has denied a plea deal for the Hardwick man accused of killing a 13-year-old disabled boy. 38-year-old Walter Richters walked into court in handcuffs Tuesday morning ready to plead guilty to killing 13-year-old Isaac (ROB-ih-tell) Robitille. Police say last year Richters and Isaac's mother -- Melissa -- gave Isaac a dose of vodka thru his feeding tube to quiet him. But the booze killed the boy. Richters' lawyer and prosecutors made a deal for Richters' murder charge to be reduced to manslaughter -- and called for a sentence of 4 to 15 years -- but with only 18 months to serve. But, the judge said that wasn't enough jail time.

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(TC 00:13:25:12 Tile 5126) ((Daniel Maguire/Richters' Lawyer "It is unusual that both the state and the defense are asking the court to accept this agreement." 00:13:30:03)) (TC 00:09:20:10 Tile 5126) ((Judge Robert Bent/ "Another judge like myself is likely to say not enough. Then we're going to go back to the drawing board at the juncture." 00:09:28:00)) Judge Bent told the prosecution and defense to come back with a new agreement that would include more jail time for Richters. This agreement also called for Richters to testify against Melissa -- who's also charged with second degree murder in the case. Richters is due back in court in October.

3} WIND3_VO


A wind project in Swanton has not even been proposed to the Public Service Board -- but it's gotten the attention of locals who call it a disaster for water quality -- and quality of life. Turbine supporters see the potential in a 250 acre ridge line that could produce enough energy to power 78-hundred homes. But those who would live next to the turbines want to put a halt to the project before it gets started. The developer has said on past occasions that he could file for the project soon -- but the review process could take up to a year.

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Route 9 in Marlboro will be closed today while crews remove a concrete wall weighing nearly 50-thousand pounds. The wall was being carried by a tractor trailer when it tipped over last Tuesday. State police say prepare for long delays between 10 am and noon.


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