Wed 24-AUG-2016 Early A.M. News Script

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The body of a hotshot firefighter killed battling a fire out west is back home. 26 year old Justin Beebe's remains were flown back east last night ... arriving in Lebanon New Hampshire around 11 PM. The body was then escorted by firefighters and police to Bellows Falls. Beebe died while fighting a massive fire at Great Basin National Park near the Nevada-Utah line earlier this month.

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Can there be too much cheddar cheese? Apparently -- that's a problem for U-S Dairy farmers right now... Cheese surplus is at a 30-year high thanks to more milk production, exports and sluggish demand. So the government offered to step in to help ... And buy 20 million dollars worth of excess cheese. The plan - to give it to food banks across the country.

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Thousands of students are set to move in to UVM this weekend before classes start. Some students came in early -- for what's called the Trek Program. There's a Wilderness Trek and Service Trek -- they include about 30 small groups of upper classmen leaders with incoming freshmen. One group we talked to doing service is camping for five days straight this week at Smugglers Notch State Park -- during the day, the crew is fixing up a section of the Mill Trail. Leaders say it's an opportunity to make new friends -- and give back.

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(Paul D'Amora/UVM Leader: 19:33:49 meet some folks, know some names, learn some things, have some older students they can ask questions from.) (B Freas/UVM Leader: 19:40:45 I want to do UVM and I want to do it in a new way that shows me Vermont is something different from the past 18 years.) The trekkies are in the program until tomorrow -- and then it's move-in time.

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And be sure to join us tomorrow ... As we make a few easy - healthy lunches ... And learn about the hottest new tech toys for school! That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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Lots of sunshine, warmer, and turning a little more humid today. More muggy tonight, and staying that way into Friday. A few, scattered showers & possible thunderstorms on Thursday with that frontal system approaching from the west. Those showers & thunderstorms will last into early Friday, but then it will start to clear out as the front moves east and high pressure returns. That high will bring us a delightful weekend - more comfortable temperatures & humidity. Weak frontal system could bring a few showers Monday before clearing out again for Tuesday.

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It's back to school time -- we learn how to make some healthy lunches just in time to head back to class. And what are the hottest tech items flying off the shelves? We find out what students have their eyes on tomorrow morning starting at 5AM.

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some of the top stories we are following today... College kids are heading back to campus this weekend -- we'll have tips for how you can get your student ready. beebe Plus a 100 year old landmark destroyed by fire in Irasburg.

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Today: Clear, fairly mild start to the day. Headed for a hot, sunny, summer day.

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((THANK GARY))

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College is an exciting time for many, but for incoming freshmen, those first moments of a new life on campus can be terrifying. Melissa Sheketoff is at the University of Vermont this morning. The college has a program in place to eliminate some of those nerves... Gina and Tyler, I don't know about you guys, but living away from home for the first time was definitely a challenge when I left for school. And not to many people's surprise, that's a similar feeling a lot of kids feel when they start school. Thousands of students will be coming here this weekend to move in before classes. But we caught up with a group of new comers getting their feet wet early.

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The school hosts what's called the Trek Program. There's Wilderness Trek and Service Trek which is about 30 small groups of upper classmen leaders with incoming freshmen. We caught up with a group doing the Service Trek. This group of 8 students and two leaders are camping for five days straight this week at Smugglers Notch State Park -- and during the day, the crew is fixing up a section of the Mill Trail. Leaders say it's an opportunity for new comers to make new friends early on, while also giving back to the Vermont community.

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(Paul D'Amora/UVM Leader: 19:33:49 meet some folks, know some names, learn some things, have some older students they can ask questions from.) (B Freas/UVM Leader: 19:40:45 I want to do UVM and I want to do it in a new way that shows me Vermont is something different from the past 18 years.) The trekkies are in the program until tomorrow and then it's move-in time.

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Later this hour, we meet one student who says this program changed his entire mindset to enter college. Gina?

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A historic barn destroyed by fire. Keith McGilvery explains .. how crews in the Northeast Kingdom worked tirelessly to save the structure.

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Channel 3 viewers say the smoke could be seen from two towns away. ((Chief Robin Beaton, Irasburg Fire Dept. 21:09 "my first guy on scene said it was even too hot driving by in his pickup.)) Tuesday afternoon the Robillard flats round barn on Route 58 in Irasburg -- went up in flames -- pictures came pouring in on social media. ((Chief Robin Beaton, Irasburg Fire Dept. 21:04 "they said the round part of the barn was fully engulfed, the flames were headed right toward the direction of the road.)) The popular landmark --one of the last of its kind in the state -- now burned to the ground -- was built back in 1908. In 1991 we talked to the Robillards about the iconic structure. ((Denise and Bernard Robillard 02:02 "It's round, it's kind of unique around here, there's very few of them.)) And for generations they say it helped guide folks through town. (( 01:53 Div 1991 interview with farm folks "when you are in Irasburg heading over Lowell Mountain, there is one landmark that is key because of its obvious characteristics.)) While the fire may have delivered its final blow -- those who know it best say it had seen hardship before. ((Denise and Bernard Robillard 02:35 "the center of the barn which is like the silo, the timbers were all twisted in the hurricane of 1938, it went inside the middle and twisted everything.)) Nearly 80 years later -- the water was here to help -- but finding additional firefighters to help tackle the flames -- proved to be a challenge. ((Chief Robin Beaton, Irasburg Fire Dept. 17:28 "we had two good water source close, it was just a matter of getting manpower, everyone is just short during the daytime, so it was a hard time of day for this to happen, we had to call from much farther away to get enough people to fight this.))

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No one was in the barn at the time... But fire fighters say a few calves died in the fire. The chief says one fire fighter was checked out after a minor fall... The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Police say they found a meth lab inside an Alburgh home. Officers executed a search warrant yesterday ... And discovered the set up at 43-year-old Andrew Benson's property on North Main Street. No arrests have been made yet and anyone with information is asked to call Vermont State Police.

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A year long investigation in the Queen city .. Uncovers a human trafficking operation. Investigators say 46-year-old Timothy Galloway lived in the Farrington trailer park off North Avenue - where he allegedly coerced 6 drug addicted women into prostitution. Police say he used the money he made pimping out the women .. To pay for his own drug habit. Galloway is charged with four counts of human trafficking.

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Vermont lawmakers discuss whether to stop using private prisons... It costs 62-thousand dollars per years to keep someone in a Vermont jail. When a person is sent out of state -- it costs just 25-thousand dollars. So if Vermont's lawmakers decide they want to stop using private prisons, they would likely need to find the money to build another jail in Vermont -- or figure out a way to take on 200 more convicts. They say both options are costly.

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((Sen. Dick Sears/D-Bennington Co. 36:47 We either build a facility large enough to house all Vermont offenders and then whose backyard will that facility be in?)) ((Sen. Peg Flory/R-Rutland Co. 01:36:33 You need to really look really hard at the costs, at the benefits at the detriment.")) It costs more to house a prisoner in state because Vermont offers more programming and restorative justice. Out of state, inmates typically receive just three meals and a cot. So if Vermont brought the 200 out of state inmates back to Vermont -- taxpayers would need to foot an extra 7.4 million dollars.

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An energy transformation aims to save locals in one Vermont town -- a lot of money. Evolve Panton leaders ..Green Mountain Power .. And Efficiency Vermont will offer residents financing and incentives to transform their homes' energy systems. For community members who participate, contractors will come to their home or business, talk about changes to be made, and all residents have to give them is their consent. The project will measure current energy data and bring in new clean options.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Clear, mild start to the day. Local temps: 60s in Champlain Valley, otherwise lots of 50s. NE clouds: Just a few, high, thin clouds moving through northern areas right now, otherwise clear skies. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. 60s and low 70s in southern New England. NE dewpoints: Mainly in the upper 40s and 50s - still comfortable, but they'll be creeping up today into the low/mid 60s. U.S. Rad/sat: High pressure still in control of the weather over the northeast with fair weather. Frontal system in the upper midwest with showers, some thunderstorms. Forecast clouds/precip: Lots of sunshine, warmer, and turning a little more humid today. A few, scattered showers & possible thunderstorms on Thursday with that frontal system approaching from the west.

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Today: Sunny & warmer Highs: 82 to 88 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 58 to 68 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Thursday: Partly sunny Breezy A few, scattered showers, possible t-storms Highs: 80 to 87 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Extended: Friday: Partly sunny A few showers, possible t-storms, mainly early Lows: 62 to 72 Highs: 80s Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 82 Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82

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Before you know it...the school bells will be ringing and so will your kids' alarms. Here with some tips on how to get your kids back into a school year routine is David Rettew of the University of Vermont Children's Hospital. ((the transition from summer to school can be challenging for many kids -- lets first start with sleeping -- how do you get kids back on track?)) ((it can be a disappointing time -- summer is over. How can attitude effect the transition?)) ((what about kids who are going to school for the first time?)) ((if a child is having a hard time what can parents do?)) ((how much sleep should kids be getting?)) ((Schedules are going to start getting crazy -- how important is a family meal time?)) ((is exercise important?)) ((what role does planning play?))

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We have developing news out of Italy this morning. CNN is reporting at least 37 people are dead and entire buildings have crumbled to the ground. Meteorologists there say a 6-point-2 magnitude earth quake struck around 3 AM today in central Italy. The quake stretched more than 6 miles long -- residents in Rome say they could feel the tremor. The last deadly earthquake in Italy was in May 20-12.

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Defense attorneys for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl want that charges against him dropped. This comes after Senator John McCain told the Boston Herald last October -- he believed Bergdahl 'clearly deserted' his post from a base in Afghanistan back in 2009. Bergdahl's lawyers say this statement will prevent him from getting a fair trial.

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President Obama tours the destruction left behind from the massive flooding in Louisiana. The President visited parts of the state yesterday and spoke with families who were affected. So far, the flood has claimed 13 lives and destroyed more than 60-thousand homes. Authorities are calling it the country's worst disaster since Super storm Sandy. President Obama promised to provide whatever federal resources needed to rebuild the region.

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A new study shows more wildfires .. Means more air pollution in the future. In a matter of decades -- about 80 million people could experience high levels of air pollution. Researchers say it's all triggered by wildfires caused by climate change. The findings point out the need for changes in wildfire management and better evacuation programs in high-risk regions.

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A Florida teen is recovering after catching a rare, brain-eating parasite ... He's only the 4th person in the U-S known to survive the bacteria. Health officials say the brain-eating amoeba is found in warm, fresh water lakes and rivers. It kills 97-percent of its victims.

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If you're afraid of heights...this one's not for you. The highest and longest glass bottom bridge opened in China. Thousands of visitors have been walking across the newly opened structure that's in the Hunan Province. The six-meter wide bridge stretches 430 meters over a 300-meter-deep valley between two cliffs People are comparing it to something out of the sci-fi movie Avatar.

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NE clouds: Just a few, high, thin clouds moving through northern areas right now, otherwise clear skies. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. 60s and low 70s in southern New England. NE dewpoints: Mainly in the upper 40s and 50s - still comfortable, but they'll be creeping up today into the low/mid 60s. Today: Clear, fairly mild start to the day. Headed for a hot, sunny, summer day.

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The body of a 26-year-old Vermont firefighter killed in Nevada is back in the state. It could be the biggest Medicaid Fraud settlement in state history. What's behind the investigation into drug testing company - Burlington Labs. The feds are stacking cheddar... purchasing 11-million surplus pounds of cheese.

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Today: Clear, fairly mild start to the day. Headed for a hot, sunny, summer day.

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The thought of leaving home and being brand new on campus can be intimidating to many students entering college for the first time. Melissa Sheketoff is at the University of Vermont this morning. Melissa, in a matter of days that campus will be flooded with students. Thousands of students, Gina, and a good chunk of that number are the class of 20-20. Luckily, the school has a program in place to help the process for some of those nervous students to transition better.

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(Mike 19:54:02 this is definitely new, definitely.) Mike Hurley has only camped in the green mountains a couple of times with his family. (Mike 19:51:01 we're finishing these stairs we've been building since yesterday.) And besides pitching camp -- this out of stater is rebuilding the Mill Trail in one of Vermont's popular state parks. But it's not just for the fun of it. (Mike 19:55:16 this is part of the reason I chose to go to UVM, there seems to be a lot of emphasis on volunteering and service.) Hurley is joining 7 other new comers for UVM's Trek Program -- giving back to the state while bonding first year students. (Mike 19:52:43 I definitely feel better than I did Saturday. I was so nervous and I didn't know what to expect.) (Paul/Leader: 19:33:34 a lot of first year students coming into UVM feel a little lost, it's a lot to handle all at once.) So what better way to eliminate the nerves and build friendships than embracing what Vermont has to offer? (B/Leader 19:39:53 realizing a lot of those concerns are really similar and folks are on the same page more than they'd realize.) The suburban teen, who's only known Franklin Massachusetts to be his home, says he didn't anticipate the transition to college very well at first. (Mike 19:53:17 I get home sick kind of easily. It kind of hit me on Saturday, I'm saying good bye to my parents and brother.) He calls himself an introvert. But for the first time, he finally sees where he belongs here in the Green Mountains. (Mike 19:57:52 we kind of compliment each other, the extroverts will bring in the introverts, and we introverts invite them to take everything in.) And while his loved ones may still be far away, finding his second family isn't so bad. (Mike 19:53:38 they reminded me and showed me how much they care about me.)

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That particular program is a Service Trek Program -- and there's another 5 groups doing similar work throughout the state. Then the school also has what's called Wilderness Trek Programs and there's about 25 groups of students participating in that. Gina?

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We continue our back to school week later this hour .. As we talk about how to get your kids back on a regular schedule! And be sure to join us tomorrow ... As we make a few easy - healthy lunches ... And learn about the hottest new tech toys for school! That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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A historic barn is destroyed by fire in Irasburg. Yesterday's fire at the Robillard Flats round barn on Route 58 is still under investigation.... There were no injuries .. But a few calves died. The barn was built in 19-08 and was one of the last remaining round barns in the state.

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Justin Beebe is back home. The 26 year old's body was flown back east last night ... arriving in Lebanon New Hampshire around 11 p-m. Then it was escorted to Bellows Falls .. by a procession of firefigthers and police. Beebe died while fighting a massive fire at Great Basin National Park near the Nevada-Utah line.

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Police need your help identifying an injured man found unconscious in Barre. Officers say the man was found in a parking lot near the Rock of Ages quarry. He had no form of identification ... And wasn't able to talk to police. He was transported to UVM medical center ... Police describe him as a white man with dark hair.. In his 20s ... About 5'8. If you know of someone missing ... That matches this description .. call state police.

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Investigators describe it as potentially one of the largest Medicaid fraud cases in state history. Kyle Midura reports.

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There's a dark shadow hanging over the building at 199 Main St. in Burlington. Burlington Labs runs facilities in six states -- with 180 employees -- and operates eight walk-in centers. Drug treatment centers and courts contract with the company to test urine samples for those struggling escape the shadow of drug addiction. Documents just filed with the state indicate the company is financially underwater, and under investigation for Medicaid fraud of a scale never seen before in Vermont. But a new company is asking state health regulators to open the door to a rapid purchase, allowing the labs to continue operating. The request shed light on the attorney general's investigation -- and suggests the state as well as current and prospective operators are prepared to settle for six-and-a-half million dollars. ((KM STUP The head of the Medicaid Fraud Unit confirms the attorney general's office is investigating - but says a settlement has not been reached.)) The purchase proposal filed with the Green Mountain Care Board indicates the state cut payments to the company in half beginning in January -- forcing the company to rely on loans from the prospective buyers to stay afloat. If the document is accurate, Burlington Labs owes nearly 15 million dollars between loans and the settlement. Attorneys closest to the investigation says the state did not withhold payments until late-March, and paid portions of those payments at the end of May because of the company's financial situation. Neither prosecutors nor the filing though offer any details as to how the company may have defrauded Medicaid. a P-R spokesperson for Burlington Labs issued a statement which reads in part - Burlington Labs will reimburse the State and Vermont Medicaid for all incorrect coding that resulted in over-reimbursement by the State. Burlington Labs denies that any knowing or intentional overbilling occurred. The purchase proposal will be reviewed by the Green Mountain Care Board tomorrow -- and the plan calls for keeping the lab's current CEO on the future board of directors. Attorneys for those those looking to acquire it did not respond to requests to comment. Kyle Midura -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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Too much cheddar? Apparently that's a problem for U-S Dairy farmers right now... Cheese surplus is at a 30-year high thanks to more milk production, exports and sluggish demand. So the government offered to step in to help ... And buy 20 million dollars worth of excess cheese. The plan - to give it to food banks across the country. This comes two weeks after the Department of Agriculture requested 11-million dollars in assistance to dairy farmers.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Clear, mild start to the day. Local temps: 60s in Champlain Valley, otherwise lots of 50s. NE clouds: Just a few, high, thin clouds moving through northern areas right now, otherwise clear skies. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. 60s and low 70s in southern New England. NE dewpoints: Mainly in the upper 40s and 50s - still comfortable, but they'll be creeping up today into the low/mid 60s. U.S. Rad/sat: High pressure still in control of the weather over the northeast with fair weather. Frontal system in the upper midwest with showers, some thunderstorms. Forecast clouds/precip: Lots of sunshine, warmer, and turning a little more humid today. A few, scattered showers & possible thunderstorms on Thursday with that frontal system approaching from the west.

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Today: Sunny & warmer Highs: 82 to 88 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 58 to 68 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Thursday: Partly sunny Breezy A few, scattered showers, possible t-storms Highs: 80 to 87 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Extended: Friday: Partly sunny A few showers, possible t-storms, mainly early Lows: 62 to 72 Highs: 80s Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 82 Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82

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Before you know it...the school bells will be ringing and so will your kids' alarms. Here with some tips on how to get your kids back into a school year routine is David Rettew of the University of Vermont Children's Hospital. ((the transition from summer to school can be challenging for many kids -- lets first start with sleeping -- how do you get kids back on track?)) ((it can be a disappointing time -- summer is over. How can attitude effect the transition?)) ((what about kids who are going to school for the first time?)) ((if a child is having a hard time what can parents do?)) ((how much sleep should kids be getting?)) ((Schedules are going to start getting crazy -- how important is a family meal time?)) ((is exercise important?)) ((what role does planning play?))

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Almanac: Warmed back up to 80 again yesterday, and was dry. Dewpoint Scale: Dewpoints have been comfortably low. They will be creeping back up into the humid range again starting today. What to expect: Hot & more humid today. A few showers Thu. & Fri. Weekend looks great.

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A historic barn -- destroyed by fire in Irasburg. It broke out yesterday -- at the Robillard Flats round barn on Route 58. No people were hurt .. But a few calves died. The barn was built over 100 years ago -- and was one of the last remaining round barns in the state. An investigation is now underway.

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The body of a hotshot firefighter killed battling a fire out west is back home. 26 year old Justin Beebe's remains were flown back east last night ... arriving in Lebanon New Hampshire around 11 p-m. The body was then escorted by firefighters and police to Bellows Falls. Beebe died while fighting a massive fire at Great Basin National Park near the Nevada-Utah line earlier this month.

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Authorities are asking the public for help identifying a man found injured and unconscious in Barre. Police say the man was found in a parking lot near the Rock of Ages quarry. He had no form of ID... And wasn't able to speak. He was taken to UVM medical center ... Police say he's as a white man with dark hair.. In his 20s ... About 5'8. If you know of someone missing ... That matches that description .. call state police.

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A drug-testing lab that's been vital in Vermont's addiction treatment programs is facing financial ruin. Burlington Labs is losing nearly a half-million dollars a month. Right now -- investigators are looking into the company's involvement in what's being described as the largest Medicaid fraud case in state history. A new company is asking state health regulators to allow it to buy Burlington Labs so it can continue operating. That request suggests the current operator and state are prepared to settle for six and a half million dollars.

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New test results show water in Shelburne test positive for PFOA. The former Harbour Industries location in Shelburne is the fifth industrial site targeted for testing to show PFOA levels above the health department's safe standard. No drinking water supplies were found to be contaminated near the area. Six other sites tested came back clean.

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Can there be too much cheddar cheese? Apparently -- that's a problem for U-S Dairy farmers right now... Cheese surplus is at a 30-year high thanks to more milk production, exports and sluggish demand. So the government offered to step in to help ... And buy 20 million dollars worth of excess cheese. The plan - to give it to food banks across the country.

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Thousands of students are set to move in to UVM this weekend before classes start. Some students came in early -- for what's called the Trek Program. There's a Wilderness Trek and Service Trek -- they include about 30 small groups of upper classmen leaders with incoming freshmen. One group we talked to doing service is camping for five days straight this week at Smugglers Notch State Park -- during the day, the crew is fixing up a section of the Mill Trail. Leaders say it's an opportunity to make new friends -- and give back.

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(Paul D'Amora/UVM Leader: 19:33:49 meet some folks, know some names, learn some things, have some older students they can ask questions from.) (B Freas/UVM Leader: 19:40:45 I want to do UVM and I want to do it in a new way that shows me Vermont is something different from the past 18 years.) The trekkies are in the program until tomorrow -- and then it's move-in time.

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And be sure to join us tomorrow ... As we make a few easy - healthy lunches ... And learn about the hottest new tech toys for school! That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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

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Lots of sunshine, warmer, and turning a little more humid today. More muggy tonight, and staying that way into Friday. A few, scattered showers & possible thunderstorms on Thursday with that frontal system approaching from the west. Those showers & thunderstorms will last into early Friday, but then it will start to clear out as the front moves east and high pressure returns. That high will bring us a delightful weekend - more comfortable temperatures & humidity. Weak frontal system could bring a few showers Monday before clearing out again for Tuesday.

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Lots of sunshine, warmer, and turning a little more humid today.

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The body of a hotshot firefighter killed battling a fire out west is back home. 26 year old Justin Beebe's remains were flown back east last night ... arriving in Lebanon New Hampshire around 11 p-m. The body was then escorted by firefighters and police to Bellows Falls. Beebe died while fighting a massive fire at Great Basin National Park near the Nevada-Utah line earlier this month.

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Can there be too much cheddar cheese? Apparently -- that's a problem for U-S Dairy farmers right now... Cheese surplus is at a 30-year high thanks to more milk production, exports and sluggish demand. So the government offered to step in to help ... And buy 20 million dollars worth of excess cheese. The plan - to give it to food banks across the country.

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Thousands of students are set to move in to UVM this weekend before classes start. Some students came in early -- for what's called the Trek Program. There's a Wilderness Trek and Service Trek -- they include about 30 small groups of upper classmen leaders with incoming freshmen. One group we talked to doing service is camping for five days straight this week at Smugglers Notch State Park -- during the day, the crew is fixing up a section of the Mill Trail. Leaders say it's an opportunity to make new friends -- and give back.

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(Paul D'Amora/UVM Leader: 19:33:49 meet some folks, know some names, learn some things, have some older students they can ask questions from.) (B Freas/UVM Leader: 19:40:45 I want to do UVM and I want to do it in a new way that shows me Vermont is something different from the past 18 years.) The trekkies are in the program until tomorrow -- and then it's move-in time.

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And be sure to join us tomorrow ... As we make a few easy - healthy lunches ... And learn about the hottest new tech toys for school! That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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Lots of sunshine, warmer, and turning a little more humid today. More muggy tonight, and staying that way into Friday. A few, scattered showers & possible thunderstorms on Thursday with that frontal system approaching from the west. Those showers & thunderstorms will last into early Friday, but then it will start to clear out as the front moves east and high pressure returns. That high will bring us a delightful weekend - more comfortable temperatures & humidity. Weak frontal system could bring a few showers Monday before clearing out again for Tuesday.

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some of the top stories we are following today... College kids are heading back to campus this weekend -- we'll have tips for how you can get your student ready. The body of a Bellows Falls man is back home -- after he was killed battling a massive fire in Nevada. Plus a 100 year old landmark destroyed by fire in Irasburg.

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Today: Clear, fairly mild start to the day. Headed for a hot, sunny, summer day.

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((THANK GARY))

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College is an exciting time for many, but for incoming freshmen, those first moments of a new life on campus can be terrifying. Melissa Sheketoff is at the University of Vermont this morning. The college has a program in place to eliminate some of those nerves... Gina and Tyler, I don't know about you guys, but living away from home for the first time was definitely a challenge when I left for school. And not to many people's surprise, that's a similar feeling a lot of kids feel when they start school. Thousands of students will be coming here this weekend to move in before classes. But we caught up with a group of new comers getting their feet wet early.

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The school hosts what's called the Trek Program. There's Wilderness Trek and Service Trek which is about 30 small groups of upper classmen leaders with incoming freshmen. We caught up with a group doing the Service Trek. This group of 8 students and two leaders are camping for five days straight this week at Smugglers Notch State Park -- and during the day, the crew is fixing up a section of the Mill Trail. Leaders say it's an opportunity for new comers to make new friends early on, while also giving back to the Vermont community.

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(Paul D'Amora/UVM Leader: 19:33:49 meet some folks, know some names, learn some things, have some older students they can ask questions from.) (B Freas/UVM Leader: 19:40:45 I want to do UVM and I want to do it in a new way that shows me Vermont is something different from the past 18 years.) The trekkies are in the program until tomorrow and then it's move-in time.

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Later this hour, we meet one student who says this program changed his entire mindset to enter college. Gina?

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We continue our back to school week later this hour .. As we talk about how to get your kids back on a regular schedule! And be sure to join us tomorrow ... As we make a few easy - healthy lunches ... And learn about the hottest new tech toys for school! That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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A historic barn destroyed by fire. Keith McGilvery explains .. how crews in the Northeast Kingdom worked tirelessly to save the structure.

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Channel 3 viewers say the smoke could be seen from two towns away. ((Chief Robin Beaton, Irasburg Fire Dept. 21:09 "my first guy on scene said it was even too hot driving by in his pickup.)) Tuesday afternoon the Robillard flats round barn on Route 58 in Irasburg -- went up in flames -- pictures came pouring in on social media. ((Chief Robin Beaton, Irasburg Fire Dept. 21:04 "they said the round part of the barn was fully engulfed, the flames were headed right toward the direction of the road.)) The popular landmark --one of the last of its kind in the state -- now burned to the ground -- was built back in 1908. In 1991 we talked to the Robillards about the iconic structure. ((Denise and Bernard Robillard 02:02 "It's round, it's kind of unique around here, there's very few of them.)) And for generations they say it helped guide folks through town. (( 01:53 Div 1991 interview with farm folks "when you are in Irasburg heading over Lowell Mountain, there is one landmark that is key because of its obvious characteristics.)) While the fire may have delivered its final blow -- those who know it best say it had seen hardship before. ((Denise and Bernard Robillard 02:35 "the center of the barn which is like the silo, the timbers were all twisted in the hurricane of 1938, it went inside the middle and twisted everything.)) Nearly 80 years later -- the water was here to help -- but finding additional firefighters to help tackle the flames -- proved to be a challenge. ((Chief Robin Beaton, Irasburg Fire Dept. 17:28 "we had two good water source close, it was just a matter of getting manpower, everyone is just short during the daytime, so it was a hard time of day for this to happen, we had to call from much farther away to get enough people to fight this.))

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No one was in the barn at the time... But fire fighters say a few calves died in the fire. The chief says one fire fighter was checked out after a minor fall... The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Police say they found a meth lab inside an Alburgh home. Officers executed a search warrant yesterday ... And discovered the set up at 43-year-old Andrew Benson's property on North Main Street. No arrests have been made yet and anyone with information is asked to call Vermont State Police.

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A Canadian man is sentenced to one year in jail for trying to cross the border into North Troy -- with a sled full of prescription drugs. Border Patrol Agents followed footprints -- catching up to 21-year-old Cedrick Bourgault-Morin -- of Quebec. He was hauling a sled packed with 182 POUNDS of Xanax.... that's more than 280 thousand pills with a street value of 1-point-6 million dollars.

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A year long investigation in the Queen city .. Uncovers a human trafficking operation. Investigators say 46-year-old Timothy Galloway lived in the Farrington trailer park off North Avenue - where he allegedly coerced 6 drug addicted women into prostitution. Police say he used the money he made pimping out the women .. To pay for his own drug habit. Galloway is charged with four counts of human trafficking.

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Vermont lawmakers discuss whether to stop using private prisons... It costs 62-thousand dollars per years to keep someone in a Vermont jail. When a person is sent out of state -- it costs just 25-thousand dollars. So if Vermont's lawmakers decide they want to stop using private prisons, they would likely need to find the money to build another jail in Vermont -- or figure out a way to take on 200 more convicts. They say both options are costly.

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((Sen. Dick Sears/D-Bennington Co. 36:47 We either build a facility large enough to house all Vermont offenders and then whose backyard will that facility be in?)) ((Sen. Peg Flory/R-Rutland Co. 01:36:33 You need to really look really hard at the costs, at the benefits at the detriment.")) It costs more to house a prisoner in state because Vermont offers more programming and restorative justice. Out of state, inmates typically receive just three meals and a cot. So if Vermont brought the 200 out of state inmates back to Vermont -- taxpayers would need to foot an extra 7.4 million dollars.

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An energy transformation aims to save locals in one Vermont town -- a lot of money. Evolve Panton leaders ..Green Mountain Power .. And Efficiency Vermont will offer residents financing and incentives to transform their homes' energy systems. For community members who participate, contractors will come to their home or business, talk about changes to be made, and all residents have to give them is their consent. The project will measure current energy data and bring in new clean options.

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((Mary Powell 30:52-31:01: "In many cases, moving people dramatically off of fossil fuels to heat pump technology for heating and cooling of their homes...")) The project will also install battery storage and LED lighting. Project organizers say Panton could be a model for other towns.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Clear, mild start to the day. Local temps: 60s in Champlain Valley, otherwise lots of 50s. NE clouds: Just a few, high, thin clouds moving through northern areas right now, otherwise clear skies. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. 60s and low 70s in southern New England. NE dewpoints: Mainly in the upper 40s and 50s - still comfortable, but they'll be creeping up today into the low/mid 60s. U.S. Rad/sat: High pressure still in control of the weather over the northeast with fair weather. Frontal system in the upper midwest with showers, some thunderstorms. Forecast clouds/precip: Lots of sunshine, warmer, and turning a little more humid today. A few, scattered showers & possible thunderstorms on Thursday with that frontal system approaching from the west.

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Today: Sunny & warmer Highs: 82 to 88 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 58 to 68 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Thursday: Partly sunny Breezy A few, scattered showers, possible t-storms Highs: 80 to 87 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Extended: Friday: Partly sunny A few showers, possible t-storms, mainly early Lows: 62 to 72 Highs: 80s Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 82 Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82

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We have developing news out of Italy this morning. CNN is reporting at least 21 people are dead and entire buildings have crumbled to the ground. Meteorologists there say a 6-point-2 magnitude earth quake struck around 3 AM today in central Italy. The quake stretched more than 6 miles long -- residents in Rome say they could feel the tremor. The last deadly earthquake in Italy was in May 20-12.

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Defense attorneys for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl want that charges against him dropped. This comes after Senator John McCain told the Boston Herald last October -- he believed Bergdahl 'clearly deserted' his post from a base in Afghanistan back in 2009. Bergdahl's lawyers say this statement will prevent him from getting a fair trial.

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President Obama tours the destruction left behind from the massive flooding in Louisiana. The President visited parts of the state yesterday and spoke with families who were affected. So far, the flood has claimed 13 lives and destroyed more than 60-thousand homes. Authorities are calling it the country's worst disaster since Super storm Sandy. President Obama promised to provide whatever federal resources needed to rebuild the region.

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((Pres. Barack Obama "As of today federal support has reached 127 million dollars-- that's for help like temporary rental assistance, essential home repairs, and flood insurance payments")) Some republicans criticized the president for not visiting the area sooner... This comes after Republican nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence were there last week.

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A new study shows more wildfires .. Means more air pollution in the future. In a matter of decades -- about 80 million people could experience high levels of air pollution. Researchers say it's all triggered by wildfires caused by climate change. The findings point out the need for changes in wildfire management and better evacuation programs in high-risk regions.

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A Florida teen is recovering after catching a rare, brain-eating parasite ... He's only the 4th person in the U-S known to survive the bacteria. Health officials say the brain-eating amoeba is found in warm, fresh water lakes and rivers. It kills 97-percent of its victims.

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((Dr. Corey Hebert/Professor, Health Sciences Center at LSU "Anything that you would have that would force water up your nose puts you at risk. That's anything from hot springs to diving in water or any type of water sport, or even using one of those sinus rinse bottles if the water has not been sterilized.")) Doctors don't want the public to worry though, they say exposure to this organism rarely brings on infection.

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2nd graders in one Texas classroom are getting a break from homework and the news is going viral. Brandy Young sent a letter home to the parents announcing her new homework policy. Young said research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance so she said she would not be formally assigning homework this year. Instead of homework - Young suggested parents spend their evenings eating dinner as a family, reading together, playing outside and getting kids to bed early.

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Some people go to great lengths to impress their love interests...but that didn't end so well for one man in Pittsburgh. A man attempted to jump between rooftops to impress his date...but instead he ended up trapped between two buildings for hours. Pittsburgh Public Safety officials live-tweeted the entire event which will hopefully be a great learning tool for others out there hungry for the approval of others.

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NE clouds: Just a few, high, thin clouds moving through northern areas right now, otherwise clear skies. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. 60s and low 70s in southern New England. NE dewpoints: Mainly in the upper 40s and 50s - still comfortable, but they'll be creeping up today into the low/mid 60s. Today: Clear, fairly mild start to the day. Headed for a hot, sunny, summer day.

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The body of a 26-year-old Vermont firefighter killed in Nevada is back in the state. It could be the biggest Medicaid Fraud settlement in state history. What's behind the investigation into drug testing company - Burlington Labs. The feds are stacking cheddar... purchasing 11-million surplus pounds of cheese.

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Today: Clear, fairly mild start to the day. Headed for a hot, sunny, summer day.

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The thought of leaving home and being brand new on campus can be intimidating to many students entering college for the first time. Melissa Sheketoff is at the University of Vermont this morning. Melissa, in a matter of days that campus will be flooded with students. Thousands of students, Gina, and a good chunk of that number are the class of 20-20. Luckily, the school has a program in place to help the process for some of those nervous students to transition better.

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(Mike 19:54:02 this is definitely new, definitely.) Mike Hurley has only camped in the green mountains a couple of times with his family. (Mike 19:51:01 we're finishing these stairs we've been building since yesterday.) And besides pitching camp -- this out of stater is rebuilding the Mill Trail in one of Vermont's popular state parks. But it's not just for the fun of it. (Mike 19:55:16 this is part of the reason I chose to go to UVM, there seems to be a lot of emphasis on volunteering and service.) Hurley is joining 7 other new comers for UVM's Trek Program -- giving back to the state while bonding first year students. (Mike 19:52:43 I definitely feel better than I did Saturday. I was so nervous and I didn't know what to expect.) (Paul/Leader: 19:33:34 a lot of first year students coming into UVM feel a little lost, it's a lot to handle all at once.) So what better way to eliminate the nerves and build friendships than embracing what Vermont has to offer? (B/Leader 19:39:53 realizing a lot of those concerns are really similar and folks are on the same page more than they'd realize.) The suburban teen, who's only known Franklin Massachusetts to be his home, says he didn't anticipate the transition to college very well at first. (Mike 19:53:17 I get home sick kind of easily. It kind of hit me on Saturday, I'm saying good bye to my parents and brother.) He calls himself an introvert. But for the first time, he finally sees where he belongs here in the Green Mountains. (Mike 19:57:52 we kind of compliment each other, the extroverts will bring in the introverts, and we introverts invite them to take everything in.) And while his loved ones may still be far away, finding his second family isn't so bad. (Mike 19:53:38 they reminded me and showed me how much they care about me.)

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That particular program is a Service Trek Program -- and there's another 5 groups doing similar work throughout the state. Then the school also has what's called Wilderness Trek Programs and there's about 25 groups of students participating in that. Gina?

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We continue our back to school week later this hour .. As we talk about how to get your kids back on a regular schedule! And be sure to join us tomorrow ... As we make a few easy - healthy lunches ... And learn about the hottest new tech toys for school! That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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A historic barn is destroyed by fire in Irasburg. Yesterday's fire at the Robillard Flats round barn on Route 58 is still under investigation.... There were no injuries .. But a few calves died. The barn was built in 19-08 and was one of the last remaining round barns in the state.

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Justin Beebe is back home. The 26 year old's body was flown back east last night ... arriving in Lebanon New Hampshire around 11 p-m. Then it was escorted to Bellows Falls .. by a procession of firefigthers and police. Beebe died while fighting a massive fire at Great Basin National Park near the Nevada-Utah line.

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Police need your help identifying an injured man found unconscious in Barre. Officers say the man was found in a parking lot near the Rock of Ages quarry. He had no form of identification ... And wasn't able to talk to police. He was transported to UVM medical center ... Police describe him as a white man with dark hair.. In his 20s ... About 5'8. If you know of someone missing ... That matches this description .. call state police.

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Thousands of Vermont couples get divorced every year. Sometimes kids get trapped in the middle. But what happens when one parent -- falsely accuses the other of horrible things? That's called parental alienation. It's a controversial psychological disorder where one parent manipulates a child to unjustifiably reject the other parent. Amy Baker is a leading expert in the field... She says 80% of divorced parents engage in some form of alienation.. But only 1 in 5 of those cases are severe -- and an even smaller percentage -- of kids -- will succumb to the alienation.

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((PHONER Amy Baker/Studies Parental Alienation 00:09:02:21 "To the child it feels real. They don't experience themselves as being manipulated. They think this is my feeling. This is my desire. I don't want anything to do with that parent.")) Baker says .. for the kids stuck in the middle -- they can experience low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trust issues and failure to thrive.

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Investigators describe it as potentially one of the largest Medicaid fraud cases in state history. Kyle Midura reports.

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There's a dark shadow hanging over the building at 199 Main St. in Burlington. Burlington Labs runs facilities in six states -- with 180 employees -- and operates eight walk-in centers. Drug treatment centers and courts contract with the company to test urine samples for those struggling escape the shadow of drug addiction. Documents just filed with the state indicate the company is financially underwater, and under investigation for Medicaid fraud of a scale never seen before in Vermont. But a new company is asking state health regulators to open the door to a rapid purchase, allowing the labs to continue operating. The request shed light on the attorney general's investigation -- and suggests the state as well as current and prospective operators are prepared to settle for six-and-a-half million dollars. ((KM STUP The head of the Medicaid Fraud Unit confirms the attorney general's office is investigating - but says a settlement has not been reached.)) The purchase proposal filed with the Green Mountain Care Board indicates the state cut payments to the company in half beginning in January -- forcing the company to rely on loans from the prospective buyers to stay afloat. If the document is accurate, Burlington Labs owes nearly 15 million dollars between loans and the settlement. Attorneys closest to the investigation says the state did not withhold payments until late-March, and paid portions of those payments at the end of May because of the company's financial situation. Neither prosecutors nor the filing though offer any details as to how the company may have defrauded Medicaid. a P-R spokesperson for Burlington Labs issued a statement which reads in part - Burlington Labs will reimburse the State and Vermont Medicaid for all incorrect coding that resulted in over-reimbursement by the State. Burlington Labs denies that any knowing or intentional overbilling occurred. The purchase proposal will be reviewed by the Green Mountain Care Board tomorrow -- and the plan calls for keeping the lab's current CEO on the future board of directors. Attorneys for those those looking to acquire it did not respond to requests to comment. Kyle Midura -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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Too much cheddar? Apparently that's a problem for U-S Dairy farmers right now... Cheese surplus is at a 30-year high thanks to more milk production, exports and sluggish demand. So the government offered to step in to help ... And buy 20 million dollars worth of excess cheese. The plan - to give it to food banks across the country. This comes two weeks after the Department of Agriculture requested 11-million dollars in assistance to dairy farmers.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Clear, mild start to the day. Local temps: 60s in Champlain Valley, otherwise lots of 50s. NE clouds: Just a few, high, thin clouds moving through northern areas right now, otherwise clear skies. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. 60s and low 70s in southern New England. NE dewpoints: Mainly in the upper 40s and 50s - still comfortable, but they'll be creeping up today into the low/mid 60s. U.S. Rad/sat: High pressure still in control of the weather over the northeast with fair weather. Frontal system in the upper midwest with showers, some thunderstorms. Forecast clouds/precip: Lots of sunshine, warmer, and turning a little more humid today. A few, scattered showers & possible thunderstorms on Thursday with that frontal system approaching from the west.

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Today: Sunny & warmer Highs: 82 to 88 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 58 to 68 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Thursday: Partly sunny Breezy A few, scattered showers, possible t-storms Highs: 80 to 87 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Extended: Friday: Partly sunny A few showers, possible t-storms, mainly early Lows: 62 to 72 Highs: 80s Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Sunday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Partly sunny Chance for showers Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 82 Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82

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Lupus is an inflammatory disease -- when the immune system attacks its own tissues. There's more than 200,000 cases each year -- but there's still no cure. Marie White is trying to raise funding and awareness -- Marie, good morning. ((What are you doing to get the word out? How has lupus impacted your life? Is it hard to live with this disease? What are the visible signs that we need to be aware of? What are some misconceptions people have? How do you think this awareness effort will help?)) saturday - 8a.m.- St johnsbury school western ave

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((TRT: ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((When the Vermont Mountaineers return to Montpelier Rec Field next summer, they will do so with a new manager. The team announcing last night that Joe Brown will not return as the Mountaineers manager for the 2017 season. ---------------------- -- Brown leaves a legacy of success in Montpelier. In four seasons, Brown led the Mountaineers to a combined 95-77 record, two division titles and the 2015 NECBL Championship. This move shouldn't come as a surprise. Earlier this month, after Vermont was eliminated in knockout game for the final playoff spot in the North Division, Brown told Channel Three Sports he wasn't sure he'd return to the team or even the league next season, saying he felt the league did not make decisions that are in the best interests of the players, such as the almost daily schedule and constant traveling that has players worn down by the end of the season. Brown remains the head coach of the SUNY-Cortland baseball team, where, in 17 seasons, he has a record of 641-164-3, with 17 NCAA tournament appearances, 15 SUNYAC championships, ten trips to the D-3 World Series and a national title in 2015. In the statement announcing the move, the Mountaineers said the team has started a search for a new manager, but whoever joins the club will have big shoes to fill. ---------------------- ---- The general manager of the Oakland A's, David Forst, is in town, spending a couple of days with the Vermont Lake Monsters. We'll hear from Forst coming up tonight on the Channel Three News at 6pm. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune. ))

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Almanac: Warmed back up to 80 again yesterday, and was dry. Dewpoint Scale: Dewpoints have been comfortably low. They will be creeping back up into the humid range again starting today. What to expect: Hot & more humid today. A few showers Thu. & Fri. Weekend looks great.

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Last week we told you about a 5-million dollar Mega Millions winner -- who had not come forward. Last night we learned that man is Reg Abare -- a husband and father of two from Barre!

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((Phoner 02:00 Reg Abare, Vermont Lottey Winner "it was really exciting, no question about it, it was a little unbeleivable-- you keep asking yourself is it real, and obviously it is, it was really exciting.)) Reg may be a familiar face to many in Central Vermont - He spent 45 years as the engineering director for the City of Barre. He jokes his big win will make retirement a little easier -- he says he has some projects planned and may also do some investing.

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((GARY DOES SHORT WX .. TAKES FULL SCREEN ... SHOT COMES BACK OUT TO 4SHOT FOR CLOSE)) Lots of sunshine, warmer, and turning a little more humid today. More muggy tonight, and staying that way into Friday. A few, scattered showers & possible thunderstorms on Thursday with that frontal system approaching from the west. Those showers & thunderstorms will last into early Friday, but then it will start to clear out as the front moves east and high pressure returns. That high will bring us a delightful weekend - more comfortable temperatures & humidity. Weak frontal system could bring a few showers Monday before clearing out again for Tuesday.


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