Bernie supporters were in full force at a rally in Philadelphia Sunday, focusing on one of the Vermont senator's main priorities: climate change.
Supporters from the Senator's home state and across the country are not giving up the fight to put Sanders in the White House.
"I've admired him from day one, from when he first took the mayoral race in Burlington," says Randy Leavitt from Vermont.
"I'm supporting Bernie. I'm hoping the delegates will make him the nominee instead of Hillary because he's against the TPP for so many reasons," says Lisa Jacques of Rochester, New York. "Because he cares about the climate, because he's not a war lord."
"I'm going to hope and work until those Super Delegates vote," says Gina Robinson, a delegate from Boonville, Indiana. "I think they'd be making a gigantic mistake picking Hillary over Bernie because it will hurt the party."
The Climate Change March through downtown Philadelphia Sunday focused on fracking.
"Why did they come in and drill so fast and so furiously before our state could even get its whole handle around it?" says Vinod Seth, a delegate from Bismarck, North Dakota.
The protest comes after emails leaked from the Democratic National Committee, exposing a possible bias towards Hillary Clinton.
"Well, I think it's outrageous, but it's not a great shock to me," says Sen. Sanders.
His supporters say they also are not shocked.
"It's not a surprise," says Tommi Karma from Iowa City, Iowa. "We knew the cards were stacked against Bernie from the start, and that's why we're here."
"We want to a better tomorrow, we want to see change and revolution in or party," says Joanna Tepley of Central Washington. "We believe in our party, but we want to see our party do better."
Sanders will speak on the convention stage Monday, the official kickoff of the DNC.
Vermont State Police confirm they have located 52-year-old Ronald Bean, a stabbing suspect in Middlebury.
Bean is being held on two counts of attempted murder.
Middlebury Police say the stabbing happened shortly after 2 p.m. in Middlebury.
Police say one employee of a mental health agency suffered stab wounds in the head and leg. Another person has stab wounds in the upper torso.
One victim is being treated at Porter Hospital, according to police. The other has been transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center. Their conditions and names have not yet been released.
Middlebury Police, VSP, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife searched for Bean in a heavily wooded area in Middlebury. They believed he may have been hitchhiking on Route 7 to Rutland or Burlington. When last seen, police say he had blood on his hands and clothes.
Severe storms this weekend also caused some trouble for people out on the water.
The U.S. Coast Guard in Burlington, Vt. responded to three rescues Saturday during thunderstorms.
Petty Officer Cody Jannsen says many calls were also dispatched to local police and fire departments.
Folks there tell us a big issue on Lake Champlain is the high number of small boats. The lake can get very rough during thunderstorms, making it difficult for small boats to handle.
If you're stuck out on the water, the Coast Guard says try to find a sheltered area.
"Have everyone on your vessel put on their life jacket, and then the next step would be to try to get your vessel and the people on your vessel to a safe spot, which would be a sheltered bay, or cove or anything like that,"
said Bradford Cole from the US Coast Guard.
Before heading out for a day on the lake, Bradford says boaters should check the forecast for any storm advisories.
Also, if you have a canoe or kayak, label it with your name and number. If it drifts away from shore during a storm, then the Coast Guard can get it back to the rightful owner.
Crews were out in full force Sunday picking up downed trees and power lines following powerful storms on Saturday.
More than 26,000 people across the state lost power.
"We had a big party last night and it happened right before we were all about to shower. We went to the one house in town that had power and showered there but it's definitely a little primitive," said Carey Gattyan who lost power at the home she is renting in Cornwall.
Vermont's largest utility, Green Mountain Power, deployed more than 500 workers across the state to clean-up and restore power.
"Summer storms are difficult because they are hard to predict precisely so we do have crews all across the state so when we see where the damage is the worst we can send a concentration of crews so we can have the most people trying to get power back on but it is going to take a while," said GMP spokesperson Dotty Schnure.
Some customers are expected to be without power through Monday. In the meantime crews are asking for patience and are passing along a message of safety.
"A tree can come down and the line can still be live you don't know so it is important to stay away from any downed lines," said Schnure.
Gattyan says she couldn't be more pleased with how crews responded.
"It is dangerous work, it is hard work and it is hot and so they are just doing what they can I mean you can only do what you can do," said Gattyan.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday, 6,400 people were still in the dark.
The the number of outages across the state can be tracked on Green Mountain Power's website.
Vermont State Police say a 21-year-old man crashed his vehicle while under the influence, but that's not all.
Troopers say Nicholas Coccia, of Rutland, says he was hunting for Pokemon.
They say the crash happened just after 8 a.m. on East Pittsford Road in Rutland Town.
Coccia admitted to troopers he was playing the game "Pokemon Go" on his phone while driving. After a field sobriety test, troopers confirmed he was impaired. Coccia blew a .2 and was taken into custody for DUI.
He is scheduled to appear at Vermont Superior Court on August 8th.
In the Green Mountain State, it's illegal to use a cell phone while driving.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz's stewardship of the Democratic National Committee has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process.
Now, on the eve of the party's convention, Wasserman Schultz is planning to resign, and will have no major role on the convention stage, after Wikileaks released nearly 20,000 DNC emails that bolster Sanders' supporters' claims that the party favored Clinton.
One email appears to show DNC staffers asking how they can reference Bernie Sanders' faith to weaken him in the eyes of Southern voters. Another seems to depict an attorney advising the committee on how to defend Hillary Clinton against an accusation by the Sanders campaign of not living up to a joint fundraising agreement.
Here's what you need to know about the DNC email leak so far:
The leaks, from January 2015 to May 2016, feature Democratic staffers debating everything from how to deal with challenging media requests to coordinating the committee's message with other powerful interests in Washington.
The emails were leaked from the accounts of seven DNC officials, Wikileaks said. CNN has not independently established the emails' authenticity.
The emails could boost Sanders supporters' charge that the DNC was biased toward Clinton -- a position Sanders himself underscored when he endorsed Wasserman Schultz's primary opponent in her Florida congressional race.
But Baltimore mayor and DNC Secretary Stephanie Rawlings-Blake denied any suggestion that Clinton's camp was treated more favorably by the committee.
"My expectation is beyond your opinion about a candidate, that you act evenly. All of the officers took a pledge of neutrality and I honored that, and I take that very seriously," Rawlings-Blake told CNN's Poppy Harlow. She added: "I know that the chair will hold those employees accountable if they're found to have acted outside of that neutrality and even-handedness."
Asked about the exchanges, Rawlings-Blake said: "Expressing an opinion about a candidate doesn't mean that you're in collusion, doesn't mean that you are actively working against them. And I don't think that that's what it shows."
One email features DNC staffers appearing to ponder ways to undercut Sanders, an insurgent Democrat who had a bitter relationship with party leadership.
On May 5, a DNC employee asked colleagues to "get someone to ask his belief" in God and suggested that it could make a difference in Kentucky and West Virginia. Sanders' name is not mentioned in the note.
"This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist," DNC chief financial officer Brad Marshall wrote.
Marshall did not respond to a request for comment.
In another email, an attorney for the Clinton campaign appears to advise the DNC on how to respond to a dispute between the two campaigns over how much money Clinton's operation had raised for state parties. Sanders' campaign charged that Clinton's team was not handing over its fair share of its fundraising, which Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver said was "laundering" and "looting."
"My suggestion is that the DNC put out a statement saying that the accusations the Sanders campaign are not true. The fact that CNN notes that you aren't getting between the two campaigns is the problem," Marc E. Elias wrote. "Here, Sanders is attacking the DNC and its current practice, its past practice with the POTUS and with Sec Kerry. Just as the RNC pushes back directly on Trump over 'rigged system,' the DNC should push back DIRECTLY at Sanders and say that what he is saying is false and harmful (to) the Democratic party."
Elias and the Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.
Another exchange involves a discussion on whether to move Maryland ophthalmologist Sreedhar Potarazu from sitting beside President Barack Obama at a DNC event after National Finance Director Jordan Kaplan said he gave less money than Philip Munger, another donor.
"It would be nice to take care of him from the DNC side," Kaplan wrote, referring to Munger.
Potarazu told CNN Saturday that he wants answers from top DNC officials on how they are responding to these revelations, which have surfaced days before the Democratic convention.
"I was obviously shocked to see my name in the middle of all of this because I'm just an innocent bystander," he said.
"I'm curious to see what's happening at the highest levels of the DNC right now," he added. "I don't know, but I'm sure it's a fire drill. The timing is not good."
Wasserman Schultz attacks Weaver
Wasserman Shultz also called Weaver a "damn liar" in May after he criticized the Nevada Democratic Party following protests among Sanders supporters who said Clinton's backers had subverted party rules. They shouted down pro-Clinton speakers and sent threatening messages to state party Chairwoman Roberta Lange after posting her phone number and address on social media.
"The state party there has a lot of problems. They've run things very poorly. It has been done very undemocratically," Weaver said on CNN in May. "And there seems to be an unwillingness on the part of the Nevada Democratic Party to bring in all of the new people that Bernie Sanders has brought into the process."
The DNC chair responded in an email: "Damn liar. Particularly scummy that he barely acknowledges the violent and threatening behavior that occurred."
And in an email quoting Weaver as saying, "I think we should go to the convention," Wasserman Shultz wrote: "He is an a--."
Trump's response: 'RIGGED'
Republican nominee Donald Trump, however, said the emails were proof of the Democrats' "rigged" system, resurfacing an attack he's leveled against the party before.
"Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders. Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED," Trump tweeted Saturday morning.
Vermont delegates are on their way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Secretary of State Jim Condos flew down Sunday afternoon. This will be the Super Delegate's first time at the DNC.
Condos says he looks forward to being surrounded by like-minded people, and hearing Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speak. He says he's excited to be a part of this historic convention.
"For the first time ever, we'll be nominating a woman to be at the top of the ticket," says Condos. "I think that has a lot of intrigue and a lot of support from people across the country."
Condos adds the Convention would have been historic for Vermonters regardless.
"It could have been Bernie Sanders, which would have been equally as historic as Vermont so, either way this is going to be a good convention for the Vermont delegation to go down," says Condos.
Condos will accompany Governor Peter Shumlin, Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, and former governors Madeleine Kunin and Howard Dean.
Bernie Sanders says the release of Democratic National Committee emails that show its staffers working against him underscore the position he's held for months: Party Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz needs to go.
"I don't think she is qualified to be the chair of the DNC not only for these awful emails, which revealed the prejudice of the DNC, but also because we need a party that reaches out to working people and young people, and I don't think her leadership style is doing that," Sanders told CNN's Jake Tapper Sunday on "State of the Union," on the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
As a result of the leaks, Wasserman Schultz has been removed as a speaker at the DNC this week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday, a top Democrat said. She is expected to gavel the convention in and out but that's it.
"She's been quarantined," another top Democrat said following a meeting Saturday night.
Among the emails included in the release by hackers Friday were plots by DNC staffers to plant questions about Sanders' Jewish faith ahead of the Kentucky and West Virginia primary contests.
"I am not an atheist," the Vermont senator said Sunday. "But aside from all of that, it is an outrage and sad that you would have people in important positions in the DNC trying to undermine my campaign. It goes without saying, the function of the DNC is to represent all of the candidates -- to be fair and even-minded."
He added: "But again, we discussed this many, many months ago, on this show, so what is revealed now is not a shock to me."
Still, Sanders made clear that he's not using the issue to reopen the Democratic primary after he's endorsed Clinton.
"The focus, though, that I am going to go forward on right now is to make sure that Donald Trump -- perhaps the worst Republican candidate in the history of this country; somebody that by temperament, somebody that by ideology, must not be president of the United States -- I am going to do everything I can to defeat him, to elect Hillary Clinton, and to keep focusing, keep focusing, on the real issues facing the American people," Sanders said.
Today's weather is well deserved after a storm Saturday afternoon, we have seen many reports of trees down across the North Country and at one time 26,000 Green Mountain Power customers were in the dark. Wrapping up Sunday we are experiencing calm conditions, thanks to high pressure dancing across northern New England. This will be short lived, as a cold front will advance from the west. During the morning hours expect some sunshine, with hot and humid conditions. Dewpoints will climb into the upper 60s to near 70 degrees, this will make it feel very humid. Variables like higher humidity, and day time highs in the upper 80s will factor into the thunderstorm forecast. The Storm Prediction Center has northern Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire under a marginal risk, while southern Vermont and New Hampshire is in a slight risk. All of this means strong to severe storms are likely into the afternoon and early evening hours. The main threat is for gusty wind that could bring down trees/power lines, small hail and frequent lightning.
Monday night we are left with a few showers and storms, but they quickly come to an end around midnight. Clouds will begin to clear with patchy fog by sunrise on Tuesday. Tuesday we are dry with more sunshine, comfortable highs in the low 80s. Heat and humidity returns on Wednesday with mostly sunny skies, high near upper 80s to 90°.
On Saturday, four local fire departments trained together to prepare for removing people from accidents involving 'big rigs'.
Firefighters worked through three different scenarios ranging from a flipped over vehicle to a car pinned beneath a large truck. The firefighters learned how to properly raise vehicles while avoiding further injury to victims. The hands-on training allowed the firefighters to learn how to work with different equipment and work together.
"Anytime that we have the availability to have those vehicles to practice vehicle extrication removal is a phenomenal one for us, as firefighters we would like to train as often as we can, most departments in the area cover large stretches of interstate roads and rural terains where vehicles can go off the road at any moment in time," said Prescott Nadeau, Williston Fire Department.
A local tow company was also on hand for Saturday's training since they often work alongside the fire departments.
In total 16 Vermonters will make the trip to the Democratic National Convention as delegates. All of them are hoping the 'city of brotherly love' with feel the Bern.
Diana Lanpher and Matt Birong both live in Vergennes. Together they will take the floor of the convention voicing their continued support for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
"Vermonters know him and support him and I am so excited to be bringing that voice to Philadelphia," said Lanpher.
Birong added, "I want people to be able to show the movement he has created and still has a very strong presence in Philadelphia."
As a Vermont business owner, Birong has supported Sanders from the beginning. He says Sanders platform is very much alive and one the party should commit to.
"The fact that he is still of conversation to this level at this point of the process is a victory for the progressive movement that I never thought I would see," said Birong.
Like Birong, Lanpher will voice her support for Sanders as well. She also wants to come home knowing the party is unified ahead of November.
Lanpher said, "I think being a representative in any capacity is important for what you bring to it, you need to bring a certain amount of commitment to the studiousness of it and making sure that you participate, that you are aware of what is going on."
While both will be supporting Sanders at the convention, they are committed to making sure the democratic party retains the White House in November.
"The real important thing right now is making sure that Hillary can move forward and become the president of the United States because the other alternative in my opinion is an unacceptable scenario," said Birong.
On Monday, Senator Sanders will help kick off the convention.
He is scheduled to be one of the prime time speakers.
Police say a 56-year-old Milton man died Saturday at the Raftapalooza event on Malletts Bay.
Colchester police said a distress flare was spotted in the area of Thayer's Beach during a thunderstorm. Upon their arrival, first responders found a man, who has not been identified, in cardiac arrest.
CPR was performed on the man, who was later taken to UVM Medical Center in Burlington where he died, police said.
"Raftapalooza participants were warned to leave the area by the U.S. Coast Guard an our other public safety partners on approach of the storm," a release stated.
The cause of the man's death is under investigation.
Police say another man was taken to the hospital for heart related issues.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues until 8 p.m. Saturday. The main threats are frequent lightning, gusty winds, and one inch hail. Rain and thunderstorms will diminish from the northwest to southeast over the next several hours, and by midnight we will see clouds begin to clear.
High pressure will slide into the region as an area of low pressure that brought us Saturday's storms departs off the New England coast.
Sunday we will return to sunshine and a few fair weather clouds. A light northwest breeze will keep temperatures near 80° and humidity on the lower side. Unfortunately the calm weather is short lived, as we're watching another front approaching the ares Monday afternoon.
Monday we will see an increase in both temperatures and humidity, allowing for more strong thunderstorms during the second half of the day.
Tuesday a nice stretch of weather will set up, sunshine will come back into play for the midweek. Thursday we could see a spotty afternoon shower or thunder storm with more active weather expected by Friday.
A typical Friday night at Burlington's ArtsRiot doesn't usually involve Star Wars stormtroopers. This Friday, however, was special. It was night Make-A-Wish Vermont granted 14-year-old Xavier Hart-Marion his wish.
"He thought I was coming to get a record, he had no idea," said Xavier's dad Martin Marion. "It was pretty funny."
"It's such a great culmination of everything he's been through and everything we've been through as a family," said Nikki Krysak, Xavier's stepmother.
Xavier was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last August. He received treatment for six months at UVM Children's Hospital.
"He lost his hair, kind of like me, so we were twins for a while," said Marion.
"I had to go to the hospital everyday to get my chemo, but other than that, it was pretty easy," said Xavier. "It was more stressful than hard."
Make-A-Wish Vermont presented Xavier with a new computer Friday night. He said he's going to play lots of games.
"I'm going to play all of the games," said Xavier.
"It was great to see his face light up like that, I felt like a kid again myself," said Hayes Johnson, member of the 501st Legion. "Anything we can do to make their life a little brighter is great."
"This is my very first wish I granted," said Make-A-Wish Vermont's Jessica Storrs. "It's very emotionally fulfilling and I can't wait to do it again."
Since 1989, Make-A-Wish Vermont has granted more than 725 wishes.
Hot! Storms under performed Friday afternoon and temperatures were able to soar well into the 80s & 90s everywhere! 94° in Burlington was the hottest since September 7, 2015 and the 9th day in 2016 that the city hit at least 90°.
I wouldn't cancel plans Friday night but you should know there will be a few showers and thunderstorms around. The threat is very low but a strong storm or two that puts down heavy rain and gusty winds isn't out of the question. As storms end, skies overnight will become partly cloudy with some patchy fog forming late; lows will drop into the upper 60s.
From where I'm sitting, the weekend looks split. Saturday will be partly sunny with spotty showers and thunderstorms sprouting up during the day. The severe threat is low but a few storms may try to put down heavy rain, damaging wind and hail. Remember, even non-severe thunderstorms will put down lightning, keep an ear open and head inside if you hear thunder. Outside of storms, it'll be warm with highs in the 70s to near 80°. Storms will gradually end after sunset and skies will become mostly clear overnight. Lows by Sunday morning will be comfortable, around 60°. Sunday is easily the better weekend day. High pressure will take control giving us mostly sunny skies and highs near 80°. Humidity will also stay low, that means it'll be comfortable for you!
The last few weeks in July have been quite active, we get another front late Monday to keep that trend going. Scattered showers and storms will be with us by Monday evening. We're still dealing with some timing issues and that will dictate how strong those storms will be. If the front comes through a little later in the day, which is looking more likely, storms will be weaker. If it comes through in the middle of the afternoon during peak heating, then storms may pack a little something extra. We're keeping a very close eye on it. Showers will linger on Tuesday before we're given the all clear on Wednesday & Thursday.
Kesha Ram serves in the Vermont House, now she wants to be Vermont's next Lieutenant Governor.
The Democrat is a California native who made her way east to attend UVM.
"Right away I was active, I was speaking up, I was using my voice," says Ram.
She wasted no time after graduation. Ram has represented Burlington's Old North End and University District in the Vermont House for 8 years.
Now she wants to be the state's next Lieutenant Governor.
"The challenges that Vermonters are facing, particularly Vermont families, are unique right now," says Ram.
Ram whose worked several years as a social worker, says she's concerned about domestic and gun violence in the state.
"Our Vermont families and communities are facing a lack of safety when they walk out the door or when they think about about intruders in their homes."
She wants to start a statewide conversation about guns and public safety.
"I agree with the majority of gun owners in Vermont that we need universal background checks as well as we need to think about how we will tackle our opiate addiction crisis, so that we can keep our communities safe."
If elected as Vermont's next Lieutenant Governor, she says she wants to be "Connector In Chief."
August First Bakery in Burlington is near to her heart. The owners came to Ram when they tried to open their business.
"They came to me and said I know we didn't elect you but we really need your help and I said of course."
She says she worked to get the owners the variance they needed to comply with local zoning laws in order to open on time.
"Now they own the seats next door and they have a cafe and bakery at the heart of Burlington's community and that's the kind of work I want to do as Lieutenant Governor."
Ram is proud of her work in the legislature, especially as the lead sponsor of a bill that expands the state's first time homebuyer tax incentives.
"That allowed us to help put 75 families in their first home to anchor our neighborhoods and communities."
Finding stable, affordable housing in Vermont is a challenge she'd like to continue tackling.
"When people are facing closing costs and a down payment it's really hard for Vermonters who are living paycheck to paycheck to scrap those resources together."
The Rail City is in the middle of a number of revitalization projects, and one is now almost complete.
The front doors opened to the St. Albans City Hall this week, after nearly 9 months of work.
The building was originally built in 1896 and the city has been planning on updating it since the 1980's. Taxpayers approved the $2.3 million project on Town Meeting Day in 2015.
"Now was the time. With the city really becoming alive again, city hall really needed to be in step with that revitalization," City Manager Dominic Cloud said.
One of the main projects was to add space to the City Clerk's office. The entire space is now three times the size.The office holds an old vault, storing pages and pages of records. The original doorway leading to these documents was preserved.
13 full time staffers work in the building, but now there's more space for the community. The building now has an auditorium, which can fit about 300 people. Cloud hopes it will be used for parties and concerts.
Another new feature is two elevators, one by the front entrance and another by the back. Cloud says these will help give people better access to the facilities.
"All you have to do is show up on Election Day and watch some of our most ardent voters coming out every year, working their way up these steps to realize we had an accessibility problem," Cloud said.
The final touches are still being put on the building, but city officials expect the project will be finished by the end of the summer.
Ten Vermonters were arrested on Friday for facilitating out of state drug dealers doing business in Winooski. Eight of the ten arrested lived in six different homes along Malletts Bay Avenue where authorities say heroin and crack cocaine was distributed between 2014 and 2016.
"This group is made up Vermonters who facilitate the drug trade," said Eric Miller, U.S. District Attorney.
Miller says drug trafficking in Vermont relies on three groups of people. One being the out of state drug dealers and the drug addicts they prey upon. In between are the facilitators.
Miller explained, "They facilitate it by providing housing for out of state drug dealers, providing transportation for those drug dealers and they introduce those dealers to their customers."
Miller says all of the arrests made today fall in that category. He says they played a crucial part in a drug trafficking organization run by Michael Villanueva who was arrested in June.
"Targeting these Vermont facilitators is absolutely crucial to law enforcement's response to the drug crisis here," said Miller.
In addition to the arrests made in Winooski, two other facilitators were arrested in Burlington on similar charges. The DEA says Vermont is favorable for dealers in New York, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
"To bring heroin from those locations to Vermont, they can double sometimes triple their profit so that is why it is such a money making business for them," said Michael Ferguson, DEA.
This bust means tens of thousands of dollars worth of heroin and cocaine is of the streets. The arrests come after an extensive investigation by multiple agencies including the Vermont State Police, Winooski PD and the DEA.
Ferguson said, "For those out of state traffickers and facilitators who were not arrested today, we have a message for you… That message is think twice about trying to fill the void left by those out of state traffickers and facilitators that were arrested today because our work is not complete."
Villanueva has plead guilty and face between 10 years and life and prison. His eight associates arrested Friday face up to 20 years in prison.