Fri 17-FEB-2017 6 P.M. News Script

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New details tonight -- about a fire that killed a Vermont woman who prosecutors say -- was an innocent bystander. Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. The horrific scene - part of a drug robbery gone wrong. Cat Viglienzoni spoke with the mother of the woman who died -- Cat -- what was her reaction? Kristin and Darren, she told me hearing the details -- like how Jonathan Zampieri (Zam-peer-ee) filled up Mason jars with gasoline at a gas station before heading to her daughter's boyfriend's apartment -- will never get easier. But she says hearing him admit his guilt today in federal court -- was a step forward.

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Mother Christina Burt knows her daughter -- Brittany -- wasn't perfect. ((SOT Christina Burt, Victim's Mother 033819 She was awesome. She acted all big and tough and she would give you the shirt off her back 24 And her smile was a killer smile 26 She had her faults, but she had a big heart 29)) But Burt's life was cut short on December 14, 2015... in a grisly arson case that started -- as a drug robbery. Investigators say a group of people -- including Howard Hoisington and Jonathan Zampieri -- kicked down the door of Burt's boyfriend's apartment on Union Street in Northfield just after midnight. They doused the couple in gasoline -- and demanded drugs from Burt's boyfriend -- Efren Serrano. When he didn't respond -- prosecutors say they pulled out a lighter. It went off -- sparking the inferno that killed Burt -- and seriously injured Serrano. In court Friday -- Zampieri admitted to his role in her death... something Christina Burt says -- she wanted to see. ((SOT Burt 033702 At least someone is taking responsibility for it 04)) But we also learned in court that December's incident was the THIRD time that fall that the group had used this tactic to rob drug dealers. The repeat crimes -- frustrate Burt... who says the suspects' prior criminal records -- should have kept them behind bars. ((SOT IN COVER 033751 I just don't understand how he got out 52)) ((BUTTED)) ((SOT Burt 033758 Howie just got out in September. 59 And if he hadn't gotten out in September then my daughter might still be alive 03)) Howard Hoisington's case is still pending. Burt doesn't expect him to admit his guilt -- but she says, she'll be in court... watching. ((SOT 033727 I'm going to be there for every one. Because I want to know everything that happened and I'm hoping they'll all get sentenced 33 And no easy sentences, because I don't want them to get just a slap on the wrist 38))

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Zampieri's sentencing is set for mid-June. The 34-year-old faces at least seven years and up to life in prison. The other co-defendents -- Howard Hoisington -- Tammy Wilder -- Kimberly Hoisington -- and Richard Hoisington -- are still awaiting trial. Kristin?

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A new twist in the President's push against illegal immigration. The Associated Press has learned the Trump administration may be considering using National Guard troops. Our political reporter Kyle Midura has learned new details in this developing story -- and what it means for the men and women of Vermont's Guard, Kyle ... What do you know? Darren - the Governor says that's not how he would want to see those under his command deployed, but he's not sure yet if it would be his decision. The White House says no Governor will have to decide whether to commit his or her troops.

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The Associated Press reports that it obtained a draft memo written at the end of January by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The memo outlines a Trump Administration plan to mobilize as many as 100-thousand National Guard troops -- to round up unauthorized immigrants. The A-P says such a deployment would go far beyond previous previous immigration enforcement effort involving Guard troops. (SCHUMER SOT) SCHUMER 1:01:29: "That would be one of the most un-american things to happen in the last century, The concept drew swift criticism from New York Senator Chuck Schumer... while President Trump's spokesperson Sean Spicer wasted little time shooting down the accuracy of the story itself, calling the memo 100-percent not true The 11 states that would be affected are: California -- Arizona -- New Mexico -- Texas -- Oregon -- Nevada -- -- Utah -- Colorado -- Oklahoma -- Arkansas -- and Louisiana. (01:19:35:00) ((Gov. Phil Scott - R-Vermont I would be resistant to use military force to deportl)) Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he would have to check with his lawyers -- but he's confident he could ignore an order to deploy Vermont's men and women. There's no indication at this point in time that Vermont would have been asked to join the effort. (01:17:44:00) ((Gov. Phil Scott I believe the national guard is under my control))

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Department of Homeland Security spokespeople say the idea never received serious consideration. Still, staff members tell the AP that as recently as last Friday, there was discussion of the proposal. The White House insists there was no effort to make the plan a reality. - Darren

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Preparing for a frigid disaster. Coast Guard members jump in brutally cold waters -- to get ready for emergencies. Tyler Dumont is live by the waterfront with more on the dangers crews face. Tyler - you were there for the training today. The Coast Guard says it's rare for them to get called out to ice rescues. But when those unusual moments arise -- they have to be ready.

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Going out onto a frozen body of water -- brings a risk of falling through. ((TILE 9189 17:20:15--17:26:29 STEVEN CRAY/Training with Coast Guard: If you're in the unfortunate position that you find yourself out in the open water, you've got to get out of the water as fast as you can.")) That's why the U.S. Coast Guard in Burlington is training for cold winter waters -- that can bring extreme dangers. But breaking through ice -- is just the start of trouble. Keeping calm -- and working quickly to get out -- can be the most challenging -- when seconds of survival start ticking. The Coast Guard uses what they call a "1-10-1" rule. ((TILE 9187 11:50:07--12:04:17 Jason Balmer: "You have about a minute to get your breathing under control. If you stay in the water you have about 10 minutes of meaningful movement -- so that means your arms, legs and your fingers until that goes away. And you have about one hour until you're unconscious.")) ((TILE 9195 23:35:22--23:46:14 TYLER DUMONT: "The Coast Guard crews may have special suits to keep them warm, but they know most people who go through the ice do not. And with a water temperature in the 30s, they know that seconds matter.")) ((TILE 9187 10:46:23--10:55:04 BALMER: Anytime that we get in the water, or anytime that the victim gets in the water, it makes the urgency of the situation go up pretty drastically. So the weather is our biggest concern.")) Coast Guard crews train like this multiple times per week in the winter. They get fully dressed in special suits -- and take turns as mock victims. The training is so vital to prepare -- the Coast Guard's district commander from Boston came to Lake Champlain to experience it first hand. ((TILE 9188 14:12:20--14:26:19 RADM Steven Poulin/US Coast Guard: What surprised me the most was, even with this dry suit, where I'm fully protected from the water, it's still cold. When you're in the water, you're still cold despite this equipment. And then trying to physically get yourself out of the ice is very difficult. It's very strenuous.")) An eye opening experience to the real dangers of ice rescue.

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The Coast Guard says all their members at the Burlington station go through this training -- and are prepared to go when the call comes.

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As you just saw -- Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Steven Cray also participated in today's Coast Guard training. He got geared up with the other crew members -- and jumped in for some of the mock rescues. He also talked to us about the Green Mountain Boys -- returning home. About 300 Vermont Guard members deployed in early December. They were assisting Operation Inherent Resolve -- under U.S. Central Command. That covers ISIS hotspots in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

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((TILE 9189 19:03:16--19:11:17 Steven Cray: "More to follow on when we know exactly when they'll be arriving, but it's going to be soon. And we're incredibly proud on the work they've been doing around the world on behalf of the country.")) Details of the Vermont Guard's overseas mission have been widely kept secret. They're expected home by the end of the month.

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Photos: Blue, blue sky today, such a pretty day and it felt warmer than it actually was. Highs today: were generally in the upper 20s and low 30s which was a surprise to many who thought it was warmer at least in the sun. Temp graph: After a chilly start tomorrow, temperatures will be warmer in the days ahead, with more sunshine tomorrow. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 8/15 Winds: bec S 5-10 mph Saturday: Sun and clouds. Breezy and warmer. Highs: 38/45 Winds: S 10-15 mph Saturday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows: 28/35 Winds: SW 10-15 mph Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain/snow showers mainly mountains. Highs: 35/42 Winds: W 5-10 mph

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Vermont lawmakers are looking at ways to better protect victims of sexual assault. One proposal in the House would scrap the expiration date for bringing charges against an alleged rapist. Currently that limit is set at six years after an assault. Another bill makes tweaks to penalties for lewd conduct -- like flashing. And the final one would establish mandatory notification of a sexual assault victim's bill of rights. The bills now head to the Senate for consideration.

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Are more medical marijuana dispensaries coming to Vermont? Lawmakers are considering a bill that would double the number -- from four to eight. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Crohn's Disease and Parkinson's disease would be added to the list of qualifying conditions. And... the proposal would allow dispensaries to advertise with several restrictions. The legislation was passed in Senate today -- and now heads to the House.

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We told you last night about lawmakers keeping Vermont's ban on Happy Hour in place. Tonight -- There's new momentum "brewing" in Montpelier for another try at legalizing it. We're told many house members who voted 'no' -- simply wanted more debate before considering the issue. Today -- a new, standalone proposal to scrap the ban bubbled up. And... Gov. Phil Scott says he'll sign the bill to allow Happy Hour -- if it makes it to his desk.

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The weekend puts on their skis, hitting the mountain and the back country trails. Ike Bendavid has a preview.

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((NAT)) Nick takes us to Richmond where volunteers make it possible for some elementary school students to learn the basics on the mountain. (01:25:38:00-01:25:51: 00) ((Nick Borelli: A dedicated school teacher has made it possible for youngsters in Richmond to be here at Cochran's as part of the school day. Not only do they learn to ski or board, but they're also learning valuable life lessons. We'll have that story coming up on the weekend.)) ((NAT)) And if going down mountain is not for you. Destination Recreation hits the back country trails. ((1.51.26.02 We are at the bolton Valley nordic center where its a destination for skiers. Thats coming up on the weekend. 1.51.33.18)) Catch the weekend from 6 - 8 on Saturday and at 8 on Sunday, We will see you then.

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A milk truck mishap in Fletcher this morning. Investigators say the driver was backing into the entrance -- to a farm on East Fairfield Road -- when the truck got hung up on a snowbank and slide down an embankment. The milk needed to be emptied from the tanker before crews could right the vehicle. The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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With the holiday weekend here -- there's no better time for the green mountains to turn white. Nick Borelli checks out the conditions -- he's slopeside at Burke.

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((00:09:18:00-00:09:20 :00 NAT riding lift: It's amazing isn't it)) Melissa Gould knows how to cure the winter blues. (00:12:04:00-00:12:07: 00) ((MG: I try to get out once a week, and so today is the day)) She heads to her happy place-- Burke. ((NATS: Skiing)) (00:!2:32:00-0012:34) ((MG: It's my favorite place. It's a little piece of heaven, )) This week Melissa timed it just right. Burke received more than 20" of snow from the latest winter storm. (00:16:21:00-00:16:47: 00) ((Nick Borelli, Burke: I'm on the edge of a glade here at Burke right now. And in my 4 plus years of doing Slopeside I've never seen so much snow in one spot. I took just a few steps here and I am literally knee deep in powder. So the skiing is fantastic. There's lots of soft snow everywhere. The thing is though this weekend, that powder is going to get heavier in nature as temperatures are going to be above freezing, and the warmer weather looks like it's gonna last into a good chunk of next week.)) Skiers like Melissa are pumped. ((NATS: Skiing)) (00:14:44:00-00:14:47: 00) ((MG: Today is like one of the top ever. It's really good.)) ( 00:06:47:00-00:07:00:0 0) ((Frank McAllister, Lowell: Excellent. The skiing is great. It's getting skied so you get some nice moguls and stuff. The snow is soft so you can go through it pretty much easy. Not too hard to do. It's just enjoyable. )) If you're heading out this weekend in search of powder stashes-- the glades are your best bet. ((NATS: Tyson in woods)) Photographer Tyson Foster experienced this firsthand. ((More nats)) Come this Presidents Day weekend the snow is going to be a huge draw-- And this season more guests will be staying slopeside at the Burke Mountain Hotel. (00:00:41:00-00:0053:0 0) ((Jessica Sechler, Burke: The few rooms that we did have left in the hotel for this weekend are sold. We are 100% sold out for Presidents weekend, and as we move into the latter part of the week, we're moving rooms very quickly)) Melissa stayed at the hotel for her birthday back in October. (00:13:03:00-00:13:07: 00) ((MG: It was great. It was beautiful, well appointed, The food was awesome.)) She's hopeful that the hotel will bring in added tourist dollars. (00:13:28:00-00:13:41: 00) ((Melissa Gould, Woodsville, N.H.: Especially to help the local people, that have the local businesses, local restaurants and things like that. I think that between this and the kingdom trails they have for biking. I would like to think that this would continue to be be positive boost to the economy for the area.)) For the folks visiting hitting the mountain this weekend the ski conditions will be top notch. And the views aren't bad either. (00:12:34:00-00:12:36: 00) ((MG: You look around the the kingdom is beautiful)) You might just feel on top of the world (00:14:21:00-00:14:23: 00) ((MG: Be with myself. Be at peace with myself.)) Nick Borelli. Channel 3 News. ((Nats: Nick skiing)) Burke.

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Temperatures were colder than they felt today with the sunshine we had, but look at what it was like in the middle of the country. Temperatures reached the mid 60s in Minneapolis this afternoon, and while it will be getting warmer in the northeast in the days ahead, it won't be getting that warm. RPM: Temperatures will be chilly overnight and to start off the day tomorrow, but with more sunshine we do expect the temperatures to rise to above normal levels. A back door cold front will bring a few clouds on Sunday, and Monday it will be a few degrees cooler again. Here's the high pressure that finally put an end to the snow showers in our region, and that will last until this cold front brings us more clouds and possible a rain or snow shower on Sunday.

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Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 8/15 Winds: bec S 5-10 mph Saturday: Sun and clouds. Breezy and warmer. Highs: 38/45 Winds: S 10-15 mph Saturday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows: 28/35 Winds: SW 10-15 mph Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain/snow showers mainly mountains. Highs: 35/42 Winds: W 5-10 mph Extended: Monday through Friday. Sunday night: Lows 23/30 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 25/32 Lows 12/20 Tuesday: Partly sunny. Chance of rain/snow showers Tuesday pm. Highs 28/35 Lows 20s Wednesday: Chance of rain or snow showers. Highs 35/45 Lows 20s Thursday: Chance of rain or snow showers. Highs 35/45 Lows 20s Friday: Partly sunny, chance of mountain rain/snow showers. Highs 40s

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Vermont's public television station is 56 million dollars richer. This morning, Vermont P-B-S announced that it accepted the bid for one of its four broadcast licenses -- W-V-T-A -- at an F-C-C auction. Vermont PBS says it's going to re-engineer its network to replicate coverage transmitted from Mount Ascutney so that viewers don't lose coverage. With the money -- the station says it's going to build a public media platform for the local community.

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A New Hampshire television news operation has abruptly shut down after the station owners sold their broadcast rights. WBIN-TV informed staff of its NH1 News team this morning. The station says most news employees were immediately laid off. Those broadcast rights were sold at auction for re-use by cell phone companies -- the price 68-million dollars. WBIN reportedly will get up to 30 million more for selling its remaining television license rights to a broadcast group.

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President Trump talked job creation today in South Carolina. He made the stop on the way to his Florida resort where The President plans to spend the weekend. Here's Weijia Jiang.

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(PKG) (track 1) PRESIDENT TRUMP ARRIVED IN SOUTH CAROLINA ON HIS WAY DOWN TO HIS FLORIDA RESORT, MAR-A-LAGO. THE PRESIDENT TOURED BOEING'S SOUTH CAROLINA PLANT AND SAW THE UNVEILING OF THE MANUFACTURER'S NEWEST 787 DREAMLINER. MORE THAN 75-HUNDRED PEOPLE WORK ON THE PLANE AT THE PLANT. (SOT: President Trump) "My focus has been all about jobs. And jobs is one of the primary reasons I'm standing here today as your president. I will never, ever disappoint you, believe me." (STANDUP: Weijia Jiang/CBS News/The White House) THE PRESIDENT STILL NEEDS TO FIND A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR TO REPLACE GENERAL MIKE FLYNN. HIS FIRST CHOICE TURNED DOWN THE JOB OFFER. (track 2) (gfx) RETIRED ADMIRAL ROBERT HARWARD ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING HIS FAMILY COULD NOT SUPPORT THE 24-7 DEMANDS OF THE JOB. BUT CBS NEWS HAS LEARNED HARWARD TURNED DOWN THE POSITION BECAUSE THE WHITE HOUSE WANTED TO DICTATE WHO COULD BE ON HIS STAFF. WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF REINCE PRIEBUS DENIED THAT CLAIM ON FOX NEWS THIS MORNING. (SOT: Reince Priebus/White House Chief of Staff/Courtesy: Fox News) "The family didn't sign off, that's all it is." (track 3) PRESIDENT TRUMP WON THE BATTLE FOR OKLAHOMA ATTORNEY GENERAL SCOTT PRUITT TO BE THE NEW SECRETARY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. (nats of vote) DEMOCRATS CALLED FOR A DELAY IN PRUITT'S CONFIRMATION VOTE TO GIVE THE SENATE TIME TO REVIEW THOUSANDS OF EMAILS BETWEEN PRUITT AND OIL, GAS AND COAL INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES. (SOT: Sen. Brian Schatz/(D) Hawaii) "If there's nothing in those emails that aren't concerning then the vote change won't differ two Mondays from now." (track 4) BUT REPUBLICANS PUSHED AHEAD WITH THE VOTE AS SCHEDULED. WEIJIA JIANG, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE.

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How are government officials leaking information to journalists? Well it turns out an app is sending the information. Vladimir Duthiers (due-tay) reports.

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(NATS JON BROD) So I just received a message that is end-to-end encrypted. (TRACK 1) JON BROD DIDN'T SET OUT TO MAKE A LEAKING APP... BUT APPARENTLY MANY PEOPLE USE CONFIDE FOR THAT PURPOSE. (NATS BROD SHOW & TELL) You unveil the message by wanding over it with your finger. (TRACK 2) ONCE MESSAGES ARE READ ... BROD CLAIMS THEY VANISH WITHOUT A TRACE. (NATS BROd) Deleted from our servers, wiped from the phone. You can't archive, forward, cut and paste. It's gone forever. (TRACK 3) AND TAKING A SCREEN SHOT OF THE MESSAGE? FORGET ABOUT IT. (NATS BROD) The message self destructs so I can't go in and piece together a number of screenshots into the actual message, and it notifies both the sender and the recipient that a screenshot was attempted. (TRACK 4) FEATURES LIKE THAT ARE ATTRACTIVE TO OFFICIALS WHO DON'T WANT TO BE OUTED AS LEAKERS. (TRACK 5) IT ALSO MEANS NOT HAVING TO USE UNSECURE PRIVATE EMAIL ACCOUNTS. (SOT JON BROD, CONFIED CO-FOUNDER) Any newsworthy hack, leak, vulnerability of digital communication leads to a corresponding spike in our usage and engagement metrics. /// You can't hack or leak something that no longer exists. (TRACK 6) CBS NEWS HAS LEARNED AT LEAST THREE PROMINENT TRUMP WHITE HOUSE STAFFERS HAVE CONFIDE ACCOUNTS. (TRACK 7) ON THURSDAY, THE PRESIDENT VOWED TO PROSECUTE LEAKERS. (SOT TRUMP) We are looking into that very seriously. It's a criminal act. (TRACK 8) (GFX) IT'S NOT KNOWN IF SECURE MESSAGING APPS LIKE CONFIDE... TELEGRAM... AND SIGNAL WERE USED IN RECENT LEAKS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. (SOT CORDERO 19:42:20) They are likely violating the law if they are revealing that information through any means -- whether it's through an email or through a disappearing chat app. VLADIMIR DUTHIERS, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK

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We've learned when South Burlington plans to change the name of its controversial mascot. In a letter, High School Principal Patrick Burke said the school's sports teams will remain the "Rebels" for the rest of this school year. This spring -- they'll announce what the new mascot will be -- after a quote -- "inclusive process". The school's affiliation with their new mascot will begin this fall. It's unclear what the school will do with any leftover "Rebel" attire after this school year wraps up. The changes are estimated to cost about 170-thousand dollars.

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He was a self-described "bluesologist," poet and black revolutionary. A documentary about ((gill)) Gil Scott Heron will be screened this weekend in Vermont. The film "Black Wax," is celebrating its 35th year. Filmmaker Robbert Mugge says many of the issues Heron addressed in the 1970's remain pertinent today and that the film still feels politically relevant.

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((10:55, His work was topical yet poetic. He spoke to issues that are still important now. In the film, there are songs about illegal immigrants, guns and the proliferation of guns in society.)) You can see "Black Wax" tomorrow at Contois Auditorium in Burlington's City Hall. The screening begins at 1:30. Robert will participate in a panel discussion as part of the Global Roots Film Festival later in the afternoon.

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The University of Vermont has promoted Rob Dow as the new head coach of the men's soccer program. Dow has been with the Catamounts for the last five years including the last two seasons as associate head coach. The official announcement was made this morning at UVM. Dow is the 8th head coach in the program's history. He takes over for Jesse Cormier who after 13 seasons, left to take the head coaching job at Florida Gulf Coast. It is both an exciting and challenging time for the Cats. They're looking to build off their second most winningest season culminating with a first round NCAA Tournament win. However, the team is losing 11 seniors including standout forwards Brian Wright and Bernard Yeboah.

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((Rob Dow: "we're going to do it in our way. We're going to do it in a way where these guys get to express their own skill set and to be able to compete on the field for the people that they are and I believe in every single one of these players. I'm just really excited to get out there next fall and for these guys to step up and really go through that process.")) ((Aron Runarsson: "he's a great guy, great coach. He's just fantastic. We've got to fill a gap. It's a big gap, but I think we can fill it. We've got great guys here, great guys coming in." ((Jeff Schulman: "we had a very strong applicant poole and as I said before, that to me, just reinforced how are reputation is out in the soccer world, but after talking to Rob and evaluating him against some of those other candidates, I also felt 100 percent convinced that he was the right person for us."))

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Dow's contract runs through the end of 2020. He's set to make 80-thousand dollars a year with a chance for bonuses based on team performance and individual honors.

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An unusual style of yoga is keeping students in stitches. Laughing yoga combines traditional stretching with gut busting laughs and as Chris Martinez tells us, it can have serious health benefits.

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TRT= 1:40 ((TAKE PKG)) ((Nats - warm up)) "Inhale the arms come up..." (TRACK 1) THIS YOGA CLASS BEGINS WITH A FEW SIMPLE MOVES, AND THEN ... ((Nats)) "Stretch! (laughing)" (TRACK 2) THE LAUGHING BEGINS! ((Nats )) "Let it all out... (laughing)" (TRACK 3) 'LAUGHTER YOGA' ON CALIFORNIA'S LAGUNA BEACH GUIDES STUDENTS THROUGH DIFFERENT EXCERCISES DESIGNED TO MAKE THEM LAUGH. ((2 shot nats - Jeffrey Briar/ Laughing Yoga Instructor )) "Some people have their favorites…" (TRACK 4) INSTRUCTOR JEFFREY BRIAR FIRST BROUGHT LAUGHTER INTO HIS CLASSES 12 YEARS AGO. WHILE HE ADMITS THE PRACTICE CAN LOOK A BIT UNUSUAL… ((Nats - beach laughing)) (TRACK 5) HE THINKS THE HEALTH BENEFITS ARE NO JOKE. ((Jeffrey Briar/ Laughing Yoga Instructor)) "I used to be sick about 3 weeks a year… now I'll go years with no cold, no flu." (TRACK 6) DOCTOR LEE BERK OF LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY SAYS THE BENEFITS OF LAUGHING ARE MEASURABLE. ((Dr. Lee Berk/ Loma Linda University)) "We're starting to understand laughter much better than we ever did" (TRACK 7) WITH TESTS LIKE THIS, BERK TRACKS THE EFFECTS OF LAUGHTER ON THE BRAIN AND BODY. ((Quick giggle - laughing test in lab)) (TRACK 8) RESEARCH SHOWS LAUGHING LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE AND REDUCES THE LEVEL OF STRESS HORMONES. IT ALSO HELPS BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM. ((Dr. Lee Berk/ Loma Linda University)) "Increases in antibodies that look for germs and bacteria and so forth." ((NATS - Yolanda in class )) (TRACK 9) PEDIATRICIAN YOLANDA QUAM HAS BEEN A LAUGHING YOGA STUDENT FOR TWO YEARS… AND SAYS THE CLASS HAS CHANGED HER LIFE. ((Yolanda Quam/ Laughing Yoga Student )) "I feel rejuvenated, I feel alive, I feel happy… just be free, laugh!" (GREAT LAUGH) (TRACK 10) CHRIS MARTINEZ, CBS NEWS, LAGUNA BEACH CALIFORNIA ((SUGGESTED TAG)) Laughing Yoga was first developed by a doctor in India. It's based on the concept that the body can't tell the difference between real laughter and fake laughter, so the physical and mental benefits are the same.

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It's been a snowy, wintry week this week, so what better way to end the week than to visit a beautiful garden. This week, garden expert Charlie Nardozzi and I are bringing you to Master Gardeners demonstration garden.

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Runs 1:32 PKG Charlie, leave it to master gardeners to really know how to put together a beautiful garden. Yes, they do. We're here at the Dutchess County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden in Millbrook, NY. Right in the Hudson Valley. And like a lot of master gardener programs all around the country, not only do they do educational things, they have demonstration gardens. So you can come and see what your garden is supposed to look like! Exactly! And this is a great one, because it's right next to their office and it's just little vignettes, they are small gardens that are very approachable and very doable in anyone's landscape. You know the thing that really impressed me about this garden is that it really flows, but a bunch of different gardeners actually put it together and usually when that happens, it's choppy. You've got somebody's favorite flower, the next persons favorite flowers, this all flows. These people work together, so this whole expanse is really thirteen different gardens and there are over twenty gardeners that are maintaining this. So just like you said, they work together and some people have the tall section, and some people will have the short section but they talk and they get the garden designed together so it's a great way to work with other people like your neighbors maybe. So these gardens are in the full sun and there are some great examples in the shade as well, so they have both of those depending on what you have in your yard. They also have a nursery bed too, because they do a big plant sale every year, just like a lot of master gardener programs, they are trying to raise money to keep on going. So if you are interested in being a master gardener, you can go to your state land grant university, UVM, UNH, Cornell, and you can find out more about it. You can take classes through them, and then as a way to give back, you can man their hot line, or do a beautiful demonstration garden.

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Daylight: We saw the sunshine we now have 10 hours and 35 minutes of daylight and by March 10th we'll have another hour or daylight. Mountain: There is plenty of snow in the mountains, even with some milder temperatures, it won't melt away anytime soon. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 8/15 Winds: bec S 5-10 mph Saturday: Sun and clouds. Breezy and warmer. Highs: 38/45 Winds: S 10-15 mph Saturday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows: 28/35 Winds: SW 10-15 mph Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain/snow showers mainly mountains. Highs: 35/42 Winds: W 5-10 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 8/15 Winds: bec S 5-10 mph Saturday: Sun and clouds. Breezy and warmer. Highs: 38/45 Winds: S 10-15 mph Saturday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows: 28/35 Winds: SW 10-15 mph Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain/snow showers mainly mountains. Highs: 35/42 Winds: W 5-10 mph Sunday night: Lows 23/30 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 25/32 Lows 12/20

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Highland cattle are known for their long horns and shaggy coats. And one herd in Vermont is world famous. Judy Simpson has the story.

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The top of this scenic hill in Plainfield is home to some bovine superstars. ((NAT SOT OF RAY CALLIN G )) Meet Raisin Brandy and her calf Apple Brandy. They recently returned from the National Western Stock Show in Denver Colorado, where they were named Grand Champion Cow and Calf. ((Janet Steward/Shat Acres Highlands 00:00:06:01 We were very surprised, every year going to Denver is an unknown because you are competing against the best of the best and every animal that is there has probably won a grand championship somewhere in the united states. 00:00:24:00)) Grand Championships are nothing new for Steward and her husband Ray Shatney and their Highland Cattle. Their Farm, Shat Acres Highlands has won in Denver for best cow and calf in four of the past 6 years. In Fact, when Raisin brandy was a calf she and her mother Cinnamon Raisin won the same award. ((Janet again 00:02:00:14" It was a big deal for Cinnamon Raison , who is pretty much an icon in the Highland industry for her daughter to win so it was a wonderful honor." 00:02:10:12)) This Highland herd was started by Ray's father and is the oldest closed herd in the United States meaning they have not bought a female in over 40 years . So this herd has what's called very tight genetics. ((Ray Shatney/Shat Acres Highlands 00:12:52:01" Its kind of an addiction I guess everybody has got to do something in their life and raising them taking them to shows you meet people from all over the world." 00:13:02:09)) ((JS Standup 00:16:29:23" And all the awards have not gone unnoticed even Vermont's Secretary of Agriculture says these Highland cattle have put Vermont on the map." 00:16:38:02)) ((Anson Tebbetts/Vt Agriculture Secretary 00:20:50:13"This is significant, I can't under estimate how important this is, these are some of the best animals in the world for a significant amount of time, and they come from the Green Mountains.")) But a herd of Highlands does not pay for itself, it is a slow growing niche cattle. So to finance their farms in Plainfield and Greensboro, Janet and Ray cross breed some Highlands with Shorthorns, another heritage breed. Those animals are processed into meat and sold under the label Greenfield Highland Beef, to local stores, and oh ya, Janet and Ray have won an award for that too. ((Janet again 00:06:29:23 "We won the family owned business of the year for the state of Vermont from the Small Business Association, its hard to talk about which honor is more special because for a farm to win a business award is very special and what I have tried to do is create a model so that other farmers can be successful." 00:06:52:00)) And they are hoping their herd will continue for generations. (( Ray again "Janet and I are getting older but when I started doing this with my parents and finally started doing what we are doing now I was 50 years old so I guess there is still time fo the kids to take over, or the grandkids maybe." 00:13:47:00)) ((nat sot)) Judy Simpson, Channel three news, Plainfiled.

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Vermont snapped the Dartmouth Ski Team's three carnival win streak last weekend, winning the Big Green's own carnival by 15 points after a Dartmouth skier that had won the men's slalom was disqualified for clipping a gate, costing his team 50 points. With the Eastern Championships set for next Friday and Saturday in Maine ... Which team would grab the momentum as the carnival circuit pulled into Middlebury today...let's begin at Rikert for a pair of mass start classic races... --- 20K for the men... the Big Green have been the dominant team all season...Fabian Stocek led the pack after the first 5K lap, with Callan Deline and Luke Brown close behind. --- on lap number two, they dropped back in the pack a bit, but turned it on over the final two laps, Stocek charged back up to the front to claim his sixth win of the season...with Brown close behind in second. --- A 15 K over on the women's side, and it was UVM's Alayna Sonnesyn leading the pack early. Sonnesyn held the advantage throughout the first two laps --- but Dartmouth's Abby Drach who had the stamina to prevail in just her second career 15K race. Drach made up 21 seconds on Sonnesyn over the final 5K to beat Sonnesyn by just under 16 seconds...

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((Drach: "I'm still like, this is my second 15 K so I'm not used to the whole pacing thing for it, but I don't know, my skis kind of glided out so I was in front and I kept going."

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the alpine events just down the road at Middlebury Snow Bowl, today was the slalom, and UVM took advantage on the women's side. --- SkiCats Paula Moltzan and Laurence St. Germain grabbed the top two spots after the first run and that form would hold. Moltzan finishes second...claiming her fifth podium finish of the season...while St. Germain powered her way to the win by just over one second to earn her second slalom victory in three Carnival starts... --- For the men, the day belonged to the locals, with 8 of the top 10 finishers coming from area schools. Dartmouth's Woolson, who was the skier DQ'd last week ...bounced back to finish second...but it was the home snow favorite... Middlebury's Robert Cone...that earned his first slalom win of the season...

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((Cone: "It's great, it means a lot to have all my classmates up here, it's good to be a senior and get the win here on the home hill and it means a lot to me here." --- St. Germain: "Well I was a bit nervous because I was winning the first run last weekend and I ended up second so I really wanted to have two good runs this time and stay in the lead so I think it worked out."

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As a team, Dartmouth placed first in both nordic events, with a second and third in the alpine and after day one holds a 63 point lead over Vermont, with Middlebury in third. The Carnival wraps up tomorrow with the giant slalom and a pair of classic sprint relays.

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Dartmouth skiing alumnus and US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Famer Bill Beck passed away yesterday in his longtime home of Middlebury. Beck competed in the 1952 and 1956 Olympics for the U-S national team, placing 5th in the downhill in Oslo, Norway. That finish stood as the best finish by an American in that event for more than 30 years. Beck was 87. We'll be right back.

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A crucial weekend for both the UVM men's and women's hockey teams begins tonight as each group of Cats look to claw their way back into a top four spot in the Hockey East standings. The Vermont men visit the conference leaders, eleventh ranked Boston College, for a two game set tonight and tomorrow at Conte Forum. Despite still being ranked 16th in the nation, the Cats are just 1-3-1 in their last five games and have dropped from sole possession of third place in Hockey East down to sixth. With four games left, there's still time to climb back into the top four and earn a bye in the first round of the conference playoffs, but coach Kevin Sneddon admits his team may not be playing with the looseness that it did earlier in the season.

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((TRT: 34 ... OC: HOW WE FOCUS)) ((Sneddon/ A goal gets scored against us in the past, it was no big deal. And now it just seemed like it was magnified a little bit. And we just had to change that. Get back to, 'hey, next shift'. Whether we get scored on or we score a goal, let's get right back at it. Is there a time and a place to look at the standings, and think about difference scenarios? Absolutely, I'm not naive to think that's not going on. But you've got to put it away and not let it affect the preparation and, come Friday night, how we focus. ))

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The UVM women close out the regular season with a two game set against Merrimack tonight and tomorrow afternoon at Gutterson. The Cats are tied with Providence for fourth place, but after losing the season series to the Friers, Vermont needs to finish ahead of Providence to secure a top four finish and host a Hockey East playoff series for the first time in program history. Merrimack is in last place in the conference, but the Cats have yet to beat the Warriors in the former's first two seasons as a D-1 program. The Cats know the pressure is on them to take care of business, and coach Jim Plumer also know how important getting into that top four spot would be for the program, not only this season, but going forward.

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((TRT: 28 ... OC: RECRUITING EFFORTS)) ((Plumer/ We want to show people that we're making progress. We can finish in the top four. We can finish as high as third or as low as sixth out of this weekend. We're mindful of that. I'm mindful of that. I think for these guys to end on that note. For us to show that we've learned a lot from the last couple of years, I think would be a real shot in the arm for the community, for us as a program and for our recruiting efforts. ))

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