Fri 23-JAN-2015 6 P.M. News Script

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A new documentary is in the works that showcases Vermont's hunting and angling heritage. It's working title is "Human Nature". Check out this clip. ((7:00 - 7:39 OUTQUE ... Bring home their own dinner!")) The documentary is being made by Jake Cunavelis and his firm Mount Mansfield Media. Cheryl Frank Sullivan is one of the women you just saw in that clip. ((Jake -- why are you making this movie?)) ((Cheryl -- why did you want to participate?)) ((Jake -- you were going to release this movie this year -- but pushed it back to 2016. Why?)) ((Cheryl -- for viewers that don't hunt. What do you hope they take away from this movie?)) ((Jake -- where will people be able to see it?))

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We have a link to "Human Nature" on our web site - so you can see the entire 17-minute trailer.

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Monday on the Thirty -- we're all football all the time. The New England Patriots are taking on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 -- we'll learn how to make a crowd pleasing appetizer for the big game. We'll also talk to Consumer Reports about the best big screen Tv's to watch the game on. That's Monday at 5:30 on the :30.

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Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. The Charlotte Central school teacher who is fighting a TB infection -- is in isolation - but speaking to us - about her worries for her students - and her community. 140 students and teachers at the school -- and more than a dozen preschoolers at a Colchester daycare will be tested next week after possibly being exposed. But teacher Laura Hall and her husband say all of this might have been prevented. The Halls spoke exclusively with Keith McGilvery. What did they say Keith? Laura Hall and her husband David are equal parts sad and angry. The say her sickness should never have gotten this bad and that the Community Health Centers of Burlington missed her Tuberculosis diagnosis.

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((Laura Hall, Diagnosed with Tuberculosis 13:33 "I always love working with kids, and teaching.)) Charlotte Central School teacher Laura Hall -- is heartbroken that her Tuberculosis put her students and co-workers at risk. ((Laura Hall, Diagnosed with Tuberculosis 12:02 "I want them to be okay, I hope I didn't pass it on, on anybody.)) Laura is living in isolation in her Shelburne home as she battles the sometimes deadly disease. SHe and her husband David can't have company -- but agreed to speak with Channel 3 by phone. ((David Hall, Husband 18:38 "We feel absolutely awful that anybody has to go through anything because my wife got sick.)) Right now 140 students at her school and more than a dozen babies at the Freedom Rains Childcare Center where she works part time are slated to be tested for the contagious disease -- something David says could have been avoided. ((David Hall, 20:06 I feel the community health centers let us down, she has been going since October, since October.)) The Halls say Laura has been struggling with a cough for at least three years. And saw a doctor at the Community Health Centers of Burlington on Riverside Avenue back then. The Halls say a chest x-ray at the time turned up nothing. She continued getting care at the center over the years. And last fall went again about her cough which seemed to be getting worse. They say a second x ray a week-- and a half ago -- had doctors telling her to schedule a CT scan -- David says there was no urgency -- despite the fact she had a heavy cough, had been losing weight and was fatigued. ((David Hall, Husband 20:27 They dismissed it, they gave her antibiotics the last thing the doctor said was, we'll just send you for a chest x-ray just to rule anything else out , it should have been the first thing they did.)) Laura says was not officially diagnosed with TB until she took herself to the UVM Medical Center Saturday. ((David Hall, Husband 20:46 "It was my wife who had to go to the emergency room you know, I mean it got to the point where she was almost dying and she had to go to the emergency room and that is where they put it all together and they rushed her in for a CT scan and discovered it.)) David says the team at the Medical Center -- picked up on the Tuberculosis right away. ((David Hall, Husband 21:02 "The doctor I talked to said you could be walking 50 yards away from the x-ray and see it.)) We reached out to the community Health Centers of Burlington to address the Halls' allegations. ((Keith trying to talk to them on the phone)) Officials there declined to comment on the specifics of her situation or if she was even a patient -- citing privacy laws --- but did say their staff is positioned to test for -- and diagnose -- the disease. (DO I NEED A SENTENCE GOING INTO DAVID?)) ((David Hall, Husband 19:16 "At some point we're going to get angry enough at the people who didn't get this thing right the first time, and eventually we are probably going to want to exact some kind of revenge.)) Laura says she's fighting to get better and is hoping no one else is sick -- but knows there's a chance. ((Laura Hall, Diagnosed with Tuberculosis 11:17 "This is something that just happened to me and it could happen to anybody, you don't even know how many people could have this same sickness here and it's not being treated because their sickness is not active.))

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David Hall tells me no one else in his family has tested positive for TB. A spokeswoman for the health center got back to me this afternoon saying no one was available for an on-camera interview today and that I could try back next week.

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It's important to note that TB is treatable. And Vermont does not see many cases. Shelby Cashman sat down with an infectious disease expert-- to learn more. Shelby, what did you find out? Darren and Kristin--Dr. Kemper Alston at the UVM Medical Center is the tuberculosis consultant--for the state of Vermont. He says that TB can only be fatal if left untreated--and that treatment is done through antibiotics in a pill form--much like you'd take a vitamin--everyday. Here's more with Dr. Alston

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(00:00:41) ((Shelby: "Is TB common in VT? Kemper: "No I wouldnt say it's rare, but last year we saw an all time low. I think there were only two reoprted cases of active TB disease in the state of Vermont. Usually we see somewhere between 3 and 8.")) (00:00:57) (00:01:10) ((Shelby: "Is TB treatable? Kemper: Totally treatable totally curable.")) (00:01:13) BUTTED (00:01:19) ((Kemper "You have to make a distinction between people who have just been exposed who get a preventive treatment to protect them so they don't become ill, and people who are already ill and treatment for the active disease. For those who have simply been exposed but aren't sick, the treatment is one pill a day for nine months. For those who are sick with active TB, again very uncommon in the state of Vermont, that's treated with multiple pills for about 6 months.")) (00:01:47) (00:02:31) ((Shelby: "Can you explain the difference between active TB and latent Tb?")) BUTTED (00:03:45) ((Kemper "Latent TB with a clear chest X-Ray and no symptoms just that you've been expose, you cant transmit to anyone. That's a key thing for people in Vermont to understand. The only people who can transmit TB are people who are actively ill and sick with it with an abnormal chest x-ray and coughing bacteria which then other people can breathe.")) (00:04:04) (00:04:05) ((Shelby: "How is it spread? Is it airborne? Kemper: It is airborne but not spread terribly efficiently. I have been taking care of TB patients for over twenty years and my skin test is still negative. So it's not just passing someone in the hall, seeing someone, saying hello to someone.")) (00:04:21) BUTTED (00:04:50) ((Kemper: "It's not spread by surfaces. The only way you can get infected is the bacteria has to make it all the way into the air sacs in your lung, you have to breath in the bacteria from the air.")) (00:05:03) BUTTED (00:05:06) ((Kemper: The environment is not infectious. Once the person with active TB is removed, that environment is no longer a threat.")) (00:05:15) (00:05:16) ((shelby: "There has been questions the individual we've spoken to is that she was showing symptoms, and wasn't diagnosed. Is that possible?")) (00:05:28) BUTTED (00:05:56) ((Kemper: "People in the US are not routinely tested for TB because it's so uncommon. So there's no reason to test people unless an exposure occurs. It's not unusual that people continue to go to school, it's not unusual that people continue to go to work even though they end up having TB.")) (00:06:14) (00:06:31) ((Shelby: "Is there an incubation period? Kemper: Yes there is with everything. If I was coughing on you with TB and you got infected, 90-95 percent chance you'd never become ill and if you did become ill, it might happen 30 years from now.")) (00:06:48) BUTTED (00:07:04) ((Kemper: "It's not something like the flu or the common cold where you become sick dramatically in just a few days.")) (00:07:09) (00:07:10) ((Shelby: So if the children potentially exposed in Charlotte and Colchester would you recommend that they keep getting tested if they are initially negative? Kemper: Well there will be 2 rounds of tests. So you'll get tested initially, if thats positive, that will be your last test, you'll get a chest x-ray to make sure it's not active, if that first test is negative, you'll be retested in two months.)) (00:07:38) BUTTED (00:07:41) ((Kemper: "It takes 2 months for the skin test to turn positive.......then they are done.")) (00:08:15) (00:08:42) ((Shelby: So if people do have latent TB, would you caution them not to get worked up? What would be your advice?")) BUTTED (00:09:02) ((Kemper:"If the skin test is positive, it's not the end of the world. ")) (00:09:05) BUTTED (00:09:45) ((Kemper "Being treated for latent TB, positive skin test negative chest x-ray is not unusual and not terribly onorous, 1 pill a day for nine months.")) (00:09:53) BUTTED (00:10:21) ((Kemper "In this day and age, with modern antibiotics, 98 percent cure rate.")) (00:10:25)

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If you have concerns or questions about Tuberculosis---you can contact the health department directly. We have a link on our website at wcax dot com. Kristin?

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Governor Peter Shumlin issued three pardons today -- for three women -- he says -- have turned their lives around -- and want to help others. One is now a nurse, who violated a restraining order when she was a teen. Another -- is trying to become a nurse -- after an assault -- 13 years ago. The third -- overcame addiction -- and drug crimes. She wrote a book about it. The governor says their convictions were holding them back in their careers. And the pardons will help them move on with their lives.

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A former lobbyist turned state senator proposes new regulation on his former colleagues. As state house reporter Kyle Midura explains -- anonymity would no longer be an option under the golden dome.

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Before first taking a seat in the legislature last year, Chittenden County State Senator Michael Sirotkin spent more than two decades as a lobbyist. Now he's teaming up with the state's longest-serving Senator -- Bill Doyle of Washington County -- to bring more transparency to the statehouse. (00:08:45:00) ((Sen. Michael Sirotkin - D-Chittenden County Unfotunately it's been my experience, I don't think a lot of people know what happens in here )) His proposal come in three parts: he wants a pilot project to stream some committee discussions online. The other two elements deal specifically with lobbyists - paid to influence lawmakers and inform their clients on legislation. He wants to mandate that lobbyists who have clients with competing interests inform those clients of the conflict. More controversially - he wants lobbyists to wear name-tags indicating who they are, and who they work for. (00:09:08:00) ((Sen. Michael Sirotkin - D-Chittenden County there are hundreds of people here that walk around, we don't know who they are or who they represent frequently )) That requirement would be voluntary -- unless after two years less than 80 percent pin-up. Lobbyists we spoke with say they're not sure what nametags would accomplish. (00:29:45:00) ((Kevin Ellis - Ellis Mills Public Affairs it seems to me completely unnecessary, if they want to do this, it's fine, but it seems to me the legislature has far bigger fish to fry than this one)) (00:36:02:00) ((Allison Crowley DeMag - Morris & DeMag, Inc. we've got 35 new members of the legislature this year :05 and most of them are wearing name-tags and I find it very helpful frankly :11 so I dont' have a problem with the legislation as it's drafted, :)) (00:23:31:00) (( John Hollar - Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC I don't think having people wear name-tags is really necessary :35 )) (00:36:45:00) ((Allison Crowley DeMag - Morris & DeMag, Inc. for me it wouldn't be that big of a deal, as long as if i do forget to wear it I'm still allowed in the building )) Lobbyists say they don't begrudge their former colleague's proposal, though a few did suggest the requirement should also be extended to lawmakers... and reporters. KM, Ch. 3 Mont.

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Vermont currently has more than 300 registered lobbyists.

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In Rutland City ... voters will see not one.. But two familiar names -- in the race for Mayor. The current mayor is expected to make a public announcement regarding his intentions to run in the next few days. But Channel 3's Eliza Larson got the answer tonight.

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Business as usual -- at Rutland City Hall Friday afternoon: Offices -- open... people dropped by... And Mayor Chris Louras returned to his office from a meeting elsewhere in the city. We caught up with the Mayor, who says he wants to keep that office -- for another two years. (TC 07:32:20:26 Title 0727) ((Mayor Chris Louras/Rutland: "I'm asking the community to let me finish the job that we started." 07:32:26:04)) Louras confirmed to Channel 3 News that he plans to seek reelection in the upcoming Rutland City mayoral race. He has been Rutland's Mayor since 2007 - and says there's more work to do, so he's running again. (TC 07:31:21:25 Title 0727)((Mayor Chris Louras/Rutland "rutland's accomplished so much over the last few years. We do have a transformed community. It's not the same place it was three or four years ago. And it's recognized throughout the state as a place where things are happening." 07:31:33:21)) (TC 08:03:02:18 Title 0800) ((Eliza Larson/Rutland: "here in Rutland, the race for mayor has already begun. Dave Allaire - president of the board of aldermen - announced he'll be running for mayor - again. Allaire lost to Louras in the mayoral race of 2013, but believes this time around will be different." 08:03:17:17)) ((TC 01:09:59:10 Title 0107)((David Allaire/President, Rutland Board of Aldermen "I think the mood not just here locally but across the state and the nation is that people are ready to make some changes. They want to look for a new direction." 01:10:11:16)) Allaire says the city is at a crossroads. He told us the mayor needs to do a better job addressing jobs -- and economic development. (TC 01:10:19:14 Title 0107) ((Dave Allaire/President, Rutland Board of Aldermen: "I think people are ready to look at things a little bit differently both across the state and here. Certainly Rutland County we made it very clear were were looking for some change here and I think that that's the feeling I get talking to people here in the city of Rutland." 00:10:36:10)) In response... Louras said the city is not at a crossroads .. But rather steadily improving. (TC 07:31:35:00 Title 0727) ((Mayor Chris Louras/Rutland: "we've come so far in our quality of life issues, in our public safety issues, our economic development and our neighborhood stabilization strategies are really getting traction now. And now is not the time to change the course we're on." 07:31:53:27)) Louras hopes focusing on what's working -- and the progress made -- will get him another term. Voters decide on March 4th. Eliza Larson... Channel 3 News... Rutland.

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A verdict today in the trial of a Burlington man suspected of war crimes in Bosnia. A jury found Edin Sakoc guilty of lying to immigration officials. Federal prosecutors say Sakoc denied committing war crimes when he applied for US citizenship. He was suspected of raping a woman and helping in the deaths of two other women in Bosnia. He first came to the US in 2001. His defense team says someone else committed those war crimes. Sakoc faces possible loss of his U.S. citizenship and deportation.

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An incident at International Paper today sent one employee to the hospital with burns. Paper mill officials say the employee was working at the Ticonderoga plant this morning -- when he suffered burns. The worker was transported to UVM Medical Center. So far - IP says a preliminary investigation could not determine exactly what happened. A corporate investigative team will continue the investigation this weekend. An EMT responding to the emergency also suffered an injury, turning her ankle.

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Is FairPoint too big to fail? We told you Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Patrick Leahy, and Bernie Sanders... and Representatives Peter Welch and Annie Kuster -- sent a letter to FairPoint's chairman this week. In it -- they expressed concerns about outages in both states that have caused lapses in emergency communications... including a 6-hour outage of Vermonts E-9-1-1 system. But Vermont's Public Service Department says the system relies on FairPoint's networks -- and that would be hard to change. It says every phone call made on a cell phone -- needs FairPoint.

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((SOT Chris Recchia, Vermont Public Service Dept. Commissioner2200 The system requires these fiber and wired systems to work 07 And so we have to make sure that somebody is operating them properly. 11)) The commissioner says he thinks FairPoint is capable of managing the system, but his department has to make sure the company does what it's supposed to do. Tomorrow morning on "The Weekend" -- Cat Viglienzoni updates us on where FairPoint's customer service problems stand ...and what's being done to fix them. Also tomorrow morning ...

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(TC - 00:30:41:00) ((I'm Julie Kelley in Sheffield. Coming up on The Weekend, we're turning the tables and students are taking over my job. They're putting on a newscast here and it's helping to meet some common core goals. We'll share that story coming up!))

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And ... In destination recreation ... There's an ice bash happening this weekend! If you've ever wanted to try out ice climbing ... No matter what level you're at ... We'll have the scoop on where you can do it. That's coming up Saturday morning on The Weekend. Join the Weekend team -- from 6am until 8am here on Channel 3!

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Dozens of Dartmouth students are being punished -- following a cheating scandal at the ivy league school. 64 students in a sports ethics class were recently caught -- giving their "clickers" -- which answer test questions -- to other students -- so they could skip class. The school says the students violated the college's conduct code -- and the punishment ranged from probation -- to two-term suspensions.

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Some personal care products may be banned in Vermont. That's because many scrubs, body washes, and facial products contain micro-beads -- pieces of plastic so small waste-water treatment plants cannot filter them out. The plastic can bind with dangerous chemicals, be consumed by fish, and move up the food chain. Lawmakers have proposed a bill -- outlawing the products.

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(00:03:14:00) ((Rep. David Deen - D-Westminster we know it's a reality, we know it's a reality from other water-bodies, and we know these particles are getting into waters of the state of Vermont )) The bill is expected to be taken up by the full House next week. The measure appears to have wide-spread support -- in a year where water quality will be a major focus for lawmakers.

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Governor Peter Shumlin has submitted a formal disaster declaration to FEMA for last month's winter storm. It knocked out power across much of the state. Damage totals are still being tallied, but officials say early figures already exceed the eligibility criteria. If approved, the declaration will reimburse communities and public utilities -- 75 percent of their costs.

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(00:34:08:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin/D-Vermont: If we don't get it back, rate-payers get stuck picking this up, so in a state where we need to make our rates more affordable, it would really be a bad hit for all of us, so I've applied to the federal government for federal disaster aid, I'm hoping we'll get it, if we do, it'll put money in rate-payers pockets)) The governor says he's confident the state will receive the declaration, but it could take several months.

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Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 12/22 Winds: S 5-15 mph Saturday: North: partly sunny. South: mostly cloudy, chance of snow showers. Highs: 32/38 Winds: S 5-15 mph Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers. Lows: 5/15 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Sunday: Partly sunny. Breezy and colder. Highs 13/20 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Extended: Monday through Friday. Sunday: Lows 5/-10 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 8/15 lows 5/-10 Tuesday: Partly sunny. Lows 0/-15 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs 12/22 Lows 0/10 Thursday: Chance of snow showers. Highs 20s lows 10/20 Friday: Partly sunny. Highs 15/25

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Skiers will be out this weekend -- having fun -- and helping Vermonters heat their homes. The fifteenth annual Ski for Heat event is this Sunday at locations all throughout Vermont. What first started in Peru Vermont as a small charitable event has grown statewide ... Where participants raise money through donations to help those who need help keeping warm.

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(TC 07:06:07:25 Title 0701)((Martha Robertson/Ski for Heat Founder "I know how hard it is to give money and I know a lot of us have a tough time paying our own bills so to be able to write a check is hard. So we made ski for heat be as easy as possible for people to participate in. And we make it fun." 07:06:15:00)) Proceeds go to heating fuel assistance programs at local community action agencies For more information -- go to our website -- wcax - dot com.

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A battle over property taxes at the Burlington International Airport is headed to court. The airport property is owned by the City of Burlington, but it's physically located in South Burlington. The dispute began in 2012 and centers on the method used by South Burlington to value the property. An airport official says it does not follow a state statute written specifically for the airport. The communities have been involved in court-ordered mediation since last fall. They've been unable to reach an agreement, leading Burlington to take the matter to court.

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A New York prison counselor is accused of promoting prison contraband in Altona 49-year-old Dean Gilbert of Peru New York -- is an alcohol and substance abuse counselor at the (AL TONE AH) Altona Correctional Facility. State police are releasing very few details about the case -- but say the investigation has been underway for several months.

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A boil water order for part of Westport. Officials say a rusty part of the water system broke -- contaminating the supply. They expect the boil order to be lifted on Sunday.

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The Veterans Home in Bennington is suing one of its residents. Officials there say Mark Greenberg has not paid his medical or living expenses -- racking up a bill more than 200-thousand dollars. The complaint said Greenberg was a resident at the home between June 20-11 and Jan 20-14. It's not clear if he's still there. That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ...in the midst of its worst stretch of results this season, the 12th ranked UVM men's hockey team will try to right the ship against the third ranked team in the country. Hockey East co-leaders Boston University in town for a two game series tonight and tomorrow night at Gutterson. Vermont is 1-3-1 in it's last five games, but the Cats still sit in third place in Hockey East, three points back of BU and UMass-Lowell. The Terriers are one of the highest scoring teams in the country, with freshman forward Jack Eichel...an expected top three pick in this year's NHL draft, leads the nation in scoring with 11 goals and 23 assists. Boston University last visited UVM in November of 2012, rolling to a 6-2 victory. Current IceCat Alexx Privitera had a goal and an assist in that win. Privitera played the first two seasons of his NCAA career with B-U, before leaving to play a season in the USHL. Now a junior defenseman with the Cats, Privitera will play against his old team for the first time tonight as the Cats try to get their season back on track.

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((TRT: 29 ... OC: PLAYERS ARE TOO))

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also in D-1 tonight ...Dartmouth is on the road at Colgate. In Division Three... Middlebury and Plattsburgh are at home...Norwich, Castleton and St. Mike's on the road. Coming up later... opening day of the UVM Winter Carnival...

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A new study says a device to lower high blood pressure is showing great promise. Tina Kraus reports.

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NATS...peter taking dog for walk (LOCATOR: HAWKHURST, ENGLAND) 62 year old Peter Hunt says life in his English village is more enjoyable now that he's found a way to keep his resistant high blood pressure under control. (SOT - PETER HUNT/BLOOD PRESSURE PATIENT) IT STOPS YOU THINKING TO YOURSELF, OH GOD, BLOOD PRESSURE IS UP AGAIN, WHY IS IT UP AGAIN. Doctors at Queen Mary University of London implanted this tiny device, called the 'coupler' into Peter's upper thigh in a clinical trial that began two years ago. The coupler diverts blood to a nearby vein, relieving the strain on the artery -- and reducing the heart's workload.. (DR. MELVIN LOBO/LEAD RESEARCHER) THE PATIENTS WERE FEEDING BACK TO US THEY HAD SUBSTANTIAL BLOOD PRESSURE LOWERING AND WERE ASKING FOR THEIR MEDICINES TO BE REDUCED. (STANDUP BRIDGE) (TINA KRAUS/LONDON) RESEARCHERS HERE IN LONDON AND ACROSS EUROPE RECRUITED ABOUT 80 PATIENTS FOR THE STUDY, MOST IN THEIR LATE 50'S WHO WERE TAKING AT LEAST FIVE BLOOD PRESSURE MEDICATIONS. Patients with the coupler also had fewer complications and went to the hospital less often for high blood pressure problems. NATS UP...PETER (putting on blood pressure band) Peter says the only side effect he's had from the device is some swelling in his leg. Doctors say it will be several more years before the device is available to patients. Tina Kraus, CBS News, London.

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US trials on the coupler are expected to begin later this year. That's health watch.

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Students at Randolph Union High School are getting together for a good cause. A t-shirt sale -- a pep rally -- and basketball games are all to raise awareness and funds for kids with cancer. Logan Crawford explains.

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Students at Randolph Union High are seeing pink. They're selling these pink and gray t-shirts for a good cause. (TC 00:00:51:06 Tile 5640) ((Cole Poulin/Randolph Union High School "We decided to make it Sea of Pink and send it towards Camp Ta Kum Ta.")) The money's going to the Vermont camp for kids with cancer. Students say several classmates over the years have battled cancer and found happiness at Camp Ta Kum Ta. Deb Lary -- a health teacher at Randolph -- has a daughter who was helped by the camp. (TC 00:07:46:18 Tile 5644) ((Deb Lary/Randolph Union High School "In the year 2007 my daughter who was ending 6th grade going into 7th grade was diagnosed with throat cancer and that summer she was able to attend Camp Ta Kum Ta." 00:07:59:11)) Along with the t-shirt fundraiser the school held a pep rally Friday afternoon -- getting pumped up for their series of basketball games on Saturday. They're calling them the Sea of Pink Games. (TC 00:01:20:25 Tile 5640) ((Cole Poulin/ "A lot of people in the community come to support the basketball team and we thought this would be a great way to gain school spirit and send money towards a good charity." 00:01:30:14)) (TC 00:26:49:18 Tile 5673) ((Logan Crawford/Randolph "Counselors at Camp Ta Kum Ta are volunteers and the camp's free for campers. The t-shirt sale at Randolph Union High School is a way for students to give to the camp." 00:26:58:18)) (TC 00:04:36:22 Tile 5640) ((Shyanne White/ "Important for us to know that people in our school are involved and care about our community and that's really what we're about. We're about raising awareness and making sure people know we're there to support them." 00:04:47:17)) Lary says in the 16 years she's worked at Randolph Union High -- 4 students afflicted with cancer in the school district attended Camp Ta Kum Ta. Her own daughter is in remission -- and is a camp counselor in training. (TC 00:08:50:25 Tile 5644) ((Deb Lary/Randolph Union High School "Camp Ta Kum Ta is an incredible place that makes young people feel that they're not alone and empowers them to go forward with their disease and their struggle." 00:09:02:16)) The school says they've raised more than a thousand dollars selling t-shirts so far. Students hope the sea of pink at the pep rally is just a preview of the pink basketball game. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Randolph. -3-

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The Sea of Pink basketball games are open to the public. There will be raffles during the games -- all proceeds will go to Camp Ta Kum Ta.

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This weekend is the 9th annual Smuggs Ice Bash -- a celebration of all things ice climbing. The party kicked off a little while ago at Petra Cliffs in Burlington. There will be equipment demos for the public -- and a drytool competition for experienced climbers -- plus a DJ spinning tunes.

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((SOT Tim Farr, Smuggs Ice Bash 28 We set routes here in the gym for some of the northeast's strongest climbers. It's a huge, spectator-friendly, big party. Lots of people show up -- about 150-200 people come and kick their weekend off with us 40)) Tomorrow morning in Destination Recreation -- Cat Viglienzoni checks out why ice climbing is growing in popularity!

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The UVM Ski program has reigned atop eastern skiing in recent years...winning 16 straight EISA Carnival's, including last weekend's season opener at Bates, a 60 point victory over Dartmouth. Let's start at Trapp Family Lodge where the day began with the men's 10K freestyle race...and an impressive performance by Dartmouth's Patrick Caldwell...the sophomore from Lyme, New Hampshire and the Stratton Mountain School earned a first and second last weekend at Bates... today, he cruises to the victory, winning by one minute, eight seconds... --- Vermont senior Rogan Brown finished second ...the Cats placing three skiers in the top nine...with Brown second, Cole Morgan eighth and Huntington, Vermont's Jack Hegman in ninth...

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("really psyched to have a good start to the season. It's been an awesome carnival season so far and it's fun to get to see everyone together and hoping to keep momentum through this coming week and through NCAA's. The teams been looking really good." "pretty happy. Was coming off a cold this last weekend, so it was good to comeback and do well for the home carnival")

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In the women's 5K freestyle...the win goes to Annika Taylor of New Hampshire. Vermont's Mary-Kate Cirelli of Rutland comes in second...the first of three SkiCats in the top seven... Middlebury's Heather Mooney of Peru rounds out the top three.

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we move over to Spruce Peak and Stowe Mountain for the giant slalom...the women up first...and the field was dominated by Dartmouth...the Big Green putting four skiers in the top eight, including a sweep of the top two spots...Foreste Peterson edging teammate Libby Gibson by 17-hundredths of a second. Vermont's Elli Terwiel placed fourth, but overall the day belonged to the Big Green...

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("It was really exciting. It was my first carnival win and I'm actually a freshman at Dartmouth, so it's a good way to start off the season. So sweet to go 1-2 for Dartmouth. We're both really happy." "I was 2nd after first run and I wanted to definitely keep it on the podium, because thatís always a goal going into any race. But I knew that it was going to be tight because Foreste as right on my tail and she's an amazing skier and so I'm just really happy I stayed with her.")

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the afternoon wrapping up with the men's giant slalom... last week, Robert Cone of Middlebury claimed the GS win at Bates... and he did it again today at Stowe. Cone posting two of the three fastest times of the day to earn the win by 59-hundreths of a second. --- behind Cone...the SkiCats shined with three skiers placing in the top six... Griffin Brown comes in second behind Cone... followed by teammate Dominique Garand in third, with Taylor Wunsch of Swanton rounding things out in sixth.

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("good feeling win. I had some heat and confidence off of last weekends win in Bates up in Maine. Soon as the sun came out today I knew I was gonna have some fun and had some fun against teammates and other competitors that I've known ski racing a bunch of year." "it was really good for me because I won first run at Sunday river last weekend and so was really nice to just kind of put one in there this weekend and I get that monkey off my back.")

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Overall, it's Vermont sitting atop the standings after day one...by 17 points over Dartmouth. New Hampshire is third, Middlebury fourth. The Carnival concludes tomorrow with a pair of mass start nordic races at Trapps and the men's and women's slalom at Stowe.

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A 5-0 start in the America East conference once again raised expectations in Catamount country for another America East regular season title. But, if last night showed us anything, the Cats are still a young team that are going to have its growing pains. UVM visiting UNH Last night, a place where the team has had recent success. --- The Wildcats however jump out in front led by the hot shooting of Matt Miller. 15 of his game high 18 points coming in the first half. Vermont down 6. --- The Cats did battle back, Trae Bell Haynes to Dre Wills for 2 and the foul. A team high 17 for Wills, UVM goes up 4. --- But UNH answers right before half, Tanner Leissner lays it in before the buzzer. Vermont down 4 at the break. --- The Wildcat lead balloons to 15 in the second half, off the Wills turnover, Jaleen Smith to Ronnel Jordan for the monster jam. It's 54-39 UNH with 12 minutes to go. --- The Cats get back in it, Zach McRoberts with the steal and lay in. We're tied at 61 with 2 and a half minutes to go. --- However, UNH makes big shots down the stretch including a three by Miller in the corner. New Hampshire hands Vermont its first conference loss of the season, 73-68, Scott Fleishman has more from Durham.

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((TRT: 52 ... OC: CHANNEL THREE SPORTS)) ((("Where do you start, Ethan O'Day was in foul trouble early and was really a non-factor in this game and the one guy on the UVM scouting report that you had to cover, Matt Miller, one of the leagues best shooters in the league and what do they do? The leave him open and he burns you for 18 points on 4 of 5 shooting from three including the dagger that put the game away in the second half."))) (((John Becker/"We weren't ready to play for whatever reason in that sense. He had wide open looks all night so going into the game we worried about that, they're making a lot of three's we don't defend their three ball well. I thought we did a better job in the second half and I thought we missed shots. It's tough to gets stops when you can't make shots."))) ((("The Cats drop to 5-1 in the Conference and visit UMass Lowell on Sunday. In Durham, NH Scott Fleishman, Channel 3 sports.")))

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