Fri 19-DEC-2014 Early A.M. News Script

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Breaking news this morning. New York State Police are reporting that they have cancelled the amber for a missing 5 year old. They are reporting he has been found dead-- outside the albany area. The boy was taken from his home in the Albany, New York suburb of Berne -- around 1-30 yesterday afternoon. Authorities say the boy -- Kenneth White -- was in the care of a babysitter -- when the abductors forced their way into the home -- pinned the woman to the floor -- and snatched the boy. Two other small children were left unharmed. Kenneth's mother lives in New York -- his father in Massachusetts. Investigators are still looking into a motive -- but say it may involve a custody dispute. One suspect is described as a white man -- about 5-foot-10. The second suspect was unidentifiable. The men were seen fleeing in a black 2-door pick-up truck.

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We start with new information on a series of crashes that kept state troopers busy all night. State Police tell us that they responded to seventeen crashes in the Bolton area late into the night. This is video from one of the pile ups that stopped traffic in this area of the interstate. They tell us that there were two significant crashes ... One involving three cars colliding, the other had ten cars crashing together. Troopers say, the weather changed quickly and created a thin layer of ice here. No one was seriously injured and troopers say, everyone in the cars had their seatbelts on.

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A traffic alert in Jamaica.... Route 30 is currently closed between Cold Pond Road and Beaver Pond Lane. Police say 29-year-old Robert Chrostowski crashed into a pole that took down a power line. He was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of a crash. Vermont State Police, Jamaica Fire crews and Green Mountain power are working to get the road re-opened. Police say it is expected to be closed until 8 this morning..

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Gradual clearing today. More sun on Saturday, but chilly. Quiet days with a few more clouds on Sunday and Monday. Rain/snow showers coming in on Tuesday. Rain & wind for Christmas Eve Day on Wednesday. Snow showers and blustery on Christmas Day on Thursday.

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1} CELEBRATION_VO


The Mitten Tree is in full swing -- as donations continue to come in. The hats, mittens, socks and other items you donate are making a difference and we can't thank you enough. We don't wait until after the mitten tree ends to give out the donations to kids and adults in need. We wanted to share some photos that were sent in -- of some happy kids from the Lunenburg Elementary School. The schools nurse passed along a note saying they were so excited to get hats and mittens from the mitten tree.

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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We start with new information on a series of crashes that kept state troopers busy all night. State Police tell us that they responded to seventeen crashes in the Bolton area late into the night. This is video from one of the pile ups that stopped traffic in this area of the interstate. They tell us that there were two significant crashes ... One involving three cars colliding, the other had ten cars crashing together. Troopers say, the weather changed quickly and created a thin layer of ice here. No one was seriously injured and troopers say, everyone in the cars had their seatbelts on.

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A traffic alert in Jamaica.... Route 30 is currently closed between Cold Pond Road and Beaver Pond Lane. Police say a motor vehicle crash brought down a pole and power line. Vermont State Police, Jamaica Fire crews and Green Mountain power are working to get the road re-opened.

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Police in three states are looking for a five year-old boy -- allegedly abducted from his home by two men in ski masks. It happened in the Albany, New York suburb of Berne -- around 1-30 yesterday afternoon. Authorities say the boy -- Kenneth White -- was in the care of a babysitter -- when the abductors forced their way into the home -- pinned the woman to the floor -- and snatched the boy. Two other small children were left unharmed. Kenneth's mother lives in New York -- his father in Massachusetts. Investigators are still looking into a motive -- but say it may involve a custody dispute. One suspect is described as a white man -- about 5-foot-10. The second suspect was unidentifiable. The men were seen fleeing in a black 2-door pick-up truck.

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We have an update to a story about a remarkable rescue we told you about Wednesday morning. You may remember, a woman was saved after being trapped under a bus. Eliza Larson takes us back to the moment it all started.

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The call came into Middlebury emergency services early Tuesday morning. Two vehicles... a feed truck from a local farm and an Addison County transit bus... Collided on Route 7 just before 6 a-m. Four people were involved in the accident... The driver of the feed truck... The driver of the bus -- and two passengers -- including a woman -- trapped underneath the bus. (TC 00:04:31:22 Title 4726) ((David Shaw/Chief, Middlebury Fire Department "Looks like she was ejected once the bus made contact with the snow bank and rolled. She was ejected and the bus landed on top of her. Remarkably she was able to be removed from underneath the bus." 00:04:46:08)) Hospital officials confirmed she is doing OK... And is now home with her family. First responders say she's lucky to be alive. And in part, she can thank the snow ... ((TC 00:18:09:19 TItle 5963) ((Kirk Gallipo/Middlebury Fire Department and Ambulance "The snow is actually probably what kept her from getting more injured. What it looks like it did when the bus came over on top of her it pushed her down into the snow and then rested on top of that. So that there was actually a little bit of relief from the weight of the bus on top of her." 00:18:31:06)) ...And THIS is how they helped get her out -- airbags. ((TC 00:11:31:13 Title 5945) ((Kirk "These two bags right here are 40 tons of lifting force. So you could lift a train car off the tracks with these." 00:11:39:26)) Kirk Gallipo was one of the responders to Tuesday's crash. ((TC 00:11:50:26 TItle 5946) ((Kirk "Just make sure everything's functioning." 00:11:50:18)) He explained that in order to get the woman from underneath the bus... They had to push it off her first. ((TC 00:16:47:10 Title 5962) ((Kirk Gallipo/Middlebury Fire Department and Ambulance "we stabilized the vehicle using chalking and airbags system to lift the bus up off from the entrapped victim who was underneath the bus." 00:16:57:01)) Gallipo works for both the Middlebury Fire Department and Ambulatory services. He says that it took teams from both departments to rescue the crash victims. ((This was a really challenging rescue.)) Teamwork... And a helpful, high-tech push. Kirk Gallipo says that using airbags is a technical rescue method responders prepare for. He says it's something that when it happens you want to be able to do it efficiently and effectively. EL -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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A Vermont couple is facing charges -- following a child sex abuse investigation. State police say 35-year-old Michael Whitman is accused of molesting two young girls in his Bennington home. The victims were 4 and 5 years old. Investigators say -- his wife -- Kelly Whitman -- lied for her husband -- telling police that he was working -- when the abuse allegedly occurred. She is facing charges for providing false information to police.

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Governor Shumlin is eyeing new ways to carry out health reforms now that a single payer system has been shelved. Shumlin says the state must find ways to rein in spending and curb rising costs. He says the state can do that by finding a way to pay providers based on quality of care rather than quantity -- arguing that will pad Vermonters wallets.

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(00:05:57:00) ((Vermonters end up having their incomes constrained because employers are spending more and more on health care, 16%, 18% a year, premiums from our insuracne companies, so we have to get this cost thing under control. Vermont's having a conversation on cost that isn't happening anywhere else in the country )) The Governor sees three key areas for reform. First, he wants to give the Green Mountain Care Board more power to change the fee system. Second, he wants to increase reimbursement rates for doctors who serve medicaid and medicare patients. And third -- he's looking for new ways to handle the uninsured.

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There is mixed reaction to the Governor's decision to ditch a plan for universal health care in Vermont. Dozens of people rallied on the statehouse lawn. They say, they're disappointed by Governor Shumlin backing of on his promise to enact single payer healthcare. Officials from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce say they agree health care reform is needed -- but say single payer would cost too much for Vermont businesses.

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(TC 00:17:14:13 Tile 6953) ((Betsy Bishop/Vt. Chamber of Commerce "Really have a negative impact on employers. So we were pleased with the decision for him to stop pursuing this single payer financing at this point." 00:17:23:27)) (TC 00:04:27:17 Tile 6573) ((Melissa Davis-Bourque/Vermont Workers Center "To have him push back and say it's not the right time, there's people right now that need it and they don't have the luxury of saying this is not the right time because they need healthcare now." 00:04:37:18)) Some people say, they're angry about the time and millions of dollars spent, on a system, that they never thought would work.

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(anchors introduce gary) Gradual clearing today. More sun on Saturday, but chilly. Quiet days with a few more clouds on Sunday and Monday. Rain/snow showers coming in on Tuesday. Rain & wind for Christmas Eve Day on Wednesday. Snow showers and blustery on Christmas Day on Thursday.

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Today: Gradual clearing Highs: 23 to 30 Wind: NNW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 0 to 15 Wind: Light Saturday: Partly cloudy Highs: 22 to 28 Wind: Light & variable Extended: Sunday: Winter begins! Partly sunny Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 22 to 32 Monday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 12 to 22 Highs: 30s Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 32 to 42 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Christmas Eve! Rain & wind Lows: 30s Highs: 40s Thursday: Christmas! Snow showers Blustery Lows: 30s Highs: 30s

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With plans to release the controversial film 'The Interview' now scrapped, government officials are weighing their response to the crippling cyberattack. Susan McGinnis reports from Washington.

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PKG) (Los Angeles, CA Sony VO) Companies around the world are now on high alert after a crippling cyberattack against Sony. Federal investigators are said to have traced the hack to North Korea's government and leader Kim Jong-UN, but the white house has yet to officially assign blame: (SOT Josh Earnest/ WH Press Secretary) The appropriate response is something that is being carefully considered by members of the president's national security team. (GFX THUR332 ORR) CBS Sources say the hackers directed by North Korea's cyber unit....used aggressive "data wiping" malware to steal SONY's corporate secrets and then erase the company's computer files. The hackers then escalated their threats against movie goers leading Sony to scrap the release of 'The Interview'. Hollywood celebrities took to twitter to voice their disapproval: (GRAPHIC IN) Jimmy Kimmel tweeted: It's "an un-American act of cowardice." (STANDUP Susan McGinnis CBS News Washington, D.C.) Many lawmakers on Capitol Hill are outraged saying it sends a dangerous precedent for future attacks. (SOT McCain Senator John McCain, R-AZ) Imagine the capability they have to disrupt other aspects of American life.// Some have come to Sony's defense: (SOT Jonathan Handel, Entertainment / Technology Attorney) "If there actually were any violence the liability for Sony and for the exhibitor (of the film), the theatre owner, would have been enormous." It's not clear what options the US has to respond. North Korea is already under heavy sanctions over its nuclear program. Even if suspects are identified they are well beyond the reach of the US government.

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Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev was in court for the first time since the attack. Tsarnaev and his older brother are accused of planting and detonating bombs near the finish line of the marathon in April 2013. Three people were killed and hundreds more were injured in the blasts. Tsarnaev's brother was killed in a shootout with police. The court appearance yesterday was for the final status conference before his trial begins. Jury selection is scheduled to start January 5th.

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In the three-way race for Maine governor, the candidate that spent the least amount of money came out on top. Final finance reports filed this week show that incumbent Republican Governor Paul LePage spent just under $2-million dollars over the course of the heated campaign. Meanwhile, Democrat Mike Michaud spent more than $3 million in his unsuccessful bid to defeat LePage. Independent Eliot Cutler, who came in a distant third, spent just under $3 million.

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With just a few weeks remaining in this years Mitten Tree -- donations continue to pile up. We've had visitors stop by the station to drop off their items -- including Audrey Burnell of Northfield and Phyllis Maxham of Roxbury. This mother-daughter knitting duo -- say they started a Mitten Tree project last February -- and have been cranking out amazing homemade items ever since.

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Donations can be made at UPS stores in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire. There is a list of locations there on your screen. And here at WCAX. That's at 30 joy drive in South Burlington. The last day for mitten tree pickup at the UPS stores is January 7th.

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Gradual clearing today. More sun on Saturday, but chilly. Quiet days with a few more clouds on Sunday and Monday. Rain/snow showers coming in on Tuesday. Rain & wind for Christmas Eve Day on Wednesday. Snow showers and blustery on Christmas Day on Thursday.

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Millions of people with heart stents may need to stay on blood thinners a lot longer than currently recommended. That's according to a new study that shows about a 50-percent reduction in heart attacks -- for those who took the drugs longer than 12 months. Bridget Barry Caswell has the details.

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Millions of people get new heart stents to prop open clogged arteries -- each year. The stents are coated with drugs to prevent scar tissue from forming, but those drugs can also cause blood clots to form. So standard procedure has long called for a daily low-dose aspirin forever, combined with a blood thinner for the first 12 months. But now -- a new, FDA mandated study -- with Vermont participants -- may change the guideline. (:24) ((Dr. Harry Dauerman/UVM Medical Center Cardiologist: We found that prolonging the duration patients are on clopidogrel, or Plavix has a benefit in terms of reducing heart attacks after they get a stent procedure.)) About a 50-percent reduction in heart attacks in those patients who stayed on anti-clotting drugs an additional 18 months. That's a measurable benefit, but not without a downside. Some faced an increased risk of serious bleeding -- in the brain, from trauma, or unprovoked bruising. (1:26) ((Dr. Harry Dauerman/UVM Medical Center Cardiologist: I wouldn't be surprised if the guidelines given to physicians change in the next year and the discussion with patients will be if they're not bruising, they're not bleeding at the 12 month visit, in those selected patients we will continue clopidogrel with some caution, watching for increased risk of bleeding.)) Dauerman says doctors were surprised by the data, and now the FDA is mulling the results. (6:34) ((Dr. Harry Dauerman/UVM Medical Center: It's by far the largest study ever done. 10,000 patients. It won't be repeated and these results are going to live with us for a long time. So I do think it will change our practice. It will affect millions of people.)) Millions of heart stent patients -- who may reduce their risk of a heart attack -- by staying on blood thinners longer. BBC, Ch. 3 News, Burlington

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PHARMACY ROBBED --- a well disguised robber gets away with drugs. NOT GUILTY --- that's the plea from a former colchester detective accused of stealing from the evidence room. TOP TEN --- The most popular items we googled this year!

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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A man is wanted by police this morning -- after they say he robbed a pharmacy in a Santa Claus hat. Burlington investigators say a man robbed the Lakeside Pharmacy on Pearl Street around 6:45 last night. The suspect is described as a white man -- about 5-foot-10 -- wearing shorts -- a surgical mask -- ski goggles -- and a Santa hat. He allegedly told the pharmacist he had a gun -- and made off with opiates. No one was hurt. If you recognize him -- call Burlington Police.

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A former Colchester Police Detective has pleaded not guilty to stealing drugs and a gun from the station's evidence room. Tyler Kinney is accused of stealing the drugs and gun to fuel his heroin addiction -- he has since completed a 3-week rehabilitation program. Prosecutors have dropped several drug charges against suspects because of missing evidence. Kinney resigned earlier this month after a dozen years on the job.

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Could a new power plant save Vernon? With Vermont Yankee -- set to shutdown -- in just two weeks -- some in Vernon are worried about losing the town's biggest employer -- and taxpayer. Local leaders are hoping a gas-fired power plant will be built to replace the nuclear facility. The select board says town officials want to meet with a company -- already planning to build a gas pipeline in Massachusetts -- about a spur to Vernon. The Public Service Commissioner says existing gas-fired generators in New England are already having trouble finding gas supplies during the winter heating season.

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The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf has been awarded 10-thousand dollars for its new job training program. KeyBank awarded the Community Kitchen Academy the cash prize because it prepares under-employed Vermonters for careers in the food industry. The food bank -- which serves roughly 11-thousand people per year -- will use the money to provide more meals and additional training.

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(09:35 Rob Meehan/Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf)(("Typically we see more people during the colder months. People are having a hard time finding homes and finding shelter.")) (10:11 Rob Meehan/Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf)(("You see so many more families are in need around the holidays because money is being spent on different things.")) This morning Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is joining volunteers to help serve a breakfast to hungry Vermonters.

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Google is sharing details about what we were all looking up online this year. The company released its top 10 most popular search terms for 2014 Robin Williams came in first -- followed by World Cup, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines and Flappy Birds. The A-L-S Ice Bucket Challenge, ISIS, Ferguson, Frozen and Ukraine round out the list.

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(anchors introduce gary) Gradual clearing today. More sun on Saturday, but chilly. Quiet days with a few more clouds on Sunday and Monday. Rain/snow showers coming in on Tuesday. Rain & wind for Christmas Eve Day on Wednesday. Snow showers and blustery on Christmas Day on Thursday.

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Vermonters -- are not making the grade -- when it comes to their finances. Officials say, the ability to manage money effectively -- is crucial for you and your family. And right now -- they say there is a major lack of financial education. Shelby Cashman has more on the newly released recommendations.

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The Vermont Financial Literacy Task Force--says most Vermonters--are in a financial funk. (00:14) ((NATS video "in a national report card grading states efforts to improve financial literacy in high schools, Vermont received a D")) (00:19) The task force is recommending - steps--to change that. GFX: The group says K through 12 schools--should create personal finance courses. Teacher training--and establishing financial literacy grants--are also reccommended. The task force says right now - just 7 Vermont schools require financial literacy. (00:40:39) ((John Pelletier "We tried to be realistic in our recommendations. We're just trying to move the ball forward. We'd like to see every school at least at the high school level in particular offer an elective in personal finance. We think every school should be able to do that."))(00:40:53) Pelletier also says-there is virtually no extra cost because most schools already have at least one teacher--with the skill set to take on a course. GFX: At the college level--the task force says students are falling deeper into a financial hole--and don't know how to get out. The average loan debt upon graduation from four year colleges--is more than 28 thousand dollars. GFX: Recommendations to reach college students include --creating a central financial literacy resource and training center--for all colleges in the state to use. Also--develop a virtual career center--so students can understand how much they'll earn--in their planned career. The task force says that will help students grasp--how much to save--and borrow. (00:21:27) ((Scott Giles/Vermont Student Assistance Corporation "Most of our institutions recognize that financial literacy is critical but not all of them have the resources that they can devote to the things that they need to put in place.")) (00:21:38) GFX: For adults--the task force is recommending more access to financial coaching services--and that all employers offer defined contribution plans---to workers save for retirement. (00:26:05) ((Bob Allen/Windham Foundation "as an employer, I developed a series of what we called brown bag lunches on topics of interest and value to employees. Financial literacy fits right into this.")) (00:26:14) The task force will also be recommending the creation of a financial literacy commission--to the legislature. ((SC Channel 3 News))

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((TRT: 2:03 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((The Celtics traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks last night. Boston sending the four-time all-star to Big D for center Brandan Wright, forward Jae Crowder, guard Jameer Nelson and two draft picks ---------------------- -- The UVM men's basketball team hosting Yale last night...Vermont playing it's second game without injured senior forward Hector Harold. --- What a game for UVM sophomore Kurt Steidl, check out this drive to the hoop early on. Vermont up by 6 in the first half. --- But Yale takes a 4 point lead heading into the break, Jack Montague with the jumper. He had a team high 12 points. --- Bad news for the Cats to start the second half, it appears Brendan Kilpatrick suffers his second head injury this season while trying to take the charge. He would not return. --- That injury didn't seem to slow the Cats, Dre Wills with the block, Vermont in transition, Wills finds Steidl for 2 and the foul. A game high 18 for Steidl. --- Then down low, Ryan Pierson with the nice feed to Ethan O'Day for two of his 10 points. Vermont down 2 with under two minutes to play. --- Trae Bell Haynes can't get the lay in to go late, but the ball goes to Steidl who drains three. Cats up 1 with a minute to go. --- Vermont can't extend the lead, Yale gets it back in the final seconds and Matt Townsend knocks down the jumper. Bulldogs up 1 with 5 ticks on the clock. --- UVM gets one chance to win it with less than 2 seconds to go, but the inbounds pass is stolen by Justin Sears ...and that's it. UVM falls 57-56 the final, dropping back to 5-5 on the season. ---------------------- ------- ((O'Day/ Definitely a slow start in the first half, which didn't help us. But in the second half we battled. They made a lot of tough shots, hats off to them. Yale competed against us real hard. There were a lot of plays that we just couldn't get one more stop.)) ((Steidl/ We came down and hit a big shot and to have them come right back down and hit one was really tough to swallow. The way we played in the second half, if we play that way every night we're going to have a chance to win.)) ---------------------- ------- The Cats open a four game road trip Sunday at St. Louis. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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Gradual clearing today. More sun on Saturday, but chilly. Quiet days with a few more clouds on Sunday and Monday. Rain/snow showers coming in on Tuesday. Rain & wind for Christmas Eve Day on Wednesday. Snow showers and blustery on Christmas Day on Thursday.

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It's a Christmas tree, in a peculiar location, that's been baffling Vermonters for years. Down a dark road in the Northeast Kingdom -- we found the couple behind the decoration providing a guiding light for drivers. But as Alex Apple reports -- both wanted us to keep their identity a secret.

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On Route 16, there's not much to see at night. In fact, there's nothing to see at all. The road cuts through Greensboro Bend -- a town of just over 200 people. You might not even know you'd gone through if not for one thing. A shining light in a sea of darkness. Put up by Greensboro Bend's secret Santa. (18:51 Voice of Tree Keeper)(("being an over the road truck driver, you have lots of time to think and that's just what came to me.")) For 20 YEARS, one man and his wife decorated the tree that lights the way for travelers. (21:24 Keeper #2)(("people love the way it's in the middle of, they call it snow alley. It's in the middle of nowhere and they wish they had more time with it.")) The pine -- barely bigger than the Charlie Brown tree -- draws a lot of attention. The keeper of the tree draws little. (19:49 Tree Keeper)(("That's the way I like it that no one knows.")) The wilderness tree appears right around a dark bend. It's made appearances in newspapers and even Facebook. Many wondering who's the one powering the lone light in the forest. (GFX) Kathy White wondered about the story behind the tree. Tina Thompson took the time to say thank you to the town's secret santa. And in a era of flashiness -- this lone tree stands out for its subtlety. (20:39 Tree Keeper)(("exactly. It is the opposite of 30,000 blinking flashing lights. And I want to keep it that way.")) We saw many tap the brakes to look at the tree Thursday -- but with the blink of an eye -- it's gone. (21:35 Tree Keeper #2)(("you go buy it at 50 to 60 mph and there it is there it goes.")) tag: standard outcue.

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A man is wanted by police this morning -- after they say he robbed a pharmacy in a Santa Claus hat. Burlington investigators say a man robbed the Lakeside Pharmacy on Pearl Street around 6:45 last night. The suspect is described as a white man -- about 5-foot-10 -- wearing shorts -- a surgical mask -- ski goggles -- and a Santa hat. He allegedly told the pharmacist he had a gun -- and made off with opiates. No one was hurt. If you recognize him -- call Burlington Police.

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A Vermont couple is facing charges -- following a child sex abuse investigation. State police say 35-year-old Michael Whitman is accused of molesting two young girls in his Bennington home. The victims were 4 and 5 years old. Investigators say -- his wife -- Kelly Whitman -- lied for her husband -- telling police that he was working -- when the abuse allegedly occurred. She is facing charges for providing false information to police.

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There is mixed reaction to the Governor's decision to ditch a plan for universal health care in Vermont. Dozens of people rallied on the statehouse lawn. They say, they're disappointed by Governor Shumlin backing of on his promise to enact single payer healthcare. Officials from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce say they agree health care reform is needed -- but say single payer would cost too much for Vermont businesses.

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(TC 00:17:14:13 Tile 6953) ((Betsy Bishop/Vt. Chamber of Commerce "Really have a negative impact on employers. So we were pleased with the decision for him to stop pursuing this single payer financing at this point." 00:17:23:27)) (TC 00:04:27:17 Tile 6573) ((Melissa Davis-Bourque/Vermont Workers Center "To have him push back and say it's not the right time, there's people right now that need it and they don't have the luxury of saying this is not the right time because they need healthcare now." 00:04:37:18)) Some people say, they're angry about the time and millions of dollars spent, on a system, that they never thought would work.

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Gradual clearing today. More sun on Saturday, but chilly. Quiet days with a few more clouds on Sunday and Monday. Rain/snow showers coming in on Tuesday. Rain & wind for Christmas Eve Day on Wednesday. Snow showers and blustery on Christmas Day on Thursday.

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1} CELEBRATION_VO


The Mitten Tree is in full swing -- as donations continue to come in. The hats, mittens, socks and other items you donate are making a difference and we can't thank you enough. We don't wait until after the mitten tree ends to give out the donations to kids and adults in need. We wanted to share some photos that were sent in -- of some happy kids from the Lunenburg Elementary School. The schools nurse passed along a note saying they were so excited to get hats and mittens from the mitten tree.

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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We start with new information on a series of crashes that kept state troopers busy all night. State Police tell us that they responded to seventeen crashes in the Bolton area late into the night. This is video from one of the pile ups that stopped traffic in this area of the interstate. They tell us that there were two significant crashes ... One involving three cars colliding, the other had ten cars crashing together. Troopers say, the weather changed quickly and created a thin layer of ice here. No one was seriously injured and troopers say, everyone in the cars had their seatbelts on.

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A traffic alert in Jamaica.... Route 30 is currently closed between Cold Pond Road and Beaver Pond Lane. Police say 29-year-old Robert Chrostowski crashed into a pole that took down a power line. He was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of a crash. Vermont State Police, Jamaica Fire crews and Green Mountain power are working to get the road re-opened. Police say it is expected to be closed until 8 this morning..

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Police in three states are looking for a five year-old boy -- allegedly abducted from his home by two men in ski masks. It happened in the Albany, New York suburb of Berne -- around 1-30 yesterday afternoon. Authorities say the boy -- Kenneth White -- was in the care of a babysitter -- when the abductors forced their way into the home -- pinned the woman to the floor -- and snatched the boy. Two other small children were left unharmed. Kenneth's mother lives in New York -- his father in Massachusetts. Investigators are still looking into a motive -- but say it may involve a custody dispute. One suspect is described as a white man -- about 5-foot-10. The second suspect was unidentifiable. The men were seen fleeing in a black 2-door pick-up truck.

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We have an update to a story about a remarkable rescue we told you about Wednesday morning. You may remember, a woman was saved after being trapped under a bus. Eliza Larson takes us back to the moment it all started.

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The call came into Middlebury emergency services early Tuesday morning. Two vehicles... a feed truck from a local farm and an Addison County transit bus... Collided on Route 7 just before 6 a-m. Four people were involved in the accident... The driver of the feed truck... The driver of the bus -- and two passengers -- including a woman -- trapped underneath the bus. (TC 00:04:31:22 Title 4726) ((David Shaw/Chief, Middlebury Fire Department "Looks like she was ejected once the bus made contact with the snow bank and rolled. She was ejected and the bus landed on top of her. Remarkably she was able to be removed from underneath the bus." 00:04:46:08)) Hospital officials confirmed she is doing OK... And is now home with her family. First responders say she's lucky to be alive. And in part, she can thank the snow ... ((TC 00:18:09:19 TItle 5963) ((Kirk Gallipo/Middlebury Fire Department and Ambulance "The snow is actually probably what kept her from getting more injured. What it looks like it did when the bus came over on top of her it pushed her down into the snow and then rested on top of that. So that there was actually a little bit of relief from the weight of the bus on top of her." 00:18:31:06)) ...And THIS is how they helped get her out -- airbags. ((TC 00:11:31:13 Title 5945) ((Kirk "These two bags right here are 40 tons of lifting force. So you could lift a train car off the tracks with these." 00:11:39:26)) Kirk Gallipo was one of the responders to Tuesday's crash. ((TC 00:11:50:26 TItle 5946) ((Kirk "Just make sure everything's functioning." 00:11:50:18)) He explained that in order to get the woman from underneath the bus... They had to push it off her first. ((TC 00:16:47:10 Title 5962) ((Kirk Gallipo/Middlebury Fire Department and Ambulance "we stabilized the vehicle using chalking and airbags system to lift the bus up off from the entrapped victim who was underneath the bus." 00:16:57:01)) Gallipo works for both the Middlebury Fire Department and Ambulatory services. He says that it took teams from both departments to rescue the crash victims. ((This was a really challenging rescue.)) Teamwork... And a helpful, high-tech push. Kirk Gallipo says that using airbags is a technical rescue method responders prepare for. He says it's something that when it happens you want to be able to do it efficiently and effectively. EL -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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A Vermont couple is facing charges -- following a child sex abuse investigation. State police say 35-year-old Michael Whitman is accused of molesting two young girls in his Bennington home. The victims were 4 and 5 years old. Investigators say -- his wife -- Kelly Whitman -- lied for her husband -- telling police that he was working -- when the abuse allegedly occurred. She is facing charges for providing false information to police.

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Governor Shumlin is eyeing new ways to carry out health reforms now that a single payer system has been shelved. Shumlin says the state must find ways to rein in spending and curb rising costs. He says the state can do that by finding a way to pay providers based on quality of care rather than quantity -- arguing that will pad Vermonters wallets.

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(00:05:57:00) ((Vermonters end up having their incomes constrained because employers are spending more and more on health care, 16%, 18% a year, premiums from our insuracne companies, so we have to get this cost thing under control. Vermont's having a conversation on cost that isn't happening anywhere else in the country )) The Governor sees three key areas for reform. First, he wants to give the Green Mountain Care Board more power to change the fee system. Second, he wants to increase reimbursement rates for doctors who serve medicaid and medicare patients. And third -- he's looking for new ways to handle the uninsured.

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There is mixed reaction to the Governor's decision to ditch a plan for universal health care in Vermont. Dozens of people rallied on the statehouse lawn. They say, they're disappointed by Governor Shumlin backing of on his promise to enact single payer healthcare. Officials from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce say they agree health care reform is needed -- but say single payer would cost too much for Vermont businesses.

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(TC 00:17:14:13 Tile 6953) ((Betsy Bishop/Vt. Chamber of Commerce "Really have a negative impact on employers. So we were pleased with the decision for him to stop pursuing this single payer financing at this point." 00:17:23:27)) (TC 00:04:27:17 Tile 6573) ((Melissa Davis-Bourque/Vermont Workers Center "To have him push back and say it's not the right time, there's people right now that need it and they don't have the luxury of saying this is not the right time because they need healthcare now." 00:04:37:18)) Some people say, they're angry about the time and millions of dollars spent, on a system, that they never thought would work.

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With plans to release the controversial film 'The Interview' now scrapped, government officials are weighing their response to the crippling cyberattack. Anne Marie Green has the latest.

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SOME LAWMAKERS ON CAPITAL HILL ARE THREATENING TO PREVENT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PLANS FOR BETTER RELATIONS WITH THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT. THE PRESIDENT SAID WEDNESDAY THE U.S. WOULD OPEN AN EMBASSY IN HAVANA FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1961. FLORIDA'S REPUBLICAN SENATOR, MARCO RUBIO, WHO IS THE SON OF CUBAN IMMIGRANTS, SAYS HE WILL BLOCK CONFIRMATION OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NOMINEE FOR AMBASSADOR. RUBIO HAS ALSO BEEN VOCAL ABOUT HIS OPPOSITION TO LIFTING THE TRADE EMBARGO THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR 54 YEARS… SOMETHING ONLY CONGRESS CAN LIFT. THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT QUITE READY TO BLAME NORTH KOREA FOR A HACKING ATTACK AGAINST SONY PICTURES. SONY CANCELED ITS CHRISTMAS DAY RELEASE OF "THE INTERVIEW," A COMEDY ABOUT AN ASSASSINATION PLOT AGAINST NORTH KOREA'S LEADER... AFTER HACKERS THREATENED TERROR ATTACKS AGAINST MOVIEGOERS. THE GROUP ALSO LEAKED SENSITIVE INTERNAL DOCUMENTS FROM SONY EXECUTIVES. AND, INVESTORS WILL BE LOOKING FOR ANOTHER HOLIDAY TREAT ON WALL STREET TODAY. THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE STARTS THE DAY UP 421 POINTS. THURSDAY'S SURGE CONTINUED A RALLY FROM WEDNESDAY, WHEN THE FEDERAL RESERVE INDICATED IT WOULD NOT RUSH TO RAISE INTEREST RATES. THE S-AND-P AND THE NASDAQ OPEN THE DAY UP MORE THAN TWO PERCENT. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES. I'M ANNE-MARIE GREEN, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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With just a few weeks remaining in this years Mitten Tree -- donations continue to pile in. We've had visitors stop by the station to drop off their items -- including Audrey Burnell of Northfield and Phyllis Maxham of Roxbury. This mother-daughter knitting duo -- say they started a Mitten Tree project last February -- and have been cranking out amazing homemade items ever since.

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Donations can be made at UPS stores in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire. There is a list of locations there on your screen. And here at WCAX. That's at 30 joy drive in South Burlington. The last day for mitten tree pickup at the UPS stores is January 7th.

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She went to class in a one room school house that had no electricity. And Lois White and her friends had to make their own entertainment. Eight decades later, the Super Senior is still doing that. Here's Joe Carroll.

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In the village of Danville, it's beginning to look and sound like Christmas. (01:12:15:00) ((Nat sot, Duo playing Sleigh Ride.)) And just off the green, Lois White is hosting her annual holiday get together. (00:28:55:00) ((Lois White/Super Senior, Everyone brings something to this pot-luck affair.)) It's time to break bread with friends, . (00:48:28:00) ((Nat sot, Hey Lois!)) (00:50:21:00) ((Lois White/Super Senior, Oh good let me get a spoon for you.)) They're called the NIPS- Never In Public. In truth they've outgrown their name, playing at dances and other events. Every Wednesday the group goes to a different musicians home - they've been doing it for 30 years. Lois is not only a host but a participant. (00:41:42:00) ((Nat sot of playing ....I like the French Canadian songs because they are so jaunty and jolly, they're happy. )) For the 83 year old, music has been a constant note. (00:02:52:00) ((Lois White/Super Senior, It's a social thing and music is just a wonderful thing, it really is. )) Every since she was a little girl living on a farm in neighboring Peacham - Lois has loved music. It's has carried her through triumph and tragedy. (00:22:19:00) ((Lois White/Super Senior, This is me and a doll my mother made for me the last Christmas, well she made the outfit. )) She was only 5 when her mom on her death bed gave Lois some poignant advice. (00:14:09:00) ((Lois White/Super Senior, She said be a good girl Lois and have a good time. So I always try to do both of those things. )) Lois was also tested when she lost her job as teaching assistant. A school official said they could no long afford her. Lois was making a dollar twenty five an hour. Money needed - she and her husband were raising 5 girls. (00:06:19:05) (( Joe: How devastated were you that you were going to lose that job? Lois: I went into the bathroom and cried.)) But as the saying goes, "when one door closes, another opens". She was offered a job in the Probate Court as a register. It paid more and had health insurance. Lois learned so much on the job that when the Probate Judge retired, she ran for the elected position. The woman with no formal training campaigned against a lawyer. It was a nail bitter, but she won. (00:07:59 :00) ((Lois White/Super Senior, I got along well with the local people because I was one of them. We people came in for a conference I talked so people knew what I was talking about, basically.)) First elected in 1982, she won every election - retiring in 1999. Now Lois keeps busy writing about the history of the area, dancing and of course playing the accordion. ((nat sot of playing)) The first song is kind of the dinner bell in reverse, time to put down the plate and pick up your instrument. (00:54:59:11) ((nat sot, Lois picking up the accordion.)) It's feel good music with old time friends. A very fulfilling night. (nat sot of music) (00:51:57:21) ((Lois White/Super Senior, I'm glad you could come tonight, you add so much. )) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Danville.

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PHARMACY ROBBED --- a well disguised robber gets away with drugs. NOT GUILTY --- that's the plea from a former colchester detective accused of stealing from the evidence room. TOP TEN --- The most popular items we googled this year!

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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Breaking news this morning. New York State Police are reporting that they have cancelled the amber for a missing 5 year old. They are reporting he has been found dead-- outside the albany area. We will have more information for you as the story develops.

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A man is wanted by police this morning -- after they say he robbed a pharmacy in a Santa Claus hat. Burlington investigators say a man robbed the Lakeside Pharmacy on Pearl Street around 6:45 last night. The suspect is described as a white man -- about 5-foot-10 -- wearing shorts -- a surgical mask -- ski goggles -- and a Santa hat. He allegedly told the pharmacist he had a gun -- and made off with opiates. No one was hurt. If you recognize him -- call Burlington Police.

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A former Colchester Police Detective has pleaded not guilty to stealing drugs and a gun from the station's evidence room. Tyler Kinney is accused of stealing the drugs and gun to fuel his heroin addiction -- he has since completed a 3-week rehabilitation program. Prosecutors have dropped several drug charges against suspects because of missing evidence. Kinney resigned earlier this month after a dozen years on the job.

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The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf has been awarded 10-thousand dollars for its new job training program. KeyBank awarded the Community Kitchen Academy the cash prize because it prepares under-employed Vermonters for careers in the food industry. The food bank -- which serves roughly 11-thousand people per year -- will use the money to provide more meals and additional training.

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(09:35 Rob Meehan/Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf)(("Typically we see more people during the colder months. People are having a hard time finding homes and finding shelter.")) (10:11 Rob Meehan/Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf)(("You see so many more families are in need around the holidays because money is being spent on different things.")) This morning Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is joining volunteers to help serve a breakfast to hungry Vermonters.

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Google is sharing details about what we were all looking up online this year. The company released its top 10 most popular search terms for 2014 Robin Williams came in first -- followed by World Cup, Ebola, Malaysia Airlines and Flappy Birds. The A-L-S Ice Bucket Challenge, ISIS, Ferguson, Frozen and Ukraine round out the list.

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((TRT: 2:03 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((The Celtics traded Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks last night. Boston sending the four-time all-star to Big D for center Brandan Wright, forward Jae Crowder, guard Jameer Nelson and two draft picks ---------------------- -- The UVM men's basketball team hosting Yale last night...Vermont playing it's second game without injured senior forward Hector Harold. --- What a game for UVM sophomore Kurt Steidl, check out this drive to the hoop early on. Vermont up by 6 in the first half. --- But Yale takes a 4 point lead heading into the break, Jack Montague with the jumper. He had a team high 12 points. --- Bad news for the Cats to start the second half, it appears Brendan Kilpatrick suffers his second head injury this season while trying to take the charge. He would not return. --- That injury didn't seem to slow the Cats, Dre Wills with the block, Vermont in transition, Wills finds Steidl for 2 and the foul. A game high 18 for Steidl. --- Then down low, Ryan Pierson with the nice feed to Ethan O'Day for two of his 10 points. Vermont down 2 with under two minutes to play. --- Trae Bell Haynes can't get the lay in to go late, but the ball goes to Steidl who drains three. Cats up 1 with a minute to go. --- Vermont can't extend the lead, Yale gets it back in the final seconds and Matt Townsend knocks down the jumper. Bulldogs up 1 with 5 ticks on the clock. --- UVM gets one chance to win it with less than 2 seconds to go, but the inbounds pass is stolen by Justin Sears ...and that's it. UVM falls 57-56 the final, dropping back to 5-5 on the season. ---------------------- ------- ((O'Day/ Definitely a slow start in the first half, which didn't help us. But in the second half we battled. They made a lot of tough shots, hats off to them. Yale competed against us real hard. There were a lot of plays that we just couldn't get one more stop.)) ((Steidl/ We came down and hit a big shot and to have them come right back down and hit one was really tough to swallow. The way we played in the second half, if we play that way every night we're going to have a chance to win.)) ---------------------- ------- The Cats open a four game road trip Sunday at St. Louis. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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

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Breaking news this morning. New York State Police are reporting that they have cancelled the amber for a missing 5 year old. They are reporting he has been found dead-- outside the albany area. The boy was taken from his home in the Albany, New York suburb of Berne -- around 1-30 yesterday afternoon. Authorities say the boy -- Kenneth White -- was in the care of a babysitter -- when the abductors forced their way into the home -- pinned the woman to the floor -- and snatched the boy. Two other small children were left unharmed. Kenneth's mother lives in New York -- his father in Massachusetts. Investigators are still looking into a motive -- but say it may involve a custody dispute. One suspect is described as a white man -- about 5-foot-10. The second suspect was unidentifiable. The men were seen fleeing in a black 2-door pick-up truck.

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There is mixed reaction to the Governor's decision to ditch a plan for universal health care in Vermont. Dozens of people rallied on the statehouse lawn. They say, they're disappointed by Governor Shumlin backing of on his promise to enact single payer healthcare. Officials from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce say they agree health care reform is needed -- but say single payer would cost too much for Vermont businesses.

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(TC 00:17:14:13 Tile 6953) ((Betsy Bishop/Vt. Chamber of Commerce "Really have a negative impact on employers. So we were pleased with the decision for him to stop pursuing this single payer financing at this point." 00:17:23:27)) (TC 00:04:27:17 Tile 6573) ((Melissa Davis-Bourque/Vermont Workers Center "To have him push back and say it's not the right time, there's people right now that need it and they don't have the luxury of saying this is not the right time because they need healthcare now." 00:04:37:18)) Some people say, they're angry about the time and millions of dollars spent, on a system, that they never thought would work.

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A man is wanted by police this morning -- after they say he robbed a pharmacy in a Santa Claus hat. Burlington investigators say a man robbed the Lakeside Pharmacy on Pearl Street around 6:45 last night. The suspect is described as a white man -- about 5-foot-10 -- wearing shorts -- a surgical mask -- ski goggles -- and a Santa hat. He allegedly told the pharmacist he had a gun -- and made off with opiates. No one was hurt. If you recognize him -- call Burlington Police.

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Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev was in court for the first time since the attack. Tsarnaev and his older brother are accused of planting and detonating bombs near the finish line of the marathon in April 2013. Three people were killed and hundreds more were injured in the blasts. Tsarnaev's brother was killed in a shootout with police. The court appearance yesterday was for the final status conference before his trial begins. Jury selection is scheduled to start January 5th.

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

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House-Cured Shetland Salmon, to serve with Pickles, Bagels, Crusty Bread, etc.! ! Recipe Yield: about 15 servings at roughly 6 slices per portion! ! Salmon:! ! 1 side of fresh salmon, not frozen, roughly 3 to 3 1/2 #, skin-on and pin bones removed! 2 Tbs juniper berries, lightly crushed! 2 Tbs coriander seeds! 1 Tbs fennel seeds! 1 Tbs celery seeds! 4 each rosemary sprigs, leaves removed and roughly-chopped, stems set aside! 2 cups Kosher salt, plus or minus an additional cup set aside! 2 cups sugar, plus or minus an additional cup set aside! 2 oranges, zest and juice! 2 lemons, zest and juice! 3 limes, zest and juice! ! Equipment:! ! Food Processor! Rimmed baking sheet (to keep from making a mess of your refridgerator while curing)! Non-aluminum baking dish or pan, large enough to fit salmon! Saute pan! Plastic wrap! Additional baking dish or pan, if you want to speed up the curing time! ! Method:! ! Place salmon, flesh-side up, inside baking dish or pan and place onto rimmed baking sheet! In a medium-hot saute pan, combine juniper, coriander, fennel, celery seed and rosemary leaves, lightly tossed until aromatic, about 1 minute! In the food processor combine toasted spice mix, 2 cups each salt and sugar, citrus zest and juice, lightly process until incorporated! Pour entire mixture directly over salmon and lighlty massage into fish, add rosemary stems! As needed, add additional 1 cup each of salt and sugar combined, directly onto the flesh of the salmon, do not work in! Cover with plastic wrap and refridgerate! ! After two days, flip the salmon, transfering as much of the curing mixture to the skin side as possible, cover and return to the refridgerator! After an additional two to three days, re-flip the fish and check for firmness and a semi-opaque appearance (flash should be very firm under gentle pressure and should appear shiny, darker in color and have a semi-opaque/almost translucent quality)! If necessary, add a small amount of additional salt/sugar and keep refridgetated until ready to use! To serve, remove salmon from cure, rinse thouroughly under cold water to remove mixture and seeds and blot dry with paper towels! With a sharp knife, thinly slice flesh at a bias, being careful not to go through the skin

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Breaking news this morning. New York State Police are reporting that they have cancelled the amber for a missing 5 year old. They are reporting he has been found dead-- outside the albany area. The boy was taken from his home in the Albany, New York suburb of Berne -- around 1-30 yesterday afternoon. Authorities say the boy -- Kenneth White -- was in the care of a babysitter -- when the abductors forced their way into the home -- pinned the woman to the floor -- and snatched the boy. Two other small children were left unharmed. Kenneth's mother lives in New York -- his father in Massachusetts. Investigators are still looking into a motive -- but say it may involve a custody dispute. One suspect is described as a white man -- about 5-foot-10. The second suspect was unidentifiable. The men were seen fleeing in a black 2-door pick-up truck.

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We start with new information on a series of crashes that kept state troopers busy all night. State Police tell us that they responded to seventeen crashes in the Bolton area late into the night. This is video from one of the pile ups that stopped traffic in this area of the interstate. They tell us that there were two significant crashes ... One involving three cars colliding, the other had ten cars crashing together. Troopers say, the weather changed quickly and created a thin layer of ice here. No one was seriously injured and troopers say, everyone in the cars had their seatbelts on.

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A man is wanted by police this morning -- after they say he robbed a pharmacy in a Santa Claus hat. Burlington investigators say a man robbed the Lakeside Pharmacy on Pearl Street around 6:45 last night. The suspect is described as a white man -- about 5-foot-10 -- wearing shorts -- a surgical mask -- ski goggles -- and a Santa hat. He allegedly told the pharmacist he had a gun -- and made off with opiates. No one was hurt. If you recognize him -- call Burlington Police.

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It's been a guiding light for travelers on one Northeast Kingdom road for decades. For 20 YEARS, one man and his wife have decorated a tree that lights the way for drivers -- along Route 16 in Greensboro Bend. Many in the town are calling it the wilderness tree -- but few know the secret santas who brings the tiny tree to life.

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(20:39 Tree Keeper)(("exactly. It is the opposite of 30,000 blinking flashing lights. And I want to keep it that way.")) (18:51 Voice of Tree Keeper)(("being an over the road truck driver, you have lots of time to think and that's just what came to me.")) The treekeepers light it in early December and keeps it illuminated through New Year's Day.

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Gradual clearing today. More sun on Saturday, but chilly. Quiet days with a few more clouds on Sunday and Monday. Rain/snow showers coming in on Tuesday. Rain & wind for Christmas Eve Day on Wednesday. Snow showers and blustery on Christmas Day on Thursday.


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