Fri 27-FEB-2015 Early A.M. News Script

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Dozens of animals seized in an abuse investigation -- are now on the road to recovery. 62 dogs and three cats rescued from a home in Eden Wednesday -- are now at a secure facility in Chittenden County. Vets and humane society volunteers are taking care of them -- and giving them immunizations. Once they're ready, the Central Vermont Humane Society in East Montpelier will handle their adoptions.

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If funding issues are not addressed -- some doctors are now saying -- they may not be able to afford taking Medicaid patients. So doctors and business leaders are now joining a chorus of calls for increasing payments to health care workers who see low-income patients. Members of the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility are asking the legislature to address the Medicaid cost shift. Many, including the Governor argue that low re-imbursement rates force those with private insurance to pay more.

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(00:54:07:00) ((Dr. Joseph Haddock - Williston Family Practitioner I realize the current state budget is a hard thing, but the current situation with respect to Medicaid is limiting access for patients who have Medicaid as their insurer, both for primary and specialty care)) The Governor has called on the legislature to put 140-million dollars into bumping the Medicaid re-imbursement rate, with more than half of those funds coming from the federal government. The legislature appears to be on-board with the idea, but not necessarily the Governor's plan to raise the cash through a payroll tax.

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Low-income Vermonters will be getting more help with their heating bills. The state is giving 375-thousand dollars to five community action agencies. They're estimating this money will help about 15-hundred families buy up to 250 dollars of home heating fuel. The grants are going to be available to households that have used up their seasonal and crisis fuel grants, are below the poverty level, and have household members that meet certain age or disability requirements.

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Looking to shake those Winter blues? How about stepping into a spring oaisis. The Vermont Flower Show is showcasing over 500 different kinds of plants and flowers. Volunteers from across the state have been working since Monday to transform the Champlain Valley Expo into a Spring wonderland. You can take a tour through the display -- catch a free gardening seminar or visit one of the 90 local vendors.

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(00:08:50) ((Ed Burke/Greenworks director "The theme sort of brings out our creativity so when we were thinking about what kind of things we could do :56 we have a mountain stream, we have a bog, we have a rain garden, we have these satellite dishes that are giant birdbaths, we have a mill with a pond made out of pansies.")) (00:09:08) The show kicks off today through Sunday. Greenworks says they expect more than ten-thousand people to show up.

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Couple of nice days ahead of us, but colder than it should be by about 15 to 20 degrees. Sunday starts sunny, clouds up, some light snow late into Monday. Bigger, messier storm late Tuesday into Wednesday with wintry mix of rain/sleet/snow.

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Good morning it's 5AM -- I'm Eva McKend and I'm Ali Freeman. And it's Friday -- so we all deserve a little celebration. For those of us who've had enough of the seemingly bitter temps -- Expedia of Canada released a short video ad that will hopefully bring a smile to your face. Or hit close to home... Take a look. ((SOUND UP FULL ... OUTCUE: EVERYONE HAS A WINTER BREAKING POINT.))

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weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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Our top story this morning, we now know the identity of the woman who died in a Stowe fire Wednesday night. Stowe Police identified the woman as Fifty-five year old Laurel (BAHHSS) Baas. Authorities say she was found near her Edson Hill garage -- not far from a door leading out of the home. Crews say tackling the fire in last night's cold and snow created additional challenges for first responders.

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((27:18 Chief Donald Hull/Stowe PD "She was on the first floor right inside the doorway as you come into the house.")) ((Mark Sgantas Chief Fire Stowe 27:47 "It's always a challenge with the cold, with the wind, with the water and just timing it right. Getting in there at the right time to put the fire out.")) Despite efforts to save her -- (BAHHSS) Baas passed away at Copley Hospital. She lived in the home most of her life and rented the apartment above her garage to another family -- now getting Red Cross aid. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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If funding issues are not addressed -- some doctors are now saying -- they may not be able to afford taking Medicaid patients. So doctors and business leaders are now joining a chorus of calls for increasing payments to health care workers who see low-income patients. Members of the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility are asking the legislature to address the Medicaid cost shift. Many, including the Governor argue that low re-imbursement rates force those with private insurance to pay more.

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(00:54:07:00) ((Dr. Joseph Haddock - Williston Family Practitioner I realize the current state budget is a hard thing, but the current situation with respect to Medicaid is limiting access for patients who have Medicaid as their insurer, both for primary and specialty care)) The Governor has called on the legislature to put 140-million dollars into bumping the Medicaid re-imbursement rate, with more than half of those funds coming from the federal government. The legislature appears to be on-board with the idea, but not necessarily the Governor's plan to raise the cash through a payroll tax.

7} FUELGRANTSAM_VO


Low-income Vermonters are getting more help with their heating bills. The state is giving 375-thousand dollars to five community action agencies. They're estimating this money will help about 15-hundred families buy up to 250 dollars of home heating fuel. The grants are going to be available to households that have used up their seasonal and crisis fuel grants, are below the poverty level, and have household members that meet certain age or disability requirements.

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It's a tax that's hard to swallow for some -- is getting attention lawmakers attention. The House Committee on Healthcare has taken testimony on a sugary drink tax. The proposal would add a 2-cent tax for every ounce of sugar-sweetened beverages -- like sodas and sports drinks. Opponents argue the tax is too steep. They say it arbitrarily goes after beverages and not food. But -- supporters say it could pay for health reforms - and encourage people to make healthier choices.

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(00:06:17:00) ((Mike Hammond - General Manager, Coca Cola of Northern New England you would never have a tax on cigarettes and not have a tax on cigars, so why are we targetting sugar-sweetened beverages when thousands and thousands of products have sugar in them)) (00:43:42:00) ((Tina Zuk - American Heart Association But I think we're not really taking any approach right now, and that we know that surgary drinks are adding an exceptional amount of calories and sugar into the diets of Americans and Vermotners and we're starting with that)) It's estimated the tax could raise about 34-million dollars in its first year. Some suggest it could help pay for higher medicaid reimbursements for medical providers -- if lawmakers do not support the governor's proposed payroll tax aimed at raising those rates.

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A celebrity known for his thick Scottish accent and late night laughs made a surprise stop at a Burlington restaurant Thursday afternoon. Rose Spillman was lucky enough to catch up with him.

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Thursday afternoon, celebrity comedian Craig Ferguson sent out a tweet that announced he was having lunch in Burlington's Skinny Pancake. RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES were surprised and thrilled to see the tweet. (00:02:42 6732) ((Michael Syr/Director of Marketing Skinny Pancake "I was like 'Oh I wonder who wrote this, and I was like 'Craig Ferguson!'And all at once it all came to me that he was playing a show tonight." 00:02:55)) Ferguson was in town for a show on his Hot & Grumpy Tour: "Walking the Earth" -- when he stopped by the downtown restaurant. He was on his second visit of the day when we met up with him. (00:05:41 6738 ((Craig Ferguson "Found out that burlington coat factory is not here ....yea it's the only problem I have with the town." 00:05:49)) Ferguson is no stranger to Vermont. In 2008, he married a Vermonter on her family's southern Vermont farm. His production company, Green Mountain West, was named after the state. (00:05:07 6738) ((Craig Ferguson "Burlington is my favorite town in the United States I come here often with my friends...these are my friends here Joseph and Ryan and Patrick." 00:05:15)) The team at Skinny pancake was grateful to have Ferguson's SEAL OF APPROVAL on the food. (00:03:15 6732) ((Michael Syr/DIrector of Marketing Skinny Pancake " Super nice guy, super funny joke and I think it was just great that he was willing to give us a shoutout without us even asking him to." 00:03:21)) Ferguson's show was sold out at the Flynn center Thursday night. ((SIG OUT))

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Looking to shake those Winter blues? How about stepping into a spring oaisis. The Vermont Flower Show is showcasing over 500 different kinds of plants and flowers. Volunteers from across the state have been working since Monday to transform the Champlain Valley Expo into a Spring wonderland. You can take a tour through the display -- catch a free gardening seminar or visit one of the 90 local vendors.

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(00:08:50) ((Ed Burke/Greenworks director "The theme sort of brings out our creativity so when we were thinking about what kind of things we could do :56 we have a mountain stream, we have a bog, we have a rain garden, we have these satellite dishes that are giant birdbaths, we have a mill with a pond made out of pansies.")) (00:09:08) The show kicks off today through Sunday. Tickets are fifteen dollars for adults with discounts for seniors and children. Greenworks says they except over ten-thousand people over the course of the weekend.

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(anchors introduce gary) Couple of nice days ahead of us, but colder than it should be by about 15 to 20 degrees. Sunday starts sunny, clouds up, some light snow late into Monday. Bigger, messier storm late Tuesday into Wednesday with wintry mix of rain/sleet/snow.

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Today: Partly cloudy Highs: 12 to 18 Wind: WNW 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Cold Lows: 0 to -15 Wind: Light Saturday: Mostly sunny Highs: 15 to 22 Wind: SSW 5 to 10 mph Extended: Sunday: AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for snow late Lows: -5 to 5 Highs: 20s Monday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers, especially early Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 22 to 32 Tuesday: AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for snow late Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 22 to 32 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Snow, rain, wintry mix Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 32 to 42 Thursday: Partly sunny Chance for snow showers Colder Lows: 12 to 22 Highs: 20s

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Four young men and two young women in Montreal - have left Canada -- to join ISIS. CTV is reporting 4 of the 6 people are college students in Montreal. And they headed from Canada to Turkey -- and are believed to have traveled to Syria in mid January. CTV says the father of one of the men had taken away his passport - fearing his son would leave the country. But the son was able to get a new one.

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The Department of Homeland Security will partially shut down at midnight tonight -- if Congress can't agree on how to fund the agency. It's a showdown that comes just days after the arrests of three terror suspects in the United States. Susan McGinnis reports.

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-nats- With a midnight deadline looming, the house is set to vote -today- on a measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security. (SOT Hoyer) We have been now you're correct 6 weeks leaving the Department of Homeland Security twisting in the wind The day before the deadline hit.. tensions were so high on the House floor, one lawmaker resorted to name calling. (SOT Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)) We did our part and I yield back ...(Hoyer) Coward! The two sides reached a stalemate over Republican efforts to block President Obama's executive actions on immigration as part of the deal to fund homeland security. (Standup: Susan McGinnis / CBS News / Washington, DC ) After weeks of bickering, republicans agreed to vote on a short term measure.. which would fund the agency for less than a month, and leave Congress facing the issue again in the Spring. (TSA workers vo) If the two sides can't agree, some 30,000 homeland employees would be furloughed... essential workers, like TSA agents, would have to work without pay. (SOT Secretary Jeh Johnson / Department of Homeland Security) "Any time you ask people to come to work without pay, even though they may eventually get paid. And they miss a pay check or two. That creates anxiety in their families." Johnson says failure to fund the department would also put the country at risk. It comes as authorities thwarted alleged plans of two New York City residents to join ISIS in Syria…and attack the U.S. Susan McGinnis CBS News Washington.

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Still no answers for a Connecticut family as the search continues for their missing son. Max Maisel - a junior at the Rochester Institute of Technology - vanished Sunday, last seen leaving his apartment complex on campus. Maisel's car was found Monday Parked near the Charlotte Pier. The family says they're not aware of anyone who'd want to harm him. Police and a scuba team were seen searching near the pier Thursday.

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Maine is set to join other states taking action to end revenge porn. Lawmakers from both parties gathered at the Statehouse Thursday to show their support for a bill that seeks to ban the dissemination of someone's intimate photos and videos online without their consent. It is often done to exact revenge on a former girlfriend, boyfriend, wife or husband. The measure would make it punishable for up to 1 year in jail and would impose a two thousand dollar fine.

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The never-ending snowstorms this month are creating headaches for postal workers in New Hampshire. They're having trouble doing their jobs -- while dodging large piles of snow, The Postal Service says many mailboxes are beyond the safe reach of letter carriers... and high snow banks are keeping trucks at a distance. If mailboxes are too hard to reach -- or walkways haven't been cleared of snow, officials say the letter carrier has to decide if they can make a safe delivery.

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(Heidi Stewart/Officer-in-Cha rge, Manchester Post Office) "We let the carrier make the call. Certainly their obligation is to deliver the mail and that's what they want to do, so they make every effort out there to deliver the mail every day." The Postal Service says in order to keep the mail coming... homeowners should clear a path to mailboxes on homes or on the street.

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And as we go to break, we wanted to share this cool photo from Massachusetts. It's so cold -- even the waves are freezing! A photographer caught this shot of the slushy sight. The rest of what's trending is next in Web Watch.

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Welcome Back! Did you know that 400 billion dollars in food is wasted every year around the world? That's according to a new report by UK nonprofit, Waste and Resources Action Program. The report says the majority of food is wasted in Asia, followed by Europe and then right here in America. This is all based on United Nations estimates that people waste 280-million tons of food each year. 600 million tons is wasted after harvest before it even gets to a store. The organization says practical changes, like lowering the average temperature of refrigerators or better packaging designs could help prevent spoilage.

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The hyper loop now appears one step closer to reality. If you haven't heard, the loop is a capsule inside a tube that - in theory - could take people from San Francisco to LA at 800 miles per hour in half an hour. A developer there has just committed a big chunk of his private land toward the project. The company plans to go public later this year and to raise 100 million dollars, which they will use to build a prototype. They still need to prove the technology even works. The first phase is supposed to be finished by 2018, and that's when we expect to have the first passengers on board.

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You can file this story under hash-tag llama drama. That's right. Here's something you don't see everyday. Two llamas on the lam. The animals darted through traffic, backyards, dodged police and wranglers for about an hour before getting caught in Sun City, Arizona. The llamas apparently got loose as they were about to do patient therapy work at an assisted living facility. They are now back with their owners.

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Couple of nice days ahead of us, but colder than it should be by about 15 to 20 degrees. Sunday starts sunny, clouds up, some light snow late into Monday. Bigger, messier storm late Tuesday into Wednesday with wintry mix of rain/sleet/snow.

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This morning -- there's troubling news from a new study about suicide. It says the numbers -- are going up. Eboni Williams has that story and more in our healthwatch.

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A new study suggests suicide rates for adults between the ages of 40 and 64 are climbing. Researchers in New Jersey found a sharp increase since 2007 and say the economic downturn may be to blame. Patients who are not responding to cholesterol-lowering drugs may have blocked arteries. Doctors in Australia tracked nearly 700 people with coronary artery disease who were prescribed statin drugs. In about 20 percent of the patients, the drugs did not bring down bad cholesterol levels. And new data indicates drinking coffee may help protect against Multiple Sclerosis. That's according to doctors at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Researchers found that Americans who *didn't* drink coffee were about one and a half times more likely to develop MS than people who drank four or more cups per day. Those are some of the day's top health stories. Eboni Williams, CBS News, New York.

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In the headlines this morning: PUPPIES RESCUED... the road to recovery begins for dogs taken from a home in Eden... STATE BUDGET -- lawmakers say every option is on the table to balance the books ... And SANDY SITUATION -- a proposed pit in Milton has some residents fired up.

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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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Dozens of animals seized in an abuse investigation -- are now on the road to recovery. 62 dogs and three cats rescued from a home in Eden Wednesday -- are now at a secure facility in Chittenden County. Vets and humane society volunteers are taking care of them -- and giving them various vaccines and immunizations. The dogs are eating and getting regular walks -- something many of them have never had after living in a stacked cages.

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(Joanne Bourbeau 01:12:48 The animals are getting rabies vaccinations and they'll also probably get health certificates as well. That will allow us to free them up for transport to other shelters here within the state of Vermont and eventually to new homes.")) (Joanne Bourbeau 01:14:24)(("The Central VT humane society was able to get ownership of all these animals who are here in the temporary shelter so they will be determining a process by which to get adoption application and hopefully get these animals into new homes.")) Once they're ready, the Central Vermont Humane Society in East Montpelier will handle their adoptions. A fund has been set up to take donations to help with their care.

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An alleged Springfield bank robber in court Thursday. Authorities say 30-year-old Matthew Martin is the man behind a credit union robbery in Springfield last month. Martin was charged with grand larceny -- and will likely face additional charges for a second robbery in town. If he is charged as a habitual offender Martin could spend up to life in prison. Martin was released on bail.

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There's a big gap in the state budget set to begin in July. If lawmakers cannot addressed the problem structurally, it will simply re-appear again and again. Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura has the story from Montpelier.

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A hole in next year's budget -- 18-million dollars deeper than initially anticipated -- brought lawmakers and the Governor's staff to the table Thursday. Lawmakers say none of the dozens of ideas they've received to backfill the hole are off the table. (01:01:48:00) ((Rep. Mitzi Johnson - D-South Hero if you've got an opinion, we'd love to hear it :50 because the more ideas we have, the more options we have in creating a budget )) Gov. Peter Shumlin put forth a plan to close a 94-million dollar hole earlier this year, but shortly thereafter, lagging revenues hollowed another 18 million dollars out of the state's projected revenues. Administration Secretary Justin Johnson says the Governor wants to collaborate with lawmakers to fill the hole before the problems compounds itself. (01:06:23:00) ((Justin Johnson - Administration Secretary the alternative is to keep coming back and having to either cut more or raise revenues every year )) The ideas on the list of potential cuts include the Governor's pitch, those from lawmakers, and the public. They range from politically common cost cutting suggestions -- like reducing education spending -- to the more far fetched, like adding toll booths on Interstate 89. Lawmakers concede this year's budget process will be painful, as they put favored programs of their own on the chopping block. (00:10:22:00) ((Steve Howard - Vermont State Employees Association The Vermont State Employees and the quality services they deliver are under attack and we're here today to say 'enough is enough')) Spokespeople for the state employees union say suggested cuts to their pay and benefits -- can be avoided if the Governor has the courage to write-off tax breaks for the wealthiest Vermonters. The governor's administration counters that the pain of balancing the budget cannot simply fall on one group, while exempting others. KM, Ch.3 Mont

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Lawmakers say they hope to fill about 40-percent of the budget hole with spending cuts. A link to the full list of funding on the chopping block is on our website -- WCAX DOT COM.

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A proposed sand pit in Milton has some residents very unhappy. The re-opening of the Jenkins sand pit on McMullen Road would send out as many as 60 loaded dump trucks daily across the town. Residents attending the developmental review board meeting Thursday-- all agreed there were many concerns with the proposal.

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(00:07:35 6741) ((John Hemsted/Concerned Resident "That's going to create a tremendous amount of dust, noise, you've got class 2 wetlands which is in very close proximity to where the sandpit's gonna be." 00:07:45)) Those proposing the sandpit say they would use trees to try and cut back on the noise--but residents are still concerned about the effect the pit would have on local property values. Though no decision on the permit was made--locals say they fear the board will approve the pit.

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(anchors introduce gary) Couple of nice days ahead of us, but colder than it should be by about 15 to 20 degrees. Sunday starts sunny, clouds up, some light snow late into Monday. Bigger, messier storm late Tuesday into Wednesday with wintry mix of rain/sleet/snow.

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Today: Partly cloudy Highs: 12 to 18 Wind: WNW 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Cold Lows: 0 to -15 Wind: Light Saturday: Mostly sunny Highs: 15 to 22 Wind: SSW 5 to 10 mph Extended: Sunday: AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for snow late Lows: -5 to 5 Highs: 20s Monday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers, especially early Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 22 to 32 Tuesday: AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for snow late Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 22 to 32 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Snow, rain, wintry mix Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 32 to 42 Thursday: Partly sunny Chance for snow showers Colder Lows: 12 to 22 Highs: 20s

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A historic ruling -- regulating the world wide web. Logan Crawford has more on the FCC's decision on Net Neutrality -- and what it means for you.

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(TC 00:13:32:16 Tile 9399) ((Tim Kenney/MyWebGrocer President "In the US we're the largest digital grocery player, and yes we rely heavily on the internet." 00:13:38:27)) My Web Grocer is a Vermont-born company doing most of its business on the world wide web. The FCC ruled Thursday companies should have the same access to the internet and pay the same as everyone else -- also known as net neutrality. This means businesses like My Web Grocer won't have to pay extra for using more internet. (TC 00:12:44:13 Tile 9399) ((Tim Kenney/MyWebGrocer President "It's a concern we don't have to address now. Where we'd otherwise have to start talking with customers and saying if you want to operate at the higher speeds, there's an additional fee that we're going to have to pass on to you." 00:12:55:16)) Ric Messier is the director of cyber security and digital forensics at Champlain College. He says this ruling will not affect anyone's internet speed or bill -- but it likely ensures they will remain stable. (TC 00:05:53:10 Tile 9395) ((Ric Messier/Champlain College "I'm sure Comcast isn't going to be happy with it. AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, name any of the big network providers." 00:06:00:24)) Service providers like Comcast and Verizon oppose net neutrality -- saying the government should not be involved with the internet. Under the new FCC ruling these companies now cannot charge content providers like Netflix more money to access their customers over the internet. (TC 00:08:13:26 Tile 9395) ((Ric Messier/Champlain College "You're nickel and diming them to death. So either they go out of business, or you're paying $40 a month for your streaming for Netflix. Are you going to pay $40 a month for your Netflix streaming? Probably not." 00:08:25:22)) Senator Patrick Leahy is a long standing supporter of net neutrality. He released a statement on the FCC's ruling: GFX: "The FCC's action is a major victory for Vermonters and Vermont businesses that ensures that the Internet remains an open and dynamic platform for economic opportunity and free speech." My Web Grocer president Tim Kenney says net neutrality will ensure the continuing growth of internet driven businesses. (TC 00:14:09:21 Tile 9399) ((Tim Kenney/MyWebGrocer President "It's fantastic news." 00:14:10:24)) The FCC is expected to be sued by internet providers with this open internet ruling. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Burlington.

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(((The Norwich women's basketball team was picking the right time to get hot. Entering the night, the Cadets had won 12 straight including a victory over Anna Maria earlier in the week in the GNAC Quartefinals. The Cadets back home tonight hosting Johnson and Wales in the GNAC semis. late first half, Thetford high grad Shyann Josler finds Leanne Winans inside for 2, but Norwich trailed by 12 at the break. The Cadets trying to get back into this thing in the second half, Aliah Curry finding her way to the basket for 2 of her game high 26 points. However, a 12-2 run by the Wildcats at the start of the second half really put this one out of reach, Raquel Pederzani for 3. The Cadets fall, 74-65. Norwich's win streak ends at 12 games as the team waits for a possible at large bid to an NCAA or ECAC tournament. --- To Barre we go for the Division 3 girls hoop semifinals. Up first Number 3 richford hosting second seed Williamstown. The Blue Devils showing early why they were undefeated this season, Sarah Bellavance the steal, Mariah Lamell the lay in. But the Rockets blast off from there, Alexandria Benoit driving to the hoop for 2. Richford by 5 after one. More of the same in the second quarter, co-captian Gabby Coons taking its strong for 2 more. Then it's Saide Fuller getting the nice feed, gets 2 and the foul. Richford wins big, 78-50. The Rockets go to Saturday's D4 final handing the Blue Devils their first loss of the season. --- In the other D4 semi, number 4 enosburg taking on top dog, thetford. Enosburg gets out to a very early lead after the steal, Brooke St. Onge lays it in. But the Panthers respond with a 15-0 run, Michaela Pomeroy stays with it and hits Nelly Junesand for 2. Second quarter, Kayley Gray takes it in uncontested for 2 more. Thetford wins, 53-34. It'll be the Panthers and Rockets for all the marbles Saturday. --- That's it for now, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 sports, have a great day.))))

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Couple of nice days ahead of us, but colder than it should be by about 15 to 20 degrees. Sunday starts sunny, clouds up, some light snow late into Monday. Bigger, messier storm late Tuesday into Wednesday with wintry mix of rain/sleet/snow.

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A special honor is in the works - for former Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords - who passed away this summer. Senator Jeffords championed environmental causes. Eliza Larson tells us how his passion -- is still being remembered.

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The late-Senator Jim Jeffords is being honored in Southern Vermont. Vermont's Department of Forests - Parks - and Recreation and the Trust for Public Land announced Thursday that they will be establishing a new state forest in his name. (TC 20:33:08:25 Title 2105)((Hull Maynard/Former State Senator: "I can't think of anybody more deserving." 20:33:12:04)) Former State Senator - Hull Maynard - was a friend of Jeffords. Maynard says that when Jeffords moved to Shrewsbury - he really took to the town. He joined the fire department - and became as much of a public figure as a good neighbor. (TC 20:29:14:20 Title 2108)((Hull Maynard/Former State Senator: "I picture him up in Montpelier, attorney general and all the rest that's in the paper. But at the same time he was down here in Shrewsbury doing his own plumbing." 20:29:34:24)) Maynard says that Jeffords also enjoyed the natural beauty of Shrewsbury. And both in Montpelier and Washington - Jeffords played a critical role in environmental protection. A legacy that will live on with more land preservation. (TC 21:06:44:28 Title 2105)((Eliza Larson/Shrewsbury: "the plan is to establish a one thousand three hundred and forty six acre state forest right here in Shrewsbury. Home of the former senator who passed away in August." 21:06:56:07)) This map from the Trust for Public land outlines where the Jim Jeffords State forest will be. The project involves the sale of three separate parcels of property to the State of Vermont. Two of those properties previously belonged to private owners. The forest will be the piece that links Coolidge State Forest and Aitken State Forest. The result will be a one hundred and eighty-eight thousand acre block of conserved land. (TC 21:09:14:24 Title 2108)((Chet Brigham/Shrewsbury: "it's a great thing. He was a great man and friend and a great neighbor and to have this huge piece of land taken care of for the town provided for us is a wonderful thing and it seems appropriate for a great man." 21:09:31:15)) The total cost of the project is one million one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. Which the Trust for Public Land says is coming from a variety of sources. The project is set to be finished this fall. EL C3 NEWS RUTLAND.

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A historic ruling means new regulations for the world wide web. The FCC ruled Thursday -- that companies should have equal access to the internet at the same cost -- also known as net neutrality. This means Vermont businesses like My Web Grocer, which rely heavily on the web for their sales -- won't have to pay extra for using more internet. But large corporations like Comcast and Verizon oppose this -- saying the government should not be involved with the internet. This ruling means they can't charge other companies -- like Netflix -- more money to reach customers online.

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(TC 00:08:13:26 Tile 9395) ((Ric Messier/Champlain College "You're nickel and diming them to death. So either they go out of business, or you're paying $40 a month for your streaming for Netflix. Are you going to pay $40 a month for your Netflix streaming? Probably not." 00:08:25:22)) (TC 00:12:44:13 Tile 9399) ((Tim Kenney/MyWebGrocer President "It's a concern we don't have to address now. Where we'd otherwise have to start talking with customers and saying if you want to operate at the higher speeds, there's an additional fee that we're going to have to pass on to you." 00:12:55:16)) The F-C-C is expected to be sued by internet providers for this open internet ruling.

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The never-ending snowstorms this month are creating headaches for postal workers in New Hampshire. They're having trouble doing their jobs -- while dodging large piles of snow, The Postal Service says many mailboxes are beyond the safe reach of letter carriers... and high snow banks are keeping trucks at a distance. Officials say the letter carrier has to decide if they can make a safe delivery.

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(Heidi Stewart/Officer-in-Cha rge, Manchester Post Office) "We let the carrier make the call. Certainly their obligation is to deliver the mail and that's what they want to do, so they make every effort out there to deliver the mail every day." The Postal Service says in order to keep the mail coming... homeowners should clear a path to mailboxes on homes or on the street.

5} AM_WEATHER


Couple of nice days ahead of us, but colder than it should be by about 15 to 20 degrees. Sunday starts sunny, clouds up, some light snow late into Monday. Bigger, messier storm late Tuesday into Wednesday with wintry mix of rain/sleet/snow.

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1} PREP_CUTIN


Good Morning, I'm Eva McKend!

2} FUELGRANTSAM_VO


Low-income Vermonters are getting more help with their heating bills. The state is giving 375-thousand dollars to five community action agencies. They're estimating this money will help about 15-hundred families buy up to 250 dollars of home heating fuel. The grants are going to be available to households that have used up their seasonal and crisis fuel grants, are below the poverty level, and have household members that meet certain age or disability requirements.

3} MILTON11_VO


A proposed sand pit in Milton has some residents very unhappy. The re-opening of the Jenkins sand pit on McMullen Road would send out as many as 60 loaded dump trucks daily across the town. Residents attending the developmental review board meeting Thursday-- all agreed there were many concerns with the proposal.

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(00:07:35 6741) ((John Hemsted/Concerned Resident "That's going to create a tremendous amount of dust, noise, you've got class 2 wetlands which is in very close proximity to where the sandpit's gonna be." 00:07:45)) Those proposing the sandpit say they would use trees to try and cut back on the noise--but residents are still worried about their property values. Though no decision on the permit was made--locals say they fear the board will approve it.

5} FERGUSON3_VO


A celebrity sighting in Vermont. Comedian Craig Ferguson was spotted at the Skinny Pancake in Burlington. Ferguson stopped by the restaurant with a group of friends. He performed at a sold out show at the Flynn last night. Our Rose Spillman caught up with the funny man who told her he loves visiting the Queen City.

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(00:05:41 6738) ((Craig Ferguson "Found out that burlington coat factory is not here ....yea it's the only problem I have with the town." 00:05:49)) The former CBS star is originally from Scotland, but he has personal ties to the Green Mountains. In 2008, he married a Vermonter on her family's farm, and he even named his production company Green Mountain West.

7} AM_WEATHER


Couple of nice days ahead of us, but colder than it should be by about 15 to 20 degrees. Sunday starts sunny, clouds up, some light snow late into Monday. Bigger, messier storm late Tuesday into Wednesday with wintry mix of rain/sleet/snow.

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1} CELEBRATION_SOT


Good morning it's 5AM -- I'm Eva McKend and I'm Ali Freeman. And it's Friday -- so we all deserve a little celebration. For those of us who've had enough of the seemingly bitter temps -- Expedia of Canada released a short video ad that will hopefully bring a smile to your face. Or hit close to home... Take a look. ((SOUND UP FULL ... OUTCUE: EVERYONE HAS A WINTER BREAKING POINT.))

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weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

3} STOWE4X


Our top story this morning, we now know the identity of the woman who died in a Stowe fire Wednesday night. Stowe Police identified the woman as Fifty-five year old Laurel (BAHHSS) Baas. Authorities say she was found near her Edson Hill garage -- not far from a door leading out of the home. Crews say tackling the fire in Wednesday night's cold and snow created additional challenges for first responders.

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((27:18 Chief Donald Hull/Stowe PD "She was on the first floor right inside the doorway as you come into the house.")) ((Mark Sgantas Chief Fire Stowe 27:47 "It's always a challenge with the cold, with the wind, with the water and just timing it right. Getting in there at the right time to put the fire out.")) Despite efforts to save her -- (BAHHSS) Baas passed away at Copley Hospital. She lived in the home most of her life and rented the apartment above her garage to another family -- now getting Red Cross aid. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

5} MEDICAID11_VO


If funding issues are not addressed -- some doctors are now saying -- they may not be able to afford taking Medicaid patients. So doctors and business leaders are now joining a chorus of calls for increasing payments to health care workers who see low-income patients. Members of the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility are asking the legislature to address the Medicaid cost shift. Many, including the Governor argue that low re-imbursement rates force those with private insurance to pay more.

6} COSTSHIFT11_SOTVO


(00:54:07:00) ((Dr. Joseph Haddock - Williston Family Practitioner I realize the current state budget is a hard thing, but the current situation with respect to Medicaid is limiting access for patients who have Medicaid as their insurer, both for primary and specialty care)) The Governor has called on the legislature to put 140-million dollars into bumping the Medicaid re-imbursement rate, with more than half of those funds coming from the federal government. The legislature appears to be on-board with the idea, but not necessarily the Governor's plan to raise the cash through a payroll tax.

7} FUELGRANTSAM_VO


Low-income Vermonters are getting more help with their heating bills. The state is giving 375-thousand dollars to five community action agencies. They're estimating this money will help about 15-hundred families buy up to 250 dollars of home heating fuel. The grants are going to be available to households that have used up their seasonal and crisis fuel grants, are below the poverty level, and have household members that meet certain age or disability requirements.

8} FERGUSONAM_INTRO


A celebrity known for his thick Scottish accent and late night laughs made a surprise stop at a Burlington restaurant Thursday afternoon. Rose Spillman was lucky enough to catch up with him.

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Thursday afternoon, celebrity comedian Craig Ferguson sent out a tweet that announced he was having lunch in Burlington's Skinny Pancake. RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES were surprised and thrilled to see the tweet. (00:02:42 6732) ((Michael Syr/Director of Marketing Skinny Pancake "I was like 'Oh I wonder who wrote this, and I was like 'Craig Ferguson!'And all at once it all came to me that he was playing a show tonight." 00:02:55)) Ferguson was in town for a show on his Hot & Grumpy Tour: "Walking the Earth" -- when he stopped by the downtown restaurant. He was on his second visit of the day when we met up with him. (00:05:41 6738 ((Craig Ferguson "Found out that burlington coat factory is not here ....yea it's the only problem I have with the town." 00:05:49)) Ferguson is no stranger to Vermont. In 2008, he married a Vermonter on her family's southern Vermont farm. His production company, Green Mountain West, was named after the state. (00:05:07 6738) ((Craig Ferguson "Burlington is my favorite town in the United States I come here often with my friends...these are my friends here Joseph and Ryan and Patrick." 00:05:15)) The team at Skinny pancake was grateful to have Ferguson's SEAL OF APPROVAL on the food. (00:03:15 6732) ((Michael Syr/DIrector of Marketing Skinny Pancake " Super nice guy, super funny joke and I think it was just great that he was willing to give us a shoutout without us even asking him to." 00:03:21)) Ferguson's show was sold out at the Flynn center Thursday night. ((SIG OUT))

10} FLOWER11_VO


Looking to shake those Winter blues? How about stepping into a spring oaisis. The Vermont Flower Show is showcasing over 500 different kinds of plants and flowers. Volunteers from across the state have been working since Monday to transform the Champlain Valley Expo into a Spring wonderland. You can take a tour through the display -- catch a free gardening seminar or visit one of the 90 local vendors.

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(00:08:50) ((Ed Burke/Greenworks director "The theme sort of brings out our creativity so when we were thinking about what kind of things we could do :56 we have a mountain stream, we have a bog, we have a rain garden, we have these satellite dishes that are giant birdbaths, we have a mill with a pond made out of pansies.")) (00:09:08) The show kicks off today through Sunday. Tickets are fifteen dollars for adults with discounts for seniors and children. Greenworks says they except over ten-thousand people over the course of the weekend.

12} WEATHER_GREEN


(anchors introduce gary) Couple of nice days ahead of us, but colder than it should be by about 15 to 20 degrees. Sunday starts sunny, clouds up, some light snow late into Monday. Bigger, messier storm late Tuesday into Wednesday with wintry mix of rain/sleet/snow.

13} FORECAST


Today: Partly cloudy Highs: 12 to 18 Wind: WNW 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Cold Lows: 0 to -15 Wind: Light Saturday: Mostly sunny Highs: 15 to 22 Wind: SSW 5 to 10 mph Extended: Sunday: AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for snow late Lows: -5 to 5 Highs: 20s Monday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers, especially early Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 22 to 32 Tuesday: AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for snow late Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 22 to 32 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Snow, rain, wintry mix Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 32 to 42 Thursday: Partly sunny Chance for snow showers Colder Lows: 12 to 22 Highs: 20s

14} ISIS6_WHITE


Four young men and two young women in Montreal - have left Canada -- to join ISIS. CTV is reporting 4 of the 6 people are college students in Montreal. And they headed from Canada to Turkey -- and are believed to have traveled to Syria in mid January. CTV says the father of one of the men had taken away his passport - fearing his son would leave the country. But the son was able to get a new one.

15} HOMELANDAM_VO


The clock is ticking for congress to pass a bill funding the department of homeland security. The current spending measure expires at midnight tonight. On thursday, House Republicans agreed to push forward a short-term bill *without* language reversing President Obama's executive action on immigration. If approved, the measure would then go to the Senate for final passage -- and would push the D-H-S shutdown off until march.

16} NETAM_VO


A historic ruling Thursday means new regulations for the world wide web. The FCC ruled companies should have equal access to the internet at the same cost -- also known as net neutrality. This means Vermont businesses like My Web Grocer, which rely heavily on the web for their sales -- won't have to pay extra for using more internet. But large corporations like Comcast and Verizon oppose this -- saying the government should not be involved with the internet. This ruling means they can't charge other companies -- like Netflix -- more money to reach customers online.

17} NEUTRALITYAM_SOTVO


(TC 00:08:13:26 Tile 9395) ((Ric Messier/Champlain College "You're nickel and diming them to death. So either they go out of business, or you're paying $40 a month for your streaming for Netflix. Are you going to pay $40 a month for your Netflix streaming? Probably not." 00:08:25:22)) (TC 00:12:44:13 Tile 9399) ((Tim Kenney/MyWebGrocer President "It's a concern we don't have to address now. Where we'd otherwise have to start talking with customers and saying if you want to operate at the higher speeds, there's an additional fee that we're going to have to pass on to you." 00:12:55:16)) The F-C-C is expected to be sued by internet providers for this open internet ruling.

18} WAVE_W_VO


And as we go to break, we wanted to share this cool photo from Massachusetts. It's so cold -- even the waves are freezing! A photographer caught this shot of the slushy sight. The rest of what's trending is next in Web Watch.

19} FOODWASTE_VO


Welcome Back! Did you know that 400 billion dollars in food is wasted every year around the world? That's according to a new report by UK nonprofit, Waste and Resources Action Program. The report says the majority of food is wasted in Asia, followed by Europe and then right here in America. This is all based on United Nations estimates that people waste 280-million tons of food each year. 600 million tons is wasted after harvest before it even gets to a store. The organization says practical changes, like lowering the average temperature of refrigerators or better packaging designs could help prevent spoilage.

20} HYPERLOOP_W_VO


The hyper loop now appears one step closer to reality. If you haven't heard, the loop is a capsule inside a tube that - in theory - could take people from San Francisco to LA at 800 miles per hour in half an hour. A developer there has just committed a big chunk of his private land toward the project. The company plans to go public later this year and to raise 100 million dollars, which they will use to build a prototype. They still need to prove the technology even works. The first phase is supposed to be finished by 2018, and that's when we expect to have the first passengers on board.

21} LLAMAS_VO


You can file this story under hash-tag llama drama. That's right. Here's something you don't see everyday. Two llamas on the lam. The animals darted through traffic, backyards, dodged police and wranglers for about an hour before getting caught in Sun City, Arizona. The llamas apparently got loose as they were about to do patient therapy work at an assisted living facility. They are now back with their owners.

22} WX_CHAT_HOME


Couple of nice days ahead of us, but colder than it should be by about 15 to 20 degrees. Sunday starts sunny, clouds up, some light snow late into Monday. Bigger, messier storm late Tuesday into Wednesday with wintry mix of rain/sleet/snow.

23} SUPER6_INTRO


No one knows more about the history of Hardwick than this super senior. And people certainly know her. Here's Joe Carroll.

24} SUPER6_PKG


In the town of Hardwick, there are some mysteries to be solved and it's a page turner. (00:13:14:00) (( cu of page turning.)) Every Wednesday, Lorraine Hussey goes through old editions of the Hardwick Gazette to answer the question-- who's in the photo? (00:00:57:00) ((Lorraine Hussey/Super Senior, they have all these pictures that they took. )) She goes through a pile of undocumented old pictures the paper took and tries to match them up with the articles. (00:01:23:00) ((Lorraine Hussey/Super Senior, if it's printed in the Gazette it pretty much will give the names. )) Today, she's up to December of 1980 and she's stuck on an image. (00:05:20:26) ((Lorraine Hussey/Super Senior, no one knows who he is, so he will go into the unknown envelope. )) Lorraine knows most of the people in the pictures without the book. The 87-year-old was born in nearby Greensboro, but has spent most of her life in Hardwick. The class valedictorian married a local boy named Raymond after the war. (00:28:54:00) ((nat sot, I had brown hair back then! )) The no-nonsense woman, along with her husband, raised 6 children. (00:29:39:00) (( Joe: were you pretty tough on them? Lorraine: Yeah, I ran it like a military, we were eight people and we only had on bathroom. )) Lorraine decided to buy a dress shop across the street from the newspaper to help all of her kids go to college. She ran it for over 30 years; it's now a bookstore. (00:31:32:00) ((Nat Sot, Up around there was a big balcony.)) She was known to chase down shoplifters, even going to their homes. (00:35:48:00) (( I said to that dog, don't you bite me, Surprised the people who were sitting in the chair and looked under the couch and there was my Danskin so I go that. Joe: What was there reaction? Lorraine: She was kind of surprised I guess. )) (00:33:35:00) ((Book store owner, that's a great story, I have never chased a shoplifter! )) XXXXXX The newspaper is where she does the research, but the Old Train Depot is like a second home. (00:40:43:00) ((Lorraine Hussey/Super Senior, There, I don't know if you can get there. )) It's the town's museum, full of artifacts and images from the past. (00:47:05:00) (( Joe: Why is important to have a place like this in town? Lorraine: To keep all the records of Hardwick you know, people are interested in the history. )) (00:53:;07:00) (( That's me Senior, 1945.)) Including Lorraine's high school yearbook. Since she's retired from her dress shop she has learned so much about her community, she has become the un-official town historian - also, someone who speaks her mind.. (00:48:34:00) (( Joe: So town meeting used to be across the street over there. Lorraine: Yeah it did. Joe: I understand you would chat a little bit at the town meeting. Lorraine: I still do. )) Back at the Gazette a mystery solved. (00:10:43:00) ((Lorraine Hussey/Super Senior, we found Tom Evslin! Evslin, from somewhere. )) From Montpelier, he was a Republican candidate trying to unseat Senator Leahy in 1980. (00:10:57:00) ((Lorraine Hussey/Super Senior, I guess he never made it. )) Evslin did become a successful businessman and chief techonlogy officer for the state. The information will become documented and put into a computer for all to see. A service to the community from a woman who has a passion for the past. (00:09:26:00) ((nat sot, good sound of putting pictures into envelop.)) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Hardwick.

25} HEADLINES_FONT


In the headlines this morning: PUPPIES RESCUED... the road to recovery begins for dogs taken from a home in Eden... SANDY SITUATION -- a proposed pit in Milton has some residents fired up. And SENATOR HONORED -- a former lawmaker's passion for nature is recognized in his home town.

26} QUICK_WX_DESK


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

27} EDENUPDATE6_VO


Dozens of animals seized in an abuse investigation -- are now on the road to recovery. 62 dogs and three cats rescued from a home in Eden Wednesday -- are now at a secure facility in Chittenden County. Vets and humane society volunteers are taking care of them -- and giving them various vaccines and immunizations. The dogs are eating and getting regular walks -- something many of them have never had after living in a stacked cages.

28} HUMANE6_SOTVO


(Joanne Bourbeau 01:12:48 The animals are getting rabies vaccinations and they'll also probably get health certificates as well. That will allow us to free them up for transport to other shelters here within the state of Vermont and eventually to new homes.")) (Joanne Bourbeau 01:14:24)(("The Central VT humane society was able to get ownership of all these animals who are here in the temporary shelter so they will be determining a process by which to get adoption application and hopefully get these animals into new homes.")) Once they're ready, the Central Vermont Humane Society in East Montpelier will handle their adoptions. A fund has been set up to take donations to help with their care.

29} MILTON11_VO


A proposed sand pit in Milton has some residents very unhappy. The re-opening of the Jenkins sand pit on McMullen Road would send out as many as 60 loaded dump trucks daily across the town. Residents attending the developmental review board meeting Thursday-- all agreed there were many concerns with the proposal.

30} SAND11_SOTVO


(00:07:35 6741) ((John Hemsted/Concerned Resident "That's going to create a tremendous amount of dust, noise, you've got class 2 wetlands which is in very close proximity to where the sandpit's gonna be." 00:07:45)) Those proposing the sandpit say they would use trees to try and cut back on the noise--but residents are still concerned about the effect the pit would have on local property values. Though no decision on the permit was made--locals say they fear the board will approve the pit.

31} JEFFORDS5_VO


In honor of former Senator Jim Jeffords -- a new state forest is in the works. This map from the Trust for Public Land outlines the more than 13-hundred acre section of land in Shrewsbury -- set to be named the Jim Jeffords State Forest. Shrewsbury was Jeffords' home town. The new state forest will be the link between the Coolidge and Aitken state forests.

32} MOOSE5_VO


This week, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board approved a total of 265 permits for the 2015 moose season -- held in October. That's 20-percent fewer than last year. Under the proposal, hunters are expected to harvest close to 112 moose. Officials estimate there are about 22-hundred moose in Vermont. They say that number falls below their management goal.

33} WEATHER2_GREEN


(anchors introduce gary) Couple of nice days ahead of us, but colder than it should be by about 15 to 20 degrees. Sunday starts sunny, clouds up, some light snow late into Monday. Bigger, messier storm late Tuesday into Wednesday with wintry mix of rain/sleet/snow.

34} FORECAST2


Today: Partly cloudy Highs: 12 to 18 Wind: WNW 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Cold Lows: 0 to -15 Wind: Light Saturday: Mostly sunny Highs: 15 to 22 Wind: SSW 5 to 10 mph Extended: Sunday: AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for snow late Lows: -5 to 5 Highs: 20s Monday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers, especially early Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 22 to 32 Tuesday: AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for snow late Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 22 to 32 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Snow, rain, wintry mix Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 32 to 42 Thursday: Partly sunny Chance for snow showers Colder Lows: 12 to 22 Highs: 20s

35} SPORTSWRAP_GREEN


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(((The Norwich women's basketball team was picking the right time to get hot. Entering the night, the Cadets had won 12 straight including a victory over Anna Maria earlier in the week in the GNAC Quartefinals. The Cadets back home tonight hosting Johnson and Wales in the GNAC semis. late first half, Thetford high grad Shyann Josler finds Leanne Winans inside for 2, but Norwich trailed by 12 at the break. The Cadets trying to get back into this thing in the second half, Aliah Curry finding her way to the basket for 2 of her game high 26 points. However, a 12-2 run by the Wildcats at the start of the second half really put this one out of reach, Raquel Pederzani for 3. The Cadets fall, 74-65. Norwich's win streak ends at 12 games as the team waits for a possible at large bid to an NCAA or ECAC tournament. --- To Barre we go for the Division 3 girls hoop semifinals. Up first Number 3 richford hosting second seed Williamstown. The Blue Devils showing early why they were undefeated this season, Sarah Bellavance the steal, Mariah Lamell the lay in. But the Rockets blast off from there, Alexandria Benoit driving to the hoop for 2. Richford by 5 after one. More of the same in the second quarter, co-captian Gabby Coons taking its strong for 2 more. Then it's Saide Fuller getting the nice feed, gets 2 and the foul. Richford wins big, 78-50. The Rockets go to Saturday's D4 final handing the Blue Devils their first loss of the season. --- In the other D4 semi, number 4 enosburg taking on top dog, thetford. Enosburg gets out to a very early lead after the steal, Brooke St. Onge lays it in. But the Panthers respond with a 15-0 run, Michaela Pomeroy stays with it and hits Nelly Junesand for 2. Second quarter, Kayley Gray takes it in uncontested for 2 more. Thetford wins, 53-34. It'll be the Panthers and Rockets for all the marbles Saturday. --- That's it for now, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 sports, have a great day.))))

37} STOWE3_VO


As police work to determine what sparked a deadly fire in Stowe -- we now know the identify of the women who was found inside. Stowe Police have identified the woman as fifty-five year old Laurel Baas. Authorities say she was found near her Edson Hill garage -- not far from a door leading out of the home. Crews say tackling the fire in Wednesday night's cold and snow -- created additional challenges for first responders.

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((27:18 Chief Donald Hull/Stowe PD "She was on the first floor right inside the doorway as you come into the house.")) ((Mark Sgantas Chief Fire Stowe 27:47 "It's always a challenge with the cold, with the wind, with the water and just timing it right. Getting in there at the right time to put the fire out.")) Despite efforts to save her -- Baas passed away at Copley Hospital. She had lived in the home most of her life and rented the apartment above her garage to another family.

39} MEDICAID3_VO


Doctors and business leaders have joined a chorus of calls for increasing payments to health care workers who see low-income patients. Members of the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility have asked the legislature to address the Medicaid cost shift. Many, including the Governor argue that low re-imbursement rates force those with private insurance to pay more. The Governor has called on the legislature to put 140-million dollars into bumping the Medicaid re-imbursement rate, with more than half of those funds coming from the federal government.

40} FUELGRANT3_W_VO


Low-income Vermonters are getting more help with their heating bills. The state is giving 375-thousand dollars to five community action agencies. They're estimating this money will help about 15-hundred families buy up to 250 dollars of home heating fuel. The grants are going to be available to households that have used up their seasonal and crisis fuel grants, are below the poverty level, and have household members that meet certain age or disability requirements.

41} HOMELAND3_VO


The clock is ticking for congress to pass a bill funding the department of homeland security. The current spending measure expires at midnight tonight. On thursday, House Republicans agreed to push forward a short-term bill *without* language reversing President Obama's executive action on immigration. If approved, the measure would then go to the Senate for final passage -- and would push the D-H-S shutdown off until march.

42} MOSUL3_W_VO


The latest ISIS video shows militants in an attack not on people -- but on ancient artifacts. The militants are seen using sledge hammers to destroy relics in Iraq's northern city of Mosul. Extremists have destroyed a number of shrines -- including Muslim holy sites -- to eliminate what they view as heresy.

43} FERGUSON3_VO


Back here at home -- A celebrity sighting in Vermont. Comedian Craig Ferguson was spotted at the Skinny Pancake in Burlington. Ferguson stopped by the restaurant with a group of friends. He performed at a sold out show at the Flynn last night. Our Rose Spillman caught up with the funny man who told her he loves visiting the Queen City.

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(00:05:41 6738) ((Craig Ferguson "Found out that burlington coat factory is not here ....yea it's the only problem I have with the town." 00:05:49)) The former CBS star is originally from Scotland, but he has personal ties to the Green Mountains. In 2008, he married a Vermonter on her family's farm, and he even named his production company Green Mountain West.

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

46} SHORT_WX_GREEN


Couple of nice days ahead of us, but colder than it should be by about 15 to 20 degrees. Sunday starts sunny, clouds up, some light snow late into Monday. Bigger, messier storm late Tuesday into Wednesday with wintry mix of rain/sleet/snow.

47} CHEF_LIVE


Duck Confit Cigars 2 cups duck confit, shredded (1 duck leg) 1 TBS Chinese Five Spice powder 1 TBS soy sauce 1½ cup baby Portobello mushrooms, chopped ¼ cup carrot, finely diced 4 scallions, finely chopped using both white and green 1 eggs, lightly beaten for egg wash 4 cups vegetable oil for frying In a medium bowl mix the duck confit, mushrooms, carrot, scallion, Chinese five-spice powder and soy sauce together. Keep all egg roll wrappers covered with damp cloth until ready to roll with one. When ready carefully remove one spring roll wrapper - firmly, yet gently - and lay out flat on cutting board. Lay mixture along bottom of wrapper about 2 inches from bottom and sides of wrapper. Dip a pastry brush into the egg wash and brush it along all the edges of the wrapper. Take the wrapper and bring up over the filling tightly. Bring sides of wrapper up and around filling to seal in the spring roll. Remove all air bubbles and make sure wrapper is tightly around filling. Then roll tightly the rest of the spring roll. Put aside on a baking sheet and repeat filling and rolling with the rest of the wrappers - always remember to keep the wrappers "in waiting" covered with damp cloth. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy Dutch oven or wok to 350°. Gently and carefully place 2- 4 spring rolls into the oil (do not crowd) and move them around periodically for about 5 minutes or until they are golden brown on all sides. Using tongs remove the rolls and place them on the lined baking sheet to drain. Repeat with the rest of the rolls. Rolls may be kept warm in a low 200° oven while continuing to fry. Serve the rolls immediately with dipping sauce.


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