Mon 26-JAN-2015 11 P.M. News Script

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Good evening and thank you for joining us. I'm Keith McGilvery. And I'm Shelby Cashman. It's a winter storm that's slated to barrel a number of major east coast cities. And it could hit hard in parts of our region as well. Nick Borelli reports on what folks are doing to get ready.

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((Nats: Paul Working)) Paul Sisson is a Meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Burlington (00:19:12:00-00:19:19: 00) ((Paul Sisson/NWS Burlington: It looks like southern New England will be under the gun and it will probably be up into one of the top storms)) A top storm for southern New England. But amounts will taper to the north. (00:20:04:00-00:20:09: 00) ((PS: Sometimes, when they are really intense, they can be compact as well. So this is going to be an interesting storm.)) Vtrans workers will be out this evening, pretreating some roads with brine. (00:45:35-43) ((Chris Cole/Vtrans: Predominantly in southern areas, although on other roads, the higher volume roads we will also be pretreating.)) The team at the communication center has touched base with their crews, making sure that equipment has been inspected, and plow drivers have gotten plenty of rest. (01:01:42:00-01:01:55: 00) ((Nick Borelli/Williston: Road surfaces are clear right now but by late tonight and especially tomorrow morning, for many of us, they will be snow-covered. As this happens Vtrans says it's a good idea to stay home. Not only for your own safety, but it also allows road crews to do their job more efficiently.)) Due to budget constraints, Vtrans routes take a while. (00:46:33:00-00:46:39: 00) ((CC: Our plow routes, on average, 2 hours, so that's a round trip from where the driver takes off to where they come back. It takes 2 hours.)) As a result, during the height of the storm, road conditions will be particularly challenging. These days Vtrans uses technology to help them battle the elements. (00:48:43:00-00:48:51: 00) ((CC: This is the transportation operations center, so this is where we monitor the storm, and the activity of our employees)) Here, they can display road conditions, webcams, and weather data; it acts as the nervous system for Vtrans. This Nor'easter will produce fluffy snow-- That makes clearing roads a bit easier, plus power outages are less likely too. (00:11:17:00-00:11:26: 00) ((Dorothy Schnure/GMP: It looks like it'll be a light, fluffy snow, and that typically causes some scattered outages, but nothing like we saw in December)) Dorothy Schnure of GMP says that all of their line workers-- about 150 people-- are all over the state right now. And their equipment has been double checked too. Whatever this storm throws at us, local agencies have their resources in place to battle the snow. Nick Borelli. Channel 3 News. Colchester.

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Governor Shumlin spoke about storm prep--earlier tonight on the channel three news at six. Kristin Kelly asked the Governor whether Vermont has enough plows out on the roads during any storm event--noting that New Hampshire has 45 percent more roadways than Vermont--but 200 percent more plows to take care of them.

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(05:21) ((Governor Shumlin "I think we're in pretty good shape ......respectful of what they are trying to do.")) (05:46) Meanwhile the storm is causing problems with air travel. Most flights heading in and out of Burlington International Airport-- to the New York area--- have already been cancelled for tomorrow morning. Check with your airline--before heading to the airport.

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Dan is here with the latest on the storm.

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In national news tonight -- A suspicious electronic device was discovered on the lawn of the White House today. The President and the first lady are out of the country -- but the first kids were home. Brook Silva-Braga reports on what some think could have been a drone.

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The Secret Service has questioned an individual who came forward admitting he was operating this drone that crashed on the White House lawn. The drone came down on the southeast grounds shortly after three a-m Monday morning... forcing a brief lockdown. (GFX) The Secret Service says it was a "quad copter" about two feet in diameter flying at a low altitude before it went down. The operator who told agents he was using the drone for recreation and did not intend to fly it over the White House. The president and first lady are in India, but their daughters were reportedly in the White House with their grandmother. (STANDUP: Brook Silva-Braga/CBS News/The White House) This is the first known incident of a drone flying over the White House and it has raised questions about the safety systems in place to stop them. Jimmy Coan has been studying the threat drones could pose for the New York Police Department. (SOT: Jimmy Coan/Deputy Inspector, NYPD) "OUR CONCERN IS THAT SOMEBODY COULD TAKE AN EXPLOSIVE OR A SUBSTANCE AND PUT IT IN THAT PAYLOAD AND DELIVER THAT INTO AN AREA." The FAA prohibits flying drones over the White House.. and doing so could carry a year in jail and/or a fine. Brook Silva-Braga, for CBS News, The White House.

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A South Burlington woman is accused of drunk driving around the city Sunday afternoon. Police say 60-year-old Kathleen Delucco struck a number of signs and telephone poles before hitting another car in the area of Kennedy Drive. Delucco was arrested at a home on Hinesburg Road. She was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

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His role in a massive investment scheme--has a former Saranac Lake man heading to prison for twelve years. 65 year-old William Stehl conned more than 300 people into investing in bogus alternative-energy projects. The scam reportedly netted him -- and his accomplice, Richard Rossignol, -- more than 8-million dollars. Rossignol was convicted in July. Both men must also pay the money back.

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A New York City man has been sentenced for gun crimes in South Burlington. Federal authorities says 26-year old Devon Holmes arranged for a Vermont woman to buy two guns for him in what authorities call "straw purchases." Holmes already had three felony convictions and was not legally allowed to buy guns. He was nabbed -- with the firearms -- during a routine traffic stop in New York City. Local and federal authorities worked together to trace the guns back to Vermont. Holmes will spend five years behind bars.

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A school in the Northeast Kingdom is turning kindergarteners into state champions. It's a new program that has students using a popular game to succeed in the classroom. Alex Apple joins us with the story. The Centers for Disease Control reports that more than 1 in 10 American children now struggle with focusing and ADHD. That's an issue the Albany Community School says they hope to avoid -- by finding a way to teach concentration.

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((21:38 Reporter Q: If you had to guess, who's about to win this game?)) This is third grader Dillon Washer... (21:44 Dillon Washer)(("I can't really tell.")) Washer is playing last year's kindergarten state champ in chess -- a whiz kid with a plan to win in just two moves. (Cameron Griffin 20:08)(("Scholarsmate -- it's umm a really easy checkmate and its not hard. All you have to take is one pawn and you're in checkmate.")) Griffin and Washer are part of the chess club at Albany Community School -- which is using new "focus driven activities" like chess to help kids increase their concentration in the classroom. ((Chess NATS)) (10:15 Chess Coach Todd Rivver/Albany Community School)(("The more they can calm themselves and focus on a very specific activity, it translates well into mathematics, reading.")) (28:24 Nicole Smith/8th Grade)(("The classes afterwards, it's like my mind is cleared or something. It helps me focus in class.")) Chess coach and principal Todd Rivver says the bi-weekly practices help kids avoid the temptation to be a pawn to video games or other electronics. (Todd Rivver 09:23)(("We're competing with video games, all kinds other things these days, but this kind of activity, the kids are thinking, they have to pause.")) (35:18 AA STANDUP)(("It's the lessons learned on these model chess boards that have even translated to success at the state championships.")) The middle school team won the state championships last April-- and several other students were top finishers -- a rare feat for a school of just 87 kids. (09:49 Chess Coach Todd Rivver/Albany Community School)(("It's definitely a tool in our toolbox here at school to get kids to think in a slow deliberate way.")) Half the student body now fills the club -- ((02:30 Teaching at Boards NAT)) A big increase from the few kids who first joined Coach Rivver when the effort got off the ground two years ago. No longer the king of this club -- he's seen his students' focus and skill improve first hand. (14:09 Chess Coach Todd Rivver/Albany Community School)(("When it first started I could play 2-3 at the same time and not focus so much.")) The new kings...like Cameron. ((29:24 Check NAT)) Have seen not just their play improve -- but their focus and confidence as well. ((Cameron NAT))

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Students from kindergarten to 8th grade make up the club -- volunteers help the youngest learn the game. As for the experts, they'll look to defend their state title in April -- the winners of that potentially going onto the national championship. Keith.

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It was a big weekend for the Rutland cheerleading team--at the national championships in Dallas. After finishing second in the state's last year -- and third in the New Englands -- the Rutland High School teams took its skills to the National Cheerleading Association championship. The team competed in the Advanced Small Co-ed division this weekend -- and came in second behind a high school from Hawaii. The Rutland team also won two specialty awards in its division -- Best Use of Stunts and Superior Showmanship.

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The State working side by side with farmers to keep waste out of Vermont waterways. And -- The public weighing in on the education funding debate. (01:15:59:00) ((Rep. Shap Smith - Vt. Speaker of the House there were a lot of really interesting ideas)) Plus-- Can Vermont lower taxes and pay for schools? Why business is sizzling for a Hinesburg meat company ... And -- Charging your cell phone on your woodstove? (00:10:31:00) ((Dan Poitrast/Stove Lite "it's a movement toward greener energy")) When the Channel 3 News returns.

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State officials plan to work with farmers to help prevent polluted run-off from the farm fields. Governor Peter Shumlin singled out farmers in his inaugural address -- saying that agricultural runoff is causing about 40 percent of the phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain. He also announced plans for new policies that target farmers -- who don't meet clean water practice standards -- and his push for a new fee for agricultural fertilizer. Today, state officials were in Franklin County outlining their approach to the governor's initiative.

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(00:03.08:05) ((David Mears, Environmental conservation commissioner "There is an all in attitude up here that I am confident is going to drive real change and make a real difference. ")) (00:08.12:01) ((Chuck Ross, Secretary of Agriculture "And as David Mears suggested, it is not just about agriculture and it is not just going to be about agriculture addressing this problem. It is going to require an all in approach from all Vermonters from all walks of life. ")) The anti-runoff proposals need approval from lawmakers before going into effect.

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Vermont lawmakers are hearing ideas from the public about ways to change how the state pays for education. Statehouse political reporter Kyle Midura explains.

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This week, the people's house will be filled with debate surrounding more than 80 proposals from the people. (01:15:59:00) ((Rep. Shap Smith - Vt. Speaker of the House there were a lot of really interesting ideas)) Dozens of Vermonters from all walks of life answered Vt. House Speaker Shap Smith's call for education reform ideas this December, those pitches became public in time for discussion this week. (01:19:08:00) ((Rep. Shap Smith I think that we have to put it into two different buckets, one of them is going to be what can we do this year that will improve things and set the table for next year. And, I think we have to acknowledge that many of the ideas may take more than one year )) Pitches ranged from property tax complaints to complex proposals to re-write the education framework.. and in one instance the state constitution. The suggestion from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce - lays out objectives and possible paths forward rather than a precise direction. (01:21:19:00) (( Kendal Melvin - Vt. Chamber Government Affairs Specialist we want to see a system that is transparent, so taxpayers can easily see what things are going to cost and the money coming out)) Spokespeople for the chamber say they want to see spending contained, possibly through school district consolidation and tax revisions. But they say the bottom line is student achievement -- with an emphasis on program rather than dollar equity, because an equal amount of spending does not necessarily equate to an equal amount of programming. (1:22:44:00) ((Kendal Melvin - Vt. Chamber Government Affairs Specialist we really want to see at the end of the day, everyone having the same opportunities)) Speaker Smith collected all the ideas, but he'll leave it up to others to find their favorites. (0018:39:00) ((Rep. Shap Smith what I'm going to do is leave it to the committee to go through all of those ideas - see which ones they think are the most workable)) House Education Committee Chairman Rep. David Sharpe says he has read most of the ideas, and plans to finish his homework before this week's work begins on Tuesday. He says he does not favor any one complete plan, but says he and his colleagues will likely steal elements of many proposals when constructing this year's reform bill. Kyle Midura -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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A Vermont company is getting bigger. Vermont Smoke and Cure has announced plans to expand its Hinesburg facility. It will add 16-thousand squarefeet to its meat curing operations -- and also add 3-thousand squarefeet of office space. The company says the expansion will also create 15 new jobs.

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You've heard about solar power -- but what about stove power? Gina Bullard found a creation that turns wood heat into power for your cell phones.

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Feeding the wood stove is essential for many Vermonters. ((nat)) Along with heat it throws out -- it can now also create electricity thanks to the Stove Lite. (00:10:31:00) ((Dan Poitrast/Stove Lite "it's a movement toward greener energy")) Stove Lite converts heat from the fire into usable electricity. That electricity powers a light and juices a battery that can be used to charge USB devices or can power the light by itself when you take it off the stove. The lanterns provide over 10-thousand hours of LED light. (00:09:58:16) ((Dani Poitrast/Stove Lite "gb-how is it converting heat into electricity? D- it uses the peltier effect. its a thermo electric module the heat moves through the module and as it moves part of the heat is converted into electricity.")) A group of engineers at LED Dynamics in Randolph came up with the idea. It specializes in LED lighting -- from bulbs to intricate systems. The Randolph company currently retro fits old lanterns into two models of the Stove Lite.The basic model costs 149-dollars and has a light and fan and the pro-model is 199-dollars and has the battery pack, usb charging station and fan. The fan is essential to the lantern working properly. (00:11:43:23) ((Dan Poitrast/Stove Lite "in order for a thermo electric generator to work - one side has to be hot and one has to cold so the fan cools one side and passes air over your stove to help circulate heat into your room as well")) The lantern lights up within seconds of putting it on the hot surface. It also tracks the temperature of your stove. If your wood stove is running hot -- the light will be bright but as it cools the light will dim -- which is your cue to add more wood. ((nat)) Utilizing extra energy in a smarter Made in Vermont way. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Randolph.

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A new exhibit at the Shelburne Museum captures the Green Mountain state before the digital age. The exhibit is by Nathan Benn -- he worked as a photographer for National Geographic for 20 years. The display is based on his book -- Kodachrome Memory -- based on the popular camera film -- which debuted in 1935 and was known for its lush colors and quality of light it delivered.

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((TILE SPARE4222_01 Thomas Denenberg/Shelburne Museum 00:01:41:07 "So its very rich exploration of what I would say the beginning of the modern or contemporary era in Vermont. "00:01:48:13)) The exhibit runs through May-- we have more information in our infocenter at wcax dot com.

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The CVU Lady RedHawks, a perfect 13-0 this season, hit their home floor tonight against North Country eyeing their 61st straight win... The unbeaten RedHawks came to play tonight ...lighting up the scoreboard early... Maeve Higgins finding a back door cutting Sadie Otley...CVU up 2-0.. Then Otley dishing it full court to Laurel Jaunich for 2 of her 16 on the night.. And they kept their foot on the gas pedal ...off the steal... Caitlin Grasso loses it but gathers herself then finds Otley, who goes up and under for 2 more of her 12 points...CVU opened the game on a 10-0 run ... North Country ends their scoreless drought here..Kylie Wright banks this one in...But CVU just too much for the Falcons ... Annabella Pugliese takes this one down just inside the arc... Knocking down the pull up jumper.. CVU moves to 14-0 this season as they take down North Country 60-28 the final..

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Over to Burlington, the Lady Seahorses hosting Spaulding.. Pick things up in the 2nd quarter, Burlington already up 29-15 and add to it here...Fiona McSweeney finds Ajla Medic on the go route, she gets the lay in to drop... Burlington would head into the break up 33-20.. And keep it going in the 2nd half...Medic the baseball pass to Norah Senftleber, she finishes off the glass for two...it's a 15 point seahorse lead.. Spaulding just trying to cut the deficit... Emily Violette, weaving her way in for the bucket.. But Burlington and Medic just to much for Spaulding tonight..the floater in the lane drops in...for two of her 20 points.. Burlington hangs on to defeat Spaulding tonight, 59-55...

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And in South Burlington, the Rebels hosting Rice tonight ...Green Knights getting on the board first...Ben Shungu, spins in the paint and his jumper finds the bottom of the net... Rice would jump out to a 5-0 lead.. Rebels cut that down here..Patrick McMackin, knocking down the triple...it's a 2 point Rice lead.. But that was when the Green Knights start to get red hot...Arnold Vainqueur the one handed steal...coast to coast for the lay in... Then Arnold from distance...finding the bottom of the net..he had 13 tonight And Rice would not be denied on the road... Shungu pokes it loose, Ferran Lopez finds him down the court and he gets the bucket and the foul... Shungu with 15 points ...Green Knights slay the Rebels tonight, 66-39 the final..

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The UVM men suffered their first conference loss of the season last Thursday on the road against the University of New Hampshire. They responded yesterday at UMass-Lowell picking up a big 61-50 win against the Riverhawks. UVM is currently 6-1 in America East play and is 2nd overall in the conference standings...The lone game in the loss column is to UNH, as Vermont gave up 73 points to the Wildcats, the third worst defensive output of the season and the most points allowed to a conference opponent. But the Cats say they have used that loss as a learning point, focusing on fixing fundamental mistakes and they say it helps to see a one in the loss column now, so they don't get ahead of themselves in trying to maintain a perfect conference record...

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((TRT: 23 ... OC: THE LONG RUN)) ((O'Day/ "you know, that UNH loss kind of, it opened our eyes to see that we weren't doing the things we needed to do to win games and it was good for our younger guys to see that, you know, we're not invincible.")) ((Wills/ We needed to lose. You don't want to lose but you needed to lose. It was a wake up call and since we lost that game we've been more focused and better on defense. We gave up 73 points, it was really disappointing but it's really going to help us out in the long run."))

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And After being swept at home by Boston University this weekend, the UVM men's hockey team fell from 12th to 16th in the US-College Hockey Online poll, and 12th to 14th in the USA Hockey poll. And junior goalie Brody Hoffman has been suspended indefinitely. Hoffman was pulled in the third period of Friday's 4-2 loss. He certainly didn't look happy about it, leaving the ice and heading straight to the locker room. Without going into specifics, on Saturday night, coach Kevin Sneddon said Hoffman also 'did not comport himself very well last night after the game.' He said the coaching staff would meet with the team captains and then decided when to consider allowing Hoffman to return. The IceCats take on Penn State at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia this Saturday.


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