Mon 30-MAR-2015 6 P.M. News Script

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Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. Investigators poured over the rubble -- after fire destroyed a sawmill in Fairlee. But the cause of the weekend blaze -- is still not known. Adam Sullivan reports.

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((Nats: "this whole section here was pretty much gone.")) Becky Eastman has worked for the Britton Lumber Company in Fairlee for 18 years. She's in disbelief that the saw mill just off Route 5 was flattened by fire. ((Eastman: "watched the shop go up and the saw dust house go up.")) Eastman was one of the first people on scene-- after the fire was reported around 8:30 Saturday night. ((Becky Eastman/Britton Lumber: "I think a lot of us are still in shock. The average employee here is 12 years.")) Fire fighters continued to douse the mill and adjacent maintenance shop well into Sunday morning. Witnesses in New Hampshire say flames could be seen across the Connecticut River. ((Chief Chad Whitcomb/Thetford Fire Dept.: "I could see the fire from down the road. A very large amount of fire.")) When dozens of departments arrived on seen of the 4-alarm blaze-- they immediately went into a defensive attack-- to keep the fire from spreading to the rest of the lumber yard. ((Whitcomb: "the next building over, which we concentrated our efforts on because at that point because at that point, the mill was already at a point where there was nothing we could do with it.")) The fire continued to smolder nearly 48 hours later. Luckily, the rest of the buildings in the yard-- which are stacked with row after row of lumber-- were saved. 60 employees still have their jobs. ((eastman: "the plainer mill is still running, whole sale is still running. We are dealing with all our customers. We are loading trucks this afternoon. Everything is going full speed ahead as a usual day.")) And Vermont State police investigators are working to figure out was sparked the massive fire. At this time, cause and origin are not known but investigators say they are beginning to rule areas out. ((Det. Sgt. David Sutton/VSP: "we are starting to move those areas out and moving them off to the side. That section of the building we no longer has an interest to and we are moving into that center area, or that area of origin.")) ((Eastman: "it is very very emotional. We are leaning on each other quite a bit. Some are still in shock and we just keep saying we are going to move forward.")) ((Sullivan: "owners have talked to their insurance company, but at this time, we do not know an exact dollar amount for the damage. However, employees say that figure is likely to be in the millions. Adam Sullivan, channel three news in Fairlee."))

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A spring political tradition blooms again today -- as the state's longest-serving state senator releases the results of his annual survey. Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura joins us now with the details, Kyle Darren, Sen. Bill Doyle's surveys are always available at town meeting day sites across Vermont. This year, he asked about issues ranging from taxes to water quality, and cell service to marijuana. But he believes there's a theme to the thousands of responses he received.

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Every year, when the ground thaws, and the sap begins to run, lawmakers get a fresh look at the state's political grassroots. On Town Meeting Day, Senator Bill Doyle asks residents across the state a series of questions. Health issues prevented the 88-year-old and 45-year statehouse veteran from his usual seat, but not from releasing the survey results Monday. (00:00:35:00) ((Sen. Bill Doyle - R-Washington it was a very strong turnout as usual, issues this year were very interesting )) The 45th Doyle Survey shows Vermonters concerned about water quality and opiate abuse. Respondents reported a lack of support for a payroll tax -- but split on a potential sugary drink tax. Senator Doyle says the common thread is the conviction that Vermont has a spending problem. (00:03:59:00) ((Sen. Bill Doyle -R-Washington County I think that's the major message and I think the people who are grappling with the budget are well aware of that )) (00:10:44:00) ((Rep. Shap Smith - D-Vt. House Speaker I was surprised how close Vermonters are on the sugar-sweetened beverage tax)) House Speaker Shap Smith says the results largely confirm the message he and others received from voters in November. He says -- while not scientiffic -- the survey gives lawmakers another snapshot of the state's political landscape to consider. (00:11:25:00) ((Rep. Shap Smith - D-Vt. House Speaker mostly though, we talk to our constituents to get a feeling of what they care about)) Smith says Doyle's influence is felt throughout the building -- in no small part because he taught so many of the people elected or appointed to work here. Doyle says he's working hard to get back to the State House (00:08:29:00) ((Sen. Bill Doyle - R-Washington County just as soon as possible, I'm ready to go)) But, present or not, his presence in Vermont's political debate is always felt.

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Respondents did not give a good report card to Gov. Peter Shumlin - 57 percent indicating he's not doing a good job, while only 21 percent defended his performance. That question was not asked on last year's survey -- but Doyle says Shumlin performed well on a similar one in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. A spokesperson for the Governor declined to weigh in on that question, or any other in the survey. If you'd like to check out the complete Doyle Poll results -- we have the info on our website -- wcax - dot - com.

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A new state strategy - aims to get homeless families into permanent housing. Governor Peter Shumlin talked about how to do that -- while presenting a 580-thousand dollar construction grant to Burlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter. That money will help COTS complete its new daytime shelter called the Day Station -- and also build 14 affordable apartments for families.

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((Hal Cohen: "we need to recognize that in our state, homelessness is intolerable. We have to do a better job than a motel room on a cold night. Stable, safe, affordable housing is critical for Vermonters of all ages.")) The governor outlined a new three part plan building on work his administration has done -- including adopting the national "Family Connection" network so communities have a coordinated system to assess families' needs -- bringing together rental subsidy programs -- and building and rehabbing homes for low-income families.

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Buy a big boat in New York -- get a tax break. There's no minimum wage hike -- or property tax relief -- but New York lawmakers did insert a tax cut for luxury yachts in this year's 142-BILLION dollar budget deal. One provision in the budget would cap the sales tax on boats costing more than 230-thousand dollars. Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos -- says the tax cut will create jobs.

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Congressman Peter Welch wants the feds to maintain federal fuel assistance. Vermont received nearly 19-million dollars in federal funding for LIHEAP this year. The state kicked in another six million. The funds help thousands of Vermonters with their winter heating bills. But overall federal funding for the program has dropped 30 percent since 20-10. Welch and New York Representative Peter King wrote a letter to the House Appropriations Committee stressing -- what they call -- the critical importance of the program for struggling families. 146 House members signed the letter.

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A state trooper was nearly hit head on this morning - and now the state police are on the hunt for a hit and run driver. Police say Trooper Ben Barton was on the on-ramp to Route 7 in Sunderland this morning - heading north to testify in a court case - when he says a Subaru driver heading south lost control, and started heading toward him. Investigators say trooper Barton swerved to avoid a head on crash. And was not seriously hurt. But police say the Subaru took off. State Police used pieces of that car left at the scene to figure out they are looking for a 2013-to-2015 Subaru Cross Trek similar to this one. They say there should be damage to the driver's side front corner fender and headlight assembly.

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Police say a man is stalking young women near downtown Burlington. Shelby Cashman is in the newsroom tonight with the latest on the search for the suspect. Shelby? Kristin--The Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations says there have been six separate incidents--involving four separate victims-- in the last week. They say a black man in his 30s or 40s is approaching women near Loomis Street in a silver Volkswagen--asking them personal questions--and repeatedly attempting to lure them into the car. None of the interactions have become physical--but police say the man followed one victim on foot--and chased her up her driveway.

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(00:02:28) ((Det. Mike Warren/CUSI "you need to run if you can, as quickly as you can, o somewhere thet you feel more comfortable, pick up your phone, most people have a cell phone in this day and age, call somebody, let them know, call the police. Generally if its in the Chittenden County area there are many law enforcement agents that can respond quickly to something like this.")) (00:02:47) Police say the incidents have occurred between one and eight in the morning. Police don't know the exact model of the VW--but say it my have an aftermarket headlight lens cover. And detectives say if you have any information -- or if this man approaches you - call the police.

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The victim of a vicious attack speaking out -- as the man who kidnapped and raped her -- is set to be released from jail. Alex Apple reports.

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Peace of mind is all Susan Russell says she wants. But the man who savagely attacked her 23 years ago will soon be set free. ((08:28 Susan Russell Some days you're always looking over your shoulder. Other days, you're in the "what if")) On April 9th -- Richard Laws -- ((NAT we're here for a matter of the state versus richard laws)) ....who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and nearly beating Russell to death in 1991 -- will get out of jail -- having maxed out his sentence. ((LAWS: I don't understand why I did it, NAT)) Russell agreed to do an interview with us as long as we didn't show her face. The long-time activist and advocate for victims is asking for her Mad River Valley neighbors' help to keep her safe. ((Susan Russell 01:14 I know that the community has my back and has my family's back.)) In September, the community met as a sign of support for Sue. They'll do so again April 8th -- but unfortunately for Russell -- Laws' impending release reopens old wounds. ((06:07 Susan Russell: Bringing this back after 23 years, a lot of things come back. There's a lot of triggers.)) ((Jane Cunningham/Russell's friend 18:58 A lot of times when things like this happen in various communities around the world, the victim tends to be isolated and not supported fully.)) ((01:28 Richard Laws/1991 I hope with the assistance of the sex offender course, I can find out why I did this awful thing)) Laws never completed that course -- and Russell has received a 10 year restraining order -- forbidding him from entering the Mad River Valley -- other than to drive through. ((04:47 Susan russell: This particular restraining order is the first of its kind that has a geographical condition that Richard Laws stay out of the Mad River Valley.)) A key step in an attempt to live a normal life -- one that almost ended 23 years ago -- before anyone in this Vermont town ever got to call Susan Russell their hero. (Susan McKnight 15:19)(("she is a gracious presence")) AA, CH3N. Waitsfield.

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A special day for kids at Mount Abraham this morning. New England Patriots player Duron Harmon was handing out "grab and go" breakfasts as part of the NFL's Fuel Up to play 60 program. The program encourages everyone, especially children, to start the day with a healthy breakfast, giving them the fuel they need to succeed. Harmon took pictures and signed autographs with the students as well. Following the meet and greet, the super bowl champ joined a panel discussion moderated by hunger free Vermont. Mt. Abraham was chosen for its commitment to a healthy breakfast program and the panel discussed solutions on how to improve school breakfast programs throughout the state.

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(((Marissa Parisi/"We know that when kids come to school and they're well nurished, they do better in school. Unfortunately, many kids in Vermont come to school and do not have breakfast at home, because the family food budget may be stretched. So school is a great place to come, get a nutritious breakfast and get ready to learn."))) (((Duron Harmon/"The only way you can feel that greatness in the morning is by having that proper breakfast. Make your brain be ready to fire up and be able to learn and be able to make an impact and be great at make an impact on whatever these students want to be throughout the day."))) The New England Dairy and food council works in part with the Fuel up tp play 60 program. Scott Fleishman will have more with Duron Harmon coming up in sports.

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A corporation is planning to use abandoned mines in the North Country to generate hydro power. Rose Spillman takes a look at the plan.

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Since the early 90s a developer, the Moriah Hydro Corporation, has been aiming to create hydro power utilizing underground mines in the North Country. Moriah Town Supervisor Tom Scozzafava says the mines are the perfect spot for the project. (00:39:04 9629) ((Tom Scozzafava/Town of Moriah Supervisor "I mean they hold billions and billions of gallons of water. You won't even know it's there. Everything's underground." 00:39:11)) The project would be located in the abandoned mines in Mineville, within the town of Moriah. Scozzafava says the construction could begin as early as this year or next, if approved by the federal government. He says there's been little to no opposition locally. (00:39:37 9629) ((Tom Scozzafava "The concept really is quite simple. A reservoir at the top, a reservoir at the bottom, your turbines on the middle level, and they'll drop the water through the turbines during demand." 00:39:48)) (00:50:26 9645) ((Rose Spillman/Moriah "The project is estimated to cost around 280 million dollars, and once the business is in place, the town could benefit from the property tax." 00:50:36)) (00:37:36 9629) (Tom Scozzafava/Town of Moriah Supervisor "What we do gain is a significant increase in our tax base, which would mean a significant reduction in property taxes, both for town and school." 00:37:47)) Scozzafava points to an added benefit to the project. The town will get an extra highway garage, which supervisor Scozzafava says is desperately needed. (00:44:52 9629) (("They'll put a building up for construction, cause they're gonna have a need for a building, and then once that construction period is over with, they will turn that building over to the town, and that will be used for our highway garage." 00:45:05)) Scozzafava says the town will not receive the power produced, as the corporation plans to sell the power. A public meeting will be held on April 8th at the Moriah Central School for the community to learn more. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Moriah.

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The winter ban on manure spreading is about to be lifted. But the Ag Agency is reminding farmers to spread carefully -- and assess each situation -- to make sure they don't violate water-quality regulations. Suggestions include -- waiting to spread manure until snow is off fields -- or if manure must be spread -- farmers should choose fields that are flat and far away from rivers and streams. The ban ends April first.

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Shanties have been pulled from lakes as spring approaches. And some say it was a successful ice fishing season. Especially one angler -- who pulled in a trophy-worthy trout. Judy Simpson has her story.

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The lunch crowd is trickling in at this pizza restaurant in Waterbury. ((Nat sot Kelly)) Kelly Brooks is busy taking orders. ((Nat Hit again)) But when she is not working,,what she really loves to do, is go fishing, Ice Fishing. ((Tile 716_4938_01 Kelly Brooks/ Loves Ice Fishing 01:07:31:10 "Oh I love to fish. A few years ago I mainly got into icefishing and once I experienced it it was so much fun it's the thrill of being out on the ice and then being right over the fish it is a lot more exciting and a lot more active. 01:07:47:00)) ((JS SU 01:16:12:20 "Standing over a hole in the ice on a frozen lake in the middle of winter may not be your idea of a good time but for Kelly,, she is hooked" 01:16:21:27)) ((Fishing video nat sot of Kelly being excited)) And a couple of weeks ago things got really exciting. Kelly landed a huge fish. ((01:08:34:14 Ah,, about that big (shows with hands)laugh)) A lake trout that was 30 inches long .. weighing over 7 pounds. She says that is a master class qualifier,,so did she get some kind of prize? ((Kelly again 01:08:57:23,, "No you just get recognition for it and obviously more than I thought,, haaaa"01:09:02:12)) While Kelly plans on getting out on the ice at least once again this season,,what she would really like is to pass on her passion to her daughter. ((01:10:01:06Kelly again " I would love for my daughter to come out with me she is too scared to step out on the ice but when they say it is safe and you can always have ice picks around your neck.. 01:10:10:25 and you can go out there and once you drill a hole and it is a neat experience and you can put down that bibit and once you feel that bite it gets you hooked. "01:10:20:24)) Because she says,, you never know what you will find, when you pull up your line. JS Channel three news Waterbury.

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Kelly would not tell us exactly where she caught her big fish. She plans to return to the same spot next winter. She did tell us the fish was delicious.

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One more day to the month of March, and it will go out like a lamb! It may be a bit chilly still, but we'll see some sunshine with afternoon temperatures holding in the 30s to near 40. April Fools Day will also bring us some sunshine, and still some unseasonably chilly temperatures. It will be a little warmer for end of the work week, and we'll see some April rain showers Thursday night and Friday. Then it will be turning colder again on Saturday and we could see that rain change over to snow Friday night into Saturday.

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Tonight: Cloudy skies. Chance of evening rain or snow showers. Lows: 18/28 Winds: W 10-15 mph Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs: 33/40 Winds: NW 5-15 mph Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 8/15 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 30/37 Winds: NW 5-15 mph Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday Night: Lows 15/22 Thursday: Increasing clouds. Showers late. Highs 43/50 Lows 33/40 Friday: Showers likely. Chance of rain or snow Friday night. Highs 38/45 Lows 20s Saturday: Chance of snow. Highs 30s Lows 15/25 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 35/45 Lows 20s Monday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 40s

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Police say the public helped solve a pair of bank robberies in Vergennes. Police released these photos after the Vermont Federal Credit Union was robbed Friday afternoon. Several tips came in pointing to 44-year-old Ricky Putnam of Addison. Police also linked Putnam to a robbery at the People's United bank in Vergennes two weeks before. Putnam turned himself in Saturday when he learned police were looking for him. He told investigators a cocaine addiction drove him to commit the crimes.

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Police in Milton need your help finding a truck thief. Investigators say this man -- took a work-truck from the Building Home Center on Route 7 Friday afternoon. The truck has business logos on the doors and a black ladder rack on the back. If you know who this man is -- call Milton Police.

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Bennington is putting the brakes on its annual car show. The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the show for the past 48-years. But this year -- it's taking a break. Chamber officials say there are too many other car shows competing with theirs -- so they are taking a year to reevaluate the event and find some new partners. The Chamber promises a bigger and better car show in 20-16.

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The Vermont Diversity Conference in Burlington -- explored economic challenges for minorities. When it was first held more than two decades ago, the goal was simply to make the state more racially diverse. But now that there are more people of color in Vermont, this year the conference focused on challenges and possibilities for minorities in the workplace -- especially at the top.

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((Patrick Brown, Greater Multicultural Resource Center Director, It is very important in the workplace that diversity is from the top down. Our leaders need to emphasize diversity, integration, not just recruiting but hiring and promoting but most of all retention in the workplace.)) Jamaican bobsledder Devon Harris and former US Senator Carol Mosley Braun were the featured speakers. That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ...one UVM men's hockey season has just come to an end, and we are about seven months away from the start of a new one...but the IceCats have already suffered a big loss head of that new campaign as junior goaltender Brody Hoffman has decided to forego his senior year and has signed an entry-level contract with the NHL's Minnesota Wild. Hoffman becomes the fourth member the 2015 Catamounts to sign a professional contract, but the other three, Michael Paliotta, Nick Luukko and Colin Markison were all seniors. Hoffman would have been a big part of the Cats plans for next season after ending his junior campaign on a high note, stopping 87 of 88 shots he faced while leading Vermont to a three game series victory at Boston College in the Hockey East quarterfinals and back into the conference semifinals for the first time in five years. Despite some midseason struggles, Hoffman started 20 games this season, going 13-6-2 with a 2.06 goals against average, the fourth best in school history, and a .922 save percentage. As a freshman, Hoffman became the first Catamount goalie to start every regular season game since Tim Thomas in the 1996-97 season, and his career numbers, a 2.45 goals against and .914 save percentage rank second all-time in program history behind Joe Fallon. Other recent Vermont players like Torrey Mitchell and Viktor Stalberg have left the program early to pursue their NHL dreams. It's a sting to lose players early, but it also shows the program is proving to be a breading ground for top talent.

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(TRT:26...great motivator) (Sneddon:"It's always hard to see your players leave early, but we're used to it. It's part of college hockey now, part of college athletics. I don't know the exact statistics but we've put several guys into NHL contracts over the last few years. We want to recruit student athletes that are certainly serious about the University of Vermont and their education, but at the same time have aspirations of playing beyond college. I think that's a great motivator.")

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With Hoffman leaving, that puts the spotlight fully on junior-to-be goaltender Mike Santaguida. Santaguida was coach Sneddon's number one goalie for the final month of the season, and overall the sophomore played in 25 games and his numbers were nearly identical to Hoffman's...a 2.08 goals against average and .932 save percentage, so the cupboard is far from bare.

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Vermont's top speller is DC bound. Lucinda Storz. An 11 year old from the Thaddeus Stevens School in Lyndon is still glowing from her big win this month in the State Spelling bee. After a record breaking 42 rounds -- She bested more than 30 other students -- with her winning word Ipecac.

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Tonight on the channel 3 news at 11 -- Alex Apple catches up with the young wordsmith to find out her secret to success as she prepares to represent Vermont in the national spelling bee. Again look for that story tonight on the late news.

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A new report on breast cancer could help doctors better identify the risks and treatments for patients. Teri Okita reports.

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TRT = 1:23 (PKG) AT RICKI FAIRLEY'S ANNUAL CHECK-UP IN 2012, DOCTORS FOUND A TINY LUMP. SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER. (SOT: Ricki Fairley/Breast Cancer Survivor) It?s more rare. It?s more aggressive, and there aren?t a lot of treatment options for it. BUT NOW, NEW ?NATIONWIDE? DATA MAY HELP DOCTORS IDENTIFY WHICH PATIENTS ARE MOST AT RISK ... AND WHICH TREATMENTS ARE BEST. FOR THE FIRST TIME, RESEARCHERS EXAMINED THE FOUR MAJOR TYPES OF BREAST CANCER, "INCLUDING" TRIPLE NEGATIVE ? THEN DETERMINED HOW OFTEN ETHNICITY AND RACE, POVERTY LEVELS, AGE, AND OTHER FACTORS PLAYED A ROLE. (SOT: Dr. Joanne Mortimer/City of Hope oncologist) This is just such a complex disease. We used to think of breast cancer as you were before or after menopause. It really is more about the biology of the cancer. THE RESEARCH FOUND NON-HISPANIC BLACKS HAD A HIGHER RATE OF TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER AND LATE STAGE DISEASE THAN OTHER RACIAL GROUPS. (Teri) What kind of treatments are involved? (Dr.) So, usually, chemotherapy is a major component of it. THE STUDY ALSO LOOKED AT OTHER CANCERS AND FOUND LUNG, COLORECTAL, AND PROSTATE CANCERS ARE DOWN, BUT INCIDENCE OF THYROID, KIDNEY, AND LIVER CANCERS ARE UP FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. (Fairley) I?m a survivor. I?m going to beat this. FAIRLEY, NOW 58 YEARS OLD, SAYS SHE?S DOING GREAT AFTER HAVING AGGRESSIVE CHEMO AND RADIATION. SHE SAYS SHE ALSO ELIMINATED STRESS IN HER AND MOVED TO THE BEACH. TERI OKITA, FOR CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.

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The latest study also shows oral cancer, related to H-P-V, increased among white men. Uterine cancer saw an uptick, especially among black women. That's health watch.

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Many Vermont artists find inspiration in the state's natural beauty. That's exactly the case for one man who interprets nature to make his Made in Vermont jewelry. Gina Bullard has more.

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Bruce Baker loves tinkering with wax in his Middlebury workshop. ((nat)) But these detailed wax shapes don't just stop there -- they get turned into nature inspired primarily sterling silver creations for his business Bruce Baker Studio. (00:35:59:04) ((Bruce Baker/Bruce Baker Studio "i can hardly think of anything we've ever made that doesn't have some relationship to nature.i'm an avid gardner and love to scuba dive when i can")) He makes 150 different styles of jewelry -- creating everything from sea shells earrings for people living on the coast -- to maple leaves -- and even creepy crawly things like snakes. Wax sculptures get cast by throwing melted metal into cylinders filled with plaster. The wax melts and is replaced with metal -- revealing impressive sculptures that are taken apart to make the jewelry that will last. It's a long and detailed process. (00:31:13:09) ((Bruce Baker/Bruce Baker Studio "so many steps that's why I get annoyed when people say oh those are just cast like they fall out of a machine")) Jewelry first sparked his interest in college. (00:38:13:28) ((Bruce Baker/Bruce Baker Studio "my first piece of jewelry was when I was at a party in the 70's and there was wax from a candle on a table and i picked up a piece of wax and pulled it and stretched it and from that moment i was hooked")) He's had multiple jewelry businesses and started this one four years ago and it's on a roll. He sells thousands of pieces a year in stores across the US. Sales doubled last year and Baker expects them to double again this year. The most sough after design -- these serpent earrings. (00:44:30:20) ((Bruce Baker/Bruce Baker Studio "they definitely make a statement. b-they definitely make a statement and there's a crossover with motorcycle sons of anarchy it's that look people like")) (00:45:04:07) ((Bruce Baker/Bruce Baker Studio "g-what do you think? B-they're you g-ha!")) And there may not be too many serpents here -- but Baker says it's a great place to create his made in Vermont pieces. (00:41:32:00) ((Bruce Baker/Bruce Baker Studio "my jewelry is so nature based its a great place to see nature, you don't get that feeling in central park")) Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Middlebury.

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Baker's pieces range from 8-dollars to 3-thousand. We'll have a link with more information on our website.

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A national country music award for Vermont's Rick and the All Star Ramblers. At the Academy of Western Artists Award Ceremony in Dallas this past weekend -- the band took home the award for Best Song of the year. The song "you Can't make it up" -- off it's Welcome to OUR Vermont CD -- took home the prize. The band went up against five other national acts. Rick and the Ramblers was recently featured in our Set the Stage segment -- on the 30 -- at 5-30 right here on Channel 3.

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A season that could have been capped by a bitter disappointment, instead ends with momentum building for what the future could hold for the UVM men's basketball team. After falling at home to Stony Brook in the America East semifinals and missing out on the potential trips to the NCAA and NIT tournaments, the Hoopcats received a bid to the College Basketball Invitational. Instead of looking at it as a consolation prize, Vermont attacked the opportunity with gusto, winning an opening round game on the road at Hofstra, then hosting the first postseason game in program history, a victory over Radford in the CBI quarterfinals. The Cats run ended in the semis at Louisiana-Monroe, Vermont finishing with a record of 20-14, the seventh straight season with at least 20 wins. And the future looks bright, with just two players, Hector Harold and Ryan Pierson, lost to graduation, a Cats team that went into this season with questions about it's youth, will return a squad that is still young, but now experienced as well.

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(TRT:29...lot of competition) (O'Day:"I'm just looking forward to getting back in the gym with these guys and looking forward to next year. We've got a lot of pieces coming back. You know, our points guards Trae and Cam are only getting better. Then hopefully Ernie coming back next year is very reassuring we'll be real deep in that position." Becker:"The young guards with Cam and Trae getting all that experience and certainly Dre Wills getting all that experience this year, you know, it's going to give me a lot of options and I think we're going to be even more dynamic in the backcourt. It should be interesting and it should be a lot of competition.")

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UVM women's lacrosse senior captain Jessica Roach has been named the America East co-offensive player of the week. Roach collected her third weekly award of the season after matching a career-high with seven goals in Vermont's 11-10 win over UMBC on Saturday. It was the ninth multi-goal performance of the season for Roach, who currently ranks third in the nation with 4.18 goals per contest, moved into third place on UVM's all-time career goals list and now sits just four scores shy of taking over second place. Roach and the Cats are 8-3 overall, and have won five straight. They'll look to go 2-0 in conference play when they open a three game road trip at Albany on Wednesday.

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Red Sox manager John Farrell made it official today, announcing that Clay Buchholz will get the ball as Boston's opening day starter when the Sox visit Philadelphia next Monday. But who will be catching those pitches? The team today placed expected starting catcher Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow, and they also made a trade, acquiring catcher Sandy Leon from Washington for cash. He'll likely share duties with veteran Ryan Hanigan to start the season, but if Vazquez is out for an extended time, that could open the door for top catching prospect Blake Swihart to take over sooner than expected.

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The New England Patriots are just now coming down off the high of winning another Super Bowl. But as Patriots players will tell you, reaching your peak at the end of the day means starting the morning off right. Here's Scott Fleishman with tonight's spotlight on Sports. (((Monday Morning at Mt. Abe.))) ((("What you having sir?"))) ((("I'll have an apple."))) ((("Plain bagel."))) ((("You've got your juice?"))) (((Championing a cause while having breakfast served by a champion.))) ((("All types of healthy stuff that will make your brain be ready to fire up."))) (((That's Duron Harmon, Patriots safety))) ((("I knew who he was."))) ((("They won a superbowl."))) (((He's here as part of the NFL's Fuel up to play 60 program))) ((("It promotes how important breakfast is."))) (((The kids grab-n-go breakfast on the way to class))) ((("It's the most important meal of the day."))) (((Harmon will be going back to class soon too,))) (((April 20th, that's the first preseason workouts."))) (((Studying those defensive plays))) ((("Now it's time to get to work.)")) (((Scott Fleishman/"It's been a couple of years since we had a New England Patriot visit this area. Another Rutgers grad and Patriots Safety Devin McCourty ran a football camp in Colchester. With Vince Wilfork moving on to Houston in looks like McCourty could slip into that role as Patriots defensive leader next season."))) (((Duron Harmon/"Devin is definitely grooming to be one of our leaders. He's our captian. I'm just very excited to see what his game transcends to this year.")))) (((Players look up to their leaders))) ((("How are you doing?"))) (((like these Mt. Abe Students looked up to Duron Harmon this morning.))) ((("It's just an experience I will always remember."))) (((He's made a living taking away passes, but here he's made a students day))) ((("So what are we fueling up with today."))) (((giving out food for thought.))) ((("Have a good one buddy."))) ((("In Bristol, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 spotlight on sports.)))

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Tonight at 11. She's set to represent Vermont. See how the state's top speller is getting ready for the big bee. And take a tour of the new 78-million dollar Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston -- next on the CBS Evening News. Good night. Good night.


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