Mon 17-NOV-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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Painful budget cuts are coming. Last week Governor Shumlin said lawmakers will have to slash this year's state budget and next year's. The latest revenue report shows tax collections running seven percent below projections -- mainly due to weakness in the personal income tax. The situation was years in the making -- and getting out of this bind will force politicians in Montpelier to make some very tough choices. Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding joins me now from our Montpelier bureau. ((last week on this program Tom Pelham -- who served as tax commissioner and finance commissioner for previous governors -- said poor decisions brought us here -- for years the state budget has grown 4 to 6 percent but employment growth, population growth and median income growth -- grew at a fraction of that, if at all. Why let it get to this point?)) ((what specific short term changes must be made?)) ((How do we get out of this in the long term?)) ((advocates and the liberal wing of your own party hate cuts -- but someone has to lose. Who will it be?)) ((how will the addition of more republicans affect the Administration's ability to get the cuts its wants?)) ((human services represents about half of the state budget -- so where do you cut the agency responsible for DCF and mental health?)) ((how would you fix the property tax problem and get lawmakers to go along? House Speaker Shap Smith said on this program last week that -- no one has put a good alternative for funding schools on the table.))

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Bombogensis. Polar Vortex. Are we all gonna die? Tomorrow on the Thirty -- we're talking about wild weather with Andy Nash of the National Weather Service. Are these things new or dangerous? Or just fun to say? We're talking about crazy sounding weather phenomena tomorrow at 5-30 on The Thirty.

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Good Evening I'm Darren Perron. and I'm Kristin Kelly. Critics are calling for calling for Governor Peter Shumlin to fire one of the architects of his single-payer financing plan. But he is sticking by Jonathan Gruber -- the consultant at the center of a national controversy over health reform - and how Obamacare was passed. State House Reporter Kyle Midura is here to explain, Kyle - Darren and Kristin - Jonathan Gruber helped craft the federal Affordable Care Act - or Obamacare. But given comments he made regarding the importance of American "stupidity" and a lack of transparency in the bill's passage, and that he made one of his controversial comments in Vermont, some say the state should no longer employ him for its single-payer work. The Governor is not one of those people.

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Republican state representatives Kurt Wright, Heidi Scheuermann, and Patti Komline sent a letter to Gov. Peter Shumlin Monday. It calls for the Governor to end the state's relationship with embattled health care policy analyst Jonathan Gruber. He's been under the national microscope since comments he made about his work crafting the Affordable Care Act recently came to light. (Gruber11-Pkg from 11/14/14) ((Jonathan Gruber - Oct. 17, 2013 lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, call it the stupidity of the Amercan voter or whatever, but bascially that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass)) Gruber currently has a 450-thousand dollar contract with the state of Vermont to help develop the state's single-payer financing plan. During a hearing in Montpelier In 2011, he responded to a a critic's question with a glib remark. (00:01:08:00 -- from PRODUCTION) (( Jonathan Gruber - Feb 20, 2011 Was this written by my adolescent children by any chance?)) (00:43:13:00) ((Rep. Kurt Wright - R-Burlington I think that Mr. Gruber has -- to me -- with those comments has disqualified himself to continue to rake in money from taxpayers who he has actually insulted with his comments.)) (00:38:30:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont not only did he say this stuff, but he thinks this stuff)) Gov. Peter Shumlin trashed the M-I-T Professor and health policy analyst for his comments. But the Governor is keeping him on the payroll. He says Gruber's take on the American public and transparency should not affect his ability to tabulate single-payer's potential impact for Vermont's economy. (00:39:05:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont We are going to continue to have him finish the job that he began, because he's the one who is really digging into the numbers, he's our calculator, he's not doing policy for us, he's not doing advice for us, he's really our calculator)) Gov. Shumlin pledges to deliver a universal care plan by January, but Wright and fellow critics say that's two years after its initial due date ... and suggest the missed deadline as evidence of Gruber's influence.

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Gruber's contract is nearly up, and the Governor says a plan is almost ready. The Governor did not rule out the possibility of working with Gruber again on future efforts.

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He was quarantined over Ebola concerns. Today -- the Vermont man was released. Peter Italia spent 21 days at an undisclosed location--and was monitored twice a day -- for symptoms - after his trip to West Africa. The Health Department says the quarantine was voluntary--and Italia was cooperative.

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(00:01:50) ((Tracy Dolan/Acting Vt. Health Commissioner "Once quarantine is finished we no longer have a relationship in terms of health monitoring. If the individual had concerns of course that person could reach out to us but we no longer monitor and that individual is symptom free and healthy and able to go on their way.")) (00:02:04) The commissioner says this quarantine helped educate the public about Ebola -- and how the virus is spread. Governor Shumlin released a statement saying--This was a difficult situation but he's pleased it's been resolved in a way that protected the safety of Vermonters -- and the individual involved.

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The Public Safety Commissioner says the state is fixing problems with the sex offender registry -- revealed in an audit this summer. The problems included omitting offenders and inaccurate monitoring of how long they stay on the registry. Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn told lawmakers today about a new software the state is using to monitor the registry.

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(24:14 Keith Flynn/Public Safety Commissioner)(("The message I got today was the need to make sure we have the collaborative process in place...22:43 We want to make sure that we're protective of the privacy interests and due process rights of those individuals required to be on the registry.")) Flynn says the new software will fix mistakes that led to incorrect information on the online registry.

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A superior court judge called Vermont's practice of sending only male inmates out of state -- unconstitutional. A decision that could impact hundreds of Vermont's prisoners. Alex Apple has that story... Alex? Darren, it's something Vermont has been doing for 16 years -- sending between 200-400 inmates out of state to alleviate an overcrowding problem. Now one judge's decision could force the department's to change its policies.

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The state of Vermont considers Michael Carpenter a habitual offender -- convicted of numerous theft charges. So the state sent him to serve his multi-year prison sentence in Kentucky. Now a judge has ordered Carpenter be sent back to Vermont because he is a father of twins -- hoping to still see his kids. (5:46 Andy Pallito/Department of Corrections Commissioner)(("the department needs to more heavily consider parenting when making decisions to send out of state.")) When Carpenter was incarcerated in Vermont, his children made frequent visits -- but they could not afford trips to Kentucky. Washington Superior Court Judge Helen Toor called the state's practice of sending just males out of state, unconstitutional. (Andy Pallito/Department of Corrections Commissioner 4:58)(("This case is a gender equality case where the judge found we don't treat men and women equally when making out of state decisions.")) Pallito says his department sends only males out of state because of overcrowding-- a problem the state does not have with women. He says the judge's decision is proof the state did not adequately show why overcrowding is dangerous. (6:57 Andy Pallito)(("It leads to more assaults, fighting, inmate on staff issues.")) The state will not appeal -- but Pallito says Toor's decision could have implications for all Vermont's offenders if a future lawsuit is filed. The state could be forced to send either men AND women out of state or no one at all. (15:29 Allen Gilbert/American Civil Liberties Union)(("We think it's actually an infringement on mens rights and womens right when they're inamtes and sent out of state.")) Allen Gilbert of the American Civil Liberties Union agrees the state sends prisoners out of state because it lacks resources. (16:12 Allen Gilbert/ACLU)(("The state has not been able to solve the problem of how you can transtion more inmates out of jail more quickly and it's because there is not enough housing for them.")) And Pallito admits the housing problem is one he's not sure how the legislature would fix. 6:44 Andy Pallito)(("Vermont doesn't overcrowd it's facilities as a general rule. We operate within our stated capacities. What this ruling will lead us to do is better quantify what overcrowding will lead to."))

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Toor's decision does not apply to all inmates, but could have an effect if a subsequent lawsuit is filed by inmates housed out of state. Carpenter -- meanwhile -- is now housed at the jail in Springfield, Vermont.

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We have more details tonight about an officer involved shooting in Windsor. According to court documents -- the incident stemmed from a sting operation on an alleged drug dealer. Adam Sullivan reports.

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Vermont State Police investigators continued to examine the parking lot next to Ferguson Auto in Windsor-- nearly 24 hours after an officer involved shooting Sunday afternoon. An active crime scene that startled some who live in the area. ((John Demasi/West Windsor: "news of an office involved shooting, any sort of chase like that is definitely out of the ordinary. And pretty shocking.")) According to court documents-- Windsor police officers were staked out near the parking lot because they had information about a drug deal that was about to go down. When the suspect arrived-- in a car allegedly driven by 34 year old Jorge Burgos of Quechee-- officers attempted to take the pair into custody. That's when police say Burgos quote "hammered it" driving straight for one of the officers. Court paper say Windsor Police Officer Ryan Palmer-- fired multiple shots at the vehicles, striking Burgos in the arm several times. Burgos and his passenger sped away but were later taken into custody in Claremont New Hampshire. ((Sullivan: "the officer has been placed on administrative leave. The chief in Windsor says it is standard protocol in this type of incident. However, he referred all OTHER questions to the Vermont State Police. The Vermont State Police also declined an on camera interview.")) (francis video) Burgos is no stranger to police. He was in court last year, on unrelated charges, and was wanted by the Vermont Department of Corrections for allegedly not complying with community placement orders. He now faces an additional charge of aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement officer. Police say the passenger in the vehicle-- 25-year-old Brittany Smith of Plainfield New Hampshire-- had two active arrest warrants from New hampshire for Sale of Heroin and Identity Fraud. More evidence of a heroin epidemic that is gripping the region. ((Demasi: "it sounds like, after enough creditable news reports that there is a problem. And it is definitely at a level that is sort of surprising.)) But, residents in this community say drug related crimes have no place here. ((Demasi: "I don't think people need to be afraid of anything. If they are not getting involved in bad stuff. I don't think bad situations are going to find you unless you find them.")) Which is what investigators say happened in this parking lot. A cross border incident that has landed two suspects once again, on the wrong side of the law. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Windsor.

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Burgos underwent surgery at DHMC for his gunshot wounds. It is not clear when he will be brought back to Vermont to face the aggravated assault charge.

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The Colchester cop -- facing federal drug and gun charges -- is in rehab. Tyler Kinney's release from jail was delayed -- because prosecutors were concerned about threats -- Kinney allegedly made against a drug partner. Kinney's lawyer says his client denies making the threats -- but agreed on a release plan that involves electronic monitoring.

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(00:00:13:00 John Pacht/Kinney's attorney)(("It was a joint decision based on concerns the US Attorney's Office or Probation office had. We don't have any problem adding this condition so long as Tyler gets the treatment he needs.")) Kinney will undergo treatment for drug addiction at the Serenity House in Wallingford. He still faces federal charges that could get him ten years in prison.

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Sharon is here, and we saw a little bit of everything today! We did! Our rain and snow showers will be winding down tonight, and temperatures will fall once again. Tuesday, it will be cold and blustery with temperatures not getting out of the 20s and wind chills will make it feel more like 10 degrees. It will continue to be unseasonable chilly through the rest of the week, with some snow showers mainly in the mountains. There will also be a band of lake effect snow coming off of Lakes Ontario and Erie, which will bring as much as 6-12" of snow across western and central New York. Another disturbance will bring some rain and snow showers to the area on Thursday and Friday. And finally, our temperatures will be moderating over the weekend. Be very careful on the roads as temperatures fall, and watch out for black ice especially over bridges and over passes.

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Police in Littleton say they know how a man died -- last month. The Medical Examiner ruled that 34-year-old Adam Hill of Whitefield New Hamsphire -- overdosed on heroin -- that had been laced with the powerful prescription painkiller fentanyl. Several Vermont and New Hampshire communities have seen overdose deaths involving fentanyl this year. Police investigating those cases have said that dealers will slip fentanyl into heroin to give it more punch and to try to boost their profits.

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A New Hampshire mom accused of kidnapping her own child in a custody dispute ten years ago -- is ready to face charges. Genevieve Kelley of Whitefield disappeared with her daughter, Mary, into Central America in 2004 -- after failing to prove her ex-husband had harmed the girl. Authorities were never able to find the mother and daughter. But now that Mary is 18 -- and no longer subject to family court orders -- Kelley's lawyer says she wants to face a jury on her custodial interference charge.

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World War Two veterans from Vermont -- received the highest decoration -- from France today.

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((2:43 Oh say you can see ....*keep music under* )) Pride. ((Gov. Shumlin: 14:23 The free world would not stand free if not for you.)) Patriotism. ((7:25 With liberty and justice for all.)) Top military honors. For three Vermonters. Three veterans -- of World War Two. ((Gov, French Consulate and Adj. General enter statehouse)) The French Consulate, Honorable Fabien Fieshchi came to Vermont to deliver the three vets -- the French Legion of Honor -- France's oldest -- and highest military award. It's presented -- to those who helped liberate France from Nazi occupation. ((22:23 Honorable Fabien Fieshchi / French Consulate: Mr. Breslend, Mr. Pilus, Mr. Bergeron we are grateful to you for your heroic actions. In spite of constant exposure to danger, you and your showed extraodinary courage and bravery throughout your service in france. )) ((applause)) 88 year-old, Donald Breslend, of Springfield -- was a combat infantryman from 1944-1946 -- and was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge. He returned to service -- after treatment. ((26:15 presentation in French to Bresland)) 98 year-old, Harold Bergeron, of Essex Junction -- fought his way through France for three years -- to reach the Battle of the Bulge. His company -- lost 800 men along the way. ((25:35 Thank you, sir.)) And 91 year-old Leonard Pilus, also of Essex Junction, was part of the first wave of servicemen to reach Omaha Beach on D-Day. He spent ten days under enemy fire. ((27:50 presentation in French)) ((24:11 Honorable Fabien Fieshchi/France: Thank you for your courage and dedication. It is truly a privilege to decorate you today with the Legion of Honor as a token of France's eternal gratitude.))

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Other veterans were honored today too -- with the Vermont Distinguished Service Medal -- and the Vermont Vetrans' Medal. For more on that -- read this story on our website -- wcax.com

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More lawmakers are urging Fairpoint to end its strike with workers. About 2000 unionized employees in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine have been on strike for a month -- over imposed benefit cuts. 36 members of the Legislative Working Vermonters' Caucus wrote to Fairpoint's CEO today urging the company to reach a fair agreement with union workers. The company and the union are set to meet tomorrow with a federal mediator.

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Efficiency Vermont is a utility that was created by the Legislature and the Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect the environment. But it comes at a cost. Judy Simpson takes a look at that, and the newest effort to help some Vermonters to manage their energy use.

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It is called the home energy report. Efficiency Vermont says the goal is to try to help educate customers about their electrical use. 100 thousand randomly selected GMP customers will be the first people in this pilot program. ((Tile BOB 5522_01 Matt Kilcoyne/Efficiency Vermont 00:00:39:00" So what it is is customers will be getting reports and at various stages throughout the year and it can help customers compare their uses to their most efficient neighbors and try to give them some tips as well on some things they can do to reduce their consumption." 00:00:59:20)) Those participating can then log on to the Efficiency Vermont website and track their energy use right down to each hour of the day. The information comes from GMP customers electric meters. The old analog meters and from the new Smart meters that can provide energy usage data every 15 minutes. It then compares your consumption to your neighbors'. (( Tile BOB 5564_01 JS SU 00:21:26:22 Judy Simpson/ South Burlington "So who's in your neighbor's catagory? well 100 nearby occupied homes but again Efficiency Vermont stresses this is all private information. There is no way you would know which neighbors are participating and there is no way they could access your account." 00:21:40:25)) This is a voluntary program. Those chosen can opt out if they do not want to participate. So who is paying for these home energy reports? Ratepayers, through a surcharge on your electric bill. ((Tile BOB 5540_01 00:14:33:17 George Twigg/Efficiency Vermont 00:14:47:26 "The rate increases are set by the Public Service board and the way Efficiency Vermont is primarily funded is through a small surcharge on the electric bill its about 5 percent of your overall bill right now so for an average person it's about 80 dollars a year compared to an overall electric bill of about 11 hundred dollars a year for the average Vermonter." 00:15:09:28)) In each of the past five years the PSB has approved electric bill increases for Efficiency Vermont. And your electric bill will show that rates just jumped again - a little more than 7 percent. The Utility says it is money well spent. ((Tile BOB 5540_01 00:14:33:17 George Twigg/Efficiency Vermont 00:15:18:04" Right we try to make sure that Vermonters are getting good value for what they are investing in and so we have independently verified results every year and generally we are bringing back about 2 dollars worth of energy savings for every dollar of investment so its a good return for the state of Vermont. Last year energy savings were about 62 million dollars for the state so it's a significant benefit and that is money that is going back into people's pockets to be used on their energy costs." 00:15:43:17)) The Home Energy Report program will run for one year. After that, Efficiency Vermont wants to broaden the program to include customers from other electricity providers in the state. Judy Simpson Channel three news, Burlington.

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We have more on the Energy Reports and Efficiency Vermont in our infocenter at wcax dot com.

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Tens of thousands of Vermonts lost power for much fo the day Sunday. A transformer line in New Hampshire failed -- leaving Washington Electric Co-op customers in the dark. Some Hardwick Electric and Vermont Electric Coop customers also lost power -- from about 8:30 in the morning to 2pm.

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Farms along the Missisquoi Bay Basin will not have to comply with best management practices. Earlier this year the Conservation Law Foundation filed a petition urging that farms be forced to adopt the practices to improve water quality. But today Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross denied the petition -- saying that adopting them -- would not be consistent with the EPA's on-going plan for water quality improvement. He added that there are not enough resources available to help farms comply.

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Sharon is back and it sounds like the cold is sticking around. Our rain and snow showers will be winding down tonight, and temperatures will fall once again. Tuesday, it will be cold and blustery with temperatures not getting out of the 20s and wind chills will make it feel more like 10 degrees. It will continue to be unseasonable chilly through the rest of the week, with some snow showers mainly in the mountains. There will also be a band of lake effect snow coming off of Lakes Ontario and Erie, which will bring as much as 6-12" of snow across western and central New York. Another disturbance will bring some rain and snow showers to the area on Thursday and Friday. And finally, our temperatures will be moderating over the weekend. Be very careful on the roads as temperatures fall, and watch out for black ice especially over bridges and overpasses.

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Tonight: Turning colder. Rain and snow showers ending. Becoming partly cloudy. Lows: 20/27 Winds: S 5-10 mph Tuesday: Partly sunny. Cold and blustery. Mountain snow showers. Highs: 25/32 Winds: SW 15-20 mph Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 12/22 Winds: SW 15-20 mph Wednesday: Partly sunny. (A few flurries mountains) Highs: 25/32 Winds: SW 10-15 mph Extended: Thursday through Monday. Wednesday Night: lows 15/25 Thursday: Chance of rain or snow showers. Highs 28/35 Lows 10s Friday: Partly sunny, chance of snow showers. Highs 23/30 lows 10s Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs 23/30 Lows 15/25 Sunday: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain/snow showers. Highs 30s Lows 25/35 Monday: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain showers. Highs 40s

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Vermont's GMO labeling law is getting some celebrity support. Rock legend -- Neil Young -- wrote that he is boycotting Starbucks -- because he believes the coffee giant is teaming up with Monsanto to try to block the new law from going into effect. But Starbucks says it's not true. The company issued a statement this morning saying it is not part of any lawsuit or providing any funding to try to block the Vermont law.

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Vermont cheesemakers did very well at a competition in London this weekend. Cellars at Jasper Hill in Greensboro was voted best in the world in the unpasteurized cheese category -- for its Bayley Hazen Blue. That world's best title means the Bayley Hazen was one of the top 16 cheeses out of over 26-hundred entries in the competition. Also winning super gold awards -- Grafton Village Cheese. Its Shepsog won in the "ewe's milk cheese not in another class" category and its Bismark won best in the "hard ewe's milk plain" category.

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60-thousand in fines -- for a logger from Orleans. The attorney general's office says Reginald Riendeau was cutting in a protected wetland -- and exceeded the amount of timber that could be cut in one area -- and that resulted in polluted run-off. Along with the fines, Riendeau must notify the state of any logging activity for the next three years.

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A dump truck carrying gravel overturned on Main street in Fairfax this afternoon. The truck flipped and hit a tree. Green Mountain Power was called and crews worked so the tree wouldn't fall on any workers or take down any power lines. Crews worked to get the truck upright and towed away. Fire crews say the slick roads could have been a factor in the accident.

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Part of route 114 will be closed next spring and some East Burke residents are not happy about it. Vermont Transportation Agency proposed an accelerated bridge project to replace a 90 year old bridge. The project will close a road and also force those traveling between Lyndonville and Island Pond to take a 50 mile detour. The road would be closed from May 26th- June 15th. and Construction is due to begin in April.

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And a Stowe bridge will be closed this week. The route 108 Bridge will be shutdown from tomorrow morning -- though Thursday while crews relocate water lines. Detour routes will be available and businesses located along the Mountain Road will remain open. That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ...the UVM men's basketball team will look to get into the win column for the first time this season when the Cats wrap up their season opening two game road trip tonight at Siena. The Cats are coming off a 64-60 loss at Canisius Saturday. Freshman Trae Bell-Haynes had a team high 17 and junior Ethan O'Day added 12 but overall Vermont struggled to find their shots, shooting 40 percent from the field and hitting just 5 of 18 from three point range. On the positive side, the Cats out-rebounded Canisius and also held the Golden Griffins to 40 percent shooting from the field. Tonight, Vermont faces a familiar foe in Siena...a team they have faced, and beaten, each of the last four years. We'll have highlights from this one tonight at 11pm.

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The UVM men's hockey team dropped to 11th in this week's USCHO.com national poll out today, but remained at 10th in the USA Today/USA Hockey poll after splitting a two game series at Providence this past weekend. The Cats suffered their first shutout loss of the season on Friday night, falling 3-0 as Friars standout goalie Jon Gillies made 27 saves. But Vermont bounced back to earn a 2-1 win on Saturday. The Cats getting first period goals from Malcom McKinney and Mario Puskarich, while Mike Santaguida made 32 saves to secure the victory. The sophomore, who also made nine saves in relief of Brody Hoffman in Friday's loss, was named the Hockey East defensive player of the week for his efforts. Vermont is now 7-2-1, 5-2-1 in Hockey East. Their 11 points have the Cats sitting atop of the conference standings, although they have played at least two more league games than every other team in Hockey East. That run of conference games will continue when Vermont visits Connecticut this Friday night and Massachusetts Saturday night.

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The UVM women's hockey team swept a two game series at Syracuse over the weekend...winning 6-5 Friday on night...5-4 on Saturday. Now 8-4-1 on the season, the Cats visit Northeastern this weekend...

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Tonight at 11 -- What you need to know before ditching your smartphone - that's on the channel 3 news at 11.

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Researchers say they found a way to measure how many germs are exchanged in a kiss. Alphonso Van Marsh reports.

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(shot of tall man and short woman couple at coffee shop) Simon Ven LAH-hooven and Floor Schtli-bis have been together for almost twenty years, and say their relationship still has sizzle. (dissolve to inside museum, hear AVM off camera to Floor) AVM: IS HE A GOOD KISSER? (on cam SOT: Floor Strijbis, enjoys kissing) YES HE IS, HE REALLY IS. (shots of Simon and Floor on kiss-o-meter) The couple is testing a Kiss O meter at the Micropia Museum which shows visitors the science behind a kiss. In a new study, Dutch scientists looked at 21 couples and measured how many microbes were exchanged when they locked lips. (SOT: Remco Kort, scientist) IN A SINGLE KISS, OF TEN SECONDS, 80 MILLION BACTERIA ARE TRANSFERRED ON AVERAGE FROM ONE PERSON TO THE OTHER ONE. (avm and Kort walk and talk, shot of yoghurt in glass, the sample couple kissing) Scientists took samples from the mouths of couples before and after they kissed. One partner drank a yogurt drink that contained bacteria not usually found in the mouth. (SOT - REMCO KORT/SCIENTIST) BY DOING THAT, WE COULD MAKE AN ESTIMATE OF HOW MANY BACTERIA WERE TRANSFERRED FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER. (STANDUP: Alphonso Van Marsh, CBS News, Amsterdam) THE KISSING RESEARCH CAME OUT OF THIS MUSEUM IN AMSTERDAM THAT PUTS GERMS ON DISPLAY SO PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT'S GOING ON INSIDE THEIR BODIES. (SOT: Haig Balian, Director, Mocrobia museum) I WANTED TO SHOW THEM THEY WERE PART OF NATURE, THAT NATURE WAS IN THEM. (shots of couple and kiss-o-meter) Scientists say the mouth is home to 7-hundred different kinds of bacteria. (shots of sample couple) and that the more couples kiss- the more similar their saliva becomes. (sot) Alphonso: you did it in the name of science? smiles.. yes. Simon and floor say they won't let germs get in the way of their love life. Alphonso Van Marsh, CBS News, Amsterdam.

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The kissing study is published in the American scientific journal, Microbiome. That's health watch.

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A new baby helped a mom start a new business. The Fairfax woman creates made in Vermont baby accessories. Gina Bullard takes a look.

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Things at the Gingue house can get a little hectic. ((nat)) 5-year old Brooklyn and 2 year old Whitney keep their mom, Sara, busy. ((nat)) But when the house is quiet, mom gets to work. ((nat)) Making kid and baby essentials for her business Chunky Love Boutique in Fairfax. (01:37:34:20) ((Sara Gingue/Chunky Love Boutique "when i first started I would get 4-7 orders and now i'm between 25 and 35 a month")) She keeps tracks of her sales on a map above her work area. Gingue started the business last year and sells her bibs, burp cloths and more on Etsy. She named it after her two little loves -- (01:34:42:27) ((Sara Gingue/Chunky Love Boutique "they were 8.5 and 9.5 pounds so that's where the chunky came from")) Chunky Love Boutique started after Brooklyn was born and Gingue was pregnant with Whitney. The business was a way for the stay at home mom to bring in extra income. (01:35:08:14) ((Sara Gingue/Chunky Love Boutique "what i had for brooklyn was very thin it didn't hold up to using constantly especially the bibs and burp cloths so i wanted to make a product that lasted longer and was cute too")) She offers endless print and color options for each piece. Items range in price from 7 to 32-dollars. Her blankets are made of a super soft fleece -- known as Minksy. And are some of her best sellers. (01:22:40:16) ((Sara Gingue/Chunky Love Boutique "the lovies are your security blankets to take to bed and then the bigger ones are snuggle blankets because you want to snuggle with them")) Brooklyn and Whitney can attest -- these blankets are extra cozy and can go anywhere. (00:48:47:00) ((Sara Gingue/Chunky Love Boutique "caus it's soft")) ((nat kids)) All of her packages are perfectly wrapped and sent out with a personalized thank you note. (01:15:55:09) ((Sara Gingue/Chunky Love Boutique "let them know that they're not just a number")) Pouring the love for her kids into her business that's Made in Vermont. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Fairfax.

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For more information -- we've got a link in the info center at wcax - dot - com.

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After two straight years of frustration, the Middlebury Field Hockey team is back in the NCAA Final Four. The Panthers punched their ticket to the national semifinals with a dominating 5-1 win over Ursinus yesterday in the NCAA regional final at Kohn Field. Middlebury, ranked second in the nation, will face number four College of New Jersey in the semifinals Saturday in Lexington, Virginia as they now sit just two wins away from the program's first national title since 1998. Each of the past two seasons, Middlebury has been tripped up at this same spot, losing at home in the regional final, and both of those defeats coming by one goal. This year's squad was determined not to let it happen again, with junior Bridget Instrum's hat treak leading the Panthers to the win.

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((TRT: 35 ... OC: THE WHOLE THING)) ((Katherine DeLorenzo/ I like to think that every team I've ever coached is determined. This team is very determined, yes. They're very talented. They're very together. And they understand what needs to happen. They really have acquired a real acumen for playing the game and they read that like a book today and it was great.)) ((Bridget Instrum/ It's so surreal. Coming here I had no idea this is what was going to happen. Ever since preseason I knew this team was special. That we're going to go really far, and I think we can come away with the whole thing.))

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The Dartmouth men's soccer team is heading to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. The Big Green will host Fordham in a first round matchup Thursday night at 5pm at Burnham Field. Dartmouth clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA's by winning the Ivy League championships with a 3-0 shutout of Brown Saturday night in Hanover. The winner of Thursday's game between the Big Green and Fordham will travel to Providence on Sunday for a second round matchup. Dartmouth is 5-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in Hanover.

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Despite a disappointing end to their season, the Norwich football team has one more game to play. The Cadets have been selected to host the ECAC Northeast Bowl Game. Norwich will face Salve Regina in the Northeast Bowl this Saturday at 12pm at Sabine Field. This is the third straight year the Cadets will play in the ECAC Bowl Game. Last year, Norwich lost 28-27 at Springfield. The Cadets went 7-3 overall, 5-2 in the ECFC, but their regular season ended with a 48-28 loss to rival Castleton at home in the annual Maple Sap Bucket game this past Saturday.

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On Saturday, the Castleton football team completed its best season in program history with its 20 point win over Norwich in the Maple Sap Bucket game. A shoplifitng scandal at the start of the 2013 season, put the team in a tailspin as it finished with a 1-9 record. The Spartans finished 2014 with a 7-3 record. That turnaround that started with the hiring of head coach, Tony Volpone, who our camera caught addressing him team at the end of Saturday's game. (((Tony Volpone/"Seniors, what a great way for you to go out, but your job is not done. You come back. You give real world advice. You talk about your experience here. Your pads may hang up and you may not play again for us, but you are still apart of what we are doing here. That invitation and that door is always open and the expectation is that you will take advantage of it, come back and see the great things that we are doing here. We started the week off we talked about three things. We wanted to send the seniors out right, we wanted to make history and we wanted to bring the bucket back to Castleton. We will continue to do great things here and inevitabley, we will be asked, when did it start? When did it happen? When did you sense it was going to go? And the answer will undoubtedly be 2014."))) ((("We are..."))) ((("Spartans!")))

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