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Janet McKenzie made her mark with her 1999 painting "jesus of the people" she's back with a new exhibit in Waitsfield which is encouraging conversation...and stirring the pot... Channel 3 photographer Darin Boutet checked it out.

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"Holiness and the Feminine Spirit," will be on display at the Waitsfield United Church of Christ until August 31st.

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- Doctor Harry Chen will join us. Vermont Human Services Secretary Doug Racine was removed from his job by Governor Peter Shumlin and replaced by Health Secretary Doctor Harry Chen. We'll talk to him about what challenges lie ahead coming up tomorrow at 5:30 on the :30.

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Good Evening I'm Kristin Kelly. and I'm Darren Perron. Dedicated. Hardworking. Independent. Loved Vermont and looked out for those who need help. Just some of the ways Former Senator Jim Jeffords is being remembered today. Senator Jeffords served Vermont for decades-- both in Montpelier and in Congress. He passed away this morning in Washington DC. Roger Garrity takes a look back at his career.

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From the earliest days of his political career, Jim Jeffords was truly an Independent Man. (File 1659 5:23-:28) (("I won't forget I came from Vermont. And Vermont won't forget I'm in Washington.")) After a stint as Attorney General and a failed run for Governor, Jeffords was elected to Congress in 1974 -- a moderate, Yankee Republican -- in the tradition of Aiken and Stafford. (1659 6:03) Right away he showed he wasn't your typical Washington insider when he made his first home in D-C a Winnebago. (1659 6:34) Jeffords soon settled in at the Capitol and developed a passion for education and the environment. He championed legislation to improve the nation's schools. And worked with environmental groups on clean air and clean water bills. (JEFDUB 2:00) That agenda gained Jeffords the enmity of conservatives -- and time and again he faced primary opponents. (JEFDUB 2:29-:32) ((Reporter: "The Jacobs challenge to incumbent Jeffords is a bedrock conservative challenge.")) (JEFDUB 2:46-2:49) (("My views differs radically from Mr. Jeffords.")) (JEFDUB 7:23 shaking hands w/ pollina) But Jeffords survived those primary battles -- and won by huge margins in each general election -- serving seven terms in the House of Representatives. (JEFDUB 3:11-3:15) (("I've never made a secret of my desire to eventually serve Vermont in the U.S. Senate.")) (JEFDUB 7:37 Jeffords & Stafford outside capital) When Senator Bob Stafford retired in 1988, Jeffords was a natural choice to replace him. But Republicans were not quick to offer support. (JEFDUB 3:45-:48) ((Garahan: "I don't think Jim has any real claim on it.")) (JEFDUB 4:00-:04) (("Jim Jeffords for U-S Senate. It's a job you have to earn.")) (JEFDUB 4:37 debate cover) Jeffords DID make a claim on the seat -- and he earned the nomination by fending off another primary challenge. (JEFDUB 8:32 victory speech nat sot) In the general election, it was a trademark landslide victory. (JEFDUB 9:45 nat sot dancing) (985 17:54 in office/hallways) During his tenure in the Senate, Jeffords continued to champion legislation that frequently left him at odds with party leaders. (JEFDUB 6:50 jeffords on white house lawn) He was often one of a handful of swing votes -- ((7:02-:04 Clinton: "Senator Jeffords got this group together.")) --and more than once swung the victory to the Democrats. All the while he remained popular with the voters back home. (JEFDUB 10:54nat of train) (jeffords riding in engine) He helped bring Amtrak back to Vermont. (1165 26:14 superfund hearing) He fought for environmental causes -- like the superfund. (nat of toast) (1494 43:36 toasting w/ milk) And he helped win passage of the Northeast Dairy Compact -- boosting prices for struggling farmers. (1397 48:21 singing My baby is American made) But despite membership in the Singing Senators with majority leader Trent Lott, Jeffords was increasingly in disagreement with his party leaders. His disatisfaction came to a head following the 2000 election when Jeffords sided with Democrats against the Presidents tax cut plan. (JEFDUB 5:13-5:19) ((And that is why I have chosen to take the course I'm taking now, to vote with this group.")) Soon the rumors were circulating in Washington -- and on the evening news. (JEFDUB 5:40-:45) ((Democratic leaders have privately talked to Jeffords about becoming a Democrat.")) (1575 :30) He didn't become a Democrat -- but on May 24, 2001, Jim Jeffords did make history with his jump from the Republican party. (JEFDUB 6:00-:09) (("Given the changing nature of the national party, it has become a struggle for our leaders to deal with me and for me to deal with them.")) (1575 31:10 back in dc office) The jump cast Jeffords into the national spotlight because it shifted the balance of power in the Senate from the Republicans to the Democrats. (nats) (1583 43:10 from announcement protest) He was called a traitor by some -- a hero by others. (1579 3:01:14 newsweek) (1574 1:56:58 magic hat) The move landed him on magazine covers -- and on beer bottle labels. (1593 24:56 book) And led Jeffords to write not one, but two books about his political career -- and the reasons for "the jump." (JEFDUB 6:30-:46) (("I knew that if I didn't do what I had to do, I would forever feel responsible, because I had the power to do it. And I didn't exercise that power. It would be on my conscience knowing what I could have done.")) At the time Jeffords vowed to run again -- as an independent ... but four years later he changed his mind. (4:07-14)((it is time now to begin a new chapter. both for me personally and for the people of the state of vermont.)) Amid growing concerns about his physical and mental health, Jeffords announced in April of 2005 that he would not seek re-election in 2006. ((i am feeling the aches and pains of reaching 70. ... my memory fails me on occasion, but liz would tell you that that has been going on for at least 50 years. )) Jim Jeffords -- always humble, always an independent man.

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People across Vermont -- and the country -- are reacting to the Senator's passing. Some long time friends and staff members took a moment today to talk about Jim Jefford's legacy and his love for Vermont -- and Vermonters. Judy Simpson continues our coverage.

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While the now famous Jeffords Jump thrust the Senator into the National spotlight, those who knew him best, wish the press would instead focus on the long legacy he left behind. Susan Boardman Russ was his Chief of Staff for 20 years. ((Susan Boardman Russ 00:09:35:02 "The reality is I wish they would focus more on what was accomplished when people like Jim Jeffords attitude was it didn't matter whether Trent Lott had a good idea or Ted Kennedy had a good idea a good idea was a good idea and he could be comfortable working with that and going and working with whoever it was that had an idea. They would solve a problem."00:09:52:02)) Diane Derby was Senator Jeffords Communications director for many years. ((Diane Derby/ Jeffords former Communications Director 8:40" In truth politically, he should be remembered for so much more for his work with disability rights, for education, the switch was largely fueled by his differences with Pres Bush on education funding. 8:57 He was a real hero and champion to the disability advocacy community and children. He loved walking into a school and seeing the faces of the school children light up.")) ((U S Senator Bernie Sanders/I-Vermont 00:15:47:21 I think there will be legacies on many levels.")) US Senator Bernie Sanders was Vermont's lone Congressman during Jeffords' last term. (( 00:16:31:04 he played a key roll in areas like disablity rights, education the envoronment the arts")) But Sanders says Jeffords was a man who would much rather be in Vermont than Washington ((00:16:00:00 "He was a very decent guy a very low key guy very down to earth guy and a man who really clearly and obviously loved the state of Vermont and Vermont's way of life he loved being in the outdoors he prefered being with Vermonters than being among the muckety mucks the big shots in Washington that's who he was." 00:16:20:16)) Earning him the nickname Gentleman Jim. (( Jim Johnston /Jeffords Fundraiser00:04:07:00" ,,haha I don't know where that came from but it was very hard to dislike Jim even when you disagreed with him he just had that personality that Aw Shucks so maybe that is where it came from." 00:04:17:08)) Jim Johnston first met Senator Jeffords in High School in Rutland. Years later they renewed their friendship when Jeffords was Attorney General and Johnston owned a funeral home in Montpelier. Jeffords asked him to be his finance chairman for his first campaign for the U.S. house something Johnston admits he knew nothing about. ((Jim Johnston/ Jeffords Finance Chairman 00:02:00:19 "The first campaign was kind of a disaster raising money we mortaged the house we got 12 of our friends to sign a note for 12 thousand dollars and won the election thank god. 00:02:13:15 and the rest is history." 00:02:16:25)) Susan Boardman Russ visited with Jeffords about 4 years ago when she was in Washington D. C. He was very ill. ((Russ again 00:11:31:11" He had a hard last few years but he had such a fabulous first 75 that you know he was fortunate and we were all fortunate to be part of it." 00:11:43:14)) And perhaps that is the greatest legacy of all. JS Channel three news, Burlington.

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Tributes to Senator Jeffords continue to pour in -- including from President Barack Obama. The President wrote -- Jeffords "voted his principles, even if it sometimes meant taking a lonely or unpopular stance." and former President Bill Clinton said, "America lost a great public servant with the passing of Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont, a fine man who always put people above politics." Senator Patrick Leahy served along side Jeffords in Washington for 30 years. Leahy says Jeffords "was a Vermonter through and through, drawn to political life to make a difference for our state and nation." Congressman Peter Welch says "With characteristic decency, humility and civility, and a dogged persistence, (Jeffords) made his mark in Congress." Gov. Peter Shumlin called Jeffords "a true gentleman and an independent-minded maverick in the best tradition of our state." And Jeffords still had admirers among Republicans, including Lt. Governor Phil Scott who says -- "The story of Vermont politics cannot be told without Jim Jeffords. He served in the most honorable way a person can serve ... "

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The funeral for Senator Jeffords will be held at the Grace Congregational United Church of Christ in Rutland -- this Friday at 11 a-m.

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New data shows veterans make up a significant portion of the 150-thousand Vermonters that will need food aid this year. Alex Apple has the numbers. Alex. A study released today by the Vermont foodbank shows that 18 percent of the people they serve are active or retired military. By comparison, only eight percent of Vermonters actually have someone from the military in their family. It's the first time the study asked about military service. We talked with two veterans today who explain why they've opted for help.

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In Burlington's Old North End at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, we found a man who's dedicated his life to serving others. ((NATS: 21:44 Woody - No Problem anytime)) Woody Alexander spent seven years in the marines, and now -- he's volunteering at the food bank. (14:04 Woody Alexander/Veteran)(("I believe in karma...If you do good to others, it'll come back on you.")) Woody has three kids -- the youngest is ten. (15:35 Woody Alexander/Veteran)(("T en year old eats, so we get the snacks and stuff from here.")) And when working two jobs still isn't enough... ((NATS: Woody -- Let me look through this a little bit.)) ...he gets some help from the local food bank. (13:33 Woody Alexander/Veteran)(("W ithout the food shelf around here, a lot of people would really go hungry.")) A survey by Vermont Foodbank showed one in four Vermonters will use a foodshelf or meal program this year -- that's 150,000 people. And 18 percent of people that the foodshelves serve are active military or veterans. 620,000 military families need food help nation wide. (14:13 Sen. Bernie Sanders/I-Vermont)(("1 4:13 It is no secret that many Veterans in this country struggle economically after they leave the service.")) (6:01 John Sayles/CEO Vermont Foodbank)(("Military families are making tradeoffs for utilities and food, getting gas in the car and food, and certainly we know buying that cheaper less helpful food for their families.")) Sayles says a downtrodden economy means foodbanks have become a lifeline for more and more veterans. (18:21 Craig Wilder/Served in Marines)(("I'm a grandfather, and sometimes when I get short and running out of food I come here.")) Statistics show 56 percent of Vermonters that use foodbanks say they have to choose between paying for food or medical bills. That number was just 23 percent in 2010. (4:55 John Sayles/CEO Vermont Foodbank)(("Medicine is very expensive. Perscriptions are very expensive. It's just very challenging to make those ends meet. Wages are not going up as fast as costs are.")) So between helping others, Woody Alexander grabs some food for himself. Without it... (14:20 Woody Alexander)(("Instead of working two jobs, I'd probably be working three jobs.")) He and his buddy Craig Wilder are proof of a larger statewide trend -- veterans need help when they return home. (21:06 Craig Wilder)(("wE'RE all in this together."))

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The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf serves around a thousand people per month. They also serve a hot breakfast every morning. That fe eds anywhere from 150-200 people a day, many of them veterans, Kristin.

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Sharon is here, and we finally got the nice weather back! It did take us a little while to shake it off this weekend, with some stubborn clouds and showers. High pressure finally cleared the skies out for us leaving us with a beautiful afternoon today. Tonight, clear skies will lead to chilly overnight temperatures, lows will be in the 40s for most of us, but in some of the colder pockets of the Adirondacks, we could see some 30s! With plenty of sunshine tomorrow, the temperatures will recover into the 70s. There is a weak area of low pressure that will bring a chance of showers mainly into northern NY late Wednesday, Wednesday night into Thursday. Here in Vermont there is just the slight chance for a few light showers. Skies will clear again for the end of the week, with a good looking weekend ahead.

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New numbers reveal wide variation in how Vermont police deal with marijuana possession cases. State House reporter Kyle Midura looked into possession tickets written since decriminalization of small amounts of the drug took effect last year. He's here with the story, Kyle - Darren or Kristin - Officers in Vermont wrote more than one-thousand tickets to those caught with less than one ounce of pot between the beginning of July 2013, and the end of the same month one year later. A closer inspection of those tickets yields ?interesting? results.

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(nats) For the last year year - pot smokers have been spared criminal charges -- if caught with less than an ounce of marijuana. A 2013 law made that a civil offense -- like a traffic ticket. But our look at 13 months worth of ticket numbers -- found departments across the state take different approaches to policing pot. GFX Law enforcement officers issued 1,521 marijuana possesion tickets across the Green Mountains between July first 2013, and the end of July this year. Citations from the Vermont State Police account for about a third of that number. GFX Officers in Vermont's largest city (burlington) wrote the most tickets -- 111. Just behind Burlington -- Hartford -- a town with a quarter of the Queen City's population -- police issued 106 marijuana possession tickets - the second most in the state. No other local department issued more than 49. ((:27 - :31 -- Brad Vail - Hartford Police Deputy Chief the officers are very dilligent, they're doing an exemplary job )) Hartford Vermont Deputy Police Chief Brad Vail is one of 28 Drug Recognition Experts in Vermont. Vail says all of his officers receive training to recognize key indicators. Most tickets follow traffic stops, and are secondary to more serious charges. ((1:38 - :42 Sgt. Karl Ebbighausen our efforts have remained the same, we still make marijuana possession a priority )) Hartford Police say every time they found pot in the past, they wrote criminal violations. The new decriminalization statute makes their job easier. They do the same now with tickets - but that process takes far less time -- allowing more for cases involving the town's growing opiate problem. ((3:38 - :48 Sgt. Karl Ebbighausen - Hartford Police it kind of shows that we have bigger issues out there to deal with :42 and so everybody's time is more freed up to deal with those issues :45 the courts, the prosecutors, the judges, the police )) But decriminalization isn't saving everyone time in Winooski - a city of seven thousand neighboring Burlington. ((1:35 - :42 Chief Steve McQueen - Winooski Police issuing the civil ticket and going through that process is actually more time involved for the individual in particular that received the ticket )) Winooski Police Chief Steve McQueen's officers wrote six tickets over a little more than a year. He says they typically only find marijuana when searching those under arrest ((1:03 - :15 generally speaking in those cases we have far more serious criminal violations that an individual is facing :10 and we're not inclined to issue a civil ticket on top of the criminal violations )) He says prior to the law change they would send offenders to restorative justice. They avoided the court room or a record, also needed to address their drug use, not just pay a fine.

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Burlington Police spokespeople say though they've issued one-hundred-eleven tickets, they've made more than 400 pot seizures. The numbers we have also do not reflect tickets issued to those less than 21-years-old, which would increase the Queen city's figures by more than 70 percent if included. We also focused exclusively on first offenses. Twenty people statewide have received two tickets, only one person has been caught three times. - Kristin

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He's at the center of an alleged homicide investigation. And now -- police are on the hunt for him -- in an UNRELATED case. Melissa Howell is live in Newport with the details. Melissa? Christian Cornelius' told us last month he killed Isaac Hunt in self defense after he allegedly tried to break into his home. Now Cornelius is once again involved with the law. This time, there's a warrant out for his arrest.

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All were present for a bail hearing Monday afternoon in Newport, except the man the states attorney had hoped to see -- Christian Cornelius. ((James Lillicrap/Orleans County Deputy States Attorney 00:41:33 "There was an abuse prevention order that was issued, preventing the defendant from having any contact with the victim." 00:41:40)) Cornelius missed Monday's bail hearing in the case -- and his arraignment in the case back on July 28th. There's been a warrant for his arrest since then. And bail set at 50-thousand dollars. ((James Lillicrap/Orleans County Deputy States Attorney 00:44:52 "it's not a matter of if he will be found, it's a matter of when." 00:44:57)) The restraining order was originally filed by Cornelius' neighbor. Court paperwork shows she reported being afraid -- claiming he watched her in her yard - blocked her car in - and made threatening faces. ((James Lililcrap/Orleans County Deputy States Attorney 00:45:40 "That not only effects the safety of the community but it effects the integrity of the court process." 00:45:46)) While the prosecutor was happy to talk about the restraining order case - he would not comment on a separate investigation. Cornelius and his brother say they killed their friend Isaac Hunt in self defense last month. They say he broke into their home - so Cornelius stabbed him. No one has been charged in that case. The ongoing issues have some Newport residents on edge. They told us off camera that it's scary to know Cornelius is still on the lose -- and believe he should be behind bars. But some feel differently. ((Lawrence Brow/Orleans Resident 00:46:29 "Is he anymore dangerous than the rest of them out there? I don't know. Why he hasn't been caught, I don't know. He probably should be in jail."00:"46:37))

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Vermont's jobless rate ticked up for the second straight month The Vermont Labor Department says the seasonally-adjusted statewide jobless rate for July was 3-poin-7 percent. That's three-tenths of a percent point higher than the rate in June. The equivalent national average was 6.2 percent -- down a tenth. Vermont continues to have the second lowest unemployment rate in the country -- though some economists worry it's less a result of job creation than a shrinking of Vermont's overall labor force.

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Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott will be leading the state for the next two weeks. That's because Governor Peter Shumlin is out of the state. The Governor's staff says he will be away from the office this week and next week -- taking his summer vacation at his home in Nova Scotia. His press secretary says the Governor will be in regular contact with his staff.

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Sharon is here, and we'd like to keep this weather awhile longer! I know it, and it will be beautiful again tomorrow. High pressure finally cleared the skies out for us leaving us with a beautiful afternoon today. Tonight, clear skies will lead to chilly overnight temperatures, lows will be in the 40s for most of us, but in some of the colder pockets of the Adirondacks, we could see some 30s! With plenty of sunshine tomorrow, the temperatures will recover into the 70s. There is a weak area of low pressure that will bring a chance of showers mainly into northern NY late Wednesday, Wednesday night into Thursday. Here in Vermont there is just the slight chance for a few light showers. Skies will clear again for the end of the week, with a good looking weekend ahead.

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Tonight: Clear and cool. Patchy fog. Low 38/48. Wind light. Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Some morning fog. High 72/78. Wind light. Tuesday Night: Clear skies. Patchy fog. Low 42/52. Wind light. Wednesday: Partly sunny. Some afternoon clouds. High 75/82. Wind light. Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers. High 70/77. Low 55/62. Friday: Mostly cloudy. High 70/77. Low 50s. Saturday: Partly sunny. High 70s. Low 50s. Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 70s. Low 50s. Monday: Mostly sunny. High 70s.

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The father of the two Amish girls abducted in Oswegatchie -- says he feels sorry for the two suspects. Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey -- are charged with kidnapping the girls. And prosecutors say the 7 and 12-year-olds were sexually abused before they were released and returned home last week. Their father says it's sad that the two suspects "must have ruined their whole life." Their mother says she is grateful to have her girls back, but daily life has not yet returned to normal.

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A Panton man accused in a baseball bat attack -- has been cleared of nearly all charges. Back in June -- police said Douglas Shaw beat two women with a baseball bat and ran over one person's foot with a car. Shaw was cleared of all assault charges -- but was found guilty of violation of conditions of release -- he'll be sentenced next month.

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Vermont Yankee in Vernon wants to trim its emergency planning operations once the plant shuts down. The plant is scheduled to go off-line for good at the end of this year. It's owner -- is now seeking federal approval to reduce those operations. Among the things that would be affected -- the Joint Information Center -- which was set up to provide public information in case of emergencies.

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The four candidates hoping to challenge Governor Shumlin will square off this week in Essex. Scott Milne, Steve Berry and Emily Peyton are running in next week's Republican primary. And Libertarian candidate Dan Feliciano is running a write-in campaign. The four have been invited by the Essex Republicans to debate at 7:15 Tuesday at the Grange Hall on Route 15. and That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ...yesterday, we told you about UVM star and Montpelier native Amanda Pelkey earning a spot on the US Under-22 national team for a three game series with rival Canada later this week in Calgary. When the puck drops on the opening game of that series, Pelkey will be looking at one of her Catamount teams on the other side of the ice. UVM sophomore defenseman Gina Repaci has been named to the Canadian Under-22 team for that series of games against the U.S. Repaci, a native of Toronto, is coming off a breakout season for the Cats...scoring three goals, adding 13 assists and becoming the first UVM defenseman to be named a Hockey East Second Team All-Star. The three game series will be held at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, with games Wednesday night at 8:30pm, Thursday at 5pm and Saturday at noon.

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And Repaci is not the only local college player that will be donning the red and white Maple Leaf of Team Canada. Dartmouth's Laura Stacy has also been named to the team for their three game series against Team USA.. A junior forward from Kleinburg, Ontario, Stacy appeared in 27 games for the Big Green this past season, scoring four goals to go along with 12 assists.

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Bats find new habitat! A threatened species -- finds a unique place to call home. Gina's looking into it -- tonight at 11.

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New research shows major strides are being made in the fight against heart disease and stroke. Teri Okita reports.

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(TRACK) When Larry Kleinman found himself getting out of breath last year... he was surprised to hear he had heart disease. (SOT Larry Kleinman/Heart patient) I had a number of blockages including a near total blockage of my right coronary artery (TRACK) The 55 year old made his heart a priority. (SOT Larry Kleinman/Heart patient) I went on cholesterol lowering meds, I got my sleep apnea treated (TRACK) New research suggests more patients are doing the same. A study published in the journal Circulation shows hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke dropped significantly in the last ten years. Researchers looked at data on 34 million people and found hospitalization rates fell 38 percent for heart attack and 34 percent for stroke. (SOT Dr. Robert Rosenson, The Mount Sinai Hospital) We can attribute a lot of these benefits to the implementation of preventive care. Care that is directed at lifestyle, diet and exercise, the use of statins for cholesterol lowering therapy, the use of blood pressure medications (BRIDGE Teri Okita/CBS News) Experts say there is still more work to do. Heart Disease and stroke combined are still the leading cause of death in the US. (SOT Dr. Robert Rosenson, The Mount Sinai Hospital) We are losing ground because the younger generation is more sedentary//as a society we need to take charge Nats (TRACK) Larry hopes his lifestyle changes will pay off. (SOT Larry Kleinman/Heart patient) i try to eat only vegetarian or fish 4.5 days a week (TRACK) He's also getting more exercise and has dropped 12 pounds. Teri Okita, For CBS News.

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Researchers also credit less smoking and more timely treatments for the decline.

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Fishing gear is practical -- and now -- its good looking too. Gina Bullard found some Made in Vermont fly fishing products -- reeling in all kinds of happy customers.

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Casting his line is Ryan McDonald's release. ((nat)) An avid fisherman and minimalist. Only taking with him the necessities -- a rod and his Finn Utility gear. ((nat)) He makes the high-end fly fishing accessories in his Richmond studio. (2:20;16) ((Ryan McDonald/Finn "everything i do i try to make it so it doesn't break ever because i don't want to deal with broken stuff so i try to find the best stuff i can")) He uses rugged materials like english bridle leather, wax canvas and brass zippers to make everything from luxury side bags and streamer wallets to reel cases and duffel bags. All the products are designed with the angler in mind. (45:34:20) ((Ryan McDonald/Finn "they're traditional in the sense of the material and the esthetic but they have a touch of new in the functionality and cut lines")) McDonald doesn't remember a time growing up when he didn't have a fishing pole in his hands. His mom and grandfather were his guides. (46:57:04) ((Ryan McDonald/Finn "its been in the family for a long time")) His grandfather created a fishing fly called the Red Finn - that's how he hooked the company name, Finn. (49:51:02) ((Ryan McDonald/Finn "my grandfather always said the more time you have your line in the water the more likely you are to catch a fish")) McDonald says he was determined to make the sport a bigger part of his life. The former product designer for Carhartt and Adidas was getting tired of the corporate world and started Finn two years ago. (49:14:26) ((Ryan McDonald/Finn "its got a finn dna to it that makes it different and stand out from other pieces")) A smart choice -- the luxury line is catching on all over the world. Finn Utility products are featured in high end fishing shops and will soon be carried by the large Vermont fly fishing company -- Orvis. (1:03:28:06) ((Ryan McDonald/Finn "g- i'm ready to go")) I tested his products. And tried my hand at fishing. ((nats: fishing)) Products are simply designed so that you're not futzing around when the fish might be jumping.... (1:07:59:03) ((Ryan McDonald/Finn "g-it is easy one hand flips it open")) Or being reeled in. We caught one! ((nats --)) A rainbow trout. Thanks to this made in Vermont -- fishing gear. And that's no fish story. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Richmond.

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We have more on Finn Utility products in the info center at wcax dot com.

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Tomorrow morning, 33 of the state's best golfers will tee it up at Orleans Country Club for the 2014 Vermont Women's Amateur Golf Championship. Molly Arronson won the State Am three times, in 2006, 2007 and 2009. She had some words of advice for the competitors when we caught up with her at a recent Symetra Tour stop in New Hampshire. (((Molly Aronsson/"Some of my best memories were from the AM. So, I would tell all the ladies to really enjoy it and get to meet as many people as you can. I can't remember the last time I played in one. It was a long time ago, maybe six years, but I remember very specific moments. I remember shots. I remember conversations and places I stayed, people I met. So, I think it's a lot more special than people realize and later in life you're going to remember a lot of it, so try to embrace it and enjoy it.")))

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It may be a little Vermont organization but it certainly has big dreams... If you're a young women looking for a vehicle to empower yourself, mountain biking may be the route... Just ask Jericho sisters and Little Bellas co-founders Lea and Saybra Davison, who are about to wrap up the 8th year of the program... Open to girls ages 7 to 16, the "Bellas" incorporates a little bit of everything on two wheels... from BMX dirt trails to fun games like limbo and capture the flag all with the purpose of building a solid riding foundation... The organization's motto is "mentoring on mountain bikes, and you won't find many more qualified for the title than Lea Davision, who is coming off a 2012 appearance in the London Olympics... While the camp is about having fun first, Davison says dreaming big is up there as well...

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((TRT: 21 OC: DREAMS COME TRUE)))

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It was another fun weekend at the Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle Ball tournament in Pat O'Connor's backyard in Essex. With the addition of the new Little Field of Dreams, the tournament was expanded to 28 teams and raised over $470-thousand to benefit the Travis Roy Foundation. In the 13 years of the tournament's existance, and incredible $2.9 million dollars has been raised for the Foundation that benefits and creates awareness for people with spinal cord injuries. As for the tournament, the Staten Island Yankees, who have played in all 13 events, won their second title, beating the Braintree, Massachusetts-bases Jackhammers 6-4 in the title game yesterday at Little Fenway.

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Thanks to a pair of upstart Vermont track athletes turned coaches, those looking for a chance to add a dash of modern running technique to their routine have found the answer is Sprinticity. Dylan Scott explains in tonight's Spotlight On Sports. ((TRT: 1:55 ... OC: SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS)) (((One Part Sprinting ... The other Simplicity... Mix that together and you get Sprinticity.))) (((Kevin Chu) "sprinting is the purest form of running. If you look at kids they run from one activity to the next. Take a break and then run again. Somewhere along the line, someone told them to stop and pace themselves. We're trying to bring that back and help people sprint again."))) (((Founded by former Burlington high school standouts Kevin Chu & Tor Dworshak, the unique club gives those short distance track enthusiasts a chance to lace-them up.))) (((Katia Dinan) "I really wanted to keep running in the summer and a lot of the clubs are for long distance and I don't do that. It's great to have a club that is sprinting based."))) (((Tor Dworshak) "Everyone here just wants to be here to keep running and training. This is the best way to do that right now."))) (((It has a little bit of everything. From high school track captains to senior game all-stars, the weekly training sessions.))) (((Ethan Fontneau) "There's a pretty nice diverse mix here. Some kids are still in high school, some graduated a while ago and some have kids that just graduated, it's pretty neat."))) (((Katharine Monstream) "There's a lot of former high school state champions here and I wasn't sure I would be able to run with them but it actually was pretty fun to put on the spikes, compete and sprint again."))) As the club grows so does their goals, Sprinticity hopes to out enough talent on the track to compete at the USA Track & field Championships next summer.. (((Kevin Chu) "If people put in the work, and make the effort, I think we can go to the USA Track Club Championships and compete next year."))) (((Not exactly your run of the mill club, and it's that kind of originality that seems to have Sprinticity on the right track... In Burlington Dylan Scott Channel 3 Spotlight on Sports.)))

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Tonight at 11 - bats -- bunking up in Middlebury. Plus -- warmer waters - heating up concerns about coral reefs -- next on the CBS Evening News. Good night.


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