Thu 16-FEB-2017 6 P.M. News Script

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A rush of illegal border crossings in our region. Good evening, I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Kristin Kelly. Authorities are tracking a sharp rise in the number of immigrants going to Quebec from Vermont and New York. Tyler Dumont is at a so-called hotspot tonight -- where many are willing to face arrest for a new life. Tyler, what do you know? The numbers have been ticking up for months. In fact, the illegal crossings happen so often now -- Canadian authorities are nearly constantly parked on the other side -- waiting for those who take the risk.

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In the small town of Champlain in upstate New York lies Roxham Road. A sign labels it a dead end -- but for many, it's a new start. ((TILE 6368 02:37:47:24--02:37:52: 12 "Yesterday there was a guy with a duffle bag walking that way.")) Residents who live here say the dirt drive is increasingly becoming a destination for immigrants seeking asylum in Canada. Footprints are seen crossing over the snow banks -- next to the border marking -- and leading to the other side. ((TILE 6345 02:17:42:18--02:17:45: 12 MELISSA BESHAW/WITNESSES ILLEGAL CROSSINGS: Just recently this year it has been really crazy.")) Melissa Beshaw has lived here for 21 years. She says she sees people get dropped off by taxis -- or friends and relatives. They walk across the border at the end of the road -- and are taken into custody by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. ((TILE 6345 02:18:11:26--02:18:16: 00 BESHAW: If I go by week, I probably see 10, 15 people walking up here.)) ((TILE 6345 02:33:15:04--02:33:33: 24 TYLER DUMONT: "U.S. Customs says people have been crossing northward illegally for decades, but recent numbers are on the rise. Since October 2016, they say 1,000 people have gone over at spots like this and faced arrest -- rather than going through official ports of entry.")) ((GFX)) The number of people claiming refugee status in Canada after crossing from the U-S into Quebec has risen dramatically in the past few months -- since the presidential election. In December 2014, there were just 74 refugee claims from land border crossings. 101 the next year. But this past December -- the number jumps to 593. ((GFX 2)) And a comparison of the annual totals for all three years -- shows refugee claims in Quebec have nearly tripled. ((TILE 6345 02:18:30:19--02:18:41: 20 MELISSA BESHAW/WITNESSES ILLEGAL CROSSINGS: "It's been really bad since Trump's been in office. They're carrying all kinds of bags and totes. Even families are pushing kids in strollers, it's terrible.")) U.S. Customs and Border Protection says they regularly patrol this part of the border. It's legal for them to stop anyone they suspect is illegal -- but they can't detain those with legal status who are about to break Canadian law and walk in. This U.S. Army veteran says people in cars from out of state come down his road -- to ask him about the spot. ((TILE 6368 02:35:07:04--02:35:11: 00 Geno Ramirez/Witnesses illegal crossings: "They were looking over here for the border.")) Willing to face arrest -- to flee the United States.

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Canadian officials say those arrested are screened with a background check and their identification is verified. If they don't have a criminal status -- other than the illegal crossing -- they are then processed nearly exactly the same way as someone who came legally.

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Dive teams found the bodies -- of two snowmobilers who crashed through Lake Champlain. This morning the body of 32-year-old Jonathan Ryan of Shoreham was recovered in about 20 feet of water -- just off shore in Putnam, New York. Police also confirmed today that the body found yesterday was 23-year-old Brandon Barrett, of Benson. The two men disappeared a week ago -- while riding their snowmobiles across the lake. Authorities say they broke thru the ice near the New York shoreline.

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Snowy conditions on Interstate 91 this morning -- when a man died in a crash. It happened in Hartland. Troopers say Rodney Newton of Plainfield was heading South just before 7 today -- when he flipped his truck - landing in the median. Police say speed -- and the slippery roadway -- were factors in the crash.

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Slick roads -- led to crashes around the region ... Including a plow truck -- that went of the road in Westford this morning. .

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Conditions are much better now, in most parts of our region. Highs: High temperatures across the region have been in the upper 20s in the north, with some low 30s in southern counties. Temps ahead: Temperatures through the end of the week will remain below freezing, which means the snow conditions for sledding and snowshoeing will remain good for a couple of days anyway. Radsat A-B: Snow showers have been persistent in some locations, while in others, we have even seen a few breaks of sunshine. These will be winding down tonight, leaving us with some much quieter weather in the days ahead. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of evening snow showers. Lows: 8/15 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Friday: Partly sunny. Highs: 23/30 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 12/20 Winds: Light Saturday: Partly sunny and warmer. Highs: 35/42 Winds: S 5-10 mph

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It's yet another sad day for fans of happy hour. State law bans bars from tapping into post-work crowds by offering reduced prices... or promotions. The state worries that encourages too much drinking. Today House lawmakers considered removing that prohibition... But ended up keeping it. So -- still no happy hour in Vermont.

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An Essex Buffet has to pay up for stealing credit card numbers. The Attorney General's office says at least one employee at Grand Buffet -- stole costumer's credit card numbers back in 2014. There were at least 100 reported cases of credit card fraud totaling about 35-thousand. The settlement requires Grand Buffet to change how its employees handle credit cards -- implement better record keeping -- and pay a 30-thousand dollar penalty.

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The darker side of smart technology? A warning -- before you plug another gadget into your home. Investigative reporter Jennifer Costa found out these handy devices are also putting you at risk for cyber attacks. Jennifer, what did you uncover? Smart devices can -- customize our TV experience. Remotely control our heat. Order our groceries. Even track our sleep. Of course ...they make our lives a whole lot easier. But are we secretly being watched? I'm going to show you why cyber attackers love that WE are addicted to this technology.

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Jonathan Rajewski is really good at finding things online -- you probably wouldn't want him to see. ((NATS Rajewski "I actually found someone's solar system. Their solar system...connected to their home!")) Check out this live feed from a home security camera somewhere in Vermont. He found that too. ((NATS Rajewski 00:24:02:00 "No username or password. It is literally exposed.")) If the cyber security expert can spy on you -- he says so can burglars and cyber attackers... ((Jonathan Rajewski/Cyber Security Expert 00:04:29:00 "which is frightening.")) ((NATS -- internet SOUND)) ...thanks to your smart devices. ((NATS hi I'm Alexa)) ...She seems harmless...even helpful. ((Jonathan Rajewski/Cyber Security Expert 00:03:02:27 "if you want that convenience there's a flipside to that. There is a potential security vulnerability with these devices and you have to be aware of that.")) Think of these internet connected gadgets -- as little computers -- constantly storing and processing information about YOU. You would never buy a house without a lock -- so why not have the same security standards for the smart devices you plug into your home? ((RAJEWSKI 00:11:37:24 "it's scary. You don't really know if they're safe. You are trusting the company to make sure it's safe, trusting the company with your data.")) The bad guys out there...waiting to attack...and they're using YOU to commit crimes. ((Jonathan Rajewski/Cyber Security Expert 00:05:35:00 "it's a big problem.")) Here's how he says it works: they'll hack into a smart device... like your internet baby monitor. It's easier to infiltrate than your computer. Once they break in -- they not only control yours -- but the 1-million models -- just like it -- sold across the country. Those monitors become foot soldiers in a global army-for-hire -- programmed to attack enemy websites. ((Jonathan Rajewski/Cyber Security Expert 00:06:34:22 "If someone can compromise all of them and then sell it to the highest bidder, that's how they make their money.")) The attackers can use these hijacked smart devices to slow down or shutdown websites. Sometimes even disabling the pay functions. Corporations are common targets. Twitter and Netflix have both been hit. Once an attack is launched -- it's nearly impossible to stop. And you would never even know your device fighting for the bad guys. So how would my smart devices stand up to Rajewski's skills? ((00:25:47:06 "It looks like you have a device that has an open port.")) And if it still has the manufacturer's password, I'm in trouble. ((JR 00:32:22:13 "and if someone can find it which is typically just a google search away, someone could log-into this device." JC: that's not good. JR: no.")) Experts say the best safeguard is ditching your smart devices. But let's admit it, we're addicted to these things. So if you have them...secure them.

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We showed you a house in the beginning of the story. If you know who lives there -- let us know. Rajewski wants to help them protect that camera. Here are some other tips -- he wanted me to share. ((GRX)) Buy reputable brands. Those have typically undergone more security testing -- compared to devices sold on crowdfunding websites. Change the product's default usernames and passwords Use multi word pass phrases instead of passwords Always update your smart device apps And -- most importantly -- consider replacing old smart devices. Outdated gadgets are the most susceptible to attack.

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The story of a prison worker who helped two convicted murders escape Dannemora Prison -- is now a Lifetime movie. It's called "New York Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell." According to the network -- the film shows how Mitchell, a prison tailor, got swept up in the fantasy that two convicted murderers were in love with her - and then helped them escape from an upstate New New York prison.

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(5 - 28) ((you knew ...... everyone says i'm too nice)) The movie -- premieres April 23 at 8pm -- on Lifetime.

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How do you put together a budget -- when billions in federal funding is up in the air? Our political reporter got incredible inside access to the man who's balancing books -- and benefits, Kyle D+K - the Agency of Human Services caters to the most vulnerable Vermonters -- but the vast majority of its cash could itself be at risk.

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(nats) Six weeks into the job -- Agency of Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille is still mapping out the sprawling complex under his direction. With 37-hundred employees and a two-point-five billion dollar budget, fully half of state government is his domain. (01:30:04:00) ((Gobeille these guys are going to love this)) Gobeille granted us a full day behind the scenes... (01:30:25:00 ) ((Gobeille anyone on the phone, this isn't April Fools, there's actually a camera man here )) ... as he tries to hold together the state's largest Agency budget -- one that's reliant on uncertain federal funds for 60 percent of its spending. He can't escape the topic. (01:21:49:00) ((Gobeille it's pretty much the same conversation over and over again)) This Wednesday -- that conversation took place in committee, along statehouse corridors, and in his own office. With Obamacare in the crosshairs in D-C -- the prospects of losing health care funds unsettles lobbyists and lawmakers. (00:26:00:00) ((Susan Gretkowski - MVP there's really no clarity at all)) (00:31:01:00) ((Michael Fisher - Vt. Health Care Advocate tremendous challenge)) (00:40:25:00) ((Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas this uncertainty)) Gobeille says he's been able to sleep at night because it does not appear national Republicans are politically capable or willing to pull funding immediately. That largely holds true for critical funding in other areas of his agency as well. (01:17:03:00) ((Gobeille that doesn't mean that we're not planning for the contrary)) There's been no reprieve though for a developing low-income housing crisis. A state program serves as a temporary step in-between homelessness and long-term housing subsidized by the federal government, known as section eight. Gobeille says a hold on those section eight vouchers, leaves 150 Vermonters in the state's temporary system with no way out, and 105 more are waiting in the cold. The rising cost of the program is breaking the bank. (01:22:40:00) ((Gobeille we had to make a decision last Friday, are we going to kick people out of their homes, in February, in Vermont)) The state found the money to keep the program on life-support through the end of June. But cash-strapped Vermont is limited in what it can spend -- and the Governor has pledged no new taxes or fees. (01:23:06:00) ((Gobeille that's just the first thing we're seeing that could be like this)) (01:20:27:00) ((Gobeille there is a number at which you can't backfill)) Gobeille's day begins at four A-M and work doesn't stop until his head hits the pillow well into the evening. Despite all the time he spent in informal meetings in the cafeteria -- we didn't see him take a lunch break, and he's only had a taste of what's to come.

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Plenty of Gobeille's day is scripted -- moving from one meeting to the next. But he tells us, it's those moments in between when someone pulls him aside that he learns the most. - Kyle - what's the toll been like on his personal life? Gobeille's owned and operated restaurants long before he ever got into politics. But with this new job, he told us he's in the process of selling Breakwaters Cafe -- the workload was simply too much for him and his family.

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If the police and health officials -- can collect more timely and robust information -- about overdoses in Vermont ... will it keep more people alive? Jennifer Costa found out that's part of the mayor's plan in Burlington -- to rid his city of opiates.

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Opiates killed 105 people last year in Vermont. That's 29 more deaths than the year before. ((DEL POZO 00163900 "not a week goes by we don't need narcan.")) Burlington's mayor says the city will now partner with law enforcement and health officials to try to save more people. He unveiled a robust plan focused on data -- a rapid deployment of resources -- and broad collaboration. ((MIRO WEINBERGER 00074125 "we don't know exactly where this initiative is going to go. There is no clear roadmap for communities to follow at this point in addressing this crisis.")) One by one key community partners -- vowed to help -- ease the opiate crisis. UVM Medical Center -- acknowledged its role -- in overprescribing pain meds. The director says -- within 90 days -- the hospital will start tracking doctors' prescribing habits. ((DR. STEPHEN LEFFLER/UVM MEDICAL CTR 00321401 "we're committed to driving down the amount of opiates that we are prescribing and we will be transparent with data that we are having effective results.")) Every time there's a fatal overdose in Chittenden County the state's attorney is called. She's now directing her deputies to keep tabs on those deaths. ((SARAH GEORGE/CHITTENDEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR 00394716 "they are directed to now ask a few pretty simple questions about the circumstances surrounding the death and keep track of that information and on a weekly basis provide that data to me.")) For the police -- who investigate these deaths -- they've committed to sharing their drug intel about who's at risk -- and who needs treatment. Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski Police Departments will now meet bi-weekly to talk about troubling cases and dangerous trends. ((CHIEF BRANDON DEL POZO/BURLINGTON POLICE DEPT. 00152915 "it should just increase the depth of our responsiveness going forward and the depth of our knowledge. I welcome them and it just portends success.")) The Vermont Health Department admits it needs to release information more quickly. It will start updating its opiate death data -- by county -- on a monthly -- verses yearly -- basis. ((DR. HARRY CHEN/VT. HEALTH COMMISSIONER 00361425 "Statistical significance really means nothing to a family who has lost a loved one. There's really so much to do and it will take all of us to do it.)) The health commissioner hopes by supplying this kind of information more often -- it will help those in charge draft more effective drug policies ... Maybe even keep more people alive. JC CH 3 News BTV.

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RPM: Snow showers will be winding down leaving us with sunshine tomorrow. Temperatures will be warming up again as we head into the weekend and early next week they will be above normal again. Temps last week: It was just a week ago on Friday that we had a high temperature of only 13 degrees, and since then, our temperatures have been just a little cooler than normal with a bit of a spike yesterday. Temps this week: Temperatures for the week ahead will generally be well above normal, and we will probably see a lot of melting going on. Surface: That storm system that brought us the persistent snow over the past two days, is moving off to our east, and with high pressure building in, we will find more sunshine tomorrow which will last into the holiday weekend. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of evening snow showers. Lows: 8/15 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Friday: Partly sunny. Highs: 23/30 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 12/20 Winds: Light Saturday: Partly sunny and warmer. Highs: 35/42 Winds: S 5-10 mph Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday night: Lows 23/30 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 35/42 Lows 23/30 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 30s Lows 15/25 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, slight chance of a rain or snow showers, late. Highs 35/45 Lows 20s Wednesday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 35/45 Lows 20s Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 35/45

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President Trump stepped back in front of cameras and microphones today and lashed out at the media. Can his performance quiet the criticism? Craig Bowell is at the White House.

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PRESIDENT TRUMP TRIED TO DO DAMAGE CONTROL AT AN AFTERNOON NEWS CONFERENCE...IN THE WAKE OF STAFF SHAKEUPS AND SAGGING APPROVAL NUMBERS. ((SOT)) "This administration is running like a fine-tune machine." ((NARR-2)) THE PRESIDENT RECITED A LIST OF HIS ADMINISTRATION'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS: ((SOT/FLASH)) We've withdrawn from TPP we've directed elimination of regulations we issued a hiring freeze on non-essential fed workers we've stood up for law enforcement we're in process of building the wall ((NARR-3)) AND MISTER TRUMP BLAMED HIS PREDECESSOR .... ((SOT)) I inherited a mess - at home and abroad - a mess. ...AND THE MEDIA... ((SOT)) I have never seen a more dishonest media than the political media ." ((STANDUP BRIGE: Craig Boswell/CBS News, The White House)) THE PRESIDENT SINGLED OUT NEWS NETWORKS BY NAME - -CALLING SOME GOOD AND OTHERS BAD - - AND REPEATEDLY INTERRUPTED REPORTERS. HE SAID - "I'M HAVING A GOOD TIME." ((NARR-4)) MISTER TRUMP ALSO DEFENDED OUSTED NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR MICHAEL FLYNN ... WHO WAS FORCED TO RESIGN AFTER MISLEADING VICE PRESIDENT PENCE OVER HIS DEALINGS WITH RUSSIA. THE PRESIDENT CALLED IT "FAKE NEWS." ((SOT)) The leaks are real the news is fake. ((NARR-5)) THE PRESIDENT DID ANNOUNCE A NEW NOMINEE FOR LABOR SECRETARY - ALEXANDER ACOSTA - AND SAID TO EXPECT A NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER NEXT WEEK TO ESSENTIALLY REPLACE THE SUSPENDED TRAVEL BAN. CRAIG BOSWELL, Channel 3 News, THE WHITE HOUSE.

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Immigrants took a stand today -- boycotting work and school -- to show how different the U-S economy and way of life would be without them. The so-called Day without Immigrants started as a grassroots campaign to protest the Trump Administrations immigration policies.

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In just three weeks Burlington taxpayers will vote on a school budget proposal that would raise property taxes by more than 5-percent. The proposed budget for 20-18 calls for spending 85-point-5 million dollars. That works out to 15-thousand per equalized pupil -- a six-percent increase over this year. Tonight on the :30, Superintendent Yaw Obeng said the school system has finally achieved fiscal balance but are looking for ways to grow the district.

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((6:00 If you look back at some of the data, we've had as high as 8, 9, 10, 11, 12% tax increases and one of the challenges the board has to deal with is how to balance the need to support our students need with the ability of taxpayers to pay, 6:15)) The district is also asking for 19-million dollars to make improvements to all the buildings in the district. Obeng says this will go towards deferred maintenance needs and upgrading buildings.

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Starting Line Sports ...before today, the 2017 Biathlon World Championships had already been memorable for Lake Placid's Lowell Bailey. Bailey had already posted a fourth and sixth place finish and become the first American athlete to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics. But today, Bailey made history by winning the 20 kilometer individual race in Hochflizen, Austria. It's the first time an American has won a world championship. In fact, before today, , biathlon was the only Winter Olympic sport where the U.S. had yet to win and Olympic or world title, going back to 1958 for the world championships and 1960 for the Olympic program. Bailey was one of just three competitors to shoot clean, hitting twenty of twenty targets and he bore down over the final 4K ski to win by just 3.3 seconds. It's been an amazing year for the 35-year-old former UVM cross country standout. Bailey, who became a father for the first time this past summer, was set to retire, but now is a world champion and will be heading to his fourth Winter Games next year in South Korea in search of the first Olympic medal in biathlon for an American to go alongside today's historic achievement.

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((TRT: 42 ... OC: TO SHARE THAT)) ((Bailey/ You know, all the cliques...it's unbelievable...it's like a dream. But for me it means so much because of the work that went into the medal. Not only from me, but from our team. I've been competing on this particular course since, I think, 2000 at World Juniors. A lot of the same people that were at that world junior championships are still here on the staff here today. I've wanted a world champoinships medal for a long time, but all of these guys have as well, so I'm just so happy to be able to share that.))

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Lowell is from Lake Placid..and was an All-American at UVM... and throughout the years has trained and competed extensively at both the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid and at Camp Ethan Allen in Jericho. Today in Jericho, future Olympic and world championship hopefuls were training on the Ethan Allen course and those that have known and seen Lowell grow up in the sport, like Vermont National Guard First Sargent and 1998 U-S Olympian Dan Westover, are thrilled to see all Bailey's hard work finally pay off.

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((TRT: 24 ... OC: THE DAY THAT MATTERED)) ((Westover/ Lowell was that next generation of racing coming up as I was getting done racing. Lowell was with that group of young kids that was knocking on the back door. We've had a lot of people that have been close now. Lowell, especially, has been close time in, time out. He was close in the last Olympics, but today he put the race of his life together on the day that mattered.))

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You've probably noticed things look a little different around here. We're unwrapping our new set -- designed to change the way we're able to share the news of the day -- with you at home. Keith McGilvery is here with a look at how the space came to life. This is a project that has been months in the making -- Here's a recap in about a minute!

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We captured the action minute by minute in time-lapse video. We started the design process for the 25-hundred square foot space in November and have been watching it come to life over the last few weeks. The state-of-the-art set is made up of hundreds of pieces, 120 lights, and about a mile of cords, cables and wires. WCAX President and General Manager Peter Martin tells me what he thinks makes the new space so special. ((Peter Martin, President and GM what makes it most exciting is that we can tell stories in anyway and with the flexibility that we couldn't in the old space that's number one number two it's a much more modern and it's a much more clean and contemporary appearance.)) ((12:29 km chances are if you were watching TV growing up, there is a good chance it was probably us, you know that you were involved in this whole thing it must be pretty cool? Josh Bashaw, South Burlington "I imagine the set will be here for quite some time so I'll be able to years down the road be like hey I was part of that setting that all up just being part of the project is cool to remember the things you have done in the past.)) Our goal is to share the news of the day -- and why it's important to all of us -- in a way that's not being done anywhere else in our region.

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To get a second look at this time lapse video -- and to hear more about what it took to make the transformation a reality - visit our website -- WCAX.com.

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So as we're getting used to the new set -- you might wonder what happened to the stuff that was here before. We sent Taylor Young to Castleton University where student-jounalists have given some of our old set pieces a new home.

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((Nats show open)) At Castleton University -- students studying media communications put their skills to the test during bi-weekly broadcasts. ((Nats: "welcome to CBM news)) ((Martin Vanburen/Communication s Student: "we got our two people at the desk, we got everyone in the control room running things we got a student director... It's as close to the real thing that we can get")) Their mock- newscasts got even closer to the real deal with a new desk that might look a little familiar... ((show desk being used possibly election debates)) It's been used at WCAX for over 15 years -- thousands of eyes have seen it -- and many debates have been moderated from behind it. ((more debate footage different)) ((Bob Gershon/Communications Professor: It has history to it.")) Communications Professor Bob Gershon says many of his students never visited a real news set -- and didn't know what to expect -- but were excited to be part of a heritage. ((Bob Gershon/Communications Professor: When students sit behind that desk -- they know that Darren is a graduate of this program and that they are sitting at the same desk that has been used to reach thousands and thousands of people.")) ((Martin Vanburen/Communication s Student: "Students would come in after they had set everything up and they would look at it and go 'wow!'")) Gershon says he will make one change to the desk. It will be painted green to match the Castleton's colors. Taylor Young - Channel 3 News - Castleton

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Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of evening snow showers. Lows: 8/15 Winds: NW 10-15 mph Friday: Partly sunny. Highs: 23/30 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 12/20 Winds: Light Saturday: Partly sunny and warmer. Highs: 35/42 Winds: S 5-10 mph

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She gets great joy from volunteering. and you'll be surprised how long the super senior's been doing it. Here's Joe Carroll.

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Peg Lefebvre is a regular at Fanny Allen Hospital in Colchester. The 93 year old isn't here for a medical appointment, but a meeting. (00:03:11:00) (( Joe: Ready to get to work? Peg: You call that work Joe? )) Down a hallway - the University of Vermont Hospital Auxiliary is getting together for its monthly meeting. (00:04:10:00) ((Friend: Oh hello and good morning! )) The nonprofit raises money for the hospital. (00:07:00:00) ((Bernie Echo/UVM Hospital Auxiliary President, And I will tell you that the auxiliary has been in existence for 97 years. )) Peg is the auxiliary's longest-serving volunteers. This is her 75th year. (00:12:04:00) ((Peg, I used to get out of school and run up the hill like hell to get to the hospital. )) (00:12:22:00) ((Bernie: Good morning everybody. The meeting will come to order. )) The former Catholic hospital is now run by the UVM Medical Center but it still has remnants of its past. All the men of the Last Supper seem to oversee all the women around this table. (00:15:40:00) ((Peg, I certainly agree for the room, I call it the respite room for the people working for the rehab. So I think that's needed. )) (00:16:10:00) ((Bernie, All those in favor of the motion, say Aye. Aye. )) Peg takes minutes at the meeting and was a former president - but her early days were in the trenches cleaning bed pans and changing sheets. (00:25:30:00) (( Joe: But why did you want to do that? Peg: I wanted to be a nurse, but it was during the depression - didn't have the money.)) Instead she had a long career in the telephone company. She had another responsibility. (00:31:41:00) ((Peg, I never got married until I was 65. My father was bed ridden, he passed on, my mother was bed ridden. She passed on. )) She married Steve - a high school classmate, but it was short lived - sadly he died 7 years later. Throughout that time she kept volunteering - she has a simple reason why. (00:44:21:00) ((Peg, For things that were done to you, when times were bad, you owe for that. Somebody did something for you, how are you going to pay that somebody out there back. )) (00:15:17:00) (( Bernie: So we'll start with Peg - your thoughts? Peg: In listening to Dianne, I would agree. )) The meeting lasts for 2 hours - the effects of what they do are lasting. The Auxiliary's giving ranges from nurses scholarships to handing out teddy bears young patients. They operate the gift shop at the main campus. ((nat sot of register)) (00:58:02:00) ((Joe Carroll/South Burlington, But it's not just the gift shop that the auxiliary runs. Replays sells clothes and furniture and the profits go towards the hospital, through the years they've given away a lot of money. )) (00:34:02:00) (( Millions.....and nobody knows it. )) Over the last few decades they have donated over 7 million dollars to the hospital. (00:06:11:00) (( Bernie, we are a big deal. A big deal. )) Helped by a woman who has given a lifetime of volunteering. (00:32:30:00) ((Peg, to this day, I owe someone, somewhere, something. that's my philosophy. Joe: And it sounds like it's continuing. Peg: Yeah. )) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Colchester.

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It would take something like a local athlete becoming the first American to win a world championship in a sport to steal the headlines from the UVM men's basketball team. But just like Lowell Bailey today, the Hoopcats made history last night on the strength of a convincing win at Lowell. The Cats battling the flu bug...Kurt Steidl back after missing almost the entire game at UMBC...Ernie Duncan forced to sit this one out...and Josh Herlihy didn't make the trip ... --- but after two close games with New Hampshire and the Retrievers...the Cats open on an 18-5 run.. Payton Henson high off the glass...two of his eleven... --- then Dre Wills knocks the ball loose...Trea Bell-Haynes recovers ...to Wills...back to Bell-Haynes for three of his 18... --- finally, it's Steidl for three of his 11... Kurt the first player in program history with 1,000, 500 rebounds and 200 three pointers... --- Lowell trying to stay close...Rinardo Perry rings up a trio of three's... --- but at the other end, Anthony Lamb shows he has the range from downtown...Lamb 4-of-5 from three point range ...Vermont up 13 at the break... --- second half...more from Lamb...drives and the foul...he finished with a team high 24 points... --- then the Cats for another turnover and it turns into a Darren Payen jam... ---------------------- -------- and you can add a couple new columns to the Vermont record book. UVM wins 87-66. Scott Fleishman has more from Lowell.

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((Scott Fleishman: "The Cats started strong out of the gate, and unlike that game against UMBC over the weekend, The Catamounts making a concereted effort to play better with a big lead. It all adds up to a program record 16th straight win. Vermont is also 14-0 in America East. That too is a program record.")) ((John Becker: "We never talked about any streaks or records or anything like that. I did mention it after this game, because I thought that they deserved to be acknowlegded. They still know that we've got a long way to go. We've still got to get that number 1 seed is our next goal. Stony Brook is making that difficult on us.")) ((Trae Bell-Haynes: "It's huge. It just marks how far we've come from in the begining of the season, losing a bunch of close games and knowing how much we've grown as a team and how much we're learning how to extend leads and keep leads and how to just win games at the end.")) ((Anthony Lamb: "I'm just proud of the way our team is playing and playing together. We're really playing together as a group. I don't see anyone striving to the side or anything like that. We're going to stay together and hopefully keep winning.")) ((Scott Fleishman: "The Catamounts have a week off before wrapping up the regular season at home against Albany and Stony Brook. If there's one team that can use and deserve the week off, it's UVM. At the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Scott Fleishman, Channel 3 SPorts.")) ((TRT: 1:16 ... OC: CHANNEL THREE SPORTS))

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the UVM women going for a season sweep of Lowell tonight at Patrick Gym... --- Cats up 9 in the 2nd, but break it open with a 9-2 run. Lauren Handy spots up and knocks down the 3... --- Then Kylie Butler flies in for the offensive board and the lay-up. 9 points 8 board for the senior, Vermont up 16 at the half... --- We go to the 4th, Cats pouring it on. Handy ...the hoop and the foul. A career-high 19 points for the sophomore... --- Later, Hayley Robertson...drilling one from downtown. She added 15... ---------------------- -- Vermont getting it done on both ends of the court, cruising to the 60-36 win...

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((TRT: 11 ... OC: THAT ROLE )) ((Handy/ It was all the intangibles. We've been waiting for all of us to do that, instead of just one or two players, and I'm really excited to see us all take on that role.))

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The Boston Celtics shoot for a fifth straight win and 12th in the last 13 games when they visit the Chicago Bulls tonight. The C's will also get a first hand look at Bulls star Jimmy Butler. With Chicago struggling, Butler has been the subject of trade talks, with Boston as one of his prime landing spots.

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The Red Sox already have several young stars...like 24-year-old Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts set new career highs in home runs, RBI and stolen bases last season, his third full year in the majors. And after being swept out of the playoffs last season, Bogaerts is well aware of the expectations the club and its fans have of this year's squad.

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((TRT: 15 ... OC: THIS ORGANIZATION)) (( Bogaerts/ They want us to go out there and be the best. They want us to always be the champs in our division and go on and make it deep into the playoffs. Winning is always number one here. That's always how it's been since I've been with this organization. ))

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high school hockey at Cairns...the Rutland boys visiting CVU... --- After a scoreless 1st, CVU strikes early in the 2nd. Joey Parento with the wrister from the left circle. It's 1-0 Redhawks... --- Rutland with a power play equalizer. Jacob Godfrey with a wrister of his own, knots things up at 1... --- But late in the period, CVU with the go-ahead. Jennings Lobel hits a cutting Charlie Bernicke for the goal... ---------- Redhawks add one late, as they pick up the 3-1 win...

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