Thu 22-JAN-2015 6 P.M. News Script

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Vermont Gas might be forced to go before the Public Service Board AGAIN to explain the skyrocketing cost of its pipeline expansion. There are three phases to the expansion south and west. The first is from Colchester to Middlebury. Vermont Gas originally said the first phase would cost 86-million dollars. Now the cost is 154-million. And it could go even higher. Vermont Gas can NOT guarantee 154-million will be the final price. Now, the Vermont Public Service Board -- which signed off on permits for the expansion -- wants to take another look at whether Vermont Gas should have received permits in the first place. And the Vermont Public Service Department -- which is supposed to advocate for the public -- supports re-opening the case to determine whether the project's benefits -- still outweigh its costs. Don Rendall is the CEO of Vermont Gas and joins me now. ((Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia says the original estimate of 86-million didn't take into account industry practices. How is that possible? What metrics did you use?)) ((Did Vermont Gas intentionally low-ball its estimate to the public service board?)) ((Did state regulators drop the ball by not spotting this massive error?)) ((Shouldn't shareholders be forced to eat this cost overrun? Ratepayers in Chittenden County don't stand to benefit from this expansion at all. They already have a pipeline. Why should they pay for this error?)) ((Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia says the Public Service Board will decide in a couple months whether this project can go forward. What happens if the state shuts this plan down?)) ((we've been talking about Phase 1 -- but Phase 2 of your plan would take the pipeline from Addison County BENEATH Lake Champlain to International Paper in Ticonderoga, New York. How can Vermont Gas with its current credibility problem -- convince Vermonters it's a good idea to build a pipeline beneath the lake?)) ((Phase 3 would take the pipeline to Rutland. Why should the state and public trust your estimates for work on Phases 2 and 3?)) ((How are you going to restore the public's faith in Vermont Gas?))

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- a new documentary on Vermont's outdoor culture. Jake Cunavelis is the filmmaker. Cheryl Frank Sullivan is one of the characters. The film will explore traditional outdoor activities in Vermont -- like fishing and hunting. Learn all about it tomorrow on The Thirty at 5:30.

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Good Evening I'm Darren Perron. and I'm Kristin Kelly. A case of tuberculosis at Charlotte central school. The health department says they've identified a school employee who has it -- and health officials are testing students and staff. Logan Crawford is at Charlotte central school with more on this. Logan? Darren and Kristin, the health department was made aware this past weekend a Charlotte central school employee has active tuberculosis. Officials won't say who this person is -- but say the school is safe.

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News that a Charlotte Central School employee has tuberculosis worries some parents we spoke with. Others are confident the school is doing what it can to keep kids safe. (Tc 22:13:16 tile ) ((Judy hill/parent of 7th grader "said there's a case of tuberculosis in the school and they're taking care of everything." 00:22:18:17)) Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease -- that typically attacks the lungs. Symptoms can range from mild to severe -- and can be spread through coughing or sneezing. The Vermont Health Department says TB can be fatal if left untreated -- but it can be cured with antibiotics. The infection is rare in Vermont. (Tc 00:10:15:00 tile ((Patsy kelso "some years we don't have any cases some years we have 5 or 6 so it's not that common here. In bigger cities it is still common." 00:10:23:12)) The Vermont Health Department is trying to identify anyone who might have been exposed to the Charlotte Central School employee. The department will be testing 140 students and school staff to see if they too were infected with TB. (Tc 00:06:22:00 tile ) ((Patsy kelso "we're doing testing to see if they spread it to other people, that's how we tell how infectious they were but potentially they could have been infectious since September when school started." 00:06:32:19)) (Tc 00:20:41:00 tile ) ((Logan Crawford/Charlotte "school officials declined to talk on camera but say the Vermont health department is heading up the tuberculosis investigation. The health dept and the school sent a letter home to parents Wednesday letting them know about the situation." 00:20:54:00)) GFX: In the letter, the school states: "The Health Department is working with the school to identify students and staff most likely to have been exposed to the person with TB. These students and staff are receiving a separate notification letter. If you do not receive this letter, then your child is at lower risk of contracting TB..." Officials won't identify who the infected person is or their health status. The health department will set up a special clinic at the school Monday -- to test those who might be infected. (Tc 00:13:22:00 tile) ((Patsy kelso "we put a little bit of solution skin testing solution underneath the skin in the arm and then you have to wait a few days to see if there's a reaction to that." 00:13:33:02))

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The school and health department are holding a special meeting right now at the school to inform parents about TB and what the clinic on Monday entails. Again the health department says there's no risk at the school now. Darren? I understand privacy concerns -- prevent the health department from identifying who this person is. But how can the public know if they've come in contact with this person -- if we don't know. Isn't it possible that person came in contact with others in the community? It is possible. But the health department says they're on it .... (or whatever else you know)

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A close call in the Kingdom. A deliveryman -- buried under wood chips -- at North Country Hospital in Newport. Shelby Cashman is in the newsroom with the details. Shelby. Kristin -- The hospital gets deliveries of wood chips -- to power its heating plant. This afternoon -- that delivery went horribly wrong.

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A spokesperson for the hospital says the delivery man was filling the wood chip bin -- and somehow -- fell in. The wood chips then buried him. And he's lucky to be alive. A hospital maintenance worker -- happened to be walking by -- and heard the man hollering for help -- underneath the chips. The fire department was immediately contacted. Firefighters managed to suck the chips out of the bin to reach the man. The hospital says he was still conscious. And was rushed to the emergency room -- right around the corner of the building. He possibly suffered hypothermia. Now - this incident comes just days after another problem at Northcountry. Earlier this week, the hospital dealt with a pipe break that left the facility without water for much of Monday.

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We don't have the delivery man's name -- or his condition. He's still being treated in the emergency department. The hospital tells us the wood chip area has been secured -- until an investigation into how this happened -- is complete. And the accident may change protocol -- on deliveries, like ensuring that two people are on site -- when wood chips come in. Kristin.

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The Vermont Gas pipeline will be facing new questions from the Public Service Board. Cat Viglienzoni joins us in the studio with the latest developments -- Cat? Darren, the board is now asking the state Supreme Court to let them reopen their original permit... amid concerns that the benefits are NOT going to justify the project's ballooning cost.

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It's been a rough road for Vermont Gas's pipeline project to bring natural gas service from Colchester to Middlebury. ((SOT Don Rendell, Vermont Gas CEO 3301 There's no doubt that the project's economics were different than they were before. That at a higher cost, the benefits are less than they would be at the original estimates)) GFX: December's price hike was the second for the utility. In July -- it announced a 40 percent increase... bringing the price tag from $86 million to $121 million. And then last month -- more bad news. The cost jumped another 27 percent... to $154 million. ((SOT 3715 Cat: Is the cost of this project going to go up again? Rendall: I hope not. We're depending on it not going up again. 23)) ((SOT Recchia 754 We definitely will be doing it differently next time 757)) The Public Service Department -- which advocates for taxpayers -- says it's now taking a closer look at the costs and benefits. Commissioner Chris Recchia told me his department did not rubber-stamp the original application -- but with the project promising $200 million in benefits -- they didn't look as closely at it either. ((SOT Recchia 607 They're in the industry, they should know what the market will bear 10)) Except -- he says -- Vermont Gas did not ... and did not let them know soon enough that the utility had underestimated the cost. ((SOT 1343 Cat: Were they following their side of the bargain with estimating that? Recchia. Right. 47 We don't think so. And that's why we recommended a $35,000 penalty because we felt like they were not following industry standards 55)) Vermont Gas says there were many reasons for the project's price increase... ranging from construction costs to getting the right of way for land. CEO Don Rendall is new on the job and there is a new team doing the estimates. ((SOT Rendall 3155 We have worked really hard to get our arms around all of these cost components to understand where we are today and to understand what remains to be done and to be realistic about the costs of completing all of those components 10)) The Public Service Department says it's also learned a lesson from this project -- next time ... they'll be making sure they understand how companies make their assumptions about cost. And this time -- Vermont Gas will be facing more scrutiny... something the company says it deserves -- and supports. ((SOT Rendall 3341 We're confident when all is said and done we'll still have a good project 44)) ((BUTTED)) ((SOT Chris Recchia, Department of Public Service Commissioner 1117 Cat: Do you think there is any likelihood that the project will not go forward? 22 Recchia: It is a possibility that it won't, yes. 24)) ((BUTTED)) ((29 It will not go forward if we believe, and the board doesn't believe, that overall, the project is beneficial to Vermonters 38))

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We asked Recchia if he thought the company's shareholders should be absorbing this extra cost. He said ratepayers may still be on the hook if the project's benefits outweigh the costs. As for the utility -- it says it does NOT expect customers to see a significant increase because of this project. Darren?

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Lawmakers are looking at changing the state constitution - when it comes to how a Governor is elected. Right now -- lawmakers vote on the winner -- if no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote on election day. That was the case earlier this month - with lawmakers opening the session -- and selecting Gov. Peter Shumlin over Republican challenger Scott Milne. Lawmakers say they've heard nothing but support for turning the decision over to the people of Vermont, but Montpelier-based attorney Paul Gillies (Gillis) says the current system is not necessarily wrong.

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(01:55:45:00) ((Paul Gillies - Attorney the legislature is the people's voice, and it's more articulate, but it's not unauthentic or unauthoritative, when we can't make a decision, we look to you to make a decision)) One proposed amendment would create a run-off election when no candidate secures a majority. The other would allow a candidate to take office by receiving the most votes and at least 45 percent of those cast. Either amendment will need support from at least 20 of the Vermont's 30 senators, and a majority of the House this session. Then, it requires majority support from both chambers in the following session, and a 'yes' vote from more than 50% of Vermont voters in November 2018 to become law.

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Consolidating school systems may help Vermont's bottom-line, but new research shows -- it could hurt the economy in rural parts of the Green Mountains. Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura has the story.

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(02:01:44:00) ((KM STUP The out-of-state researchers are doctoral candidates at Penn State University. One taught in Vermont, but many of their conclusions rely on experiences in other states... and spokespeople for the Agency of Education say that may mean they miss the mark. )) Standing-room-only crowds are becoming a more common sight in the House Education Committee this year, with school reforms topping the legislative agenda. Thursday the Penn State students told lawmakers to be wary of potential gains from consolidating schools. (01:02:23:00) ((Daniella Hall - PSU Doctoral Candidate most of these studies were based on rural New York, as we know, there's not a lot of research that's been done in Vermont )) The students say there's little educational data on small schools in Vermont -- in no small part because a lack of students in some areas makes it impossible to draw meaningful conclusions. But, they argue there is evidence that closing a rural school negatively impacts the local economy. (01:03:46:00 ) ((Daniella Hall - PSU Doctoral Candidate if you just distilled all the rural education research down to one thing, it's that schools are important to communities )) The students argue rather than viewing small schools grants as a drain on the system and phasing them out as the Governor proposed -- the grants should be competitive and viewed as economic development spending not just educational. (01:07:54:00) ((Ian Burfoot-Rochford - PSU Doctoral Candidate by doing so, investing in the small schools grant, your'e actually investing in the state and investing in the vitality of community and state as a whole)) (01:24:39:00) (( Jill Remick - Agency of Education you can't really take research from other states or national research and fit it in Vermont)) Spokespeople for the Agency of Education say the work of the Penn State Students needs refinement. Small in Upstate New York is defined far-differently than small in Vermont. and spokespeople say consolidating governance structures -- like districts or school boards -- allows for MORE flexibility to decide whether to close a small school. There are plenty of ideas on the table, but the agency likes those it developed with the Governor. (01:26:17:00) (( Jill Remick - Agency of Education we're really focusing on those because we really do think there are items in what the Governor proposed that are really going to take us in the right direction)) (02:02:17:00) ((KYLE LL TAG - The proposal from the Penn State students is just one of hundreds of reform proposals received by House Speaker Shap Smith. He released all those ideas Thursday, providing plenty for lawmakers to chew on as the debate surrounding education reform matures. KM, Ch.3 Mont. ))

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Three bomb threats in the Plattsburgh area in just the last two days. This morning --police were called to Plattsburgh High. No bomb was found. Then -- this afternoon -- another bomb threat -- this one at the Peru Central school. Again, no bomb was found. Yesterday -- students were evacuated from the Beekmantown school after a threat was discovered -- but nothing was found and classes resumed. Late today -- police announced they have arrested a 14 year old boy in that case.

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The FBI says the New York Assembly Speaker used his office -- to get millions in bribes and kickbacks. Sheldon Silver surrendered to agents this morning in Manhattan. Prosecutors say Silver masked the bribes as legitimate income earned as a private lawyer. He's facing a sentence of up to 100 years in prison if convicted. Essex County Assemblyman Dan Stec says he is not surprised.

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((:12-:26 Assemblyman Dan Stec/R-Queensbury: "He's always been surrounded by issues, whether it's his conferences issues or a sexual harassment coverup, using public money as hush money for victims. So there's always been this cloud over the speaker.")) Stec and other Republicans are calling on Silver to resign his seat immediately -- so as not to distract from the work of the legislature.

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Some lawmakers are pushing a plan to put the federal government in charge of Vermont's troubled health insurance exchange. The bipartisan group wants Vermont to follow Oregon and Nevada by entering into a federal-state exchange partnership. Those states also struggled to launch their exchanges. Joining the feds would let Vermont keep expanded subsidies while the federal government cleans-up the technical issues with the website.

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(01:32:50:00) ((Rep. Heidi Scheuermann - R-Stowe: "we believe this will be a cheaper way to do it, and a less-expensive, more reasonable way, but it's also to ensure we have a working exhange, and a functional exchange, and right now, we don't and we have very little confidence that we will)) Governor Peter Shumlin's health care chief says he has had discussions with the federal government -- but says the idea would not solve problems with Medicaid patients -- and that's the majority of people covered by exchange plans.

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A darn big -- expansion -- at Darn Tough. The high-end sock maker in Northfield has announced plans for a 100-thousand square foot addition, nearly doubling its manufacturing plant. The company has reported huge sales growth in recent years -- on the strength of the Darn Tough brand -- a leader in the outdoor activity market. The expansion would add more knitting machines. It will also mean more jobs. The company expects to add about 50 employees to its current payroll of 165.

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A second mental health evaluation is planned for the Vermont woman accused in the 20-12 killing of a St. Johnsbury teacher. A court ordered evaluation found Patricia Prue competent to stand trail -- but her lawyer asked for a second opinion. Prue's husband -- Allen Prue, was convicted last year of first-degree murder in the death of Melissa Jenkins and sentenced to life in prison. Patricia Prue says she wants to plead guilty -- so that she can resume written contact with him. And now a new evaluation will help determine if she is competent to make that decision.

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Students at one Burlington middle school are taking on issues of race -- with just six words and a note card. Alex Apple takes us to Edmunds Middle School for a look at their "race card project." The goal of the cards is to initiate a conversation about race at a school with 400 students of varied demographics. Those students speak 24 separate languages and hail from from 20 different countries. And this week Edmunds became the first middle school in the area to take up the project.

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Color makes no difference in life. Why does my skin pigment matter? Each card contains just six words -- but they are making a powerful statement. (10:56 Jessica McCloud/Edmunds SAP Counselor)(("While it was only six words, there were lots of stories behind the six words.")) "The race card project" at Edmunds Middle School has opened a larger debate. (07:12 Alex Contreras-Montesano/8t h Grader)(("It's something that we're not confronted with every day.")) Students like Alex Contreras-Montesano were asked to dwindle their thoughts on race to six words -- short enough to fit on a notecard. (08:32 Alex Contreras-Montesano/8t h Grader)(("We really don't talk about it that much and it opens up doors to people expressing their ideas about it and feeling more comfortable.")) Contreras-Montesano is the daughter of an Italian-American mother and a Mexican father... (08:08 Alex Contreras-Montesano/8t h Grader)(("Race is a characterization that doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.")) The goal of the cards is to jumpstart a conversation about racial identity at a school that includes students speaking nearly two dozen languages. (11:34 Jessica McCloud)(("Racism, classism, all those isms are inherent in our society, so they're inherent in our school.")) Inherent differences Katie Windorf says the race card project will help her students look beyond... (05:04 Katie Windorf/Sixth Grade Teacher)(("One thing that struck me was I had a young student who was white. He said I never really had to think about race.")) As the number of minority students in the school continues to grow -- Counselor Jessica McCloud says the students are more frequently exposed to racial debates. (Jessica McCloud SAP Counselor 10:11)(("We know kids are exposed to it. We know kids are thinking about it and we felt that kids should have a platform here and an activity to facilitate them talking about it.")) A discussion -- all started by six words -- and a reminder -- that most differences only run skin deep.

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The race card project was started in 2010 by Michelle Norris on NPR's Morning Edition. Tens of thousands of students nationwide have now contributed their ideas.

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Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 5/15 Winds: Light Friday: Partly sunny Highs: 25/32 Winds: S 5-10 mph Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 12/22 Winds: S 5-10 mph Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain/snow showers. Highs: 28/35 Winds: SW 5-10 mph Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday Night: lows 8/18 Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 15/22 Lows -5/10 Monday: another storm, south. Highs 15/22 Lows -5/10 Tuesday: Partly sunny. Highs 10/20 Lows 0/-15 Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs 10/20 Lows 5/-10 Thursday: Partly cloudy. Highs 20s

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New Hampshire wildlife experts are re-considering using chocolate -- to bait bears. The concern comes after 4 bears - two females and two cubs - were found dead this fall near a trapping site. An experienced hunter had put out 90 pounds of chocolate and donuts. The bears tested positive for a toxic chemical in chocolate. Wildlife officials say baiting is a useful management tool.

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Vermont lawmakers are considering an official state dog -- and now -- we want to know -- what you think. The bill introduced by Orleans County Senator John Rodgers would establish the beagle as Vermont's canine symbol. But Vermont has many dog lovers -- many favoring other breeds. You can weigh in by going to wcax-dot-com and participating in our unofficial poll. Do you favor the beagle or maybe a black lab or golden retriever -- or maybe you think it's a waste of time. We'll share the results with you -- and your lawmakers in Montpelier.

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He uses social media. He wants the church to be more inclusive. That's why some say Vermont's new Bishop is a progressive thinker. Alex Apple sits down with him.

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Christopher Coyne grew up in Massachusetts -- one of seven kids -- a die-hard Patriots fan -- an avid skier. (32:11 Bishop Chris Coyne)(("I'm hoping to get my ski legs back underneath me.")) Coyne went to seminary after growing up as a devout Catholic. (19:32 Chris Coyne)(("One of them said you're never going to know until you give it a shot.... 19:45 I just fell in love with the Lord Jesus Christ and the church.")) And on January 29th -- he'll become the 10th bishop of Burlington. (21:11 Chris Coyne)(("My aim right now is to open the church doors and then go out to engage with people to converse with people to welcome people.")) Very little of Coyne's church career has been ordinary -- while a Priest in Boston -- he was the spokesperson for Cardinal Law -- who presided over the worst sexual abuse scandal in the church's history. (26:12 Bishop Chris Coyne)(("It strengthened my faith in that a good prayer life was really important at that time.")) Since that admittedly challenging time -- Bishop Coyne has built a social media profile that's earned him the nickname the "blogging bishop." A communication strategy he plans to bring to the Queen City... (30:09 Bishop Chris Coyne)(("We have to start doing it. That's how most conversation is taking place now through the digital media. If you really want to be communicating with people, you need to go there.")) Coyne says he takes a note from Pope Francis -- defining the church by what it's for -- not what it's against. (23:14 Chris Coyne)(('Being now defined by what we're for. We're for the poor, for the needy for the marginalized.")) He's drawn praise as a forward-thinking bishop -- a budding star within the faith. Yet he's perfectly willing to say that he's no different than any other Vermonter. (23:48 Coyne)(("Each of us is a sinner, a broken person, we all have baggage.")) (31:31 Coyne)(("I was as surprised as anyone else when I got the call to become a bishop, and I was even more surprised when I was told it was in Indianapolis.")) Coyne says he's thankful for the blessings he found in Indianapolis -- but he's ready to take the skiis back out of the closet. ((AA Channel 3 News))

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Starting Line Sports ...it's the shortest conference road trip of the season for the UVM men's basketball team. The Cats visiting the University of New Hampshire tonight. Scott Fleishman is in Durham with our preview. ((TRT: 1:06 ... OC: Channel Three Sports)) (( It's an interesting part of the schedule for the UVM men. the cats are playing teams in the bottom half of the conference. they had little trouble with UMBC and Binghamton, but tonight they're playing a better team in UNH. ------ The Wildcats are trying to claw their way into that 4th spot in the standings, so this is a game they need to have. Coach Becker knows that as well, he's 7-1 all time against UNH and has won 7 straight . They have good balance, good ball play, they shoot the 3 really well this year so it's going to be a challenge for us. ------ We're going to play hard. We always want to play hard. We're a blue collar program so we have to do the little things no one wants us to do to help us be successful. We've gotten into a groove now where more than halfway through the season we have a roll going on in conference play and that's always what you want to do. ------- Everyone that is available will dress for the Cats tonight as they look to extend their win streak to 6 games. Well have highlights and reaction tonight at 11. In Durham, NH Scott Fleishman. Channel 3 sports.))

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Belichick and Brady face the media to give their takes on deflate-gate.

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There is a new implantable device for people with severe obesity. It suppresses appetite by zapping the nerves that connect the stomach to the brain. Marlie Hall has more.

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(PKG) (TRACK) This device will give doctors a new way to treat obesity. The pacemaker like system uses wires and electrodes that are implanted in the stomach. Electrical pulses stimulate the vagus nerve, which tells the brain if the stomach is full or empty. (SOT DOC) (TRACK) The device is approved for severely obese adults who have at least one health related issue. Patients also need to have tried and failed other doctor supervised weight loss programs. (TRACK) Some patients who tested the device reported side effects including pain at the implant site, vomiting, heart burn and trouble swallowing. (sot doc) the company is now required to conduct a five year study, following at least 100 patients, to get more information on the safety and effectiveness of the device. Marlie Hall, CBS News, New York.

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The device uses a battery that needs to be recharged every week. Doctors and patients can also adjust the device setting using a handheld control. That's Healthwatch.

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It's garden Thursday in the middle of winter and again, And that means we are going to bring you on a trip to see some beautiful flowers. This evening garden expert Charlie Nardozzi are bringing you to old Quebec City.

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Charlie, do you know what my favorite part of Quebec City is? What's that? Well, after the chocolate croissant, and the crepes and the fondue? It's all of the beautiful window boxes and the flowers everywhere! You noticed! I did! We are here in Quebec city and in Old Quebec City. Yes, especially. And you feel like you are in France. It's just the little streets, the cobblestone streets, the beautiful bistros, and cafes and stores, and of course lots of different hanging baskets. There are. And we have beautiful ones along St Jeanne here, which are right in front of restaurants and we have ones which are just kind of wild because it's Thunbergia, a black eyed susan vine growing down and up at the same time. That one's crazy, you can't even see where the container is in that one. Exactly, there are boxes on second stories with a lot of these buildings so you add color up a little bit higher. There are some unusual ones.. I like the ones with the pants! You've got the men's pants! I mean really! And then if you go through the back streets you find where the residences are, and there are some really simple window boxes there, using little bits of color, like pink and red, and some even as simple as black and white flowers. That one was very cool. So just wandering around the streets of Quebec City, you'll find all of these little dashes of color where they are trying to do containers, hanging baskets and window boxes everywhere to create a little bit of a touch of the old world. I love it! Runs 1:18 CG :23-:27 Charlie Nardozzi CG :45-:49 Shelly credit

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She ran into a challenge - and conquered it. Betty Osgood is a seamstress who stitched together quite a career. Joe Carroll introduces us to this week's Super Senior.

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(00:56:30:00) ((nat sot, sounds of the bells)) Hanover, New Hampshire, is not any college town, it's home to an Ivy Leaguer - Dartmouth College. The institution is steeped in tradition and so is Lou's. An eatery since the 1940s - where townies and the elite meet. (00:01:04:00) ((Betty Osgood/Super Senior, Edna's always been a good friend. )) And three days a week Edna Pierce and Betty Osgood get-together at the corner table. They've been doing it for decades. (00:04:14:00) (( Joe: It's a special time to get together. Edna: Yeah, why not. )) Edna grew up in England, Betty in Vermont. They became friends working at the same clothing store in town. They bonded immediately. (00:04:40:00) ((Edna: She's a lovely person. Betty: Oh, thank you Edna. Edna: She's a lovely person inside and out.)) The coffee klatch is a time to catch up on the latest news. (00:01:44:18) (( Edna/Friend, you better drink some coffee before it gets cold.)) (00:13:35:00) (( Joe: So you are a Vermont woman. Betty: Oh yeah, I'm a Vermonter. Joe: Over in New Hampshire though. Betty: Well I have to, to get my greenies!! )) (00:21:26:10) ((Nat sot of the door. )) (00:21:27:00) (( Joe: Time for work! Betty: Time for work.)) Betty makes her money just down the block from Lou's. She's owns Betty's Alterations. Being the only seamstress in town, she's busy. (00:24:10:00) (( nat sot of opening the door of business. )) (00:24:19:00) (( Joe: you already have business at the door. Betty: Oh yeah, they are always leaving me things.)) Her business is ten by ten. It's all the room she needs. (00:26:46:00) (( nat sot of cutting material on pants. )) Betty went to work after she divorced the North Thetford woman needed the income, but she hadn't worked outside the house since she was a young woman. (00:47:48:00) ((Betty Osgood/Super Senior, Oh yeah, oh yeah, I was nervous. )) She learned the art of alteration at Campions Woman's Store, a longtime Hanover landmark. (00:47:58:22) ((Betty Osgood/Super Senior, I remember the boss when he hired me, he said, "if you had 7 children, that's good enough for me".)) But when Campion's closed, Betty who was in her early 80s had to make a choice. Go out on her own or retire. It was an easy decision. (00:29:49:00) (( good nat sot of cutting CU)) (00:26:05:00) (( I don't know how... really how I'd get up in the morning if I didn't have anything to do.)) (00:39:50:00) (( Have I got something for you? I do don't I? )) Now customers trickle in, she doesn't need to advertise. (00:40:12:00) (( OK, that is 15 please, what you got something else for me?)) Betty's 88, she doesn't know if she'll travel the 20 miles from home to her business next winter. (00:37:55:00) ((Betty Osgood/Super Senior, I don't know, everybody says, I don't what we're going to do when you get done, you can't even get a pair of pants hemmed and you can't in Hanover.)) But for now, Betty has the market, well, sewed up. (00:42:25:00) (( Bye, bye.)) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Hanover New Hampshire.

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A big day for Rutland's cheerleading team. At 6:30 this morning - the Rutland High School Cheerleading squad got a send off at the Diamond Run Mall from parents, friends and a few Rutland public figures. The team heads to Dallas, Texas where they will compete in a national competition this weekend.

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(TC 07:01:19:05 Title 0659)((Mary Moran/Superintendent Rutland City Public Schools "these young women and one man have been working all year raising money, getting ready, preparing. They're amazing athletes. We couldn't be more proud of them, Rutland City. Rutland Town. The county. Vermont. And they're going to have a great time in Dallas and we'll report back after the competition." 07:01:35:25)) The team was escorted out of the mall parking lot with an escort of police cars and a fire truck. We wish them luck.

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As we mentioned in Startling Line Sports ...the UVM men's basketball team puts its five game win streak on the line tonight at New Hampshire. While the Hoopcats are in Durham, the Vermont women will be in Orono facing the Maine Black Bears. The Cats are 3-14 overall, and 0-5 in America East play. They're taking on a Maine squad that's won four straight and brings a 4-1 conference mark into tonight's matchup. We'll have highlights at 11pm.

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Coming off a win in their first home game in over a month this past weekend, the St. Mike's men's hoop team back at the Ross Sports Center last night against St. Rose. --- James Cambronne had a big night...scoring from both outside and inside...pick and roll with Mike Holton, Junior...team high 18 for Cambronne, Holton added 17... --- Later in the half, Mike Thompson comes up with one of the Knights' seven steals. He takes it all the way for the jam. 13 for Thompson. --- St. Mike's taking a 3 point lead into the break before pulling away in the second half. Corey Crawford II for 3. St. Michael's wins 81-68. The Knights improve to 11-5 overall, 7-4 in the Northeast-10.

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The St. Mike's women also won over the weekend, snapping a three game losing streak...going for two straight against St. Rose... --- Second half, St. Rose building a big lead, Staci Barrett with 2 of her team high 16 points. St. Mike's down 16. --- The purple knights try and shoot their way back in it. Maggie Sabine for three. She had 12, St. Mike;s down 18. --- Then it's McKenzie Burud burying three. A game high 24 for Burud. It's a 15 point St. Rose lead. --- But just too much from St. Rose...off the miss...the visitors on the break... Gabbie Polce finishes off the play... The Knights fall 74-56, falling to 8-8 overall, 3-8 in Northeast-10.

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The 12th ranked UVM men's hockey team will try to break out of it's recent funk this weekend...but the opponent will be a tough one as number three Boston University comes to Gutterson for a two game series tomorrow and Friday night. Since returning from the holiday break, the Cats are 2-3-1. They scored four goals in each of their two wins, but in the other four games, they've scored a total of four goals, capped by a 4-1 loss and a 2-2 tie with Northeastern this past weekend at the Gut. In the two games against the Huskies, the Catamounts put a total of 53 shots on net, and the team says they know they need to take greater advantage of those opportunities, both this weekend and for the rest of the season.

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boys high school hockey at Cairns Arena. Missisquoi visiting Milton. --- 2-1 Thunderbirds in the second period and looking for more, the loose puck goes back to the point where Mason Bean's shot finds the top corner of the net. 3-1 MVU. --- A minute later, Milton answers, Nicholas Goodrich with the long lead pass to Brendan Green who breaks in and scores. Milton rallies for the 4-3 win.

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The controversy is being called deflate-gate...but the attention surrounding it only seems to get bigger and bigger. Today in separate press conferences, first Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and then quarterback Tom Brady stepped in front of the media to address allegations the team under-inflated footballs during their playoff win against the Indianapolis Colts. Omar Villafranca has the latest. ((TRTL: 1:22 ... OC: CBS NEWS)) ((QUARTERBACK TOM BRADY IS THE LATEST NEW ENGLAND PATRIOT TO WEIGH IN ON DEFLATE-GATE, SAYING THE FOOTBALLS WERE FINE WHEN HE APPROVED THEM BEFORE SUNDAY'S AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. (SOT Tom Brady/Patriots Quarterback 44:17) " I don't know what happened. I have no explanation for it, I don't know what happend between the time when I touched it, really until Monday morning, I don't know what happens witht the balls." THE COMMENTS COME AFTER HIS COACH - BILL BELICHICK DENIED ANY INVOLVEMENT IN THE CONTROVERSY, BASICALLY PASSING THE BALL TO THE Q-B. (SOT Bill Belichick/Patriots Coach ) 09:41:51 I think we all know that quarterbacks, kickers, specialists have certain preferences on footballs. They know a lot more about it than I do. They're a lot more sensitive to it than I am. THE NFL IS INVESTIGATING REPORTS THAT THE PATRIOTS DEFLATED 11 OF THE 12 BALLS THE TEAM USED IN SUNDAY'S PLAYOFF WIN OVER THE COLTS. SOME SAY DEFLATING THE BALLS MAKE THEM EASIER TO THROW AND CATCH. IN 2007, THE PATRIOTS WERE FINED FOR VIDEOTAPING THE NEW YORK JETS' HAND SIGNALS IN WHAT WAS DUBBED SPY-GATE. BELICHICK SAYS THE CURRENT CONTROVERSY SHOULDN'T OVERSHADOW THE GAME. (SOT Bill Belichick/Patriots Coach ) 9:46:18 It's unfortunate that there's a story coming off of two great playoff victories on our football team, our players. THE PATRIOTS SAY THEY ARE COOPERATING WITH THE NFL'S INVESTIGATION WHILE THEY PREPARE FOR SUPER BOWL 49 . OMAR VILLAFRANCA, CBS NEWS.))

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The NFL says it's investigation into this will take a few more days.

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We told you at the top of the broadcast about the Tuberculosis investigation at Charlotte Central School. 140 students and staff being tested -- after a school employee got T-B. ( Now we're learning that a daycare in Colchester -- is under surveillance by the health department too for T-B. The health department confirms that kids at the Freedom Rains Children's Center may have been exposed. We have crews working both of these stories. We'll have the latest on the Channel 3 News at 11. Take care. See you soon.) Good night.


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