Thu 18-DEC-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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The FairPoint strike is entering its third month. Two-thousand workers in northern New England walked off the job October 17th -- about 450 of them in Vermont. The telecommunications company and its union reached an impasse in August. The sticking points are benefits -- including health care contributions. Both sides have met several times -- but are not able to reach an agreement. Nicole Ravlin is with the public relations firm - PMG. She joins us now to talk about the strike. ((from a PR point of view - does the company or the workers have the upper hand during a strike?)) ((what can the workers do win over the public?)) ((what can FairPoint do to win over the public?)) ((Governor Shumlin and Vermont's congressional delegation sent letters to FairPoint asking them to end the strike. Good strategy?)) ((on top of the strike -- there were two recent outages. A landline outage earlier this month that kept 100 calls from reaching 911. And an internet outage during last week's snow storm. Is the public more likely to turn on the workers to FairPoint when these things happen during a strike?))

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- gifts for gardeners. Whether they're novices or master gardeners Charlie Nardozzi will show us gifts for the gardener in anyone's life. The holidays are basically here so make sure to tune in tomorrow at 530 on the thirty for a last minute giving guide.

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Good Evening I'm Kristin Kelly. and I'm Darren Perron. The Governor calls for health reform, one day after conceding his signature policy is dead. Governor Shumlin announced Vermont cannot afford single-payer now. State House reporter Kyle Midura is looking at what is next. Kyle Darren and Kristin - the governor pegged single-payer as the reform that would cut into the rising cost of health care. Now, other reforms will need to pave the way on cost-cutting for single-payer to become a reality in Vermont's DISTANT future.

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(Shumlin-PKG 6-30-10) ((We're outlining today a vision for Vermont)) More than four years ago, Gov. Peter Shumlin made single-payer healthcare the primary plank in his platform as he first ran for Vermont's top office. He said health savings would unburden those struggling to afford coverage, and attract new business. In less than a year, he signed on the dotted line - officially beginning the state's drive toward single-payer. (Healthcare6-PKG 5-26-11) ((we gather here to launch the first single-payer health care system in America)) But, Wednesday, four years down the road, the wheels fell off. (00:02:51:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont I looked at the numbers and they were eye-popping and I said I cannot recommend for Vermont's economy - which is what the law requires me to do - that this package works)) Now, Gov. Peter Shumlin is kicking the tires on new vehicles for health reform after seeing the estimate for installing the system. In a one on one conversation with WCAX, the Governor says reform can't stall along with single-payer. (00:06:06:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont we've got to get this cost thing under control )) Shumlin outlined three areas in need of attention. First, he wants to give the Green Mountain Care Board more power. (00:07:07:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont that's going to drive a new way of paying for health care )) The Governor argues paying providers based on quality rather than quantity makes more sense and will save cash -- provided the federal government signs off. Second, he wants to increase reimbursement rates for doctors who serve medicaid and medicare patients so costs aren't shifted onto others. (00:07:16:00) (( Gov. Peter Shumlin - you can't ask Vermont's health care providers to work for one patient they get 40 cents on the dollar for another patient they get 50 cents and every once in a while someone comes through the door and gives them a dollar for a dollar's work )) And finally -- he's looking for new ways to handle the uninsured -- an update on how many people are currently not covered will be coming out in January. As initially envisioned, Single-payer would have bent the state's medical cost curve. Now, it's idling until that happens. (00:04:34:00) (( if we can contain cost. I believe then we can go back and get a publicly financed system ))

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The Governor could not provide an estimate of how many state and federal dollars Vermont spent exploring single-payer, but characterized it as several thousand. Critics say the cost is in the millions... and the two sides disagree as to whether the in-depth look was worth the investment. Darren and Kristin -

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With Shumlins announcement of his intention to ditch single payer -- comes a mix of reactions across Vermont. Logan Crawford has more on those who agree with ending single payer -- and those who want to keep fighting for it. Logan? Darren and Kristin, Shumlin supporters and opponents are voicing their opinions about the end of single payer. A protest rally on the statehouse steps, a few I told you so's, and a sigh of relief are among the responses.

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((nats chanting)) A rally on the statehouse lawn Wednesday saw dozens who are disappointed -- Governor Shumlin will not enact single payer health care like he said he would. (TC 00:03:40:19 Tile 6573) ((Melissa Davis-Bourque/Vermont Workers Center "Now he's reneged on that. So we're here to say just because you've made this unilateral that you're not going to support it anymore, the rest of us who pushed to have universal health care, we're going to continue to fight for it." 00:03:51:29)) Shumlin announced Wednesday he will no longer seek to implement the plan in 20-15. (TC 00:13:17:27 Tile 6588) ((Henry Harris/Plainfield "Shumlin based his campaign on single payer and on being the green governor and things like that. He's been really consistently going against a lot of his really explicit promises." 00:13:31:10)) Some say yes to the governor's decision. (TC 00:11:57:19 Tile 6587) ((Guy Page/Barre "I agree certainly at this time it seems like it's not the right time." 00:12:02:07)) Some - like Republican candidate for Governor Scott Milne -- say Shumlin waited until after the election to drop his signature issue. (TC 00:08:44:16 Tile 6586) ((Scott Milne "I'll tell you before the election that single payer is dead and I guess he's going to wait until after. So unfortunately for Vermonters and people that bought into this pipe dream, I was right." 00:08:54:20)) Governor Shumlin says after recently seeing the financial breakdown -- he realized now it not the time for single payer. ((Gov. Peter Shumlin 3:09 "it wasn't close, and i had no real line in the sand, but I had a sense that the numbers would be a lot better than they were and there were a number of headwinds that we hit.")) (TC 00:15:39:07 Tile 6589) ((Logan Crawford/Montpelier "Opponents of single payer are relieved to hear the governor's announcement of not moving forward with the plan but say Shumlin spent a lot of time and money trying to make single payer work." 00:15:49:11)) (TC 00:04:37:18 Tile 5751) ((Rep. Don Turner "We've spent millions and millions of dollars that did not help 1 Vermonter from my perspective. We've seen costs continue to rise." 00:04:44:20)) Officials from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce say they agree health care reform is needed -- but single payer would be a heavy cost for Vermont businesses. (TC 00:17:14:13 Tile 6953) ((Betsy Bishop/Vt. Chamber of Commerce "Really have a negative impact on employers. So we were pleased with the decision for him to stop pursuing this single payer financing at this point." 00:17:23:27))

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A common theme from today's reactions is most Vermonters are in favor of making health care more affordable -- and the single payer plan may not be the only way to do it. Darren?

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We'll have more with the Governor -- and more reaction -- to his Single-Payer decision -- coming up this weekend on You Can Quote Me. That's this Sunday at 7:30 a-m.

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Sharon is here, ... And those snow showers have been a little persistent today... They have, but they are winding down this evening, and Believe it or not, we're going to see the sun again! There may be a few more lingering snow showers this evening, mainly in the mountains and in the Northeast Kingdom, but clouds will be breaking up after midnight tonight. Friday, high pressure builds in and brings us drier, colder air for the end of the week. We can expect to see lots of sunshine, but it will be chilly, especially Friday night and early Saturday, and again on Saturday night into early Sunday. It will warm up again next week though, with a potent storm heading towards the Northeast midweek. Right now it looks like the strongest part of this storm will stay to our west, over the Great Lakes, while we will be on the warm side of this system from Christmas Eve day and Christmas Eve night. Rain showers are likely at this point, but as colder air moves in on Christmas Day, those rain showers will be changing over to snow showers.

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A murder case against a Shelburne man -- will go forward. Police arrested 26-year-old Joshua Blow in July for the death of 2-year-old Aiden Haskins. He told multiple stories to police about what happened -- and the medical examiner could not pinpoint the exact time of the child's fatal injuries. The defense argued the murder charge should be dropped -- because evidence left the possibility that someone else hurt Aiden. But Judge James Crucitti ruled that prosecutors have enough evidence that Blow committed the crime -- including his own admissions to police -- to let the case go forward..

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A non-profit says DCF needs to make some changes. After the deaths of two toddlers who had spent time in DCF care -- the state asked Casey Family Services to review the department. The Casey report today says social workers need to be better trained -- and they need to be more focused on their priorities -- by giving secondary duties to paraprofessional staff. The report also recommends expanding access to substance abuse experts for families where drugs or alcohol are abused

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The Vermont Veterans Home may shrink -- to save money. The Board of Trustees voted to take steps to reduce the number of patient beds it is licensed for -- from 171 beds to 130. The home's administrator says the average number of veterans served daily at the home in Bennington is 121. There are currently 13 job openings -- which it will not fill -- to save more than 750-thousand dollars a year. Other cost cuts from reducing the number of beds will bring the total savings to about $1 million a year.

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First responders -- call it a close call. A woman -- trapped under a bus -- after a bad crash. How did she survive? Eliza Larson is here with the answer. Eliza? ON TUESDAY... WE COVERED A TERRIBLE COLLISION ON ROUTE 7 IN MIDDLEBURY THAT SENT FOUR PEOPLE TO NEARBY HOSPITALS. THANKS TO RESCUE CREWS AND A RARELY USED TOOL -- THEY ALL MADE IT OUT ALIVE.

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The call came into Middlebury emergency services early Tuesday morning. Two vehicles... a feed truck from a local farm and an Addison County transit bus... Collided on Route 7 just before 6 a-m. Four people were involved in the accident... The driver of the feed truck... The driver of the bus -- and two passengers -- including a woman -- trapped underneath the bus. (TC 00:04:31:22 Title 4726) ((David Shaw/Chief, Middlebury Fire Department "Looks like she was ejected once the bus made contact with the snow bank and rolled. She was ejected and the bus landed on top of her. Remarkably she was able to be removed from underneath the bus." 00:04:46:08)) Hospital officials confirmed she is doing OK... And is now home with her family. First responders say she's lucky to be alive. And in part, she can thank the snow ... ((TC 00:18:09:19 TItle 5963) ((Kirk Gallipo/Middlebury Fire Department and Ambulance "The snow is actually probably what kept her from getting more injured. What it looks like it did when the bus came over on top of her it pushed her down into the snow and then rested on top of that. So that there was actually a little bit of relief from the weight of the bus on top of her." 00:18:31:06)) ...And THIS is how they helped get her out -- airbags. ((TC 00:11:31:13 Title 5945) ((Kirk "These two bags right here are 40 tons of lifting force. So you could lift a train car off the tracks with these." 00:11:39:26)) Kirk Gallipo was one of the responders to Tuesday's crash. ((TC 00:11:50:26 TItle 5946) ((Kirk "Just make sure everything's functioning." 00:11:50:18)) He explained that in order to get the woman from underneath the bus... They had to push it off her first. ((TC 00:16:47:10 Title 5962) ((Kirk Gallipo/Middlebury Fire Department and Ambulance "we stabilized the vehicle using chalking and airbags system to lift the bus up off from the entrapped victim who was underneath the bus." 00:16:57:01)) Gallipo works for both the Middlebury Fire Department and Ambulatory services. He says that it took teams from both departments to rescue the crash victims. ((This was a really challenging rescue.)) Teamwork... And a helpful, high-tech push.

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Kirk Gallipo says that using airbags is a technical rescue method responders prepare for. He says it's something that when it happens you want to be able to do it efficiently and effectively.

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Governor Shumlin met with officials from Global Foundries today -- and says the company will have a good relationship with the state. Global is in the process of buying IBM's semiconductor manufacturing operations -- including the plant in Essex Junction. While IBM will continue to employ several hundred people in Essex, Globalfoundries promised to hire virtually all of the other four thousand workers - and those job offers are being made - and they maintain pay and benefits at current levels.

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(around 00:16:00:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin: "Every time I see down with them I'm more optimistic that if we do the right things in Vermont -- and we must -- to help keep them competitive, we have a huge and very, very positive future with Globalfoundries.")) The governor says he is encouraged not just by Global's current plan to stay in Essex Junction -- but he believes Global is committed to future investment in the plant.

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Changes -- for a Burlington bagel company. Bruegger's Bagels on Church Street -- was founded back in 19-83. The company confirms tonight -- that it is moving its administrative offices -- to a new location in Burlington -- and with the move -- several people will be relocated to its Dallas office. However -- it will not affect the bakery. The bagel shop will stay on the Church Street Marketplace.

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Fairpoint responded to Vermont's Congressional delegation today. Senators Leahy and Sanders - and Representative Welch sent a letter earlier this week - urging Fairpoint's CEO to negotiate an end to the workers strike. It is now in its third month. Fairpoint CEO Paul Sunu responded by saying the company cannot afford the union's demands -- and that replacement workers are clearing more work orders than striking workers did before they hit the picket line. He says the average worker makes more than 82-thousand a year - and gets what the company believes are generous retirement and healthcare benefits. The union says it is willing to negotiate - but wants Fairpoint to keep promises it made to workers.

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Vermonters--are not making the grade--when it comes to their finances. And new recommendations released today--are aimed at helping Vermonters spend and save--smarter. Shelby Cashman joins us now with more on this, Shelby? Darren and Kristin--the Vermont Financial Literacy Task Force--says the ability to manage money effectively--is crucial for the economic growth and prosperity of Vermonters--and the state itself. And right now--they say there is a major lack of financial education.

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The Vermont Financial Literacy Task Force--says most Vermonters--are in a financial funk. (00:14) ((NATS video "in a national report card grading states efforts to improve financial literacy in high schools, Vermont received a D")) (00:19) The task force is recommending - steps--to change that. GFX: The group says K through 12 schools--should create personal finance courses. Teacher training--and establishing financial literacy grants--are also reccommended. The task force says right now - just 7 Vermont schools require financial literacy. (00:40:39) ((John Pelletier "We tried to be realistic in our recommendations. We're just trying to move the ball forward. We'd like to see every school at least at the high school level in particular offer an elective in personal finance. We think every school should be able to do that."))(00:40:53) Pelletier also says-there is virtually no extra cost because most schools already have at least one teacher--with the skill set to take on a course. GFX: At the college level--the task force says students are falling deeper into a financial hole--and don't know how to get out. The average loan debt upon graduation from four year colleges--is more than 28 thousand dollars. GFX: Recommendations to reach college students include --creating a central financial literacy resource and training center--for all colleges in the state to use. Also--develop a virtual career center--so students can understand how much they'll earn--in their planned career. The task force says that will help students grasp--how much to save--and borrow. (00:21:27) ((Scott Giles/Vermont Student Assistance Corporation "Most of our institutions recognize that financial literacy is critical but not all of them have the resources that they can devote to the things that they need to put in place.")) (00:21:38) GFX: For adults--the task force is recommending more access to financial coaching services--and that all employers offer defined contribution plans---to workers save for retirement. (00:26:05) ((Bob Allen/Windham Foundation "as an employer, I developed a series of what we called brown bag lunches on topics of interest and value to employees. Financial literacy fits right into this.")) (00:26:14)

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The task force will also be recommending the creation of a financial literacy commission--to the legislature. Kristin?

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Sharon is here, with news about some sunshine? Amazing, isn't it? Believe it or not, we're going to see the sun again! There may be a few more lingering snow showers this evening, mainly in the mountains and in the Northeast Kingdom, but clouds will be breaking up after midnight tonight. Friday, high pressure builds in and brings us drier, colder air for the end of the week. We can expect to see lots of sunshine, but it will be chilly, especially Friday night and early Saturday, and again on Saturday night into early Sunday. It will warm up again next week though, with a potent storm heading towards the Northeast midweek. Right now it looks like the strongest part of this storm will stay to our west, over the Great Lakes, while we will be on the warm side of this system from Christmas Eve day and Christmas Eve night. Rain showers are likely at this point, but as colder air moves in on Christmas Day, those rain showers will be changing over to snow showers. We'll be keeping an eye on this storm in the days ahead, as it certainly could be cause some holiday travel problems.

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Tonight: Cloudy skies. Chance of snow showers before midnight. Lows: 15/22 Winds: NW 5-10 mph Friday: Partly sunny. Highs: 23/30 Winds: Light Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 0/15 Winds: Light Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 22/28 Winds: Light Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday Night: Lows 5/15 Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 25/32 Lows 12/22 Monday: Partly sunny. Highs 28/35 Lows 20s Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain or snow showers. Highs 30s Lows 25/35 Wednesday: Rain showers likely. Highs 35/45 Lows 30s Christmas Day: Mostly cloudy, chance of rain or snow showers. Highs 30s.

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Police in Rutland County need your help catching a couple robbers. The first happened around 7 pm last night -- at the Granger Street Market on Granger Street in Rutland City. Police say, the man in these survelliance photos was armed. He got away on foot. Anyone with information is asked to call Rutland City Police.

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Police are also looking for a suspect who robbed the Mac's convenient store on Route 103 in East Wallingford. State Police say, the man got away with the money in the register. They say, when he hit the store last night, he never showed a weapon. State Police tell us, the white man in his late 20's has brown hair and is about 5'6". If you have information, call Vermont State Police.

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A former Colchester Police Detective has pleaded not guilty to stealing drugs and a gun from the station's evidence room. Tyler Kinney is accused of stealing the drugs and gun to fuel his heroin addiction -- he has since completed a 3-week rehabilitation program. Prosecutors have dropped several drug charges against suspects because of missing evidence. Kinney resigned earlier this month after a dozen years on the job.

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There's a unique way to honor your pets this holiday in Addison County. Tonight the humane society -- called homeward bound -- held its annual tree lighting ceremony called lights of love At three dollars a light...people can purchase a colored light for pets that are still alive... or a white one for those that have passed. the donations will go to help the animals at their middlebury location.

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((TC 00:01:34:29 Title 5925) ((Jessica Danyow\Executive Director, Homeward Bound "all of the proceeds for the event go directly to animal care for the animals here. we typically help between seven and eight hundred animals per year and the proceeds from this fundraiser go to medical care, to food, to spay and neuter to all the basics they do need. 00:01:50:00)) Lights of Love can be purchased through the end of the month.

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To say a Plainfield couple got married on a unique day -- would be an understatement. Kay and David Santamore were married Saturday morning on the side of the road in Hardwick. They timed the ceremony to occur at 10:11 am on 12-13-14 at the intersection of Routes 15 and 16. But the numbers did not stop there.

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(01:53 David Santamore)(("There were 17 people present at the ceremony. There were 18 items at the brunch we had afterwards. There were 19 white roses sent in from her brother in Arizona. We had 20 party favors, and this is about 21 miles from our house.")) (02:44 Kay Santamore)(("I said 15, 16 perfect. There's the place to get married.")) The couple met at their 40 year high school reunion.

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This week's stuff-a-bus in Burlington -- was a big success. A UVM bus was parked outside the David Center all day Monday -- with the goal of filling it with non-perishable food items. Staff members then delivered the goods to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Burlington. The numbers are in -- people donated three thousand pounds of food. That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ...the UVM men's basketball team plays its final home game of 2014 as the Cats close out a four game homestand tonight against Yale. It will be a 7pm tip off at Patrick Gym. And it will be quite a challenge. Yale comes into this game at 8-3. Their last game was ten days ago, a 38 point loss at Florida, but prior to that game, the Bulldogs had won seven of their last eight, capped by a stunning one point victory over defending national champions Connecticut on December 5th at UConn's Gampel Pavilion. Yale was picked to finish second in the Ivy League behind Harvard, and the Cats already know how tough they are, falling to the Crimson in double overtime twelve days ago at Patrick. The Cats expect another tough battle tonight.

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((TRT: 41 ... OC: THIS GAME))

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Break up the Vermont women!!! The Ladycats visiting St. Francis Brooklyn last night... former Rice standout Cassidy Derda is a freshman for St. Francis...and midway thru the second half Derda drains the corner three...the first three pointer of her collegiate career, to put the Terriers up one...Cassidy tied her career high with six points on the night... --- but Vermont answers with a 7-0 run...Niki Taylor starts it...she had 13 points and ten rebounds... --- then Sydney Smith drains three of her team high 17...first time in seven games she hasn't set a new career scoring mark... --- and Emilie Cloutire follows with another two inside...she had ten points and seven boards... --- this was a balanced Vermont attack...Kylie Butler with ten points and 12 boards...and Jordan Eisler added eight points and ten assists...St. Francis came back to tie on a couple of occasions... but Vermont never trailed again, holding off a late Terriers charge to win 63-61. That makes it three straight victories for the Cats...

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They go for win number four Saturday at Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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Millions of people with heart stents may need to stay on blood thinners a lot longer than currently recommended. That's according to a new study that shows about a 50-percent reduction in heart attacks -- for those who took the drugs longer than 12 months. Bridget Barry Caswell has the details.

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Millions of people get new heart stents to prop open clogged arteries -- each year. The stents are coated with drugs to prevent scar tissue from forming, but those drugs can also cause blood clots to form. So standard procedure has long called for a daily low-dose aspirin forever, combined with a blood thinner for the first 12 months. But now -- a new, FDA mandated study -- with Vermont participants -- may change the guideline. (:24) ((Dr. Harry Dauerman/UVM Medical Center Cardiologist: We found that prolonging the duration patients are on clopidogrel, or Plavix has a benefit in terms of reducing heart attacks after they get a stent procedure.)) About a 50-percent reduction in heart attacks in those patients who stayed on anti-clotting drugs an additional 18 months. That's a measurable benefit, but not without a downside. Some faced an increased risk of serious bleeding -- in the brain, from trauma, or unprovoked bruising. (1:26) ((Dr. Harry Dauerman/UVM Medical Center Cardiologist: I wouldn't be surprised if the guidelines given to physicians change in the next year and the discussion with patients will be if they're not bruising, they're not bleeding at the 12 month visit, in those selected patients we will continue clopidogrel with some caution, watching for increased risk of bleeding.)) Dauerman says doctors were surprised by the data, and now the FDA is mulling the results. (6:34) ((Dr. Harry Dauerman/UVM Medical Center: It's by far the largest study ever done. 10,000 patients. It won't be repeated and these results are going to live with us for a long time. So I do think it will change our practice. It will affect millions of people.)) Millions of heart stent patients -- who may reduce their risk of a heart attack -- by staying on blood thinners longer. BBC, Ch. 3 News, Burlington

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The study was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. That's health watch.

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This is the time of year when it is really nice to bring some green inside.. It is the best way to counter all of the grey outside! And this evening, Garden expert Charlie Nardozzi shows us how bringing some fresh scents inside can also be pretty nice.

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((Hmmm! Tis the season Charlie! Yes! There are some great scents out there, and there are some natural ones like this one, which is just a simple container with some bows of balsam and red twig dogwoods and you can put it right next to your door and when you walk in just grab it and smell it. If you trim off extra from your christmas tree, don't throw it away, just spread the smell around the whole house. Exactly! It's a scratch and sniff Christmas! But the balsam isn't the only ones for this type of year, we're used to pumpkin pie, and mulled cider, but there are some other great plants you can have. You have one right there! This one, smells very different to me. Yes, this is a lemon cypress! And so when you rub it, and you put it up to your nose, it smells like lemon. This is not hardy in our climate, this is only hardy to zone 7, so this isn't going to be an outdoor plant, but as a house plant inside and this nice bright color, it's beautiful. Then of course if you are into cooking, like I am and lots of people are, there are the rosemarys which are really nice to have this time of year. This one has been trimmed almost like a Christmas tree shape. Yes, but you would cook and snip things off the back maybe. Exactly, be sniffing off the back, and then after Christmas be snipping a lot more of it. And you can get these to over winter indoors and then move them back outside as a potted plant and you can have them years and years that way bringing them in an out. And then this of course, is lavender. Ooooh. Ahh, nice lavender. Now this is not the munstead lavender, this is not the hardy one. This one will not survive the winter outdoors, but as a house plant and as a plant to move out and back in next fall, it's great and then for the holidays you've got this beautiful silver grey foliage on an attractive plant, you can put little red ornaments on it, it could be your Christmas tree! Very cute. So look for these scents all through the holiday season.))

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Travels to India aired on Across the Fence today. It did, and we ended up todays show in Agra, about to visit the Taj Mahal. So that is where we'll begin tomorrow on Across the Fence, ...Visiting the very impressive mausoleum, which is just spectacular. Then we go to Nepal, and visit Kathmandu, the famous Durbar Square, ...We actually saw a Living Goddess at the temple of Kumari, ... Buddhist stupas, one of which was the home to hundreds and hundreds of monkeys. Be sure to turn in, or set your DVR to Across the Fence tomorrow, right after the noon time news and weather.

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She went to class in a one room school house that had no electricity. And Lois White and her friends had to make their own entertainment. Eight decades later, the Super Senior is still doing that. Here's Joe Carroll.

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In the village of Danville, it's beginning to look and sound like Christmas. (01:12:15:00) ((Nat sot, Duo playing Sleigh Ride.)) And just off the green, Lois White is hosting her annual holiday get together. (00:28:55:00) ((Lois White/Super Senior, Everyone brings something to this pot-luck affair.)) It's time to break bread with friends, . (00:48:28:00) ((Nat sot, Hey Lois!)) (00:50:21:00) ((Lois White/Super Senior, Oh good let me get a spoon for you.)) They're called the NIPS- Never In Public. In truth they've outgrown their name, playing at dances and other events. Every Wednesday the group goes to a different musicians home - they've been doing it for 30 years. Lois is not only a host but a participant. (00:41:42:00) ((Nat sot of playing ....I like the French Canadian songs because they are so jaunty and jolly, they're happy. )) For the 83 year old, music has been a constant note. (00:02:52:00) ((Lois White/Super Senior, It's a social thing and music is just a wonderful thing, it really is. )) Every since she was a little girl living on a farm in neighboring Peacham - Lois has loved music. It's has carried her through triumph and tragedy. (00:22:19:00) ((Lois White/Super Senior, This is me and a doll my mother made for me the last Christmas, well she made the outfit. )) She was only 5 when her mom on her death bed gave Lois some poignant advice. (00:14:09:00) ((Lois White/Super Senior, She said be a good girl Lois and have a good time. So I always try to do both of those things. )) Lois was also tested when she lost her job as teaching assistant. A school official said they could no long afford her. Lois was making a dollar twenty five an hour. Money needed - she and her husband were raising 5 girls. (00:06:19:05) (( Joe: How devastated were you that you were going to lose that job? Lois: I went into the bathroom and cried.)) But as the saying goes, "when one door closes, another opens". She was offered a job in the Probate Court as a register. It paid more and had health insurance. Lois learned so much on the job that when the Probate Judge retired, she ran for the elected position. The woman with no formal training campaigned against a lawyer. It was a nail bitter, but she won. (00:07:59 :00) ((Lois White/Super Senior, I got along well with the local people because I was one of them. We people came in for a conference I talked so people knew what I was talking about, basically.)) First elected in 1982, she won every election - retiring in 1999. Now Lois keeps busy writing about the history of the area, dancing and of course playing the accordion. ((nat sot of playing)) The first song is kind of the dinner bell in reverse, time to put down the plate and pick up your instrument. (00:54:59:11) ((nat sot, Lois picking up the accordion.)) It's feel good music with old time friends. A very fulfilling night. (nat sot of music) (00:51:57:21) ((Lois White/Super Senior, I'm glad you could come tonight, you add so much. )) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Danville.

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Lois loves to contra dance. She's traveled to Quebec and even Europe learning new steps.

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Families in need this holiday season may find some warmth -- thanks to the kids at Mater Christi Elementary school. It's part of the Channel 3 and UPS mitten tree. At Mater Christi kids sorted mittens, hats and scarves to be delivered to organizations like COTS and the Boys & Girls Club. Fourth and seventh graders pair up to sort the items based on type and size.

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(Brandon Pratico/Seventh Grader)(("08:20 We started at like the end of November and we've sort of had like a lot of trash bags full.")) (08:38 Michael Walsh/Seventh Grader)(("It makes you think about what we have and how we have more than everyone else does.")) (Brandon Pratico/Seventh grader 09:00)(("Knowing that you're helping other people and it's gonna be a good cause.")) You can drop off donations for the mitten tree and several UPS locations or here at the Channel 3 studios.

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Vermonters Hannah Dreissigacker and Susan Dunklee posted top-20 finishes today at the biathlon World Cup event in Slovenia. Competing in the women's 7.5 kilometer sprint, Dreissigacker had a clean shooting day and finished tied for 17th, while Dunklee finished right behind her in 19th. The duo will compete again in the pursuit race on Saturday. Tomorrow, the men, including New Yorker's Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey, will compete in the men's 10k pursuit.

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The Dartmouth women's basketball team travels to Durham tonight to face Granite State rival New Hampshire. The Big Green comes into this one at 5-4...UNH is 5-3. New Hampshire has won the last four games in this series, that dates back to the early 1970's. Dartmouth, which started the season 5-1, had dropped it's last three, all on the road, starting with that five point loss at Vermont back on December 7th.

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When you are doing your holiday shopping pick up an extra teddy bear or two and bring them to Gutterson on either Monday, December 29th or Saturday, January 3rd for the 11th annual UVM Hockey Teddy Bear toss. Fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or other stuff animal to toss onto the ice during the second intermission of either the men's game with Providence on the 29th or the women's game with Colgate on the 3rd. All bears collected will be donated to patients at the University of Vermont Medical Center Children's Hospital by members of the Vermont men's and women's hockey teams. The 13-3-1 UVM men, ranked ninth in one national poll, tenth in the other, are enjoying their holiday break. Riding a six game win streak, capped by their home and home sweep of St. Lawrence this past weekend, coach Kevin Sneddon is happy his team has reason to be cheerful about it's performance in the first half of the season.

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((TRT: 23 ... OC: THAT WEEKEND.))

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Are Rajon Rondo's days as the Boston Celtic finally coming to an end? The latest Rondo rumor has Boston talking with the Mavericks about a trade that would send the point guard to Dallas for multiple draft picks, Mavs center Brandan Wright and other players. Rondo is set to become a free agent at the end of this season.

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For now, Rondo is still wearing the Celtics green and he came up big last night as the C's hosted the Orlando Magic. Rondo had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds to lead a balanced Boston attack in a 109-92 victory. The C's second straight win after snapping a three game losing streak. Five other Celtics also reached double figures, led by Brandon Bass, who dropped in 18. The C's improve to 9-14 with the win. They host Minnesota tomorrow night.

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The struggling Boston Bruins picked up a much needed victory last night as Loui Eriksson's goal ninety seconds into overtime gave the B's a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild in the second of a three games in four nights road trip. Even with the victory, it's still been a rough December for Boston, which has now won just two of eight games this month and sits in seventh place in the NHL's Eastern Conference. The Bruins return to action tomorrow night at Winnipeg. Tonight, Montreal hosts Anaheim at the Bell Center.

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The Nashville Predators have placed former UVM star Viktor Stalberg on waivers, with the goal of assigning him to their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee for conditioning coming off an injured knee. Stalberg has missed six weeks with the injury. Nashville general manager David Poile says they hope Stalberg clears waivers so he can go to Milwaukee and play some games. It's been an injury riddled campaign for the 28-year-old, who has played just five games for Nashville so far this season.

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high school hockey last night at Cairns ...the CVU boys hosting BFA-St. Albans ... --- RedHawks trailing 3-0 in the third when they cut the deficit on the power play... Elliott Mitchell rips it home from the slot.. Now a 3-1 game... --- A few minutes later, Bobwhites with a chance to put it on ice... Great move by Hunter Kirouac however Ty Parker in good position to make the save.. --- Under a minute to play, CVU pulls the goalie and this time BFA finishes the job ... Captain Peter Dukas into an empty net... The Bobwhites cruise past the Redhawks, 4-1.

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also at Cairns...the Essex girls visiting South Burlington... --- Rebels goalie Erin Church solid between the pipes making two key saves early to keep it scoreless... --- Her teammates change that shortly after... Rachel Pitcher finds the loose puck and send a rocket to the back of the net. 1-0 SBHS after 1... --- From there on out though, all Hornets... In the second, Kathleen Young skates through the defense and then uncorks a high rocket for the goal... Part of 4 unanswered for Essex as they down South Burlington by another 4-1 final.

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