Tue 27-JAN-2015 11 P.M. News Script

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Thank you for joining us at 11. I'm Keith McGilvery. And I am Shelby Cashman. While many of us were spared significant snow from today's winter storm -- ice was a major problem. Upper Valley Bureau Chief Adam Sullivan has the story.

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((Nats: sand)) VTRANS trucks were filling up on salt before the sunrise Tuesday morning-waiting and watching as the storm moved closer.. . By day break, plows of all sizes were clearly parking lots and roads-- trying to stay ahead of the game. ((Richard Williams/VTRANS: "WE are out there to make sure the public can get where they need to go.")) (national video) What turned out to be only a few inches in our region-- was a completely different story along part of the coast. More than two feet of snow and high winds blanketed entire communities and snarled traffic up and down the northeast. The Fort diner in Lebanon, is a popular stop for truckers. The few who made it in on this day had stories to tell. ((Angela Conlon/The Fort: "his boss told him he had to bring the load up today and he got here and the place he was supposed to be here was closed. So his option was to spend the night with us or head back home to pennsylvania.')) That driver eventually did get back on the road. The coating in our region did not seem to bother him, nor the other patrons at the diner who came in for lunch. ((Sonya Griswold/Caanan N.H.: "I mean it is a snow strom for heaven sakes.")) ((Griswold: "hey this is winter in New England. Deal with it people. This a regular winter.")) But travel, even with just a few inches was slow going. Plow drivers reminded the public to take it easy and keep a safe distance. ((WIlliams: "just travel cautiously. That is the best I can say.")) Good advice for any storm--big or small. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Lebanon New Hampshire.

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Dan is here. Still some snow falling tonight.

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A legislative proposal designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill -- by increasing background checks -- has caught the attention of pro-gun advocates in Vermont. They filled the statehouse tonight wearing the color orange -- Alex Apple was there. He joins us tonight with the story. Shelby -- today Governor Peter Shumlin said 2014 was the second year out of the last three where Vermont has had no hunting-related shooting incidents. He cited that as one reason why he's bucking Senate leaders of his own party -- and not supporting a bill that would require new background checks on some gun purchases.

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(29:10 Sen. John Campbell)(("Everyone has a right to have a firearm, everyone has a right to defend themselves or their property. This is nothing about trying to take anything away regarding that. CHATTER.")) Senator John Campbell was interrupted several times Tuesday as he talked to a crowd of over 150 gun rights advocates who are upset with his latest proposal. ((11:45 IT's absolutely rediculous. Claps)) The Senator from Windsor County has joined two other Senators as a sponsor of a bill to require background checks on guns sold privately or at gunshows. (30:50 Sen. John Campbell)(("Seeing people come across our border, bringing heroin and everyother thing they can into this state, and many of them are convicted felons in possession of firearms.")) The US attorney's office is often unable to prosecute cases of guns crossing state lines, Campbell says. His bill would give Vermont's prosecutors that chance. ((11:45 It's absolutely rediculous. CLaps)) That proposal has miffed gun owners. (Wesley Raney Hartland, VT 02:23)(("In Vermont we're the safest state in the country rated this last year and I just feel the anti-gun legislation that's been introduced is unnecessary in where we live.")) Competitive shooter Wesley Raney is also a firearms instructor who has fought for his second amendment rights since his time as a student at Norwich. (03:50 Wesley Raney/Hartland, VT)(("Some people view guns as a threat to safety, and some people view it as their means of safety.")) He views a gun as a means to protect his wife and kids -- and called the proposed law redundant. (02:34 Wesley Raney Hartland, VT)(("Have you read the bill as introduced by Senators Campbell and Baruth? Yes I have. And what was your impression when you read it? What's your initial thoughts on their proposals? Like I said, it's redundent and unnecessary. It's already federally illegal for any felon to own a gun..")) Others say the bill takes a veiled shot at establishing future, further gun restrictions. (07:00 Eastman Root/Fletcher)(("They are trying to get their nose, so to speak, under the tent.")) An allegation Representative Sarah Copeland Hanzas denies but vows to consider. (17:31 Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas)(("We're going to see what the testimony is when we talk about this in the senate and we're going to listen to all sides."))

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Senator Campbell noted he encourages strong debate on the bill. He says Senators Dick Sears and Claire Ayer will hold a three hour public hearing on the bill Feburary 10th. Shelby.

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Governor Shumlin says he won't be lighting up -- again -- if pot becomes legal in Vermont. The Governor supports legalization eventually but not yet, because he says the ramifications need to be thoroughly vetted. He says he will not smoke pot if and when it does become legal though, telling reporters "been there, done that." Shumlin did not recall the last time he smoked, but said it lost its appeal.

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(00:37:42:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D- Vermont my guess is a lot of Vermonters of my generation feel like I do about marijuana. Which is, it is somethng we smoked when we were young, I feel that as I got into my 20's, took on more responsibility, it didn't have the same desirable effect on me, and I stopped smoking it, because as I toook on more responsibility or I don't know what, my late-20's, I just found that it wasn't much fun anymore)) A recent report indicates the state could pull in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue if Vermont became the first state in the Northeast to legalize. But the Governor says he would prefer to wait on other states, in order to ensure Vermont moves forward intelligently.

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Police say it was an online shopping spree -- that cost Vermont taxpayers nearly a quarter million dollars. Now the former state employee admits -- she did it. 52-year-old Lisa Peduzzi initially denied using money from the Office of Risk Management to buy big ticket items online. Nine months after her arrest -- the Plainfield woman cut a plea deal with the Vermont Attorney General's Office. On Friday she pleaded guilty to three counts of embezzlement. Investigators say she stole more than 217-thousand dollars to buy a car, a boat, guns, guitars and jewelry -- mostly on eBay with state of Vermont checks -- and covered her tracks with phony insurance claims. Peduzzi is scheduled to be sentenced on March 25. The state is asking the court for a 2 year prison sentence.

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A familiar face to many around our region has died. Floyd Buck of Buck's Furniture in Wolcott passed away Monday afternoon. Buck and his family ran the popular 40-thousand square foot store on Route 15 for 57 years before it closed last year. His wife Gloria tell us one of her favorite memories of her husband was when the two of them would drive around donating rocking chairs to nursing homes during the holidays. In 2007 Buck joked with Channel 3 about how he had no plans to retire.

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((Floyd Buck, 01:09 Hell no, but my biggest goal in life is to drop dead with a chair on top of my head, calling someone a son of a bitch, that's my biggest goal in life.)) Buck died of congestive heart failure. He was 88 years old.

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Beauty products banned -- Vermont says no to microbeads. And a new report on sexual assault within the Vermont National Guard. Plus -- Taking it off in the Queen City. ((Russell Bruner/Burlesque performer 00:03:56 "Everybody is rhinestoned and sparkly and looking all vintage and classic.")) Burlesque is back in Burlington. And the results are in -- Our viewers' pick for Vermont state dog.

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Sexual harassment within the Vermont National Guard is on the decline. In its second annual report, the Guard disclosed three instances of sexual assault complaints, down from six the year before. In all three cases the victims were guard-members, but only one allegation accused a fellow guard-member. Adjutant Gen. Steven Cray says he's encouraged by the progress that's been made, but says work remains.

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(00:55:01:00) ((Adj. Gen. Steven Cray - VTNG the real progress needs to be made on the prevention dide, and that's the culture piece, that's creating that safety and confidence in the work-place)) Cray says reported incidents could rise as faith in the system increases. Rep. Jean O'Sullivan of Burlington played a pivotal role in requiring the reports given high-profile allegations of cover-ups in the past. She tells us she's encouraged by the effort undertaken by the guard to change its culture.

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Microbeads -- got the ban by Vermont lawmakers. Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic used in some body washes, and facial products. The beads are so small that waste-water treatment plants cannot filter them out. The plastic can bind with dangerous chemicals, be consumed by fish, and move up the food chain. Many manufacturers of personal care products have already moved to organic alternatives.

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Stocks are down sharply today as investors react to the latest round of earnings reports. The Dow Jones Industrial average closed down about 300 points, but it was down almost 400 points in early trading. Alison Harmelin reports.

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STOCKS TUMBLED AFTER DISAPPOINTING EARNINGS REPORTS. TECHNOLOGY STOCKS LED THE WAY AFTER MIXED NEWS FROM MICROSOFT. THE SOFTWARE GIANT BEAT WALL STREET'S EXPECTATIONS, BUT SAID THAT LICENSING REVENUE FOR ITS WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM WAS DOWN 13 PERCENT, AND BLAMED WEAK P-C SALES IN ASIA. MICROSOFT WAS DOWN ABOUT 10 PERCENT ON THE NEWS. CATERPILLAR ALSO OFFERED A SOFTER OUTLOOK, SAYING RESTRUCTURING COSTS WERE A FACTOR. CAT WAS DOWN MORE THAN SEVEN PERCENT. (SOT) "we're seeing a pickup in volatility, but it's more historical than exceptional. So, it's nothing to get excited about. You should be using these opportunities, when you have a 400-point selloff, to buy the stocks you know and love." (Alison Harmelin /NYSE) BUT WHILE INVESTORS ARE SELLING, CONSUMERS ARE BUYING AT PACE WE HAVEN'T SEEN IN NEARLY A DECADE. THE CONFERENCE BOARD IS REPORTING THAT THE CONSUMER CONFIDENCE INDEX IS AT ITS HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE AUGUST 2007 - THAT WAS FOUR MONTHS BEFORE THE START OF THE GREAT RECESSION. LOWER GASOLINE PRICES ARE HELPING AMERICANS FIND OTHER THINGS TO SPEND THEIR MONEY ON. ALISON HARMELIN FOR CBS NEWS, AT THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE.

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Tonight: Cloudy skies. Evening snow tapering to snow showers. Lows: 2/12 Winds: N 15-20 mph Wednesday: Chance of a morning snow shower. Afternoon clearing. Highs: 15/22 Winds: N 5-10 mph Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows: 5/-10 Winds: Light Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers. Highs: 23/30 Winds: Light Extended: Friday through Tuesday. Thursday Night: Snow developing, clipper. Lows 12/22 Friday: Snow, 2-5" Highs: 23/30 Lows 0/-15 Saturday: Partly sunny and cold. Highs 2/12 Lows 0/-15 Sunday: Increasing clouds. Snow developing late. Highs 13/20 Lows 5/-10 Monday: chance of snow. Highs 10/20 lows 5/-10 Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Highs 10/20

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Burlesque takes center stage in South Burlington. Jennifer Costa goes behind the curtain to give us a peek at the odd job.

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On stage -- Vera Wylde -- feels free. ((Vera Wylde/Drag Burlesque Performer 00:37:28 "Burlesque, above all, is just flat out fun." 00:37:36 "It's exhilarating. It is sexy, but I don't feel that it's exploitative.")) The performer is part of a growing number of artists -- paying tribute -- to the dancing girls -- of yesteryear. ((Russell Bruner/Burlesque performer 00:03:56 "Everybody is rhinestoned and sparkly and looking all vintage and classic.")) ((Pink Lady SINGING)) A new generation -- nostalgic for an art form -- almost forgotten. The revival -- known as neo-burlesque -- encompasses a wider range of performance styles -- from adult comedy and hula hoops to the classic striptease. ((JC 00:15:13 "How naked do people get?" Russell Bruner: "Depends on where you're at. There are decency laws that have limitations on what you can and can't do.")) ((Vera Wylde/Drag Burlesque Performer 00:36:06 "If you are going to try to do burlesque, you do have to have a point to any given act." 00:23:51 "You're not getting on stage in order to take your clothes off. You're getting on stage, and taking you clothes off, in order to communicate something. Maybe about a character, maybe you're telling a story.")) Vera's acts range from geeky and cheeky to gothically dark. She sees burlesque as an opportunity to escape the social norms of everyday life. ((Vera Wylde/Drag Burlesque Performer 00:28:54 "I don't consider this to be a character. I don't consider this to be a persona that I put on. This is me.")) When she's not in the spotlight -- Vera lives as a man -- in the Northeast Kingdom -- with a wife and child. ((Vera Wylde/Drag Burlesque Performer 00:31:04 "We're past the stigma on an intellectual level. We're not past the stigma on a gut reaction level.")) As a kid -- she experimented with cross-dressing. Debuted as a drag queen in Boston. But decided burlesque was the best fit. She's been entertaining audiences for eight years. ((Vera Wylde/Drag Burlesque Performer 00:29:36 "I do call myself a drag queen. I don't call myself transgendered because I do not feel wrong in my male body, in my male skin. 00:30:19 when I'm at home or at work, as a man, I'm not wishing I was always in this. I love this. This is a lot of work.")) ((JC 00:26:10 "Does burlesque pay the bills?" VW: Oh god no. Absolutely not." 00:26:24 "Nobody's doing burlesque to put themselves through college. You can't do it. If you're lucky you will cover the money it cost you to put your outfit together and maybe the gas for the trip home.")) Vera has established herself as a crowd favorite. So producers will shell out some cash -- but she still needs her day job in sales -- to support her family. ((Russell Bruner/Burlesque performer 00:06:54 "Burlesque has taken me all over the world.")) Headliners like Russell Bruner -- have managed to turn burlesque into a moneymaker. Performing is his full time job. ((NATS -- Russell performing)) The 33 year old from Oregon -- dubbed Vegas' King of Burlesque -- left his career as an electrical designer -- to follow his true passion. Bruner's best known for blending Vaudevillian sex appeal with comedy and swing. ((Russell Bruner/Burlesque performer 00:14:55 "Inspiration for my acts all come from the folks of yesteryear.")) Vera draws on the classics too. She tries to squeeze in one show a month. Doing burlesque -- in drag -- is still pretty rare. Yet -- she says -- she's never gotten pushback from fellow performers or fans. ((Vera Wylde/Drag Burlesque Performer 00:25:15 "If you have the guts to get up on that stage, we will welcome whatever you want to throw out there." 00:31:59 "Nobody buys a ticket and sits in that chair to judge the people on stage.")) An odd job -- empowering performers -- to let their inner wild sides... ((nats: music ends)) ... out. JC CH 3 News South Burlington.

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We asked you on WCAX dot com if Vermont should have a state dog. Seven thousand votes were cast and tonight the results are in. Our unscientific poll finds Vermonters don't want a state dog. When a bill was introduced to make the beagle the official state dog -- owners of other breeds complained. So we conducted a poll -- with several choices. The beagle was in fact the most popular breed with about 13-percent of the votes. But 44-percent said Vermont doesn't need a state dog.

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We are a few days away from Super Bowl 49 between the Patriots and Seattle Seattle Seahawks. One of the big events leading up to game is media day where anything and everything is asked of the players and coaches. In years past, media day was held at the playing site of the Super Bowl, but now it's being held indoors with seats being sold to paying customers. Any questions about deflated footballs were not answered as the New England is finally talking about the game, a game that will pit the two best teams in the league this season. Both teams have weapons on offense and stoppers on defense, and today a lot of the Patriots love went towards Seahawks QB, Rusell WIlson..

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(((Tom Brady/"He's really a great player. I admire what he's ben able to accomplish in such a short period of time. He's a great player. He's a great leader. He's obviously got a lot of toughness both physical and mental. To take his team to the super bowl twice over the last two years is a great accomplishment."))) (((Darelle Revis/"Russell Wilson scrambles a lot. He extends plays which is very tough on the defense itself. It breaks the defense down. In the secondary we have to plaster when he does scramble and continue to keep our eyes on our man.")))

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To say the last couple of years, Albany has been a thorn in the side of the UVM men's basketball team would be an understatement. The Danes are set to invade Patrick Gym tomorrow night. Albany upset the Cats at Patrick gym 2 years ago in the Tournament championship, then, last year, in the semis, the Danes shocked the Cats in Albany. Most of the UVM players on this year's roster really didn't experience those disappointments, but they know the history. Whether it has an impact on tomorrow's game remains to be seen.

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(((John Becker/"The guys are aware of it, but most of the guys here weren't even playing last year. I don't know how much that will play into things, but certainly everyone is awrae of what has happened the last couple of years."))) (((Ethan O'Day/"There's 7 new guys on our team last year, so there;s a different feel to it. At the same time, you always think about that last game you lost in the tournament or in the season and you use it as motivation for the upcomming season for sure.")))

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High School boys hoop, Essex making the trip to Burlington in the snow. --- Hornets take a one point lead into the second quarter, but the seahorses take the lead back, how about the tip in by Kevin Garrison. --- Essex comes right back, off the inbounds pass, Nathan Miles knocks down the short jumper. --- This one going back and forth, Burlington's Josh Hale with a nifty move to the hoop for 2. Burlington goes on to the 45-39 win.

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Women's college hoop, Norwich playing its second home game in as many nights hosting Lyndon State. --- the Hornets with a great first half led by Mikayla Hodge. The Oxbow high grad with a team high 18 points to go with 17 rebounds. Lyndon State up 36-31 at the break. --- Norwich makes a run to tie it at 40 in the second half, Aliah Curry for 3. She had 16 and is now 4 points shy of becoming the school's all time leading scorer, both men's and women's. --- Norwich's Heather LeBlanc puts in 13 points during an 8 minute span of the second half helping the Cadets take the lead for good. A game high 24 for LeBlanc as Norwich wins, 78-71.

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To Middlebury for Women's College hockey at Kenyon Arena. The 4th ranked Panthers hosting Potsdam. --- Middlebury adds to a 1-0 lead in the final minutes for the first period, Hannah Bielawski with a shot that's stopped, Anna Van Kula pounces on the rebound and puts it in the top shelf to give Middlebury a 2-0 lead. --- 44 seconds later, Middlebury is at it again. Bielawski's with a couple of shots, both getting blocked, Emily Fluke gets the rebound and puts it in. Fluke with 3 goals and an assist on the night As Middlebury skates to a 7-1 win.

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Congratulations to Dylan Smith. The 22-year-old from Randolph earned one of six spots on NASCAR's drive for diversity roster. Smith will join Rev Racing in the Whelen All-American Series after competing in his own Late Model last year. In 15 races last season, Smith finished 38th in the Whelen All-American Series Division I national standings. The Drive for Diversity program helps women and minority drivers break into the upper echelon of the sport by providing them with solid equipment, valuable track time and coaching both on and off the track.


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