Tue 27-JAN-2015 6 P.M. News Script

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Governor Peter Shumlin made cleaning up Lake Champlain a priority in his Inaugural Address. The Governor took the unusual step of calling out farmers for contributing phosphorous to the lake which feeds algae blooms. Changes that could be coming for farmers include a fee on fertilizer to pay for lake cleanup -- and the possible loss of tax breaks if farmers fail to abide by regulations. Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross joins me now. ((do you agree with the governor? Are punitive measures the way to go here?)) ((how much does the average Vermont farm get in tax incentives?)) ((what are the new tools for holding farmers accountable?)) ((how are farmers reacting to the governor's plan?)) ((what are farmers doing now to be part of the solution?)) ((what are most Vermont farms not doing right now that they need to?))

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- Gina will take her turn at the Farm Show here in Essex. Secretary Ross -- other members of the Administration -- and lawmakers put their cooking skills to the test at the Capital Cook Off. It's an iron chef type competition featuring members of the Vermont House of Representatives -- Senate and Agency of Agriculture. We'll see what lawmakers can cook up tomorrow at 530 on the thirty. But now it's time for the channel 3 News at 6 with Kristin and Darren.

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Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Kristin Kelly. Some got pounded. For others -- it petered out. Snow fall amounts varied widely across New England. The storm made travel tricky in southern part of our region. And it put a new Vtrans policy to the test - on Route 9. Eliza Larson reports.

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Traffic traveling along Route 9 between Bennington and Brattleboro stopped Tuesday morning after a truck jack-knifed on a slippery stretch. The truck driver said he started in Maine and was headed towards Wisconsin - and hoped he'd get ahead of any storm. But as he was traveling uphill on this stretch of Route 9... His tires slid out. (TC 08:46:00:24 Title 0844)((Robert Faley/VTrans "his tires they started to slip and they way the road is on a curve he just slid to the inside corner." 08:46:06:16)) Route 9 is notorious in winter weather. (TC 08:44:54:29 Title 0844)((Robert Faley/VTrans "route 9 - sure - very steep grades over a high elevation route. Roads tend to be a little bit worse than they are in valley locations" 08:45:02:01)) (TC 08:50:23:12 Title 0849)((Eliza Larson/Bennington "behind me is the section of the parking lot at the Bennington Welcome Center Vtrans has designated as a chain-up spot for trucks who are about to embark on route 9" 08:50:34:29)) The chain-up help is a new Vtrans iniative this winter. (TC 08:45:03:08 Title 0844)((Robert Faley/VTrans "it's important that trucks when they come up the mountain - they're fully loaded. They tend to downshift and their tires lose traction against the pavement so they need the chains to help them get over the mountain." 08:45:15:08)) Vtrans designated two locations on either side of Route 9 for trucks to chain up. One location is in Bennington. The other in Willmington. These spots give drivers a chance to prepare for - or wait out - the storm and roads ahead. But these chain up locations are not mandatory. So... Faley said drivers must take to the roads at their own risk. Thankfully... Faley said... a lot of drivers chose to stay off the roads in Southern Vermont today - avoiding any slippery encounters. Eliza Larson. Channel 3 News. Bennington.

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Even in areas that did not see big snowfall -- the storm turned some roads to ice. Adam Sullivan reports from the Upper Valley.

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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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Governor Maggie Hassan DID declare a State of Emergency in New Hampshire due to the blizzard conditions along the coast. Travel was limited to emergencies.

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A couple hundred homes in Vermont are in the dark tonight. Much more snow to come, Sharon? Snow is winding down this evening, and will leave us with between about 1-6" of light fluffy snow across most of our region. Wednesday, there may be a lingering flurries or snow showers in the morning, but we'll see some breaks of sunshine later in the day. Then we have a clipper system which will bring another round of light snow late Thursday into Friday. That could bring us an additional 2-5" of snow, and once that clipper goes by, we'll get a blast of very cold Arctic air that will drive our temperatures below zero Friday night/Saturday morning and Saturday night/Sunday morning. It will be cold and blustery this weekend. We are also keeping an eye on another potential coastal storm for Groundhog Day on Monday.

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Police say it was an online shopping spree -- that cost Vermont taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. Now the former state employee admits -- she did it. Jennifer Costa broke the story last spring. She joins us from the newsroom with an update on the case. Jennifer? Darren -- 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 is fessing up to her crimes. Peduzzi cut a plea deal with the Vermont Attorney General's Office. On Friday she pleaded guilty to three counts of embezzlement in an official capacity. In return -- the A-G's office dropped three additional embezzlement charges against her. Governor Shumlin called Peduzzi's scheme -- QUOTE "fairly sophisticated deception and long-term fraud." Prosecutors say she bought 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. Peduzzi and her lawyer were not available to comment. Darren.

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Vermont State Police are investigating a rash of burglaries in Franklin County. Troopers say in the last week -- eight homes have been broken into -- in Fairfield, Fairfax, Highgate and Georgia. All have been daytime burglaries. The thieves made off with cash and electronics. State police are investigating possible suspects -- but need your help. They're asking folks in the area to report any suspicious activity. You can call the St. Albans barracks or submit an anonymous tip online.

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A new report shows sexual harassment within the Vermont National Guard is down. 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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The Governor says even if marijuana becomes legal here in Vermont... he won't smoke pot... again. Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura has the story, Kyle Darren, after fielding a series of questions from reporters regarding a recent report and what new data means for potentially legalizing recreational use of the drug... Gov. Peter Shumlin related his own personal experiences with it. The Governor supports legalization eventually but not yet, because he says the ramifications need to be thoroughly vetted. He says he will not light up 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 does moves forward intelligently. Senator David Zuckerman is expected to sponsor a marijuana legalization plan, but that bill has not been released yet. - Darren

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Vermont lawmakers are debating a gun control bill -- but the governor says it's a waste of time. Senate leaders are pushing a measure to adopt federal language surrounding background checks for fire-arm sales. It has support in the House as well -- but Gov. Peter Shumlin said today the debate is unnecessary. He says voters sent him a message to act on property taxes and education costs, not gun laws or picking the state dog and vegetable.

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(00:29:12:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont: "I just don't know very many Vermonters who come up to me and say - you know Gov. all of my problems are because Vermont's gun laws aren't serving us well. It's not something I'm getting, so let's focus on the things Vermonters asked us to get done)) Opponents of the measure wore hunter orange to the state house today. Supporters argue the opposition to the bill is over-blown given its purpose is simply to allow Vermont police to enforce federal laws banning felons from possessing firearms.

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and tonight -- gun advocates are rallying at the state house -- Our Alex Apple is there and will have more on the debate tonight on the channel 3 news at 11.

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A push to bring health care -- home. It's called SASH. And program officials say it's reducing the amount of money -- Medicare spends on seniors. Logan Crawford has more. Logan? Darren, SASH stands for Support and Services at Home. Its a program for seniors who have medicare. Participants say it's helping them live an independent life -- but with a safety net close by.

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Nancy Baker and Rebecca Sleeman live at Cathedral Square in South Burlington. Sleeman has lung problems -- but she's able to breathe a sigh of relief -- thanks to a program called SASH. (TC 00:24:15:09 Tile 6620) ((Rebecca Sleeman/SASH Participant "Feeling of security, maybe we can stay in our homes longer and still be watched and have a place to live." 00:24:22:18)) SASH stands for Support and Services at Home. It's a program aimed to reduce costs medicare spends on seniors. Participants say SASH helps coordinate doctor visits to their homes -- and they have health services available to them at all times. (TC 00:26:10:14 Tile 6621) ((Nancy Baker/SASH Participant "We have 2 nurses, 2 wellness nurses, who are great. They'll come to see you at your home or their downstairs in the office." 00:26:21:00)) The SASH program is 1 of a kind -- and it's only in Vermont. It started in 2009 to provide seniors and disabled people at Cathedral Square with reliable care at home and prevent expensive trips to the hospital. But it has expanded. And the program began getting federal funding in 2011. (TC 00:04:55:09 Tile 6618) ((Molly Dugan/SASH Director "We've gone from 1 SASH program in 2009 to 52 different SASH panels across the state. So we now have roughly 4,200 people in the state of Vermont participating in SASH." 00:05:09:15)) (TC 00:38:26:00 Tile 6651) ((Logan Crawford/South Burlington "In addition to increasing access to health care the SASH program aims to decrease health care costs across the state. SASH is part of the Blueprint for Health reform -- Vermont's plan for sustainable health care reform." 00:38:38:26)) (TC 00:41:03:17 Tile 6654) ((Al Gobeille/Green Mountain Care Board Chair "the program is innovative in helping seniors make sure they take their medication at the right time, so that they don't experience the slip and falls that seniors typically experience in housing. That they see their physicians on a regular basis and those critical steps actually bend the cost curve." 00:41:20:10)) GFX: In a 2011-2012 study -- SASH saved nearly 2-thousand medicare dollars per SASH participant because of the program. And, according to SASH -- it cost 4.8 million dollars to run the program in last year. Federal medicare covered 75% of that cost -- the rest is paid for by Vermont and state and federal grants. Officials say it costs about 700 dollars to cover each SASH participant per year. SASH is voluntary and free for those who benefit from medicare. Officials say roughly 25 percent of SASH participants live outside of affordable housing in the community. SASH partners with area agencies on aging, local home health agencies, and the participants' physicians. (TC 00:26:38:19 Tile 6621) ((Nancy Baker/SASH Participant "I'm glad it's here, I hope it doesn't go anywhere I hope it stays." 00:26:42:06))

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SASH is funded through the end of 2016. SASH officials expect it to be extended or be made permanent. SASH and the Green Mountain Care Board say they're hearing from health officials in other states -- interested in starting SASH. Darren?

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Another candidate is jumping into the race for Burlington mayor. Activist and journalist Greg Guma announced he will run as an independent in the March city election. Guma is critical of current Mayor Miro Weinberger -- saying that with a developer in charge -- the city is on a quote -- "an express train to gentrification and increased corporate penetration." Guma says he wants to set limits on what he calls "overheated development" in the city.

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As you saw earlier -- Kyle Midura knows politics. He covers it for Channel 3 News. And now -- Kyle -- has been picked as a top political reporter in the U-S. Every two years -- the Washington Post -- picks the best political reporters in each state. And this year -- Kyle was among four chosen in Vermont. The Post says it's a way to recognize the often under-appreciated reporters covering state and local politics. We appreciate all of Kyle's work. Congratulations!

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Vermont lawmakers have approved a ban on microbeads in the state. 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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Vermont schools have a wide array of policies when it comes to protecting students from life-threatening allergies. The Chittenden South Supervisory Union has 770 pre-k to 8th grade students. There are 105 staffers -- and a budget of 12-point-4 million dollars. As Alexei Rubenstein reports, a new allergy policy this year is making a difference.

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Middle school students at the Shelburne Community School are headed to the cafeteria for lunch. Among them -- seventh-grader Courtney Vincent. Like any other kid her age, she likes to hang and talk with friends -- and play basketball and soccer. (NAT HIT) Courtney at lunch talking)) But unlike many of her peers, she has a potentially fatal peanut allergy that keeps her on guard throughout the day. (1_14 NUT TC 00:36:29 Tile 1950) ((Courtney Vincent/Allergic to peanuts "I'm always worried somebody will be eating it and touch me and then I'll have a reaction or something.)) Courtney's not alone. Like her -- 30 students have life-threatening allergies -- from Tree nuts -- to Dairy -- to shellfish. Like many schools -- in the past -- Courtney might have been assigned to a nut-free classroom or cafeteria table. But Last year Chittenden South overhauled their allergy protocols -- to take a broader perspective. (00:19:49 Tile 1946) ((Jocelyn Bouyea/SCS School Nurse We can't put a kid with a peanut allergy at a higher priority then a kid with a dairy allergy. And there's also kids with bee and wasp allergies that are life-threatening -- and we can't be a bee-free school. It would be really hard to be a dairy-free school. It's pretty hard to be a nut-free school.)) Shelburne school nurse Jocelyn Bouyea (Boo-YAY) helped come up with the policy -- which she says is much more realistic. (00:20:09 Tile 1946 )((Jocelyn Bouyea/SCS School Nurse "We felt like, rather than to say we are a nut-free school and think that 1,000 people who are entering this building everyday are nut free, we felt like it was a false sense of security and maybe even dangerous. We said lets look at the indiviudal and try to figure out a way to help that child live in a world with allergens -- and do it safely.)) The new policy promotes "allergy awareness" in classrooms -- wiping down tables after any food. More hand washing. No sharing food. And less cupcakes shared from home. In the cafeteria -- the new policy means Courtney eats at an allergy aware table -- where any student -- including best friend Grace -- can sit -- with or without an allergy. ((Nat hit -- Courtney and Grace talking?)) (TC 00:26:52 Tile 1946) ((Jocelyn Bouyea/SCS School Nurse "You might have the child with an almond allergy sitting with a student who has the dairy allergy.)) Courtney's father, Jason, says raising a child with a life-threatening allergy has its frightening moments. (TC 00:00:50)(( Jason Vincent/Courtney's Father " -- it's absolutely scary. We think about it every day)) In the past, he's been aware of complaints about school-wide dietary restrictions to accommadate the handful of allergic students. He says its important to point out what's at stake. ((00:02:36) (( Jason Vincent/Courtney's Father "I think once they truely understand that if she had something that had peanut in it, there's a high likelihood she would die -- they become more empathetic to the situation.)) Statewide -- officials say there is no over-arching policy for how schools handle allergies. (1_20 APCOURSES TC 00:39:21 Tile 2350)((Laurie Colgan/Agency of Education "I think its whatever the school come up with and what's going to work best for them. I think it also depends on how serious the allergy or the sensitivity is)) Colgan says while the stricter polices will likely remain for the youngest grades, she expects more schools to adopt Chittenden South's self-empowering approach. Courtney and her folks say she has taken ownership of what she has to do to stay safe. Whether in the classroom -- or going out to eat... (1_14 NUT TC 00:38:23 Tile 1950) ((Courtney Vincent/Allergic to peanuts "You always have to be aware of what people are eating around you and if your friends are eating it you have to make sure they wash their hands and they don't touch you.)) A new approach to handling life-threatening allergies at school. Alexei Rubenstein - Channel 3 News -- Shelburne

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30 schools in 30 days continues tomorrow night -- with a look at technical education in Vermont. Judy Simpson shows us what kids are learning today -- and how it's changed since their parents were in school. That's 30 school in 30 days -- tomorrow night at 6:00.

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Snow is winding down this evening, and will leave us with between about 1-6" of light fluffy snow across most of our region. Wednesday, there may be a lingering flurries or snow showers in the morning, but we'll see some breaks of sunshine later in the day. Then we have a clipper system which will bring another round of light snow late Thursday into Friday. That could bring us an additional 2-5" of snow, and once that clipper goes by, we'll get a blast of very cold Arctic air that will drive our temperatures below zero Friday night/Saturday morning and Saturday night/Sunday morning. It will be cold and blustery this weekend. We are also keeping an eye on another potential coastal storm for Groundhog Day on Monday.

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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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Should Vermont have an official state dog? We posed that question to you -- and the results are in. Our unscientific poll on WCAX-dot-com 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. But the top choice overall was -- no dog. 44-percent said Vermont doesn't need a state dog.

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Police in South Burlington need your help solving a liquor store stick up. Investigators say a man entered the Simon's on Shelburne Road with a gun around 11:30 last night -- demanded money from the clerk -- and took off on foot. If you have any information -- call police.

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Fire heavily damaged a truck repair garage today. Police discovered the fire at TDI Repair and Towing in Swanton after a burglar alarm in the building was activated. Crews from five departments responded. The fire spread from a back office into the walls and roof -- making it difficult to fight. The fire chief says gusting wind and severe cold temperatures also hampered the firefighting efforts. State police fire investigators are now on scene trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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A Vermont Furniture icon 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. Buck died of congestive heart failure. He was 88 years old. that's news around the region.

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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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Coming up later in the show, we'll have some of the lighter questions at Media day including a question to coach Belichick from one of his players young daughters.

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Doctors call it an epidemic- childhood obesity. Holly Firfer looks at a new study that pin points one potential problem.

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HEALTH MINUTE: KIDS, SLEEP AND OBESITY Item-Number: PY-13TU Format: 1:23 TRT: PKG Source: CNN Embargo: NONE Synopsis: Researchers say if infants & children don't get enough sleep they suffer from obesity later in life. --TEASE-- MAKING SURE YOUR CHILDREN GET A GOOD NIGHT'S REST NOW CAN PREVENT PROBLEMS LATER IN LIFE. WE'LL TELL YOU WHAT RESEARCHERS HAVE UNCOVERED. --SUPERS -- :13-:20 Dr. Jennifer Shu Pediatrician :42-:55 Dr. Jennifer Shu Medical Editor, HealthyChildren.org --LEAD IN -- DOCTORS CALL IT AN EPIDEMIC- CHILDHOOD OBESITY. IN FACT THE NUMBER OF KIDS WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT HAS DOUBLED IN THE PAST 30 YEARS, WHILE THE NUMBER OF OVERWEIGHT ADOLESCENTS HAS QUADRUPLED. AND THIS HAS THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY CONCERNED. IN TODAY'S HEALTH MINUTE HOLLY FIRFER LOOKS AT A NEW STUDY THAT PIN POINTS ONE OF THE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS. --REPORTER PKG-AS FOLLOWS -- IN 2012 MORE THAN ONE THIRD OF children IN THE U.S. WERE OVERWEIGHT OR EVEN OBESE. A RECENT STUDY IN THE JOURNAL PEDIATRICS FOUND THAT A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IS LACK OF SLEEP. (Dr. Jennifer Shu Pediatrician at Children's Medical Group In Atlanta Medical Editor of HealthyChildren.org) "Sleep is important for so many things. Ranging from good growth, helping your immune system, heart health, good behavior and the ability to focus and concentrate and learn well in school." (Dr. Jennifer Shu Pediatrician at Children's Medical Group In Atlanta Medical Editor of HealthyChildren.org) "Not enough sleep may mean not suppressing the appetite making you want to eat more and taking in more calories and carbohydrates in general. " AND THAT CAN CAUSE A WHOLE HOST OF HEALTH PROBLEMS. (Dr. Jennifer Shu Pediatrician at Children's Medical Group In Atlanta Medical Editor of HealthyChildren.org) "Too much eating can eventually cause problems like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Everything's interrelated we want everything to be in balance and that includes your nutrition your sleep and your exercise and so we do recommend that kids get the sleep recommended for their age, at least an hour of exercise a day and to eat a healthy diet." SO HOW MUCH SLEEP DO children NEED? ACCORDING to THE CDC: NEWBORNS SHOULD BE SLEEPING ON AVERAGE 16-18 HOURS A DAY. PRESCHOOL AGED KIDS, 11-12 HOURS. AND SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN SHOULD SLEEP ABOUT 10 HOURS A NIGHT. AND DOCTORS SAY ONE MORE THING- MAKE SURE TO MONITOR WHAT YOUR children ARE EATING. NO AMOUNT OF SLEEP CAN BATTLE THE BULGE IF THEY ARE NOT GETTING A HEALTHY DIET.

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The number of kids who are overweight has doubled in the past 30 years. For more on childhood obesity -- we have a link on our website -- wcax - dot com.

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Snow has been falling in a lot of places today-- Nick Borelli had the tough assignment of being slopeside at Mad River Glen.

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60 bucks. ...On most days that's what you'd have to shell out for a lift ticket to Mad River Glen. But that wasn't the case on Tuesday. ((Nats: $3.50 please.)) ((Nats: Ridiculous)) ((Nats: What a deal.)) (00:02:16:00-00:02:18: 00) ((Evan Liberman/Jericho: Beautiful. Couldn't be better.)) It was Mad River's annual roll back the clock day-- lift tickets were a mere three dollars- fifty cents-- the same price a ticket was when the ski area opened in 1949. Skiers like Evan Liberman think events like this help keep the sport accessible for everyone. (00:03:22:00-00:03:28: 00) ((EL: The inexpensive ticket definitely gives people a chance to come out and check out different stuff.)) Roll back the clock day involves more than cheap lift tickets. Local businesses offered free ski demos. Plus Ski Vermont brought samples of local specialty foods. (00:27:21:00-00:27:32: 00) ((Cindy Ecker/Yarmouthport, Mass.: I tried the maple cream; it's awesome. And cabot cheese, Vermont mountain coffee, tried the maple coated almonds, and liz lovely cookies.)) Great fuel -- for energy -- after giving the quads a workout. (00:17:55:00-00:18:04: 00) ((Bruce Regan/Springfield: Mad River Glen...ski it if you can! No grooming here. Open up the sky and let's get grooving, yeah!)) Grooving on the snow-- there was plenty of that. ((Nats: Skiing)) Snow surfaces were generally powder and packed powder... and getting better. (00:20:50:00-00:20:56: 00) ((Jon Wolston/Providence, RI: They're really picking up very nicely. It's just getting to the point where you can float in the snow, which is always fun.)) (00:19:20:00-00:19:24: 00) ((BR: Conditions are improving each moment on the mountain, with the snow coming down.)) (00:33:26:00-00:33:44: 00) ((Nick Borelli./Waitsfield: While we're missing out on the brunt of today's storm, to our south, we're still seeing some accumulating snow. There could be a few to several inches at some ski areas. But looking ahead to later this week the forecast is promising. We're watching the potential for more accumulating snow with a clipper on Friday and maybe another coastal storm early next week.)) With such a positive weather outlook, local slopes will be in great shape heading into February. ((00:19:44-00:19:45) ((Nats: I'm having a great time today.)) Nick Borelli. Channel 3 News. Waitsfield.

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This weekend -- 800 fans showed up -- to watch dozens performers strip down. Jennifer Costa found the odd job behind Vermont's growing burlesque festival.

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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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If you'd like to learn more about Vermont's Burlesque Festival -- visit our website -- wcax-dot-com. Speaking of odd jobs -- Jennifer is always looking for new ones. So if you have one -- or know someone who does -- send us an email -- news@wcax.com.

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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. In regular season games, it's been all Vermont including a 22 point win at Patrick last season. The issue is when these two teams have met in the America East Tournament. Albany upset the Cats at Patrick gym 2 years ago in the Conference Tournament championship, then, last year, in the tournament semis, the Danes shocked the Cats in Albany. While most of the UVM players on this year's roster really didn't experience those disappointments, it's still brings up bad memories for the Cats.

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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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The Norwich women's basketball team is home tonight against Lyndon State. It's the second straight night the Cadets are in action. They beat Colby-Sawyer last night. In that game, Norwich's Aliah Curry scored 11 points and is now just 20 points away from becoming the program's all time leading scorer for both men's and women's basketball. It's an amazing accomplishment and it's one that Curry never thought would happen to her once she stepped on the Northfield campus.

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(((Aliah Curry/"When I came here, I didn't even know that was in the cards. I didn't score 1000 points when I was in high school. I guess I really didn't know what it felt like, so it's huge."))) ((( Mark Zacher/When she first came to campus, one of my upper classmen said, I don't think this kid can play and I said just wait and see, because she has always been a great shooter and she's added to her game every year and she's come back every year with different skills and ability so that she's almost a different ball player and a better ball player every season.")))

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The Norwich men's hoop team was supposed to host Colby-Sawyer this evening, but that game was postponed due to the storm. The Middlebury men's basketball game tonight at home against Lyndon State has also been postponed and will be made up Tuesday, February 10th.

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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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As we saw earlier in the starting line sports, super bowl media day has a lot of the players talking game plan, but it also gives an opportunity for the teams and the reporters covering the teams a chance to have some fun. (((TRT :51 OUT: MASCOT AND REPORTER HUG)))

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