Tue 16-DEC-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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We all know the saying -- opposites attract -- but when you're in a relationship that may change over time. Our habits and morals sometimes shift because of our partners and you become more alike than you ever were. Here to tell us about new research about how being in a relationship changes who we are as individuals is relationship scientist and professor at Champlain College - Bjarne (be-yarn-a) Holmes. He recently included the topic in his pod-cast called "Relationship Matters." ((tell us about this study and how being in a relationship changes who we are as a person?)) ((when is we changing me good?)) ((when is we changing me bad?)) ((How do we not lose our sense of self?)) ((how do changes of sense of self impact committment?)) ((how much is too much when it comes to bending for another person?)) ((advice for people to not lose themselves?)) ((more tolerant if you're self expanding)) ((gain and lose personal aspects)) ((adding negative traits)) ((help us get rid of bad traits))

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To hear the full pod cast about this topic -- you can find a link with this story on our website. ((http://hwcdn.libsyn. com/p/3/f/e/3fe6a599b2 b66176/Relationship_Ma tters_-_Podcast_Number _40.mp3?c_id=8015565&e xpiration=1418337762&h wt=bb107ced8ed72f6a95e daf08953c90a3))

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Tomorrow on The Thirty -- an update on expansion plans at Burlington Town Center. The mall is about to undergo a multi-million dollar facelift. Alicia Freese of Seven Days will be here. She spoke with the mall's owner to learn about his vision that will change Vermont's most famous street. That's tomorrow at 5-30 on The Thirty.

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Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. He set the fire that killed a grandmother and three young children in Milton. But today in court--the Milton man learned he could be let out of jail--in as little as six years. Shelby Cashman is in the newsroom to tell us why. Shelby? Darren and Kristin--Eric Williams was convicted of four counts of involuntary manslaughter--fifteen years ago. In 20-11- Williams claimed his confession was coerced--and wanted a new trial. That was denied. But today in court--his sentence--was reduced.

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(00:19:48) ((Bobbi-Jo Perrault "You want a comment? when he gets out in 5 years, hes dead.")) (00:19:51) That reaction--capped an emotional day in court. Bobbi-Jo Perrault lost her mother--and three young sons to a fire at their Milton apartment complex--set by Eric Williams in 1999. He initially pleaded guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter. (Clip 18) (00:01:08) ((Bobby Moulton/Father on Victim "You robbed me of my fatherhood, you are a cold blooded murderer. You deserve to spend the rest of your life in jail because nothing is ever going to bring my boy back.")) (00:01:17) Tuesday in court-- victims family members spoke at his new sentencing hearing. Judge Samuel Hoar cutting Williams's sentence shorter. Instead of the maximum sentence of forty to sixty years originally imposed -- Williams will serve 32 to sixty. But--the Judge noted that with time already served and with considerations by the corrections department -- its possible he could be out in six years or less. (00:00:21) ((Eric williams "I took the lives of three beautiful children and their grandmother.")) (00:00:25) Williams apologized to the victims family--and said he will spend the rest of his life trying to right his wrongs. (00:01:11) ((Eric Willaims "There is immediate and extended family of the victims who have also suffered tragically from my action. I do not have the words to express my sorrow to these people for the loss because of my selfish actions.")) (00:01:27) The state--did not buy Williams' remorse. (Clip 60) (00:00:41) (( Mary Morrisey "From the state's perspective at this point, to give him any consideration for his acceptance of responsibility would be unfair , it would be inconsistent with the record. He has not taken responsibility except when it behooved him to do so.")) (00:00:56) Diane Moulton--grandmother to one of the children-- Troy Perrault-Moulton--said Williams is a killer. But--this decision does bring some closure--after a long 15 years. (00:21:03) ((Diane Moulton "now the boys can rest in peace hopefully.")) (00:21:05)

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The victims--three year old Troy Perrault-Moulton--five year old Tyler Billado and eleven year old Ryan Francis--would have all been young adults today. Their family says--there is no justice. Kristin?

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The woman accused of killing a popular St. Johnsbury school teacher -- now wants to plead guilty. Patricia Prue of Waterford is scheduled to stand trial next March on a charge of aggravated murder. Prosecutors say she and her husband kidnapped and killed Melissa Jenkins. Allen Prue has already been convicted. Now Patricia Prue says she wants a plea deal. Her lawyer has been planning to mount an insanity defense -- and says her decision is an indication of her worsening mental condition.

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Folks looking for help starting a family often turn to In Vitro Fertilization -- But in our region there aren't tons of options and it can be very expensive. Now a start up is looking to change that-- and it's not sitting well with the University of Vermont Medical Center. Keith McGilvery is here to explain. Northeastern Reproductive Medicine started seeing patients this fall -- business is already booming -- at the same time UVM is taking them to court.

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Shawna Brulé and her partner Giles are eager to be parents. ((Shawna Brulé, Exploring IVF 45:27 I have spent a long time in my life, hoping to start a family and up until now it hasn't really been an option.)) The couple was unable to get pregnant on their own and says In Vitro fertilization treatments at UVM Medical Center were too expensive. ((Shawna Brulé, 47:38 "When you hear 10k and maybe you don't have a home yet and you're thinking I need that 10k toward a down payment for my home it makes it hard to justify to put that much into starting a family before you reach that step.)) About a dozen doctors, embryologists and medical professionals at the hospital agreed it was too expensive -- they left UVM Medical Center and opened their own practice to help folks with reproductive services -- Northeastern Reproductive Medicine started seeing patients in October. ((Dr. Christine Murray, Northeastern Reproductive Medicine 07:49 "At this clinic now there isn't a procedure available that we can't do here in this setting.)) Dr. Christine Murray helped get the clinic off the ground. She says it has access to better technology -- and that she is offering services that she couldn't at UVM -- including genetic testing -- in an environment that removes stigmas often associated with hospitals. ((Dr. Christine Murray, Northeastern Reproductive Medicine 06:36 "People who have infertility issues don't see themselves as sick or as patients, they don't want their care in the hospital.)) And the team says it's offering reproductive services for roughly 30-percent less than large hospitals where they say hospital* fees inflate costs. ((Dr. Jennifer Brown, 35:41 "What we want to avoid is extraneous costs and just streamline our patients and look at the research, understand what diagnostic tests they need, what therapies are most likely to be most successful and incorporate that into their plan and care.)) But the new business isn't sitting well with everyone -- UVM Medical Center is taking the startup to court -- and in a statement to Channel 3 says "The lawsuit concerns access by NRM personnel to the electronic medical records of persons who are not patients of NRM. We will continue our investigation into this matter and take appropriate action at the conclusion of that investigation." Murray says the lawsuit also alleges a breach of contract for her and her business partner -- who decided to leave UVM after more than a decade. She says they did not have a non-compete clause -- and that they were not inappropriately trying to recruit old patients. She says the accusations are not truthful and that her team is vigorously defending itself. In the meantime -- Brulé says she is thankful for the new option at lower cost. ((Shawna Brulé, 47:22 "Having them open up and here has opened up a very big door for us.)) Hoping sometime soon her family of two -- will have a baby on the way. ((Shawna Brulé, 48:47 "the best possible outcome for us would be to hopefully to get this family started to get pregnant to have a little person to care and love for.)) Brulé hopes to tap into a health savings account and take advantage of a financing plan to cover the 65-hundred dollars it could cost her to get pregnant.

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The departure of these doctors has caused problems for UVM. The hospital told us yesterday it is looking to add additional staff and that it's been referring some patient to Dartmouth-Hitchcock for some reproductive services.

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Power crews are still working to get the lights back on. But they've made huge progress. Right now -- about 330 homes in Vermont -- are still without electricity. Crews have returned service to more than 170-thousand homes and businesses -- that lost power at one time or another -- since the snow began falling a week ago. The utilities estimate their combined damages will top 20-million dollars -- making it priciest storm the state has ever seen.

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Dan is here. A little warmer out there today. (wx script)

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Four people injured in a bus crash. One of the victims -- pinned underneath it. Eliza Larsen was on the scene.

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Busy route 7 was at a standstill Tuesday morning... as fire trucks... Police cars... And ambulances took over the road. Two vehicles... a feed truck from a local farm and an Addison County transit bus... Collided in East Middlebury on Route 7 around six A-M Tuesday. (TC 00:05:29:04 Title 4726) ((David Shaw/Assistant Chief, Middlebury Fire Department "The first report is that the bus came out in front of the feed truck and then made contact with that." 00:05:37:14)) (TC 00:10:02:18 Title 4730) ((Eliza Larson/Channel 3 "When firefighters arrived on the scene, this is what they saw. One driver in the feed truck, one driver in the bus, and two passengers. The female was pinned under the bus." 00:10:13:10)) (TC 00:04:21:22 Title 4726) ((David Shaw/Assistant Chief, Middlebury Fire Department "We used airbags and we got a lot of snow and tunneled our way underneath the bus and extricated that young lady through the snow using airbags and other lifting devices to lift the vehicle off of her legs and get her up from underneath. 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)) Police say all four were transported to Porter Hospital. Later... the male passenger was transported to University of Vermont Medical Center. The section of route 7 was closed for five hours as crews cleaned up the wreck. Officials are still investigating the accident. (TC 00:07:27:07 Title 4727) ((Sgt. Michael Christopher/Middlebury Police Department "It's just a matter of putting the pieces back together to basically show what actually occurred. Immediately prior to, up to the point of the impact and immediately thereafter." 00:08:01:26)) Shaw says just a few feet more and the bus driver could have been severely injured. (TC 00:05:52:22 Title 4726) ((David Shaw/Assisstant Chief, Middlebury Fire Department "Oh definitely much worse." 00:05:53:29)) Eliza Larson... Channel 3 News... Middlebury.

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Two Milton teens -- who admitted assaulting a teammate with a broom-stick -- won't spend any time behind bars... if they can avoid future run-ins with the law. As part of a plea agreement, Colby Darling and Brian Lasell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor simple assault this afternoon -- for their role in the 2012 hazing incident. At the time of the attack -- both played for the Milton High School football team. The victim signed off on the plea agreement. Judge James Crucitti says that's the only reason he gave them a lenient sentence -- and why the pair were not charged with more serious crimes.

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(00:32:06:00) ((Judge James Crucitti - Vt. Superior Court it would have destroyed your life, you would have been on a registry, you would have been tagged the rest of your life as prettery horrible people and to me it's teh victims' decsiion on wanting this to go through, that isn't making me push to have that happen because there isn't much that would otherwise stop me.)) The pair's record will be wiped clean if they avoid re-offending for 18 months. Three other former players still face charges stemming from the incident.

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A police presence had parents and students worried at Lake Placid Middle High School Police say that last night a parent contacted them -- worried about rumors about some sort of threat going around the school. State troopers and local police investigated last evening and concluded there was no safety threat. Local police today patrolled the school as a precautionary measure.

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(00:02:03:12 Tile 6507) ((Superintendent Roger Catania/Lake Placid School District "We recognize that when people pulled up and saw police cars around they definitely had some questions, but we did try and communicate to our kids and our families that there really aren't any safety concerns and that those had essentially been addressed." 00:02:18:18)) Au Sable Valley Central School district did go on lock down for a period of time, but local police say the Lake Placid school was never put on lock down, and the investigations are done.

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Keurig Green mountain is sending some of its operation -- overseas. Keurig is moving the coffee buying operation to Lausanne Switzerland -- and the company says that means a handful of jobs now in Waterbury will also move overseas too. Keurig follows other big coffee retailers who are taking advantage of tax and trading advantages in Switzerland.

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A new contract for faculty members at UVM. The deal includes 9-percent salary increases for full-timers -- over a three year period. The raises will be distributed progressively -- with higher raises for the lowest paid faculty members. The contract also offers full health care benefits to some part-timers. The faculty will pay 20-percent more for their health coverage.

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How does security screening - impact democracy? Lawmakers are weighing that question - as they look to increase safety at the statehouse. Alexei Rubenstein reports.

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It's been called the "People's House" NATS Students Free and open for all to enter... Most days of the year. But is it too open? A new report from a private security consultant says the state house and the adjacent capitol complex-- including the supreme court and pavilion building lack an overall unified security plan. Whether its inadequate team training of the three capital police officers, or jurisdictional differences between officers in each building and state and local police -- the report's authors say the lines of authority and responsibility -- are blurred. ((00:19:30:02 Lieutenant Gov Phil Scott "We need to know what steps we should be taking individually and collectively so we can keep everyone safe and minimize the risk and danger.)) (FILE#1) Potential danger as extreme as that seen it Ottawa in October -- when a gunmen stormed the Canadian parliament -- ((Fil #2)) all the way down to anti -gasline protestors gaining access to the Governor's office in the Pavillion buidling. ((GRFX)) The report outlines 5 key themes: 1. Physical Security and Visitor Management -- including more security cameras 2. Emergency Response Training -- like table top drills -- even during the legislative session 3. (Better) Interagency Communication 4. Jurisdictional Authority -- 5. Capitol Police Training -- Although the capitol police are adequately trained -- the report says budget cuts mean they do not train together -- which is key in an emergency. ((00:20:34:12 Wanda Minoli/BGS Deputy Commissioner " just really emphasizes what we know -- what were working on an is identifying items we need to continue to develop as a team in partnership)) ((00:18:00:19 Lt. Gov. Phil Scott "I don't know if its a wake up call but it certainly was something that we have known about and had observed ourselves and wanted to clarify.)) Lieutenant Gov Phil Scott says there are NO plans to screen people entering the statehouse -- which is standard in many other capitol buildings around the country. He hopes lawmakers will look at the recommndations in the report and come up with an action plan this session. Alexei Rubenstein - ch 3 News Montpelier

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You can find a link to the security report at the infocenter -- WCAX-dot-com

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Dan is here, some rain on the way?

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Tonight: Cloudy skies. Rain showers developing, mixing with some snow and sleet. Low 30/37. Wind SE 5-10 mph. Wednesday: Cloudy skies. Rain showers likely, mixing with snow late. High 35/42. Wind light. Wednesday Night: Cloudy skies. Chance of rain or snow showers. Low 25/32. Wind NW 5-10 mph. Thursday: Cloudy skies. Chance of rain or snow showers. High 33/40. Wind NW 5-10 mph. Friday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers. High 25/32. Low 13/20. Saturday: Partly sunny. High 25/32. Low 13/20. Sunday: Partly sunny. Chance of snow showers. High 25/35. Low 12/22. Monday: Partly sunny. High 25/35. Low 12/22. Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 25/35.

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Will Barton start making power? The town is using grant money to investigate a small-scale, hydro-power plant -- at Crystal Lake Falls. It's on land near the historical association park -- called the "Brick Kingdom." The idea is provide renewable power to town -- and reduce costs for Barton electric customers. Early estimates show the project could generate up to 1-point-2 GIGA-watt hours of electricity. The historical association says if it's developed -- it has asked that buildings be preserved -- and trails and a picnic area be improved.

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The town of Cornwall is making a deal with Vermont Gas to support the company's plan for a natural gas pipeline. Last year, residents voted against allowing phase 2 of the pipeline to pass thru Cornwall -- on its way to Ticonderoga. But the select board decided that state regulators would likely approve permits for the project -- so they decided to negotiate with Vermont Gas. Under the proposed deal, the town would get 1-point-5 million dollars over ten years -- plus 60-thousand dollars in annual property taxes. Vermont Gas would also promise to invest up to 2-million dollars to connect at least half of the town's homes to gas service. The select board says the deal should have a net effect of lowering property taxes in town by 4-percent.

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A major route in Winooski will be closed tomorrow. New England Central Railroad will be making repairs to a crossing on Malletts Bay Avenue It's expected to take all day -- and the road will be closed from 6-am - to 5pm.

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Tis' the season for giving. And people were doing just that in Rutland. Today was the last day of the blood drive -- known as the 12 days of giving. Today's event -- was held at the Paramount Theater. Last year... during the one-day drive -- the Red Cross collected more than two thousand pints of blood. But organizers chose to spread the event out over twelve days this year -- because it gave people more time to donate.

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((TC 00:18:00:16 Title 4751)) ((Bonnie O'Rourke/Community Outreach, Green Mountain Power "People are feeling more comfortable about going to a place that's not quite as chaotic, being able to sit and visit with some of their friends or community members and that part has worked out really well." 00:18:07:04)) Organizers say they've had hundreds of donations this year ... with people still coming in even on the last day. We'll keep you posted on the total.

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On the first night of Hanukkah -- Plattsburgh makes history with its first public Menorah lighting. City officials gave the OK to allow any type of religious or holiday display in Trinity Park now through January 7th. This comes after a rabbi in Plattsburgh asked to light a 9 foot menorah on city property to celebrate Hanukkah. City officials say those interested in setting up their own display can contact City Hall.

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There is a menorah lighting in Burlington this evening - we'll have more on that tonight at 11.

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Santa has a little help at the Town Center Mall in Burlington. Volunteers with Vermont Cares have set up shop wrapping gifts for busy holiday shoppers. Donations are going toward the nonprofits efforts to provide services to folks living with HIV and HIV prevention initiatives.

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((Sonya Enright, Holiday Shopper 42:40 "There's a couple of reasons to do it they do a really beautiful job it looks like it was done professionally and I'm not a good rapper and it's a good cars and I would have to go out and buy the paper and the ribbon and it's not even about the cost it was about caring that's what it is.")) This happy customer is talking about the wrapping efforts of our own Jennifer Costa who was volunteering with other members of our WCAX team. The gift wrapping is taking place through 8 PM Christmas Eve. That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ...the UVM men's basketball wraps up a four game homestand Thursday night against Yale. Vermont is 2-1 over the first three games of that stretch after Sunday's 14 point win over Wagner. In that game, the Cats held Wagner to a paltry 27 percent shooting from the field, including just 4-for-20 shooting from three point range. Like it has been throughout the John Becker era at UVM, and even before that, defense has been the key for the Cats this season. Vermont has been defensively stout all season, holding their opponents to 40 percent shooting or less in seven of their nine games, and although they have struggled at times against bigger opponents, they've managed to more or less break even in the rebounding battle on any given night. With the Cats sitting at 5-4, the results are still slow in coming but the team has bought into the message.

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((TRT: 34 ... OC: COACHING STAFF)) ((Becker/ When they get here, they learn it from the guys that are returning and they buy in. I coach defense, and they understand that if they want to play they are going to have to play defense and rebound and I'm lucky that I have guys that embrace that and understand that that is what they need to do.)) ((Steidl/ He preaches that everyday, that you just have to buy into the system. If you play defense, it doesn't matter if you shoot 20 percent from the field, if you play a great defensive game you are always going to have a chance to win. Everyday we are working on defense the most out of everything. We really trust him and the coaching staff.))

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The Vermont men close out their four game homestand Thursday night at 7pm against Yale. The UVM women, who have now won two straight after losing their first seven, visit St. Francis Brooklyn tomorrow night.

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After 7-years of waiting -- a sister is finally getting the chance to help her brother battle a long-time illness. Meg Farris reports.

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one summer night ... reshonn saul (ruh-shwn) suddenly woke up. something's going on and it was god speaking to me ++ i text him and i was like hey guess what i'm going to give you my kidney it was on my birthday, it was midnight when i received a text i didn't have a doubt in my mind it wasn't a match ---------------------- ------- her big brother dramar (like lamar) saul began having health problems 12 years ago at only 25. high blood pressure slowly stole his kidney function. reshonn wanted to donate in 2007 but she had just had a baby.. so their uncle gave his kidney. but 8 months later his body rejected it ...so dramar has been on fatiguing dialysis for years... i would have to leave work sometime go to different appointments simple things like helping my wife clean do things around the house it was very tough ---------------------- ------------------- these two only sibings are accomplished... dramar with a masters degree...an engineer at nasa...reshonn hoping to finish her masters helping needy families in st. james parish. but their parents accomplished something more..... children who are devoted to each other. only joking about rivalry. he make me mad sometimes he can't anymore because he'll have a part of me ---------------------- ---------------------- --------------------- neighbors in her small st. john town admire her. i get hugged in winn dixie from people i've never met before ++ 531 yesterday somebody was blowing at me on the bridge saying i'm praying for you ---------------------- ------- dramar admires her character too. ((what i like most about it is )) she doesn't brag about it she's very humble that really shows her character ---------------------- ---------------------- once reshonn's son was upset about his uncle. he came home with all types of questions. he was like well why jesus can't fix him ---------------------- -------------- now she can answer her child .. that this is what christmas giving is all about. meg farris eyewitness news medical watch.

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More than 100-thousand Americans are on the waiting list for an organ transplant -- that's health watch.

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Dan is back. It's been a while since we've seen some sun.

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It takes a special gift to turn liquid chocolate into edible art. It's an Odd Job that's brought a Vermont sculptor sweet success. Jennifer Costa reports.

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Emily McCracken is obsessed with chocolate. Tasting it -- teaching it -- and most importantly touching it. She's Vermont's chocolate sculptress. ((EM 00:18:45 "You got to make sure the pitchers are nice and dry. If there's even a drop of water in there, it's going to seize up my chocolate.")) McCracken spends her days -- buzzing around the factory at Lake Champlain Chocolates in Burlington -- joking about the sweet hazards of her job. ((EM 00:18:55 "we're going to dodge some hot caramel (laughs).")) The sculptor is like a ping-pong ball -- ricocheting between cold storage and massive chocolate vats -- collecting and cutting pieces -- in a quest to finish her next creation on time. ((EM 00:21:17 "I'm always on a time crunch with my sculptures. I always have tight deadlines.")) McCracken's loved three dimensional art for as long as she can remember. But after graduating art school -- a degree in 3D illustration and ceramics wasn't paying the bills. So...she traded clay for cocoa -- and took a job managing the chocolate company's retail store. That is ...until her bosses discovered her background. ((Emily McCracken/chocolate sculptress 00:01:15 "They figured I could translate clay into chocolate. So the company sent me to different chocolate making courses." 00:01:29 "ever since then it's just been my job to make art out of chocolate.")) You name it ... McCracken can sculpt it. ((PHOTOS)) She's a regular exhibitor at the South End Art Hop -- wowing fans with her famous chocobots -- steampunk creations -- and Roy Lichtenstein chocolate tributes. ((Emily McCracken/chocolate sculptress 00:04:38 "it just brings so much joy to people. I mean. Not only is it art but you can eat it.")) Her decadent designs have attracted a lot of attention. She's been commissioned to sculpt pieces for singer Grace Potter -- ice cream tycoons Ben and Jerry -- and talkshow host Dr. Oz. Mastercard even tapped her -- for its Priceless Picks campaign -- after coming across her chocolate sculptures online. ((Emily McCracken/chocolate sculptress 00:10:43 "It reminds me how cool my job is because I forget how awesome it is to work with chocolate. I do it everyday. it becomes your job.")) A job that becomes particularly hectic during the holidays. ((PHOTOS)) As requests for easter bunnies -- halloween bats -- Thanksgiving turkeys -- snowmen -- and Christmas trees -- soar. ((EM 00:17:58 "I use my thumb and and fingers to kind of push the chocolate out.")) McCracken invited me -- to help with her latest tree. ((EM 00:18:11 "Just like that. And it's nice with these squiggles because they don't have to be perfect.")) Chocolate is a finicky medium. McCracken says its limitations -- have forced her to become a better artist. ((Emily McCracken/chocolate sculptress 00:08:02 "You have to think how it's fragile, how is it going to hold up and you're only working with three colors typically.")) Two shades of brown and a white. The sweet stuff is extremely temperamental -- and a successful sculpture is all about nailing the timing. The window between sculpting -- or shattering her piece -- is mere minutes. ((Emily McCracken/chocolate sculptress 00:24:05 "while this is cooling in here, I'll go in there and work on another part and then I have to remember that I have this coming in. So usually they see me running frantic going, oh my god I forgot there's a piece in the cold room.")) ((NATS popping out chocolate pieces)) Her sculptures can take days -- but the intricate work -- does have its perks. ((EM 00:34:36 "should we test our work?" JC: we should.")) McCracken says when she's in the zone -- she rarely stops to eat. Luckily -- snacks are never out of reach. ((EM & JC EATING 00:34:44 "that's good work." JC: that's really good.")) ((JC 00:04:53 "do you ever get tired of chocolate?" EM: Oh man. I wish I did. I still love chocolate. I've worked for the company for 12 years and I still probably eat chocolate everyday.")) She says the finished products make all the stress worthwhile. ((EM WALKING WITH SCULPTURE 00:51:38 "behind you with chocolate sculpture.")) Most of McCracken's edible pieces last nearly two years without preservatives. This tree -- will live in the retail store on Pine Street -- throughout the holiday season. Then it'll head to the compost bin. ((Emily McCracken/chocolate sculptress 00:09:31 "that's the most painful day for me. I still after all these years have a really hard time with it, even though it's normal. It's part of the job. It's what happens, but it's just so sad after you put all that work in it.")) ((NATS of customers)) For now -- there are no shortage of admirers -- for this odd job -- and her delicious designs. ((Emily McCracken/chocolate sculptress 00:05:19 "I just feel very fortunate that my job is to make art out of chocolate. I mean I just couldn't ask for anything better.")) Jennifer Costa, Channel 3 News, Burlington.

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The price of McCracken's pieces are based on an hourly rate plus the cost of chocolate. She says most commissioned works end up getting eaten -- but window displays tend to get tossed. Jennifer is always looking for new Odd Jobs. If you have one -- or know someone who does -- send us an email. News@wcax-dot-com.

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Santa took a trip to UVM Medical Center in Burlington today - but he left his sleigh and reindeer at the North Pole. Instead -- Santa got a lift in a Customs and Border Protection helicopter. He came to visit sick kids at the Vermont Children's Hospital. And of course he brought along a few presents. This is the 8th year that Santa's gotten a hand with the visit -- from Customs and Border Protection.

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(( well we get to get presents from him and everything. And he's sort of kinda funny and cool. I thought he was gonna land in the snow.)) The team from Customs and Border Protection says it is in constant communication with Santa to make sure he gets across the border smoothly.

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The UVM men's hockey team is officially on it's holiday break. The players were sent home following Saturday's win over St. Lawrence and won't return until the day after Christmas as they prepare to host the Catamount Cup on Sunday and Monday, December 28th and 29th. The Cats have certainly earned a little time off after putting together one of the best first halves of a season in program history. The home and home sweep of the Saints this past week gave the Cats a six game win streak and an overall record of 13-3-1, the best mark 17 games into a season in a quarter century. The results show the Catamounts are having an outstanding season, but the numbers really back it up. Vermont has the third best offense and top ranked defense in Hockey East, and their special teams have been just that...with the second best power play and top penalty kill percentage in the conference. All this has been accomplished with just three players ranking in the top 25 in points scored in all of Hockey East. It's a balanced attack with a brick wall defense backing it up...a winning combination for coach Kevin Sneddon and his Cats.

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((TRT: 37 ... OC: MENTALLY TOUGH)) ((Sneddon/ I think we felt early on that we had some really good pieces to the puzzle. Our job as a staff was to continue to teach, but also understand that we had a really good group in that locker room. And now when you get into those situations when you are down a goal late, or up a goal, they just have confidence. That stems from all the work they've done off the ice, in practice, in the weight room, to be a tight family. I would say that they don't get rattled. We never really get rattled at all and I think that's a sign of a team that's very mentally tough.))

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The UVM women's hockey team has reached it's holiday break as well. The Cats return to action when they host a two game series with Colgate the first weekend in January at Gutterson. As great as season as it has been so far for the Vermont men, the frustrations have been just as great for the women. A season of high hopes and expectations has not followed the hoped for script. Sunday night's 6-2 loss to Dartmouth was Vermont's sixth in a row. Overall, the Cats are 8-10-1, but just 1-7 in Hockey East play. Vermont is in the middle of the pack in the conference when it comes to scoring offense, scoring defense and special teams, so they numbers say they should be turning more of their results into wins, but that just hasn't been the case, especially of late. With that in mind, maybe a little time away could be just what the doctor ordered for the Cats.

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((TRT: 26 ... OC: IN OUR OWN WAY)) ((Plumer/ We get a couple of weeks away from the frustrations and hopefully we can come back with a fresh set of legs and fresh minds. There's a lot of Hockey East games left. We certainly know how we can play, and we got on a run at the end of last season that put us in good position. So I think we have the opportunity to do that. We've proven that we can play at a high level, but we've got to stop getting in our own way.))

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In a busy night in the NHL...the Bruins visit Nashville while Montreal hosts Carolina. Boston has lost two straight and seven of it's last night. The Canadiens have won two in a row, but overall have lost six of their last nine.

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The writing was probably on the wall with the resigning of third baseman Chase Headley yesterday to a four year, $52 million contract, but Yankees GM Brian Cashman made the club's feelings about a returning Alex Rodriguez crystal clear today, saying A-Rod's days as an everyday fielder our over, and at best, Cashman hopes Rodriguez will be New York's full time designated hitter. Rodriguez is coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract and is owed $61 million over the final three seasons of his contract. In a telephone interview with the Associated Press today, Cashman said he couldn't expect anything of Rodriguez coming into the season, adding that, "Even before the suspension, he wasn't the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side." Rodriguez turns 40 in July and has not played a full season since 2007 because of leg injuries, operations on both hips and the suspension.

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Kelly Olynyk scored a career high 30 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 105-87 win over the 76ers last night in Philadelphia. Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass and Evan Turner also reached double figures as Boston snapped a three game losing streak. The Sixers fell to an NBA-worst 2-22...and they are 0-13 at home this season.

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high school hoops last night...BFA St. Albans boys visiting Mount Mansfield... --- Fans pumped up... As were the Cougars... First quarter, Ryan Morse and Kyle Adams showing the range from downtown... MMU quickly up double figures... --- Bobwhites trying to stay in it by running the court... Chris Myers-Tinney with the great feed to Matt Sanders... Count it and the foul... --- Too little too late though... Mount Mansfield with a lot of firepower this year ... Will Bowen splits a pair of defenders and throws up the wild circus shot... Cougars up 14 after one and they run away to a 90-59 win.

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