Wed 17-DEC-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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Vermont's pursuit of single-payer started two years ago -- and it's been costly. That's where we rejoin my conversation with political analysts Mike Smith and Steve Terry.

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Kyle Midura will have much more on the demise of single-payer, tonight at 6. Tomorrow on the Thirty -- dealing with a PR nightmare. Tensions are mounting as FairPoint workers have been on strike for over two months. Beyond having to hire temporary workers the company has also had major phone and internet service issues. Nicole Ravlin of PMG PR will join us to talk about handing negative news tomorrow on the 30 at 5:30.

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Good Evening I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Kristin Kelly. Governor Peter Shumlin announced today that single-payer healthcare is impossible in the near future. It's a major shift in message from the governor. For more on this story, we turn to our state house reporter Kyle Midura - he's live in our Montpelier Bureau with the latest. Darren and Kristin, the Governor called ending Vermont's near-term push toward single-payer the biggest disappointment of his political career... but he says the numbers simply don't add up.

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Governor Peter Shumlin pledged single-payer health care would save Vermonters from the ever-rising cost of coverage. That promise helped him win election in 2010, and he continued to pitch the plan at re-election campaign stops all fall. But Tuesday -- one day before the due date for a proposed benefits package -- he conceded the numbers don't add up. (00:34:20:00) (( Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont: I'm not going to undermine the hopes of achieving critically important health care reforms for the state by pushing prematurely for single-payer when it's not the right time for Vermont. )) (nats Michael Costa) The governor's health reform team said projections of the cost for covering Vermonters came in only slightly low. But anticipated savings, federal funds, and benefits from a recovering economy fell far short of the projections. The governor says taxes to pay for it would cripple individuals and businesses. (01:07:32:00) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin - D-Vermont: This is the greatest disappointment of my political life so far, that we couldn't advance the ball as quickly as we wanted. But we shall persevere, we shall get it right, we shall push on.)) The governor says the state should continue to focus on cost containment and pursue changes to how care providers are paid. Advocates are not giving up on the promised system, while opponents say now the state can focus on fixing its beleaguered health exchange -- which still has substantial bugs more than a year after it launched. (1:38:20 ((Peter Sterling - VT Leads: We have to figure out how to bring it back from the ashes, in a new way that would actually work in a financial way for all Vermonters.)) (1:39:27:00) ((Rep. Patti Komline - R-Dorset: On one hand, I'm glad the governor has finally seen the light, on the other, I'm disappointed it has taken so long to come to the conclusion that many of us have come to long ago.))

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The Governor said given the strength of plans covering most Vermonters, he could only stomach a plan as generous as that of state employees. Under such a plan a patient is responsible for only about six percent of the cost of their care. Even with a small income tax, that would have required a payroll tax of 11 pont 5 percent -- a rate businesses say would put them under. If all the cost had been born by individuals, the current income tax would have quadrupled.

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Our politicial analysts say the Governor really had no choice - but to set single payer aside once he saw how much it would cost. And - that making the call could help rebuild trust with Vermonters. Mike Smith and Steve Terry appeared on The 30 earlier this evening. (( Steve Terry/Democratic Political Analyst: 0432, and you notice - starting in late spring he started using words' if its going to hurt Vermonters, we cant afford it, I wont do it'. That didnt get played a lot at first but I think as the months wore on and as the campaign wore on, he was probably pretty happy he had that in reserve 0502 )) ((0511, Mike Smith/Republican Political Analyst: I think everybody knew this was going to be a really tough ah .. policy to pull off and when I looked at the numbers I mean the transition numbers alone are half a trillion dollars 0527, and thats a signigicant amt 0531, The thing politically scott milne can crow about is that he said this will never be implemented 0539, now hes sort of right on that 0541 )) Milne released a statement saying today's development should cause some lawmakers to reconsider how they vote for Governor next month. But the analysts say he still faces a significant challenge. You can see the full interview on our website -- wcax - dot com.

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The man convicted of killing St. Johnsbury school teacher Melissa Jenkins faced the judge today. Logan Crawford is at the courthouse in St. Jay -- where Alan Prue was sentenced just minutes ago. Logan, what's the latest?

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Friends and family packed the courthouse - where Allen Prue would learn his fate. The Waterford man was convicted of kidnapping and killing popular school teacher and mom, Melissa Jenkins back in 2012. A jury found him guilty in October. (TC 06:07:00:05 Tile 5718) ((Lisa Warren "for his role in these crimes and we believe as supported by the sentencing testimony today here your honor we believe Allen Prue deserves a sentence of life without parole.")) The prosecution called witnesses to the stand to review testimony. A letter from Jenkins' family to the jury was read by a court advocate. (TC 05:35:43:24 tile 5715 ((susan carr/court advocate "we will never again know the joy and happiness we shared for 33 years. Please do the right thing for Melissa, her beloved son, brother, mother, family and friends.")) Prue's main defense - was that his wife Patricia was the one who planned and carried out Jenkins' kidnapping and murder. And he maintained his innocence again in court Wednesday. (TC 06:42:59:10 Tile 5725) ((Allen Prue "the one thing I am guilty of is bringing the person who did this crime to Vermont and for that I'm truly sorry. That's it." 06:43:09:27)) *******************

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A New Hampshire man has been indicted on charges he kidnapped -- imprisoned and sexually assaulted -- 14-year-old girl -- over nine months. 34-year-old Nathaniel Kibby was arrested in July and charged with snatching the Conway teen -- in 20-13 -- as she walked home from school. Despite massive searches -- there was no trace of the girl -- except a letter she allegedly wrote to her mother. In July -- the teen mysteriously returned home. One week before Kibby was arrested. Today two courts released indictments on more than 200 counts -- against Kibby. New Hampshire's attorney general also addressed the importance of protecting the victim's identity.

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((01:15 Joe Foster, NH Attorney General "In cases involving child victims and sexual asault victims, the victim's identity is protected, that is done among other reasons to protect a victim from additional indignities, it also encourages other victims to come forward knowing that to the extent it is possible, their identity and likeness will not be published")) Kibby is being held on 1 million dollars bail.

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320 homes in Vermont -- are still in the dark. Power crews are scrambling to fix the remaining broken lines. And now FEMA is here -- to see just how bad it is. Rose Spillman has more.

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((nats: lineworkers)) The lights are coming back on for most Vermonters as electricity continues to be restored. ((nats: lineworkers)) Now utility companies in the state must estimate damages and take a look at some of the causes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency met with Vermont Electric Co-Op on Wednesday to asses costs and potentially request funds. (01:15:07:15 Tile 5915) ((Diego Alvarada/FEMA spokesman "The bottom line is we wanna survey and see all the damage that the state of vermont wants us to see, and we'll stay as long as necessary to accomplish that." 01:15:16:16)) In order for the state to qualify for federal funds, damages must be a million dollars statewide. Ben Rose of the department of public safety says VEC's expenses alone have already met this requirement. (01:06:43:13 Tile 5913) ((Ben Rose/Recovery & Mitigation Section Chief "The utility costs alone are going to be north of 4 million dollars." 01:06:54:26)) Any potential funds FEMA provides would cover 75 percent of the total estimated expenses, which are still being determined for VEC. In addition to covering costs, companies must continue to address the causes of power outages. ((nats: *see justin for this* home video of tree falling on line)) With Vermont's many forests, a main issue was trees falling on power lines. (01:20:50:26 Tile 5917) ((David Hallquist/CEO of VELCO "We have very advanced technology. We can look at the outages, cause of the outages, single... every outage we can... we can get down to what caused it. And we can define how far out the tree was. So we're gonna do a lot of data analysis to see what can be done." 01:21:05:11)) Even as companies examine trees around power lines, the utilities must abide by state law -- when it comes to trimming trees. They're limited in how much they can cut. (01:25:57:04 Tile 5922) ((Kristin Carlson "We have a 25 foot right of way. When it comes to our bigger lines, our transmission lines, we have a 100 foot right of way that we can clear and we do clear to try and keep things as safe and reliable as possible." 01:26:09:12)) Some trees -- outside the buffer zone -- still tower over utility lines. Power companies are evaluating whether right of ways should be widened. And if they can be. For Green Mountain Power -- the storm's pricetag could be more than 15-million! But since IT'S a private company -- it won't qualify for FEMA funds. ((nats: storm crews)) Still -- crews are busy with the the clean up -- and assessment of the costly storm.. Rose Spillman Channel 3 News Johnson.

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FEMA will be on the ground -- looking at more damage next week. It could take several weeks before we know if the federal funds will be approved.

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Sharon is here, ...And it has been a chilly, wet day today .... It has, ...And fortunately for those who are hoping for a white Christmas, ..We had a lot of snow to spare, because these mild temperatures and the rain showers have melted some of that away. It has been a mild, wet, foggy day but as temperatures fall this evening, rain showers will change over to snow showers. We could get a trace to 2" of snow overnight, with the higher amounts in the mountains, and lingering snow showers on Thurdsay could bring another trace to 2" of snow. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday we'll see some sun breaking through again, and it will be cooler. Nice to see some sunshine once in awhile!

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Vermont's congressional delegation is calling for FairPoint Communications to work to end the workers strike. About 2-thousand workers walked off the job on October 17th. Fairpoint says it needs to cut costs. The union says its already offered 200 million in concessions. Now -- U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch sent a letter to FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu Tuesday saying failure to reach a fair agreement with workers is not only hurting them but it is negatively affecting customers and the services it's required to provide. Governor Shumlin sent a similar letter last week. Fairpoint's President responded to the Governor saying service problems are due to four major storms and that the company has always been willing to negotiate.

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In New York -- Governor Andrew Cuomo is moving to ban fracking in the state. A state environmental review found concerns about health and economic benefits. New York has had a ban on shale gas development since that environmental review began in 2008.

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President Obama announced a major shift in U-S relations with Cuba today -- and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy had a hand in the policy change. Eliza Larson is here with the details. Darren... Part of the deal involved the release of an Amercian being held in a Cuban prison. Today -- he was reunited with his family.

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Alan Gross returned to United States for the first time in five years. Gross was released on humanitarian grounds from a prison in Cuba. He was convicted of conspiracy. (2:47-3:01) ((Sen. Leahy: " Let's start finding out ways to at least work thru our differences.)) Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has been a leader in efforts to free Gross -- and to change U-S Cuba policies. He was with Gross as he touched down on US soil. (2:00-2:19) ((Sen. Leahy: "We ought to face up that we will have differences, but that we can improve the lives of the Cubans and I believe improve the lives of U.S. citizens by stopping this idea of a closed door toward Cuba.")) And after Gross's return -- the president announced the US should normalize relations with Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years. Mister Obama says it's time to repair the relationship with our neighbors to the south. ((TC 00:14:50:03) Obama: "we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries" 00:14:59:16)) The president said the U-S and Cuba will seek changes in policies which will open talk between the two governments ((TC 00:18:25) OBAMA "Neither the American, nor Cuban people are well served by a rigid policy that's rooted in events that took place before most of us were born."" 00:26:23)) It's something the president said he wanted to do when he was first elected President. ((TC 00:12:55:02 Title 1381) ((Sandy Baird/Lawyer, Director of Cuba Burlington College overseas study program "Here we have a neighbor, ninety miles away. A neighbor, shares our heritage as Americans. )) Sandy Baird runs the schools Cuba studies program -- and leads trips to the country. She says the announcement is long overdue. ((TC 00:12:55:02 Title 1381) ((Sandy Baird/Lawyer, Director of Cuba Burlington College overseas study program "They're much like us in so many ways. And it is sort of a signal that when we are now going to be establishing friends with the Cubans. And in a way, what Obama said was - this is to me the most moving of what he said - was after all we are all Americans. Cuba is American. It's part of the Americas." 00:13:31:05)) And Baird says she's heard that people in Cuba are celebrating the announcement. ((TC 00:11:14:06 Title 1381) ((Sandy Baird/Lawyer, Director of Cuba Burlington College overseas study program "She said all the church bells in Havana were ringing, if you can imagine that." 00:11:18:23))

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The president must get congressional approval in order to move forward with this plan. Darren?

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More Vermont children than ever before are in state custody - because of problems at home. And now the state says there's a shortage of foster parents to care for them. Kyle Midura has the story.

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(nats - video covers byte) (01:06:01:00) ((Natasha Sky - Foster Parent I have over the last 10 months accumulated tupperwares of clothing)) Bin after bin stored in Natasha Sky's basement is full of children's clothing -- covering every size and season for a child that's five years old or younger. All of her children are older, but Natasha never knows when the next phone call may come. (01:00:48:00) ((Natasha Sky - Foster Parent we get phone calls late at night, or after dinner, or eight o'clock in the morning and pretty much all the kids we've gotten a call about have been here in a matter of hours )) Natasha and her husband have four kids - two by birth, two by adoption. Then, they began opening their home and their hearts to foster children in March. (01:07:10:00) ((Natasha Sky - Foster Parent we're enjoying it and like doing it and we figure out how to make it work for our kids and our foster kids)) (nats Natasha - some video cover?) (00:11:49:00) ((Karen Shea - Director of DCF Operations, Family Services Division as with any system, you have certain people who you call upon in a time of need)) Karen Shea is the operations director for the Family Services Division of the Department for Children and families. (GFX: Children in State Care - 6/30/2014 - 1,087 12/1/2014 - 1,179 kids ) She says the state needs more foster parents like Natasha, willing to answer the needy calls which come with increasing frequency. The number of children in state care increased eight and a half percent over the last six months, from 1,087 kids to 1,179. (KYLE STUP) (( Shea says the increase is not driven by the correction of system failures that contributed to the deaths of two toddlers earlier this year. She links the problem to substance abuse )) (00:01:51:00) ((Karen Shea: I think that the impact of opiate addiction in our state really is the primary driver )) (GFX: State Care By Age: 6/30/14 --- 12/1/14 -- highlight 0-5 age group 0-5 336 411 6-11 228 238 12-17 481 479 18+ 42 51 ) Much of the increased demand comes from a 22 percent hike in the number of children under five needing homes. That age-group is often the most desired by foster parents, but generally comes with the biggest time commitment. (00:16:28:00) ((Karen Shea - Director of DCF Operations, Family Services Division before we experienced this increase of kids in care we were talking about the need for more foster parents)) (GFX As of 9/30/14 Licensed Foster Homes: 1,066 Foster Homes with Children: 599 source: DCF) 1,066 homes are licensed for foster care in Vermont, but only 600 of them are home to foster children. Shea says those figures may seem to show some untapped capacity for placing kids - but that's not the case. (00:16:07:00) ((Shea: it doesn't really work that way because that number of placements may not match the needs of the number of children in care)) Some foster homes may only be licensed to take in relatives. Others may be unavailable or located in the wrong part of the state. And some homes may not be a fit for a child based on age, or special needs. (00:11:23:06) ((Karen Shea - our emergency placements system right now is pretty tapped out in terms of their ability to take in more kids)) (00:12:46:00) ((Kyle: How is that unmet need filled? What ends up happening in those situations is kids don't end up staying local)) Administrators say the pinch is forcing them to place more children outside their home county. (00:10:40:00) ((Shea Every time they move, they experience about a six-month setback in their education achievement)) (class nats?- file) Pulling a child from their school has a direct effect on their succes in the classroom. DCF does not have stats on how many children in state care are at grade level, but a lack of stability hurts performance for kids already more likely to struggle because of poverty. (GFX Ages 0-5 -- 1.76 placements, 6-11 -- 2.33 placements 12+ -- 3.74 placements ) Even small moves take their toll, and most children are placed multiple times. The older kids generally endure more placements. (01:12:39:00) ((Natasha Sky - Foster Parent as a foster parent you're just kind of the haven in the storm and you are for 24 hours, or you are for 2 years, )) Eight different different foster children have kicked off their shoes and hung their coats in Natasha's mudroom since March. She says it's time consuming, and can be costly, but it's worth it... and she has not ruled out having a child stay permanently. (01:01:51:00) ((Natasha Sky - Foster Parent we figure if we get a kiddo that feels like the right fit and we get asked we'll know )) (GFX - About 180 Children Adopted Each Year ) About 180 children are adopted out of the system every year. As kids leave though, so do parents. New children are always entering the system. (00:17:26:00) ((Shea: it's a blessing and a curse)) (00:16:40:00) ((Shea: I don't think there's ever going to be a time we say that we don't need interested foster parents)) Natasha says the toughest part is not saying 'no' to a placement, but saying 'good-bye' to a child after growing close, and a lack of control in his or her fate. Especially if safety concerns about the child's original home life linger -- the fear is seeing the child again on the news. (01:10:55:00) ((Natasha Sky - Foster Parent we had a child who came through our home during all this who moved on and my partner and I kind of looked at each other and said 'please don't let this be one of those cases)) ((KYLE MIDURA CH 3 NEWS BTV))

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Along with children placed in Foster care, about 180 kids live in group settings. Administrators say that figure remains stable despite the parenting pinch. If you would like to know more about becoming a foster parent, head to the infocenter on our website... WCAX DOT COM.

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Sharon is back... with more on this foggy, damp weather... It has been a mild, wet, foggy day but as temperatures fall this evening, rain showers will change over to snow showers. We could get a trace to 2" of snow overnight, with the higher amounts in the mountains, and lingering snow showers on Thurdsay could bring another trace to 2" of snow. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday we'll see some sun breaking through again, and it will be cooler. Nice to see some sunshine once in awhile! Tuesday it looks like some rain and snow showers will be developing again. Believe it or not, winter officially begins on Sunday. The winter solstice is at 6:08 PM.

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Tonight: Cloudy skies. Chance of evening rain showers, changing to snow showers. Trace-2" possible. Low 25/32. Wind NW 5-10 mph. Thursday: Cloudy skies. Snow showers, mainly north. High 30/37. Wind NW 5-15 mph. Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low 15/22. Wind NW 5-10 mph. Friday: Partly sunny. High 25/32. Wind light. Saturday: Partly sunny skies. High 25/32. Low 13/20. Sunday: Partly sunny skies. High 25/32. Low 18/25. Monday: Partly sunny. High 30s. Low 18/25. Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Rain/snow showers developing. High 30s. Low 20s. Wednesday: Cloudy skies. Rain showers. High 40s.

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If you are looking for super internet speed - you may want to head to your local library. 43 libraries from Barre to Bennington are hooked up to Sovernet's fiber network. It's part of the Vermont Fiber Connect Project. It started 5 years ago -- to give some of the most rural libraries - fast internet. The Federal-private partnership will allow these libraries baseline connection speeds of 100 megabytes per second.

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((TC 00:57:01 Lt. Gov. Phil Scott/R-Vermont "Small state competing in global marketplace ...... Hate it or love it, broadband essential tool)) Advocates say the broadband is essential for providing access to those who may not be able to afford -- or have access to internet at home. 35 million in federal, state and private money, as well as infrastructure from Sovernet paid for the project. You can find out more about which libraries have the service - in the infocenter at wcax-dot-com.

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An Alburgh man is accused of leading police on a high speed chase. 47-year-old Neil Bannister rolled his car on Boutah Road. Police say that was the end of a chase that began when they tried to stop Bannister for speeding. He suffered minor injuries in the crash. Bannister now faces charges for attempting to elude -- police also suspect he was driving drunk.

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Winooski police say a serial robber -- has struck again. Chucks Mobil was robbed on December 9th by the person in the photo on the left. Early Tuesday morning, the store was robbed again -- by the person in the other two photos. Police believe the two hold-ups were committed by the first person. The day of the first robbery at Chucks -- Renee's Deli in Milton was also robbed. And again, police believe it was the same thief. If you know anything about these crimes, you're asked to call the Winooski or Milton police departments.

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Today's brisk weather didn't stop folks from dining outside in Burlington. It was part of the "the coolest lunch" -- the event is held each year to raise awareness about homelessness. Those who donated 25-bucks were treated to an entrée -- a drink -- and a hot cocoa.

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(TC 00:04:36:01 Title 1377) ((Mercia Lyman/Diner "With all the friends and everybody here it's a wonderful event. I'm really enjoying it." 00:04:40:04)) (TC 00:04:24:12 Title 1377) ((Mercia Lyman/Diner "The cold doesn't bother me and I think this is a wonderful event." 00:04:27:26)) (00:03:12:28 Title 1376) ((Denise Danyow/COTS, director of operationsm "Even with the rain, it's kind of helped us out. Last year it was probably in the signle digits." 00:03:17:19)) Proceeds from the event go to the Committee on Temporary Shelter. That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ...winners of two in a row after starting the season with seven straight losses, the UVM women's basketball team looks to make it three straight, and earn their first road win of the season tonight at St. Francis Brooklyn. The Cats are certainly playing with a new found level of confidence after following their five point victory against Dartmouth with a dramatic 82-75 overtime win versus Wagner this past Sunday at Patrick Gym. It was a total team effort with Niki Taylor and Emily Colutier both contributing double-doubles, but the team was once again led by freshman Sydney Smith. For the sixth straight game, Smith set a new career with with 25 points, and her three pointer with six seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime. She has also been named the ECAC women's basketball rookie of the week for the second week in a row. The Cats have a good chance to make it three straight wins as St. Francis comes into this game with a record of 3-6. With the results starting to match the effort put in...belief is building.

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The UVM men's basketball team closes out a four game homestand tomorrow night when the Cats host Yale at 7pm at Patrick Gym. Vermont improved to 5-4 on the season with a 61-47 win over Wagner Sunday. The recurring theme over the first month of the season has been the search for consistency. The Cats have just four upperclassmen on their 14-player roster and the growing pains have shown up in the results, as the team has alternated wins and losses over the last seven games. But coach John Becker is happy with what he's seen from his young team so far.

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We will have highlights of tonight's women's game at Brooklyn coming up at 11pm.

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Tonight at 11 - A special wedding on a special day -- December 13th -- 2014. Alex Apple will have that story -- tonight on the channel 3 news.

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Researchers in London say that electronic cigarettes may help people quit smoking regular cigarettes. Alphonso Van Marsh reports.

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Mark Foster recently picked up electronic cigarettes - and says he's close to kicking his regular cigarette habit. (SOT: Mark Foster, electronic cigarette enthusiast) SINCE I GOT TO USING THESE MORE POWERFUL E-CIGARETTES, MY CIGARETTE CONSUMPTION IS TWO PERCENT, YOU KNOW OF WHAT IT USED TO BE. (shots of e-cigarette cafe, set up shot of Prof. Hajek if necessary) E-Cigarettes are battery powered devices that produce a vapor.. some contain nicotine. New research out of London says smokers who use them may be more likely to reduce their smoking or quit all-together. (SOT: Peter Hajek, study author/clinical psychologist) THE MAIN FINDING IS THAT THE E-CIGARETTES MORE THAN DOUBLE CHANCES OF STOPPING SMOKING. (shots of traditional smokers, shots of e-cig cafe) The study looked at data on more than 650 current smokers. Researchers found nearly 10-percent of people who used e-cigarettes were able to stop smoking within a year. 36-percent of e-cigarette users cut the number of traditional cigarettes they smoked in half. (BRIDGE: Alphonso Van Marsh, CBS News, London) WHILE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE USING E-CIGARETTES HAS DRAMATICALLY INCREASED IN RECENT YEARS, EXPERTS SAY MORE STUDY IS NEEDED ON THEIR LONG-TERM SAFETY. (SOT:Dr. John Spangler/Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center) (on cam, then e-cig broll) WE DON'T ALWAYS KNOW WHAT CHEMICALS ARE IN ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES. //edit// THE PROBLEM IS NOBODY IS OUT THERE REGULATING THE STUFF. (shots of e-cig cafe) (shots of Mark Foster puffing, then leaving the shop) Mark says he's not surprised by the study - (SOT: Mark Foster, e-cigarette smoker) AS A REPLACEMENT FOR A CIGARETTE, THEY'VE REALLY, FOR ME, THEY'VE TAKEN OVER. Researchers caution the number of people they looked at is small and that more study is needed. Alphonso Van Marsh, CBS News, London

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Experts say more study is also needed to see how e-cigarettes match up against other proven ways to quit smoking including medications and nicotine patches. That's health watch.

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Sharon is here, .... And you are promoting Across the Fence for tomorrow. I am! Because tomorrow we are going to take you to India on Across the Fence! Lyn Jarvis and I are going to take you to crazy busy streets of New Delhi, to see where Mahatma Ghandi spent the last days of his life, ...We travel to the Pink City of Jaipur, and get an elephant ride. It was a wonderful adventure, and I can't wait to see it again! Set your DVR's if you aren't going to be home, that's tomorrow right after the noon time news and weather.

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It is a holiday light show that's drawing people for miles. As Adam Sullivan reports -- the Mitchell's Magic Christmas show also benefits sick children.

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((nats: Oh the spaghetti junction )) By day, Brian Mitchell's house in Claremont New Hampshire is surrounded by a maze of extension cords, holiday displays, and lights-- 50 thousand to be exact. A donation box also sits in the driveway. ((Brian Mitchell/Claremont: "people kept offering me money to pay for the display and I kept saying, I don't need people to pay me for my hobby.")) ((nats: music)) At night-- the Francis Street home is transformed into a magical world-- Mitchell's Magic Christmas. An animated light show synchronized with music played on Mitchell's low power radio station-- which broadcasts for all of about one block. The donations go to David's House- a free place to stay in Lebanon for families with kids receiving care at at CHaD-- the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. ((Jaye Olmstead/David's House: "especially during the holidays to have a child that is sick orin need of any type of treatment. Having people like Brian do whatthey do to support us so we can provide this beautiful home for families and give them a little taste of home over the holidays, while they are here, is such a blessing for us.")) Mitchell has a special connection with CHaD that-- like his light display-- goes back decades. ((Mitchell: "our daughter had a slight heart problem when she was younger and they were very good to us up there.")) ((nats)) And for years, the show has gone on-- as countless cars stop the listen and watch. ((Nats: "we have been coming here for a very long time.")) And visitors say they keep coming back knowing that it's all for a good cause. ((Nats: "absolutely, absolutely, it is for the children.")) ((nats music)) ((Mitchell: "WE get a lot of people who come in and they tell us stories of them having stayed up to David's House and they are real thankful that we are collecting for them.")) ((Sullivan: "over the past, several years, the Mitchell's have raised thousands for David's House. By spreading a little holiday joy here locally and helping families in need across the region. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Claremont New Hampshire."))

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The UVM men's hockey team is on its holiday break. Time off has been about the only thing that has stopped the IceCats so far this season as they head into their break with an outstanding 13-3-1 mark and sit just a point out of first place in Hockey East. Vermont has been paced by a balanced offensive attack, with 15 players scoring goals and twenty players registering points, but the key to the Cats success might be the two men protecting the UVM net. Goaltenders Brody Hoffman, a junior, and sophomore Mike Santaguida have been outstanding in between the pipes for Vermont. Hoffman has started eleven games, posting a 1.79 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. Santaguida has been even better, appearing in seven games, six of them starts with a 1.08 goals against and .962 save percentage with two shutouts. He's also been named the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week twice. Cats coach Kevin Sneddon appreciates the value the duo brings to his surging team.

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The American-Canadian Tour will be back at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the seventh straight year in 2015. The 7th annual ACT Invitational will take place on Saturday, September 26th at the Loudon track as part of a big race weekend that will also include both a Modified Tour race and a NASCAR Truck Series race that same day and followed by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 on Sunday. The other Sprint Cup event, the New Hampshire 301, will be run on Sunday, July 19th. 2015 will be the 25th anniversary season at the Magic Mile.

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The Red Sox made another trade today to bolster their pitching staff, acquiring reliever Anthony Varvaro from the Atlanta Braves for minor league pitcher Aaron Krucz and cash. The 30-year-old Varvaro served mostly as a middle reliever for the Braves and thrived in that role, posting a 2.63 ERA in 61 appearances last season. Varvaro struck out 50 batters while walking just 13 in 54 2/3rds innings of work.

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The Yankees have resigned veteran left hander Chris Capuano to a one year contract worth a reported $5 million. Capuano appeared in 40 games for New York last season, including making 12 starts. He posted a 3-4 record with a 4.35 ERA with 84 strikeouts in 97 and a third innings. As for the starter Yankees fans would probably really like to see in pinstripes, free agent ace Max Scherzer, it appears right now that New York will pass. The former Detroit Tiger is reported looking for a deal worth $200 million or more. When asked about Scherzer, Yankees GM Brian Cashman recently said that type of deal is 'a lot higher level than we're willing to play in right now.'

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The Celtics shoot for a second straight win then Boston hosts the Orlando Magic tonight at the TD Garden. The C's are coming off a 105-87 victory in Philly Monday night where second year center Kelly Olynyk scored a career high 30 points. Boston has won 11 of its last 12 matchups with the Magic.

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The Bruins December swoon continued last night with a 3-2 shootout loss in Nashville in the opener of a three game road trip. Boston has lost six of seventh in the month of December and eight of their last ten overall. In a matchup of elite goaltenders from Finland, Tuukka Rask made 38 saves for Boston...Pikka Rinne 33 for Nashville, but it was the Predators Derek Roy beating Rask for lone goal in the shootout that gave the hosts the victory. Boston has no time to sulk, as they return to action tonight at Minnesota.

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At the Bell Center last night... 20-year-old Alex Galchenyuk scored the first hat trick of his young career to power the Canadiens to a 4-1 win over Carolina. It was the third straight win for the Habs. Galchenyuk netted his first goal of the night in the second period, then ranked up goals two and three just a minute and nine seconds apart late in the third period. Max Pacioretty assisted on all three tallies. Montreal hosts Anaheim tomorrow night.

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Tonight at 11. A wedding -- and a wedding date to remember. 12-13-14 -- meet the quirky couple. On the Channel 3 News at 11. And the latest on President Obama's announcmeent about Cuba -- next on the CBS Evening News.


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