Wed 30-NOV-2016 6 P.M. News Script

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That's the suspect in the standoff that put a Newport neighborhood on lockdown. Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. His mental health was at the center of court hearing for David Kelley this afternoon. Keith McGilvery is here with more on the man -- who police say -- sparked a standoff. Kristin -- police say the situation on Pleasant Street in Newport Tuesday could have been deadly. Now Kelley is facing aggravated assault charges. The forty-one year old appeared in the Newport courthouse this afternoon. Police say he allegedly threatened two neighbors with a rifle Tuesday. He claims the couple's dog allegedly attacked his dog. Authorities say he then holed up in his rented motel apartment - wearing camo gear and a helmet, and threatened police. There was a massive police response -- and evacuations in the neighborhood. The standoff ended peacefully early this morning when he surrendered. At his arraignment, Kelley refused help from his court-appointed lawyer, and advice from the judge. He also had words for prosecutors.

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(( David Kelley/Defendant: And I would say that Mr. Whitney is going to demand that it we proven there was some aggravated assault that occurred but obviously it didn't. And I have been over charged prosecutor - have I not?!)) ((NAT HIT between Kelley: I'll tell it to the jury - Yelling - Judge: Mr. Kelly, If you cant control your self we are going to have to excuse you. So please be quiet for a moment -- I will take the not guilty plea - and order he be held without bail and order a competency and sanity evaluation.")) ((Jennifer Barrett/Orleans County State's Attorney "Well the charges that he is facing currently are pointing a loaded assault riffle at three individuals and using the laser to point at them and threatening to shoot them so its a very serious crime also he a had an assault riffle and a shield, was wearing a helmet and camouflage. when law enforcement went to speak to him he shut the door in law enforcements face and they can hear him chamber a round in one of the rifles. " )) That standoff lasted 18 hours. Newport Police say plain old diligence prevented a violent end to the incident. They got help from State Police SWAT and negotiating teams. Residents who were evacuated to the municipal building -- were finally allowed back to their homes on Pleasant Street -- this morning.

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A circus tent operator has agree to pay 24-thousand dollars in fines for a tent collapse that killed a Vermont man and his young daughter. The tent at the Lancaster, New Hampshire fairground toppled during a wind storm in August of 20-15. 41-year-old Robert Young and 6-year-old Annabelle Young were killed. 50 others were hurt . Federal safety officials say Walker International Events failed to property erect the tent and ignored severe weather and high-wind warnings.

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The co-owner of two historic inns in Vermont is accused of shooting a bullet through a former employee's truck. 51-year-old Kenneth Lucci pleaded not guilty to charges that include aggravated stalking with a deadly weapon. Lucci is the co-owner of the Sumner Mansion Inn in Hartland and the Windsor Mansion Inn in Windsor.

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Police are looking for an armed robber who targeted a Swanton convenience store this morning. State police say the man demanded money -- and partially showed a handgun to the clerk. The suspect was wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt, with his face partially exposed. He fled on foot -- and a border patrol K9 wasn't able to track him. If you know who he is -- contact state police.

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Two Hinesburg police officers involved in a physical encounter with a suspect -- will not face criminal charges. This is the body camera video from officers Jeremy Hulshof and Cameron Coltha during their encounter in May with Lori Ann Carron, a woman with mental health issues. State police investigated Carron's claims of excessive force -- and this week the Chittenden County prosecutor cleared the officers of any wrong-doing. Carron has also filed a civil lawsuit against the officers -- and that case in continuing.

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A man killed on an icy road. And now we know who he is. 62-year-old Robert Ammel Junior of Hartford was headed west on Route 4 in Bridgewater yesterday morning. State police say a car in front of him lost control and slid into the other lane. An on-coming tractor trailer then swerved left to avoid that vehicle -- and collided head-on with Ammel's pick-up. Ammel died at the scene.

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That crash in Bridgewater was one of dozens around the state. What made the commute -- so dangerous?

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Sloppy. Slippery. Slick. Three words to describe Tuesday's morning commute. ((TC 16:02:08:25 Title 1231 Dustin Montoya/FedEx Driver: "just a bunch of icy roads. )) More than 50 Vermont drivers -- ended up in ditches. Traffic --at a standstill on several major highways. ((11:17:15: "obviously we want to roads to be safe.)) Many drivers seemed caught off guard -- even though freezing rain was in the forecast. But was VTrans? ((9:11:03 "We've been experimenting with that a lot over the last couple of years)) ((nats: brine)) VTrans began testing brine in some parts of Vermont -- about six years ago. ((nats: brine)) It's a mix of salt and water applied to roads before a storm. The agency claimed it helped keep roads clear -- and allowed crews to stay ahead of it. Brine then became a widespread practise. Not now. ((Scott Rogers/VTrans: 9:40:10 "so we've really gotten away from the pre-treating in the last couple of years compared to what we did a few years ago." )) VTrans admits it didn't pre-treat the roads before the freezing rain hit Tuesday. Instead crews got to work -- once the roads started getting slick. In the past -- VTrans' use of brine met critics -- people worried about the environment -- and whether it's more corrosive to cars. The agency says -- application timing was also troubling. ((9:28:03 If you spray too early, it's not effective, and if you spray to late, it's too late.")) VTrans will still use brine just more sparingly -- in addition to rock salt -- and sand. But says safety is really in the driver's hands too. Advising people to slow down -- or avoid tricky travel altogether now that winter weather is here. ((11:24:22 " I realize one of the things people say is "safety first" and we agree. But we could go out and dump 2,000 pounds of salt per mile and turn every river in Vermont to salt water, that would make the roads safe. But would it really achieve our overall goal as a state agency and as government? Probably not. " ))

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Rogers says freezing rain -- poses a much greater driving risk. He said his crews would much rather have two-feet of plowable snow to deal with. The state spends about 30 million each year on winter maintenance -- and currently uses about one and a half to two million gallons of brine.

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(wx script) Highs Today: It felt pretty warm out today, with highs in the 40s to around 50. Rad/Sat: With temps like that and a storm moving in, any precip is falling as rain. As we open up the view this storm has plenty of juice to our south, so periods of rain are likely tonight. Evening outlook: Showers likely, with temps mainly in the 40s. Forecast: Tonight: Periods of rain. Lows: 37/44 Wind: SSE 10-20 mph Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Chance few showers. Highs: 43/50 Wind: W 10-15 mph Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy. Few showers. (mtn. snow showers) Lows: 30/38 Wind: W 5-15 mph Friday: Cloudy. Scattered showers. (mtn. snow showers) Highs: 38/45 Wind: W 5-15 mph

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Parking problems persist in the Queen City. Police -- still getting complaints from drivers who say they were wrongly ticketed. Cat Viglienzoni did some digging -- and joins us from the newsroom tonight with what we learned about the problem. Earlier this fall, we told you that police were getting about six calls a day -- from drivers who said they paid with the ParkMobile app -- and still got a $15 ticket. So we wanted to find out -- is the problem getting fixed?

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((NATS 000436 'Hey buddy, how long are we going to be here for? 38)) When Juliet Palmer comes downtown -- she pays for parking -- with plastic. And she'll need to run back -- if her meter runs out. She says, she downloaded Burlington's parking app -- but couldn't make it work. ((SOT Juliet Palmer, Works in Burlington 000519 Obviously it's sort-of cumbersome to come to come back to the meter every so often, but I have yet to use it 25)) Near city hall park... driver John Doherty got lucky. His meter still had some time on it... and he said, while he has used other parking apps -- he's hasn't needed it here. ((SOT John Doherty, Driver 000905 I've used it before in the Winooski area. I'm not sure if it's the same over here. It seems to be more convenient just to slide a debit card or a couple of quarters right where you park 19)) But the city's public works department tells us that about a fifth of the meter transactions they get -- are from smartphones. ((SOT Chapin Spencer, Director, Department of Public Works 002243 what we've heard from people is that pay-by-cell is a feature that everybody likes 48)) Not everybody's happy with the results though. After our report earlier this fall on ticketing errors from the app -- we wanted to know -- if the problem was being fixed. ((CAT STANDUP: 003357 I asked Burlington Police's parking enforcement how many calls they were getting about parking violations per day. They told me it was about 2-3. While that is fewer calls, they told me the main problem they're still seeing is that people are entering their license plate numbers wrong. That's something, they told me, they don't think is going to go away 14)) But they told me there HAS been progress -- on wifi issues that meant some customers who did everything right -- still got ticketed. Those complaints, police say, are now "rare". ((SOT Spencer 002715 the vast majority of the 160,000 people who have used ParkMobile to date are happy customers, and we are pleased to be able to offer a pay-by-cell service 24)) That doesn't mean the city is necessarily sticking with ParkMobile. With the one-year pilot program coming to a close, they're putting out the bid to other companies for a multi-year partnership ... possibly coordinating with the city of Winooski. ((SOT Spencer 002436 It's been a generally positive experience. That said, we want to see what's out there in the market 41))

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If you got a ticket -- and you know you paid -- Burlington Police says if you have your receipt from ParkMobile that proves you did -- they will void your ticket.

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The parking ban lights will be flashing in Burlington tomorrow -- but it's only a test. Normally if you see the lights on, it means you'll have to have your car off the street overnight. But there is no storm on the way -- at least not a snow storm.

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No more so-called ticket bots in New York The state is cracking down on the software used to snatch up tickets to concerts, plays and other events that are then resold at significantly higher prices. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law this week creating penalties for those who use ticket bots to get around limits on the number of tickets one person can buy.

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A debate over final exam scheduling is causing controversy at Castleton. More than twenty students peacefully protested this afternoon because they are unhappy with this winter's final exam schedule. They are scheduled later than in recent years -- starting December nineteenth and ending the twenty-third. Students it's preventing those who live far away from being with their family during the holiday. They hope the college will include them in future scheduling discussions.

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((Rebekah Robichaud/Senior: "we're asking them to compromise with us we're not asking them to give us our demands. We're asking them to sit down and have a conversation and come to a peaceful resolution so that both people win.")) ((Jeff Weld/Dean of Advancement: "we understand that for some students, it does create some hardship and we encourage those students to speak with professors directly -- explain those things and try to find a solution individually if it's necessary.")) The dates are selected by a calendar committee and picked years in advance. Exam schedules for the next two years have been set and go as late as December twenty-second.

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It's a done deal -- Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges have a new name. The Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustee's this afternoon officially approved the name Northern Vermont University for the two campuses, which will merge by July 20-18. On campus at Johnson State today, reaction to the name change was mostly positive. College officials admit there was no way to make everyone happy. They say the goal was to have each campus maintain its identity -- and sports teams. Lyndon State will be known as Northern Vermont University-Lyndon and Johnson State will be NVU-Johnson.

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((Kayla Flanagan, Sophomore "The name is pretty good, I like it its what I voted for.")) ((Emma English, Junior "Has a nice ring to it, it also shows where we are as colleges too, cause if you say i am from Johsnson State no one really knows where that is." )) ((Emily Peterson, Sophomore "I think that Johnson feels like a college to me, opposed to a bigger University . I think that college is a more apporpeate name for it.")) ((Justin Cassidy/Transitioning Student "I dont really have too much of a preferance. its good eather way.. Ill have to get a new sweat shirt." )) The name change has generated a lot of attention on social media, with a number of alumni saying they don't like the change. College officials say the biggest piece of the naming puzzle was the switch to university status. They say it's not a guarantee for a boost in enrollment, but that it adds to overall prestige - especially with internatinal students. Castelton University underwent a similar re-branding last year.

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One of the largest grocery store chains in the country -- is eyeing Price Chopper. Albertsons is reportedly in talks to buy Price Chopper for about a billion dollars. Price Chopper is based in Schenectady, New York with about 130 stores in the Northeast, including a dozen in our region. Albertson's has more than 22-hundred stores -- the second largest chain in the country.

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In an effort to address the growing opiate crisis -- Doctors in New Hampshire are prescribing fewer painkillers. That's according to new stats on the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that was launched 2 years ago. The data shows forty percent of controlled substances dispensed in New Hampshire are opioids. But the numbers also indicate that doctors and nurses have changed the way they prescribe and advise patients about opiods. Just in the last year -- prescriptions in New Hampshire for narcotic painkillers dropped 13-percent. And suspected cases of "doctor shopping" dropped by almost two-thirds. That's when patients go from doctor to doctor trying to get a prescription.

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A mix of experience at the statehouse. Incoming and outgoing lawmakers get a look at Vermont's finances. Political Reporter Kyle Midura has more, Kyle - Darren and Kristin, more than 15 percent of lawmakers will be new this year ... and they're getting an early start dealing with an old problem.

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The well of the house featured budget 101 Wednesday -- as fiscal experts for the state, governor, and legislature laid out the challenge lawmakers face come January. For the more than 30 new lawmakers, the volume of data and jargon can be daunting. (00:28:46:00) ((Ben Jickling - I-Brookfield obviously there's a learning curve entering as a new legislator. Everybody's been great.)) 22-year-old Ben Jickling of Brookfield will be the legislature's youngest member. (00:27:56:00) ((Ben Jickling - I-Brookfield as a young person, a life-long Vermonter, I was intereseted in the process. I want to live in Vermotn for the rest of my life, so I said why not get involved, bring a fresh perspective to Montpelier)) He says members of all parties welcomed him and offered advice -- a non-partisan success. (00:29:38:00) ((I'm largely a moderate. I ran as an Independent so I can work with everybody)) (00:26:14:00) ((Annmarie Christensen - D-Perkinsville it's like going to graduate school all over again.)) Annmarie Christensen says she's excited to dig into the budget. She ran for office largely because of her district's struggles with the state's school district consolidation law. (00:25:46:00) ((Annmarie Christensen - D-Perkinsville it just didn't work)) She hopes it can be tweaked to meet the needs or her area. The budget will demand attention -- projected to run as much as 70-million dollars in the red. A state economist says the biggest X factor will be any shifts in federal policy. Vermont receives more in grant money per person than all but three other states. (00:21:29:00) ((Tom Kavet - State economist there's not a lot of clarity in terms of what might happen)) That will leave plans to address the situation fluid -- so will winter weather because a strong ski season can do wonders for the bottom line. By the time those answers are clearer -- lawmakers will hope to be doing more legislating than learning.

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The new legislative session begins on January fourth. - Darren

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Vermont's longest serving state senator is not going to seek a recount after all. Republican Sen. Bill Doyle lost his bid for a 25th term on election day, but today announced he would not seek a recount -- after initially requesting one. In a statement, Gov.-elect Phil Scott thanked Doyle for his 48 years of service to the people of Washington County. Doyle was defeated by Democrat Francis Brooks.

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forecast -- full screen Currents BTV: Damp and gray out. Headlines: More wet weather tonight. Then staying a bit unsettled through Saturday. Some cooler temps arrive by this weekend. Current temps: Above normal, mainly in the 40s. Cooler temps are just to our north... much milder southwest. Once this storm moves through the cooler air will win out. Rad/Sat: Storm near us will bring us periods of rain overnight. That will transition to scattered showers tomorrow. As cooler air works in by late Thursday into the weekend, any lingering showers will turn to snow showers, especially in the mountains. Clouds/Precip forecast: Rainy overnight. Scattered showers tomorrow. Some mountain snow gets involved late thursday and friday, but nothing significant. We won't really dry out until Sunday. Temp Forecast: Temps cool off to below normal levels this weekend. Full forecast: Tonight: Periods of rain. Lows: 37/44 Wind: SSE 10-20 mph Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Chance few showers. Highs: 43/50 Wind: W 10-15 mph Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy. Few showers. (mtn. snow showers) Lows: 30/38 Wind: W 5-15 mph Friday: Cloudy. Scattered showers. (mtn. snow showers) Highs: 38/45 Wind: W 5-15 mph Extended Forecast: Friday Night: Few rain to snow showers. Lows: 25/35 Saturday: Cloudy. Few rain/snow showers. Highs: 30s Lows: 18/28 Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Mtn. flurry? Highs: 30s Lows: 18/28 Monday: Mostly cloudy. Highs: 30s Lows: 15/25 Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 30s Lows: 15/25 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs: 32/42

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It was a banner day for one national business on Black Friday -- and now one Vermont group is reaping the benefits. (***VO***) Patagonia pledged its profits from Black Friday to about 800 environmental groups around the world -- including Burlington-based One Percent For The Planet. The organization connects businesses that want to give one percent of their profits, to non profit groups working to improve the environment. The say governments alone can only do so much to improve the environment, and there is a really important role for the private sector to play.

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(***SOT***) ((Kate Williams/CEO for 1% For The Planet " And that was a large part of Patagonia's effort on Black Friday was really heightening the awarness and commitment to the roll of the private sector in driving impact for the environment. And we are really committed to that every day and work with our member companies all over the world to deliver on that." 01:31:51:01)) Since 2002, One Percent for the Planet says it has generated more than $150 million to support nonprofit partners around the world.

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California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi will remain the top ranking Democrat in the U.S. House. Democrats voted by about a 2-1 margin to retain Pelosi as Minority Leader. Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan was gunning for the post -- making a pitch that Democrats need to focus more on jobs and the economy. We talked to Vermont Congressman Peter Welch before the vote -- he thinks Pelosi got the hint.

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(( 002750 Rep. Peter Welch/D-Vermont: Ive talked to Nancy Pelosi and said - you know what, we need change, this party has to address the economic concerns of people in middle america and small towns - and I think she's getting the message.)) Welch says Democrats need to acknowledge that the working people they claim to represent -- don't see it that way so they voted for Donald Trump. He says the party needs to change its policies and do more outreach.

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President-elect Donald Trump made more cabinet picks. and he's made a big announcement about the future of his business empire. Marlie Hall reports.

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SUPERS: STEVE MNUCHIN, TREASURY SECRETARY NOMINEE :22-:27 MARLIE HALL, CBS NEWS 1:01-1:13 TRT 1:27 (ANCHOR INTRO: PRESIDENT ELECT-DONALD TRUMP MAKES MORE CABINET PICKS...AND A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE FUTURE OF HIS VAST BUSINESS EMPIRE. MARLIE HALL HAS MORE FROM OUTSIDE OF TRUMP TOWER IN NEW YORK.) (PKG) PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP IS GETTING CLOSER TO FILLING OUT HIS CABINET POSITIONS. He NAMED WILBUR ROSS, A 79-YEAR-OLD BILLIONAIRE TO LEAD THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT and STEVEN MNUCHIN, A FORMER GOLDMAN SACHS PARTNER TO BE TREASURY SECRETARY. MNUCHIN IS EXPECTED TO PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN CRAFTING MISTER TRUMP'S TAX REFORM PLAN. (SOT STEVE MNUCHIN, TREASURY SECRETARY NOMINEE PIPE2) I KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN MAKE LOANS TO SMALL AND MID-MARKET COMPANIES. AND THAT'S GOING TO BE OUR BIG FOCUS. MISTER TRUMP ALSO TWEETED HE PLANS TO STEP AWAY FROM all of HIS BUSINESSES TO FOCUS ON RUNNING THE COUNTRY. BUT THE WATCHDOG GROUP, CREW RELEASED A STATEMENT CRITICAL OF MISTER TRUMPS DECISION SAYING.... (gfx in) What he does not seem to realize, or does not want to admit, is that the conflicts arise from his ownership of the Trump Organization. (gfx out) Mr trump is also making good on a campaign promise: (SOT DONALD TRUMP - OCALA, FL - OCTOBER 12, 2016 ) "they think they are going to make air conditioners in their beautiful new plants in Mexico and sell them across the border, and make lots of money and we have all the unemployment, not gonna happen." BRIDGE: MISTER TRUMP WILL TRAVEL TO INDIANA TOMORROW TO ANNOUNCE A DEAL WITH AIR CONDITIONING MAKER, CARRIER THAT COULD KEEP 1000 JOBS FROM BEING SHIPPED TO MEXICO LATER, HE KICKS OFF HIS THANK YOU TOUR IN OHIO. STILL ON THE PRESIDENT-ELECTS TO-DO LIST SELECTING A SECRETARY OF STATE. (GFX IN ) RETIRED GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS, RUDY GIULIANI AND FORMER GOP NOMINEE, MITT ROMNEY ARE ALL SAID TO BE ON THE SHORT LIST. MARLIE HALL, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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If you live in New Hampshire and want to attend Trump's Inauguration in D-C -- get in line --- online. Congresswoman Annie Kuster announced today there will be an online lottery system for Granite Staters interested. Tickets are limited and the deadline to apply is December 12. We've got more information on our website -- wcax - dot - com.

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A new contract for Vermont court workers -- and they're getting a raise. The Vermont State Employees Union says it reached a deal with the Vermont Judiciary after 11 months of negotiations. The union had been waging a public campaign in support of the 175 docket clerks and court officers. They say those positions had seen a 25-percent turnover rate because of low pay. VSEA is not yet releasing details of the agreement, pending a ratification vote by the judiciary.

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Another Wold Cup is coming to our region - this time in Lake Placid. The U-S Ski and Snowboard Association announced that the Freestyle World Cup will be held in the village on January 13 and 14. The best international moguls and aerials athletes will be competing at Whiteface Mountain -- and the Olympic Jumping Complex.

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Starting Line Sports ...the UVM women's basketball team hosts Holy Cross tonight, a 7pm tip off at Patrick Gym. The Cats are off to a 2-4 start under new head coach Chris Day. The struggle for wins continues, but some signs of progress are there. The team's scoring average and field goal percentage are up...and it's points allowed and opponents field goal percentage are down from a season ago. Assists per game are up...and turnovers are down. Freshman forward Hanna Crymble has impressed. Crymble is the Cats leading scoring, reaching double digits in five of the team's first six games, and the team's second leading rebounder. Holy Cross comes into the night with a record of 1-5, but took Yale to overtime at home on Sunday. Vermont lost to the Bulldogs by 29 ten days ago in New Haven. We'll have highlights from Patrick Gym tonight at 11pm.

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Coming up later, UVM men's hockey coach Kevin Sneddon as you have never seen him before.

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All eyes were on Killington last weekend for the women's World Cup., But many in our region have not yet hit the slopes themselves. And for those skiers and snowboarders, experts have some safety tips to help you stay injury free. Bridget Barry Caswell has more.

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They made it look easy. The best female skiiers in the world descended on Killington last weekend, dazzling more than 30-thousand spectators on hand. Some of those spectators -- skiers and snowboarders themselves - fans of the popular rite of winter in Vermont. (4:28) ((Dr. Rob Williams/UVM Medical Center: There are some hazards of course when you go onto a snow covered mountain and slide down on a slippery pair of skis or snowboards. Of course there's going to be some hazards, but to my mind, it's much safer than having a kid spend a day at the mall or in front of the nintendo.)) Williams leads a nonprofit program called PHAT - Protect Your Head at All Times. He suggests numerous steps to protect yourself - and not surprisingly, the first tip: protect your head. (4:45) ((Dr. Rob Williams/UVM Medical Center: I do think that a big part of mitigating risk is using a helmet every time you go out to go skiing. There's absolutely no downsides to wearing a helmet and while they won't protect against every injury, certainly there's many injuries that a helmet can ameliorate or even prevent.)) Studies show a 40 to 60-percent decrease in incidence and severity of injury with helmets. Williams says helmets are a priority when it comes to maintaining a culture of safety on the slopes. (graphic) Other tips: Make sure you have the right equipment - with skis and bindings tuned up and checked each season. Clothing is also important - with water and wind resistant gear, and multiple layers. Williams suggests sunscreen, too, because the sun reflects off the snow and onto your face. Sunburns are common. Finally, he says don't forget that conditions can change quickly. (9:40) ((Dr. Rob Williams/UVM Medical Center: One of the things to remember is the base of the mountain can be very different than the top of the mountain and some of our big mountains, it's 2,000 vertical feet. That's quite a bit in terms of temperature and also wind.)) Williams says it's all about personal responsibility -- taking the steps to stay safe while enjoying a trip down a Vermont ski slope in the winter. BBC, Ch. 3 News, Burlington

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The National Ski Areas Association also suggests warming up on easier trails before heading to more advanced runs. And the group recommends staying sober on the trails - alcohol and skiing don't mix.

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Meteorological seasons: Today is the last day of meteorological spring. Meteorological winter starts tomorrow and runs through March. December Preview: December is a month of change in weather... where we usually turn colder. The average high drops to only 29 by the end of the month. And in an average december burlington gets almost 18" of snow. Mountain Forecast: Speaking of snow the mountains could see a few snow showers mixing in by tomorrow. Weekend Forecast: Friday Night: Few rain to snow showers. Lows: 25/35 Saturday: Cloudy. Few rain/snow showers. Highs: 30s Lows: 18/28 Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Mtn. flurry? Highs: 30s Lows: 18/28

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A sign of the season! The State of Vermont has its Christmas Tree up. Foresters brought it to the statehouse lawn this afternoon -- stringing the bulbs as well. The 41-foot tree won't be lit thought until December eighth. Peggy and Joe Willis of Sharon donated the giant evergreen. We're told they originally planted it at their home in 19-79.

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With Christmas just around the corner -- organizations are busy collecting new toys for children. But a non-profit is collecting old toys and making them even better. Taylor Young has the story.

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In downtown Rutland -- a group of women turn a church hall into an impressive display. (00:01:00:00) ((Nats: Michelle fixing dolls)) (00:11:22:00) ((Michele Dauphinais/Volunteer Coordinator: "We collect them from far and wide.")) For the past eleven months nearly eighty volunteers created their own Sants's workshop -- collecting and refurbishing thousands of dolls. (00:01:29:00) ((Nats Michelle: "I still have issues with this corner here hunny we got to do something.")) In less than a week -- these volunteers stacked their creations proudly for fifty-five non-profit organizations to see what they will be distributing to children in the community. (00:04:53:00) ((Nats Michelle: "This really is not cutting it.")) Michelle Dauphinais started Operation Dolls sixteen years ago -- and expects that the children receiving these donations with get nothing but the best. (00:22:18:00) ((Florence:"I have a flannel blanket here for them and someone else has made they each have a scarf and a hat and they each have a bunny rabbit and we have a bag here with all their clothes.")) (00:11:47:00) ((Michele: "the volunteers know that this is what I expect.")) -- down to the smallest of details (00:26:05:00) ((Florence: "Michele insists on every doll having panties so we make panties.")) Over the years -- each volunteer found their niche and developed their own role ((Florence Carroll/Volunteer: "I basically do doll blankets.") (00:40:12:00) ((NATS Wanda: "That big tall bear also covers the hole too so we really do need him there.")) (00:17:58:00) ((Michele Dauphinais/Volunteer Coordinator: "I call them the zoo-keepers.")) (00:33:04:00) ((Wanda Courcelle/Volunteer: "We get all kind of stuffed animals that come in some are new some are used some have to go in my washing machine and have a nice bath first.")) These toys look as good as when they first came off the shelf. ((Nats: putting doll on shelf")) Getting them to look this way not only benefits the ones receiving -- but also the ones making them. (00:16:18:00) ((Michele Dauphinais/Volunteer Coordinator: "It resurrected talents and skills for seniors to keep them busy and connected.")) (00:23:43:00) ((Florence: "I love it. I've been sewing since I was a little kid and I just love it.")) (00:36:07:00) ((Wanda Courcelle/Volunteer: "It's a wonderful match for me as a retired teacher to keep my kid fix i love to do things got kids.")) By Friday night this room of perfectly stacked dolls will be dismantled. Months of sewing and and repairing will come to a satisfying end as each and every toy gets a new home. (00:35:18:00) ((Wanda Courcelle/Volunteer: "It fills your heart with christmas spirit because you know how many children faces are going to have a smile on them and how many families are going to have something to give their child.")) But these women won't be gone for too long -- they'll be back in the workshop in a couple of weeks to get started on next year's batch. Taylor Young - Channel 3 News - Rutland

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As you saw in Starting Line Sports, the UVM women's basketball team hosts Holy Cross tonight at 7pm at Patrick Gym. The Cats come into this one at 2-4...the Crusaders 1-5. We'll have highlights and reaction at 11pm.

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The UVM men's basketball team is back on the road and on their way to Columbia, South Carolina to take on the 20th ranked Gamecocks tomorrow night. Scheduling tough, non-conference games has been a hallmark of the Cats under head coach John Becker and this season has been no different. Along with with challenging games against fellow mid-major-type programs like Quinnipiac, Marist, Wofford, Hofstra and Yale, games the Cats have all won, Vermont has also already played at Providence, and went down to the wire against Houston in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. The game with the Friars, Vermont's second of the season, was an ugly 22 point loss, but Houston was a close game throughout as the Cougars stole the win at the buzzer. Tomorrow night's matchup with South Carolina, 6-0 and coming off back-to-back wins over Top 25 teams in Michigan and Syracuse, will likely be Vermont's toughest regular season game all season. The Cats know the challenge that awaits them, but also know what they need to do to put themselves in position to pull off the upset.

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((TRT: 42 ... OC: ALL GOES WELL)) ((Becker/ It's hard to score on these teams that are tough and well coached. At Providence we just didn't make shots, then we came back against Houston and hit 14 threes, so in these games you have to hit shots and it gives you confidence and the longer it keeps you in the game the better your chances are. Against Providence they really jumped on it and we didn't make shots and against Houston we did a much better job. Hopefully we learn from that and we continue to create good opportunities and knock them down.)) ((Urquhart/ Us playing against Providence, even though we lost that game. We've played against a lot of high-major competition ...Houston. Even in these first eight games. I think we won't go in there with a bad mindset. We'll have a good mindset and hopefully it all goes well.))

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the 3-1 Middlebury men's hoop team hosting Rensselaer last night...Butch Varno celebrating his 70th birthday --- the Panthers jumped on RPI early, Zach Baines with the corner three makes it 13-4 --- after the Engineers hit a three of their own, Matt St. Amour drains another one to push the lead back to nine --- later in the half, Nick Tarantino finds Baines who slashes for 2, 41-32 Midd at the break --- more Panthers in the second, St. Amour again from 3, he'd finish with 21 and the Panther lead was 17 --- but RPI rallies. Andreas Kontopidis with the corner trey --- then Jonathan Luster with the up and under move, it's a three point game --- but on the other end, Adisa Majors hits the tough jumper Middlebury hangs on to win it 79-72, they're 4-1

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The UVM men's hockey team is back home, soaking up a memorable trip to Belfast and enjoying a week with no games on the schedule before getting back to the grind a week from this Friday when the Cats host Boston University for the first of a two game, weekend series at Gutterson. The trip to Northern Ireland was a success both on and off the ice for the UVM men's program. Off the ice, the Cats were able to soak in the culture of Belfast and Northern Ireland, meet the people and spend time with area school kids, passing on their love and passion of the game of hockey to a region that is starting to embrace the sport. On the ice, after falling behind Umass 2-0 just three minutes into the opening game of the Friendship Four tournament, Vermont proceeded to outscore the Minutemen and third ranked Quinnipiac 9-1 over the next five periods, while freshman goaltender Stefanos Lekkas stopped 70 of 73 shots to lead the Cats to the tournament championship and the Belpot Trophy. With those two wins, Vermont moves from 20th to 14th in the nation, improving to 9-3-2 overall and 4-2-1 in Hockey East.

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((TRT: 35 ... OC: MORE AND MORE CONFIDENCE)) ((Sneddon/ I'm really pleased with the way our team played, especially seeing a little bit of adversity in that first game. I was thinking, 'we flew all the way over here and we're going to get blown out on TV.' But we called a time out, settled the guys down and we played some excellent hockey from then on. Then, I though Quinnipiac was one of our best games of the year. We're playing with confidence right and and it starts with good goaltending, solid D, special teams that are improving, scoring some goals that aren't just gritty goals, but also some really nice plays as well. I think it just gives our team more and more confidence.))

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Following the championship game of the Friendship Four, fans were given a look behind the curtain at head coach Kevin Sneddon's unique locker room celebration. This 'dance' is one coach Sneddon says he has been doing since his arrival at UVM, but that he only breaks it out after the team has won both games of a weekend series, or swept the weekend, thus the broom included as a prop. This video was posted on the official Twitter feed of the Friendship Four tournament following the game, something coach didn't realized until it was too late.

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((TRT: 48 ... OC: IT'S GREAT)) ((Sneddon/ Yeah, I didn't know that was going to be publicized. I looked at the end of it and saw all these different media type people there and thought 'uh oh'. That's usually an internal, locker room jib that I've done for the boys for probably 14 years now. So it's now out there. Now that I've seen it I don't know if I really want to do it that much more, but we’ll fight through it for the guys.)) ((Puskarich/ I think it's great. Everybody is jumping up and down and laughing. I remember freshman year, seeing it for the first time and thinking 'does he acutally do this every time?' But I think it's great. It makes you think about that Saturday game, if you win Friday, in the back of your head... make coach dance...is one of the jokes we have, so I think it's great.))

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Full forecast: Tonight: Periods of rain. Lows: 37/44 Wind: SSE 10-20 mph Thursday: Mostly cloudy. Chance few showers. Highs: 43/50 Wind: W 10-15 mph Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy. Few showers. (mtn. snow showers) Lows: 30/38 Wind: W 5-15 mph Friday: Cloudy. Scattered showers. (mtn. snow showers) Highs: 38/45 Wind: W 5-15 mph Extended Forecast: Friday Night: Few rain to snow showers. Lows: 25/35 Saturday: Cloudy. Few rain/snow showers. Highs: 30s Lows: 18/28 Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Mtn. flurry? Highs: 30s Lows: 18/28 Monday: Mostly cloudy. Highs: 30s Lows: 15/25 Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Highs: 30s Lows: 15/25 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Highs: 32/42


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