Wed 19-NOV-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- unique squash varieties that you can serve up for thanksgiving. Charlie Nardozi will bring in some lesser known winter squash varieties that can be cooked for a holiday meal. He'll whip up four different dishes for us tomorrow at 5:30 on the :30.

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Good evening. I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Kristin Kelly. Two men -- shot to death in Townshend. And police say the woman who pulled the trigger -- just ended a relationship with one of the victims. And lived at the home. Shelby Cashman is at the courthouse in Brattleboro tonight -- where the suspect is expected to be arraigned. Shelby, what's the latest? Darren and Kristin--police say an incident at a remote home in Townshend Tuesday night--left two men dead and a woman facing second degree murder charges. But what exactly transpired in the home is still unknown.

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There is one home on Abby Road in Townshend. And that's where police say a deadly shooting occurred around nine o clock Tuesday night. (00:37) ((Major Hall: "upon their arrival they met with a female who exited that residence and indicated that there were two people shot inside the residence.")) (00:50) Police say that female was 62 year old Robin O'Neill--and-- 60 year old Steve Lott and his son--28 year old Jamis Lott were deceased-- when they entered the home. O'Neill allegedly lived at the home with Steve Lott-and they had just ended a relationship. Police say Jamis Lott--was just visiting. O'Neill was taken into custody Tuesday night--and is facing two counts of second degree murder. Morgan Lynch--a longtime Townshend resident--says--he knew the Lotts. (00:16:48)) ((Morgan Lynch/Townshend "they will be missed. Steve was a great person. and Jamis--He was even greater. He was quiet and shy and he was the best out of the three kids. He was quiet shy and he was a good kid"))

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O'neill is set to appear here at windham county court tomorrow and is currently being held without bail in Springfield. Darren Kristin?

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The second suspect in the killing of Melissa Jenkins -- will go on trial in March. Patricia Prue will face a jury on a charge of aggravated murder beginning on March 5th -- in Burlington. As with the case of Prue's husband Allen Prue -- the judge moved the trial because of concerns about finding an impartial jury in St. Johnsbury -- where Melissa Jenkins worked. A jury convicted Allen Prue last month of first degree murder. He could get up to life in prison. The charge against Patricia Prue carries a mandatory sentence of life with no possibility of parole.

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A controversial consultant will finish his work for Vermont, but won't see another dime for his time. State House reporter Kyle Midura is here with the story, Kyle Darren, Health Reform Chief Lawrence Miller says Jonathan Gruber will complete his economic analysis of Vermont's planned transition to a single-payer health system. His research assistants will be paid for his time, but not Gruber, following what the Governor called horrifying comments.

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Wednesday represented State House 101 for lawmakers following the election earlier this month. Rookies and veterans received briefings on the three topics expected to dominate discussion come January: budget problems, school spending pressure, and health reform. Most of the material presented served as an introduction or refresher course, but Health Reform Chief Lawrence Miller announced a change to the state's relationship with controversial consultant Jonathan Gruber. (01:37:36:00) ((Lawrence Miller - Vt. Health Reform Chief we will not be paying him any further)) Controversy began swirling around Gruber when old recording of him surfaced last week. They show the prominent health care consultant touting a lack of transparency and american stupidity as crucial to passage of the federal Affordable Care Act. (00:34:24:07) ((Gov. Peter Shumlin "I am caught between a rock and a hard place. )) Tuesday Gov. Shumlin reiterated his criticism of Gruber for his comments. But he also maintained the consultant could not be fired due to his unique ability to calculate cost for Vermont's planned transition to single payer healthcare. Miller announced the consultant will no longer be paid one day after our report on the lack of detail in Gruber's invoices. (01:59:34:00) ((Lawrence Miller - Vt. Health Reform Chief I think it's an expression of our concern with his comments. It is an expression of the damage that this does to the value of the work)) Gruber's initial agreement allowed for him and his staff to be paid up to 400-thousand dollars. The state has paid out 160-thousand so far - half of that going directly to him. But now -- Gruber's staff will be paid for future work while Gruber will not. The administration says his work will be checked by other consultants as well as state economists. (02:01:07:00) ((Sen.Kevin Mullin/R-Rutland County That's reassuring that we're getting other eyes looking at it)) Republican State Senator Kevin Mullin says he would like to see contract savings rolled into the cost of added scrutiny. His Progressive colleague David Zuckerman say Gruber's comments are offensive, but also a distraction. (02:04:02:00) ((Sen. David Zuckerman - P-Chittenden County overall, the bigger issue is a two billion dollar program that's going to greatly positively impact thousands of Vermonters' bottom line)) The Governor is committed to releasing his report January 15th. That's when Vermonters will get a better idea of if the time and money invested in exploring single-payer will pay off.

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Miller says the new arrangement should amount to substantial savings but did not provide a dollar figure. If Gruber's previous bills are indicative of future work breakdown -- the state should save about 100-thousand dollars. - Darren

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If a correctional officer and an inmate have a sexual relationship - is it a crime? Prosecutors say yes. And now a guard is under arrest - and set for a court appearance tomorrow.

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His job is to keep inmates safe -- and in line. But now 29 year old William Savaria is charged with sexually exploiting an inmate at the women's prison in South Burlington. ((020500 Jennifer Sprafke/Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility Assistant Superinendent : Because it is a criminal and a personnel matter - we can't discuss the specifics - but we can say that obviously staff engaging in any kind of sexual misconduct or sexual acts with inmates is something that the department and the state take very seriously 020511)) State Police say they launched an investigation into Savaria -- and allegations he was having a relationship with an inmate -- earlier this month. Correctional officials say they notified police -- after the Agency of Human services assisted in an internal review. It is not clear when the alleged relationship began. ((nats Gallow in court)) Its not the first correctional officer at the Chittenden facility accused of sex acts with an inmate. Earlier this year -- 44 year old Richard Gallow was tried TWICE for allegedly touching himself inappropriately in front of a woman's cell -- then assaulting her. Both trials ended in a hung jury. ((021106, kk q: should other inmates feel safe here now given that this is the second officer charged recently? 021112 // 021207 Jennifer Sprafke/Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility Assistant Superinendent: I dont look at this as an indication that inmates shouldn't feel safe here, not to discredit what may have happened to someone, but to say that we take this very seriously and we are committed to inmates being protected, and if that means staff are held accountable criminally for acts they commit, then we are absolutely committed to do that 021228, ))

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Savaria will be arraigned tomorrow morning - and more details about the case should be released then. He is on leave from Corrections. As for the other Correctional Officer - Richard Gallow -- he no longer works for corrections and he could face trial a third time. Chittenden County State's Attorney TJ Donovan says vulnerable populations should be protected -- and the possibility of a third trial is still under review.

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Job cuts at Vermont Yankee -- as the plant gets set to close. Entergy Nuclear announced a year ago that it's plant in Vernon would stop producing power at the end of 20-14. The plant employs more than 550 people. Entergy today notified the state and town that 165 of those people will be laid off as of January 19th of next year. Eventually most jobs at the plant will disappear -- though entergy plans to employ at least 300 people thru 20-16 to begin the decommissioning process.

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Workers at the Ethan Allen furniture plant in Orleans -- learned of a temporary shut down today. All non-salary employees were told to stay home until the Monday after Thanksgiving. That's about 350 people. A source says sales slowed more than expected. But that new product lines are in the pipeline -- closer to Christmas. So, this shutdown is just for a few days -- to let business build-up.

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Nasty weather created a messy commute on Interstate 89 this morning. State troopers say snow and ice -- created hazardous conditions near Exit 10 in Waterbury. There were multiple crashes -- slowing down traffic. State highway crews treated the roadway to get rid of the ice -- and as always, are reminding drivers to adjust to winter conditions.

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Sharon is here, and while there was nothing here in Burlington, some parts of our area got some snow! They did! Some residual moisture from that lake effect snow off of the great lakes managed to get wrung out over the Green mountains. About 3-6" of snow from central areas like Middlesex to the Canadian border, especially in Holland. A clipper system will move in tonight with the chance for a few snow showers. Lows will be around 20. That clipper system will stick around for Thursday and Thursday night, with the continued threat for a few snow showers. There could even be a passing snow squall on Thursday night. Some snow showers will linger into Friday morning (mainly in the mountains). Friday looks cold & blustery. High pressure will bring us a partly sunny day on Saturday. After a very cold start, highs will recover into the lower 30s. By Saturday night a few rain/snow showers will move in along a warm front. Sunday will be milder, with the chance for a few scattered showers. It appears that a stronger front will come through on Sunday night, with a better chance for more widespread showers. Some of those showers could linger into Monday. After that temps will cool down a bit later next week, under partly sunny skies.

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Two untimely deaths in Chittenden County. This was the scene along the Burlington waterfront last night. A witness called police after finding an unresponsive man in a tent -- in the Texaco Beach area -- just off the city bike path. Police are awaiting autopsy and toxicology results to determine the cause of death -- but they found no evidence of foul play -- and no indication the death was related to exposure to cold weather.

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In South Burlington -- police found a body inside a second floor apartment -- in a building -- on Swift Street. Investigators today identified the victim as 46-year-old Mark Lafar. They too are awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of death -- but do not believe it is suspicious.

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Vermont's U-S senators helped to block the controversial Keystone XL pipeline during a critical vote. Senators Leahy and Sanders -- both opposed the oil pipeline from Canada to the gulf coast. 59 senators voted for the pipeline project -- but that was one short of the 60 needed to end a filibuster. But an NSA surveillance bill did not go their way. The NSA Freedom Act would have reformed surveillance and protected privacy -- And Leahy and Sanders both supported it. But it fell two votes short last night.

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A former Vermont lawmaker has lost his battle with prostate cancer. Ed Granai was the Democratic nominee for Vermont governor in 1978 -- losing to incumbent Republican Richard Snelling. Granai also served two terms in the Vermont House and two in the Senate. His career in business included being the orginal manager of the Universtity Mall in South Burlington. He died Monday -- at the age of 83.

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A 55-Million dollar expansion is underway at the airport in Plattsburgh. Along with new parking lots built this summer --- the project will triple the size of the airport terminal --- and add several new gates by early 2016. Many hope it may help lure a major carrier to Plattsburgh --- and the Chamber of Commerce says it's already attracting interest from airlines looking to fly Canadians to the Caribbean and Mexico.

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(sot Garry Douglas/President North Country Chamber of Commerce SOT runs :19 sec oc:"duplicate that here") "We are working a niche. We are working a type of niche that secondary airports work. We are not looking to be Burlington. We will not ever be Burlington. We will not ever have 6 legacy airlines flying multiple hub destinations from here. That's only an hour away from here, and you know, God bless them, let's use their service so we don't need to duplicate that here." Lawmakers say taxpayers in Clinton County will pay little of the cost --- the majority of the expansion will be covered by surcharges on tickets and parking fees.

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A program that started in just one school in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom has expanded to more than 200 schools across the state. But this is not just a story about education, Green Mountain Farm to School initiatives are also helping local food producers. Julie Kelley reports from Coventry.

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(TC-00:01:18:00) ((NATS - We've got the salt and the oil in the now and it's time to massage our kale.)) This may not be your average school lesson, but it is one that is growing more common in Vermont schools every day. Jennifer Montgomery's third graders at Coventry Village School are learning how to make kale chips. (TC-00:22:19:00) ((Sierra Fortin/3rd Grader I thought it was pretty fun because I like cooking.)) Once the kids prep the kale in their classroom, it's off to the school kitchen to be baked. Nats- oven (TC- 00:11:00:00) ((Emilie Knight/Green Mountain Farm-to-School We're celebrating a single crop that we grow here in Vermont and it allows us to do programs specific to that with kids and cafeterias around the state.)) Emilie Knight is a Farm to School coordinator for Green Mountain Farm to School. The organization promotes the health and wellbeing of Vermont's children, farms and communities. ((GFX - Harvest of the Month 2013-2014 school year 230 Schools Statewide 40,000 Students Source: Green Mountain Farm-to-School )) Last year, the Harvest of the Month Program expanded from just 20 schools to more than 230 schools --- that's more than half the schools in the state. More than 40,000 students took part. Grant money from the Vermont Community Foundation helped the program expand. (TC-00:15:11:00) ((Jen Peterson/ Vermont Community Foundation We wanted to help them take it statewide because they've been really successful in the northeast kingdom, so they're working with partners through our grants in Brattleboro and Rutland to take it out even farther.)) As kids pack in to cafeteria tables, the taste testing begins! They not only taste the kale chips ... Nats- dropping coins in ... Then they each get a coin to vote on how much they liked them. (TC- 00:11:22:00) ((Emilie Knight/Green Mountain Farm-to-Schoo lGetting the kids involved in the process. Getting them to try something new and healthy and also just testing out recipes on kids that possibly food service directors could then reincorporate to their menus.)) (TC-00:49:06:00) ((Julie Kelley/Reporting That kale for the harvest of the month program is coming from fields like this one forty miles South just outside St. Johnsbury.)) Nats-picking Eric Skovsted runs Joe's Brook Farm and can even harvest kale after snowfall ... as long as it's above freezing. (TC- 00:46:17:00) ((Eric Skovsted/Joe's Brook Farm It's a good one for the harvest program because it's a really nutritious vegetable, but it's also a three season vegetable so we can pick it when schools in session!)) ((GFX-Joe's Brook Farm 696 Bunches of Kale in November $1726.00 kale sales this month)) This month alone, Joe's Brook Farm has contributed 696 bunches of kale to the Harvest of the Month initiative. That's nearly 2-thousand-dollars in sales. (TC-00:46:51:00) ((Eric Skovsted/Joe's Brook Farm The name of this one is winter bore because it's very hardy and very delicious.)) Eric says, this program keeps business going for him when there isn't a huge market in the winter months. The same is true for other farmers too. ((GFX - Green Mountain Farm to School July 2013 - June 2014 $350,000 in food sales 43 Food Producers 119 Customers )) From July of last year to June of this year, Green Mountain Farm to School Programs helped sell 350-thousand-dollars worth of food for 43 food producer. The food went to 119 customers around the state, mostly schools. Sierra says, her mom has tried making kale chips before, but they didn't come out quite like this. (TC-00:23:05:00) ((Sierra Fortin/3rd Grader It makes me kind of want to try to make our kale chips taste better (smiles) )) A taste of Vermont being passed on to the next generation. Julie Kelley, Channel 3 News, Coventry.

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Sharon is here, ...More snow and cold? Yup! More snow and more cold! But there will be a warm up over the weekend, the pendulum will swing the other way a little bit.

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A clipper system will move in tonight with the chance for a few snow showers. Lows will be around 20. That clipper system will stick around for Thursday and Thursday night, with the continued threat for a few snow showers. There could even be a passing snow squall on Thursday night. Some snow showers will linger into Friday morning (mainly in the mountains). Friday looks cold and blustery. High pressure will bring us a partly sunny day on Saturday. After a very cold start, highs will recover into the lower 30s. By Saturday night a few rain/snow showers will move in along a warm front. Sunday will be milder, with the chance for a few scattered showers. It appears that a stronger front will come through on Sunday night, with a better chance for more widespread showers. Some of those showers could linger into Monday. After that temps will cool down a bit later next week, under partly sunny skies.

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Riffle season kicked off last weekend. And Governor Shumlin got a chance to get out. This picture was taken Tuesday morning in Calais as the governor hit the woods with Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. We're told the duo did see some deer activity -- but did not have the kind of luck the governor had last year -- when he shot a six point buck on opening day.

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A ten-year-old Burlington girl wanted to learn what it was like to be a police officer. She and other kids will now have that chance. Burlington police chief Michael Schirling announced today that the creation of Burlington's first junior police academy. It's a free program starting in January where kids age 8 to 15 can learn what it's like to be a police officer. Schirling was joined by Edmonds Elementary student Gianna who approached the chief about starting the program.

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(4:22 Gianna R./Fifth Grader)(("I kind of wanted to learn more about, although I've seen it twice already, the stuff that the K-9 dogs do.")) (2:23 Chief Michael Schirling/BPD)(("She came up to me and presented this idea to do an academy for kids, so I gave her my contact information and said give me a call.")) The program will take place on Wednesday afternoons in January. Alex Apple will have more on this story at 11.

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A high school student is accused of bringing a knife to school in Wells River on Monday. The principal at Blue Mountain Union notified police that a large hunting knife had been found in a student's backpack. Police cited 18-year-old Robert Rohaley of South Ryegate into court for possession of a deadly weapon on school property.

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The post office in Danville will be re-named in honor of a native son who had a big impact on history. He was Congressman Thaddeus Stevens -- whose story came to life through this portrayal by Tommy Lee Jones in the Oscar-winning move "Lincoln." Stevens was an avid abolitionist -- and is credited with helping win passage of the 13th amendment that abolished slavery.

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(TC- 00:52:03:00) ((Jean Ashley/Danville Resident That's a wonderful idea! I like it! Reporter- You do. I do! Certainly has roots here in Danville and Peacham and yah know surrounding towns.)) Stevens was born in Danville in 1792. And now, thanks to the efforts of Vermont's congressional delegation, the town post office will be known as the Thaddeus Stevens Post Office.

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Trial opened today for a man charged with cruelty to his horses in Lyndonville. A rescue group helped seize 21 horses from Bruce Bona's farm back in March. Authorities say some of the horses were reportedly near death. And sources tell us at least three other horses were found dead on the property. Prosecutors called several witnesses today. Bona's defense could begin calling witnesses tomorrow.

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A Woodstock native wrote the book -- "Man and Nature" -- 150 years ago. George Perkins Marsh -- also used to own the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Park in Woodstock. The park is preparing to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the book this weekend.

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((Michael Creasey/Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Park: "he felt that there were some things that were very alarming that people needed to understand better. And so "man and Nature" really projects a lot of those experiences but pretty forward thinking as it relates to watershed protection, as it related to soil conservation, and forestry management. And even in the 1860's he's talking about climate change.")) David Lowenthal-- will speak at the Billings Museum Friday evening. . He wrote a book about Marsh. That event takes place at 5:30. Other events -- including tours -- will take place all day on Saturday at the park. That's news around the region.

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((TRT: 35 ... OC: MAGIC STILL)) ((Ethan O'Day/ ((John Becker/

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As for tonight's opponent, Southern Vermont. The Division Three Mountaineers are off to a 2-0 start. Including a win at NESCAC Power Williams ... After losing to D2 St. Michael's, the Catamounts can ill afford to take tonight's opponent lightly... This is the second straight year the Cats have hosted an instate, non-D-1 opponent, downing Lyndon State 88-48 last December. We'll have full highlights and reaction at 11pm.

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Thanks, Dylan. Last night, it was the UVM women in action at Patrick...we'll take a look back at that one as well as a wild, D-3 women's hockey showdown at Spartan Arena...

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A decade ago, most Americans had never heard the word gluten. Now, millions are trying to cut it from their diets, complaining of everything from stomach pain to fatigue. The question is - why food we've been eating for centuries is suddenly a problem. Marlie Hall reports.

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MISTY NELSON IS MAKING BREADED CHICKEN - GLUTEN FREE. THE NEW JERSEY MOTHER OF TWO GAVE UP ALL WHEAT PRODUCTS SEVEN MONTHS AGO, HOPING TO CURE CRIPPLING STOMACH PAIN. MH: once you cut out the gluten how did you feel? Fabulous. Immediately. GLUTEN IS A PROTEIN FOUND IN WHEAT, WHICH HUMANS HAVE BEEN EATING FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. (graphic) NOW - NEARLY A THIRD OF AMERICAN ADULTS ARE TRYING TO CUT IT FROM THEIR DIETS. Nats gluten free store ABOUT ONE PERCENT HAVE CELIAC DISEASE AND GLUTEN CAN ACTUALLY DAMAGE THEIR INTESTINES. BUT THE REST RUN THE GAMUT. LYNN SHUTER OWNS A GLUTEN FREE STORE IN NEW YORK- AND HEARS A WHOLE RANGE OF COMPLAINTS. :39-:45 (Lynn Shuter/Owner, G-Free NYC) Everything from being really tired all the time, acne, infertility, IBS. SALES OF GLUTEN FREE FOOD ARE EXPECTED TO TOP 15-BILLION DOLLARS BY 2016. DOCTORS ARE SCRAMBLING TO FIGURE OUT WHY. MH: Is it a diet fad or are there legitimate health concerns associated with it? SL: I believe it's a little bit of both DOCTOR STEVEN LAMM SAYS PEOPLE MAY BE MORE SENSITIVE TO GLUTEN BECAUSE THERE'S SIMPLY MORE OF IT. 1:10-1:14 (Dr. Steven Lamm/NYU Langone Medical Center) it appears that the wheat products from thousands of years ago probably have less gluten than they do now. DOCTOR LAMM SAYS MORE RESEARCH IS BADLY NEEDED. BUT MISTY SAYS SHE HAS ALL THE PROOF SHE NEEDS. (Misty) No doubt at all and you know what, I'll never go back. SHE'S LEARNED TO COOK A GLUTEN FREE VERSION OF JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. MH CBS NEWS, LANDING NEW JERSEY

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Researchers are now looking at whether the culprit in wheat is not gluten, but a type of carbohydrates called fodmaps. More studies are underway. That's health watch.

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Folks in Buffalo are digging out -- and several more feet of snow are on the way. No requests for assistance yet from Green Mountain Power. Or the Vermont National Guard. Officials say the storms have already claimed at least six lives, and the Buffalo area could soon be declared a federal disaster. Jericka Duncan reports.

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It is not unusual for Western New York State to get 100 inches of snow every winter, but the Buffalo area could get that much by the time this deadly four-day storm is over. ((sot: Andrew Cuomo/New York Governor)) This is an historic event. When all is said and done this snow will break all sorts of records. ((sot: Mark Poloncarz/Erie County Executive)) We're officially calling it "Winter Storm Knife" in regards to the knife that cut through the heart of Erie County. Vehicles buried in snow are making it difficult for crews to plow the roads. Rescue teams spent the day trying to get to hundreds of people stranded in their vehicles. (WEDN154 - SNOW MOBILES) ((sot: Byron Brown/Mayor of Buffalo, NY)) We have 18 snowmobiles that are//responding to EMS calls, responding to stranded motorists. The Niagara University women's basketball team was stuck on their bus for at least 24 hours. ((sot: Deb Harris/Coach's Mother)) The kids were great. They hung in there trying to cheer each other up. ((on cam: Jericka Duncan/CBS News)) More lake-effect storms are expected to blast the area overnight, with up to 5 more inches of snow falling per hour. Residents are being urged to stay off the roads, and hunker down until the deadly weather finally clears out Friday. People are also being advised to be careful removing snow. Several people suffered deadly heart attacks while shoveling. Another man was found dead in his car buried under at least 12 feet of snow. There have also been numerous traffic accidents. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, Buffalo, New York.

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A piece of history is up on the auction block in New York City. It's an act of Congress signed by Thomas Jefferson - in 1791 -- declared Vermont the 14th state in the union. One of the 28 copies of that document -- made for one of the original 13 colonies -- will be auctioned off Thursday in New York City. Gina Bullard went to Swann Auction Galleries in New York City to check it out.

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((Part of the value is in the signature itself. If someone were to clip it out it would be worth a couple thousand at least. But most of the value is in the history. The significant historical documents are vehicles for historical change. They are endowed with the power of action.)) The piece is valued between 15 and 25-thousand dollars but is expected to bring in more than that. You can bid starting tomorrow at 130 in the afternoon. We'll have a link to where you can bid in the info center.

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The author of a famous children's book stopped at a Middlebury elementary school today. Logan Crawford caught up with the creator of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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Julie Altemose is the school librarian at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury. The school's holding its annual read-a-thon. Students here -- are encouraged to read. (TC 00:36:06:04 Tile 5367) ((Julie Altemose/Mary Hogan School "For the last 4 years we have done a read-a-thon and it is a month-long reading fundraiser for our school. And each year we try to have at least 1 or 2 authors come visit our school." 00:36:18:19)) Thanks to a request from the Vermont Book Store -- this year the students are getting a surprise author for their read-a-thon. (TC 00:00:19:00 Tile 5272) ((Shannon Gillette/4th Grader "We're having Jeff Kinney come to talk about his book Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul." 00:00:25:15)) The author of the world-famous book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid is stopping by to tell Mary Hogan students the story of how he became an author -- and connect with his readers. (TC 00:30:50:29 Tile 5358) ((Jeff Kinney/Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author "I think it's really important that kids hold a book in their hands. There's so much today that's digital even reading is sometimes digital. I think it's important to feel the pages of a book and have something tactile. This is a way a kid connects to the ideas in a book." 00:31:05:00)) (TC 00:40:47:16 Tile 5369) ((Logan Crawford/Middlebury "Last year the school's annual read-a-thon raised $15,000 for books and other supplies for the school. Educators say it's important for a popular like Jeff Kinney to come visit students and inspire them to read." 00:41:00:10)) (TC 00:37:42:11 Tile 5367) ((Julie Altemose/Mary Hogan School "My own daughter who doesn't like reading has become very motivated to read and now wants to read the whole series, so it just motivates readers, it motivates kids to write and I think it's just great modeling for kids." 00:37:54:21)) Students reading books like, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, say they relate to the characters. (TC 00:06:01:03 Tile 5274) ((Kelsey Altemose/4th Grader "I feel just like Greg on car trips because my family takes long car trips. My mom always makes us eat the healthy food before the junk food." 00:06:10:00)) Kinney's books about a boy's adventures in middle school -- documented in his diary -- has these students saying reading and writing isn't so wimpy. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Middlebury. -3-

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Mary Hogan educators say the school raised more than 49-thousand dollars in the last 3 years from their read-a-thons.

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As mentioned in Starting Line Sports ...the UVM men's basketball team hosts Southern Vermont College tonight in the Hoopcats home opener at Patrick Gym. Vermont is 1-1 after their victory at Siena on Saturday. The Mountaineers are off to a 2-0 start with wins over fifth ranked Williams and Green Mountain. We'll have highlights and reaction at 11pm.

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Last night, the Vermont women taking on Bryant. The Cats fell to Brown in their season opener Saturday at Patrick Gym. Vermont had a lead in the second half of that one. --- on this night, they get off to a quick start...Niki Taylor for 2 of her 10 points. UVM with a 5 point lead. --- but Bryant goes on an 18-6 run to take the lead, Alex Klein with back to back hoops and all of the sudden, Vermont is down 7. --- More bad news for the Cats, sophomore guard Kristina White goes down with a leg injury. She had to be carried off the court and returned to the bench in the second half with a brace and crutches. --- final seconds of the first half, Kylie Atwood buries three The Lake Region star with a team high 15, Vermont down 6 at the break. --- Cats hanging around in the second half, Jordan Eisler with the jumper. Part of her 8. UVM cuts the Bulldogs lead to 4. --- but that's as close as it gets, Jenniqua Bailey cruising to the hoop. She led all scorers with 27 points. UVM turns it over 25 times as the Cats fall, 72-55 the final.

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(((Lori Gear McBride/"They outplayed us. Bryant is a very good team and they've got some pretty veteran guards that did a really nice job pressuring us and forcing us to turn the ball over. So, we've got to work.")))

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Also tonight, the SUNYAC champion Plattsburgh women's hoop team plays its home opener as the 1-1 Cards host 1-1 Norwich.

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The Red Sox made a move today...no, it wasn't the signing of Jon Lester or Pablo Sandoval...Boston claiming infielder Juan Francisco off waivers from Toronto. Francisco played 106 games for the Jays last season, hitting .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBI.

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Two members of this past season's Vermont Lake Monsters have been suspended by baseball for testing positive for banned drugs. Dayton Alexander and Ben McQuown, both outfielders, spent the 2014 season with the Lake Monsters. Alexander, number 14, received a 76 game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. McQuown, number six, got a 50 game suspension following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. The Oakland A's organization released both players this past Friday. Their suspensions would begin if they sign with another Major League Baseball organization.

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Tonight, the Boston Celtics look to end a three game losing streak when they visit the worst team in the NBA, the 0-10 Philadelphia 76ers. While this one may not be pretty, it should be pretty high scoring as both teams are allowing over 105 points a game.

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The Boston Bruins pitched a 2-0 shutout of the St. Louis Blues. Tuukka Rask made 33 saves and the B's got goals from Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug. It was Boston's second straight win and seventh in their last nine games. Former UVM star Kevan Miller took part in the pregame warmups for Boston but did not suit up for the game. Miller has missed the last 13 games with a dislocated shoulder. Also last night, Montreal fell at home to Pittsburgh 4-0.

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Last night in Hanover, the Dartmouth men's hockey team hosting Harvard. The Big Green trying to get over the 500 mark. --- Midway through the first, Patrick McNally's wrist shot from inside the point finds the back of the net. 1-0 Harvard after one. --- That's the only goal Dartmouth's James Kruger allows making 22 saves. --- The Big Green with plenty of chances to tie this one up, late third period, Jack Barre with a nice move in front, but he slides the puck wide. Harvard adds an empty netter in the final minute and takes this one, 2-0.

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The top ranked Plattsburgh women's hockey team on the road tonight visiting Castleton. Spartans first year head coach Stephaine Moberg is a former star player for the Cardinals... --- and the visitors get a jump on castleton in the first period, Jordan Lipson leaves it back for Bridget Balisy. 2-0 Plattsburgh after 1. --- The Spartans come right back in the second, Sam Pion with the shot Taylor Steadman puts in the rebound. 2-1 Plattsburgh. --- Then Anna Daniels puts one on net that's block and it's Pion and puts home the rebound and just like that it's a 2-2- game. ---- Two minutes later, Plattsburgh's Andrea Ziesmann has her shot redirected by teammate Shannon Stewart for the score. This one was tied late, but Plattsburgh's Melissa Ames scores the game winner with 49 seconds left in the game to give the Cardinals a 4-3 win.

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Tonight at 11 -- Alex Apple's full report on the junior police academy for kids in Burlington. Plus -- postal heroes -- delivering safety - for kids in need -- their story next on the CBS Evening News . Good night.


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