Wed 21-JAN-2015 6 P.M. News Script

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Amy Chamberlain is an award winning chef and owner--of The Perfect Wife in Manchester Vermont--who was just awarded the Golden Palate Certificate of Excellence. She's going to make her Killer Oriental Sauce--congratulations and thanks so much for joining us. ((why did you pick that name?)) ((killer oriental sauce)) ((what can you put the sauce on)) ((certified healthy gourmet recipe?))

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((Chef Amy Chamberlain's Killer Oriental Sauce 2 T. fresh minced ginger 2 T. ch. fresh garlic 1/3 c. sesame oil 1 cup rice vinegar 1/2 c. olive oil 1/2 c. water 1 t. crushed red pepper ½ cup pineapple juice 2 c. sweet soy and ¼ c. soy sauce OR 1 c. molasses and 1 c. soy sauce Mix all ingredients together well. This sauce will settle and separate so mix well before each use. This sauce is the base for my sesame crusted Yellowfin Tuna, but works well for any type of stir-fry. It is also great as a salad dressing, sauce for sushi, and a marinade. ))

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- Vermont Gas tries to move past its pipeline problems. Don Rendall is the new CEO at Vermont Gas. Tomorrow night we'll talk to him about cost overruns -- as his company works to expand its pipeline south and west -- beneath Lake Champlain. That's tomorrow at 5-30 on The Thirty.

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Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. Keeping kids safe -- that’s at the heart of a bill up for debate in Montpelier -- after the deaths of two toddlers. The measure is expected to be the first law of the new session. But as State House reporter Kyle Midura shows us -- not everyone is convinced the plan will work.

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(00:17:45:00) ((KM STUP lawmakers received feedback Wednesday on a fast-tracked bill aimed to better protect the state's children. Proponents say they hope they can address criticisms promptly so they can get the law on the books )) (01:38:13:00) (( Sen. Dick Sears - D-Bennington County the goal is to protect our kids and we have to do the best we can to do that )) Sen. Dick Sears and teams of lawmakers worked throughout the legislative off-season to prepare what he hopes will be the first act of the new session. It's a 43-page bill that rewrites the rules for protecting Vermont Children from abuse and neglect. (00:30:33:00) ((Bill Sorrell - Vt. Attorney General it would be a great improvement over our current legal framework )) Attorney General Bill Sorrell helped propose many of the changes -- which are a direct reaction to the deaths of two toddlers last year -- Desirae Sheldon and Peighton Geraw.. Lawmakers say the system failed them when investigators allowed them to stay with their parents despite significant red flags. The bill includes a proposed new crime, so that parents cannot avoid charges simply by claiming ignorance to the source of injuries. But the commissioner of the Department for Children and Families voiced concern that the section could be applied to social workers -- and that some of the other proposed changes could run counter to the goals of the legislation. (00:22:22:21) ((Bill Sorrell - Vt. Attorney General all cases are fact-specific, so never say never, but that was not my intention making the suggestion to you )) The chief administrative judge of the Vermont Superior Courts told lawmakers a broad requirement for his colleagues to serve the "best interest of the child" empowers judges. (00:48:01:00) (( Judge Brian Grearson - but with that discretion, and without any definition at this point of best interest. It will also in our view, lead to or could lead to significant increase in litigation over exactly what is in the child's best interest )) (01:41:40:00) ((Sen. Dick Sears - D-Bennington County I would have thought they would want the discretion but we can work that through )) Sears says the criticisms surprised him given the role social workers and judges played in providing the foundation for many of the proposed changes. But he says re-writes are a key part of the process, and Thursday's criticisms do not represent a major setback. (00:19:16:00) ((KM STUP Sears says he hopes he can get the measure signed into law by the Governor by about mid-march, but even proponents of the measure concede it won't be the solution for every child, KM, Ch.3 Mont ))

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Major changes in how Colchester Police will handle evidence -- after a detective there -- allegedly tampered with -- and took evidence. Alex Apple got an inside look at the new operations today. Alex, what'd you find out? Darren -- A 26 page report detailed numerous changes to how the Colchester Police Department will now obtain and manage evidence. After the evidence manager was arrested and charged with drug distribution and gun trafficking -- Detective Keith Schaffer took over as one of the managers -- but as we found out today, no one person will have the keys to the castle again.

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((Nov. 11 Kinney PKG: Jen Morrison -- "Today is the darkest day in the history of the Colchester Police Department.")) That was Colchester Police Chief Jen Morrison's depiction of the arrest of Detective Tyler Kinney for drug and gun related charges. (03:32 Jen Morrison)(("There will never again be one person with the keys to the kingdom.")) Kinney was in charge of the department's evidence vault and is accused of stealing drugs and firearms. (05:02 Detective Jen Morrison)(("We did not access our evidence area until the FBI and Vermont State Police told us we could have access again.")) ((GFX)) Investigators discovered 12-thousand dollars cash, 9 guns and more than 80 drug cases have evidence missing - or altered. Wednesday Morrison outlined a host of policy changes -- aimed at protecting the evidence vault moving forward. (59 Jen Morrison)(("We made a significant policy overhaul so our general order related to how we handle property and evidence items.")) Those changes include -- new cameras -- a barcode system keeping inventory -- and double locking all doors -- requiring keys from two separate detectives. (10:05 Jen Morrison)(("Detective Schaeffer has to use dual-authenicies -- the hardware and a code to get into the room. And then one of the changes that I was telling you that we made was with critical evidence, items of guns, drugs or money -- you'll see that sign everywhere that says lockers 1-12.")) Lockers 1-12 will hold the critical evidence -- similar to the items police say were missing. Other items stay locked once their logged. (09:05 Jen Morrison)(("As soon as you close that, it changes to locked and you can't access it now.")) Blocked by this temporary evidence -- is the larger evidence vault from which allegedly stole. It's still not up and running. (13:21 Jen Morrison)(("Anything from November 10th forward, we have a temporary system set up, but as you can see there is a door back there and there is a large large room that's our evidence vault. We are not using that room until we're ready to inventory once the bar code system is on line."))

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Morrison says that inventory could take 3-4 weeks. The barcode system will allow detectives to account for all evidence and property the department has. Under the new system, even moving the evidence within the room requires a barcode scan. As for Tyler Kinney, he has completed a 3 week rehab program and pleaded not guilty to all charges. However, five cases have already been thrown out because of missing evidence, and more are expected. Darren.

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Police say a Vermont woman was killed by a 14 year old boy in Texas. Investigators say a 9-1-1 call Monday afternoon led them to the body of 31-year-old Heather O'Neill -- in a wooded area in the city of Seguin (sah-GEEN) -- about 40-minutes east of San Antonio. They say she suffered multiple injuries - but did not provide further details. Police describe O'Neill and her boyfriend as transients who may have been camping in the area. The name of the 14-year-old suspect has not been released. Police do not think he knew O'Neill.

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Police are on the scene of a bank robbery in St. Albans. It happened this afternoon at the People's United Bank on North Main Street. We have a crew there -- and will have an update on the channel 3 news at 11.

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A Boy Scout Troop in the North Country -- lost everything in a blaze. But as Rose Spillman reports -- the community is pitching in to help.

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Last weekend's fire at the former St. Mary's Academy in Champlain, NY brought a sense of loss to many members of the community. (00:28:13 7408) ((Mayor Greg Martin/Champlain, NY "You'll never replace those memories. You'll never replace this building and what it means to the village." 00:28:18)) Though the school closed in 2012, many groups continued to use the old building. . (10:37:40 7477) ((Rick Rivers/Scoutmaster "Everything we do is there. Our meetings, our storage, everything." 10:37:49)) Firefighters spent most of the weekend battling the blaze that destroyed and collapsed the entire older side of the building. The Boy Scout troop lost all of their supplies in the fire. Cooking gear, flags, merit badge books, and tents were destroyed. The troop also lost irreplaceable records dating back to 1938. STANDUP (10:53:11 7493) ((Rose Spillman/Champlain "Scoutmaster Rick Rivers says that by Saturday afternoon, they were already getting calls from people wanting to help the troop out." 10:53:18)) (10:42:17 7477) ((Rick Rivers/Scout Master "I've had several troops that have contacted me they have tents, they have cooking gear, they have a surplus like a lot of troops do." 10:42:26)) As donations continue to come in, the Boy Scouts still need to find a new place to store supplies. They hope to replace as much as possible through donated goods and future fundraising. (10:43:18 7477) ((RIck Rivers/Scoutmaster "It's just great to see that people still believe in what the Boyscouts do." 10:43:26)) For now, the Boy Scouts will be meeting at their charter organization, the American Legion in Rouses Point. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Champlain.

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We have more information -- in the info-center -- at wcax.com.

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The price of oil is at its lowest in more than 4 years. That means drivers are spending less to hhit the road -- and we're all paying less to heat our homes. But what does it mean for the fuel subsidy program - LIHEAP? Logan Crawford is live in South Burlington with more on the low fuel prices. Logan? Kristin, state and federal money is set aside to help low income Vermonters every winter. This year -- fuel costs are lower than expected. But that doesn't mean agencies are spending less.

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Gerard Gaboriau is retired and lives in Milton. He gets help from the government - through LIHEAP - when he needs to heat his house on cold nights. (TC 00:11:19:16 Tile 7012) ((Gerard Gaboriau/Milton "I don't know what I'd do without it, I would be in debt over my head." 00:11:26:01)) But he is not as worried about the cost to heat his home this winter as he has been before. Oil prices are down. The Champlain Valley Agency on Aging helps low income clients like Gaboriau get state and federal money to help pay their heating bills. (TC 00:20:54:15 Tile 7021) ((John Michael Hall/Champlain Valley Agency on Aging "means the amount of money people receive for their fuel assistance program is going further this year." 00:21:00:16)) Fuel experts say more than half of Vermonters rely on oil heat to stay warm in the winter -- and oil prices haven't been this low since October 2009. The price at the pump is lower too. Matt Cota from the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association says this price drop is because more oil is being produced in America and Canada than ever before. (TC 00:03:34:09 Tile 7011) ((Matt Cota/Vt. Fuel Dealers Assoc. "Nearly 25-thousand families that qualify for heating fuel assistance here in Vermont. And the amount of gallons that they'll be able to purchase on behalf those is 2 to 3 million more than anticipated because the anticipated price was close to 4 dollars a gallon, instead prices are 2.50 a gallon." 00:03:52:08)) According to the Vermont Department for Children and Families, this year's federal application for the low income heating and energy assistance program has not been finalized yet -- but a total of 18-point-7 million (($18,757,864)) is projected to come to Vermont for fuel assistance this winter season. The state's contribution for fuel assistance was originally set at 6 million dollars. But Governor Shumlin's proposed budget cuts could drop that to 5 million. GFX: In a statement from DCF to WCAX -- the department says: "The monthly or winter or annual cost of fuel is not a factor in determining how much money is issued program-wide or in how big or small client benefits are. At the end of the year the Fuel Program "carrys-over" all un-obligated funds into the next fuel season." Gaboriau says with the cheap fuel -- the tough winter season - won't be so bad. (TC 00:10:39:08 Tile 7012) ((Gerard Gaboriau/Milton "Should be OK till January, February anyway. March it starts to warm up." 00:10:48:04))

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Cota says most heating oil is sold in December, January and February -- and the low fuel prices are expected to last the rest of winter. Kristin?

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Tonight will be quiet, but not as cold. Overnight lows will range from around zero in the northern, sheltered valleys, to the lower teens south. Skies will average partly sunny on Thursday. It will be pretty comfortable with highs around 30. On Friday we'll start out with some sunshine. However, a clipper system to our north will cause increasing clouds through the day. Northern spots could even see a late day flurry. The forecast gets tricky on Saturday. Right now it looks northern areas could get clipped by a few snow showers with that clipper. More importantly, a coastal storm will be developing. At this point it looks just a little too far south to have an impact on us. However, if the storm tracks just a bit further north, rain and snow would develop, then change over to a period of snow on Saturday night; but at this point that is NOT looking likely. We'll keep an eye on it. Sunday will turn blustery and colder under partly cloudy skies. Chilly temperatures and partly cloudy skies will persist into early next week.

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As Vermont awaits a court decision on whether it's GMO labeling law is legal -- state officials are moving forward with implementing new rules. The Vermont Attorney General's office held a public hearing -- as it tries to figure out how to label foods -- produced with genetically-modified ingredients.The hearing drew people on both sides of the controversial issue.

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(TC 00:32:28:11 Tile 4865) ((Hillary Warren/Bristol "How important it is to live in a state that respects the land, the consumers and the producers, and makes it a priority to make sure we're keeping everyone healthy." 00:32:40:01)) (TC 00:34:33:20 Tile 4874) ((Jim Harris "We will certainly be putting forth some comments and some suggestions. We've worked with the Attorney General's office over the past 5 or 6 months that they've been developing the rules." 00:34:43:04)) The AG's office is currently in a legal battle with national food retailers over the new law -- which is scheduled to be implemented July FIRST -- 20-16.

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Fewer young adults are engaging in risky behavior in Vermont. The latest national survey on drug use and health shows the rate of binge drinking fell from 50 percent to 45 percent -- marijuana usage dropped from 33 percent to 29 percent -- and prescription pain reliever misuse fell from 12 percent to 9 percent That means two to three thousand fewer 18-to-25 year olds engaging in those behaviors. Vermont health commissioner Dr. Harry Chen calls the numbers meaningful.

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A first for the Vermont State Police - a woman promoted to the rank of Captain. Ingrid Jonas has been with the state police since 1998. She most recently served as the Lieutenant overseeing the Internal Affairs Unit. With her promotion -- Capt. Jonas will be Commander of the Staff Operations section -- overseeing Internal Affairs - Professional Standards -- and Recruiting and Training. She also becomes a member of the senior command staff for the state police.

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Good news for a North Country food bank - almost forced to move. Rose Spillman has more on the deal keeping the non profit - in business.

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For the past three years, the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity--also known as JCEO-- has been operating as a food pantry out of a Malone, New York warehouse rent free. LAST YEAR, the Franklin County Industrial Development Agency THAT OWNS the building announced that it would begin charging the organization to lease the facility--at MORE THAN $33,000 per year. (10:28:17 725) ((Bruce Garcia/Joint Council for Economic Opportunity "Our obvious preference would be to stay at that facility. It just meets everything that we need it to meet. The real question now is can we afford to stay there." 10:28:28)) JCEO signed a one month lease for January of 2015 at the price of about 27-hundred dollars, but the cost was too high FOR THE NON-PROFIT AND THE OWNERS agreed to take a second look at the asking price. (10:20:46) ((John Tubbs/Franklin County Industrial Development Agency CEO "We decided at this point to get a new appraisal of the building, and what we learned, is that the value of the building isn't there the way it was before." 10:20:57)) Due to a deflated market for industrial buildings and some issues with the concrete floors in the warehouse, the new appraisal estimated a leasing value nearly 50 percent less than the original---at about 14-hundred dollars a month. Tuesday the board of directors at JCEO met and approved a plan to extend their lease at the new rate. (10:30:41 725) ((Bruce Garcia/Joint Council for Economic Opportunity CEO "Now we'll enter into hopefully a three month extension, which will really be a new lease because the amount of the lease has changed significantly." 10:30:53)) JCEO currently operates on a contract with the New York State Department of Health and says it's currently looking for new sources of revenue to cover its lease. (10:18:31 7444) ((John Tubbs/Franklin County Industrial Development Agency CEO "at this point I think that both JCEO and the IDA are more comfortable with the current state of things." 10:18:38)) The not-for-profit provides food to 44 food shelves across Franklin, Clinton, Essex, and St. Lawrence counties of new york, serving nearly 20,000 people per month. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Malone.

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There are new rules to help maintain Vermont's forests. The recommendations from the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation cover timber-harvesting practices. The 62 page guide covers what trees to cut and how to harvest them without damaging water quality and wildlife habitat.

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(7:12)((Paul Frederick, Wood Utilization Forester, Dept. of Forests, Parks, & Rec: " It really is going to be kind-of an owners manual for woodland owners. There's a lot of good helpful information there -- everything from how to choose a consulting forester or logger to specific recommendations for how to manage your wood lot 29.")) The guidelines are voluntary. We have a link to the details -- in the infocenter at wcax-dot-com.

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Tonight will be quiet, but not as cold. Overnight lows will range from around zero in the northern, sheltered valleys, to the lower teens south. Skies will average partly sunny on Thursday. It will be pretty comfortable with highs around 30. On Friday we'll start out with some sunshine. However, a clipper system to our north will cause increasing clouds through the day. Northern spots could even see a late day flurry. The forecast gets tricky on Saturday. Right now it looks northern areas could get clipped by a few snow showers with that clipper. More importantly, a coastal storm will be developing. At this point it looks just a little too far south to have an impact on us. However, if the storm tracks just a bit further north, rain and snow would develop, then change over to a period of snow on Saturday night; but at this point that is NOT looking likely. We'll keep an eye on it. Sunday will turn blustery and colder under partly cloudy skies. Chilly temperatures and partly cloudy skies will persist into early next week.

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The rest of today will feature partly cloudy skies with highs in the lower 20s. Tonight will be quiet, but not as cold. Overnight lows will range from around zero in the northern, sheltered valleys, to the lower teens south. Skies will average partly sunny on Thursday. It will be pretty comfortable with highs around 30. On Friday we'll start out with some sunshine. However, a clipper system to our north will cause increasing clouds through the day. Northern spots could even see a late day flurry. The forecast gets tricky on Saturday. Right now it looks northern areas could get clipped by a few snow showers with that clipper. More importantly, a coastal storm will be developing. At this point it looks just a little too far south to have an impact on us. However, if the storm tracks just a bit further north, rain and snow would develop, then change over to a period of snow on Saturday night; but at this point that is NOT looking likely. We'll keep an eye on it. Sunday will turn blustery and colder under partly cloudy skies. Chilly temperatures and partly cloudy skies will persist into early next week.

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Debate over the Keystone X-L pipeline begins again in the U-S Senate. It's a repeat of a debate held in November -- when the Senate voted against authorization of the project. But now Republicans control the chamber. Vermont's two Senators took the floor today voicing their opposition.

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((Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt 42:06 "the pipeline will support 35 permanent jobs, not thousands, we ought to be considering legislation to create thousands of jobs.)) Republicans are allowing a host of energy-related amendments to be considered -- so the final vote on the bill could be weeks away. The House has already voted for Keystone. President Obama has promised to veto it.

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New York Govevernor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to increase education spending during his state of the state address today. Cuomo wants to pump 1-point-1 billion more into an ed-reform package that includes changing the teacher evaluation system and raising the cap on charter schools.

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((Gov. Andrew Cuomo/D-New York: I propose a 4.8% increase in budget. A $1.1 billion investment in education because it will be the right education system.)) The Board of Regents had recommended a $2 billion increase in state aid for 2015-16.

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Police say they nabbed two robbers -- behind a stickup in Bennington last June. It happened at the Bennington Cinema 7. Police say the suspects cut the phone lines and held up the clerk. No one was hurt. Now -- 7 months later -- police arrested 32-year-old Chris Lyttle, a former theatre employee. And court papers say 23-year-old Star Crandall of Bennington told police she and Lyttle robbed the theater.

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In Beekmantown -- a scare at the Central School this morning. Someone found a note inside a bathroom around 9 -- that indicated a threat against the high school. Students were evacuated -- and police searched the elementary, middle and high schools. The all clear came around noon - and students were allowed back inside. Police are still investigating.

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It is a long process -- removing an overturned truck -- from the interstate in Hartland. Crews were back at the scene of the rollover today -- working to right the tractor trailer. State police say the truck flipped on the Southbound side of Interstate 91 early Monday morning - when there was freezing rain and the roads were icy. Police say the driver from Quebec was not hurt. And the load of plastic items was not hazardous. Crews worked today using airbags to try to lift the truck. They may be back working to remove it - tomorrow.

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The Power is going out for thousands of customers in the Killington area tomorrow morning. Green Mountain Power says the outages will be along Routes 4 and 100 in Killington, western portions of Bridgewater along Route 4, and most of Plymouth along the Route 100 and Route 100A corridors. GMP crews will be repairing equipment damaged during the December snow storm. Power will be out between 1 and 4 in the morning. That's news around the region.

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Let's get this out of the way first...the Patriots would have beaten Indianapolis in Sunday's AFC Championship game if they used footballs, tennis balls or bocce balls, but that doesn't change the fact that if they are proven to have deflated the footballs they used in that game on purpose, they broke the rules. Multiple media reports say it was discovered that 11 of the 12 game balls used by the Patriots were inflated significantly below NFL requirements. The footballs were reportedly tested at halftime of the game and replaced with new balls for the second half. All the balls used by the Colts reportedly met league standards. The NFL is investigating the accusations. Reportedly, Indanapolis raised concerns about the Patriots potentially deflating footballs during their regular season game in November. The NFL began looking into the issue because doctoring the footballs could provide a competitive advantage, compromising the integrity of the game.

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The Patriots players are doing their best to laugh this off. Tom Brady says the investigation is the least of his worries. Tight end Rob Gronkowski tweeted a photo of himself spiking a ball with the words: 'warning, Gronking may cause deflation'.

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Tonight at 11. A one on one with the new leader of Vermont's Catholic church Alex Apple has the interview with the new bishop on the late news at 11.

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A health warning tonight for Vermonters traveling to the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Three Vermonters -- and 2-thousand other U-S residents -- have come down with Chikungunya -- which is a mosquito-borne illness. The infections are rarely fatal, but can cause severe joint pain, high fever, head and muscle aches, joint swelling and rash. There is no vaccine or treatment, so health officials say it's important for traveling Vermonters to take precautions against mosquito bites.

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Could learning a musical instrument help boost a child's brain? A new study at the University of Vermont says yes. And there could be other benefits too. Bridget Barry Caswell reports.

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(natsnd kids playing) The benefits of music in a young person's life have long been known: kids learn how to express themselves creatively while learning a new skill. But there's more, according to University of Vermont psychiatry professor Jim Hudziak. (11:28) ((Dr. Jim Hudziak/UVM :The longer and the more they played, the greater the benefit.)) The benefit? Better behavior. Hudziak set out to determine if playing an instrument could have a positive impact on a young person's behavior, and it did. His new study concludes that learning an instrument can change what's called the cortical thickness of a child's brain, specifically the area that affects their ability to focus, to control emotions, and to cope with anxiety. (3:15) ((Hudziak: In regions associated with the ability to regulate your anxiety, or your emotional response, those regions of the brain need to be organized for you to be able to control those activities. Music training contributed to that in this study.)) (3:01) ((For instance, with children with ADHD, in the one region of the brain called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the cortex is too fluffy, too fat, not organized enough. With music training, the more you trained the more organized, the more thinner that region of the brain became.)) He looked at data from a National Institutes of Health mri study on normal brain development. 232 kids between the ages of six and 18 had been imaged three times, each two years apart. (3:50) ((Reporter: Were you surprised by the results? Hudziak: I thought that the attention findings might emerge. I thought there would be motor findings because if you move your arms more your regions of the brain associated with those motor areas would change, but yeah, I was a bit surprised, and in a very happy way because I work with Global Systema, the movement around the world to bring music to disadvantaged children, and was really hopeful that bringing music to kids brings to them some emotional peace.)) Hudziak says music could be used as both a preventative and a therapeutic tool. It supports the Vermont Family Based Approach he created -- a model that says every aspect of a young person's environment -- including the people they interact with and the activities they're involved with --contributes to their psychological health. (natsnd music) Now, new science supports that. Music to the ears of those focused on kids' emotional well being. Bridget Barry Caswell, Channel 3 News, Burlington

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The UVM findings were recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. That's health watch.

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The storm from earlier this week dumped a lot of snow at some of the ski resorts. While that bodes well for skiing, it also leaves room for other activities-- like fat biking. This week on slopeside were taking you to a place where you can do both-- Jay Peak.

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((Nats: Skiing)) Weijia Li learned to ski about 5 years ago-- She and her husband make the trip to Jay Peak at least once a season. This time around they got lucky, with new snow. (00:08:50:00-00:08:57: 00) ((Weijia Li/Amherst, Mass.: We skied yesterday and it was all powder. So we decided to ski another day, because we know today would be fantastic)) ((Nats: Skiing)) While the conditions on Tuesday were suberb-- with lots of powder and packed powder-- Mother Nature posed some challenges. The lifts to the upper-mountain were on windhold. Still, skiers told us that braving the wind was worth it. (00:04:51:00-00:04:53: 00) ((Skier 1: Sure, yeah, definitely.)) (00:14:56:00-00:14:57: 00) ((Skier 2: Oh yeah.)) (00:09:21:00-00:09:26: 00) ((WL: Oh absolutely. I enjoy every minute. I really enjoy it.)) And when the liftts start turning, they'll be plenty of powder stashes to discover. (00:13:16:00-00:13:29: 00) ((Nick Borelli/Reporter: Yup-- That's a lot of fresh snow here at Jay Peak. In fact, they are reporting about 20" from the storm earlier this week. But if you want to try something a little bit different on the snow, other than skiing, this season they are offering fat bikes.)) (00:21:34:00-00:21:39: 00) ((Ethan Dull/Jay Peak: Fat bikes just give me the opportunity to bike all year round, it's a ton of fun.)) Ethan Dull works at the Nordic Center at Jay Peak, where you can rent fat bikes to use on about 30 kilometers of trails. He says while fat bikes ride a lot like mountain bikes, they are special because of their tires. (00:21:10:00-00:21:20: 00) ((E.D.: The best thing about fat bikes is the tire pressure. We're running these at about 6 or 8 pounds, depending on the snow conditions, and they grip over anything)) The interesting thing about fat biking is that it's at its best when the skiing isn't so good. (00:19:52:00-00:19:59: 00) ((E.D.: They ride best on firm terrain, so when the mountain is firm, fat biking is awesome.)) I decided to give it a try. First there was a little instruction. (00:24:39:00-00:24:48: 00) ((ED: The bigger lever is gonna make it shift easier, shift down, the smaller one just behind it will make it shift up )) Then we were off: ((00:25:08:00-00:25:11 :00 Nats: Taking off)) It took more effort than a traditional mountain bike, especially through the drifts-- But it's a unique way to enjoy the season.

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If you're interested in trying out a fatbike, rentals start at 45 bucks. Dull says during busier times it's a good idea to make a reservation before heading to the mountain. For more information you can go our website, wcax.com ((Please include this link online: www.thejaycloud.com))

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Lawmakers tackle big issues every year. Important bills that keep Vermont going. But whether Vermont should have a state dog? Alexei Rubenstein takes a look.

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Vermont lawmakers face some daunting issues this session -- education finance reform, reducing Health Care costs, and finding over 100 million in budget savings, but Senator John Rodgers is adding some levity to this session's laundry list -- a bill highlighting a four-legged friend. ((00:02:29 Sen. John Rodgers/ D-Essex/Orleans County "The Beagle" )) That's right -- the beagle. The Democrat's bill would make the breed the official state dog. He blames the idea on some Northeast Kingdom neighbors. ((00:02:39 Sen. John Rodgers/ D-Essex/Orleans County "I told these folks that as soon as you introduce one breed I was sure that all the dog lovers would be advocating for their breed as well. AR: And you don't even have a beagle. I don't have a beagle. I have a black lab. AR: So your kind of sticking your neck out here. John: I really am sticking my neck out.)) Although he received a petition with more than 200 signatures, the measure may take some serious arm-twisting at the statehouse. ((00:03:45 Sen. Joe Benning/R-Caledonia County "I'm an old mutt man myself but I suspect that the chocolate lab folks are going to be coming in the door pretty soon)) ((00:02:02 Sen. Dick Mazza/D-Grand Isle County Andy: So, no dog and pony show here. Mazza: No dog and pony show -- great idea.)) ((00:00:47 Sen. John Campbell/Senate President "I kind of like boxers -- that's what I had. But Beagles are fine, but this year I think they can stay out on their dog house.)) Support from dog owners outside the golden dome is just as hard to come by -- even Allison Panzer-- whose dog Bart, is part beagle. ((00:09:59 Alison Panzer/Montpelier "Their brain is for running and going and hunting and they're not a herding dog, so I suppose if Vermont wants to chose a hunting dog. They're not a retriever. I don't know)) ((00:12:06 Barbara Stewart/Montpelier "Well if you wanted to choose a golden doodle, like my dog. But, there are a lots of great dogs. I think they're a lot of mixed breeds.)) Some harsh realities for beagle supporters to chew on as the session moves forward .. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News - Montpelier

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The UVM men's basketball team takes its five game wining streak on the road tomorrow night at UNH. There are two teams in America East that are currently riding 5 game win streaks and are both 5-0 in conference play, the Cats and Albany. Those two teams will meet at Patrick Gym a week from tonight. However, before that game, Vermont has to travel to Durham tomorrow and Umass Lowell Saturday. The key for the Cats will be to stay focused and not look ahead to that showdown with the Danes.

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(((John Becker/"These games are going to go a long way to determining what seed we end up with. If we can win these two on the road, it puts us in a good position. If we let our guard down and don't come ready to play, we could be in for a couple of tough games."))) (((Kurt Steidl/"Nothing is really guaranteed for us. It's not like we can go in and just win, because we have Vermont on our jersey. We have to play really hard every time that we step on the floor. Especially with road games, it's going to be hard without our home fans supporting us.")))

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While the men's hoop team is in Durham tomorrow, the Vermont women travel to Orono to face Maine. The Cats are still looking for their first conference win.

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The Saint Mike's basketball teams are hosting a double header this evening against Saint Rose. The purple knight women __ . The men take to the court in about 40 minutes. We'll have highlights of both games tonight at 11.

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The Middlebury men's basketball team won its fourth straight game last night, a 102-54 win over Johnson State. --- The Panthers, playing without injured guard Matt St. Amour, were led by Dylan Sinnickson with 21 points. --- Ron Adrian led the way for Johnson St. A game high 24 points, including a three cutting the Middlebury lead to three about midway through the first half. --- It was all Middlebury from there. Jake Brown scoring a career high 16 points to go with seven assists. The Panthers play game four of their five game homestand Saturday against Maine Fort Kent.

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A historic win for the Plattsburgh men's basketball team last night. --- The Cardinals beat Potsdam, 83-60. It is the 205th victory for Plattsburgh head coach tom curle making him the program's all time winningest coach. --- Plattsburgh's Xavier Thomas demonstrated his athleticism during the game, first making a big block on the breakaway. --- then he slams home 2 off the Jordan Moody feed. He had a game high 14 points. The Cards, 5-2 in the SUNYAC, visit Geneseo Friday.

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Speaking of jams, Castletion's Carnelius Green throws down a pretty good one last night against New England College. The Spartans won the game, 93-76 and have won three straight. The Spartan women also beat new england college last night, 65-40 and are now 8-0 in the NAC.

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The 12th ranked UVM men's hockey team is preparing for a huge series at the Gut this weekend against 3rd ranked Boston University. The Cats are three points behind the Terriers and Umass Lowell for First place in Hockey East. UVM missed a great chance to gain a couple of points in the conference over the weekend, but a lack luster performance Friday night against Northeastern prevented that from happening. Coach Sneddon was so disappointed with the effort in the loss to the Huskies on Friday, he decided to revamp the lineup for Saturday, including sitting the team's leading scorer, Mario Puskarich. The team answered with a better showing Saturday in a non conference game against Northeastern, so maybe coach Sneddon's message has been received going into this weekend.

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(((Kevin Sneddon/"I'm hoping that the strength of character in that lockeroom, which is very very high, is going to take these lessons and be able to apply them that we're stronger when it counts the most and that's the stretch run.")))

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The Plattsburgh women's hockey team beat rival Norwich last night, 5-0 at Stafford Ice Arena. --- The game was scoreless after the first period, but it was all Cardinals from there. Kayla Meneghin with two goals including a shorthanded one in the third period. --- The top ranked Cardinals remain unbeaten through their first 15 games of the season and the 3rd ranked Cadets are still trying to figure out how to get past them.

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(((Kevin Houle/"I thought Norwich really took the game to us in the first period and Cami made some big saves to keep the game 0-0 and we were able to regroup in the 2nd period and kind of get on track."))) (((Mark Bolding/"We had a good 25 minutes today and some good penalty kills but other than that, once they got momentum it was unfortunate. We're young, we got to learn from it but I think they used their leadership and took over.")

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The Boston Bruins continue their road trip tonight in Colordao. It's a 10 O'Clock start. Last night, the B's beat Dallas, 3-1. the prettiest goal of the night comes early in the second period, check out the pass from Carl Sodeberg to Loui Eriksson to tie it at 1. -- Gregory Campbell scoring the game winner for Boston later in the second period putting home the loose puck. Douggie Hamilton added an insurance goal in the third

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The Canadiens beat Nashville last night, 2-1 in overtime. Carey Price making 36 saves for the Habs in the win including this stop on a first period breakaway. --- Montreal rallied from a 1 goal deficit in the third period, Alex Galcheunyuk tips home the P.K. Subban shot to tie the game at 1. ---- Subban scores the game winner with a minute to go in OT. His 11th goal of the season. Montreal is off for the all star break and hosts Dallas on Tuesday night.

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Coming up -- on the Channel 3 News at 11. An exclusive interview with Vermont's new Bishop. And a growing number of measles cases linked to Disney theme parks. That's next on the CBS Evening News. Good night. Good night.


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