Wed 25-FEB-2015 Early A.M. News Script

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Good Morning, I'm Eva McKend!

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This morning police are investigating a Colchester crash where a driver had to be cut out of his car. Multiple units responded to a three car collision Tuesday in Sunny Hollow on Route Seven. Police say 30 year old Jesse Beaudry of Essex Junction was trapped in his Hyundai Accent. He was taken to UVM Medical Center with serious injuries. Two others suffered minor injuries.

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A former St. Johnsbury Academy teacher is heading to prison - for 2-and-a-half years. Jose Bruzual has been sentenced in federal court -- for possession of child pornography. Police say an undercover investigation of online porn sharing led to Bruzual's IP address - and searches revealed he had more than a thousand images and hundreds of videos. Bruzual was fired from the school after his arrest.

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Plattsburgh residents depending on the public bus, left out in the cold this week. About 25-thousand riders use the North City route run by Clinton County Public Transit each year. Stops include the hospital, local mall, senior center, and grocery stores. But the department decided to cancel the route for the rest of the week.

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(00:38:16 8450) (( James Bosley/Clinton County Planning Department "Clinton County Contracts with FIrst Transit to manage and operate our bus system for us, and they're very short on drivers. So there's just not enough drivers to run all the routes." 00:38:27)) With temperatures this week below freezing, riders are concerned about the dangers involved with walking to their destinations. The county planning department suggests riders take the West City Route, because it overlaps with some of the North City Stops. The department says next week, more routes are expected to be closing.

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Not too bad today - highs in the 20s, just a few snow showers as clipper comes through. Cold again tonight, stays cold into start of weekend. Lots of clouds on Thursday, but lots of sun Fri. & Sat. Clouding up Sunday after sunny start. Some snow showers late Sunday into Monday. Snow/rain late Tuesday.

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FairPoint workers are headed back work this morning after a four-month strike. More than 17-hundred workers are returning to their jobs following the approval of a tentative agreement. Some are not sure what they'll encounter after replacement workers staffed call centers and maintained the network. Under the new contract, current employees keep their defined benefit pensions but contributions will be reduced. Workers will also contribute to health care costs for the first time -- but at a lower rate than proposed by the company.

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To help get low-income Vermonters back on the roads -- the state has unveiled a one-day license suspension amnesty program. State officials say about 22-thousand Vermonters have had their licenses suspended for failing to pay up. That translates to 113-thousand unpaid tickets. Now, the state is unveiling a pilot program for drivers in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Washington counties. On March 20th, those drivers will be able to pay 20 dollars per ticket to clear their records -- and legally re-gain the right to drive. The state says the situation disproportionately affects low income Vermonters.

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Nearly every morning lawmakers file into the stathouse -- firecodes are being violated. But there's no plan to fix the problem In House committee rooms, occupancy is limited to just 12 people, but enforcing that cap would bar some committees from even seating a witness. The state's fire safety division executive director has testified -- saying he's not concerned. Statehouse meetings must be open to the public, and no one appears to have the appetite for funding an expansion of the building.

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A former St. Johnsbury Academy teacher is heading to prison - for 2 and a half years. Jose (Bruh-zoo-el) Bruzual was sentenced in federal court - for possession of child pornography. Police say an undercover investigation of online porn sharing led to the former teacher's IP address - and searches revealed he had more than a thousand images and hundreds of videos. He was fired from the school after his arrest.

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Not too bad today - highs in the 20s, just a few snow showers as clipper comes through. Cold again tonight, stays cold into start of weekend. Lots of clouds on Thursday, but lots of sun Fri. & Sat. Clouding up Sunday after sunny start. Some snow showers late Sunday into Monday. Snow/rain late Tuesday.

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Good Morning it's 5 AM -- I'm Eva McKend, I'm Ali Freeman... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky. And we are half-way through the work week -- so lets get our motivation going this morning with some Wednesday Wisdom. As James Baldwin said -- "Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it." And this stunning picture is from the facebook page Vermont -- and was taken by Abby Rowlee in Reading.

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Toping our news this morning...Having access to a car and being able to drive is critical in a rural state like Vermont. Some are forced to turn to public assistance when they don't have the ability to drive to a job. The state has unveiled a new pilot program -- to reinstate suspended licenses for tens of thousands of Vermonters. It's aimed at getting low-income residents back on the road legally. But will the new measure still hold drivers accountable for their illegal behavior? Jennifer Costa reports.

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((Helana Martin/Cambridge 00:07:17 "I lost my license when I was just 13 for a tobacco fine.")) Helana Martin says that ticket -- she got as a teen -- ultimately led to a suspended license -- before she was even old enough to drive. And her inability to pay -- has haunted her as an adult. ((Helana Martin/Cambridge 00:07:46 "I kind of feel stuck. I have no way to get to work so therefore I haven't been able to try and look for work.")) Now the governor -- and the Chittenden County prosecutor are debuting a pilot program to help drivers -- like Helana. The program is available to anyone with delinquent tickets in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Washington counties. ((Gov. Peter Shumlin/D-Vermont 00:02:25 "the idea is we have over 20-thousand Vermonters who have suspended licenses and many of them are suspended because they can't afford to pay the mounting fines.")) State officials say that translates to roughly 113-thousand unpaid tickets. ((TJ Donovan/Chittenden County State's Attorney 00:09:36 "They're still driving. And they're driving because they're not criminals. They're driving because they have to."They're driving to get to work. They're driving to put food on their table.")) Vermonters -- who have lost their licenses -- due to traffic tickets and fines -- more than 75 days past due -- will have the opportunity on March 20th -- to pay 20 dollars -- per ticket -- to clear their records and legally regain their right to drive. ((TJ Donovan/Chittenden County State's Attorney 00:09:52 "This is not a gift. This is in the interest of all Vermonters because while they are on our roadways, we know they're driving illegally but they're also driving without insurance.")) Prosecutor TJ Donovan says that puts all Vermonters at risk. He calls the law well intentioned -- but says it's not an effective way to promote public safety. ((TJ Donovan/Chittenden County State's Attorney 00:12:34 "we are also asking for personal responsibility. Once you are relicensed, we're asking you to be fully insured.")) But when we asked officials -- how the state plans to enforce the insurance clause -- they did not have a plan. They also claimed the situation disproportionately affects low income Vermonters -- but could not back up the statement. ((JC 00:31:00 "do you have any estimation of those 22-thousand Vermonters who have these tickets, how many are low income? PS: Uh, we do not have those numbers.")) We also questioned the architects of this pilot program on how much the state stands to lose by offering the reprieve on back fines. Again -- no direct answer. ((TJ Donovan 00:25:31 "We're not collecting the money. Getting something is better than getting nothing. that's just the bottom line here and the incentive is to stop living in the shadows 00:26:33 "it's a pilot. let's try it. If it fails it's on me.")) the Driver Restoration Day is scheduled for March 20th -- in Burlington -- at the Costello Courthouse. Delinquent drivers can pay their discounted fines by check, credit card or money order. The state will not accept cash. If the program works -- the Governor hopes to expand it to all counties. Jennifer Costa -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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Following revelations regarding a controversial health care consultant, Vermont Republicans are calling for broad investigations into state health reform. House and Senate Republicans say the auditor's finding that Jonathan Gruber likely over-billed for his assistant's work -- speaks to larger oversight issues. They say their concerns and proposed resolutions to health care challenges have been largely ignored. And they're questioning the governor's leadership -- specifically over the supervision of state and federal tax dollars.

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(00:32:35:00) ((Sen. Joe Benning - R-Caledonia County: Now I'm not going to call for anyone to resign or be fired or anything like that at this point, but it is incumbent upon all of us as tax-payers to make sure the people who are running that are actually doing the job that they are supposed to )) Attorney General Bill Sorrell has confirmed that his office is investigating the allegations against Gruber. Republicans say they don't know if Vermont's U.S. attorney pursued an investigation into the state contract with the fired exchange contractor -- C-G-I. They want the U.S. inspector general to examine the state's exchange rollout.

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This morning police are investigating a Colchester crash where a driver had to be cut out of his car. Multiple units responded to a three car collision Tuesday in Sunny Hollow on Route Seven. Police say 30 year old Jesse Beaudry of Essex Junction was trapped in his Hyundai Accent. He was taken to UVM Medical Center with serious injuries. Two others suffered minor injuries.

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Water main breaks on Barlow Street and Upper Welden in St. Albans causing major headaches including a boil water order. The reduced water flow caused the Northwest Medical Center to send home non essential employees and rescheduled elective procedures. About 100 patients at the Redstone Nursing Home were also effected. The city says it is prepared to open shelters if needed.

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A search is underway -- for a man missing from Plattsburgh since Valentines Day. Plattsburgh City Police say 36-year-old Cherokee Styles was last seen more than a week ago -- at Geoffrey's Pub on Peru Street. His family is concerned because Styles has cognitive disabilities. Police say they do not believe foul play is involved. Styles is 5 foot 9 and weighs 200 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

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A former St. Johnsbury Academy teacher is heading to prison - for 2-and-a-half years. Jose Bruzual has been sentenced in federal court -- for possession of child pornography. Police say an undercover investigation of online porn sharing led to Bruzual's IP address - and searches revealed he had more than a thousand images and hundreds of videos. Bruzual was fired from the school after his arrest.

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Those responsible for creating laws in Montpelier are in violation of them everyday and although the occupancy violations in the statehouse concern some, there are no plans to make changes. In House committee rooms, occupancy is limited to just 12 people, but enforcing that cap would bar some committees from even seating a witness. The state's fire safety division executive director testified in an over-crowded committee room Tuesday, but said he's not concerned. Representative Don Turner -- who is also the fire chief in Milton -- has a different perspective.

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(00:32:32:00) (( Rep. Don Turner - R-Milton: When you come to the statehouse, it's the people's house, and we want people to feel welcome and we want people to feel safe when they're working there. But, we also have to maintain standards, it's pretty sad when we don't lead by example.)) Statehouse meetings must be open to the public, and no one appears to have the appetite for funding an expansion of the building.

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(anchors introduce gary) Not too bad today - highs in the 20s, just a few snow showers as clipper comes through. Cold again tonight, stays cold into start of weekend. Lots of clouds on Thursday, but lots of sun Fri. & Sat. Clouding up Sunday after sunny start. Some snow showers late Sunday into Monday. Snow/rain late Tuesday.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds A few snow showers Highs: 20 to 27 Wind: S to NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Cold again Lows: 0 to -10 Wind: NNW 5 to 10 mph Thursday: Mostly cloudy Highs: 5 to 15 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Extended: Friday: Partly cloudy Lows: -5 to -20 Highs: 5 to 15 Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 12 to 22 Sunday: AM sun Increasing clouds Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 20s Hyper-Extended: Monday: AM snow showers Then clearing Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 22 to 32 Tuesday: AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for rain/snow late Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 25 to 35

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A former marine convicted of killing American Sniper author Chris Kyle faces life in prison. Lauren Lyster has the latest ...

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A Texas jury has found former Marine, Eddie Ray Routh (PRON- ROWTH), guilty in the deaths of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield. The two were shot and killed at a Texas gun range back in 2013. In comments following the verdict, Littlefield's mother says her family has been waiting for justice, ever since. Defense Attorneys had argued Routh was not guilty by reason of insanity. The 27-year-old now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says the agency is working to restore the trust of servicemen and women. The comments Tuesday came after McDonald issued a second apology, this one - before the American Legion -- for lying about serving in the special forces... during an encounter with a homeless veteran in Los Angeles last month. Lawmakers and veterans groups have expressed disappointment in McDonald, but haven't called for his resignation. The White House is standing behind him. And, parts of the south are dealing with bitter cold temperatures today... just a day after being hit with snow, sleet and freezing rain. Three to six inches of snow is also expected from Texas to Georgia and the Carolinas. Sections of the country could see more storms later this week. Those are some of the day's top stories. I'm Lauren Lyster CBS News New York.

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Welcome Back! There are a lot of Americans who are not getting enough sleep. In fact, the C-D-C is now calling a lack of sleep, a public health epidemic. Teens may be the biggest victim of this problem that researchers at Columbia University describe as the Great Sleep Recession. Teens should get at least nine hours of sleep but the average is only seven. Sleep depravation can cause you to eat more.. it also shrinks your brain and is linked to type 2 diabetes. Their advice? Go to bed at the same time every night.. and find a way to wind down and relax before hitting the sack.

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This is Chun Mun and he is one lucky primate! His wealthy owners in India have named the monkey as heir to their fortune, including the house and land. The childless couple adopted the pet after his mother died, and they credit him with their financial prosperity. They've now decided to leave their estate worth thousands, including a house and 200 yard plot to the monkey. They believe they started experiencing financial prosperity after the monkey came into their lives.

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Children love to play in ball pits at fast food restaurants. Well, a British company is now taking that care free spirit and applying it to the work place. The team at design company Pearl Fisher in London gather daily in a break room of pit balls to brain storm. They sit on 81-thousand white balls - an office now entirely converted into a giant plastic adult playground. The office change follows the likes of Google, Facebook and Yahoo among others who have added slides, interior gardens, pool tables and game rooms to the work place.

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Not too bad today - highs in the 20s, just a few snow showers as clipper comes through. Cold again tonight, stays cold into start of weekend. Lots of clouds on Thursday, but lots of sun Fri. & Sat. Clouding up Sunday after sunny start. Some snow showers late Sunday into Monday. Snow/rain late Tuesday.

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February is coming to an end -- but ski season is far from over. This week Nick Borelli is taking us slopeside across the Lake to Whiteface Mountain.

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Whiteface from a distance-- It's a striking view that shows off all of those Olympic trails. This time of year those trails are filled with the sounds of skiers. ((Nats: Skiing)) Skiers like Bill Schoch. (00:10:41:00-00:10:44: 00) ((Bill Schoch/Raybrook, NY: It's just great terrain. A lot of steep stuff)) Snow surfaces are grippy but firm-- no complaints. (00:11:40:00-00:11:46: 00) ((BS: A little on the hard side but a ground up surface with the grooming)) With a 34 hundred plus foot drop, Whiteface offers the most vertical in the east. Bill says this gives him time to find his groove. (00:11:19:00-00:11:27: 00) ((BS: When I ski at a smaller mountain, it's like you just get started and you're at the bottom. Up here you can just keep going and really get into a rhythm.)) Racers appreciate the extra vertical too. ((Nats: Ski racing)) (00:09:29:00-00:09:40: 00) ((Forest Ledger/Lake Placid: Well you just get so much more training. And a lot of mountains you can't train as long of a course and the race courses are so long you're ready for pretty much anything)) But if *you're* not quite ready for "pretty much anything"-- Whiteface is offering a special 3 lesson program this year-- for first time skiers. (*2 part stand-up*) (00:28:25:00-00:28:32: 00) ((Nick Borelli/Reporter: Students in the Parallel From The Start program Start at lower Whiteface on the bunny hill their very first day.)) (00:07:12:00-00:07:22: 00) ((NB: By the third lesson the goal of these new skiers is to reach the summit of Little Whiteface. When they do, it's kind of a right of passage-- They get to ring (NATS Bell) this bell.)) Part of the reason that this program works so efficiently is the skis-- They're short. Really short. This means first timers are much less likely to get their tips caught up in each other. And they can focus on learning the right technique. ((Nats Ken: 21:58-21:59 It's not my first rodeo.)) On this day, seasoned instructor Ken Carre, is teaching Evelyna Ranta how to ski. (00:25:52:00-00:26:02: 00) ((Ken Carre/Whiteface: Slide your toe inside the binding there, center your heel in the back and then push down)) She goes through a few different exercises, giving her the basic feel of a ski. Soon, Evelyna slides down a shallow pitch for the first time. She can't wait for her third day-- so she can ring that bell and start skiing with her family. (00:30:10:00-00:30:17: 00) ((Evelyna Ranta/New York, NY: I'm so excited about it. I really want to be skiing with my kids and my husband to have fun here.)) After all, that's what it's all about. Nick Borelli. Ch 3 News. Wilmington NY.

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In the headlines this morning: Health insurance hack. commuters left stranded after a crucial bus route is cancelled And a closer look at a candidate for Burlington Mayor ...

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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More than 20 thousand Vermonters were impacted by a security breach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. The insurance company says information related to thousands of its members - was in the Anthem Insurance data base that was hacked. Blue Cross says information on that data base was primarily names, addresses and birthdates. But - social security numbers for more than 20 customers may have also been included. Blue Cross says it is contacting those customers directly.

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In less than a week -- Burlington residents will head to the polls -- to vote for the next Mayor.. of the candidates is Steve Goodkind worked for the city of Burlington for 32 years, under five different mayors. Now, the former public works director doesn't want to work for the mayor, he wants to be the mayor. The 1974 UVM graduate says he's unhappy with the direction the city is going -- so he's running to bring more transparency to the Queen City.

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(10:47 Steve Goodkind/Progressive for Mayor)(("I believe that we need to reorganize city government and I'm talking about a reallocation of what the resources we already have are doing.")) This week Alex Apple is taking an in depth look at each of the candidates. You can watch his full report on Goodking on our website. And tonight Alex will continue his series -- with a profile on Independent candidate Greg Guma.

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Plattsburgh residents depending on the public bus left out in the cold this week. About 25-thousand riders use the North City route run by Clinton County Public Transit each year. Stops include the hospital, local mall, senior center, and grocery stores. But the department decided to cancel the route for the rest of the week.

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(00:38:16 8450) (( James Bosley/Clinton County Planning Department "Clinton County Contracts with FIrst Transit to manage and operate our bus system for us, and they're very short on drivers. So there's just not enough drivers to run all the routes." 00:38:27)) With temperatures this week below freezing, riders are concerned about the dangers involved with walking to their destinations. The county planning department suggests riders take the West City Route, because it overlaps with some of the North City Stops. The department says next week, more routes are expected to be closing.

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(anchors introduce gary) Not too bad today - highs in the 20s, just a few snow showers as clipper comes through. Cold again tonight, stays cold into start of weekend. Lots of clouds on Thursday, but lots of sun Fri. & Sat. Clouding up Sunday after sunny start. Some snow showers late Sunday into Monday. Snow/rain late Tuesday.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds A few snow showers Highs: 20 to 27 Wind: S to NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Cold again Lows: 0 to -10 Wind: NNW 5 to 10 mph Thursday: Mostly cloudy Highs: 5 to 15 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Extended: Friday: Partly cloudy Lows: -5 to -20 Highs: 5 to 15 Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 12 to 22 Sunday: AM sun Increasing clouds Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 20s Hyper-Extended: Monday: AM snow showers Then clearing Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 22 to 32 Tuesday: AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for rain/snow late Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 25 to 35

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((TRT: 1:50 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((Stratton Mountain School elite team member Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg, a Harwood high school standout, finished second and third at the women's 10K freestyle race today at the nordic World Championships in Sweden, the best finish ever by the U-S team at a distance event at the World Championships. East Montpelier's Liz Stephen also had an outstanding performance, finishing tenth. -------------------- To Norwich, the Cadets women's basketball team... seeded second, hosting Anna Maria in the GNAC quarterfinals... ------ Late first half, Norwich's Kelsey Lotti buries three of her 10 points as the Cadets go up 7. --- Later in the half, Lotti's shot is no good, but there's Arianna Harrison with one of her 10 rebounds, putting it back for 2. --- Then Aliah Curry starts to heat up from long range. She had a game high 22...Norwich runs away to a 68-51 win. They will host a GNAC semifinal Thursday night. ---------------------- - the Plattsburgh women opening the SUNYAC playoffs on the road at Oneonta....and they fall by one, 58-57. The Cardinals made the NCAA Tournament a season ago. ----- and the Southern Vermont women earned the program's first postseason with, routing Newbury in an NECC first round matchup in Bennington. ---------------------- --- To Castleton...the Spartans men facing Thomas in the NAC quarterfinals...former Rochester star Pavin Parrish back after missing four games with an injury... including a loss to Thomas eleven days ago ... --- Parrish had seven points in 29 minutes ...but it was another Vermonter, Twinfield standout Chad Copeland, that led the Spartans...the junior with 19 points and a game high 18 rebounds ...five assists and four blocks...Fair Haven's Rob Coloutti chipped in ten as Castleton wins 70-60. ---------------------- -- The St. Mike's men's and women's teams lose their regular season finales last night, but make the Northeast-10 playofffs. And we have high school hockey and boys basketball playoff highlights...look for all those on the sports page at WCAX.com. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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This morning 3 Minute Wrap. Getting you up to speed every morning -- in just 3 minutes.

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To help get low-income Vermonters back on the roads -- the state has unveiled a one-day license suspension amnesty program. State officials say about 22-thousand Vermonters have had their licenses suspended for failing to pay up. That translates to 113-thousand unpaid tickets. Now, the state is unveiling a pilot program for drivers in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Washington counties. On March 20th, those drivers will be able to pay 20 dollars per ticket to clear their records -- and legally re-gain the right to drive. The state says the situation disproportionately affects low income Vermonters.

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Nearly every morning lawmakers file into the stathouse -- firecodes are being violated. But there's no plan to fix the problem In House committee rooms, occupancy is limited to just 12 people, but enforcing that cap would bar some committees from even seating a witness. The state's fire safety division executive director has testified -- saying he's not concerned. Statehouse meetings must be open to the public, and no one appears to have the appetite for funding an expansion of the building.

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A former St. Johnsbury Academy teacher is heading to prison - for 2 and a half years. Jose Bruzual was sentenced in federal court - for possession of child pornography. Police say an undercover investigation of online porn sharing led to the former teacher's IP address - and searches revealed he had more than a thousand images and hundreds of videos. He was fired from the school after his arrest.

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The former Marine has been found GUILTY -- in the American Sniper trial. A jury in (STEE-ven-vil) Stephenville, Texas has convicted Eddie Ray Routh for killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle -- and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range in 2013. Defense attorneys argued Routh was insane. But the jurors had three choices: guilty, not guilty -- or not guilty by reason of insanity. In the end -- the jurors decided he was guilty. Routh will receive an automatic life sentence without parole.

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The Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin will not face federal charges. The Justice Department says its decision not to pursue federal charges against George Zimmerman does not mean it condones the shooting. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder by a state jury in July 2013.

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The driver of a pickup truck has been arrested for suspicion of felony hit-and-run after authorities say he caused a commuter train crash in Oxnard, California. Authorities say 54-year-old Jose Alejandro Sanchez Ramirez of Arizona left his truck when it got stuck on train tracks. The train slammed into the truck, causing a fiery collision -- sending 28 people to the hospital. Police say the driver was found disoriented a mile-and-a-half from the scene.

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And -- that's a wrap. Gary, over to you.

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Not too bad today - highs in the 20s, just a few snow showers as clipper comes through. Cold again tonight, stays cold into start of weekend. Lots of clouds on Thursday, but lots of sun Fri. & Sat. Clouding up Sunday after sunny start. Some snow showers late Sunday into Monday. Snow/rain late Tuesday.

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It's a smelly job, but someone has to do it. Jennifer Costa introduces us to woman in the Northeast Kingdom earning a living -- by breaking down what cows eat.

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In Vermont -- milk matters. ((NATS -- farm)) More than 134-thousand dairy cows call the Green Mountains home. Each year -- they produce enough milk to fill 16-thousand standard swimming pools. But to get the creamiest crop -- farmers must look at what their cows are eating. ((Roberta Royer/Forage Analysis Lab Technician 00:04:23 "You can't just say here's a bale of hay, and here's the grain and expect to get the most out of your cows.")) That's where Roberta Royer comes in. ((Roberta Royer/Forage Analysis Lab Technician 00:12:29 "Yes. I'd say I really know my poop.")) She's Vermont's ONLY forage lab technician -- working at Poulin Grain -- in Newport. Her job is to test what's going into a cow...and what's coming out. ((RR 00:15:51 "I have an oven just for manure.")) It's a process that starts at the post office. ((Roberta Royer/Forage Analysis Lab Technician 00:01:39 "They're glad to see me coming because the mail doesn't smell too great.")) Each day -- Royer picks up dozens of feed and manure samples -- sent in from Poulin's 20 nutritionists in the field. At the lab -- she tests each sample twice. Last year -- Royer analyzed more than 13-thousand samples. ((RR 00:28:56 "Ummm this is pretty good looking corn. It doesn't smell too, too bad.")) Royer starts her analysis with the total mixed ration -- or TMR. It's a dairy cow's complete diet -- a mixture of hay, haylage, corn silage and grain. Samples come from across New England and New York. Each is weighed -- dried in an oven -- weighed again -- then ground into a fine powder. ((NATS -- grinding)) Royer scoops the powder into a cell cup -- then drops it into a special near infared machine. ((NATS DROPPING SAMPLE 00:19:15 RR: "It takes about a minute and a half and a half almost.")) The machine breaks down the components -- like proteins, starches and sugars. She then ships the feed's nutritional makeup to a partner lab in Maryland for more complex testing -- for digestability, toxin screenings and mold. The report is shipped back to Poulin's nutritionists and its customers -- within one day. ((Roberta Royer/Forage Analysis Lab Technician 00:05:23 "I love cows. That's my life. I want cows to be healthy and eat a great diet.")) Royer and her husband have a small dairy farm in North Troy. She's been around cows her entire life. But 10 years ago -- Royer was seriously hurt by a heffer. The accident didn't change her love for the AG industry -- but due to lasting injuries -- she was forced to find a new career. Poulin was hiring -- and trained her on the spot. Now Royer says her mission -- is to give farmers the most accurate information to make them profitable -- with a fast turn around. ((Roberta Royer/Forage Analysis Lab Technician 00:12:57 "If there's a farm that's having a crisis with a feed, then we need to know what's going on. You know I'll stay late and get that done.")) Royer typically works alone. But today she agreed to make an exception. ((RR 00:24:51 "Want to do a manure sample?" JC: Sure.")) It's a dirty job -- but someone has to do it. ((JC 00:26:51 "Oh, oh yeah. It smells now.")) Royer says testing an animal's waste -- is a good way to identify how its feed is being digested and utilized by the body. ((JC 00:09:40 "Do you think you have an odd job?" RR: Yes I do." 00:09:47 "Not everyone cooks manure for a living.")) It comes with a few drawbacks. Royer says she ends up being the butt of A LOT of poop jokes -- and leaves the office -- coated in a particular aroma. ((Roberta Royer/Forage Analysis Lab Technician 00:06:31 "The worst is when I'm on my way home, if I decide to stop at the grocery store, and all of a sudden I'm in line and I'm like oh boy! So I hurry up get what I need and get out of there.")) A former farmer -- using her odd job -- to help Vermont remain New England's dairy leader. Jennifer Costa, Channel 3 News, Newport.

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Good Morning it's 5 AM -- I'm Eva McKend, I'm Ali Freeman... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky. And we are half-way through the work week -- so lets get our motivation going this morning with some Wednesday Wisdom. As James Baldwin said -- "Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it." And this stunning picture is from the facebook page Vermont -- and was taken by Abby Rowlee in Reading.

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Toping our news this morning...Having access to a car and being able to drive is critical in a rural state like Vermont. Some are forced to turn to public assistance when they don't have the ability to drive to a job. The state has unveiled a new pilot program -- to reinstate suspended licenses for tens of thousands of Vermonters. It's aimed at getting low-income residents back on the road legally. But will the new measure still hold drivers accountable for their illegal behavior? Jennifer Costa reports.

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((Helana Martin/Cambridge 00:07:17 "I lost my license when I was just 13 for a tobacco fine.")) Helana Martin says that ticket -- she got as a teen -- ultimately led to a suspended license -- before she was even old enough to drive. And her inability to pay -- has haunted her as an adult. ((Helana Martin/Cambridge 00:07:46 "I kind of feel stuck. I have no way to get to work so therefore I haven't been able to try and look for work.")) Now the governor -- and the Chittenden County prosecutor are debuting a pilot program to help drivers -- like Helana. The program is available to anyone with delinquent tickets in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Washington counties. ((Gov. Peter Shumlin/D-Vermont 00:02:25 "the idea is we have over 20-thousand Vermonters who have suspended licenses and many of them are suspended because they can't afford to pay the mounting fines.")) State officials say that translates to roughly 113-thousand unpaid tickets. ((TJ Donovan/Chittenden County State's Attorney 00:09:36 "They're still driving. And they're driving because they're not criminals. They're driving because they have to."They're driving to get to work. They're driving to put food on their table.")) Vermonters -- who have lost their licenses -- due to traffic tickets and fines -- more than 75 days past due -- will have the opportunity on March 20th -- to pay 20 dollars -- per ticket -- to clear their records and legally regain their right to drive. ((TJ Donovan/Chittenden County State's Attorney 00:09:52 "This is not a gift. This is in the interest of all Vermonters because while they are on our roadways, we know they're driving illegally but they're also driving without insurance.")) Prosecutor TJ Donovan says that puts all Vermonters at risk. He calls the law well intentioned -- but says it's not an effective way to promote public safety. ((TJ Donovan/Chittenden County State's Attorney 00:12:34 "we are also asking for personal responsibility. Once you are relicensed, we're asking you to be fully insured.")) But when we asked officials -- how the state plans to enforce the insurance clause -- they did not have a plan. They also claimed the situation disproportionately affects low income Vermonters -- but could not back up the statement. ((JC 00:31:00 "do you have any estimation of those 22-thousand Vermonters who have these tickets, how many are low income? PS: Uh, we do not have those numbers.")) We also questioned the architects of this pilot program on how much the state stands to lose by offering the reprieve on back fines. Again -- no direct answer. ((TJ Donovan 00:25:31 "We're not collecting the money. Getting something is better than getting nothing. that's just the bottom line here and the incentive is to stop living in the shadows 00:26:33 "it's a pilot. let's try it. If it fails it's on me.")) the Driver Restoration Day is scheduled for March 20th -- in Burlington -- at the Costello Courthouse. Delinquent drivers can pay their discounted fines by check, credit card or money order. The state will not accept cash. If the program works -- the Governor hopes to expand it to all counties. Jennifer Costa -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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The controversy continues this moring over Jonathan Gruber's work for the state. Officials say the health care consultant's time cards do NOT add up -- and the Attorney General's office is now investigating. Shelby Cashman reports.

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At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, House and Senate Republicans said state auditor Doug Hoffer's finding that healthcare economist Jonathan Gruber likely over-billed Vermont for his assistant's work -- speaks to larger oversight issues. (00:32:35:00) ((Sen. Joe Benning - R-Caledonia County: Now I'm not going to call for anyone to resign or be fired or anything like that at this point, but it is incumbent upon all of us as tax-payers to make sure the people who are running that are actually doing the job that they are supposed to )) Governor Shumlin defended his administration's management. (00:31:43) ((Gov. Shumlin "I didn't hear the auditor say that Gruber got overpaid, in fact I heard him say and these are his words not mine, it ended up being a good news story Hoffer's words, cause we actually paid less than half of what the contract called for.")) (00:31:58) The state stopped paying Gruber once controversy erupted over his statements about the stupidity of voters. But - Gruber stayed on the job - and billed for his assitant's time. Now, Attorney General Bill Sorrell says--his office will investigate the accuracy of Gruber's bills. (00:35:44) ((Bill Sorrell "He raises questions, we want to take a look at the evidence whether through documents or through other means to see that the state has been accurately billed for work performed.")) (00:36:00) ((Shelby Cashman: Bill Sorrell also said there are two outstanding invoices that the state hasn't paid anything on. His office will be looking into if the state owes anything from those--and if so--how much. SC Channel 3 News BTV))

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This morning police are investigating a Colchester crash where a driver had to be cut out of his car. Multiple units responded to a three car collision Tuesday in Sunny Hollow on Route Seven. Police say 30 year old Jesse Beaudry of Essex Junction was trapped in his Hyundai Accent. He was taken to UVM Medical Center with serious injuries. Two others suffered minor injuries.

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Water main breaks on Barlow Street and Upper Welden in St. Albans causing major headaches including a boil water order. The reduced water flow caused the Northwest Medical Center to send home non essential employees and rescheduled elective procedures. About 100 patients at the Redstone Nursing Home were also effected. The city says it is prepared to open shelters if needed.

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A search is underway -- for a man missing from Plattsburgh since Valentines Day. Plattsburgh City Police say 36-year-old Cherokee Styles was last seen more than a week ago -- at Geoffrey's Pub on Peru Street. His family is concerned because Styles has cognitive disabilities. Police say they do not believe foul play is involved. Styles is 5 foot 9 and weighs 200 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

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A former St. Johnsbury Academy teacher is heading to prison - for 2-and-a-half years. Jose Bruzual has been sentenced in federal court -- for possession of child pornography. Police say an undercover investigation of online porn sharing led to Bruzual's IP address - and searches revealed he had more than a thousand images and hundreds of videos. Bruzual was fired from the school after his arrest.

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It's a bit tight at the state capital. Almost every time lawmakers take their seats under the golden dome, they are violating fire codes. Is there a plan to fix the problem? Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura reports.

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Controversial and intriguing topics frequently draw standing room-only crowds under Montpelier's golden dome. This year, the House Education committee has hosted about 40 people on multiple occasions - more than three times the fire code occupancy limit of 12. Others rooms cannot even fit the full assigned committee, a secretary, and a witness -- nevermind the public -- without violating state law, leading the law to be ignored. (00:16:54:00 ) ((Vermont Fire Safety Division Executive Director Michael Desrochers the committee rooms themselves really don't pose any type of life safety hazard )) Vermont Fire Safety Division Executive Director Michael Desrochers testified on an unrelated matter Tuesday, in a room eight people over its limit. He did not issue any tickets. Desrochers says the building has automatic fire-sprinklers and a police force. While uncomfortable, he says the committee squeeze does not hinder the ability to evacuate the building. (00:17:00:00) ((Vermont Fire Safety Division Executive Director Michael Desrochers what we want to do is concentrate on making sure the corridors, the stairwells, and those exits that go outside are maintained free of obstruction)) Those potential hazards presented when protesters flooded the statehouse during the Governor's inaugural address. House Minority Leader and Milton Fire Chief Don Turner says handling of the protest concerned him, but so does daily disregard for the limits. (00:35:50:00 ) ((Rep. Don Turner - R-Milton when people cannot move in and out freely, you can't egress a room, that's a problem)) (00:32:42:00) ((Rep. Don Turner it's pretty sad when we don't lead by example.)) Turner says the state needs to become more creative addressing the problem. He and House Speaker Shap Smith are in agreement that the state cannot afford to expand the building given the tight financial situation. The senate bumps into its restrictions as well -- limited to ten in committee. (00:12:35:00) ((Rep. Shap Smith - D-Vt. House Speaker we have to live with the capacity of the rooms we have )) Smith says meetings are moved into bigger rooms when there's space but every committee cannot be accommodated. He's most concerned about when members of the public feels there's no space for them. Those we spoke with say they'll figure out a way to expand the building and fit more people in, but those plans won't fit into the state budget for years. Vermont's constitution requires that the state house be open to the public. Micheal Desrochers says the limits would be of more concern if people slept in the building -- like in nursing homes or in apartments. He also added that the square footage requirements used to set limits could be looser. ((KM Channel 3 News))

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(anchors introduce gary) Not too bad today - highs in the 20s, just a few snow showers as clipper comes through. Cold again tonight, stays cold into start of weekend. Lots of clouds on Thursday, but lots of sun Fri. & Sat. Clouding up Sunday after sunny start. Some snow showers late Sunday into Monday. Snow/rain late Tuesday.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds A few snow showers Highs: 20 to 27 Wind: S to NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Cold again Lows: 0 to -10 Wind: NNW 5 to 10 mph Thursday: Mostly cloudy Highs: 5 to 15 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Extended: Friday: Partly cloudy Lows: -5 to -20 Highs: 5 to 15 Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 12 to 22 Sunday: AM sun Increasing clouds Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 20s Hyper-Extended: Monday: AM snow showers Then clearing Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 22 to 32 Tuesday: AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for rain/snow late Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 25 to 35

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The verdict is in for accused "American Sniper" killer, Eddie Ray Routh. A Texas jury of 10 women and 2 men needed just about two and a half hours to find Routh guilty of murdering Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield. CBS's Adriana Diaz reports

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(PKG) (SOT) "We have waited two years for God to give justice for us on behalf of our son." Judy Littlefield fought back tears after a judge sentenced Eddie Ray Routh to life...for murdering her son, Chad, along with the deadliest sniper in U-S history, Chris Kyle, on a shooting range in Texas. -nats- we the jury find the defendant Eddie Ray Routh guilty Jurors took just over two hours to return the verdict.... following nine days of testimony... (SOT) We just said we loved each other and gave each other a hug and kiss like we always did. The panel of ten women and two men were also shown video of Routh evading capture in Kyle's truck...and his confession to police: (nats) POLICE: You saw your sister today//what did you tell her? ROUTH: I told her I had to kill a man today.. (VO for now still waiting on a stand up) (Adriana Diaz/ CBS News/ Stephenville, Texas) The defense argued Routh was not guilty by reason of insanity because he suffered from SCHIZOPHRENIA. THEY SAID HE WAS HAVING A DILLUSION WHEN HE OPENED FIRE ON KYLE AND LITTLEFIELD. (SOT) "He believed in his mind they were going to kill him." (VO) Prosecutors maintained the former marine *did* know right from wrong, despite any mental ISSUES (SOT Erath County District Attorney Alan Nash) "The defendant gunned down two men in cold blood." The defense had asked for the case to be moved because of pretrial publicity. They now plan to appeal. Adriana Diaz CBS News Stephenville, Texas.

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An update to a story we first told you about on Monday - four students at Connecticut's Wesleyan University are now under arrest -- after a dozen drug overdoses over the weekend. Ten students and two visitors were hospitalized Sunday after using the drug known as Molly mixed with alcohol. Molly is the latest name for M-D-M-A ... also known as Ecstasy. The arrested students have a court appearance scheduled for March 3rd. The elite liberal arts college has suspended them. They are charged with possession of a controlled substance, illegally obtaining or supplying drugs, selling a hallucinogen and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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A federal judge says a Maine law that allows residents to import prescription drugs from foreign countries through the mail violates federal law. The law is aimed at lowering the cost of medications. A spokesman for Attorney General Janet Mills, says her office will review the ruling and decide on the next steps. The Maine Retail Association says it expects foreign companies to abide by the ruling and cease sending drugs into Maine.

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Welcome Back! There are a lot of Americans who are not getting enough sleep. In fact, the C-D-C is now calling a lack of sleep, a public health epidemic. Teens may be the biggest victim of this problem that researchers at Columbia University describe as the Great Sleep Recession. Teens should get at least nine hours of sleep but the average is only seven. Sleep depravation can cause you to eat more.. it also shrinks your brain and is linked to type 2 diabetes. Their advice? Go to bed at the same time every night.. and find a way to wind down and relax before hitting the sack.

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This is Chun Mun and he is one lucky primate! His wealthy owners in India have named the monkey as heir to their fortune, including the house and land. The childless couple adopted the pet after his mother died, and they credit him with their financial prosperity. They've now decided to leave their estate worth thousands, including a house and 200 yard plot to the monkey. They believe they started experiencing financial prosperity after the monkey came into their lives.

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Children love to play in ball pits at fast food restaurants. Well, a British company is now taking that care free spirit and applying it to the work place. The team at design company Pearl Fisher in London gather daily in a break room of pit balls to brain storm. They sit on 81-thousand white balls - an office now entirely converted into a giant plastic adult playground. The office change follows the likes of Google, Facebook and Yahoo among others who have added slides, interior gardens, pool tables and game rooms to the work place.

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Not too bad today - highs in the 20s, just a few snow showers as clipper comes through. Cold again tonight, stays cold into start of weekend. Lots of clouds on Thursday, but lots of sun Fri. & Sat. Clouding up Sunday after sunny start. Some snow showers late Sunday into Monday. Snow/rain late Tuesday.

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Shorter hospital stays could lead to higher death rates. And why you shouldn't ignore chest pains -- even at a young age. Eboni Williams has those stories and more in healthwatch.

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Older patients who suffer hip fractures are more likely to die if they are hospitalized for only a short time, according to a study in the British Medical Journal. Researchers found patients released from the hospital within 5 days were twice as likely to die compared to those who stayed 15 days or more. Researchers say patients who are released early miss services including rehabilitation. (vo) WHEN you eat, rather than WHAT you eat can have a big impact when it comes to treating type 2 diabetes. European researchers found eating a high energy breakfast, such as milk, eggs and tuna .. followed by light dinner helped lower blood sugar levels by 20%. (vo) And young women tend to ignore the early warning signs of cardiac arrest such as pain and dizziness. Researchers at Yale interviewed women under 55 who were hospitalized for heart attacks. They found many incorrectly assessed their risk of heart disease or worried about triggering a false alarm. Those are some of the day's top health stories. Eboni Williams, CBS News.

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In the headlines this morning: Health insurance hack. commuters left stranded after a crucial bus route is cancelled And a closer look at a candidate for Burlington Mayor...

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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More than 20 thousand Vermonters were impacted by a security breach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. The insurance company says information related to thousands of its members - was in the Anthem Insurance data base that was hacked. Blue Cross says information on that data base was primarily names, addresses and birthdates. But - social security numbers for more than 20 customers may have also been included. Blue Cross says it is contacting those customers directly.

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It may be exclusive -- and pricey. But state officials say a members-only resort has violated permitting rules. The state says the Hermitage Club in Wilmington -- failed to apply for Act 250 land use and water quality permits --before starting construction. The projects included a dam -- that disturbed wetlands -- and wind turbine on Haystack Mountain. The Vermont attorney general's office is charging Hermitage with 15 permit violations. Members pay 65-to-75-thousand-doll ars to belong to the club. Plus -- annual fees.

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In less than a week -- Burlington residents will head to the polls -- to vote for the next Mayor.. Steve Goodkind worked for the city of Burlington for 32 years, under five different mayors. Now, the former public works director doesn't want to work for the mayor, he wants to be the mayor. The 1974 UVM graduate says he's unhappy with the direction the city is going -- so he's running to bring more transparency to the Queen City.

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(10:47 Steve Goodkind/Progressive for Mayor)(("I believe that we need to reorganize city government and I'm talking about a reallocation of what the resources we already have are doing.")) This week Alex Apple is taking an in depth look at each of the candidates. You can watch his full report on Goodking on our website. And tonight Alex will continue his series -- with a profile on Independent candidate Greg Guma.

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Plattsburgh residents depending on the public bus left out in the cold this week. About 25-thousand riders use the North City route run by Clinton County Public Transit each year. Stops include the hospital, local mall, senior center, and grocery stores. But the department decided to cancel the route for the rest of the week.

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(00:38:16 8450) (( James Bosley/Clinton County Planning Department "Clinton County Contracts with FIrst Transit to manage and operate our bus system for us, and they're very short on drivers. So there's just not enough drivers to run all the routes." 00:38:27)) With temperatures this week below freezing, riders are concerned about the dangers involved with walking to their destinations. The county planning department suggests riders take the West City Route, because it overlaps with some of the North City Stops. The department says next week, more routes are expected to be closing.

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(anchors introduce gary) Not too bad today - highs in the 20s, just a few snow showers as clipper comes through. Cold again tonight, stays cold into start of weekend. Lots of clouds on Thursday, but lots of sun Fri. & Sat. Clouding up Sunday after sunny start. Some snow showers late Sunday into Monday. Snow/rain late Tuesday.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds A few snow showers Highs: 20 to 27 Wind: S to NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Cold again Lows: 0 to -10 Wind: NNW 5 to 10 mph Thursday: Mostly cloudy Highs: 5 to 15 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Extended: Friday: Partly cloudy Lows: -5 to -20 Highs: 5 to 15 Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 12 to 22 Sunday: AM sun Increasing clouds Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 20s Hyper-Extended: Monday: AM snow showers Then clearing Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 22 to 32 Tuesday: AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for rain/snow late Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 25 to 35

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Dairy farmers cut -- or dock -- the tail of a cow when it's young to produce clean milk. It's a common practice among Vermont dairy farmers. But there's a push at the statehouse to stop it. Logan Crawford reports.

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((nats cow moo)) Cutting off a cow's tail is common on many Vermont farms. It's called docking. (TC 00:10:53:10 Tile 3603) ((Keith Gray/Gray Farms "When they're milking the cows, the cow don't get their tail into the manure and splatter it all over where they're going to be milked." 00:11:00:13)) Keith Gray is ok with docking tails on cows. He does it on his farm. He argues docking provides clean, quality milk for customers. But some animal rights activists and state lawmakers want to stop docking. (TC 04:00 tile 6458) ((Joanne Bourbeau/humane society of the United States "It's incredibly cruel, these animals need their tails for a variety of reasons, fly avoidance behaviors is one. You have animals that all of a sudden don't have an defense against flies." 04:10)) Those against docking say there's no medical benefit to it for cows. They also argue there's no science to support docking produces cleaner milk. We asked Senator Dick Sears who introduced the proposed bill to prohibit docking to comment -- but he declined. Supporters of docking say they cut below the bone and causes the animal little harm -- and flies aren't a big deal. (TC 00:12:03:24 Tile 3603) ((Keith Gray/Gray Farms "We use fly spray and what not and our cows are inside most of the time, so it doesn't really affect them." 00:12:10:05)) Dairy farmer Mark Magnan stopped docking his cattle 4 years ago. He says if the cow's tail is trimmed -- it still keeps the cow and the milk clean. (TC 00:16:15:12 Tile 3604) ((Mark Magnan/Magnan Farm "Docking tails is probably associated with clipping ears on dogs I think. I think people think it's not necessary." 00:16:25:21)) At the State House Tuesday....there was a push to ban docking of cows tails....at the same time... The humane society honored public safety commissioner Keith Flynn for his work strengthening animal cruelty laws for household pets. But he would not step into the tail docking debate. (TC 13:16 tile 6556) ((Keith Flynn/public safety commissioner "we've been very careful to make sure that we limit it to that and then the agricultural piece is left to the department of Ag." 13:22)) (Tc 06:20 tile 6458) ((Joanne Bourbeau/humane society of the United States "being in a dairy state we don't expect this to be an easy issue but it's one we think is very important and we're moving forward with hopefully making some advances there." 06:30)) Proponents of prohibiting docking included in their proposal it's okay to cut the tail of a cow if it's to relieve pain or save its life. Docking otherwise -- would be up to a 5-hundred dollar fine. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Montpelier.

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((TRT: 1:50 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((Stratton Mountain School elite team member Jessie Diggins and Caitlin Gregg, a Harwood high school standout, finished second and third at the women's 10K freestyle race today at the nordic World Championships in Sweden, the best finish ever by the U-S team at a distance event at the World Championships. East Montpelier's Liz Stephen also had an outstanding performance, finishing tenth. -------------------- To Norwich, the Cadets women's basketball team... seeded second, hosting Anna Maria in the GNAC quarterfinals... ------ Late first half, Norwich's Kelsey Lotti buries three of her 10 points as the Cadets go up 7. --- Later in the half, Lotti's shot is no good, but there's Arianna Harrison with one of her 10 rebounds, putting it back for 2. --- Then Aliah Curry starts to heat up from long range. She had a game high 22...Norwich runs away to a 68-51 win. They will host a GNAC semifinal Thursday night. ---------------------- - the Plattsburgh women opening the SUNYAC playoffs on the road at Oneonta....and they fall by one, 58-57. The Cardinals made the NCAA Tournament a season ago. ----- and the Southern Vermont women earned the program's first postseason with, routing Newbury in an NECC first round matchup in Bennington. ---------------------- --- To Castleton...the Spartans men facing Thomas in the NAC quarterfinals...former Rochester star Pavin Parrish back after missing four games with an injury... including a loss to Thomas eleven days ago ... --- Parrish had seven points in 29 minutes ...but it was another Vermonter, Twinfield standout Chad Copeland, that led the Spartans...the junior with 19 points and a game high 18 rebounds ...five assists and four blocks...Fair Haven's Rob Coloutti chipped in ten as Castleton wins 70-60. ---------------------- -- The St. Mike's men's and women's teams lose their regular season finales last night, but make the Northeast-10 playofffs. And we have high school hockey and boys basketball playoff highlights...look for all those on the sports page at WCAX.com. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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Not too bad today - highs in the 20s, just a few snow showers as clipper comes through. Cold again tonight, stays cold into start of weekend. Lots of clouds on Thursday, but lots of sun Fri. & Sat. Clouding up Sunday after sunny start. Some snow showers late Sunday into Monday. Snow/rain late Tuesday.

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A bit of excitement at the longest running general store in the state. After all, it's not everyday music royalty walks through your door. But that's exactly what happened for the owners of JJ Hapgood. Eliza Larson has more.

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Juliette Britton owns J.J. Hapgood's general store in Peru. While she was working on Sunday - she received a call about a very important person coming in to eat. They wanted to make sure not many people were around. Sir Paul McCartney - the famous musician and former Beatle - stopped in after a day on the slopes at Bromley. This picture is from J.J. Hapgood's Twitter account. Britton said they waited until Tuesday to release the picture because she feared a paparazzi frenzy. (TC 19:21:41:04 Title 1917)((Juliette Britton/Owner, J.J. Hapgood: "it's very exciting. 19:21:42:29)) McCartney told Britton a celebrity-friend said he should stop by -- to check out the store's diverse menu. TC 19:18:45:03 Title 1917)((Juliette Britton/Owner, J.J. Hapgood "he ordered a margherita pizza and he ordered a kale salad. I understand he's a vegetarian and he heard we have a lot of vegetarian options, organic kale." 19:18:55:06)) And a side of red sauce too. J.J. Hapgood first opened 150 years ago and is the longest running general store in Vermont. It is recognized as a destination after being featured in the 19-87 movie Baby Boom staring Diane Keaton. (TC 19:37:05:15 Title 1936)((Eliza Larson/Peru: "when you walk through the aisles at J. J. Hapgoods, you never know what or who you may find. But the cozy, quiet atmosphere is great for everyone -- a local or celebrity." 19:37:17:08)) (TC 19:19:19:14 Title 1917)((Juliette Britton/Owner, J.J. Hapgood "peru is a really special place and I think that this place on earth for whatever reason is charmed and we feel pretty lucky." 19:19:26:17)) Britton tells us her favorite McCartney song is Jet. She said it was a nickname of hers growing up. And now - as she runs the general store - she hopes more folks jet over to check it out. Eliza Larson. Channel 3 News. Peru.

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FairPoint workers are headed back work this morning after a four-month strike. More than 17-hundred workers are returning to their jobs following the approval of a tentative agreement. Some are not sure what they'll encounter after replacement workers staffed call centers and maintained the network. Under the new contract, current employees keep their defined benefit pensions but contributions will be reduced. Workers will also contribute to health care costs for the first time -- but at a lower rate than proposed by the company.

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To help get low-income Vermonters back on the roads -- the state has unveiled a one-day license suspension amnesty program. State officials say about 22-thousand Vermonters have had their licenses suspended for failing to pay up. That translates to 113-thousand unpaid tickets. Now, the state has created a pilot program for drivers in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Washington counties. On March 20th, those drivers will be able to pay 20 dollars per ticket to clear their records -- and legally re-gain the right to drive.

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A former St. Johnsbury Academy teacher is heading to prison - for 2-and-a-half years. Jose (Bruh-ZOO-el) Bruzual has been sentenced in federal court -- for possession of child pornography. Police say an undercover investigation of online porn sharing led to Bruzual's IP address - and searches revealed he had more than a thousand images and hundreds of videos. Bruzual was fired from the school after his arrest.

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Nearly every morning that lawmakers file into the stathouse -- firecodes are being violated. But there's no plan to fix the problem In House committee rooms, occupancy is limited to just 12 people, but enforcing that cap would bar some committees from even seating a witness. The state's fire safety division executive director has testified -- saying he's not concerned. Statehouse meetings must be open to the public, and no one appears to have the appetite for funding an expansion of the building.

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Plattsburgh residents depending on the public bus -- have been left out in the cold this week. About 25-thousand riders use the North City route run by Clinton County Public Transit each year. Stops include the hospital, local mall, senior center, and grocery stores. But the department decided to cancel the route for the rest of the week.

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(00:38:16 8450) (( James Bosley/Clinton County Planning Department "Clinton County Contracts with FIrst Transit to manage and operate our bus system for us, and they're very short on drivers. So there's just not enough drivers to run all the routes." 00:38:27)) Riders say they're concerned about having to walk -- in the below freezing weather. The county planning department suggests riders take the West City Route, because it overlaps with some of the North City Stops. The department says next week, more routes are expected to be closing.

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Not too bad today - highs in the 20s, just a few snow showers as clipper comes through. Cold again tonight, stays cold into start of weekend. Lots of clouds on Thursday, but lots of sun Fri. & Sat. Clouding up Sunday after sunny start. Some snow showers late Sunday into Monday. Snow/rain late Tuesday.


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