Wed 17-DEC-2014 Early A.M. News Script

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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He killed a Vermont teacher and today Alan Prue finds out just how long he'll spend in jail. The snowplow driver is being sentenced today in Caledonia County court in St. Johnsbury. Melissa Jenkins was a teacher at St. Johnsbury Academy and grew up in Danville. She was murdered not far from her home. While today's sentencing will be in the Northeast Kingdom ... The trial was moved to Chittenden County. A jury there found him guilty of murder back in October.

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The other person accused in the killing ... Alan Prue's wife Patricia ... Now says that she wants to make a deal with prosecutors and plead guilty. Her lawyer has been planning to mount an insanity defense -- and says her decision is an indication of her worsening mental condition. Patricia Prue is scheduled to go on trial in March.

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We have new video of a crash in Grand Isle County. Swanton police responded to a rollover crash late last night. The cause of the crash is under investigation and we are waiting to hear from police with the latest details ..

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A major route in Winooski will be closed today. New England Central Railroad will be making repairs to a crossing on Malletts Bay Avenue It's expected to take all day -- and the road will be closed from 6-am - to 5pm.

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Power crews are still working to get the lights back on. But they've made huge progress. Right now -- about 937 homes in Vermont -- are still without electricity. Crews have returned service to more than 170-thousand homes and businesses -- that lost power at one time or another -- since the snow began falling a week ago. The utilities estimate their combined damages will top 20-million dollars -- making it priciest storm the state has ever seen.

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A convicted arsonist ... Who started a deadly fire ... Could be out of jail in six years. Four people died in that fire. Shelby Cashman has reaction from court.

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(00:19:48) ((Bobbi-Jo Perrault "You want a comment? when he gets out in 5 years, hes dead.")) (00:19:51) That reaction--capped an emotional day in court. Bobbi-Jo Perrault lost her mother--and three young sons to a fire at their Milton apartment complex--set by Eric Williams in 1999. He initially pleaded guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter. (Clip 18) (00:01:08) ((Bobby Moulton/Father on Victim "You robbed me of my fatherhood, you are a cold blooded murderer. You deserve to spend the rest of your life in jail because nothing is ever going to bring my boy back.")) (00:01:17) Tuesday in court-- victims family members spoke at his new sentencing hearing. Judge Samuel Hoar cutting Williams's sentence shorter. Instead of the maximum sentence of forty to sixty years originally imposed -- Williams will serve 32 to sixty. But--the Judge noted that with time already served and with considerations by the corrections department -- its possible he could be out in six years or less. (00:00:21) ((Eric williams "I took the lives of three beautiful children and their grandmother.")) (00:00:25) Williams apologized to the victims family--and said he will spend the rest of his life trying to right his wrongs. (00:01:11) ((Eric Willaims "There is immediate and extended family of the victims who have also suffered tragically from my action. I do not have the words to express my sorrow to these people for the loss because of my selfish actions.")) (00:01:27) The state--did not buy Williams' remorse. (Clip 60) (00:00:41) (( Mary Morrisey "From the state's perspective at this point, to give him any consideration for his acceptance of responsibility would be unfair , it would be inconsistent with the record. He has not taken responsibility except when it behooved him to do so.")) (00:00:56) Diane Moulton--grandmother to one of the children-- Troy Perrault-Moulton--said Williams is a killer. But--this decision does bring some closure--after a long 15 years. (00:21:03) ((Diane Moulton "now the boys can rest in peace hopefully.")) (00:21:05) The victims--three year old Troy Perrault-Moulton--five year old Tyler Billado and eleven year old Ryan Francis--would have all been young adults today. Their family says--there is no justice.

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Vermont lawmakers are taking a second look at security procedures at the statehouse and capitol complex. This comes after a study by a private security consultant. The report says, the area lacks a unified security plan. There are three capital police officers and, according to the report, the lines of authority and responsibility -- are blurred.

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((00:18:00:19 Lieutenant Gov Phil Scott "I dont know if its a wake up call but it certainly was something that we have known about and had observed ourselves and wanted to clarify, so were looking for recommendations to next steps in terms of creating a safer environment for the public that comes to visit the statehouse.)) There are currently NO plans to change the open access to the statehouse -- as has been dicussed in the past. Lawmakers plan to take up the recommendations in the report this session

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(anchors introduce gary) Light wintry mix in the AM changing to rain showers, on and off, changing to snow showers late. Dusting - 2" snow overnight, higher amounts in higher elevations. Same thing for Thursday. Clearing out, but a little colder for Friday and Saturday. Chance for a few snow showers Sunday, and a few snow/rain showers Monday & Tuesday.

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Today: Some AM mix Rain showers to snow showers late Highs: 35 to 42 Wind: S to W 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Snow showers, dusting to 2" Lows: 25 to 32 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Thursday: Snow showers Breezy Highs: 30 to 37 Wind: NW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Partly sunny Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 25 to 35 Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 25 to 35 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Monday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 32 to 42 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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Pakistan mourns after a Taliban attack kills 141 students.. Lauren Lyster has the latest in worldwatch ...

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PAKISTAN IS VOWING NOT TO GIVE UP ON HUNTING DOWN MILITANTS AFTER TUESDAY'S MASSACRE AT A SCHOOL IN PESHAWAR. TALIBAN GUNMAN KILLED AT LEAST 141 PEOPLE IN THE ATTACK - MOST OF THEM, CHILDREN. THE TALIBAN SAYS THE MURDERS WERE TO AVENGE THE KILLINGS OF ITS MEMBERS BY PAKISTANI AUTHORITIES. AN ONLINE HACKING GROUP IS THREATENING MOVIEGOERS OVER THE STUDIO'S UPCOMING COMEDY FILM "THE INTERVIEW"... ABOUT JOURNALISTS RECRUITED TO KILL THE LEADER OF NORTH KOREA. THE GROUP "GUARDIANS OF PEACE" SENT THE THREATS VIA EMAIL TO SEVERAL NEWS OUTLETS SAYING, "THE WORLD WILL BE FULL OF FEAR. REMEMBER THE 11TH OF SEPTEMBER 2001." IN RESPONSE - SONY PICTURES IS TELLING THEATERS THEY ARE FREE NOT TO SHOW THE SETH ROGEN/JAMES FRANCO FILM SET FOR RELEASE CHRISTMAS DAY. CARMIKE CINEMAS, WHICH OPERATES OVER 200 THEATERS ACROSS THE US, HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL CANCEL ITS SHOWINGS OF THE MOVIE. THURSDAY'S PREMIERE OF THE FILM IN NEW YORK HAS ALSO BEEN CANCELLED. AND, THE MANHUNT FOR A PENNSYLVANIA MAN ENDED IN THE WOODS NORTH OF PHILADELPHIA TUESDAY. EX-MARINE BRADLEY WILLIAM STONE'S BODY WAS FOUND A DAY AFTER POLICE SAY HE KILLED HIS EX-WIFE AND FIVE MEMBERS OF HER FAMILY OVER A CUSTODY DISPUTE. AUTHORITIES SAY STONE DIED OF SELF-INFLICTED KNIFE WOUNDS. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES. I'M LAUREN LYSTER CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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After just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in California has found IN FAVOR of Apple -- in a billion-dollar class action lawsuit. The battle has been over the price of its iPod music players. The lawsuit was filed back in 2005 and claimed that iTunes seven included updates that violated antitrust laws and allowed Apple to push out its competition. Apple had argued that the software provided necessary security protection. The plaintiffs had asked for 351 million dollars, and any damages would have been tripled under antitrust law. But the jury ruled in favor of Apple -- deciding that the new update consisted of a genuine product improvement. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say they plan to appeal yesterdays verdict.

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Looking to spice up your cubicle? Well how a friendly office competition -- like the sales team at the W Hotel in Minneapolis. Just check out their festive designs... The team members compete for a prize -- and some co-workers took it to a new level. Like one person -- who built a log cabin out of carpet tubes. Maybe you see a few ideas to spread some holiday cheer in the office....

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Is your income tied to the local economy? Researchers say YES. A new study finds there's a DIRECT link between how cold and warm it is outside -- and how much money you make. This study was done by the National Bureau of Economic Research -- and they analyzed data over a 40-year-period. What they found -- was that daily temperatures play, what they say, is a large role in the economics of the community. Their research says the warmer the climate you live in -- the less money you make. That could be good news for us in colder climates ... But Vermont may be a bit too cold... They say apparently there is a sweet spot... A daily average between 54 and 59 degrees is where productivity is maximized -- and people are making the most cash.

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Light wintry mix in the AM changing to rain showers, on and off, changing to snow showers late. Dusting - 2" snow overnight, higher amounts in higher elevations. Same thing for Thursday. Clearing out, but a little colder for Friday and Saturday. Chance for a few snow showers Sunday, and a few snow/rain showers Monday & Tuesday.

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The holidays are one of the sweetest -- and most sugar filled times of the year. Dr. Janet Miccolo of the Vermont State Dental Society joins us to talk about how you can keep your family's mouths heathy. ((what are some do's and don'ts?)) ((DO: enjoy in moderation, drink plenty of water, have treats at mealtimes)) ((DON'T: get stuck, get chipped)) ((when should people eat treats?)) ((what are some tips for parents.. what should you talk to your kids about?)) ((this is the season of giving -- what are some gifts that make dentists happy and help oral health?)) Protecting Your Oral Health During the Sweetest Time of Year · The holidays are one of the sweetest and sugar intensive times of the year - there are sweet treats everywhere! · Vermont's community dentists want you to know: o It's ok to indulge our sweet tooth - go ahead and have that extra cookie and piece of chocolate. o You can do it - just maintain your oral health by making good choices, drinking plenty of water and brushing twice a day. *** KIDS · Celebrating the holidays is a treat for everyone, young and old. · It's also an excellent opportunity to talk with our kids about the importance of brushing regularly. · In addition to a few sweet treats, helping kids develop a life long commitment to healthy teeth and gums is an important gift. · Teaching kids that enjoying sweet treats in moderation is perfectly acceptable, as long as they're taking good care of your teeth, avoiding treats that can damage teeth, and brushing two minutes, twice a day every day. · Toothbrushes make great stocking stuffers and it's a great way to communicate that caring for your teeth and gums is important. ***Here are some "Do's and Don'ts" for Vermonters indulging their sweet tooth this holiday season: · Do: Enjoy Treats in Moderation - Too much of a good thing can cause stomach aches and other discomfort. · Do: Drink Plenty of Water - Water will help wash away the sugars, acids and other debris and keep you hydrated for more holiday fun. · Do: Have Treats at Meal Time -- Sweets should be consumed during mealtimes. The saliva produced by your mouth during mealtime will help neutralize some of the acids formed by bacteria while also helping to flush out food debris. If possible brush your teeth within 20 minutes of a sweet treat. · Don't: Get Stuck - Avoid really sticky treats. Sticky stuff builds up on teeth and can remove sealants and other treatments · Don't: Get Chipped - Avoid chewing hard treats, they can chip away at teeth.

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In the headlines this morning: BUS RESCUE ... crews call it remarkable how they reached a woman trapped under a bus. CHARGES DISMISSED ... More fallout from a former Colchester detective's indictment. and ... NO JAIL TIME ... Two Milton teens make a deal in a hazing case.

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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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They're calling her rescue remarkable --- this morning --- a woman trapped under a bus has emergency crews to thank for freeing her. The Middlebury woman was tossed from a bus and pinned underneath it following a crash on Route 7 in East Middlebury. Police say, a farm truck hit the driver's side of an Addison County Transit Resources truck yesterday. Investigators say Sarah Banerji was thrown from the bus when it happened.

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(TC 00:04:21:22 Title 4726) ((David Shaw/Assistant Chief, Middlebury Fire Department "We used airbags and we got a lot of snow and tunneled our way underneath the bus and extricated that young lady through the snow using airbags and other lifting devices to lift the vehicle off of her legs and get her up from underneath. Looks like she was ejected once the bus made contact with the snow bank and rolled. She was ejected and the bus landed on top of her. Remarkably she was able to be removed from underneath the bus." 00:04:46:08)) Investigators say four people were tn to the hospital for injuries. Route 7 was closed to traffic for more than 5 hours.

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A Clinton County drug sweep nets nearly three dozen arrests. Police say it's the result of ongoing drug investigations -- by state and local authorities -- throughout the county. 34 -- suspected drug dealers were rounded up. The suspects range in age from 19 to 73. More than half live in Plattsburgh. Several of the suspects -- have been arraigned. All were charged with selling drugs -- like cocaine and illegal opiates -- some near school property.

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More charges against drug suspects have been dropped -- following a former Colchester detective's indictment. Last month -- Corporal Tyler Kinney -- was arrested after he allegedly stole a gun and drugs -- linked to these cases -- from the department's evidence room. Yesterday, Chittenden County State's Attorney -- T.J. Donovan -- dropped four charges -- against defendant Quan Hughes due to missing evidence. Hughes was charged with selling drugs near school property -- and trafficking heroin. Kinney has been released from drug rehab. This marks the 5th case prosecutors have dropped due to Kinney's arrest -- citing missing or compromised evidence.

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Two teenagers from Milton -- who admitted to assaulting a teammate with a broom-stick -- have avoided any jail time. As part of a plea agreement, Colby Darling and Brian Lasell pleaded guilty to assault -- for their role in the 2012 hazing incident. At the time of the attack -- both played for the Milton High School football team. The victim signed off on the plea agreement. Judge James Crucitti says that's the only reason he gave them a lenient sentence -- and why the pair were not charged with more serious crimes.

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(00:32:06:00) ((Judge James Crucitti - Vt. Superior Court it would have destroyed your life, you would have been on a registry, you would have been tagged the rest of your life as prettery horrible people and to me it's teh victims' decsiion on wanting this to go through, that isn't making me push to have that happen because there isn't much that would otherwise stop me.)) The pair's record will be wiped clean if they avoid re-offending for 18 months. Three other former players still face charges.

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Santa -- took a break from the North Pole today -- and stopped by the UVM Medical Center -- but he left his sleigh and reindeer behind. Instead -- Santa got a lift in a Customs and Border Protection helicopter. He came to visit sick kids at the Vermont Children's Hospital. And of course he brought along a few presents. This is the 8th year that Santa's gotten a hand with the visit -- from Customs and Border Protection.

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(( well we get to get presents from him and everything. And he's sort of kinda funny and cool. I thought he was gonna land in the snow.)) The team from Customs and Border Protection says it is in constant communication with Santa to make sure he gets across the border smoothly.

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(anchors introduce gary) Light wintry mix in the AM changing to rain showers, on and off, changing to snow showers late. Dusting - 2" snow overnight, higher amounts in higher elevations. Same thing for Thursday. Clearing out, but a little colder for Friday and Saturday. Chance for a few snow showers Sunday, and a few snow/rain showers Monday & Tuesday.

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Today: Some AM mix Rain showers to snow showers late Highs: 35 to 42 Wind: S to W 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Snow showers, dusting to 2" Lows: 25 to 32 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Thursday: Snow showers Breezy Highs: 30 to 37 Wind: NW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Partly sunny Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 25 to 35 Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 25 to 35 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Monday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 32 to 42 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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((TRT: 2:00 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((Winners of two straight after starting the season with seven losses, the UVM women's basketball team visits St. Francis Brooklyn tonight at 7pm. We'll have highlights at 11pm. ---------------------- - The UVM men's basketball wraps up a four game homestand tomorrow night against Yale. Vermont is 2-1 over the first three games of that stretch after Sunday's 14 point win over Wagner. In that game, the Cats held Wagner to a paltry 27 percent shooting from the field. Over the course of the season, Vermont has held their opponents to 40 percent shooting or less in seven of nine games. With the Cats sitting at 5-4, the results are still slow in coming but the team has bought into the message. ---------------------- ------- ((Becker/ When they get here, they learn it from the guys that are returning and they buy in. I coach defense, and they understand that if they want to play they are going to have to play defense and rebound and I'm lucky that I have guys that embrace that and understand that that is what they need to do.)) ((Steidl/ He preaches that everyday, that you just have to buy into the system. If you play defense, it doesn't matter if you shoot 20 percent from the field, if you play a great defensive game you are always going to have a chance to win. Everyday we are working on defense the most out of everything. We really trust him and the coaching staff.)) ---------------------- ---------- The writing was probably on the wall with the resigning of third baseman Chase Headley on Monday, but yesterday Yankees GM Brian Cashman made the club's feelings about a returning Alex Rodriguez crystal clear, saying A-Rod's days as an everyday fielder are over, and at best, Cashman hopes Rodriguez will be New York's full time designated hitter. Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, is coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract and is owed $61 million over the final three seasons of his contract. ---------------------- ------------ The Dartmouth men's basketball team picked up its third win in the last four games last night, a 67-51 victory over Mercer in Macon, Georgia. Now 4-5, the Big Green return home to host Northern Illinois on Friday. 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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He killed a Vermont teacher and today Alan Prue finds out just how long he'll spend in jail. The snowplow driver is being sentenced today in Caledonia County court in St. Johnsbury. Melissa Jenkins was a teacher at St. Johnsbury Academy and grew up in Danville. She was murdered not far from her home. While today's sentencing will be in the Northeast Kingdom ... The trial was moved to Chittenden County. A jury there found him guilty of murder back in October.

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They're calling her rescue remarkable --- this morning --- a woman trapped under a bus has emergency crews to thank for freeing her. The Middlebury woman was tossed from a bus and pinned underneath it following a crash on Route 7 in East Middlebury. Police say, a farm truck hit the driver's side of an Addison County Transit Resources truck yesterday. Investigators say Sarah Banerji was thrown from the bus when it happened.

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(TC 00:04:21:22 Title 4726) ((David Shaw/Assistant Chief, Middlebury Fire Department "We used airbags and we got a lot of snow and tunneled our way underneath the bus and extricated that young lady through the snow using airbags and other lifting devices to lift the vehicle off of her legs and get her up from underneath. Looks like she was ejected once the bus made contact with the snow bank and rolled. She was ejected and the bus landed on top of her. Remarkably she was able to be removed from underneath the bus." 00:04:46:08)) Investigators say four people were injured in the crash. All were taken to the hospital. Route 7 was closed to traffic for more than 5 hours.

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Vermont continues to lead the way with Peace Corps volunteers. The organization says the Green Mountain state ranks first -- per capita -- for folks signing up to serve. The Peace Corps says Vermont has almost 8 volunteers for every 100-thousand people. The statistics show New Hampshire ranks fifth. Since the Peace Corps was founded in 19-61 more than 15-hundred Vermonters have volunteered with the organization.

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Funerals already have been held for some of the dozens of people killed yesterday when the Pakistani Taliban attacked a military-run school in the country's troubled northwest. But most of the victims will be buried today. Prayer vigils also are being held across the nation following the deadliest slaughter of innocents in the country. The death toll had been 141, but the body of the school principal was found overnight.

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A group of Manchester New Hamphire teens are waking up in jail this morning -- after allegedly stealing more than a dozen puppies. Police say the four teenagers broke into a pet store -- by breaking the glass in the front door -- and took off with 13 puppies. An hour after the report was taken -- a Manchester Police officer saw the teens carrying around two dogs that looked like the stolen ones. The four teens ran off -- but officers say they were able to catch up. All the puppies were found safe and sound.

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

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Light wintry mix in the AM changing to rain showers, on and off, changing to snow showers late. Dusting - 2" snow overnight, higher amounts in higher elevations. Same thing for Thursday. Clearing out, but a little colder for Friday and Saturday. Chance for a few snow showers Sunday, and a few snow/rain showers Monday & Tuesday.

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Author Shelagh Shapiro joins us this morning to talk about her book "Shape of the Sky."

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

2} PRUEAM_VO


He killed a Vermont teacher and today Alan Prue finds out just how long he'll spend in jail. The snowplow driver is being sentenced today in Caledonia County court in St. Johnsbury. Melissa Jenkins was a teacher at St. Johnsbury Academy and grew up in Danville. She was murdered not far from her home. While today's sentencing will be in the Northeast Kingdom ... The trial was moved to Chittenden County. A jury there found him guilty of murder back in October.

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The other person accused in the killing ... Alan Prue's wife Patricia ... Now says that she wants to make a deal with prosecutors and plead guilty. Her lawyer has been planning to mount an insanity defense -- and says her decision is an indication of her worsening mental condition. Patricia Prue is scheduled to go on trial in March.

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We have new video of a crash in Grand Isle County. Swanton police responded to a rollover crash late last night. The cause of the crash is under investigation and we are waiting to hear from police with the latest details ..

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A major route in Winooski will be closed today. New England Central Railroad will be making repairs to a crossing on Malletts Bay Avenue It's expected to take all day -- and the road will be closed from 6-am - to 5pm.

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Power crews are still working to get the lights back on. But they've made huge progress. Right now -- about 918 homes in Vermont -- are still without electricity. Crews have returned service to more than 170-thousand homes and businesses -- that lost power at one time or another -- since the snow began falling a week ago. The utilities estimate their combined damages will top 20-million dollars -- making it priciest storm the state has ever seen.

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A convicted arsonist ... Who started a deadly fire ... Could be out of jail in six years. Four people died in that fire. Shelby Cashman has reaction from court.

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(00:19:48) ((Bobbi-Jo Perrault "You want a comment? when he gets out in 5 years, hes dead.")) (00:19:51) That reaction--capped an emotional day in court. Bobbi-Jo Perrault lost her mother--and three young sons to a fire at their Milton apartment complex--set by Eric Williams in 1999. He initially pleaded guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter. (Clip 18) (00:01:08) ((Bobby Moulton/Father on Victim "You robbed me of my fatherhood, you are a cold blooded murderer. You deserve to spend the rest of your life in jail because nothing is ever going to bring my boy back.")) (00:01:17) Tuesday in court-- victims family members spoke at his new sentencing hearing. Judge Samuel Hoar cutting Williams's sentence shorter. Instead of the maximum sentence of forty to sixty years originally imposed -- Williams will serve 32 to sixty. But--the Judge noted that with time already served and with considerations by the corrections department -- its possible he could be out in six years or less. (00:00:21) ((Eric williams "I took the lives of three beautiful children and their grandmother.")) (00:00:25) Williams apologized to the victims family--and said he will spend the rest of his life trying to right his wrongs. (00:01:11) ((Eric Willaims "There is immediate and extended family of the victims who have also suffered tragically from my action. I do not have the words to express my sorrow to these people for the loss because of my selfish actions.")) (00:01:27) The state--did not buy Williams' remorse. (Clip 60) (00:00:41) (( Mary Morrisey "From the state's perspective at this point, to give him any consideration for his acceptance of responsibility would be unfair , it would be inconsistent with the record. He has not taken responsibility except when it behooved him to do so.")) (00:00:56) Diane Moulton--grandmother to one of the children-- Troy Perrault-Moulton--said Williams is a killer. But--this decision does bring some closure--after a long 15 years. (00:21:03) ((Diane Moulton "now the boys can rest in peace hopefully.")) (00:21:05) The victims--three year old Troy Perrault-Moulton--five year old Tyler Billado and eleven year old Ryan Francis--would have all been young adults today. Their family says--there is no justice.

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Vermont lawmakers are taking a second look at security procedures at the statehouse and capitol complex. This comes after a study by a private security consultant. The report says, the area lacks a unified security plan. There are three capital police officers and, according to the report, the lines of authority and responsibility -- are blurred.

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((00:18:00:19 Lieutenant Gov Phil Scott "I dont know if its a wake up call but it certainly was something that we have known about and had observed ourselves and wanted to clarify, so were looking for recommendations to next steps in terms of creating a safer environment for the public that comes to visit the statehouse.)) There are currently NO plans to change the open access to the statehouse -- as has been dicussed in the past. Lawmakers plan to take up the recommendations in the report this session

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(anchors introduce gary) Light wintry mix in the AM changing to rain showers, on and off, changing to snow showers late. Dusting - 2" snow overnight, higher amounts in higher elevations. Same thing for Thursday. Clearing out, but a little colder for Friday and Saturday. Chance for a few snow showers Sunday, and a few snow/rain showers Monday & Tuesday.

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Today: Some AM mix Rain showers to snow showers late Highs: 35 to 42 Wind: S to W 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Snow showers, dusting to 2" Lows: 25 to 32 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Thursday: Snow showers Breezy Highs: 30 to 37 Wind: NW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Partly sunny Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 25 to 35 Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 25 to 35 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Monday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 32 to 42 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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The fallout from that massive data hack at Sony is escalating. The group that says it's responsible for the cyber-attack is threatening violence against movie theaters showing 'The Interview.' Don Champion is at the theater in New York where the premiere of the movie has been cancelled.

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(The Interview / Sony Pictures) Nat "you want us to assassinate the leader of north korea? Yes. whatttt " 'The Interview' is a comedy, but the lead up to the film's release has been anything but a laughing matter. Carmike Cinemas, the fourth largest cinema chain in the nation, has decided to cancel its planned showings of the movie. (GFX) The move comes after a chilling message posted by cyber hackers, Guardians of Peace, warning moviegoers to stay away from theaters when they start showing the film. The warning reads. "The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001." (SOT MOVIE NAT) The film about journalists assigned to kill the leader of North Korea...opens nationwide on Christmas Day. While Sony is moving forward with it' release, in an unusual move the company has told theaters they don't to show the film. (Don Champion / CBS News New York) "Fallout has even led to the cancellation of Thursday night's New York premiere of the film here at Sunshine Cinema in Manhattan" Police in New York and L-A will take precautions in light of the new threat. (SOT John Miller/Deputy Commissioner, Intelligence & Counterterrorism, NYPD) "Our primary posture will be to have a police presence and a response capability that will reassure people who may have heard about this and have concerns" The FBI and Department of Homeland Security say there's not credible intelligence that suggests any active plot exists. Don Champion CBS News, New York.

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In Maine, outside experts are being brought in -- to help decide if anyone will be charged in a fatal october Hayride. The Assistant District Attorney says after receiving a final investigation report on the crash from state fire officials -- they will consult with experts and the fire marshall's office before deciding whether to file charges against the owners of Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls. The crash killed 17-year-old Cassidy Charette of Oakland and injured 22 others at a popular seasonal attraction.

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A group of Manchester New Hamphire teens are waking up in jail this morning -- after allegedly stealing more than a dozen puppies. Police say the four teenagers broke into a pet store -- by breaking the glass in the front door -- and took off with 13 puppies. An hour after the report was taken -- a Manchester Police officer saw the teens carrying around two dogs that looked like the stolen ones. The four teens ran off -- but officers say they were able to catch up. All the puppies were found safe and sound.

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After just a few hours of deliberations, a jury in California has found IN FAVOR of Apple -- in a billion-dollar class action lawsuit. The battle has been over the price of its iPod music players. The lawsuit was filed back in 2005 and claimed that iTunes seven included updates that violated antitrust laws and allowed Apple to push out its competition. Apple had argued that the software provided necessary security protection. The plaintiffs had asked for 351 million dollars, and any damages would have been tripled under antitrust law. But the jury ruled in favor of Apple -- deciding that the new update consisted of a genuine product improvement. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say they plan to appeal yesterdays verdict.

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Looking to spice up your cubicle? Well how a friendly office competition -- like the sales team at the W Hotel in Minneapolis. Just check out their festive designs... The team members compete for a prize -- and some co-workers took it to a new level. Like one person -- who built a log cabin out of carpet tubes. Maybe you see a few ideas to spread some holiday cheer in the office....

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Is your income tied to the local weather? Researchers say YES. A new study finds there's a DIRECT link between how cold and warm it is outside -- and how much money you make. This study was done by the National Bureau of Economic Research -- and they analyzed data over a 40-year-period. What they found -- was that daily temperatures play, what they say, is a large role in the economics of the community. Their research says the warmer the climate you live in -- the less money you make. That could be good news for us in colder climates ... But Vermont may be a bit too cold... They say apparently there is a sweet spot... A daily average between 54 and 59 degrees is where productivity is maximized -- and people are making the most cash.

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Light wintry mix in the AM changing to rain showers, on and off, changing to snow showers late. Dusting - 2" snow overnight, higher amounts in higher elevations. Same thing for Thursday. Clearing out, but a little colder for Friday and Saturday. Chance for a few snow showers Sunday, and a few snow/rain showers Monday & Tuesday.

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If you're having a hard time losing weight after having a baby… you're not alone. Kris Van Cleave takes a look at some of the day's top health stories.

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( vo) One third of moms who are normal weight before pregnancy become overweight or obese one year after child birth. That's according to researchers in Chicago. Experts say it's important that women draw up a weight gain and activity plan with their doctors at the beginning of their pregnancy. (vo) A new CDC report shows about 40 percent of adults eat nuts and seeds every day. Nuts can help lower obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, But experts warn they're high in calories so moderation is key. (wipe vo) Researchers at University of Pittsburgh are reporting progress using a mind controlled robotic arm. . Patient Jane Scheuermann is now able to pick up, grasp and move objects… more precisely.. using her thoughts. The 55 year old is paralyzed from the neck down and has been in the study for two years. Those are some of today's top health stories. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, New York.

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In the headlines this morning: BUS RESCUE ... crews call it remarkable how they reached a woman trapped under a bus. CHARGES DISMISSED ... More fallout from a former Colchester detective's indictment. and ... NO JAIL TIME ... Two Milton teens make a deal in a hazing case.

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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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They're calling her rescue remarkable --- this morning --- a woman trapped under a bus has emergency crews to thank for freeing her. The Middlebury woman was tossed from a bus and pinned underneath it following a crash on Route 7 in East Middlebury. Police say, a farm truck hit the driver's side of an Addison County Transit Resources truck yesterday. Investigators say Sarah Banerji was thrown from the bus when it happened.

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(TC 00:04:21:22 Title 4726) ((David Shaw/Assistant Chief, Middlebury Fire Department "We used airbags and we got a lot of snow and tunneled our way underneath the bus and extricated that young lady through the snow using airbags and other lifting devices to lift the vehicle off of her legs and get her up from underneath. Looks like she was ejected once the bus made contact with the snow bank and rolled. She was ejected and the bus landed on top of her. Remarkably she was able to be removed from underneath the bus." 00:04:46:08)) Investigators say four people were tn to the hospital for injuries. Route 7 was closed to traffic for more than 5 hours.

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A Clinton County drug sweep nets nearly three dozen arrests. Police say it's the result of ongoing drug investigations -- by state and local authorities -- throughout the county. 34 -- suspected drug dealers were rounded up. The suspects range in age from 19 to 73. More than half live in Plattsburgh. Several of the suspects -- have been arraigned. All were charged with selling drugs -- like cocaine and illegal opiates -- some near school property.

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More charges against drug suspects have been dropped -- following a former Colchester detective's indictment. Last month -- Corporal Tyler Kinney -- was arrested after he allegedly stole a gun and drugs -- linked to these cases -- from the department's evidence room. Yesterday, Chittenden County State's Attorney -- T.J. Donovan -- dropped four charges -- against defendant Quan Hughes due to missing evidence. Hughes was charged with selling drugs near school property -- and trafficking heroin. Kinney has been released from drug rehab. This marks the 5th case prosecutors have dropped due to Kinney's arrest -- citing missing or compromised evidence.

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Two teenagers from Milton -- who admitted to assaulting a teammate with a broom-stick -- have avoided any jail time. As part of a plea agreement, Colby Darling and Brian Lasell pleaded guilty to assault -- for their role in the 2012 hazing incident. At the time of the attack -- both played for the Milton High School football team. The victim signed off on the plea agreement. Judge James Crucitti says that's the only reason he gave them a lenient sentence -- and why the pair were not charged with more serious crimes.

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(00:32:06:00) ((Judge James Crucitti - Vt. Superior Court it would have destroyed your life, you would have been on a registry, you would have been tagged the rest of your life as prettery horrible people and to me it's teh victims' decsiion on wanting this to go through, that isn't making me push to have that happen because there isn't much that would otherwise stop me.)) The pair's record will be wiped clean if they avoid re-offending for 18 months. Three other former players still face charges.

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Santa -- took a break from the North Pole today -- and stopped by the UVM Medical Center -- but he left his sleigh and reindeer behind. Instead -- Santa got a lift in a Customs and Border Protection helicopter. He came to visit sick kids at the Vermont Children's Hospital. And of course he brought along a few presents. This is the 8th year that Santa's gotten a hand with the visit -- from Customs and Border Protection.

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(( well we get to get presents from him and everything. And he's sort of kinda funny and cool. I thought he was gonna land in the snow.)) The team from Customs and Border Protection says it is in constant communication with Santa to make sure he gets across the border smoothly.

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(anchors introduce gary) Light wintry mix in the AM changing to rain showers, on and off, changing to snow showers late. Dusting - 2" snow overnight, higher amounts in higher elevations. Same thing for Thursday. Clearing out, but a little colder for Friday and Saturday. Chance for a few snow showers Sunday, and a few snow/rain showers Monday & Tuesday.

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Today: Some AM mix Rain showers to snow showers late Highs: 35 to 42 Wind: S to W 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Snow showers, dusting to 2" Lows: 25 to 32 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Thursday: Snow showers Breezy Highs: 30 to 37 Wind: NW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Partly sunny Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 25 to 35 Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 25 to 35 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Monday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 32 to 42 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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A battle over fertility treatment in our region is heading to court. UVM Medical Center is suing a new practice in Colchester made up of a group of former employees. Keith McGilvery has more on the baby making battle.

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Shawna Brulé and her partner Giles are eager to be parents. ((Shawna Brulé, Exploring IVF 45:27 I have spent a long time in my life, hoping to start a family and up until now it hasn't really been an option.)) The couple was unable to get pregnant on their own and says In Vitro fertilization treatments at UVM Medical Center were too expensive. ((Shawna Brulé, 47:38 "When you hear 10k and maybe you don't have a home yet and you're thinking I need that 10k toward a down payment for my home it makes it hard to justify to put that much into starting a family before you reach that step.)) About a dozen doctors, embryologists and medical professionals at the hospital agreed it was too expensive -- they left UVM Medical Center and opened their own practice to help folks with reproductive services -- Northeastern Reproductive Medicine started seeing patients in October. ((Dr. Christine Murray, Northeastern Reproductive Medicine 07:49 "At this clinic now there isn't a procedure available that we can't do here in this setting.)) Dr. Christine Murray helped get the clinic off the ground. She says it has access to better technology -- and that she is offering services that she couldn't at UVM -- including genetic testing -- in an environment that removes stigmas often associated with hospitals. ((Dr. Christine Murray, Northeastern Reproductive Medicine 06:36 "People who have infertility issues don't see themselves as sick or as patients, they don't want their care in the hospital.)) And the team says it's offering reproductive services for roughly 30-percent less than large hospitals where they say hospital* fees inflate costs. ((Dr. Jennifer Brown, 35:41 "What we want to avoid is extraneous costs and just streamline our patients and look at the research, understand what diagnostic tests they need, what therapies are most likely to be most successful and incorporate that into their plan and care.)) But the new business isn't sitting well with everyone -- UVM Medical Center is taking the startup to court -- and in a statement to Channel 3 says "The lawsuit concerns access by NRM personnel to the electronic medical records of persons who are not patients of NRM. We will continue our investigation into this matter and take appropriate action at the conclusion of that investigation." Murray says the lawsuit also alleges a breach of contract for her and her business partner -- who decided to leave UVM after more than a decade. She says they did not have a non-compete clause -- and that they were not inappropriately trying to recruit old patients. She says the accusations are not truthful and that her team is vigorously defending itself. In the meantime -- Brulé says she is thankful for the new option at lower cost. ((Shawna Brulé, 47:22 "Having them open up and here has opened up a very big door for us.)) Hoping sometime soon her family of two -- will have a baby on the way. ((Shawna Brulé, 48:47 "the best possible outcome for us would be to hopefully to get this family started to get pregnant to have a little person to care and love for.)) Brulé hopes to tap into a health savings account and take advantage of a financing plan to cover the 65-hundred dollars it could cost her to get pregnant.

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The departure of these doctors has caused issues for UVM. The hospital tells us it is looking to add additional staff and that it's been referring some patients to Dartmouth-Hitchcock for some reproductive services.

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((TRT: 2:00 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((Winners of two straight after starting the season with seven losses, the UVM women's basketball team visits St. Francis Brooklyn tonight at 7pm. We'll have highlights at 11pm. ---------------------- - The UVM men's basketball wraps up a four game homestand tomorrow night against Yale. Vermont is 2-1 over the first three games of that stretch after Sunday's 14 point win over Wagner. In that game, the Cats held Wagner to a paltry 27 percent shooting from the field. Over the course of the season, Vermont has held their opponents to 40 percent shooting or less in seven of nine games. With the Cats sitting at 5-4, the results are still slow in coming but the team has bought into the message. ---------------------- ------- ((Becker/ When they get here, they learn it from the guys that are returning and they buy in. I coach defense, and they understand that if they want to play they are going to have to play defense and rebound and I'm lucky that I have guys that embrace that and understand that that is what they need to do.)) ((Steidl/ He preaches that everyday, that you just have to buy into the system. If you play defense, it doesn't matter if you shoot 20 percent from the field, if you play a great defensive game you are always going to have a chance to win. Everyday we are working on defense the most out of everything. We really trust him and the coaching staff.)) ---------------------- ---------- The writing was probably on the wall with the resigning of third baseman Chase Headley on Monday, but yesterday Yankees GM Brian Cashman made the club's feelings about a returning Alex Rodriguez crystal clear, saying A-Rod's days as an everyday fielder are over, and at best, Cashman hopes Rodriguez will be New York's full time designated hitter. Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, is coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract and is owed $61 million over the final three seasons of his contract. ---------------------- ------------ The Dartmouth men's basketball team picked up its third win in the last four games last night, a 67-51 victory over Mercer in Macon, Georgia. Now 4-5, the Big Green return home to host Northern Illinois on Friday. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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Light wintry mix in the AM changing to rain showers, on and off, changing to snow showers late. Dusting - 2" snow overnight, higher amounts in higher elevations. Same thing for Thursday. Clearing out, but a little colder for Friday and Saturday. Chance for a few snow showers Sunday, and a few snow/rain showers Monday & Tuesday.

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Letters from Hyde Park Elementary School Students in Mrs. Pratt's 2nd Grade Class


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