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YCQM: December 22, 2013

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>> Announcer: FROM VERMONT'S MOST TRUSTED NEWS SOURCE, WCAX BRINGS YOU YOUR NEWSMAKERS, YOUR NEIGHBORS. THIS IS "YOU CAN QUOTE ME."

>>> AND GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. I'M DARREN PERRON, AND THIS MORNING WE ARE TURNING THE TABLES, LITERALLY, ON MY COHOST HERE, KRISTEN CARLSON. AS YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD, KRISTEN LEFT CHANNEL 3 NEWS ON FRIDAY, SO CHRISTIAN TEN, IS LAST TIME WE ACTUALLY DO THIS SHOW TOGETHER.

>> I CAN'T EVEN TALK ABOUT THIS, DARREN. WE'VE HAD SO MUCH FUN HERE.

>> WE CERTAINLY HAVE. I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING UNIQUE AND TAKE A LOOK BACK AT YOUR 14 YEARS HERE AT CHANNEL 3 AND KIND OF WHITTLE DOWN A TOP STORIES LIST, IF YOU WILL. AND ONE OF THE STORIES THAT I THOUGHT WE COULD START WITH, THIS WAS PRETTY HUGE FOR THE STATE OF VERMONT. THE U.S. SUPREME COURT RULE, YOU WERE DOWN THERE IN WASHINGTON.

>> YES, THIS WAS A REALLY BIG CASE HAVING TO DO WITH CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS. THIS COULD SET A NATIONAL PRECEDENT EITHER WAY, SO THE STATION DECIDED TO SEND ME AND PHOTOGRAPHER JOE CARROLL TO WASHINGTON, D.C., TO HEAR THE STORY.

>> LIVE ON THE STEPS OF THE SUPREME COURT IN WASHINGTON TONIGHT WHERE SHE LISTENED TO THE ARGUESES.

>> FOR AN HOUR TODAY, ALL EYES OF THE JUSTICES WERE FOCUSED ON VERMONT AFTER AN EIGHT-YEAR LEGAL BATTLE, VERMONT'S CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM LAWS FINALLY REACHED THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND, THE BIGGEST AND MOST CONTROVERSIAL QUESTION HINGING ON LIMITING CAMPAIGN SPENDING. ONE SIDE ARGUING THAT WILL VIOLATE FREE SPEECH AND THE OTHER SIDE CLAIMING THAT WILL HELP KEEP CAMPAIGNS CLEAN AND HOW IT QUAS THE JUSTICES' TURN TO TALK AND THEY HAD PLENTY TO SAY. FOR SOME, IT'S JUST ANOTHER WORK DAY, BUT FOR A GROUP OF VERMONTERS, THIS DAY WOULD MAKE HISTORY. ONCE INSIDE THE COURTROOM WHERE CAMERAS ARE NOT ALLOWED, THE SIDE ARGUING AGAINST THE LIMITS WENT FIRST. ATTORNEY JAMES BOBB TOLD THE JUSTICES THIS IS ABOUT FREE SPEECH. THE JUSTICES SEEMED SYMPATHETIC. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY HAVE CONSIDERED SPENDING LIMITS IN THREE DECADES. AT THAT TIME, THEY RULED THERE COULD BE CAPS ON CONTRIBUTIONS, BUT NOT ON HOW MUCH CANDIDATES COULD SPEND ON AN ELECTION. FOR BILL SURROW, IT WAS THE ARGUMENT OF A LIFETIME, A CHANCE TO STAND FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND.

>> I WAS NERVOUS BEFOREHAND, BUT ONCE IT STARTED, IT WAS JUST VERY RELAXED AND IT WAS JUST SUCH A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE, IN THAT SETTING.

>> IT WILL PROBABLY BE SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE VERMONTERS KNOW THE OUTCOME OF THIS CASE. THE SUPREME COURT IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A DECISION SOMETIME BEFORE JUNE.

>> WHAT DID YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THAT?

>> SO MUCH. FIRST OF ALL, THE SUPREME COURT WAS AMAZING, BUT ALSO KIND OF A CRAZY DAY THERE BECAUSE THAT WAS THE DAY WHERE ANNA NICOLE SMITH WAS AT THE SUPREME COURT AND THEY WERE HEARING A CASE HAVING TO DO WITH HER, SO I JUST REMEMBER THAT DAY SORT OF BEHIND THE SCENES, ALL THE NATIONAL MEDIA WENT LIVE. MY STORY, IT WASN'T RIGHT AT 6:00, SO THEY DID THEIR ANNA NICOLE SMITH STORY AND AS SOON AS THEY WERE DONE, IT WAS 10, 12 CAMERAS, ALL THE REPORTERS TURNED AROUND TO WATCH ME DO MY LIVE SHOT AND I WAS SO NERVOUS BECAUSE THESE WERE BIG NETWORK STARS WATCHING AND AFTER MY STORY WAS DONE, THEY WERE LIKE, WOW, YOU COVERED CAMPAIGN FINANCE INSTEAD OF ANNA NICOLE SMITH, THAT'S GREAT, WHAT SUBSTANCE. IT WAS A FUN MOMENT AS WELL.

>> IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT CHANNEL 3 FOR SURE. YOU ALSO TACKLED A VERY CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC, ESPECIALLY HERE IN VERMONT, TALKING ABOUT ILLEGAL FARM WORKERS IN A SERIES TITLED FOREIGNERS ON THE FARM.

>> YEAH, THIS STORY REALLY SHAPED MY CAREER TO SOME EXTENT BECAUSE IT MEANT SO MUCH TO ME. THERE WAS A FARMER WILLING TO TALK TO ME ABOUT SOME OF HIS WORKERS AND ALSO THE WORKERS WILLING TO TALK TO ME AND NOW IT'S A LOT MORE PUBLIC, MORE OPEN, MORE PUBLIC ADVOCACY AND DISCUSSION ABOUT IT, BUT WHEN WE DID THIS SERIES SEVERAL YEARS AGO, IT WAS BEFORE PEOPLE WERE REALLY TALKING ABOUT IT AND I WAS JUST SO HAPPY TO FIND PEOPLE WILLING TO BE SO HONEST ABOUT THIS SITUATION.

>> YEAH, YOU REALLY SORT OF SHED THE LIGHT ON THIS ISSUE IN THE STATE OF VERMONT. IT WON YOU A DUPONT AWARD AS WELL. LET'S TAKE A LISTEN. [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ]

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> IT'S A BUSY DAY, THERE'S TONS OF FEED TO COVER.

>> IN THE BEGINNING, THEY DON'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT I'M SAYING. MY SPANISH IS BETTER FOR ARTURO THAN IT IS FOR JOSE BECAUSE HE'S HEARD IT FOR A LONG TIME AND I'M SURE THE VERMONT ACCENT DOESN'T MAKE IT EASIER TO UNDERSTAND. [ SPEAK FOREIGN LANGUAGE ]

>> YEAH, I THINK ESPECIALLY WITH ARTURO, WE SPEAK MORE ENGLISH.

>> HE'S BACK FOR A SECOND THREE-YEAR STAY ON THE FARM. HIS FIRST TIME HERE, HE SAVED UP ENOUGH MONEY TO BUILD A HOUSE IN MEXICO, BUT HIS WIFE GOT ILL AND WITH MOUNTING MEDICAL BILLS, HE CAME BACK TO MAKE MONEY.

>> AT FIRST I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER COME BACK, BUT THEN BEING IN MEXICO, I MISSED WORKING.

>> HE SAYS THERE ARE NOT MANY JOBS IN MEXICO AND THE FEW DON'T PAY WELL. HERE, HE MAKES ABOUT $8 AN HOUR, ABOUT $600 A WEEK. IT COULD TAKE AT LEAST A MONTH TO MAKE THAT IN MEXICO. HE SENDS MOST OF THE MONEY HOME. [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ]

>> I HAVE TWO KIDS, A BOY AND A GIRL. THEY ARE 6 AND 5 YEARS OLD.

>> YOUR CHILDREN MUST MISS YOU?

>> YES. [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ]

>> MY WIFE, IT'S HARD, AND I CALL EVERY TIME.

>> JUST AN AMAZING SERIES.

>> THANKS, DARREN. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> WHAT WAS THE BIG TAKEAWAY FROM THAT AND WHAT DO YOU THINK HOW THAT SHAPED PERCEPTION HERE IN VERMONT ABOUT ILLEGAL FARM WORKERS?

>> I STHIT WAS A PROBLEM THAT WAS -- THINK IT WAS A PROBLEM THAT WAS REALLY KEPT SECRET AND BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. WE WOULD SHOW UP ON FARMS AND WORKERS SCATTERED AND NO ONE TALKED ABOUT IT, SO I THINK IF ANYTHING, IT LET VERMONTERS KNOW THAT THESE PEOPLE WILL HELPING KEEP THE STATE'S DAIRY INDUSTRY ALIVE.

>> I LOVE THIS NEXT STORY.

>> UH-OH.

>> ABOUT THE STATE POET. THE INTERACTION BETWEEN YOU TWO WAS COOL.

>> THIS WAS AN AMAZING WOMAN. I LOVED HER SPIRIT AND SHE WAS 92 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE WAS NAMED THE STATE POET AND ONE OF THE THINGS SHE SAID WAS THAT, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE DON'T LIKE POETRY.

>> LET'S STEAK A LISTEN.

>> NICE TO COME OUT HERE.

>> AS THE NEW STATE POET, IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU THAT RUTH STONE DOESN'T READ A LOT OF IT AND SHE'S NOT ALONE.

>> THEY DON'T BECAUSE THEY THINK OF IT AS DIFFICULT AND THEY HAVE BEEN MADE TO HATE IT IN SCHOOL, SO -- [ LAUGHTER ] I DON'T SIT AROUND READING POETRY AT ALL.

>> BUT SHE DOES WRITE IT. HER STYLE IS SIMPLE, WITH POWERFUL LINES CRAFTED IN HER 92-YEAR-OLD HEAD THAT PUNCH YOU IN THE GUT.

>> OH, NOW I AM OLD, ALL I WANT TO DO IS TRY, BUT WHEN I WAS YOUNG, IF IT WASN'T EASY, I LET IT LIE. NOW I'M OL', ALL I WANT TO DO IS TRY, ABSOLUTELY, THAT IS ABOUT -- THAT'S ME SPEAKING TO MYSELF, I GUESS.

>> YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED ONE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY POETS. WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU HEAR PRAISE LIKE THAT FOR YOUR WORK?

>> I OFTEN DON'T HEAR IT. I REALLY DON'T, NOT BECAUSE I DON'T WANT STO, BUT JUST SOMEHOW PEOPLE FORGET THAT I -- TO TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT IT. [ LAUGHTER ]

>> SHE'S INSPIRED BY NATURE, HER FAMILY, HER SURROUNDINGS.

>> MY MOTHER, WHEN YOUNG, SCRUBBED LAUNDRY IN THE TUB.

>> SHE DOESN'T FOCUS ON HER MORTALITY. SHE SAYS LIFE IS WHAT MATTERS.

>> SO THIS POET LAUREATE AS FOUR-YEAR TERM?

>> APPARENTLY. I'LL DO MY BEST.

>> ENJOYING EACH DAY, EVEN THIS INTERVIEW.

>> WELL, THIS IS BEEN SO MUCH FUN.

>> KRISTEN CARLSON, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, MIDDLEBURY.

>> SHE IS GREAT.

>> WHAT A LESSON IN JUST ENJOYING LIFE AND HUMILITY. SHE IS SOMEONE I'LL CARRY WITH ME FOREVER.

>> AWESOME. WELL, YOU'VE BEEN IN THE OPERATING ROOM FOR THIS NEXT STORY.

>> THIS WAS AMAZING. WE HAD PEOPLE CALL IN WITH STORY LINES AND SOMEONE SO-CALLED AND SAID I KNOW A COWORKER WHO IS DONATING A KIDNEY TO SOMEONE THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW. DO YOU THINK THAT IS A STORY? AND I SAID YES.

>> AND IT WAS, CHECK IT OUT.

>> IT'S EARLY MORNING. INSIDE, JANET SUKER IS MINUTES AWAY FROM LIFE-CHANGING SURGERY.

>> YOU'RE NOT A DOCTOR I RECOGNIZE.

>> JANET IS DONATING HER KIDNEY TO DAVID DE-BOER, A MAN SHE MET THE FIST SOMETIME FOUR MONTHS AGO AT WORK.

>> I COULDN'T WALK AWAY FROM KNOWING I COULD HELP SAVE SOMEONE'S LIFE.

>> DAVID HAS KIDNEY FAILURE A SIGH EFFECT OF DIABETES. DIALYSIS KEEPS HIM ALIVE, BUT TO LIVE A FULL LONG LIFE, HE NEEDS THIS TRANSPLANT.

>> HOW ARE YOU?

>> HE'S ALREADY HAD HIS KIDNEY PUT IN.

>> THE SURGERY MAY SAVE DAVID'S LIFE, BUT IT WILL PUT JANET'S AT RISK. SHE'S GOING IN HEALTHY, EXPOSING HERSELF TO INFECTION, INTERNAL BLEEDING, AND POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS FROM ANESTHESIA.

>> I'M TRUSTING IN YOU NOW.

>> ONCE STRANGERS, DAVID AND JANET ARE NOW CLOSE FRIENDS. DAVID STAYS BY HER SIDE AS SHE GETS PREPPED FOR SURGERY. HE WILL GO IN AFTER HER.

>> I THINK I'VE BEEN ASKED, ARE YOU SURE, ABOUT A THOUSAND TIMES.

>> SO ARE YOU?

>> SURE, SURE.

>> THEY COULD NOT BE MORE DIFFERENT. JANET'S TALKATIVE AND QUICK TO LAUGH, EVEN AS SHE FACES MAJOR SURGERY.

>> AS LONG AS I KEEP A STAG OFF MY TOE, I'M -- A STAG OFF MY TOE, I'M OKAY.

>> DAVID IS QUIET WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR.

>> HE'S CHILLIN'.

>> BUT THE TWO SHARE THE SAME BLOOD TYPE AND THE TESTS SHOW THEY COULD BE A GOOD TRANSPLANT MATCH.

>> GOODBYE, DAVE. YOU COME OUT OKAY, ALL RIGHT?

>> IT WILL BE ALL RIGHT.

>> IS HE A GOOD PERFORMER?

>> IN THE OPERATING ROOM, SURGEONS START WORK SEPARATING JANET'S KIDNEY FROM ARTERIES AND VEINS. IT'S ALL DONE LAPAROSCOPICALLY, THROUGH SMALL INCISIONS, SURGEONS INSERT NARROW TUBES WITH SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AND A CAMERA TO GO THROUGH. EVERYTHING IS VIEWED ON A TV MONITOR. LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY IS LESS INVASIVE AND EASIER TO RECOVER FROM THAN TRADITIONAL SURGERY THAT REQUIRED DOCTORS TO MAKE A LARGE INCISION AND REMOVE A RIB. FOUR AND A HALF HOURS INTO THE SURGERY, THEY'RE NOW READY TO TAKE JANET'S KIDNEY OUT AND TRANSPORT IT ACROSS THE ROOM TO DAVE, WHO'S WAITING.

>> THAT STORY, I MEAN, IT'S VERY BEAUTIFUL STORY OF SOMEONE SACRIFICING AND I WAS SO HONORED THEY WERE WILLING TO SHARE IT WITH ME, AND YOU KNOW, AS A JOURNALIST, THE PLACES YOU GET TO GO, TO GO INTO AN OPERATING ROOM, TO SEE THAT MOMENT AND THE TRANSPLANT WAS A SUCCESS.

>> THANKFULLY SO. WELL, YOU'VE BROKEN A TON OF STORIES, COUNTLESS STORIES. IT'S HARD TO PICK, BUT I WANTED TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT NEWS THAT YOU BROKE ABOUT SEX DISCRIMINATION IN THE AGENCY OF TRANSPORTATION.

>> YEAH, THIS IS A DIFFICULT STORY TO TELL. AGAIN, IT CAME FORWARD THROUGH A TIP, AND THE WOMAN WHO BROUGHT THE CHARGES AND WAS FOUND TO HAVE VALID COMPLAINTS AGAINST AOT, I REALLY HAD TO TALK TO HER A LOT ABOUT BEING WILLING TO SHARE HER STORY BECAUSE IT'S TOUGH TO SHARE YOUR STORY ON TV THAT REACHES THE WHOLE STATE AND SO WE DID SORT OF LOOK AT A COMPROMISE WHERE WE DIDN'T USE HER NAME, BUT AGAIN, A VERY POWERFUL MOMENT WHEN SHE WAS WILLING TO STAND UP AND TALK ABOUT SOMETHING SHE WAS VERY UPSET WITH.

>> YEAH, LET'S TAKE A LISTEN.

>> YOU THOUGHT THIS WAS GOING TO BE A GREAT JOB.

>> YEAH. I DID. I THOUGHT IT WAS.

>> SHE WORKED FOR ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AS A ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKER WITH VERMONT. SHE SAYS DURING THAT TIME, SHE WAS HARASSED AND DENIED PROMOTIONS. STILL FEARING RETRIBUTION, SHE ASKED NOT TO HAVE HER FACE SHOWN OR NAME USED.

>> ONE OF THE SUPERVISORS, WHEN I BROUGHT IT UP AFTER THREE YEARS, SAID HIS WIFE DIDN'T MAKE THAT MUCH MONEY, SO WHY I?

>> A FEW YEARS OORK THE STATE SETTLED -- AGO, THE STATE SETTLED HER HARASSMENT CASE. PART OF THE DEAL INVOLVED HIRING INDEPENDENT CONSULTANTS TO REVIEW THE TRANSPORTATION AGENCY.

>> IT'S NOT A SAFE SITUATION TO BE IN OR FEEL GOOD TO GO TO EACH DAY. AND I KNOW THERE'S MANY PEOPLE STILL THERE THAT FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT GETTING UP AND GOING TO A JOB.

>> THE REPORT OBTAINED EXCLUSIVELY BY CHANNEL 3 NEWS SHOWS THAT OVER THE LAST THREE AND A HALF YEARS, THERE WERE 17 DIFFERENT EMPLOYEES SUBSTANTIATED COMPLAINTS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ABUSE. SETTLEMENTS COST THE TRANSPORTATION AGENCY $2 MILLION, MONEY THAT COULD HAVE PAID AN ESTIMATED 22 MILES OF INTERSTATE HIGHWAY, ABOUT THE DISTANCE FROM WILLISTON TO WATERBURY. THE CONSULTANT SURVEYED HUNDREDS OF TRANSPORTATION WORKERS, CONDUCTED INTERVIEWS AND SITE VISITS. THE REPORT FOUND THAT CULTURAL BELIEFS SEEM TO ALLOW INAPPROPRIATE BANTER AND LACK OF LEADERSHIP WAS ONE OF THE ROOT CAUSES OF PROBLEMS.

>> AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MORE WITH KRISTEN CARLSON. Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

>>> WE ARE BACK THIS MORNING WITH KRISTEN CARLSON, AND THIS NEXT STORY, KRISTEN, SO SAD. TRAGEDY IN BARRE THAT REALLY LED TO THIS EXPOSE, IF YOU WILL, THAT YOU DID.

>> AGAIN, SOME MEMBERS OF BERRY FIREFIGHTERS DEPARTMENT REACHED OUT TO ME AND SAID WE THINK THIS IS A STORY. AND THEY SHOWED US WHY THERE'S A DIFFERENCE THAT EVENTUALLY LED TO A NEW LAW IN VERMONT.

>> STEAK A LISTEN.

>> AFTER A CAREER TRYING TO SAVE PEOPLE, URGING THEM TO BUY SMOKE DETECTORS, BERRY CITY FIREFIGHTERS WANTED TO KNOW WHAT WENT WRONG.

>> WE DON'T WANT TO FACE ANOTHER DECEMBER 17th AGAIN. YOU CAN REPLACE THE STEREO, A HOUSE, REPLACE TOYS, BUT YOU CAN'T REPLACE THOSE LIVES.

>> WHAT THEY DISCOVERED SURPRISED THEM. THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF SMOKE DETECTORS THAT WORK DIFFERENTLY. ONE IS KNOWN AS IONIZATION, THE OTHER PHOTO ELECTRIC.

>> SO AN OPEN FLAME FIRE, THE IONIZATION DETECTORS GO OFF QUICKER. IN A SMOULDERING FIRE, THE PHOTO ELECTRICS GO OFF QUICKER.

>> DEFINITELY SMELLS LIKE SMOKE NOW.

>> THAT'S WHY THE FATALITIES HAPPEN IN THE NIGHTTIME. IN THE DAYTIME WHEN YOU'RE AWAKE, YOU CAN SMELL THE SMOKE AND YOU ALERTED TO IT. IN THE NIGHTTIME, YOU HAVE TO CHANCE OF BEING ALERTED.

>> INVESTIGATORS SAY A CANDLE OR CIGARETTE LEFT LURNG LIKELY CAUSED THAT DEADLY FIRE IN BARRE.

>> I INVITE YOU TO CONTINUE PRAYING FOR THEM, THEIR LOSS IS UNSPEAKABLE.

>> THE FIRST ONE TO GO OFF WAS THE PHOTO ELECTRIC.

>> AT THIS POINT, THE ROOM IS BEGINNING TO FILL WITH DANGEROUS LEVELS OF CARBON MONOXIDE.

>> SHOWING ABOUT 19 PARTS A MILLION WHERE NOW THIS IS MEASURING CARBON MONOXIDE.

>> AT THIS POINT, WE NEED TO GET OUR GEAR ON.

>> WE NEED TO HAVE SOMETHING TO BREATHE.

>> WITH BREATHING EQUIPMENT, WE WAIT, BUT NOT FOR LONG.

>> THERE YOU GO.

>> AT 23 MINUTES, THE COMBINATION FOTE TO ELECTRIC AND IONIZATION DETECTORS SOUNDS OFF AND THEN TWO MINUTES LATER, ANOTHER ALARM.

>> 25 MINUTES AND THAT'S THE PHOTO ELECTRIC IN THE ROOM. SO FAR, NO IONIZATION HAS GONE OFF.

>> NOT A SINGLE ONE.

>> THAT IS A STORY I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER.

>> I CAN IMAGINE. WELL, DIALYSIS FINALLY CAME TO NEWPORT AFTER THIS STORY THAT YOU DID.

>> AGAIN, IT CAME -- SO MUCH OF OUR JOB IS DEPENDENT ON PEOPLE BEING WILLING TO SHARE THEIR STORY AND THIS NEXT PERSON WAS GOING THROUGH VERY DIFFICULT AAL SIS TREATMENT, BUT HAD TO -- DIALYSIS TREATMENT, BUT HAD TO TRAVEL VERY FAR WHEN THERE WAS A CLOSER OPTION AND HE WAS WILLING TO TALK TO US AND IT LED TO A DIALYSIS CENTER COMING TO NORTHEAST KINGDOM.

>> ROMEO PLAY HAS KIDNEY FAILURE. TO SURVIVE, HE TRAVELS OVER AN HOUR AND A HALF TO LANCASTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE. PAYING DRIVER TO TAKE HIM TO WEEKS HOSPITAL FOR DIALYSIS.

>> SOME DAYS IT'S HARD TO STAY AWAKE. IT TAKES -- SEEMS TO TAKE A LOT OF ENERGY OUT OF YOU.

>> BUT HE SAYS IT'S THE TRAVEL TIME THAT TAKES A REAL TOLL. HE LEAVES HIS-OUT AT 9:00 A.M. AND DOES NOT RETURN UNTIL 5:00 AT NIGHT. ALTHOUGH ROMEO SPENDS MUCH OF HIS WEEK TRAVELING FOR TREATMENT, HE SAYS IT DOESN'T NECESSARILY HAVE TO BE THAT WAY BECAUSE THERE'S ANOTHER HOSPITAL MUCH CLOSER. IF YOU TRAVEL FROM HIS HOUSE HERE IN NEWPORT TO NORTH COUNTRY HOSPITAL, IT'S ONLY ABOUT A MILE. BUT THERE'S A PROBLEM. NORTH COUNTRY DOES NOT HAVE A DIALYSIS UNIT.

>> WE NEED TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM.

>> DR. RON HOLLAND AT NORTH COUNTRY WAS BRAY IS AT LEAST ONE OF 18 PATIENTS WHO TRAVEL FOR TREATMENT. THERE ARE FIVE DIALYSIS UNITS SCATTERED ACROSS VERMONT, BUT NONE IN THE NORTHEAST KINGDOM.

>> THIS IS ALL KNEW.

>> HOLLAND SAYS AFTER YEARS OF TALK, THERE IS FINALLY ACTION. NORTH COUNTRY INTENDS TO STILE A POLITIC TO PUT IN A DIALYSIS UNIT IN THIS SPACE NOT USED FOR STORAGE. IT COULD SERVE UP TO 54 PATIENTS.

>> EACH ONE OF THOSE WINDOWS WILL BE A DIALYSIS STATION.

>> NORTH COUNTRY IS WORKING TO SECURE THE $1.4 MILLION NEEDED TO OPEN THE UNIT THROUGH FEDERAL, STATE, AND HOLD MONEY. THEY ALREADY HAVE OVER $100,000 LINED UP IN DONATIONS AND MORE PROMISED. IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY FOR ROMEO BRAY, BUT KNOWING THERE'S AN END IN SIGHT HELPS HIM KEEP GOING.

>> AND THERE WAS A CONCLUSION TO THAT STORY. I WAS ABLE TO COVER THE RIBBON CUTTING WHEN THEY OPEN IT, TO SOMETIMES IT'S NICE IN THIS JOB TO SEE A STORY FROM START TO FINISH AND THE CONCLUSION THAT HELPED FOLKS IN THE END. NO COMMENTS ON THE HAIR, RIGHT? DEFINITELY A STATEMENT.

>> I LIKED THE LOOK, GREAT.

>> DIP MONTH MAT TICK.

>> YOU TALKED TO ONE OF OUR BROADCASTERS ABOUT THIS STORY WITH HOWARD DEAN.

>> TAKE A LOOK.

>> HOWARD DEAN WITH LOST EXHAUSTING HOURS A 14-, 16-EVEN 18-HOUR DAY IS PRETTY TYPICAL, BUT HE MAKES SURE TO LEAVE WASHINGTON EVERY WEEKEND TO RETURN HOME TO VERMONT.

>> WITH FOR PARTICULAR REASON TO MOVE. IT'S A LOT CHEAPER LIVING IN VERMONT, BUT IT'S TOO DISRUPTIVE AND I'M A VERMONTER, ANYWAY.

>> IT'S A DECISION THAT'S PROMPTED CRITICISM BY SOME IN THE PARTY WHO WORRY DEAN DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH CONNECTIONS TO HELP RESOLVE THE CURRENT DEMOCRATIC DIVIDE.

>> HOWARD DEAN IS MORE OF AN OUTSIDER.

>> THE VETERAN POLITICAL REPORTER BOB SHEAFER SAYS DEAN IS RESPECTED IN WASHINGTON.

>> FOR ONE THING, HE'S QUITE CANDID AND HAS A REPUTATION FOR THAT AND SOMETIMES THAT'S A LITTLE RARE IN THE PEOPLE WE DEAL WITH IN ALL OF THESE JOBS NOW. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> WE FOLLOWED HOWARD DEAN, SOMEONE WHOSE PRESIDENTIAL RUN -- DO YOU SEE ANY DIFFERENCES OR SIMILARITIES WITH WHO HE IS NOW AS HEAD OF THE DNC?

>> WELL, HE DOESN'T SCRAPE AS MUCH.

>> YOU HAVING FUN DOWN HERE?

>> THAT'S A LITTLE STRONG FOR THE HOURS I WORK AND THE AGGRAVATION. I TOLD A LOT OF PEOPLE, I WAS OVERPAID FOR THE FIRST THREE YEARS AND I'M VERY UNDERPAID THIS YEAR.

>> IF YOU GET ELBOWED ENOUGH, EVENTUALLY YOU START ELBOWING BACK.

>> I'M OFFERING LEADERSHIP YOU CAN COUNT ON.

>> ZEEN IS IN THE MIDDLE OF A -- DEAN IS THE IN MIDDLE OF AN ELECTION MESS NO ONE PREDICTED. WHAT HAPPENED COULD DEFINE HIS LEGACY AS PARTY CHAIR AND HE'S NOT READY YET TO TALK ABOUT WHAT'S NEXT FOR HIM. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE ELECTION.

>> FUN SOMETIMES TO GO OUT OF STATE TO SEE HOW PEOPLE VIEW HIM AND WE HAD THAT BRAINSTORM IN THE NEWSROOM, MAYBE BOB SHEAFER WOULD TALK ABOUT HIM, AND HE DID.

>> THIS NEXT STORY CERTAINLY SURPRISE IMMEDIATE AND I SUSPECT IT DID YOU AS WELL. A TOWN RALLYING AROUND A MAN WHO TORCHED A BELOVED BUILDING IN TOWN.

>> THIS IS JUST A TRUE LESSON IF IN FORGIVENESS AND MOVING FORWARD.

>>> THE HISTORIC GRANGE BUILDING HOLDS MEMORIES FOR SO MANY PEOPLE.

>> I'M STILL NUMB FROM WHAT HAPPENED.

>> NADIA SMITH OFTEN PHOTOGRAPHED THE BUILDING AND WAS ON THE COMMITTEE PLANNING TO RESTORE IT. THEY WERE WEEKS AWAY FROM STARTING THE ONE MILLION DOLLAR FIX-UP WHEN IT WAS TORCHEDZ. SMITH CAME BACK FOR ONE LAST PICTURE.

>> I COULD SEE WHAT'S LEFT IS THE REMAINS OF A BEAUTIFUL BL.

>> ACTUALLY, THE PILASTER COINED, THE WAY THE BOARDS OF HORIZON.

>> CHET HAWKINS ALSO CAME BACK TO LOOK AT THE CHARRED REMAINS OF THE BUILDING. HIS HALF BROTHER IS ACCUSED OF SETTING THE ARSON FIRE HERE. HAWKINS IS HOPING TO FIND SOME PARTS OF THE BUILDING TO SAVE.

>> IT'S JUST TRAGIC THAT A LOCAL PERSON WOULD DO THIS AND IT'S ONE WAY TO FIND THE SILVER LINING IN THIS DARK CLOUD IF WE CAN COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY TO SALVAGE THIS BUILDING AS BEST WE CAN.

>> I WOULDN'T GO INSIDE AND SEE WHAT'S IN THERE.

>> THERESIDENTS WERE IN FOR A SURPRISE WHEN THEY GOT INTO THE BURNED BUILDING. THERE WAS STILL A LOT THAT COULD BE SAVED FOR THE NRUCH FUTURE.

>> THIS WALL IS GOOD. WE CAN SAVE A LOT ON THAT.

>> AMONG THE ASHES, RESIDENTS FOUND DOORS AND MOLDINGS STILL INTACT.

>> WE HAVE A LOT OF PRIDE IN IT AND WE WANT TO LEAVE IT AS BESS WE CAN FOR OUR GRANDSONS.

>> A COMMUNITY FOCUSSING ON THE FUTURE TO TRY TO HEAL FROM WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST.

>> GET SOME POSITIVE OUT OF THIS BAD SITUATION, THAT'S OUR GOAL.

>> KRISTEN CARLSON, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, STARSBURG.

>> AND AGAIN, AS YOU KNOW, THEY REBUILT SEVERAL YEARS LATER.

>> AND IT'S A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING THERE. I THINK THIS SAYS A LOT ABOUT KRISTEN AS A JOURNALIST WHEN DISASTER HIT VERMONT AND, OF COURSE, I'M TALKING ABOUT IRENE. YOU WERE ON MATERNITY LEAVE AND YOU CALLED AND SAID, I HAVE TO GET TO WORK. AS A JOURNALIST, I NEED TO BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT NOW.

>> YEAH, AND SO I WENT TO WATERBURY AND THIS IS THE STORY THAT WE CAME UP WITH.

>> THIS QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD WAS INUNDATED WITH WATER.

>> THEY'RE TAKING A DUMPSTER.

>> AND NOW IT'S FLUSH WITH VOLUNTEERS LIKE SARA LEE TEROT.

>> GETTING INSIDE THESE HOUSES IS JUST SHOCKING. YOU KNOW, IT'S REALLY SHOCKING WHAT'S HAPPENED.

>> HER HOME IN WATERBURY CENTER WAS UNTOUCHED BY IRENE.

>> JUST BEGUN.

>> BUT SHE WAS DEEPLY MOVED BY THE IMAGES SHE SAW OF DESTRUCTION AND JOINED ABOUT 50 PEOPLE WHO TURNED OUT TO VOLUNTEER.

>> I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE. I WAS TEARING UP AND I DON'T EVEN LIVE HERE. I DON'T EVEN KNOW THESE PEOPLE, BUT I GUESS I DO NOW.

>> SHE'S HELPING THIS FAMILY WHO ESCAPED WADING THROUGH FLOOD WATER CHEST HIGH.

>> I OWN THE HOUSE AND I HAD SIX TENANTS, BETWEEN MY FAMILY AND THOSE SIX TENANTS, WE'RE ALL HOMELESS NOW. THE VOLUNTEERS ARE HELPING US GET THIS PLACE BACK.

>> HE HAS NO IDEA HOW LONG THE CLEAN-UP WILL TAKE.

>> WE CAN'T BE THINKING DOWN THE LINE TOO MUCH ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO IN THE FUTURE AND HOW THINGS MIGHT TURN OUT. THE ONLY THING YOU CAN DO IS SIT HERE AND THINK ABOUT THE MOMENT AND ONE HOUR AT A TIME AND THAT'S WHERE THE VOLUNTEERS HAVE REALLY STEPPED UP TO BE THERE PRESENT IN THAT HOUR AND TO BE THE HANDS YOU NEED, AND AGAIN, MY HEART GOES OUT TO THEM, THANK YOU.

>> A STORM THAT DESTROYED SO MUCH, BUT NOT THE SPIRIT OF VERMONTERS.

>> VERMONT IS VERY SPECIAL AND I THINK WATERBURY AS REALLY GOOD EXAMPLE OF THAT.

>> KRISTEN CARLSON, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, WATERBURY.

>> SO TRUE.

>> IT'S SO STRU.

>> I HAVE TO ASK YOU, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO MISS THE MOST ABOUT THIS JOB?

>> I THINK IT'S TWO-FOLD. ONE IS OPPORTUNITY TO MEET SO MANY DIFFERENT VERMONTERS FROM SO MANY DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE. IT'S BEEN SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO HEAR THEIR STORIES, TO SHARE THEIR STORIES, AND, AS YOU KNOW, I WILL MISS YOU AND MY COLLEAGUES, MY SCHANL 3 FAMILY, VERY, VERY MUCH, BUT I KNOW WE'LL BE IN TOUCH.

>> ANYTHING YOU WON'T MISS?

>> WELL, THERE MIGHT BE A FEW, LIKE 10 DEGREE BELOW DAYS WHERE YOU CAN'T MOVE YOUR LIPS BECAUSE YOU'RE ACTUALLY THAT COLD, YOU'RE FREEZING. I REMEMBER THE VAL DENY TINE'S DAY BLIZZARD, I DID A LIVE SHOT IN WATERBURY AND PEOPLE SAYING WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T DRIVE, DON'T DRIVE, BUT I HOPPED IN MY CAR AND DROVE HOME. IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO GET HOME THAT DAY.

>> I HAVE TO SAY, YOU AND I HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE THICK OF THINGS HERE ON WEEKENDS TOGETHER, AS A TEAM PRODUCING THAT SHOW FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, AND I CERTAINLY AM GOING TO MISS YOU AND AS A FRIEND, BUT ALSO AS A COLLEAGUE, YOU ARE A TOP-NOTCH REPORTER. FAIR, ACCURATE ALL THE TIME, AND YOU'VE BECOME VERY SPECIAL TO ME, KRISTEN, SO I'LL MISS YOU.

>> OH, DARREN, I WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH AS WELL. AND I'VE LEARNED A HOT FROM YOU. I REMEMBER WHEN WE FIRST STARTED WORKING TOGETHER ON THE WEEKENDS, DARREN WILL SLIGHTLY CHANGE SOMETHING I WROTE AND IT WOULD TICK ME OFF SO MUCH, WHAT I WROTE WAS GOOD, DARREN, WHY ARE YOU CHANGING IT. YOU'VE TAUGHT ME SO MUCH ABOUT TELLING STORIES AND COMMUNITY AND IT'S JUST BEEN AN AMAZING JOB THAT REALLY SHAPED WHO I AM.

>> THANK YOU, KRISTEN.

>> THANK YOU, DARREN.

>> GNP IS LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH A BRILLIANT HARD WORKER. THAT WILL DO IT FOR US. TAKE CARE, EVERYBODY. HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY. WE'LL SEE YOU SOON. CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY. CAPTION ASSOCIATES, LLC www.captionassociates.com

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