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Newscast: Tuesday, February 11, 2013, 12:04 p.m.

The Vermont Senate this morning welcomed Michael Sirotkin, a lawyer who was sworn in to replace his late wife Sally Fox, a two term state senator who died from a rare form of cancer in January.

Senator Bernie Sanders has just returned from a Congressional trip to Cuba, and he says it’s essential for the U.S. to close down its detention center for alleged terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.

It has been an exciting morning for Vermont competitors in Sochi, with Devin Logan of West Dover bringing home a silver medal in the first Olympic competition for slopestyle skiing.