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Sarah Moore, right, stands with her boss, Catherine Matthews, in the food pantry section of the Church and Community Program in Canton, NY. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Sarah Moore, right, stands with her boss, Catherine Matthews, in the food pantry section of the Church and Community Program in Canton, NY. Photo: Zach Hirsch

The 8 O'Clock Hour 12/24/13

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After the ice storm that left most residents in the dark for some period over the weekend, the lights are coming back on in Jefferson County and National Grid says it expects to restore power to nearly all customers by midnight tonight. David Sommerstein went along as National Guard troops and state police went door-to-door to check on residents in the hardest hit parts of the county. Zach Hirsch checks in with some people who rely on food stamps who worry that 2014 will mean much harder times.

Karen DeWitt reports that New York's food pantries and soup kitchens are feeling the strain of feeding the hungry, especially after two key benefit cuts from the federal government. New York's Attorney General is warning about price-gouging, reminding people that it's illegal for companies to charge "excessive prices" following an emergency. Todd Moe asks Vermont weaver, writer and teacher Libby Vanbuskirk to share one of her favorite Christmas stories from Peru.

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