Fri 17-MAR-2017 Early A.M. News Script

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A heads up commuters as you head out today. We just learned from VTRANS -- crews plan to do rolling road blocks to remove snow on the Lamoille River Bridges from 10AM until noon. That's on the north and southbound lanes of I-89 in Milton. Officials are warning drivers there could be delays during that time.

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Berlin police need your help this morning to find the thief who broke into a local business. Take a close look at these surveillance photos Berlin Police Department sent us. This happened at the Freihofer's Baker Outlet on US-302 in Barre. Officers say the man in the photos stole items from the outlet back on March 9th. Anyone who recognizes this man is asked to call Berlin police.

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Some people living in Springfield don't like a VTrans proposal designed to improve safety on an Interstate 91 off ramp. The concerns are about changes planned for this summer at the southbound off ramp at Exit 7. Town officials say the state's plan to funnel all traffic through a 90-degree turn and stop sign is "unwise," and that they are opposed to barricading the end of the slip ramp. The Select Board hopes to get state leaders to to reverse their decision.

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This is the second time this week a train and car collided. This time in Essex Junction right by 5 corners at the Maple Street Crossing. Police say traffic in front the driver kept him from moving off the tracks. They say he tried to push the car by hand but couldn't move it.

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Today: Partly sunny, but still colder than average.

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Children die at an orphanage in guatamala ... ... And vermont volunteers are devastated. They're just back from a mission trip and share their experience first on the channel 3 morning news.

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A heads up commuters as you head out today. We just learned from VTRANS -- crews plan to do rolling road blocks to remove snow on the Lamoille River Bridges from 10AM until noon. That's on the north and southbound lanes of I-89 in Milton. Officials are warning drivers there could be delays during that time.

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Berlin police need your help this morning to find the thief who broke into a local business. Take a close look at these surveillance photos Berlin Police Department sent us. This happened at the Freihofer's Baker Outlet on US-302 in Barre. Officers say the man in the photos stole items from the outlet back on March 9th. Anyone who recognizes this man is asked to call Berlin police.

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A New Hampshire juvenile faces murder charges in connection with the shooting of a Farmington couple. It happened Wednesday afternoon. Police say officers found a couple with apparent gunshot wounds. The man was dead, and the woman was treated at the hospital and is expected to survive. We do not know the names of the adults until police get in touch with their family.

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New Hampshire authorities are asking a judge to revoke the bail of a woman involved in a murder for hire plot. Prosecutors say Monique Earle has reunited with her ex-boyfriend. Last year she allegedly offered to pay an undercover officer to kill his new girlfriend. Earle has been free on bail. Prosecutors say she and her ex-boyfriend are now engaged, and that contact with him is a violation of her conditions of release.

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It was a cramped -- cold night for hundreds of trapped drivers in Montreal. Here along this stretch of highway 13 three hundred drivers and their passengers spent Tuesday night in their cars. They got stuck after this week's storm dumped up to two feet of snow in part of the region. Passengers say they waited more than 12 hours for help.

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(("our trucks ar running out of gas at the same time, so we're just trying to stay warm. just let time pass." "frustration because no one was telling us any news to tell us why no one is moving.")) A communications breakdown reportedly led to the long wait for help. The Quebec premier says quote -- "we have to learn from the situation and do better, much better next time."

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The Vermont men's basketball team put up a strong fight but came up just short against Purdue in the NCAA tournament. The Hoopcats lost 80-70 in Milwaukee last night. This came after 21 consecutive wins Head Coach John Becker said it hurts having the season come to an end. But he says, this year has been magical.

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((John becker-Head Coach Im a proud coach up here, with the way our guys played all year and how they competed.)) ((Dre Wills-Senior you are never going to see us just quite in a game. we are going to keep on playing and keep on fighting, i think that is what made this team so special, cause a lot of teams just give up when they get down. we dont we just keep fighting. we keep coming at you.))

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Today: Partly sunny, but still colder than average.

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((THANK GARY)) But first let's get to ...

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Today: Partly sunny, but still colder than average.

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The Vermont men's basketball team put up a strong fight but came up just short against Purdue in the NCAA tournament. The Hoopcats lost 80-70 in Milwaukee last night. This came after 21 consecutive wins Head Coach John Becker said it hurts having the season come to an end. But he says, this year has been magical.

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((John becker-Head Coach Im a proud coach up here, with the way our guys played all year and how they competed.)) ((Dre Wills-Senior you are never going to see us just quite in a game. we are going to keep on playing and keep on fighting, i think that is what made this team so special, cause a lot of teams just give up when they get down. we dont we just keep fighting. we keep coming at you.))

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It's a tough loss, but we are so proud of the team! Losing is always tough to take, especially for fans. But, many fans say their UVM Pride trumps their disappointment.

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(01303000) ((Eric Scmidt-UVM Student im very proud they are here. its nice to get my school out there to the world)) Even for fans like Eric Scmidt, a UVM student who just jumped on the band wagon last month--the ending was hard to take. (01301400) ((eric Scmidt-UVM Student the last two minutes were just not my favorite two minutes)) Scmidt's sentiment was followed by other students and alumni who watched the game at Church Street Tavern in Burlington. (01280800) ((Alison Mercier, UVM Student im bummed i wont watch them in the future rounds)) (01271300) ((Eric Knudsen,UVM Alum I lived through a lot of the dark days of UVM basketball, obviously UVM has been very successful for a long time, but to see them compete and play so well. I wish they got the win, but i am really glad to see them compete and paly well.)) Some lucky fans even got to witness the big game in Milwaukee-beating this weeks blizzard ((UVM Fan We were determined to get here no matter what. If we couldn't get a flight. We were driving)) On our WCAX facebook page this morning -- people were optimistic. Like Nick Stevens who wrote: It was a good game. They have a young team and will for sure make the tourney again next year! UVM student Danielle Smith says when the team touches down in Vermont -- they can expect a lot of support. (01314000) ((Danielle Smith-UVM Student they will be very welcomed. even though they lost the first game, I don't think anybody cares about that, everyone is super proud that they made it to the tournament, thats all that matters))

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That was Alex Hirsch Reporting Patrick Gym was home to almost 600 season ticket holders this season and was sold out for many of their games. Fans agree, this is a historic season no one will forget.

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An EMT was killed on the job after her ambulance was carjacked overnight. This happened in the Bronx New York. New York Police say an FDNY Medical Services crew was responding to a car crash when a passerby told them -- someone was riding on the back of the ambulance. After a confrontation, officers say the 25-year old suspect jumped in the driver's seat and ran over them. One woman was killed and the other worker suffered minor injuries.

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((MAYOR BILL DEBLASIO // NY : We know our EMTs are brave, they do crucial work, they save lives, but they should not ever have to be subjected to violence, and yet danger always exists for them.)) We do not know the victim's name -- but police say she was a mother of 5 children.

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A public meeting on the sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is happening tonight. Entergy plans to sell the now-defunct nuclear plant to New York based NorthStar Group Services Inc. Attorney General TJ Donovan says, there are significant environmental and financial issues at stake -- and his office wants to make sure all Vermonters are protected. You have a chance to learn more and weigh in on the sale tonight at 6 o'clock in Vernon.

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Berlin police need your help this morning to find the thief who broke into a local business. Take a close look at these surveillance photos Berlin Police Department sent us. This happened at the Freihofer's Baker Outlet on US-302 in Barre. Officers say the man in the photos stole items from the outlet back on March 9th. Anyone who recognizes this man is asked to call Berlin police.

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We broke the news yesterday morning about the young woman found dead in Poultney. This morning, Channel 3's Keith McGilvery has the latest on the investigation.

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A gruesome discovery inside this snow-covered home in Poultney. It's where state police tell us they found 26-year-old Alexandra Rooker Wednesday. ((06:11 we went to execute that search warrant at Wayne Oddo's house and at that time we discovered the deceased at the residence)) Wayne Oddo's alleged drug house on Morse Hollow Road is where investigators say the Fair Haven woman was last seen alive. They say they talked to Oddo about Rooker when she was reported missing March 8th -- but at that time he was telling a different story. ((05:38 He acknowledged that she had been there at the residence but said that she had left and was no longer there.)) Authorities came back with a federal search warrant and that's when Oddo admitted Rooker was inside. He claims she had died a week earlier from a drug overdose -- but he didn't tell anyone. Now investigators are trying to figure out if his story adds up. ((09:23 I can say that they used drugs together and that they knew each other.)) Major Glenn Hall says Rooker's death is suspicious -- that Oddo admits he is an addict and allowed people to deal from his home. Police are now investigating if it was drugs that killed Alexandra Rooker. An autopsy revealed there was no trauma. ((08:28 If this does turn out to be a drug overdose specifically heroin this is another example of a tragedy and the devastation that can be caused by heroin ABUSE ADDICTION.))

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Oddo is in federal custody right now facing gun charges. Count on Channel 3 to stay on top of this death investigation and update you as soon as news breaks.

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A New Hampshire juvenile faces murder charges in connection with the shooting of a Farmington couple. It happened Wednesday afternoon. Police say officers found a couple with apparent gunshot wounds. The man was dead, and the woman was treated at the hospital and is expected to survive. We do not know the names of the adults until police get in touch with their family.

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New Hampshire authorities are asking a judge to revoke the bail of a woman involved in a murder for hire plot. Prosecutors say Monique Earle has reunited with her ex-boyfriend. Last year she allegedly offered to pay an undercover officer to kill his new girlfriend. Earle has been free on bail. Prosecutors say she and her ex-boyfriend are now engaged, and that contact with him is a violation of her conditions of release.

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Some people living in Springfield don't like a VTrans proposal designed to improve safety on an Interstate 91 off ramp. The concerns are about changes planned for this summer at the southbound off ramp at Exit 7. Town officials say the state's plan to funnel all traffic through a 90-degree turn and stop sign is "unwise," and that they are opposed to barricading the end of the slip ramp. The Select Board hopes to get state leaders to to reverse their decision.

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It's time to check in with April the giraffe. Boy this is taking a long time. The 15-year old giraffe is expected to give birth to her fourth calf. Thousands are watching this live feed across the country, just waiting for the big moment. The baby will weigh around 150 pounds and will stand at 6 feet tall. Giraffe pregnancies last about 15 months.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL))

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Today: St. Patrick's Day! Partly sunny Highs: 25 to 32 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Cold Lows: -5 to 10 Wind: Light Saturday: N: Mostly sunny S: Chance for a few snow showers late Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: N: Mostly sunny S: Chance for a few snow showers early Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 30s Monday: Spring begins! AM sunshine Chance for rain/snow showers late Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 30s Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly sunny Colder Chance for snow showers Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 18 to 28 Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 2 to 12 Highs: 25 to 35

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We've heard a lot about concerns about loud noise with the F-35 debate. Now a new study is shedding more light on the issue. RESEARCH AT BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL FOUND 58-MILLION AMERICANS ARE FREQUENTLY EXPOSED TO LOUD NOISES BOTH AT WORK AND AT HOME. THAT EXPOSURE CAN LEAD TO HEARING LOSS AND HEALTH CONDITIONS INCLUDING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND DIABETES.

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Middlebury's hospital is joining the University of Vermont Health Network. The move -- approved by Porter Medical Center Members -- has been over a year in the making. The hospital has been struggling with finances lately -- cutting more than a dozen jobs last year year. In addition to stabilizing finances, hospital officials say the affiliation will improve patient access to specialists and allow for a new medical office building and other facility improvements.

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((NATS:CHEERS)) Apparently everyone is a little Irish on Saint Patrick's Day. The National Retail Federation reports Americans are expected to spend more "green" this year compared to past Saint Paddy's Day celebrations on record. The group predicts the country will drop more than 5 billion dollars for the holiday -- claiming restaurants and bars will likely profit most.

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Heads up before you hit the road this morning. Hyundai is recalling nearly 978-thousand Sonata cars in the U.S. over defective seat belts. The automaker says the belts can detach in a crash and fail to hold people. The recall covers Sonatas from 2011 through 2015.

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A nearly half-mile ice jam is causing serious flooding in the North Country. Water has jumped the banks of the Salmon River in Malone. It's been gushing under guard rails -- and spilling onto two area streets. The icy water levels add up to several feet in some spots -- reaching up to mailboxes, street signs,front yards and basements.

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((TILE 5550 09:20:00--09:28:03 Ricky Provost/ Emergency Services, Franklin County: "There's no real room that we could sandbag, and it's probably dangerous to do so at this point in time even if we could.")) Officials are also concerned with a waste water treatment plant at the end of the flooding streets. There's a few that if that floods, sewage could leak into the river. Local officials are keeping a close eye on it - but they say all they can really do is wait it out until water levels go back down.

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((REAX TOSS TO GARY))

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Today: Partly sunny, but still colder than average.

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New this morning -- hundreds of drivers left stranded in Montreal following weather woes. Also new this morning, a state senator turned himself into police after being accused of child prostitution. Plus, we found reaction overnight from some big names in the state -- reacting to UVM's historic season.

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We start with new video this morning of a massive fire in Raleigh, North Carolina. It involves an apartment building under construction. A witness says, the spreading flames caused a construction crane to collapse. Firefighters on extended ladders dumped water on the flames as wind gusts spread smoke for blocks.

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Leaders in Montreal say, they can do better. That's the word this morning after 300 cars got stranded in the big snow storm this week. GENEVIEVE BEAUCHEMIN HAS DETAILS.

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nats ON THIS STRETCH OF HIGHWAY 13 ... IN MONTREAL ... THREE HUNDRED DRIVERS AND THEIR PASSENGERS ... SPENT THE NIGHT ... TRAPPED ... HUDDLING IN THEIR CARS ... nats CHILDREN ... AMONG THEM ... PRISONERS OF THE STORM. Stranded Driver "Our trucks ar running out of gas at the same time, so we're just trying to stay warm. Just let time pass." BUT FOR MORE THAN TWELVE LONG HOURS ... THERE WAS NO RESCUE ... AND ANGER MOUNTED ALL DAY ... ABOUT WHY HELP TOOK SO LONG TO COME. Stranded Passenger: "Frustration because no one was telling us any news to tell us why no one is moving." nats THE HIGHWAY NIGHTMARE ... BEGAN WITH A PILEUP AT RUSH HOUR ... THE RESULT OF A MONSTER STORM THAT DUMPED 35 CENTIMETRES OF SNOW IN JUST A FEW HOURS ON MONTREAL ... AND MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT ... 75 CENTIMETRES IN SOME REGIONS .... nats THE STORM PARALYZED TRANSPORT ... SHUT DOWN ALL SCHOOLS ... UNIVERSITIES ... AND MANY BUSINESSES. BUT IT WAS EVEN WORSE SOUTH OF QUEBEC CITY ... nats HOWLING WINDS ... A MASSIVE BLIZZARD ... BLOCKED MAJOR THOROUGHFARES AND TOOK THE LIVES OF TWO MEN FOUND IN A CAR COVERED BY A MOUND OF SNOW. THEY CALLED 9-1-1 FROM THIS ROAD THEY WERE TRAPPED ... THEIR VEHICLE BURIED ... nats WE COULD NOT SEE TWENTY FEET AHEAD OF US, SAYS THE MAYOR ... ALAIN FORTIER. POLICE ON SNOWMOBILE TRIED TO REACH THE MEN FOR HOURS AND HOURS, BUT THEY GOT STUCK, EVEN HOURS LATER ... OFFICERS IN THE AREA ... STRUGGLED TO MAKE THEIR WAY TO WORK ... THIS ONE ... USING SNOWSHOES. ALL THIS ... IN A PROVINCE ... USED TO COPING WITH HEAVY SNOWFALL... nats AND ACCUSTOMED TO RESIDENTS ... LEANING ON ONE ANOTHER TO WEATHER THE STORM... Resident: Helped her out, he got stuck. Another guy needed a shove. BUT AUTHORITIES IN MONTREAL ... WERE NOT PREPARED TO COPE WITH THE STRANDED MOTORISTS ... ON HIGHWAY 13 ... A COMMUNICATIONS BREAKDOWN ... LED TO HOURS OF DELAY IN SENDING HELP... Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec: "We have to learn from the situation and do better, much better next time."

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This is the second time this week a train and car collided. This time in Essex Junction right by 5 corners at the Maple Street Crossing. Police say traffic in front the driver kept him from moving off the tracks. They say he tried to push the car by hand but couldn't move it.

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((Rob hall Sargent Trains don't swerve you have to make the cautious decision that you can't run these red lights your just putting yourself in danger)) Earlier this week, police say a driver stalled on the tracks at a crossing on East Road in Colchester -- and couldn't move in time when a train collided with the car.

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UVM fans and the team have so much to be proud of. And ... Lots of people took to twitter to share their pride after the team lost to Purdue in the NCAA tournament. Senator Patrick Leahy tweeted: A #Cats season we'll always remember. You made us so, so proud, all season long. Already primed for next year. #CatsMadness @uvmmbb Purdue head coach Matt Painter called @UVMmbb "one of the best teams" they've played all year #AEPride And ... Congrats to the @UVMmbb on a HISTORIC season. THANK YOU for the memories! @UVMProvost @AmericaEast

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New this morning -- a state senator turned himself in for an alleged child prostitution case. Oklahoma senator, Ralph Shortey, went to police yesterday admitting to child prostitution charges. Police say they found the 35-year old in a motel room last week with a 17-year old boy. Shortey is married with children and works with teens regularly through the local YMCA. The senate passed a resolution to strip Shortey from his role in legislation.

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President Trump holds his first face-to-face meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House today. The two leaders will have a joint press conference.... where domestic issues like --- healthcare, wiretapping and the President's first budget proposal could come up. The White House wants to increase spending on the military and border security...while deeply slashing nearly every other agency. It includes cutting the EPA and state department budgets by almost a third.

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(00:40:28:00) ((SOT: Mick Mulvaney/Director, Office of Management & Budget) "We're spending less money on soft power, financial aid for folks overseas and more money on defense which is exactly what the president promised when he ran for office.")) ((Sen. Bernie Sanders - I-Vermont Do we want to add another 50-60 billion dollars to the defense, and pay for that by cutting programs that impact working people, low-income people, the elderly and the sick? I think that that is dead wrong and I will fight that as strong as I can)) Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says deep cuts to the state department will make it hard for the president's budget to pass the senate.

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Safe spots for drug users in Chittenden County is up for discussion. State's Attorney Sarah George says a commission is in the works to study whether or not there should be safe injection sites in the area. George says -- the commission is going to have an open and honest discussion about whether they could help combat the opiate crisis. The commission will be made up of law enforcement and health professionals.

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((Sarah George 4077 1:09:44-1:10:03 "All of us are sort of talking about all of these ways that we want to combat the opioid crisis and this is one of the ways that other places are doing it, and so I think it's only fair to have that same conversation about whether it's a possible solution.")) This commission follows a bill -- which proposed creating safe spaces for addicts where supervision, clean needles, overdose reversal drugs, and access to treatment would all be on-hand.

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A big congratulations to one of our own here at Channel 3. Darren Perron received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Vermont State Colleges Hall of Fame dinner last night. Darren is a proud graduate of Castleton State College -- now called Castleton University. Well done, Darren!

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Today: St. Patrick's Day! Partly sunny Highs: 25 to 32 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Cold Lows: -5 to 10 Wind: Light Saturday: N: Mostly sunny S: Chance for a few snow showers late Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: N: Mostly sunny S: Chance for a few snow showers early Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 30s Monday: Spring begins! AM sunshine Chance for rain/snow showers late Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 30s Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly sunny Colder Chance for snow showers Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 18 to 28 Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 2 to 12 Highs: 25 to 35

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A lot of proud fans this morning. I set an alarm to watch as much of the game as possible and let me tell you, UVM made Purdue work hard for that win. Here's Mike McCune with the highlights.

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((TRT: 1:51 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) (( The 13th seeded UVM men's basketball team looking to continue a historic season with an upset of Big 10 regular season champs Purdue last night in the NCAA Tournament. -------------- Vermont coach John Becker actually looking for his second NCAA win...the first coming as a 16 seed over Lamar in an opening round game in 2012, the last time the Cats went to the Big Dance... --- and after Purdue opened on a 7-2 run, Vermont answered with 13 straight points... Anthony Lamb with a couple hoops inside... he had a team high 20 points and nine boards ... --- Payton Henson drains a pair of threes as UVM builds a 15-7 lead ...he and Lamb went 5-for-ten from three point land in the first half... --- a very tough moment for Vermont with two minutes to go in the half...senior captain Kurt Steidl lands awkwardly while challenging a shot... and after staying on the floor for several minutes is helped off the court and into the locker room. He would not return...but the Cats were right in this at the break, down one 37-36... --- second half... Purdue's Caleb Swanigan was the force he was advertised to be...16 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three big blocked shots late... --- and Vince Edwards turned into the wild card the Cats had no answer for...a game high 21 points... --- Vermont does not go away...under five to go...Ernie Duncan sticks a three that pulls the Cats within five... --- but Purdue just wouldn't let UVM get within one possession ...P-J Thompson with a heart breaking three ... --- } and Vermont falls 80-70...the Cats historic season coming to an end with a record of 29-6. ---------------------- ------ for postgame reaction from the Cats, go to the sports page at WCAX.com and tune in tonight on the Channel Three News at 6pm. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune. ))

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Just when you think you have years of wisdom, wait until you meet this week's super senior. To give you some perspective, when she was born -- Fenway Park was still being built. Here's Joe Carroll.

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The biggest blizzard in decades is starting to wind down in Waterbury Center. ((nat sot of music along with wind)) Florilla Ames is snug inside - listening to the group Solas. A little sunshine on a stormy day. On a clear day it's a panoramic view stretching from Camel's Hump to Mount Mansfield. (00:39:00:00) ((Florilla Ames/Super Senior, You can see the ski runs from Mansfield. )) (00:36:51:00) ((Florilla, Today it looks very foggy. )) This Friday, Florilla will be 106. She's living in her childhood home. She's a fiercely independent woman. (00:18:31:00) ((Joe Carroll:Why do you think you've lived to be 106? Florilla: Well I guess they don't want me to be anywhere else. )) (00:18:58:00 ) ((If I'm here I might as well enjoy it! )) But Florilla has to deal with macular degeneration. (00:37:07:00) ((Florilla, and put a little smoke beside it and you see what I see. )) (00:37:32:00) (( Joe: Is that the most frustrating thing? Florilla: Yes, oh my God yes. I can't read or do puzzles or do the things I so love to do.)) A once voracious reader - she devoured 1900 books over twenty years. Now music, books on tapes and friends keep her occupied. (00:54:19:00) ((Warren Davey/Neighbor, We've done a lot talking, she's my adopted grandmother. )) Warren Davey and his family check-in almost every day. (00:36:34:00) ((Florilla, This is where I entertain my company. )) (00:58:12:00) (( Warren: You have a good afternoon. )) Last year Florilla was in the hospital for a few days - being over a century made her a celebrity. (00:15:02:00) ((Florilla, People were coming in and looking in the door to see what I looked like. And when I go anywhere I feel it, I'm an oddity. )) (01:03:03:00) ((Joe Carroll/Waterbury Center, Florilla was born one year before the Titanic sank, World War 1 was years away and the Spanish Flu was killing millions around the world more than a few here in Waterbury Center. )) (00:05:00:00) ((Florilla, There was a couple who lived up above maybe a mile or two, young couple, they had a baby. They all died. )) Florilla's whole family became sick, a family friend milked the cows and did the chores while they recovered. All of them survived. (00:32:10:00) ((Florilla, You turn around and you see me on the wall. )) It's her high school senior photo. (00:33:52:00) (( Joe: What goes through your mind when you see that photograph? Florilla: Well, I think I was pretty good looking.)) (00:45:06:00) (( Joe: Haven't changed a bit. Florilla: No? Then there's something wrong with your eyes then.)) (00:31:29:00) ((Florilla, Here's a couple pictures of my husband. )) She met Darrel teaching in Derby Line. They moved to Massachusetts for work - when Florilla's mother got cancer, she came home to the homestead to take care of her - Florilla never left. Darrel has since died, they were married for 70 years. She says she's a very fortunate woman. (00:20:54:00) ((Florilla, Oh no, this is where I'm happy to be. )) ((music nats)) And the melodies play on after a lifetime of living and more. Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Waterbury Center.

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Snow depth: Very deep now in the northeast. Sunrise/Sunset: Today is the day when we go back to having more daylight than dark, for the next 6 months. Spring Countdown: Down to 3 days.

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A VERMONT MURALIST IS SHOWING HER TALENTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY SHE'S CURRENTLY ON HER SIXTH STOP IN NEW IBERIA-- AFTER FINDING A SUITABLE OUTDOOR WALL. "LACY" SAYS SHE ONLY PAINTS MURALS OF ANIMALS--TYPICALLY RELATABLE TO THE AREA. THE PAINTING OF AN ALLIGATOR ON IBERIA STREET WILL BE COMPLETE WITHIN TWO WEEKS.

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(( Mary Lacy // Artist : I definitely feel like I build relationships with each city. I'm pretty out in the open, so I've met a lot of unique characters in each place.))

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It looked brutal from where we were sitting but check it out from space! The massive snowstorm that pummeled the northeast from an out of this world perspective. A satellite image from NASA shows just how just how large it was.

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Today: Partly sunny, but still colder than average.

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In the next hour of the channel 3 morning news One high school basketball player was benched from her championship game Because of her religious headwear

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Today: Partly sunny, but still colder than average.

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The Vermont men's basketball team put up a strong fight but came up just short against Purdue in the NCAA tournament. The Hoopcats lost 80-70 in Milwaukee last night. This came after 21 consecutive wins Head Coach John Becker said it hurts having the season come to an end. But he says, this year has been magical.

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((John becker-Head Coach Im a proud coach up here, with the way our guys played all year and how they competed.)) ((Dre Wills-Senior you are never going to see us just quite in a game. we are going to keep on playing and keep on fighting, i think that is what made this team so special, cause a lot of teams just give up when they get down. we dont we just keep fighting. we keep coming at you.))

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It's a tough loss, but we are so proud of the team! Channel 3's Alex Hirsch is live at Patrick Gym --- Alex ... What are fans saying this morning? Losing is always tough to take, especially for fans. But, many fans say their UVM Pride trumps their disappointment.

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(01303000) ((Eric Scmidt-UVM Student im very proud they are here. its nice to get my school out there to the world)) Even for fans like Eric Scmidt, a UVM student who just jumped on the band wagon last month--the ending was hard to take. (01301400) ((eric Scmidt-UVM Student the last two minutes were just not my favorite two minutes)) Scmidt's sentiment was followed by other students and alumni who watched the game at Church Street Tavern in Burlington. (01280800) ((Alison Mercier, UVM Student im bummed i wont watch them in the future rounds)) (01271300) ((Eric Knudsen,UVM Alum I lived through a lot of the dark days of UVM basketball, obviously UVM has been very successful for a long time, but to see them compete and play so well. I wish they got the win, but i am really glad to see them compete and paly well.)) Some lucky fans even got to witness the big game in Milwaukee-beating this weeks blizzard ((UVM Fan We were determined to get here no matter what. If we couldn't get a flight. We were driving)) On our WCAX facebook page this morning -- people were optimistic. Like Nick Stevens who wrote: It was a good game. They have a young team and will for sure make the tourney again next year! UVM student Danielle Smith says when the team touches down in Vermont -- they can expect a lot of support. (01314000) ((Danielle Smith-UVM Student they will be very welcomed. even though they lost the first game, I don't think anybody cares about that, everyone is super proud that they made it to the tournament, thats all that matters))

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Patrick Gym was home to almost 600 season ticket holders this season and was sold out for many of their games. Fans agree, this is a historic season no one will forget.

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An EMT was killed on the job after her ambulance was carjacked overnight. This happened in the Bronx New York. New York Police say an FDNY Medical Services crew was responding to a car crash when a passerby told them -- someone was riding on the back of the ambulance. After a confrontation, officers say the 25-year old suspect jumped in the driver's seat and ran over them. One woman was killed and the other worker suffered minor injuries.

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((MAYOR BILL DEBLASIO // NY : We know our EMTs are brave, they do crucial work, they save lives, but they should not ever have to be subjected to violence, and yet danger always exists for them.)) We do not know the victim's name -- but police say she was a mother of 5 children.

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A public meeting on the sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is happening tonight. Entergy plans to sell the now-defunct nuclear plant to New York based NorthStar Group Services Inc. Attorney General TJ Donovan says, there are significant environmental and financial issues at stake -- and his office wants to make sure all Vermonters are protected. You have a chance to learn more and weigh in on the sale tonight at 6 o'clock in Vernon.

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Berlin police need your help this morning to find the thief who broke into a local business. Take a close look at these surveillance photos Berlin Police Department sent us. This happened at the Freihofer's Baker Outlet on US-302 in Barre. Officers say the man in the photos stole items from the outlet back on March 9th. Anyone who recognizes this man is asked to call Berlin police.

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We broke the news yesterday morning about the young woman found dead in Poultney. This morning, Channel 3's Keith McGilvery has the latest on the investigation.

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A gruesome discovery inside this snow-covered home in Poultney. It's where state police tell us they found 26-year-old Alexandra Rooker Wednesday. ((06:11 we went to execute that search warrant at Wayne Oddo's house and at that time we discovered the deceased at the residence)) Wayne Oddo's alleged drug house on Morse Hollow Road is where investigators say the Fair Haven woman was last seen alive. They say they talked to Oddo about Rooker when she was reported missing March 8th -- but at that time he was telling a different story. ((05:38 He acknowledged that she had been there at the residence but said that she had left and was no longer there.)) Authorities came back with a federal search warrant and that's when Oddo admitted Rooker was inside. He claims she had died a week earlier from a drug overdose -- but he didn't tell anyone. Now investigators are trying to figure out if his story adds up. ((09:23 I can say that they used drugs together and that they knew each other.)) Major Glenn Hall says Rooker's death is suspicious -- that Oddo admits he is an addict and allowed people to deal from his home. Police are now investigating if it was drugs that killed Alexandra Rooker. An autopsy revealed there was no trauma. ((08:28 If this does turn out to be a drug overdose specifically heroin this is another example of a tragedy and the devastation that can be caused by heroin ABUSE ADDICTION.))

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Oddo is in federal custody right now facing gun charges. Count on Channel 3 to stay on top of this death investigation and update you as soon as news breaks.

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A New Hampshire juvenile faces murder charges in connection with the shooting of a Farmington couple. It happened Wednesday afternoon. Police say officers found a couple with apparent gunshot wounds. The man was dead, and the woman was treated at the hospital and is expected to survive. We do not know the names of the adults until police get in touch with their family.

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New Hampshire authorities are asking a judge to revoke the bail of a woman involved in a murder for hire plot. Prosecutors say Monique Earle has reunited with her ex-boyfriend. Last year she allegedly offered to pay an undercover officer to kill his new girlfriend. Earle has been free on bail. Prosecutors say she and her ex-boyfriend are now engaged, and that contact with him is a violation of her conditions of release.

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It's time to check in with April the giraffe. Boy this is taking a long time. The 15-year old giraffe is expected to give birth to her fourth calf. Thousands are watching this live feed across the country, just waiting for the big moment. The baby will weigh around 150 pounds and will stand at 6 feet tall. Giraffe pregnancies last about 15 months.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL))

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Today: St. Patrick's Day! Partly sunny Highs: 25 to 32 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Cold Lows: -5 to 10 Wind: Light Saturday: N: Mostly sunny S: Chance for a few snow showers late Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: N: Mostly sunny S: Chance for a few snow showers early Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 30s Monday: Spring begins! AM sunshine Chance for rain/snow showers late Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 30s Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly sunny Colder Chance for snow showers Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 18 to 28 Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 2 to 12 Highs: 25 to 35

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((TOSS TO MELISSA AT DESK))

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We've heard a lot about concerns about loud noise with the F-35 debate. Now a new study is shedding more light on the issue. RESEARCH AT BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL FOUND 58-MILLION AMERICANS ARE FREQUENTLY EXPOSED TO LOUD NOISES BOTH AT WORK AND AT HOME. THAT EXPOSURE CAN LEAD TO HEARING LOSS AND HEALTH CONDITIONS INCLUDING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND DIABETES.

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Middlebury's hospital is joining the University of Vermont Health Network. The move -- approved by Porter Medical Center Members -- has been over a year in the making. The hospital has been struggling with finances lately -- cutting more than a dozen jobs last year year. In addition to stabilizing finances, hospital officials say the affiliation will improve patient access to specialists and allow for a new medical office building and other facility improvements.

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((NATS:CHEERS)) Apparently everyone is a little Irish on Saint Patrick's Day. The National Retail Federation reports Americans are expected to spend more "green" this year compared to past Saint Paddy's Day celebrations on record. The group predicts the country will drop more than 5 billion dollars for the holiday -- claiming restaurants and bars will likely profit most.

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Heads up before you hit the road this morning. Hyundai is recalling nearly 978-thousand Sonata cars in the U.S. over defective seat belts. The automaker says the belts can detach in a crash and fail to hold people. The recall covers Sonatas from 2011 through 2015.

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A high school varsity basketball player was BENCHED during playoffs all because of her religious beliefs. Janice Park talked to the teen who says her headscarf ended up getting her kicked off the court.

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FOR JE'NAN HAYES... THERE'S NO GREATER THRILL... THAN THE THRILL OF BASKETBALL. <10:36:30 "It's exciting to hear the crowd erupting"> BUT ON MARCH 3RD... DURING HER TEAM'S MOST IMPORTANT GAME, THE WATKINS MILL JUNIOR WAS BENCHED: <00:19:54 "It was emotional at the time, I didn't want to explain to her in the middle of the game why she couldn't play> THE REF MADE THE DECISION RIGHT BEFORE THE GAME...SAYING THAT HEAD scarf is NOT ALLOWED ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION'S RULE BOOK. THIS PUZZLED HAYES AND HER COACHES...BECAUSE SHE HAD PLAYED THE ENTIRE SEASON WITH HER HIJAB: <10:36:56 "I cried, it was a mix of emotions, I was speechless> NEXT SEASON, JE'NAN WILL HAVE TO GET APPROVAL TO WEAR HER HEADSCARF... <10:34:28 "This is more than jewelry it's a religious piece of clothing> WHICH IS WHY SHE CALLS THIS STATEMENT FROM THE MARYLAND PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, HOLLOW. There should have been no denial of participation and we are committed to working with the school and the family to ensure this does not happen again. HER TEAM LOST THAT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. JE'NAN WILL BE BACK, FOR HER TEAM, HERSELF, AND HER RIGHTS: <10:24:8 "Sports is a united game, we come together as a family no matter who you are>

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((ANCHORS TOSS TO GARY AT WALL))

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Today: Partly sunny, but still colder than average.

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A nearly half-mile ice jam is causing serious flooding in the North Country. Water has jumped the banks of the Salmon River in Malone. It's been gushing under guard rails -- and spilling onto two area streets. The icy water levels add up to several feet in some spots -- reaching up to mailboxes, street signs,front yards and basements. Local officials are keeping a close eye on it - but they say all they can really do is wait it out until water levels go back down.

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New this morning -- hundreds of drivers left stranded in Montreal following weather woes. Also new this morning, a state senator turned himself into police after being accused of child prostitution. Plus, we found reaction overnight from some big names in the state -- reacting to UVM's historic season.

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We start with new video this morning of a massive fire in Raleigh, North Carolina. It involves an apartment building under construction. A witness says, the spreading flames caused a construction crane to collapse. Firefighters on extended ladders dumped water on the flames as wind gusts spread smoke for blocks.

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Leaders in Montreal say, they can do better. That's the word this morning after 300 cars got stranded in the big snow storm this week. GENEVIEVE BEAUCHEMIN HAS DETAILS.

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nats ON THIS STRETCH OF HIGHWAY 13 ... IN MONTREAL ... THREE HUNDRED DRIVERS AND THEIR PASSENGERS ... SPENT THE NIGHT ... TRAPPED ... HUDDLING IN THEIR CARS ... nats CHILDREN ... AMONG THEM ... PRISONERS OF THE STORM. Stranded Driver "Our trucks ar running out of gas at the same time, so we're just trying to stay warm. Just let time pass." BUT FOR MORE THAN TWELVE LONG HOURS ... THERE WAS NO RESCUE ... AND ANGER MOUNTED ALL DAY ... ABOUT WHY HELP TOOK SO LONG TO COME. Stranded Passenger: "Frustration because no one was telling us any news to tell us why no one is moving." nats THE HIGHWAY NIGHTMARE ... BEGAN WITH A PILEUP AT RUSH HOUR ... THE RESULT OF A MONSTER STORM THAT DUMPED 35 CENTIMETRES OF SNOW IN JUST A FEW HOURS ON MONTREAL ... AND MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT ... 75 CENTIMETRES IN SOME REGIONS .... nats THE STORM PARALYZED TRANSPORT ... SHUT DOWN ALL SCHOOLS ... UNIVERSITIES ... AND MANY BUSINESSES. BUT IT WAS EVEN WORSE SOUTH OF QUEBEC CITY ... nats HOWLING WINDS ... A MASSIVE BLIZZARD ... BLOCKED MAJOR THOROUGHFARES AND TOOK THE LIVES OF TWO MEN FOUND IN A CAR COVERED BY A MOUND OF SNOW. THEY CALLED 9-1-1 FROM THIS ROAD THEY WERE TRAPPED ... THEIR VEHICLE BURIED ... nats WE COULD NOT SEE TWENTY FEET AHEAD OF US, SAYS THE MAYOR ... ALAIN FORTIER. POLICE ON SNOWMOBILE TRIED TO REACH THE MEN FOR HOURS AND HOURS, BUT THEY GOT STUCK, EVEN HOURS LATER ... OFFICERS IN THE AREA ... STRUGGLED TO MAKE THEIR WAY TO WORK ... THIS ONE ... USING SNOWSHOES. ALL THIS ... IN A PROVINCE ... USED TO COPING WITH HEAVY SNOWFALL... nats AND ACCUSTOMED TO RESIDENTS ... LEANING ON ONE ANOTHER TO WEATHER THE STORM... Resident: Helped her out, he got stuck. Another guy needed a shove. BUT AUTHORITIES IN MONTREAL ... WERE NOT PREPARED TO COPE WITH THE STRANDED MOTORISTS ... ON HIGHWAY 13 ... A COMMUNICATIONS BREAKDOWN ... LED TO HOURS OF DELAY IN SENDING HELP... Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec: "We have to learn from the situation and do better, much better next time."

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This is the second time this week a train and car collided. This time in Essex Junction right by 5 corners at the Maple Street Crossing. Police say traffic in front the driver kept him from moving off the tracks. They say he tried to push the car by hand but couldn't move it.

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((Rob hall Sargent Trains don't swerve you have to make the cautious decision that you can't run these red lights your just putting yourself in danger)) Earlier this week, police say a driver stalled on the tracks at a crossing on East Road in Colchester -- and couldn't move in time when a train collided with the car.

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UVM fans and the team have so much to be proud of. And ... Lots of people took to twitter to share their pride after the team lost to Purdue in the NCAA tournament. Senator Patrick Leahy tweeted: A #Cats season we'll always remember. You made us so, so proud, all season long. Already primed for next year. #CatsMadness @uvmmbb Purdue head coach Matt Painter called @UVMmbb "one of the best teams" they've played all year #AEPride And ... Congrats to the @UVMmbb on a HISTORIC season. THANK YOU for the memories! @UVMProvost @AmericaEast

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New this morning -- a state senator turned himself in for an alleged child prostitution case. Oklahoma senator, Ralph Shortey, went to police yesterday admitting to child prostitution charges. Police say they found the 35-year old in a motel room last week with a 17-year old boy. Shortey is married with children and works with teens regularly through the local YMCA. The senate passed a resolution to strip Shortey from his role in legislation.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL))

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Today: St. Patrick's Day! Partly sunny Highs: 25 to 32 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Cold Lows: -5 to 10 Wind: Light Saturday: N: Mostly sunny S: Chance for a few snow showers late Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: N: Mostly sunny S: Chance for a few snow showers early Lows: 8 to 18 Highs: 30s Monday: Spring begins! AM sunshine Chance for rain/snow showers late Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 30s Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly sunny Colder Chance for snow showers Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 18 to 28 Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 2 to 12 Highs: 25 to 35

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Just when you think you have years of wisdom, wait until you meet this week's super senior. To give you some perspective, when she was born -- Fenway Park was still being built. Here's Joe Carroll.

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The biggest blizzard in decades is starting to wind down in Waterbury Center. ((nat sot of music along with wind)) Florilla Ames is snug inside - listening to the group Solas. A little sunshine on a stormy day. On a clear day it's a panoramic view stretching from Camel's Hump to Mount Mansfield. (00:39:00:00) ((Florilla Ames/Super Senior, You can see the ski runs from Mansfield. )) (00:36:51:00) ((Florilla, Today it looks very foggy. )) This Friday, Florilla will be 106. She's living in her childhood home. She's a fiercely independent woman. (00:18:31:00) ((Joe Carroll:Why do you think you've lived to be 106? Florilla: Well I guess they don't want me to be anywhere else. )) (00:18:58:00 ) ((If I'm here I might as well enjoy it! )) But Florilla has to deal with macular degeneration. (00:37:07:00) ((Florilla, and put a little smoke beside it and you see what I see. )) (00:37:32:00) (( Joe: Is that the most frustrating thing? Florilla: Yes, oh my God yes. I can't read or do puzzles or do the things I so love to do.)) A once voracious reader - she devoured 1900 books over twenty years. Now music, books on tapes and friends keep her occupied. (00:54:19:00) ((Warren Davey/Neighbor, We've done a lot talking, she's my adopted grandmother. )) Warren Davey and his family check-in almost every day. (00:36:34:00) ((Florilla, This is where I entertain my company. )) (00:58:12:00) (( Warren: You have a good afternoon. )) Last year Florilla was in the hospital for a few days - being over a century made her a celebrity. (00:15:02:00) ((Florilla, People were coming in and looking in the door to see what I looked like. And when I go anywhere I feel it, I'm an oddity. )) (01:03:03:00) ((Joe Carroll/Waterbury Center, Florilla was born one year before the Titanic sank, World War 1 was years away and the Spanish Flu was killing millions around the world more than a few here in Waterbury Center. )) (00:05:00:00) ((Florilla, There was a couple who lived up above maybe a mile or two, young couple, they had a baby. They all died. )) Florilla's whole family became sick, a family friend milked the cows and did the chores while they recovered. All of them survived. (00:32:10:00) ((Florilla, You turn around and you see me on the wall. )) It's her high school senior photo. (00:33:52:00) (( Joe: What goes through your mind when you see that photograph? Florilla: Well, I think I was pretty good looking.)) (00:45:06:00) (( Joe: Haven't changed a bit. Florilla: No? Then there's something wrong with your eyes then.)) (00:31:29:00) ((Florilla, Here's a couple pictures of my husband. )) She met Darrel teaching in Derby Line. They moved to Massachusetts for work - when Florilla's mother got cancer, she came home to the homestead to take care of her - Florilla never left. Darrel has since died, they were married for 70 years. She says she's a very fortunate woman. (00:20:54:00) ((Florilla, Oh no, this is where I'm happy to be. )) ((music nats)) And the melodies play on after a lifetime of living and more. Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Waterbury Center.

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Snow depth: Very deep now in the northeast. Sunrise/Sunset: Today is the day when we go back to having more daylight than dark, for the next 6 months. Spring Countdown: Down to 3 days.

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A VERMONT MURALIST IS SHOWING HER TALENTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY SHE'S CURRENTLY ON HER SIXTH STOP IN NEW IBERIA-- AFTER FINDING A SUITABLE OUTDOOR WALL. "LACY" SAYS SHE ONLY PAINTS MURALS OF ANIMALS--TYPICALLY RELATABLE TO THE AREA. THE PAINTING OF AN ALLIGATOR ON IBERIA STREET WILL BE COMPLETE WITHIN TWO WEEKS.

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(( Mary Lacy // Artist : I definitely feel like I build relationships with each city. I'm pretty out in the open, so I've met a lot of unique characters in each place.))

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New this morning -- a state senator turned himself in for an alleged child prostitution case. Oklahoma senator, Ralph Shortey, went to police yesterday admitting to child prostitution charges. Police say they found the 35-year old in a motel room last week with a 17-year old boy. Shortey is married with children and works with teens regularly through the local YMCA. The senate passed a resolution to strip Shortey from his role in legislation.

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An EMT was killed on the job after her ambulance was carjacked overnight. This happened in the Bronx New York. New York Police say an FDNY Medical Services crew was responding to a car crash when a passerby told them -- someone was riding on the back of the ambulance. After a confrontation, officers say the 25-year old suspect jumped in the driver's seat and ran over them. One woman was killed and the other worker suffered minor injuries.

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It was a cramped -- cold night for hundreds of trapped drivers in Montreal. Here along this stretch of highway 13 three hundred drivers and their passengers spent Tuesday night in their cars. They got stuck after this week's storm dumped up to two feet of snow in part of the region. Passengers say they waited more than 12 hours for help.

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(("our trucks ar running out of gas at the same time, so we're just trying to stay warm. just let time pass." "frustration because no one was telling us any news to tell us why no one is moving.")) A communications breakdown reportedly led to the long wait for help. The Quebec premier says quote -- "we have to learn from the situation and do better, much better next time."

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Berlin police need your help this morning to find the thief who broke into a local business. Take a close look at these surveillance photos Berlin Police Department sent us. This happened at the Freihofer's Baker Outlet on US-302 in Barre. Officers say the man in the photos stole items from the outlet back on March 9th. Anyone who recognizes this man is asked to call Berlin police.

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UVM fans and the team have so much to be proud of. And ... Lots of people took to twitter to share their pride after the team lost to Purdue in the NCAA tournament. Senator Patrick Leahy tweeted: A #Cats season we'll always remember. You made us so, so proud, all season long. Already primed for next year. #CatsMadness @uvmmbb Purdue head coach Matt Painter called @UVMmbb "one of the best teams" they've played all year #AEPride And ... Congrats to the @UVMmbb on a HISTORIC season. THANK YOU for the memories! @UVMProvost @AmericaEast

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((NATS:CHEERS)) Apparently everyone is a little Irish on Saint Patrick's Day. The National Retail Federation reports Americans are expected to spend more "green" this year compared to past Saint Paddy's Day celebrations on record. The group predicts the country will drop more than 5 billion dollars for the holiday -- claiming restaurants and bars will likely profit most.

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Gar? How's the weather? Today: Partly sunny, but still colder than average.

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Today: Partly sunny, but still colder than average.


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