Fri 20-JAN-2017 Early A.M. News Script

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Today: AM clouds, fog giving way to some afternoon sunshine, and mild.

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

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Well let's get right to our top story of the day. President Elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the united states today. It's a ceremony that will have a ripple effect across our nation... regardless whether you voted for him or not--including in our region. The trump team says the president elect is still making changes to his inaugural address. He is expected to focus on the challenges America faces -- and says the reason he was elected was because people wanted quote "real change." More than a million people are expected to attend. Several Vermonters will be at the inauguration ceremony and say its a time for unity.

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(00014700) ((Rich Cochran-Vermont Republican Delegate not everybody was wild about our president elect and i think this is a chance for us to go down and represent well the state of vermont and not just the republicans but the progressives, independents and really make this thing a positive event.)) ((Bernie Sanders I hope that we can, as a nation, start focusing on the very serious issues that face this country.")) Three of the four members from New Hampshire's Congressional delegation are expected to attend the inauguration as well.

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Channel 3 will be covering the inauguration throughout the day. You can watch the event live -- and we'll have analysis throughout our broadcasts.

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What about the day after the inauguration -- several thousand Vermonters are planning to head to the state house. ((TAKE ALEX IN MONITOR)) Alex hirsch is live at Lamoille Valley Transportation in Morrisville this morning. Alex, that bus yard will be a little bit emptier come tomorrow morning. Good morning Melissa! These buses behind me will be used to to pick up Vermonters around the state and bring them to Montpelier tomorrow for the Women's March on Montpelier.

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on facebook alone ...4.5 thousand people have rsvp to go the march... A march is planned from the high school to the state house lawn Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Anyone can attend -- and is asked to wear pink to show unity. Organizers say they are marching for womans rights, human rights and more. We spoke with one of the organizers of the march--Katie McCarty and she says many people are feeling anger, fear and uncertainty towards the upcoming administration...but also hopeful of building a united front.

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(00102000) (this sends a powerful message to the incoming administration that the day after the inauguration there is a global movement to work towards a more inclusive way forward. its a global day to show the incoming administration that we have power as people and we are going to use that power to protect our rights.) This march is in solidarity with the Womans march that is happening in Washington DC on the same day.

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Again 4.5 thousand people have RSVP on facebook for the woman's march on montpelier but we are hearing as many 10 thousand could possibly show...maybe even more... Around one thousand vermonters will not be going because they will be heading to DC for the march.. .and they will be taking the buses behind me...we will have more on that later... Thank you alex. We will check back in with you later on the DC March.

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Governor Phil Scott has picked a new State's Attorney for Chittenden County Sarah George will fill the position -- left by Attorney General TJ Donovan. George has been a Deputy State's Attorney since 20-11. The governor says she was the right candidate because of her experience -- and her QUOTE "strong moral compass"

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There's a new proposal on the table to up the pay for minimum wage workers here in Vermont. This year the minimum wage increased to 10 dollars an hour from 9-60. House Democrats now want that bumped up to 15 dollars an hour by the year 20-22. State officials say more than 53-thousand children in Vermont live in a household supported by someone making less than 15 an hour. Lawmakers anticipate opposition from Governor Scott.

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Vermont's economy is starting the year in the red. Almost every aspect of the state budget is over-performing expectations -- but not nearly enough to compensate for the massive fall-off in tax revenue from corporations. State economists say corporate taxes are largely down across the country. They did say some of the downturn may be a result of companies hiring more and raising wages.

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(00:19:24:00) ((Jeff Carr - Vermont State Economist Longevity, particularly when you're on the upside of a cycle, has its virtues. And, that's been a good thing. We don't see any of the normal precursors of a downturn any time in the near term)) Budget writers already planned on lower returns this year, but not the newly projected drop -- of about 40 million dollars. Lawmakers say they've got a couple of funds running surplusses that could potentially be tapped to backfill revenue losses.

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Fire crews are heading back out this morning to investigate what sparked a blaze that tore through an animal hospital. River Street in Springfield is now back open and all but one department truck has cleared the scene. Officials say two employees at Springfield Hospital were able to get all the animals out in time. We made a call to Springfield police this morning. They say the back side of the building is where fire officials believe the fire sparked. No word yet on the cause. All the animals were placed elsewhere for the time being.

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Arlington residents don't feel much better this morning after their first public meeting with state police following a terrifying murder in town. It's been two weeks since 81-year-old Helen Jones was found dead in her Arlington home. State police tell us no arrests have been made yet. And then a week later -- the hazmat team showed up at another home. Police haven't confirmed the two incidents are connected. State police HELD a question and answer session last night. at the Federated Church of East Arlington. Residents didn't hold back from asking about the safety for their families. Police did say they are actively visiting and checking in with schools in the area. No word on any potential suspects in the case.

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A poor inspection report has now led to a settlement for one Vermont company. C-E Bradley Laboratories in Brattleboro agreed to design and install a system controling solvent vapors at the plant. Inspectors found a lot of hazardous waste and contaminated rags there back in 20-14. The company makes coating for the wood, metal, graphic arts and plastic industries. It will spend nearly 273-thousand dollars on a new control system.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Cloudy & fairly mild. Local temps: Mainly in the low/mid 30s. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. Lots of 30s across the northeast. U.S. Rad/sat: System in south that brought stormy weather along the Gulf Coast lifting northward, but weakening. Forecast clouds/precip: Clouds, fog in the AM will give way to some sunny breaks this afternoon. The system to our south will move our way, but fizzle out. But it may hold together just enough to bring a few sprinkles tonight into Saturday. There may also be a few pockets of freezing drizzle tonight and early Saturday.

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Today: AM clouds, fog Then partly sunny Highs: 37 to 44 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few sprinkles, freezing drizzle Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few sprinkles Highs: 37 to 44 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 28 to 35 Highs: 35 to 45 Monday: Mostly cloudy Rain/snow/sleet mix developing Turning windy Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Tuesday: Rain/snow/sleet/wind Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Thursday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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((TRT: 1:46 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((Off to a 5-0 start in league play and winners of seven straight overall, the UVM men's basketball team facing UMass-Lowell last night at Patrick Gym. ---------------------- --- The Cats with payback on their minds after Lowell swept the season series a year ago...scoring a total of 193 points in the two wins... --- Vermont coming out a little flat in the first few minutes, Jahad Thomas with the steal and lay-in. Vermont down 9 in the first half. --- A frustrated coach Becker goes to his bench and gets the spark he needs. --- First it's Josh Hearlihy on the defensive end. He had a couple of steals in the first half. Those 2 steals leading to 4 catamount points. --- Then Cam Ward gets going. After struggling offensively most of the season, he shoots 3 for 4 from three and finishes with a team high 17 points. --- UVM outscores Lowell 28-12 over the final 7 and a half minutes of the first half, Kurt Steidl for 3. Vermont up 40-31 at the break. --- Thomas, Lowell's best player, is on the bench for the entire second half after getting hit in the jaw late in the first half. --- Vermont takes advantage, Anthony Lamb for 2 and the foul. Lamb with his frist career double-double, 14 points, 14 rebounds. --- Stedil buries another three. Part of his 12 points. The lead balloons to 25. The Cats win their 8th straight, 81-67. ---------------------- ----- The Vermont women's hoop team also won last night, 61-46 at UMass-Lowell. Freshman Hanna Crymble set a new career high with 24 points to go with ten rebounds. Later today, the UVM women's hockey team hosts sixth ranked Boston College at 1pm at Gutterson...and tonight at 6pm, the 12th ranked Vermont men face off against UConn at the Gut. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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Hate parking your cars then walking to the mountain? Starting today, that process just got a whole lot easier for skiers at one Vermont resort. Killington Resort and Uber are teaming up to launch the rideshare service in the ski community. Officials say it's all to improve safe and affordable transportation options for thousands of people living and visiting the area during ski season.

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However some not so great news for Uber. The company is expected to pay 20-million dollars to settle a lawsuit with the federal trade commission. The F-T-C claims Uber made false and misleading statements about how much drivers could earn. All that money will be used to pay back affected drivers across the country.

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Recalls for two major snowmobile makers. Yamaha says its snowmobiles with after market turbo chargers can over-boost -- causing severe engine damage leading to crashes and fire hazards. Arctic Cat says the fuel tanks on its sleds can crack -- and fuel can leak into the engine. Also a fire hazard. You can find links to the recalls -- on our website -- wcax.com

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A 91-year old man will be among the crowd of people today -- watching President Elect Trump get sworn into office. A tradition that has been part of this New Jersey man's life for the last 76 years! Van Tieu explains.

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"Democracy is not dying" IT WAS 76 YEARS AGO. THE DATE: JANUARY 20TH, 1941. SOMEWHERE IN THE CROWD? 15-YEAR-OLD B. HAROLD SMICK WAS WATCHING ON AS PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT GAVE HIS THIRD INAUGURAL ADDRESS. B. Harold Smick: "His voice was enough to bring us out of the greatest depression we ever had." NOW 91 YEARS OLD. B. Harold Smick: "That's the real mccoy that I need to get in. " THE NEW JERSEY NATIVE IS HEADING TO WASHINGTON, D-C, FOR HIS 19TH CONSECUTIVE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION. HE HASN'T MISSED A CEREMONY SINCE. HIS SALEM HOME FILLED WITH MEMENTOS AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF EACH HISTORICAL EVENT TO PROVE HIS PERFECT ATTENDANCE. B. Harold Smick: "You just feel like you're on cloud 9- or 12 even because it's historic and I love history." SMICK, A DEMOCRAT, VOTED FOR HILLARY CLINTON, AND WHILE SOME DEMOCRATS ARE CHOOSING TO BOYCOTT THE INAUGURATION, SMICK WOULDN'T DREAM OF IT. B. Harold Smick: "It's my obligation to be there. I really think people should be required to vote." HE'S MAKING A POINT TO SUPPORT THE INCOMING 45TH PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP.. B. Harold Smick: "I think he's different. He certainly has ... he's quite a character and I pray that he'll do a good job." Van Tieu: "Mr. Smick has a collection of every single president's signature from President George Washington to President Barack Obama. And come Friday, he'll add yet another signature." IT'S A FEAT FEW CAN SAY THEY HAVE ACHIEVED. B. Harold Smick: "I'm real proud and honored to be able to be so fortunate." TO HAVE A FRONT ROW SEAT TO HISTORY 19 TIMES AND COUNTING.

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((MELISSA REACT & TOSS TO GARY))

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NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. Lots of 30s across the northeast. Today: AM clouds, fog giving way to some afternoon sunshine, and mild.

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Today is inauguration day -- but many in our region are busing to DC for a whole different reason. Alex is live with the details. Plus, they were stopped for speeding.. but these guys got more than a ticket.. wait till you see what police found in their car And embracing the past, today. Wait til you meet this week's super senior.

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Today: AM clouds, fog giving way to some afternoon sunshine, and mild.

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It's a big day for the country today -- our 45th president will be sworn into office later this morning. And while President Elect Donald Trump does have followers here and across the US -- there are many that are looking forward to tomorrow instead. Alex Hirsch is live at Lamoille Valley Transportation in Morrisville this morning. Where buses from there will be taking vermonters down to washington DC for the womans march on Washington...Alex when are those buses leaving? that's right Melissa. Some buses have already left to take people to the Inauguration. But buses leaving for the march tomorrow leave tonight starting at 9 pm.

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(00015600) ((Numaan Akrim-CEO AND FOUNDER OF RALLY if we had more buses and more time we would be sending even more. the amount of demand and passion that has been presented here for people that want to get together and get their voice heard is something that i have never seen in my lifetime and we are really excited about helping as many people as we can.)) while rally does does not publicly support any political party--they do support the right to assemble. They told me that Vermont was one of the first states to sell out for them. Other vermonters are heading down to DC for the rally by other means...hoping to get their voices heard. One vermonter in particular says that human rights issues they are rallying for are ones that can be fixed with Trump in office.

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((00:05:45Jen Tierney/Burlington I wish it wasn't the case and the way it was happening but these were issues before Trump and they will be there after Trump. 53)) ((00:05:22Jen Tierney/Burlington All of these women coming together and making statements and it's created a lot of change in people and for people to think differently. And I think it's super positive. 43)) the march starts at 10am on saturday in DC.

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Over 214 thousand people have said they are going to the march on washington on facebook....many many more are expected to attend...again we know of at least one thousand vermonters heading there...taking these buses behind me starting at 9 pm tonight. melissa. thanks alex

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After school programs in New York state could be getting a big boost. Governor Cuomo says The state would spend 35 million dollars more for some of the most vulnerable children in the state. This plan is all part of the $152 billion state budget proposal released earlier this week. The money would provide after school programs for about 22,000 additional children in low-wage communities.

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There's a new bill targeting labor union's membership and finances in the granite state. It already got approval from New Hampshire's Senate. The "right to work" bill says unions can't force non-members to pay fees or dues. Those for it say it supports worker freedom and will attract businesses. Opponents believe it weakens unions and bargaining power. The bill still needs support in the House.

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Two people are behind bars this morning after being accused of trafficking drugs through the state. Authorities say neighborhood complaints and a search warrant brought them to South Willard Street in Burlington. Police say they found two loaded guns, marijuana, cocaine and a lot of money inside. 29-year-old Gary Carter and 31-year-old Naquan Bowie were arrested on drug and gun charges yesterday.

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A routine police stop for speeding -- leads to a massive drug bust. Officials spotted a vehicle speeding on Route 7 in the Town of Mount Tabor. When they pulled over 42 year old Scott Racine of Middlebury with his passenger 36 year old Jonathon Gallagher of Rutland, they found 14-hundred bags of heroin. Both were arrested on trafficking charges.

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The wait is over -- the first Syrian refugees have officially settled into Rutland. A spokeswoman for the U.S Committee of Refugees and Immigrants says the family is staying with a temporary host family for a few days before moving into their own apartment. Rutland's Mayor led the effort and found out about the planned arrival just a few hours before it happened. He says when he met them Wednesday night, he was able to communicate with the parents.

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((SOT Chris Louras/Rutland Mayor: "The mom has a degree in French literature. She speaks French fluently and she write children books. The father - he has some rudimentary English language skills. He is insisting on using those skills. He wanted to speak to me about the snow.")) The mayor didn't say how many individuals arrived -- but says the family was a 'complete unit.' The refugee resettlement group says they expect two or three families will arrive each month -- until September. It's expected to be about 100 people.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Cloudy & fairly mild. Local temps: Mainly in the low/mid 30s. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. Lots of 30s across the northeast. U.S. Rad/sat: System in south that brought stormy weather along the Gulf Coast lifting northward, but weakening. Forecast clouds/precip: Clouds, fog in the AM will give way to some sunny breaks this afternoon. The system to our south will move our way, but fizzle out. But it may hold together just enough to bring a few sprinkles tonight into Saturday. There may also be a few pockets of freezing drizzle tonight and early Saturday.

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Today: AM clouds, fog Then partly sunny Highs: 37 to 44 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few sprinkles, freezing drizzle Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few sprinkles Highs: 37 to 44 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 28 to 35 Highs: 35 to 45 Monday: Mostly cloudy Rain/snow/sleet mix developing Turning windy Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Tuesday: Rain/snow/sleet/wind Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Thursday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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History is what drives Don Whitney. Joe Carroll shows us how the super senior is preserving the past.

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(00:05:09:00) (( Joe: Have you lived anywhere else? Don: Not for more than a month probably.)) Don Whitney can tell you anything you want to know about Springfield. (00:41:49:00) ((Don Whitney/Super Senior, When you get to be 94, you've seen a lot of history. )) We're on a historic journey - Don's going to show some of his memories. The first stop is to the Spencer Hollow section of town to a one-room school house. (00:37:30:00) (( But this served from 1781 to 1926. )) Don is not only interested in documenting history- but preserving it. (00:40:23:00) (( Joe: Well let's go inside. Don: Ok.)) The school house needs work. Don has invested time and money to bring it back to its former glory. (00:40:58:00) ((Don: Vandals have broken all of the windows. )) Don and a crew have replaced many of the window panes. Plastering will come this summer. There is an issue - the lack of a modern bathroom. (00:45:00:00) ((Don, Actually it's a 3 holer, there are 2 covers that were down. )) Don never went to school here, but 3 of his siblings did. Part of the reason he working so hard to save it. (00:46:48:00) (( Joe: When did your ancestors arrive in Springfield? Don: In 1780. )) Next stop - the now defunct Fellows Gear Shaper Plant, some of it now occupied by a health center. (00:15:20:00) (( Joe: So you worked in here? Don: yeah, I'll show ya. )) In a way Don grew up here. In his sophomore year in high school, this farm boy apprenticed at Fellows and never left. (00:19:21:00) ((Don, Isn't that terrible, the only place I ever worked for. )) He started full time in 1941 and worked until 1987. (00:15:40:00) (( Joe: So this is the great hall? Don: Right. )) The Great Hall was once humming with machinery - now pop music fills the room and art work hangs on the wall. (00:16:40:00) ((Don, Well I actually ran machines in this area. )) And in the corner - an homage to it's former glory. A small museum that Don helped set up so people wouldn't forget the past. (00:34:38:00) ((Don, During World War 2 they had 3 thousand, but that was when the company ran 24/7. )) We're on the road again - this time a dozen miles up the road to the American Precision Museum in Windsor. (00:52:27:00) ((Nat sot, Knocking on the door and entering. )) The museum is closed for the season but Don is always welcomed. (01:04:52:00) ((Ann Lawless/Museum Director, Don is an amazing person that gets things done. )) Ann Lawless runs the museum dedicated to industrial ingenuity. Don is their go to guy. (01:06:23:00) ((Ann: Don is a walking encyclopedia, he shares his knowledge and his own personal history is just remarkable. )) (00:56:55:00) ((Nat sot, It's already to go I guess.)) This machine is a Fellows Gear Shaper built around the time Don started there. (00:57:32:00) ((Don, We took this machine completely apart, there wasn't a screw or bolt or anything. )) (01:00:20:00) ((Don, Come here a minute. )) Don worked on the first computer used in the state in 1955. That's him on the left. (01:01:02:00) ((Don, I don't know, I think I have a big nose. )) From farm-boy to computer programmer - that's some history. Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Windsor.

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And a bit more history - The American Precision Museum was once where guns were manufactured during the Civil War.

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The lake level is climbing--which is good news for drought conditions in our region This comes after near record low levels were recorded last summer. Experts say the recent snowfall and rain have helped Lake Champlain. With more winter weather expected -- the National Weather Service predicts levels will continue to rise back to normal levels.

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((Greg Hanson National Weather Service. 7.19.02.10 It has improved a little bit we are running now about a foot below normal. But we were a good foot and half or so and not too far off record lows. We have seen a little bit of recovery in the lake, but still trending below normal. 7.19.16.12)) But -- they also said the below normal snowfall so far this year is not helping.

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Cloudiest months: We haven't seen a whole lot of sun lately. January is our 3rd-cloudiest month of the year, behind November & December. ((TOSS TO ALEX LIVE))

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Today is the inauguration of President Trump...and tomorrow there will march's across the country in solidarity with one another. Alex hirsch is live at Lamoille Valley Transportation in Morrisville this morning...where buses will be leaving today to take vermonters to DC and and Montpelier. Good morning Melissa! These buses behind me will be used to to pick up vermonters around the state and bring them to Montpelier tomorrow for the Women's March on Montpelier. They will also be used to take people to the womens march in DC. In fact, I spoke with the CEO of the company that is renting these buses to get people to the march's tomorrow and they say are taking 1 thousand vermonters are to the Washington DC march and 50 thousand people nationwide. That is in comparison to the only 500 people nationwide they took to the inauguration already. The CEO also told me that Vermont was one of the first states to sell there company out... The rally in Montpelier begins tomorrow at 1 pm. We are hearing over 10 thousand people will show up. The march in DC begins at 10 am with hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend. Melissa. Thank you Alex... We will have coverage of todays inauguration on channel 3 starting at 10 am.

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Police are praising two animal hospital employees this morning -- for acting fast during a fire. Investigators will head back out this morning to find out what sparked a fire at the Springfield Animal Hospital. This happened last night and we are told all the animals got out safely. Police say the back of the building is very damaged and no word what the future holds for the structure. One department truck was there overnight to make sure the fire didn't re-ignite.

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Hundreds of bags of heroin was found during a routine stop. Police pulled over a car on Route 7 in Mount Tabor. The driver, 42-year old Scott Racine of Middlebury and his passenger, 36 year old Jonathon Gallagher of Rutland -- had 14-hundred bags of the drug in the car. Both were arrested on trafficking charges.

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New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu is calling on Congress to be flexible if Obamacare is in fact repealed. This comes after many talks that the President Elect is pushing to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. Right now the US Senate is soliciting governors' feedback on changes to health care.

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There's a push to up the minimum wage for Vermont workers. This year the minimum wage increased to 10 dollars an hour from 9-60. House Democrats now want that bumped up to 15 dollars by the year 20-22. State officials say more than 53-thousand children in Vermont live in a household supported by someone making less than 15 an hour. Lawmakers anticipate opposition from Governor Scott.

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Making life a little easier for skiers starting today at one Vermont resort. Killington Resort and Uber are teaming up to launch the rideshare service in the ski community. Officials say it's all to improve safe and affordable transportation options for thousands of people living and visiting the area during ski season.

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Gary? How's the weather?

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Clouds, fog in the AM will give way to some sunny breaks this afternoon. The system to our south will move our way, but fizzle out. But it may hold together just enough to bring a few sprinkles tonight into Saturday. There may also be a few pockets of freezing drizzle tonight and early Saturday. Still lots of clouds around on Sunday, but quiet and mild. Turns more active late Monday as a messy storm moves in with a wintry mix of snow, sleet, rain, and freezing rain, which will continue into Tuesday morning. The mix changes to all rain, then back to a mix again late Tuesday into Wednesday. Snow showers on Thursday as some colder air starts to come in. It will also be windy late Monday into Tuesday.

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Clouds, fog in the AM will give way to some sunny breaks this afternoon. The system to our south will move our way, but fizzle out. But it may hold together just enough to bring a few sprinkles tonight into Saturday. There may also be a few pockets of freezing drizzle tonight and early Saturday.

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Today: AM clouds, fog giving way to some afternoon sunshine, and mild.

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

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Well let's get right to our top story of the day. President Elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the united states today. It's a ceremony that will have a ripple effect across our nation... regardless whether you voted for him or not--including in our region. The trump team says the president elect is still making changes to his inaugural address. He is expected to focus on the challenges America faces -- and says the reason he was elected was because people wanted quote "real change." More than a million people are expected to attend. Several Vermonters will be at the inauguration ceremony and say its a time for unity.

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(00014700) ((Rich Cochran-Vermont Republican Delegate not everybody was wild about our president elect and i think this is a chance for us to go down and represent well the state of vermont and not just the republicans but the progressives, independents and really make this thing a positive event.)) ((Bernie Sanders I hope that we can, as a nation, start focusing on the very serious issues that face this country.")) Three of the four members from New Hampshire's Congressional delegation are expected to attend the inauguration as well.

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Channel 3 will be covering the inauguration throughout the day. You can watch the event live -- and we'll have analysis throughout our broadcasts.

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What about the day after the inauguration -- several thousand Vermonters are planning to head to the state house. ((TAKE ALEX IN MONITOR)) Alex hirsch is live at Lamoille Valley Transportation in Morrisville this morning. Alex, that bus yard will be a little bit emptier come tomorrow morning. Good morning Melissa! These buses behind me will be used to to pick up Vermonters around the state and bring them to Montpelier tomorrow for the Women's March on Montpelier.

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on facebook alone ...4.5 thousand people have rsvp to go the march... A march is planned from the high school to the state house lawn Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Anyone can attend -- and is asked to wear pink to show unity. Organizers say they are marching for womans rights, human rights and more. We spoke with one of the organizers of the march--Katie McCarty and she says many people are feeling anger, fear and uncertainty towards the upcoming administration...but also hopeful of building a united front.

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(00102000) (this sends a powerful message to the incoming administration that the day after the inauguration there is a global movement to work towards a more inclusive way forward. its a global day to show the incoming administration that we have power as people and we are going to use that power to protect our rights.) This march is in solidarity with the Womans march that is happening in Washington DC on the same day.

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Again 4.5 thousand people have RSVP on facebook for the woman's march on montpelier but we are hearing as many 10 thousand could possibly show...maybe even more... Around one thousand vermonters will not be going because they will be heading to DC for the march.. .and they will be taking the buses behind me...we will have more on that later... Thank you alex. We will check back in with you later on the DC March.

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Governor Phil Scott has picked a new State's Attorney for Chittenden County Sarah George will fill the position -- left by Attorney General TJ Donovan. George has been a Deputy State's Attorney since 20-11. The governor says she was the right candidate because of her experience -- and her QUOTE "strong moral compass"

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There's a new proposal on the table to up the pay for minimum wage workers here in Vermont. This year the minimum wage increased to 10 dollars an hour from 9-60. House Democrats now want that bumped up to 15 dollars an hour by the year 20-22. State officials say more than 53-thousand children in Vermont live in a household supported by someone making less than 15 an hour. Lawmakers anticipate opposition from Governor Scott.

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Bad news for Vermont's economy. The state is starting the year in the red. Almost every aspect of the state budget is over-performing expectations -- but not nearly enough to compensate for the massive fall-off in tax revenue from corporations. State economists say corporate taxes are largely down across the country. They did say some of the downturn may be a result of companies hiring more and raising wages. Officials add that the slow but steady climb of the Vermont economy does not appear to be peaking quite yet.

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(00:19:24:00) ((Jeff Carr - Vermont State Economist Longevity, particularly when you're on the upside of a cycle, has its virtues. And, that's been a good thing. We don't see any of the normal precursors of a downturn any time in the near term)) Budget writers already planned on lower returns this year, but not the newly projected drop -- of about 40 million dollars. Lawmakers say they've got a couple of funds running surplusses that could potentially be tapped to backfill revenue losses.

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Fire crews are heading back out this morning to investigate what sparked a blaze that tore through an animal hospital. River Street in Springfield is now back open and all but one department truck has cleared the scene. Officials say two employees at Springfield Hospital were able to get all the animals out in time. We made a call to Springfield police this morning. They say the back side of the building is where fire officials believe the fire sparked. No word yet on the cause. All the animals were placed elsewhere for the time being.

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Arlington residents don't feel much better this morning after their first public meeting with state police following a terrifying murder in town. It's been two weeks since 81-year-old Helen Jones was found dead in her Arlington home. State police tell us no arrests have been made yet. And then a week later -- the hazmat team showed up at another home. Police haven't confirmed the two incidents are connected. State police HELD a question and answer session last night. at the Federated Church of East Arlington. Residents didn't hold back from asking about the safety for their families. Police did say they are actively visiting and checking in with schools in the area. No word on any potential suspects in the case.

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A poor inspection report has now led to a settlement for one Vermont company. C-E Bradley Laboratories in Brattleboro agreed to design and install a system controling solvent vapors at the plant. Inspectors found a lot of hazardous waste and contaminated rags there back in 20-14. The company makes coating for the wood, metal, graphic arts and plastic industries. It will spend nearly 273-thousand dollars on a new control system.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Cloudy & fairly mild. Local temps: Mainly in the low/mid 30s. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. Lots of 30s across the northeast. U.S. Rad/sat: System in south that brought stormy weather along the Gulf Coast lifting northward, but weakening. Forecast clouds/precip: Clouds, fog in the AM will give way to some sunny breaks this afternoon. The system to our south will move our way, but fizzle out. But it may hold together just enough to bring a few sprinkles tonight into Saturday. There may also be a few pockets of freezing drizzle tonight and early Saturday.

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Today: AM clouds, fog Then partly sunny Highs: 37 to 44 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few sprinkles, freezing drizzle Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few sprinkles Highs: 37 to 44 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 28 to 35 Highs: 35 to 45 Monday: Mostly cloudy Rain/snow/sleet mix developing Turning windy Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Tuesday: Rain/snow/sleet/wind Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Thursday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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A warning from health officials -- Gonorrhea is on the rise in New Hampshire. Last year there were more than 460 cases of the disease. In comparison--over the past decade the state has averaged about 130 cases a year. Health officials are working to identify people who may have been exposed to gonorrhea to connect them with testing and treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the national rate reached a historic low in 2009, but has been on the increase since then.

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If it's going to be repealed -- lawmakers want time to design their own health care systems. New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu is asking Congress for flexibility. This comes after many talks that the President Elect is pushing to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. Right now the US Senate is soliciting governors' feedback on changes to health care.

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Superbowl 51 isn't just great for football enthusiasts. The main event also brings thousands of people a permanent job. It's known as the biggest pizza day of the year at Pizza Hut. The pizza chain says it will put 11-thousand people to work just in time for Superbowl Sunday. Company officials are looking for pizza makers, delivery drivers, managers and servers. Last year the company hit a record high for superbowl sales -- nearly 12-million dollars. We have a number of Pizza Huts here and in Plattsburgh New York. No word if those locations are hiring.

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Hate parking your cars then walking to the mountain? Starting today, that process just got a whole lot easier for skiers at one Vermont resort. Killington Resort and Uber are teaming up to launch the rideshare service in the ski community. Officials say it's all to improve safe and affordable transportation options for thousands of people living and visiting the area during ski season.

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However some not so great news for Uber. The company is expected to pay 20-million dollars to settle a lawsuit with the federal trade commission. The F-T-C claims Uber made false and misleading statements about how much drivers could earn. All that money will be used to pay back affected drivers across the country.

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Recalls for two major snowmobile makers. Yamaha says its snowmobiles with after market turbo chargers can over-boost -- causing severe engine damage leading to crashes and fire hazards. Arctic Cat says the fuel tanks on its sleds can crack -- and fuel can leak into the engine. Also a fire hazard. You can find links to the recalls -- on our website -- wcax.com

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A 91-year old man will be among the crowd of people today -- watching President Elect Trump get sworn into office. A tradition that has been part of this New Jersey man's life for the last 76 years! Van Tieu explains.

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"Democracy is not dying" IT WAS 76 YEARS AGO. THE DATE: JANUARY 20TH, 1941. SOMEWHERE IN THE CROWD? 15-YEAR-OLD B. HAROLD SMICK WAS WATCHING ON AS PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT GAVE HIS THIRD INAUGURAL ADDRESS. B. Harold Smick: "His voice was enough to bring us out of the greatest depression we ever had." NOW 91 YEARS OLD. B. Harold Smick: "That's the real mccoy that I need to get in. " THE NEW JERSEY NATIVE IS HEADING TO WASHINGTON, D-C, FOR HIS 19TH CONSECUTIVE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION. HE HASN'T MISSED A CEREMONY SINCE. HIS SALEM HOME FILLED WITH MEMENTOS AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF EACH HISTORICAL EVENT TO PROVE HIS PERFECT ATTENDANCE. B. Harold Smick: "You just feel like you're on cloud 9- or 12 even because it's historic and I love history." SMICK, A DEMOCRAT, VOTED FOR HILLARY CLINTON, AND WHILE SOME DEMOCRATS ARE CHOOSING TO BOYCOTT THE INAUGURATION, SMICK WOULDN'T DREAM OF IT. B. Harold Smick: "It's my obligation to be there. I really think people should be required to vote." HE'S MAKING A POINT TO SUPPORT THE INCOMING 45TH PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP.. B. Harold Smick: "I think he's different. He certainly has ... he's quite a character and I pray that he'll do a good job." Van Tieu: "Mr. Smick has a collection of every single president's signature from President George Washington to President Barack Obama. And come Friday, he'll add yet another signature." IT'S A FEAT FEW CAN SAY THEY HAVE ACHIEVED. B. Harold Smick: "I'm real proud and honored to be able to be so fortunate." TO HAVE A FRONT ROW SEAT TO HISTORY 19 TIMES AND COUNTING.

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NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. Lots of 30s across the northeast. Today: AM clouds, fog giving way to some afternoon sunshine, and mild.

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Today is inauguration day -- but many in our region are busing to DC for a whole different reason. Alex is live with the details. Plus, they were stopped for speeding.. but these guys got more than a ticket.. wait till you see what police found in their car And embracing the past, today. Wait til you meet this week's super senior.

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Today: AM clouds, fog giving way to some afternoon sunshine, and mild.

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It's a big day for the country today -- our 45th president will be sworn into office later this morning. And while President Elect Donald Trump does have followers here and across the US -- there are many that are looking forward to tomorrow instead. Alex Hirsch is live at Lamoille Valley Transportation in Morrisville this morning. Where buses from there will be taking vermonters down to washington DC for the womans march on Washington...Alex when are those buses leaving? that's right Melissa. Some buses have already left to take people to the Inauguration. But buses leaving for the march tomorrow leave tonight starting at 9 pm.

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Buses will be leaving from Burlington, Montpelier, Putney, Middlebury and Rutland. They will be bringing 1000 vermonters down for the march tomorrow, and 50,000 people nationwide...and that is just this one bus organization...Rally ... In comparison... they are only bringing 500 people to the inauguration nationwide... So for this company...there are more people heading to the march in DC from Vermont than there are heading to the inauguration nationwide...that's quite the discrepency and Rally says for them it's unprecedented.

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(00015600) ((Numaan Akrim-CEO AND FOUNDER OF RALLY if we had more buses and more time we would be sending even more. the amount of demand and passion that has been presented here for people that want to get together and get their voice heard is something that i have never seen in my lifetime and we are really excited about helping as many people as we can.)) while rally does does not publicly support any political party--they do support the right to assemble. They told me that Vermont was one of the first states to sell out for them. Other vermonters are heading down to DC for the rally by other means...hoping to get their voices heard. One vermonter in particular says that human rights issues they are rallying for are ones that can be fixed with Trump in office.

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((00:05:45Jen Tierney/Burlington I wish it wasn't the case and the way it was happening but these were issues before Trump and they will be there after Trump. 53)) ((00:05:22Jen Tierney/Burlington All of these women coming together and making statements and it's created a lot of change in people and for people to think differently. And I think it's super positive. 43)) the march starts at 10am on saturday in DC.

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Over 214 thousand people have said they are going to the march on washington on facebook....many many more are expected to attend...again we know of at least one thousand vermonters heading there... taking these buses behind me starting at 9 pm tonight. melissa. thanks alex

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After school programs in New York state could be getting a big boost. Governor Cuomo says The state would spend 35 million dollars more for some of the most vulnerable children in the state. This plan is all part of the $152 billion state budget proposal released earlier this week. The money would provide after school programs for about 22,000 additional children in low-wage communities.

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There's a new bill targeting labor union's membership and finances in the granite state. It already got approval from New Hampshire's Senate. The "right to work" bill says unions can't force non-members to pay fees or dues. Those for it say it supports worker freedom and will attract businesses. Opponents believe it weakens unions and bargaining power. The bill still needs support in the House.

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His daughter was allegedly murdered three years ago. Now a big settlement has been reached for her grieving, biological father. Willis Sheldon will get a half million dollars in this settlement. Authorities say 2-year-old Dezirae Sheldon -- was killed by her step-father, Dennis Duby. And when she was an infant -- the little girl's mother, Sandra Eastman -- was convicted of child cruelty. There was a delay in getting medical care for Dezirae's broken legs. Dezirae's father sued the state for failing to protect his daughter. His lawyers say they proved the state had policies in place that could have protected Dezirae -- IF they had been followed.

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((0001111 Sharon Gentry/Willis Sheldon's Attorney - On the Phone: I think he wanted dcf to learn it needed to follow its own policies. 000113 and by not doing so it could cause immense harm to children.)) (( 5:18 Sharon Gentry/Willis Sheldon's Attorney - On the Phone: there were numerous opportunities for those checks and balances for different sets of eyes to be on this case and we believe had those eyes been on it - a very different outcome would have been reached. )) Willis Sheldon's lawyers say the Vermont dad used 250-thousand dollars of the settlement to create a trust for Dezirae's half-sister. Dennis Duby remains in prison awaiting trial. He has pleaded not guilty to murder.

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Two people are behind bars this morning after being accused of trafficking drugs through the state. Authorities say neighborhood complaints and a search warrant brought them to South Willard Street in Burlington. Police say they found two loaded guns, marijuana, cocaine and a lot of money inside. 29-year-old Gary Carter and 31-year-old Naquan Bowie were arrested on drug and gun charges yesterday.

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A routine police stop for speeding -- leads to a massive drug bust. Officials spotted a vehicle speeding on Route 7 in the Town of Mount Tabor. When they pulled over 42 year old Scott Racine of Middlebury with his passenger 36 year old Jonathon Gallagher of Rutland, they found 14-hundred bags of heroin. Both were arrested on trafficking charges.

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The wait is over -- the first Syrian refugees have officially settled into Rutland. A spokeswoman for the U.S Committee of Refugees and Immigrants says the family is staying with a temporary host family for a few days before moving into their own apartment. Rutland's Mayor led the effort and found out about the planned arrival just a few hours before it happened. He says when he met them Wednesday night, he was able to communicate with the parents.

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((SOT Chris Louras/Rutland Mayor: "The mom has a degree in French literature. She speaks French fluently and she write children books. The father - he has some rudimentary English language skills. He is insisting on using those skills. He wanted to speak to me about the snow.")) The mayor didn't say how many individuals arrived -- but says the family was a 'complete unit.' The refugee resettlement group says they expect two or three families will arrive each month -- until September. It's expected to be about 100 people.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Cloudy & fairly mild. Local temps: Mainly in the low/mid 30s. NE radar/temps: Nothing on radar. Lots of 30s across the northeast. U.S. Rad/sat: System in south that brought stormy weather along the Gulf Coast lifting northward, but weakening. Forecast clouds/precip: Clouds, fog in the AM will give way to some sunny breaks this afternoon. The system to our south will move our way, but fizzle out. But it may hold together just enough to bring a few sprinkles tonight into Saturday. There may also be a few pockets of freezing drizzle tonight and early Saturday.

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Today: AM clouds, fog Then partly sunny Highs: 37 to 44 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few sprinkles, freezing drizzle Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few sprinkles Highs: 37 to 44 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 28 to 35 Highs: 35 to 45 Monday: Mostly cloudy Rain/snow/sleet mix developing Turning windy Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Tuesday: Rain/snow/sleet/wind Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Thursday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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The Wildcats were staying warm on the hardwood. Here's Mike Mccune with today sports wrap.

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((TRT: 1:46 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((Off to a 5-0 start in league play and winners of seven straight overall, the UVM men's basketball team facing UMass-Lowell last night at Patrick Gym. ---------------------- --- The Cats with payback on their minds after Lowell swept the season series a year ago...scoring a total of 193 points in the two wins... --- Vermont coming out a little flat in the first few minutes, Jahad Thomas with the steal and lay-in. Vermont down 9 in the first half. --- A frustrated coach Becker goes to his bench and gets the spark he needs. --- First it's Josh Hearlihy on the defensive end. He had a couple of steals in the first half. Those 2 steals leading to 4 catamount points. --- Then Cam Ward gets going. After struggling offensively most of the season, he shoots 3 for 4 from three and finishes with a team high 17 points. --- UVM outscores Lowell 28-12 over the final 7 and a half minutes of the first half, Kurt Steidl for 3. Vermont up 40-31 at the break. --- Thomas, Lowell's best player, is on the bench for the entire second half after getting hit in the jaw late in the first half. --- Vermont takes advantage, Anthony Lamb for 2 and the foul. Lamb with his frist career double-double, 14 points, 14 rebounds. --- Stedil buries another three. Part of his 12 points. The lead balloons to 25. The Cats win their 8th straight, 81-67. ---------------------- ----- The Vermont women's hoop team also won last night, 61-46 at UMass-Lowell. Freshman Hanna Crymble set a new career high with 24 points to go with ten rebounds. Later today, the UVM women's hockey team hosts sixth ranked Boston College at 1pm at Gutterson...and tonight at 6pm, the 12th ranked Vermont men face off against UConn at the Gut. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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History is what drives Don Whitney. Joe Carroll shows us how the super senior is preserving the past.

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(00:05:09:00) (( Joe: Have you lived anywhere else? Don: Not for more than a month probably.)) Don Whitney can tell you anything you want to know about Springfield. (00:41:49:00) ((Don Whitney/Super Senior, When you get to be 94, you've seen a lot of history. )) We're on a historic journey - Don's going to show some of his memories. The first stop is to the Spencer Hollow section of town to a one-room school house. (00:37:30:00) (( But this served from 1781 to 1926. )) Don is not only interested in documenting history- but preserving it. (00:40:23:00) (( Joe: Well let's go inside. Don: Ok.)) The school house needs work. Don has invested time and money to bring it back to its former glory. (00:40:58:00) ((Don: Vandals have broken all of the windows. )) Don and a crew have replaced many of the window panes. Plastering will come this summer. There is an issue - the lack of a modern bathroom. (00:45:00:00) ((Don, Actually it's a 3 holer, there are 2 covers that were down. )) Don never went to school here, but 3 of his siblings did. Part of the reason he working so hard to save it. (00:46:48:00) (( Joe: When did your ancestors arrive in Springfield? Don: In 1780. )) Next stop - the now defunct Fellows Gear Shaper Plant, some of it now occupied by a health center. (00:15:20:00) (( Joe: So you worked in here? Don: yeah, I'll show ya. )) In a way Don grew up here. In his sophomore year in high school, this farm boy apprenticed at Fellows and never left. (00:19:21:00) ((Don, Isn't that terrible, the only place I ever worked for. )) He started full time in 1941 and worked until 1987. (00:15:40:00) (( Joe: So this is the great hall? Don: Right. )) The Great Hall was once humming with machinery - now pop music fills the room and art work hangs on the wall. (00:16:40:00) ((Don, Well I actually ran machines in this area. )) And in the corner - an homage to it's former glory. A small museum that Don helped set up so people wouldn't forget the past. (00:34:38:00) ((Don, During World War 2 they had 3 thousand, but that was when the company ran 24/7. )) We're on the road again - this time a dozen miles up the road to the American Precision Museum in Windsor. (00:52:27:00) ((Nat sot, Knocking on the door and entering. )) The museum is closed for the season but Don is always welcomed. (01:04:52:00) ((Ann Lawless/Museum Director, Don is an amazing person that gets things done. )) Ann Lawless runs the museum dedicated to industrial ingenuity. Don is their go to guy. (01:06:23:00) ((Ann: Don is a walking encyclopedia, he shares his knowledge and his own personal history is just remarkable. )) (00:56:55:00) ((Nat sot, It's already to go I guess.)) This machine is a Fellows Gear Shaper built around the time Don started there. (00:57:32:00) ((Don, We took this machine completely apart, there wasn't a screw or bolt or anything. )) (01:00:20:00) ((Don, Come here a minute. )) Don worked on the first computer used in the state in 1955. That's him on the left. (01:01:02:00) ((Don, I don't know, I think I have a big nose. )) From farm-boy to computer programmer - that's some history. Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Windsor.

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Cloudiest months: We haven't seen a whole lot of sun lately. January is our 3rd-cloudiest month of the year, behind November & December. ((TOSS TO ALEX LIVE))

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((GARY DOES SHORT WX .. TAKES FULL SCREEN ... SHOT COMES BACK OUT TO 4SHOT FOR CLOSE)) Today: AM clouds, fog giving way to some afternoon sunshine, and mild.

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Still ahead, a push to get more Vermonters more money. Why some lawmakers want to up the minimum wage after it just went up this year. Plus, it's been two weeks and still no arrests in the murder case involving an elderly woman. What residents heard for the first time from police. And hitting the slopes but don't wanna drive to the mountain. One resort made that a whole lot easier for you starting today. Stay with us.

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Police are praising two animal hospital employees this morning -- for acting fast during a fire. Investigators will head back out this morning to find out what sparked a fire at the Springfield Animal Hospital. This happened last night and we are told all the animals got out safely. Police say the back of the building is very damaged and no word what the future holds for the structure. One department truck was there overnight to make sure the fire didn't re-ignite.

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New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu is calling on Congress to be flexible if Obamacare is in fact repealed. This comes after many talks that the President Elect is pushing to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. Right now the US Senate is soliciting governors' feedback on changes to health care.

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There's a push to up the minimum wage for Vermont workers. This year the minimum wage increased to 10 dollars an hour from 9-60. House Democrats now want that bumped up to 15 dollars by the year 20-22. State officials say more than 53-thousand children in Vermont live in a household supported by someone making less than 15 an hour. Lawmakers anticipate opposition from Governor Scott.

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Making life a little easier for skiers starting today at one Vermont resort. Killington Resort and Uber are teaming up to launch the rideshare service in the ski community. Officials say it's all to improve safe and affordable transportation options for thousands of people living and visiting the area during ski season.

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Clouds, fog in the AM will give way to some sunny breaks this afternoon. The system to our south will move our way, but fizzle out. But it may hold together just enough to bring a few sprinkles tonight into Saturday. There may also be a few pockets of freezing drizzle tonight and early Saturday. Still lots of clouds around on Sunday, but quiet and mild. Turns more active late Monday as a messy storm moves in with a wintry mix of snow, sleet, rain, and freezing rain, which will continue into Tuesday morning. The mix changes to all rain, then back to a mix again late Tuesday into Wednesday. Snow showers on Thursday as some colder air starts to come in. It will also be windy late Monday into Tuesday.

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Hey everyone, Melissa Sheketoff here. A really neat piece of technology has made its way into the first gym in Vermont let alone the northeast. We check out what's called the Stie-Ku -- on Monday morning starting at 5AM!


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