Fri 24-APR-2015 Early A.M. News Script

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1} CELEBRATIONAM_VO


Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky And it's Friday! To brighten your morning... we found a video that is buzzing online. As said by Sports Center... A word to the wise... Before trying to win the "Flex Cam"... check to see who you're sitting next to... Take a look. ((play video up full for 27 seconds until she sits down)) ((Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League game))

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weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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A Vermont murder suspect will be in court today to face murder charges -- after five days on the run. Police say Gregory Allen Smith got help from two different girlfriends in eluding police after he shot and killed a man in Springfield Saturday. Smith was captured at the Winhall Brook Campground in Londonderry Thursday. Police say he was hiding in a trailer there with 25-year-old Wendy Morris -- a woman police describe as one of his girlfriends. She could also face charges for helping Smith elude capture. Police have already charged another of Smith's girlfriend's -- Kristin Walsh -- for helping him avoid the police.

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A young boy is recovering this morning -- after an accidental shooting. Police say a group was on family property off of Downs road in Underhill when a six year old accidentally shot himself in the leg with a .22 caliber pistol. The father took him to the Underhill/Jericho fire department, where emergency officials responded. He was taken to the hospital from there.

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(00:24:49 9058) ((Captain Paul White/VT State Police "The gun didn't go off as he anticipated after taking several shots, and he lowered the gun towards the ground, and before the father could intercede, the gun went off and shot him in the leg...shot himself in the leg." 00:25:04)) Vermont State Police say the boy's injuries were non life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.

6} BASH11_VO


A Hinesburg man has been found guilty of second degree murder and assault. Roy Bash fatally stabbed another man back in 2007 at a Hinesburg trailer park. Bash had pleaded guilty to manslaughter back in 2008. But the conviction was thrown out because of a judge's error -- and Bash was allowed to take the case to trial. He was serving fifteen to thirty years in prison -- but will now face twenty to life.

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A new report reveals Vermont is losing some of its green. State officials say the decrease in forest land is for a variety of reasons --like more trees dying -- and less regeneration -- as well as threats from invasive species -- and development. Last night on the :30 -- Michael Snyder, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation -- said despite the report -- things aren't all bad.

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(1:28) ((We are very fortunate. We are 3/4 covered in forest. We are among the most forested state's in the country. And that's really the good news here. We are forest-strong in Vermont. We have expansive forest land -- and it's generally in very good shape.)) Snyder says it's the first time in 100 years the state has seen a decrease in forest land.

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Hunters will not have as many chances to get a deer during muzzle loader season. The state will issue about ten thousand permits this season -- about seven thousand LESS than last season. Biologists say there are fewer deer because of the recent harsh winters. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board will vote again on this plan after the public comment period.

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Restaurant Week is now officially underway in Vermont -- and it began last night with a dessert contest! The "Sweet Start Smackdown" was sold out at Higher Ground in South Burlington. Hundreds of people showed up to sample desserts from 10 local bakers. Last night's winner was a flourless German chocolate cake from Waterworks in Winooski! Restaurant week lasts until May third -- and 116 restaurants around the state will open their doors with special pre-fixed menus for the occasion.

11} SNOWAM_VO


And it's a sight most of us probably didn't want to see this morning... More snow! This was what our news director woke up to in Cabot this morning. Yep... that's a coating of winter white on the ground there.

12} WEATHER_GREEN


(anchors introduce gary) Some snow this AM in the higher elevations. Then a mix of sun & clouds, just a few, scattered showers. More of the same tomorrow, north. But some sun, south. Still unsettled with showers Sunday & Monday. Finally some sun Tuesday, and especially Wednesday. More showers return Thursday.

13} FORECAST


Today: Mix of sun & clouds A few rain, mountain snow showers Breezy & cool Highs: 42 to 48 Wind: NW 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Rain, mountain snow showers (1-3" N. mountains) Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: NW 10 to 15 mph Saturday: N: Mostly cloudy Rain, mountain snow showers S: Partly sunny Highs: 45 to 52 Wind: NW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 48 to 58 Monday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Blustery Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Tuesday: Partly sunny Breezy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 62 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 58 to 65 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 62

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President Obama is apologizing to families of al-Qaeda hostages -- killed by U-S drone strikes. One of them -- was an American. Alison Harmelin has that and more in our worldwatch.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA IS ORDERING A FULL REVIEW OF A JANUARY DRONE STRIKE ON AN AL QAIDA COMPOUND IN PAKISTAN ... IN WHICH TWO INNOCENT AID WORKERS DIED. ON THURSDAY - THE PRESIDENT ISSUED AN APOLOGY TO THE FAMILIES OF AMERICAN, WARREN WEINSTEIN, AND ITALIAN - GIOVANNI LOPORTO- WHO WERE INADVERTENTLY KILLED IN THE MISSION. TWO OTHER AMERICANS WHO WERE BOTH MEMBERS OF THE TERRORIST GROUP, INCUDING SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NATIVE ADAM GADAHN - WERE ALSO KILLED. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS SIGNALED ITS ALSO READY TO EXAMINE WHETHER GUIDELINES THAT GOVERN DRONE STRIKES GO FAR ENOUGH. FORMER CIA DIRECTOR DAVID PETRAEUS AVOIDS JAIL TIME FOR PROVIDING MILITARY SECRETS TO HIS BIOGRAPHER AND FORMER MISTRESS. ON THURSDAY - THE RETIRED FOUR-STAR GENERAL WHO LED U.S. FORCES IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN... WAS SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS PROBATION -- TWO MONTHS AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO A FEDERAL MISDEMEANOR CHARGE. PETRAEUS MUST ALSO PAY A 100-THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE. AND, PROTESTERS IN BALTIMORE CONTINUE TO DEMAND ANSWERS FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF FREDDIE GRAY. ON THURSDAY - SOME OF THEM STOPPED TRAFFIC AND SCUFFLED WITH POLICE DURING DEMONSTRATIONS. GRAY DIED SUNDAY OF SPINAL INJURIES AFTER BEING ARRESTED. THE CITY'S MAYOR HAS ASKED THE GOVERNOR TO SEND IN STATE TROOPERS TO HELP KEEP THE PEACE. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES. I'M ALISON HARMELIN, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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Welcome Back! It was anything but a routine traffic stop in Maryland early Thursday morning. A police officer had to do some quick thinking when he pulled over a speeding driver with his wife going into labor. Officer Dan Campbell offered to escort the couple to the hospital... but before they could get there, the baby started to come. Campbell says he put on his latex gloves, grabbed his first aid bag and went to help the mom. A short time later, a baby boy was born.

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((Dan Campbell/Maryland Police Officer, "They do train us to deliver babies in the academy. It's one of those this could happen. And we hear the stories. And I was like wow, this is really happening right now.)) Police say both mom and baby are doing well. The newborn weighed in seven pounds and eight ounces. He is the couple's third child.

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It looks like the two biggest cable companies in the country will not come together after all. Sources tell C-N-N, Comcast is planning to walk away from its 45-billion-dollar merger with Time Warner Cable. The news comes after both companies met with federal officials-- who apparently have reservations about the proposal. The F-C-C is reportedly not convinced the merger is in the public's best interest. Comcast is expected to announce the change in plans today. The company is the nation's largest cable T-V and broadband provider with over 20 million subscribers.

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And Amazon is expanding it's delivery reach - by delivering packages to the trunk of your car. The test is in Germany now with D-H-L and the German automaker Audi. When you checkout, you tell Amazon the location of your car, and when the DHL delivery person gets to a set GPS location, they can digitally open your truck for a moment without the keys. The package goes in and the trunk is closed.

20} WX_CHAT_HOME


Some snow this AM in the higher elevations. Then a mix of sun & clouds, just a few, scattered showers. More of the same tomorrow, north. But some sun, south. Still unsettled with showers Sunday & Monday. Finally some sun Tuesday, and especially Wednesday. More showers return Thursday.

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Her co-workers call Stella Lafountain a no-nonsense, quick witted woman with a zest for life. But in her storied life, there has been heartbreak this super senior has overcome, Joe Carroll reports.

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At the Department of Motor Vehicles across the street from the Statehouse, hundreds of employees are busy at work. (00:20:55:00) ((nat sot of Stella shuffling paper.)) And in a corner cubicle, eighty-nine year old Stella Lafountain could teach us a bit about longevity, strength and honestly. (00:03:27:00) (( Joe: Do you tell it the way it is? Stella: Oh yeah, oh yes. I don't pull any punches.)) The feisty great-grandmother works on licenses, registrations and titles - making sure the paperwork is perfectly proper. (00:19:22:00) ((Stella Lafountain/Super Senior, But, it can be interesting. )) Stella's here most of the year - 5 days a week, 8 hours a day. She's been doing it for 30 years. (00:04:07:00) ((Stella Lafountain/Super Senior, Oh yes, I do my work, I come in after 6 in the morning, I'm not afraid to do a little extra. )) Stella doesn't think of her job as just work, but a place of to keep her mind busy. (00:02:22:15) (( Joe: you've said this is your salvation, what do you mean by that? Stella: well, I've had a lot of problems. )) (00:49:26:00) ((Joe Carroll/Berlin, Stella has taken on major challenges. On August 28th 2011, an unwanted guest named Irene came to her door. )) (00:13:54:00) ((Stella Lafountain/Super Senior, I lost everything in there, I lost the home completely. )) She picked up the pieces and moved on. First living with her daughter and now living independently in Barre. But the loss of material things pale in comparison to losing a loved one. Stella has buried two husbands and two of her four children. (00:31:25:00) ((Stella Lafountain/Super Senior, this is really heartbreaking.)) And in February, she lost her grandson Matt, he was only 40. (00:30:22:00) ((Stella Lafountain/Super Senior, They couldn't get that lung back up after one of his lungs collapsed. )) The two shopped, swam and traveled together. (00:02:38:00) ((Stella: He was dear to my heart. But that's hard. Joe: He had pneumonia? Stella: yes, and then I lost my brother 11 days later.)) Stella says she cries in private, keeping her personal life away from work. She has served through 5 DMV Commissioners - Rob Ide is the latest. (00:25:40:00) ((Commissioner Rob Ide/DMV, She leads through incredible demonstrations on how to get through those heartbreaks and become a stronger human being. )) (00:34:55:00) (( Stella: away we go!)) Her years at DMV has also put her in the basement. (00:35:42:00) ((nat sot, singing a diddy.)) She sorts the mail every morning. (00:38:32:00) ((Stella: Yeah, I have to count these. )) (00:37:57:16) (( Joe: Now you've been here along time, do you ever feel, I've been here a long time, I'm above this, I've done this for so long . Stella: No, I don't mind it! )) (00:39:55:00) ((Stella: I like the mail. )) (00:40:00:21) ((Stella: I guess I'm a cat of a another color. )) And a survivor. (00:16:28:00) ((Stella Lafountain/Super Senior, Somehow and other, you pick up the pieces and go on. )) Advice from a Super Senior that has taken on life's challenges with strength and humor. (00:44:26:00) ((Stella Lafountain/Super Senior, I'm not walking down the ramp for Miss America. )) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Montpelier.

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Coming up on the Channel 3 News... REVENGE PORN -- a new effort to protect people from being shamed online... MARIJUANA CONCERNS -- college students take a look at the other side of drug use. And NEW LOCATION -- An annual tradition in New Hampshire is moving to a new home.

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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Police are investigating allegations of a sexual assault in the Queen City An alleged victim says he woke up inside 47-year-old Michael Johnson's Pearl Street home to find Johnson inappropriately touching him. That's when the accuser says he was able to lock himself inside Johnson's bathroom and call 9-1-1 before police arrived. Johnson was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct.

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Law makers are continuing to tackle the issue of revenge porn. Thursday the Vermont Senate passed a bill creating criminal penalties for those who share nude pictures which they received consensually -- but shared without permission online. The measure mirrors laws passed in more than a dozen other states aimed at preventing ex-lovers from shaming or blackmailing their former partners. Punishment for offenders could be prison time -- and fines. If lawmakers in the House sign off on changes made by the Senate, it will be up to the Governor to determine if it becomes law.

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At the University of Vermont -- a debate over marijuana continues. Students, faculty and members of the community turned out Thursday night for a screening of the movie, "The other side of Cannabis" The documentary looks at the drug's affects on young people and argued that it can be harmful for their health. The showing comes just days after hundreds of UVM students turned out on campus for what some called a marijuana holiday.

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((Karrie Bowen, UVM Graduate Student 02:00:00 "Especially what I have seen today with the movie, it can get a little sensationalistic in terms of addiction and drugs and individuals and I think what is really important is that you need to look at the larger picture and that it's not just about the individual but it's also about everything around that person as well.)) A senate committee is taking testimony on legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Vermont. Our state house reporter Kyle says action is not expected on the idea this year.

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Today we are expected to learn where New Hampshire's annual Pumpkin Festival will be held. Organizers are set to make the announcement this afternoon in Laconia. It was kicked out of its long-time host city of Keene due to violence at last year's event. Police say alcohol-fueled parties nearby led to injuries, property damage and more than 100 arrests. The Keene City Council rejected a permit for 2015.

30} MURROWS11_VO


A big congratulations to some members of the W-C-A-X crew! Sports reporter and anchor, Scott Fleishman just won an Edward R Murrow award for his feature story on Julia Bessy -- a visually impaired cross-country runner at Colchester High School. And our web team, headed up by our digital news manager Tracy Meier, won for best website! WCAX.com Congrats!

31} WEATHER2_GREEN


(anchors introduce gary) Some snow this AM in the higher elevations. Then a mix of sun & clouds, just a few, scattered showers. More of the same tomorrow, north. But some sun, south. Still unsettled with showers Sunday & Monday. Finally some sun Tuesday, and especially Wednesday. More showers return Thursday.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds A few rain, mountain snow showers Breezy & cool Highs: 42 to 48 Wind: NW 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Rain, mountain snow showers (1-3" N. mountains) Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: NW 10 to 15 mph Saturday: N: Mostly cloudy Rain, mountain snow showers S: Partly sunny Highs: 45 to 52 Wind: NW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 48 to 58 Monday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Blustery Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Tuesday: Partly sunny Breezy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 62 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 58 to 65 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 62

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((TRT: 2:12 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((After dropping the opening two games of their playoff series in Cleveland, the Boston Celtics returning home last night for a key game three at TD Garden. ---------------- LeBron James had many classic playoff battles with the Big Three Celtics teams both with Miami and when he was originally with the Cavs... --- and he was aggressive ...finishing with a game high 31 points and eleven rebounds... Cleveland led by eight at the half and took that same eight point lead into the fourth ... --- the C's keep chipping away...and with under three minutes to go, Evan Turner drains three of his team high 19 points to pull Boston within three... --- but at the other end ...Kyrie Irving rebounds his own miss and kicks it out to Kevin Love who sticks a back breaking three ...he'd add another in the final minute to put the game on ice... Love with 23 points and Cleveland wins 103-95 to take a 3-0 series lead. Boston will try to avoid the sweep in game four Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. ---------------------- --------- rubber match of the three game set between the Red Sox and Rays tonight at Tropicana ...both teams plate a run in the second inning...otherwise, Clay Buchholz was dialed in...one run, just two hits and ten strikeouts in six innings...including freezing former Vermont Lake Monster Steven Souza... --- but Boston's bats were equally quiet... held to just three hits on the night... and still 1-1 in the ninth...Tampa gets two on versus Anthony Varvaro, then Rene Riverz lines a hot shot past Pablo Sandoval for a game winning single...Tampa wins 2-1, taking two of three in the series. The Sox are in Baltimore tonight. ---------------------- ---------- Yanks in Detroit yesterday afternoon... Brian McCann's RBI single in the top of the eighth was the difference as the Yankees edged the Tigers 2-1 in Detroit, taking the final three games of the four game set and improving to 9-7 on the season. Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run and three hits in six and a third and a trio of Yankees relievers held Detroit hitless the rest of the way. The Yanks host the Mets tonight. ---------------------- ------------ Tonight in the Stanley Cup playoffs ...a pair of game fives...with the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers both look to close their series out on home ice. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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A Vermont murder suspect will be in court today to face murder charges -- after five days on the run. Police say Gregory Allen Smith got help from two different girlfriends in eluding police after he shot and killed a man in Springfield Saturday. Smith was captured at the Winhall Brook Campground in Londonderry Thursday. Police say he was hiding in a trailer there with 25-year-old Wendy Morris -- a woman police describe as one of his girlfriends. She could also face charges for helping Smith elude capture. Police have already charged another of Smith's girlfriend's -- Kristin Walsh -- for helping him avoid the police.

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A young boy is recovering this morning -- after an accidental shooting. Police say a group was on family property off of Downs road in Underhill when a six year old accidentally shot himself in the leg with a .22 caliber pistol. The father took him to the Underhill/Jericho fire department, where emergency officials responded. He was taken to the hospital from there.

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(00:24:49 9058) ((Captain Paul White/VT State Police "The gun didn't go off as he anticipated after taking several shots, and he lowered the gun towards the ground, and before the father could intercede, the gun went off and shot him in the leg...shot himself in the leg." 00:25:04)) Vermont State Police say the boy's injuries were non life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.

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A Hinesburg man has been found guilty of second degree murder and assault. Roy Bash fatally stabbed another man back in 2007 at a Hinesburg trailer park. Bash had pleaded guilty to manslaughter back in 2008. But the conviction was thrown out because of a judge's error -- and Bash was allowed to take the case to trial. He was serving fifteen to thirty years in prison--but will now face twenty to life.

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President Obama is ordering a full review of a January drone strike on an Al Qaida compound in Pakistan... in which two innocent aid workers died. On Thursday - the President issued an apology to the families of American, Warren (wine-steen) Weinstein, and Italian - Giovanni Loporto- who were inadvertently killed in the mission.

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At least 12 people were injured when a high school stage collapsed in Westfield, Indiana. At least one person was critically hurt. Police say a large group of students was on stage during the grand finale of "American Pie" Thursday night when the floor of the stage collapsed at the Westfield High School. Onlookers say when the stage collapsed a mass of people ran toward it, trying to help the students.

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Restaurant Week is now officially underway in Vermont -- and it began last night with a dessert contest! The "Sweet Start Smackdown" was sold out at Higher Ground in South Burlington. Hundreds of people showed up to sample desserts from 10 local bakers. Last night's winner was a flourless German chocolate cake from Waterworks in Winooski! Restaurant week lasts until May third -- and 116 restaurants around the state will open their doors with special pre-fix menus for the occasion.

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And it's a sight most of us probably didn't want to see this morning... More snow! This was what our news director woke up to in Cabot this morning. Yep... that's a coating of winter white on the ground there. ((TOSS TO GARY IN VO))

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Some snow this AM in the higher elevations. Then a mix of sun & clouds, just a few, scattered showers. More of the same tomorrow, north. But some sun, south. Still unsettled with showers Sunday & Monday. Finally some sun Tuesday, and especially Wednesday. More showers return Thursday.

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Chef Cody Vasek from Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe Spring Pea Tendril Salad, house coppa, sherry vinaigrette Sherry vinaigrette 1 cup olive oil, ¼ cup honey, ¼ cup dijon 1cup canola oil, ¾ cup sherry vinegar 2 clove garlic, 1 medium shallot, salt and pepper to taste Place all ingredients in blender, add oils slowly to emulsify, add salt and pepper. Rye bread batons Place cut sticks of rye bread in a medium size saute pan on medium heat, add bacon fat when melted add batons and sear on both sides until golden brown. Spring vegetables Sugar snaps- julienne Fresh peas, shucked and blanched Pea tendrils, shoots, etc. Trapp coppa or prosciutto Thin slices set aside To Serve On a chilled plate, place the batons on bottom of plate, in a bowl add the spring vegetables and toss in the sherry vinaigrette and garnish with the coppa and more rye batons. ENJOY!

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1} MARIJUANA11_VO


At the University of Vermont -- the debate over marijuana continues. Students, faculty and members of the community turned out Thursday night for a screening of the movie, "The other side of Cannabis" The documentary looks at the drug's affects on young people and argued that it can be harmful for their health. The showing comes just days after hundreds of UVM students turned out on campus for what some called a marijuana holiday.

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((Karrie Bowen, UVM Graduate Student 02:00:00 "Especially what I have seen today with the movie, it can get a little sensationalistic in terms of addiction and drugs and individuals and I think what is really important is that you need to look at the larger picture and that it's not just about the individual but it's also about everything around that person as well.)) A senate committee is taking testimony on legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Vermont. Our state house reporter Kyle says action is not expected on the idea this year.

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No car? No problem... That is for people in Montpelier. CarShare Vermont has rolled out two new vehicles -- which will be kept at the City Hall and Library when they're not in use. Drivers are billed for time and mileage. The program was previously only available in Chittenden County -- where the non-profit operates a fleet of 15 vehicles. Vermont's Transportation Secretary says the program helps the environment -- and wallets.

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(00:07:34:00) ((Sue Minter: This is a great way for Vermonters to actually - not only change their behavior, but their purchasing. This project is going to help Vemonters save money and reduce their greenhouse gas emmissions)) The non-profit executive director reports 960 current users in the program -- averaging four trips per month.

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Restaurant Week is now officially underway in Vermont -- and it began last night with a dessert contest! The "Sweet Start Smackdown" was sold out at Higher Ground in South Burlington. Hundreds of people showed up to sample desserts from 10 local bakers. Last night's winner was a flourless German chocolate cake from Waterworks in Winooski! Restaurant week lasts until May third -- and 116 restaurants around the state will open their doors with special pre-fixed menus for the occasion.

6} MURROWS11_VO


A big congratulations to some members of the W-C-A-X crew! Sports reporter and anchor, Scott Fleishman just won an Edward R Murrow award for his feature story on Julia Bessy -- a visually impaired cross-country runner at Colchester High School. And our web team, headed up by our digital news manager Tracy (Meyer) Meier, won for best website! WCAX.com Congrats!

7} AM_WEATHER


Some snow this AM in the higher elevations. Then a mix of sun & clouds, just a few, scattered showers. More of the same tomorrow, north. But some sun, south. Still unsettled with showers Sunday & Monday. Finally some sun Tuesday, and especially Wednesday. More showers return Thursday.

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Good Morning, I'm Eva McKend!

2} SMITH5_FONTVO


A Vermont murder suspect will be in court today to face charges -- after five days on the run. Police say 30 year old Gregory Allen Smith got help from two different girlfriends in eluding police after he shot and killed a man in Springfield Saturday. Smith was captured at the Winhall Brook Campground in Londonderry Thursday. Police say he was hiding in a trailer there with 25-year-old Wendy Morris -- a woman police describe as one of his girlfriends. She could also face charges for helping Smith elude capture. Police have already charged another of Smith's girlfriend's -- Kristin Walsh -- for helping him avoid them.

3} KID11_VO


A young boy is recovering this morning -- after an accidental shooting. Police say a group was on family property off of Downs Road in Underhill when a six year old accidentally shot himself in the leg with a .22 caliber pistol. The father took him to the Underhill/Jericho fire department, where emergency officials responded. He was taken to the hospital from there.

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(00:24:49 9058) ((Captain Paul White/VT State Police "The gun didn't go off as he anticipated after taking several shots, and he lowered the gun towards the ground, and before the father could intercede, the gun went off and shot him in the leg...shot himself in the leg." 00:25:04)) Vermont State Police say the boy's injuries were non life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.

5} SNOWAM_VO


And it's a sight most of us probably didn't want to see this morning... More snow! This was what our news director Anson Tebbets woke up to in Cabot this morning. Yep... that's a coating of winter white on the ground there.

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Some snow this AM in the higher elevations. Then a mix of sun & clouds, just a few, scattered showers. More of the same tomorrow, north. But some sun, south. Still unsettled with showers Sunday & Monday. Finally some sun Tuesday, and especially Wednesday. More showers return Thursday.

-------- The 5:00 News Scripts Follow ------------

1} CELEBRATIONAM_VO


Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky And it's Friday! To brighten your morning... we found a video that is buzzing online. As said by Sports Center... A word to the wise... Before trying to win the "Flex Cam"... check to see who you're sitting next to... Take a look. ((play video up full for 27 seconds until she sits down)) ((Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League game))

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weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

3} SMITH5_FONTVO


A Vermont murder suspect will be in court today to face murder charges -- after five days on the run. Police say Gregory Allen Smith got help from two different girlfriends in eluding police after he shot and killed a man in Springfield Saturday. Smith was captured at the Winhall Brook Campground in Londonderry Thursday. Police say he was hiding in a trailer there with 25-year-old Wendy Morris -- a woman police describe as one of his girlfriends. She could also face charges for helping Smith elude capture. Police have already charged another of Smith's girlfriend's -- Kristin Walsh -- for helping him avoid the police.

4} KID11_VO


A young boy is recovering this morning -- after an accidental shooting. Police say a group was on family property off of Downs road in Underhill when a six year old accidentally shot himself in the leg with a .22 caliber pistol. The father took him to the Underhill/Jericho fire department, where emergency officials responded. He was taken to the hospital from there.

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(00:24:49 9058) ((Captain Paul White/VT State Police "The gun didn't go off as he anticipated after taking several shots, and he lowered the gun towards the ground, and before the father could intercede, the gun went off and shot him in the leg...shot himself in the leg." 00:25:04)) Vermont State Police say the boy's injuries were non life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery.

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A Hinesburg man is facing 20 years to life in prison -- after being found GUILTY to second degree murder. Shelby Cashman was in court -- when he learned his fate.

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It's been almost eight years since police found Scott Gilbeau -- stabbed -- dead inside a mobile home in Hinesburg. His alleged killer--Roy Bash originally pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2008 -- but that plea has since been overturned -- giving Bash a chance to plead NOT guilty - and get a trial. One where his lawyers argue he acted in self-defense. ((01:32:57 Sussman: Scott is 5 inches taller. Scott is 30 pounds heavier than Roy.)) ((38:00)) Prosecutors say Bash killed Gilbeau with a pocket knife during a fight that started over how Bash was treating his girlfriend. ((52:00 )) (02:07:46 Paul Finnerty/Prosecutor: The only thing that was going on at that moment in time was that Roy Bash was thinking about taking the knife out of his pocket and stabbing Scott Gilbeau in the chest.)) Bash's defense admitted he was responsible for the death of Scott Gilbeau -- but said Bash's actions amounted to no more than manslaughter because he was protecting himself. ((01:57:24 Sussman: The state says that what occurred is murder. The law says that what occurred is manslaughter.)) Witness testimony included several discrepancies. The defense claims that amounts to reasonable doubt. The prosecution writes it off as a consequence of the crime happening so long ago. (( 09:30 Finnerty: different recollections doesn't mean it didn't happen.)) ((01:39:08 Sussman: The circumstances of the fight between Roy and Scott can be provocation to mitigate second-degree murder to manslaughter)) ((Shelby Cashman: Roy Bash was found guilty of 2nd degree murder Thursday evening. He now faces 20 years to life in prison))

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A new report reveals Vermont is losing some of its green. State officials say the decrease in forest land is for a variety of reasons --like more trees dying -- and less regeneration -- as well as threats from invasive species -- and development. Last night on the :30 -- Michael Snyder, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation -- said despite the report -- things aren't all bad.

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(1:28) ((We are very fortunate. We are 3/4 covered in forest. We are among the most forested state's in the country. And that's really the good news here. We are forest-strong in Vermont. We have expansive forest land -- and it's generally in very good shape.)) Snyder says it's the first time in 100 years the state has seen a decrease in forest land.

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Hunters will not have as many chances to get a deer during muzzle loader season. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has cut the number of muzzle loader permits dramatically. Under the board's plan, the state will issue about ten thousand permits this season. That's compared to more than 17-thousand permits issued last season. Biologists say there are fewer deer because of the recent harsh winters. The recommendation is based on biological data, deer sightings as well as input from hunters. The board will vote again on this plan after the public comment period.

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Restaurant Week is now officially underway in Vermont -- and it began last night with a dessert contest! The "Sweet Start Smackdown" was sold out at Higher Ground in South Burlington. Hundreds of people showed up to sample desserts from 10 local bakers. Last night's winner was a flourless German chocolate cake from Waterworks in Winooski! Restaurant week lasts until May third -- and 116 restaurants around the state will open their doors with special pre-fixed menus for the occasion.

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(anchors introduce gary) Some snow this AM in the higher elevations. Then a mix of sun & clouds, just a few, scattered showers. More of the same tomorrow, north. But some sun, south. Still unsettled with showers Sunday & Monday. Finally some sun Tuesday, and especially Wednesday. More showers return Thursday.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds A few rain, mountain snow showers Breezy & cool Highs: 42 to 48 Wind: NW 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Rain, mountain snow showers (1-3" N. mountains) Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: NW 10 to 15 mph Saturday: N: Mostly cloudy Rain, mountain snow showers S: Partly sunny Highs: 45 to 52 Wind: NW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 48 to 58 Monday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Blustery Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Tuesday: Partly sunny Breezy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 62 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 58 to 65 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 62

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President Obama is apologizing to families of al-Qaeda hostages -- killed by U-S drone strikes. One of them -- was an American. Mark Albert has the latest from Washington.

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(SOT Obama) I offer my deepest apologies to the families. President Obama ordered a full review of the January counterterrorism operation in Pakistan… that inadvertently killed American Aid worker Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni LoPorto. After weeks of aerial surveillance, CIA analysts concluded the compound targeted was being used by Al-Qaida militants. On Thursday - President Obama, himself, took full responsibility for the loss of *civilians*... blaming the mistake on the fog of war. (SOT Obama) I cannot begin to imagine the anguish that the Weinstein and LoPorto families are enduring today. (file Weinstein hostage vid) Weinstein was kidnaped in 2011 and spent the last four years as an Al Qaeda hostage. Flowers and yellow ribbons now line the road leading to 73-year old's Maryland home. (SOT Meredith McCain/ neighbor) This was not the outcome any of us had hoped for (STANDUP Mark Albert/ CBS News/ Washington, D.C.) The deaths of the hostages are renewing calls for a review of the entire drone program -- which requires there be 'near certainty' that no civilians are harmed. (SOT Mike Morrell) These strikes which have been fairly aggressive since 2008 have prevented another 9/11 style attack in the United States. Two other Americans were also killed in the January operation -- both, the administration says -- members of Al Qaeda. Congress plans to launch its own investigation. Mark Albert CBS News Washington.

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An autopsy is scheduled for this morning after an employee at a New Jersey recycling plant found a dead fetus Thursday afternoon. Officials say they responded to the re-community Camden Recycling Plant, after an employee found the fetus on a conveyor belt. The disturbing discovery happened at the end of the plant's first shift as employees sifted through the tons of recyclables gathered from the day.

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Today we are expected to learn where New Hampshire's annual Pumpkin Festival will be held. Organizers are set to make the announcement this afternoon in Laconia. It was kicked out of its long-time host city of Keene due to violence at last year's event. Police say alcohol-fueled parties nearby led to injuries, property damage and more than 100 arrests. The Keene City Council rejected a permit for 2015.

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Welcome Back! It was anything but a routine traffic stop in Maryland early Thursday morning. A police officer had to do some quick thinking when he pulled over a speeding driver with his wife going into labor. Officer Dan Campbell offered to escort the couple to the hospital... but before they could get there, the baby started to come. Campbell says he put on his latex gloves, grabbed his first aid bag and went to help the mom. A short time later, a baby boy was born.

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((Dan Campbell/Maryland Police Officer, "They do train us to deliver babies in the academy. It's one of those this could happen. And we hear the stories. And I was like wow, this is really happening right now.)) Police say both mom and baby are doing well. The newborn weighed in seven pounds and eight ounces. He is the couple's third child.

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It looks like the two biggest cable companies in the country will not come together after all. Sources tell C-N-N, Comcast is planning to walk away from its 45-billion-dollar merger with Time Warner Cable. The news comes after both companies met with federal officials-- who apparently have reservations about the proposal. The F-C-C is reportedly not convinced the merger is in the public's best interest. Comcast is expected to announce the change in plans today. The company is the nation's largest cable T-V and broadband provider with over 20 million subscribers.

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And Amazon is expanding it's delivery reach - by delivering packages to the trunk of your car. The test is in Germany now with D-H-L and the German automaker Audi. When you checkout, you tell Amazon the location of your car, and when the DHL delivery person gets to a set GPS location, they can digitally open your truck for a moment without the keys. The package goes in and the trunk is closed.

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Some snow this AM in the higher elevations. Then a mix of sun & clouds, just a few, scattered showers. More of the same tomorrow, north. But some sun, south. Still unsettled with showers Sunday & Monday. Finally some sun Tuesday, and especially Wednesday. More showers return Thursday.

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Migraines can be crippling for many people, especially those who suffer from what are known as neck migraines Dr. Max Gomez has more on what's helping some people battling these headaches.

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(PKG) (TRACK) DONNA FENNIKOH'S MIGRAINES STARTED ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO AFTER A BACK OPERATION ... (SOT Donna Fennikoh/Migraine Sufferer) THEY CAN LAST ANYWHERE FROM 5-6 HRS TO DAYS. LAST YEAR THERE WAS A PERIOD FOR 3-4 MONTHS I BARELY WENT A DAY. (TRACK) SHE'S TRIED AVOIDING THE USUAL MIGRAINE TRIGGERS... CAFFEINE, RED WINE, CHOCOLATE... NOTHING HELPED. SEEMS FENNIKOH FALLS INTO A GROUP WHOSE MIGRAINES ARE TRIGGERED BY NERVES IN THE NECK. (SOT DR HOUMAN DANESH / MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL) ESSENTIALLY THE JOINTS START RUBBING AGAINST EACH OTHER, AND THAT IRRITATES THE NERVE THAT GOES FROM THE BACK OF YOUR NECK TO THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD, AND CAN OFFSET AND TRIGGER A MIGRAINE. NATSOT: (TRACK) SO//FENNIKOH IS HAVING A PROCEDURE THAT SHOULD TELL IF THOSE NERVES ARE THE PROBLEM. (SOT DR HOUMAN DANESH / MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL) TO Actually BLOCK THE NERVE THAT GOES TO THE JOINT IN HER NECK, WHICH MAY BE THE TRIGGER TO HER MIGRAINE HEADACHE. UNDER X-RAY GUIDANCE DR HOUMAN DANESH INJECTS A LONG-ACTING ANESTHETIC AROUND THE FACET JOINTS IN THE NECK, NUMBING THE NERVE. (SOT Donna Fennikoh/Migraine Sufferer) ITS THE FIRST TIME I WENT 3 SOLID DAYS WITHOUT A HEADACHE. SINCE SHE?S GETTING RELIEF, DOCTORS NOW PLAN TO USE RADIO FREQUENCY ON THE NERVE, WHICH COULD PROVIDE AT LEAST A YEAR OF MIGRAINE RELIEF. Dr. Max GOMEZ, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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Doctors say there are ways to tell if your migraines are due to this kind of nerve problem. For example, some patients look up at the TV or the computer screen and end up getting neck pain tightness, which triggers a headache. That's health watch.

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Coming up on the Channel 3 News -- SUSPECT CAPTURED -- where police say they found an alleged shooter... REVENGE PORN -- a new effort to protect people from being shamed online... And MARIJUANA CONCERNS -- college students take a look at the other side of drug use.

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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This morning, Vermont State Police say they have their man. Gregory Allen Smith is now behind bars. As Eliza Larson reports -- they caught the alleged killer hiding at a campground with a girlfriend.

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The Winhall Brook Camping area is quiet -- far away from any main roads. But Vermont State Police and local police say they tracked down Gregory Allen Smith and Wendy Morris. Police say they were hiding out in an old trailer on a piece of land that belonged to one of Smith's friends. Once police found them -- Smith and Morris were taken into custody -- without incident. (title 7680)((JP Sinclair/Vermont State Police: "any number of places in the last 24/48 hours we've gone to check to look for him - this is one that we had to check - check off the box. But obviously these types of situations we're being careful. Very cautious. We've got members of our task force ready as part of the investigation so that if we have particular locations we can send some of our most skilled people to try apprehend him as safely as possible.")) Smith was wanted for the murder of Wesley Wing -- who was shot in Springfield Saturday evening. He suffered four gunshot wounds. And died the next morning. Police say they started searching for Smith shortly after the shooting. They said Smith and Wing were neighbors -- and they're sure he pulled the trigger. (TC 00:34:59:13 Title 7680)((JP Sinclair/Vermont State Police: "in this particular case we feel strongly that Mr. Smith is responsible for this murder." 00:35:07:15)) Through a series of tips -- police say there were able to track Smith in a stolen vehicle to New Hampshire -- and then back into Vermont. They say Smith was able to avoid police for five days with the help of friends. (TC 00:32:30:17 Title 7680)((Chief Douglas Johnston/springfield Police: "we'll look into this investigation further to see number one who they are and if we can identify them and if we move forward we're going to charge them." 00:32:43:00)) Police have already charged another of Smith's girlfriends -- Kristin Walsh -- for helping him avoid capture. State Police and Springfield Police say they are grateful for the help New Hampshire and other police agencies gave them -- to help locate the suspect. A motive for the murder -- is not totally clear. But police believe that Smith -- may have shot the victim -- simply because he called Smith's girlfriend a drug dealer -- and told her to get out of his neighborhood. Smith is still being questioned here at the police department. He'll be arraigned tomorrow. And Morris may face charges for helping him elude police. Eliza Larson - channel 3 news -- Springfield.

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Police are investigating allegations of a sexual assault in the Queen City An alleged victim says he woke up inside 47-year-old Michael Johnson's Pearl Street home to find Johnson inappropriately touching him. That's when the accuser says he was able to lock himself inside the bathroom and call 9-1-1 before police arrived. Johnson was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct.

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Law makers are continuing to tackle the issue of revenge porn. Thursday the Vermont Senate passed a bill creating criminal penalties for those who share nude pictures which they received consensually -- but shared without permission online. The measure mirrors laws passed in more than a dozen other states aimed at preventing ex-lovers from shaming their former partners. Chittenden County State's attorney T.J. Donovan says current laws allow for some prosecution of these cases but argues there is room for improvement.

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(00:41:16:00) ((T.J. Donovan - Chittenden County State's Attorney this is an imporant piece of legislation that I hope becomes law, and if it is law, it would certainly hep prosecutors and protect victims. We've had cases in the past where highly intimate, consensual photos are later used against these victims)) Sharing with the intent to cause harm could land posters in prison for up to two years. They could also be slapped with a two-thousand dollar fine. Charging the victim cash to remove a picture would carry a punishment of up to 5 years in prison and 10-thousand dollars. If lawmakers in the House sign off on changes made by the Senate, it will be up to the Governor to determine if it becomes law.

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At the University of Vermont -- a debate over marijuana continues. Students, faculty and members of the community turned out Thursday night for a screening of the movie, "The other side of Cannabis" The documentary looks at the drug's affects on young people and argued that it can be harmful for their health. The showing comes just days after hundreds of UVM students turned out on campus for what some called a marijuana holiday.

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((Karrie Bowen, UVM Graduate Student 02:00:00 "Especially what I have seen today with the movie, it can get a little sensationalistic in terms of addiction and drugs and individuals and I think what is really important is that you need to look at the larger picture and that it's not just about the individual but it's also about everything around that person as well.)) A senate committee is taking testimony on legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Vermont. Our state house reporter Kyle says action is not expected on the idea this year.

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(anchors introduce gary) Some snow this AM in the higher elevations. Then a mix of sun & clouds, just a few, scattered showers. More of the same tomorrow, north. But some sun, south. Still unsettled with showers Sunday & Monday. Finally some sun Tuesday, and especially Wednesday. More showers return Thursday.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds A few rain, mountain snow showers Breezy & cool Highs: 42 to 48 Wind: NW 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Rain, mountain snow showers (1-3" N. mountains) Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: NW 10 to 15 mph Saturday: N: Mostly cloudy Rain, mountain snow showers S: Partly sunny Highs: 45 to 52 Wind: NW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 48 to 58 Monday: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Blustery Lows: 30s Highs: 50s Tuesday: Partly sunny Breezy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 62 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 58 to 65 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 62

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Take a guess... What do you think the most popular car in Vermont is? Jennifer Costa digs into D-M-V data -- for the answer.

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Buying a car -- is one of the biggest purchases -- most Vermonters will ever make. ((Margo Bartsch/Champlain College 00:01:29 "We don't buy cars just because of four tires and an engine. We buy it based upon how we feel about ourselves and our lifestyle.")) ((Rob Ide/Vt. DMV Cmsr. 00:06:37 "The economy drives what people drive and how they drive it.")) That's DMV Commissioner -- Robert Ide. We checked with his office -- to see just how many vehicles are registered in the Green Mountain State. ((GRX 1- Total Cars Registered in VT)) 575,214 -- including cars, trucks and SUVs. That's up less than 2-thousand over the last decade ((Rob Ide/Vt. DMV Cmsr. 00:06:46 "In America the average new vehicle that is sold is on the road for 10 years.")) When it comes to the most popular brand ...the stats get a little tricky. But Vermonters seem pretty confident. ((SPARE170_01 00:01:16 "Subaru.")) ((TYSON_8618 00:04:43 "A Subaru.")) ((SPARE170_01 00:02:47 "The majority the friends that we grew up in high school always had one.")) ((TYSON_8623 00:09:10 "it's official. it's a Subaru. and I don't have one.")) ((TYSON_8621 00:08:04 "definitely Subarus.")) ((TYSON_8624 00:10:36 "Prius. I see them everywhere. No. Subaru. Subaru Subaru.")) Even lawmakers are weighing in... ((TYSON_8880 Sen. Bobby Starr 00:37:43 "Subarus.")) ((TYSON_8881 Sen. Joe Benning 00:37:59 "No doubt about it because that's what I'm driving and I see them on the road all the time.")) ((TYSON_8883 Rep. Manwaring 00:39:13 "By observation I suspect it's a Subaru.")) ((TYSON_8882 Rep. Buxton 00:38:37 "Well I drive a Subaru and everyone I know drives a Subaru. So I have to say the Subaru.")) Senate transportation chair -- and car enthusiast -- Senator Dick Mazza -- seems to be the one holdout -- straying from popular opinion. ((TYSON_8879 Sen. Dick Mazza 00:37:01 "Ford or Chevy.")) So...who's right? ((Rob Ide/Vt. DMV Cmsr. 00:04:02 "the beauty is in the eye of that beholder.")) Luckily the data can settle this debate. And no one is completely wrong. ((GRX 2- Top 5 VT Vehicle Brands)) Turns out...there are about 5-thousand more Toyotas on the road -- than Subarus. Followed by Honda, Ford and Chevrolet. ((GRX 3 -- Top VT Car Make and Model)) But when you break it down by make and model -- Subaru -- comes out -- as the car -- on top. The Legacy and Forrester emerge as the most popular -- followed by the Honda Civic -- Toyota Corolla -- and Honda CRV. Senator Mazza -- agrees -- he sees Subarus everywhere -- but pinpoints why the brand is not the overall winner. ((TYSON_8879 Sen. Dick Mazza 00:36:48 "Although they're very, very popular they have a limited count for automobiles and not a truck.")) Although his solo vote for Chevrolet -- seemed like a longshot -- it's actually right on the money. ((GRX 4 - Overall Most Popular Vehicle in Vermont)) According to the DMV -- when you take trucks into account -- a new front runner -- accelerates to the finish. There are more Chevrolet Silverados -- on the road -- than any other vehicle -- in Vermont -- beating out the Subaru Legacy -- by about 4 thousand. ((Rob Ide/Vt. DMV Cmsr. 00:05:46 "It does surprise me.")) So is the pick-up really the unofficial vehicle of Vermont? Statisticians will tell you numbers don't lie. Jennifer Costa Channel 3 News.

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((TRT: 2:12 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((After dropping the opening two games of their playoff series in Cleveland, the Boston Celtics returning home last night for a key game three at TD Garden. ---------------- LeBron James had many classic playoff battles with the Big Three Celtics teams both with Miami and when he was originally with the Cavs... --- and he was aggressive ...finishing with a game high 31 points and eleven rebounds... Cleveland led by eight at the half and took that same eight point lead into the fourth ... --- the C's keep chipping away...and with under three minutes to go, Evan Turner drains three of his team high 19 points to pull Boston within three... --- but at the other end ...Kyrie Irving rebounds his own miss and kicks it out to Kevin Love who sticks a back breaking three ...he'd add another in the final minute to put the game on ice... Love with 23 points and Cleveland wins 103-95 to take a 3-0 series lead. Boston will try to avoid the sweep in game four Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. ---------------------- --------- rubber match of the three game set between the Red Sox and Rays tonight at Tropicana ...both teams plate a run in the second inning...otherwise, Clay Buchholz was dialed in...one run, just two hits and ten strikeouts in six innings...including freezing former Vermont Lake Monster Steven Souza... --- but Boston's bats were equally quiet... held to just three hits on the night... and still 1-1 in the ninth...Tampa gets two on versus Anthony Varvaro, then Rene Riverz lines a hot shot past Pablo Sandoval for a game winning single...Tampa wins 2-1, taking two of three in the series. The Sox are in Baltimore tonight. ---------------------- ---------- Yanks in Detroit yesterday afternoon... Brian McCann's RBI single in the top of the eighth was the difference as the Yankees edged the Tigers 2-1 in Detroit, taking the final three games of the four game set and improving to 9-7 on the season. Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run and three hits in six and a third and a trio of Yankees relievers held Detroit hitless the rest of the way. The Yanks host the Mets tonight. ---------------------- ------------ Tonight in the Stanley Cup playoffs ...a pair of game fives...with the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers both look to close their series out on home ice. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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Some snow this AM in the higher elevations. Then a mix of sun & clouds, just a few, scattered showers. More of the same tomorrow, north. But some sun, south. Still unsettled with showers Sunday & Monday. Finally some sun Tuesday, and especially Wednesday. More showers return Thursday.

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The basketball playoffs are underway -- and hitting 10 free throws in a row can be quite a feat. But Scott Fleishmam met up with a local 9-year-old -- putting most pros -- to shame.

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(((Scott Fleishman/"We are here at the Endeavor School in Shelburne and I am here with 9 year old Jacobi Lafferty from Colchester. He's a student at renaissance elementary school and he is a hoop shot whiz. A local, district and New england Champion. At the Elks Hoop Shot national championship in Springfield, Massachusetts last week, he made 23 of 25 free throws, finished fourth in the competition."))) (((Jacobi Lafferty/"I've been shooting free throws for a long time. I started practicing for this about four months ago."))) ((("What's the most amount of free throws you've made in a row?"))) ((("92"))) ((("fifteen free throws in a row..."))) ((("Do people try to distract you while you're shooting your free throws at all?"))) ((("No. They don't try to distract me."))) ((("Do you think if somebody tried to distract you, you'd be ok?"))) ((("Yeah."))) ((("Hey Look, that's channel 3's Mike McCune!"))) ((("I tried."))) ((("50 free throws in a row...76 in a row"))) ((("So I saw some of the pictures of you with your trophies. What's your favorite trophy?"))) ((("Probably the first one."))) ((("This is an Edward R. Murrow Award for the best reporting. Any chance you'd want to trade any of your trophies with me?"))) ((("No."))) ((("That's ok. It's not mine anyway."))) ((("91. 92. Yes, 93 in a row!"))) ((("I don't know if this a good thing or a bad thing, but you look like me when I was your age. I'm not saying that this is what you're going to turn into, but I'm just saying just protect that hair of yours. It is great hair. I want you to protect it."))) ((("125. My goodness. Towel off. Have a drink of water."))) ((("How long do you practice?"))) ((("An hour. Four to five days a week"))) ((("Right here. 130 in a row that is unbelievable."))) ((("Let me put my wristbands on here, the headband on, you can call me Kareem Abdul Fleishman."))) ((("Dribble twice. Spin it. Take a deep breath and say to yourself bend your knees and follow through."))) ((("Hey it's one in a row for me."))) ((("Jacobi Lafferty from Colchester, thanks for hanging out with us today. Want to take one more shot to take us out? Go for it.")))

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A big congratulations to some members of the W-C-A-X crew. Sports reporter and anchor, Scott Fleishman just won an Edward R Murrow award for his feature story on Julia Bessy -- a visually impaired cross-country runner at Colchester High School. And our web team, headed up by our digital news manager Tracy Meier, won for best website! WCAX.com Congrats!

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Police are investigating allegations of a sexual assault in the Queen City An alleged victim says he woke up inside 47-year-old Michael Johnson's Pearl Street home to find Johnson inappropriately touching him. That's when the accuser says he was able to lock himself inside the bathroom and call 9-1-1 before police arrived. Johnson was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct.

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A new report reveals Vermont is losing some of its green. State officials say the decrease in forest land is for a variety of reasons --like more trees dying -- and less regeneration -- as well as threats from invasive species -- and development. Last night on the :30 -- Michael Snyder, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation -- said despite the report -- things aren't all bad.

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(1:28) ((We are very fortunate. We are 3/4 covered in forest. We are among the most forested state's in the country. And that's really the good news here. We are forest-strong in Vermont. We have expansive forest land -- and it's generally in very good shape.)) Snyder says it's the first time in 100 years the state has seen a decrease in forest land.

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Hunters may not have as many chances to get a deer during muzzle loader season. The state will issue about ten thousand permits this season -- about seven thousand FEWER than last season. Biologists say there are fewer deer because of the recent harsh winters. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board will vote again on this plan after the public comment period.

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Some snow this AM in the higher elevations. Then a mix of sun & clouds, just a few, scattered showers. More of the same tomorrow, north. But some sun, south. Still unsettled with showers Sunday & Monday. Finally some sun Tuesday, and especially Wednesday. More showers return Thursday.


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