Fri 19-SEP-2014 Early A.M. News Script

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Good morning it's 6:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky. And it's Friday, which means we're celebrating... the fact that this dog was found! She's had quite a journey. "Gidget" disappeared from the Philadelphia area... and somehow ended up in Oregon! Her owner reported her missing more than three months ago. A good samaritan found her in Hillsboro, Oregon and took her to a shelter. That's when they were able tof ind her owners through her microchip. The owners are now trying to find a way to get her back home.

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We begin with breaking news this morning... two Rutland police officers now under investigation... after an alleged fight. Police told Channel 3 Sgt. Gregory Sheldon and Officer Adam Lucia are suspended with pay. They say the officers were allegedly involved in a fight with another person while off duty at the Center Street Alley bar on September 9th. State police are investigating that. Rutland's police chief said he could not comment on the allegations. It's not the first time Officer Lucia has made headlines this year. He was involved in a crash in March after running a red light while responding to an emergency call. He was not charged in that crash.

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After calls for changes following the deaths of two toddlers -- a new DCF Commissioner was named earlier this month. Ken Schatz was appointed Commissioner of DCF after Dave Yacavone--stepped down. The department underwent months of turmoil following the deaths of Dezirae Sheldon and Peighton Geraw. Schatz testified Thursday afternoon in front of the legislative committee on health oversight--to explain concrete changes to DCF that he wants to make--and ones that have already been implemented. Some include--in cases of serious physical injury--all DCF district staff must consult with central staff. Schatz also proposed a permanent legislative oversight committee--on DCF.

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(01:22:26:29) ((Ken Schatz "The legislature could give such a committee the ability to receive confidential information and keep it confidential, so that the committee could be aware of individual circumstances but not necessarily stigmatize the family by making those public."")) (01:22:44) Already implemented changes include over two dozen new staff members--ranging from social workers to substance abuse specialists that have been hired.

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Authorities say he admitted to killing a St. Johnsbury teacher -- and now a judge says the confession can be used against him in court. Allen Prue -- and his wife, Patricia, face kidnapping, sexual assault -- and first-degree murder charges -- in the 20-12 death of Melissa Jenkins. Allen Prue's trial is set to begin on October 6th. His lawyer wanted statements he made to police during a 7-hour interview suppressed -- citing Miranda Rights violations. But today -- Judge Robert Bent denied that request. A trial date for Patricia Prue has not been set yet.

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Police say a Jay, New York man's violent past has caught up with him. New York authorities arrested 27-year-old Daniel Horacek for allegedly forcing two girls into sex -- over several years -- prior to 2004. Back in 2005 we reported -- police say the then 17-year-old abused a nine-year-old girl at a day care center his mother ran. Horacek is now also charged with predatory sex assault -- rape -- and sexual abuse. He's being held at the Franklin Correctional Facility in Malone.

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And a Keeseville man is also facing rape charges. New York State Police arrested 23-year-old Derrick Terry. He's accused of raping a 30-year-old woman at her home in Ausable Forks in June. Terry's being held at the Essex County jail.

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Vermont has taken a turn when it comes to DUI's. Right now, there are more fatal crashes connected to drivers who were using drugs -- than drinking. Out of 31 fatal crashes ... State Police say, 5 have involved drivers suspected of using drugs. Marijuana was cited in most of those. 2 have involved people driving under the influence of alcohol. The rest included factors like speeding.

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(TC - 00:10:01:00) ((Lt. Garry Scott/VT State Police As many states are moving toward legalization, I think it's kind of opened our eyes of what really the problem is. We weren't tracking this as well as we should have a few years ago. It's always sort of been alcohol that's been on everyone's radar.)) There's new equipment, being tested right now to help officers determine if someone is under the influence of drugs. It's been in place for a month -- and it's being used on a voluntary basis. And because it's in the testing phase -- the evidence can't be used in court.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: cold & frosty - 20s & 30s NE clouds: none NE temps/radar: cold here, warmer south with 50s; radar clear U.S. Clouds/radar: high pressure over northeast, so clear; frontal system in midwest will catch up to us Sunday. Forecast clouds/precip: nice day ahead, but cool; clouds move in Saturday and it gets windy, but warmer. Showers Sunday.

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Today: Sunny Highs: 53 to 60 Wind: Becoming S 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Lows: 35 to 45 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Saturday: Partly sunny Windy Warmer Highs: 63 to 70 Wind: S 15 to 25 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 68 to 75 Monday: Fall begins! Mix of sun & clouds Scattered showers Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 50s Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for AM showers Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 65 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 55 to 65 Thursday: Mostly sunny Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 60s

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The President's plan to combat the terrorist group ISIS cleared another major hurdle on Capitol Hill yesterday. Anne Marie Green has that and our other top stories in worldwatch.

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A measure to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to fight ISIS militants in Syria now goes to President Obama to sign into law. Yesterday, the Senate approved the President's request... a day after the House did the same. The Congressional action came as ISIS released yet another video showing a British journalist being held captive. In Australia -- authorities charged two suspects in connection to a thwarted ISIS terror plot -- to publicly behead a random Australian citizen. Authorities in northern Florida are trying to figure out why a grandfather killed his daughter and his six grandchildren before turning the gun on himself. It happened at a home in Bell - about 80 miles southwest of Jacksonville. Police arrived on scene after getting a 9-1-1 call from the suspect -- 51-year-old Don Spirit. They say Spirit had a criminal history. Following a historic referendum, Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom.. Voters, including residents as young as 16, turned out in unprecedented numbers. Those in the "no" campaign warned Scotland's economy was at risk without the U-K...while proponents of independence pointed to the country's oil reserves - as evidence Scotland can stand on its own. A vote for independence would have triggered 18 months of negotiations on how the two countries would separate. Those are some of the day's top stories. I'm Anne Marie Green CBS News New York.

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In Web Watch this morning -- we're counting down some of the topics that are trending right now. The first -- the wait is over this morning for iPhone fans. The iPhone 6 and 6-Plus hit stores this morning. So as you might imagine -- people who have been camped out in front of Apple stores for days can finally pack up their gear and get their reward. Apple saying earlier this week that it sold a record four million of the phones last Friday.

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We now know how many customers had their credit cars compromised in Home Depot's recent data breach. The company says some 56 MILLION cards were put at risk. Home Depot says the malware that caused the breach has been removed from their networks in the U-S and Canada... and they're finishing a new encryption program to make data safer. The breach occurred between April and September of this year. The company says it's offering free identity protection services to customers who shopped during that time.

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((" ")) ATTACK ADS -- we told you about this war of words on the airwaves between a wealthy Vermonter -- and a senator. Shelburne businessman and former Republican National Committee Member Skip Vallee coming out swinging against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders -- over so-called "golden parachutes" -- saying Sanders' wife took one when she left Burlington College. Sanders saying he QUOTE " ...will not be intimidated by a millionaire who has crawled into the gutter and bought TV ads attacking Bernie's wife ... "

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A lot of people on our Facebook page and website weighing in with what they think of this ad -- many people saying that it's a retaliation for Sanders questioning why there are higher gas prices in Northern Vermont -- others wanting to know why Sanders' wife was the focus of the ad. But others say this ad could have broader implications ... this comment from Michael Stahler: "I can only assume that the timing of this ad is not to influence this election but to raise the issue for those in Iowa who are already thinking about 2016. Attack ads just don't work in Vermont." And Mary Georffrion saying what may be on a few people's minds: "Doesn't anyone have anything better to do with their lives ...geez, give me a break."

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Almanac: Cool yesterday with just a tiny bit of rain Avg. first frost dates: varies throughout the area Actual first frost dates in Burlington last 5 years - usually later than avg. NE clouds: none Local temps: cold & frosty - 20s & 30s

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This week's super senior -- took Joe Carroll out of the state... to the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts. And that's because Marilyn Childs has been coming to the fair for the last 83 years -- and she told him -- she never misses it.

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(nat sot of rain) In the hills high above Chelsea, there is peace and beauty; it's like stepping into the past. And Marilyn Childs lives a solitary life there on a road called Harolyn. It's a hybrid of two names, Marilyn and her late husband Harold. It's been home for a long time. (00:26:12:00) ((Marilyn Childs/Super Senior, that all of these people I did things with are dead in gone. )) The 91 year doesn't want sympathy, she too independent for that. (00:27:48:00) ((Marilyn Childs/Super Senior, Wasn't raised to fear things and I just don't. )) The former teacher and newspaper-woman is assertive. She even made the news in her hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts, when she was 5, selling lemonade to raise money for a pony. Horses, especially Morgan's, have been her passion. (00:05:15:00) ((Marilyn Childs/ And when I graduated I had three aims, I wanted a horse, a farm in Vermont and a husband.)) The farm came last. And it turned out to be a fixer-upper with a pedigree. She heard about the property at a Morgan Horse Board Meeting in the 50s. (00:09:17:00) ((Marilyn Childs/Super Senior, On this dilapidated falling down farm, well they passed this letter around and none of the wealthy men were at all interested, but I followed it up immediately.)) In the dead of winter, Marilyn dragged Harold, a well-known horse trainer, up to Vermont; he was not impressed. (00:09:49:00) ((Marilyn Childs/Super Senior, And we got up here and my husband won't even get out of the car. This old house, the doors and windows were fallen all around, it was just a mess. )) Marilyn persevered and a year later they were Vermonters. They raised their 3 boys on the property. (00:46:02:00) ((Joe Carroll/WCAX On the bottom of the hill there is a marker for the original morgan horse, Justin Morgan. But Marilyn says you've got to go a little further to see where he's actually buried.)) (00:28:56:00) ((Marilyn Childs/Super Senior, I guess I'll go this way. )) (00:29:03:00) (( Joe: We're not going to get stuck are we? Marilyn: I hope not.)) This was the draw for Marilyn 60 years ago. The idea of owning the land where the most famous Morgan horse is buried in 1821. The Morgan is the first American breed of horse. For the horse enthusiast, this landmark is Morgan horse mecca. (00:07:39:28) (( Joe: You're quite the authority on the Morgan Horse. Marilyn: I hope so. )) Marilyn started to ride competitively at the Eastern States Fair about the same time she wanted a pony, around 5. (00:01:09:00) ((Marilyn Childs/Super Senior, Even when I was living in Kentucky and Pennsylvania I was always coming up to the Big E. )) She hasn't missed it in 83 years. (00:01:21:00) ((Marilyn Childs/Super Senior, I've been a judge, I've been a steward, I've been an exhibitor, now I'm nothing but a spectator.)) The woman who says she doesn't fear anything got severely tested when she was a teen. The Great Hurricane of 1938 caused death and destruction throughout New England. The fair wasn't spared. Marilyn had to evacuate the horses to a nearby town. (00:15:12:00) (( you're riding your horse and you got these steers and everything and you are trying to get across the bridge and get safe out of the grounds. )) 76 years after the strom she will be back with a saddle full of memories. ((JC Channel 3 News))

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SUSPENDED -- two Rutland police officers under investigation after an alleged bar fight... MURDER-SUICIDE -- Vermont Law School mourning yet another loss... And END OF AN ERA -- a longtime Northeast Kingdom publisher -- calling it quits.

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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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New this morning ... two Rutland police officers now under investigation... after an alleged fight. Police told Channel 3 Sgt. Gregory Sheldon and Officer Adam Lucia are suspended with pay. They say the officers were allegedly involved in a fight with another person while off duty at the Center Street Alley bar on September 9th. State police are investigating that.

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Police say a student who attended Vermont Law School in South Royalton -- killed his mother -- and then -- himself. The investigation reveals that 35 year-old John Trombly shot his mother, Elizabeth, multiple times and then turned the gun on himself. Both were found dead in her home in Amherst, New Hampshire. Investigators believe the murder-suicide happened sometime between last Friday and Tuesday.

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A grand jury in Essex County New York has cleared a state trooper who shot and killed a suspect. Police say a high-speed chase led to a deadly shooting in the Adirondacks. The victim is 28-year old Richard Aubin of Ausable Forks. Police say they tried to pull him over -- but he led them on a 20-mile chase -- that ended in North Hudson -- when Aubin got out and ran into the woods. Troopers then got in a fight with Aubin -- and that's when he was shot and killed.

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Police want to know who was growing pot on state land. Troopers say they've seized and destroyed eight marijuana plants that were growing on state-owned land in Windsor. Authorities say two separate plots were cordoned off with chicken wire.

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We had the bicentennial for the Battle of Plattsburgh last week... but this year is also the 150th anniversary of the St. Albans Raid. That celebration kicks off today and goes through Sunday in St. Albans. On the docket -- a unique half-marathon course that follows the getaway course that the Confederate bandits used to escape to Canada after robbing three banks in town. There will also be a re-enactment. Organizers say this year's events took four years to plan.

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A revered publisher of one of Vermont's oldest newspaper is calling it quits. Chris Braithwaite is closing his notebook 40 years after he founded the Barton Chronicle. He's selling the company to his employees. A group of 11 will slowly buy shares of the company until Braithwaite is no longer the owner.

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(03:44 Chris Braithwaite)(("It was sort of a Catch 22. I wanted the employees to buy the paper, but they worked for the Chronicle for so many years, and they didn't have any money (laughs).")) (07:35 40 Chris Braithwaite)(("40 years is just a long time, and it really did feel like it was time to step away.")) Braithwaite is in the New England Newspaper and Press Association Hall of Fame. He will begin the sale of the Chronicle in early 2015.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: cold & frosty - 20s & 30s NE clouds: none NE temps/radar: cold here, warmer south with 50s; radar clear U.S. Clouds/radar: high pressure over northeast, so clear; frontal system in midwest will catch up to us Sunday. Forecast clouds/precip: nice day ahead, but cool; clouds move in Saturday and it gets windy, but warmer. Showers Sunday.

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Today: Sunny Highs: 53 to 60 Wind: Becoming S 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Lows: 35 to 45 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Saturday: Partly sunny Windy Warmer Highs: 63 to 70 Wind: S 15 to 25 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 68 to 75 Monday: Fall begins! Mix of sun & clouds Scattered showers Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 50s Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for AM showers Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 65 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 55 to 65 Thursday: Mostly sunny Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 60s

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The Atlanta Falcons crushed Tampa Bay -- in a record-setting Thursday Night Football blowout here on Channel Three. Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 20th career return for a touchdown as Falcons destroyed Tampa Bay 56-16. Mike has a look at the rest of sports now -- Mike?

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((TRT: 1:58 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE ((Thanks, Thursday was an exciting day to be an auto racing fan in Vermont. -------------- The fun began with a visit from NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt, Junior at Essex High School. Junior on hand for a meet and greet session sponsored by the Vermont National Guard. Earnhardt Jr. is in the region to compete in this weekend's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Close to 200 students and local fans getting a once in a lifetime opportunity which included a question and answer segment followed by an autograph and picture session with the sprint car driver. He did not speak to the media, but engaged the audience in topics ranging from his favorite track to his thoughts on the importance of college. ------------------ Speaking of NASCAR icons... Hall of fame broadcaster and Waterbury native Ken Squier getting the surprise of a lifetime tonight at the Hilton in downtown Burlington ... A ballroom full of family members, racing commentators and legends like Mike Joy, Daryl Waltrip and Bobbie Allison, notable politicians and colleagues from his local and national journalist days were on hand for the debut of a documentary about Squier that will air next month on Vermont Public Television... The Film chronicles Squier's illustrious career, from his early days at WDEV radio to his historic call of the 1979 Daytona 500, all the way up to his work as co-owner of Thunder Road. It was without question an emotional night for the Vermonter who has traveled all over the world, coming home with one amazing story after another. ------------------- (((TRT: 16 OC: TO THEM AS WELL... For me its been such a rich life because there were so many facets to it. So many places with so many people that have held such meaning, and I hope they did to them as well.))) ---------------------- Tonight, week four of the Vermont high school football season gets underway...U-32, coming off their huge win over Woodstock last Friday night, is at home taking on Winooski. Also, it's the first even night game at Spaulding... the Tide hosting Mt. Abe. --------------------- Look for all of the highlights and action tonight at 11pm on the Friday Football Frenzy. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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A judge says Allen Prue's confession to killing a St. Johnsbury teacher -- can be used in court. Prue -- and his wife, Patricia both face kidnapping, sexual assault -- and first-degree murder charges -- in the 20-12 death of Melissa Jenkins. They're being tried separately. Allen Prue's trial is set to begin October 6th.

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Police say a student who attended Vermont Law School in South Royalton -- killed his mother -- and then -- himself. The investigation reveals that 35 year-old John Trombly shot his mother, Elizabeth, multiple times and then turned the gun on himself. Both were found dead in her home in Amherst, New Hampshire. Investigators believe the murder-suicide happened sometime between last Friday and this Tuesday.

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Shocking, senseless and "surreal." Those are some of the reactions in the northern Florida town of Bell, where officials say a man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself. He's been identified as Don Spirit, who once served time in prison on a gun charge. Some people were left alive at the home. Bell is about 30 miles west of Gainesville.

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The search continues today in Central Texas for a sheriff's deputy who radioed for help minutes before her empty patrol car was found submerged by floodwaters. Some areas near Austin were drenched with up to 7 inches of rain because of the remnants of Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL'). There has been heavy rain and flash flooding across the Southwest.

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State police in northeastern Pennsylvania are searching dense, swampy woodland, trying to flush the man suspected of shoot to death a trooper and wounding another. Schools have been closed -- and residents have been locking themselves in their houses since police announced 31-year-old Eric Frein (freen) is still on the loose...armed.... and extremely dangerous.

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More charges have been brought against the New York couple accused of kidnapping Amish girls. Federal prosecutors are tacking on sexual exploitation of children and child porn charges. 25-year-old Nicole Vaisey and 39-year-old have already pleaded not guilty to kidnapping charges. Police say the abducted 7- and 12-year-old girls from their family farm stand in rural Oswegatchie (AUS-we-gatch-E). Authorities say they were shackled and sexually abused before being released.

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Sears in Rutland is shutting down. It's one of the anchor tenants of the Diamond Run Mall. But the company announced Thursday it will begin a liquidation sale on September 26th -- and will close for good in early December. The store and auto center have 65 employees. They'll be offered jobs at other Sears or KMart stores.

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The Home Depot estimates that a cyberattack earlier this year affected 56 million credit and debit cards. The retail giant blames malware for the attacks that took place between April and September. It is offering free credit-monitoring for anyone who may have been affected at their stores both in the U-S and Canada.

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Voters in Scotland have rejected independence. In a historic vote, Scots have decided 55 percent to 45 percent to remain part of the United Kingdom. The British pound jumped this morning in foreign markets on the news.

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And -- that's a wrap. Gary, over to you.

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NE clouds: none Local temps: cold & frosty - 20s & 30s

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Chef Michael from Michael's on the hill joins us this morning to prepare: Vermont Apple Galette Ingredients for the Dough 2 Cups Flour . Cup Cornmeal . Cup Sugar, granulated . teaspoon Salt . Cup Cheddar cheese, grated . Cup Butter, unsalted 5 Ounces Water, iced ? Cup Buttermilk, cold 1 each Egg 1 Tablespoon Water Method for Dough -Preheat over to 375 degrees F. -Combine all dry ingredients -Pulse all together in a processor until it looks like coarse meal -Add the butter and cheese and pulse until mixture looks like chunks of peas. -Add the liquid until it just holds together. -Wrap dough in plastic wrap and allow to rest in refrigerator for 2 hours minimum. -Combine the egg and water for egg wash; set aside. Ingredients for Apple Filling: 2.5 oz butter, browned 9 ea (4.5 lbs) apples, tart-McCoun or Granny Smith, peeled, cored and sliced . t salt 4 oz white sugar 3 oz brown sugar 2 t cinnamon 1 t lemon juice pinch nutmeg 1T Liquor- such as calvados or rum (optional) To Taste Sanding sugar Method for Apple Filling: -Brown butter over medium heat. -Add apples and salt, cooking down to brown and evaporate liquid. -Add sugar and cook down; add spices. -Deglaze with lemon and liquor if desired This should be jammy, caramelized and soft, not liquidy. *Filling needs to be relatively dry or it will ooze. Cool. To Assemble: -Roll out dough into 9 circles, approximately 4.5 inches in diameter and 1/8-inch thick. -Scoop cold filling into the center of the dough rounds, leaving a 1.5-inch border of crust. -Pinch edges of dough together over the sides of the apple mound, leaving the top of the apples exposed. -Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar. -Bake in the oven for approximately 18 minutes or until juices are bubbling and dough is brown. -Serve with a drizzle of Vermont maple syrup and your favorite ice cream

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Two Rutland police officers now under investigation... after an alleged fight. Police tell Channel 3 Sgt. Gregory Sheldon and Officer Adam Lucia are suspended with pay. They say the officers were allegedly involved in a fight with another person while off duty at the Center Street Alley bar on September 9th. State police are investigating that. Rutland's police chief said he could not comment on the allegations. It's not the first time Officer Lucia has made headlines this year. He was involved in a crash in March after running a red light while responding to an emergency call. He was not charged in that crash.

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Authorities say he admitted to killing a St. Johnsbury teacher -- and now a judge says the confession can be used against him in court. Allen Prue -- and his wife, Patricia, face kidnapping, sexual assault -- and first-degree murder charges -- in the 20-12 death of Melissa Jenkins. Allen Prue's trial is set to begin on October 6th. His lawyer wanted statements he made to police during a 7-hour interview suppressed -- citing Miranda Rights violations. But today -- Judge Robert Bent denied that request. A trial date for Patricia Prue has not been set yet.

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Police want to know who was growing pot on state land. Troopers say they've seized and destroyed eight marijuana plants that were growing on state-owned land in Windsor. Authorities say two separate plots were cordoned off with chicken wire.

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A revered publisher of one of Vermont's oldest newspaper is calling it quits. Chris Braithwaite is closing his notebook 40 years after he founded the Barton Chronicle. He's selling the company to his employees. A group of 11 will slowly buy shares of the company until Braithwaite is no longer the owner.

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(03:44 Chris Braithwaite)(("It was sort of a Catch 22. I wanted the employees to buy the paper, but they worked for the Chronicle for so many years, and they didn't have any money (laughs).")) (07:35 40 Chris Braithwaite)(("40 years is just a long time, and it really did feel like it was time to step away.")) Braithwaite is in the New England Newspaper and Press Association Hall of Fame. He will begin the sale of the Chronicle in early 20-15.

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We had the bicentennial for the Battle of Plattsburgh last week... but this year is also the 150th anniversary of the St. Albans Raid. That celebration kicks off today and goes through Sunday in St. Albans. On the docket -- a unique half-marathon course that follows the getaway course that the Confederate bandits used to escape to Canada after robbing three banks in town. There will also be a re-enactment. Organizers say this year's events took four years to plan.

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7-day forecast: freezing start to the day, but will be sunny - still cool. Warmer over weekend. Dry but windy Saturday. Showers on Sunday, especially late. Cooler for first day of fall on Monday with scattered showers. A few AM showers on Tuesday, then clearing. Sunshine & warmer Wed. & Thu.

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Authorities say he admitted to killing a St. Johnsbury teacher -- and now a judge says the confession can be used against him in court. Allen Prue -- and his wife, Patricia, face kidnapping, sexual assault -- and first-degree murder charges -- in the 20-12 death of Melissa Jenkins. Allen Prue's trial is set to begin on October 6th. His lawyer wanted statements he made to police during a 7-hour interview suppressed -- citing Miranda Rights violations. But today -- Judge Robert Bent denied that request. A trial date for Patricia Prue has not been set yet.

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A grand jury in Essex County New York has cleared a state trooper who shot and killed a suspect. Police say a high-speed chase led to a deadly shooting in the Adirondacks. The victim is 28-year old Richard Aubin of Ausable Forks. Police say they tried to pull him over -- but he led them on a 20-mile chase -- that ended in North Hudson -- when Aubin got out and ran into the woods. Troopers then got in a fight with Aubin -- and that's when he was shot and killed.

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Vermont has taken a turn when it comes to DUI's. Right now, there are more fatal crashes connected to drivers who were using drugs -- than drinking. Out of 31 fatal crashes ... State Police say, 5 have involved drivers suspected of using drugs. Marijuana was cited in most of those. 2 have involved people driving under the influence of alcohol. The rest included factors like speeding.

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(TC - 00:10:01:00) ((Lt. Garry Scott/VT State Police As many states are moving toward legalization, I think it's kind of opened our eyes of what really the problem is. We weren't tracking this as well as we should have a few years ago. It's always sort of been alcohol that's been on everyone's radar.)) There's new equipment, being tested right now to help officers determine if someone is under the influence of drugs. It's been in place for a month -- and it's being used on a voluntary basis. And because it's in the testing phase -- the evidence can't be used in court.

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7-day forecast: freezing start to the day, but will be sunny - still cool. Warmer over weekend. Dry but windy Saturday. Showers on Sunday, especially late. Cooler for first day of fall on Monday with scattered showers. A few AM showers on Tuesday, then clearing. Sunshine & warmer Wed. & Thu.

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I'm Steve Bottari -- Monday -- our home-design guru show us -- why finding the perfect color -- matters more than you think. The psychology of different shades -- can change your mood. That's monday -- see you starting at five a-m.

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky. And it's Friday, which means we're celebrating... the fact that this dog was found! She's had quite a journey. "Gidget" disappeared from the Philadelphia area... and somehow ended up in Oregon! Her owner reported her missing more than three months ago. A good samaritan found her in Hillsboro, Oregon and took her to a shelter. That's when they were able tof ind her owners through her microchip. The owners are now trying to find a way to get her back home.

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We begin with breaking news this morning... two Rutland police officers now under investigation... after an alleged fight. Police tell Channel 3 Sgt. Gregory Sheldon and Officer Adam Lucia are suspended with pay. They say the officers were allegedly involved in a fight with another person while off duty at the Center Street Alley bar on September 9th. State police are investigating that. Rutland's police chief said he could not comment on the allegations. It's not the first time Officer Lucia has made headlines this year. He was involved in a crash in March after running a red light while responding to an emergency call. He was not charged in that crash.

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Big changes for child protection services in Vermont. Since the high profile deaths of two toddlers in DCF care --Human Services Secretary Doug Racine was fired -- and DCF Commissioner Dave Yacovone stepped down. Now new leadership is outlining plans for the future. Shelby Cashman has more.

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Dezirae Sheldon--and Peighton Geraw. Names that have sparked changes to Vermont child's protection system. Both toddlers had been in custody of the Department for Children and Families - but returned to their mothers. And both toddlers later died--of blunt force trauma. (01:11:18:04) ((Ken Schatz "We have made some specific policy changes that were clearly required to address issues that arose as a result of these fatalities.")) (01:11:30:20) Department for Children and Families Commissioner Ken Schatz addressed the legislative committee on health oversight Thursday. Schatz was appointed by Governor Shumlin earlier this month--after former Commissioner Dave Yacavone--stepped down. Schatz laid out some concrete changes--to DCF policy -- since reviews of the toddler deaths started last spring. GFX: 1. In cases of serious physical injury--all DCF district staff must consult with central staff. - Serious physical injury includes head injury--broken bones--or anything indicative of ongoing abuse. 2. For children placed with parents in a residential treatment program--custody will not be returned to the parent until they are discharged from the facility. - Once full custody is returned--it will then be on a trail basis. In the Peighton Geraw case--the toddler lived with his mother--Nytosha LaForce at the Lund Residential Treatment Center in Burlington. Full custody was given back to Laforce--while she was still there. DCF then had no further contact with the family--until just days before his death. And Schatz also supports the creation of a proposed permanent legislative oversight committee -- for DCF. He says that permanent committee -- would help combat confidentiality issues. In the past -- the need to protect client privacy has kept DCF policies and decision making -- in the dark. (01:22:26:29) ((Ken Schatz "The legislature could give such a committee the ability to receive confidential information and keep it confidential , so that the committee could be aware of individual circumstances but not necessarily stigmatize the family by making those public."")) (01:22:44) These changes are in addition to the over two dozen staff members--ranging from social workers to substance abuse specialists that have been hired. Human Services Secretary Harry Chen--plans to present his recommendations to Governor Shumlin--on October 1st. Shelby Cashman -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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Police say a Jay, New York man's violent past has caught up with him. New York authorities arrested 27-year-old Daniel Horacek for allegedly forcing two girls into sex -- over several years -- prior to 2004. Back in 2005 we reported -- police say the then 17-year-old abused a nine-year-old girl at a day care center his mother ran. Horacek is now also charged with predatory sex assault -- rape -- and sexual abuse. He's being held at the Franklin Correctional Facility in Malone.

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And a Keeseville man is also facing rape charges. New York State Police arrested 23-year-old Derrick Terry. He's accused of raping a 30-year-old woman at her home in Ausable Forks in June. Terry's being held at the Essex County jail.

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Vermont has taken a turn when it comes to DUI's. Right now, there are more fatal crashes connected to drivers who were using drugs -- than drinking. Out of 31 fatal crashes ... State Police say, 5 have involved drivers suspected of using drugs. Marijuana was cited in most of those. 2 have involved people driving under the influence of alcohol. The rest included factors like speeding.

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(TC - 00:10:01:00) ((Lt. Garry Scott/VT State Police As many states are moving toward legalization, I think it's kind of opened our eyes of what really the problem is. We weren't tracking this as well as we should have a few years ago. It's always sort of been alcohol that's been on everyone's radar.)) There's new equipment, being tested right now to help officers determine if someone is under the influence of drugs. It's been in place for a month -- and it's being used on a voluntary basis. And because it's in the testing phase -- the evidence can't be used in court.

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Authorities say he admitted to killing a St. Johnsbury teacher -- and now a judge says the confession can be used against him in court. Allen Prue -- and his wife, Patricia, face kidnapping, sexual assault -- and first-degree murder charges -- in the 20-12 death of Melissa Jenkins. Allen Prue's trial is set to begin on October 6th. His lawyer wanted statements he made to police during a 7-hour interview suppressed -- citing Miranda Rights violations. But today -- Judge Robert Bent denied that request. A trial date for Patricia Prue has not been set yet.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: cold & frosty - 20s & 30s NE clouds: none NE temps/radar: cold here, warmer south with 50s; radar clear U.S. Clouds/radar: high pressure over northeast, so clear; frontal system in midwest will catch up to us Sunday. Forecast clouds/precip: nice day ahead, but cool; clouds move in Saturday and it gets windy, but warmer. Showers Sunday.

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Today: Sunny Highs: 53 to 60 Wind: Becoming S 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Lows: 35 to 45 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Saturday: Partly sunny Windy Warmer Highs: 63 to 70 Wind: S 15 to 25 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 68 to 75 Monday: Fall begins! Mix of sun & clouds Scattered showers Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 50s Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for AM showers Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 65 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 55 to 65 Thursday: Mostly sunny Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 60s

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Businesses and investors are reacting with relief to Scotland's decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom. With all but one region reporting -- the No campaign has won more than 55 percent of the votes cast in Thursday's referendum. So how does the U-K heal the fractured relationship? Alphonso Van Marsh -- has the story.

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NATS UP....NO CAMPAIGN CHEERING... Campaigners who fought to stop Scotland from breaking away from the United Kingdom declared victory. SOT - WE HAVE CHOSEN UNITY OVER DIVISION AND POSITIVE CHANGE RATHER THAN NEEDLESS SEPARATION. A majority of Scots voted to reject a referendum that would have ended the country's 307 year partnership with the United Kingdom. Scotland's first minister had hoped to lead his country to independence. (SOT: Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister) ON BEHALF OF THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT I ACCEPT THE RESULT. NAT SOUND yelling (file shots of angry campaigners clashing) Now he must unite a country deeply divided by this two-year long independence campaign. (BRIDGE) British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will follow through with promises to transfer more political power to Scotland. SOT - CAMERON NAT SOUND (celebration No campaign video to end) Cameron thanked voters for standing with United Kingdom. AVM, CBS News, London.

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More charges have been filed against the couple accused in the Amish kidnapping case in northern New York. Federal prosecutors have now charged 25-year-old Nicole Vaisey and 39-year-old and Stephen Howells with sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography. They've already pleaded not guilty to a state kidnapping charge -- and are being held without bail. The 7- and 12-year-old girls were abducted last month from their family farm stand in Oswegatchie. Authorities say they were shackled and sexually abused before being released the next day.

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A trendy New York City nightspot is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. That's after a security guard at the Standard Hotel told three friends to stop soliciting sex... and they weren't. One woman has a law background -- and the other two are teachers. The women say it was likely because of their skin color. The hotel is now apologizing -- and has fired that guard.

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In Massachusetts -- a touching honor for a police chief who spent decades leading the force. (("Take care of yourself, and God bless us all.")) Thursday -- 92-year-old Antonio Fermano was honored for his bravery, service, and sacrifices. He spend thirty years as police chief in Malden before retiring in 1978 -- and served in two wars. He was given the honor of roll call outside his house -- as he battles acute leukemia.

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In Web Watch this morning -- we're counting down some of the topics that are trending right now. The first -- the wait is over this morning for iPhone fans. The iPhone 6 and 6-Plus hit stores this morning. So as you might imagine -- people who have been camped out in front of Apple stores for days can finally pack up their gear and get their reward. Apple saying earlier this week that it sold a record four million of the phones last Friday.

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We now know how many customers had their credit cars compromised in Home Depot's recent data breach. The company says some 56 MILLION cards were put at risk. Home Depot says the malware that caused the breach has been removed from their networks in the U-S and Canada... and they're finishing a new encryption program to make data safer. The breach occurred between April and September of this year. The company says it's offering free identity protection services to customers who shopped during that time.

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((" ")) ATTACK ADS -- we told you about this war of words on the airwaves between a wealthy Vermonter -- and a senator. Shelburne businessman and former Republican National Committee Member Skip Vallee coming out swinging against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders -- over so-called "golden parachutes" -- saying Sanders' wife took one when she left Burlington College. Sanders saying he QUOTE " ...will not be intimidated by a millionaire who has crawled into the gutter and bought TV ads attacking Bernie's wife ... "

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A lot of people on our Facebook page and website weighing in with what they think of this ad -- many people saying that it's a retaliation for Sanders questioning why there are higher gas prices in Northern Vermont -- others wanting to know why Sanders' wife was the focus of the ad. But others say this ad could have broader implications ... this comment from Michael Stahler: "I can only assume that the timing of this ad is not to influence this election but to raise the issue for those in Iowa who are already thinking about 2016. Attack ads just don't work in Vermont." And Mary Georffrion saying what may be on a few people's minds: "Doesn't anyone have anything better to do with their lives ...geez, give me a break."

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Almanac: Cool yesterday with just a tiny bit of rain Avg. first frost dates: varies throughout the area Actual first frost dates in Burlington last 5 years - usually later than avg. NE clouds: none Local temps: cold & frosty - 20s & 30s

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A warning call --- and a plea for help -- from doctors treating breast cancer. Bigad Shaban has our healthwatch.

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CANCER EXPERTS AROUND THE WORLD SAY HELP IS =URGENTLY NEEDED= IN FINDING TREATMENT FOR ADVANCED BREAST CANCER. THE LATEST INTERNATIONAL GUIDELINES INCLUDE A PLEA FOR NEW HIGH QUALITY RESEARCH AND CLINICAL DRUG TRIALS. ADVANCED BREAST CANCER MEANS IT HAS SPREAD BEYOND THE INITIAL TUMOR, AND IS USUALLY FATAL. A SINGLE DOSE OF AN ANTIDEPRESSANT IS ENOUGH TO PRODUCE DRAMATIC CHANGES IN THE BRAIN. RESEARCHERS IN GERMANY TOOK BRAIN SCANS OF PATIENTS BEFORE AND AFTER TAKING A COMMON SSRI MEDICATION. THEY DETECTED CHANGES IN BRAIN FUNCTIONS WITHIN THREE HOURS. DOCTORS HAD PREVIOUSLY BELIEVED IT TOOK A PERIOD OF WEEKS FOR THE MEDICATIONS TO TAKE EFFECT. THE WORLD'S POPULATION IS NOW EXPECTED TO GROW TO 11-BILLION BY THE END OF THE CENTURY. THAT'S 2-BILLION MORE THAN PREVIOUS ESTIMATES AND ABOUT 4-BILLION MORE THAN TODAY. THE STUDY IN THE JOURNAL SCIENCE SAYS THE BIGGEST GROWTH WILL BE IN AFRICA, WHERE THE POPULATION IS EXPECTED TO QUADRUPLE. RESEARCHERS SAY THAT COULD INCREASE THE THREAT OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S MEDICAL STORIES. BS, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES

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MURDER-SUICIDE -- Vermont Law School mourning yet another loss... SUSPENDED -- two Rutland police officers under investigation after an alleged bar fight... And the St. Albans celebration begins...

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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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New this morning ... two Rutland police officers now under investigation... after an alleged fight. Police told Channel 3 Sgt. Gregory Sheldon and Officer Adam Lucia are suspended with pay. They say the officers were allegedly involved in a fight with another person while off duty at the Center Street Alley bar on September 9th. State police are investigating that.

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Police say a student who attended Vermont Law School in South Royalton -- killed his mother -- and then -- himself. The investigation reveals that 35 year-old John Trombly shot his mother, Elizabeth, multiple times and then turned the gun on himself. Both were found dead in her home in Amherst, New Hampshire. Investigators believe the murder-suicide happened sometime between last Friday and Tuesday.

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A grand jury in Essex County New York has cleared a state trooper who shot and killed a suspect. Police say a high-speed chase led to a deadly shooting in the Adirondacks. The victim is 28-year old Richard Aubin of Ausable Forks. Police say they tried to pull him over -- but he led them on a 20-mile chase -- that ended in North Hudson -- when Aubin got out and ran into the woods. Troopers then got in a fight with Aubin -- and that's when he was shot and killed.

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Police want to know who was growing pot on state land. Troopers say they've seized and destroyed eight marijuana plants that were growing on state-owned land in Windsor. Authorities say two separate plots were cordoned off with chicken wire.

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We had the bicentennial for the Battle of Plattsburgh last week... but this year is also the 150th anniversary of the St. Albans Raid. That celebration kicks off today and goes through Sunday in St. Albans. On the docket -- a unique half-marathon course that follows the getaway course that the Confederate bandits used to escape to Canada after robbing three banks in town. There will also be a re-enactment. Organizers say this year's events took four years to plan.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: cold & frosty - 20s & 30s NE clouds: none NE temps/radar: cold here, warmer south with 50s; radar clear U.S. Clouds/radar: high pressure over northeast, so clear; frontal system in midwest will catch up to us Sunday. Forecast clouds/precip: nice day ahead, but cool; clouds move in Saturday and it gets windy, but warmer. Showers Sunday.

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Today: Sunny Highs: 53 to 60 Wind: Becoming S 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Mostly clear Lows: 35 to 45 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Saturday: Partly sunny Windy Warmer Highs: 63 to 70 Wind: S 15 to 25 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 68 to 75 Monday: Fall begins! Mix of sun & clouds Scattered showers Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 50s Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for AM showers Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 55 to 65 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 55 to 65 Thursday: Mostly sunny Lows: 32 to 42 Highs: 60s

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is running for a second term -- and poll numbers show he has strong support. But his opponent -- Republican Rob Astorino -- visited the North Country -- trying to convince residents -- he's the better man for the job. Logan Crawford spoke with him.

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John VanNatten is the regional branch manager at Glens Falls National Bank. He's 1 of several Northern New Yorkers meeting Rob Astorino --the Republican candidate for New York governor. (TC 00:34:23:25 Tile 3664) ((John VanNatten/Glens Falls National Bank "It was great to have him come up here and to talk about some of the issues affecting small business in the North Country." 00:34:30:21)) Astorino is the Westchester County Executive elected in 2009. He came to discuss current concerns facing the area. He's running against Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo. (TC 00:23:57:19 Tile 3663) ((Rob Astorino/Republican for NY Governor "I jumped in because I care about the state, I do not like the direction of the state. We're losing badly, we're losing our own people, we're losing jobs, the economy is not good in most parts of the state. We have the highest taxes." 00:24:11:23)) Astorino differs from Cuomo on a number of policy issues. Astorino wants to repeal the Common Core educational standards and New York's Safe Act gun law. He's is also an advocate for hydro-fracking natural gas in the North Country. (TC 00:32:11:27 Tile 3663) ((Rob Astorino/Republican for NY Governor "This would transform upstate, bring back manufacturing, give opportunities for people at all education and skill levels create careers. You'd have ancillary effects like new hotels and restaurants." 00:32:24:24)) (TC 00:53:42:25 Tile 3676) ((Logan Crawford/Plattsburgh "Astorino says if he's elected he'll work to bring businesses back to New York and grow the economy. But before then -- political analysts at SUNY Plattsburgh say Astorino has an uphill battle." 00:53:54:14)) (TC 00:40:10:17 Tile 3671) ((Harvey Schantz/SUNY Plattsburgh "There are a number of advantages Cuomo has, but I think the biggest advantage that he has is the party enrollment advantage of New York State for the democrats. If you look at the enrollment in New York State about half of the enrollment is democratic -- and another quarter is republican and another quarter is none or other parties." 00:40:30:04)) Schantz says something Astorino can do to help himself in the race is to debate Cuomo. (TC 00:41:34:00 Tile 3671) ((Harvey Schantz/SUNY Plattsburgh "In any debate the challenger has a lot more to gain because most people already know what they think about the incumbent, in this case Andrew Cuomo. But we don't really know Rob Astorino, so Rob Astorino can paint his image for us." 00:41:50:04))

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The Atlanta Falcons crushed Tampa Bay -- in a record-setting Thursday Night Football blowout here on Channel Three. Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 20th career return for a touchdown as Falcons destroyed Tampa Bay 56-16. Mike has a look at the rest of sports now -- Mike?

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((TRT: 1:58 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE ((Thanks, Thursday was an exciting day to be an auto racing fan in Vermont. -------------- The fun began with a visit from NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt, Junior at Essex High School. Junior on hand for a meet and greet session sponsored by the Vermont National Guard. Earnhardt Jr. is in the region to compete in this weekend's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Close to 200 students and local fans getting a once in a lifetime opportunity which included a question and answer segment followed by an autograph and picture session with the sprint car driver. He did not speak to the media, but engaged the audience in topics ranging from his favorite track to his thoughts on the importance of college. ------------------ Speaking of NASCAR icons... Hall of fame broadcaster and Waterbury native Ken Squier getting the surprise of a lifetime tonight at the Hilton in downtown Burlington ... A ballroom full of family members, racing commentators and legends like Mike Joy, Daryl Waltrip and Bobbie Allison, notable politicians and colleagues from his local and national journalist days were on hand for the debut of a documentary about Squier that will air next month on Vermont Public Television... The Film chronicles Squier's illustrious career, from his early days at WDEV radio to his historic call of the 1979 Daytona 500, all the way up to his work as co-owner of Thunder Road. It was without question an emotional night for the Vermonter who has traveled all over the world, coming home with one amazing story after another. ------------------- (((TRT: 16 OC: TO THEM AS WELL... For me its been such a rich life because there were so many facets to it. So many places with so many people that have held such meaning, and I hope they did to them as well.))) ---------------------- Tonight, week four of the Vermont high school football season gets underway...U-32, coming off their huge win over Woodstock last Friday night, is at home taking on Winooski. Also, it's the first even night game at Spaulding... the Tide hosting Mt. Abe. --------------------- Look for all of the highlights and action tonight at 11pm on the Friday Football Frenzy. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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NE clouds: none Local temps: cold & frosty - 20s & 30s

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After decades in the business -- a journalism maverick -- is calling it quits. Alex Apple tells us why the founder of the Barton Chronicle is finally closing his notebook after 40 years. Alex?

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"A New Paper in Orleans County" That's what the headline read 40 years ago when Chris Braithwaite published his first issue of the Barton Chronicle. (00:11:50:00 Chris Braithwaite/Barton Chronicle Founder)(("And that's a good feeling.")) A journalist -- turned carrot farmer -- turned journalist again, Braithwaite moved to Barton from Canada in 1970. (00:27:00:00 Chris Braithwaite/Barton Chronicle Founder)(("I got stuck here.")) And now over 2000 issues later, Braithwaite is ready to hand over the reins of his company. (1:05 Chris Braithwaite)(("40 years for me, personally, felt like enough.")) He plans to sell the Orleans county community paper to its employees early next year. (03:44 Chris Braithwaite)(("It was sort of a Catch 22. I wanted the employees to buy the paper, but they worked for the Chronicle for so many years, and they didn't have any money (laughs).")) But through a credit plan -- the employees will slowly buy shares of the business. Tracy Davis Pierce -- a 28 year veteran at the paper -- will become the new publisher. (12:29 Tracy Davis Pierce/New Publisher)(("It is sort of like a family of people I've worked with and been with for a long time.")) And few know the Barton community better -- Davis-Pierce -- the daughter of a nurse and electrician -- has spent her whole life in Orleans County. (16:38 Tracy Davis Pierce)(("People approach me often to say how much they love the paper. I'm proud to work here for that reason.")) But in this tiny basement office -- without the Braithwaite's at the helm -- a void. (14:48 Tracy Davis Pierce)(("It's gonna be awkward maybe at times that he's not here. He's always been here.")) Braithwaite is humble about his 40 years of story telling -- He's in the New England Newspaper and Press Association Hall of Fame while his paper was consistently honored as one of the best community papers in the state. (07:35 40 Chris Braithwaite)(("40 years is just a long time, and it really did feel like it was time to step away.")) Alex Apple. Channel 3 News. Barton.

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We begin with breaking news this morning... two Rutland police officers now under investigation... after an alleged fight. Police tell Channel 3 Sgt. Gregory Sheldon and Officer Adam Lucia are suspended with pay. They say the officers were allegedly involved in a fight with another person while off duty at the Center Street Alley bar on September 9th. State police are investigating that. Rutland's police chief said he could not comment on the allegations. It's not the first time Officer Lucia has made headlines this year. He was involved in a crash in March after running a red light while responding to an emergency call. He was not charged in that crash.

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Police want to know who was growing pot on state land. Troopers say they've seized and destroyed eight marijuana plants that were growing on state-owned land in Windsor. Authorities say two separate plots were cordoned off with chicken wire.

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We now know how many customers had their credit cards compromised in Home Depot's recent data breach. The company says some 56 MILLION cards were put at risk. Home Depot says the malware that caused the breach has been removed from their networks in the U-S and Canada... and they're finishing a new encryption program to make data safer. The breach occurred between April and September of this year. The company says it's offering free identity protection services to customers who shopped during that time.

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We had the bicentennial for the Battle of Plattsburgh last week... but this year is also the 150th anniversary of the St. Albans Raid. That celebration kicks off today and goes through Sunday in St. Albans. On the docket -- a unique half-marathon course that follows the getaway course that the Confederate bandits used to escape to Canada after robbing three banks in town. There will also be a re-enactment. Organizers say this year's events took four years to plan.


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