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And it's friday -- which means we like to celebrate. Beauty contests, talent shows -- but what about Husband and Hog Calling competition ...... At the Illinois State fair -- this contest has become a tradition. Held over the weekend -- wives honed their skills for getting their husband's attention - in a very forceful manner. Cheryl O'Reilly won in her first competition. The men also took the state -- for the hog calling competition. Chris Karr (wearing the hat) took first place -- in his 23rd year participating. He says he does it to promote agriculture -- and was a hog farmer for years -- so has experience to back his medal.

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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The two young Amish girls -- who police say were abducted while working at their family's roadside stand -- have been found safe. Our CBS afilliate in Watertown New York says the girls were reunited with their family Thursday evening. Investigators say the girls were abducted by two men, who took them to a home in Bigelow, and left them there, telling them not to leave. Instead, the girls fled -- searching for help. They were found by a man who recognized them from the news.

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(( we have a safe return of the two girls...but at the same time, we've still got a lot of work to do. there's still been a crime comitted here -- these girls have still been taken away from their home. and the detectives, fbi are still working very hard to come to a resolution on this.)) Police are now actively searching for the kidnappers.

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A Massachusetts man is dead from an A-T-V Crash in Glover. State Police say 27-year-old Peter Stavrou hit a pool of water driving his A-T-V on a trail and was thrown from the vehicle. He was taken to North Country Hospital -- where he died from his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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With website woes -- and another looming deadline -- the state is racing to get Vermont Health Connect ready for open enrollment. What does it still need to do? We asked Kyle Midura to find out.

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Vermont instituted work-arounds in almost every facet of its online health insurance marketplace's operations following the bumpy October rollout. Administrators and the state's new exchange contractor -- unveiled a 34-page report Thursday - identifying patches needed for those patches... in case tech fixes don't materialize in time for November's enrollment period. ((5:51 - :57 Lawrence Miller - Vt. Health Reform Chief the critical findings and recommendations began to come forward very quickly)) The new contractor -- Optum began the operations assessment in May, but administrators say they didn't wait for a final draft to start working. A major Medicaid crisis is temporarily averted - though it's not known for how long. New hires are cutting through a backlog of coverage plans requiring changes -- and are expected to catchup with the constant stream of new requests by the end of September. ((57:12 - 17 - Kyle McDowell - Optum we reprioritize, what's the most important thing for Vermonters at the moment, and that's how we prioritize our contracting)) Standards need to be developed for resolving problem cases -- and a means of tracking those cases from start to finish to avoid redundant cleanup efforts. Contractors say communication needs to be better between internal staff and with carriers. The top priority is fixing computer communication errors which result in insurance carriers being unable to determine what plan a customer has and if they've paid. KM, Ch.3 BTV

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A similar report on the tech problems is expected within 10 days.

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A hazmat scare in Burlington's Old North End... Emergency crews were called to the HowardCenter Safe Recovery Center on Clarke Street -- around 3:30 pm Thursday -- for a report of a suspicious package. After police and fire crews secured the perimeter, the hazmat team was called. Burlington's Police Chief explained why the package was alarming.

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:30sec into INTV (("In a drop off today there is a plastic bag inside the blue bag that's now on the treebelt that someone had written the words nerve agent on. When we arrived and fire department arrived we have to eliminate the possibility it's actually a nerve agent.")) Hazmat determined there was no nerve agent in the bag. And deemed the area safe. Fire officials say -- if you find a suspicious package -- call authorities and handle it as little as possible.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mainly in 50s, a few upper 40s NE temps/radar: lots of 50s, some low 60s south. Showers are scattered about the northeast U.S. Clouds/radar: slow-moving low just to our north. We are on the fringe Forecast clouds/precip: lots of clouds, scattered showers today. A little sun early Saturday, then cold front dropping down from the north with showers late Saturday afternoon/evening, through the night and into Sunday morning. Then clearing going through Sunday afternoon.

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Today: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Highs: 62 to 68 Wind: WSW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Variable clouds Chance for a few showers Lows: 47 to 54 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Partly sunny Showers late, N to S Highs: 68 to 75 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: AM showers Then gradual clearing Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Thursday: Partly cloudy Lows: 55 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82

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Calm this morning. It was the first peaceful protest -- after several nights of violence in Ferguson. Anne Marie Green has the latest in worldwatch.

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THERE WERE PEACEFUL PROTESTS THURSDAY NIGHT IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI AFTER SEVERAL NIGHTS OF VIOLENCE. THE STATE HIGHWAY PATROL IS NOW IN CHARGE OF SECURITY IN THE ST. LOUIS SUBURB, WHICH HAS BEEN PLAGUED BY UNREST SINCE POLICE SHOT AND KILLED AN UNARMED TEENAGER LAST WEEKEND. CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY OBSERVED A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THE SHOOTING VICTIM, 18-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL BROWN. TWO AMISH GIRLS ABDUCTED NEAR THE NEW YORK-CANADA BORDER HAVE BEEN FOUND ALIVE. THE SISTERS - AGES 7 AND 12 - DISAPPEARED FROM THE FAMILY'S FARM STAND WEDNESDAY EVENING. POLICE HAD NO PICTURES OF THE GIRLS TO WORK FROM, SINCE THE AMISH DON'T ALLOW PHOTOGRAPHY. THE GIRLS ARE SAID TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION. THEY WERE FOUND ABOUT 13 MILES AWAY FROM THEIR HOME. (aptn - mass) (rtv - ferry accident) AND…POPE FRANCIS HAS CELEBRATED MASS IN SOUTH KOREA. ABOUT 50-THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED. THE POPE ALSO MET WITH SURVIVORS AND GRIEVING RELATIVES OF STUDENTS KILLED IN OF THE APRIL FERRY DISASTER. THIS IS THE FIRST PAPAL VISIT TO THE KOREAN PENINSULA IN 25 YEARS. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES. I'M ANNE-MARIE GREEN, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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There is a lot of personal finance tips out there to get your daily spending in order -- but how much of that advice is real, and what is a myth? Using big data on peoples spending habits -- Forbes has released a list of savings that they say actually make the most sense. You may often hear that switching your cellphone plan -- can save you case. According to forbes -- this piece of advice is TRUE. Switching to smaller carriers -- where costs are on average 87-dollars a month lower -- can save you more than 2-grand over two years. Although Forbes says this can yield a huge savings -- swapping wireless providers can be tricky in areas like Vermont -- where coverage and signal often varies greatly.

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Another service with potential savings -- is your cable. This tip, Forbes also says, is TRUE. They analyzed comcast data -- explaining it's one of the larger providers. Most people appear to be paying 50-150 bucks a month for comcast. Therefore, if people cut 50-dollars from their cable bill -- it may not be a significant deterioation in service and would save up to 600 dollars a year.

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And lastely -- saving money by cutting down on coffee. We often hear that skipping the starbucks run -- can save you cash -- but Forbes says -- this is a MYTH. It turns out -- people just don't spend that much of coffee -- so the savings to be hand aren't all that great. An average customer goes less than three times a month and spends 24-dollars monthly. Of course making coffee at home tends to be cheaper -- but the savings are just far lower than the first two we talked about.

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Almanac: Cool & a little wet yesterday Hurricanes: It has been a quiet hurricane season so far in the Atlantic Basin NE temps/radar: lots of 50s, some low 60s south. Showers are scattered about the northeast

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Rita Copeland puts her heart and soul into helping the seniors of Washington County. She runs the Twin Valley Senior Center. Rita discovered, what she gives, she gets back with love. Joe Carroll has this week's Super Senior.

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Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the Twin Valley Senior Center is a happening place. (45:41) ((Rita Copeland/Super Senior, Today is reading day, welcome back Sandra.)) (35:01) ((Nat Sot of card player, King of Diamonds Back! )) From card games. (35:21) ((Nat Sot of another card player, Oh! I get you something. )) To calisthenics. ((nat sot of seniors)) The seniors of Cabot, Calais, Marshfield, East Montpelier, Plainfield and Woodbury are on the move. (33:35) ((Nat Sot from Seniors, O'le !!)) Keeping the senior center humming is Rita Copeland. (:31) ((Rita Copeland/Super Senior, How about a hug! )) She's part organizer, part fundraiser and also a cheerleader. (:47 ) ((Rita Copeland/Super Senior, Beverly, you remember Charlie Bickford?)) Her job is truly, hands on. (holding Charlie's hand). (1:08) ((Rita Copeland/Super Senior, we would love you to come and we will have the bus pick you up and everything. )) Like many at the center, Charlie lives alone. He's checking out the place with his daughter Cheryl. (3:28) (( Joe: It is like coming to a new school isn't it. Rita: Same way, life cycle and that's what these people are.)) Without senior centers, some might not see another person all week. (5:47) ((Rita Copeland/Super Senior, They would be home, turn on the TV and sit there all day. )) (51:02) ((Joe Carroll/WCAX, The sign says open, but it might not have been the case, you see Rita was very instrumental in bringing the Twin Valley Senior Center to this location.)) The old place in Marshfield, was too small and inadequate for the services that were required. The non-profit moved into this former restaurant/bar in May. (12:50) (( Joe: You remember this place as a bar. Rita:Yeah I came in but I don't remember leaving. )) Both the building and Rita have mellowed. (12:58) ((Rita Copeland/Super Senior, So be it! )) And that life cycle Rita talks about, it affected her too. (20:10) ((Rita Copeland/Super Senior, Good morning sweetie.)) When Rita lost her husband Rocky to cancer some years ago and with the kids already out of the house, she needed companionship. (7:51) ((Rita Copeland/Super Senior, I needed out, I needed to be with people. I live in the country, Joe: and you were alone? And I was alone and I've always worked with people since I was 12 years old. )) Now the 74 year old has plenty of friends. (37:30) ((Beverly Berte/Montpelier, Rita....is an angel. )) Like Beverly Berte who's know Rita for decades. (38:02 ) ((Joe: It sounds like she was quite a partier at one time. Beverly: At one time, weren't we all. I'm 82 and I can't do that. )) But what she can do is be active. (46:06) ((Rita Copeland/Super Senior, Look at you smile, you are just as happy as a bug in a rug aren't you.)) Twin Valley serves 35 seniors here and delivers 150 Meals on Wheels a week. (41:02) ((Rita Copeland/Super Senior, It's just a good feeling, just a good feeling that you are making a difference. )) A Super Senior serving others, but getting so much more in return. (14:18) ((Rita Copeland/Super Senior, But it's a lot of fun, we have fun.)) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, East Montpelier.

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Financial problems-- the President of Burlington college speaks out about the schools financial hole ... Correction Officials -- cracking down on drug flow into state prisons And an Arrest --police have made an arrest in an armed robbery in Lebanon...

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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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There's progress this morning in the talks between Fairpoint Communications and the unions representing its workers. Fairpoint says it's reviewing a proposed contract from the Unions, which make up about 17-hundred workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The Union says the proposal addresses the key issues of pensions, health care and contract workers. Workers have remained on the job even though they've been without a contract for nearly two weeks.

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New Hampshire police say they caught the man who robbed a convience store at knife-point. 22-year-old Skylar Smith -- is accused of holding up the Maplefields Convenience Store on Mechanic Street -- early Thursday. Police say the White River Junction man threatened the clerk with a knife -- and made off with cash. Smith was arrested later in the day -- in West Lebanon. He's due in court today.

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The President of Burlington College -- is speaking out -- about the school's deep financial problems -- and the faculty's lack of confidence in her leadership. Last week we told you about an audit -- showing the college is 1-point-7 million dollars behind on its operating expenses -- after purchasing the old Burlington Diocese property -- in 20-10. And though -- students and faculty -- called for the removal of President Christine Plunkett -- the Board of Trustees responded by sticking by their leader. On Thursday Plunkett shared what she and the board plan to do -- to restore confidence -- and how they ended up in this financial hole.

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((00:54:28 Shelby: Was there ever discussion that this purchase was biting off more than you could chew? Christine: You know honestly, lets put it this way, I think it was very clear that this was a transformation opportunity for the college, it was very clear given the financial information that we had that it was going to be a challenge but that it was doable. And what is also clear again is that it was based on a couple of million dollars of anticipated fund raising that we believed was going to come to fruition and it did not." 00:55:04)) The school recently sold its old campus and put that money toward paying creditors. Plunkett also hopes to generate cash with a multi-use housing development project--on the college's land.

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Vermont corrections officials are turning their focus -- to extra scrutiny on their employees -- when it comes to contraband. Corrections officials told the Legislature's Corrections Oversight Committee today -- new rules are needed to stop the flow of drugs into the state's prisions. So they want to search employees when they come to work. The draft rules say employees won't be physically forced to submit to a search, but could be fired for refusing to cooperate.

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(00:55 Mike Touchette/Director of Correctional Facilities)(("Often times we have newer staff or even seasoned staff that may bring in somethingthat could present an issue or us, and they could do that knowing that the particular item could be an issue. And we've had a couple of cases where we've had some staff bring things in knowingly that presented a safety and security concern for us.")) Concern has been growing about drugs smuggled into the prisons - particularly heroin replacement drugs, which can be easy to hide.

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The debate over public access to Berlin Pond may be over. Two years ago -- the pond was opened to the public. A move that concerned some -- since it's also the source of Montpelier's drinking water. But on Thursday the Department of Environmental Conservation ruled -- public access does not threaten the quality of the water. The D-E-C also says potential harm to wildlife and preventing invasives -- like zebra mussels -- are of minimal concern. But it did ban the use of all internal combustion motors.

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((22:30 Mayor John Hollar/City of Montpelier "We took a more narrow approach at the outset to limit snowmobiles and other vehicles on the pond, and were glad that the agency recognized that and is going to limit those vehicles but we think they should have gone further.)) ((33:20 David Mears/DEC Commissioner They have a state of the art system that can easily handle the contaminants that would be associated with kayakers or canoeing - bacteria or anything associated with human beings in contact with water -- its really not an issue.)) Both the city -- and the Berlin residents -- who brought the petitions -- say they're weighing a possible appeal. It's expected to take at least a year for DEC decision to become law.

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(anchors introduce gary)

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Today: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Highs: 62 to 68 Wind: WSW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Variable clouds Chance for a few showers Lows: 47 to 54 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Partly sunny Showers late, N to S Highs: 68 to 75 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: AM showers Then gradual clearing Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Thursday: Partly cloudy Lows: 55 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82

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(((Just 3 weeks left in the season at Thunder road so every race counts.The New England Antique Racers making a pit stop at the nation's site of excitement... Speaking of excitement, two 50-lap late model features on the night... The first was a makeup from last week, Lance Allen with the early lead on Joey Laquerre ... However defending King of the Road, Derrick O'Donnell not far behind... The 60-car fights to the front and stays there for his first win of the year... On the topic of first wins, Jason Allen, looked to have picked up his first late model win in the second feature but after the race he was disqualified... Boomer Morris inherits the checkered flag, while O'Donnell takes second ... The North Haverhill native really wanted two wins but he'll settle for the point standings lead. --- (((Derrick O'Donnell/"We came out of the box good here today and I new we'd be good in the second if we got some clear traffic, we finally did, but it was just a little bit too late. We finally got the car where we need it, so I think we're going to be good from here on out."))) --- It's one of the best weekends of the summer, the 13th annual travis roy wiffle ball tournament gets underway tomorrow with the celebrity game at little fenway park in Essex. Earlier this afternoon, the man himself, travis Roy made an appearance at Centennial field to speak with the Lake Monsters. This is the second straight year Roy has met with the players, sharing his story. It's been nearly 20 years since Travis was paralyzed 11 seconds into his first ever college hockey game at Boston University. The message to the Monsters was simple, but delivering that message it isn't easy always. --- (((Travis Roy/"It's hard to go into a locker room like that and to see the youth and the energy and the dream still right in front of them and I remember it. I don't care if you're in a hockey locker room or a football locker room or a baseball locker room. Some people get to live it and some people, it comes to an end pretty quick. Hopefully, they'll take a point or two from it."))) --- The Red Sox won their fourth in a row tonight, beating Houston 9-4. The Yankees have tonight off and begin a series on the road against the Rays tomorrow. That's it for now, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 sports, have great day.)))

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This morning 3 Minute Wrap. Getting you up to speed every morning -- in just 3 minutes.

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The two young Amish girls -- who police say were abducted while working at their family's roadside stand -- have been found safe. Our CBS afilliate in Watertown New York says the girls were reunited with their family Thursday evening. Investigators say the girls were abducted by two men, who took them to a home in Bigelow, and left them there, telling them not to leave. Instead, the girls fled -- searching for help. They were found by a man who recognized them from the news.

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(( we have a safe return of the two girls...but at the same time, we've still got a lot of work to do. there's still been a crime comitted here -- these girls have still been taken away from their home. and the detectives, fbi are still working very hard to come to a resolution on this.)) Police are now actively searching for the kidnappers.

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New details in the death of Robin Williams. The late actor's wife announced that Williams was also dealing with early stages of Parkinson's disease -- as well as anxiety and depression. Williams' wife maintains her husband was still sober. He hanged himself Monday. Williams was 63.

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New Hampshire's governor has declared a state of emergency after dozens of overdoses. Authorities say -- since Monday -- about 45 people in the granite state -- have experienced serious medical reactions to an illegal, synthetic drugs sold under the brand name "smacked." The chemicals in it mirror THC -- the element in pot that gets you high. Governor Maggie Hassan says the state of emergency allows authorities to investigate, quarantine and destroy the bubblegum flavor of Smacked. Three stores in Manchester have been shut down.

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A hazmat scare in Burlington's Old North End... Emergency crews were called to the HowardCenter Safe Recovery Center on Clarke Street -- around 3:30 -- for a report of a suspicious package.

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(("In a drop off today there is a plastic bag inside the blue bag that's now on the treebelt that someone had written the words nerve agent on. When we arrived and fire department arrived we have to eliminate the possibility it's actually a nerve agent.")) Hazmat determined there was no nerve agent in the bag.

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The New Hampshire home -- once owned by reclusive author J.D. Salinger -- is up for sale. The Catcher in the Rye author bought the home in Cornish in the 1950's -- and left after separating from his first wife. He remained in Cornish, where he died in 20-10 at the age of 91. The 1930's era home is on 12 acres -- and is on the market for $679-thousand dollars.

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Vermont's Governor and Lt. Governor are drying out after taking the ice bucket challenge. ((17:22 1, 2, 3 DUMP ... you look beautiful ...)) They are not the first state executives to take the challenge. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had his kids douse him with ice water earlier this week. But Shumlin says it's the first time a bipartisan team of high-ranking state officials have done so. He's a Democrat and Scott is a Republican. The challenge raises money to fight ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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

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NE temps/radar: lots of 50s, some low 60s south. Showers are scattered about the northeast

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Chef Doug Mack from the Inn at Baldwin Creek prepares a Lobster Roll. Toasting roll Flavoring in Mayo

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1} CELEBRATION


And it's friday -- which means we like to celebrate. Beauty contests, talent shows -- but what about Husband and Hog Calling competition ...... At the Illinois State fair -- this contest has become a tradition. Held over the weekend -- wives honed their skills for getting their husband's attention - in a very forceful manner. Cheryl O'Reilly won in her first competition. The men also took the state -- for the hog calling competition. Chris Karr (wearing the hat) took first place -- in his 23rd year participating. He says he does it to promote agriculture -- and was a hog farmer for years -- so has experience to back his medal.

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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The two young Amish girls -- who police say were abducted while working at their family's roadside stand -- have been found safe. Our CBS afilliate in Watertown New York says the girls were reunited with their family Thursday evening. Investigators say the girls were abducted by two men, who took them to a home in Bigelow, and left them there, telling them not to leave. Instead, the girls fled -- searching for help. They were found by a man who recognized them from the news.

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(( we have a safe return of the two girls...but at the same time, we've still got a lot of work to do. there's still been a crime comitted here -- these girls have still been taken away from their home. and the detectives, fbi are still working very hard to come to a resolution on this.)) Police are now actively searching for the kidnappers.

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A Massachusetts man is dead from an A-T-V Crash in Glover. State Police say 27-year-old Peter Stavrou hit a pool of water driving his A-T-V on a trail and was thrown from the vehicle. He was taken to North Country Hospital -- where he died from his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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With website woes -- and another looming deadline -- the state is racing to get Vermont Health Connect ready for open enrollment. What does it still need to do? We asked Kyle Midura to find out.

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Vermont instituted work-arounds in almost every facet of its online health insurance marketplace's operations following the bumpy October rollout. Administrators and the state's new exchange contractor -- unveiled a 34-page report Thursday - identifying patches needed for those patches... in case tech fixes don't materialize in time for November's enrollment period. ((5:51 - :57 Lawrence Miller - Vt. Health Reform Chief the critical findings and recommendations began to come forward very quickly)) The new contractor -- Optum began the operations assessment in May, but administrators say they didn't wait for a final draft to start working. A major Medicaid crisis is temporarily averted - though it's not known for how long. New hires are cutting through a backlog of coverage plans requiring changes -- and are expected to catchup with the constant stream of new requests by the end of September. ((57:12 - 17 - Kyle McDowell - Optum we reprioritize, what's the most important thing for Vermonters at the moment, and that's how we prioritize our contracting)) Standards need to be developed for resolving problem cases -- and a means of tracking those cases from start to finish to avoid redundant cleanup efforts. Contractors say communication needs to be better between internal staff and with carriers. The top priority is fixing computer communication errors which result in insurance carriers being unable to determine what plan a customer has and if they've paid. KM, Ch.3 BTV

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A similar report on the tech problems is expected within 10 days.

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A hazmat scare -- prompted an emergency response in the Queen City. Police say someone left a bag -- labeled nerve agent -- outside the HowardCenter's Safe Recovery Center. This morning we take a look at how the state's hazmat team responds to incidents like this. Here's Alex Apple.

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When Chris Herrick started his job as a firefighter in 1985, the state of Vermont had no HAZMAT team -- nobody trained to respond to dangerous chemicals, bombs or drugs. When the state created the HAZMAT response group nine years later, Herrick was plucked to lead it. (35:14 Chris Herrick/HAZMAT team chief)(("all these people go home knowing they're safe and there is some real satisfaction in that.")) The team works in conjunction with local fire departments to handle potentially dangerous chemicals. The squad showed off its training Thursday in Burlington's Old North End ((hazmat team nat)) -- an employee from the Howard Center called in a suspicious package. Draped in their neon green or blue suits, the HAZMAT team arrived -- prepared to determine if any chemicals are hazardous. (13:28 BPD Chief Michael Schirling)(("Someone has written nerve agent on a bag.")) They're all former firefighters. They carry over 40 pounds of equipment on each mission. Using a special oxygen tank, each team member can walk into harms way and stay for over an hour. (31:57 Chris Herrick/HAZMAT Chief)(("The reason for that is if you're in a contaminated zone, you have to be decontaminated so we have to build that time in.")) Thursday HAZMAT pros identified the substance and cleared the area within 30 minutes. Herrick says this new 60,000 dollar toy is key to their success. (33:17 Chris Herrick/HAZMAT Chief)(("The beauty of this instrument is we need a very small amount, maybe five grains of whatever the substance is.")) It's called the HAZMAT ID 360 --it can identify almost any chemical. Thursday in Burlington, it showed there was no nerve agent in this blue bag -- (Robert Plante Burlington Fire Department 36:53)(("There were several things in there to treat different types of medical conditions.")) Much ado about nothing on Clarke Street. ((nat fire fighters talking/cleaning up) But the HAZMAT ID 360 is critical in the state's response to meth labs. (34:11 Chris Herrick/HAZMAT Chief)(("We've identified precursors because the meth cooks aren't labeling their chemicals.")) Able to more quickly identify chemicals, the HAZMAT team is safer and more efficient. The team can also test a powder right in the field to find out if its methamphetamine. (35:05 Chris Herrick/HAZMAT Chief)(("We come in and we're able to resolve it...")) ((on cam: As the HAZMAT team nears its 30th birthday, it can now service every part of the state. It's a FEMA Type 1 HAZMAT team which means it's capabile of responding to almost any chemical disaster in the state. Im Alex Apple. Channel 3 News. Burlington.))

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mainly in 50s, a few upper 40s NE temps/radar: lots of 50s, some low 60s south. Showers are scattered about the northeast U.S. Clouds/radar: slow-moving low just to our north. We are on the fringe Forecast clouds/precip: lots of clouds, scattered showers today. A little sun early Saturday, then cold front dropping down from the north with showers late Saturday afternoon/evening, through the night and into Sunday morning. Then clearing going through Sunday afternoon.

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Today: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Highs: 62 to 68 Wind: WSW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Variable clouds Chance for a few showers Lows: 47 to 54 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Partly sunny Showers late, N to S Highs: 68 to 75 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: AM showers Then gradual clearing Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Thursday: Partly cloudy Lows: 55 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82

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After authorities said Thursday they'd take a new approach to the Ferguson protests, it was a calmer night in the Saint Louis suburb. But today could reveal a key piece of information in the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Karin Caifa (prono: KAY-fuh) has the latest.

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Mike Brown! (Justice for all!) Mike Brown! (Justice for all!) FROM NEARBY SAINT LOUIS, TO NEW YORK CITY -- "Hands up, don't shoot. Hands up, dont shoot." RALLIES AND GATHERINGS TOOK PLACE IN CITIES ACROSS THE NATION THURSDAY TO REMEMBER MICHAEL BROWN, AND TO CALL FOR JUSTICE. POLICE SAY THEY PLAN TO RELEASE THE NAME OF THE OFFICER WHO SHOT BROWN, TODAY.OFFICIALS HAD WITHHELD HIS NAME FOR HIS SAFETY, AS PROTESTS RAGED BUT COMPARED TO WEDNESDAY'S TEAR GAS AND SMOKE, A CALMER NIGHT IN FERGUSON THURSDAY, FOLLOWING A VISIT FROM MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON. AMONG HIS ACTIONS, PUTTING THE MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL IN CHARGE OF SECURITY IN THE SAINT LOUIS SUBURB. AND AFTER NIGHTS OF CHAOS AND CLASHES, A DIFFERENT APPROACH. When you can step back and look at something in a different environment and we do need to do something different and we're doing that. THOSE THERE SINCE THE PROTESTS STARTED, NOTICED A DIFFERENCE. It's good to see this new approach. Already there's been a different attitude and a different interaction between the crowd and police MEANWHILE, THE FAMILY OF MICHAEL BROWN SAID THAT THE BEST SUPPORT, IS PEACEFUL SUPPORT. Please keep showing us your support with peaceful demonstrations and please continue to pray for us because this has been a long, tough journey for my family and we just ask that you guys continue to pray and bless us with your prayers. I'M KARIN CAIFA REPORTING..

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The New Hampshire man who raped and killed a college student -- has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole. 31-year-old Seth (muh-ZAY'-lee-uh) Mazzaglia was handed down the maximum sentence on Thursday -- for the 2012 killing of 19-year-old Elizabeth Marriott. Mazzaglia was convicted in June of first-degree murder and other charges. Prosecutors say Mazzaglia's then-girlfriend, lured Marriott to their apartment, and that he strangled and raped her after she rejected his sexual advances. Authorities say the pair thre the girl's body in a river.

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A gruesome discovery in Rhode Island -- police say they've found three decomposing bodies -- including a baby -- in a storage unit. Rhode Island police say the unit belongs to the deceased owner of funeral home. It's the same funeral home that was shut down two weeks ago after authorites say remains were improperly stored. The bodies were found after the storage unit went up for auction because the rent hadn't been paid. Police say a man purchased a box -- not knowing the body of a baby was inside. Another body was found in a casket. Police are hoping they will be able to identify the remains through D-N-A.

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New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency -- after a string of overdoses this week. Officials say at least 41 people have overdosed in the Manchester area -- after using the synthetic cannabinoid called "Smacked!" It's an over-the-counter product -- marketed as potpourri and being used instead of marijuana. Hassan's emergency declaration Thursday allows the state to investigate, isolate, quarantine, or destroy the bubblegum flavor of "Smacked!" Several people are now being treated after over-dosing, but police say none have been fatal.

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There is a lot of personal finance tips out there to get your daily spending in order -- but how much of that advice is real, and what is a myth? Using big data on peoples spending habits -- Forbes has released a list of savings that they say actually make the most sense. You may often hear that switching your cellphone plan -- can save you case. According to forbes -- this piece of advice is TRUE. Switching to smaller carriers -- where costs are on average 87-dollars a month lower -- can save you more than 2-grand over two years. Although Forbes says this can yield a huge savings -- swapping wireless providers can be tricky in areas like Vermont -- where coverage and signal often varies greatly.

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Another service with potential savings -- is your cable. This tip, Forbes also says, is TRUE. They analyzed comcast data -- explaining it's one of the larger providers. Most people appear to be paying 50-150 bucks a month for comcast. Therefore, if people cut 50-dollars from their cable bill -- it may not be a significant deterioation in service and would save up to 600 dollars a year.

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And lastely -- saving money by cutting down on coffee. We often hear that skipping the starbucks run -- can save you cash -- but Forbes says -- this is a MYTH. It turns out -- people just don't spend that much of coffee -- so the savings to be hand aren't all that great. An average customer goes less than three times a month and spends 24-dollars monthly. Of course making coffee at home tends to be cheaper -- but the savings are just far lower than the first two we talked about.

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Almanac: Cool & a little wet yesterday Hurricanes: It has been a quiet hurricane season so far in the Atlantic Basin NE temps/radar: lots of 50s, some low 60s south. Showers are scattered about the northeast

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A recent study on the benefits of running may surprise you. Researchers found that just five to 10 minutes of running a day could add years to your life. Bridget Barry Caswell has the story.

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It's no secret that exercise is good for you. It can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Exercise can also boost your energy level and overall fitness. (18:07) ((Bridget Barry Caswell/Burlington: And for years the recommendation to receive those benefits has been 30 to 40 minutes of aerobic exercise several times a week, but now a new study shows something quite different. Just a little goes a long way.)) In fact, the study showed that people who jogged as little as five minutes a day would live longer. Three years longer. Researchers studied the exercise habits of more than 55-thousand people -- and found that the benefits were the same -- whether they ran 50 minutes a day or just five. (3:21) ((Dr. Philip Ades/Fletcher Allen Cardiologist: Really, this is very very strong evidence that running per say -- just a few times a week, 20 minutes three times a week is very powerful.)) That's good news for those currently sedentary and those short on time. The study's authors cite time as one of the strongest barriers to physical activity. So you don't need to be a marathon runner to reap the reward -- of a longer life expectancy. (4:13) ((Dr. Philip Ades/Fletcher Allen Cardiologist: This is just a terrific demonstration of you don't have to do that much to get the benefits, but you do have to run.)) Jason Shugart started running about five years ago. He wanted to be a healthy person for his new son. Shugart began with just a mile or two on a treadmill, but now runs marathons. (14:40) ((Jason Shugart/Vergennes My wife does some running now and then. And I encourage anybody to run a little bit, and in fact, when you start running a long way you start having problems. Things break down. So I think it is more healthful to run a little bit than a lot.)) The study's researchers agree. They say running is good for your health, but more may not be better -- just five minutes a day may add years to your life -- without the aches and pains of injury. BBC, Ch. 3 News, Burlington

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Financial problems-- the President of Burlington college speaks out about the schools financial hole ... Arrest --police have made an arrest in an armed robbery in Lebanon... And Pond Access--does public access to Berlin pond pose a threat to Montpelier's drinking water?

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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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There's progress this morning in the talks between Fairpoint Communications and the unions representing its workers. Fairpoint says it's reviewing a proposed contract from the Unions, which make up about 17-hundred workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The Union says the proposal addresses the key issues of pensions, health care and contract workers. Workers have remained on the job even though they've been without a contract for nearly two weeks.

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New Hampshire police say they caught the man who robbed a convience store at knife-point. 22-year-old Skylar Smith -- is accused of holding up the Maplefields Convenience Store on Mechanic Street -- early Thursday. Police say the White River Junction man threatened the clerk with a knife -- and made off with cash. Smith was arrested later in the day -- in West Lebanon. He's due in court today.

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The President of Burlington College -- is speaking out -- about the school's deep financial problems -- and the faculty's lack of confidence in her leadership. Last week we told you about an audit -- showing the college is 1-point-7 million dollars behind on its operating expenses -- after purchasing the old Burlington Diocese property -- in 20-10. And though -- students and faculty -- called for the removal of President Christine Plunkett -- the Board of Trustees responded by sticking by their leader. On Thursday Plunkett shared what she and the board plan to do -- to restore confidence -- and how they ended up in this financial hole.

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((00:54:28 Shelby: Was there ever discussion that this purchase was biting off more than you could chew? Christine: You know honestly, lets put it this way, I think it was very clear that this was a transformation opportunity for the college, it was very clear given the financial information that we had that it was going to be a challenge but that it was doable. And what is also clear again is that it was based on a couple of million dollars of anticipated fund raising that we believed was going to come to fruition and it did not." 00:55:04)) The school recently sold its old campus and put that money toward paying creditors. Plunkett also hopes to generate cash with a multi-use housing development project--on the college's land.

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Vermont corrections officials are turning their focus -- to extra scrutiny on their employees -- when it comes to contraband. Corrections officials told the Legislature's Corrections Oversight Committee today -- new rules are needed to stop the flow of drugs into the state's prisions. So they want to search employees when they come to work. The draft rules say employees won't be physically forced to submit to a search, but could be fired for refusing to cooperate.

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(00:55 Mike Touchette/Director of Correctional Facilities)(("Often times we have newer staff or even seasoned staff that may bring in somethingthat could present an issue or us, and they could do that knowing that the particular item could be an issue. And we've had a couple of cases where we've had some staff bring things in knowingly that presented a safety and security concern for us.")) Concern has been growing about drugs smuggled into the prisons - particularly heroin replacement drugs, which can be easy to hide.

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The debate over public access to Berlin Pond may be over. Two years ago -- the pond was opened to the public. A move that concerned some -- since it's also the source of Montpelier's drinking water. But on Thursday the Department of Environmental Conservation ruled -- public access does not threaten the quality of the water. The D-E-C also says potential harm to wildlife and preventing invasives -- like zebra mussels -- are of minimal concern. But it did ban the use of all internal combustion motors.

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((22:30 Mayor John Hollar/City of Montpelier "We took a more narrow approach at the outset to limit snowmobiles and other vehicles on the pond, and were glad that the agency recognized that and is going to limit those vehicles but we think they should have gone further.)) ((33:20 David Mears/DEC Commissioner They have a state of the art system that can easily handle the contaminants that would be associated with kayakers or canoeing - bacteria or anything associated with human beings in contact with water -- its really not an issue.)) Both the city -- and the Berlin residents -- who brought the petitions -- say they're weighing a possible appeal. It's expected to take at least a year for DEC decision to become law.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mainly in 50s, a few upper 40s NE temps/radar: lots of 50s, some low 60s south. Showers are scattered about the northeast U.S. Clouds/radar: slow-moving low just to our north. We are on the fringe Forecast clouds/precip: lots of clouds, scattered showers today. A little sun early Saturday, then cold front dropping down from the north with showers late Saturday afternoon/evening, through the night and into Sunday morning. Then clearing going through Sunday afternoon.

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Today: Mostly cloudy Scattered showers Highs: 62 to 68 Wind: WSW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Variable clouds Chance for a few showers Lows: 47 to 54 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Partly sunny Showers late, N to S Highs: 68 to 75 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: AM showers Then gradual clearing Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 70s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Thursday: Partly cloudy Lows: 55 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82

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Municipal leaders are hearing similar complaints from residents around the state - why are property tax bills higher? Dozens of local government officials got together -- to talk about the school funding formula -- and the impact on communities. Logan Crawford was there.

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(tile 2881 00:04:37:04) ((Roger Werpy/South Burlington "I think they're too high and I know most of the reason behind our taxes being so high is because of our education system." 00:04:44:21)) Roger Werpy is just 1 of the many homeowners in Vermont saying property taxes are too high. But property taxes are what pay for a big chunk of the state's school system. And officials say -- expenses for schools are increasing. (tile 1921 00:09:24:15) ((Bill Shepeluk/Waterbury Town Manager "If we can't figure out a way to level off the increases in spending it just impacts the services we provide in other areas." 00:09:34:01)) School, city, and town leaders across Vermont met at South Burlington High School -- to toss around ideas to try to figure out how to lower the state's property taxes and still fund schools. (tile 1921 00:10:10:10) ((Bill Shepeluk/Waterbury Town Manager "We have 85-thousand students in the state. We have 270 or so school districts and people wonder if consolidation might be the answer." 0:10:23:11)) The Isle La Motte school district is heavily affected by the education property tax. Bills jumped 50 percent this year because the district is trying to cover a 200 thousand dollar deficit AND also follow state rules for equitable education funding. School board Chair Sarah Peacock says the current education property tax law says property owners are the ones to foot the bill. (tile 1933 00:18:48:11) ((Sarah Peacock/Isle La Motte Schoolboard Chair "Show people what can happen under the current funding system and where maybe things could be tweaked so that no town sees a 50 percent increase in their property tax rates." 00:18:59:17)) (tile 1937 00:35:20:29) ((Logan Crawford/South Burlington "No laws or policies will be changed as a result of the conference -- but attendees say they hope that some lessons will be learned after the discussion." 00:35:29:14)) (tile 1933 00:28:40:14) ((Sarah Peacock/Isle La Motte Schoolboard Chair "I want to learn from what happened, I want to understand it. But I want to move on so this doesn't happen again to anybody.)) While a 50 percent increase is the biggest extreme in the state -- homeowners across Vermont are still feeling the effects of property tax increases. (tile 2881 00:04:51:20) ((Roger Werpy/South Burlington "I'm not exactly sure what we can do to reduce the expense but we've got to do something don't we." 00:04:57:25)) School and municipal officials say they hope the conference will send a message to Montpelier -- and state lawmakers will take a look at the current system. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, South Burlington.

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(((Just 3 weeks left in the season at Thunder road so every race counts.The New England Antique Racers making a pit stop at the nation's site of excitement... Speaking of excitement, two 50-lap late model features on the night... The first was a makeup from last week, Lance Allen with the early lead on Joey Laquerre ... However defending King of the Road, Derrick O'Donnell not far behind... The 60-car fights to the front and stays there for his first win of the year... On the topic of first wins, Jason Allen, looked to have picked up his first late model win in the second feature but after the race he was disqualified... Boomer Morris inherits the checkered flag, while O'Donnell takes second ... The North Haverhill native really wanted two wins but he'll settle for the point standings lead. --- (((Derrick O'Donnell/"We came out of the box good here today and I new we'd be good in the second if we got some clear traffic, we finally did, but it was just a little bit too late. We finally got the car where we need it, so I think we're going to be good from here on out."))) --- It's one of the best weekends of the summer, the 13th annual travis roy wiffle ball tournament gets underway tomorrow with the celebrity game at little fenway park in Essex. Earlier this afternoon, the man himself, travis Roy made an appearance at Centennial field to speak with the Lake Monsters. This is the second straight year Roy has met with the players, sharing his story. It's been nearly 20 years since Travis was paralyzed 11 seconds into his first ever college hockey game at Boston University. The message to the Monsters was simple, but delivering that message it isn't easy always. --- (((Travis Roy/"It's hard to go into a locker room like that and to see the youth and the energy and the dream still right in front of them and I remember it. I don't care if you're in a hockey locker room or a football locker room or a baseball locker room. Some people get to live it and some people, it comes to an end pretty quick. Hopefully, they'll take a point or two from it."))) --- The Red Sox won their fourth in a row tonight, beating Houston 9-4. The Yankees have tonight off and begin a series on the road against the Rays tomorrow. That's it for now, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 sports, have great day.)))

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NE temps/radar: lots of 50s, some low 60s south. Showers are scattered about the northeast

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The New Hampshire home -- once owned by reclusive author J.D. Salinger -- is up for sale. The Catcher in the Rye author bought the home in Cornish in the 1950's -- and left after separating from his first wife. He remained in Cornish, where he died in 20-10 at the age of 91. The 1930's era home is on 12 acres -- and is on the market for $679-thousand dollars.

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Even Vermont's top two political leaders are doing it ... ((17:22 1, 2, 3 DUMP ... you look beautiful ...)) Governor Shumlin and Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott -- took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge. The bi-partisan soaking was just the latest -- in what has become -- a Facebook phenomenon -- helping to raise millions in donations in the fight against ALS -- or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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((16:25 Lt Gov. Phil Scott /R-Vermont "We're hoping that other Governors, Lt. Governors and maybe national leaders will take this as a message that maybe they should get involved as well ")) Thursday's challenge had some help from the mayors of Barre and Montpelier -- as well as a team working the crane. Both Scott and Shumlin have donated the suggested 100-dollars.


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