Fri 27-MAR-2015 Early A.M. News Script

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It is is Friday! We have made it through the work week. What do you do to unwind from the week? Maybe like this little guy, you like to read the paper. ((TAKE SOUND UP FULL FOR 6 SECONDS)) But this 9 month old didn't have to turn to the comics or the letters to the editor for a good laugh. This video, posted to Sean Gogarty's YouTube page, has the baby's burst of laughter every time the page is turned. It remains unclear whether it was the sight, sound, or possibly the writing that caused him to lose it.

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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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To our top story this morning. It's a murder case that's haunted the Northeast Kingdom for years. And finally -- the first step towards justice for the family of Pat O'Hagan. One of the suspects is now turning on the other two -- in plea deal. Jennifer Costa reports.

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Richard Fletcher -- shackled in a suit and tie -- entered a St. Johnsbury courtroom. The 28-year-old's presence is a game changer in the Pat O'Hagan murder case. ((Daniel Sedon/Fletcher's Lawyer 00:25:34 "We are resolving this case today. There's going to be a complete admission to Mr. Fletcher's role in this matter, complete acceptance of responsibility.")) Fletcher -- along with Keith Baird and Michael Norrie -- are accused of robbing, kidnapping and killing the 78-year-old grandmother for pills and cash in 20-10. All three suspects knew O'Hagan and she knew them. She had watched them grow up in Sheffield. ((Lisa Warren/Caledonia County State's Attorney 00:21:51 "Mr. Fletcher was not the shooter. It's not been the state's contention that he ever was the shooter that ultimately killed Mrs. O'Hagan.")) All three men were charged with first degree murder, kidnap and burglary. But Fletcher was the first to cut a deal with prosecutors -- in exchange for a shorter sentence. The state says his cooperation is vital to its case. ((Lisa Warren/Caledonia County State's Attorney 00:28:36 "There isn't a lot of physical evidence in this case and so this defendant's testimony is very important.")) ((Judge 00:42:55/44:26 "how do you plead?" RF: guilty your honor.")) Thursday Fletcher pleaded guilty to kidnapping and burglary. Under the deal -- the state dropped the murder charge -- and Fletcher has agreed to testify against his cousin ((Norrie)) and half-brother ((Baird)). O'Hagan's children call this plea deal a necessary evil. ((Mark O'Hagan/victim's son 00:03:50 "We've known what happened and this is the first time anyone is specifically being held somewhat responsible for it.")) He'll serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars. The family wanted stiffer punishment -- but say the deal is the first positive step toward closing their mother's Vermont nightmare. ((Shawn O'Hagan/victim's son 00:04:47 "That's the one reason we're here today is we're optimistic that it is going to help to bring the other two to justice.")) ((Jennifer Costa "Fletcher has yet to be sentenced but will not fight the recommended 15 years. He's already prison -- serving time for time for an unrelated crime. JC CH 3 News BTV))

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An update to a Burlington retail theft we told you about this week. Police say 20 year old Mercedes Clogston and a 17 year old female turned themselves in for stealing merchandise from Whim Boutique on the Church Street Marketplace--Thursday morning. They used a baby carriage to conceal the merchandise while the store employee was distracted. Both women were issued citations for retail theft.

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This morning police say a pellet gun vadal is on the loose. According to investigators -- store front and car windows were damaged in Vergennes -- Addison and Ferrisburgh late Wednesday night. They say similar incidents occurred in South Burlington and Moriah, New York -- but they do not know if those incidents are directly related.

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In several months -- five officers across Vermont -- have been in trouble with the law. They've been arrested for crimes relating to domestic assault, or driving under the influence. And another -- is under investigation. Alex Apple has the latest from court -- where two made appearances.

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Three police officers from across the Green Mountains have found themselves on the wrong side of the law this week. Two more were arraigned Thursday -- bringing the number of cops in trouble with the law in the last five months -- to six. ((NAT Harvey attorney: 00:31 Enter pleas of not guilty in counts 1 & 2)) Burlington police officer Nathan Harvey pleaded not guilty to two counts of domestic assault. He allegedly knocked a family member unconscious after an argument over an iPod months after using a chokehold on the same relative. Another cop was arraigned Thursday -- accused of violating the conditions of his release. ((7:13 Judge: So you're entering a not guilty plea to the two counts of violations of conditions of release, is that correct? MARK MCCOMAS: Yes, your honor.)) Vermont State Police say former Woodstock police officer Mark McComas contacted a family member he allegedly assaulted earlier this month. ((08:37 NAT JUDGE This case will be tracked with your other case and your attorney will receive a notification. 08:43)) On Sunday -- South Burlington officer Jeffrey Martell -- crashed his car in Colchester. He's charged with DUI. ((SUNDAY 3-22-15 Sgt. Francis Gonyaw: "Officers conducted further investigation upon their arrival, determined that Mr. Martel had been drinking alcohol")) South Burlington put the 18 year veteran on administrative leave. And in Rutland -- Officer Justin Barrell -- who was hired as a probationary officer just four months -- was allegedly caught driving drunk. Also this month -- authorities began investigating State Trooper Eric Rademacher for DUI. ((MARCH 5 Col. Tom L'Esperance: "Regardless of whether a criminal case does develop or not we will hold the trooper accountable.")) These all come on the heels of a high profile case in Colchester. Back in November a 12 year veteran of the P-D, Tyler Kinney -- allegedly stole drugs and guns from the evidence locker. He was sent to rehab. ((nats: McCormas: I've reviewed the proposal by the attorney general and I'm in agreement with that)) Law enforcement experts we spoke with say such a high number of officer-involved cases is rare in Vermont. And isn't representative of most officers. The lawyers for both former Woodstock officer Mark McComas and Burlington officer Nathan Harvey -- who were in court today -- say they will fight the charges -- and hope to prove their clients' innocence. Alex Apple -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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More than one hundred people showed up at the Chamberlain School in South Burlington--for an update on the plans to remove 94 homes in the surrounding area of the Burlington airport. In the past 10 years the airport has purchased homes that experienced the most noise within the 65 decibel sound around the airport. Now plans have been set to begin demolition and restoration of those properties. At a Thursday meeting, airport officials went over the process and what residents can expect to see.

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(00:18:06 8050) ((Gene Richards/Director of Aviation "There's three phases in the housing removal program, and they will start around April 15th. The Northface going first, centerface second, and then the third. So tonight we're just talking with the neighbors. 00:18:20)) Once deconstruction begins, contractors are expected to be at work Monday through Saturday , and two way traffic will be maintained on all roads. Airport officials say the process should take 6 months, with all sites cleared and restored by November. Another public outreach is scheduled for next Thursday April 2nd.

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(anchors introduce gary) A little colder today, but not so wet - just a few rain/snow showers. Chilly on Saturday, but sun returning. Lots of sun, not so cold on Sunday. Clipper system will bring rain/snow showers on Monday, then colder for Tuesday. April Fool's Day looks quiet, a little warmer. More rain/snow showers Thursday.

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Today: Mostly cloudy A few snow/rain showers Highs: 35 to 42 Wind: N 5 to 12 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few mountain flurries Lows: 15 to 22 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Chance for a few AM flurries Then partly sunny Chilly Highs: 23 to 30 Wind: NNW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Sunday: Mostly sunny Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 30s Monday: Rain/snow showers Breezy Lows: 22 to 32 Highs: 38 to 45 Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Partly sunny Lows: 12 to 22 Highs: 32 to 42 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 40s

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French investigators are now trying to figure out why the 27-year-old co-pilot of the Germanwings flight may have intentionally crashed the plane into a mountainside... killing all 149 people on board. Tina Kraus reports..

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(PKG) As search teams resume the difficult task of trying to locate remains in steep terrain... Investigators are trying to figure out what could have led co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, to intentionally crash the Germanwings jetliner in the French Alps...taking 149 others with him: French officials came to that conclusion Thursday after analyzing the plane's cockpit voice recorder: (:21 - :25 Mark Rosenker / Former NTSB Chairman) We had a normal flight up until the point where the captain needed to get out of the flight deck//and when he attempted to come back that's when the trouble began. Late Thursday, German police searched Lubitz's apartment in Dusseldorf, Germany -- the plane's intended destination. They also confiscated computers and other materials from his parent's home in Montabaur (Mon-ta-bar). Lubitz's passion for flying led him to join Germanwings, owned by Lufthansa, in 2013. The companies CEO said he had fulfilled all medical tests and training. (:54 - :59 Tina Kraus/ CBS News) Airline officials also confirmed Lubitz took a break from his pilot training six years ago but didn't explain why. Meantime, calls are growing for stricter scrutiny of pilots to help prevent future tragedies: (1:04 - 1:08 SOT Aviation safety expert and Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger) Pilots who are not fit to fly should not fly .. we are really relying on self reporting. In the wake of the crash, airlines in Europe and Canada are now requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times ... A policy U.S. airlines put in place after 9-11. Tina Kraus reports from Seyne-Les-Alpes, France.

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Moments after a Connecticut man asks for work, police say he shot a construction worker. Construction crews were on site Thursday morning in Bridgeport when a stranger approached them. Police say the man asked about working with the crew. The man was told to fill out an application. Then minutes later, he opened fire, shooting a 31-year-old man several times to his death.

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((Chief Joseph Gaudett/Bridgeport, CT Police Dept, "Why would someone walk up to a laborer standing in a trench just doing his job and put five bullets in him?)) Jose Araujo (ah-ru-ho) later died at a nearby hospital. Police arrested Gregory Weathers, who lives near the construction site. Officers say he confessed to the shooting but they have no idea why he opened fire.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says it appears no one is missing following an apparent gas explosion that tore through a Manhattan apartment building, ...but the family of a 23-year-old man says he hasn't been seen since dining at a restaurant. De Blasio says plumbing and gas work inside the building that collapsed is to blame for the Thursday afternoon explosion. An hour before the blast, utility company inspectors had determined that the work being done in the building was faulty. The explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people.

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Welcome Back! Microsoft says they are now working to make sure people who do work for the company get paid time off. It's moving to make sure suppliers - who provide services like building maintenance and security -- give their employees at least 15 days paid leave. In a blog post, the company says it believes paid time off is an important benefit for workers in our economy.

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Some good news for our local economy ...American craft beer, a Vermont staple, is growing in popularity at home…and abroad. The Brewers Assocation reports craft beer exports increased by almost 36% last year - estimated at close to 100 million dollars. The fastest growing markets were Brazil, South Korea, Thailand and the U-K. For the first time ever, craft brewers reached double-digit (11 percent) volume share of the marketplace. But megabrewers like Anheuser Busch and Miller Coors still produce 89 percent of the beer in the U-S.

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And for fans of American Idol or The Voice, who have always wanted to be a contestant or a judge on the singing competition series…now there's an app for that. A talent competition app called Chosen - from the former CEO of Beats Music - launched Thursday on Apple devices. But you will have to wait...it is invitation only for right now. Performances can be uploaded and voted on by fellow users. The first winner will be announced in June.

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A little colder today, but not so wet - just a few rain/snow showers. Chilly on Saturday, but sun returning. Lots of sun, not so cold on Sunday. Clipper system will bring rain/snow showers on Monday, then colder for Tuesday. April Fool's Day looks quiet, a little warmer. More rain/snow showers Thursday.

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A new study by researchers at right here at UVM -- looks at how staying fit can protect men across the country -- from cancer. Here's Eboni Williams.

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New studies suggest that obese patients have better outcomes when they have bariatric surgery *before* joint replacement rather than *after*. Doctors at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York say weight loss surgery *first* can mean fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, and lower costs for those undergoing hip and knee replacements. Researchers at the University of Vermont tracked 13-thousand men.. and found those who exercised regularly at mid-life were at lower risk for lung and colorectal cancer. They also had 32-percent lower risk of dying from cancer as they aged. And a new study at the National Institute of Mental Health shows the HIV virus can replicate in patients' brains very early on.. within the first four months of infection. Doctors say the findings highlight the need for early diagnosis and treatment. Those are some of the day's top health stories. Eboni Williams, CBS News, New York.

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In the headlines this morning: Montpelier woman accused of dealing drugs near a school appears in court... ice jams-- montpelier worries about the warm, wet weather Plus-- the states spending plan gets approval..

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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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She allegedly sold drugs near a Capital City elementary school--and was in court Thursday to answer to two felony charges. 52 year old Karyn ((may HUE)) Mayhew of Montpelier was arrested earlier this month. Police say she was dealing heroin out of her home -- 1-hundred feet away from Union Elementary School. Court papers show she may have been selling to kids. Mayhew was arraigned in Washington Superior Court. And was released on conditions.

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A St. Johnsbury man is apologizing--for punching a coach during a soccer game. Donald ((helm)) Hjelm was accused of punching Todd Smith in the face -- during a game involving third- and fourth-graders last September -- at the St. Johnsbury School. ((Helm)) Hjelm wrote to Smith saying his behavior was out of character that day. He had to the write the apology as part of a diversion program that allowed him to escape criminal charges.

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There are more problems for Keene's pumpkin fest. A City Council committee has once again rejected a permit request for the popular festival -- a fall tradition -- now overshadowed by last year's riots. The nonprofit group running the festival, Let It Shine, wants the city to develop a security plan, estimated to cost more than 300-thousand dollars. More than 100 people were arrested last fall after alcohol-fueled parties got out of hand, leading to property destruction and injuries. Police in riot gear used tear gas and pepper balls to control crowds.

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A final House vote TODAY -- will send the state's general fund budget to the Senate. In a 96 to 56 vote -- the House gave a 4-point-75 billion dollar budget preliminary approval. Lawmakers are trying to close a 113-million dollar budget gap. The house plan calls for 53-million dollars in cuts -- 24-million in so-called one-time money -- and about 35-million in new taxes. The measure needs final approval today -- before it's off to the Senate.

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This morning we know about two communities that have re-voted on their school budgets. The North Hero Town School District budget was voted down -- again -- 99 to 91. The district was seeking approval for about a 1.7 million dollar budget. The opposite happened for the Waterbury-Duxbury district. The voters approved a nearly 11.6 million dollar budget by a vote of 462 to 246.

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Montpelier officials say the ice on the Winooski river is between 12 and 18 inches thick, which could be a concern as the river melts. The river levels are expected to rise by up to 3 feet this afternoon. Officials say the rapid rising could lead to ice build up.

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(00:01:15 8001) ((Chief Robert Gowans/Montpelier Fire Dept. "SO if the river comes up, and it comes up rapidly, it could break up that ice. And ice then could form dams in which the water backs behind flooding. Very similar to what happened to Montpelier in 1992." 00:01:27)) Officials say that ice is much thicker than it has been in previous years. In order to prevent this possible ice build up, the city has been discharging warmer water from a treatment plant which weakens the ice and increases water flow through the river. The city has an excavator waiting by the river that will help break up the ice. There will be an operator on call through the weekend if the equipment is needed.

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The fans have spoken. It appears Super Troopers Two -- is a go. Broken Lizard -- the company behind the 2001 cult classic that spoofs Vermont state troopers -- was crowd funding for a sequel. Well, the group has already surpassed it's $2-million dollar goal -- raising more than $2-and-a-half million -- with a month left in the campaign. If you donate $4- thousand dollars you get to name a character in the movie. For 25 thousand dollars -- the troopers will be the groomsmen -- at your wedding.... And for 35-grand, you get to keep an actual patrol car used in the film.

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(anchors introduce gary) A little colder today, but not so wet - just a few rain/snow showers. Chilly on Saturday, but sun returning. Lots of sun, not so cold on Sunday. Clipper system will bring rain/snow showers on Monday, then colder for Tuesday. April Fool's Day looks quiet, a little warmer. More rain/snow showers Thursday.

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Some scary moments in the sky. A cracked windshield forced an emergency landing at the Burlington Airport Thursday morning. The U-S Airways Express jet was flying from Philadelphia to Montreal when the pilot reported a crack developing. To be safe, the pilot decided to land -- and Burlington was the closest airport. The airline says there were about 50 passengers on board.

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((Doug Wood, Airport Operations Foreman Burlington International 00:02:10:16 - 00:02:24:25 The crack was reportedly getting larger and working its way down the windshield, so the pilots elected to get the plane on the ground as soon as possible and have it inspected before they did lose the windshield)). The airline organized a bus for people to get from South Burlington to Montreal. Many opted to rent cars to get to their final destination.

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Lawmakers say they've come up with a plan to save emergency dispatch centers in Rutland and Derby. But Vermont's Public Safety Commissioner says he still plans to close them. The Shumlin administration says closing two public safety answering points will cut 30 jobs and save nearly two million dollars The House appropriations committee wants to find another solution that will keep the call centers open. But Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn says that will put a financial pinch on his department.

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((Keith Flynn/Vt. Public Safety Cmsr: " ... will be more expensive.")) The House is looking at charging towns who use state dispatching services -- as a way to keep the centers open. Flynn doubts that move would work.

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(((Just days after his UVM career came to an end in boston, former icecats captain mike paliotta is off to chicago.. Paliotta signed a two year contract with the Blackhawks thursday. Chicago selected Paliotta in the third round of the 2011 NHL draft. Paliotta led the Cats in scoring this season with 36 points, nine goals and 27 assists. He was the sixth highest scoring defenseman in the NCAA, was a second team all-Hockey East selection and was named the league's best defensive defenseman. Paliotta's agent says Mike is expected to join the Blackhawks as early as this weekend. --- I'm sure more NCAA Tournament brackets were busted Thursday night, just adding to the many folks who had sour tastes in their mouths after the first two rounds. However, one young Vermonter's bracket entered Thursday night very sweet indeed. ((("There it is, ESPN fantasy sports right there."))) (((11.57 million brackets in ESPN's Tournament challenge,))) ((("I probably make at least 10 a year."))) (((Only 14 have the correct sweet 16.))) ((("Oh my goodness, I did it. I'm one of those people."))) (((South Burlington senior Spencer Lieberman, a kid who loves hoops.))) ((("I don't even like basketball."))) (((And Studied all the match-ups))) ((("The first game I watched was at the start of the tournament."))) (((Not so much.))) ((("That's all I'll ever do is guess. Oh I like this team. I've heard of that team before."))) (((but he has his methods to this madness.))) (((Spencer Lieberman/"Kentucky, they're unbeatable. I actually visited NC State this fall, oh I liked them so I picked them over Villanova. UCLA over SMU? I didn't even know SMU was a college. Michigan State over Virginia right there. I used to be from Michigan so I thought I'll pick them. They happen to be good too."))) (((A perfect sweet 16.))) ((("It's just so surreal. It's just insane. You just never know."))) (((Earning Spencer Lieberman.))) ((("My phone has been blowing up. My principal is tweeting at me."))) (((15 minutes of fame.))) ((("I tweeted about it and it was my most favorited tweet of all time."))) --- Congrats to Spencer that is a neat accomplishment. That's it for now, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 sports, have a great day.)))

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A little colder today, but not so wet - just a few rain/snow showers. Chilly on Saturday, but sun returning. Lots of sun, not so cold on Sunday. Clipper system will bring rain/snow showers on Monday, then colder for Tuesday. April Fool's Day looks quiet, a little warmer. More rain/snow showers Thursday.

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Students in one Vermont town -- are rebuilding history. The unique competition is giving the community a 3-D look at it's past. Julie Kelley has the story.

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(TC - 01:24:18:00) ((Kallie Hunton/St. Johnsbury Academy Student Brantview was built by Lambert Packard.)) St. Johnsbury Academy student Kallie Hunton knows a lot more about this dorm than she did a few months ago. (TC - 01:24:36:00) ((Kallie Hunton/St. Johnsbury Academy Student The tower style is chateau-esque, but the detailing on it and the roof is Queen Anne style.)) Architect Lambert Packard designed this home for William and Rebecca Fairbanks. The family known for their scale company -- also built and donated many of the architecturally significant buildings in St. Jay. (TC - 01:46:16:00) ((Julie Kelley/Reporting The town history in 3d competition happens Friday at Vermont Technical College. The team from the Academy will be competing with about twenty other teams from across the state.)) (TC - 01:38:23:00) ((Denise Scavitto/Teacher So this is Brantview and it looks really good and I'm very excited!)) We were with Denise as she got a look at the 3D model they'll be using at the competition. (TC - 01:38:43:00) ((Denise Scavitto/Teacher To print this it took 14 hours, 48 minutes and 50 seconds.)) It has taken many printings to get it right ... Just ask Skyler Gilbert ... Who did the design work. (TC - 01:11:48:00) ((Skyler Gilbert/Senior So the whole time I'm perfecting things.)) This is his process in fast forward using the program Sketchup. While he worked on that ... His teammates researched the history of the house. (TC - 01:29:57:00) ((NATS - Ooh ... )) In fact, Denise says, they're still hoping to find the blueprints hidden in a secret compartment ... Something the architect was known for doing. (TC - 1:44:39:00) ((Denise Scavitto/Teacher You got it?)) They'll need two of these the day of the competition. (TC - 01:40:52:00) ((Denise Scavitto/Teacher Their plan is to have a big map of Vermont on the floor and we place our building on the map.)) Students building a history of Vermont one 3D model at a time. Julie Kelley, Channel 3 News St. Johnsbury.

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It's been a murder case that's haunted the Northeast Kingdom for nearly five years. And now, a plea deal. Richard Fletcher -- one of three men accused of kidnapping and killing Pat O'Hagan -- has agreed to testify against the other suspects in exchange for a lighter sentence. Prosecutors say the 28-year-old did not shoot O'Hagan. Under the deal -- Fletcher pleaded guilty to kidnapping and burglary. He has agreed to testify in the first degree murder trials against Michael Norrie and Keith Baird. In exchange -- the state will drop the murder charge against him.

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((Lisa Warren/Caledonia County State's Attorney 00:28:36 "there isn't a lot of physical evidence in this case and so this defendant's testimony is very important. it was important to get his cooperation to be able to prove the cases against the other co-defendants.")) ((Mark O'Hagan/victim's son 00:03:48 "I think that's the hardest thing for us is that we've known what's happened and this is the first time anyone is specifically being held somewhat responsible for it.")) Fletcher has yet to be sentenced but the plea deal calls for him to serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars.

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An update to a Burlington retail theft we told you about this week. Police say 20-year-old Mercedes Clogston and a 17-year-old female turned themselves in for stealing merchandise from Whim Boutique on the Church Street Marketplace--Thursday morning. They used a baby carriage to conceal the merchandise while the store employee was distracted. Both women were issued citations for retail theft.

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This morning police say a pellet gun vadal is on the loose. According to investigators -- store front and car windows were damaged in Vergennes -- Addison and Ferrisburgh late Wednesday night. They say similar incidents occurred in South Burlington and Moriah, New York -- but they do not know if those incidents are directly related.

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A final House vote TODAY -- will send the state's general fund budget to the Senate. In a 96 to 56 vote -- the House gave a 4-point-75 billion dollar budget preliminary approval. Lawmakers are trying to close a 113-million dollar budget gap. The house plan calls for 53-million dollars in cuts -- 24-million in so-called one-time money -- and about 35-million in new taxes. The measure needs final approval today -- before it's off to the Senate.

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In the Capital City -- all eyes on the river today -- monitoring flooding potential. Montpelier officials say the ice on the Winooski river is between 12 and 18 inches thick, which could be a concern as the river melts. The river levels are expected to rise by up to 3 feet this afternoon. Officials say the rapid rising could lead to ice build up.

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(00:01:15 8001) ((Chief Robert Gowans/Montpelier Fire Dept. "SO if the river comes up, and it comes up rapidly, it could break up that ice. And ice then could form dams in which the water backs behind flooding. Very similar to what happened to Montpelier in 1992." 00:01:27)) Officials say that ice is much thicker than it has been in previous years. In order to prevent this possible ice build up, the city has been discharging warmer water from a treatment plant which weakens the ice and increases water flow through the river. The city has an excavator waiting by the river that will help break up the ice. There will be an operator on call through the weekend if the equipment is needed.

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A little colder today, but not so wet - just a few rain/snow showers. Chilly on Saturday, but sun returning. Lots of sun, not so cold on Sunday. Clipper system will bring rain/snow showers on Monday, then colder for Tuesday. April Fool's Day looks quiet, a little warmer. More rain/snow showers Thursday.

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This morning police are on the lookout for a pellet gun vandal. Police say store front and vehicle windows were damaged in Vergennes -- Addison and Ferrisburgh late Wednesday night. They say similar incidents occurred in South Burlington and Moriah New York--but they do not know if those incidents are directly related.

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She allegedly sold drugs near a Capital City elementary school--and was in court Thursday to answer to two felony charges. 52 year old Karyn Mayhew of Montpelier was arrested earlier this month. Police say she was dealing heroin out of her home -- 1-hundred feet away from Union Elementary School. Court papers show she may have been selling to kids. Mayhew was arraigned in Washington Superior Court. And was released on conditions.

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A St. Johnsbury man is apologizing--for punching a coach during a soccer game. Donald ((helm)) Hjelm was accused of punching Todd Smith in the face -- during a game involving third- and fourth-graders last September -- at the St. Johnsbury School. ((Helm)) Hjelm wrote to Smith saying his behavior was out of character that day. He had to the write the apology as part of a diversion program that allowed him to escape criminal charges.

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There are more problems for Keene's pumpkin fest. A City Council committee has once again rejected a permit request for the popular festival -- a fall tradition -- now overshadowed by last year's riots. The nonprofit group running the festival, Let It Shine, wants the city to develop a security plan, estimated to cost more than 300-thousand dollars. More than 100 people were arrested last fall after alcohol-fueled parties got out of hand, leading to property destruction and injuries. Police in riot gear used tear gas and pepper balls to control crowds.

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A little colder today, but not so wet - just a few rain/snow showers. Chilly on Saturday, but sun returning. Lots of sun, not so cold on Sunday. Clipper system will bring rain/snow showers on Monday, then colder for Tuesday. April Fool's Day looks quiet, a little warmer. More rain/snow showers Thursday.

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It is is Friday! We have made it through the work week. What do you do to unwind from the week? Maybe like this little guy, you like to read the paper. ((TAKE SOUND UP FULL FOR 6 SECONDS)) But this 9 month old didn't have to turn to the comics or the letters to the editor for a good laugh. This video, posted to Sean Gogarty's YouTube page, has the baby's burst of laughter every time the page is turned. It remains unclear whether it was the sight, sound, or possibly the writing that caused him to lose it.

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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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To our top story this morning. It's a murder case that's haunted the Northeast Kingdom for years. And finally -- the first step towards justice for the family of Pat O'Hagan. One of the suspects is now turning on the other two -- in plea deal. Jennifer Costa reports.

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Richard Fletcher -- shackled in a suit and tie -- entered a St. Johnsbury courtroom. The 28-year-old's presence is a game changer in the Pat O'Hagan murder case. ((Daniel Sedon/Fletcher's Lawyer 00:25:34 "We are resolving this case today. There's going to be a complete admission to Mr. Fletcher's role in this matter, complete acceptance of responsibility.")) Fletcher -- along with Keith Baird and Michael Norrie -- are accused of robbing, kidnapping and killing the 78-year-old grandmother for pills and cash in 20-10. All three suspects knew O'Hagan and she knew them. She had watched them grow up in Sheffield. ((Lisa Warren/Caledonia County State's Attorney 00:21:51 "Mr. Fletcher was not the shooter. It's not been the state's contention that he ever was the shooter that ultimately killed Mrs. O'Hagan.")) All three men were charged with first degree murder, kidnap and burglary. But Fletcher was the first to cut a deal with prosecutors -- in exchange for a shorter sentence. The state says his cooperation is vital to its case. ((Lisa Warren/Caledonia County State's Attorney 00:28:36 "There isn't a lot of physical evidence in this case and so this defendant's testimony is very important.")) ((Judge 00:42:55/44:26 "how do you plead?" RF: guilty your honor.")) Thursday Fletcher pleaded guilty to kidnapping and burglary. Under the deal -- the state dropped the murder charge -- and Fletcher has agreed to testify against his cousin ((Norrie)) and half-brother ((Baird)). O'Hagan's children call this plea deal a necessary evil. ((Mark O'Hagan/victim's son 00:03:50 "We've known what happened and this is the first time anyone is specifically being held somewhat responsible for it.")) He'll serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars. The family wanted stiffer punishment -- but say the deal is the first positive step toward closing their mother's Vermont nightmare. ((Shawn O'Hagan/victim's son 00:04:47 "That's the one reason we're here today is we're optimistic that it is going to help to bring the other two to justice.")) ((Jennifer Costa "Fletcher has yet to be sentenced but will not fight the recommended 15 years. He's already prison -- serving time for time for an unrelated crime. JC CH 3 News BTV))

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An update to a Burlington retail theft we told you about this week. Police say 20 year old Mercedes Clogston and a 17 year old female turned themselves in for stealing merchandise from Whim Boutique on the Church Street Marketplace--Thursday morning. They used a baby carriage to conceal the merchandise while the store employee was distracted. Both women were issued citations for retail theft.

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This morning police say a pellet gun vadal is on the loose. According to investigators -- store front and car windows were damaged in Vergennes -- Addison and Ferrisburgh late Wednesday night. They say similar incidents occurred in South Burlington and Moriah, New York -- but they do not know if those incidents are directly related.

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In several months -- five officers across Vermont -- have been in trouble with the law. They've been arrested for crimes relating to domestic assault, or driving under the influence. And another -- is under investigation. Alex Apple has the latest from court -- where two made appearances.

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Three police officers from across the Green Mountains have found themselves on the wrong side of the law this week. Two more were arraigned Thursday -- bringing the number of cops in trouble with the law in the last five months -- to six. ((NAT Harvey attorney: 00:31 Enter pleas of not guilty in counts 1 & 2)) Burlington police officer Nathan Harvey pleaded not guilty to two counts of domestic assault. He allegedly knocked a family member unconscious after an argument over an iPod months after using a chokehold on the same relative. Another cop was arraigned Thursday -- accused of violating the conditions of his release. ((7:13 Judge: So you're entering a not guilty plea to the two counts of violations of conditions of release, is that correct? MARK MCCOMAS: Yes, your honor.)) Vermont State Police say former Woodstock police officer Mark McComas contacted a family member he allegedly assaulted earlier this month. ((08:37 NAT JUDGE This case will be tracked with your other case and your attorney will receive a notification. 08:43)) On Sunday -- South Burlington officer Jeffrey Martell -- crashed his car in Colchester. He's charged with DUI. ((SUNDAY 3-22-15 Sgt. Francis Gonyaw: "Officers conducted further investigation upon their arrival, determined that Mr. Martel had been drinking alcohol")) South Burlington put the 18 year veteran on administrative leave. And in Rutland -- Officer Justin Barrell -- who was hired as a probationary officer just four months -- was allegedly caught driving drunk. Also this month -- authorities began investigating State Trooper Eric Rademacher for DUI. ((MARCH 5 Col. Tom L'Esperance: "Regardless of whether a criminal case does develop or not we will hold the trooper accountable.")) These all come on the heels of a high profile case in Colchester. Back in November a 12 year veteran of the P-D, Tyler Kinney -- allegedly stole drugs and guns from the evidence locker. He was sent to rehab. ((nats: McCormas: I've reviewed the proposal by the attorney general and I'm in agreement with that)) Law enforcement experts we spoke with say such a high number of officer-involved cases is rare in Vermont. And isn't representative of most officers. The lawyers for both former Woodstock officer Mark McComas and Burlington officer Nathan Harvey -- who were in court today -- say they will fight the charges -- and hope to prove their clients' innocence. Alex Apple -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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More than one hundred people showed up at the Chamberlain School in South Burlington--for an update on the plans to remove 94 homes in the surrounding area of the Burlington airport. In the past 10 years the airport has purchased homes that experienced the most noise within the 65 decibel sound around the airport. Now plans have been set to begin demolition and restoration of those properties. At a Thursday meeting, airport officials went over the process and what residents can expect to see.

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(00:18:06 8050) ((Gene Richards/Director of Aviation "There's three phases in the housing removal program, and they will start around April 15th. The Northface going first, centerface second, and then the third. So tonight we're just talking with the neighbors. 00:18:20)) Once deconstruction begins, contractors are expected to be at work Monday through Saturday, and two way traffic will be maintained on all roads. Airport officials say the process should take 6 months, with all sites cleared and restored by November. Another public outreach is scheduled for next Thursday April 2nd.

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(anchors introduce gary) A little colder today, but not so wet - just a few rain/snow showers. Chilly on Saturday, but sun returning. Lots of sun, not so cold on Sunday. Clipper system will bring rain/snow showers on Monday, then colder for Tuesday. April Fool's Day looks quiet, a little warmer. More rain/snow showers Thursday.

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Investigators are one step closer this morning to learning why a German co-pilot killed himself and more than a hundred others. Alison Harmelin reports.

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INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT MOTIVATED THE CO-PILOT OF A GERMANWINGS PLANE TO DELIBERATELY CRASH THE JET IN THE FRENCH ALPS. ON THURSDAY, GERMAN POLICE CONFISCATED MATERIALS, INCLUDING COMPUTERS, FROM THE FAMILY HOME OF ANDREAS LUBITZ. FRENCH PROSECUTORS CLAIM HE INTENTIONALLY BROUGHT THE PLANE DOWN TUESDAY AFTER LOCKING THE PILOT OUT OF THE COCKPIT. ALL 150 PEOPLE ABOARD THE BARCELONA TO DUESSELDORF FLIGHT ARE PRESUMED DEAD. TWO ILLINOIS MEN, INCLUDING A MEMBER OF THE STATE'S NATIONAL GUARD, ARE FACING SERIOUS CHARGES FOR ALLEGEDLY PLANNING TO SUPPORT ISIS MILITANTS OVERSEAS. ON THURSDAY, HASAN EDMONDS AND HIS COUSIN, JONAS, APPEARED IN A CHICAGO COURT. AUTHORITIES SAY PART OF THEIR PLAN WAS TO ATTACK A U.S. MILITARY BASE IN ILLINOIS. IF CONVICTED THEY FACE A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF 15 YEARS IN PRISON. AND, AUTHORITIES IN NEW YORK CITY ARE LOOKING INTO WHETHER PLUMBING AND GAS WORK MAY HAVE SPARKED A MASSIVE GAS EXPLOSION THURSDAY. THE BLAST TRIGGERED A FIRE AND LEVELED AN APARTMENT BUILDING IN THE EAST VILLAGE. MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE WERE INJURED, SOME OF THEM CRITICALLY. SEVERAL OTHER BUILDINGS WERE BADLY DAMAGED. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES. I'M ALISON HARMELIN CBS NEWS NEW YORK.

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Welcome Back! Microsoft says they are now working to make sure people who do work for the company get paid time off. It's moving to make sure suppliers - who provide services like building maintenance and security -- give their employees at least 15 days paid leave. In a blog post, the company says it believes paid time off is an important benefit for workers in our economy.

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Some good news for our local economy ...American craft beer, a Vermont staple, is growing in popularity at home…and abroad. The Brewers Assocation reports craft beer exports increased by almost 36% last year - estimated at close to 100 million dollars. The fastest growing markets were Brazil, South Korea, Thailand and the U-K. For the first time ever, craft brewers reached double-digit (11 percent) volume share of the marketplace. But megabrewers like Anheuser Busch and Miller Coors still produce 89 percent of the beer in the U-S.

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And for fans of American Idol or The Voice, who have always wanted to be a contestant or a judge on the singing competition series…now there's an app for that. A talent competition app called Chosen - from the former CEO of Beats Music - launched Thursday on Apple devices. But you will have to wait...it is invitation only for right now. Performances can be uploaded and voted on by fellow users. The first winner will be announced in June.

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A little colder today, but not so wet - just a few rain/snow showers. Chilly on Saturday, but sun returning. Lots of sun, not so cold on Sunday. Clipper system will bring rain/snow showers on Monday, then colder for Tuesday. April Fool's Day looks quiet, a little warmer. More rain/snow showers Thursday.

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From tapping what's in the trees... To what's below the ground -- this week's super senior is a busy man. This morning Joe Carroll introduces us to Bob Smith -- and a family business -- buried in the mountains.

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(00:37:39:21) ((Bob Smith/Super Senior, Well, I just going to look right here in the tank to see if it's dripping in the other end at all. )) It's been a frustrating month for Bob Smith. Cold weather has sapped the syrup season. (00:37:45:00) ((Bob Smith/Super Senior, No, no drips, there's an icicle hanging off the end of the pipe. )) On a good year, he'll make 50 to 60 gallons of syrup. But that's just a drop in the bucket for how he makes most of his money. It's under the soil. That part of the story - later. (00:02:13:22) ((nat sot of the log being cut down)) Machinery has been a big part of Bob's life. Cutting down trees for lumber and firewood keeps the 88 year old busy. He's lived on 400 acres overlooking Okemo Mountain for most of his life. (00:17:10:00) ((Bob Smith/Super Senior, I was born and brought up right here.)) His grandfather Fred Smith bought the land it in the 1890s to grow potatoes and strawberries. (00:03:38:00) ((Bob Smith/Super Senior, and I run this sawmill all alone. )) Now Bob's harvesting lumber. ((nat sot of cutting)) He saws logs into beams to order. It's his most recent job. Bob helped run a then-small Okemo Mountain ski area and then sold Tucker Snow Cats, the machines that go up and down the mountain. (00:17:42:00) (( So I built an airstrip, bought an airplane and then learned to fly it.)) The exclusive East Coast dealer of the machines impressed his customers with parts delivered that day. Leaving from his property and returning to his home at night. All that time, there was money just above the runway. (00:21:28:00) ((Bob Smith/Super Senior, That's a deal and a half. Talk about lucky, that's the luckiest thing that ever happen to me probably.)) In his banged up Jeep, he took me for a ride that has made his life comfortable. (00:00:47:04) ((Bob Smith The jeeps go anywhere. )) (00:00:16:00) (( Joe: Is it a big operation? Bob: the mine? Joe: Yeah. Bob: Pretty big operation.)) (00:41:38:00) ((Bob Smith/Super Seniors, now you can see the talc. )) (00:41:44:00) (( Joe: So how many of these mines are there in the country? Bob: Two. Joe: You're one of them! Bob: Yeah. )) Bob says when nearby neighbors were selling mineral rights to companies, Bob's grandfather held out. (00:21:56:00) ((Bob Smith Super Senior, He didn't need to sell the mineral rights might be something here you want.)) His grandfather was right, in the 1970s they discovered talc on the Smith property. (00:22:10:00) (( Joe: you get a little money from that? Bob: Oh yes, it pays for everything.)) A private company does the digging, the talc is used for everything from perfumes to plastics. Bob and his family get a percentage of ever ton mined out the the mountainside. (00:43:24:00) (( Joe: Now some people might look at this and say you've scarred Vermont, looks ugly, what do you say to that? Bob: Well you can't see from anywhere much, so it don't matter much.)) He thinks there's enough talc in the mountainside to last another 50 years. The fact is, Bob doesn't need to work. But he can't stay still. (00:13:25:00) ((Bob getting off loader, Yeah have to be quite able to get off this thing, it's like getting off a horse. )) (00:08:26:00) (( Joe: Do you enjoy doing this? Bob: Of course I do, I loved to do this. )) (00:39:56:00) (( Joe: This is your paradise. Bob: It sure is, that's exactly right, I like it.)) His grandfather Fred would be proud. Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Ludlow.

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In the headlines this morning: A woman accused of dealing drugs near a school appears in court... ice jams-- Montpelier worries about the warm, wet weather Plus-- the states spending plan gets approval..

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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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She allegedly sold drugs near a Capital City elementary school--and was in court Thursday to answer to two felony charges. 52 year old Karyn ((may HUE)) Mayhew of Montpelier was arrested earlier this month. Police say she was dealing heroin out of her home -- 1-hundred feet away from Union Elementary School. Court papers show she may have been selling to kids. Mayhew was arraigned in Washington Superior Court. And was released on conditions.

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A St. Johnsbury man is apologizing--for punching a coach during a soccer game. Donald ((helm)) Hjelm was accused of punching Todd Smith in the face -- during a game involving third- and fourth-graders last September -- at the St. Johnsbury School. ((Helm)) Hjelm wrote to Smith saying his behavior was out of character that day. He had to the write the apology as part of a diversion program that allowed him to escape criminal charges.

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There are more problems for Keene's pumpkin fest. A City Council committee has once again rejected a permit request for the popular festival -- a fall tradition -- now overshadowed by last year's riots. The nonprofit group running the festival, Let It Shine, wants the city to develop a security plan, estimated to cost more than 300-thousand dollars. More than 100 people were arrested last fall after alcohol-fueled parties got out of hand, leading to property destruction and injuries. Police in riot gear used tear gas and pepper balls to control crowds.

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A final House vote TODAY -- will send the state's general fund budget to the Senate. In a 96 to 56 vote -- the House gave a 4-point-75 billion dollar budget preliminary approval. Lawmakers are trying to close a 113-million dollar budget gap. The house plan calls for 53-million dollars in cuts -- 24-million in so-called one-time money -- and about 35-million in new taxes. The measure needs final approval today -- before it's off to the Senate.

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This morning we know about two communities that have re-voted on their school budgets. The North Hero Town School District budget was voted down -- again -- 99 to 91. The district was seeking approval for about a 1.7 million dollar budget. The opposite happened for the Waterbury-Duxbury district. The voters approved a nearly 11.6 million dollar budget by a vote of 462 to 246.

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Montpelier officials say the ice on the Winooski river is between 12 and 18 inches thick, which could be a concern as the river melts. The river levels are expected to rise by up to 3 feet this afternoon. Officials say the rapid rising could lead to ice build up.

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(00:01:15 8001) ((Chief Robert Gowans/Montpelier Fire Dept. "SO if the river comes up, and it comes up rapidly, it could break up that ice. And ice then could form dams in which the water backs behind flooding. Very similar to what happened to Montpelier in 1992." 00:01:27)) Officials say that ice is much thicker than it has been in previous years. In order to prevent this possible ice build up, the city has been discharging warmer water from a treatment plant which weakens the ice and increases water flow through the river. The city has an excavator waiting by the river that will help break up the ice. There will be an operator on call through the weekend if the equipment is needed.

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(anchors introduce gary) A little colder today, but not so wet - just a few rain/snow showers. Chilly on Saturday, but sun returning. Lots of sun, not so cold on Sunday. Clipper system will bring rain/snow showers on Monday, then colder for Tuesday. April Fool's Day looks quiet, a little warmer. More rain/snow showers Thursday.

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(((Just days after his UVM career came to an end in boston, former icecats captain mike paliotta is off to chicago.. Paliotta signed a two year contract with the Blackhawks thursday. Chicago selected Paliotta in the third round of the 2011 NHL draft. Paliotta led the Cats in scoring this season with 36 points, nine goals and 27 assists. He was the sixth highest scoring defenseman in the NCAA, was a second team all-Hockey East selection and was named the league's best defensive defenseman. Paliotta's agent says Mike is expected to join the Blackhawks as early as this weekend. --- I'm sure more NCAA Tournament brackets were busted Thursday night, just adding to the many folks who had sour tastes in their mouths after the first two rounds. However, one young Vermonter's bracket entered Thursday night very sweet indeed. ((("There it is, ESPN fantasy sports right there."))) (((11.57 million brackets in ESPN's Tournament challenge,))) ((("I probably make at least 10 a year."))) (((Only 14 have the correct sweet 16.))) ((("Oh my goodness, I did it. I'm one of those people."))) (((South Burlington senior Spencer Lieberman, a kid who loves hoops.))) ((("I don't even like basketball."))) (((And Studied all the match-ups))) ((("The first game I watched was at the start of the tournament."))) (((Not so much.))) ((("That's all I'll ever do is guess. Oh I like this team. I've heard of that team before."))) (((but he has his methods to this madness.))) (((Spencer Lieberman/"Kentucky, they're unbeatable. I actually visited NC State this fall, oh I liked them so I picked them over Villanova. UCLA over SMU? I didn't even know SMU was a college. Michigan State over Virginia right there. I used to be from Michigan so I thought I'll pick them. They happen to be good too."))) (((A perfect sweet 16.))) ((("It's just so surreal. It's just insane. You just never know."))) (((Earning Spencer Lieberman.))) ((("My phone has been blowing up. My principal is tweeting at me."))) (((15 minutes of fame.))) ((("I tweeted about it and it was my most favorited tweet of all time."))) --- Congrats to Spencer that is a neat accomplishment. That's it for now, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 sports, have a 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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Investigators are trying to figure out what motivated the co-pilot of a Germanwings plane to deliberately crash the jet in the french alps. On Thursday, German Police confiscated materials, including computers, from the family home of Andreas Lubitz. French prosecutors claim he intentionally brought the plane down Tuesday after locking the pilot out of the cockpit. All 150 people aboard the flight are presumed dead.

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The injury toll has grown to 19 after a massive gas explosion level an apartment building in New York City Thursday. Four of the injuries were critical. Authorities are looking into whether plumbing and gas work may have sparked the fire. They say a plumber had been working on the natural gas meter.

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It's been a murder case that's haunted the Northeast Kingdom for nearly five years. And now, a plea deal. Richard Fletcher -- one of three men accused of kidnapping and killing Pat O'Hagan -- has agreed to testify against the other suspects in exchange for a lighter sentence. Prosecutors say the 28-year-old did not shoot O'Hagan. Under the deal -- Fletcher pleaded guilty to kidnapping and burglary. He has agreed to testify in the first degree murder trials against Michael Norrie and Keith Baird. In exchange -- the state will drop the murder charge against him.

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((Lisa Warren/Caledonia County State's Attorney 00:28:36 "there isn't a lot of physical evidence in this case and so this defendant's testimony is very important. it was important to get his cooperation to be able to prove the cases against the other co-defendants.")) ((Mark O'Hagan/victim's son 00:03:48 "I think that's the hardest thing for us is that we've known what's happened and this is the first time anyone is specifically being held somewhat responsible for it.")) Fletcher has yet to be sentenced but the plea deal calls for him to serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars.

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A Burlington Police officer on administrative leave -- has denied charges of two separate attacks on a family member. 45-year-old Nathan Harvey pleaded not guilty to two counts of domestic assault. Police say the alleged attacks happened at Harvey's Swanton home last fall. Police say they only recently came to light after an anonymous tip to the Department for Children and Families.

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Another officer was in court yesterday -- in connection with a domestic violence case. Vermont State Police say former Woodstock police officer Mark McComas contacted a family member he allegedly assaulted earlier this month. McComas has pleaded not guilty for violating his conditions of release.

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This morning police are on the lookout for a pellet gun vandal. Police say store front and vehicle windows were damaged in Vergennes -- Addison and Ferrisburgh late Wednesday night. They say similar incidents occurred in South Burlington and Moriah New York--but they do not know if those incidents are directly related.

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The fans have spoken. It appears Super Troopers Two -- is a go. Broken Lizard -- the company behind the 2001 cult classic that spoofs Vermont state troopers -- was crowd funding for a sequel. Well, the group has already surpassed it's $2-million dollar goal -- raising more than $2-and-a-half million -- with a month left in the campaign. If you donate $4- thousand dollars you get to name a character in the movie. And for 35-grand, you get to keep an actual patrol car used in the film.

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

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A little colder today, but not so wet - just a few rain/snow showers. Chilly on Saturday, but sun returning. Lots of sun, not so cold on Sunday. Clipper system will bring rain/snow showers on Monday, then colder for Tuesday. April Fool's Day looks quiet, a little warmer. More rain/snow showers Thursday.

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With the amazing produce spring brings, one of the best ways to enjoy it is in a fresh salad! Joining us this morning to prepare a Japanese vegetable salad is Chef Vicky from Lian Catering. Thank you so much for being with us this morning... Javanese vegetables salad (Gado Gado) Step 1: Ingredients: 1 ½ cup unsalted roasted peanut (or unsalted chunky peanut butter) 1 small shallot, roughly chopped 3 garlic cloves 2 red bird's eye chili, or use 2 teaspoon sambal oelek 2 teaspoon shrimp paste (substitute: fish sauce) 2 kaffir lime leaves 1 teaspoon lime juice 2 tablespoon pure fresh tamarind concentrate 1 cup water 1 teaspoon salt ¼ cup palm sugar (substitute: brown sugar) ¼ teaspoon coriander How to: 1. Add all the ingredients above into a food processor. 2. Mix until smooth. Set aside. Step 2: Ingredients: Half of a white cabbage 1 bag (12-16oz) spinach 1 bag (10oz) of bean sprouts A hand full of green beans (approximately 1 ½ cup) 1 small head of red leaf lettuce, sliced about 1 inch wide 1 small cucumber, halved and sliced (about 1 cup) 1 medium size potato, boiled *feel free to use seasonal or any of your favorite vegetables. How to make the salad: 1. Blanche separately, the white cabbage, spinach, green beans and bean sprouts until slightly wilted. Cut into bite size. 2. Cut the red leaf lettuce into an inch wide. Halved both the cucumber and the boiled potato, then slice thin, or cut into bite size. 3. Arrange the vegetables on a plate and pour the peanut dressing on top. 4. Garnish with hardboiled egg, fried shallots and shrimp crackers. This dish can be served warm, cold or at room temperature. Preparation time: 15-20 minutes Serves 4

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Good Morning, I'm Eva McKend!

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It's been a murder case that's haunted the Northeast Kingdom for nearly five years. And now, a plea deal. Richard Fletcher -- one of three men accused of kidnapping and killing Pat O'Hagan -- has agreed to testify against the other suspects in exchange for a lighter sentence. Prosecutors say the 28-year-old did not shoot O'Hagan. Under the deal -- Fletcher pleaded guilty to kidnapping and burglary. He has agreed to testify in the first degree murder trials against Michael Norrie and Keith Baird. In exchange -- the state will drop the murder charge against him.

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((Lisa Warren/Caledonia County State's Attorney 00:28:36 "there isn't a lot of physical evidence in this case and so this defendant's testimony is very important. it was important to get his cooperation to be able to prove the cases against the other co-defendants.")) ((Mark O'Hagan/victim's son 00:03:48 "I think that's the hardest thing for us is that we've known what's happened and this is the first time anyone is specifically being held somewhat responsible for it.")) Fletcher has yet to be sentenced but the plea deal calls for him to serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars.

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A Burlington Police officer on administrative leave -- has denied charges of two separate attacks on a family member. 45-year-old Nathan Harvey pleaded not guilty to two counts of domestic assault. Police say the alleged attacks happened at Harvey's Swanton home last fall. Police say they only recently came to light after an anonymous tip to the Department for Children and Families.

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Another officer was in court yesterday -- in connection with a domestic violence case. Vermont State Police say former Woodstock police officer Mark McComas contacted a family member he allegedly assaulted earlier this month. McComas has pleaded not guilty for violating his conditions of release.

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A little colder today, but not so wet - just a few rain/snow showers. Chilly on Saturday, but sun returning. Lots of sun, not so cold on Sunday. Clipper system will bring rain/snow showers on Monday, then colder for Tuesday. April Fool's Day looks quiet, a little warmer. More rain/snow showers Thursday.


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