Fri 12-FEB-2016 Early A.M. News Script

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Fairfax residents discuss the future of trash pick-up. Residents of the northern Vermont town have had trash picked up by Duffy Waste and Recycling for years. But after regulations and recycling laws -- Duffy says it can no longer operate in town at the same rate. With a contract set to expire in May ... the town will decide whether to look at another company or drop curbside pickup altogether.

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The EPA has ordered a plastics manufacturer to pay up after water contamination surfaced in a town along the Vermont border. Hoosick Falls residents were told to stop drinking the town water more than a year after a toxic chemical was found in the drinking supply. Now, Saint-Gobain and the plant's previous owner Honeywell International must pay to resolve the issue.

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Vermont law makers are considering changing last year's child protection bill. THAT bill required teachers, health care providers, and others to file reports of every instance of abuse. Most lawmakers appeared prepared to pass the amendment aimed to reduce the amount of paperwork in hospitals where staffers all witness the same event. But Republicans rose to challenge the change. Republicans are concerned it could have a big impact on the case of any given child.

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It's tax time! Filing your taxes can feel like a handful, but it may be easier than you realize. This year instead of seeking out an expert, you may want to try doing it on your own. Our tax expert tells us if your income is all from wages, or a W-2, it's relatively simple to do that tax return. There is free, online software that can walk you right through it. But if you're a business owner, there's a lot of rules about what you can deduct so it may be more appropriate to seek out professional help.

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Not too bad today, but turning brutally cold overnight and through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills over the weekend, -25 to -50. Messy storm Tuesday with snow, sleet, and rain. Then colder again after that

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((THANK GARY)) ((EVA & TYLER TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE WORKING ON)) But first .. Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton go head to head in the first debate since the New Hampshire primary .. Marlie Hall reports.

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PKG: ((NARR-1)) HILLARY CLINTON CHALLENGED BERNIE SANDERS - CALLING SOME OF HIS POLICIES UNREALISTICPARTICULARL Y HEALTHCARE: Clinton: you need to level with people /// the numbers dont add up and many people will actually be worse off than they are right now. Sanders: That is just inaccurate . here is the reality folks. There is one major country on earth that doesnt guarantee health care to all people. ((NARR-2)) CLINTON IS LOOKING TO FIRE UP HER BASE...AND BERNIE SANDERS, TO EXPAND HIS. ((SANDERS SOT)) 21:06:33 We need a government that represents all of us. ((clinton SOT)) 21:06:53 i'm running for president to knock down all the barriers that are holding americans back. ((NARR-3)) A NEW NATIONAL POLL SHOWS CLINTON AND SANDERS ARE NECK-AND-NECK... AND APPEALING TO MINORITY VOTERS TO BREAK THE TIE. ((sot sanders)) 21:36:23 we have got to make sure local police forces look the communities they serve ((sot clinton)) 21:35:20 there are other racial discrepencies - really, systemic racism in this state and others - in education, in employment. ((STANDUP BRIDGE: Marlie Hall, CBS News, Milwaukee, WI)) THIS DEBATE FOLLOWS A NAIL-BITER FINISH IN IOWA AND A BLOWOUT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.... PUTTING A SHARPER FOCUS ON THE NEVADA CAUCUS AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY LATER THIS MONTH. ((NARR-4)) BOTH CANDIDATES WERE ASKED ABOUT WOMEN VOTERS - BUT SAID THEIR APPEAL GOES BEYOND THE GENDER DIVIDE: ((SOT clinton 21:29:18)) I am not asking people to vote for me because I am a woman .... Because i'm the most qualified experienced person ((sot sanders 21:28:47)) I think a sanders victory would of some historic significance as well ((NARR-5)) SOME ARE PREDICITNG THIS ROBUST RACE FOR THE NOMINATION COULD GO ALL THE WAY TO THE CONVENTION. MARLIE HALL, CBS NEW, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN.

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The state department may release some of Hillary Clinton's emails this weekend. The emails are from the private server Clinton used when she was secretary of state. About 550 emails will likely be released tomorrow... out of the approximately 37-hundred that remain. This final batch is expected to contain the most sensitive information.

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The 7 remaining epublican presidential hopefuls focus on more conservative voters.. While sharpening their attacks on each other. On Monday .. Former president George W Bush will join his brother Jeb on the campaign trail. Meanwhile .. Ted Cruz launches his most forceful attack yet in an ad against Donald Trump. The candidates are fighting to sway a powerful voting block in South Carolina -- evangelicals.

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In December world leaders gathered over global warming in Paris -- including Governor Peter Shumlin. But how much did it cost taxpayers? Shumlin brought three people along with him -- including security. The administration first claimed the trip only cost tax payers 12-hundred dollars but an investigation by WCAX found that didn't add up. After filing public records requests for the price of guarding the governor abroad -- the administration refused to disclose the information three times. Shumlin's office did tell us he paid for his meals on his own and those bills will stay private. WCAX is considering going to court to get the other expenses released.

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Filing your taxes can be stressful, but it may be easier than you think. Many of us who don't know too much about filing taxes are trained to automatically seek professional help. However -- it may not actually be necessary. Our tax expert tells us that if you're income is all from wages, or a W-2, it's really pretty easy to do that tax return. There is free, online software that can walk you right through what line to put your numbers on when filing. Now -- at what point should you consider getting help? When you deal with life changes or complexities that you're not accustomed to. Or also -- if you're a business owner -- because there's a lot of rules about what you can deduct. It's much more intensive than basic bookkeeping.

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((Colleen Montgomery/Certified Public Accountant: "Anybody can be involved in their tax return. I don't think everybody needs professional help. There are many pretty easy way to get your tax return done that don't require my help." 13:09:25-13:25:13)) Montgomery says it does get more complicated when you have self-employment income -- that's a situation where no taxes have been withheld, including social security or income tax. There's a lot to understanding what can be deducted -- including things like health care costs and expenses. So in that case, you may need some help. And you'll have more on tax tips ahead -- including the chance of being audited!

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Science education center -- Echo -- in downtown Burlington is unveiling a new play space this weekend. Gina Bullard is there this morning getting a special sneak peak. Welcome to Champ Lane. Thew new exhibit is for kids six and under -- but they're making an exception to the rule this morning. I'm joined now by .... ((seems like a lot of fun - but what can kids actually learn?)) ((Standards of Champ Lane -- CLIPS)) ((open-ended play scenarios -- what does that mean?)) ((What gap is this addressing? ECHO exec dir. Phelan Fretz says that VT is in the midst of a early education crisis -- what does that mean and how does this address that?)) ((How did you come up with the concepts?)) ((Placement is strategically thought out -- kids can't get lost and parents can keep tabs)) ((3-d story book)) ((training future scientists?))

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Eva?

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Not too bad today, but turning brutally cold overnight and through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills over the weekend, -25 to -50. Messy storm Tuesday with snow, sleet, and rain. Then colder again after that.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds Snow showers late Highs: 15 to 22 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Snow showers, squalls Trace - 3" Turning real cold Lows: 2 to -10 Wind: S to NW 10 to 15 mph Saturday: Mostly cloudy Painfully cold & windy Wind chills -20 to -40 Highs: 2 to -8 Wind: NW 15 to 25 mph Extended: Sunday: Valentine's Day! Partly sunny Bitter cold & windy Lows: -10 to -25 Highs: -5 to 5 Monday: Presidents Day AM sun Increasing clouds Lows: -5 to -15 Highs: 15 to 25 Tuesday: Snow, sleet, and rain Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 32 to 42 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 22 to 32 Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 10 to 20

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Some encouraging news out of war-torn Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry says major world powers have agreed to a ceasefire -- and to provide immediate aid to the country. Kerry says diplomats hope the ceasefire can begin next week. It does not apply to any terror organization operating in Syria. The country has been involved in a five-year civil war.

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Police shot and killed a man they say was wielding a machete after attacking multiple people at a restaurant in northeast Columbus, Ohio. Officials say the suspect was at the restaurant earlier in the day, had a conversation with an employee, left, only to return later with a machete. Police cornered the suspect before shots were fired by an officer. One of the victims attacked by the man was reported to be in critical condition.

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The armed occupation of the National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon has come to an end. The four remaining occupiers surrendered peacefully yesterday. No one was injured and no shots were fired. The four who surrendered were the remainders of anti-government militants who took over the refuge headquarters January 2nd.

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Members of congress hold a hearing on capitol hill to review President Obama's request for more funding to combat the Zika virus. Experts with the Centers for Disease Control testified on capitol hill -- where congress is considering the President's one-point-eight billion dollar request for emergency funds to fight the disease. Right now.. there are more than 50 cases of Zika in the U-S and while more are expected ... a massive outbreak in the U.S. is unlikely.

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The house passes a bill in response to the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The new measure directs the Environmental Protection Agency to notify state officials within 24 hours when water contamination is detected at a certain level. If the state does not alert the public within 24 hours after that, the E-P-A must do it. Residents say the water has been contaminated with led since April 2014.

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The EPA ordered a plastics manufacturer to pay for the cleanup and investigation into water contamination in a town along the Vermont border. Hoosick Falls residents were told to stop drinking the town more than a year after a toxic chemical was found in the drinking supply. The New York State Environmental Conservation Department says the contamination stemmed from a factory operated by Saint-Gobain. Now, the company - and the plant's previous owner Honeywell International must pay to resolve the issue.

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While most food chains are going in one direction -- adding salads and healthy food options ... Burger King is going in another... adding something unexpected to the menu---hot dogs! The fast food chain tapped rapper Snoop Dogg to help promote the new menu items. There will be two choices -- classic flame grilled and a chilli cheese dog. The fast food giant turned to Oscar Mayer to make the new menu item with hopes of getting in on the growing popularity of high-quality hot dogs.

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You can now feel like you're spending a night in Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom, and you don't even have to leave the country. The Art Institute of Chicago recently commissioned a recreation of Van Gogh's "Yellow House" bedroom for a new exhibit. The museum is renting out that room for just 10 dollars a night on rental site Air-B-N-B. The rate includes two tickets to the exhibition, which runs through May 10th.

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And this Valentine's Day, Americans are getting ready to spend big... especially millenials. Nerd Wallet's new survey found that millenial men are planning to spend 371 dollars on everything from gifts to meals. And ... more than half of Americans think men should pay the entire bill on a Valentine's Day date. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $1.9 billion on flowers. But despite all of this wild spending...only about 55% of Americans celebrate the day.

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Not too bad today, but turning brutally cold overnight and through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills over the weekend, -25 to -50. Messy storm Tuesday with snow, sleet, and rain. Then colder again after that

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Trash Talks -- the debate over whether curbside pickup continues in one Vermont town.. Tax Tips -- it's that time of the year ..we look at whether you need professional help and your chances of being audited. And we're live at the new Echo Exhibit -- Gina joins us coming up...

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Fairfax residents talk trash... A decision regarding the future of the Northern Vermont town's trash pick-up was on the agenda at an informational town meeting. The town says it's one of only a handful of Vermont towns that has curbside trash pick up -- and on town meeting day -- residents will decide if that should remain. Fairfax residents have had their trash picked up by Duffy Waste and Recycling for years. Through regulations in Vermont's Act 148 -- or universal recycling law -- Duffy says it will not be able to operate in Fairfax at the same rate. The town's contract is up in in May. So now residents are considering forming a new contract with other companies -- like Casella Waste. However -- people could choose to stop curbside pickup all together.

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(TC 05:09:15 Title 0795)((Tom Fontaine/Select Chair: "if you vote it - say if the article gets voted down and then we go to the budget, that's what we do." 05:19:28)) (TC 14:34:12 Title 0809)((Resident: "with the casella plan that you're proposing and the numbers that are in the flyer, is there an additional cost outside of our taxes for that option also?" 14:42:04)) (TC 15:52:02 Title 0815)((Resident: "they've got something that we have to pay for extra, and they've got nothing on here to even enforce how it's going to be done." 15:58:11)) Right now town officials don't know how much a contracted hauling company would cost individuals and the town -- or who is going to enforce trash rules.. The question for voters on town meeting day .. Is if residents want to continue curbside trash pick up .. Officials say other questions will be answered after the vote.

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After passing a resolution marking February 11th as suicide prevention awareness day -- law makers in Montpelier considered a change to last year's child protection bill. THAT bill required teachers, health care providers, and others to file reports of every instance of abuse. Most lawmakers appeared prepared to pass the amendment -- designed to cut-down on paperwork in hospitals where multiple staffers all witness the same event. But one after another, Republicans rose to challenge the change. Others worried the small change could have a big impact on the case of any given child.

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Police make an arrest in an armed robbery in Cabot.. On Februrary first -- a suspect went into the Cabot Village Store on Main Street with a gun -- demanding cash. Police say this robbery -- was very similar to others recently -- and a joint investigation with Hardwick and State Police -- led them.... .. to arrest of 37-year-old Ricky Thompson -- and 27-year-old Trisha Bisson. Police say the pair were involved with four armed robberies in three counties. Police are still searching for a a third suspect.

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For months -- police say a Brandon man was buying his gas -- on someone else's dime. State Police say this man -- 56-year-old Dorran Cooley was purchasing gas using a "Speedpass" -- that didn't belong to him. Police say it's been going on for at least a year -- and Cooley racked up almost one thousand dollars on the 74-year-old victim's account. He was arrested at a gas station in Rutland and is now facing charges.

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Colchester police investigate the death of a student at St. Michael's College. Police say a 25-year-old international grad student was found dead in his room in Senior Hall yesterday morning. Police have not released the students name. They believe he died sometime over the past few days. Investigators say there is no indication of foul play -- but they are awaiting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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A bill sponsored by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy to combat opiate abuse cleared a committee hurdle. The bill includes funding for expanded state task forces aimed at heroin trafficking. Also -- the government will look to identify and support the most successful prevention, treatment and recovery programs.

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(3:30-43)((Sen. Patrick Leahy/D-Vermont: "We've passed larger bills to address Ebola and Swine Flu even though we don't have Ebola in the United States. This we do have in the United States. Every community does.")) The bill also includes language to help rural communities obtain the overdose reversal drug -- naloxone. The bill still needs full Senate and House approval.

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A Hinesburg woman is accused of stealing prescription drugs from the pharmacy where she worked. 33-year-old Holly Russin was cited into court on numerous counts of prescription fraud and embezzlement. Police say Russin used her position at the Rite Aid in South Burlington to steal more than 600 pills -- included regulated pain killers and anxiety medication. Police believe the thefts happened dozens of times during the three months Russin worked at the store.

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Many of us are starting to think about filing our taxes -- but whether it's personal or for your small business, what are the chances of being audited? A report from CNN Money says... LOW! That's due to persistent budget cuts at the IRS -- just last year, they conducted the lowest level of audits in 11 years, according to recent data from the agency. But that doesn't mean it's impossible.

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((Colleen Montgomery/Certified Public Accountant: "Ultimately, what it means is that there's less money available to pay auditors -- there's less money available to pay customer service people. They've tried to compensate for that by really beefing up the kinds of services that people can access by themselves on their website.")) So, what should you do to avoid being audited? Check your numbers -- incorrect data isn't only a common red flag for auditors -- it's also mostly preventable! Be honest -- if all of your income, deductions and credits are accurate -- then you're less likely to get more attention. Consider filing electronically -- according to Turbo Tax, the error rate for a paper return is 21 percent. The rate for returns filed electronically is point-5 percent. So, like most things in life, honesty and accuracy are key.

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Let's check back in with Gina now who's having some fun at ECHO in downtown Burlington this morning... I'm at at new permanent early learning exhibit called Champ Lane. Kids six and under can engage in science play here. They're making an exception to the rule this morning. The new space that encourages science play -- was created with input from parents -- early childhood educators -- and of course kids. Some of the features in this 3-dimensional story book are a climbing area -- where there's a treehouse -- bridge -- where kids can take some risks but feel safe doing it. There's also a streetscape where you'll find a french market -- café puppet theater -- boat -- there kids can learn about social interaction and practice those skills. There's also an animal care lab and book nook. Kids can interact through all five senses. Meeting and learning about science tools -- refining their balance skills -- developing spacial awareness -- and learning about the basics of math through sorting and counting.

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Tyler?

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Not too bad today, but turning brutally cold overnight and through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills over the weekend, -25 to -50. Messy storm Tuesday with snow, sleet, and rain. Then colder again after that

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds Snow showers late Highs: 15 to 22 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Snow showers, squalls Trace - 3" Turning real cold Lows: 2 to -10 Wind: S to NW 10 to 15 mph Saturday: Mostly cloudy Painfully cold & windy Wind chills -20 to -40 Highs: 2 to -8 Wind: NW 15 to 25 mph Extended: Sunday: Valentine's Day! Partly sunny Bitter cold & windy Lows: -10 to -25 Highs: -5 to 5 Monday: Presidents Day AM sun Increasing clouds Lows: -5 to -15 Highs: 15 to 25 Tuesday: Snow, sleet, and rain Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 32 to 42 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 22 to 32 Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 10 to 20

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The cost of Vermont's state colleges is on the rise. The Chancellor recommended separate increases for each school -- instead of a blanket solution. Castleton's tuition is not going up at all. Johnson State and Lyndon State face 2.5% increases While Community College of Vermont's Tuition is going up 3 percent and Vermont Tech up 4.

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((Jeb Spaulding/Chancellor Vermont State Colleges 21:13 A community college that charges by the credit, offers courses in associates degrees and is 95 percent Vermonters is a very different animal than let's say a Lyndon State College with residential four year programs and is 45 percent out of staters, and Lyndon is very different than Vermont Technical College.)) The tuition for Vermont's state colleges are less than many of the competitors, but Vermont families bear 82% of the costs -- the highest share in the country.

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New York Senator Chuck Schumer wants college students to ask congress to make higher education more affordable. The New York lawmaker organized a conference call with college newspaper editors from around the state to urge them to convince students to support a legislative package called the RED - Reducing Educational Debt - Act. Total student loan debt in the United States is now more than 1 trillion dollars. The RED Act includes proposals to let students refinance debt at lower interest rates and attend community college tuition-free.

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If you're a parent of school-age kids -- you can probably relate to this next story ... Getting your kids to do their homework! . Parents say the volume of homework -- even for elementary school kids -- has increased dramatically in recent years. And it comes at a time when kids are busier than ever with after-school activities. Experts say that makes it tough even to find time for homework -- and then there is the battle to get kids to actually do it.

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(TC 05:59:29 Title 1046)((Sarah White/Counselor: "we want students to be more independent and more responsible for their work as they get older. But that doesn't always come naturally to every student." 06:13:04)) If you've tried everything .... and are STILL having trouble getting your child to do their homework -- educators say check with your child's teachers. They may have ideas on how to make homework time better for everyone.

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((TRT: ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((For the first time in five years, the World Cup biathlon circuit is making a stop in the United States, opening a four-day competition today in Presque Isle, Maine. ---------------------- ----------- In the women's 7.5K sprint race, Barton's Susan Dunklee made history. Dunklee put on a show in front of her home nation fans just two days shy of her 30th birthday... going a perfect 10-for-10 on the range ...and powering her way to a career best second place finish, the best ever finish by an American woman in World Cup biathlon history. Dunklee finished 17.8 seconds behind winner Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic. It's the second podium finish in a World Cup event for Dunklee's career, she finished third in a sprint race in Norway in 2014 ---------------------- ------------ ((Dunklee/ To have a World Cup in North America, which happens once every five years, and to have the best race of my career so far here, it's just magical. These are the courses I grew up on. They're up, down, they have twists and turns, they're a roller coaster, it's my type of course and I knew that the second I saw it this week. The schools came out in full force. Whole busloads of kids and they're the next generation....getting excited about winter sports and healthy lifestyles and here they are watching all this. It's so good for Northern Maine. I'm so excited.)) ---------------------- ----------- Competition continues today with the men's and women's pursuit races. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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A two-day snowboard and free skiing competition takes over Fenway Park in Boston. Big Air Fenway features the worlds best athletes. There are Vermonters taking part in the action, watching it from the stands and even helping with maintenance of the course. This ramp is 140 feet of steel and and Snow. It took 3 weeks to build. The free skiing competition is tonight. The ramp was built by the Steelman productions out of Keene, New Hampshire and a crew from Killington was called in to make the snow.

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((Michael Joseph/"Normally it's Bostonian's coming up to Killington to ski, this time we brought the Killington crew to make some snow at Fenway, really excited had to jump on the opportunity. We're some of the best snowmakers anywhere in the country, especially in the east. It's our life blood. It's why we have the longest season in the east. So, we've got a train part crew working on snow surfaces, they're working on the jump and the landing all through this contest and our snow makers have put a real good base on the ramp and landing as well.")) ((Sam Kennedy/"We are not ski experts so we needed a ski partner to help us with all aspects of this event. So, Killington's been great. They're a New England institution so we really appreciate their involvement.")) One of our local athletes -- Stowe's Ty Walker -- will not be competing after falling during a practice run and hurting her back. She'll be okay but is going to sit this one out.

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Not too bad today, but turning brutally cold overnight and through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills over the weekend, -25 to -50. Messy storm Tuesday with snow, sleet, and rain. Then colder again after that

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A piece of Shakespeare history is on display at Middlebury College. The school is hosting a traveling exhibit of Shakespeare's work at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. A massive compilation of his work is the centerpiece of the display that is making stops in all 50 states. Middlebury is hosting a number of events for kids and families around the Shakespeare exhibit. You can find more information on our website -- WCAX.com.

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((GARY DOES SHORT WX .. TAKES FULL SCREEN ... SHOT COMES BACK OUT TO 4SHOT FOR CLOSE)) Not too bad today, but turning brutally cold overnight and through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills over the weekend, -25 to -50. Messy storm Tuesday with snow, sleet, and rain. Then colder again after that

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Fairfax residents discuss the future of trash pick-up. Residents of the northern Vermont town have had trash picked up by Duffy Waste and Recycling for years. But after regulations and recycling laws -- Duffy says it can no longer operate in town at the same rate. With a contract set to expire in May ...on town meeting day .. Voters will decide whether to look at another company or drop curbside pickup altogether.

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The EPA has ordered a plastics manufacturer to pay up after water contamination surfaced in a town along the Vermont border. Hoosick Falls residents were told to stop drinking the town water more than a year after a toxic chemical was found in the drinking supply. Now, Saint-Gobain and the plant's previous owner Honeywell International must pay to resolve the issue.

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Vermont law makers are considering changing last year's child protection bill. THAT bill required teachers, health care providers, and others to file reports of every instance of abuse. Most lawmakers appeared prepared to pass the amendment aimed to reduce the amount of paperwork in hospitals where staffers all witness the same event. But Republicans rose to challenge the change. Republicans are concerned it could have a big impact on the case of any given child.

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It's tax time! Filing your taxes can feel like a handful, but it may be easier than you realize. This year instead of seeking out an expert, you may want to try doing it on your own. Our tax expert tells us if your income is all from wages, or a W-2, it's relatively simple to do that tax return. There is free, online software that can walk you right through it. But if you're a business owner, there's a lot of rules about what you can deduct so it may be more appropriate to seek out professional help.

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Not too bad today, but turning brutally cold overnight and through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills over the weekend, -25 to -50. Messy storm Tuesday with snow, sleet, and rain. Then colder again after that

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((THANK GARY)) ((EVA & TYLER TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE WORKING ON)) But first .. Senator Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton go head to head in the first debate since the New Hampshire primary .. Marlie Hall reports.

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PKG: ((NARR-1)) HILLARY CLINTON CHALLENGED BERNIE SANDERS - CALLING SOME OF HIS POLICIES UNREALISTICPARTICULARL Y HEALTHCARE: Clinton: you need to level with people /// the numbers dont add up and many people will actually be worse off than they are right now. Sanders: That is just inaccurate . here is the reality folks. There is one major country on earth that doesnt guarantee health care to all people. ((NARR-2)) CLINTON IS LOOKING TO FIRE UP HER BASE...AND BERNIE SANDERS, TO EXPAND HIS. ((SANDERS SOT)) 21:06:33 We need a government that represents all of us. ((clinton SOT)) 21:06:53 i'm running for president to knock down all the barriers that are holding americans back. ((NARR-3)) A NEW NATIONAL POLL SHOWS CLINTON AND SANDERS ARE NECK-AND-NECK... AND APPEALING TO MINORITY VOTERS TO BREAK THE TIE. ((sot sanders)) 21:36:23 we have got to make sure local police forces look the communities they serve ((sot clinton)) 21:35:20 there are other racial discrepencies - really, systemic racism in this state and others - in education, in employment. ((STANDUP BRIDGE: Marlie Hall, CBS News, Milwaukee, WI)) THIS DEBATE FOLLOWS A NAIL-BITER FINISH IN IOWA AND A BLOWOUT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.... PUTTING A SHARPER FOCUS ON THE NEVADA CAUCUS AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY LATER THIS MONTH. ((NARR-4)) BOTH CANDIDATES WERE ASKED ABOUT WOMEN VOTERS - BUT SAID THEIR APPEAL GOES BEYOND THE GENDER DIVIDE: ((SOT clinton 21:29:18)) I am not asking people to vote for me because I am a woman .... Because i'm the most qualified experienced person ((sot sanders 21:28:47)) I think a sanders victory would of some historic significance as well ((NARR-5)) SOME ARE PREDICITNG THIS ROBUST RACE FOR THE NOMINATION COULD GO ALL THE WAY TO THE CONVENTION. MARLIE HALL, CBS NEW, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN.

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The 7 remaining epublican presidential hopefuls focus on more conservative voters.. While sharpening their attacks on each other. The candidates are fighting to sway a powerful voting block in South Carolina -- evangelicals.

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In December world leaders gathered over global warming in Paris -- including Governor Peter Shumlin. But how much did it cost taxpayers? Shumlin brought three people along with him -- including security. The administration first claimed the trip only cost tax payers 12-hundred dollars but an investigation by WCAX found THAT didn't add up. After filing public records requests for the price of guarding the governor abroad -- the administration refused to disclose the information three times. Shumlin's office says HE paid for his meals on his own and those bills will stay private. WCAX is considering going to court to get the other expenses released.

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Filing your taxes can be stressful, but it may be easier than you think. Many of us who don't know too much about filing taxes are trained to automatically seek professional help. However -- it may not actually be necessary. Our tax expert tells us that if you're income is all from wages, or a W-2, it's really pretty easy to do that tax return. There is free, online software that can walk you right through what line to put your numbers on when filing. Now -- at what point should you consider getting help? When you deal with life changes or complexities that you're not accustomed to. Or also -- if you're a business owner -- because there's a lot of rules about what you can deduct. It's much more intensive than basic bookkeeping.

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((Colleen Montgomery/Certified Public Accountant: "Anybody can be involved in their tax return. I don't think everybody needs professional help. There are many pretty easy way to get your tax return done that don't require my help." 13:09:25-13:25:13)) Montgomery says it does get more complicated when you have self-employment income -- that's a situation where no taxes have been withheld, including social security or income tax. There's a lot to understanding what can be deducted -- including things like health care costs and expenses. So in that case, you may need some help.

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All morning long we've been checking in with Gina who's at the science education center -- Echo in Burlington. It's unveiling a new play space this weekend -- Gina -- what else did you find? Welcome to Champ Lane. Thew new exhibit is for kids six and under -- but they're making an exception to the rule this morning. I'm joined now by .... ((seems like a lot of fun - but what can kids actually learn?)) ((Standards of Champ Lane -- CLIPS)) ((open-ended play scenarios -- what does that mean?)) ((What gap is this addressing? ECHO exec dir. Phelan Fretz says that VT is in the midst of a early education crisis -- what does that mean and how does this address that?)) ((How did you come up with the concepts?)) ((Placement is strategically thought out -- kids can't get lost and parents can keep tabs)) ((3-d story book)) ((training future scientists?))

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Eva?

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Not too bad today, but turning brutally cold overnight and through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills over the weekend, -25 to -50. Messy storm Tuesday with snow, sleet, and rain. Then colder again after that

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds Snow showers late Highs: 15 to 22 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Snow showers, squalls Trace - 3" Turning real cold Lows: 2 to -10 Wind: S to NW 10 to 15 mph Saturday: Mostly cloudy Painfully cold & windy Wind chills -20 to -40 Highs: 2 to -8 Wind: NW 15 to 25 mph Extended: Sunday: Valentine's Day! Partly sunny Bitter cold & windy Lows: -10 to -25 Highs: -5 to 5 Monday: Presidents Day AM sun Increasing clouds Lows: -5 to -15 Highs: 15 to 25 Tuesday: Snow, sleet, and rain Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 32 to 42 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 22 to 32 Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 10 to 20

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Sharon and Charlie are in the garden. This morning they have some tips for your vegetable garden.

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CG :05-:10 Charlie Nardozzi/Garden Expert CG :22-:27 Shelly photo credit

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Some encouraging news out of war-torn Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry says world powers have agreed to a ceasefire -- and to provide immediate aid to the country. Kerry says diplomats hope it will begin next week. The country has been involved in a five-year civil war.

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The armed occupation of the National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon has come to an end. The four remaining occupiers surrendered peacefully yesterday. Those who surrendered were the remainders of anti-government militants who took over the refuge headquarters January 2nd.

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The house passes a bill in response to the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The new measure directs the Environmental Protection Agency to notify state officials within 24 hours when water contamination is detected at a certain level. If the state does not alert the public within 24 hours after that, the E-P-A must do it.

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The EPA ordered a plastics manufacturer to pay for the cleanup and investigation into water contamination in a town along the Vermont border. Hoosick Falls residents were told to stop drinking the town more than a year after a toxic chemical was found in the drinking supply. The New York State Environmental Conservation Department says the contamination stemmed from a factory operated by Saint-Gobain.

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While most food chains are going in one direction -- adding salads and healthy food options ... Burger King is adding hot dogs to the menu! The fast food chain tapped rapper Snoop Dogg to help promote the new menu items. There will be two choices -- classic flame grilled and a chilli cheese dog.

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And this Valentine's Day, Americans will spend big...especially millenials. Nerd Wallet's new survey found millenial men are planning to spend 371 dollars on everything from gifts to meals. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $1.9 billion on flowers.

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Not too bad today, but turning brutally cold overnight and through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills over the weekend, -25 to -50. Messy storm Tuesday with snow, sleet, and rain. Then colder again after that

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and Gina joins us live coming up! ...

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Trash Talks -- the debate over whether curbside pickup continues in one Vermont town.. Tax Tips -- it's that time of the year ..we look at whether you need professional help and your chances of being audited. And we're live at the new Echo Exhibit -- Gina joins us coming up...

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Fairfax residents talk trash... Residents of the northern Vermont town have had trash picked up by Duffy Waste and Recycling for years. But after regulations and recycling laws -- Duffy says it can no longer operate in town at the same rate. With a contract set to expire in May ... the town will decide whether to look at another company or drop curbside pickup altogether.

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(TC 05:09:15 Title 0795)((Tom Fontaine/Select Chair: "if you vote it - say if the article gets voted down and then we go to the budget, that's what we do." 05:19:28)) (TC 14:34:12 Title 0809)((Resident: "with the casella plan that you're proposing and the numbers that are in the flyer, is there an additional cost outside of our taxes for that option also?" 14:42:04)) (TC 15:52:02 Title 0815)((Resident: "they've got something that we have to pay for extra, and they've got nothing on here to even enforce how it's going to be done." 15:58:11)) Right now town officials don't know how much a contracted hauling company would cost individuals and the town -- or who is going to enforce trash rules..

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Many of us are starting to think about filing our taxes -- but whether it's personal or for your small business, what are the chances of being audited? A report from CNN Money says... LOW! That's due to persistent budget cuts at the IRS -- just last year, they conducted the lowest level of audits in 11 years, according to recent data from the agency. But that doesn't mean it's impossible.

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((Colleen Montgomery/Certified Public Accountant: "Ultimately, what it means is that there's less money available to pay auditors -- there's less money available to pay customer service people. They've tried to compensate for that by really beefing up the kinds of services that people can access by themselves on their website.")) So, what should you do to avoid being audited? Check your numbers -- incorrect data isn't only a common red flag for auditors -- it's also mostly preventable! Be honest -- if all of your income, deductions and credits are accurate -- then you're less likely to get more attention. Consider filing electronically -- according to Turbo Tax, the error rate for a paper return is 21 percent. The rate for returns filed electronically is point-5 percent. So, like most things in life, honesty and accuracy are key.

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Let's check back in with Gina now who's having some fun at ECHO in downtown Burlington this morning... I'm at at new permanent early learning exhibit called Champ Lane. Kids six and under can engage in science play here. They're making an exception to the rule this morning. The new space that encourages science play -- was created with input from parents -- early childhood educators -- and of course kids. Some of the features in this 3-dimensional story book are a climbing area -- where there's a treehouse -- bridge -- where kids can take some risks but feel safe doing it. There's also a streetscape where you'll find a french market -- café puppet theater -- boat -- there kids can learn about social interaction and practice those skills. There's also an animal care lab and book nook. Kids can interact through all five senses. Meeting and learning about science tools -- refining their balance skills -- developing spacial awareness -- and learning about the basics of math through sorting and counting.

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Tyler?

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Not too bad today, but turning brutally cold overnight and through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills over the weekend, -25 to -50. Messy storm Tuesday with snow, sleet, and rain. Then colder again after that

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds Snow showers late Highs: 15 to 22 Wind: S 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Snow showers, squalls Trace - 3" Turning real cold Lows: 2 to -10 Wind: S to NW 10 to 15 mph Saturday: Mostly cloudy Painfully cold & windy Wind chills -20 to -40 Highs: 2 to -8 Wind: NW 15 to 25 mph Extended: Sunday: Valentine's Day! Partly sunny Bitter cold & windy Lows: -10 to -25 Highs: -5 to 5 Monday: Presidents Day AM sun Increasing clouds Lows: -5 to -15 Highs: 15 to 25 Tuesday: Snow, sleet, and rain Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 32 to 42 Hyper-Extended: Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 22 to 32 Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 10 to 20

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Everybody loves Lee. The super senior's story will be music to your ears -- here's Joe Carroll.

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At the Berlin Health and Rehab Center, 85-year-old Lee Jollota is treated like a celebrity. (00:40:48:00) ((Nat sot, A woman kissing Lee and says we love you.)) She's being honored for 20 years of service. (00:42:07:00) ((Lee Jollota/Super Senior, This is such an exciting day. )) Not as an employee - but a volunteer. (00:41:40:00) ((Nat sot, Coming in the room and getting cheered.)) (00:02:43:00) ((Nat sot, Picking up her Martin guitar.)) (00:02:47:00) ((Lee, I've had it for 57 years. )) (00:03:32:00) (( Joe: So you need to tune it up? Lee: No, it's in tune. )) Simply put - she's in charge of bring joy to the residents. (00:04:21:00) ((Lee, OK, good morning everybody. Residents: Good morning Lee! )) (00:08:15:00) ((Nat sot, Singing the Tennessee Waltz .)) The songstress serenades the seniors. Twice a week she's here. You name it, she can likely sing it. (00:08:51:00) ((nat sot, And I remember the night in the Tennessee Waltz ...... )) After all these years, she still has the pipes. (00:25:15:00) (( Joe: You get a full house like that all the time? Lee: Just about! )) Music has been part of her life since she was 6, growing up in a musical family in Maine. (00:15:17:00) ((Singing, Share all my dreams with me.)) She moved to Vermont to be part of a group called Duke and His Swingbillies. They even had a long time gig in the '50s on WCAX - performing live. (00:15:19:00) ((I need you so, in life we search and some of us find. )) The music is old country, that's where the early memories are. Like marrying Jim and raising two kids. He has since passed away. (00:26:58:00) ((I have to be careful not to play all the slow stuff, it will put 'em to sleep. )) (00:19:03:00 ) ((Nat sot, Dana singing "Your are my Sunshine".)) Lee brightens up Dana Haskin's day. (00:19:54:00) ((Nat sot Back on Dana singing.)) Dana's been rehabilitating here a few months. That's when he first met her. (00:51:03:00) (( Oh, I know her for a lifetime. I actually used to watch her on TV. )) (00:51:19:00) (( Dana: She has the gift. The gift to share and to give. And to enjoy things. )) Dana was so impressed with Lee, he gave her a gift. He presented her with his daughter Susan's guitar. Susan battled breast cancer for years, but has since passed away. (00:53:34:00) (( Lee: But she play the guitar? Dana: Yes she did, at the drop of the hat she'd have that guitar out.)) (00:54:46:00) ((Dana Haskin/Resident, As soon as I saw Lee I got a place... somebody who deserves our daughter's guitar. )) Now Lee can strum along on both a Gibson and a Martin guitar . (00:33:02:00) (( Joe: You plan to keep on doing this? Lee: Until I'm a hundred! )) And that's a sweet note to end on. ((Nat sot music)) (00:46:28:00) ((Lee, Thank you everybody and it the good lord is willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be back here Friday morning.)) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Berlin.

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The father-daughter duo is back in the kitchen with us this morning! Doug and Laura Mack are here from the Inn at Baldwin Creek. Thanks for being with us. ((tyler tosses to break))

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Not too bad today, but turning brutally cold overnight and through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills over the weekend, -25 to -50. Messy storm Tuesday with snow, sleet, and rain. Then colder again after that

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A two-day snowboard and free skiing competition takes over Fenway Park in Boston. Big Air Fenway features the worlds best athletes. There are Vermonters taking part in the action, watching it from the stands and even helping with maintenance of the course. The ramp was built by the Steelman productions out of Keene, New Hampshire and a crew from Killington was called in to make the snow.

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Fairfax residents discuss the future of trash pick-up. Residents of the northern Vermont town have had trash picked up by Duffy Waste and Recycling for years. But after regulations and recycling laws -- Duffy says it can no longer operate in town at the same rate. With a contract set to expire in May ...on town meeting day .. Voters will decide whether to look at another company or drop curbside pickup altogether.

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Vermont law makers are considering changing last year's child protection bill. THAT bill required teachers, health care providers, and others to file reports of every instance of abuse. Most lawmakers appeared prepared to pass the amendment aimed to reduce the amount of paperwork in hospitals where staffers all witness the same event. But Republicans rose to challenge the change. Republicans are concerned it could have a big impact on the case of any given child.

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The EPA has ordered a plastics manufacturer to pay up after water contamination surfaced in a town along the Vermont border. Hoosick Falls residents were told to stop drinking the town water more than a year after a toxic chemical was found in the drinking supply. Now, Saint-Gobain and the plant's previous owner Honeywell International must pay to resolve the issue.

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Police arrest the people responsible for holding up a store in Cabot. On Februrary first -- a suspect went into the Cabot Village Store on Main Street with a gun -- demanding cash. Police say this robbery -- was very similar to others. They teamed up with Hardwick and State Police which led them... .. to arrest 37-year-old Ricky Thompson -- and 27-year-old Trisha Bisson. Police say the pair were involved with four armed robberies in three counties. They are still searching for another person involved.

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For months -- police say a Brandon man was buying his gas -- on someone else's dime. State Police say this man -- 56-year-old Dorran Cooley was purchasing gas using a "Speedpass" -- that didn't belong to him. Police say it's been going on for at least a year -- and Cooley racked up almost one thousand dollars on the 74-year-old victim's account. He was arrested at a gas station in Rutland and is now facing charges.

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It's tax time! Filing your taxes can feel like a handful, but it may be easier than you realize. This year instead of seeking out an expert, you may want to try doing it on your own. Our tax expert tells us if your income is all from wages, or a W-2, it's relatively simple to do that tax return. There is free, online software that can walk you right through it. But if you're a business owner, there's a lot of rules about what you can deduct so it may be more appropriate to seek out professional help.

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

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Not too bad today, but turning brutally cold overnight and through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills over the weekend, -25 to -50. Messy storm Tuesday with snow, sleet, and rain. Then colder again after that

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Not too bad today, but turning brutally cold overnight and through the weekend. Dangerous wind chills over the weekend, -25 to -50. Messy storm Tuesday with snow, sleet, and rain. Then colder again after that


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