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((THANK GARY)) But first let's get to ...

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New overnight -- the next White House Communications Director is expected to be announced today. Administration officials say it will be Mike Dubke. Some of President Trump's loyalists claim they'd prefer a veteran from the campaign instead. Dubke founded Crossroads Media -- acclaimed as the premier Republican media services firm.

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Meanwhile, the president's pick for national security adviser is saying 'no thanks' to the job offer. President Trump tapped Navy seal and deputy commander of the US Central Command -- Vice Admiral Robert Harward for the position. But Harward says he's going to pass on that. This comes after Michael Flynn resigned Monday.

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Labor Unions that represent workers in New Hampshire are celebrating this morning. Lawmakers there shot down a proposed law that labor unions were against. The legislation would have prohibited unions from charging fees to non members. This was a top priority for Governor Chris Sununu and looked like it would pass befor last night's vote.

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Also new this morning: A hiker is home safe after going missing for several hours on Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire. Rescue crews found 25-year old Vincent Hevey huddled with his two dogs. Officials say the Quebec man lost the trail and his gloves Wednesday. Search teams found him 800 feet south of the summit the next day. Fish and Game Department officials don't believe that he would have survived if they hadn't found him when they did.

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\ Now to a story that's getting a ton of reaction on Facebook. We broke down the numbers yesterday on how much it'll cost to change the mascot in South Burlington. This morning ... Channel 3's Alex Hirsch is live with more on that estimated 170-thousand-dollar price tag. I found out that South Burlington school leaders plan to put a committee together to oversee the effort to come up with a new mascot. These are documents given out at a meeting this week that outline a possible plan. Here's what they include: Setting up a committee made up of: Members from the classes of 2017-2023. Principals from both the middle and high school and staff members as well And some alumni and parents. According to these documents: The committee will be accepting suggestions online and on campus. Then, once mascot ideas are narrowed down ... Students and staff would have a chance to vote on it. I've reached out to David Young, the Superintendent, about the plan moving forward and hope to bring you more from him as this develops. We've gotten a lot of comments on Facebook about the cost of all of this. Brian Jordan says I think that because it's going to cost so much money and it's a taxpayer issue the taxpayers should decide whether the name change is not the school board it's time to stop wasting money while Gabi Gordon says ... incremental change is an option they ought to be looking into (hopefully, they are)." It's important to note that according to to documents 170 thousand cost is just an estimate... And they already have about 73 thousand dollars budgeted for the changes as part of the 2018 fiscal year.

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Another big story we're following this morning ... Channel 3 found out that a growing number of immigrants are fleeing into Canada. Tyler Dumont has more on the spike in numbers.

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In the small town of Champlain in upstate New York lies Roxham Road. A sign labels it a dead end -- but for many, it's a new start. ((TILE 6368 02:37:47:24--02:37:52: 12 "Yesterday there was a guy with a duffle bag walking that way.")) Residents who live here say the dirt drive is increasingly becoming a destination for immigrants seeking asylum in Canada. Footprints are seen crossing over the snow banks -- next to the border marking -- and leading to the other side. ((TILE 6345 02:17:42:18--02:17:45: 12 MELISSA BESHAW/WITNESSES ILLEGAL CROSSINGS: Just recently this year it has been really crazy.")) Melissa Beshaw has lived here for 21 years. She says she sees people get dropped off by taxis -- or friends and relatives. They walk across the border at the end of the road -- and are taken into custody by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. ((TILE 6345 02:18:11:26--02:18:16: 00 BESHAW: If I go by week, I probably see 10, 15 people walking up here.)) ((TILE 6345 02:33:15:04--02:33:33: 24 TYLER DUMONT: "U.S. Customs says people have been crossing northward illegally for decades, but recent numbers are on the rise. Since October 2016, they say 1,000 people have gone over at spots like this and faced arrest -- rather than going through official ports of entry.")) ((GFX)) The number of people claiming refugee status in Canada after crossing from the U-S into Quebec has risen dramatically in the past few months -- since the presidential election. In December 2014, there were just 74 refugee claims from land border crossings. 101 the next year. But this past December -- the number jumps to 593. ((GFX 2)) And a comparison of the annual totals for all three years -- shows refugee claims in Quebec have nearly tripled. ((TILE 6345 02:18:30:19--02:18:41: 20 MELISSA BESHAW/WITNESSES ILLEGAL CROSSINGS: "It's been really bad since Trump's been in office. They're carrying all kinds of bags and totes. Even families are pushing kids in strollers, it's terrible.")) U.S. Customs and Border Protection says they regularly patrol this part of the border. It's legal for them to stop anyone they suspect is illegal -- but they can't detain those with legal status who are about to break Canadian law and walk in. This U.S. Army veteran says people in cars from out of state come down his road -- to ask him about the spot. ((TILE 6368 02:35:07:04--02:35:11: 00 Geno Ramirez/Witnesses illegal crossings: "They were looking over here for the border.")) Willing to face arrest -- to flee the United States. Tyler Dumont -- channel 3 news -- Champlain New York.

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And on that note, there may be some new woes for immigrants. President Trump plans to roll out yet another executive order on immigration. However, this time the president claims his new order will be tailored specifically to the court's recent decision. Earlier this month the federal court decided to suspend the travel ban.

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We often hear about budgets ... But don't see the people behind the numbers. Agency of Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille could be facing a loss of a big chunk of federal money that normally goes to health care, housing programs, and assistance for kids and seniors. He runs the state agency with the largest budget and, he says, 60-percent of the money normally comes from the feds. Because of proposals being considered in Washington, that money is not guaranteed.

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(01:21:49:00) ((Al Gobeille - Vt. AHS Secretary it's pretty much the same conversation over and over again, what would you do with less. And, the fear is that it won't come in an overall cut that we can deal with, it will be programmatic and then, what do we do with those programs)) Gobeille says in some instances there may be nothing the state can do to save critical assistance.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL))

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Today: A few AM snow showers Then partly sunny Highs: 25 to 32 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Lows: 8 to 18 Wind: Becoming S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Mix of sun & clouds Breezy & warmer Highs: 37 to 44 Wind: SSW 10 to 20 mph Extended: Sunday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for a few snow/rain showers Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 35 to 42 Monday: Presidents Day! Partly cloudy Lows: 20s Highs: 22 to 32 Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 35 to 42 Hyper-Exended: Wednesday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for snow/rain showers Lows: 20s Highs: 35 to 45 Thursday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for snow/rain showers Lows: 22 to 32 Highs: 38 to 48

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Some parents are on edge this morning -- hoping their kids haven't been exposed to lead at the water fountains in school. Two elementary schools in New Jersey tested higher than acceptable levels of lead in the water. So now the state has called for tests in all public schools. Health officials say lead has been tied to learning disabilities and other problems for young children.

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Goals to enjoy a really long life -- it's something on the minds of many in Generation X. The MDVIP Health and Longevity Study claims more than half the people born between 1965 and 1980 -- want to live until at least 90 years old. The problem is -- researchers say most who strive for this aren't changing their lifestyle choices to make it happen. Like getting an annual physical -- officials say 55 percent of this group haven't seen the doctor in the past 5 years.

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It's a dream for me but a reality for many. Sitting at your desk with man's best friend by your side. More and more companies are letting employees bring dogs to the office. Research shows pets at work benefit not only the people but the animal. Several studies claim pets in the workplace can help reduce stress and improve productivity.

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((Bob Sherbin/ NVidia @ 7:44:09// 7:43:46)) "It does make sense to bring your dog to work… it's worked well in terms of making employees feel happy, in terms of keeping them relaxed and that's good for the company." Just know -- employers with pups on payroll say the only way this workflow stays successful is with rules in place to maintain mutual respect among coworkers and a clean office s pace.

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These days it feels like you can't get anything for free on an aiplane! But that's changing on Delta where free meals are coming back. If you're travelling across the country, come March first, you'll get fed. The FLIGHTS included go BETWEEN NEW YORK'S J-F-K, LOS ANGELES AND SAN FRANCISCO.

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If you have a baby and use a stroller ... We have a heads up about a recall by Britax. Britax is recalling more than 700,000 strollers with Click & Go receiver mounts because they can fall. The recalled models include Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion strollers when they are used with a travel system with a car seat carrier.

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ANY PARENT WILL TELL YOU THE PRICE OF DIAPERS ADDS UP FAST. IMAGINE A WHOLE TRUCKLOAD. RHODE ISLAND STATE POLICE HAVE ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE FOR STEALING ABOUT 80-THOUSAND-DOLLARS WORTH OF DIAPERS. Police SAY, THE DRIVER SOLD THE STASH OF PREMIUM DIAPERS AND DITCHED THE TRUCK AT A MOTEL IN WEST GREENWICH.

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New this morning -- there's a hoax phone call circulating throughout our region and it's fooling many people. We're talking about the unfamiliar voice asking "can you hear me?" Police are now advising anyone who gets this call -- to just hang up. New York troopers say the scammers want you to say yes. That way they have a recording of your positive response to use for unauthorized charges against your utility or credit card accounts.

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One Vermont restaurant has to pay up after being accused of credit card fraud. Officials says at least one employee at Grand Buffet in Essex -- stole customer's credit card numbers back in 20-14. At least 100 cases of credit card fraud were reported -- totaling about 35-thousand. The settlement requires Grand Buffet to change how its employees handle credit cards -- implement better record keeping -- and pay a 30-thousand dollar penalty.

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It certainly makes our lives a whole lot easier -- advanced technology right at our fingertips. Things like shopping online or controlling devices in our home with just the sound of your voice. But hold on -- investigative reporter Jennifer Costa finds out while we feel at ease -- there are cyber attackers out there harping on our comfortability with technology.

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Jonathan Rajewski is really good at finding things online -- you probably wouldn't want him to see. ((NATS Rajewski "I actually found someone's solar system. Their solar system...connected to their home!")) Check out this live feed from a home security camera somewhere in Vermont. He found that too. ((NATS Rajewski 00:24:02:00 "No username or password. It is literally exposed.")) If the cyber security expert can spy on you -- he says so can burglars and cyber attackers... ((Jonathan Rajewski/Cyber Security Expert 00:04:29:00 "which is frightening.")) ((NATS -- internet SOUND)) ...thanks to your smart devices. ((NATS hi I'm Alexa)) ...She seems harmless...even helpful. ((Jonathan Rajewski/Cyber Security Expert 00:03:02:27 "if you want that convenience there's a flipside to that. There is a potential security vulnerability with these devices and you have to be aware of that.")) Think of these internet connected gadgets -- as little computers -- constantly storing and processing information about YOU. You would never buy a house without a lock -- so why not have the same security standards for the smart devices you plug into your home? ((RAJEWSKI 00:11:37:24 "it's scary. You don't really know if they're safe. You are trusting the company to make sure it's safe, trusting the company with your data.")) The bad guys out there...waiting to attack...and they're using YOU to commit crimes. ((Jonathan Rajewski/Cyber Security Expert 00:05:35:00 "it's a big problem.")) Here's how he says it works: they'll hack into a smart device... like your internet baby monitor. It's easier to infiltrate than your computer. Once they break in -- they not only control yours -- but the 1-million models -- just like it -- sold across the country. Those monitors become foot soldiers in a global army-for-hire -- programmed to attack enemy websites. ((Jonathan Rajewski/Cyber Security Expert 00:06:34:22 "If someone can compromise all of them and then sell it to the highest bidder, that's how they make their money.")) The attackers can use these hijacked smart devices to slow down or shutdown websites. Sometimes even disabling the pay functions. Corporations are common targets. Twitter and Netflix have both been hit. Once an attack is launched -- it's nearly impossible to stop. And you would never even know your device fighting for the bad guys. So how would my smart devices stand up to Rajewski's skills? ((00:25:47:06 "It looks like you have a device that has an open port.")) And if it still has the manufacturer's password, I'm in trouble. ((JR 00:32:22:13 "and if someone can find it which is typically just a google search away, someone could log-into this device." JC: that's not good. JR: no.")) Experts say the best safeguard is ditching your smart devices. But let's admit it, we're addicted to these things. So if you have them...secure them. Jennifer Costa -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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((REAX TOSS TO GARY))

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Temps: In single digits above and below zero. Wind chills: Even colder with brisk NW winds - some teens below zero right now. Wind Chill Advisory: For much of the North Country until 10 AM. Today: Some sunshine, but very cold - wind chills well below zero, especially early.

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New this morning -- we get a sneak peek at what the new healthcare system will look like. Also new this morning -- we've heard from a lot of you overnight about worries over budget plans for mascot changes in South Burlington's school district. Plus, a push to make Burlington's Police Commission a little clearer to the public.

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New this morning -- a multi-million dollar bond will be up for discussion among Burlington voters next month. It's all to help the district's 9 aging schools. Voters now have to decide if they want to approve a 19 million dollar bond over a 10 year period to pay for these upgrades. Officials say the schools are out of compliance with things like safety standards.

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Now to a story that's getting a ton of reaction on Facebook. We broke down the numbers yesterday on how much it'll cost to change the mascot in South Burlington. This morning ... Channel 3's Alex Hirsch is live with more on that estimated 170-thousand-dollar price tag. I found out that South Burlington school leaders plan to put a committee together to oversee the effort to come up with a new mascot. These are documents given out at a meeting this week that outline a possible plan. Here's what they include: Setting up a committee made up of: Members from the classes of 2017-2023. Principals from both the middle and high school and staff members as well And some alumni and parents. According to these documents: The committee will be accepting suggestions online and on campus. Then, once mascot ideas are narrowed down ... Students and staff would have a chance to vote on it. I've reached out to David Young, the Superintendent, about the plan moving forward and hope to bring you more from him as this develops. We've gotten a lot of comments on Facebook about the cost of all of this. Judson Gravel says We should start a go fund me and raise a few bucks, we'll each kick $20 to start, I bet hundreds of other decent people will join us and we make 5k easy. while Tim Soutiere says Well, so if they want it changed, the people who voted to change it can cover all cost. Simple enough. Accodring to the documents-One of guidelines for the new mascot finding a name that unifies the community...the guidelines also state it must be clearly different from the Rebel name.

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We are getting a sneak peek at some of the preliminary ideas of what the new health care plans will look like -- according to top House Republicans. It features a revamped Medicaid program for the poor, tax breaks to help pay doctors' bills. The program would also federally subsidize state pools to assist people with costly medical conditions in buying insurance.

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The remains of two snowmobilers who crashed through Lake Champlain have been found. Thursday, the body of 32-year-old Jonathan Ryan of Shoreham was recovered in about 20 feet of water -- just off shore in Putnam, New York. Police also confirmed that the body found wednesday was 23-year-old Brandon Barrett, of Benson. The two men disappeared a week ago -- while riding their snowmobiles across the lake. Authorities say they broke thru the ice near the New York shoreline.

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Leaders in the Queen City want to define the role of the Police Commission. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Chief Brandon del Pozo want to adopt a system similar to the State Police's. That advisory board reviews allegations and recommends discipline. The city passed a resolution to clarify the responsibilities of the commission in 2015.

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((Chief Brandon del Pozo, Burlington Police Dept. Tile 4373 TC 6:33:13-6:33:28 "I think we've been pretty open with the police commission about the discipline that we give out to officers but I'd like that process to be even more transparent and I'd like them to have a greater voice in vetting the quality of our investigations and the appropriateness of our conclusions and our discipline.")) some city councilors and commission members at last night's public safety meeting say they need more community feedback before bringing any proposals to City Council. They don't want any changes until there is more public outreach.

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It had a good run here at Channel 3 -- with a whole lot of history. So many wonder what happened to our old news set? One of our anchor desks was donated to the school's communications program. Students will be using the desk for their bi-weekly news program. The student-run newscast operates just like a working news station -- with a control room, director, and anchors. The school will paint it green to match the school's colors.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL))

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Today: A few AM snow showers Then partly sunny Highs: 25 to 32 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Lows: 8 to 18 Wind: Becoming S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Mix of sun & clouds Breezy & warmer Highs: 37 to 44 Wind: SSW 10 to 20 mph Extended: Sunday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for a few snow/rain showers Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 35 to 42 Monday: Presidents Day! Partly cloudy Lows: 20s Highs: 22 to 32 Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 35 to 42 Hyper-Exended: Wednesday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for snow/rain showers Lows: 20s Highs: 35 to 45 Thursday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for snow/rain showers Lows: 22 to 32 Highs: 38 to 48

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Both UVM Hockey teams have been keeping it cool on the ice Jack Fitzsimmons has it all in todays sports wrap...

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((Both UVM hockey teams have experienced their ups and downs this year, but both have big opportunities this weekend when it comes to the conference standings. --- The Catamount sit in 6th place in the conference standings and travel to first place BC this weekend. In the second to last week of conference play, the Cats need to pick up a few points this weekend to have any realistic chance of catching Notre Dame or Umass Lowell for a first round bye in the Hockey east tournament. The UVM women sit in 5th, but are tied with 4th place Providence ahead of their season ending home series against Merrimack. Needless to say, this weekend is big for both teams. --- ((Plumer: "For us to get off to a good start friday night and if we can play a good game and finally get our first win over Merrimack, it takes some pressure off Saturday to some extent." --- Sneddon: "We expect them to be very good, especially at home on Senior weekend, those kind of things. We're preparing as if we're playing the first place team. And really for that matter preparing ourselves the same way we would prepare for every weekend." --- Both those games face off at 7 o'clock tonight, we'll have highlights at 11. With your sportswrap, I'm Jack Fitzsimmons.

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Volunteering is a way of life for this week's super senior. Just wait until you see just how long she's been doing that. Here's Joe Carroll.

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Peg Lefebvre is a regular at Fanny Allen Hospital in Colchester. The 93 year old isn't here for a medical appointment, but a meeting. (00:03:11:00) (( Joe: Ready to get to work? Peg: You call that work Joe? )) Down a hallway - the University of Vermont Hospital Auxiliary is getting together for its monthly meeting. (00:04:10:00) ((Friend: Oh hello and good morning! )) The nonprofit raises money for the hospital. (00:07:00:00) ((Bernie Echo/UVM Hospital Auxiliary President, And I will tell you that the auxiliary has been in existence for 97 years. )) Peg is the auxiliary's longest-serving volunteers. This is her 75th year. (00:12:04:00) ((Peg, I used to get out of school and run up the hill like hell to get to the hospital. )) (00:12:22:00) ((Bernie: Good morning everybody. The meeting will come to order. )) The former Catholic hospital is now run by the UVM Medical Center but it still has remnants of its past. All the men of the Last Supper seem to oversee all the women around this table. (00:15:40:00) ((Peg, I certainly agree for the room, I call it the respite room for the people working for the rehab. So I think that's needed. )) (00:16:10:00) ((Bernie, All those in favor of the motion, say Aye. Aye. )) Peg takes minutes at the meeting and was a former president - but her early days were in the trenches cleaning bed pans and changing sheets. (00:25:30:00) (( Joe: But why did you want to do that? Peg: I wanted to be a nurse, but it was during the depression - didn't have the money.)) Instead she had a long career in the telephone company. She had another responsibility. (00:31:41:00) ((Peg, I never got married until I was 65. My father was bed ridden, he passed on, my mother was bed ridden. She passed on. )) She married Steve - a high school classmate, but it was short lived - sadly he died 7 years later. Throughout that time she kept volunteering - she has a simple reason why. (00:44:21:00) ((Peg, For things that were done to you, when times were bad, you owe for that. Somebody did something for you, how are you going to pay that somebody out there back. )) (00:15:17:00) (( Bernie: So we'll start with Peg - your thoughts? Peg: In listening to Dianne, I would agree. )) The meeting lasts for 2 hours - the effects of what they do are lasting. The Auxiliary's giving ranges from nurses scholarships to handing out teddy bears young patients. They operate the gift shop at the main campus. ((nat sot of register)) (00:58:02:00) ((Joe Carroll/South Burlington, But it's not just the gift shop that the auxiliary runs. Replays sells clothes and furniture and the profits go towards the hospital, through the years they've given away a lot of money. )) (00:34:02:00) (( Millions.....and nobody knows it. )) Over the last few decades they have donated over 7 million dollars to the hospital. (00:06:11:00) (( Bernie, we are a big deal. A big deal. )) Helped by a woman who has given a lifetime of volunteering. (00:32:30:00) ((Peg, to this day, I owe someone, somewhere, something. that's my philosophy. Joe: And it sounds like it's continuing. Peg: Yeah. )) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Colchester.

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Snowfall: Above average snowfall in Burlington for first time in a long time. Snowfall amounts: Lots of snow in some areas, not so much in others. What to expect: Snow showers ending this AM. Warmer over the weekend, but slight chance for a few snow/rain showers Sunday.

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Dads in tutus... enough said. This is a ballet class in Philadelphia. For Valentine's Day, the dancers invited their dads to class.

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Still ahead this morning, Thousands of dollars in diapers snatched up by a truck driver. Also, bringing your pup to work? Lucky you -- find out why many companies are jumping on that bandwagon. Plus, one generation hopes to live well into their 90's -- but why health experts say that's probably not happening. Stay with us.

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Today: AM snow showers, then partly sunny.

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((THANK GARY)) But first let's get to ...

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New overnight -- the next White House Communications Director is expected to be announced today. Administration officials say it will be Mike Dubke. Some of President Trump's loyalists claim they'd prefer a veteran from the campaign instead. Dubke founded Crossroads Media -- acclaimed as the premier Republican media services firm.

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Meanwhile, the president's pick for national security adviser is saying 'no thanks' to the job offer. President Trump tapped Navy seal and deputy commander of the US Central Command -- Vice Admiral Robert Harward for the position. But Harward says he's going to pass on that. This comes after Michael Flynn resigned Monday.

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Labor Unions that represent workers in New Hampshire are celebrating this morning. Lawmakers there shot down a proposed law that labor unions were against. The legislation would have prohibited unions from charging fees to non members. This was a top priority for Governor Chris Sununu and looked like it would pass befor last night's vote.

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Also new this morning: A hiker is home safe after going missing for several hours on Mount Lafayette in New Hampshire. Rescue crews found 25-year old Vincent Hevey huddled with his two dogs. Officials say the Quebec man lost the trail and his gloves Wednesday. Search teams found him 800 feet south of the summit the next day. Fish and Game Department officials don't believe that he would have survived if they hadn't found him when they did.

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\ Now to a story that's getting a ton of reaction on Facebook. We broke down the numbers yesterday on how much it'll cost to change the mascot in South Burlington. This morning ... Channel 3's Alex Hirsch is live with more on that estimated 170-thousand-dollar price tag. I found out that South Burlington school leaders plan to put a committee together to oversee the effort to come up with a new mascot. These are documents given out at a meeting this week that outline a possible plan. Here's what they include: Setting up a committee made up of: Members from the classes of 2017-2023. Principals from both the middle and high school and staff members as well And some alumni and parents. According to these documents: The committee will be accepting suggestions online and on campus. Then, once mascot ideas are narrowed down ... Students and staff would have a chance to vote on it. I've reached out to David Young, the Superintendent, about the plan moving forward and hope to bring you more from him as this develops. We've gotten a lot of comments on Facebook about the cost of all of this. Brian Jordan says I think that because it's going to cost so much money and it's a taxpayer issue the taxpayers should decide whether the name change is not the school board it's time to stop wasting money while Gabi Gordon says ... incremental change is an option they ought to be looking into (hopefully, they are)." It's important to note that according to to documents 170 thousand cost is just an estimate... And they already have about 73 thousand dollars budgeted for the changes as part of the 2018 fiscal year.

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Another big story we're following this morning ... Channel 3 found out that a growing number of immigrants are fleeing into Canada. Tyler Dumont has more on the spike in numbers.

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In the small town of Champlain in upstate New York lies Roxham Road. A sign labels it a dead end -- but for many, it's a new start. ((TILE 6368 02:37:47:24--02:37:52: 12 "Yesterday there was a guy with a duffle bag walking that way.")) Residents who live here say the dirt drive is increasingly becoming a destination for immigrants seeking asylum in Canada. Footprints are seen crossing over the snow banks -- next to the border marking -- and leading to the other side. ((TILE 6345 02:17:42:18--02:17:45: 12 MELISSA BESHAW/WITNESSES ILLEGAL CROSSINGS: Just recently this year it has been really crazy.")) Melissa Beshaw has lived here for 21 years. She says she sees people get dropped off by taxis -- or friends and relatives. They walk across the border at the end of the road -- and are taken into custody by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. ((TILE 6345 02:18:11:26--02:18:16: 00 BESHAW: If I go by week, I probably see 10, 15 people walking up here.)) ((TILE 6345 02:33:15:04--02:33:33: 24 TYLER DUMONT: "U.S. Customs says people have been crossing northward illegally for decades, but recent numbers are on the rise. Since October 2016, they say 1,000 people have gone over at spots like this and faced arrest -- rather than going through official ports of entry.")) ((GFX)) The number of people claiming refugee status in Canada after crossing from the U-S into Quebec has risen dramatically in the past few months -- since the presidential election. In December 2014, there were just 74 refugee claims from land border crossings. 101 the next year. But this past December -- the number jumps to 593. ((GFX 2)) And a comparison of the annual totals for all three years -- shows refugee claims in Quebec have nearly tripled. ((TILE 6345 02:18:30:19--02:18:41: 20 MELISSA BESHAW/WITNESSES ILLEGAL CROSSINGS: "It's been really bad since Trump's been in office. They're carrying all kinds of bags and totes. Even families are pushing kids in strollers, it's terrible.")) U.S. Customs and Border Protection says they regularly patrol this part of the border. It's legal for them to stop anyone they suspect is illegal -- but they can't detain those with legal status who are about to break Canadian law and walk in. This U.S. Army veteran says people in cars from out of state come down his road -- to ask him about the spot. ((TILE 6368 02:35:07:04--02:35:11: 00 Geno Ramirez/Witnesses illegal crossings: "They were looking over here for the border.")) Willing to face arrest -- to flee the United States. Tyler Dumont -- channel 3 news -- Champlain New York.

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And on that note, there may be some new woes for immigrants. President Trump plans to roll out yet another executive order on immigration. However, this time the president claims his new order will be tailored specifically to the court's recent decision. Earlier this month the federal court decided to suspend the travel ban.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Cloudy. Radar: Persistent snow showers along western slopes of Green Mountains in northern areas. Temps: Mainly in mid/upper teens into the low 20s. Forecast clouds/precip: Snow showers will end in the AM, then partly sunny, but still a bit chilly today. Turning warmer over the weekend as a warm front comes through tonight. Some sun over the weekend, but chance for a few snow/rain showers on Sunday with front coming back down as a backdoor cold front.

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Today: A few AM snow showers Then partly sunny Highs: 25 to 32 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Lows: 8 to 18 Wind: Becoming S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Mix of sun & clouds Breezy & warmer Highs: 37 to 44 Wind: SSW 10 to 20 mph Extended: Sunday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for a few snow/rain showers Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 35 to 42 Monday: Presidents Day! Partly cloudy Lows: 20s Highs: 22 to 32 Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 35 to 42 Hyper-Exended: Wednesday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for snow/rain showers Lows: 20s Highs: 35 to 45 Thursday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for snow/rain showers Lows: 22 to 32 Highs: 38 to 48

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Some parents are on edge this morning -- hoping their kids haven't been exposed to lead at the water fountains in school. Two elementary schools in New Jersey tested higher than acceptable levels of lead in the water. So now the state has called for tests in all public schools. Health officials say lead has been tied to learning disabilities and other problems for young children.

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Goals to enjoy a really long life -- it's something on the minds of many in Generation X. The MDVIP Health and Longevity Study claims more than half the people born between 1965 and 1980 -- want to live until at least 90 years old. The problem is -- researchers say most who strive for this aren't changing their lifestyle choices to make it happen. Like getting an annual physical -- officials say 55 percent of this group haven't seen the doctor in the past 5 years.

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It's a dream for me but a reality for many. Sitting at your desk with man's best friend by your side. More and more companies are letting employees bring dogs to the office. Research shows pets at work benefit not only the people but the animal. Several studies claim pets in the workplace can help reduce stress and improve productivity.

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((Bob Sherbin/ NVidia @ 7:44:09// 7:43:46)) "It does make sense to bring your dog to work… it's worked well in terms of making employees feel happy, in terms of keeping them relaxed and that's good for the company." Just know -- employers with pups on payroll say the only way this workflow stays successful is with rules in place to maintain mutual respect among coworkers and a clean office s pace.

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If you have a baby and use a stroller ... We have a heads up about a recall by Britax. Britax is recalling more than 700,000 strollers with Click & Go receiver mounts because they can fall. The recalled models include Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion strollers when they are used with a travel system with a car seat carrier.

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ANY PARENT WILL TELL YOU THE PRICE OF DIAPERS ADDS UP FAST. IMAGINE A WHOLE TRUCKLOAD. RHODE ISLAND STATE POLICE HAVE ARRESTED TWO PEOPLE FOR STEALING ABOUT 80-THOUSAND-DOLLARS WORTH OF DIAPERS. Police SAY, THE DRIVER SOLD THE STASH OF PREMIUM DIAPERS AND DITCHED THE TRUCK AT A MOTEL IN WEST GREENWICH.

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New this morning -- there's a hoax phone call circulating throughout our region and it's fooling many people. We're talking about the unfamiliar voice asking "can you hear me?" Police are now advising anyone who gets this call -- to just hang up. New York troopers say the scammers want you to say yes. That way they have a recording of your positive response to use for unauthorized charges against your utility or credit card accounts.

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It certainly makes our lives a whole lot easier -- advanced technology right at our fingertips. Things like shopping online or controlling devices in our home with just the sound of your voice. But hold on -- investigative reporter Jennifer Costa finds out while we feel at ease -- there are cyber attackers out there harping on our comfortability with technology.

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Jonathan Rajewski is really good at finding things online -- you probably wouldn't want him to see. ((NATS Rajewski "I actually found someone's solar system. Their solar system...connected to their home!")) Check out this live feed from a home security camera somewhere in Vermont. He found that too. ((NATS Rajewski 00:24:02:00 "No username or password. It is literally exposed.")) If the cyber security expert can spy on you -- he says so can burglars and cyber attackers... ((Jonathan Rajewski/Cyber Security Expert 00:04:29:00 "which is frightening.")) ((NATS -- internet SOUND)) ...thanks to your smart devices. ((NATS hi I'm Alexa)) ...She seems harmless...even helpful. ((Jonathan Rajewski/Cyber Security Expert 00:03:02:27 "if you want that convenience there's a flipside to that. There is a potential security vulnerability with these devices and you have to be aware of that.")) Think of these internet connected gadgets -- as little computers -- constantly storing and processing information about YOU. You would never buy a house without a lock -- so why not have the same security standards for the smart devices you plug into your home? ((RAJEWSKI 00:11:37:24 "it's scary. You don't really know if they're safe. You are trusting the company to make sure it's safe, trusting the company with your data.")) The bad guys out there...waiting to attack...and they're using YOU to commit crimes. ((Jonathan Rajewski/Cyber Security Expert 00:05:35:00 "it's a big problem.")) Here's how he says it works: they'll hack into a smart device... like your internet baby monitor. It's easier to infiltrate than your computer. Once they break in -- they not only control yours -- but the 1-million models -- just like it -- sold across the country. Those monitors become foot soldiers in a global army-for-hire -- programmed to attack enemy websites. ((Jonathan Rajewski/Cyber Security Expert 00:06:34:22 "If someone can compromise all of them and then sell it to the highest bidder, that's how they make their money.")) The attackers can use these hijacked smart devices to slow down or shutdown websites. Sometimes even disabling the pay functions. Corporations are common targets. Twitter and Netflix have both been hit. Once an attack is launched -- it's nearly impossible to stop. And you would never even know your device fighting for the bad guys. So how would my smart devices stand up to Rajewski's skills? ((00:25:47:06 "It looks like you have a device that has an open port.")) And if it still has the manufacturer's password, I'm in trouble. ((JR 00:32:22:13 "and if someone can find it which is typically just a google search away, someone could log-into this device." JC: that's not good. JR: no.")) Experts say the best safeguard is ditching your smart devices. But let's admit it, we're addicted to these things. So if you have them...secure them. Jennifer Costa -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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Radar: Persistent snow showers along western slopes of Green Mountains in northern areas. Today: AM snow showers, then partly sunny.

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New this morning -- we get a sneak peek at what the new healthcare system will look like. Also new this morning -- we've heard from a lot of you overnight about worries over budget plans for mascot changes in South Burlington's school district. Plus, a push to make Burlington's Police Commission a little clearer to the public.

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Today: AM snow showers, then partly sunny.

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New this morning -- a multi-million dollar bond will be up for discussion among Burlington voters next month. It's all to help the district's 9 aging schools. Voters now have to decide if they want to approve a 19 million dollar bond over a 10 year period to pay for these upgrades. Officials say the schools are out of compliance with things like safety standards.

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Now to a story that's getting a ton of reaction on Facebook. We broke down the numbers yesterday on how much it'll cost to change the mascot in South Burlington. This morning ... Channel 3's Alex Hirsch is live with more on that estimated 170-thousand-dollar price tag. I found out that South Burlington school leaders plan to put a committee together to oversee the effort to come up with a new mascot. These are documents given out at a meeting this week that outline a possible plan. Here's what they include: Setting up a committee made up of: Members from the classes of 2017-2023. Principals from both the middle and high school and staff members as well And some alumni and parents. According to these documents: The committee will be accepting suggestions online and on campus. Then, once mascot ideas are narrowed down ... Students and staff would have a chance to vote on it. I've reached out to David Young, the Superintendent, about the plan moving forward and hope to bring you more from him as this develops. We've gotten a lot of comments on Facebook about the cost of all of this. Judson Gravel says We should start a go fund me and raise a few bucks, we'll each kick $20 to start, I bet hundreds of other decent people will join us and we make 5k easy. while Tim Soutiere says Well, so if they want it changed, the people who voted to change it can cover all cost. Simple enough. Accodring to the documents-One of guidelines for the new mascot finding a name that unifies the community...the guidelines also state it must be clearly different from the Rebel name.

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We are getting a sneak peek at some of the preliminary ideas of what the new health care plans will look like -- according to top House Republicans. It features a revamped Medicaid program for the poor, tax breaks to help pay doctors' bills. The program would also federally subsidize state pools to assist people with costly medical conditions in buying insurance.

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The snowy road conditions we tracked for you yesterday may be to blame for at least one fatality in our region. It happened in Hartland on I-91. Troopers say Rodney Newton of Plainfield was heading South just before 7 THURS -- when he flipped his truck - landing in the median. Police say speed -- and the slippery roadway -- were factors in the crash.

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Leaders in the Queen City want to define the role of the Police Commission. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and Chief Brandon del Pozo want to adopt a system similar to the State Police's. That advisory board reviews allegations and recommends discipline. The city passed a resolution to clarify the responsibilities of the commission in 2015. Some say they need more community feedback before bringing any proposals to City Council. They don't want any changes until there is more public outreach.

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It had a good run here at Channel 3 -- with a whole lot of history. So many wonder what happened to our old news set? One of our anchor desks was donated to Castleton University's communications program. Students will be using the desk for their bi-weekly news program. The student-run newscast operates just like a working news station -- with a control room, director, and anchors.

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((Martin Vanburen/Communication s: "it looks very professional and we were very excited. Students would come in after they had set everything up and they would look at it and go 'wow!' Definitely an upgrade over the previous set-up.")) Communications professor Bob Gershon says he will make one change to the desk. It will be painted green to match the school's colors.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Cloudy. Radar: Persistent snow showers along western slopes of Green Mountains in northern areas. Temps: Mainly in mid/upper teens into the low 20s. Forecast clouds/precip: Snow showers will end in the AM, then partly sunny, but still a bit chilly today. Turning warmer over the weekend as a warm front comes through tonight. Some sun over the weekend, but chance for a few snow/rain showers on Sunday with front coming back down as a backdoor cold front.

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Today: A few AM snow showers Then partly sunny Highs: 25 to 32 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Lows: 8 to 18 Wind: Becoming S 5 to 10 mph Saturday: Mix of sun & clouds Breezy & warmer Highs: 37 to 44 Wind: SSW 10 to 20 mph Extended: Sunday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for a few snow/rain showers Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 35 to 42 Monday: Presidents Day! Partly cloudy Lows: 20s Highs: 22 to 32 Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 35 to 42 Hyper-Exended: Wednesday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for snow/rain showers Lows: 20s Highs: 35 to 45 Thursday: Mix of sun & clouds Chance for snow/rain showers Lows: 22 to 32 Highs: 38 to 48

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Volunteering is a way of life for this week's super senior. Just wait until you see just how long she's been doing that. Here's Joe Carroll.

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Peg Lefebvre is a regular at Fanny Allen Hospital in Colchester. The 93 year old isn't here for a medical appointment, but a meeting. (00:03:11:00) (( Joe: Ready to get to work? Peg: You call that work Joe? )) Down a hallway - the University of Vermont Hospital Auxiliary is getting together for its monthly meeting. (00:04:10:00) ((Friend: Oh hello and good morning! )) The nonprofit raises money for the hospital. (00:07:00:00) ((Bernie Echo/UVM Hospital Auxiliary President, And I will tell you that the auxiliary has been in existence for 97 years. )) Peg is the auxiliary's longest-serving volunteers. This is her 75th year. (00:12:04:00) ((Peg, I used to get out of school and run up the hill like hell to get to the hospital. )) (00:12:22:00) ((Bernie: Good morning everybody. The meeting will come to order. )) The former Catholic hospital is now run by the UVM Medical Center but it still has remnants of its past. All the men of the Last Supper seem to oversee all the women around this table. (00:15:40:00) ((Peg, I certainly agree for the room, I call it the respite room for the people working for the rehab. So I think that's needed. )) (00:16:10:00) ((Bernie, All those in favor of the motion, say Aye. Aye. )) Peg takes minutes at the meeting and was a former president - but her early days were in the trenches cleaning bed pans and changing sheets. (00:25:30:00) (( Joe: But why did you want to do that? Peg: I wanted to be a nurse, but it was during the depression - didn't have the money.)) Instead she had a long career in the telephone company. She had another responsibility. (00:31:41:00) ((Peg, I never got married until I was 65. My father was bed ridden, he passed on, my mother was bed ridden. She passed on. )) She married Steve - a high school classmate, but it was short lived - sadly he died 7 years later. Throughout that time she kept volunteering - she has a simple reason why. (00:44:21:00) ((Peg, For things that were done to you, when times were bad, you owe for that. Somebody did something for you, how are you going to pay that somebody out there back. )) (00:15:17:00) (( Bernie: So we'll start with Peg - your thoughts? Peg: In listening to Dianne, I would agree. )) The meeting lasts for 2 hours - the effects of what they do are lasting. The Auxiliary's giving ranges from nurses scholarships to handing out teddy bears young patients. They operate the gift shop at the main campus. ((nat sot of register)) (00:58:02:00) ((Joe Carroll/South Burlington, But it's not just the gift shop that the auxiliary runs. Replays sells clothes and furniture and the profits go towards the hospital, through the years they've given away a lot of money. )) (00:34:02:00) (( Millions.....and nobody knows it. )) Over the last few decades they have donated over 7 million dollars to the hospital. (00:06:11:00) (( Bernie, we are a big deal. A big deal. )) Helped by a woman who has given a lifetime of volunteering. (00:32:30:00) ((Peg, to this day, I owe someone, somewhere, something. that's my philosophy. Joe: And it sounds like it's continuing. Peg: Yeah. )) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Colchester.

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Snowfall: Above average snowfall in Burlington for first time in a long time. Snowfall amounts: Lots of snow in some areas, not so much in others. What to expect: Snow showers ending this AM. Warmer over the weekend, but slight chance for a few snow/rain showers Sunday.

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New overnight -- the next White House Communications Director is expected to be announced today. Administration officials say it will be Mike Dubke. Some of President Trump's loyalists claim they'd prefer a veteran from the campaign instead. Dubke founded Crossroads Media -- acclaimed as the premier Republican media services firm.

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Meanwhile, a blow to the president's plans in a pick for the next national security adviser. Deputy commander of the US Central Command -- Vice Admiral Robert Harward was tapped for the job. But he says no thanks. This comes after President Trump dismissed Michael Flynn on Monday. The White House claims Flynn misled the vice president and others about what his conversations with a Russian ambassador.

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There has been a lot of facebook reaction to a story we first told you about yesterday morning. Changing the school mascot for South Burlington will cost the school around 170 thousand dollars... Alex Hirsch is live at the High School with reactions...Alex what are people saying? it's a bit of a mixed bag on our facebook page...There are some people that say the change is worth the cost...on the other hand There are people upset that their tax dollars may have to pay for this ... Some of you are also wondering who is choosing the new name, According to these documents given out a meeting this week a committee will be made up of Members from the classes of 2017-2023. Principals from both the middle and high school and staff members as well And some alumni and parents. The documents also state The committee will be accepting suggestions online and on campus. Officials will hold a vote among students and staff once the name is narrowed down to a few ideas.

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Labor Unions that represent workers in New Hampshire are celebrating this morning. Lawmakers there shot down a proposed law that labor unions were against. The legislation would have prohibited unions from charging fees to non members. This was a top priority for Governor Chris Sununu and looked like it would pass befor last night's vote.

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A hoax phone call is fooling many across our region -- and now police want you to hang up immediately. We're talking about the unfamiliar voice asking "can you hear me?" New York troopers say the scammers want you to answer the question by saying yes. That way, scammers and then have a recording of your positive response to use for unauthorized charges against your utility or credit card accounts.

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Heads up before you take your baby for a nature stroll for the holiday weekend. Britax is recalling more than 700,000 strollers with Click & Go receiver mounts because they can fall. The recalled models include Britax B-Agile and BOB Motion strollers when they are used with a travel system with a car seat carrier.

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Flying just got a whole lot tastier. Delta Airlines says free meals are taking off again. If you're travelling across the country, come March first, you'll get fed. The FLIGHTS included go BETWEEN NEW YORK'S J-F-K, LOS ANGELES AND SAN FRANCISCO.

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Gar? How's the weather? Snow showers will end in the AM, then partly sunny, but still a bit chilly today. Turning warmer over the weekend as a warm front comes through tonight. Some sun over the weekend, but chance for a few snow/rain showers on Sunday with front coming back down as a backdoor cold front. Clearing, but a bit colder on Presidents Day on Monday. Then warming up again for mid-week. Sunshine on Tuesday, but clouds late, then chance for a few snow/rain showers Wed. & Thu.

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Snow showers will end in the AM, then partly sunny, but still a bit chilly today. Turning warmer over the weekend as a warm front comes through tonight. Some sun over the weekend, but chance for a few snow/rain showers on Sunday with front coming back down as a backdoor cold front.


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