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

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Some sad news from Essex Junction this morning... Police have identified the two victims in a deadly three-car crash that closed interstate 91. Authorities say it happened Friday night near the St. Johnsbury/Lyndonville town line. They say 29-year-old Justin Stephenson was driving -- and crashed into a two-car accident in the northbound lane. Stephenson and his passenger, 38-year-old Ryan (Nay-doe) Nadeau died of their injuries. Both were from Essex Junction. Police continue to investigate the cause of the pile up. They say speed and road conditions WERE factors in the crash. Police say neither man was wearing a seat belt.

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Police now telling us alcohol was a factor in an ATV crash that killed a Weybridge man. Police say, 36-year-old James Davignon (dah-vin-yon) the third was driving in a field next to his house on Weybridge Road Saturday when the ATV flipped over-- landing on him. A passing driver called 9-1-1. Emergency crews attempted to save the man but (dah-vin-yon) Davignon was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m.

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As FairPoint official say progress IS being made addressing customer complaints -- more problems are popping up. Rose Spillman reports.

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On Friday, Faripoint customers living in the Northern Meridian senior community in South Burlington experienced an internet outage across all three buildings. One resident who called the company's Technical Support said Fairpoint had no knowledge of the neighborhood-wide issue. (00:26:24 7564) ((Jack Giesen/Fairpoint Customer " they were trying to deal with an individual problem and were totally unaware that a much larger problem existed." 00:26:32)) Sunday afternoon, internet service was still down. Residents say they were told the company was still not working on the outage and only just beginning to realize the situation. (00:27:40 7564) ((Jack Giesen/Fairpoint Customer "And numerous people in the three buildings that comprise Northern Meridian have called not just once, but in some cases, many times." 00:27:52)) FairPoint has has trouble dealing with customer complaints for months. But recently, there have been signs of progress. On Friday the company issued a statement saying that the trouble load for Vermont New Hampshire and Maine was down by 60 percent. They attributed issues to the unions' strike and bad weather. But problems, like the one this community is experiencing, persist. In Vermont, officials say communication issues with Fairpoint's technical service remain a leading cause of drawn out outages. (00:15:12 2312) (( Chris Recchia/Vt. Public Service Commissioner "Problems we were seeing were missed appointments, failure to schedule appointments for a long time, saying a job had been fixed when the customer said no, it's still not working." 00:15:25)) As problems continue, customers say the idea of switching service providers has been a popular topic. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Burlington.

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FairPoint officials say they ARE aware of the problem -- and it's being addressed. They say this specific issue relates to a hardware failure and does NOT have to anything to do with the strike.

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Business leaders now weighing in on Governor Shumlin's proposed point seven percent payroll tax increase. The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association says they aren't sure if the Governor's proposal will have the revenue neutral impact on businesses as he suggests. In his fiscal address, the Governor pitched the tax as a way to lower insurance premiums while solving the medicaid cost shift. But critics say predicting the proposal's effect on insurance premiums is too difficult.

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(Jim Harrison/Retail and Grocers Association 36:41)(("I give the Governor a lot of credit for coming out with something that potentially addresses the medicaid cost shift. Forgive us if we're a little bit skeptical that that actually translates into a reduction in health care premiums.")) (Jim Harrison/Retail and Grocers Association 37:06)(("We're asking employers to swallow 90 million dollars in new taxes, so we're going to meet with the Governor. We're going to try to learn more about his proposal.")) Harrison hopes to meet with the Governor before adopting an official stance on the proposed tax.

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(anchors introduce gary) Calm before storm today. Big storm Tuesday will bring heavy snow to our southern areas, with strong wind, not as much snow or wind to the north. Snow showers linger into Wed. AM, then it clears. Clipper late Thursday into Friday with a little more snow. Then clearing, colder going into the weekend.

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Today: Increasing clouds south to north Highs: 13 to 20 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Snow developing south, moving north Lows: 5 to 15 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Tuesday: Snow, blowing snow, heaviest south Highs: 13 to 20 Wind: N 15 to 25 mph Extended: Wednesday: AM snow showers Then clearing Lows: 2 to 12 Highs: 12 to 22 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers late Lows: -5 to 10 Highs: 20s Friday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 20s Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 5 to 15 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 5 to -10 Highs: 10 to 20

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The mild winter for most residents along the east coast is about to change drastically. Snow and blizzard-like conditions are on the way for up to 60 million people. Susan McGinnis has the latest from Potomac, Maryland.

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PKG SCRIPT: (natz) Forecasters are telling millions of people in the Northeast to get ready for one of the worst winter storms in years. Blizzard warnings are posted from eastern New England down to the Jersey shore. (Sot: Eric Fisher/WBZ Senior Meteorologist) Meaning you are going to have winds sustained at 35 miles per hour and visibility less than a quarter mile for several hours. New York City Mayor ....Bill de Blasio says the storm could be among the biggest his city has ever seen. (sot: Bill de Blasio/New York City Mayor) The early projections for this storm is that it would be easily be up as much as 2ft of snow- potentially pushing up to 3 feet of snow. // So my message to all New Yorkers is to plan for something worse than we have seen before." Many people spent the weekend stocking up and boarding up. (Sot: Bob Egan/Scituate Resident) I would much rather do it now when the sun is out than tomorrow afternoon when I think it may have been a good idea. (Standup Bridge: Susan McGinnis, CBS News, Potomac, Maryland) With all the snow and the wind in the forecast....this storm is expected to paralyze travel despite efforts to pre-treat roads and get plows ready. Crews in Washington D.C. and Maryland have thousands of pounds of salt standing by and extra tow trucks. (SOT: Lou Machetto/Bethesda Depot District Supervisor 1:04-1:07) We are prepared for anything that hits us. Air travel is also expected to be snowed in. At least 2000 flights have already been cancelled and many more could follow when the heavy snow arrives. Susan McGinnis, CBS News, Potomac, Maryland

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In Northeast news this morning, shoppers at a Home Depot in New York City scrambled for their lives Sunday as a gunman opened fire in the lighting department, killing his manager, then himself shortly after. Employees say the recently married man worked for the store and had even just been promoted to supervisor. The 31-year-old argued with his 38-year-old co-worker before shooting him three times and then turning the gun on himself. No one else besides the two were injured in the shoot out.

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An update to a story we first told you about last week -- Help is pouring in for the displaced victims from that devastating New Jersey apartment fire that prompted the Edgewater mayor to declare a local of state of emergency. A pop up donation center at a local shopping plaza, has received so many items, they are spilling onto the sidewalk. Volunteers can hardly keep up with organizing and sorting the desperately needed supplies. One thousand residents are looking for the basics. The property owner is giving each apartment one thousand dollars to help cover temporary shelter.

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Welcome Back. It all started with one teen's Google search. The curious young man wanted to know, how do blind people read? Well, that search turned into an idea for a new invention that could help millions of people. 13 year old (SHOE BALM) Shubham (BANNERGEE) Banerjee built a printer for the blind. Rather than printing text, it prints braille. There's 50 million people in the world today who are blind, many who can't afford a braille printer. So the teen, made his more affordable by using legos, cutting the cost down from thousands to just a couple hundred dollars.

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And another breakthrough for the blind. A legally blind mother who could not even see her newborn son got some high-tech help. A special set of glasses allowed Kathy (BATES) Beitz to see her baby for the first time. The 29-year old started losing her vision in grade school but now due to E-sight glasses, she can read labels and bedtime stories. The glasses were developed by an Ottawa-based company and have been on the market for about a year. The technology works by capturing an image and a video, and presenting it in real time with certain enhancements for people with low vision.

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A quick thinking four-year-old girl stepped up to call 9-1-1 while her pregnant mom was in the middle of a seizure. In a nearly 7-and-a-half minute call -- little Calise Manning alerted dispatchers that her mom, 9 months pregnant, needed help and gave them her Michigan address. Her epileptic mother (CENTER RIA) Centerria Manning, had long practiced worst case scenarios with her daughter. Two days after the incident Centerria gave birth to a healthy seven pound boy. The dispatcher who handled the call has recommend the 4 year old get an award for keeping calm in a scary situation.

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Calm before storm today. Big storm Tuesday will bring heavy snow to our southern areas, with strong wind, not as much snow or wind to the north. Snow showers linger into Wed. AM, then it clears. Clipper late Thursday into Friday with a little more snow. Then clearing, colder going into the weekend.

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A new study suggests that Breast cancer patients need to be more informed... Eboni Williams takes a look at today's top health stories.

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Package: (vo) Research shows only 1 in 8 children receive proper treatment for behavioral disorders. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics is giving pediatricians a blueprint to help identify children at risk. They've issued a new report that gives guidance on how to better screen for disorders and intervene before problems become more serious. (vo) In an updated policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics says there may be some exceptions for compassionate marijuana use in children with debilitating diseases. But the group still opposes legal medical marijuana use and wants more research on how chemicals in marijuana affect children and teens. (wipe vo) A new study shows many breast cancer patients need to be more educated about their condition. Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute asked 500 patients questions about their disease. Many women did not know the specific details on their tumors, especially Black and Hispanic women. Doctors emphasize knowledge is key so women can make informed treatment decisions. Those are some of today's top health stories. Eboni Williams, CBS News, New York.

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In the headlines this morning: Drones and Hunting-- Vermont wildlife officials consider bans... New upgrades at Middlebury College... And Help Wanted, we'll take a look at who's hiring...

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning. How much snow are we going to get Gary? That's what everybody wants to know.

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Some questions this morning -- about the accuracy of the state's sex offender registry. Six years ago the state passed a law saying the registry had to have a clean audit before addresses could be posted online. But continued problems -- including an audit last July-- found "critical errors" in 11-percent of cases. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Sears says he'd like to see an error rate of 0 percent, but acknowledges that likely would be difficult to attain. His committee is expected to take up the issue again this week.

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Are drones and new technology -- making hunting too easy? It's a question being asked in New Hampshire. While several states have already banned the use of drones in hunting, New Hampshire may go further and ban so-called "smart rifles" and live-action game cameras. The state Fish and Game Department is holding a public hearing later this week on proposed rules. Wildlife officials in Vermont are also considering similar bans.

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The sound of wedding bells may soon be chiming away for many couples in our region. This weekend over 6-hundred people attended Burlington's annual Wedding Expo. The event gives brides and grooms a peak at what goes into planning their big day. According to an independent research firm, many Queen City residents spent more than 28 thousand dollars for weddings last year.

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A new training facility at Middlebury College for student athletes. The college's athletic department celebrated the official dedication of the new Virtue Field House and indoor track on campus. It's a project the school's Athletic Director says has been worked on for years.

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Here's a look at some businesses across the state with the help wanted sign out this morning. Walker Construction Inc. in Stowe is hiring an excavation foreman and supervisor. Job requirements include having experience in all aspects of commercial and residental sitework. The company is also looking for a heavy equipment operator and forman. Candidate must have at least 8 years experience operating a large excavator. We have a link where you can apply.

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PinSource is seeking an account manager. The position is based in Williston and candidates with a bachelor's degree and two years of sales experience are preffered -- but they are willing to train the right person.

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Midstate Dodge Chrysler Jeep and Hyundai is looking to expand its sales team. The Barre based dealership is hiring 3 fulltime sales and internet associates. The positions are salary and commission. No experience necessary. Midstate is also looking for a parttime social media and advertising clerk. For more information on the available positions you can check out our website.

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Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is looking for qualified RN's, LPN's and CMA's to fill several vacancies. Current Vermont licensure is required.

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And two job fairs to tell you about. On Thursday -- Bonton -- at the University Mall will be holding a job fair from 10 am until 1 pm. The company is hiring cosmetic sales. That will be held at the Burlington Department of Labor. Also -- Next Monday -- February 2nd -- The Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility is having a job fair. They have immediate openings for Correctional Officers. That job fair runs from 9 am until 5 pm at their location on Farrell Street in South Burlington. For more information and to learn more about how you can apply -- head on over to our website -- wcax.com. And if you're a company looking to hire -- shoot us an email. It's free. That's HelpWanted@wcax.com.

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A K through 8 school in South Hero is now adopting new practices to be more inclusive. (TC - 01:40:47:00) ((Debbie Lesure/SWIFT Co-Coordinator/VT Agency of Education It seemed like it was a slow start because swift is based on implementation science and the first year was a lot of exploration about what are the systems that you have in place? What are the resources? What are you doing that already works? What are you doing that maybe isn't having the effect you want it to have?)) Tonight at 6 --- Julie Kelley shows us exactly what they're doing to achieve that goal as we kick off 30 Schools in 30 Days.

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(anchors introduce gary) Calm before storm today. Big storm Tuesday will bring heavy snow to our southern areas, with strong wind, not as much snow or wind to the north. Snow showers linger into Wed. AM, then it clears. Clipper late Thursday into Friday with a little more snow. Then clearing, colder going into the weekend.

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Today: Increasing clouds south to north Highs: 13 to 20 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Snow developing south, moving north Lows: 5 to 15 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Tuesday: Snow, blowing snow, heaviest south Highs: 13 to 20 Wind: N 15 to 25 mph Extended: Wednesday: AM snow showers Then clearing Lows: 2 to 12 Highs: 12 to 22 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers late Lows: -5 to 10 Highs: 20s Friday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 20s Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 5 to 15 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 5 to -10 Highs: 10 to 20

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Lawmakers are facing a big tax issue this session. The Governor has suggested raising 90 million dollars each year in a payroll tax. The new tax is aimed at reducing health care premiums. In a State House Sit down, Anson Tebbetts talks with Lt. Governor Phil Scott about the proposal -- and what it might mean to Vermonters and their employers.

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If you have a topic you would like covered contact us. Each Monday we will be interviewing a lawmaker from the State House.

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(((After seeing their 5 game win streak come to an end at the hands of New Hampshire on Thursday, the UVM men looked to get back into the win column Sunday as they hit the road to face Umass Lowell... The Catamounts just 3-7 on the road this season, but got off to a hot start... Up 17-13...off of the missed shot, Trae Bell-Haynes, takes this down the court and lofts it up for Dre Wills and he finishes for two of his game high and career high 20 points ...UVM up by 6... And Vermont continuing to hurt the River Hawks down low...Ethan O'Day the tough bucket inside, it's 21-15 Catamounts.. But Lowell hanging around in the first half..Chad Holley drives to the rack and gets this one to drop in...UVM would head into the half up 31-25 .. The Catamounts, though start the 2nd half off just as hot as the first..O'Day the big swat and the rim...and Wills taking this one down the length of the floor and gets the floater to drop...it's a 10 point Cat lead But Lowell wipes away the double digit lead .....UVM up by just 5 ...Brad Schaub the baseline drive, he gets the bucket and 1 ...UVM lead down to 2 .. But the Catamounts start to piece together a run of their own midway through the 2nd... Haynes shot won't fall but O'Day there for the tip in... And then Wills dumps it off for Kurt Steidel...He buries the triple, part of an 8-0 Vermont run.. UVM moves to 6-1 in America East play as they take down UMass-Lowell, 61-50... The UVM women also down in Lowell taking on the Lady River Hawks..Niki Taylor needing just two points to reach the 1,000 point mark in her career... Opening minute of the game...Vermont inbounds pass to a wide open Katie Lavelle, off the glass for two...We are tied at 2.. But the River Hawks answer on the other end of the floor... Shannon Samuels buries the shot from behind the arc...Lowell on top 5-4.. The big moment of the first belonged to Vermont..Taylor open down low, the first shot won't go in, but gets her own rebound and gets it to drop for the century mark, point number 1,000... She would end the day with 5, so sitting at 1,003 points...UVM though would head into the half down 37-31.. Red Hawks would go up by 13 in the 2nd half, UVM chipping away... Emilie Cloutier (Clute-E-A) the hard bucket down low...She lead the Cats with 16 points.. Then Kayla Burchill from the corner... knocks down the three, the cut the deficit to just 8... But UVM just ran out of time Sunday... Jasmine McRoy the wide open jumper, sinks it .. Vermont falls on the road, 72-63..they are now 2-6 in America East play..The UVM women's hockey team also fell on the road today, 9-2 against Boston University... with your sports wrap ...I'm Kane O'Neill))))

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Calm before storm today. Big storm Tuesday will bring heavy snow to our southern areas, with strong wind, not as much snow or wind to the north. Snow showers linger into Wed. AM, then it clears. Clipper late Thursday into Friday with a little more snow. Then clearing, colder going into the weekend.

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Ground breaking medical technology in the Northeast Kingdom, doctors say its as revolutionary as CT scans. Alex Apple takes us to North Country Hospital for more on a technology that could detect cancer early on.

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(01:13:42 Radiologist Steven Perlin/North Country Hospital)(("We know that we've already picked up some cancers here that we would not have seen. This is in the past two months since we initiated this.")) Radiologist Steven Perlin says 3D Mammography is making his a little bit easier. (01:12:18 Radiologist Steven Perlin/North Country Hospital)(("With this technique, we're able to alleviate having to call patients back because we can make that determination the initial imaging with this 3D technique.")) 3D Mammography has come to the Northeast Kingdom . It's a major breakthrough for such a small facility that's helping doctors at Newport's North Country Hospital detect breast cancers that may have previously gone unnoticed. ((01:22:21 Katie NAT You take the picture top to bottom.)) The 3D mammography helps doctors get a more complete picture of a woman's breast -- creating a 3D image of the tissue. (01:12:39 Radiologist Steven Perlin/North Country Hospital)(("Unfortunat ely for the patient, the big bug-a-boo with mammography has always been compression.")) The process still involves compression of the tissue, but with a more accurate reading -- the need for second and third screenings goes down by as much as 50 percent. (01:11:47 Radiologist Steven Perlin/North Country Hospital)((" It may even allow us to see areas that we weren't able to pick up with 2D images at all.")) The machine is able to move to different angles getting as close to the chest wall as possible. The end result is a change that Perlin says represents a major paradigm shift for the only hospital within a 40 mile radius of Newport. (01:14:54 Radiologist Steven Perlin/North Country Hospital)(("I liken this transformation from 2D to 3D mammography as the same sort of revolutionary change in technology that CT scanning provided to general radiography.")) AA. Ch3N. Newport.

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Some sad news from Essex Junction this morning... Police have identified the two victims in a deadly three-car crash that closed I 91. Authorities say it happened Friday night near the St. Johnsbury/Lyndonville town line. They say 29-year-old Justin Stephenson was driving -- and crashed into a two-car accident in the northbound lane. Stephenson and his passenger, 38-year-old Ryan (NAY-DOUGH) Nadeau died of their injuries. Both were from Essex Junction. Police continue to investigate the cause of the pile up. They say speed and road conditions WERE factors in the crash and that neither man was wearing a seat belt.

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Police now telling us alcohol was a factor in an ATV crash that killed a Weybridge man. Police say, 36-year-old James Davignon (dah-vin-yon) the third was driving in a field next to his house on Weybridge Road Saturday when the ATV flipped over-- landing on him. A passing driver called 9-1-1. Emergency crews attempted to save the man but (dah-vin-yon) Davignon was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m.

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Many had service issues over the weekend in Chittenden County. Fairpoint customers in the Northern Meridian community in South Burlington have were without internet beginning Friday afternoon. After attempting to resolve the situation through Fairpoint's Technical service, residents say much of the company was still unaware of the issue.

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(00:27:40 7564) ((Jack Giesen/Fairpoint Customer "And numerous people in the three buildings that comprise Northern Meridian have called not just once, but in some cases, many times." 00:27:52)) FairPoint officials say they are aware of the problem and it is being addressed. They say this specific issue relates to a hardware failure and does NOT have to anything to do with the strike.

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Business leaders now weighing in on Governor Shumlin's proposed point seven percent payroll tax increase. The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association says they aren't sure if the Governor's proposal will have the revenue neutral impact on businesses as he suggests. In his fiscal address, the Governor pitched the tax as a way to lower insurance premiums while solving the medicaid cost shift. But critics say predicting the proposal's effect on insurance premiums is too difficult.

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(Jim Harrison/Retail and Grocers Association 36:41)(("I give the Governor a lot of credit for coming out with something that potentially addresses the medicaid cost shift. Forgive us if we're a little bit skeptical that that actually translates into a reduction in health care premiums.")) (Jim Harrison/Retail and Grocers Association 37:06)(("We're asking employers to swallow 90 million dollars in new taxes, so we're going to meet with the Governor. We're going to try to learn more about his proposal.")) Harrison hopes to meet with the Governor before adopting an official stance on the proposed tax.

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Some questions this morning -- about the accuracy of the state's sex offender registry. Six years ago the state passed a law saying the registry had to have a clean audit before addresses could be posted online. But continued problems -- including an audit last July-- found "critical errors" in 11-percent of cases. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Sears says he'd like to see an error rate of 0 percent, but acknowledges that likely would be difficult to attain. His committee is expected to take up the issue again this week.

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Are drones and new technology -- making hunting too easy? It's a question being asked in New Hampshire. While several states have already banned the use of drones in hunting, New Hampshire may go further and ban so-called "smart rifles" and live-action game cameras. The state Fish and Game Department is holding a public hearing later this week on proposed rules. Wildlife officials in Vermont are also considering similar bans.

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Some sad news from Essex Junction this morning... Police have identified the two victims in a deadly three-car crash that closed interstate 91. Authorities say it happened Friday night near the St. Johnsbury/Lyndonville town line. They say 29-year-old Justin Stephenson was driving -- and crashed into a two-car accident in the northbound lane. Stephenson and his passenger, 38-year-old Ryan (Nay-doe) Nadeau died of their injuries. Both were from Essex Junction. Police continue to investigate the cause of the pile up. They say speed and road conditions WERE factors in the crash. Police say neither man was wearing a seat belt.

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Police now telling us alcohol was a factor in an ATV crash that killed a Weybridge man. Police say, 36-year-old James Davignon (dah-vin-yon) the third was driving in a field next to his house on Weybridge Road Saturday when the ATV flipped over-- landing on him. A passing driver called 9-1-1. Emergency crews attempted to save the man but (dah-vin-yon) Davignon was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m.

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As FairPoint official say progress IS being made addressing customer complaints -- more problems are popping up. Many had service issues over the weekend in Chittenden County. Fairpoint customers in the Northern Meridian community in South Burlington were without internet beginning Friday afternoon. After attempting to resolve the situation through Fairpoint's Technical service, residents say much of the company was still unaware of the issue.

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Some questions this morning -- about the accuracy of the state's sex offender registry. Six years ago the state passed a law saying the registry had to have a clean audit before addresses could be posted online. But continued problems -- including an audit last July-- found "critical errors" in 11-percent of cases. Dick Sears -- the Senate Judiciary Committee Chair -- says he'd like to see an error rate of 0 percent, but acknowledges that likely would be difficult to attain. His committee is expected to take up the issue again this week.

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Are drones and new technology -- making hunting too easy? It's a question being asked in New Hampshire. While several states have already banned the use of drones in hunting, New Hampshire may go further and ban so-called "smart rifles" and live-action game cameras. The state Fish and Game Department is holding a public hearing later this week on proposed rules. Wildlife officials in Vermont are also considering similar bans.

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Calm before storm today. Big storm Tuesday will bring heavy snow to our southern areas, with strong wind, not as much snow or wind to the north. Snow showers linger into Wed. AM, then it clears. Clipper late Thursday into Friday with a little more snow. Then clearing, colder going into the weekend.

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Good morning it's 6AM -- I'm Eva McKend and I'm Ali Freeman. And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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Some sad news from Essex Junction this morning... Police have identified the two victims in a deadly three-car crash that closed interstate 91. Authorities say it happened Friday night near the St. Johnsbury/Lyndonville town line. They say 29-year-old Justin Stephenson was driving -- and crashed into a two-car accident in the northbound lane. Stephenson and his passenger, 38-year-old Ryan (Nay-doe) Nadeau died of their injuries. Both were from Essex Junction. Police continue to investigate the cause of the pile up. They say speed and road conditions WERE factors in the crash. Police say neither man was wearing a seat belt.

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Police now telling us alcohol was a factor in an ATV crash that killed a Weybridge man. Police say, 36-year-old James Davignon (dah-vin-yon) the third was driving in a field next to his house on Weybridge Road Saturday when the ATV flipped over-- landing on him. A passing driver called 9-1-1. Emergency crews attempted to save the man but (dah-vin-yon) Davignon was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m.

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As FairPoint official say progress IS being made addressing customer complaints -- more problems are popping up. Rose Spillman reports.

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On Friday, Faripoint customers living in the Northern Meridian senior community in South Burlington experienced an internet outage across all three buildings. One resident who called the company's Technical Support said Fairpoint had no knowledge of the neighborhood-wide issue. (00:26:24 7564) ((Jack Giesen/Fairpoint Customer " they were trying to deal with an individual problem and were totally unaware that a much larger problem existed." 00:26:32)) Sunday afternoon, internet service was still down. Residents say they were told the company was still not working on the outage and only just beginning to realize the situation. (00:27:40 7564) ((Jack Giesen/Fairpoint Customer "And numerous people in the three buildings that comprise Northern Meridian have called not just once, but in some cases, many times." 00:27:52)) FairPoint has has trouble dealing with customer complaints for months. But recently, there have been signs of progress. On Friday the company issued a statement saying that the trouble load for Vermont New Hampshire and Maine was down by 60 percent. They attributed issues to the unions' strike and bad weather. But problems, like the one this community is experiencing, persist. In Vermont, officials say communication issues with Fairpoint's technical service remain a leading cause of drawn out outages. (00:15:12 2312) (( Chris Recchia/Vt. Public Service Commissioner "Problems we were seeing were missed appointments, failure to schedule appointments for a long time, saying a job had been fixed when the customer said no, it's still not working." 00:15:25)) As problems continue, customers say the idea of switching service providers has been a popular topic. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Burlington.

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FairPoint officials say they ARE aware of the problem -- and it's being addressed. They say this specific issue relates to a hardware failure and does NOT have to anything to do with the strike.

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Business leaders now weighing in on Governor Shumlin's proposed point seven percent payroll tax increase. The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association says they aren't sure if the Governor's proposal will have the revenue neutral impact on businesses as he suggests. In his fiscal address, the Governor pitched the tax as a way to lower insurance premiums while solving the medicaid cost shift. But critics say predicting the proposal's effect on insurance premiums is too difficult.

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(Jim Harrison/Retail and Grocers Association 36:41)(("I give the Governor a lot of credit for coming out with something that potentially addresses the medicaid cost shift. Forgive us if we're a little bit skeptical that that actually translates into a reduction in health care premiums.")) (Jim Harrison/Retail and Grocers Association 37:06)(("We're asking employers to swallow 90 million dollars in new taxes, so we're going to meet with the Governor. We're going to try to learn more about his proposal.")) Harrison hopes to meet with the Governor before adopting an official stance on the proposed tax.

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(anchors introduce gary) Calm before storm today. Big storm Tuesday will bring heavy snow to our southern areas, with strong wind, not as much snow or wind to the north. Snow showers linger into Wed. AM, then it clears. Clipper late Thursday into Friday with a little more snow. Then clearing, colder going into the weekend.

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Today: Increasing clouds south to north Highs: 13 to 20 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Snow developing south, moving north Lows: 5 to 15 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Tuesday: Snow, blowing snow, heaviest south Highs: 13 to 20 Wind: N 15 to 25 mph Extended: Wednesday: AM snow showers Then clearing Lows: 2 to 12 Highs: 12 to 22 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers late Lows: -5 to 10 Highs: 20s Friday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 20s Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 5 to 15 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 5 to -10 Highs: 10 to 20

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The mild winter for most residents along the East Coast is about to change drastically. Snow and blizzard like conditions are on the way for up to 60 million people. Eboni Williams has more on the upcoming storm.

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Millions of people in the Northeast are bracing for a blizzard. The National Weather Service says 2 to 3 feet of snow could fall Monday and Tuesday with sustained winds of over 35 miles an hour. New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio says the storm could be among the worst the city has ever seen. The United Nations Security Council is expected to hold emergency meetings today to discuss Ukraine and Yemen. Ukraine's president says intercepted communications prove Russian backed separatists were responsible for a rocket attack Saturday that killed at least 30 people. In Yemen, the president resigned last week leaving the nation with no leader. And, gasoline prices may have hit rock bottom. The price of a gallon of gas has dropped 13 cents in the past 2 weeks to 2:07, but industry analysts say rising prices could soon be seen at the pump. That's a look at some of the day's top stories. Eboni Williams, CBS New New York.

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Welcome Back. It all started with one teen's Google search. The curious young man wanted to know, how blind people read? Well, that search turned into an idea for a new invention that could help millions of people. 13 year old (SHOE BALM) Shubham (BANNERGEE) Banerjee built a printer for the blind. Rather than printing text, it prints braille. There's 50 million people in the world today who are blind, many who can't afford a braille printer. So the teen, made his more affordable by using legos, cutting the cost down from thousands to just a couple hundred dollars.

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And another breakthrough for the blind. A legally blind mother who could not even see her newborn son got some high-tech help. A special set of glasses allowed Kathy (BATES) Beitz to see her baby for the first time. The 29-year old started losing her vision in grade school but now due to E-sight glasses, she can read labels and bedtime stories. The glasses were developed by an Ottawa-based company and have been on the market for about a year. The technology works by capturing an image and a video, and presenting it in real time with certain enhancements for people with low vision.

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A quick thinking four-year-old girl stepped up to call 9-1-1 while her pregnant mom was in the middle of a seizure. In a nearly 7-and-a-half minute call -- little Calise Manning alerted dispatchers that her mom, 9 months pregnant, needed help and gave them her Michigan address. Her epileptic mother (CENTER RIA) Centerria Manning, had long practiced worst case scenarios with her daughter. Two days after the incident Centerria gave birth to a healthy seven pound boy. The dispatcher who handled the call has recommend the 4 year old get an award for keeping calm in a scary situation.

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Calm before storm today. Big storm Tuesday will bring heavy snow to our southern areas, with strong wind, not as much snow or wind to the north. Snow showers linger into Wed. AM, then it clears. Clipper late Thursday into Friday with a little more snow. Then clearing, colder going into the weekend.

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Welcome Back. Well this without a doubt will be all the buzz at the Farm Show this week. The Vermont Beekeepers Association will have a large presence at the three day fair but first, Scott Wilson, Vice President of the Association joins us in studio to talk bees with us. Scott, thanks for coming in this morning.

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Q1: I quickly learned after moving here that beekeeping is extremely popular among the agriculture community.... but for the few who aren't tapped in, what is bee keeping all about?

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Q2: Talk to me a little about what bees bring to the local agriculture. Q3: As I mentioned, you will have a booth at the Farm Show. Tell us what people will see when they come by. Scott, thanks again for your time this morning. WCAX will be covering the Farm Show throughout the week, so be sure to tune in for our coverage. We'll also have a booth of our own for you to visit, so be sure to stop on by and say hello.

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In the headlines this morning: Drones and Hunting-- Vermont wildlife officials consider bans... New upgrades at Middlebury College... And Help Wanted we'll take a look at who's hiring...

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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Some questions this morning -- about the accuracy of the state's sex offender registry. Six years ago the state passed a law saying the registry had to have a clean audit before addresses could be posted online. But continued problems -- including an audit last July-- found "critical errors" in 11-percent of cases. Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Sears says he'd like to see an error rate of 0 percent, but acknowledges that likely would be difficult to attain. His committee is expected to take up the issue again this week.

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Are drones and new technology -- making hunting too easy? It's a question being asked in New Hampshire. While several states have already banned the use of drones in hunting, New Hampshire may go further and ban so-called "smart rifles" and live-action game cameras. The state Fish and Game Department is holding a public hearing later this week on proposed rules. Wildlife officials in Vermont are also considering similar bans.

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The sound of wedding bells may soon be chiming away for many couples in our region. This weekend over 6-hundred people attended Burlington's annual Wedding Expo. The event gives brides and grooms a peak at what goes into planning their big day. According to an independent research firm, many Queen City residents spent more than 28 thousand dollars for weddings last year.

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A new training facility at Middlebury College for student athletes. The college's athletic department celebrated the official dedication of the new Virtue Field House and indoor track on campus. It's a project the school's Athletic Director says has been worked on for years.

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Here's a look at some businesses across the state with the help wanted sign out this morning. Walker Construction Inc. in Stowe is hiring an excavation foreman and supervisor. Job requirements include having experience in all aspects of commercial and residental sitework. The company is also looking for a heavy equipment operator and forman. Candidate must have at least 8 years experience operating a large excavator. We have a link where you can apply.

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PinSource is seeking an account manager. The position is based in Williston and candidates with a bachelor's degree and two years of sales experience are preffered -- but they are willing to train the right person.

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Midstate Dodge Chrysler Jeep and Hyundai is looking to expand its sales team. The Barre based dealership is hiring 3 fulltime sales and internet associates. The positions are salary and commission. No experience necessary. Midstate is also looking for a parttime social media and advertising clerk. For more information on the available positions you can check out our website.

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Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is looking for qualified RN's, LPN's and CMA's to fill several vacancies. Current Vermont licensure is required.

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And two job fairs to tell you about. On Thursday -- Bonton -- at the University Mall will be holding a job fair from 10 am until 1 pm. The company is hiring cosmetic sales. That will be held at the Burlington Department of Labor. Also -- Next Monday -- February 2nd -- The Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility is having a job fair. They have immediate openings for Correctional Officers. That job fair runs from 9 am until 5 pm at their location on Farrell Street in South Burlington. For more information and to learn more about how you can apply -- head on over to our website -- wcax.com. And if you're a company looking to hire -- shoot us an email. It's free. That's HelpWanted@wcax.com.

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A K through 8 school in South Hero is now adopting new practices to be more inclusive. (TC - 01:40:47:00) ((Debbie Lesure/SWIFT Co-Coordinator/VT Agency of Education It seemed like it was a slow start because swift is based on implementation science and the first year was a lot of exploration about what are the systems that you have in place? What are the resources? What are you doing that already works? What are you doing that maybe isn't having the effect you want it to have?)) Tonight at 6 --- Julie Kelley shows us exactly what they're doing to achieve that goal as we kick off 30 Schools in 30 Days. We'll be right back...

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(anchors introduce gary) Calm before storm today. Big storm Tuesday will bring heavy snow to our southern areas, with strong wind, not as much snow or wind to the north. Snow showers linger into Wed. AM, then it clears. Clipper late Thursday into Friday with a little more snow. Then clearing, colder going into the weekend.

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Today: Increasing clouds south to north Highs: 13 to 20 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Snow developing south, moving north Lows: 5 to 15 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Tuesday: Snow, blowing snow, heaviest south Highs: 13 to 20 Wind: N 15 to 25 mph Extended: Wednesday: AM snow showers Then clearing Lows: 2 to 12 Highs: 12 to 22 Thursday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers late Lows: -5 to 10 Highs: 20s Friday: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 20s Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 5 to 15 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 5 to -10 Highs: 10 to 20

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(((After seeing their 5 game win streak come to an end at the hands of New Hampshire on Thursday, the UVM men looked to get back into the win column Sunday as they hit the road to face Umass Lowell... The Catamounts just 3-7 on the road this season, but got off to a hot start... Up 17-13...off of the missed shot, Trae Bell-Haynes, takes this down the court and lofts it up for Dre Wills and he finishes for two of his game high and career high 20 points ...UVM up by 6... And Vermont continuing to hurt the River Hawks down low...Ethan O'Day the tough bucket inside, it's 21-15 Catamounts.. But Lowell hanging around in the first half..Chad Holley drives to the rack and gets this one to drop in...UVM would head into the half up 31-25 .. The Catamounts, though start the 2nd half off just as hot as the first..O'Day the big swat and the rim...and Wills taking this one down the length of the floor and gets the floater to drop...it's a 10 point Cat lead But Lowell wipes away the double digit lead .....UVM up by just 5 ...Brad Schaub the baseline drive, he gets the bucket and 1 ...UVM lead down to 2 .. But the Catamounts start to piece together a run of their own midway through the 2nd... Haynes shot won't fall but O'Day there for the tip in... And then Wills dumps it off for Kurt Steidel...He buries the triple, part of an 8-0 Vermont run.. UVM moves to 6-1 in America East play as they take down UMass-Lowell, 61-50... The UVM women also down in Lowell taking on the Lady River Hawks..Niki Taylor needing just two points to reach the 1,000 point mark in her career... Opening minute of the game...Vermont inbounds pass to a wide open Katie Lavelle, off the glass for two...We are tied at 2.. But the River Hawks answer on the other end of the floor... Shannon Samuels buries the shot from behind the arc...Lowell on top 5-4.. The big moment of the first belonged to Vermont..Taylor open down low, the first shot won't go in, but gets her own rebound and gets it to drop for the century mark, point number 1,000... She would end the day with 5, so sitting at 1,003 points...UVM though would head into the half down 37-31.. Red Hawks would go up by 13 in the 2nd half, UVM chipping away... Emilie Cloutier (Clute-E-A) the hard bucket down low...She lead the Cats with 16 points.. Then Kayla Burchill from the corner... knocks down the three, the cut the deficit to just 8... But UVM just ran out of time Sunday... Jasmine McRoy the wide open jumper, sinks it .. Vermont falls on the road, 72-63..they are now 2-6 in America East play..The UVM women's hockey team also fell on the road today, 9-2 against Boston University... with your sports wrap ...I'm Kane O'Neill))))

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Vermont's economy is still facing some tough issues. The latest revenue forecasts indicate the state is not generating enough tax dollars to balance the state's budget. In this State House sit down Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott talks with Anson Tebbetts about jobs and the health of the Vermont economy.

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Welcome back -- in Everything Animals this morning, we are talking about what's believed to be one of the most costly health problems for the equine industry. Joining us for this important topic is Dr. Jennifer Dulin from Vermont Large Animal Clinic. Thank you for being here. ((Briefly -- what is horse or equine lameness?)) ((What are some of the new options for treating equine lameness?)) ((generic horse broll)) ((What is I-RAP (pronounced "eye-rap"), and what type of lameness is it used for?))

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((What is involved in treating a horse with I-RAP?)) (Picture 1 -- of x-ray)

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((What is P-R-P -- and how is it different from I-RAP?)) (Use Pictures 2 and 3 -- of plasma and shot)


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