Mon 27-OCT-2014 Early A.M. News Script

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky

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This morning -- students at U-32 high school are coping with the loss of one of their own -- who was killed in a crash this weekend. Friends and family of Joey Laquerre (LA- CARE) gathered in Central Vermont Sunday to remember the life of the East Montpelier teen and auto racing star. Elizabeth Keatinge reports.

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Those closest to Joey Laquerre say they can't believe their life-long friend is gone. ((Connor Rice/friend 11:37:38:00 We did everything together - it was, we went through thick and thin. We had tough times but we always stuck through it. :46)) On Saturday, just a month short of his 18th birthday, police say Laquerre was killed as a result of an all terrain vehicle accident in the town of Washington. ((Dean Gallison/Thunder Road 11:58:38:00 It's absolutely unfair. I mean, for everything that the Laquerre family has gone through. :44)) The Laquerre family is considered "Vermont royalty" in the sport of racecar driving. The 17-year-old was a fourth generation driver and an up and coming star in the sport. His grandfather still wins races. ((Dave Moody/motor racing network 11:31:17:28 I don't think any of us doubted that Little Joey was going to be a champion in his own right. It's just, it's an unfathomable loss. :24)) Tradegy is nothing new to the family. Laquerre's mother died of ALS when he was just 8-years-old. His uncle, a championship Thunder Road racer died, in a snowmobile accident. But friends say, it made him wise beyond his years, raising the spirits of others when they were down. ((Martha Lange/friend 12;03:03:25 He seemed to always be the one cheering us up and saying, oh it doesn't matter. It's alright, we'll get them next time. :09)) Lt. Governor Phil Scott, one of Vermont's most recognizable race car drivers, says the loss to the racing community- and the entire state - is immeasurable. ((Lt. Governor Phil Scott/R-Vermont 11:50:25:00 Little Joey was a new racer but had a huge amount of crew members that were there week in and week out, and you could just tell, that there was something special. :36)) Laquerre-- who was in his senior year at U-32 High School-- had dreams beyond the track. Family and friends say he had a special connection to nature. ((Connor Rice /friend 11:46:57:00 he loved being in the outdoors. He just wanted to be a game warden . 11:47:03:00)) A dream that was cut short by a heart-wrenching accident. Loved ones say they will miss his thoughtfulness the most. ((Tyler Austin/friend 11:48:07:11 Yeah never afraid to come up and give you a hug. Stephen Donahue/friend he had many. many friends. :13)) ((Elizabeth Keatinge/Montpelier 12:23:31:18 Now friends we spoke with say that this news is still very fresh in their minds, but they have talked about honoring Laquerre this upcoming racing season by making their cars look just like his. EK CH3 News Montpelier. :44))

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This morning -- counselors will be on hand for students and staff at U-32.

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Now to a fatal crash in Brattleboro. Police say the driver died on the scene on Bonnyvale Road Saturday night -- and a passenger was airlifted to the hospital. Their names haven't been released.

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Police in Central Vermont are looking for a robber who they say targeted two stores last night. They say around 8 o'clock a heavyset white woman tried to rob the Shaws in Montpelier -- and then fled on foot, possibly with a man. Then -- just after 9 o'clock, police in Barre City got a call about a robbery at the Champlain Farms on South Main Street. Police say the woman handed the cashier a note demanding money -- and left with cash. Police say she's in her early 20s with sandy brown hair -- and if you know who she is... contact them.

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Concerned community members confronted the Burlington School Board as accusations involving the district's interim senior administration lead to a call for change. Melissa Howell reports

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((01:25:25 "it is time that respect returns." 01:25:28)) The resignation of 3 Burlington School District senior administrators has caused dismay throughout the community. ((Jason 01:29:00 "If one person resigned, it can be a personality problem but 3 people? Come on there is an underlying issue here." 01:29:08)) Stephanie Phillips took on the role on interim superintendent in July after the resignation of Jeanne Collins. But Last week, Phillips and her 2 interim administrators resigned on claims of disrespect -- personally and professionally from the school board. Now, an emergency meeting calling for a plan of action is giving parents like Alison Segar -- a chance to voice their concerns. ((Alison Segar/Parent 00:41:57 "I've been very active in issues to do with the school, I think there's some fantastic people on the school board so for it to get to this point its just deeply concerning." 00:42:09)) Emails obtained by Channel 3 News through a public records request reveal frustrations between the school board and administrators. At times, Phillips warning of her resignation. Sunday night, school board members vowed to get to the root of the problem in an effort to move forward. ((Patrick Halladay/ Chair 01:52:36 "We have made a committment to further conversations and to better our role and what our rights and responsibilities are and what our commitments to the larger community are." 01:52:49)) The school board has committed to meeting with the senior administrators, creating a committee within the board to vet candidates to fill the interim position, and working together more efficiently. It's a commitment that has gained some support... ((Martha Lang 01:28:15 "I have watched the school board work endlessly and I say who doesn't make mistakes and I'm not saying you made any but lets move ahead." 01:28:24)) But a petition signed by 150 community members calls for more oversight throughout the search for a new interim superintendent. ((Kathy 01:16:34 "We seek a strong committment from the board to work closely with the secretary of education to attract, retain, and vet highly qualified interim and permanent superintendent candidates." 01:16:47)) As the turmoil plays out in the public eye, parents hope both the administrators and school board remember to put students first. ((Alison Segar/Parent 00:42:52 "Im hoping that the impact will be really limited I mean thats who we're all here for, our kids."00:42:56)) Melissa Howell, Channel 3 News

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Fairpoint workers are heading into a second full work week on the picket lines. About 1,700 union employees in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine walked off the job after months of failed negotiations. The sticking points are benefit cuts and a recent pension freeze.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mainly in 40s NE temps/radar: lots of 40s, some upper 30s west; showers leaving northeast U.S. Clouds/radar: frontal system over the weekend has moved east. Another one in upper midwest. We are in between. Forecast clouds/precip: Okay days today and Tuesday, which will be breezy and warmer. Showers Tue. Night into early Wed.

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Today: Turning partly sunny Highs: 47 to 54 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 32 to 38 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Tuesday: Partly sunny Breezy Highs: 57 to 64 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Extended: Wednesday: AM showers Then gradual clearing Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 50s Thursday: Partly cloudy Lows: 30s Highs: 48 to 58 Friday: Halloween! Increasing clouds Showers developing Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 42 to 52 Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Rain/snow Blustery Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 30s Sunday: Partly sunny Snow showers, mainly mountains Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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Ebola quarantine mandates are under fire this morning. A nurse in New Jersey who came back from West Africa after treating ebola patients is now suing the state -- asking to be released. Brian Webb has the latest on the response.

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PKG script: After a weekend of fierce opposition from the White House and some medical experts, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo updated his state's mandatory 21-day quarantine protocols: Following screening at the airport, Cuomo says, anyone who shows *no* symptoms of Ebola can now quarantine themselves at home. (SOT Cuomo) During those 21 days, health care workers would check on them twice a day to monitor their temperature and condition.// Nurse Kaci Hickox is the first healthcare worker isolated under the new protocols in New Jersey. (STANDUP: Brian Webb/ CBS News/ New York, NY) Hickox is now being held in an isolation tent here at University Hospital in Newark after arriving from Sierra Leone where she treated patients with Ebola. (vo) She calls her treatment 'inhumane.' The isolation tent has a portable toilet - but no shower. She has hired a team of civil lawyers to help get her out. (SOT Steven Hyman/ Hickox Attorney) She knows how to treat and deal with Ebola. Unfortunately, Governor Christie apparently does not. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is standing by his state's protocols: (SOT Christie) I don't believe when you're dealing with something as serious as this that we can count on a voluntary system. Federal officials warn the quarantine will prevent other health care workers from traveling to the region. (SOT Fauci) The best way to protect Americans is to stop the epidemic in Africa. And we need those health care workers to do that. New Jersey's quarantine policy will most likely face its first legal test this week... As Hickox plans to file a federal lawsuit within days. Brian Webb for CBS News NEWARK.

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A New York man has been found guilty -- for killing his wife 35 years ago. Michael Rodriguez has been charged with second-degree murder -- for the death of his estranged wife. Police say he stabbed her more than 100 times. The body of his wife, 21-year-old Patricia Rogriguez was found in a cemetary in 1979. The case went cold for decades -- but new DNA testing identified Patti's killer. The Buffalo man faces life in prison.

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New Hampshire's tenure as the only state with an all-female delegation in Washington -- could be coming to an end. Four women currently hold seats in the U-S house and senate for the Granite State. Two seats will continue to be held by women -- Senator Kelly Ayotta isn't up for re-election -- and the 2nd district face features two women. But Carol Shea-Porter and Jeanne Shaheen face male Republican challenegers. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, 18 women are running for U.S. Senate and 166 for the House this year. And a record 16 races feature women running against women.

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For years now, merchants have tracked individual online shopping habits to personalize their websites and attract customers. But a new study says some companies are going beyond that by using what they know about each shopper to set different prices for the same product. Here's Don Dahler.

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(hands on computer, using smartphone) (NARR) FOR YEARS, YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED WHILE SHOPPING ONLINE YOUR COMPUTER SEEMS TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR. THAT'S BECAUSE COMPANIES TRACK YOUR SEARCH AND PURCHASE HISTORIES TO MAKE GUESSES ABOUT WHAT YOU LIKE. (graphic of study cover) (NARR) BUT A NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY STUDY SHOWS COMPANIES ARE ALSO USING INFORMATION ABOUT HOW YOU'RE SHOPPING ONLINE TO CUSTOMIZE PRICES. (prof set up shot) (NARR) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR CHRISTO WILSON. (wilson 20:07:33) "Many e-commerce sites will give deals or change the prices for people using specific devices or browsers, or will change the order of search results to highlight more expensive items." (websites, graphic) (NARR) FOR INSTANCE, YOU GET AN AVERAGE DISCOUNT OF $15 IF YOU USE AN IPHONE TO LOOK FOR HOTELS OR PLANE TICKETS ON TRAVELOCITY. BUT NOT IF YOU'RE USING A DESKTOP COMPUTER. RESEARCHERS FOUND A RANDOM SEARCH ON HOME DEPOT'S WEBSITE USING A DESKTOP AVERAGED $120 AN ITEM. BUT THE SAME SEARCH ON AN ANDROID OR IPHONE AVERAGED $230 PER ITEM. HOME DEPOT HAD THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE OF DIFFERENT PRICES FOR THE SAME PRODUCTS IN THE STUDY. FOLLOWED BY CHEAPTICKETS, ORBITZ, PRICELINE, SEARS, JC PENNEY, AND MACY'S. (wilson 20:11:24) "The difference in the real world is that these practices are transparent. But on the internet you don't know what's going on. So you go to a website and search for a product and you don't know if those products have other prices that are available, or if there are products being hidden from you." (NARR) CUSTOMIZING PRICES ISN'T ILLEGAL. BUT WHEN ORBITZ WAS DISCOVERED STEERING APPLE COMPUTER USERS TOWARDS MORE EXPENSIVE HOTELS, THE COMPANY STOPPED DOING SO.

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Almanac: temp above average yesterday, but it happened early in day before cooling off; some rain, not much Mt. Mansfield snow: a little behind schedule with accumulating snow on the mountain NE temps/radar: lots of 40s, some upper 30s west; showers leaving northeast

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We've all had moments where we're trying something new ... and we mess up. It might seem like a bad thing -- but a new study says... it's actually not. Eboni Williams explains why in our healthwatch.

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A new study finds adults who make mistakes while learning can improve memory. Researchers in Toronto say the brain uses the mistakes as stepping stones to find the correct answer. (wipe vo) (handout video: Columbia University Medical Center) (cocoa b-roll) An ingredient in cocoa could help reverse memory loss in older adults. That's according to Columbia University researchers who studied the effects of flavanols. They found patients who had more flavanols performed better on memory tests…in some cases having the memory of someone 30 years younger. (wipe vo) and new findings in the journal Pediatrics show many colleges cannot support students with chronic medical conditions. According to researchers 42 percent of 4-year colleges do not have a system in place to identify students with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and depression. And those are some of today's top health stories. Eboni Williams, CBS News, New York.

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In our headlines this morning -- OVERDOSE DEATHS -- growing concerns in New Hampshire this morning... Assault charges -- a Barton man is back behind bars... And BRIDGE REOPENING -- good news for drivers in one Vermont community.

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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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Firefighters responded to a fire at 13 Pine St in Rutland. The fire involving 3 buildings started around 4:30 this morning Multiple Crews are still on the scene working to put out that fire. The Red Cross was called to the scene and is helping evacuated residents.

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This morning -- a commuity in Central Vermont is grappling with the loss of high school senior. Joey Laquerre (la-Care) was killed Saturday in an ATV accident in Washington. The 17 year old was a rising star in the world of auto racing. He was a regular on the track at Thunder Road -- at times, competing alongside his legendary grandfather. Family and friends gathered Sunday afternoon -- and fellow racecar drivers offered their sympathies via social media. U-32 will have counselors available for students and staff today.

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A Barton man accused of trying to strangle a woman -- is back behind bars. Police say the assault happened on Cape Cod last summer. On Friday, state police arrested 35-year-old Gregory Willis again. They say he's had contact with the victim more than 90 times -- violating the conditions of his release. Willis is being held for lack of 40-thousand dollars bail. He's due in court today.

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Overdose deaths in New Hampshire are on track to exceed last years numbers. The state medical examiner's office says 70 people died in 2013 of overdoses. With two months to go, state officials say the death toll stands at 65 -- the most recent linked to tainted heroin that was making the rounds in the upper valley earlier this month. The Public Safety Commissioner says the heroin problem is QUOTE "an epidemic of addiction." He says more needs to go into enforcement, prevention and treatment.

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An 18-million-dollar decision is coming up for people in Hyde Park in the November election. Tonight -- there is a public meeting to talk about the school bond vote. It would put 18 million dollars into new construction for classrooms, a gym and cafeteria, as well as office and storage space at the elementary school. That meeting is at 7 p.m. at Hyde Park Elementary.

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And we have some good news for drivers who rely on a bridge on Route 116 in Bristol. The grand opening is happening at 1 this afternoon. Travelers have been dealing with delays in the area for years with a one-lane temporary bridge. Work will continue on new structure into next spring, but the new bridge will remain open to traffic.

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Let's take a look at this morning's Help Wanted. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is hiring more than 600 seasonal positions at the contact and distribution center in Shelburne. There are a variety of jobs open -- that last through December 21st. You can apply and interview for a postition at one of their holiday job fairs -- on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week -- from 2pm until 7pm. And then again next week -- Thursday the 6th from 2 until 7 or on Saturday the 8th -- from 10am until 2pm.

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RuralEdge is looking for a property manger for their Newport office. Applicants must be detail oriented and be able to work well both independently as well as in a team setting. Ruraledge is looking for someone who is computer-literate, self-motivated, and organized. They must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and have experience in dealing with a wide demographic of customers. This is a salaried, full-time position. To apply you can email i-r-i-s-g @ ruraledge.org.

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And there are openings at Stowe Mountain Resort and Stowe Mountain lodge. They will be holding their annual job fair this Saturday -- November first -- from 9 am until 2pm at Spruce Camp Base Lodge. There are numerous jobs available -- including season pass and ticket seller, lift attendants and operators, food & beverage positions and many other opportunities. For a complete list on where you can apply -- you can visit our infocenter at wcax.com. And If you would like to post open jobs -- you can email help-wanted@wcax.com. That's this weeks Help Wanted.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mainly in 40s NE temps/radar: lots of 40s, some upper 30s west; showers leaving northeast U.S. Clouds/radar: frontal system over the weekend has moved east. Another one in upper midwest. We are in between. Forecast clouds/precip: Okay days today and Tuesday, which will be breezy and warmer. Showers Tue. Night into early Wed.

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Today: Turning partly sunny Highs: 47 to 54 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 32 to 38 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Tuesday: Partly sunny Breezy Highs: 57 to 64 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Extended: Wednesday: AM showers Then gradual clearing Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 50s Thursday: Partly cloudy Lows: 30s Highs: 48 to 58 Friday: Halloween! Increasing clouds Showers developing Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 42 to 52 Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Rain/snow Blustery Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 30s Sunday: Partly sunny Snow showers, mainly mountains Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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Distracted driving has been called an "epidemic". Nationally -- it's estimated that more than 3-thousand people are killed... and 400-thousand injured -- in crashes involving distractions. Vermont's new hands-free law was created to help minimize those distractions. But a new study says the devices designed to keep drivers' eyes on the wheel -- may be worsening the problem they're trying to fix.

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When Vermont enacted its new hands-free driving law at the beginning of the month -- many drivers had to change their habits... and put down their phones. ((FROM HANDSFREE6 PKG Larry Miller/Plymouth, VT 00:02:49:00 "I don't use my cellphone, I just got hands-free calling system on the truck." 00:02:55)) ((BUTTED)) ((00:04:15:00 "You just press that button -- ON STAR READY." 00:04:18:00)) Three out of four drivers believe hands-free technology is safe to use. But a new study says the speech-activated systems designed to reduce driver distratction -- may do just the opposite. ((PHONER Pat Moody, AAA, Manager of Public Affairs, AAA Northern New England 146 For the most part, all of these systems are either more distracting or at least as distracting as a handheld or hands-free cell phone 157)) ((AAA STUDY, VO IN DISTRACTED12 FROM OASIS)) To measure and compare drivers' MENTAL distraction between different activities, the participants in AAA's study used instrumented test vehicles, heart rate monitors, and other equipment to measure their reaction times. ((STUDY GFX)) The team found that something like a radio was a category one -- a low-level distraction. Talking on hand-held OR hands-free device was a category 2 -- considered a moderate distraction. However ... using speech-to-text systems to compose messages was a category 3. And Apple's Siri was the worst performer in the study -- earning its own distinction as a very high-level, category 4 distraction. ((MORE AAA STUDY VO)) That's because the study found the less accurate the voice recognition program was -- the more the driver had to concentrate on their words -- taking their focus from the road. And though they support the spirit of the laws in places like Vermont, AAA says their study shows that hands-free... doesn't mean risk-free. Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Robert Ide agrees. ((SOT Robert Ide, Vt. Dept, of Motor Vehicles Commissioner 1728 Anything that is a distraction is not as safe as being undistracted 32 So even though they think they may be safer than using a hand-held device, the best outcome is to use neither 39)) He says his department has heard that sales of hands-free devices have gone up -- and he says they'll likely see many more studies about distracted driving in all forms. But he's not ready to say that the state should change its hands-free cellphone law to include text-to-speech systems. ((SOT Robert Ide, Vt. Dept. of Motor Vehicles Commissioner 1515 I think this is a classic the jury is still out. So I'm not prepared to say today that there is a specific area that we need to think about 22))

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AAA says it hopes the study will do a couple of things. First -- encourage drivers to limit the use of electronics behind the wheel. Second -- prompt car and phone manufacturers to make their hands-free systems safer by improving their accuracy, so that when drivers use them... they aren't as distracted.

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(((After suffering two straight NFC east loses, the Giants are off this weekend. The G-men look to regroup a week from Monday night at home against Indianapolis. --- Tom Brady and the Patriots hosting the Bears today in Foxboro. The Pats score 3 touchdowns in 57 seconds late in the first half. Brady to Rob Gronkowski, one of his three TD grabs. 24-7 Pats. after the Bears go 3 and out, New England gets the ball back and Brady hits Brandon Lafell for the touchdown. 5 touchdown passes for Brady, 31-7. on the Bears first play on the next drive, quarterback Jay Cutler tries to avoid the sack, he ends up losing the ball, Rob Ninkovich picks it up and he ends up taking it back 15 yards for the touchdown. This one all Pats, 51-23 the final. New England has won 4 straight. --- The Bills visiting the Jets Sunday and it was a rough day for Jets QB Geno Smith. 7-0 Bills in the first, Geno Smith throws his third pick, Stephon Gimore grabs it. No quarterback issues with the Bills, Kyle Orton to Sammy Watkins, on the quick slant and he goes 61 yards for the score. Bills win 43-23,. --- The 17th ranked UVM men's hockey team is off to its best start in nine years and team has yet to trail through four games this season. Vermont improving to 4-0 after a 2-1 win over Uconn Saturday night at the Gut. Goalie Brody Hoffman made 21 saves and Mike Stenerson scored the game winner in the third. The players will tell you that it wasn't a full 60 minute effort, but guys stepped up when needed in a critical early season hockey east game. --- (((Alexx Privitera/"It's not something that we necessarily want to continue doing, but that's signs of a good team, finding ways to win when you're not playing your best. Every game counts. They're all important as each other. Obvioiusly we want to get better and play better, but we're 4-0."))) --- That's it for now, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 sports, have a great day.)))

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NE temps/radar: lots of 40s, some upper 30s west; showers leaving northeast

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Many of us know that those dreaded heating bills are just around the corner. But with the right preparation on your home, those bills don't have to be quite as painful. We want to give you some tips on how you can make your home more energy efficient. Here's Nick Borelli.

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(00:00:36:00-00:00:39: 00 Tile 2544) ((Malcolm Gray/Montpelier Construction: I've been doing energy efficiency work in Vermont since the mid 70's.)) Malcolm Gray, of Montpelier Construction, is putting all of that experience to good use; he's prepping homes for the cold months. Cutting those heating bills starts with changes in the attic. (00:01:20:00-00:01:25: 00 Tile 2547) ((MG: So this is up into the attic; you can see we've insulated the walls here.)) If your attic isn't properly insulated, the heat from the floors below is allowed to escape. (00:01:53:00-00:02:08: 00 Tile 2547) ((MG: Put 2" of foam on the floor, put plywood and then we did plywood insulation dam around the space, then gave them storage. With the rest of it, 12 plus inches of loose cellulose.)) Cellulose insulation is simply recycled paper. According to Gray, it's green and more efficient than traditional fiberglass insulation. A lot of heat can also be lost in the basement. (00:06:38:00-00:06:42 Tile 2555) ((MG: An old stone foundation has an R value a little less than 2)) R value is a measure of the efficiency of insulation-- Gray says an R value of 2 is equivalent to a single pane of glass. (00:06:51:00-00:07:02: 00 Tile 2555) ((we glue this 2.5" of rigid foam on the side of the wall, and this foam has a special coating that serves as a 15 minute barrier.)) This foam is installed about a foot below grade, bringing the R value up to a respectable 20. (00:08:11:00-00:08:25: 00 Tile 2555) ((NB: On your average home what does something like this cost? MG: It's about 2500 to 4000 dollars for the basement and pretty much the same, if not a little less, for the attic.)) The home we were in saw about a 30% reduction in heat loss; this means in about 4 to 8 years the project essentially pays for itself. In order to be as efficient as possible, you need to minimize air leakage-- something that Gray tests using a blower door. (00:10:04:00-00:10:07: 00 Tile 2574) ((Nats: Gray installing fan)) (00:21:49:00-00:21:54 Tile 2577) ((MG: The air exhausted is like a 25mph wind on all exterior surfaces.)) Once the air is blown out... (00:24:50:00-00:24:53 Tile 2580) ((Nats: Fan blowing) ...It acts as a vacuum on the house. (00:26:05:00-00:26:10: 00 Tile 2583) ((MG: We're just checking surfaces to see if there's any air leakage around them, & this is a pretty tight installation.)) The owners of this house elected to put in new windows, and added seals around the doors...But if any areas were leaking Gray would fix them. Behavioral changes can make a difference in heating cost too. (00:28:06:00-00:28:08: 00 Tile 2587) ((Matt Sharpe/Efficiency Vermont: I've been with Efficiency Vermont for about 14 years.)) Matt Sharpe recommends turning down the temp. (00:30:19:00-00:30:29: 00) ((Matt Sharpe/Efficiency Vermont: You can do things like set back your thermostat and you can save about 2-3% of your energy bill for every degree you set back for a 24 hour period.)) But if you want to do better than that, it's a good idea to thoroughly insulate and seal your home. Thankfully there are people like Gray who can help us get the job done. (00:10:43:00-00:10:47: 00) ((MG: It's a lot of fun. It's dirty, nasty work, but it's also a lot of fun.)) Nick Borelli, Channel 3 News, Montpelier

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This morning -- a commuity in Central Vermont is grappling with the loss of high school senior. Joey Laquerre (la-Care) was killed Saturday in an ATV accident in Washington. The 17 year old was a rising star in the world of auto racing. He was a regular on the track at Thunder Road -- at times, competing alongside his legendary grandfather. Family and friends gathered Sunday afternoon -- and fellow racecar drivers offered their sympathies via social media. U-32 will have counselors available for students and staff today.

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Concerned community members confronted the Burlington School Board last night. ((01:25:25 "it is time that respect returns." 01:25:28)) Parents voiced their frustrations with the turmoil surrounding the search for a new superintendent. Last week -- the interim team resigned -- claiming they were disrespected by the board. Last night at an emergency meeting, the school board said it will meet with senior administrators, create a committee to vet candidates for the interim positions that are now open.

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((Patrick Halladay/ Chair 01:52:36 "We have made a committment to further conversations and to better our role and what our rights and responsibilities are and what our commitments to the larger community are." 01:52:49)) ((Alison Segar/Parent 00:41:57 "I've been very active in issues to do with the school, I think there's some fantastic people on the school board so for it to get to this point its just deeply concerning." 00:42:09)) A petition signed by 150 community members calls for more oversight throughout the search for a new interim superintendent.

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Fairpoint workers are heading into a second full work week on the picket lines. About 1,700 union employees in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine walked off the job after months of failed negotiations. The sticking points are benefit cuts and a recent pension freeze.

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7-day forecast: AM clouds giving way to more sun. Warmer & breezy Tue. Showers Tue. night into Wed. AM. Nice day Thu. Storm coming at us late on Halloween day, bringing rain late Friday for Trick-or-Treat time. November could get off to a snowy, blustery start on Saturday. Cold air over the weekend

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I'm Ali Freeman -- it's almost time to lace -- and leash up. For a race against the clock -- with your best friend. Join us tomorrow morning for a sneak peat at the second annual Cani-Cross. See you starting at 5 am.

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Good morning it's 6:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky

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This morning -- students at U-32 high school are coping with the loss of one of their own -- who was killed in a crash this weekend. Friends and family of Joey Laquerre (LA- CARE) gathered in Central Vermont Sunday to remember the life of the East Montpelier teen and auto racing star. Elizabeth Keatinge reports.

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Those closest to Joey Laquerre say they can't believe their life-long friend is gone. ((Connor Rice/friend 11:37:38:00 We did everything together - it was, we went through thick and thin. We had tough times but we always stuck through it. :46)) On Saturday, just a month short of his 18th birthday, police say Laquerre was killed as a result of an all terrain vehicle accident in the town of Washington. ((Dean Gallison/Thunder Road 11:58:38:00 It's absolutely unfair. I mean, for everything that the Laquerre family has gone through. :44)) The Laquerre family is considered "Vermont royalty" in the sport of racecar driving. The 17-year-old was a fourth generation driver and an up and coming star in the sport. His grandfather still wins races. ((Dave Moody/motor racing network 11:31:17:28 I don't think any of us doubted that Little Joey was going to be a champion in his own right. It's just, it's an unfathomable loss. :24)) Tradegy is nothing new to the family. Laquerre's mother died of ALS when he was just 8-years-old. His uncle, a championship Thunder Road racer died, in a snowmobile accident. But friends say, it made him wise beyond his years, raising the spirits of others when they were down. ((Martha Lange/friend 12;03:03:25 He seemed to always be the one cheering us up and saying, oh it doesn't matter. It's alright, we'll get them next time. :09)) Lt. Governor Phil Scott, one of Vermont's most recognizable race car drivers, says the loss to the racing community- and the entire state - is immeasurable. ((Lt. Governor Phil Scott/R-Vermont 11:50:25:00 Little Joey was a new racer but had a huge amount of crew members that were there week in and week out, and you could just tell, that there was something special. :36)) Laquerre-- who was in his senior year at U-32 High School-- had dreams beyond the track. Family and friends say he had a special connection to nature. ((Connor Rice /friend 11:46:57:00 he loved being in the outdoors. He just wanted to be a game warden . 11:47:03:00)) A dream that was cut short by a heart-wrenching accident. Loved ones say they will miss his thoughtfulness the most. ((Tyler Austin/friend 11:48:07:11 Yeah never afraid to come up and give you a hug. Stephen Donahue/friend he had many. many friends. :13)) ((Elizabeth Keatinge/Montpelier 12:23:31:18 Now friends we spoke with say that this news is still very fresh in their minds, but they have talked about honoring Laquerre this upcoming racing season by making their cars look just like his. EK CH3 News Montpelier. :44))

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This morning -- counselors will be on hand for students and staff at U-32.

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Now to a fatal crash in Brattleboro. Police say the driver died on the scene on Bonnyvale Road Saturday night -- and a passenger was airlifted to the hospital. Their names haven't been released.

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Happening right now... Firefighters are on the scene of a fire around 13 Pine Street in Rutland. The fire involves 3 buildings -- and started around 4:30 this morning Multiple Crews are still on the scene working to put out that fire. The Red Cross says up to 10 families could be affected -- and they're helping everyone who was evacuated.

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Police in Central Vermont are looking for a robber who they say targeted two stores last night. They say around 8 o'clock a heavyset white woman tried to rob the Shaws in Montpelier -- and then fled on foot, possibly with a man. Then -- just after 9 o'clock, police in Barre City got a call about a robbery at the Champlain Farms on South Main Street. Police say the woman handed the cashier a note demanding money -- and left with cash. Police say she's in her early 20s with sandy brown hair -- and if you know who she is... contact them.

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Concerned community members confronted the Burlington School Board last night. ((01:25:25 "it is time that respect returns." 01:25:28)) Parents voiced their frustrations with the turmoil surrounding the search for a new superintendent. Last week -- the interim team resigned -- claiming they were disrespected by the board. Last night at an emergency meeting, the school board said it will meet with senior administrators, create a committee to vet candidates for the interim positions that are now open.

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((Patrick Halladay/ Chair 01:52:36 "We have made a committment to further conversations and to better our role and what our rights and responsibilities are and what our commitments to the larger community are." 01:52:49)) ((Alison Segar/Parent 00:41:57 "I've been very active in issues to do with the school, I think there's some fantastic people on the school board so for it to get to this point its just deeply concerning." 00:42:09)) A petition signed by 150 community members calls for more oversight throughout the search for a new interim superintendent.

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Fairpoint workers are heading into a second full work week on the picket lines. About 1,700 union employees in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine walked off the job after months of failed negotiations. The sticking points are benefit cuts and a recent pension freeze.

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Vermont's new hands-free law was created to help minimize distractions behind the wheel. But -- it may be causing new ones. Three out of four drivers believe hands-free technology is safe to use. But a new study from AAA says the speech-activated systems designed to reduce driver distratction -- may do just the opposite. The study says speech-to-text systems -- are mentally distracting.

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((NO SUPER PHONER Pat Moody, AAA, Manager of Public Affairs, AAA Northern New England 146 For the most part, all of these systems are either more distracting or at least as distracting as a handheld or hands-free cell phone 157)) ((SOT Robert Ide, Vt. Dept, of Motor Vehicles Commissioner 1728 Anything that is a distraction is not as safe as being undistracted 32 So even though they think they may be safer than using a hand-held device, the best outcome is to use neither 39)) But the Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner says he's not ready to say yet that any more changes need to be made to Vermont's driving laws.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mainly in 40s NE temps/radar: lots of 40s, some upper 30s west; showers leaving northeast U.S. Clouds/radar: frontal system over the weekend has moved east. Another one in upper midwest. We are in between. Forecast clouds/precip: Okay days today and Tuesday, which will be breezy and warmer. Showers Tue. Night into early Wed.

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Today: Turning partly sunny Highs: 47 to 54 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 32 to 38 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Tuesday: Partly sunny Breezy Highs: 57 to 64 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Extended: Wednesday: AM showers Then gradual clearing Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 50s Thursday: Partly cloudy Lows: 30s Highs: 48 to 58 Friday: Halloween! Increasing clouds Showers developing Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 42 to 52 Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Rain/snow Blustery Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 30s Sunday: Partly sunny Snow showers, mainly mountains Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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Ebola quarantine mandates are under fire this morning. A nurse in New Jersey forced into isolation -- says she's suing -- after treatment she's calling inhumane. Anne Marie Green has the latest.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking a step back on the imposed 21-day quarantines for medical workers returning from West Africa. On Sunday Cuomo announced that those arriving to his state with no Ebola symptoms can do their quarantine at home. The move comes as Kaci Hickox, the first nurse forcibly quarantined in New Jersey, has obtained a civil rights attorney. She's expected to file a federal lawsuit this week. Exit polls from landmark parliamentary elections in Ukraine show a country likely drifting away from Russia and closer to the West. The elections are the first since the ousting of President Victor Yanukovich in February. Parts of eastern Ukraine, controlled by pro-Russian separatists, plan to hold their own elections next weekend. The country's new President, Petro Poroshenko, says coalition talks will begin on Monday. And, U.S. and British troops have officially ended combat operations in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province. Troops lowered the American and British flags for the final time on Sunday...at the US's Camp Leatherneck and Britain's Camp Bastion bases. Coalition forces have been in Afghanistan battling the Taliban for 13 years. Those are some of the day's top stories. I'm Anne Marie Green, CBS News New York.

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For years now, merchants have tracked individual online shopping habits to personalize their websites and attract customers. But a new study says some companies are going beyond that by using what they know about each shopper to set different prices for the same product. Here's Don Dahler.

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(hands on computer, using smartphone) (NARR) FOR YEARS, YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED WHILE SHOPPING ONLINE YOUR COMPUTER SEEMS TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR. THAT'S BECAUSE COMPANIES TRACK YOUR SEARCH AND PURCHASE HISTORIES TO MAKE GUESSES ABOUT WHAT YOU LIKE. (graphic of study cover) (NARR) BUT A NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY STUDY SHOWS COMPANIES ARE ALSO USING INFORMATION ABOUT HOW YOU'RE SHOPPING ONLINE TO CUSTOMIZE PRICES. (prof set up shot) (NARR) ASSISTANT PROFESSOR CHRISTO WILSON. (wilson 20:07:33) "Many e-commerce sites will give deals or change the prices for people using specific devices or browsers, or will change the order of search results to highlight more expensive items." (websites, graphic) (NARR) FOR INSTANCE, YOU GET AN AVERAGE DISCOUNT OF $15 IF YOU USE AN IPHONE TO LOOK FOR HOTELS OR PLANE TICKETS ON TRAVELOCITY. BUT NOT IF YOU'RE USING A DESKTOP COMPUTER. RESEARCHERS FOUND A RANDOM SEARCH ON HOME DEPOT'S WEBSITE USING A DESKTOP AVERAGED $120 AN ITEM. BUT THE SAME SEARCH ON AN ANDROID OR IPHONE AVERAGED $230 PER ITEM. HOME DEPOT HAD THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE OF DIFFERENT PRICES FOR THE SAME PRODUCTS IN THE STUDY. FOLLOWED BY CHEAPTICKETS, ORBITZ, PRICELINE, SEARS, JC PENNEY, AND MACY'S. (wilson 20:11:24) "The difference in the real world is that these practices are transparent. But on the internet you don't know what's going on. So you go to a website and search for a product and you don't know if those products have other prices that are available, or if there are products being hidden from you." (NARR) CUSTOMIZING PRICES ISN'T ILLEGAL. BUT WHEN ORBITZ WAS DISCOVERED STEERING APPLE COMPUTER USERS TOWARDS MORE EXPENSIVE HOTELS, THE COMPANY STOPPED DOING SO.

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Almanac: temp above average yesterday, but it happened early in day before cooling off; some rain, not much Mt. Mansfield snow: a little behind schedule with accumulating snow on the mountain NE temps/radar: lots of 40s, some upper 30s west; showers leaving northeast

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Interior Designer Ruxana Oosman show us some non-traditional Halloween decorating tips.

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In our headlines this morning -- OVERDOSE DEATHS -- growing concerns in New Hampshire this morning... Assault Charges-- why a barton man is back behind bars.. And BRIDGE REOPENING -- good news for drivers in one Vermont community.

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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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This morning -- a commuity in Central Vermont is grappling with the loss of high school senior. Joey Laquerre (la-Care) was killed Saturday in an ATV accident in Washington. The 17 year old was a rising star in the world of auto racing. He was a regular on the track at Thunder Road -- at times, competing alongside his legendary grandfather. Family and friends gathered Sunday afternoon -- and fellow racecar drivers offered their sympathies via social media. U-32 will have counselors available for students and staff today.

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A Barton man accused of trying to strangle a woman -- is back behind bars. Police say the assault happened on Cape Cod last summer. On Friday, state police arrested 35-year-old Gregory Willis again. They say he's had contact with the victim more than 90 times -- violating the conditions of his release. Willis is being held for lack of 40-thousand dollars bail. He's due in court today.

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Overdose deaths in New Hampshire are on track to exceed last years numbers. The state medical examiner's office says 70 people died in 2013 of overdoses. With two months to go, state officials say the death toll stands at 65 -- the most recent linked to tainted heroin that was making the rounds in the upper valley earlier this month. The Public Safety Commissioner says the heroin problem is QUOTE "an epidemic of addiction." He says more needs to go into enforcement, prevention and treatment.

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An 18-million-dollar decision is coming up for people in Hyde Park in the November election. Tonight -- there is a public meeting to talk about the school bond vote. It would put 18 million dollars into new construction for classrooms, a gym and cafeteria, as well as office and storage space at the elementary school. That meeting is at 7 p.m. at Hyde Park Elementary.

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And we have some good news for drivers who rely on a bridge on Route 116 in Bristol. The grand opening is happening at 1 this afternoon. Travelers have been dealing with delays in the area for years with a one-lane temporary bridge. Work will continue on new structure into next spring, but the new bridge will remain open to traffic.

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Let's take a look at this morning's Help Wanted. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company is hiring more than 600 seasonal positions at the contact and distribution center in Shelburne. There are a variety of jobs open -- that last through December 21st. You can apply and interview for a postition at one of their holiday job fairs -- on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week -- from 2pm until 7pm. And then again next week -- Thursday the 6th from 2 until 7 or on Saturday the 8th -- from 10am until 2pm.

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RuralEdge is looking for a property manger for their Newport office. Applicants must be detail oriented and be able to work well both independently as well as in a team setting. Ruraledge is looking for someone who is computer-literate, self-motivated, and organized. They must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and have experience in dealing with a wide demographic of customers. This is a salaried, full-time position. To apply you can email i-r-i-s-g @ ruraledge.org.

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And there are openings at Stowe Mountain Resort and Stowe Mountain lodge. They will be holding their annual job fair this Saturday -- November first -- from 9 am until 2pm at Spruce Camp Base Lodge. There are numerous jobs available -- including season pass and ticket seller, lift attendants and operators, food & beverage positions and many other opportunities. For a complete list on where you can apply -- you can visit our infocenter at wcax.com. And If you would like to post open jobs -- you can email help-wanted@wcax.com. That's this weeks Help Wanted.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mainly in 40s NE temps/radar: lots of 40s, some upper 30s west; showers leaving northeast U.S. Clouds/radar: frontal system over the weekend has moved east. Another one in upper midwest. We are in between. Forecast clouds/precip: Okay days today and Tuesday, which will be breezy and warmer. Showers Tue. Night into early Wed.

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Today: Turning partly sunny Highs: 47 to 54 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 32 to 38 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Tuesday: Partly sunny Breezy Highs: 57 to 64 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Extended: Wednesday: AM showers Then gradual clearing Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 50s Thursday: Partly cloudy Lows: 30s Highs: 48 to 58 Friday: Halloween! Increasing clouds Showers developing Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 42 to 52 Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Rain/snow Blustery Lows: 28 to 38 Highs: 30s Sunday: Partly sunny Snow showers, mainly mountains Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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(((After suffering two straight NFC east loses, the Giants are off this weekend. The G-men look to regroup a week from Monday night at home against Indianapolis. --- Tom Brady and the Patriots hosting the Bears today in Foxboro. The Pats score 3 touchdowns in 57 seconds late in the first half. Brady to Rob Gronkowski, one of his three TD grabs. 24-7 Pats. after the Bears go 3 and out, New England gets the ball back and Brady hits Brandon Lafell for the touchdown. 5 touchdown passes for Brady, 31-7. on the Bears first play on the next drive, quarterback Jay Cutler tries to avoid the sack, he ends up losing the ball, Rob Ninkovich picks it up and he ends up taking it back 15 yards for the touchdown. This one all Pats, 51-23 the final. New England has won 4 straight. --- The Bills visiting the Jets Sunday and it was a rough day for Jets QB Geno Smith. 7-0 Bills in the first, Geno Smith throws his third pick, Stephon Gimore grabs it. No quarterback issues with the Bills, Kyle Orton to Sammy Watkins, on the quick slant and he goes 61 yards for the score. Bills win 43-23,. --- The 17th ranked UVM men's hockey team is off to its best start in nine years and team has yet to trail through four games this season. Vermont improving to 4-0 after a 2-1 win over Uconn Saturday night at the Gut. Goalie Brody Hoffman made 21 saves and Mike Stenerson scored the game winner in the third. The players will tell you that it wasn't a full 60 minute effort, but guys stepped up when needed in a critical early season hockey east game. --- (((Alexx Privitera/"It's not something that we necessarily want to continue doing, but that's signs of a good team, finding ways to win when you're not playing your best. Every game counts. They're all important as each other. Obvioiusly we want to get better and play better, but we're 4-0."))) --- That's it for now, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 sports, have a great day.)))

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Counselors will be on hand today at U-32 High School -- as the community mourns the death of a student this weekend. Joey Laquerre (la-Care) was killed Saturday in an ATV accident in Washington. The 17-year-old was a rising star in the world of auto racing. He competed regularly at Thunder Road, sometimes alongside his legendary grandfather. Family and friends gathered Sunday afternoon to console each other. And fellow racecar drivers offered their sympathies via social media.

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Concerned community members confronted the Burlington School Board last night. ((01:25:25 "it is time that respect returns." 01:25:28)) Parents voiced their frustrations with the turmoil surrounding the search for a new superintendent. Last week -- the interim team resigned -- claiming they were disrespected by the board. Last night at an emergency meeting, the school board said it will meet with senior administrators, create a committee to vet candidates for the interim positions that are now open -- and work together.

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((Patrick Halladay/ Chair 01:52:36 "We have made a committment to further conversations and to better our role and what our rights and responsibilities are and what our commitments to the larger community are." 01:52:49)) ((Alison Segar/Parent 00:41:57 "I've been very active in issues to do with the school, I think there's some fantastic people on the school board so for it to get to this point its just deeply concerning." 00:42:09)) A petition signed by 150 community members calls for more oversight throughout the search for a new interim superintendent.

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It could be a deadlier year for drug overdoses in New Hampshire. The state medical examiner's office says 70 people died in 2013 of overdoses. So far this year -- 65 people have died. The most recent are linked to tainted heroin that was making the rounds in the upper valley earlier this month. Officials are now calling the heroin problem an "epidemic" and say more needs to be done to prevent and treat addiction.

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Another victim of last week's school shooting in Washington state has died. Gia Soriano, who you see here -- died late last night, bringing the death toll to two. The 14-year-old was injured when a freshman opened fire in the high school cafeteria. Three other students remain hospitalized -- two in critical condition. A moment of silence is planned at the school this morning.

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Dozens of people on Hawaii's big island may have to evacuate tomorrow -- because of this lava flow. Look at this video... Molten rock is oozing across roads -- swallowing grass and utility poles... and edging in closer to homes at about 10 yards an hour.

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Halloween is less than a week away, but Rutland residents didn't have to wait for the 31st. Hundreds of people lined the streets Saturday night for the city's annual parade. Organizers say it is the oldest and biggest Halloween parade in the country.

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And check this out -- it's pumpkin carving like you've never seen it before! Divers took to the chilly waters of Lake Champlain this weekend to make jack-o'-lanterns... underwater. All the money raised in the contest goes to the Diver's Alert Network.

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

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NE temps/radar: lots of 40s, some upper 30s west; showers leaving northeast

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Welcome back -- this morning in Everything Animals we're talking about the handling and treatment of animals on our farms -- and how that affects food safety. Joining us is Dr. Kent Henderson from the Northwest Veterinary Associates. Thanks for coming in. So obviously these are pretty broad topics... Let's start with what the most common problems are that veterinarians see when they go to farms. What do you notice most often? What are some of the challenges farmers face with these animals? So how does that all circle back to food safety?

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(generic farm animal video... cows, horses, chickens, etc.)

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(food processing, dairy, meat processing)

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Happening right now... Firefighters are on the scene of a fire around 13 Pine Street in Rutland. The fire involves 3 buildings -- and started around 4:30 this morning Multiple Crews are still on the scene working to put out that fire. The Red Cross says up to 10 families could be affected -- and they're helping everyone who was evacuated.

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Police in Central Vermont are looking for a robber who they say targeted two stores last night. They say around 8 o'clock a heavyset white woman tried to rob the Shaws in Montpelier -- and then fled on foot, possibly with a man. Then -- just after 9 o'clock, police in Barre City got a call about a robbery at the Champlain Farms on South Main Street. Police say the woman handed the cashier a note demanding money -- and left with cash. Police say she's in her early 20s with sandy brown hair -- and if you know who she is... contact them.

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Fairpoint workers are heading into a second full work week on the picket lines. About 1,700 union employees in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine walked off the job after months of failed negotiations. The sticking points are benefit cuts and a recent pension freeze.

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It could be a deadlier year for drug overdoses in New Hampshire. The state medical examiner's office says 70 people died in 2013 of overdoses. So far this year -- 65 people have died. The most recent are linked to tainted heroin that was making the rounds in the upper valley earlier this month. Officials are now calling the heroin problem an "epidemic" and say more needs to be done to prevent and treat addiction.

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7-day forecast: AM clouds giving way to more sun. Warmer & breezy Tue. Showers Tue. night into Wed. AM. Nice day Thu. Storm coming at us late on Halloween day, bringing rain late Friday for Trick-or-Treat time. November could get off to a snowy, blustery start on Saturday. Cold air over the weekend.

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Good morning, I'm Cat Viglienzoni. Firefighters are cleaning up on the scene of a fire around 13 Pine Street in Rutland. That started around 4 this morning. The fire involved 4 buildings, but the fire department tells us only one was destroyed. They're knocking the rest of it down right now. No one was injured. The Red Cross says up to 10 families could be affected -- and they're helping everyone who was evacuated.

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Now to a fatal crash in Brattleboro. Police say the driver died on the scene on Bonnyvale Road Saturday night -- and a passenger was airlifted to the hospital. Their names haven't been released.

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Concerned community members confronted the Burlington School Board last night. ((01:25:25 "it is time that respect returns." 01:25:28)) Parents voiced their frustrations with the turmoil surrounding the search for a new superintendent. Last week -- the interim team resigned -- claiming they were disrespected by the board. Last night at an emergency meeting, the school board said it will meet with senior administrators, create a committee to vet candidates for the interim positions that are now open -- and work together.

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((Patrick Halladay/ Chair 01:52:36 "We have made a committment to further conversations and to better our role and what our rights and responsibilities are and what our commitments to the larger community are." 01:52:49)) ((Alison Segar/Parent 00:41:57 "I've been very active in issues to do with the school, I think there's some fantastic people on the school board so for it to get to this point its just deeply concerning." 00:42:09)) A petition signed by 150 community members calls for more oversight throughout the search for a new interim superintendent.

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An 18-million-dollar decision is coming up for people in Hyde Park in the November election. Tonight -- there is a public meeting to talk about the school bond vote. It would put 18 million dollars into new construction for classrooms, a gym and cafeteria, as well as office and storage space at the elementary school. That meeting is at 7 p.m. at Hyde Park Elementary.

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And we have some good news for drivers who rely on a bridge on Route 116 in Bristol. The grand opening is happening at 1 this afternoon. Travelers have been dealing with delays in the area for years with a one-lane temporary bridge. Work will continue on new structure into next spring, but the new bridge will remain open to traffic.

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And it's a sign of the season. The Ticonderoga Ferry is now closed until next year. The ferry -- which runs from Shoreham -- to Ticonderoga, New York -- finished up its last run of the season Sunday. It's expected to be up an running again in May.

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7-day forecast: AM clouds giving way to more sun. Warmer & breezy Tue. Showers Tue. night into Wed. AM. Nice day Thu. Storm coming at us late on Halloween day, bringing rain late Friday for Trick-or-Treat time. November could get off to a snowy, blustery start on Saturday. Cold air over the weekend.


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