Mon 20-APR-2015 Early A.M. News Script

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Nearly 48 hours after a murder in Springfield -- police continue their manhunt. Cops are still searching for leads for the person that opened fire on 37-year-old Wesley Wing. Police say Wing made his way into Jake's South Street Market around 6 Saturday night -- saying he'd been shot. He was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition -- and died from his injuries early Sunday morning. Police are looking for the driver of a black Infiniti with Vermont plates.

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(00:13:31 0296) ((Stephen Comstock/Springfield "It's not the town I grew up in. I told the chief of police last night...it was...kind of poor choice of words at the time, but 'welcome to the town that didn't used to be." 00:13:39)) Police say, it appears this is an isolated incident -- and is not a random shooting.

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No word this morning -- on the extent of damages are fire tore through an Auto Body Shop in Highgate. It broke out Sunday morning at R and A Auto Body on Route 78. Crews say a fire in a nearby barrel spread to the building.. Multiple departments responded and crews were able to put it out.

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Police say they've caught a Milton man -- who could be responsible for a series of car thefts. The investigation began early Sunday morning -- after police say they responded to a report of a truck being stolen from a driveway on Woodcrest Circle. Police say the driver -- later identified as 28-year-old Shane Morrill of Milton -- led officers on a short chase through the neighborhood. He was arrested after getting stuck in a neighbors back yard. Police say they are investigating if Morrill is connected to two other recent car thefts.

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A Chittenden County bookstore is expanding. Phoenix Books is planning to open a location in downtown Rutland. Right now -- there are locations in Burlington and Essex. An announcement is expected tonight at the GMP Energy Innovation Center.

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Summer is the second biggest tourism season in Vermont and officials are trying to make it even bigger. Several investments in Chittenden County are aimed at encouraging more visitors. Burlington's parks and recreation has already completed renovations to its bike paths -- and the Queen City will have a new boardwalk in place by early May. Plus-- tourists from anywhere can now book a campsite online. It's the first time those reservations have gone digital.

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((Erin Moreau/Burlington Parks and Recreation 01:38 The investment is critical for this. If we do not keep up and keep innovating and trying out different things and improving facilities, we have to stay head of this and this is why Burlington is becoming such a tourist draw.")) Moreau (more - oh) says the city gets the money it invests back in the form of increase spending on longer stays from tourists.

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1} SPRINGFIELD7X_VO


Nearly 48 hours after a murder in Springfield -- police continue their manhunt. Cops are still searching for leads for the person that opened fire on 37-year-old Wesley Wing. POlice say Wing made his way into Jake's South Street Market around 6 Saturday night -- saying he'd been shot. He was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition -- and died from his injuries early Sunday morning. Police are looking for the driver of a black Infiniti with Vermont plates. The shooting marked yet another concerning act of violence for the town's residents.

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(00:13:31 0296) ((Stephen Comstock/Springfield "It's not the town I grew up in. I told the chief of police last night...it was...kind of poor choice of words at the time, but 'welcome to the town that didn't used to be." 00:13:39)) Police say, it appears this is an isolated incident -- and is not a random shooting.

3} CUBA11_VO


The first sitting American governor to visit Cuba since the re-opening of relations -- will be New York governor Andrew Cuomo. The goal of the trip is to foster economic ties between New York and Cuba. Critics say the trip is more about domestic politics and say the governor is looking for a way to make national headlines. North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas is along for the trip -- he told the press-republican he's interested in attracting Montrealers to the Plattsburgh airport for trips to the island nation.

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New Hampshire is considering a ban on powdered alcohol. "Palcohol," as it's known, has already been banned in five other states -- including neighboring Vermont. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission's enforcement leader says that powdered booze in a pouch will be easy for users to abuse. Palcohol's founder says the liquor industry is just worried about competition.

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1} GOVERNOR6_VO


Governor Peter Shumlin would not say if he would sign a proposed gun bill that passed the Vermont House last week. The House signed off on a different version of a gun bill that had been earlier approved by the Senate. The measure would allow state prosecutors to charge felons found in possesion of a firearm with a misdemeanor. It would also take steps to ensure mentally ill citizens can not get a gun.

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((Gov. Peter Shumlin 57:39 It's a shadow of the bill I objected to in the beginning. In other words, it really is a much better bill than what started out. So they're making progress...)) . The House's bill removed the Senate's conditions of an 18-month probationary period for a person who is no-longer deemed mentally ill.

3} AIRPORTHOUSING8_VO


Demolition begins today -- on homes near the Burlington International Airport. Crews will start tearing down more than 90 homes sold voluntarily to the Airport. The Chamberlin Neighborhood house removal and site restoration program has been ten years in the making. Federal funding helped cover the cost of buying homes within the 65 decibel sound areas around the Airport. The contractor says, they'll start with a house in Picard Circle. The work should be done by October.

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Vermont's anglers are getting some help from the state this week. Trout and salmon stocking is now underway statewide. The state's lakes ... ponds... and rivers are getting more than a million fish this year. Some of those include more than 18-thousand two-year-old trout could give anglers the chance to catch the fish of a lifetime!

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather.

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A potent frontal system is moving in today. As a result, periods of rain will develop through the day. The rain, coupled with mountain snowmelt, could create some minor flooding, especially near smaller rivers and streams. It will also be windy. Southeast winds of 15-25mph will gust as high as 50 mph along the western slopes. Highs will be stuck around 45/52. Showers will continue tonight, with lows in the 40s. The winds will tend to die down. (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

3} SPRINGFIELD7X_VO


Nearly 48 hours after a murder in Springfield -- police continue their manhunt. Cops are still searching for leads for the person that opened fire on 37-year-old Wesley Wing. POlice say Wing made his way into Jake's South Street Market around 6 Saturday night -- saying he'd been shot. He was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition -- and died from his injuries early Sunday morning. Police are looking for the driver of a black Infiniti with Vermont plates. The shooting marked yet another act of violence in the town -- one where residents are feeling concern.

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(00:13:31 0296) ((Stephen Comstock/Springfield "It's not the town I grew up in. I told the chief of police last night...it was...kind of poor choice of words at the time, but 'welcome to the town that didn't used to be." 00:13:39)) Police say, it appears this is an isolated incident -- and is not a random shooting.

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No word this morning -- on the extent of damages are fire tore through an Auto Body Shop in Highgate. It broke out Sunday morning at R and A Auto Body on Route 78. Crews say a fire in a nearby barrel spread to the building.. Multiple departments responded and crews were able to put it out.

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Milton police believe they may soon have answers as to who is behind a string of recent car thefts. Police believe they may have identified a Milton man responsible. That stems from a case that began early Sunday morning after cops say they responded to a report of a truck being stolen from a driveway on Woodcrest Circle. They say the driver -- later identified as 28 year old Shane Morrill of Milton -- led officers on a short chase through the neighborhood. He was arrested after getting stuck in a neighbors back yard, and police say they are investigating if Morrill is behind two other recent car thefts as well.

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New Hampshire is considering a ban on powdered alcohol. "Palcohol," as it's known, has already been banned in five other states -- including neighboring Vermont. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission's enforcement leader says that powdered booze in a pouch will be easy for users to abuse. Palcohol's founder says the liquor industry is just worried about competition.

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Outdoorsmen in Waterbury Center put on a show Sunday for the young generation of hunters. Vermont's governor says the health of the sport depends these young shooters.

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((NATS gun shot)) ((Ron Lafreniere/Bolton 51:07 We can explain a lot of things to them about nature that you're just not going to get sitting behind a TV screen.)) In Waterbury Center Sunday folks had their sights set on passing the hunting tradition along from this generation...to this one. ((Gov NAT)) Hunter Kehoe's father got him out of the woods long enough to attend a luncheon kicking off the youth turkey hunt. Hunter is one of the hottest young sportsmen. ((Hunter Kehoe/12-year-old sportsman 44:30 I got a 22 pound turkey with a 9 inch beard.)) At 12-years-old -- Hunter owes his success to his father. ((Hunter Kehoe/Hinesburg 45:24 My dad teached me the first year. I tried to get a shot at a turkey, but I was scared of the gun.")) ((Ron Lafreniere/Bolton 51:30 I started as a young fellow with my dad obviously.)) Ron Lafreniere knows budding shooters need the chance to learn the sport from the people that know it best. ((Ron Lafreniere - Bolton 50:48 Today's world, the kids are a lot busier and they have a lot of other things to do. We feel that the woods and the forest are one of the nicest and most fun places to be.)) ((Gov Peter Shumlin 56:21 We've got to replace my generation with young hunters and young folks.)) The Governor -- who learned to hunt from his own father wants to see more girls join their brothers in the woods ((Gov. Peter Shumlin 52:36 It's incredibly important in terms of not only teaching traditions but also getting young people excited. What we really want is more girls in the woods.)) But on Sunday -- legislation took a back seat to talk about rich success. ((Hunter Kehoe/Hinesburg 44:59 It came to deer season and I got myself a spike horn, with 9 inch spikes. That's my season.))

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Next weekend -- kids get a shot at a youth turkey hunt. Anyone 15 years or young can participate as long as they are accompanied by an unarmed licensed adult hunter

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Vermont's anglers are getting some help from the state this week. Trout and salmon stocking is now underway statewide. The state's lakes ... ponds... and rivers are getting more than a million fish this year. Some of those include more than 18-thousand two-year-old trout could give anglers the chance to catch the fish of a lifetime!

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This may be the cutest muddy moment we've seen yet! A staff member at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science center posted this video to Facebook last week. I think that kid managed to hit every single one of those puddles -- more than once for good measure! We can only imagine what cleaning those clothes was like later on though!

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A potent frontal system is moving in today. As a result, periods of rain will develop through the day. The rain, coupled with mountain snowmelt, could create some minor flooding, especially near smaller rivers and streams. It will also be windy. Southeast winds of 15-25mph will gust as high as 50 mph along the western slopes. Highs will be stuck around 45/52. Showers will continue tonight, with lows in the 40s. The winds will tend to die down. Tuesday will start out with numerous showers, and perhaps an isolated rumble of thunder. After that we'll get into a dry slot, so there is the chance we could see some breaks of afternoon sun. But there will still be the threat for some scattered afternoon showers. Highs will be in the 50s. In the longer term the pattern will remain very unsettled. A stubborn upper-level low will sit and spin from Wednesday right through Sunday. Each day will be mostly cloudy, with on and off scattered showers. Some colder air will work in by Thursday and Friday. This means any showers could mix with or change to snow at times in the higher elevations.

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Miranda Lambert was on a roll last night at the Academy of Country Music Awards, but the singer did not win the night's top prize. Suzanne Marques has details on country music's big night.

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Luke Bryan spoiled Miranda Lambert's magical run at the ACM's winning the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award. Sot: Luke Bryan/Entertainer of the Year (:13-:16, TOP COVERED) To win Entertainer was a special night. It was a 10 times 10. Lambert has never won the top award, but she has plenty of ACM's. She won four times Sunday including album of the year for "Platinum," female vocalist of the year and Song of the Year. Lambert says Album of the Year was an especially tough win. (Sot: Miranda Lambert/ACM Winner) (:35-:42) I own all those records and they are all great. It is those categories where you feel honored to be there. And for the third year in a row, Jason Aldean is the male vocalist of the year. (Aldean natz) To celebrate its 50 anniversary, the Academy moved its show to the stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play. (natz catch) There were plenty of emotional tributes….. to Merle Haggard……to the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing and to U.S. troops. (natz from Garth Brooks song) The academy handed out seven… 50th Anniversary milestone awards. The recipients included George Strait, Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift. (Sot: Taylor Swift/Singer) (1:16-1:22) I am so happy I learned how to write songs in a town like Nashville. Organizers called Sunday's event the most attended awards show of all time. Suzanne Marques, CBS News, Arlington

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One million fans are filling the streets this morning -- as the Boston Marathon is about to begin. 30-thousand runners are expected to take part -- and security for the race is tight. This is the second marathon since the bombing that killed 3 people and injured more than 200 others in 20-13. The marathon takes place just one day before the sentencing phase begins for convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. That could last up to four weeks.

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New Hampshire Republicans are relishing a crowded 20-16 presidential field. Without a clear front-runner -- nearly 20 potential candidates - senators, governors, business executives and more - have paraded through the state in recent days. Compare the Republican landscape with the Democratic side of the race - where Hillary Clinton is polling way ahead of any challenger in a democratic primary.

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APPLE COULD BE ON TRACK TO BECOME AMERICA'S FIRST ONE-TRILLION-DOLLAR COMPANY. FBR Capital Markets says that technology used within Apple's products and services will ultimately push it to the trillion dollar mark. Their stock currently sits at 125 per share. Financial analyst Daniel Ives sees that bumping to 185 dollars -- Apple is already the world's most valuable company. Petrochina -- a Chinese oil company -- is the only other business to ever pass the trillion dollar mark. It did so in 2007.

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Turning tragedy into a platform to help others -- that's the goal of Heather Abbott -- a victim of the Bostom Marathon bombing. Heather Abbott is teaming up with other marathon bombing survivors to launch a new foundation -- to help amputees with customized prosthetics. Prosthetics need to be replaced every three to five years and the expense can be out of reach for many.

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((Heather Abbott/Marathon Bombing Survivor: "I wanted to do something to help others//To most health insurance companies it's cosmetic and not medically necessary but I think those having different types of legs like my running leg and my water proof leg allowed me to heal.")) Prosthetics can cost up to 100-thousand dollars.

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A potent frontal system is moving in today. As a result, periods of rain will develop through the day. The rain, coupled with mountain snowmelt, could create some minor flooding, especially near smaller rivers and streams. It will also be windy. Southeast winds of 15-25mph will gust as high as 50 mph along the western slopes. Highs will be stuck around 45/52. Showers will continue tonight, with lows in the 40s. The winds will tend to die down. Tuesday will start out with numerous showers, and perhaps an isolated rumble of thunder. After that we'll get into a dry slot, so there is the chance we could see some breaks of afternoon sun. But there will still be the threat for some scattered afternoon showers. Highs will be in the 50s. In the longer term the pattern will remain very unsettled. A stubborn upper-level low will sit and spin from Wednesday right through Sunday. Each day will be mostly cloudy, with on and off scattered showers. Some colder air will work in by Thursday and Friday. This means any showers could mix with or change to snow at times in the higher elevations.

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Can aspirin reduce your risk of certain cancers? Eboni Williams has some of the day's top health stories.

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Doctors at Harvard say long-term regular aspirin use *may* reduce the risk of some cancers. Tracking data from about 130-thousand patients over three decades-- researchers found *two or more aspirins a week* resulted in a 25-percent reduction in colorectal cancers .. and a 20-percent reduction in gastrointestinal cancers. Patients at high risk for head and neck cancer showed promising results when treated with broccoli sprout extracts. That's according to doctors in Pittsburgh. They say volunteers who drank juice mixed with vegetable nutrients developed extra protection in their mouth lining. And researchers in North Carolina looked into the difficulties children have trying to swallow pills.. They found behavioral therapy, flavored throat sprays, and working with head posture can relax children. Those are some of the day's top health stories. Eboni Williams, CBS News, New York.

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Coming up on the Channel 3 News this morning: MANHUNT CONTINUES -- a shooting victim dies in Springfield... and police are still looking for the killer. ARMED ROBBERY -- new details this morning on an incident in Royalton. And HELP WANTED -- if you're on the hunt for a job... we have some suggestions!

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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. A potent frontal system is moving in today. As a result, periods of rain will develop through the day. The rain, coupled with mountain snowmelt, could create some minor flooding, especially near smaller rivers and streams. It will also be windy. Southeast winds of 15-25mph will gust as high as 50 mph along the western slopes. Highs will be stuck around 45/52. Showers will continue tonight, with lows in the 40s. The winds will tend to die down.

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Police begin day two of their search for a gunman in Springfield. Rose Spillman spoke with residents there who worry this type of violence is becoming all too common for this Southern Vermont town.

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(00:12:17 0296) ((Stephen Comstock/Springfield "Somebody started hollering 'help help help.'" 00:01:19)) Stephen Comstock has lived in Springfield for over 50 years. When he heard gunshots outside of his home Saturday evening, he says at first he wasn't concerned. (00:15:24 02960) ((Stephen Comstock/Springfield "You know you hear gunshots, i mean we live in Vermont. I don't think anything of that." 00:15:27)) Police say 37 year old Wesley Wing was shot and went to the Jake South Street Market for help. Comstock was at home just next door when he heard the commotion. (00:12:38 0296) ((Stephen Comstock/Springfield "I went across the street cause my wife said that there was something going on at the store. So I went across, and the gentleman was on the floor." 00:12:45)) Emergency responders took Wing to the Springfield Hospital before airlifting him to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Police say the incident appeared to be isolated, but the shooter is still on the loose. Police were on the lookout for a black Infiniti with Vermont plates. This is NOT the first shooting in this community in recent years and those who call it home are concerned. (00:13:31 0296) ((Stephen Comstock/Springfield "It's not the town I grew up in. I told the chief of police last night...it was...kind of poor choice of words at the time, but 'welcome to the town that didn't used to be." 00:13:39)) Police announced on Sunday that Westley Wing had succumbed to his gun shot wounds at the hospital. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Springfield.

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With his face covered by a skimask and sunglasses -- a male allegedly entered Rb's Deli in Royalton and robbed the two clerks. Sunday evening police received a call for an armed robbery at the deli on Chelsea Street -- clerks reported a lone man entered the store -- wielding a knife -- and demanding money. He fled on a mountainbike before crashing a fleeing on foot. Police describe the man as 5'10 with dark hair. He was wearing green Carhart style pants and a grey sweatshirt.

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Demolition begins today -- on homes near the Burlington Airport International Airport. Crews will start tearing down more than 90 homes sold voluntarily to the Airport. The Chamberlin Neighborhood house removal and site restoration program has been ten years in the making. Federal funding helped cover the cost of buying homes within the 65 decibel sound areas around the Airport. The contractor says, they'll start with a house in Picard Circle. The work should be done by October.

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Governor Peter Shumlin would not say if he would sign a proposed gun bill that passed the Vermont House last week. The House signed off on a different version of a gun bill that had been earlier approved by the Senate. The measure would allow state prosecutors to charge felons found in possesion of a firearm with a misdemeanor. It would also take steps to ensure mentally ill citizens can not get a gun.

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((Gov. Peter Shumlin 57:39 It's a shadow of the bill I objected to in the beginning. In other words, it really is a much better bill than what started out. So they're making progress...)) . The House's bill removed the Senate's conditions of an 18-month probationary period for a person who is no-longer deemed mentally ill.

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The first sitting American governor to visit Cuba since the re-opening of relations -- will be New York governor Andrew Cuomo. The goal of the trip is to foster economic ties between New York and Cuba. Critics say the trip is more about domestic politics and say the governor is looking for a way to make national headlines. North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas is along for the trip -- he told the press-republican he's interested in attracting Montrealers to the Plattsburgh airport for trips to the island nation.

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Let's jump into Help Wanted -- a look at job openings across our region. U-Haul of Burlington is now hiring part time and full time customer service representatives. Starting wage is $10.50 an hour. Parker and Stearns Lumber and Building materials is hiring delivery drivers and yard workers at their store in Stowe. The Milton Family Community Center's Early Childhood Program is looking for a preschool teacher -- as well as substitute caregivers. Mertens House, a small Nursing Home in Woodstock -- is looking for a full time L-N-A for overnight shifts and a part time L-N-A for every other weekend. In Essex Junction, East Coast Printers has an opening for a graphic artist. The job is about 30-40 hours a week.

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The dairy robotics company -- Lely Center Vermont -- is seeking to fill a new full time service technician position in the Connecticut river valley area of eastern VT. Simon Pearce has openings in their Quechee and Windsor locations. They are looking for glass blowing trainees and retail associates. The JCPenney at the Berlin store is looking for customer service associates, support associates, and a supervisor. Towel Trades Supply, Inc. in Colchester is hiring Inside Contractor Counter Sales, Sales Representative, General Laborer/Drywall Unloader. And there are full and part time openings for stylists and barbers. The jobs are for various O'Briens, Haircuts Plus and Clip for Mens Salons. All are located in Chittenden County. We have more details -- as well as some job fairs happening this week -- online at wcax.com. Alex?

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Look how much a frozen lake can change in just two weeks! 13-year-old Zachary Hayes -- a Milton Middle School student -- made this time lapse. He captured the slow retreat of ice from Lake Champlain... until the ice went out! The video was taken in Milton towards the north end of Savage Island looking west towards Grand Isle! Pretty neat way to start the morning!

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(anchors introduce gary)

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A potent frontal system is moving in today. As a result, periods of rain will develop through the day. The rain, coupled with mountain snowmelt, could create some minor flooding, especially near smaller rivers and streams. It will also be windy. Southeast winds of 15-25mph will gust as high as 50 mph along the western slopes. Highs will be stuck around 45/52. Showers will continue tonight, with lows in the 40s. The winds will tend to die down. Tuesday will start out with numerous showers, and perhaps an isolated rumble of thunder. After that we'll get into a dry slot, so there is the chance we could see some breaks of afternoon sun. But there will still be the threat for some scattered afternoon showers. Highs will be in the 50s. In the longer term the pattern will remain very unsettled. A stubborn upper-level low will sit and spin from Wednesday right through Sunday. Each day will be mostly cloudy, with on and off scattered showers. Some colder air will work in by Thursday and Friday. This means any showers could mix with or change to snow at times in the higher elevations.

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For years, Vermonters have been pushing for statewide mandated paid sick leave. But on the heels of the Governor's announcement, a new law requiring the measure is gaining momentum. Eva McKend sat down with Representative Tristan Toleno, a co-sponsor of the bill to talk about both the recent support and the push back from some members of the business community.

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((Re. Tristan Toleno, D - Windham))

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(Montreal took a 2-0 series lead over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night and were looking to take a commanding 3-0 lead Sunday in Ottawa... Good news for Montreal, Senators have never won a playoff series after losing the first two games... Ottawa jumping out to a 1-0 lead..but the Canadiens finding the equalizer in the third ...Tom Gilbert's shot blocked in front..puck up in the air, brought down by Dale Weise and firing it home...We are tied at 1 and for the 2nd straight game, these two heading to overtime.. In OT, former Catamount Torrey Mitchell winning the face off, puck goes up and ahead to Weise and Weise delivering once again, going short side for the game winning goal... Canadiens take a commanding 3 game lead, as they defeat Ottawa 2-1 ..Game 4 is set for Wednesday night.. Celtics and Cavaliers facing off in game 1 of their first round playoff series Sunday in Cleveland... Finals seconds of the first half, Isaiah Thomas, pull up jumper and finding the bottom of the net...Not bad, Boston looking like they'll only be down 5 at the break.. But Cleveland saying not so fast, Kyrie Irving for three at the buzzer, buckets... Cavs would pull away for good in the 2nd half, as Boston falls in Game 1 to Cleveland, 113-100... They'll next hit the court on Tuesday for Game 2... Senior day Sunday for the St. Mike's softball team, Sara St. Don and Sarah Murray recognized before their rubber match against Merrimack.. And a day to forget for the Knights... Merrimack up 6-0 in the 2nd and with the bases loaded, Danielle DelGreco with a wild pitch...that allows former Essex star Alexis Perry to cross the plate..Knights would trail 8-0.. St. Mike's finally getting on the board in the 5th...Jenna Maksian (mac-shin) lining this one to the gap in right center... she pulls into third with a triple.. Two batters later, wild pitch and she is coming home and just sliding under the tag .. But the Warriors shutting down the Knights from that point on as this one is lofted into left and caught for the final out of the game .. Knights slain by the Warriors Sunday, 8-1 the final.. the Red Sox would fall to the Orioles Sunday, 8-3...while the Yankees took down the Ray 5-3...with your sports wrap, I'm Kane O'Neill))

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A potent frontal system is moving in today. As a result, periods of rain will develop through the day. The rain, coupled with mountain snowmelt, could create some minor flooding, especially near smaller rivers and streams. It will also be windy. Southeast winds of 15-25mph will gust as high as 50 mph along the western slopes. Highs will be stuck around 45/52. Showers will continue tonight, with lows in the 40s. The winds will tend to die down. Tuesday will start out with numerous showers, and perhaps an isolated rumble of thunder. After that we'll get into a dry slot, so there is the chance we could see some breaks of afternoon sun. But there will still be the threat for some scattered afternoon showers. Highs will be in the 50s.

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May be hard to believe -- but it appears things are wrapping up for most of our sugar makers. Braggs Maple Sugar Farm in East Montpelier has had a busy, but short season. Maple farmers say, the warm days and cold nights needed to harvest sap for syrup didn't happen in Central Vermont until the first week in April. Even so, here at Braggs Farm -- they say they were still able to collect enough sap for nearly 5-hundred gallons of maple syrup.

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(TC 00:02:35:08 Tile 0260) ((Barbara LeGrand-Bragg/Braggs "This is the last run. It's also known in historical manner, the frog run. If you hear the peepers you know the season's over. So you call this last run you boil in the frog run, makes a nice delicious grade B." 00:02:48:25)) According to Braggs -- even though their season's over, there's still some Vermont sugaring in the Northeast Kingdom and Canada.

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And the historic snow and cold this winter in New England means gardners across the Northeast are behind schedule. The growing season is one to two weeks later than usual because this winter did not have the usual mid-season thaw. But the water table is up... which will help plants recovering from a tough winter.

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Summer is the second biggest tourism season in Vermont and officials are trying to make it even bigger. Several investments in Chittenden County are aimed at encouraging more visitors. Burlington's parks and recreation has already completed renovations to its bike paths -- and the Queen City will have a new boardwalk in place by early May. Plus-- tourists from anywhere can now book a campsite online. It's the first time those reservations have gone digital.

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((Erin Moreau/Burlington Parks and Recreation 01:38 The investment is critical for this. If we do not keep up and keep innovating and trying out different things and improving facilities, we have to stay head of this and this is why Burlington is becoming such a tourist draw.")) Moreau (more - oh) says the city gets the money it invests back in the form of increase spending on longer stays from tourists.

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather.

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A potent frontal system is moving in today. As a result, periods of rain will develop through the day. The rain, coupled with mountain snowmelt, could create some minor flooding, especially near smaller rivers and streams. It will also be windy. Southeast winds of 15-25mph will gust as high as 50 mph along the western slopes. Highs will be stuck around 45/52. Showers will continue tonight, with lows in the 40s. The winds will tend to die down. (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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Nearly 48 hours after a murder in Springfield -- police continue their manhunt. Cops are still searching for leads for the person that opened fire on 37-year-old Wesley Wing. POlice say Wing made his way into Jake's South Street Market around 6 Saturday night -- saying he'd been shot. He was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition -- and died from his injuries early Sunday morning. Police are looking for the driver of a black Infiniti with Vermont plates. The shooting marked yet another act of violence in the town -- one where residents are concerned.

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(00:13:31 0296) ((Stephen Comstock/Springfield "It's not the town I grew up in. I told the chief of police last night...it was...kind of poor choice of words at the time, but 'welcome to the town that didn't used to be." 00:13:39)) Police say, it appears this is an isolated incident -- and is not a random shooting.

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No word this morning -- on the extent of damages are fire tore through an Auto Body Shop in Highgate. It broke out Sunday morning at R and A Auto Body on Route 78. Crews say a fire in a nearby barrel spread to the building.. Multiple departments responded and crews were able to put it out.

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Milton police believe they may soon have answers as to who is behind a string of recent car thefts. Police believe they may have identified a Milton man behind the thefts. That stems from a case that began early Sunday morning in Milton after cops say they responded to a report of a truck being stolen from a driveway on Woodcrest Circle. They say the driver -- later identified as 28 year old Shane Morrill of Milton -- led officers on a short chase through the neighborhood. He was arrested after getting stuck in a neighbors back yard. Police say they are investigating if Morrill is connected to two other recent car thefts.

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New Hampshire is considering a ban on powdered alcohol. "Palcohol," as it's known, has already been banned in five other states -- including neighboring Vermont. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission's enforcement leader says that powdered booze in a pouch will be easy for users to abuse. Palcohol's founder says the liquor industry is just worried about competition.

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Governor Peter Shumlin would not say if he would sign a proposed gun bill that passed the Vermont House last week. The House signed off on a different version of a gun bill that had been earlier approved by the Senate. The measure would allow state prosecutors to charge felons found in possesion of a firearm with a misdemeanor. It would also take steps to ensure mentally ill citizens can not get a gun.

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((Gov. Peter Shumlin 57:39 It's a shadow of the bill I objected to in the beginning. In other words, it really is a much better bill than what started out. So they're making progress...)) . The House's bill removed the Senate's conditions of an 18-month probationary period for a person who is no-longer deemed mentally ill.

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The first sitting American governor to visit Cuba since the re-opening of relations -- will be New York governor Andrew Cuomo. The goal of the trip is to foster economic ties between New York and Cuba. Critics say the trip is more about domestic politics and say the governor is looking for a way to make national headlines. North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas is along for the trip -- he told the press-republican he's interested in attracting Montrealers to the Plattsburgh airport for trips to the island nation.

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Vermont's anglers are getting some help from the state this week. Trout and salmon stocking is now underway statewide. The state's lakes ... ponds... and rivers are getting more than a million fish this year. Some of those include more than 18-thousand two-year-old trout could give anglers the chance to catch the fish of a lifetime!

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This may be the cutest muddy moment we've seen yet! A staff member at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science center posted this video to Facebook last week. We shared it on our Facebook page yesterday and many of you are saying this is exactly what you were doing as children! We can only imagine what cleaning those clothes was like later on though!

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A potent frontal system is moving in today. As a result, periods of rain will develop through the day. The rain, coupled with mountain snowmelt, could create some minor flooding, especially near smaller rivers and streams. It will also be windy. Southeast winds of 15-25mph will gust as high as 50 mph along the western slopes. Highs will be stuck around 45/52. Showers will continue tonight, with lows in the 40s. The winds will tend to die down. Tuesday will start out with numerous showers, and perhaps an isolated rumble of thunder. After that we'll get into a dry slot, so there is the chance we could see some breaks of afternoon sun. But there will still be the threat for some scattered afternoon showers. Highs will be in the 50s. In the longer term the pattern will remain very unsettled. A stubborn upper-level low will sit and spin from Wednesday right through Sunday. Each day will be mostly cloudy, with on and off scattered showers. Some colder air will work in by Thursday and Friday. This means any showers could mix with or change to snow at times in the higher elevations.

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This morning -- the F-B-I is trying to track young Americans who allegedly went to the Middle East -- to join Islamic militants. Anne Marie Green has the latest in our worldwatch.

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(VO) THE F-B-I HAS ARRESTED SEVERAL PEOPLE IN MINNEAPOLIS AND SAN DIEGO AS PART OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO YOUTHS WHO HAVE TRAVELED TO SYRIA TO FIGHT WITH ISLAMIC MILITANTS, INCLUDING ISIS. THE U-S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE AND F-B-I WILL BE RELEASING DETAILS LATER THIS MORNING. (SUND158 From 2/23/15) MINNESOTA IS HOME TO A LARGE SOMALI COMMUNITY THAT HAS SEEN AT LEAST 22 YOUNG MEN LEAVE TO JOIN THE TERROR GROUP AL-SHABAB. THAT SAME GROUP ISSUED A RECRUITMENT VIDEO TWO YEARS AGO CALLED "MINNESOTA MARTYRS" ENCOURAGING YOUNG MEN TO JOIN THE FIGHT. (WIPE VO) BALTIMORE'S MAYOR AND POLICE COMMISSIONER SAY THEY WILL INVESTIGATE THE DEATH OF A MAN WHO WAS INJURED WHILE IN POLICE CUSTODY. FREDDIE GRAY DIED SUNDAY. HE WAS ARRESTED A WEEK AGO AND PUT INTO A VAN. AFTER ARRIVING AT A POLICE STATION, AUTHORITIES CALLED AN AMBULANCE TO TREAT HIM. HIS RELATIVES SAY HE HAD SPINAL INJURIES. (WIPE VO) AND LUKE BRYAN IS THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR. BRYAN BEAT OUT MIRANDA LAMBERT, GARTH BROOKS, JASON ALDEAN AND FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE FOR THE TOP HONOR. LAMBERT DIDN'T GO HOME EMPTY HANDED, SHE WON FOR SONG AND ALBUM OF THE YEAR. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME BRYAN HAS WON THE AWARD - PULLING IT OFF IN 2013 AS WELL. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES. I'M ANNE-MARIE GREEN, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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APPLE COULD BE ON TRACK TO BECOME AMERICA'S FIRST ONE-TRILLION-DOLLAR COMPANY. FBR Capital Markets says that technology used within Apple's products and services will ultimately push it to the trillion dollar mark. Their stock currently sits at 125 per share. Financial analyst Daniel Ives sees that bumping to 185 dollars -- Apple is already the world's most valuable company. Petrochina -- a Chinese oil company -- is the only other business to ever pass the trillion dollar mark. It did so in 2007.

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Turning tragedy into a platform to help others -- that's the goal of Heather Abbott -- a victim of the Bostom Marathon bombing. Heather Abbott is teaming up with other marathon bombing survivors to launch a new foundation -- to help amputees with customized prosthetics. Prosthetics need to be replaced every three to five years and the expense can be out of reach for many.

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((Heather Abbott/Marathon Bombing Survivor: "I wanted to do something to help others//To most health insurance companies it's cosmetic and not medically necessary but I think those having different types of legs like my running leg and my water proof leg allowed me to heal.")) Prosthetics can cost up to 100-thousand dollars.

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A potent frontal system is moving in today. As a result, periods of rain will develop through the day. The rain, coupled with mountain snowmelt, could create some minor flooding, especially near smaller rivers and streams. It will also be windy. Southeast winds of 15-25mph will gust as high as 50 mph along the western slopes. Highs will be stuck around 45/52. Showers will continue tonight, with lows in the 40s. The winds will tend to die down. Tuesday will start out with numerous showers, and perhaps an isolated rumble of thunder. After that we'll get into a dry slot, so there is the chance we could see some breaks of afternoon sun. But there will still be the threat for some scattered afternoon showers. Highs will be in the 50s. In the longer term the pattern will remain very unsettled. A stubborn upper-level low will sit and spin from Wednesday right through Sunday. Each day will be mostly cloudy, with on and off scattered showers. Some colder air will work in by Thursday and Friday. This means any showers could mix with or change to snow at times in the higher elevations.

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The Vermont Chamber of Commerce describes paid sick leave as another potential government mandate that could hurt Vermont businesses. But Representative Toleno, a co-sponsor of a bill in favor of the measure, says some business leaders say it could help them in the long run. Eva McKend has more in part two of this weeks Statehouse Sit Down.

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((Re. Tristan Toleno, D - Windham))

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Coming up on the Channel 3 News: ARMED ROBBERY -- new details this morning on an incident in Royalton. PRESIDENTIAL BID -- what Bernie Sanders says will decide whether he'll go for at the White House... And HELP WANTED -- if you're on the hunt for a job... we have some suggestions!

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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. A potent frontal system is moving in today. As a result, periods of rain will develop through the day. The rain, coupled with mountain snowmelt, could create some minor flooding, especially near smaller rivers and streams. It will also be windy. Southeast winds of 15-25mph will gust as high as 50 mph along the western slopes. Highs will be stuck around 45/52.

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With his face covered by a skimask and sunglasses -- a male allegedly entered Rb's Deli in Royalton and robbed the two clerks. Sunday evening police received a call for an armed robbery at the deli on Chelsea Street -- clerks reported a lone man entered the store -- wielding a knife -- and demanding money. He fled on a mountainbike before crashing a fleeing on foot. Police describe the man as 5'10 with dark hair. He was wearing green Carhart style pants and a grey sweatshirt.

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Demolition begins today -- on homes near the Burlington International Airport. Crews will start tearing down more than 90 homes sold voluntarily to the Airport. The Chamberlin Neighborhood house removal and site restoration program has been ten years in the making. Federal funding helped cover the cost of buying homes within the 65 decibel sound areas around the Airport. The contractor says, they'll start with a house in Picard Circle. The work should be done by October.

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Hillary Clinton may not be alone in the Democratic primary for long -- Senator Bernie Sanders is closer to making a decision about a run for President. He told Fox News Sunday that he is trying to determine if he can raise enough money to run a viable campaign. ((" When you've got these super PACs, and billionaires able to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on the candidates of their choice, making sure you have the money to run a credible campaign is very very important and thats one of the factors we are going to have to determine.")) Sanders says he is concerned that Hillary Clinton and the Republican candidates who oppose her will not take on what he calls the "big money interests" who control the economy.

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Let's jump into Help Wanted -- a look at job openings across our region. U-Haul of Burlington is now hiring part time and full time customer service representatives. Starting wage is $10.50 an hour. Parker and Stearns Lumber and Building materials is hiring delivery drivers and yard workers at their store in Stowe. The Milton Family Community Center's Early Childhood Program is looking for a preschool teacher -- as well as substitute caregivers. Mertens House, a small Nursing Home in Woodstock -- is looking for a full time L-N-A for overnight shifts and a part time L-N-A for every other weekend. In Essex Junction, East Coast Printers has an opening for a graphic artist. The job is about 30-40 hours a week.

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The dairy robotics company -- Lely Center Vermont -- is seeking to fill a new full time service technician position in the Connecticut river valley area of eastern VT. Simon Pearce has openings in their Quechee and Windsor locations. They are looking for glass blowing trainees and retail associates. The JCPenney at the Berlin store is looking for customer service associates, support associates, and a supervisor. Towel Trades Supply, Inc. in Colchester is hiring Inside Contractor Counter Sales, Sales Representative, General Laborer/Drywall Unloader. And there are full and part time openings for stylists and barbers. The jobs are for various O'Briens, Haircuts Plus and Clip for Mens Salons. All are located in Chittenden County. We have more details -- as well as some job fairs happening this week -- online at wcax.com. Alex?

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Look how much a frozen lake can change in just two weeks! 13-year-old Zachary Hayes -- a Milton Middle School student -- made this time lapse. He captured the slow retreat of ice from Lake Champlain... until the ice went out! The video was taken in Milton towards the north end of Savage Island looking west towards Grand Isle! Pretty neat way to start the morning!

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(anchors introduce gary)

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A potent frontal system is moving in today. As a result, periods of rain will develop through the day. The rain, coupled with mountain snowmelt, could create some minor flooding, especially near smaller rivers and streams. It will also be windy. Southeast winds of 15-25mph will gust as high as 50 mph along the western slopes. Highs will be stuck around 45/52. Showers will continue tonight, with lows in the 40s. The winds will tend to die down. Tuesday will start out with numerous showers, and perhaps an isolated rumble of thunder. After that we'll get into a dry slot, so there is the chance we could see some breaks of afternoon sun. But there will still be the threat for some scattered afternoon showers. Highs will be in the 50s. In the longer term the pattern will remain very unsettled. A stubborn upper-level low will sit and spin from Wednesday right through Sunday. Each day will be mostly cloudy, with on and off scattered showers. Some colder air will work in by Thursday and Friday. This means any showers could mix with or change to snow at times in the higher elevations.

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(Montreal took a 2-0 series lead over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night and were looking to take a commanding 3-0 lead Sunday in Ottawa... Good news for Montreal, Senators have never won a playoff series after losing the first two games... Ottawa jumping out to a 1-0 lead..but the Canadiens finding the equalizer in the third ...Tom Gilbert's shot blocked in front..puck up in the air, brought down by Dale Weise and firing it home...We are tied at 1 and for the 2nd straight game, these two heading to overtime.. In OT, former Catamount Torrey Mitchell winning the face off, puck goes up and ahead to Weise and Weise delivering once again, going short side for the game winning goal... Canadiens take a commanding 3 game lead, as they defeat Ottawa 2-1 ..Game 4 is set for Wednesday night.. Celtics and Cavaliers facing off in game 1 of their first round playoff series Sunday in Cleveland... Finals seconds of the first half, Isaiah Thomas, pull up jumper and finding the bottom of the net...Not bad, Boston looking like they'll only be down 5 at the break.. But Cleveland saying not so fast, Kyrie Irving for three at the buzzer, buckets... Cavs would pull away for good in the 2nd half, as Boston falls in Game 1 to Cleveland, 113-100... They'll next hit the court on Tuesday for Game 2... Senior day Sunday for the St. Mike's softball team, Sara St. Don and Sarah Murray recognized before their rubber match against Merrimack.. And a day to forget for the Knights... Merrimack up 6-0 in the 2nd and with the bases loaded, Danielle DelGreco with a wild pitch...that allows former Essex star Alexis Perry to cross the plate..Knights would trail 8-0.. St. Mike's finally getting on the board in the 5th...Jenna Maksian (mac-shin) lining this one to the gap in right center... she pulls into third with a triple.. Two batters later, wild pitch and she is coming home and just sliding under the tag .. But the Warriors shutting down the Knights from that point on as this one is lofted into left and caught for the final out of the game .. Knights slain by the Warriors Sunday, 8-1 the final.. the Red Sox would fall to the Orioles Sunday, 8-3...while the Yankees took down the Ray 5-3...with your sports wrap, I'm Kane O'Neill))

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This morning -- a manhunt continues for the suspect involved in a deadly shooting in Springfield.. Police say 37-year-old Wesley Wing made his way into Jake's South Street Market around 6 Saturday night -- saying he'd been shot. He was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition -- and died from his injuries early Sunday morning. Police are looking for the driver of a black Infiniti with Vermont plates.

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(00:13:31 0296) ((Stephen Comstock/Springfield "It's not the town I grew up in. I told the chief of police last night...it was...kind of poor choice of words at the time, but 'welcome to the town that didn't used to be." 00:13:39)) Police say, it appears this is an isolated incident -- and is not a random shooting.

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Police say they've caught a Milton man -- who could be responsible for a series of car thefts. The investigation began early Sunday morning -- after police say they responded to a report of a truck being stolen from a driveway on Woodcrest Circle. Police say the driver -- later identified as 28-year-old Shane Morrill of Milton -- led officers on a short chase through the neighborhood. He was arrested after getting stuck in a neighbors back yard. Police say they are investigating if Morrill is connected to two other recent car thefts.

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New Hampshire is considering a ban on powdered alcohol. "Palcohol," as it's known, has already been banned in five other states -- including Vermont. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission's enforcement leader says that powdered booze in a pouch will be easy for users to abuse. Palcohol's founder says the liquor industry is just worried about competition.

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A desperate search is underway in the Mediterranean sea -- after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized. Survivor accounts of the number aboard vary, but only 28 people have been rescued. Eighteen ships have joined the rescue effort, and Italian officials say 24 bodies have been pulled from the water.

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One million fans are filling the streets this morning -- as the 119th Boston Marathon is about to begin. 30-thousand runners will effort the 26 mile course. Security for the race is tight as this is only the second marathon since the bombing that killed 3 people and injured more than 200 others in 2013. The marathon takes place just one day before the sentencing phase begins for convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It's expected to last 4 weeks.

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((Announcer: Luke Bryan)) Luke Bryan has won entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. The singer beat out Miranda Lambert, Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line for the top honor Sunday in Texas. Lambert was still a huge winner -- taking home album of the year , female vocalist of the year -- and Song of the Year. And for the third year in a row, Jason Aldean is the male vocalist of the year.

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

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A potent frontal system is moving in today. As a result, periods of rain will develop through the day. The rain, coupled with mountain snowmelt, could create some minor flooding, especially near smaller rivers and streams. It will also be windy. Southeast winds of 15-25mph will gust as high as 50 mph along the western slopes. Highs will be stuck around 45/52. Showers will continue tonight, with lows in the 40s. The winds will tend to die down. Tuesday will start out with numerous showers, and perhaps an isolated rumble of thunder. After that we'll get into a dry slot, so there is the chance we could see some breaks of afternoon sun. But there will still be the threat for some scattered afternoon showers. Highs will be in the 50s.

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Jack · Age: 5 years old · Sex: Neutered Male · Breed: Domestic shorthair · Arrival Date: 03-05-2015 · Reason Here: Stray Profile Hello awesome people! Meet Jack! Jack spends his days lying on top of his large dog bed where he sits like a king overlooking his domain. He is a sweet, gentle and cute dapper dude! Initially, Jack might be a little shy, but he'll quickly warm up with a chin or hiney scratch! Jack is quite content to laze about and he'll let you know how he's feeling with a chirp or two. And if you've got food? Well then, Jack will be your best friend…he's a big fan of dinnertime! Once you're a trusted partner in crime, Jack might even let you rub his belly. Feel like adding a handsome and mellow fellow to your household? Come and meet Jack today! My thoughts on: Cats - I enjoy the company of other cats! Dogs - It is unknown if I have been around dogs.

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Canine Influenza has been making national headlines -- as an outbreak in Chichago has dog owners on high alert. Veterinary Millie Armstrong joins us this morning with helpful information... ((What exactly is the dog flu?)) ((What are the signs of this infection in dogs?)) ((How does dog flu spread?)) ((Is it treatable? Are there tests for it?)) ((Are there any risks to humas?)) ((If your dog has a cough -- what should you do?)) Dog flu is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by a specific Type A influenza virus referred to as a "canine influenza virus." This is a disease of dogs, not of humans. What is a canine influenza virus? The "canine influenza virus" is an influenza A H3N8 influenza virus (not a human influenza virus) that was originally an equine (horse) influenza virus. This virus has spread to dogs and can now spread between dogs. How long has canine influenza been around? The H3N8 equine influenza virus has been known to exist in horses for more than 40 years. In 2004, however, cases of an unknown respiratory illness in dogs (initially greyhounds) were reported. An investigation showed that this respiratory illness was caused by the equine influenza A H3N8 virus. Scientists believe that this virus jumped species (from horses to dogs) and has now adapted to cause illness in dogs and spread among dogs housed in kennels and shelters. This is now considered a dog-specific lineage of H3N8. In September of 2005, this virus was identified by experts as "a newly emerging pathogen in the dog population" in the United States. The signs of this illness in dogs are cough, runny nose and fever, however, a small proportion of dogs can develop severe disease. How serious is this infection in dogs? The percentage of dogs infected with this disease that die is very small. Some dogs have asymptomatic infections (no signs), while some have severe infections. Severe illness is characterized by the onset of pneumonia. Although this is a relatively new cause of disease in dogs and nearly all dogs are susceptible to infection, about 80 percent of infected dogs will have a mild form of disease. Canine influenza virus can be spread to other dogs by direct contact with aerosolized respiratory secretions from infected dogs, by uninfected dogs coming into contact with contaminated objects, and by moving contaminated objects or materials between infected and uninfected dogs. Therefore, dog owners whose dogs are coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease should not expose other dogs to the virus. Clothing, equipment, surfaces, and hands should be cleaned and disinfected after exposure to dogs showing signs of respiratory disease. Is there a test for canine influenza? Testing to confirm canine influenza virus infection is available. Your veterinarian can tell you if testing is appropriate. The tests can be performed using respiratory secretions collected at the time of disease onset or using two blood samples; the first collected while the animal is sick and the second 2 to 3 weeks later. How is canine influenza treated? Treatment largely consists of supportive care. This helps the dog mount an immune response. In the milder form of the disease, this care may include medication to make your dog more comfortable and fluids to ensure that your dog remains well-hydrated. Broad spectrum antibiotics may be prescribed by your veterinarian if a secondary bacterial infection is suspected. Is there a vaccine for canine influenza? Yes, approved vaccine are available. What is the risk to humans from this virus? To date, there is no evidence of transmission of canine influenza virus from dogs to people and there has not been a single reported case of human infection with the canine influenza virus. While this virus infects dogs and spreads between dogs, there is no evidence that this virus infects humans. However, human infections with new influenza viruses (against which the human population has little immunity) would be concerning if they occurred. Influenza viruses are constantly changing and it is possible for a virus to change so that it could infect humans and spread easily between humans. Such a virus could represent a pandemic influenza threat. For this reason, CDC and its partners are monitoring the H3N8 influenza virus (as well as other animal influenza viruses) very closely. In general, however, canine influenza viruses are considered to pose a low threat to humans. As mentioned earlier, while these viruses are well established in horse and dog populations, there is no evidence of infection among humans with this virus. My dog has a cough what should I do? Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian so that they can evaluate your dog and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.


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