Tue 03-MAR-2015 Noon News Script

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Good afternoon. Roger is off today. I'm Darren Perron. People across the region are casting ballots today -- voting on local issues -- and candidates running for office. It's Town Meeting Day. The headline in Burlington -- the mayor's race. Alex Apple is covering that for us. Alex, good afternoon. Darren -- we're inside of the Sustainability Academy on North Street in Burlington. It's a ward 3 voting place. Let's take a look at how many people are currently here voting. It was a slow start to the day as not many voters lined up when the polls open. But workers tell me they've had a steady trickle of people coming in since then. The busiest times of day are after people get off work and during their lunch hour -- but so far --turnout looks a lot like what workers expected.

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((Kit Andrews/Election Inspector: 03:32 it seems just a tad slow for a March election. 6 04:01 there tends to be a good size bunch at the end of the day after work and it can get pretty busy between 5:30 and 6:30. )) If you don't think these mayoral candidates are campaigning up until the last minute you should just take a look outside right now we have loyal Ploof Steve good kind and Miro Weinberger all outside -- fighting for that last vote. Darren.

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School budgets are one of the big draws for Town Meeting Day voters. And keeping a lid on rising property taxes is a big theme this year. Last year - voters shot down more than 30 school budgets. This year - school districts say they've gotten the message. Special Correspondent Nancy Remsen is looking into the statewide property tax picture this Town Meeting Day. She'll have an in-depth report tonight -- on the Channel 3 News at six.

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Voters in Norwich are deciding whether to support a 3 million dollar bond vote -- for a new public safety facility. Supporters of the plan say the current facility-- which houses the town's police and fire departments-- is outdated and needs to be replaced. Opponents say taxes are already too high-- and if they go up again -- people will be forced to leave the community.

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Governor Shumlin won't be attending Town Meeting -- because he's on vacation in Dominica. But a Tweet from his Twitter account -- talks about the importance of Town Meeting -- saying "it's a special part of Vermont history and culture. Reminds us how special our state is." Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott -- would usually be acting governor -- but he too -- is out of state -- visiting his mother in Florida. So, House Speaker Shap Smith -- is acting governor today.

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Channel 3 News will have complete coverage of Town Meeting Day -- tonight at 5 o'clock, on "the :30", and on the Channel 3 News at six. Plus -- join us for results -- on the Channel 3 News at 11.

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It looks like a bank robber -- has been caught. A stick up -- at the Glens Falls National Bank -- in Plattsburgh Plaza -- yesterday -- kept investigators busy. Police say the suspect told tellers he had a weapon. Got cash. And fled in a get-away car. Now -- the Press Republican is reporting a person in custody -- after getting spotted at a diner in Keene Valley. Police moved in and nabbed the suspect. We are awaiting confirmation from authorities.

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A New York man was arrested for allegedly pulling a gun -- during a domestic dispute in Willsboro. Police say 30 year-old James Welch got into a fight with another man -- went to his bedroom -- and got a rifle. There was a 9 year-old girl there too. The alleged victim called 911 -- and Welch ran out of the house on Elm Avenue. He was later found by police -- and was arrested.

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The Danville principal -- accused of embezzling money from the school -- has resigned. Ed Webbley had been on administrative leave without pay since mid-February. The school board accepted his resignation on Monday. Police say 360-dollars in cash -- and 12-hundred-30 dollars in checks -- made out to the school -- were taken from a school safe. The superintendent reviewed video of the money being taken -- and the suspect was identified as Webbley. He's due in court later this month.

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Two large maple producers -- are moving to Island Pond. The company Sweet Tree expects to produce some syrup this season -- and hopes to have 200-thousand taps by next year. It's setting up operations in the old Ethan Allen furniture plant. Sweet Tree hopes to eventually use half-a-MILLION taps in the area. Another Canadian company -- Bernard and Sons -- is also looking for maple producers in the area -- to increase its network -- with hopes of building a processing plant there too -- in the future.

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Today: Sun giving way to increasing clouds Snow developing late aftn. Highs: 23 to 30 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Snow, some sleet, frz. rain, tapering off by morning. Lows: 22 to 28 Wind: SSW 10 to 20 mph Wednesday: Partly sunny Breezy Warmer Highs: 37 to 44 Wind: W 10 to 20 mph Extended: Thursday: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few snow showers, south Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 12 to 22 Friday: Partly sunny Lows: 2 to -10 Highs: 12 to 22 Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 25 to 35 Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Daylight Saving Time! Partly sunny Lows: 12 to 22 Highs: 25 to 35 Monday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 22 to 32


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