Wed 17-DEC-2014 Noon News Script

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Diplomatic history today between the United States and Cuba. President Obama is moving to normalize relations with Cuba. The move includes the release of American Alan Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba for five years. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has been a long-time advocate of healing wounds with Cuba -- and has fought to win Gross's release. Leahy flew to Cuba this morning and escorted Gross back to the United States. We'll have much more on this story on the Channel 3 News this evening.

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The man who murdered a St. Johnsbury teacher is learning his fate today. A sentencing hearing is underway for Allen Prue at the Caledonia County courthouse. He was found guilty in October of the first degree murder of Melissa Jenkins. That crime carries a possible sentence of 35-years-to life. Before the judge hands down his decision, he will consider testimony -- including from Jenkins' friends and family. We'll have a full report -- on the Channel 3 News at 5:00 and 6:00.


Winooski police believe a robber who held up two stores last week -- has struck again. Chucks Mobil was robbed on December 9th by the person in the photo on the left. Early Tuesday morning, the store was robbed again -- by the person in the other two photos. Police believe the two hold-ups were committed by the first person. The day of the first robbery at Chucks -- Renee's Deli in Milton was also robbed. And again, police believe it was the same thief. If you know anything about these crimes, you're asked to call the Winooski or Milton police departments.


An Alburgh man crashed his car last night while trying to out run police. 47-year-old Neil Bannister rolled his car on Boutah Road in Alburgh. Swanton police say that was the end of a chase that began when they tried to stop Bannister for speeding. Bannister suffered minor injuries in the crash. He now faces charges for attempting to elude -- police also suspect he was driving drunk.


Vermont's congressional delegation has joined the governor in calling for FairPoint Communications to negotiate to end the two-month-old strike. About two thousand employees represented by two unions have been on the picket line since October 17th. It's a fight over pay and benefits. Fairpoint says it needs to cut costs. The union says it has already offered 200-million dollars in concession. U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch sent a letter to FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu Tuesday saying failure to reach a fair agreement with workers is not only hurting them but it is negatively affecting customers and the services it's required to provide.


Utility crews are still at it today -- repairing outages stemming from last week's snow storm. Trees continue to fall under the weight of the snow -- knocking out more people. Currently just under a thousand homes and businesses are without service around the state.


Today: Rain showers to snow showers late Highs: 35 to 42 Wind: S to W 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Snow showers, dusting to 2" Lows: 25 to 32 Wind: NW 5 to 15 mph Thursday: Snow showers Breezy Highs: 30 to 37 Wind: NW 10 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Partly sunny Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 25 to 35 Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 25 to 35 Sunday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Monday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 32 to 42 Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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