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A deadly motorcycle crash overnight in Weathersfield. Police say they tried to pull the operator over for speeding before the crash. Police say the operator ..29 year old Nathaniel Watkins .. Was killed when he was speeding heading into a sharp turn on Weathersfield Center Road. He went off the road -- and into a field. Watkins was thrown off the bike -- and pronounced dead on scene.

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State Police have identified a man who was found injured in Barre -- but they are not releasing his name. Authorities say he was also unconscious when he was found in a parking lot near the Rock of Ages ((kwore-EE)) quarry on Tuesday. He couldn't speak and didn't have an I-D on him. Investigators are asking any potential witnesses to come forward -- right now, they aren't commenting on whether a crime was committed.

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A financially-failing drug testing firm could revive thanks to a group of investors. Yesterday -- potential buyers asked the Green Mountain Care Board to review purchase plans for Burlington Labs via an emergency process. The board did agree -- but warned they have plenty of questions regarding recent revelations surrounding the company's finances and a pending medicaid fraud investigation.

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People are going bananas in Bellows Falls -- after multiple people report spotting a monkey in the area of Route 121. Bellows falls police department posted about the unusual sighting on it's facebook page. Police say a man came to the police department on monday ... Saying he saw a monkey crossing Back Westminster Road on Route 121. Cops are asking anyone who is missing a pet monkey ... To call them.

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Just a few showers today, and possibly a thunderstorm. More of the same tonight and into Friday morning. But then we'll clear out for the rest of Friday. The weekend is looking good, until late Sunday when more showers will come in. Then we'll clear out again heading into next week, which again looks very nice into mid-week with comfortable temperatures and humidity.

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For back to school week -- we head to Champlain College! Friday means move-in day, find out what it's like going from home life to dorm life, tomorrow at 5AM!

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A deadly motorcycle crash overnight in Weathersfield. Police say they tried to pull the operator over for speeding before the crash. Police say the operator ..29 year old Nathaniel Watkins .. Was killed when he was speeding heading into a sharp turn on Weathersfield Center Road. He went off the road -- and into a field. Watkins was thrown off the bike -- and pronounced dead on scene.

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State Police have identified a man who was found injured in Barre -- but they are not releasing his name. Authorities say he was also unconscious when he was found in a parking lot near the Rock of Ages ((kwore-EE)) quarry on Tuesday. He couldn't speak and didn't have an I-D on him. Investigators are asking any potential witnesses to come forward -- right now, they aren't commenting on whether a crime was committed.

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The state's text to 9-1-1 system is back up and running this morning. The service had to be shut down earlier this month after a software problem. But officials say the problem has now been fixed. They're reminding users that you should only use the texting option when you can't make a phone call.

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People are going bananas in Bellows Falls -- after multiple people report spotting a monkey in the area of Route 121. Bellows falls police department posted about the unusual sighting on it's facebook page. Police say a man came to the police department on monday ... Saying he saw a monkey crossing Back Westminster Road on Route 121. Cops are asking anyone who is missing a pet monkey ... To call them.

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this morning on the channel 3 news.... Our Revolution. Bernie Sanders' new political group is having a bumpy beginning. And an usual sighting in the green mountain state ... Has some people scratching their heads... .

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Today: Nice, warm start to the day. Clouding up with just a few, scattered showers, and possibly a thunderstorm or two.

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((TALKS ABOUT TECH ITEMS))

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His presidential dreams may be over ... But Bernie Sanders isn't done yet.. Last night he launched ... Our Revolution - a movement inspired by his political campaign. Sanders spent the evening addressing a crowd of his supporters at the North End Studios in Burlington applauding what he described as the successes of his campaign. He says the main goal of Our Revolution will be to ensure progressives get elected across the country right down to local school boards.

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((these are people that will be fighting at the grassroots level for changes in their local school boards, in their city Council's, in their state legislatures and in their representation in Washington)) Sanders says the focus of the group will be on overturning Citizens United, pushing for automatic voter registration and championing statewide ballot initiatives. Sanders did say he will not have a direct role in this movement.

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Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson is looking for votes in Vermont. The former New Mexico governor was at the Burlington Sheraton for a rally with voters. Johnson was joined at the event by his running mate and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. Johnson told supporters if he had a magic wand he would eliminate the income and corporate tax and replace them with a federal consumption tax. He also talked about what he sees as the economy of the future.

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((Gary Johnson, Libertarian for President 23:02 "I really think that the model of the future is the sharing economy, it's Air B and B, it's Uber, it's Uber everything, it's eliminating the middleman.)) Johnson also challenged Donald Trump's views on immigration and stressed how he thinks it can be good for the US economy.

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Authorities say women in our region hooked on drugs are selling their bodies for sex. They tell us a former Burlington man is responsible for preying on at least 6 victims as their dealer. Cat Viglienzoni has the details.

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Burlington police say he preyed on the desperate. They say 46-year-old Timothy Galloway targeted drug-addicted Vermont women with nowhere to go -- and coerced them into prostitution to feed their habits. ((SOT Eric Miller, U.S. Attorney, District of Vermont 002341 We have seen an uptick in human trafficking associated with the drug trade 47 most often in the form of drug dealers coercing addicts into performing sex for the profit of a drug trafficking organization 57 Often that coercion takes the form of providing and withholding drugs that people become addicted to 02)) That's what police say Galloway did while he was renting this trailer in Farrington's Mobile Home Park off North Avenue in 2014 and 2015. They say his victims would often be living here. Galloway would supply them drugs -- arrange for them to have sex with customers at here, and at local hotels and private residences -- and then take a share of the money to feed his own drug habit. According to court papers, Galloway would also threaten to withhold drugs from the women -- unless they had sex with him too. ((STANDUP CAT VIGLIENZONI 001711 Neighbors say they noticed suspicious behavior. We spoke to one resident off camera who did not want to be identified, but she said the charges are disturbing and she's worried about the safety of the neighborhood 21)) Police raided the home in December -- and say inside, they found evidence of drug and human trafficking ... including items that matched pictures advertising prostitution services online. ((Deputy Chief Shawn Burke, Burlington Police 000224 the business model that's used is an illicit one, but it's also an effective one 27)) Burlington police Deputy Chief Shawn Burke says they're seeing more cases like these -- which start as drug investigations -- and are soon tied to human trafficking. ((SOT Burke 000231 Once you're a drug trafficker, you have a market of both drug consumers and then those so desperately addicted to opiates that they're willing to engage in this type of conduct to feed their habit. That's what's most shocking 43)) He says, the most disturbing part is that the victims are so desperate to feed their habit -- they told police, they felt they had no other choice. ((TRACKED FOR LATER: CAT VIGLIENZONI, CHANNEL 3 NEWS, BURLINGTON.))

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A violent offender, wanted by police, is back behind bars after being captured in Winooski. The U-S Marshall's Service Violent Offender Task Force arrested 32-year-old Jason Douglas yesterday. They say, Douglas was wanted by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for domestic assault and mischief. The State of Vermont's Probation and Parole was also looking for him for a probation violation on a kidnapping conviction.

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Students heading back to school are preparing to purchase new technology. We checked in at the Williston Best Buy to find out what tech items are selling the most this time of year. They say -- as usual -- laptops are the typical leader for students heading back to college. But -- the way they're being used has changed. The store's general manager says it's the Lenovo Ultrabook that's been most popular this year.

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((TILE 6083 19:01:23:02--19:01:35: 12 Brian Shedd/General Manager, Best Buy: "It's a two in one, so it can flip over like a tablet. So if you're in class and you want to take notes, that type of thing. It also has a stylus - so it's very easy to write on. It's a touch screen, one of the benefits of Windows 10.")) And while laptops are getting smaller -- tablets like the iPad pro are making an impression with their increasing size. That has a high-res, near 13" screen. And this one may surprise you -- we're told wireless speakers are also a popular selling back to school item. More on this -- later this hour.

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And be sure to join us tomorrow ... It's move in day for lots of colleges -- we head to Champlain College to see how first year students are adjusting from home to the dorm life. That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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Four New York men have been arrested in Windsor for credit card fraud. Police in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts are now investigating the quartet who are believed to have spent Tuesday traveling through the region buying hundreds of dollars worth of items using the fake credit cards. All four men pleaded not guilty to charges that could get them up to 13-years in prison.

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An investigation is ongoing in Randolph after a drug raid. Police raided a home at 10 Dudley Street Wednesday morning. Police aren't saying what they found. They say no one has been arrested yet.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Warm, mostly clear, fairly humid start to the day. Local temps: Mainly in the 60s, but some 50s south, and low 70s in Champlain Valley. NE radar/temps: Line of a few showers, possible t-storms to our west, heading our way. NE dewpoints: In upper 50s to low 60s - moderately humid. U.S. Rad/sat: Weak frontal system coming at us from the west. Forecast clouds/precip: The front will bring just a few showers today, and possibly a thunderstorm. More of the same tonight and into Friday morning. But then we'll clear out for the rest of Friday. The weekend is looking good, until late Sunday when more showers will come in.

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Today: Mostly cloudy A few, scattered showers, possible t-storms Highs: 77 to 84 Wind: S 10 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy A few showers, possible t-storms Lows: 63 to 70 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Friday: AM showers, possible t-storms Then clearing Highs: 80 to 87 Wind: SW to NW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Sunday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms late Lows: 52/62 Highs: 78 to 85 Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82

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At least 10 people are dead after an American University in Afghanistan was under attack. Authorities say a suicide car bomb went off last night at the university entrance. 7 students .. 2 officers and a security guard were killed. Many others were injured. More than 8 hours after the initial explosion, police killed the two attackers. No word on who is behind the attack -- this is the second attack on the university in a month.

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Police and emergency crews continue to search for survivors in Italy.. after a massive earthquake hit yesterday morning. Officials say at least 247 people are dead .. But that number could rise as crews continue to search the rubble. The 6 point 2 magnitude earth quake damage stretched more than 6 miles from the epicenter.

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People in Indiana pick up the pieces after tornadoes tear through the state. Homes, cars, businesses and trees all uprooted and completely destroyed -- after at least eight tornados ripped through the central part of the state. Officials say people were forced out of their homes... But no one was seriously injured.

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Could weight gain lead to cancer? Researchers say obesity can lead to 8 types of cancer -- including stomach, liver, and brain. This new information was compiled from more than one-thousand studies. In 2002, this same group of researchers found evidence that linked weight gain to colon, esophagus, kidney, uterus and breast cancer.

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An infamous pharmaceutical CEO -- defends recent price hikes for the Epi-pen. Martin Shkreli got a lot of attention last year after boosting the cost of a malaria and HIV medication -- by 5-thousand percent. While he doesn't have a connection to Epi-pen's parent company Mylan ... He's still defending the increase .. The drug went from about 100 dollars for a 2 pack in 2009 ... To more than 600 dollars this year.

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((SOT-Martin Shkreli/VN: "Everyone can understand in a free market that dollars rule. However these are lifesaving drugs. People don't have a choice whether they can buy them or not..."MS: "Yeah well that's up to insurance to pay for them. Like i said, it's 300 dollars a pen. 300 dollars. My iPhone's 700 dollars.)) The epi-pen has little competition. It accounted for 87- percent of all epinephrine prescriptions that pharmacies filled last year.

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KFC has come up with a new product. And it helps you from turning extra crispy. The chain announced on Twitter it's rolling out a new sunscreen that smells like friend chicken. 3000 of the SPF30 bottles were given away for free! Smells like chicken -- tastes like sunscreen. Another option the chicken flavored nail polish they came out with a few months ago...

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If you ever have to travel alone, there may be someone -- rather someTHING to keep you company... The cowa-robot R1 suitcase is the newest travel buddy that follows you around. It even has a 'find Me' function like you would have on a smart phone. An R1 bracelet is synced to the luggage allowing you to control it. It can go a whopping 4 and a half miles an hour and travel about 12 miles before needing to charge.

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NE radar/temps: Line of a few showers, possible t-storms to our west, heading our way. NE dewpoints: In upper 50s to low 60s - moderately humid. Today: Nice, warm start to the day. Clouding up with just a few, scattered showers, and possibly a thunderstorm or two.

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People are going bananas in Bellows Falls... At least 3 people have reported seeing a monkey in the area .. Near route 121. Bellows falls police department posted about the unusual sighting on it's facebook page. Police say a man came to the police department on monday ... Saying he saw a monkey crossing Back Westminster Road on Route 121. Officers are asking anyone who is missing a pet monkey ... To call police.

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New details about a Vermont drug testing company's failing finances - and allegations of fraud. Pursuit of the Presidency - can Gary Johnson - grab support from Sanders' base? Plus if you want to take a dip in one of Vemont's most popular swimming holes -- prepare to dip into your wallet.

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Today: Nice, warm start to the day. Clouding up with just a few, scattered showers, and possibly a thunderstorm or two.

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Vermont's text to 9-1-1 system is back up and running this morning. The service was intentionally shut down earlier this month because of a software problem. Officials tell us that problem has now been fixed. They're reminding people that you should only use the texting option when you can't make a phone call.

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A deadly motorcycle crash overnight in Weathersfield. Police say they tried to pull the operator over for speeding before the crash. Police say the operator ..29 year old Nathaniel Watkins .. Was killed when he was speeding heading into a sharp turn on Weathersfield Center Road. He went off the road -- and into a field. Watkins was thrown off the bike -- and pronounced dead on scene.

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State Police have identified a man found injured and unconscious in Barre but will not release his name.Police say he was discovered in a parking lot near the Rock of Ages ((kwore-EE)) quarry Tuesday. He couldn't speak and didn't have an i-d on him. Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area at the time to call police. State Police won't comment on whether a crime was committed.

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There's still hope to save a business that's critical to Vermont's fight against opiate addiction. Kyle Midura explains what needs to happen in order to help the failing company.

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Burlington Labs handles the bulk of drug testing work done in Vermont -- employing almost 150 Vermonters, and 30 more in five other states. But state prosecutors are investigating the company for medicaid fraud. It's hemorhagging 400-thousand dollars a month, owes creditors, and has relied on loans to survive. (00:14:31:00) ((John Crook the business is bleeding, it needs to stop bleeding )) A group of investors headed by John Crook wants to buy the company. He calls it a difficult but important task -- and one that can't move forward without the approval of the Green Mountain Care Board. (00:12:04:00) ((Jim Crook anything you can do as quickly as possible will help our cause)) Crook says, if they don't approve it in 30 days, the deal's off. The board agreed to hear the case as quickly as possible and wants answers about what went wrong, but didn't ask those questions Wednesday. (00:31:08:00) ((Al Gobeille - Green Mountain Care Board I totally think it's a legitimate concern, I'm not tryin gto say it's not, it's just not something we're here to dive into)) Crook says, financial problems stemmed largely from the medicaid investigation -- and says any wrong-doing amounted to accidental over-billing. During the meeting, WCAX tried to get more details about the fraud and how the company would recover from financial ruin. Those questions will have to be answered before the care board signs off.

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Crook says his plan calls for keeping the old C-E-O on the new board for institutional knowledge. However, he refused to say what his group is prepared to pay for the company, or what problems contributed to the company's financial stress.

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Burlington College may be shut down - but students' records will be available - thanks to state taxpayers. The Vermont Board of Ed requested 18-thousand dollars from the general fund to restart the electronic systems holding the records. Taxpayers are also paying to move 17 filing cabinets of records from the campus to the Agency of Education in Barre. The College's main campus building is set to be redeveloped as part of a residential and retail project.

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For Vermonters sending their kids back to school -- this year is the first time parents cannot claim a philosophical exemption -- to opt out of immunizations for kids. The law was passed 2 years ago -- but only took effect July first. Vermont health officials say they started seeing changes - in last year's immunization rates -- as parents and the health department prepared to implement the change. Both the philosophical and religious exemptions fall under the non-medical category. While the state saw a slight increase in parents claiming religious exemptions last year -- the overall number fell from 5-point-9 percent to 5-point-5 percent.

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((In the 2015-2016 school year, 90 percent of all children entering kindergarten had received all the required vaccines and that was up from 86 percent two years ago - so we are seeing an increase in the percentage. And when we look at all children in kindergarten through 12th grade that's in public and independent schools, over 93 percent were fully immunized with what they had so we're pleased with the progress that we're making.)) Data for the new school year won't be available until all Vermont schools file reports to the state by January 1, 20-17. But doctors say the higher the immunization rate, the better protected the community will be.

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Improving America through prayer ... That's the message Billy Graham's son brought to Vermont's state house today. This is just one stop one Franklin Graham's tour around the country. He's holding prayer rallies in front of every state capitol building. Graham led thousands of Vermonters, who showed up, in prayer for state workers and police.

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((Franklin Graham/Son of Minister 42:55 Billy Graham Friends, I've been going to all 50 state capitals. We are on a mission. Some people say Franklin are you running for office. Are you kidding me? I am running a campaign and it's a campaign to put God back in the politics of the United States of America.)) Graham says his rallies are a-political, but his message is anti-abortion and anti gay marriage.

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Vermont is investing nearly 8 million dollars in local businesses. The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) Ok'ed the financing for several projects around the state aimed at growing jobs. The package includes financing of $500,000 through VEDA's Jay/Burke Contractor Assistance Loan Program -- to help contractors still not paid by Jay Peak and Burke Mountain Ski Areas. The resorts owners are the focus of a federal fraud investigation.

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If you want to take a dip in the Dorset Quarry -- prepare to dip into your wallet. There will now be a 10-dollar parking fee in the quarry lot off Rt. 30. While many are shocked, others are more surprised the fee didn't come sooner. Since purchasing the property in 1997, Dick McDonough and his wife have spent 40 to 50 thousand dollars making the site one for the community - clearing out the trees, widening the road for parking, and most recently putting in porta potties.

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((Dick McDonough//Quarry Owner 18:00-18:11: " it was easier to manage 15 years ago because it was primarily local, but now we'll get 5 to 600 people on a given day in the summer and that's beyond my capacity...")) ((Robert Gaiotti//Town Manager "It's got this unique blend of history and recreation that are pretty unlike any place around it and i think that's why folks are attracted so, our hope is to come up with a long term strategy to manage it.")) Money from parking fees will also go toward possibly bringing in amenities like electricity and changing rooms.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Warm, mostly clear, fairly humid start to the day. Local temps: Mainly in the 60s, but some 50s south, and low 70s in Champlain Valley. NE radar/temps: Line of a few showers, possible t-storms to our west, heading our way. NE dewpoints: In upper 50s to low 60s - moderately humid. U.S. Rad/sat: Weak frontal system coming at us from the west. Forecast clouds/precip: The front will bring just a few showers today, and possibly a thunderstorm. More of the same tonight and into Friday morning. But then we'll clear out for the rest of Friday. The weekend is looking good, until late Sunday when more showers will come in.

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Today: Mostly cloudy A few, scattered showers, possible t-storms Highs: 77 to 84 Wind: S 10 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy A few showers, possible t-storms Lows: 63 to 70 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Friday: AM showers, possible t-storms Then clearing Highs: 80 to 87 Wind: SW to NW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Sunday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms late Lows: 52/62 Highs: 78 to 85 Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82

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((TILE 6164 19:21:11:21--19:21:33: 12 TYLER DUMONT: "As students head back to school this fall, there's a lot to think about. Especially, when it comes to those technology items you need. Now one thing that a lot of people aren't buying much of anymore are digital cameras. Of course, most people are taking that selfie on their smart phone. But there are a lot of other items that are flying off store shelves. In fact, manufacturers are releasing them specifically for this time of year.)) ((TILE 6083 19:00:46:06--19:00:51: 15 SHEDD: "They're faster, they have better battery life, they're smaller and more compact.")) New laptops are selling quickly at Best Buy in Williston. That's just one of many popular items in demand as students head back to school. ((TILE 6173 19:26:09:28 "What were some of the features that you wanted in your laptop?" Paul Kingsbury/High school freshman: A web camera for video chatting, etc. And Word - office word, because you've got to do projects and stuff.")) At the college level -- it's battery life, storage and speed that buyers are after. General Manager Brian Shedd says the Lenovo Ultrabook seems to be getting the most attention this time. ((TILE 6083 19:01:23:02--19:01:35: 12 Brian Shedd/General Manager, Best Buy: "It's a two in one, so it can flip over like a tablet. So if you're in class and you want to take notes, that type of thing. It also has a stylus - so it's very easy to write on. It's a touch screen, one of the benefits of Windows 10.")) Laptops typically only last about 9 months on shelves before new models come out. While computers get slimmer and smaller -- tablets are getting bigger. ((TILE 6130 19:11:38:26--19:11:42: 15 "The nice large screen is something everyone's attracted to.")) The iPad Pro's offering of a hi-res 13-inch screen makes it another hot tech item that's going fast. ((TILE 6130 19:12:22:14--19:12:33: 25 SHEDD: "The capabilities of these is coming pretty darn close to what you can get out of a laptop, besides maybe if someone needs that CD drive - which, quite frankly, most of the computers don't even come with them anymore.")) ((19:31:29:20--19:31:3 4/27 Amy Smith: "I like the iPad just because it's so easy to use, and the graphics on it are super cool.")) Buyers say they liked it because it could share and stream videos and music. And when it comes to listening to your favorite songs ... Wireless speakers are a hot item. ((TILE 6103 19:07:24:18--19:07:42: 04: "It's something that we hadn't seen in the past as a form of technology when someone was coming in with their back to school list as something that they had to have. This year it's just kind of been one of those items that's desired.")) The speakers are compact -- from the crisp sound of a Bose -- to weatherproof features from Fugoo. ((TILE 6173 19:28:13:27--19:29:06: 24 "Those wireless speakers? They're making them really well. Like they're super durable - you can drop them from the top of a building.")) Sales have started -- and customers are shopping -- as tech items are continuign to top back to school lists.

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Other popular items -- include portable memory, like a flash drive, to backup files. Apple is also doing a back to school promotion where you can get a free pair of Beats headphones with certain purchases. And -- scientific and graphing calculators.

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There's new tech toys that experts say are bringing learning and play -- together. For the youngest learners -- there's the Leap Start by LeapPad. It's an interactive learning system for kids 2 to 7 that teaches kids core lessons -- and even things like coding through fun games! And then there's Epic -- it's a digital library that has access to 15,000 books for kids. Fiction, non-fiction and read-to-me stories... And it's just $4.99 a month. And for kids 8 and up -- there's the Jimu robot explorer kit. Kids can design 5 different characters -- and then program them using a free app. The digital technology -- can make a big difference.

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((TILE BACK TO SCHOOL 08:00:11--08:18:01 Meredith Sinclair/Family lifestyle expert: "This is an interactive program where kids are being engaged. They're being asked to do things, and act upon this toy - and really explore it. And that's what tech does - that is the benefit of tech. So, I don't think we just throw out all tech because we don't like our kids on any kinds of screens or tech. Again, it's a balance.")) The Leap Start goes for around $40. Epic requires a membership -- at $5 a month. And the Jimu robot can start around $130.

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In our next hour we'll have easy lunch ideas for kids. And be sure to join us tomorrow ... It's move in day for lots of colleges -- we head to Champlain College to see how first year students are adjusting from home to the dorm life. That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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((("The UVM athletic department has canceled it's women's basketball road game at North Carolina on December 28th due to concern over the that state's HB2 law, which prevents transgender people from using government-run bathrooms based on their gender identity. According to UVM Athletic Director, Jeff Schulman, the decision was made after consultations with coaches, the women's team and key school officials. In a statement, Schulman said he understands the decision will impact the North Carolina Women's basketball schedule, but the school's decision is consistent with its values. --- The UVM men's basketball team has released it's non-conference schedule for the upcoming season. The regular season begins with three road games in five days between Saturday, November 12th and Wednesday the 16th at Quinnipiac, Providence and Marist respectively before the home opener Saturday November 19th versus Lyndon State. The Cats will play three games in Florida Thanksgiving week as part of the Gulf Coast Showcase before closing out November at home against Yale. December begins with a road game at South Carolina on the first, then three straight at home, Dartmouth on Wednesday the 10th, Northeastern the following Saturday and Eastern Michigan on the 17th. Road games at Butler and Siena round out 2016. Then on Monday, January 2nd, Vermont wraps up their non-conference play at home against Harvard. --- That's it for now, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 sports, have a great day.")))

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Almanac: Hot & dry again yesterday. What to Expect: Frontal system will bring a few showers, possibly a thunderstorm or two, today into early Friday. The weekend looks great. A few more showers showing up late Sunday & Sunday night.

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The Sharon Horseshoe League is going strong -- 40 years of shoe-chuckin. There are now 40 players in the league and they place once a week every summer. Located right off exit 2 of I-89 -- you'll find 10 manicured pits that make up the game turf owned by the town. Believe it or not, the league is at its max capacity for players -- with a waiting list. It's a sport the league hopes continues on for another 40 years.

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((Dustin Potter:"Back in the old days it was people getting off the farm and coming down here to have a good time and it was just carried on. For everybody to come down and carry on the tradition.")) At the end of every summer, players and their families come together for a feast and to honor the top players.

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((GARY DOES SHORT WX .. TAKES FULL SCREEN ... SHOT COMES BACK OUT TO 4SHOT FOR CLOSE)) Just a few showers today, and possibly a thunderstorm. More of the same tonight and into Friday morning. But then we'll clear out for the rest of Friday. The weekend is looking good, until late Sunday when more showers will come in. Then we'll clear out again heading into next week, which again looks very nice into mid-week with comfortable temperatures and humidity.

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this morning on the channel 3 news.... Our Revolution. Bernie Sanders' new political group is having a bumpy beginning. A look at the future of a Vermont drug-testing company -- facing financial failure. And an usual sighting in the green mountain state ... Has some people scratching their heads... .

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Today: Nice, warm start to the day. Clouding up with just a few, scattered showers, and possibly a thunderstorm or two.

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((TALKS ABOUT TECH ITEMS))

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His presidential dreams may be over ... But Bernie Sanders isn't done yet.. Last night he launched ... Our Revolution - a movement inspired by his political campaign. Sanders spent the evening addressing a crowd of his supporters at the North End Studios in Burlington applauding what he described as the successes of his campaign. He says the main goal of Our Revolution will be to ensure progressives get elected across the country right down to local school boards.

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((these are people that will be fighting at the grassroots level for changes in their local school boards, in their city Council's, in their state legislatures and in their representation in Washington)) Sanders says the focus of the group will be on overturning Citizens United, pushing for automatic voter registration and championing statewide ballot initiatives. Sanders did say he will not have a direct role in this movement.

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Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson is looking for votes in Vermont. The former New Mexico governor was at the Burlington Sheraton for a rally with voters. Johnson was joined at the event by his running mate and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. Johnson told supporters if he had a magic wand he would eliminate the income and corporate tax and replace them with a federal consumption tax. He also talked about what he sees as the economy of the future.

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((Gary Johnson, Libertarian for President 23:02 "I really think that the model of the future is the sharing economy, it's Air B and B, it's Uber, it's Uber everything, it's eliminating the middleman.)) Johnson also challenged Donald Trump's views on immigration and stressed how he thinks it can be good for the US economy.

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Police say a former Burlington man prostituted drug-addicted young women -- using the money to feed his own drug habit. Burlington Police say 46-year-old Timothy Galloway was renting this trailer in Farrington's Mobile Home Park in 2014 and 2015. They say his victims would often be living there too. Galloway would supply them drugs -- arrange for them to have sex with customers at that home, and at local hotels and private residences -- and then take a share of the money to feed his own drug habit. According to court papers, Galloway would also threaten to withhold drugs from the women -- unless they had sex with him too. It's a cycle that police say they're seeing more of -- as the opiate crisis gets worse.

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((SOT Deputy Chief Shawn Burke, Burlington Police 000231 Once you're a drug trafficker, you have a market of both drug consumers and then those so desperately addicted to opiates that they're willing to engage in this type of conduct to feed their habit. That's what's most shocking 43)) Galloway was arrested in Massachusetts and is now in jail in Vermont. He pleaded not guilty.

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A violent offender, wanted by police, is back behind bars after being captured in Winooski. The U-S Marshall's Service Violent Offender Task Force arrested 32-year-old Jason Douglas yesterday. They say, Douglas was wanted by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for domestic assault and mischief. The State of Vermont's Probation and Parole was also looking for him for a probation violation on a kidnapping conviction.

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Students heading back to school are preparing to purchase new technology. We checked in at the Williston Best Buy to find out what tech items are selling the most this time of year. They say -- as usual -- laptops are the typical leader for students heading back to college. But -- the way they're being used has changed. The store's general manager says it's the Lenovo Ultrabook that's been most popular this year.

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((TILE 6083 19:01:23:02--19:01:35: 12 Brian Shedd/General Manager, Best Buy: "It's a two in one, so it can flip over like a tablet. So if you're in class and you want to take notes, that type of thing. It also has a stylus - so it's very easy to write on. It's a touch screen, one of the benefits of Windows 10.")) And while laptops are getting smaller -- tablets like the iPad pro are making an impression with their increasing size. That has a high-res, near 13" screen. And this one may surprise you -- we're told wireless speakers are also a popular selling back to school item. More on this -- later this hour.

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And be sure to join us tomorrow ... It's move in day for lots of colleges -- we head to Champlain College to see how first year students are adjusting from home to the dorm life. That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Warm, mostly clear, fairly humid start to the day. Local temps: Mainly in the 60s, but some 50s south, and low 70s in Champlain Valley. NE radar/temps: Line of a few showers, possible t-storms to our west, heading our way. NE dewpoints: In upper 50s to low 60s - moderately humid. U.S. Rad/sat: Weak frontal system coming at us from the west. Forecast clouds/precip: The front will bring just a few showers today, and possibly a thunderstorm. More of the same tonight and into Friday morning. But then we'll clear out for the rest of Friday. The weekend is looking good, until late Sunday when more showers will come in.

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Today: Mostly cloudy A few, scattered showers, possible t-storms Highs: 77 to 84 Wind: S 10 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy A few showers, possible t-storms Lows: 63 to 70 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Friday: AM showers, possible t-storms Then clearing Highs: 80 to 87 Wind: SW to NW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Sunday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms late Lows: 52/62 Highs: 78 to 85 Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82

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Kids back in school means parents are back on lunch duty. Healthy food blogger Katie Webster joins us this morning with school lunch ideas that are nutritious and delicious. ((Super Green Edamame Hummus)) ((hummus sandwich)) ((easy veggies/items to have on hand/tricks to get kids to eat more produce))

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At least 10 people are dead after an American University in Afghanistan was under attack. Authorities say a suicide car bomb went off last night at the university entrance. 7 students .. 2 officers and a security guard were killed. Many others were injured. More than 8 hours after the initial explosion, police killed the two attackers. No word on who is behind the attack -- this is the second attack on the university in a month.

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Police and emergency crews continue to search for survivors in Italy.. after a massive earthquake hit yesterday morning. Officials say at least 247 people are dead .. But that number could rise as crews continue to search the rubble. The 6 point 2 magnitude earth quake damage stretched more than 6 miles from the epicenter.

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People in Indiana pick up the pieces after tornadoes tear through the state. Homes, cars, businesses and trees all uprooted and completely destroyed -- after at least eight tornadoes ripped through the central part of the state. Officials say people were forced out of their homes... But no one was seriously injured.

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An infamous pharmaceutical CEO -- defends recent price hikes for the Epi-pen. Martin Shkreli got a lot of attention last year after boosting the cost of a malaria and HIV medication -- by 5-thousand percent. While he doesn't have a connection to Epi-pen's parent company Mylan ... He's still defending the increase .. The drug went from about 100 dollars for a 2 pack in 2009 ... To more than 600 dollars this year.

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A lot of kids get anxious about the first day of school... but one Chicago teacher is easing nerves with a introductory rap song instead of newsletter before the first day. Check it out. ((ten seconds of song)) The video has racked up over 300-thousand views on YouTube. Lucky students -- this song would make anyone want to go back to school.

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NE radar/temps: Line of a few showers, possible t-storms to our west, heading our way. NE dewpoints: In upper 50s to low 60s - moderately humid. Today: Nice, warm start to the day. Clouding up with just a few, scattered showers, and possibly a thunderstorm or two.

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People are going bananas in Bellows Falls... At least 3 people have reported seeing a monkey in the area .. Near route 121. Bellows falls police department posted about the unusual sighting on it's facebook page. Police say a man came to the police department on monday ... Saying he saw a monkey crossing Back Westminster Road on Route 121. Officers are asking anyone who is missing a pet monkey ... To call police.

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New details about a Vermont drug testing company's failing finances - and allegations of fraud. Pursuit of the Presidency - can Gary Johnson - grab support from Sanders' base? Plus if you want to take a dip in one of Vemont's most popular swimming holes -- prepare to dip into your wallet.

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Today: Nice, warm start to the day. Clouding up with just a few, scattered showers, and possibly a thunderstorm or two.

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Vermont's text to 9-1-1 system is back up and running this morning. The service was intentionally shut down earlier this month because of a software problem. Officials tell us that problem has now been fixed. They're reminding people that you should only use the texting option when you can't make a phone call.

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A deadly motorcycle crash overnight in Weathersfield. Police say they tried to pull the operator over for speeding before the crash. Police say the operator ..29 year old Nathaniel Watkins .. Was killed when he was speeding heading into a sharp turn on Weathersfield Center Road. He went off the road -- and into a field. Watkins was thrown off the bike -- and pronounced dead on scene.

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State Police have identified a man found injured and unconscious in Barre but will not release his name.Police say he was discovered in a parking lot near the Rock of Ages ((kwore-EE)) quarry Tuesday. He couldn't speak and didn't have an i-d on him. Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area at the time to call police. State Police won't comment on whether a crime was committed.

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A financially-failing drug testing firm could stay afloat. Yesterday, a group of investors asked the Green Mountain Care Board to review its purchase plans for Burlington Labs via an emergency process. The board agreed -- but warned there are still questions about the revelations surrounding the company's finances and pending medicaid fraud investigation.

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Burlington College may be shut down - but students' records will be available - thanks to state taxpayers. The Vermont Board of Ed requested 18-thousand dollars from the general fund to restart the electronic systems holding the records. Taxpayers are also paying to move 17 filing cabinets of records from the campus to the Agency of Education in Barre. The College's main campus building is set to be redeveloped as part of a residential and retail project.

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For Vermonters sending their kids back to school -- this year is the first time parents cannot claim a philosophical exemption -- to opt out of immunizations for kids. The law was passed 2 years ago -- but only took effect July first. Vermont health officials say they started seeing changes - in last year's immunization rates -- as parents and the health department prepared to implement the change. Both the philosophical and religious exemptions fall under the non-medical category. While the state saw a slight increase in parents claiming religious exemptions last year -- the overall number fell from 5-point-9 percent to 5-point-5 percent.

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Improving America through prayer ... That's the message Billy Graham's son brought to Vermont's state house today. This is just one stop one Franklin Graham's tour around the country. He's holding prayer rallies in front of every state capitol building. Graham led thousands of Vermonters, who showed up, in prayer for state workers and police.

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If you want to take a dip in the Dorset Quarry -- prepare to dip into your wallet. There will now be a 10-dollar parking fee in the quarry lot off Rt. 30. While many are shocked, others are more surprised the fee didn't come sooner. Since purchasing the property in 1997, Dick McDonough and his wife have spent 40 to 50 thousand dollars making the site one for the community - clearing out the trees, widening the road for parking, and most recently putting in porta potties.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Warm, mostly clear, fairly humid start to the day. Local temps: Mainly in the 60s, but some 50s south, and low 70s in Champlain Valley. NE radar/temps: Line of a few showers, possible t-storms to our west, heading our way. NE dewpoints: In upper 50s to low 60s - moderately humid. U.S. Rad/sat: Weak frontal system coming at us from the west. Forecast clouds/precip: The front will bring just a few showers today, and possibly a thunderstorm. More of the same tonight and into Friday morning. But then we'll clear out for the rest of Friday. The weekend is looking good, until late Sunday when more showers will come in.

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Today: Mostly cloudy A few, scattered showers, possible t-storms Highs: 77 to 84 Wind: S 10 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy A few showers, possible t-storms Lows: 63 to 70 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Friday: AM showers, possible t-storms Then clearing Highs: 80 to 87 Wind: SW to NW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Mostly sunny Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Sunday: Partly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms late Lows: 52/62 Highs: 78 to 85 Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 55 to 65 Highs: 75 to 82 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 75 to 82 Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 75 to 82

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It's almost time for kids to head back to school which mean parents will be back in the kitchen preparing lunches. Healthy Seasonal food blogger Katie Webster is with us this morning with lunch meals that will keep kids excited about eating and well fueled for a day of learning! ((rainbow parfaits to go)) ((fruit and cream cheese lunch wraps)) ((made with less sugar - help kids get their produce serving))

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((TILE 6164 19:21:11:21--19:21:33: 12 TYLER DUMONT: "As students head back to school this fall, there's a lot to think about. Especially, when it comes to those technology items you need. Now one thing that a lot of people aren't buying much of anymore are digital cameras. Of course, most people are taking that selfie on their smart phone. But there are a lot of other items that are flying off store shelves. In fact, manufacturers are releasing them specifically for this time of year.)) ((TILE 6083 19:00:46:06--19:00:51: 15 SHEDD: "They're faster, they have better battery life, they're smaller and more compact.")) New laptops are selling quickly at Best Buy in Williston. That's just one of many popular items in demand as students head back to school. ((TILE 6173 19:26:09:28 "What were some of the features that you wanted in your laptop?" Paul Kingsbury/High school freshman: A web camera for video chatting, etc. And Word - office word, because you've got to do projects and stuff.")) At the college level -- it's battery life, storage and speed that buyers are after. General Manager Brian Shedd says the Lenovo Ultrabook seems to be getting the most attention this time. ((TILE 6083 19:01:23:02--19:01:35: 12 Brian Shedd/General Manager, Best Buy: "It's a two in one, so it can flip over like a tablet. So if you're in class and you want to take notes, that type of thing. It also has a stylus - so it's very easy to write on. It's a touch screen, one of the benefits of Windows 10.")) Laptops typically only last about 9 months on shelves before new models come out. While computers get slimmer and smaller -- tablets are getting bigger. ((TILE 6130 19:11:38:26--19:11:42: 15 "The nice large screen is something everyone's attracted to.")) The iPad Pro's offering of a hi-res 13-inch screen makes it another hot tech item that's going fast. ((TILE 6130 19:12:22:14--19:12:33: 25 SHEDD: "The capabilities of these is coming pretty darn close to what you can get out of a laptop, besides maybe if someone needs that CD drive - which, quite frankly, most of the computers don't even come with them anymore.")) ((19:31:29:20--19:31:3 4/27 Amy Smith: "I like the iPad just because it's so easy to use, and the graphics on it are super cool.")) Buyers say they liked it because it could share and stream videos and music. And when it comes to listening to your favorite songs ... Wireless speakers are a hot item. ((TILE 6103 19:07:24:18--19:07:42: 04: "It's something that we hadn't seen in the past as a form of technology when someone was coming in with their back to school list as something that they had to have. This year it's just kind of been one of those items that's desired.")) The speakers are compact -- from the crisp sound of a Bose -- to weatherproof features from Fugoo. ((TILE 6173 19:28:13:27--19:29:06: 24 "Those wireless speakers? They're making them really well. Like they're super durable - you can drop them from the top of a building.")) Sales have started -- and customers are shopping -- as tech items are continuign to top back to school lists.

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Other popular items -- include portable memory, like a flash drive, to backup files. Apple is also doing a back to school promotion where you can get a free pair of Beats headphones with certain purchases. And -- scientific and graphing calculators.

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There's new tech toys that experts say are bringing learning and play -- together. For the youngest learners -- there's the Leap Start by LeapPad. It's an interactive learning system for kids 2 to 7 that teaches kids core lessons -- and even things like coding through fun games! And then there's Epic -- it's a digital library that has access to 15,000 books for kids. Fiction, non-fiction and read-to-me stories... And it's just $4.99 a month. And for kids 8 and up -- there's the Jimu robot explorer kit. Kids can design 5 different characters -- and then program them using a free app. The digital technology -- can make a big difference.

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((TILE BACK TO SCHOOL 08:00:11--08:18:01 Meredith Sinclair/Family lifestyle expert: "This is an interactive program where kids are being engaged. They're being asked to do things, and act upon this toy - and really explore it. And that's what tech does - that is the benefit of tech. So, I don't think we just throw out all tech because we don't like our kids on any kinds of screens or tech. Again, it's a balance.")) The Leap Start goes for around $40. Epic requires a membership -- at $5 a month. And the Jimu robot can start around $130.

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And be sure to join us tomorrow ... It's move in day for lots of colleges -- we head to Champlain College to see how first year students are adjusting from home to the dorm life. That's tomorrow morning starting at 5 a.m.!

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A deadly motorcycle crash overnight in Weathersfield. Police say they tried to pull the operator over for speeding before the crash. Police say the operator ..29 year old Nathaniel Watkins .. Was killed when he was speeding heading into a sharp turn on Weathersfield Center Road. He went off the road -- and into a field. Watkins was thrown off the bike -- and pronounced dead on scene.

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State Police have identified a man who was found injured in Barre -- but they are not releasing his name. Authorities say he was also unconscious when he was found in a parking lot near the Rock of Ages ((kwore-EE)) quarry on Tuesday. He couldn't speak and didn't have an I-D on him. Investigators are asking any potential witnesses to come forward -- right now, they aren't commenting on whether a crime was committed.

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His race for the White House may be over ... but Bernie Sanders isn't done yet .. Last night he launched ... Our Revolution -- it's a movement inspired by his political campaign. Sanders gave an online speech -- describing the successes of his campaign. He said the main goal of Our Revolution will be to ensure progressives get elected across the country -- right down to local school boards.

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((these are people that will be fighting at the grassroots level for changes in their local school boards, in their city Council's, in their state legislatures and in their representation in Washington)) Sanders said the focus of the group will be on overturning Citizens United -- pushing for automatic voter registration -- and leading statewide ballot initiatives. However -- Sanders says he won't have a direct role in the movement.

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Four New York men -- arrested in Windsor, Vermont for credit card fraud. Police from various states are now investigating the quartet. Authorities believe they spent Tuesday traveling through the region -- buying hundreds of dollars worth of items using fake credit cards. All four pleaded not guilty to charges. They could face up to 13-years in prison.

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The state's text to 9-1-1 system is back up and running this morning. The service had to be shut down earlier this month after a software problem. But officials say the problem has now been fixed. They're reminding users that you should only use the texting option when you can't make a phone call.

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People are going bananas in Bellows Falls -- after multiple people report spotting a monkey in the area of Route 121. Bellows falls police department posted about the unusual sighting on it's facebook page. Police say a man came to the police department on monday ... Saying he saw a monkey crossing Back Westminster Road on Route 121. Cops are asking anyone who is missing a pet monkey ... To call them.

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

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Just a few showers today, and possibly a thunderstorm. More of the same tonight and into Friday morning. But then we'll clear out for the rest of Friday. The weekend is looking good, until late Sunday when more showers will come in. Then we'll clear out again heading into next week, which again looks very nice into mid-week with comfortable temperatures and humidity.

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Just a few showers today, and possibly a thunderstorm. More of the same tonight and into Friday morning. But then we'll clear out for the rest of Friday. The weekend is looking good, until late Sunday when more showers will come in.


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