Thu 26-FEB-2015 Early A.M. News Script

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New information this morning -- on a deadly house fire in Stowe. This was the scene on Edson Hill Road after flames ripped through the building. Stowe's fire chief confirms -- that despite an attempt to rescue someone inside the home -- one person did die. We do not know the victims identity.

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((Chief Mark Sgantas, Stowe Fire Dept. 28:10 "it's hard, you never want anybody to lose their life, It happens, unfortunately, we hear about it, read about it, see about it but it happens in anytown USA.)) No one else was injured at the home. Vermont State Police fire investigators will be on scene today to try and determine the cause of the fire.

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Winooski police are looking for a man who robbed a gas station at knife point. It happened at Champlain Farms on Route 15 right by the interstate. Police say a man entered the store, immediately pulled out a knife and demanded money from the cashier. The suspect is described as a white man blue eyes, approximately five-ten to 6 feet tall, between 160 and 170 pounds. Winooski PD says he was wearing a black and gray North Face puffy coat, a black ski mask and black gloves.

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Today veterinarians will work to examine nearly 100 animals that have been seized from a home in Eden. Police say inside the home -- they found animals in need of serious medical attention -- others with matted fur covered in dirt and feces. Police tell us some of the animals were loose in the house -- others kept in kennels and that the homeowners have remained cooperative -- no word on charges.

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A puppy is safe this morning -- after it was found in a crate in the cold -- on Bare Hill Road in Putney. Police say the black lab was left in the middle of the turn-around before being discovered at about 9PM. The puppy was left with some dog toys, but without any food or water. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police.

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Jonathan Gruber has resigned from his post on the Health Connector Board -- in Massachusetts. Gruber was appointed to that board in 2006. He sparked a nation-wide controversy after making derogatory remarks about the intelligence of the American people. Just this week -- Republican leaders in Vermont called for a federal investigation into Vermont's health overhaul -- which Gruber too has a hand in.

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In a 28-0 vote -- the Senate has endorsed a wide-ranging bill to enhance child protection. The legislation was prompted by the deaths of 2 Vermont children last year -- who had been in DCF custody. The bill creates a new 10-year felony for a person who fails to protect a child when they know or should know the child is in danger. And instead of reunification of children with family members, the bill shifts the decision to the best interest of the child. The bill is up for final action today.

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Good morning it's 5AM -- I'm Eva McKend, I'm Ali Freeman And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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New information this morning from Stowe after a house fire turned deadly. Police have confirmed that despite brave rescue attempts -- one person did not survive. Keith McGilvery reports.

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Fire ripped through this Edson Hill Road home in Stowe Wednesday night. ((Chief Mark Sgantas, Stowe Fire Dept. 27:58 "the fire gets into walls gets into ceilings, it travels so it is always quite a challenge.)) And adding to that challenge from the inside -- the structure's SIZE. ((Chief Donald Hull, Stowe Police Dept. 19:49 From what we understand there are several possible apartments in the home, several living quarters.)) And from the outside water from the fire trucks was quickly turning dangerously slick in the freezing temps. ((Chief Donald Hull, Stowe Police Dept. 20:17 The roads are very slippery from all the water, I know there are several other fire companies here assisting Stowe.)) It was a team effort that sadly ended in tragedy. ((Chief Mark Sgantas, Stowe Fire Dept. 28:10 "it's hard, you never want anybody to lose their life.)) The police chief says an officer was the first to arrive at the scene and tried to rescue an individual inside. Despite his brave efforts the fire chief confirms to Channel 3 that -- that unidentified individual -- did not survive. ((Chief Mark Sgantas, Stowe Fire Dept. 28:14 "It happen, unfortunately, we hear about it, read about it, see about it but it happens in anytown USA.)) Officials say there was no one else in the home when they cleared the scene. A number of dogs did survive the fire and are staying with neighbors. ((Keith Close 31:37 "the Stowe fire chief tells me Vermont State Police fire investigators will be out here first things Thursday morning to try and determine the cause of this fire, KM CH3 Stowe.))

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In Danby -- a steep and icy hill made it difficult for crews to tackle a barn fire. Fire crews had to pump water from a stream running along township highway 32. Crews say the terrain made it difficult for motor vehicles to travel up and down - so officials closed off the road to traffic. The farm owners were home when they noticed smoke coming from their side barn. They say they do not know what started the fire - but no animals were harmed.

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Winooski police say a local store was robbed at knife point last night. It happened at Champlaign Farms on Route 15 right by the interstate. Police say a man entered the business, immediately brandished a knife and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect is described as a white man blue eyes, approximately five-ten to 6 feet tall, between 160 and 170 pounds and of average build. Winooski PD says he was wearing a black and gray North Face puffy coat, a black ski mask and black gloves.

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Today veteranarians will work to examine about 100 animals that have been seized from a home in Eden. Police say many of which are in need of serious medical care. Alex Apple has more on the rescue -- that took nearly 12 hours.

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Dog after dog -- nearly 100 of them in all is what the police and animal control encountered this morning when conducting a search warrant at this residence in Eden. (Lt. James Whitcomb 02:37)(("We were advised of some conditions in the home that warranted our ability to actually do a search warrant of the residence.")) With the help of the Central Vermont Humane Society -- police spent much of the day pulling the dogs from the home. They were in a variety of conditions. (Lt. James Whitcomb 04:03)(("Its a mixture of both roaming the residence and having kennels in the residence.")) Some needing serious medical attention -- others with matted fur covered in dirt and feces. (03:29 Lt. James Whitcomb)(("Right now its an ongoing investigation. We'll get reports from veterinary services that are contracted to assist.")) Police will use those reports to decide if criminal charges will be forthcoming for the homeowners. Anne Ward of the Central Vermont Humane Society paints a picture of homeowners -- looking to help the animals -- and simply getting overwhelmed. (12:48 Anne Ward/Central VT Humane Society)(("They were taking in animals hoping to find new homes for them, and ended up with more than they expected to .........13:53 Some have been signed over to us voluntarily which is fantastic. ")) The animals are now going to an undisclosed location in Chittenden County where they'll be cared for. From there -- they'll be placed up for adoption. (14:12 Anne Ward/Central VT Humane Society)(("The cost of caring for so many animals is going to be astronomical, and the private humane societies around here aren't prepared to do that without the community's support.")) Police say the homeowners have cooperated -- but this is a residence the state police have responded to before. (12:21 Anne Ward/CEntral VT Humane)(("This particular family didn't know who to reach out to and in a lot of ways, really relieved we're here to help.")) The Central Vermont Humane Society will now handle the adoption of these dogs. We should mention there were also some cats in the home -- and many local humane societies are now tasked with taking in such a hugh number of animals -- something that's difficult for them to do. ((AA Channel 3 News))

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Vermont Emergency Management officials say towns from Derby to Bennington are experiencing problems with freezing pipes. Private homeowners are having troubles too. The state could soon be stepping in to help. Logan Crawford reports.

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(TC 00:04:13:12 Tile 9376) ((Sheryl White/Hinesburg "Lived at the house for over 20 years and this is the worst year so far." 00:04:19:26)) Vermonters aren't the only ones having to endure the frigid cold this winter. Water pipes across the state are freezing. Sheryl White of Hinesburg has had her pipes freeze and burst repeatedly. (TC 00 :01:23:14 Tile 9376) ((Sheryl White/Hinesburg "It burst all the pipes under the sink actually so I had to replace all of those, and once I replaced them I was able to feed hot water down to the frozen section." 00:01:34:15)) The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security says more than 25 Vermont towns have experienced some issue. Either water main breaks or freezing pipes. Boil water orders have been in effect for towns like Saint Albans -- where multiple water mains have broken. (TC 00:06:38:27 Tile 9382) ((Robert Schell/Emergency Management and Homeland Security "The town of Lyndonville reported a frost line of 5 and a half feet which is not typical for what we see in Vermont and that's really due to the cold." 00:06:47:02)) Emergency Management Deputy Director Robert Schnell says they're communicating with local municipalities around the state. The state is posting info to the website Vermont dot gov to let Vermonters know when there's a water main break in their town -- or if there's a do not drink or boil water notice. (TC 00:09:19:27 Tile 9382) ((Robert Schell/Emergency Management and Homeland Security "The important part is to reach out to your water provider or your town who have people who are specialized in the water systems, who could really provide you exact details about what to do." 00:09:30:29)) Schnell says the state is in the process of gathering information from communities to add up repair costs. They're also researching to see if towns and cities can qualify for any insurance to help with the financial burden of fixing breaks. But still -- homeowners like White wish more could be done. (TC 00:02:54:03 Tile 9376) ((Sheryl White/Hinesburg "Some state help would definitely be nice. If there were any way to put a system in that would prevent this from occuring over and over it would be nice." 00:03:06:26)) Emergency Management officials say people can sign up for text alerts from the state -- to get a heads up if any pipes freeze or a water main break happens in their town. To learn more visit our info center at WCAX dot com. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Burlington.

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TODAY: High clouds & cold. High: 5/15 Wind: NW 5-10 mph TONIGHT: Partly cloudy & bitterly cold. Low: -5/-20 Wind: Light FRIDAY: Partly sunny & cold. High: 5/15 Low: 0/-15 Wind: NW 5-10 mph SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 10/20 Low: -5/5 SUNDAY: Increasing clouds. Light snow overnight. High: 20s Low: 15/25 MONDAY: AM light snow, then PM flurries. High: 20s Low: 0/10 TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy. High: 20s Low: 15/25 WEDNESDAY: Chance for light rain/snow. High: 30s

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Three New York City residents -- two from Uzbekistan, and one a citizen of Kazakhstan - now face 15 years in prison for plotting to travel to Syria to join ISIS. Don Champion reports

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(PKG) (SOT William J. Bratton, the New York City police commissioner) "This is the concern about the lone wolf." Instead of making their way to Syria to be with ISIS militants .. 3 New York City men remain behind bars -- after authorities say they thwarted plans the trio had to join the terror group and wage jihad. One of them - 19-year-old Akhror Saidakhmetov (AKH ror SAI-dakh-MEH-tov) - was arrested Wednesday morning when he tried to board a plane headed to Istanbul. (SOT William J. Bratton, the New York City police commissioner) A second individual had a later flight scheduled he was arrested here in Brooklyn and a 3rd individual was arrested who we believe helped organize and finance the trip of the other two individuals was arrested in Jacksonville Florida. Saidakhmetov and 24-year-old Abdurasul Juraboev (Ab da rah SOOL ju rah BOY yev) appeared together in federal court Wednesday. (GFX) According to CHARGING documents, if they didn't reach Syria, the backup plan was an attack on American soil. One suspect even threatened to shoot President Obama. (SOT Adam Perlmutter, lawyer for 19-year-old suspect Akhror Saidakmetov) "The presumption of innocence is still the law of the land in America and we have every intention of fighting this case vigorously." (NATS ISIS gunfire) It's estimated more than 150 Americans have traveled or tried to travel overseas to join ISIS. One of President Obama's advisors on the group says law enforcement has to continue being vigilant. (SOT General John Allen, Special The Islamic State Group) "I think we have the possibility of keeping it from becoming something that could look like a 9/11." There are now investigations into homegrown violent extremists in all 50 states. Don Champion CBS News New York.

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State police say it was the largest crash they've seen in Maine in more than 15 years. About 70 vehicles got tangled up in a series of chain reaction pile ups on a snowy stretch of I-95, injuring at least 17 people. The crashes in Etna, near Bangor, started stacking up about 7:30AM and involved several cars, a school bus and a tractor-trailer. At least 50 vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Two hospitals reported taking in 17 patients, some in serious condition. One person at the scene of the crash had a heart attack and some people suffered broken bones.

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Witnesses say, it sounded like an explosion. The outer shell of a building in New York City that was under demolition partially collapsed, injuring a construction worker Wednesday and falling on top of a school bus. No children were inside of the school bus but the operator was. He is unharmed. Fire officials say the construction worker rode down the collapse by standing on part of the three story midtown Manhattan building as it crumbled. He has been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The collapse happened a day after a worker in Brooklyn was crushed to death when several steel beams fell on him.

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Welcome back! The F-C-C is likely to vote for a new set of rules for the internet. It's called net neutrality and here's what this means to you. If passed -- internet providers won't be able to block or slow down apps -- websites -- or online services. Those against net neutrality say -- the rules are another way the government is butting into business. Now, you're not going to immediately hear about the decision. The FCC is deciding it in secret and it won't be official for months.

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Netflix is expanding its lineup aimed at children. They announced five new kids' shows, including remakes of well-loved classics like Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse. Four of the five programs are animated series. Inspector Gadget will be the first of the new shows to debut ...arriving next month.

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A Texas court has ordered Apple to pay up. The company must pay 533-million dollars for using another company's patented technology in itunes. The technology is owned by Smart Flash, a Texas based company - that licenses seven data storage patents. Smartflash says Apple used its technology in several i-tunes apps, including some games. Apple says the damage was less than four and a half million dollars. The company plans to appeal.

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A new finding about what causes pneumonia in children. Eboni Williams has a look at the day's medical headlines.

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New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that viruses, NOT bacterial infections, are the most common cause of pneumonia in children. Researchers at Vanderbilt University say this finding can better help doctors decide when to use antibiotics and which ones to choose when treating pneumonia. A life threatening bacteria caused nearly half a million infections in the U.S. in a single year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. The infection known as C- Diff often spreads through hospitals and nursing homes, causing colon inflammation and potentially deadly diarrhea.. Too much sleep could increase the risk of a stroke. Researchers at the University of Cambridge found people who slept more than 8 hours a night were 46% more likely to suffer a stroke, compared to those who slept 6 to 8 hours a night. Doctors say more research is needed to determine the link. Those are some of the day's top health stories. EW, CBS News, New York

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In the headlines this morning: Gun bill loses traction at the statehouse... a Woodstock police officer accused of assault... And Shumlin signs sex offender registry bill.

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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A massive car fire in Middlesex Wednesday. Take a look at this--the fire shutdown one lane of I-89 south. Fortunately, police say no one was hurt.

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A puppy was left in a crate on Bare Hill Road last night in Putney. Police say the black lab was abandoned in the middle of the turn around before being discovered at about 9PM. The puppy was left with some dog toys, but without any food or water. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police.

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An autopsy today will provide some answers -- to the sad end in a search for a missing man in Plattsburgh. State Police say they found a body in a wooded area off Rugar Street -- and they believe it is 36 year old Cherokee Styles. He was last seen leaving a bar in Plattsburgh on Valentines Day. His family told police he has cognitive disabilities. Police say so far there are no signs of foul play.

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This morning police are investigating what led to one person being tossed from a car following a crash in Enosburgh. It happened on Boston Post Road near the intersection of Sand Hill Road Wednesday. Police say there were four people in the car. The person that was ejected was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

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Employed to protect and serve, a Woodstock police officer is accused of domestic assault. State Police say 45-year old Mark McComas of Quechee assaulted someone at his home twice in the last month. McComas has been arraigned and is charged with one count of domestic assault. Prior to working in Woodstock -- the officer served on the force in Hartford. State Police say it's up to the State's Attorney to decide whether more charges will be filed against McComas.

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In a 28-0 vote -- the Senate has endorsed a wide-ranging bill to enhance child protection. The legislation was prompted by the deaths of 2 Vermont children last year -- who had been in DCF custody. The bill creates a new 10-year felony for a person who fails to protect a child when they know or should know the child is in danger. And instead of reunification of children with family members, the bill shifts the decision to the best interest of the child. The bill is up for final action today.

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The contentious gun control issue continues to be a source of debate at the statehouse. A bill requiring background checks for gun owners is stalling. The capital has seen a ground swell in recent weeks by gun advocates against the background check bill. But some provisions in the bill, including giving authority to police and prosecutors to go after owners of firearms convicted of certain violent crimes -- still has momentum -- and may show up as a committee bill.

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(Tile 8324 03:40)(( Sen. Dick Sears/ D-Bennington County "People who have comitted very violent crimes and been convicted of those crimes and as well as people who have been convicted of drug traffcking type crimes -- Should they -- Should we have a Vermont law like the other 49 states that allows local prosecutors to prosecute those folks? )) Another provision -- would require those found by a court to be a threat to themselves or others -- to have their names submitted to a national instant background check. Vermont law enforcement groups support going forward with the committee's modified gun bill.

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A new law is underway TODAY -- closing a loophole in Vermont's sex offender registry The new measure requires a sex offender to report to the Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry PRIOR to his or her release from prison. Previously, offenders had up to three days AFTER release to report information about where they planned to live. The change is effective immediately applies to those currently behind bars.

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TONIGHT: Partly cloudy & bitterly cold. Low: -5/-20 Wind: Light FRIDAY: Partly sunny & cold. High: 5/15 Low: 0/-15 Wind: NW 5-10 mph SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 10/20 Low: -5/5 SUNDAY: Increasing clouds. Light snow overnight. High: 20s Low: 15/25 MONDAY: AM light snow, then PM flurries. High: 20s Low: 0/10 TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy. High: 20s Low: 15/25 WEDNESDAY: Chance for light rain/snow. High: 30s

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As we've reported, the budget hole has Vermont lawmakers scrambling to find a way to fill it. But some argue proposed cuts to emergency dispatch centers are pitting cost savings against concerns for public safety. State House Reporter Kyle Midura was with lawmakers as they visited a dispatch center.

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When you're in trouble, these are the people who pick up the phone. ((dispatcher nats - Vermont 911, where's your emergency?)) For lawmakers, the emergency is in the budget set to begin this July -- presently short at least 112-million dollars. The Governor proposed consolidating Vermont's four Public Safety Answering Points like this one into two, to help patch the hole. (nats - lawmakers) Wednesday lawmakers toured the dispatch center at the Williston State Police Barracks to get a feel for operations. (00:18:15:00) ((Rep. Donna Sweaney - D-Windsor I think it was re-assuring to come here and see what they're doing and what the plans are and how they're testing to make sure when the consolidation takes place that it will work out and Vermonters will be safe and be able to get their calls through)) Employees and local communities are pushing back against the proposed change -- which would cut jobs and close facilities in Rutland and Derby. The proposed consolidation is projected to save the state about two million dollars, paltry by state budget standards. (00:01:59:00) ((Rep. Peter Fagan - R-Rutland We will balance the budget, that I can tell you for sure. Just how we get there, we're still exploring )) Rep. Peter Fagan of Rutland is the Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee. He says the budget crunch is tougher than during the Great recession, because federal recovery funds are spent. Fagan says they'll need to find plenty of cuts, most relatively small but likely all painful. Worthwhile causes will not be immune. (00:01:54:00) ((Rep. Peter Fagan - R-Rutland the money is not out there to be able to do the best we can for all Vermonters)) Fagan would not say what cuts he supports or does not - including PSAP consolidation in his home district - but did say Rutland's struggling economy should be spared as much as possible. (00:01:30:00) ((Rep. Peter Fagan - R-Rutland every idea we have is going to impact somebody, personally, and this is not an easy decision )) Fagan and his committee-mates are working longer weeks than most of their peers. They heard from more than 50 witnesses since January, and in less than a week, they're likely to hear plenty about state finances.... when tax-payers speak up on Town Meeting Day. Governor Peter Shumlin pledged a balanced budget proposal as the new session began. He put forth a 95-million dollar plan to do so in January, but shortly after he put it out, lowered revenue projections unbalanced it. The Governor says he will not be releasing another plan to make up the difference, but will work with the legislature to cover it. ((KM Channel 3 news))

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((TRT: 1:42 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) (( The UVM men's basketball team with a chance to clinch the second seed in the America East playoffs and avenge their first conference loss of the season last night as the Cats faced New Hampshire at Patrick Gym. ---------------------- --- It was senior night at Patrick, Vermont honoring it's two senior co-captains, Hector Harold and Ryan Pierson... --- Pick things up in the 2nd half...New Hampshire goes on a 15-6 run to open the half, but this turned the tide for UVM... Drew Urquhart misses but Josh McRoberts throwing down the thunderous put back.. UVM on top 41-40 And then it turned into the Trae-Bell Haynes show...scooping up the loose ball and going coast to coast for the bucket and the foul...He had a team best and career high 21 points.. Then Haynes finding a back door cutting Dre Wills for the jam, part of his 16 points ... Vermont rolls to a 64-49 win. First place Albany also won tonight, which locks the Cats into the second seed in the America East playoffs, and at least two home games. ---------------------- ---------- (( Becker/ "Real excited about the win tonight. You know, to clinch 2nd place, have an opportunity to have at least two home games, if we're lucky enough to advance in the quarterfinal and, you know, just a really good college game.")) (( Bell-Haynes/ "at half time we thought we had the game in the bag, but we didn't. I think Z kind of woke us up. The crowd got right back into it and we were able to build off that.")) ---------------------- ----------- It was also a busy Wednesday in the high school hockey playoffs, including a double overtime thriller between the BFA and CVU boys hockey teams. Look for all those highlights on the sports page at WCAX.com. Later today, it's day one of the high school nordic state championships. We'll have the coverage tonight at 6pm. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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It's the year of the sheep ... And as Julie Kelley found out, one in particular has become a social media darling -- in Vermont and beyond.

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Nats- calling sheep Just as these sheep follow John Churchman here on his land in Essex ... Fans on Facebook are lining up to follow a member of this flock. (TC - 00:07:28:00) ((John Churchman/Photographer I've seen images that people really like, but this has sort of become a story.)) Stories are something he's used to telling - through the lens of his camera. His work can be seen in Vermont Life. ((00270100, This is what I really consider a picture farm. I use them all for models for the work I do.)) Which brings us to the story of Sweet Pea, an orphaned lamb, who was injured last month. Churchman brought her here, to a greenhouse off his living room, to recover. Eventually, Prim joined her to keep her company. (TC - 00:04:59:00) ((John Churchman/Photographer Then after sweet pea was feeling a lot better and her leg was working right we had what we called a sheep over and so we brought the other two bottle lambs up for a party.)) Violet, Sunny and the two newest members, Speckles and Freckles round out what Churchman calls, "the knitting club". But it is one of them in particular ... (TC - 00:14:41:00) ((Nats- Come here Sweet Pea)) ... That has a face fans on social media just can't seem to resist! (TC - 00:10:43:00) ((John Churchman/Photographer When you look at it and you get to a certain angle, she smiles!)) About two weeks ago, Sweet Pea and Friends got a Facebook page. She has more than a thousand likes and with every photo posted the fan club grows... Like this one that sort of looks like a selfie! (TC - 00:21:32:00) ((John Churchman/Photographer That was a beautiful one. They were lined up over here and the sunlight and you just kind of get this sensation where they lined up and the sunlight comes in and they illuminates them, it's a lot of fun.)) (TC - 00:37:52:00) ((Julie Kelley/Reporting This face is not only inspiring social media fans, she's also inspiring other artists.)) They share their paintings of Sweet Pea on Facebook and also their feelings about this little lamb from Vermont. (nats-reading comment) All this love has inspired Churchman to create his first book ... sweet pea and friends, the sheep over. (nats- explaining page of book ) If her fan base is any indication, this book may make a star out of her. Dexter Randall says ... She's Hollywood bound for sure! And Marylin Gilks said ... Why... Ms. Sweetpea is ready for the Oscar's..! Let's just roll out the red carpet!! You might say - Vermont's version of Meryl Sheep! (TC - 00:08:11:00) ((John Churchman/Photographer She is my muse. (Laughs) yes it's true.)) And while she may be getting lots of attention, everyone on this farm is in the group! Nats- Julie Kelley, Channel 3 News, Essex.

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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. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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New information this morning from Stowe after a house fire turned deadly. Police have confirmed that despite brave rescue attempts -- one person did not survive. Keith McGilvery reports.

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Fire ripped through this Edson Hill Road home in Stowe Wednesday night. ((Chief Mark Sgantas, Stowe Fire Dept. 27:58 "the fire gets into walls gets into ceilings, it travels so it is always quite a challenge.)) And adding to that challenge from the inside -- the structure's SIZE. ((Chief Donald Hull, Stowe Police Dept. 19:49 From what we understand there are several possible apartments in the home, several living quarters.)) And from the outside water from the fire trucks was quickly turning dangerously slick in the freezing temps. ((Chief Donald Hull, Stowe Police Dept. 20:17 The roads are very slippery from all the water, I know there are several other fire companies here assisting Stowe.)) It was a team effort that sadly ended in tragedy. ((Chief Mark Sgantas, Stowe Fire Dept. 28:10 "it's hard, you never want anybody to lose their life.)) The police chief says an officer was the first to arrive at the scene and tried to rescue an individual inside. Despite his brave efforts the fire chief confirms to Channel 3 that -- that unidentified individual -- did not survive. ((Chief Mark Sgantas, Stowe Fire Dept. 28:14 "It happen, unfortunately, we hear about it, read about it, see about it but it happens in anytown USA.)) Officials say there was no one else in the home when they cleared the scene. A number of dogs did survive the fire and are staying with neighbors. ((Keith Close 31:37 "the Stowe fire chief tells me Vermont State Police fire investigators will be out here first things Thursday morning to try and determine the cause of this fire, KM CH3 Stowe.))

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In Danby -- a steep and icy hill made it difficult for crews to tackle a barn fire. Fire crews had to pump water from a stream running along township highway 32. Crews say the terrain made it difficult for motor vehicles to travel up and down - so officials closed off the road to traffic. The farm owners were home when they noticed smoke coming from their side barn. They say they do not know what started the fire - but no animals were harmed.

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Winooski police say a local store was robbed at knife point last night. It happened at Champlaign Farms on Route 15 right by the interstate. Police say a man entered the business, immediately brandished a knife and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect is described as a white man blue eyes, approximately five-ten to 6 feet tall, between 160 and 170 pounds and of average build. Winooski PD says he was wearing a black and gray North Face puffy coat, a black ski mask and black gloves.

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Today veteranarians will work to examine about 100 animals that have been seized from a home in Eden. Police say many of which are in need of serious medical care. Alex Apple has more on the rescue -- that took nearly 12 hours.

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Dog after dog -- nearly 100 of them in all is what the police and animal control encountered this morning when conducting a search warrant at this residence in Eden. (Lt. James Whitcomb 02:37)(("We were advised of some conditions in the home that warranted our ability to actually do a search warrant of the residence.")) With the help of the Central Vermont Humane Society -- police spent much of the day pulling the dogs from the home. They were in a variety of conditions. (Lt. James Whitcomb 04:03)(("Its a mixture of both roaming the residence and having kennels in the residence.")) Some needing serious medical attention -- others with matted fur covered in dirt and feces. (03:29 Lt. James Whitcomb)(("Right now its an ongoing investigation. We'll get reports from veterinary services that are contracted to assist.")) Police will use those reports to decide if criminal charges will be forthcoming for the homeowners. Anne Ward of the Central Vermont Humane Society paints a picture of homeowners -- looking to help the animals -- and simply getting overwhelmed. (12:48 Anne Ward/Central VT Humane Society)(("They were taking in animals hoping to find new homes for them, and ended up with more than they expected to .........13:53 Some have been signed over to us voluntarily which is fantastic. ")) The animals are now going to an undisclosed location in Chittenden County where they'll be cared for. From there -- they'll be placed up for adoption. (14:12 Anne Ward/Central VT Humane Society)(("The cost of caring for so many animals is going to be astronomical, and the private humane societies around here aren't prepared to do that without the community's support.")) Police say the homeowners have cooperated -- but this is a residence the state police have responded to before. (12:21 Anne Ward/CEntral VT Humane)(("This particular family didn't know who to reach out to and in a lot of ways, really relieved we're here to help.")) The Central Vermont Humane Society will now handle the adoption of these dogs. We should mention there were also some cats in the home -- and many local humane societies are now tasked with taking in such a hugh number of animals -- something that's difficult for them to do. ((AA Channel 3 News))

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The extremely cold weather has impacted dozens of communities across the state this winter -- and now Vermont officials says they're ready to help. An informal survey shows at least 26 communities have either suffered water main breaks -- or had residents with frozen pipes. Governor Shumlin's office says those communities dealing with water emergencies should call the Vermont Division of Emergency Management. The agency can help municipalities coordinate with the agencies of Transportation, Human Services, Natural Resources and the Health Department. Their phone line is staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week. For a link, go to our info center at wcax-dot-com.

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TONIGHT: Partly cloudy & bitterly cold. Low: -5/-20 Wind: Light FRIDAY: Partly sunny & cold. High: 5/15 Low: 0/-15 Wind: NW 5-10 mph SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 10/20 Low: -5/5 SUNDAY: Increasing clouds. Light snow overnight. High: 20s Low: 15/25 MONDAY: AM light snow, then PM flurries. High: 20s Low: 0/10 TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy. High: 20s Low: 15/25 WEDNESDAY: Chance for light rain/snow. High: 30s

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Three New York City residents -- two from Uzbekistan, and one a citizen of Kazakhstan - now face 15 years in prison for plotting to travel to Syria to join ISIS. Lauren Lyster reports...

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Two foreign born men residing in New York are being held without bond today...for allegedly intending to travel to Syria to join ISIS and attack the U.S. The pair appeared in federal court in Brooklyn Wednesday... while a third man, suspected of helping fund the effort, is being held in Florida. All three have been charged with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to the terror group. If convicted, each faces as many as 15 years in prison. Congress has until Friday to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security ...and avert a partial shutdown of the agency. On Wednesday the Senate sought to break an impasse...voting to clear the way for a bill...free of provisions targeting President Obama's immigration policies. But, the fate of the bill once it reaches the House, is less certain. And, the Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that centers around a teenaged Muslim girl who did not receive a job at Abercrombie and Fitch because her headscarf violated the company's dress code. The justices are looking closely at the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which requires employers to accommodate employees whose religious practices are in conflict with company policy. The court is weighing whether the burden is on the *employee* to request accommodation outright, or up to the *employer* to find out during the interview process. They're expected to announce their decision this summer. Those are some of the day's top stories. I'm Lauren Lyster CBS News New York.

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Welcome back! The F-C-C is likely to vote for a new set of rules for the internet. It's called net neutrality and here's what this means to you. If passed -- internet providers won't be able to block or slow down apps -- websites -- or online services. Those against net neutrality say -- the rules are another way the government is butting into business. Now, you're not going to immediately hear about the decision. The FCC is deciding it in secret and it won't be official for months.

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Netflix is expanding its lineup aimed at children. They announced five new kids' shows, including remakes of well-loved classics like Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse. Four of the five programs are animated series. Inspector Gadget will be the first of the new shows to debut ...arriving next month.

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A Texas court has ordered Apple to pay up. The company must pay 533-million dollars for using another company's patented technology in itunes. The technology is owned by Smart Flash, a Texas based company - that licenses seven data storage patents. Smartflash says Apple used its technology in several i-tunes apps, including some games. Apple says the damage was less than four and a half million dollars. The company plans to appeal.

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When planning your garden this spring, how about mixing in some ornamental grasses? Sharon Meyer and Garden Expert Charlie Nardozzi show us some new varieties.

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Look at all the different kinds of decorative grasses! There are so many different colors! Yes, we always think of plants as actually having to have blooms to give you some color, but really, a lot of these decorative plants look beautiful just by the leaf color alone. And they add so much texture too. Yes! And a little bit of movement, especially when the wind blows. I really love that in grasses. Right. Now this first group over here are Cordylines. Now this is a tropical grass that you normally don't see, but you'll often see people planting them in containers, or as just little highlights in the garden. There's some beautifully colored ones in here. One called Purple Tower and it has kind of a blushed purple color to it. Another one is called Paradise and it has almost a yellowish tinge to it, but it doesn't look like that sickly yellow that you see on some plants, this one really attractive. I really like Sunrise, because because it has that bright red almost kind of bursting forth from the center of the grass and then for a nice burgundy effect, how about Caruba Black? It's got a thicker leaf to it, and bigger leaf. a little bigger appearance, so this one you don't have to really highlight it as much as just have it in a group around the garden.

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Welcome back -- when is a good time to re-finance -- and what do you need to know about consumer versus commercial loans? Chris Venner from People's United joins us now to answer our questions. Good morning. Q: What has been going on with interest rates recently and are there still opportunities for people to refinance their current mortgage? A: Some of the recent volatility in the equity markets (particularly internationally) has driven investors into the treasury markets in a flight to quality. This has had a significant impact on interest rates in the past two months and we have seen a drop of 15bps to 25bps in borrowing rates depending on the loan term. This pullback in rates presents great opportunity for borrowers who are looking to buy a new home as well as refinance an existing mortgage. Q: What are some of the reasons people would want to consider refinancing their homes now? How do you know if it makes sense? A: There are a lot of good reasons to consider refinancing a residential mortgage. Certainly, the top reason would be to lower your current interest rate or to utilize some of the equity in your home to make improvements to the property. Additionally, if someone initially purchased a home at a loan to value of greater than 80% and is still paying PMI on that loan, refinancing may allow the elimination of that monthly cost depending on what the property appraises for. For people who are trying to aggressively pay off their mortgage, it may make sense to refinance into a shorter loan term (ie. switching a 30 year fixed to a 15 year or 20 year fixed mortgage). In considering if a refinance makes sense, you want to ask your mortgage professional some specific questions: What is the APR on each loan proposal (incorporates the full financing costs of the loan on an apple to apple basis)? What are the expected closing costs associated with the refinance? How long will it take to recoup the closing costs associated with the loan in interest expense savings (ie. what is my break-even point)? Q: Is now a good time to look at commercial financing / refinancing as well? A: Absolutely, this is a great time to consider your current business debt as well as the future plans for your business, however there are a few additional considerations that will play into your decision that you should be aware of when pursuing commercial financing. The first being, who is your existing lender and do you have a prepayment fee associated with any existing debt on your business or your business assets? Does your existing lender have a blanket lien on all business assets or are the lien's specific to either equipment or vehicles? If there is a blanket lien on all business assets, chances are that there would be language in your loan documents preventing you from further encumbering your assets with a different lender without the express written permission of your existing lender. Q: How are different commercial loans structured? A: Commercial real estate loans would be eligible for the longest loan terms & generally a fixed rate loan with a balloon amortization, while office fit up and equipment loans would be set up with a fixed or floating rate, fully amortizing term that is set based on the anticipated "useful life" of the collateral being financed. A working capital line of credit would be utilized for short term cash flow and the line of credit amount is generally tied to a percentage of the outstanding accounts receivables and net fixed assets of a firm. Q: What are the important things to look at in reviewing commercial financing term sheets? A: Interest rate, loan term & amortization, and loan to value are the obvious answers in evaluating any loan, however as mentioned previously there are other considerations that you will want to be aware of. One important consideration point would be a Prepayment Fee, which is common in most fixed rate commercial loans. You will want to know how long the fee is in place, what the fee calculation method is, and how long you really anticipate needing to have the debt in place. If you are pursuing a working capital line of credit, is there an out of debt or zero balance requirement associated with the loan that requires you to "rest" the line of credit on an annual basis. Has the lender included any cash flow covenants in the term sheet and what would be the penalty for violating a cash flow covenant? Is there any SBA involvement with the term sheet? Lenders and lending institutions all have different requirements and appetites for different types of commercial transactions, so knowing what your options are and being able to compare all of the terms side by side, may make the lowest interest rate not necessarily the best loan for your needs.

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In the headlines this morning: Gun bill loses traction at the statehouse... a Woodstock police officer accused of assault... And Shumlin signs sex offender registry bill.

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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A massive car fire in Middlesex Wednesday. Take a look at this--the fire shutdown one lane of I-89 south. Fortunately, police say no one was hurt.

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A puppy was left in a crate on Bare Hill Road last night in Putney. Police say the black lab was abandoned in the middle of the turn around before being discovered at about 9PM. The puppy was left with some dog toys, but without any food or water. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police.

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An autopsy today will provide some answers -- to the sad end in a search for a missing man in Plattsburgh. State Police say they found a body in a wooded area off Rugar Street -- and they believe it is 36 year old Cherokee Styles. He was last seen leaving a bar in Plattsburgh on Valentines Day. His family told police he has cognitive disabilities. Police say so far there are no signs of foul play.

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This morning police are investigating what led to one person being tossed from a car following a crash in Enosburgh. It happened on Boston Post Road near the intersection of Sand Hill Road Wednesday. Police say there were four people in the car. The person that was ejected was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

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Employed to protect and serve, a Woodstock police officer is accused of domestic assault. State Police say 45-year old Mark McComas of Quechee assaulted someone at his home twice in the last month. McComas has been arraigned and is charged with one count of domestic assault. Prior to working in Woodstock -- the officer served on the force in Hartford. State Police say it's up to the State's Attorney to decide whether more charges will be filed against McComas.

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In a 28-0 vote -- the Senate has endorsed a wide-ranging bill to enhance child protection. The legislation was prompted by the deaths of 2 Vermont children last year -- who had been in DCF custody. The bill creates a new 10-year felony for a person who fails to protect a child when they know or should know the child is in danger. And instead of reunification of children with family members, the bill shifts the decision to the best interest of the child. The bill is up for final action today.

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The contentious gun control issue continues to be a source of debate at the statehouse. A bill requiring background checks for gun owners is stalling. The capital has seen a ground swell in recent weeks by gun advocates against the background check bill. But some provisions in the bill, including giving authority to police and prosecutors to go after owners of firearms convicted of certain violent crimes -- still has momentum -- and may show up as a committee bill.

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(Tile 8324 03:40)(( Sen. Dick Sears/ D-Bennington County "People who have comitted very violent crimes and been convicted of those crimes and as well as people who have been convicted of drug traffcking type crimes -- Should they -- Should we have a Vermont law like the other 49 states that allows local prosecutors to prosecute those folks? )) Another provision -- would require those found by a court to be a threat to themselves or others -- to have their names submitted to a national instant background check. Vermont law enforcement groups support going forward with the committee's modified gun bill.

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A new law is underway TODAY -- closing a loophole in Vermont's sex offender registry The new measure requires a sex offender to report to the Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry PRIOR to his or her release from prison. Previously, offenders had up to three days AFTER release to report information about where they planned to live. The change is effective immediately applies to those currently behind bars.

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TONIGHT: Partly cloudy & bitterly cold. Low: -5/-20 Wind: Light FRIDAY: Partly sunny & cold. High: 5/15 Low: 0/-15 Wind: NW 5-10 mph SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 10/20 Low: -5/5 SUNDAY: Increasing clouds. Light snow overnight. High: 20s Low: 15/25 MONDAY: AM light snow, then PM flurries. High: 20s Low: 0/10 TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy. High: 20s Low: 15/25 WEDNESDAY: Chance for light rain/snow. High: 30s

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((TRT: 1:42 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) (( The UVM men's basketball team with a chance to clinch the second seed in the America East playoffs and avenge their first conference loss of the season last night as the Cats faced New Hampshire at Patrick Gym. ---------------------- --- It was senior night at Patrick, Vermont honoring it's two senior co-captains, Hector Harold and Ryan Pierson... --- Pick things up in the 2nd half...New Hampshire goes on a 15-6 run to open the half, but this turned the tide for UVM... Drew Urquhart misses but Josh McRoberts throwing down the thunderous put back.. UVM on top 41-40 And then it turned into the Trae-Bell Haynes show...scooping up the loose ball and going coast to coast for the bucket and the foul...He had a team best and career high 21 points.. Then Haynes finding a back door cutting Dre Wills for the jam, part of his 16 points ... Vermont rolls to a 64-49 win. First place Albany also won tonight, which locks the Cats into the second seed in the America East playoffs, and at least two home games. ---------------------- ---------- (( Becker/ "Real excited about the win tonight. You know, to clinch 2nd place, have an opportunity to have at least two home games, if we're lucky enough to advance in the quarterfinal and, you know, just a really good college game.")) (( Bell-Haynes/ "at half time we thought we had the game in the bag, but we didn't. I think Z kind of woke us up. The crowd got right back into it and we were able to build off that.")) ---------------------- ----------- It was also a busy Wednesday in the high school hockey playoffs, including a double overtime thriller between the BFA and CVU boys hockey teams. Look for all those highlights on the sports page at WCAX.com. Later today, it's day one of the high school nordic state championships. We'll have the coverage tonight at 6pm. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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This morning 3 Minute Wrap. Getting you up to speed every morning -- in just 3 minutes.

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A house fire turned deadly in Stowe Wednesday night. This was the scene on Edson Hill road after flames ripped through the building. Stowe's fire chief confirms despite an attempt to rescue an unidentified person from inside the home, one person did die.

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((Chief Mark Sgantas, Stowe Fire Dept. 28:10 "it's hard, you never want anybody to lose their life, It happens, unfortunately, we hear about it, read about it, see about it but it happens in anytown USA.)) No one else was injured at the home. The Stowe fire chief says Vermont State Police fire investigators will be out at the scene today to try and determine the cause of this fire.

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Today veteranarians will work to examine nearly 100 animals that have been seized from a home in Eden. Police say inside the home -- they found animals in need of serious medical attention -- others with matted fur covered in dirt and feces. Police tell us some of the animals were loose in the house -- others kept in kennels. Members of the Central Vermont Humane Society painted a picture of homeowners who got overwhelmed trying to take in animals. Police say the homeowners have remained cooperative -- no word on charges.

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In Danby -- a steep and icy hill made it difficult for crews to tackle a barn fire. Fire crews had to pump water from a stream running along township highway 32. Crews say the terrain made it hard for motor vehicles to travel up and down - so officials closed off the road to traffic. The farm owners were home when they noticed smoke coming from their side barn. They say they do not know what started the fire - but no animals were harmed.

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The cold weather has been wreaking havoc on dozens of communities across the state this winter -- and now Vermont officials says they're ready to help. An informal survey shows at least 26 communities have either suffered main water breaks -- or had residents with frozen pipes. Governor Shumlin's office says those communities dealing with water emergencies should call the Vermont Division of Emergency Management.

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Federal officials say three men are behind bars for allegedly plotting to help the Islamic State group wage war against the United States. Officials say one man even spoke of shooting President Barack Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island. Authorities say one man was arrested at JFK airport, where he was trying to board a flight to Istanbul on his way to Syria. The men are from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

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Congress has until Friday to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security ...and avert a partial shutdown of the agency. On Wednesday the Senate sought to break an impasse... voting to clear the way for a bill...free of provisions targeting President Obama's immigration policies. But, the fate of the bill once it reaches the House, is less certain.

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Jonathan Gruber has resigned from his post on the Health Connector Board -- in Massachusetts. Gruber was appointed to that board in 2006. He sparked a nation-wide controversy after making derogatory remarks about the intelligence of the American people. Just this week -- Republican leaders in Vermont called for a federal investigation into Vermont's health overhaul -- which Gruber too has a hand in.

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

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Good Morning, I'm Eva McKend!

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A house fire turned deadly in Stowe Wednesday night. This was the scene on Edson Hill Road after flames ripped through the building. Stowe's fire chief confirms despite an attempt to rescue an unidentified person from inside the home, one person did die.

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((Chief Mark Sgantas, Stowe Fire Dept. 28:10 "it's hard, you never want anybody to lose their life, It happens, unfortunately, we hear about it, read about it, see about it but it happens in anytown USA.)) No one else was injured at the home. The Stowe fire chief says Vermont State Police fire investigators will be out at the scene today to try and determine the cause of this fire.

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Today veterinarians will work to examine nearly 100 animals that have been seized from a home in Eden. Police say inside the home -- they found animals in need of serious medical attention -- others with matted fur covered in dirt and feces. Police tell us some of the animals were loose in the house -- others kept in kennels and that the homeowners have remained cooperative -- no word on charges.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is looking forward to the Pope's plans to visit the US. The pope's visit to Washington will mark the first-ever speech to Congress by any leader of the world's Roman Catholics. The senator said he hopes members of Congress listen carefully to the pontiff's message about poverty and economic inequality.

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(00:06:23:01) ((The gap between between the very very rich and everybody else is growing wider and this is what the Pope means I think when he says and I quote while the income of a minority is increasing exponentially that of the majority is crumbling)) (00:06:41:21) The Pope's trip to D.C. is set for December.

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Winooski police are looking for a man who robbed a gas station at knife point. It happened at Champlain Farms on Route 15 right by the interstate. Police say a man entered the store, immediately pulled out a knife and demanded money from the cashier. The suspect is described as a white man blue eyes, approximately five-ten to 6 feet tall, between 160 and 170 pounds. Winooski PD says he was wearing a black and gray North Face puffy coat, a black ski mask and black gloves.

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A puppy is safe this morning -- after it was found in a crate in the cold -- on Bare Hill Road in Putney. Police say the black lab was abandoned in the middle of the turn around before being discovered at about 9PM. The puppy was left with some dog toys, but without any food or water. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police.

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Employed to protect and serve, a Woodstock police officer is accused of domestic assault. State Police say 45-year old Mark McComas of Quechee assaulted someone at his home twice in the last month. McComas has been arraigned and is charged with one count of domestic assault. Prior to working in Woodstock -- the officer served on the force in Hartford. State Police say it's up to the State's Attorney to decide whether more charges will be filed against McComas.

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A new law is underway TODAY -- closing a loophole in Vermont's sex offender registry The new measure requires a sex offender to report to the Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry PRIOR to his or her release from prison. Previously, offenders had up to three days AFTER release to report information about where they planned to live. The change is effective immediately applies to those currently behind bars.


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