Thu 26-MAY-2016 Early A.M. News Script

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Today: Nice start to the day, and it will stay nice all day, and warm again.

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((THANK GARY)) ((EVA & TYLER TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE WORKING ON))

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It seems like scammers are still at it .. Someone is making calls claiming to be the IRS - telling people they owe money. It is a familiar phone scam we've reported on before. The Attorney General's office got 350 complaints about the scam just yesterday.

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Just last night, Vermont State Police received another report of a similar scam. They say a 64 year old in Stamford man reported being contacted by a person claiming to be an IRS rep. The victim sent 45 hundred dollars. Officials want to remind people .. The IRS will never call and demand payment over the phone.

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Thousands of Vermonters may owe the state money in taxes. The state says as many as 19-thousand filers, who just filed, may have underpaid. The state blames a mistake in the software used by commercial tax preparers.

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((Mary Peterson/Vt. Tax Cmsr. 00:00:23:07 "Software is not always perfect and in this case it was a pretty widespread problem."))4 we had two tax changes in 2015 and the software had the correct forms included in their package but didn't 00:00:37:00 the wizards as they say didn't direct everyone to the form that should have filled it out.")) The tax department says filers with this mistake -- will owe the state about 160 dollars.

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Summer is a busy travel season .. Especially for a road trip. Many drivers look at fuel prices when considering their destination. They also consider their type of vehicle -- and how efficiently it will use that fuel . But experts say even with age -- efficiency shouldn't change too much.

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((TILE 0658 01:00:23-01:11:09 Greg Wight/Engineer Professor, Norwich University: "Unless the car's really worn out, if you tune it up - if you get new spark plugs, you'll be able to consume the gasoline just as efficiently as you ever did.")) Another tip is about driving habits -- and taking a look at what you can change -- or keep the same. Later this morning -- I'll take a more in-depth look in my special report, Mileage Myths.

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Sounding off on health concerns and the financial cost ... Rutland residents pack City Hall to ask questions about refugees coming to their community. The Board of Aldermen held a special forum with reps from Vermont's Refugee Resettlement Program last night. Common concerns involved how health screenings would work and who would pay for extra language instructors in schools. But Leaders with the resettlement program say most of it will be paid for with federal grants.

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An international conference brings together hunter education officials from around the world. For the first time, that gathering is being held in Vermont at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes. Sessions this week include everything from -- suburban deer management -- to trends in tree stand safety -- and the impact of diseases. Hunter ed classes are at the core of the state's efforts to spread a message of conservation to the next generation.

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If you're looking for something fun for the entire family this summer -- Gina has just the thing to keep everyone busy... ....she's live at the top of Mount Philo in Charlotte this morning -- what are you up to? We're on a statewide scavenger hunt! I'm joined now by the head of VT state Parks -- Craig Whipple. We're learning about the Venture VT outdoor challenge -- what is this? ((what's the goal?)) ((how do you rack up the points? What can you do?)) ((what can you win?)) ((Expose people to different parks)) ((how do you prove you're actually doing these things?)) ((when can you do this?))

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Nice, quiet, comfy start to the day Local temps: Mainly in 50s, a few upper 40s NE satellite: Just a little bit of cloudiness, mainly high clouds, otherwise skies mostly clear. NE radar/temps: Radar clear. Lots of 50s throughout the NE, warmer to the south. U.S. Satellite/radar: Quiet weather over the northeast, but stormy again in the midwest. Warm front to our west heading our way. Forecast clouds/precip: Nice today. Warm front will move in tonight with warmer, more humid air and also a few showers, possible t-storms. More muggy on Friday with scattered, pop-up showers, t-storms, mainly in the afternoon & evening.

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Today: Partly cloudy Highs: 77 to 84 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Mostly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 62 Wind: SSE 5 to 10 mph Friday: Partly sunny More humid Chance for scattered showers, t-storms Highs: 80 to 87 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Partly sunny Chance for scattered showers, t-storms Lows: 58 to 65 Highs: 80s Sunday: Partly sunny Chance for scattered showers, t-storms Lows: 60s Highs:75 to 85 Monday: Memorial Day! Mostly cloudy Showers, t-storms Lows: 60s Highs: 75 to 85 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, mainly early Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 72 to 82 Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 72 to 82

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Twelve hundred Canadian firefighters are still working on the wildfire that forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray. Meanwhile others are preparing for the return of the people who were forced from their homes. The wildfires are still classified as out of control, but no longer pose a danger to any communities. People are set to return June first, though many are not expecting to stay.

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Ten states and three school districts are suing the Obama administration over its new transgender directive for schools. The non-binding guidance tells school districts to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice. The federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday in a U-S district court in Texas. President Obama has defended the directive as a measure to prevent bullying for vulnerable students.

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Federal officials are working on ways to help travelers get through airports faster. The Transportation Security Administration launched its new experimental equipment at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport this week. The system will separate and re-route suspicious suitcases to help improve overall flow. Baggage bins will also automatically recirculate after they go through security machines. Airports in London and Amsterdam already use similar systems.

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We count on doctors to help us when we are sick .. But a new study raises concerns about the quality of care. A new study from doctors at Johns Hopkins, suggests medical errors may kill at least 250-thousand people a year ... making it the third leading cause of death in the U-S. The doctors behind the study hope their analysis will lead to real reform in the health care system they argue is letting patients down.

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State environmental officials expand the sampling area in Bennington and North Bennington - in search for PFOA contamination. Updated testing results for more than 400 private wells in the area found more than half have the potentially cancer-causing chemical in the water -- with concentrations above state safety levels. Testing will resume next week -- in homes with private wells along East Road and north of the former Bennington Landfill, and along Town Line Road and Route 7A.

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A tampon tax could get ditched in New York. New York lawmakers just sent a bill to Governor Cuomo -- to toss the tax. Right now -- sanitary products for women are taxed - while other drugstore items for men aren't. Cuomo plans to sign the bill.

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Remember when cell phones first came out ... how clunky they were? Well..it looks like we are going backwards because smartphones are getting bigger. It's a bendable smartphone that a Chinese start-up plans to unveil. The phone has a flexible touch screen, so it can be worn as a watch or bracelet. But it also works stretched flat. The company plans to put 100-thousand of these phones on the Chinese market by the end of the year. The price tag ... About 760-dollars.

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Astronauts get to enjoy new grub - courtesy of some New Jersey high schoolers. A red pepper risotto is the winner of this year's international space station's culinary challenge. High school students across the country competed to create a space-friendly dish. The dishes were scored based on taste, texture, and odor. The risotto will head up into space in November after it's processed for flight.

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NE satellite: Just a little bit of cloudiness, mainly high clouds, otherwise skies mostly clear. NE radar/temps: Radar clear. Lots of 50s throughout the NE, warmer to the south. Today: Nice start to the day, and it will stay nice all day, and warm again.

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In the headlines this morning, Police investigate a possible hate crime. Plus - exploring ways to save on that summer road trip. And - Gina is LIVE at Mount Philo ... find out how you could earn a free state parks pass this summer!

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Today: Nice start to the day, and it will stay nice all day, and warm again.

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One person is dead .. After police say a wrong way drunk driver causes a head on collision. It happened last night .. Around 9 .. On I-89 near exit 20 in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Police say Daniel Cowdrey of Hartland Vermont was traveling NORTH .. In the southbound lane of the highway. He crashed .. Head on with a car driven by 34 year old Ellynn Koelsch of Rhode Island .. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 4 year old passenger was taken to Dartmouth with serious injuries .. Cowdrey was also taken to Dartmouth with minor injuries ... Police say he is charged with DUI .. The crash remains under investigation.

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Another bomb threat .. Believed to be part of a nationwide hoax. Eva has the latest. Montpelier Police were called to Union Elementary yesterday morning .. For a reported bomb. The school was evacuated .. As officers searched the building. Nothing was found .. And students were allowed back in. Police say they believe it was part of a nationwide hoax called 'swatting' ... Earlier this week a similar situation happened in Rutland .. at four schools in New Hampshire .. And in other parts of the country.

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A transgender man beaten unconscious. It happened Sunday morning in Burlington -- and now police are investigating a possible hate crime. Police say the 38 year old man suffered facial fractures -- several broken bones -- and head trauma. They say the victim was found near a homeless camp -- just off Pine Street -- near the Barge Canal. He was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center .. At this time His condition is unknown. Police say because the victim is transgender they are looking into this as a bias incident.

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(00:18:22:20) ((detective Lt. Shawn Burke There are a number of people that live between 2 and 3 camps in this general area. We do know there was some form of dispute between the encampments, and we are still trying to pick apart the root of that dispute and then try to determine why it led to such a violent act.)) Police are asking any witnesses to come forward.

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The holiday weekend is about to kickoff the summer season -- and Vermonters will be doing a lot of traveling. We all know driving that car to your destination can get costly, but as I found out -- there are a lot of misunderstandings about ways to save.

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They are the common misconceptions of fuel mileage. ((TILE 7767 01:29:29--01:33:11 Richard DeCosta/Drives fuel efficient vehicle: "They say you get better mileage with a standard shift.")) But experts say - before you trade in, you should take a closer look at what you're already driving. Lets bust myth #1.. that you have to drive a small car to get good fuel economy. ((TILE 0658 05:50:12-05:55:22 WIGHT: "A small car will do better, but again all cars do better than they used to.")) A couple of midsized cars even made it onto the EPA's top ten most efficient vehicles list for 2016. Myth #2ů Manual transmissions always get better fuel economy than automatics. Not so anymore with advances in automatic transmissions, says our expert. ((TILE 0658 07:12:03-07:25:22 WIGHT: "There's constant variable speed and they just adjust, so it turns out - except for a driver who's really tuned in to a standard - a modern automatic can do better in terms of mileage.")) Myth #3: Vehicles have to be warmed up before being driven. ((TILE 0658 08:07:27-08:11:13 WIGHT: "You're not getting anything out of it if you let it warm up forever.")) For most modern cars, its more efficient to start it up and go - than to let it sit and idle. Myth #4: As your car gets ages, fuel economy decreases significantly. ((TILE 7782 11:22:23-11:27:01 "Do you think efficiency changes as a car gets older?" ALEX VUTECH/Drives hybrid: "Yeah!")) But our expert says a vehicle that is properly maintained will actually retain its efficiency for many years. ((TILE 0658 01:00:23-01:11:09 Greg Wight/Engineer Professor, Norwich University: "Unless the car's really worn out, if you tune it up - if you get new spark plugs, you'll be able to consume the gasoline just as efficiently as you ever did.")) This driver -- found that out. ((TILE 7767 01:57:00--02:05:17 DECOSTA: "This car happens to be 6-years-old and I'm getting excellent mileage. I'm getting the same mileage I was when I bought it." "So the key is to take care of it?" "Yeah!")) AndůMyth #5 : Using premium fuel improves fuel economy. But - our gas gurus say if your car doesn't need it, don't buy it. ((11:38:18-11:41:16 WIGHT: "The one thing you've done is spent more money - nothing else.")) Cars continue to change. They now have better aerodynamics and less weight. But experts say you don't need a new car - instead, take a look at your driving habits. ((TILE 7214 02:32:26-02:35:26 Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur/Direct or of Transportation Efficiency, VEIC: "If you're being a safe driver, you're also going to be saving on fuel.")) The Dept. of Energy says gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph. They say estimate that each 5 mph you drive over 50 is like paying an additional $0.16 a gallon for gas. So, obey speed limits -- the faster you drive, the more fuel you use.

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And you should think about the trips that you're taking. Sometimes the best ways to save are by taking things like public transportation, biking or even walking. And if you're trip isn't absolutely necessary, maybe don't take it in the first place.

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Some democrats might be looking for a new party leader. Democratic senators are reportedly discussing whether the party's national committee chairwoman should be replaced. Some believe Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz may be "too toxic" after a round of public disagreements with Senator Bernie Sanders.

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A state department inspector general says Hillary Clinton did not follow department policies while handling e-mails as secretary of state. That's from a report that was released to lawmakers yesterday. It says Clinton should have surrendered all work-related e-mails after leaving the department. But she didn't... Clinton has been under fire for using a personal server and email for work while secretary .. She has released some emails .. But not all ... Saying those were not classified when they were sent.

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State Parks officially open this weekend! Gina Bullard is live at Mount Philo this morning where she's learning about a way to get VIP entry into all the state parks for free this summer and beyond! Good morning! We're putting our skills to the test this morning for the Vermont Venture Outdoor Challenge! The head of state parks craig whipple is with us this morning -- ((what's the goal?)) ((how do you rack up the points? What can you do?)) ((what can you win?)) ((Expose people to different parks)) ((how do you prove you're actually doing these things?)) ((when can you do this?))

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Nice, quiet, comfy start to the day Local temps: Mainly in 50s, a few upper 40s NE satellite: Just a little bit of cloudiness, mainly high clouds, otherwise skies mostly clear. NE radar/temps: Radar clear. Lots of 50s throughout the NE, warmer to the south. U.S. Satellite/radar: Quiet weather over the northeast, but stormy again in the midwest. Warm front to our west heading our way. Forecast clouds/precip: Nice today. Warm front will move in tonight with warmer, more humid air and also a few showers, possible t-storms. More muggy on Friday with scattered, pop-up showers, t-storms, mainly in the afternoon & evening.

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Today: Partly cloudy Highs: 77 to 84 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Mostly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 62 Wind: SSE 5 to 10 mph Friday: Partly sunny More humid Chance for scattered showers, t-storms Highs: 80 to 87 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Partly sunny Chance for scattered showers, t-storms Lows: 58 to 65 Highs: 80s Sunday: Partly sunny Chance for scattered showers, t-storms Lows: 60s Highs:75 to 85 Monday: Memorial Day! Mostly cloudy Showers, t-storms Lows: 60s Highs: 75 to 85 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, mainly early Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 72 to 82 Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 72 to 82

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Environmental officials and emergency responders work together to prepare for an oil spill on Lake Champlain. The motivation behind the drill .. the concern about the hundreds of oil tankers that pass through Plattsburgh and along Lake Champlain each week. Emergency crews in Plattsburgh practiced ways to contain a spill or leak. The EPA holds more than a dozen training courses like these across the country each year.

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Pipeline protestors show up at the Public Service Commisioners home.. Now state police are investigating. It happened just after 6 yesterday morning at Christopher Recchia's property in Randolph. He says two people came to his door... And asked him to sign papers saying his land was being taken away in eminent domain. He says he told them to leave -- but they didn't... And instead, about a dozen people put up a mock oil rig... spray-painted the ground, and drove in stakes.

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((SOT Chris Recchia, Public Service Commissioner 001713 It was a little scary and it was just unacceptable. 17 It's really a transition that makes me feel like 'boy, we need to go back to a civil dialogue' 23 Which I'm happy to have with anybody at anytime. 26 But this felt like an intrusion on my privacy and my family 30)) ((PHONER Henry Harris, Protester 000552 We just felt like it was appropriate to give Chris a taste of his own medicine 57)) One of the protestors tells Channel 3 the group was looking to claim the land for an environmental justice center.

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((TRT: 1:19 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((University of Vermont junior and former Thetford Academy standout Ian Weider will compete in the long jump at the NCAA Track and Field East Preliminary Round later this afternoon in Jacksonville, Florida. We'll have a report on how Weider did coming up tonight at 6pm. ---------------------- --------- On Tuesday, former UVM captain Kevan Miller signed a new, 4-year, $10 million contract to remain with the Boston Bruins. Miller is coming off his best season, playing in a career high 71 games and posting career bests in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career on July 1st. If Miller went out on the open market, there was a good chance the 28-year-old could get several teams battling for his services, but when I spoke to Kevan by phone yesterday from his home in Los Angeles, he said his heart was always set on returning to Boston. ---------------------- --------- ((Miller/ "It moved pretty quickly because I feel both sides were pretty mutual in wanting to get something done and I just know that I has a strong feeling that I wanted to be back in Boston and I believe we're going to get back into the players and be successful again and make a Cup run. That's my ultimate goal, is to play for a team that wants to win and can win and I feel that's best served in Boston.")) ---------------------- ----------- It's going to be an exciting summer for Miller. Along with signing his new deal with Boston, Kevan is set to get married at the end of next month. For my full interview with Miller, go to the sports page at WCAX.com. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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Almanac: Very warm yesterday and dry in Champlain Valley, but there were just a few showers out and about. Back in the Day: Back in May of 2013, a very wet week was coming to an end - almost as much rain in just 8 days as we have gotten all this year so far.

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A mostly white moose was spotted on Rt 100 in Rochester yesterday morning. This is actually considered piebald moose since he is not completely white. But he is rare, and stopped traffic for sure as he made his way across the road.

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((GARY DOES SHORT WX .. TAKES FULL SCREEN ... SHOT COMES BACK OUT TO 4SHOT FOR CLOSE)) Warm front will move in tonight with warmer, more humid air and also a few showers, possible t-storms. More muggy on Friday with scattered, pop-up showers, t-storms, mainly in the afternoon & evening. Stays warm, humid and unsettled with showers, possible t-storms right through holiday weekend. Finally cooling down a bit with less humidity by Tue. & Wed.

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One person was killed on a New Hampshire highway after police say a drunk driver was going the wrong way. It happened last night .. Around 9 .. On I-89 near exit 20 in Lebanon. Police say Daniel Cowdrey of Hartland, Vermont was drunk behind the wheel -- and caused a head on collision. He crashed into 34 year old Ellynn Koelsch of Rhode Island .. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 4 year old passenger was taken to Dartmouth with serious injuries .. Cowdrey had only minor injuries ... Now, he is charged with DUI.

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Another bomb threat .. believed to be part of a nationwide hoax. Montpelier Police say this time, it was at Union Elementary yesterday morning. The school was evacuated .. As officers searched the building. Nothing was found .. And students were allowed back in. Police say they believe it was part of a nationwide hoax called 'swatting' ...

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A longtime scam continues. They are calls from people who claim to be with the IRS - they tell people they owe money. It is a familiar phone scam we've reported on before. The Attorney General's office says they received 350 complaints about the scam -- just yesterday.

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Meanwhile -- police say someone fell victim to a similar scam. A 64 year old Stamford man reported being contacted by a person claiming to be an IRS rep. Authorities say he then sent 45 hundred dollars. Again, officials send out that reminder .. the IRS will never call and demand payments over the phone.

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Warm front will move in tonight with warmer, more humid air and also a few showers, possible t-storms. More muggy on Friday with scattered, pop-up showers, t-storms, mainly in the afternoon & evening. Stays warm, humid and unsettled with showers, possible t-storms right through holiday weekend. Finally cooling down a bit with less humidity by Tue. & Wed.

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Today: Nice start to the day, and it will stay nice all day, and warm again.

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((THANK GARY)) ((EVA & TYLER TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE WORKING ON))

3} SCAMS6_OC__VO


It seems like scammers are still at it .. Someone is making calls claiming to be the IRS - telling people they owe money. It is a familiar phone scam we've reported on before. The Attorney General's office got 350 complaints about the scam just yesterday.

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Just last night, Vermont State Police received another report of a similar scam. They say a 64 year old in Stamford man reported being contacted by a person claiming to be an IRS rep. The victim sent 45 hundred dollars. Officials want to remind people .. The IRS will never call and demand payment over the phone.

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Thousands of Vermonters may owe the state money in taxes. The state says as many as 19-thousand filers, who just filed, may have underpaid. The state blames a mistake in the software used by commercial tax preparers.

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((Mary Peterson/Vt. Tax Cmsr. 00:00:23:07 "Software is not always perfect and in this case it was a pretty widespread problem."))4 we had two tax changes in 2015 and the software had the correct forms included in their package but didn't 00:00:37:00 the wizards as they say didn't direct everyone to the form that should have filled it out.")) The tax department says filers with this mistake -- will owe the state about 160 dollars.

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Summer is a busy travel season .. Especially for a road trip. Many drivers look at fuel prices when considering their destination. They also consider their type of vehicle -- and how efficiently it will use that fuel . But experts say even with age -- efficiency shouldn't change too much.

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((TILE 0658 01:00:23-01:11:09 Greg Wight/Engineer Professor, Norwich University: "Unless the car's really worn out, if you tune it up - if you get new spark plugs, you'll be able to consume the gasoline just as efficiently as you ever did.")) Another tip is about driving habits -- and taking a look at what you can change -- or keep the same. For a more in-depth look at some mileage myths... Visit our website .. Wcax.com.

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Sounding off on health concerns and the financial cost ... Rutland residents pack City Hall to ask questions about refugees coming to their community. The Board of Aldermen held a special forum with reps from Vermont's Refugee Resettlement Program last night. Common concerns involved how health screenings would work and who would pay for extra language instructors in schools. But Leaders with the resettlement program say most of it will be paid for with federal grants.

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If you're looking for something fun for the entire family this summer -- Gina has just the thing to keep everyone busy... ....she's live at the top of Mount Philo in Charlotte this morning -- what are you up to? We're on a statewide scavenger hunt! I'm joined now by the head of VT state Parks -- Craig Whipple. We're learning about the Venture VT outdoor challenge -- what is this? ((what's the goal?)) ((how do you rack up the points? What can you do?)) ((what can you win?)) ((Expose people to different parks)) ((how do you prove you're actually doing these things?)) ((when can you do this?))

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Nice, quiet, comfy start to the day Local temps: Mainly in 50s, a few upper 40s NE satellite: Just a little bit of cloudiness, mainly high clouds, otherwise skies mostly clear. NE radar/temps: Radar clear. Lots of 50s throughout the NE, warmer to the south. U.S. Satellite/radar: Quiet weather over the northeast, but stormy again in the midwest. Warm front to our west heading our way. Forecast clouds/precip: Nice today. Warm front will move in tonight with warmer, more humid air and also a few showers, possible t-storms. More muggy on Friday with scattered, pop-up showers, t-storms, mainly in the afternoon & evening.

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Today: Partly cloudy Highs: 77 to 84 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Mostly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 62 Wind: SSE 5 to 10 mph Friday: Partly sunny More humid Chance for scattered showers, t-storms Highs: 80 to 87 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Partly sunny Chance for scattered showers, t-storms Lows: 58 to 65 Highs: 80s Sunday: Partly sunny Chance for scattered showers, t-storms Lows: 60s Highs:75 to 85 Monday: Memorial Day! Mostly cloudy Showers, t-storms Lows: 60s Highs: 75 to 85 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, mainly early Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 72 to 82 Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 72 to 82

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Pretty soon kids will be out of school for the summer. Craft blogger Kim Conner is with us now to show us some do it yourself activities. Ice Painting and Spray Bottle Painting. I'm not quite sure how you would want to film the Spray Bottle Painting ... I don't have an easel so we could either lie it flat on a surface and film from above, or hang it on something - which would be ideal because then you get fun drips and such. We'll be using liquid watercolor - with spraying it can get a bit messy (just an FYI!) but clean up is fairly easy. Kim Conner Owner/Editor, seven thirty three www.733blog.com

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Ten states and three school districts are suing the Obama administration over its new transgender directive for schools. The non-binding guidance tells school districts to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their choice. The federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday in a U-S district court in Texas. President Obama has defended the directive as a measure to prevent bullying for vulnerable students.

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Federal officials are working on ways to help travelers get through airports faster. The Transportation Security Administration launched its new experimental equipment at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport this week. The system will separate and re-route suspicious suitcases to help improve overall flow. Baggage bins will also automatically recirculate after they go through security machines. Airports in London and Amsterdam already use similar systems.

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State environmental officials expand the sampling area in Bennington and North Bennington - in search for PFOA contamination. Updated testing results for more than 400 private wells in the area found more than half have the potentially cancer-causing chemical in the water -- with concentrations above state safety levels. Testing will resume next week.

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A tampon tax could get ditched in New York. New York lawmakers just sent a bill to Governor Cuomo -- to toss the tax. Right now -- sanitary products for women are taxed - while other drugstore items for men aren't. Cuomo plans to sign the bill.

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Remember when cell phones first came out ... how clunky they were? Well..it looks like we are going backwards because smartphones are getting bigger. It's a bendable smartphone that a Chinese start-up plans to unveil. The phone has a flexible touch screen, so it can be worn as a watch or bracelet. The price tag ... About 760-dollars.

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Astronauts get to enjoy new grub - courtesy of some New Jersey high schoolers. A red pepper risotto is the winner of this year's international space station's culinary challenge. High school students across the country competed to create a space-friendly dish. The risotto will head up into space in November after it's processed for flight.

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NE satellite: Just a little bit of cloudiness, mainly high clouds, otherwise skies mostly clear. NE radar/temps: Radar clear. Lots of 50s throughout the NE, warmer to the south. Today: Nice start to the day, and it will stay nice all day, and warm again.

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In the headlines this morning, Police investigate a possible hate crime. Plus - exploring ways to save on that summer road trip. And - Gina is LIVE at Mount Philo ... find out how you could earn a free state parks pass this summer!

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Today: Nice start to the day, and it will stay nice all day, and warm again.

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One person is dead .. After police say a wrong way drunk driver causes a head on collision. It happened last night .. Around 9 .. On I-89 near exit 20 in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Police say Daniel Cowdrey of Hartland Vermont was traveling NORTH .. In the southbound lane of the highway. He crashed .. Head on with a car driven by 34 year old Ellynn Koelsch of Rhode Island .. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 4 year old passenger was taken to Dartmouth with serious injuries .. Cowdrey was also taken to Dartmouth with minor injuries ... Police say he is charged with DUI .. The crash remains under investigation.

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Another bomb threat .. Believed to be part of a nationwide hoax. Eva has the latest. Montpelier Police were called to Union Elementary yesterday morning .. For a reported bomb. The school was evacuated .. As officers searched the building. Nothing was found .. And students were allowed back in. Police say they believe it was part of a nationwide hoax called 'swatting' ... Earlier this week a similar situation happened in Rutland and at four schools in New Hampshire.

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A transgender man beaten unconscious. It happened Sunday morning in Burlington -- and now police are investigating a possible hate crime. Police say the 38 year old man suffered facial fractures -- several broken bones -- and head trauma. They say the victim was found near a homeless camp -- just off Pine Street -- near the Barge Canal. He was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center .. At this time His condition is unknown. Police say because the victim is transgender they are looking into this as a bias incident.

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Some democrats might be looking for a new party leader. Democratic senators are reportedly discussing whether the party's national committee chairwoman should be replaced. Some believe Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz may be "too toxic" after a round of public disagreements with Senator Bernie Sanders.

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Officials say Hillary Clinton did not follow department policies while handling e-mails as secretary of state. A new report found Clinton should have surrendered all work-related e-mails after leaving the department. But she didn't... Clinton has been under fire for using a personal server and email for work while secretary .. She has released some emails .. But not all.

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State Parks officially open this weekend! Gina Bullard is live at Mount Philo this morning where she's learning about a way to get VIP entry into all the state parks for free this summer and beyond! Good morning! We're putting our skills to the test this morning for the Vermont Venture Outdoor Challenge! The head of state parks craig whipple is with us this morning -- ((what's the goal?)) ((how do you rack up the points? What can you do?)) ((what can you win?)) ((Expose people to different parks)) ((how do you prove you're actually doing these things?)) ((when can you do this?))

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Nice, quiet, comfy start to the day Local temps: Mainly in 50s, a few upper 40s NE satellite: Just a little bit of cloudiness, mainly high clouds, otherwise skies mostly clear. NE radar/temps: Radar clear. Lots of 50s throughout the NE, warmer to the south. U.S. Satellite/radar: Quiet weather over the northeast, but stormy again in the midwest. Warm front to our west heading our way. Forecast clouds/precip: Nice today. Warm front will move in tonight with warmer, more humid air and also a few showers, possible t-storms. More muggy on Friday with scattered, pop-up showers, t-storms, mainly in the afternoon & evening.

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Today: Partly cloudy Highs: 77 to 84 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Mostly cloudy Chance for showers, t-storms Lows: 55 to 62 Wind: SSE 5 to 10 mph Friday: Partly sunny More humid Chance for scattered showers, t-storms Highs: 80 to 87 Wind: SSW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Partly sunny Chance for scattered showers, t-storms Lows: 58 to 65 Highs: 80s Sunday: Partly sunny Chance for scattered showers, t-storms Lows: 60s Highs:75 to 85 Monday: Memorial Day! Mostly cloudy Showers, t-storms Lows: 60s Highs: 75 to 85 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly sunny Chance for showers, mainly early Lows: 52 to 62 Highs: 72 to 82 Wednesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 50s Highs: 72 to 82

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Here's an activity for the kids that's bound to keep them cool! Craft blogger Kim Conner is with here us now to show us how to ice paint? ((this is a Kim Conner original... never heard of ice painting)) ((checked out your blog, if you haven't, must check that out, 733...see that you've done it with your own kids before)) ((what worked, what hasn't?)) ((supplies??)) ((inexpensive, creative)) ((other things on website - duck/duck splash, printable movie tags)) Ice Painting and Spray Bottle Painting. I'm not quite sure how you would want to film the Spray Bottle Painting ... I don't have an easel so we could either lie it flat on a surface and film from above, or hang it on something - which would be ideal because then you get fun drips and such. We'll be using liquid watercolor - with spraying it can get a bit messy (just an FYI!) but clean up is fairly easy. Kim Conner Owner/Editor, seven thirty three www.733blog.com

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Almanac: Very warm yesterday and dry in Champlain Valley, but there were just a few showers out and about. Back in the Day: Back in May of 2013, a very wet week was coming to an end - almost as much rain in just 8 days as we have gotten all this year so far.

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One person was killed on a New Hampshire highway after police say a drunk driver was going the wrong way. It happened last night .. Around 9 .. On I-89 near exit 20 in Lebanon. Police say Daniel Cowdrey of Hartland, Vermont was drunk behind the wheel -- and caused a head on collision. He crashed into 34 year old Ellynn Koelsch of Rhode Island .. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 4 year old passenger was taken to Dartmouth with serious injuries .. Cowdrey had only minor injuries ... Now, he is charged with DUI.

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Yet another bomb threat .. believed to be part of a nationwide hoax. Montpelier Police say this time, it was at Union Elementary yesterday morning. The school was evacuated .. As officers searched the building. Nothing was found .. And students were allowed back in. Police say they believe it was part of a nationwide hoax called 'swatting' ... Just a few days ago, there was a similar situation in Rutland .. And at four schools in New Hampshire.

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A transgender man beaten so badly -- he lost consciousness. It happened Sunday in Burlington -- and now police say it might've been a hate crime. The 38 year old man had facial fractures -- several broken bones -- and head trauma. Police say the victim was found near a homeless camp -- just off Pine Street. He was taken to UVM Medical Center .. Where his condition is unknown. Authorities say because the victim is transgender -- they are looking into it as a possible bias incident.

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(00:18:22:20) ((detective Lt. Shawn Burke There are a number of people that live between 2 and 3 camps in this general area. We do know there was some form of dispute between the encampments, and we are still trying to pick apart the root of that dispute and then try to determine why it led to such a violent act.)) Police are asking any witnesses to come forward.

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A longtime scam continues. They are calls from people who claim to be with the IRS - they tell people they owe money. It is a familiar phone scam we've reported on before. The Attorney General's office says they received 350 complaints about the scam -- just yesterday.

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Meanwhile -- police say someone fell victim to a similar scam. A 64 year old Stamford man reported being contacted by a person claiming to be an IRS rep. Authorities say he then sent 45 hundred dollars. Again, officials send out that reminder .. the IRS will never call and demand payments over the phone.

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And we all know summer is a very busy travel season .. Especially to take a road trip. Many drivers look at fuel prices when considering their destination. They also consider their type of vehicle -- and how efficiently it will use that fuel. But experts we talked to say even with age -- efficiency shouldn't change too much.

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((TILE 0658 01:00:23-01:11:09 Greg Wight/Engineer Professor, Norwich University: "Unless the car's really worn out, if you tune it up - if you get new spark plugs, you'll be able to consume the gasoline just as efficiently as you ever did.")) We're told you should also take a look at driving habits -- what you can change -- or keep the same. I took a more in-depth look in my special report, Mileage Myths. You can watch it on our website...WCAX.com.

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

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Warm front will move in tonight with warmer, more humid air and also a few showers, possible t-storms. More muggy on Friday with scattered, pop-up showers, t-storms, mainly in the afternoon & evening. Stays warm, humid and unsettled with showers, possible t-storms right through holiday weekend. Finally cooling down a bit with less humidity by Tue. & Wed.

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Warm front will move in tonight with warmer, more humid air and also a few showers, possible t-storms. More muggy on Friday with scattered, pop-up showers, t-storms, mainly in the afternoon & evening.

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One person was killed on a New Hampshire highway after police say a drunk driver was going the wrong way. It happened last night .. Around 9 .. On I-89 near exit 20 in Lebanon. Police say Daniel Cowdrey of Hartland, Vermont was drunk behind the wheel -- and caused a head on collision. He crashed into 34 year old Ellynn Koelsch of Rhode Island .. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 4 year old passenger was taken to Dartmouth with serious injuries .. Cowdrey had only minor injuries ... Now, he is charged with DUI.

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Another bomb threat .. believed to be part of a nationwide hoax. Montpelier Police say this time, it was at Union Elementary yesterday morning. The school was evacuated .. As officers searched the building. Nothing was found .. And students were allowed back in. Police say they believe it was part of a nationwide hoax called 'swatting' ...

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A longtime scam continues. They are calls from people who claim to be with the IRS - they tell people they owe money. It is a familiar phone scam we've reported on before. The Attorney General's office says they received 350 complaints about the scam -- just yesterday.

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Meanwhile -- police say someone fell victim to a similar scam. A 64 year old Stamford man reported being contacted by a person claiming to be an IRS rep. Authorities say he then sent 45 hundred dollars. Again, officials send out that reminder .. the IRS will never call and demand payments over the phone.

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Warm front will move in tonight with warmer, more humid air and also a few showers, possible t-storms. More muggy on Friday with scattered, pop-up showers, t-storms, mainly in the afternoon & evening. Stays warm, humid and unsettled with showers, possible t-storms right through holiday weekend. Finally cooling down a bit with less humidity by Tue. & Wed.


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