Thu 04-FEB-2016 Early A.M. News Script

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((THANK GARY)) ((Thousands of Syrian refugees are pouring into countries every day -- Eva -- some Vermonters are jumping in to help)) A new police K9 comes to Chittenden County -- but he's facing a few challenges before he can get to work. Tyler Dumont has the story -- live in South Burlington. Good morning, Tyler! Good morning -- this is the sheriff department's first K9 in over 10 years. While it isn't unusual for law enforcement agencies to get K9's -- the way they're paying for this one is.

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His name is Wes -- he's set to help fight back in the drug epidemic. But before he can hit the streets -- he's got a lot of training ahead. The first challenge -- however -- is simply paying for him. Coming up -- why the sheriff's department is asking for *private* donations -- and how you can help. Thanks Tyler -- we look forward to that story.

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The first poll after Iowa shows Bernie Sanders with a big lead in New Hampshire. The Umass Lowell/7 News Poll has Sanders at 61 percent and Hillary Clinton at 32 percent among likely voters. On the Republican side ... Donald Trump leads the poll with 38-percent. Ted Cruz is 14 percent - followed by Rubio... ..Bush, Kasich and Christie .

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Sanders and Clinton will participate in a debate tonight in New Hampshire ... Just days ahead of the first in the nation primary.. But last night .. The two democrats spoke directly to voters .. At a town hall in the Granite State. Both candidates took aim at each other ..

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The Republican field continues to shrink .. as Rand Paul and Rick Santorum pull out of the race. Meanwhile .. Fresh off his victory in Iowa .. Ted Cruz wasted no time visiting with voters in the Granite State. And Donald Trump accuses Cruz of 'fraud' and stealing the caucuses.. Trump wants a new election .. Or to have the results thrown out.

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Convicted killer and prison escapee David Sweat says he's sorry for panicking the public. Sweat was sentenced yesterday to more time behind bars -- on top of the life sentence he's already serving. Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt cut their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora last summer. They were on the run for three weeks before Matt was shot and killed and Sweat was captured. Earlier this year, Sweat pleaded guilty to the escape. The Judge sentenced him to the maximum 14 years..

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A new police K9 will help fight what Police say has been an increase in the transport of drugs into the state. Tyler Dumont is live at the department that he's just joining -- with some other challenges the pup faces first. Tyler?

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The Chittenden County Sheriff's Office steps up after two other area police K9's recently retired. The department hasn't had a K9 in more than a decade -- but now, it's bringing the program back. However, as we learned -- the biggest challenge won't be about training the dog -- it's paying for him.

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} ((Meet Wes. At just over ten months old -- he's not your typical black lab. ((CHIARAVALLE: "He's very driven. He will not stop, he keeps going and going." 06;28;11--06;33;10)) And at a moment's notice..."going" is exactly what he'll soon be doing -- but he'll be working -- as the Chittenden County Sheriff's new K9. ((CHIARAVALLE: "Wes is going to be primarily for tracking and narcotics detection." 04:00:22--04:04:28)) Wes arrived in mid-January from a breeder in Pennsylvania. He's the department's first K9 in over 10 years. ((TYLER DUMONT: "Wes will have to go through 12 weeks of combined drug detection and tracking training. If everything goes as planned, he'll be ready to work by next Spring." (34:18:18--34:28:06))) Part of that training will prepare this pup for things like tracking down missing people -- and finding drugs in vehicles -- something that police say has been a problem on the state's major highways. ((CHIARAVALLE: "Sometimes you're tracking for miles. You want a dog that's going to be able to continue to go and go and go until that person is located." 06;35;28--06;42;25)) Wes will work AND live with Deputy Sheriff Chiaravalle. It's a family commitment -- around the clock. But perhaps the most unique thing about this future drug detector is the way he's being paid for. ((CHIARAVALLE: "It's a constant expense." 16:56:01--16:58:15)) This police K9 trainee originally cost over $2,000. Between training, food and vet bills -- continued costs could add up to over $10,000 a year. ((CHIARAVALLE: "I have a personal drive to want to do this. Wes has been a great dog. I think we're going to be a great team, and I think we're going to do a lot of good for the community once we're up and running."))

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The problem with paying for Wes is because the sheriff's department doesn't receive direct tax money like other agencies to pay the bills. So -- they've turned to private fundraising. As of today -- a GoFundMe page has already raised nearly $1,500 -- but they still need more to be able to pay ongoing expenses. Gina and Eva? We'll have more information on our WCAX Facebook page. Tyler Dumont, live in South Burlington. Thank you.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) A couple of quiet days ahead with some sun today, more on Friday. Clipper late Saturday into Sunday with a few snow showers. Watching some kind of storm development for early next week that could bring some snow Monday through Wednesday.

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Today: Mostly cloudy A few flurries, mainly in mountains Highs: 38 to 48 Wind: W 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Lows: 18 to 25 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Friday: Partly sunny Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers late Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 30s Sunday: AM snow showers Then clearing Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 22 to 32 Monday: Partly sunny Chance for snow late Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 22 to 32 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 25 to 35 Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 22 to 32

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An international refugee crisis hits close to home. If you can only imagine...three thousand refugees packed into a make shift camp...an old structure once used as a Greek prison. That's what Team Vermont encountered when they traveled to Lesbos, Greece to help Syrian and other refugees fleeing their war torn nations. They treated people with respiratory issues, hypothermia and wounds suffered on their journey to Greece. The say it was not an easy mission but one made with a purpose...to help and encourage others to get involved too.

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((Megan Frenzen, Health Economist, 00:03:50:14:25 - 00:03:50:30:20, seeing these dinghies that are meant to hold at best 12 people coming ashore with 50-60 people on board and a lot of them are cheering or clapping and smiling because they are so happy they are alive.)) The group raised more than 1,600 dollars in 8 hours for blankets and supplies while they were overseas. And Gina this all happened while Trump was in Vermont .. . Yeah and Trump has been very outspoken about keeping certain refugees out of this country. That's right. This group says they turned the passion against him into purpose...that's why they were able to raise that money so quickly.

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Around the country, the average cost of gas is now less than 2 dollars a gallon. That pain at the pump we used to talk about seems to have gone away. According to Triple-A-- the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is a dollar and 78-cents. Filling up costs even less than the national average in some states-- like Missouri and Oklahoma.

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The huge recall of deadly Takata airbags is expanding to include more recent car models. Airbags from the Japanese manufacturer are at risk for exploding causing serious injuries -- even deathl. The defect already prompted the biggest auto recall in American history--more than 20-million cars.

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After discovering a problem with part of its computer system, the IRS was forced to shut down its tax return e-file system. Taxpayers can continue to send electronic returns to companies that serve as middlemen between taxpayers and the IRS. But the agency says those companies have to hold on to the tax returns until the systems are up and running again. That may not happen until tomorrow.

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Is there a way for people to age more gracefully? Maybe not yet -- but researchers at the Mayo Clinic say they've found a cell that could hold the secret. After testing mice for years they've developed a new drug that has increased the lifespans of mice by up to 35-percent while making them healthier. Researchers hope the discovery will eventually lead to improving the health of humans.

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More than three million women in the U-S are at risk of drinking while pregnant. The Centers for Disease Control says that's because women are drinking while they're not using birth control - and sometimes even while they're trying to get pregnant. Alcohol during even the first weeks of pregnancy can cause long-lasting physical and intellectual disabilities.

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An artist in Texas -- who also happens to be a mom -- has come up with a very personal keepsake. She's developed a method for making pearls... out of breast milk. Bridgette Boudreaux was not quite ready for her boys to grow up. She wanted a special way to commemorate that bond between mother and child. So she took REAL BREAST MILK, ADDed PRESERVATIVES and put it in the refrigerator ...making pearls.

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And with the super bowl just days away -- fans have all sorts of traditions to predict the winner ahead of the game! In Montana, they look to Ozzy - a 700-pound grizzly bear - to pick the winner. This year, Ozzy had the choice of two banana cakes with peanut butter frosting. He chose the cake with the horse logo on it meaning he went with the Broncos over the Panthers this year. Now, for the record, Ozzy did correctly predict a Patriots victory last year.

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Here are some things you may not know about me. I love to travel. I've been to every continent on the planet except for Antarctica. Some of my favorite places in the world include Bahia. That's a state in Brazil with a strong African imprint. I also really love Greece. And London! Oh, London...my go to place was Nando's. It's a Peruvian chain that specializes in chicken. That brings me to my next favorite thing...FOOD! I love trying new restaurants in Vermont. And last but not least MUSIC! The Vermont music scene is awesome... let's hear it for the DuPont Brothers and of course, can't forget about Myra Flynn.

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((Eva says final fact about her))

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A couple of quiet days ahead with some sun today, more on Friday. Clipper late Saturday into Sunday with a few snow showers. Watching some kind of storm development for early next week that could bring some snow Monday through Wednesday.

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Liz Atkins is here with some gift ideas for the lady in your life. ((commando)) ((Tata harper)) ((Alex & Ani)) ((Love from Venus)) ((Kate Spade)) ((Fur Pom Poms)) ((Sugarbean)) ((GINA TOSSES TO BREAK))

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Coming up this morning...Vermonters helping in the Syrian refugee crisis. Plus green in the green mountains -- pot could be legal by 2018. And a cute new pooch is helping law enforcement combat the rising problem of drugs in the state.

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Vermonters travel thousands of miles away to help Syrian refugees. They went on a mission to offer a helping hand AND to send a message back home.

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((Megan Frenzen, Health Economist 00:03:47:44:29 - 00:03:47:47:24 It was 40 degrees and raining side ways.)) Conditions were not ideal and there was little time to waste when Megan Frenzen and six other Vermonters touched down in Lesbos, Greece. ((Megan Frenzen, Health Economist, 00:03:50:14:25 - 00:03:50:30:20, seeing these dinghies that are meant to hold at best 12 people coming ashore with 50-60 people on board and a lot of them are cheering or clapping and smiling because they are so happy they are alive.)) They call themselves Team Vermont. Medical professionals just back from helping Syrian refugees as they landed in Greece. Many with respiratory issues, hypothermia and wounds suffered during their escape. ((Mari Cordes, Nurse, 00:04:03:04:22 - 00:04:03:07:10, This one 8 year old boy)) ((Mari Cordes, Nurse, 00:04:04:20:22 - 00:04:04:25:11, it was amazing to me that he had looked so alive after everything he had been through.)) ((Seth Frenzen: The smugglers had thrown her medicine away...)) Members of Team Vermont have done similar aid missions before. Bu for Seth Frenzen and his wife Megan this was different. They now have their own child. And saw him in so many of the young refugees. ((Megan Frenzen, 00:03:51:10:27 - 00:03:51:19:25, That should not be a reality for a human being.)) It was not an easy mission but one made with a purpose... to help and encourage others to get involved too.

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And Megan Frenzen ...featured in that story will join us live in studio in our next hour. That's coming up at 6:45AM.

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Just days ahead of the first in the nation primary .. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton face off in a debate tonight in New Hampshire. Last night .. The two democrats spoke directly to voters .. At a town hall in the Granite State. Both candidates took aim at each other .. The latest poll shows Sanders in the lead at 61 percent and Clinton behind with 32.

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The Republican field continues to shrink .. as Rand Paul and Rick Santorum pull out of the race. Meanwhile .. Fresh off his victory in Iowa .. Ted Cruz wasted no time visiting with voters in the Granite State. And Donald Trump accuses Cruz of 'fraud' and stealing the caucuses.. Trump wants a new election .. Or to have the results thrown out.

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The push for marijuana legalization in Vermont .. moves into the fast-lane. Three committees in the Senate are all looking at the proposal to create a legal market for pot in 20-18. Vermont State Police Colonel Matt Birmingham told the transportation committee that marijuana offenses -- big and small - are not a priority for his troopers. Gov. Peter Shumlin supports legalization's current framework -- which does appear to have enough votes to clear the Senate.

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A clash over Vermont's investment portfolio has the Governor at odds with leaders in his own party. Governor Peter Shumlin called on the legislature to sell holdings in coal companies and Exxon Mobil - a request he's made several times this year. The governor says selling is the right move -- fiscally and environmentally... Opponents say that's for the state pension investment committee to decide.

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A new police K9 is coming to Chittenden county .. To help fight the on-going drug epidemic .. Tyler Dumont joins us live in South Burlington with more.. Tyler? His name is Wes -- he's a black lab -- just 10 months old -- and he's about to join the Chittenden County Sheriff's Department. He'll go through intense training over the next year ... but there's an even bigger challenge brewing first. And that's paying for him. The sheriff's department doesn't receive direct funding from taxes -- so it has turned to private donations. The department will need to pay for training .. Food and vet bills. It all could cost more than $10,000 per year. He's working AND living with Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Chiaravalle -- who has been efforting the fundraising personally.

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((Dep. Sheriff Benjamin Chiaravalle/Chittenden Cty. Sheriff's Dept.: "We are so grateful just for any amount that local businesses have given. It's just a huge as far as getting Wes ready to go and getting him out on the road so we can get these drugs off the streets and help anybody out there who's lost.")) Wes is being trained for drug detection and tracking to help find missing people. He will be busy, according to the sheriff's department, following the recent retirement of two other K9's in the area. So far, it has raised more than $1,500 in a GoFundMe page for Wes -- that was enough to get him here. But there's a lot of ongoing expenses ahead to cover. Gina? We've posted a link to their fundraising page on our WCAX Facebook page.

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Police in Bennington say a traffic stop -- led them to the biggest heroin bust in town history. Yesterday police say they pulled over a driver -- who had drugs on him. Authorities say that man then led them to the source ... 25-year-old Robert Morales and 24-year-old Juan Martori. Bennington police found 690 bags of heroin -- and 5-thousand dollars cash. Both men are from Massachusetts. They'll be in court today.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) A couple of quiet days ahead with some sun today, more on Friday. Clipper late Saturday into Sunday with a few snow showers. Watching some kind of storm development for early next week that could bring some snow Monday through Wednesday.

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Today: Mostly cloudy A few flurries, mainly in mountains Highs: 38 to 48 Wind: W 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Lows: 18 to 25 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Friday: Partly sunny Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers late Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 30s Sunday: AM snow showers Then clearing Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 22 to 32 Monday: Partly sunny Chance for snow late Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 22 to 32 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 25 to 35 Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 22 to 32

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Megan Frenzen is a woman that cannot sit still when she perceives there to be injustice in the world. When she saw refugee children dying on the dangerous journey to Greece from war torn nations..she sprung into action and formed Team Vermont. Thanks for being with us. You've been on a lot of mission trips ...what really made this trip different? Since coming home, how has this trip really impacted and made a mark on your day to day life? a level of discomfort sets in when you realize your are in beautiful Greece but this is not a beautiful situation This is a huge humanitarian crisis... in a way that people don't appreciate the magnitude...it's historic warming kids out of hypothermia driving the boats are refugees themselves When Trump visited the Queen City, you actually raised 1,600 dollars in 8 hours...blankets and supplies They met women at the Moria Refugee Camp waiting to see if their babies still had heart beats ((EVA TOSSES TO BREAK))

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A couple of quiet days ahead with some sun today, more on Friday. Clipper late Saturday into Sunday with a few snow showers. Watching some kind of storm development for early next week that could bring some snow Monday through Wednesday.

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An apology from convicted killer and prison escapee David Sweat. Already serving a life sentence, he was sentenced to 14 more years in prison ... Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt cut their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora last summer. After three weeks on the run -- Matt was shot and killed and Sweat was captured. Sweat will serve the rest of his life in a prison in Central New York.

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A Bennington man is charged with sexually assaulting a child.. Police say 59 year old Warren Lake repeatedly assaulted a young girl from the time she was 5 until she was a teenager.. He'll be in court today.

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will face off in a debate tonight in New Hampshire ... Just days ahead of the first in the nation primary.. Following Iowa -- both have been spending their days speaking to voters in New Hampshire. Both candidates have taken aim at each other .. Clinton says part of the challenge is that Sanders has a 'home court advantage' in New Hampshire ..

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((Hillary Clinton/(D) Presidential Candidate) New Hampshire always favors neighbors - which I think is neighborly! laughter)) ((Sen. Bernie Sanders / I-VT) I think that that argument that the only reason we are doing well here in NH is because we are a neighboring state is not totally true.)) The latest poll shows Sanders holds a significant lead ahead of Clinton .. 61 percent to her 32. Voters will decide if geography makes any difference on Tuesday.

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The number of challengers on the Republican side continues to shrink .. as Rand Paul and Rick Santorum pull out of the race. As for Iowa winner Ted Cruz -- he's not wasting any time visiting with voters in New Hampshire. This as Donald Trump accuses him of 'fraud' at the Iowa caucuses -- calling for a new election, or results to be thrown out.

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The nation's smallest city -- has a big truck problem. Route 22A is a main truck route and also Vergennes' Main Street. Truck traffic has increased exponentially in recent years, with an average of 800 trucks passing through per day. And now the City Council is discussing a truck bypass plan to move trucks off 22-A and onto Routes 7 and 17.

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((Diane Lanpher/Representative , Addison-3 /32:07: "We have to find a very, very suitable, comparable position that can help to support both.")) ((William Benton/Vergennes Mayor: "if the truck traffic gets so bad, it's going to have an effect on the community in terms of real estate values and so on so forth, and you don't want that.")) Vermont Agency of Transportation will have the final say.

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To help cut down on phosphorus in Lake Champlain -- there are new requirements for farms in northwestern Vermont. Vermont's agriculture secretary released a revised decision that says best management practices ARE necessary in the Mississquoi basin -- to comply with Vermont's water quality goals. The new changes come after a petition was rejected to require farmers to follow those practices ..

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

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A couple of quiet days ahead with some sun today, more on Friday. Clipper late Saturday into Sunday with a few snow showers. Watching some kind of storm development for early next week that could bring some snow Monday through Wednesday.

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will face off in a debate tonight in New Hampshire ... Just days ahead of the first in the nation primary.. Following Iowa -- both have been spending their days speaking to voters in New Hampshire. Both candidates have taken aim at each other .. Clinton says part of the challenge is that Sanders has a 'home court advantage' in New Hampshire ..

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((Hillary Clinton/(D) Presidential Candidate) New Hampshire always favors neighbors - which I think is neighborly! laughter)) ((Sen. Bernie Sanders / I-VT) I think that that argument that the only reason we are doing well here in NH is because we are a neighboring state is not totally true.)) The latest poll shows Sanders holds a significant lead ahead of Clinton .. 61 percent to her 32. Voters will decide if geography makes any difference on Tuesday.

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The number of challengers on the Republican side continues to shrink .. as Rand Paul and Rick Santorum pull out of the race. As for Iowa winner Ted Cruz -- he's not wasting any time visiting with voters in New Hampshire. This as Donald Trump accuses him of 'fraud' at the Iowa caucuses -- calling for a new election, or results to be thrown out.

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A Bennington man is charged with sexually assaulting a child.. Police say 59 year old Warren Lake repeatedly assaulted a young girl from the time she was 5 until she was a teenager.. He'll be in court today.

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Police in Bennington say a traffic stop -- led them to the biggest heroin bust in town history. Yesterday police say they pulled over a driver -- who had drugs on him. Authorities say that man then led them to the source ... 25-year-old Robert Morales and 24-year-old Juan Martori. Bennington police found 690 bags of heroin -- and 5-thousand dollars cash. Both men are from Massachusetts. They'll be in court today.

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The push for marijuana legalization in Vermont .. moves into the fast-lane. Three committees in the Senate are all looking at the proposal to create a legal market for pot in 20-18. Vermont State Police Colonel Matt Birmingham told the transportation committee that marijuana offenses -- big and small - are not a priority for his troopers. Gov. Peter Shumlin supports legalization's current framework -- which does appear to have enough votes to clear the Senate.

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An apology from convicted killer and prison escapee David Sweat. Already serving a life sentence, he was sentenced to 14 more years in prison ... Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt cut their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora last summer. After three weeks on the run -- Matt was shot and killed and Sweat was captured. Sweat will serve his time in a prison in Central New York.

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A couple of quiet days ahead with some sun today, more on Friday. Clipper late Saturday into Sunday with a few snow showers. Watching some kind of storm development for early next week that could bring some snow Monday through Wednesday.

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will face off in a debate tonight in New Hampshire ... just days ahead of the first in the nation primary.. Following Iowa -- both have been spending their days speaking to voters in the Granite State. Both candidates have taken aim at each other .. Clinton says part of the challenge is that Sanders has the 'home court advantage'

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((Hillary Clinton/(D) Presidential Candidate) New Hampshire always favors neighbors - which I think is neighborly! laughter)) ((Sen. Bernie Sanders / I-VT) I think that that argument that the only reason we are doing well here in NH is because we are a neighboring state is not totally true.)) The latest poll shows Sanders holds a significant lead ahead of Clinton .. 61 percent to her 32. Voters will decide if geography makes any difference on Tuesday.

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The number of challengers on the Republican side continues to shrink .. as Rand Paul and Rick Santorum pull out of the race. As for Iowa winner Ted Cruz -- he's not wasting any time visiting with voters in New Hampshire. This as Donald Trump accuses him of 'fraud' at the Iowa caucuses -- calling for a new election, or results to be thrown out.

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A Bennington man is charged with sexually assaulting a child.. Police say 59 year old Warren Lake repeatedly assaulted a young girl from the time she was 5 until she was a teenager.. He'll be in court today.

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An apology from convicted killer and prison escapee David Sweat. Already serving a life sentence, he was sentenced to 14 more years in prison ... Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt cut their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora last summer. After three weeks on the run -- Matt was shot and killed and Sweat was captured. Sweat will serve his time in a prison in Central New York.

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A couple of quiet days ahead with some sun today, more on Friday. Clipper late Saturday into Sunday with a few snow showers. Watching some kind of storm development for early next week that could bring some snow Monday through Wednesday.

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will face off in a debate tonight in New Hampshire ... just days ahead of the first in the nation primary.. Following Iowa -- both have been spending their days speaking to voters in the Granite State. Both candidates have taken aim at each other .. Clinton says part of the challenge is that Sanders has the 'home court advantage'

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((Hillary Clinton/(D) Presidential Candidate) New Hampshire always favors neighbors - which I think is neighborly! laughter)) ((Sen. Bernie Sanders / I-VT) I think that that argument that the only reason we are doing well here in NH is because we are a neighboring state is not totally true.)) The latest poll shows Sanders holds a significant lead ahead of Clinton .. 61 percent to her 32. Voters will decide if geography makes any difference on Tuesday.

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The number of challengers on the Republican side continues to shrink .. as Rand Paul and Rick Santorum pull out of the race. As for Iowa winner Ted Cruz -- he's not wasting any time visiting with voters in New Hampshire. This as Donald Trump accuses him of 'fraud' at the Iowa caucuses -- calling for a new election, or results to be thrown out.

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A Bennington man is charged with sexually assaulting a child.. Police say 59 year old Warren Lake repeatedly assaulted a young girl from the time she was 5 until she was a teenager.. He'll be in court today.

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An apology from convicted killer and prison escapee David Sweat. Already serving a life sentence, he was sentenced to 14 more years in prison ... Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt cut their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora last summer. After three weeks on the run -- Matt was shot and killed and Sweat was captured. Sweat will serve his time in a prison in Central New York.

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A couple of quiet days ahead with some sun today, more on Friday. Clipper late Saturday into Sunday with a few snow showers. Watching some kind of storm development for early next week that could bring some snow Monday through Wednesday.

-------- The 5:00 News Scripts Follow ------------

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((THANK GARY)) ((Thousands of Syrian refugees are pouring into countries every day -- Eva -- some Vermonters are jumping in to help)) A new police K9 comes to Chittenden County -- but he's facing a few challenges before he can get to work. Tyler Dumont has the story -- live in South Burlington. Good morning, Tyler! Good morning -- this is the sheriff department's first K9 in over 10 years. While it isn't unusual for law enforcement agencies to get K9's -- the way they're paying for this one is.

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His name is Wes -- he's set to help fight back in the drug epidemic. But before he can hit the streets -- he's got a lot of training ahead. The first challenge -- however -- is simply paying for him. Coming up -- why the sheriff's department is asking for *private* donations -- and how you can help. Thanks Tyler -- we look forward to that story.

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The first poll after Iowa shows Bernie Sanders with a big lead in New Hampshire. The Umass Lowell/7 News Poll has Sanders at 61 percent and Hillary Clinton at 32 percent among likely voters. On the Republican side ... Donald Trump leads the poll with 38-percent. Ted Cruz is 14 percent - followed by Rubio... ..Bush, Kasich and Christie .

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Sanders and Clinton will participate in a debate tonight in New Hampshire ... Just days ahead of the first in the nation primary.. But last night .. The two democrats spoke directly to voters .. At a town hall in the Granite State. Both candidates took aim at each other .. The Vermont Senator tried to motivate his supporters and sway voters. While Clinton asked voters to look at her record.. Clinton also claims Sanders has 'home court advantage' in New Hampshire ..

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((Hillary Clinton/(D) Presidential Candidate) New Hampshire always favors neighbors - which I think is neighborly! laughter)) ((Sen. Bernie Sanders / I-VT) I think that that argument that the only reason we are doing well here in NH is because we are a neighboring state is not totally true.)) Voters will decide if geography makes any difference on Tuesday.

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The Republican field continues to shrink .. as Rand Paul and Rick Santorum pull out of the race. Meanwhile .. Fresh off his victory in Iowa .. Ted Cruz wasted no time visiting with voters in the Granite State. And Donald Trump accuses Cruz of 'fraud' and stealing the caucuses.. Trump wants a new election .. Or to have the results thrown out.

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Convicted killer and prison escapee David Sweat says he's sorry for panicking the public. Sweat was sentenced yesterday to more time behind bars -- on top of the life sentence he's already serving. Sweat and fellow inmate Richard Matt cut their way out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora last summer. They were on the run for three weeks before Matt was shot and killed and Sweat was captured. Earlier this year, Sweat pleaded guilty to the escape.

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(19:40ish)((Andrew Wylie/District Attorney: "The expenses that the state incurred and that fear had set in, I think it's very important for this court to impose the maximum sentence, even though it would be imposed on a life without parole sentence.")) ((Defense Attorney: "Mr. Matt threatened to take hostages, to kidnap people and to kill people. And it was Mr. Sweat who talked down Mr. Matt from doing that. So I would say that Mr. Sweat saved some lives.)) The Judge gave Sweat the maximum sentence of 14 years -- and ordered him to pay nearly 80-thousand dollars in restitution.

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Questions still remain about how the killers manipulated prison workers into helping them -- and how they got away without detection. The New York's Inspector General released a statement noting that Sweat and Matt "exploited systemic lapses in Clinton Correctional Facility's security procedures." Sweat is being held at a correctional facility in Central New York where he'll finish out his life sentence.

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A new police K9 will help fight what Police say has been an increase in the transport of drugs into the state. Tyler Dumont is live at the department that he's just joining -- with some other challenges the pup faces first. Tyler?

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The Chittenden County Sheriff's Office steps up after two other area police K9's recently retired. The department hasn't had a K9 in more than a decade -- but now, it's bringing the program back. However, as we learned -- the biggest challenge won't be about training the dog -- it's paying for him.

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} ((Meet Wes. At just over ten months old -- he's not your typical black lab. ((CHIARAVALLE: "He's very driven. He will not stop, he keeps going and going." 06;28;11--06;33;10)) And at a moment's notice..."going" is exactly what he'll soon be doing -- but he'll be working -- as the Chittenden County Sheriff's new K9. ((CHIARAVALLE: "Wes is going to be primarily for tracking and narcotics detection." 04:00:22--04:04:28)) Wes arrived in mid-January from a breeder in Pennsylvania. He's the department's first K9 in over 10 years. ((TYLER DUMONT: "Wes will have to go through 12 weeks of combined drug detection and tracking training. If everything goes as planned, he'll be ready to work by next Spring." (34:18:18--34:28:06))) Part of that training will prepare this pup for things like tracking down missing people -- and finding drugs in vehicles -- something that police say has been a problem on the state's major highways. ((CHIARAVALLE: "Sometimes you're tracking for miles. You want a dog that's going to be able to continue to go and go and go until that person is located." 06;35;28--06;42;25)) Wes will work AND live with Deputy Sheriff Chiaravalle. It's a family commitment -- around the clock. But perhaps the most unique thing about this future drug detector is the way he's being paid for. ((CHIARAVALLE: "It's a constant expense." 16:56:01--16:58:15)) This police K9 trainee originally cost over $2,000. Between training, food and vet bills -- continued costs could add up to over $10,000 a year. ((CHIARAVALLE: "I have a personal drive to want to do this. Wes has been a great dog. I think we're going to be a great team, and I think we're going to do a lot of good for the community once we're up and running."))

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The problem with paying for Wes is because the sheriff's department doesn't receive direct tax money like other agencies to pay the bills. So -- they've turned to private fundraising. As of today -- a GoFundMe page has already raised nearly $1,500 -- but they still need more to be able to pay ongoing expenses. Gina and Eva? We'll have more information on our WCAX Facebook page. Tyler Dumont, live in South Burlington. Thank you.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) A couple of quiet days ahead with some sun today, more on Friday. Clipper late Saturday into Sunday with a few snow showers. Watching some kind of storm development for early next week that could bring some snow Monday through Wednesday.

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Today: Mostly cloudy A few flurries, mainly in mountains Highs: 38 to 48 Wind: W 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Lows: 18 to 25 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Friday: Partly sunny Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers late Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 30s Sunday: AM snow showers Then clearing Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 22 to 32 Monday: Partly sunny Chance for snow late Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 22 to 32 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 25 to 35 Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 22 to 32

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Three thousand refugees packed into a make shift camp...an old structure once used as a Greek prison. That's what Team Vermont encountered when they traveled to Lesbos, Greece to help Syrian and other refugees fleeing their war torn nations. They treated people with respiratory issues, hypothermia and wounds suffered on their journey to Greece. The say it was not an easy mission but one made with a purpose...to help and encourage others to get involved too.

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((Megan Frenzen, Health Economist, 00:03:50:14:25 - 00:03:50:30:20, seeing these dinghies that are meant to hold at best 12 people coming ashore with 50-60 people on board and a lot of them are cheering or clapping and smiling because they are so happy they are alive.)) The group raised more than 1,600 dollars in 8 hours for blankets and supplies while they were overseas. And Gina this all happened during Trumpnado... Yeah, Eva tell me about that...they were actually in Greece when Donald Trump was in Vermont. And Trump has been very outspoken about keeping certain refugees out of this country. That's right Gina. And there are a lot of people that feel just like Donald Trump but this group says they turned the passion against him into purpose...that's why they were able to raise that money so quickly.

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Around the country, the average cost of gas is now less than 2 dollars a gallon. That pain at the pump we used to talk about seems to have gone away. According to Triple-A-- the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is a dollar and 78-cents. Filling up costs even less than the national average in some states-- like Missouri and Oklahoma.

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The huge recall of deadly Takata airbags is expanding to include more recent car models. Airbags from the Japanese manufacturer are at risk for exploding as they inflate, firing out shards of metal, and causing serious injuries -- even death, at the wheel. The defect already prompted the biggest auto recall in American history--more than 20-million older cars.

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After discovering a problem with part of its computer system, the IRS was forced to shut down its tax return e-file system. Taxpayers can continue to send electronic returns to companies that serve as middlemen between taxpayers and the IRS. But the agency says those companies have to hold on to the tax returns until the systems are up and running again. That may not happen until at least Friday.

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Is there a way for people to age more gracefully? Maybe not yet -- but researchers at the Mayo Clinic say they've found a cell that could hold the secret. After testing mice for years they've developed a new drug that has increased the lifespans of mice by up to 35-percent while making them healthier. Researchers hope the discovery will eventually lead to improving the health of humans.

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Drugs used to treat anxiety and insomnia are not linked to an increased risk of dementia. That's the finding of the newest research on tranquilizers, such as Valium and Xanax. A study found no association with dementia. But it recommends that doctors avoid these drugs for senior citizens to prevent other health risks.

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More than three million women in the U-S are at risk of drinking while pregnant. The Centers for Disease Control says that's because women are drinking while they're not using birth control - and sometimes even while they're trying to get pregnant. Alcohol during even the first weeks of pregnancy can cause long-lasting physical and intellectual disabilities.

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Well if you are thinking about getting hitched...you may want to consider Orlando! Wallethub surveyed the 150 biggest cities across the country on things like total average cost of a wedding in each city, the number of venues and event spaces, and the availability of hotels -- and is out with its annual best ... and WORST places to wed. Coming it number 2 is LAS VEGAS followed by Atlanta and Tampa. The absolute worst place to get married... Anchorage, Alaska.

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An artist in Texas -- who also happens to be a mom -- has come up with a very personal keepsake. She's developed a method for making pearls... out of breast milk. Bridgette Boudreaux was not quite ready for her boys to grow up. She wanted a special way to commemorate that bond between mother and child. So she took REAL BREAST MILK, ADDed PRESERVATIVES and put it in the refrigerator...making pearls. Hundreds of women who have bought the pieces...they say it's therapuetic.

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And with the super bowl just days away -- fans have all sorts of traditions to predict the winner ahead of the game! In Montana, they look to Ozzy - a 700-pound grizzly bear - to pick the winner. This year, they gave Ozzy the choice of two banana cakes with peanut butter frosting. He chose the cake with the horse logo on it meaning he went with the Broncos over the Panthers this year. Now, for the record, Ozzy did correctly predict a Patriots victory last year.

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A couple of quiet days ahead with some sun today, more on Friday. Clipper late Saturday into Sunday with a few snow showers. Watching some kind of storm development for early next week that could bring some snow Monday through Wednesday.

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Dogs lend an ear to students in Fairfax. At the community library -- elementary school kids who need a confidence boost before reading out loud to their peers sit down with Mackenzie -- the furry 6 year old Newfoundland. The Fairfax Library hosted the Read with a Dog program for 4-years for kids age 5 to 10.

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(TC 01:11:03:07)(( See/First Grader: "this is good, thought Sam. I need food." 01:11:10:07)) (TC 58:34:08)((Debbie Landauer/library director: it gives them an opportunity to practice their fluency and their reading skills with an audience who is not going to judge them." 58:41:01)) The library director says the students get to know which stories the dogs like .. MacKenzie -- isn't really big on chapter books .. ((ANCHOR CHAT))

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Coming up this morning...Vermonters helping in the Syrian refugee crisis. Plus green in the green mountains -- pot could be legal by 2018. And a cute new pooch is helping law enforcement combat the rising problem of drugs in the state.

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Vermonters travel thousands of miles away to help Syrian refugees. They went on a mission to offer a helping hand AND to send a message back home.

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((Megan Frenzen, Health Economist 00:03:47:44:29 - 00:03:47:47:24 It was 40 degrees and raining side ways.)) Conditions were not ideal and there was little time to waste when Megan Frenzen and six other Vermonters touched down in Lesbos, Greece. ((Megan Frenzen, Health Economist, 00:03:50:14:25 - 00:03:50:30:20, seeing these dinghies that are meant to hold at best 12 people coming ashore with 50-60 people on board and a lot of them are cheering or clapping and smiling because they are so happy they are alive.)) They call themselves Team Vermont. Medical professionals just back from helping Syrian refugees as they landed in Greece. Many with respiratory issues, hypothermia and wounds suffered during their escape. ((Mari Cordes, Nurse, 00:04:03:04:22 - 00:04:03:07:10, This one 8 year old boy)) ((Mari Cordes, Nurse, 00:04:04:20:22 - 00:04:04:25:11, it was amazing to me that he had looked so alive after everything he had been through.)) ((Seth Frenzen: The smugglers had thrown her medicine away...)) Members of Team Vermont have done similar aid missions before. Bu for Seth Frenzen and his wife Megan this was different. They now have their own child. And saw him in so many of the young refugees. ((Megan Frenzen, 00:03:51:10:27 - 00:03:51:19:25, That should not be a reality for a human being.)) It was not an easy mission but one made with a purpose... to help and encourage others to get involved too.

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And Megan Frenzen ...featured in that story will join us live in studio in our next hour. That's coming up at 6:45AM.

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Just days ahead of the first in the nation primary .. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton face off in a debate tonight in New Hampshire. Last night .. The two democrats spoke directly to voters .. At a town hall in the Granite State. Both candidates took aim at each other .. The latest poll shows Sanders in the lead at 61 percent and Clinton behind with 32.

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The Republican field continues to shrink .. as Rand Paul and Rick Santorum pull out of the race. Meanwhile .. Fresh off his victory in Iowa .. Ted Cruz wasted no time visiting with voters in the Granite State. And Donald Trump accuses Cruz of 'fraud' and stealing the caucuses.. Trump wants a new election .. Or to have the results thrown out.

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The push for marijuana legalization in Vermont .. moves into the fast-lane. Three committees in the Senate are all looking at the proposal to create a legal market for pot in 20-18. Vermont State Police Colonel Matt Birmingham told the transportation committee that marijuana offenses -- big and small - are not a priority for his troopers. He says a regulated, legal market for pot would not solve issues that marijuana and harder drugs already pose. Gov. Peter Shumlin supports legalization's current framework -- which does appear to have enough votes to clear the Senate.

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A clash over Vermont's investment portfolio has the Governor at odds with leaders in his own party. Governor Peter Shumlin called on the legislature to sell holdings in coal companies and Exxon Mobil - a request he's made several times this year. The holdings represent a small part of state worker pension investments. The governor says selling is the right move -- fiscally and environmentally... Opponents say that's for the state pension investment committee to decide.

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The nation's smallest city -- has a big truck problem. Route 22A is a main truck route and also Vergennes' Main Street. Truck traffic has increased exponentially in recent years, with an average of 800 trucks passing through per day. And now the City Council is discussing a truck bypass plan to move trucks off 22-A and onto Routes 7 and 17.

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((Diane Lanpher/Representative , Addison-3 /32:07: "We have to find a very, very suitable, comparable position that can help to support both.")) ((William Benton/Vergennes Mayor: "if the truck traffic gets so bad, it's going to have an effect on the community in terms of real estate values and so on so forth, and you don't want that.")) Vermont Agency of Transportation will have the final say.

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A new police K9 is coming to Chittenden county .. To help fight the on-going drug epidemic .. Tyler Dumont joins us live in South Burlington with more.. Tyler? His name is Wes -- he's a black lab -- just 10 months old -- and he's about to join the Chittenden County Sheriff's Department. He'll go through intense training over the next year ... but there's an even bigger challenge brewing first. And that's paying for him. The sheriff's department doesn't receive direct funding from taxes -- so it has turned to private donations. The department will need to pay for training .. Food and vet bills. It all could cost more than $10,000 per year. He's working AND living with Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Chiaravalle -- who has been efforting the fundraising personally.

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((Dep. Sheriff Benjamin Chiaravalle/Chittenden Cty. Sheriff's Dept.: "We are so grateful just for any amount that local businesses have given. It's just a huge as far as getting Wes ready to go and getting him out on the road so we can get these drugs off the streets and help anybody out there who's lost.")) Wes is being trained for drug detection and tracking to help find missing people. He will be busy, according to the sheriff's department, following the recent retirement of two other K9's in the area. So far, it has raised more than $1,500 in a GoFundMe page for Wes -- that was enough to get him here. But there's a lot of ongoing expenses ahead to cover. Gina? We've posted a link to their fundraising page on our WCAX Facebook page.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) A couple of quiet days ahead with some sun today, more on Friday. Clipper late Saturday into Sunday with a few snow showers. Watching some kind of storm development for early next week that could bring some snow Monday through Wednesday.

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Today: Mostly cloudy A few flurries, mainly in mountains Highs: 38 to 48 Wind: W 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Lows: 18 to 25 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Friday: Partly sunny Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: N 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers late Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 30s Sunday: AM snow showers Then clearing Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 22 to 32 Monday: Partly sunny Chance for snow late Lows: 0 to 10 Highs: 22 to 32 Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 25 to 35 Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for snow showers Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 22 to 32

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To help cut down on phosphorus in Lake Champlain -- there are new requirements for farms in northwestern Vermont. Vermont's agriculture secretary released a revised decision that says best management practices ARE necessary in the Mississquoi basin -- to comply with Vermont's water quality goals. The new changes come after a petition was rejected to require farmers to follow those practices ..

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Finding missing people sooner than later can be the difference between life and death. Tyler Dumont is live this morning In South Burlington .. With more on how a new K9 can help .. Tyler?

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In addition to helping to locate missing people, the Chittenden County Sheriff's new K9 is ALSO going to be trained in drug detection. There's a lot of work ahead to get ready for it -- but they need YOUR help first.

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} ((Meet Wes. At just over ten months old -- he's not your typical black lab. ((CHIARAVALLE: "He's very driven. He will not stop, he keeps going and going." 06;28;11--06;33;10)) And at a moment's notice..."going" is exactly what he'll soon be doing -- but he'll be working -- as the Chittenden County Sheriff's new K9. ((CHIARAVALLE: "Wes is going to be primarily for tracking and narcotics detection." 04:00:22--04:04:28)) Wes arrived in mid-January from a breeder in Pennsylvania. He's the department's first K9 in over 10 years. ((TYLER DUMONT: "Wes will have to go through 12 weeks of combined drug detection and tracking training. If everything goes as planned, he'll be ready to work by next Spring." (34:18:18--34:28:06))) Part of that training will prepare this pup for things like tracking down missing people -- and finding drugs in vehicles -- something that police say has been a problem on the state's major highways. ((CHIARAVALLE: "Sometimes you're tracking for miles. You want a dog that's going to be able to continue to go and go and go until that person is located." 06;35;28--06;42;25)) Wes will work AND live with Deputy Sheriff Chiaravalle. It's a family commitment -- around the clock. But perhaps the most unique thing about this future drug detector is the way he's being paid for. ((CHIARAVALLE: "It's a constant expense." 16:56:01--16:58:15)) This police K9 trainee originally cost over $2,000. Between training, food and vet bills -- continued costs could add up to over $10,000 a year. ((CHIARAVALLE: "I have a personal drive to want to do this. Wes has been a great dog. I think we're going to be a great team, and I think we're going to do a lot of good for the community once we're up and running."))

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The sheriff's department doesn't receive direct tax money like other agencies to pay their bills -- so when they take on extra expenses, they turn to private fundraising. Right now -- there's a GoFundMe page for Wes -- and it has already raised nearly $1,500 -- they still have a long way to go. Gina? We'll have more information on our WCAX Facebook page.

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Police in Bennington say a traffic stop -- led them to the biggest heroin bust in town history. Yesterday police say they pulled over a driver -- who had drugs on him. Authorities say that man then led them to -- 25-year-old Robert Morales and 24-year-old Juan Martori. Bennington police found 690 bags of heroin -- and 5-thousand dollars cash. Both men are from Massachusetts. They'll be in court today.

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((TRT: 1:20 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((The UVM men's basketball team starting the second half of America East play at home last night against Maine. ------------------- The Cats starting the night tied for third in the conference... the Black Bears just a game back in fifth place... --- and for the second straight game, Josh Speidel on the Catamount bench to cheer his teammates on ... --- Darren Payen making his first start in six games and having an impact early scoring the Cats first 6 points. 14 of Payen's career high 18 points come in the first half. It's his 22nd Birthday today. The Cats take a 7 point lead. --- Maine answers before the half with a 10-2 run. Issac Vann with the jam. He had 12 as the Blackbears go up by 1. --- Payen also had a craeer high 13 rebounds in the game. He grabs the ball here and slams home two more as Vermont takes a 33-30 lead into the break. --- Maine comes out of the lockeroom on fire, Devine Eke with a hoop in the paint, for 2 of his 14 points. Maine takes a four point lead. ---- but Vermont answers with a 14-0 run thanks to good defense and offensive rebounding. Trae Bell Haynes to Dre Wills for the Jam. Both Bell Haynes and Wills had 11. --- Then Cam Ward to Ethan O'Day, he slams home 2 of his game high 23 points as Vermont wins 85-68... ---------------- The Cats next travel to Albany on Saturday. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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There will be EXTRA security at the Super Bowl this weekend.. Heavily armed officers are already very visible at Super Bowl events being held this week. Authorities say there is no credible threat, but they're taking no chances.

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A couple of quiet days ahead with some sun today, more on Friday. Clipper late Saturday into Sunday with a few snow showers. Watching some kind of storm development for early next week that could bring some snow Monday through Wednesday.

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Here are some things you may not know about me. I love to travel. I've been to every continent on the planet except for Antarctica. Some of my favorite places in the world include Bahia. That's a state in Brazil with a strong African imprint. I also really love Greece. And London! Oh, London...my go to place was Nando's. It's a Peruvian chain that specializes in chicken. That brings me to my next favorite thing...FOOD! I love trying new restaurants in Vermont. And last but not least MUSIC! The Vermont music scene is awesome... let's hear it for the DuPont Brothers and of course, can't forget about Myra Flynn.

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((Eva says final fact about her))

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