Thu 19-JAN-2017 Early A.M. News Script

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Crews are working to clear a messy accident scene on I-91 near Westminster. This happened between exits 5 and 6 -- it still remains closed this morning. Vermont State Police say 27 Dalmar Aden lost control of the Fedex International truck pulling two trailers -- he was driving. Police confirmed the icy road conditions were to blame. They say a second tractor trailer driver, 59 year old Curtis Cottrell hit one of the trailers -- blocking two lanes. Crews have been working since about 2AM. Officials say hazmat crews were called for a large fuel spill that washed down onto Route 121. Drivers are still being directed to an alternate route.

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And a separate crash in South Burlington this morning. They say a car crashed on Spear Street because of the slick conditions. Police warn drivers the roads in the area are less then favorable for the morning commute.

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He is known for disarming a suspect in a fatal shooting. Now--this vermont prosecutor no longer wants to carry a gun to work. State's attorney Scott Williams says he has the authority to carry a gun to work--but no longer brings one. This all comes after reports of some courthouse workers feeling concerned. Back in 20-15, police say Williams grabbed a rifle away from Jody Herring after she shot and killed a social worker outside a state office building.

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Accused of making plans to deal drugs. A former Vermont Selectman will now not be sentenced as early as expected. Police say Bernard Savage of Alburgh plotted to distribute cocaine and oxycodone back in 20-14 and 15. Savage's lawyer says there may be evidence missing in the case. So a federal judge delayed the sentencing. Savage faces up to 20 years behind bars and a 1-million dollar fine after pleading guilty. His wife Patti already pleaded guilty to possessing oxy in exchange for a year of probation.

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Just before the inauguration--Governor Andrew Cuomo met with the president elect. He says they discussed -- impacts the potential repeal of the federal health care law would have on New York. Cuomo has placed major infrastructure projects at the center of his agenda. He says he hopes Trump will authorize federal spending for some of the proposals, including a rehabilitation of Kennedy Airport.

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Unemployment rates are slightly improving--in the granite state. State officials say the preliminary seasonally adjusted rate is down a tenth of a percentage. A new report shows December is showing a 2-point-6 percent decrease. The state estimates more than 733-thousand people were employed last month -- that's about 15-thousand more people at work than December of 20-15.

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Lots of clouds today with just a few flurries, sprinkles, mainly early on. Some freezing fog overnight could cause some slick spots on the roads. Some sunny breaks on Friday. Temps staying mild. Quiet through the weekend with lots of clouds, but some sunny breaks, especially Sunday. Messy storm moving in late Monday with wintry mix and wind. Mix changes to rain on Tuesday, then back to a mix Tuesday night & Wednesday.

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Sections of 1-91 are STILL closed in the westminster area Vermont State Police say there was a rollover crash involving a tractor trailer between exits 5 and 6 due to icy conditions Crews have been working all morning to clear the scene. There is one report of injury and hazmats were called for a fuel spill Drivers are still being told to use an alternate route

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And we just received reports of another crash in South Burlington. They say a car crashed on Spear Street due to slick rodes. Police say the roads in the area are less then favorable right now.

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Efforts are underway to make use out of a prison work camp in St. Johnsbury. The Caledonia Community Work Camp has 112 beds -- but is only holding about 50 inmates. The Department of Corrections wants to fill some of those beds with inmates not necessarily eligible for work camp. St. Johnsbury's select board promises a public hearing before making a decision.

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Staffing issues at UVM Medical Center could become an even bigger problem. Licensed Nursing Assistants -- and Mental Health Technicians -- want to be let into the nurse's union. They say -- they're dealing with patients -- and should be able to organize to advocate for better working conditions. The hospital says, the staff members should unionize.

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((SOT Kate FitzPatrick, UVM Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer "We value your advocacy for your own needs so you don't need a third party to do that. We don't feel any reason to have the group of LNAs bypass the national labor relations board rules.)) ((SOT Heather Lambert, Licensed Nursing Assistant "The average we should have is 7 to 8 patients a day. You cannot do proper care doing 10-12 patients. You can't.")) A temporary staff has been hired to try to ease the workload, but some workers say -- it's not enough.

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Lots of clouds today with just a few flurries, sprinkles, mainly early on. Some freezing fog overnight could cause some slick spots on the roads. Some sunny breaks on Friday. Temps staying mild. Quiet through the weekend with lots of clouds, but some sunny breaks, especially Sunday. Messy storm moving in late Monday with wintry mix and wind. Mix changes to rain on Tuesday, then back to a mix Tuesday night & Wednesday.

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It's a day people have been worried, anxious and excited about happening. Donald Trump will be sworn in tomorrow as the next President. Before that happens we will be live checking out who's heading to DC and how Vermonters are reacting.


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