Thu 01-DEC-2016 Early A.M. News Script

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Today: Steady rain this morning will be tapering off to scattered showers.

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((THANK GARY))

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At least five people are dead after several tornados touched down in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. This is the scene in southeastern Tennessee, where two people lost their lives. You can see uprooted trees, downed power lines and damaged buildings across the community. Some trailer homes were ripped apart. The series of twisters has left thousands without power.

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As wildfires continue to burn in eastern Tennessee, the death toll is rising. Three more bodies were found, bringing the number of people killed to seven, and many say their family members are still missing. But, yesterday's weather brought rain which allowed search and rescue crews to go house by house, looking for those who may still be trapped. Authorities believe the fires are "human made"

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We now know the name of the man killed in a crash on icy roads earlier this week. 62-year-old Robert Ammel of Hartford was headed west on Route 4 in Bridgewater Tuesday morning just as the road was being coated with freezing rain. State police say a car in front of him lost control and slid into the other lane. An on-coming tractor trailer then swerved left to avoid that vehicle -- and collided head-on with Ammel's pick-up. Ammel was pronounced dead at the scene.

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He was at the center of an armed stand off in Newport Tuesday... Yesterday the suspect... David Kelley was in court. Rose and Alex have the latest... The armed standoff shutdown a neighborhood for hours. And Investigators say it could have turned out much worse ... Yesterday the man at the center of it all ... 41 year old David Kelley was in court facing aggravated assault charges... Police say he allegedly threatened two neighbors with a rifle Tuesday. He claims the couple's dog allegedly attacked his dog. Authorities say he then holed up in his rented motel apartment - wearing camo gear and a helmet, and threatened police. There was a massive police response -- and evacuations in the neighborhood. The standoff ended peacefully early Wednesday morning when he surrendered. At his arraignment, he refused help from his court-appointed lawyer, and advice from the judge. He also had words for prosecutors.

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((Jennifer Barrett/Orleans County State's Attorney ".. he a had an assault riffle and a shield, was wearing a helmet and camouflage. when law enforcement went to speak to him he shut the door in law enforcements face and they can hear him chamber a round in one of the rifles. ")) Newport Police say plain old diligence prevented a violent end to the 18 hour standoff. They got help from State Police SWAT and negotiating teams. People living nearby were forced to evacuate but were allowed back to their homes on Pleasant Street yesterday morning.

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Two Hinesburg police officers will NOT face criminal charges for a physical encounter with a suspect -- caught on tape. This is the body camera video from officers Jeremy Hulshof and Cameron Coltha during their encounter in May with Lori Ann Carron, a woman with mental health issues. State police investigated Carron's claims of excessive force -- and this week the officers were cleared of any wrong-doing. Carron has also filed a civil lawsuit against the officers -- and that case in continuing.

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A circus tent operator will pay 24-thousand dollars in fines following a deadly tent collapse. The tent at the Lancaster, New Hampshire fairground toppled during a wind storm in August of 20-15. 41-year-old Robert Young and his daughter 6-year-old Annabelle Young were killed. 50 others were hurt. Federal safety officials say Walker International Events failed to properly put up the tent and ignored severe weather and high-wind warnings.

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Incoming and outgoing state lawmakers got their respective first and final looks at Vermont's finances today. More than 30 --out of 180 lawmakers -- will be new to the statehouse this year. And today the newbies got their first taste of life under the Golden Dome -- starting with a peek inside the state's projected 50-70 million dollar budget shortfall. The legislative freshmen we chatted with say they're looking forward to getting into the details and getting acquainted with their new jobs.

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(00:25:08:00) ((Annmarie Christensen - D-Perkinsville first day was very interesting. I'm very interested to see what's the budget update and what the federal government is going to do which is a big unknown)) (00:28:46:00) ((Ben Jickling - I-Brookfield obviously there's a learning curve entering as a new legislator. Everybody's been great, people or all parties are really open and welcoming which has been great)) A state economist says federal policies could have the biggest impact on Vermont's finances -- especially given the state receives more in grant money per person than all but three other states.

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New artwork is taking over downtown Plattsburgh... In the last two years, murals have been painted on public buildings among the city's downtown. Most recently was a display called "Harvest" and it was done on the backside of a co-op in an alley way. We went to find out why it was put there -- turns out, it's the start of a big change for this forgotten space.

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((Julia Devine/Outside Art: 11:14:58 we've named it Revolution Alley, it will be a gentle revolution of new things that can happen here. 15:04)) Later in the show, we find out why one artistic organization is using art to transform the city -- and what new things for the public they have in mind...

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Raining Local temps: Mild with temps mainly in the 40s. NE radar/temps: Heavy rain moving W to E now. Scattered showers to the west. Temps mainly in 40s, some 50s south. But colder in northern Maine with heavy snow. U.S. Rad/sat: The storm system that is bringing us the rain is the same one that brought deadly tornadoes to the south. Unsettled weather stretches back through the Great Lakes. Forecast clouds/precip: Steady rain early on will taper off to scattered showers. Temps will hold steady, slowly dropping in the afternoon. A few snowflakes will mix in tonight in the mountains. More rain/snow showers on Friday with a bit of accumulating snow in the higher elevations by late Friday into early Saturday.

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Today: Steady AM rain tapering to scattered showers Breezy Highs: 43 to 50 Wind: S to W 10 to 20 mph Tonight: A few rain/snow showers Lows: 32 to 38 Wind: WSW 10 to 15 mph Friday: Rain/snow showers Highs: 38 to 45 Wind: SW to NW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Scattered snow showers Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 30s Sunday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Monday: Partly sunny Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 32 to 42 Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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An update this morning on the California woman held captive and tortured for three weeks... Police say Sherri Papini was branded, beaten and held by at least two armed women kidnappers for 22 days. The Redding community where Papini disappeared worked tirelessly to find her after she vanished. She was found on the side of a highway last week. Investigators are now determining why Papini was targeted -- and are looking for suspects.

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New this morning, oil prices seem to be surging after a new deal to cut production. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries -- or Opec -- finalized an agreement yesterday to cut overall production by 1-point- 2 million barrels a day. This comes just months after intense negotiations pitting Saudi Arabia against Iran.

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A heads up this morning for cell phone users... Hackers have managed to infect more than 1-point 3 million Android phones using illegitimate apps... The malware installs harmful advertising software that tracks users. It also installs other real Android apps -- rating them high and then inflating their fake reputations.

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A new study shows a high protein diet may not be the best idea for women. Researchers found women older than 50 eating high protein diets could have greater risk of heart failure. The American Heart Association examined the protein intake of more than 100-thousand women -- ages 50 to 79. It found 17-thousand of them developed heart failure.

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We've told you about dozens of crashes around the state this week. So what made the commute so dangerous? We asked Darren Perron to take a look.

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Sloppy. Slippery. Slick. Three words to describe Tuesday's morning commute. ((TC 16:02:08:25 Title 1231 Dustin Montoya/FedEx Driver: "just a bunch of icy roads. )) More than 50 Vermont drivers -- ended up in ditches. Traffic --at a standstill on several major highways. ((11:17:15: "obviously we want to roads to be safe.)) Many drivers seemed caught off guard -- even though freezing rain was in the forecast. But was VTrans? ((9:11:03 "We've been experimenting with that a lot over the last couple of years)) ((nats: brine)) VTrans began testing brine in some parts of Vermont -- about six years ago. ((nats: brine)) It's a mix of salt and water applied to roads before a storm. The agency claimed it helped keep roads clear -- and allowed crews to stay ahead of it. Brine then became a widespread practise. Not now. ((Scott Rogers/VTrans: 9:40:10 "so we've really gotten away from the pre-treating in the last couple of years compared to what we did a few years ago." )) VTrans admits it didn't pre-treat the roads before the freezing rain hit Tuesday. Instead crews got to work -- once the roads started getting slick. In the past -- VTrans' use of brine met critics -- people worried about the environment -- and whether it's more corrosive to cars. The agency says -- application timing was also troubling. ((9:28:03 If you spray too early, it's not effective, and if you spray to late, it's too late.")) VTrans will still use brine just more sparingly -- in addition to rock salt -- and sand. But says safety is really in the driver's hands too. Advising people to slow down -- or avoid tricky travel altogether now that winter weather is here. ((11:24:22 " I realize one of the things people say is "safety first" and we agree. But we could go out and dump 2,000 pounds of salt per mile and turn every river in Vermont to salt water, that would make the roads safe. But would it really achieve our overall goal as a state agency and as government? Probably not. " )) The state spends about 30 million each year on winter maintenance -- and currently uses about one and a half to two million gallons of brine. DP CH 3 News Burlington

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It turns out Burlington drivers are still having trouble with an app designed to help them pay for parking. Earlier this fall we reported on how folks using the Park Mobile device were getting ticketed despite the fact that they had paid up. While the department of public works says the complaints are down they say they are still receiving 2 to three calls a day about problems. Wifi problems and drivers entering their license plate information incorrectly are being blamed for the issues.

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((SOT Spencer 002715 the vast majority of the 160,000 people who have used ParkMobile to date are happy customers, and we are pleased to be able to offer a pay-by-cell service 24)) If you got a ticket -- and you know you paid -- Burlington Police says if you have your receipt from ParkMobile -- they will void your ticket.

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Burlington drivers will see parking ban lights today -- but it's just a test. Normally if you see the lights on, it means you need to move your car off the street ... But today it's just a drill ... ((toss to gary))

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NE radar/temps: Heavy rain moving W to E now. Scattered showers to the west. Temps mainly in 40s, some 50s south. But colder in northern Maine with heavy snow. Today: Steady rain this morning will be tapering off to scattered showers.

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New for you this morning, a standoff turns deadly in Washington... And an update for you on the Vermont Yankee Plant -- what officials are now meeting about. Plus new overnight, death and destruction follow after tornadoes hit four major southern states...

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Today: Steady rain this morning will be tapering off to scattered showers.

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Crews across the southeast are assessing the damage this morning .. After more than a dozen twisters touched down in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Roxana Saberi has the latest...

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Search and rescue teams fanned out across parts of the Southeast into the night... (SOT Neil Feist/ AL Firefighter) We got crews out and doing home searches, making sure everyone is okay ...As residents in Alabama took stock of the devastation around them. In the small town of Rosalie yesterday...a tornado ripped apart homes and businesses and killed three people…waiting out the storm inside their mobile home. Jim Smith knew one of them... (SOT Jim Smith/ AL Businessowner WED0508) It was a friend of mine's daughter.//That's why my business is gone, no big deal. I'll get it all together and restart 100 miles north...Mark Faulk Junior, a Georgia firefighter, and his wife Saundra were killed...when an EF-3 tornado struck Polk County in Tennessee: (SOT Earnest Grizzard/ Bloomingdale City Council) He loved the fire department, he loved what it represented At least five other counties in the state were also hit. The Mayor of one of them was moved to tears...sharing the story of a family who escaped the worst: (SOT Mayor Johnn Gentry/ McMinn County WED0440) A baby was born at a local hospital/ that family's house had been destroyed//so we had 20 injured and one brand new life (WED0011) The twisters were part of an onslaught of severe weather that also plagued parts of Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi... where powerful winds flipped cars and even 18-wheelers: (SOT WED0050) We're really lucky that nobody was hurt //It could be the other way (THU0041) The storm system also moved through the Carolinas…bringing down trees, snapping power lines, and closing roads. Roxana Saberi CBS News.

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The storms tore through just as crews in eastern Tennessee were containing a deadly wildfire that destroyed hundreds of structures in two resort towns. Dolly Parton, who has a theme park in the affected area, plans to give one-thousand dollars a month to families who lost their homes.

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An active standoff in Washington state this morning ... After an officer is shot and killed. It happened just south of Seattle .. In Tacoma. Last night police responded to a domestic violence call ... When a suspect inside the house shot at the officers. An eye witness said the officers did everything right...

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((Kristi Croskey, Eyewitness "the police officers identified themselves, they were very humane in the manner which they approached the situation, they just said they wanted to talk to him and gunfire started and it wasn't them who started it..")) The officer was taken to the hospital ..Where he later died. This morning police are still on the scene ... As they believe the suspect is still barricaded in the home.

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He was at the center of an armed stand off in Newport Tuesday... Yesterday the suspect... David Kelley was in court. Rose and Alex have the latest... The armed standoff shutdown a neighborhood for hours. And Investigators say it could have turned out much worse ... Yesterday the man at the center of it all ... 41 year old David Kelley was in court facing aggravated assault charges... Police say he allegedly threatened two neighbors with a rifle Tuesday. He claims the couple's dog allegedly attacked his dog. Authorities say he then holed up in his rented motel apartment - wearing camo gear and a helmet, and threatened police. There was a massive police response -- and evacuations in the neighborhood. The standoff ended peacefully early Wednesday morning when he surrendered. At his arraignment, he refused help from his court-appointed lawyer, and advice from the judge. He also had words for prosecutors.

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((David Kelley/Defendant: And I would say that Mr. Whitney is going to demand that it we proven there was some aggravated assault that occurred but obviously it didn't. And I have been over charged prosecutor - have I not?!)) ((NAT HIT between Kelley: I'll tell it to the jury - Yelling - Judge: Mr. Kelly, If you cant control your self we are going to have to excuse you. So please be quiet for a moment")) Newport Police say plain old diligence prevented a violent end to the 18 hour standoff. They got help from State Police SWAT and negotiating teams. People living nearby were forced to evacuate but were allowed back to their homes on Pleasant Street yesterday morning.

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President-elect Donald Trump kicks off his victory tour in Cincinnati, Ohio today. Ahead of the event ...Mister Trump will head to Indiana -- touting a deal he helped arrange to keep nearly a thousand Carrier air conditioning factory jobs from moving to Mexico. Yesterday - the President-elect announced he would separate himself from his global business interests while in office.

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If you live in New Hampshire and want to attend Trump's Inauguration in D-C -- get in line --- online. Congresswoman Annie Kuster announced today there will be an online lottery system for Granite Staters interested. Tickets are limited and the deadline to apply is December 12. We've got more information on our website -- wcax - dot - com.

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The decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear plant is surging forward. A state panel will meet following the announcement of a plan to sell the closed reactor. The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel postponed its meeting to today. Current plant owner Entergy Corp says the sale will make it possible to begin decomissioning the plant in 20-21 and complete most site restoration by 20-30.

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There's new artwork popping up all over downtown Plattsburgh. The creative minds behind the work say it's a movement that will build up the city ... We took a trip across the lake to see for ourselves.

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((Julia Devine/Outside Art: 11:13:52 we're a vibrant community, something is happening here. 55)) Something that's eye catching... Spread throughout downtown Plattsburgh. ((Julia Devine/Outside Art:11:14:33 we love the nooks and crannies of our city, we want more people to interact with them so they do become more public spaces. We want to explore. 44)) And if you do explore... you'll find new murals popping up in random places. Like this most recent one, called "harvest." ((Julia Devine/Outside Art:11:12:04 it really celebrates our local agriculture and the North Country Co-op. It's the place to get all your local food. 13)) Julia Devine is part of the Outside Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project. The organization is behind these masterpieces to create a more vibrant downtown. And they have help from local artists. ((Julia Devine/Outside Art:11:13:17 it brings a reason to people to go there. There's something happening there. There's a mural, it's vibrant, this is a place where people can be. 28)) But it's isn't just bringing attention to the Co-Op... ((Julia Devine/Outside Art:11:12:22 we see a bright future for this alley space, there's a lot of possibilities, it's a new point of view. 28)) It's right on the Saranac River and just steps away from the downtown monument. Devine hopes the artwork is a new beginning to a once ignored spot... ((Julia Devine/Outside Art:11:16:40 art is very transformative and don't underestimate its power to boost an economy. 46))

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The other half of the building is expected to be painted with another mural by next summer. Eventually, organizers hope the ally becomes a hangout spot with an outdoor cafe.

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Know before you hit the road this morning ... Addison County law enforcement says sobriety checkpoints are being set up for the next three weeks. Vermont State Police will be monitoring the flow of traffic along the highways -- detecting people under the influence of alcohol or drug impairment.

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((TALK ABOUT BOBCAT))

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Raining Local temps: Mild with temps mainly in the 40s. NE radar/temps: Heavy rain moving W to E now. Scattered showers to the west. Temps mainly in 40s, some 50s south. But colder in northern Maine with heavy snow. U.S. Rad/sat: The storm system that is bringing us the rain is the same one that brought deadly tornadoes to the south. Unsettled weather stretches back through the Great Lakes. Forecast clouds/precip: Steady rain early on will taper off to scattered showers. Temps will hold steady, slowly dropping in the afternoon. A few snowflakes will mix in tonight in the mountains. More rain/snow showers on Friday with a bit of accumulating snow in the higher elevations by late Friday into early Saturday.

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Today: Steady AM rain tapering to scattered showers Breezy Highs: 43 to 50 Wind: S to W 10 to 20 mph Tonight: A few rain/snow showers Lows: 32 to 38 Wind: WSW 10 to 15 mph Friday: Rain/snow showers Highs: 38 to 45 Wind: SW to NW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Scattered snow showers Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 30s Sunday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Monday: Partly sunny Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 32 to 42 Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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With Christmas just around the corner -- organizations are busy collecting new toys for children. But a non-profit is collecting old toys and making them even better. Taylor Young has the story.

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In downtown Rutland -- a group of women turn a church hall into an impressive display. (00:01:00:00) ((Nats: Michelle fixing dolls)) (00:11:22:00) ((Michele Dauphinais/Volunteer Coordinator: "We collect them from far and wide.")) For the past eleven months nearly eighty volunteers created their own Sants's workshop -- collecting and refurbishing thousands of dolls. (00:01:29:00) ((Nats Michelle: "I still have issues with this corner here hunny we got to do something.")) In less than a week -- these volunteers stacked their creations proudly for fifty-five non-profit organizations to see what they will be distributing to children in the community. (00:04:53:00) ((Nats Michelle: "This really is not cutting it.")) Michelle Dauphinais started Operation Dolls sixteen years ago -- and expects that the children receiving these donations with get nothing but the best. (00:22:18:00) ((Florence:"I have a flannel blanket here for them and someone else has made they each have a scarf and a hat and they each have a bunny rabbit and we have a bag here with all their clothes.")) (00:11:47:00) ((Michele: "the volunteers know that this is what I expect.")) -- down to the smallest of details (00:26:05:00) ((Florence: "Michele insists on every doll having panties so we make panties.")) Over the years -- each volunteer found their niche and developed their own role ((Florence Carroll/Volunteer: "I basically do doll blankets.") (00:40:12:00) ((NATS Wanda: "That big tall bear also covers the hole too so we really do need him there.")) (00:17:58:00) ((Michele Dauphinais/Volunteer Coordinator: "I call them the zoo-keepers.")) (00:33:04:00) ((Wanda Courcelle/Volunteer: "We get all kind of stuffed animals that come in some are new some are used some have to go in my washing machine and have a nice bath first.")) These toys look as good as when they first came off the shelf. ((Nats: putting doll on shelf")) Getting them to look this way not only benefits the ones receiving -- but also the ones making them. (00:16:18:00) ((Michele Dauphinais/Volunteer Coordinator: "It resurrected talents and skills for seniors to keep them busy and connected.")) (00:23:43:00) ((Florence: "I love it. I've been sewing since I was a little kid and I just love it.")) (00:36:07:00) ((Wanda Courcelle/Volunteer: "It's a wonderful match for me as a retired teacher to keep my kid fix i love to do things got kids.")) By Friday night this room of perfectly stacked dolls will be dismantled. Months of sewing and and repairing will come to a satisfying end as each and every toy gets a new home. (00:35:18:00) ((Wanda Courcelle/Volunteer: "It fills your heart with christmas spirit because you know how many children faces are going to have a smile on them and how many families are going to have something to give their child.")) But these women won't be gone for too long -- they'll be back in the workshop in a couple of weeks to get started on next year's batch. Taylor Young - Channel 3 News - Rutland

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The State of Vermont has its Christmas tree up... Foresters set it up on the statehouse lawn yesterday -- stringing the bulbs as well. The 41-foot tree won't be lit though -- until next Thursday the 8th at 4:30. Peggy and Joe Willis donated the giant evergreen. And we're told they planted it at their home in Sharon in 1979.

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Thousands gathered in midtown Manhattan to watch the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. The New York City Mayor flipped the switch Wednesday night, illuminating the 94-foot tall, 14-ton Norway spruce with 50,000 multicolored lights. This year's tree came from the northern foothills of New York's Catskill mountain range.

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Once the rain passes and we get more snow, lots of skiers and riders across the state will be hitting the slopes... But before that happens, experts have some tips to make sure YOU stay injury free. A nonprofit program called Protect Your Head at All Times -- also known as PHAT -- suggests numerous steps to protect yourself - including your head. Studies show a 40 to 60-percent decrease in incidence and severity of injury with helmets. But doctors suggest it still may be better than spending the day indoors.

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(4:28) ((Dr. Rob Williams/UVM Medical Center: There are some hazards of course when you go onto a snow covered mountain and slide down on a slippery pair of skis or snowboards. Of course there's going to be some hazards, but to my mind, it's much safer having a kid spend a day at the mall or in front of the nintendo.)) Other tips include...having the right equipment tuned up each season and multiple layers of clothing for the quickly changing conditions.

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((TRT: 1:33 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((The UVM women's basketball team picked up its third win of the season last night, topping Holy Cross 63-52 at Patrick Gym. For highlights, go to the sports page at WCAX.com. ---------------- The UVM men's basketball team visits 20th ranked South Carolina tomorrow night. Scheduling tough, non-conference games has been a hallmark of the Cats under head coach John Becker. Vermont already has wins this season over the likes of Marist, Hofstra and Yale, and their two losses are at Providence and to Houston in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. The game with the Friars, Vermont's second of the season, was an ugly 22 point loss, but Houston was a close game throughout as the Cougars stole the win at the buzzer. South Carolina is 6-0, coming off back-to-back wins over Michigan and Syracuse. ----------------- ((Becker/ It's hard to score on these teams that are tough and well coached. At Providence we just didn't make shots, then we came back against Houston and hit 14 threes, so in these games you have to hit shots and it gives you confidence and the longer it keeps you in the game the better your chances are. Against Providence they really jumped on it and we didn't make shots and against Houston we did a much better job. Hopefully we learn from that and we continue to create good opportunities and knock them down.)) ((Urquhart/ Us playing against Providence, even though we lost that game. We've played against a lot of high-major competition ...Houston. Even in these first eight games. I think we won't go in there with a bad mindset. We'll have a good mindset and hopefully it all goes well.)) ---------------------- -- We'll have more on this game tonight at 6pm. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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November recap: Warmer & drier than average. December preview: On average, we see our average temperatures drop off fairly significantly as we go through the month of December. And, on average, we get close to 18" of snow

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Anxiety -- many of us deal with it... Even some animals, including one goat in new Jersey. You'll never believe what calms her nerves... This is Polly. She suffers from severe anxiety... But once she puts this costume on, she's as happy as a duck on a rainy day. Polly is now going viral quaking up thousands of hits on social media.

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still ahead ... tennessee cleans up after devastating tornadoes... And a heads up for droid users.... Hackers tapped in a million phones... and plattsburgh works to brighten up the city .. With murals... We'll have those stories and more next after the break.

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This morning at least 900 homes are without power... Vermont state police received multiple reports of downed trees and power lines on roads throughout the state ... Police warn drivers this morning to be careful during the commute...

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The man at the center of an armed standoff in Newport was in court ... 41 year old David Kelley faces aggravated assault charges... Police say he allegedly threatened two neighbors with a rifle Tuesday. Authorities say he then holed up in his rented motel room and threatened police. The standoff ended peacefully when he surrendered. At his arraignment, he refused help from his court-appointed lawyer, and advice from the judge.

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Before you hit the road this weekend ... Vermont state police plan to set up sobriety checkpoints for the next three weeks. The checkpoints will be in and around Addison County... Vermont State Police will monitor the flow of traffic along the highways -- to find people under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Plattsburgh plans to spruce up it's downtown .. With new artwork... During the last two years, murals have popped up on public buildings downtown. The latest display was finished in September -- it's called "harvest". It was done on the backside of a co-op in an alley way. Outside Art Organization is behind the mural effort and tell us this is the start of big changes to come...

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((Julia Devine/Outside Art: 11:14:58 we've named it Revolution Alley, it will be a gentle revolution of new things that can happen here. 15:04)) The other half of the building is expected to be painted with another mural by next summer.

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Steady rain early on will taper off to scattered showers. Temps will hold steady, slowly dropping in the afternoon. A few snowflakes will mix in tonight in the mountains. More rain/snow showers on Friday with a bit of accumulating snow in the higher elevations by late Friday into early Saturday. There will still be a few, scattered snow showers on Saturday, but then we'll start to dry out. Still lots of clouds on Sunday, but more sunshine as we get into the start of next week. Wintry mix possible on Wednesday as stronger storm system starts to head our way.

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Hey everyone, Melissa Sheketoff here. It's the holiday season -- which means we have the annual Mitten Tree tradition -- collecting items for Vermonters in need. We meet representatives with UPS who partner with us -- tomorrow starting at 5AM

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Today: Steady rain this morning will be tapering off to scattered showers.

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((THANK GARY))

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At least five people are dead after several tornados touched down in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. This is the scene in southeastern Tennessee, where two people lost their lives. You can see uprooted trees, downed power lines and damaged buildings across the community. Some trailer homes were ripped apart. The series of twisters has left thousands without power.

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As wildfires continue to burn in eastern Tennessee, the death toll is rising. Three more bodies were found, bringing the number of people killed to seven, and many say their family members are still missing. But, yesterday's weather brought rain which allowed search and rescue crews to go house by house, looking for those who may still be trapped. Authorities believe the fires are "human made"

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We now know the name of the man killed in a crash on icy roads earlier this week. 62-year-old Robert Ammel of Hartford was headed west on Route 4 in Bridgewater Tuesday morning just as the road was being coated with freezing rain. State police say a car in front of him lost control and slid into the other lane. An on-coming tractor trailer then swerved left to avoid that vehicle -- and collided head-on with Ammel's pick-up. Ammel was pronounced dead at the scene.

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He was at the center of an armed stand off in Newport Tuesday... Yesterday the suspect... David Kelley was in court. Rose and Alex have the latest... The armed standoff shutdown a neighborhood for hours. And Investigators say it could have turned out much worse ... Yesterday the man at the center of it all ... 41 year old David Kelley was in court facing aggravated assault charges... Police say he allegedly threatened two neighbors with a rifle Tuesday. He claims the couple's dog allegedly attacked his dog. Authorities say he then holed up in his rented motel apartment - wearing camo gear and a helmet, and threatened police. There was a massive police response -- and evacuations in the neighborhood. The standoff ended peacefully early Wednesday morning when he surrendered. At his arraignment, he refused help from his court-appointed lawyer, and advice from the judge. He also had words for prosecutors.

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((Jennifer Barrett/Orleans County State's Attorney ".. he a had an assault riffle and a shield, was wearing a helmet and camouflage. when law enforcement went to speak to him he shut the door in law enforcements face and they can hear him chamber a round in one of the rifles. ")) Newport Police say plain old diligence prevented a violent end to the 18 hour standoff. They got help from State Police SWAT and negotiating teams. People living nearby were forced to evacuate but were allowed back to their homes on Pleasant Street yesterday morning.

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Two Hinesburg police officers will NOT face criminal charges for a physical encounter with a suspect -- caught on tape. This is the body camera video from officers Jeremy Hulshof and Cameron Coltha during their encounter in May with Lori Ann Carron, a woman with mental health issues. State police investigated Carron's claims of excessive force -- and this week the officers were cleared of any wrong-doing. Carron has also filed a civil lawsuit against the officers -- and that case in continuing.

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A circus tent operator will pay 24-thousand dollars in fines following a deadly tent collapse. The tent at the Lancaster, New Hampshire fairground toppled during a wind storm in August of 20-15. 41-year-old Robert Young and his daughter 6-year-old Annabelle Young were killed. 50 others were hurt. Federal safety officials say Walker International Events failed to properly put up the tent and ignored severe weather and high-wind warnings.

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Incoming and outgoing state lawmakers got their respective first and final looks at Vermont's finances today. More than 30 --out of 180 lawmakers -- will be new to the statehouse this year. And today the newbies got their first taste of life under the Golden Dome -- starting with a peek inside the state's projected 50-70 million dollar budget shortfall. The legislative freshmen we chatted with say they're looking forward to getting into the details and getting acquainted with their new jobs.

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(00:25:08:00) ((Annmarie Christensen - D-Perkinsville first day was very interesting. I'm very interested to see what's the budget update and what the federal government is going to do which is a big unknown)) (00:28:46:00) ((Ben Jickling - I-Brookfield obviously there's a learning curve entering as a new legislator. Everybody's been great, people or all parties are really open and welcoming which has been great)) A state economist says federal policies could have the biggest impact on Vermont's finances -- especially given the state receives more in grant money per person than all but three other states.

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New artwork is taking over downtown Plattsburgh... In the last two years, murals have been painted on public buildings among the city's downtown. Most recently was a display called "Harvest" and it was done on the backside of a co-op in an alley way. We went to find out why it was put there -- turns out, it's the start of a big change for this forgotten space.

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((Julia Devine/Outside Art: 11:14:58 we've named it Revolution Alley, it will be a gentle revolution of new things that can happen here. 15:04)) Later in the show, we find out why one artistic organization is using art to transform the city -- and what new things for the public they have in mind...

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Raining Local temps: Mild with temps mainly in the 40s. NE radar/temps: Heavy rain moving W to E now. Scattered showers to the west. Temps mainly in 40s, some 50s south. But colder in northern Maine with heavy snow. U.S. Rad/sat: The storm system that is bringing us the rain is the same one that brought deadly tornadoes to the south. Unsettled weather stretches back through the Great Lakes. Forecast clouds/precip: Steady rain early on will taper off to scattered showers. Temps will hold steady, slowly dropping in the afternoon. A few snowflakes will mix in tonight in the mountains. More rain/snow showers on Friday with a bit of accumulating snow in the higher elevations by late Friday into early Saturday.

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Today: Steady AM rain tapering to scattered showers Breezy Highs: 43 to 50 Wind: S to W 10 to 20 mph Tonight: A few rain/snow showers Lows: 32 to 38 Wind: WSW 10 to 15 mph Friday: Rain/snow showers Highs: 38 to 45 Wind: SW to NW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Scattered snow showers Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 30s Sunday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Monday: Partly sunny Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 32 to 42 Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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((TRT: 1:33 ... OC: MIKE MCCUNE)) ((The UVM women's basketball team picked up its third win of the season last night, topping Holy Cross 63-52 at Patrick Gym. For highlights, go to the sports page at WCAX.com. ---------------- The UVM men's basketball team visits 20th ranked South Carolina tomorrow night. Scheduling tough, non-conference games has been a hallmark of the Cats under head coach John Becker. Vermont already has wins this season over the likes of Marist, Hofstra and Yale, and their two losses are at Providence and to Houston in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase. The game with the Friars, Vermont's second of the season, was an ugly 22 point loss, but Houston was a close game throughout as the Cougars stole the win at the buzzer. South Carolina is 6-0, coming off back-to-back wins over Michigan and Syracuse. ----------------- ((Becker/ It's hard to score on these teams that are tough and well coached. At Providence we just didn't make shots, then we came back against Houston and hit 14 threes, so in these games you have to hit shots and it gives you confidence and the longer it keeps you in the game the better your chances are. Against Providence they really jumped on it and we didn't make shots and against Houston we did a much better job. Hopefully we learn from that and we continue to create good opportunities and knock them down.)) ((Urquhart/ Us playing against Providence, even though we lost that game. We've played against a lot of high-major competition ...Houston. Even in these first eight games. I think we won't go in there with a bad mindset. We'll have a good mindset and hopefully it all goes well.)) ---------------------- -- We'll have more on this game tonight at 6pm. With your sportswrap, I'm Mike McCune.))

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An update this morning on the California woman held captive and tortured for three weeks... Police say Sherri Papini was branded, beaten and held by at least two armed women kidnappers for 22 days. The Redding community where Papini disappeared worked tirelessly to find her after she vanished. She was found on the side of a highway last week. Investigators are now determining why Papini was targeted -- and are looking for suspects.

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New this morning, oil prices seem to be surging after a new deal to cut production. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries -- or Opec -- finalized an agreement yesterday to cut overall production by 1-point- 2 million barrels a day. This comes just months after intense negotiations pitting Saudi Arabia against Iran.

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A heads up this morning for cell phone users... Hackers have managed to infect more than 1-point 3 million Android phones using illegitimate apps... The malware installs harmful advertising software that tracks users. It also installs other real Android apps -- rating them high and then inflating their fake reputations.

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A new study shows a high protein diet may not be the best idea for women. Researchers found women older than 50 eating high protein diets could have greater risk of heart failure. The American Heart Association examined the protein intake of more than 100-thousand women -- ages 50 to 79. It found 17-thousand of them developed heart failure.

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We've told you about dozens of crashes around the state this week. So what made the commute so dangerous? We asked Darren Perron to take a look.

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Sloppy. Slippery. Slick. Three words to describe Tuesday's morning commute. ((TC 16:02:08:25 Title 1231 Dustin Montoya/FedEx Driver: "just a bunch of icy roads. )) More than 50 Vermont drivers -- ended up in ditches. Traffic --at a standstill on several major highways. ((11:17:15: "obviously we want to roads to be safe.)) Many drivers seemed caught off guard -- even though freezing rain was in the forecast. But was VTrans? ((9:11:03 "We've been experimenting with that a lot over the last couple of years)) ((nats: brine)) VTrans began testing brine in some parts of Vermont -- about six years ago. ((nats: brine)) It's a mix of salt and water applied to roads before a storm. The agency claimed it helped keep roads clear -- and allowed crews to stay ahead of it. Brine then became a widespread practise. Not now. ((Scott Rogers/VTrans: 9:40:10 "so we've really gotten away from the pre-treating in the last couple of years compared to what we did a few years ago." )) VTrans admits it didn't pre-treat the roads before the freezing rain hit Tuesday. Instead crews got to work -- once the roads started getting slick. In the past -- VTrans' use of brine met critics -- people worried about the environment -- and whether it's more corrosive to cars. The agency says -- application timing was also troubling. ((9:28:03 If you spray too early, it's not effective, and if you spray to late, it's too late.")) VTrans will still use brine just more sparingly -- in addition to rock salt -- and sand. But says safety is really in the driver's hands too. Advising people to slow down -- or avoid tricky travel altogether now that winter weather is here. ((11:24:22 " I realize one of the things people say is "safety first" and we agree. But we could go out and dump 2,000 pounds of salt per mile and turn every river in Vermont to salt water, that would make the roads safe. But would it really achieve our overall goal as a state agency and as government? Probably not. " )) The state spends about 30 million each year on winter maintenance -- and currently uses about one and a half to two million gallons of brine. DP CH 3 News Burlington

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It turns out Burlington drivers are still having trouble with an app designed to help them pay for parking. Earlier this fall we reported on how folks using the Park Mobile device were getting ticketed despite the fact that they had paid up. While the department of public works says the complaints are down they say they are still receiving 2 to three calls a day about problems. Wifi problems and drivers entering their license plate information incorrectly are being blamed for the issues.

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((SOT Spencer 002715 the vast majority of the 160,000 people who have used ParkMobile to date are happy customers, and we are pleased to be able to offer a pay-by-cell service 24)) If you got a ticket -- and you know you paid -- Burlington Police says if you have your receipt from ParkMobile -- they will void your ticket.

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Burlington drivers will see parking ban lights today -- but it's just a test. Normally if you see the lights on, it means you need to move your car off the street ... But today it's just a drill ...

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This just in... Vermont state police received multiple reports of downed trees on roads throughout the state ... There are also reports of Power outages ..And downed power lines.. At least 900 homes are without power this morning... Police warn drivers this morning to be careful during the commute... ((toss to gary))

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NE radar/temps: Heavy rain moving W to E now. Scattered showers to the west. Temps mainly in 40s, some 50s south. But colder in northern Maine with heavy snow. Today: Steady rain this morning will be tapering off to scattered showers.

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New for you this morning, a standoff turns deadly in Washington... And an update for you on the Vermont Yankee Plant -- what officials are now meeting about. Plus new overnight, death and destruction follow after tornadoes hit four major southern states...

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Today: Steady rain this morning will be tapering off to scattered showers.

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This just in... Vermont state police received multiple reports of downed trees on roads throughout the state ... There are also reports of downed power lines and At least 900 homes are without power this morning... Police warn drivers this morning to be careful during the commute...

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Parts of the southeast asses the damage this morning .. After more than a dozen twisters touched down in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. As Roxana Saberi reports ... At least five people died from the storms.

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Search and rescue teams fanned out across parts of the Southeast into the night... (SOT Neil Feist/ AL Firefighter) We got crews out and doing home searches, making sure everyone is okay ...As residents in Alabama took stock of the devastation around them. In the small town of Rosalie yesterday...a tornado ripped apart homes and businesses and killed three people…waiting out the storm inside their mobile home. Jim Smith knew one of them... (SOT Jim Smith/ AL Businessowner WED0508) It was a friend of mine's daughter.//That's why my business is gone, no big deal. I'll get it all together and restart 100 miles north...Mark Faulk Junior, a Georgia firefighter, and his wife Saundra were killed...when an EF-3 tornado struck Polk County in Tennessee: (SOT Earnest Grizzard/ Bloomingdale City Council) He loved the fire department, he loved what it represented At least five other counties in the state were also hit. The Mayor of one of them was moved to tears...sharing the story of a family who escaped the worst: (SOT Mayor Johnn Gentry/ McMinn County WED0440) A baby was born at a local hospital/ that family's house had been destroyed//so we had 20 injured and one brand new life (WED0011) The twisters were part of an onslaught of severe weather that also plagued parts of Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi... where powerful winds flipped cars and even 18-wheelers: (SOT WED0050) We're really lucky that nobody was hurt //It could be the other way (THU0041) The storm system also moved through the Carolinas…bringing down trees, snapping power lines, and closing roads. Roxana Saberi CBS News.

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The storms tore through just as crews in eastern Tennessee were containing a deadly wildfire that destroyed hundreds of structures in two resort towns. Dolly Parton, who has a theme park in the affected area, plans to give one-thousand dollars a month to families who lost their homes.

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An active standoff in Washington state this morning ... After an officer is shot and killed. It happened just south of Seattle .. In Tacoma. Last night police responded to a domestic violence call ... When a suspect inside the house shot at the officers. An eye witness said the officers did everything right...

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((Kristi Croskey, Eyewitness "the police officers identified themselves, they were very humane in the manner which they approached the situation, they just said they wanted to talk to him and gunfire started and it wasn't them who started it..")) The officer was taken to the hospital ..Where he later died. This morning police are still on the scene ... As they believe the suspect is still barricaded in the home.

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He was at the center of an armed stand off in Newport Tuesday... Yesterday the suspect... David Kelley was in court. Rose and Alex have the latest... The armed standoff shutdown a neighborhood for hours. And Investigators say it could have turned out much worse ... Yesterday the man at the center of it all ... 41 year old David Kelley was in court facing aggravated assault charges... Police say he allegedly threatened two neighbors with a rifle Tuesday. He claims the couple's dog allegedly attacked his dog. Authorities say he then holed up in his rented motel apartment - wearing camo gear and a helmet, and threatened police. There was a massive police response -- and evacuations in the neighborhood. The standoff ended peacefully early Wednesday morning when he surrendered. At his arraignment, he refused help from his court-appointed lawyer, and advice from the judge. He also had words for prosecutors.

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((David Kelley/Defendant: And I would say that Mr. Whitney is going to demand that it we proven there was some aggravated assault that occurred but obviously it didn't. And I have been over charged prosecutor - have I not?!)) ((NAT HIT between Kelley: I'll tell it to the jury - Yelling - Judge: Mr. Kelly, If you cant control your self we are going to have to excuse you. So please be quiet for a moment")) Newport Police say plain old diligence prevented a violent end to the 18 hour standoff. They got help from State Police SWAT and negotiating teams. People living nearby were forced to evacuate but were allowed back to their homes on Pleasant Street yesterday morning.

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President-elect Donald Trump kicks off his victory tour in Cincinnati, Ohio today. Ahead of the event ...Mister Trump will head to Indiana -- touting a deal he helped arrange to keep nearly a thousand Carrier air conditioning factory jobs from moving to Mexico. Yesterday - the President-elect announced he would separate himself from his global business interests while in office.

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If you live in New Hampshire and want to attend Trump's Inauguration in D-C -- get in line --- online. Congresswoman Annie Kuster announced today there will be an online lottery system for Granite Staters interested. Tickets are limited and the deadline to apply is December 12. We've got more information on our website -- wcax - dot - com.

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The decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear plant is surging forward. A state panel will meet following the announcement of a plan to sell the closed reactor. The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel postponed its meeting to today. Current plant owner Entergy Corp says the sale will make it possible to begin decomissioning the plant in 20-21 and complete most site restoration by 20-30.

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There's new artwork popping up all over downtown Plattsburgh. The creative minds behind the work say it's a movement that will build up the city ... We took a trip across the lake to see for ourselves.

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((Julia Devine/Outside Art: 11:13:52 we're a vibrant community, something is happening here. 55)) Something that's eye catching... Spread throughout downtown Plattsburgh. ((Julia Devine/Outside Art:11:14:33 we love the nooks and crannies of our city, we want more people to interact with them so they do become more public spaces. We want to explore. 44)) And if you do explore... you'll find new murals popping up in random places. Like this most recent one, called "harvest." ((Julia Devine/Outside Art:11:12:04 it really celebrates our local agriculture and the North Country Co-op. It's the place to get all your local food. 13)) Julia Devine is part of the Outside Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project. The organization is behind these masterpieces to create a more vibrant downtown. And they have help from local artists. ((Julia Devine/Outside Art:11:13:17 it brings a reason to people to go there. There's something happening there. There's a mural, it's vibrant, this is a place where people can be. 28)) But it's isn't just bringing attention to the Co-Op... ((Julia Devine/Outside Art:11:12:22 we see a bright future for this alley space, there's a lot of possibilities, it's a new point of view. 28)) It's right on the Saranac River and just steps away from the downtown monument. Devine hopes the artwork is a new beginning to a once ignored spot... ((Julia Devine/Outside Art:11:16:40 art is very transformative and don't underestimate its power to boost an economy. 46))

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The other half of the building is expected to be painted with another mural by next summer. Eventually, organizers hope the ally becomes a hangout spot with an outdoor cafe.

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Know before you hit the road this morning ... Addison County law enforcement says sobriety checkpoints are being set up for the next three weeks. Vermont State Police will be monitoring the flow of traffic along the highways -- detecting people under the influence of alcohol or drug impairment.

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((TALK ABOUT BOBCAT))

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Raining Local temps: Mild with temps mainly in the 40s. NE radar/temps: Heavy rain moving W to E now. Scattered showers to the west. Temps mainly in 40s, some 50s south. But colder in northern Maine with heavy snow. U.S. Rad/sat: The storm system that is bringing us the rain is the same one that brought deadly tornadoes to the south. Unsettled weather stretches back through the Great Lakes. Forecast clouds/precip: Steady rain early on will taper off to scattered showers. Temps will hold steady, slowly dropping in the afternoon. A few snowflakes will mix in tonight in the mountains. More rain/snow showers on Friday with a bit of accumulating snow in the higher elevations by late Friday into early Saturday.

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Today: Steady AM rain tapering to scattered showers Breezy Highs: 43 to 50 Wind: S to W 10 to 20 mph Tonight: A few rain/snow showers Lows: 32 to 38 Wind: WSW 10 to 15 mph Friday: Rain/snow showers Highs: 38 to 45 Wind: SW to NW 5 to 15 mph Extended: Saturday: Scattered snow showers Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 30s Sunday: Mostly cloudy Lows: 20s Highs: 30s Monday: Partly sunny Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 30s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly cloudy Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 32 to 42 Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 30s

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With Christmas just around the corner -- organizations are busy collecting new toys for children. But one non-profit is collecting old toys and is making them even better than they were originally. Operation Dolls has gifted toys to children in the Rutland community for 16 years now. The volunteer group collects old donated toys and refurbishes them to look as good as new. The dolls are given to more than 55 non-profit organizations who then distribute them to the kids.

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The State of Vermont has its Christmas tree up... Foresters set it up on the statehouse lawn yesterday -- stringing the bulbs as well. The 41-foot tree won't be lit though -- until next Thursday the 8th at 4:30. Peggy and Joe Willis donated the giant evergreen. And we're told they planted it at their home in Sharon in 1979.

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Thousands gathered in midtown Manhattan to watch the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. The New York City Mayor flipped the switch Wednesday night, illuminating the 94-foot tall, 14-ton Norway spruce with 50,000 multicolored lights. This year's tree came from the northern foothills of New York's Catskill mountain range.

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Once the rain passes and we get more snow, lots of skiers and riders across the state will be hitting the slopes... But before that happens, experts have some tips to make sure YOU stay injury free. A nonprofit program called Protect Your Head at All Times -- also known as PHAT -- suggests numerous steps to protect yourself - including your head. Studies show a 40 to 60-percent decrease in incidence and severity of injury with helmets. But doctors suggest it still may be better than spending the day indoors.

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(4:28) ((Dr. Rob Williams/UVM Medical Center: There are some hazards of course when you go onto a snow covered mountain and slide down on a slippery pair of skis or snowboards. Of course there's going to be some hazards, but to my mind, it's much safer having a kid spend a day at the mall or in front of the nintendo.)) Other tips include...having the right equipment tuned up each season and multiple layers of clothing for the quickly changing conditions.

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November recap: Warmer & drier than average. December preview: On average, we see our average temperatures drop off fairly significantly as we go through the month of December. And, on average, we get close to 18" of snow

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This morning ... Vermont state police received multiple reports of downed trees on roads throughout the state ... There are also reports of Power outages ..And downed power lines.. At least 900 homes are without power this morning... Police warn drivers this morning to be careful during the commute...

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Clean up begins this morning after tornadoes touched down in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. At least five people are dead .. After the storms ripped apart some trailer homes. Thousands are still without power.

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Three more bodies were found in eastern tennessee after a wildfire spread through out the region. This brings the number of people killed to seven Authorities believe the fire was started by humans... Yesterdays rain allowed search and rescue crews to go house by house, looking for those who may still be trapped.

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The man at the center of an armed standoff in Newport was in court ... 41 year old David Kelley faces aggravated assault charges... Police say he allegedly threatened two neighbors with a rifle Tuesday.. Authorities say he then holed up in his rented motel room and threatened police. The standoff ended peacefully when he surrendered. At his arraignment, he refused help from his court-appointed lawyer, and advice from the judge.

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((David Kelley/Defendant: And I would say that Mr. Whitney is going to demand that it we proven there was some aggravated assault that occurred but obviously it didn't. And I have been over charged prosecutor - have I not?!)) ((NAT HIT between Kelley: I'll tell it to the jury - Yelling - Judge: Mr. Kelly, If you cant control your self we are going to have to excuse you. So please be quiet for a moment")) Newport Police say plain old diligence prevented a violent end to the 18 hour standoff. They got help from State Police SWAT and negotiating teams.

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A circus tent operator will pay 24 thousand dollars in fines after a tent collapse killed two people. It happened at the Lancaster, New Hampshire fairground in August of 20-15. Federal safety officials say severe weather and high wind warnings were ignored when the tent was put up .

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Before you hit the road this weekend ... Vermont state police plan to set up sobriety checkpoints for the next three weeks. The checkpoints will be in and around Addison County... Vermont State Police will monitor traffic -- to find people under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Plans to decommission the Vermont Yankee nuclear Plant are moving forward. A state panel will meet today following the announcement of a plan to sell the closed reactor.

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Plattsburgh plans to spruce up it's downtown .. With new artwork... During the last two years, murals have popped up on public buildings downtown. The latest display was finished in September -- it's called "harvest". It was done on the backside of a co-op in an alley way. Outside Art Organization is behind the mural effort and tell us this is the start of big changes to come...

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((Julia Devine/Outside Art: 11:14:58 we've named it Revolution Alley, it will be a gentle revolution of new things that can happen here. 15:04)) The other half of the building is expected to be painted by next summer.

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Gary? How's the weather?

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Steady rain early on will taper off to scattered showers. Temps will hold steady, slowly dropping in the afternoon. A few snowflakes will mix in tonight in the mountains. More rain/snow showers on Friday with a bit of accumulating snow in the higher elevations by late Friday into early Saturday. There will still be a few, scattered snow showers on Saturday, but then we'll start to dry out. Still lots of clouds on Sunday, but more sunshine as we get into the start of next week. Wintry mix possible on Wednesday as stronger storm system starts to head our way.

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Steady rain early on will taper off to scattered showers. Temps will hold steady, slowly dropping in the afternoon. A few snowflakes will mix in tonight in the mountains. More rain/snow showers on Friday with a bit of accumulating snow in the higher elevations by late Friday into early Saturday.

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This morning at least 900 homes are without power... Vermont state police received multiple reports of downed trees and power lines on roads throughout the state ... Police warn drivers this morning to be careful during the commute...

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The man at the center of an armed standoff in Newport was in court ... 41 year old David Kelley faces aggravated assault charges... Police say he allegedly threatened two neighbors with a rifle Tuesday. Authorities say he then holed up in his rented motel room and threatened police. The standoff ended peacefully when he surrendered. At his arraignment, he refused help from his court-appointed lawyer, and advice from the judge.

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Before you hit the road this weekend ... Vermont state police plan to set up sobriety checkpoints for the next three weeks. The checkpoints will be in and around Addison County... Vermont State Police will monitor the flow of traffic along the highways -- to find people under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Plans to decommission the Vermont Yankee nuclear Plant are moving forward. A state panel will meet today following the announcement of a plan to sell the closed reactor.

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Plattsburgh plans to spruce up it's downtown .. With new artwork... During the last two years, murals have popped up on public buildings downtown. The latest display was finished in September -- it's called "harvest". It was done on the backside of a co-op in an alley way. Outside Art Organization is behind the mural effort and tell us this is the start of big changes to come...

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((Julia Devine/Outside Art: 11:14:58 we've named it Revolution Alley, it will be a gentle revolution of new things that can happen here. 15:04)) The other half of the building is expected to be painted with another mural by next summer.

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Steady rain early on will taper off to scattered showers. Temps will hold steady, slowly dropping in the afternoon. A few snowflakes will mix in tonight in the mountains. More rain/snow showers on Friday with a bit of accumulating snow in the higher elevations by late Friday into early Saturday. There will still be a few, scattered snow showers on Saturday, but then we'll start to dry out. Still lots of clouds on Sunday, but more sunshine as we get into the start of next week. Wintry mix possible on Wednesday as stronger storm system starts to head our way.

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This morning at least 900 homes are without power... Vermont state police received multiple reports of downed trees and power lines on roads throughout the state ... Police warn drivers this morning to be careful during the commute... What you are seeing now is the fuse at the underhill station that caused some of the power outages last night.

2} STANDOFF3_OC__VO


The man at the center of an armed standoff in Newport was in court ... 41 year old David Kelley faces aggravated assault charges... Police say he allegedly threatened two neighbors with a rifle Tuesday, claiming the couple's dog attacked his dog. Authorities say he then holed up in his rented motel room and threatened police. The standoff ended peacefully early yesterday morning when he surrendered. At his arraignment, he refused help from his court-appointed lawyer, and advice from the judge.

3} STANDOFF3_SOTVO


((David Kelley/Defendant: And I would say that Mr. Whitney is going to demand that it we proven there was some aggravated assault that occurred but obviously it didn't. And I have been over charged prosecutor - have I not?!)) ((NAT HIT between Kelley: I'll tell it to the jury - Yelling - Judge: Mr. Kelly, If you cant control your self we are going to have to excuse you. So please be quiet for a moment")) Newport Police say plain old diligence prevented a violent end to the 18 hour standoff. They got help from State Police SWAT and negotiating teams.

4} TENT3_WVO


A circus tent operator will pay 24 thousand dollars in fines after a tent collapse killed two people. It happened at the Lancaster, New Hampshire fairground in August of 20-15. Federal safety officials say severe weather and high wind warnings were ignored when the tent was put up by Walker International Events.

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Before you hit the road this weekend ... Vermont state police plan to set up sobriety checkpoints for the next three weeks. The checkpoints will be in and around Addison County... Vermont State Police will monitor the flow of traffic along the highways -- to find people under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

6} VTYANKEE3_WVO


Plans to decommission the Vermont Yankee nuclear Plant are moving forward. A state panel will meet today following the announcement of a plan to sell the closed reactor.

7} MURAL3_OC__VO


Plattsburgh plans to spruce up it's downtown .. With new artwork... During the last two years, murals have popped up on public buildings downtown. The latest display was finished in September -- it's called "harvest". It was done on the backside of a co-op in an alley way. Outside Art Organization is behind the mural effort and tell us this is the start of big changes to come...

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((Julia Devine/Outside Art: 11:14:58 we've named it Revolution Alley, it will be a gentle revolution of new things that can happen here. 15:04)) The other half of the building is expected to be painted with another mural by next summer.

9} AM_WEATHER


Steady rain early on will taper off to scattered showers. Temps will hold steady, slowly dropping in the afternoon. A few snowflakes will mix in tonight in the mountains. More rain/snow showers on Friday with a bit of accumulating snow in the higher elevations by late Friday into early Saturday. There will still be a few, scattered snow showers on Saturday, but then we'll start to dry out. Still lots of clouds on Sunday, but more sunshine as we get into the start of next week. Wintry mix possible on Wednesday as stronger storm system starts to head our way.


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