Thu 20-NOV-2014 Early A.M. News Script

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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The person police say is behind a double murder -- will be in court today. This morning -- authorites say a former girlfriend pulled the trigger killing two men in Townshend. Shelby Cashman reports.

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There is one home on Abby Road in Townshend. And that's where police say a deadly shooting occurred around nine o clock Tuesday night. (00:37) ((Major Hall: "upon their arrival they met with a female who exited that residence and indicated that there were two people shot inside the residence.")) (00:50) Police say that female was 62 year old Robin O'Neill--and-- 60 year old Steve Lott and his son--28 year old Jamis Lott were deceased-- when they entered the home. O'Neill allegedly lived at the home with Steve Lott-and they had just ended a relationship. Police say Jamis Lott--was just visiting. O'Neill was taken into custody Tuesday night--and is facing two counts of second degree murder. Morgan Lynch--a longtime Townshend resident--says--he knew the Lotts. (00:16:48)) ((Morgan Lynch/Townshend "they will be missed. Steve was a great person. and Jamis--He was even greater. He was quiet and shy and he was the best out of the three kids. He was quiet shy and he was a good kid")) O'neill is set to appear at windham county court Thursday and is currently being held without bail in Springfield. Shelby Cashman - channel 3 news -- Brattleboro.

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State police say a traffic stop turned high-speed chase led to the arrest of a fugitive. Troopers say they tried to pull over a car on Meadow Street in Williamstown. The driver -- refused to stop. Instead -- reaching speeds of 65 miles per hour on Graniteville road. Eventually the car crashed. The driver -- took off on foot. Police chased the suspect into the woods and tazed him. That man -- was later identified as 26-year-old Benjamin Currier of Montpelier. Trooper say he didn't stop -- because he was on escape status from the Department of Corrections. Currier -- is due in court today.

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The second suspect in the killing of Melissa Jenkins -- will go on trial in March. Patricia Prue will face a jury beginning March 5th -- in Burlington. As with the case of Prue's husband Allen Prue -- the judge moved the trial because of concerns about finding an impartial jury in St. Johnsbury -- where Melissa Jenkins worked. A jury convicted Allen Prue last month of first degree murder. He could get up to life in prison. The aggravated murder charge against Patricia Prue carries a mandatory sentence of life with no possibility of parole.

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A South Burlington corrections officer is accused of having sex with an inmate --- and prosecutors says it's a crime. Kristin Kelly reports on the allegations surfacing at the city's women's prison.

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His job is to keep inmates safe -- and in line. But now 29 year old William Savaria is charged with sexually exploiting an inmate at the women's prison in South Burlington. ((020500 Jennifer Sprafke/Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility Assistant Superinendent : Because it is a criminal and a personnel matter - we can't discuss the specifics - but we can say that obviously staff engaging in any kind of sexual misconduct or sexual acts with inmates is something that the department and the state take very seriously 020511)) State Police say they launched an investigation into Savaria -- and allegations he was having a relationship with an inmate -- earlier this month. Correctional officials say they notified police -- after the Agency of Human services assisted in an internal review. It is not clear when the alleged relationship began. ((nats Gallow in court)) Its not the first correctional officer at the Chittenden facility accused of sex acts with an inmate. Earlier this year -- 44 year old Richard Gallow was tried TWICE for allegedly touching himself inappropriately in front of a woman's cell -- then assaulting her. Both trials ended in a hung jury. ((021106, kk q: should other inmates feel safe here now given that this is the second officer charged recently? 021112 // 021207 Jennifer Sprafke/Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility Assistant Superinendent: I dont look at this as an indication that inmates shouldn't feel safe here, not to discredit what may have happened to someone, but to say that we take this very seriously and we are committed to inmates being protected, and if that means staff are held accountable criminally for acts they commit, then we are absolutely committed to do that 021228, )) More details about Savaria's case should be released after he is arraigned Thursday. He is currently on leave from Corrections. Kk ch3 Burlington.

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A Vermont mother dealing with the loss of her son -- had an emotional day on Capital hill. Her soon recently took his own life -- after suffering from PTSD. And she went to Washington to voice her support for a suicide prevention bill aimed at Veterans. Here's Keith McGilvery.

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(00:08:27:28) ((please bear with me -- I just lost my son six weeks ago.)) Valerie Pallotta -- testifying in front of lawmakers in Washington Wednesday -- speaking about her son Joshua's struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (00:11:28:19) ((The sleepless nights, headaches, physical pain, anger, not eating, nightmares; these are all signs of PTSD. Not only has PTSD taken the life of our son but it has taken the life out of us. Our spirit left the day our son died.)) Joshua -- who served time in Afghanistan with the Vermont National Guard -- took his own life on September 23rd of this year -- at the age of 25. (00:11:06:08) ((His death certificate should have stated the cause of death as PTSD/TBI. Not from a self-inflicted wound. )) The Colchester mother -- described the moment police officers knocked on her door -- and told her-- her son was dead. (00:10:27:24) (("I'm very sorry to tell you that your son is deceased." 'NO! This can't be true. I thought he had been arrested. His PTSD was bound to get him arrested at some point. He had so much anger; so much pain. He's in jail. He's not dead. This can't be.' I knew in my gut that my son had ended his life before I had asked the question. )) Pallotto told the Senate Veterans Affairs committee -- Joshua's death -- should never have happened. (00:17:38:19) ((What we ask is that you end the bureaucracy and make sure veterans get the benefits and support they need so that no other family every has to go through this.))

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The legislation would require the V-A and the Pentagon to submit to an independent review of all of their suicide-prevention programs. It also calls for the creation of a website to inform veterans of the mental health services available to them.

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Job cuts are on the way to Vermont Yankee. Entergy Nuclear announced a year ago that it's plant in Vernon would stop producing power at the end of 20-14. The plant employs more than 550 people. Entergy notified the state and town that 165 of those people will be laid off as of January 19th of next year. Eventually most jobs at the plant will disappear -- though entergy plans to employ at least 300 people thru 20-16 to begin the decommissioning process.

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And bad news on the jobs front in Orleans as well. Workers at the Ethan Allen furniture plant learned of a temporary shut down today. All non-salary employees were told to stay home until the Monday after Thanksgiving. That's about 350 people. A source says sales slowed more than expected.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mostly 20s NE temps/radar: mostly 20s, some 30s south; scattered snow showers on radar; more lake-effect snow in western NY Wind chills: mainly in teens U.S. Clouds/radar: clipper system coming through Great Lakes and moving in our direction Forecast clouds/precip: Snow showers today into Friday morning; lots of lake effect snow; getting even colder Friday and Friday night, but then warming up over the weekend.

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Today: Mostly cloudy Scattered snow showers Chilly & breezy Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: SSW 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Breezy Lows: 12 to 22 Wind: SW to NW 10 to 20 mph Friday: AM snow showers Then partly sunny Cold & blustery Highs: 22 to 28 Wind: NW 10 to 20 mph Extended: Saturday: Partly sunny Breezy, turning warmer Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 30s Sunday: Mostly cloudy A few rain/snow showers Breezy Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 40s Monday: Mostly cloudy Rain showers Breezy Lows: 35 to 42 Highs: 50s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 40s Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 32 to 42

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In a prime time speech tonight President Obama will address the nation to unveil his plan for immigration reform. While many are in favor of fixing the immigration system, some in Congress aren't happy about how the President is trying to do it. Andrew Spencer reports

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White House :07-:11 (international only) Barack Obama U.S. President :12-:16 File :16-:24 Jay Carney Former White House Press Secretary ----alt---- CNN Sr. Political Commentator :25-:31 File :36-:45 Rep. Mike Rogers (R) Michigan PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IS GETTING READY FOR TONIGHT'S SPEECH, WHERE HE PLANS TO UNVEIL EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION. ( Barack Obama / U.S. President ) "...what I'm going to be laying out is the things that I can do with my lawful authority as president..." ...ACTION WHICH SETS UP A POLITICAL BATTLE WITH REPUBLICANS ON CAPITOL HILL. ( Jay Carney / Former White House Press Secretary ) "There's no question that there's going to be a political confrontation with Congress over this. I think there is a bigger risk for the president had he gone back on his word..." IN JUNE, THE PRESIDENT SAID HE WOULDN'T WAIT FOR CONGRESS TO PASS COMPREHENSIVE REFORM. MICHIGAN REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN MIKE ROGERS SAYS THAT CAN STILL BE DONE -- BUT ONLY WITH COMPROMISE. ( Rep. Mike Rogers / (R) Michigan ) "What you see now is, 'I'm going get everything i want,' that's what the president is saying, 'or I will take nothing.' That's wrong. It's wrong here in the Congress if we do that, and it's wrong if the president does it." ( Jay Carney / Former White House Press Secretary ) "It is still fully within the capacity of the Congress to pass a law that comprehensively reforms the immigration system, as the majority of the American people want and as would be good for the economy, and then that would end the need for any executive action." THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE'LL STILL BE WORKING WITH CONGRESS TO GET A BIPARTISAN BILL PASSED, BUT DISAGREEMENTS OVER IMMIGRATION REFORM -- SOME ARGUE -- COULD SPILL INTO OTHER ISSUES DOWN THE ROAD. ( Rep. Mike Rogers / (R) Michigan ) "That divisiveness will poison every other major accomplishment we need to get done on behalf of the American people -- certainly in this term and going into next term, as well." I'M ANDREW SPENCER, REPORTING

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Police in Pennsylvania say a drowsy big rig driver -- caused a deadly accident. Officials say the 50-year-old tractor-trailer driver fell asleep at the wheel yesterday morning -- crashing into several cars -- pinning three cars against a large metal sign. Two people inside the pinned cars wee killed. Nine others were hurt. The driver faces several charges including two counts of homicide by vehicle.

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A New York deli remains closed -- after a customer took out his anger -- in a dangerous way. That was all caught on camera. Take a look at this surveillance video -- of the man dousing the deli in Harlem with gasoline ... The massive fireball engulfs the store -- leaving 65-percent of the store completely burned. There was a worker inside who escaped uninjured. That worker says the suspect was in the store earlier that day -- and tried to rob the store hours before the fire. Police are still trying to track the suspect down.

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Police in Maine -- say a stranger saved an infant from inside a car filling with water. They say earlier this week a man lost control of his SUV on an icy road -- and rolled the vehicle down an embankment. The car was upside-down in water -- when the passerby crawled into the SUV -- used a knife to cut the straps off the car seat and pulled the infant to safety.

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As we continue our first week kicking off the mitten tree -- we look forward to sharing stories behind the donations. We had a special visitor -- who is honoring his late Mom -- with a thoughtful gift. Meet Duane LaRose.

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If you would like to donate -- on your screen is a list of drop off locations. And we want to thank everyone who has donated already this mitten tree season.

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Almanac: Still chilly yesterday with just a trace of snow in Burlington Jet Stream: in a cold trough now, but jet will take a jump over northeast early next week for a brief warm-up NE temps/radar: mostly 20s, some 30s south; scattered snow showers on radar; more lake-effect snow in western NY

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DOCTORS ARE NOTICING THAT MORE BREAST CANCER PATIENTS SEEM TO BE CHOOSING MORE INVASIVE SURGERIES THAN THEY MAY NEED. EBONI WILLIAMS HAS THE DAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES.

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MORE EARLY STAGE BREAST CANCER PATIENTS ARE CHOOSING TO UNDERGO A MASTECOMY INSTEAD OF A LUMPECTOMY. RESEARCHERS AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY LOOKED AT 14 YEARS OF DATA. THEY ALSO FOUND THAT THE PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN WITH CANCER IN ONE BREAST WHO OPTED TO HAVE A DOUBLE MASTECOMY - JUMPED FROM JUST UNDER 2 PERCENT TO MORE THAN 11 PERCENT. (VO) CHILDREN WHOSE *PARENTS* SPEND A LOT OF TIME ON THE COMPUTER OR WATCHING T.V. ARE MORE LIKELY THAN OTHER CHILDREN TO HAVE EXCESSIVE SCREEN-TIME HABITS. RESEARCHERS IN JAPAN ALSO FOUND THE RISK OF OBESITY In BOYS IS RELATED TO THEIR FATHERS' OBESITY… WHILE GIRLS' OBESITY IS LINKED TO *BOTH* PARENTS' WEIGHT. (VO) AND NEW RESEARCH SHOWS FEMALE BOSSES HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION THAN WOMEN WHOSE JOBS ARE NOT POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY. BUT RESEARCHERS IN TEXAS FOUND THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE FOR MEN. RESEARCHERS SAY FEMALE BOSSES HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE STRESS OF NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES AND PREJUDICE FROM BOTH SUBORDINATES AND SUPERIORS. THAT'S A LOOK AT THE DAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES, EBONI WILLIAMS, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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Terminating Contract-- keeping Jonathan Gruber on the job - without pay. Record breaking storm-- Snow continues to bury Buffalo.. And A big award for a group of student engineers and scientists..

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

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A new blast of lake-effect snow is pounding Buffalo, piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall. The Buffalo area found itself buried under as much as 5˝ feet of snow yesterday. With another lake-effect storm today -- some areas could be left with more than 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. The storm trapped more than 100 vehicles along the New York State Thruway. It was blamed for up to seven deaths in western New York, at least four of them from heart attacks.

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((sot: Mark Poloncarz/Erie County Executive)) we're officially calling it "Winter Storm Knife" in regards to the knife that cut through the heart of Erie County. Forecasters say a rapid weekend warmup, with temperatures as high as 60 and heavy rain, could turn all that snow into floods.

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A controversial consultant will finish his work for Vermont, but won't see another dime from the state. Jonathan Gruber will complete his economic analysis of Vermont's planned transition to a single-payer health system. His research assistants will be paid for their time, but not Gruber. Controversy began swirling around the Health Care Consultant a video surfaced of Gruber touting a lack of transparency and American stupidity as crucial to passage of the federal Affordable Care Act. Miller says the state could not afford to switch contractors, or let Gruber's comments go unpunished.

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(01:59:34:00) ((Lawrence Miller - Vt. Health Reform Chief: "I think it's an expression of our concern with his comments. It is an expression of the damage that this does to the value of the work)) Miller says the new arrangement should amount to substantial savings but did not provide a dollar figure. Gruber's initial agreement allowed for him and his staff to be paid up to 400-thousand dollars.

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A unique way to keep crops safe -- has won a group of South Burlington high school students -- national recognition. The schools aeronautical design team traveled to Florida -- where it won first place in a national design competition. The team of seven created a drone to help monitor and protect crops. Their coach says the win is a testament to the students hard work and determination -- having come close to the podium for the last few years.

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((22:30 It tasks us with coming up with a solution to a real-world problem facing the industry today -- such as precision agriculture ...We're innovating the future of precision agriculture.)) Each of the students was awarded a 50-thousand dollar scholarship to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mostly 20s NE temps/radar: mostly 20s, some 30s south; scattered snow showers on radar; more lake-effect snow in western NY Wind chills: mainly in teens U.S. Clouds/radar: clipper system coming through Great Lakes and moving in our direction Forecast clouds/precip: Snow showers today into Friday morning; lots of lake effect snow; getting even colder Friday and Friday night, but then warming up over the weekend.

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Today: Mostly cloudy Scattered snow showers Chilly & breezy Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: SSW 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Breezy Lows: 12 to 22 Wind: SW to NW 10 to 20 mph Friday: AM snow showers Then partly sunny Cold & blustery Highs: 22 to 28 Wind: NW 10 to 20 mph Extended: Saturday: Partly sunny Breezy, turning warmer Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 30s Sunday: Mostly cloudy A few rain/snow showers Breezy Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 40s Monday: Mostly cloudy Rain showers Breezy Lows: 35 to 42 Highs: 50s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 40s Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 32 to 42

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Drivers in Burlington saw parking prices go up for city spots earlier this month. Last night they got their opportunity to sound off on the spike. Alex Apple was there.

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From backyard to parking lot -- it's a major transformation behind Shannon Dufour-Martinez's house in Burlington's Old North End. (57:22 Shannon Dufour-Martinez)(("We park 7 cars in our backyard.")) Those seven spaces were needed because the house's tenants could rarely find a PLACE to park. (57:35 Shannon Dufour-Martinez)(("We used to have a backyard.")) Hoping to get that backyard back, Dufour-Martinez attended a meeting Wednesday that gave the public a chance to learn and sound-off on the Queen City's parking headaches. (Andy Hill 34:33)(("We don't know what's going to work for Burlington until we hear from you folks.")) Andy Hill works for Desman Associates -- a parking consulting company -- and has studied the city's parking trends. He told residents -- spaces are available -- if you know where to look. (40:29 Andy Hill)(("you may need to look at your signage that's guiding folks to the various facilities.")) Julia Connell says she has few problems with finding a spot -- but she's content to park farther away from Church Street. (56:04 Julia Connell/Burlington)((" There are other options farther outside of the city down closer to St Paul Street that really aren't that much further.")) Another issue addressed at the meeting: half of the spaces in the Queen City are reserved for private use. (40:10 Andy Hill)(("We feel that finding a way to unlock this and make this available beyond just exclusive users may be one of the solutions.")) SOME SAY unlocking those spaces is especially important around the city's marketplace garage and Church Street. On any given weekend, Hill says 86 percent of spaces there are filled at peak hours. One solution: (46:23 Andy Hill)(("Possibly eliminating pricing at certain times at certain facilities in order to make them more attractive to folks.")) More attractive for people like Dufour-Martinez clients who when travelling to her downtown office -- gets frustrated hunting for a spot. (59:07 Andy Hill)(("I work in the downtown area and we have a lot of clients that come to see us that don't realize they can still park at the other parking garages for the first two hours free.")) The city says those first two hours will stay free and studies on the Queen City's parking system will finish in the spring of next year. Andy Hill noted that away from Church Street, congestion in the city is less of a problem -- but at the marketplace -- visitors drive to their destination and circle until finding a spot. He suggests using better signage to direct motorists to areas where more spots are available. ((AA Channel 3 news))

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After splitting their 2 game road trip to open the season,the UVM men's basketball team back at Patrick Gym tonight to host in-state Division 3 foe Southern Vermont College... (((TRT: 2:06 OC: STANDARD)))

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(((The Hoopcats down 3 players for tonight's home opener against the Mountaineers... No problem though, plenty of depth for Vermont ... --- Opening bucket, Ethan O'Day finds Hector Harold for the lay-in ... Harold with 12 points... UVM up as many as 22 in the first half... --- Credit S-V-C, they never stopped playing ... DeShawn Hamlet with the solid move... He had a game high 13 ... --- But Vermont with eyes on Denmark and a second win... End of the half, Cam Ward knocks down the trey ... He also had 12... 37-19 Cats at the break... --- Second half, UVM jumping over the Mountaineers... Great passing on two straight possessions leads to Ethan O'Day jams... 10 For O'Day ... Six players in double figures as Vermont rolls S-V-C 86-41 in their home opener at Patrick Gym. ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ----- (((TRT: 28 OC: WHICH WAS GREAT... It was a lot of fun, winning is always a lot of fun... It's nice to see so many different people score, it could be anyone on any given night... As a coach, that is the part that makes me nervous... How would we respond to winning... I stayed on them in the first half and they responded by playing better in the second half which was great ...))) ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ----- the SUNYAC champion Plattsburgh women's hoop team taking on Norwich in the Cards home opener...both teams coming into the night at 1-1 on the season... --- First half, Cardinals cruising... Brittany Marshall with 2 of her 15... Plattsburgh up 24-19 at halftime... --- Second half, the Cadets storm their way back... A huge part the shooting of Kayla Mercer... This 3 makes gives Norwich a 2-pt lead... --- PSU retakes a 56-54 edge... Under 35 seconds to play, Mercer at it again... The huge 3 turns the tide for good... Aaliyah Curry adds 23 ... As Norwich downs Plattsburgh on the road, 60-58. That's the sportswrap, I'm Dylan Scott, have a great day!)))

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NE temps/radar: mostly 20s, some 30s south; scattered snow showers on radar; more lake-effect snow in western NY

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The author of a famous children's book made a guest appearance at a Middlebury elementary school. Logan Crawford caught up with the creator of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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Julie Altemose is the school librarian at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury. The school's holding its annual read-a-thon. Students here -- are encouraged to read. (TC 00:36:06:04 Tile 5367) ((Julie Altemose/Mary Hogan School "For the last 4 years we have done a read-a-thon and it is a month-long reading fundraiser for our school. And each year we try to have at least 1 or 2 authors come visit our school." 00:36:18:19)) Thanks to a request from the Vermont Book Store -- this year the students are getting a surprise author for their read-a-thon. (TC 00:00:19:00 Tile 5272) ((Shannon Gillette/4th Grader "We're having Jeff Kinney come to talk about his book Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul." 00:00:25:15)) The author of the world-famous book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid is stopping by to tell Mary Hogan students the story of how he became an author -- and connect with his readers. (TC 00:30:50:29 Tile 5358) ((Jeff Kinney/Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author "I think it's really important that kids hold a book in their hands. There's so much today that's digital even reading is sometimes digital. I think it's important to feel the pages of a book and have something tactile. This is a way a kid connects to the ideas in a book." 00:31:05:00)) (TC 00:40:47:16 Tile 5369) ((Logan Crawford/Middlebury "Last year the school's annual read-a-thon raised $15,000 for books and other supplies for the school. Educators say it's important for a popular like Jeff Kinney to come visit students and inspire them to read." 00:41:00:10)) (TC 00:37:42:11 Tile 5367) ((Julie Altemose/Mary Hogan School "My own daughter who doesn't like reading has become very motivated to read and now wants to read the whole series, so it just motivates readers, it motivates kids to write and I think it's just great modeling for kids." 00:37:54:21)) Students reading books like, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, say they relate to the characters. (TC 00:06:01:03 Tile 5274) ((Kelsey Altemose/4th Grader "I feel just like Greg on car trips because my family takes long car trips. My mom always makes us eat the healthy food before the junk food." 00:06:10:00)) Kinney's books about a boy's adventures in middle school -- documented in his diary -- has these students saying reading and writing isn't so wimpy. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Middlebury. -3-

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Teachers there say the school raised just shy of 50-thousand dollars in the last 3 years from their read-a-thons.

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky starts us off this morning with quick check on the weather. weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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The person police say is behind a double murder -- will be in court today. This morning -- authorites say a former girlfriend pulled the trigger killing two men in Townshend. Shelby Cashman reports.

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There is one home on Abby Road in Townshend. And that's where police say a deadly shooting occurred around nine o clock Tuesday night. (00:37) ((Major Hall: "upon their arrival they met with a female who exited that residence and indicated that there were two people shot inside the residence.")) (00:50) Police say that female was 62 year old Robin O'Neill--and-- 60 year old Steve Lott and his son--28 year old Jamis Lott were deceased-- when they entered the home. O'Neill allegedly lived at the home with Steve Lott-and they had just ended a relationship. Police say Jamis Lott--was just visiting. O'Neill was taken into custody Tuesday night--and is facing two counts of second degree murder. Morgan Lynch--a longtime Townshend resident--says--he knew the Lotts. (00:16:48)) ((Morgan Lynch/Townshend "they will be missed. Steve was a great person. and Jamis--He was even greater. He was quiet and shy and he was the best out of the three kids. He was quiet shy and he was a good kid")) O'neill is set to appear at windham county court Thursday and is currently being held without bail in Springfield. Shelby Cashman - channel 3 news -- Brattleboro.

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State police say a traffic stop turned high-speed chase led to the arrest of a fugitive. Troopers say they tried to pull over a car on Meadow Street in Williamstown. The driver -- refused to stop. Instead -- reaching speeds of 65 miles per hour on Graniteville road. Eventually the car crashed. The driver -- took off on foot. Police chased the suspect into the woods and tazed him. That man -- was later identified as 26-year-old Benjamin Currier of Montpelier. Trooper say he didn't stop -- because he was on escape status from the Department of Corrections. Currier -- is due in court today.

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The second suspect in the killing of Melissa Jenkins -- will go on trial in March. Patricia Prue will face a jury beginning March 5th -- in Burlington. As with the case of Prue's husband Allen Prue -- the judge moved the trial because of concerns about finding an impartial jury in St. Johnsbury -- where Melissa Jenkins worked. A jury convicted Allen Prue last month of first degree murder. He could get up to life in prison. The aggravated murder charge against Patricia Prue carries a mandatory sentence of life with no possibility of parole.

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A South Burlington corrections officer is accused of having sex with an inmate --- and prosecutors says it's a crime. Kristin Kelly reports on the allegations surfacing at the city's women's prison.

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His job is to keep inmates safe -- and in line. But now 29 year old William Savaria is charged with sexually exploiting an inmate at the women's prison in South Burlington. ((020500 Jennifer Sprafke/Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility Assistant Superinendent : Because it is a criminal and a personnel matter - we can't discuss the specifics - but we can say that obviously staff engaging in any kind of sexual misconduct or sexual acts with inmates is something that the department and the state take very seriously 020511)) State Police say they launched an investigation into Savaria -- and allegations he was having a relationship with an inmate -- earlier this month. Correctional officials say they notified police -- after the Agency of Human services assisted in an internal review. It is not clear when the alleged relationship began. ((nats Gallow in court)) Its not the first correctional officer at the Chittenden facility accused of sex acts with an inmate. Earlier this year -- 44 year old Richard Gallow was tried TWICE for allegedly touching himself inappropriately in front of a woman's cell -- then assaulting her. Both trials ended in a hung jury. ((021106, kk q: should other inmates feel safe here now given that this is the second officer charged recently? 021112 // 021207 Jennifer Sprafke/Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility Assistant Superinendent: I dont look at this as an indication that inmates shouldn't feel safe here, not to discredit what may have happened to someone, but to say that we take this very seriously and we are committed to inmates being protected, and if that means staff are held accountable criminally for acts they commit, then we are absolutely committed to do that 021228, )) More details about Savaria's case should be released after he is arraigned Thursday. He is currently on leave from Corrections. Kk ch3 Burlington.

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A Vermont mother dealing with the loss of her son -- had an emotional day on Capital hill. Her soon recently took his own life -- after suffering from PTSD. And she went to Washington to voice her support for a suicide prevention bill aimed at Veterans. Here's Keith McGilvery.

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(00:08:27:28) ((please bear with me -- I just lost my son six weeks ago.)) Valerie Pallotta -- testifying in front of lawmakers in Washington Wednesday -- speaking about her son Joshua's struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (00:11:28:19) ((The sleepless nights, headaches, physical pain, anger, not eating, nightmares; these are all signs of PTSD. Not only has PTSD taken the life of our son but it has taken the life out of us. Our spirit left the day our son died.)) Joshua -- who served time in Afghanistan with the Vermont National Guard -- took his own life on September 23rd of this year -- at the age of 25. (00:11:06:08) ((His death certificate should have stated the cause of death as PTSD/TBI. Not from a self-inflicted wound. )) The Colchester mother -- described the moment police officers knocked on her door -- and told her-- her son was dead. (00:10:27:24) (("I'm very sorry to tell you that your son is deceased." 'NO! This can't be true. I thought he had been arrested. His PTSD was bound to get him arrested at some point. He had so much anger; so much pain. He's in jail. He's not dead. This can't be.' I knew in my gut that my son had ended his life before I had asked the question. )) Pallotto told the Senate Veterans Affairs committee -- Joshua's death -- should never have happened. (00:17:38:19) ((What we ask is that you end the bureaucracy and make sure veterans get the benefits and support they need so that no other family every has to go through this.)) The legislation would require the V-A and the Pentagon to submit to an independent review of all of their suicide-prevention programs. It also calls for the creation of a website to inform veterans of the mental health services available to them. ((KM Channel 3 News))

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Job cuts are on the way to Vermont Yankee. Entergy Nuclear announced a year ago that it's plant in Vernon would stop producing power at the end of 20-14. The plant employs more than 550 people. Entergy notified the state and town that 165 of those people will be laid off as of January 19th of next year. Eventually most jobs at the plant will disappear -- though entergy plans to employ at least 300 people thru 20-16 to begin the decommissioning process.

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And bad news on the jobs front in Orleans as well. Workers at the Ethan Allen furniture plant learned of a temporary shut down today. All non-salary employees were told to stay home until the Monday after Thanksgiving. That's about 350 people. A source says sales slowed more than expected.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mostly 20s NE temps/radar: mostly 20s, some 30s south; scattered snow showers on radar; more lake-effect snow in western NY Wind chills: mainly in teens U.S. Clouds/radar: clipper system coming through Great Lakes and moving in our direction Forecast clouds/precip: Snow showers today into Friday morning; lots of lake effect snow; getting even colder Friday and Friday night, but then warming up over the weekend.

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Today: Mostly cloudy Scattered snow showers Chilly & breezy Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: SSW 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Breezy Lows: 12 to 22 Wind: SW to NW 10 to 20 mph Friday: AM snow showers Then partly sunny Cold & blustery Highs: 22 to 28 Wind: NW 10 to 20 mph Extended: Saturday: Partly sunny Breezy, turning warmer Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 30s Sunday: Mostly cloudy A few rain/snow showers Breezy Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 40s Monday: Mostly cloudy Rain showers Breezy Lows: 35 to 42 Highs: 50s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 40s Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 32 to 42

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Americans await a plan from President Obama -- that could allow millions of people -- to avoid being deported. Anne Marie Green has that story and more in this mornings worldwatch.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL OUTLINE HIS EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION TONIGHT. THE PRESIDENT IS EXPECTED TO DETAIL PLANS THAT COULD SPARE AS MANY AS FIVE MILLION PEOPLE FROM DEPORTATION. THIS WILL BE A TEST OF THE PRESIDENT'S ABILITY TO ENACT FEDERAL POLICY WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT ON AN ISSUE THAT HAS DIVIDED CONGRESS AND THE NATION. A BROAD IMMIGRATION BILL PASSED THE SENATE LATE YEAR, BUT STALLED IN THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED HOUSE. AN HISTORIC SNOWSTORM CONTINUES TO BURY PARTS OF WESTERN NEW YORK UNDER SEVERAL FEET OF SNOW. SIX FEET HAVE ALREADY FALLEN IN AREAS IN AND AROUND BUFFALO, AS THE LAKE-EFFECT STORM RAGES ON. MORE THAN HALF A DOZEN DEATHS HAVE BEEN BLAMED ON THE EPIC WEATHER SYSTEM. ANOTHER TWO- TO THREE MORE FEET OF SNOW ARE EPXECTED BY TONIGHT. AND THE CABLE CHANNEL "TV LAND" HAS PULLED EPISODES OF "THE COSBY SHOW" AS STAR BILL COSBY FACES ACCUSATIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE. SOME OF THE CLAIMS ARE DECADES OLD, BUT HIS ACCUSERS ARE STILL SPEAKING OUT. THE 77-YEAR OLD COSBY IS NOT COMMENTING ON THE ACCUSATIONS. HE HAS NEVER BEEN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT. NBC AND NETFLIX HAVE ALSO SHELVED PROJECTS INVOLVING THE TV LEGEND. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES. I'M ANNE-MARIE GREEN, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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As we continue our first week kicking off the mitten tree -- we look forward to sharing stories behind the donations. We had a special visitor -- who is honoring his late Mom -- with a thoughtful gift. Meet Duane LaRose.

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My mother's hard work...

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If you would like to donate -- on your screen is a list of drop off locations. And we want to thank everyone who has donated already this mitten tree season.

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Almanac: Still chilly yesterday with just a trace of snow in Burlington Jet Stream: in a cold trough now, but jet will take a jump over northeast early next week for a brief warm-up NE temps/radar: mostly 20s, some 30s south; scattered snow showers on radar; more lake-effect snow in western NY

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Welcome back-- the IRS has recently issued new retirement plan limits to explain what that means Wayne Braun joins us from People's United Q. What retirement plan limits has the IRS changed? A. Each year, the IRS reviews retirement plan limits to determine whether to make a cost of living adjustment. They update several limits but there are three limits that will be of particular interest to plan participants. One is the deferral limit, which is how much money a participant can defer from their pay into a retirement plan. The second is the catch-up contribution limit. Participant's age 50 and older are allowed to defer an additional amount to their retirement plan to help with saving as they near retirement. The third is how much total money - the participant's and the employer's - that can go into the plan each year on behalf of a participant. Q. For your own money, what are the new limits? A. For 2015, a participant can defer up to $18,000 into the plan which is an increase of $500 over 2014. The catch-up limit for someone age 50 or older is now $6,000 in 2015, an increase of $500 over 2014. Therefore, someone age 50 or older could defer a total of $24,000 in 2015. Q. For the total amount - participant and employer contributions, what is the new limit? A. Counting deferrals and any employer contributions, the total is $53,000 per participant. If a participant is eligible for catch-up - age 50 or older - they have are allowed the extra $6,000 and could receive up to $59,000. Q. The deferral limit seems like a lot of money, do you see individuals deferring this much into their retirement plan? A. Yes, we do see people deferring the limit. The best approach is to start out small and make a conscience effort to increase your deferral percentage each year. Increasing your deferral percentage in conjunction with a pay raise means you never miss the money from your paycheck. Based on the research I have seen, 6% in the minimum deferral percentage for a meaningful retirement savings, however, it varies greatly based on an individual's specific situation, employer contributions and most importantly when they start saving. Keep in mind that is only a minimum.

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Terminating Contract-- keeping Jonathan Gruber on the job - without pay. Record breaking storm-- Snow continues to bury Buffalo.. And A big award for a group of student engineers and scientists..

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

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A new blast of lake-effect snow is pounding Buffalo, piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall. The Buffalo area found itself buried under as much as 5˝ feet of snow yesterday. With another lake-effect storm today -- some areas could be left with more than 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. The storm trapped more than 100 vehicles along the New York State Thruway. It was blamed for up to seven deaths in western New York, at least four of them from heart attacks.

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((sot: Mark Poloncarz/Erie County Executive)) we're officially calling it "Winter Storm Knife" in regards to the knife that cut through the heart of Erie County. Forecasters say a rapid weekend warmup, with temperatures as high as 60 and heavy rain, could turn all that snow into floods.

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A controversial consultant will finish his work for Vermont, but won't see another dime from the state. Jonathan Gruber will complete his economic analysis of Vermont's planned transition to a single-payer health system. His research assistants will be paid for their time, but not Gruber. Controversy began swirling around the Health Care Consultant a video surfaced of Gruber touting a lack of transparency and American stupidity as crucial to passage of the federal Affordable Care Act. Miller says the state could not afford to switch contractors, or let Gruber's comments go unpunished.

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(01:59:34:00) ((Lawrence Miller - Vt. Health Reform Chief: "I think it's an expression of our concern with his comments. It is an expression of the damage that this does to the value of the work)) Miller says the new arrangement should amount to substantial savings but did not provide a dollar figure. Gruber's initial agreement allowed for him and his staff to be paid up to 400-thousand dollars.

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A unique way to keep crops safe -- has won a group of South Burlington high school students -- national recognition. The schools aeronautical design team traveled to Florida -- where it won first place in a national design competition. The team of seven created a drone to help monitor and protect crops. Their coach says the win is a testament to the students hard work and determination -- having come close to the podium for the last few years.

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((22:30 It tasks us with coming up with a solution to a real-world problem facing the industry today -- such as precision agriculture ...We're innovating the future of precision agriculture.)) Each of the students was awarded a 50-thousand dollar scholarship to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mostly 20s NE temps/radar: mostly 20s, some 30s south; scattered snow showers on radar; more lake-effect snow in western NY Wind chills: mainly in teens U.S. Clouds/radar: clipper system coming through Great Lakes and moving in our direction Forecast clouds/precip: Snow showers today into Friday morning; lots of lake effect snow; getting even colder Friday and Friday night, but then warming up over the weekend.

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Today: Mostly cloudy Scattered snow showers Chilly & breezy Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: SSW 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy Snow showers Breezy Lows: 12 to 22 Wind: SW to NW 10 to 20 mph Friday: AM snow showers Then partly sunny Cold & blustery Highs: 22 to 28 Wind: NW 10 to 20 mph Extended: Saturday: Partly sunny Breezy, turning warmer Lows: 5 to 15 Highs: 30s Sunday: Mostly cloudy A few rain/snow showers Breezy Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 40s Monday: Mostly cloudy Rain showers Breezy Lows: 35 to 42 Highs: 50s Hyper-Extended: Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 40s Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Chance for rain/snow showers Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 32 to 42

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After splitting their 2 game road trip to open the season,the UVM men's basketball team back at Patrick Gym tonight to host in-state Division 3 foe Southern Vermont College... (((TRT: 2:06 OC: STANDARD)))

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(((The Hoopcats down 3 players for tonight's home opener against the Mountaineers... No problem though, plenty of depth for Vermont ... --- Opening bucket, Ethan O'Day finds Hector Harold for the lay-in ... Harold with 12 points... UVM up as many as 22 in the first half... --- Credit S-V-C, they never stopped playing ... DeShawn Hamlet with the solid move... He had a game high 13 ... --- But Vermont with eyes on Denmark and a second win... End of the half, Cam Ward knocks down the trey ... He also had 12... 37-19 Cats at the break... --- Second half, UVM jumping over the Mountaineers... Great passing on two straight possessions leads to Ethan O'Day jams... 10 For O'Day ... Six players in double figures as Vermont rolls S-V-C 86-41 in their home opener at Patrick Gym. ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ----- (((TRT: 28 OC: WHICH WAS GREAT... It was a lot of fun, winning is always a lot of fun... It's nice to see so many different people score, it could be anyone on any given night... As a coach, that is the part that makes me nervous... How would we respond to winning... I stayed on them in the first half and they responded by playing better in the second half which was great ...))) ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ----- the SUNYAC champion Plattsburgh women's hoop team taking on Norwich in the Cards home opener...both teams coming into the night at 1-1 on the season... --- First half, Cardinals cruising... Brittany Marshall with 2 of her 15... Plattsburgh up 24-19 at halftime... --- Second half, the Cadets storm their way back... A huge part the shooting of Kayla Mercer... This 3 makes gives Norwich a 2-pt lead... --- PSU retakes a 56-54 edge... Under 35 seconds to play, Mercer at it again... The huge 3 turns the tide for good... Aaliyah Curry adds 23 ... As Norwich downs Plattsburgh on the road, 60-58. That's the sportswrap, I'm Dylan Scott, have a great day!)))

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A woman is in custody in southern Vermont in connection with a double homicide. 62-year old Robin O'Neill faces two charges of second degree murder. Around 9 o'clock Tuesday night -- police responded to the home of 60-year old Steve Lott -- in Townshend. Police say when they arrived-- O'Neill came out of the house and told them there were two people shot inside. Police say O'Neill killed two men -- Steve Lott and his son 28-year old Jamison Lott. O'Neill allegedly lived at the home with Steve Lott -- and they had just ended a relationship. Police say Jamis Lott -- was just visiting.

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(00:16:48)) ((Morgan Lynch/Townshend "they will be missed. Steve was a great person. and Jamis--He was even greater. He was quiet and shy and he was the best out of the three kids. He was quiet shy and he was a good kid")) O'Neill is being held without bail and is set to be arrigned today.

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A train derailed in downtown White River Junction. Crews from the Washington County Railroad worked for hours to rebuild a section of damaged track. They also had to put a set of steel wheels back underneath one end of a 250-ton hopper car. The mishap did not effect the Amtrak Vermonter passenger train which was able to make it slowly through the crossing on a parallel track.

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Job cuts are on the way to Vermont Yankee. Entergy Nuclear announced a year ago that it's plant in Vernon would stop producing power at the end of 20-14. The plant employs more than 550 people. Today Entergy notified the state and town that 165 of those people will be laid off as of January 19th of next year. Eventually most jobs at the plant will disappear -- though entergy plans to employ at least 300 people thru 20-16 to begin the decommissioning process.

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And bad news on the jobs front in Orleans as well. Workers at the Ethan Allen furniture plant learned of a temporary shut down. All non-salary employees were told to stay home until the Monday after Thanksgiving. That's about 350 people. A source says sales slowed more than expected.

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The acting director of the Secret Service today tells lawmakers that he's taken over an agency --that's flailing and severely damaged. Joseph Clancy took over after a string of security breaches, the most visible in September when an intruder made it over the White House fence and into the East Room -- before officers could stop him. A review found problems with communication between officers and a lack of training. Some lawmakers suggested the agency end some of its other duties, like investigating financial crimes, and instead focus primarily on its protective duties.

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A piece of history is up on the auction block in New York City. It's an act of Congress signed by Thomas Jefferson - in 1791 -- declared Vermont the 14th state in the union. One of the 28 copies of that document -- made for one of the original 13 colonies -- will be auctioned off Thursday in New York City. The piece is valued between 15 and 25-thousand dollars but is expected to bring in more than that today.

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

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NE temps/radar: mostly 20s, some 30s south; scattered snow showers on radar; more lake-effect snow in western NY

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Topic: Snow Sports Technology Links: For skiers and snowboarders looking for the latest in high tech on the slopes, look no further than the Snow2 The Snow 2 is a "heads up display" for skiers and snowboarders from Vancouver-based company called Recon Instruments Inside is a computer -- your screen is at your line of sight at your eye When you are on slopes you get access to real-time information and metrics, via GPS and WiFi, while you ski or snowboard · Performance Stats: speed, vertical descent, jump airtime, distance, navigation · Friend Tracking: Real time buddy tracking with Android or IOS device · Full resort navigation so you always know where you have been. · Smartphone Connectivity: Receive texts and calls, access music - you can keep your phone safe in your pocket · Trip viewing and sharing: You can download and process data it has recorded then share them online and on social media Safety first! At bottom of eye for safety reasons so you can look out from goggles Companion controller sits on your arm New apps! For weather tracking, lift access, showing points of interests on resorts, as well as an app that helps people who want to learn and execute tricks. Cost: $549 For those looking for a free app, try Vermont-grown SkiNation. · This is the first-every app to give you access to every ski area in the USA and Canada - 900 so far, including Nordic skiing · You can track where you ski or board · Collect pins for every visit, review insider offers, gear deals, access snow and trail reports and information, and share with friends on social media Cost: FREE


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