Tue 03-MAY-2016 Early A.M. News Script

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The race for president is down to the wire. But most voters already think the primary is practically over. According to a new CNN/ORC poll .. 84 percent of voters nationwide think Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. And 85 percent -- think Hillary Clinton will lead the Democratic ticket. But the numbers haven't stopped Ted Cruz or Bernie Sanders from campaigning hard ahead of today's Indiana primary.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defends a former aide who's under federal investigation. Cuomo described Joseph Percoco, his executive deputy secretary until January, as a "good man." Percoco temporarily left government in 2014 to consult for the Democratic governor's campaign and for other companies that did state business.

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The former New York Assembly speaker will learn his fate today. Sheldon Silver was found guilty in November in a $5 million corruption case. Today .. The 72 year old Manhattan democrat will get the chance to speak before a judge sentences him.

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A Massachusetts man is arrested in New Hampshire for prostitution. Canaan Police say 55 year old James Morgan contacted undercover officers .. And offered to pay for sexual acts. He was released on bail .. And will be in court in July. These prostitution stings are on-going .. And police say it began last week with the arrest of 3 other men.

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The city council gives the Burlington Town center renovations the green light. Last night .. Residents and business owners gave testimony both for and against the changes. In the end .. the plans were approved .. And now mall developers can move forward with reaching out to investors and begin prepping for construction.

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A bit of a break from the rain today - a few sunny breaks to the north in the afternoon, but still the chance for a few showers near MA border. Another round of showers coming in Wed., moving S to N. On-and-off showers Thu. & Fri. Finally a break on Saturday, but another front coming through on Mother's Day with more showers and turning cooler after that.

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((THANK GARY)) ((GINA: Hope seems to be fading for supporters of legalizing marijuana in vermont EVA TALKS)) ((EVA: We are getting down to the wire here on this issue...if there's any chance of a legalization bill AND a timely close to the legislative session .. It really has to happen today. We'll talk more about why a little later in the show.)) We are also talking about Burlington's town center mall this morning ..

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Eliza Larson explains .. The city council gave the green light to build new retail and office space .. Apartments and parking.

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It's yes -- and then it's no. For nearly 2 hours -- city councilors heard testimony from city residents and business owners on both sides of the Burlington Town Center issue. Some residents begged city councilors to not go forward with the agreement -- hitting a few towering concerns about the proposed Burlington Town Center. (TC 32:04:01 Title 4765)((Anne Taylor/Resident: "what people are really worried about is the height of the buildings." 32:07:29))DUR:3 Visuals were a big part of some presentations. Some say the height of the residential section would be overwhelming -- the 14 stories would block views and hurt the environment. Others disagree -- and think the height won't be an issue at all. (TC 24:08:08 Title 4857)((Wayne Nelson/Burlington Resident: "from a sustainability standpoint, these buildings are actually much more sustainable than the average thousand square foot apartment in Burlington."24:16:15)) DUR:8 Those opposed also say the city is rushing into things -- and they don't have enough information about the project to feel confident moving forward. (TC 40:14:14 Title 4870)((Lynn Martin/Resident: "And I realize that Burlington does need to grow. It needs to evolve, but I see this big building coming and being superimposed on the downtown and I'm very concerned about how that will change the social climate for everybody here." 40:31:17))DUR:17 Business owners -- whose storefronts are inside the mall -- are concerned about their future. They pleaded for the city councilors to move forward with teh agreement. (TC 49:12:20 Title 4881)((Sun Lee/Jennie Nail and Spa Owner: "we want to stay in the mall, but, you know, we need your help." 49:17:03))DUR:5

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Now that the plans are approved, mall developers can move forward with reaching out to investors and begin the preparation for construction.

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The race for president is down to the wire. But most voters already think the primary is practically over. According to a new CNN/ORC poll .. 84 percent of voters nationwide think Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. And 85 percent -- think Hillary Clinton will lead the Democratic ticket. But the numbers haven't stopped Ted Cruz or Bernie Sanders from campaigning hard ahead of today's indiana primary.

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Bernie Sanders' political career is now the focus of a documentary. (1:39-:48) ((Sanders: We are going to be examine an aspect of Vermont life that is not often seen on TV, neither commercial or public. We are going to be looking at poverty in Vermont.")) The film -- simply called "Bern" -- is loaded with archival footage of Sanders -- including his work as a freelance journalist, activist and candidate. And his long career as mayor, congressman, Senator and now presidential candidate. The documentary is still in the works. The producers hope to have it done by the end of May.

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Marijuana legalization is in legislative limbo -- with less than a week left in the scheduled session. Pot proponents in the House continue to search for a form of legalization that can secure a majority of support. They'll need to find it by today .. if there's any chance of a legalization bill AND a timely close to the legislative session .. Set to end on Saturday. The Senate plan for legalization allowed for sale through a dispensary, the current house plan on the other would decriminalize possession of two plants and create a study commission.

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It's four years in prison for a former Colchester police officer for stealing drugs from an evidence locker. Tyler Kinney apologized in federal court in front of his former coworkers. Prosecutors say between July 20-13 and November 20-14, he stole drugs -- and a gun -- to support his drug habit. Judge Sessions says Kinney's actions violated the public's trust in law enforcement -- and shattered officers' credibility. Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison says her department is ready to put this behind them.

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((SOT Chief Jen Morrison, Colchester Police 002657 We derive our authority and our ability to keep our community safe from the public trust. So nobody has to tell us how important the public trust is or how egregious Tyler's violations of the public trust were" 002709)) Kinney has to turn himself in at the end of June. Once he's served his sentence -- he will be on three years of supervised release.

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There's good news and bad news for New Hampshire's low unemployment rate.. It's the second-lowest in the country ... But that's creating a problem for some companies that want to hire and can't find the skilled workers they need. New Hampshire's unemployment rate was 2.6 percent in March.

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More homeowners and businesses in the Granite State can now take advantage of a financial incentive for installing solar power. A bill signed by Governor Maggie Hassan .. expands a program that allows solar power generators to sell the energy they don't use back into the electric grid.

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Mother's Day is Sunday -- and if you haven't bought something special yet, Tyler has some ideas this morning! He's live at In Full Bloom in Shelburne. Good morning, Tyler! Good morning, Gina. We're here with owner Kris Engstrom.

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Why flowers? Should we stick with tradition? They aren't cheap... Let's talk about what Mother's Day is all about. There are some alternatives! Candles, small gifts, cards. Scents?

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There's a lot more to buy than just flowers -- we'll talk about some other ideas, coming up later this hour.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) A bit of a break from the rain today - a few sunny breaks to the north in the afternoon, but still the chance for a few showers near MA border. Another round of showers coming in Wed., moving S to N. On-and-off showers Thu. & Fri. Finally a break on Saturday, but another front coming through on Mother's Day with more showers and turning cooler after that.

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Today: Some sunny breaks, north Chance for a few showers, south Highs: 55 to 62 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Variable clouds, north Chance for showers, south Lows: 38 to 45 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Showers, south, moving north Highs: 55 to 62 Wind: SSE 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 40s Highs: 55 to 65 Friday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 40s Highs: 60s Saturday: Partly sunny Lows: 40s Highs: 60s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Mother's Day! Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 40s Highs: 50s Monday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 50s

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With all the rain we've had recently .. Potholes formed throughout the construction project on Vermont route 12. So beginning this morning ... crews will begin work to repair the road.. from the Whitcomb High School .. North to Randolph. Drivers are asked to use extra caution this morning .. While traveling in the area.

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The next 24 to 48 hours may be critical to restoring some type of a sign of a cease-fire in Syria. This -- as U-S Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva. He says negotiators are making progress -- as they work to revive a months-old partial truce. While the Syrian government continues with the ceasefire in some parts of the country -- violence is escalating in others. Hundreds of civilians were killed in the past week alone -- including in an attack on a hospital.

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A cheating scandal in a Texas school district -- and now a sixth person has been indicted and surrendered to authorities. The former assistant Superintendent, James Anderson, was indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and related counts. Anderson -- along with five other former school officials -- are accused of preventing students with limited English-language skills from taking state standardized tests. According to prosecutors, it was an effort to improve test scores and make officials believe the district was improving academically. He's also accused of trying to reduce the African-American population at certain schools. He's set to appear in court today.

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Three New York college students who claimed to be targets of racially motivated attacks now face charges themselves. Prosecutors say they fabricated their story. The 20-year-old students were indicted yesterday on charges of third-degree assault and falsely reporting an incident. All of the women have entered pleas of not guilty. One of their attorneys has said the charges were "unwarranted."

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Investigators are saying music legend Prince had prescription opioid medication on him when he died. Although it's not clear if the meds were a factor in his death, medical experts warn that opioid drug abuse is nothing short of a national crisis. The federal government says it's gotten so bad -- someone is accidentally overdosing every 19 minutes.

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Foster Farms is recalling more than 220-thousand pounds of its cooked frozen chicken nuggets. The USDA says they may be contaminated with blue plastic or black rubber. The company says it became aware of the problem after customers complained.

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Talk about making a statement -- the President of Kenya set fire to a huge stockpile of ivory. It was in an effort to show his country's commitment to saving African elephants. Tusks from 8000 elephants and horns from 343 rhinos were set on fire. That would be worth over 172-million-dollars on the black market. In the past 10 years in Central Africa they have lost 70-percent of the elephants.

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It's bear season here in Vermont and in Colorado -- they're also dealing with bears. Check this out-- fire fighters were trying to coax out a young bear from an apartment. Officials aren't sure how the bear got through two double doors -- down a hallway and up to the second floor but they were able to get him out of there just as the bear was ransacking the fridge!

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A bit of a break from the rain today - a few sunny breaks to the north in the afternoon, but still the chance for a few showers near MA border. Another round of showers coming in Wed., moving S to N. On-and-off showers Thu. & Fri. Finally a break on Saturday, but another front coming through on Mother's Day with more showers and turning cooler after that.

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Resettling refugees -- the debate continues in Rutland. Records expose ex-Cuomo aide was paid by companies with state business. And flowers that you just can't go wrong with this Mother's Day. Tyler is live at In Full Bloom.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defends a former aide who's under federal investigation. Cuomo described Joseph Percoco, his executive deputy secretary until January, as a "good man." Percoco temporarily left government in 2014 to consult for the Democratic governor's campaign and for other companies that did state business. State employees are prohibited from trading on their official influence for personal gain.

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The former New York Assembly speaker will learn his fate today. Sheldon Silver was found guilty in November in a $5 million corruption case. Today .. The 72 year old Manhattan democrat will get the chance to speak before a judge sentences him.

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A Massachusetts man is arrested in New Hampshire for prostitution. Canaan Police say 55 year old James Morgan contacted undercover officers .. And offered to pay for sexual acts. He was released on bail .. And will be in court in July. These prostitution stings are on-going .. And police say it began last week with the arrest of 3 other men.

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Investigative reporter Jennifer Costa learns more about how heroin is getting into Vermont. She sat down with the drug task force to find out why so much of this drug trafficking goes undetected. A single dose of heroin that may cost 5 dollars in Springfield or Boston -- will be two or three times more expensive -- in Vermont -- making drug smuggling a lucrative business. And -- police say -- many drug mules are willing to take life threatening risks for a payday.

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((Capt. John Merrigan/Vermont Drug Task Force 00:02:03 if you are one of these people who are trafficking heroin you want to make sure that there's no evidence within the car that leads police to start looking into it a little bit deeper. And the one way to do that is to put all of that evidence inside your body. And as awful as that sounds it's very, very common in the drug trade.")) Drug detection dogs can usually sniff out the best hiding spots -- even if that's inside a person's body. The scent lingers on the seat -- but unless investigators can get a judge to issue body cavity search warrant -- body packing is hard to prove.

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On the heels of the announcement 100 refugees will be coming to Rutland this fall, dozens showed up at a board of alderman meeting to weigh in on the issue. Eva has more on the meeting.. Usually the first few minutes of this bi monthly meeting dedicated to public comment last a few minutes. Last night, it went for hours.

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((natsound "I want this an open and informative discussion but I also want it to be a very civil one.")) Standing room only at Rutland City Hall as residents both in favor and against the mayor's plan to bring refugees to the city had their first opportunity to weigh in at a public meeting. ((Marsha Cassel 19:47-19:52 "how can we ignore the moral imperative to care about these people?")) Those in favor of the refugee resettlement program wore pins to show their support. ((Victoria Quint//Rutland High School 24:24-24:31: "It seems all too easy to forget that we will be welcoming fellow humans into our communities as our neighbors.")) While there was praise for the culture and hard work refugees stand to bring, it was countered by concerns from some about the secrecy surrounding the process. ((Bill Joubert//West Rutland, VT 1:00:42 "my concern here is I don't think it's a question of whether or not we want to help people, I don't have a problem with helping refugees, I have a problem with a word called transparency, and I don't think there was very much transparency in this.")) ((Kelly Cross//Rutland, VT 58:02-58:06 "i'm here because the way the mayor did this was underhanded and caniving.")) Monday night served as an input session, not a debate. City leaders did not directly respond to concerns but the board president says the issues raised will not be ignored. ((William Notte//Board President 1:45-1:54: "we have multiple months now to have a conversation to better inform ourselves and make people more comfortable with that process, today is the start of that conversation."))

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Mayor Chris Louras was at the meeting listening but did not take the mic to respond...the board of alderman were not notified of the mayor's plan. Another bone of contention...the financial cost. Officials have said funding for the resettlement program would come MOSTLY from the federal government but it has yet to be revealed how much the remaining cost will be.

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There's a new push to save money and reform the criminal justice system. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act looks to reduce incarceration rates -- while keeping violent criminal out of our communities. New Jersey Senator -- Cory Booker -- joined Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, Governor Shumlin, and other Vermont leaders to discuss it. The measure would reduce some mandatory minimum sentences -- by making those changes retroactive on a case-by-case basis.

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(TC 07:02:23 Title 4768)((Sen. Patrick Leahy/D-Vermont: "it is so easy to say we're going to lock somebody up. What are you going to do when they come out?" 07:08:10)) (TC 22:04:27 Title 4770)((Sen. Cory Booker/D-New Jersey: "but more than this we're missing out on the genius of so many of these people - what they could be contributing if that first accident, that first mistake, that first bad step didn't result in a lifetimes worth of punishment." 22;20:01)) Offenders convicted of serious violent felonies would be excluded from early release. The act will also provide opportunity for relief for low-level, non violent drug offenders.

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Mother's Day is less than a week away -- and if you haven't bought something special yet, Tyler has some ideas this morning! He's live at In Full Bloom in Shelburne. Good morning, Tyler! Good morning, Gina. We're here with owner Kris Engstrom.

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Why flowers? Should we stick with tradition? They aren't cheap... Let's talk about what Mother's Day is all about. There are some alternatives! Candles, small gifts, cards. Scents?

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There's even more to show you -- stick with us during our next hour.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) A bit of a break from the rain today - a few sunny breaks to the north in the afternoon, but still the chance for a few showers near MA border. Another round of showers coming in Wed., moving S to N. On-and-off showers Thu. & Fri. Finally a break on Saturday, but another front coming through on Mother's Day with more showers and turning cooler after that.

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Today: Some sunny breaks, north Chance for a few showers, south Highs: 55 to 62 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Variable clouds, north Chance for showers, south Lows: 38 to 45 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Showers, south, moving north Highs: 55 to 62 Wind: SSE 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 40s Highs: 55 to 65 Friday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 40s Highs: 60s Saturday: Partly sunny Lows: 40s Highs: 60s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Mother's Day! Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 40s Highs: 50s Monday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 50s

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A dairy farm in Malone, New York celebrate the birth of rare triplet calves. Workers at the Bilow (buy low) Farm say the odds of having triplet Holstein heifers are one in eight million. The calves born last week were a surprise to the farmers who say the veterinarian told them the cow was only pregnant with one calf. And despite the rarity, this is the second set of triplet heifers the farm has seen. The calves are named Snowball, Snowflake, and Snow White because of the flurries that came the day they were born. Farmers say the mother and offspring are doing well.

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It is another sure sign of spring in Vermont. The state's annual surplus equipment auction. Dozens of used trucks, plows, police vehicles, even some boats and snowmobiles will be auctioned off this Saturday to the highest bidder. Most of the vehicles are in pretty good shape -- being sold off while they are still valuable. The auction includes property from state agencies as well as cities and towns -- and can generate a lot of money.

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((Bill Beard/Buildings and General Services 00:12:08:25" It will vary depending on what we have , 4 years ago we brought in about 500 thousand dollars which sounds like a lot until you realize that since they have gone to planned obsolence we are fast approaching a million And I am betting a million two this year with what we have got here." 00:12:26:05)) There is a preview for the public on Friday from 11 to 3. The bidding starts Saturday morning at 10:00 rain or shine, gates open at 8:00 a.m.

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The number of U-S distilleries has more than tripled in just three years. I take a tour inside one that's taking off with its Made in Vermont spirits.

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Tucked away in the Mad River Valley ... ((nat rain?)) An unassuming barn is percolating with excitement. (00:00:27:16) ((Al "g-what is this coming out right here? A-this is rye whiskey .g-oh this is it the final product!")) Welcome to Mad River Valley Distillers. Where award winning spirits like whiskey, rum, brandy and bourbon are distilled. (00:04:39:17) ((Al "this is a new project we're working on. g-smells like beer! a-it is, a local brewery brewed it for us and the idea is that it will be just like a scotch whiskey")) The business started three years ago when a couple from Boston bought the property. They wanted to connect with the land and started looking at their apple trees... (19.15:00- 19.35:15) ((Al Hilton/Mad River Distillers " they had an interest and a passion for apple brandy (Calvados) in particular which is made in France. They wanted to try their hand on making french style apple brandy, so they figured with the apples they had plus some cider from apples from other places they would have a good shot at it. ")) Al Hilton was hired to renovate the barn that's now the distillery. He also got a full time gig out of it -- running day to day operations. The company is growing fast. Selling 4-thousand cases of its spirits a year. You can sample them yourself at the tasting rooms in Warren and Waitsfield and now....Burlington. Spirited news for the company! ((Nat)) (20.29:27-20.54:10) ((Al Hilton/Mad River Distillers "We wanted to open up a tasting room in Burlington to drive our products to a different market, being where we are in a rural area, it's hard to make a connection with the consumer. ")) Products range in price from 30-dollars for a bottle of rum to 50 for whiskey. All of the grains are sourced locally (21.35:07- 21.51:21) ((Al Hilton/Mad River Distillers " I think that when people hear Vermont, they just automatically have this thought that it's going to be a good product.")) Toasting to Made in Vermont spirits.

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((tag?)) Stay with us .. Sports is next.

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(He was one of the bright spots in a season of struggles for the UVM men's hockey team, but goaltender Packy Munson will not be back in Cat Country next season to build on his freshman season. --- Munson has decided to transfer from the University of Vermont. In a press release this afternoon, UVM announced that Munson is leaving the program due to family and personal reasons with a statement from coach Kevin Sneddon reading "it's difficult to see Packy leave, but I understand his decision to be closer to family at this time. We wish him continued success in his career.' The Minnesota native's career was off to a strong start at Vermont. After starting goaltender Mike Santaguida went down with an injury in early December, Munson stepped in and stepped up, earning a shutout in his first start against St. Lawrence on December 11th and starting twenty games, with a 9-10-1 record, 2.37 goals against and a .920 save percentage. Santaguida returned for the final game of the regular season, and backed the Cats to a first round sweep of UConn, but against Boston College in the Hockey East quarterfinals Munson has one more big moment, after replacing Santaguida in a 3-0 game one loss, Munson made 43 saves in a 4-2 win in game two...and 31 more in an overtime loss in the deciding game three. --- Tonight, both Western NHL series play game three and the Sox and Yankees both in action: Boston in Chicago and New York in Baltimore. With your sportswrap, I'm Jack Fitzsimmons.)

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A bit of a break from the rain today - a few sunny breaks to the north in the afternoon, but still the chance for a few showers near MA border. Another round of showers coming in Wed., moving S to N. On-and-off showers Thu. & Fri. Finally a break on Saturday, but another front coming through on Mother's Day with more showers and turning cooler after that.

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She has finally picked...and the winner is Harvard! The daughter of Nigerian immigrants -- Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna said she chose Harvard because of its focus on STEM and the school's strong Nigerian presence was also attractive.

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((GARY DOES SHORT WX .. TAKES FULL SCREEN ... SHOT COMES BACK OUT TO 4SHOT FOR CLOSE)) A bit of a break from the rain today - a few sunny breaks to the north in the afternoon, but still the chance for a few showers near MA border. Another round of showers coming in Wed., moving S to N. On-and-off showers Thu. & Fri. Finally a break on Saturday, but another front coming through on Mother's Day with more showers and turning cooler after that.

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1} HELLO_SOFTVO


((THANK GARY)) ((GINA: Hope seems to be fading for supporters of legalizing marijuana in vermont EVA TALKS)) We are also talking about Burlington's town center mall this morning ..

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Eliza Larson explains .. The city council gave the green light to build new retail and office space .. Apartments and parking.

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It's yes -- and then it's no. For nearly 2 hours -- city councilors heard testimony from city residents and business owners on both sides of the Burlington Town Center issue. Some residents begged city councilors to not go forward with the agreement -- hitting a few towering concerns about the proposed Burlington Town Center. (TC 32:04:01 Title 4765)((Anne Taylor/Resident: "what people are really worried about is the height of the buildings." 32:07:29))DUR:3 Visuals were a big part of some presentations. Some say the height of the residential section would be overwhelming -- the 14 stories would block views and hurt the environment. Others disagree -- and think the height won't be an issue at all. (TC 24:08:08 Title 4857)((Wayne Nelson/Burlington Resident: "from a sustainability standpoint, these buildings are actually much more sustainable than the average thousand square foot apartment in Burlington."24:16:15)) DUR:8 Those opposed also say the city is rushing into things -- and they don't have enough information about the project to feel confident moving forward. (TC 40:14:14 Title 4870)((Lynn Martin/Resident: "And I realize that Burlington does need to grow. It needs to evolve, but I see this big building coming and being superimposed on the downtown and I'm very concerned about how that will change the social climate for everybody here." 40:31:17))DUR:17 Business owners -- whose storefronts are inside the mall -- are concerned about their future. They pleaded for the city councilors to move forward with teh agreement. (TC 49:12:20 Title 4881)((Sun Lee/Jennie Nail and Spa Owner: "we want to stay in the mall, but, you know, we need your help." 49:17:03))DUR:5

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Now that the plans are approved, mall developers can move forward with reaching out to investors and begin the preparation for construction.

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The race for president is down to the wire. But most voters already think the primary is practically over. According to a new CNN/ORC poll .. 84 percent of voters nationwide think Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. And 85 percent -- think Hillary Clinton will lead the Democratic ticket. But the numbers haven't stopped Ted Cruz or Bernie Sanders from campaigning hard ahead of today's indiana primary.

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Well Sanders' political career is now the focus of a documentary. (1:39-:48) ((Sanders: We are going to be examine an aspect of Vermont life that is not often seen on TV, neither commercial or public. We are going to be looking at poverty in Vermont.")) The film -- simply called "Bern" -- is loaded with archival footage of Sanders -- including his work as a freelance journalist, activist and candidate. And his long career as mayor, congressman, Senator and now presidential candidate. The documentary is still in the works. The producers hope to have it done by the end of May.

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Marijuana legalization is in legislative limbo -- with less than a week left in the scheduled session. Pot proponents in the House continue to search for a form of legalization that can secure a majority of support. They'll need to find it by today .. if there's any chance of a legalization bill AND a timely close to the legislative session .. Set to end on Saturday. The Senate plan for legalization allowed for sale through a dispensary, the current house plan on the other would decriminalize possession of two plants and create a study commission.

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It's four years in prison for a former Colchester police officer for stealing drugs from an evidence locker. Tyler Kinney apologized in federal court in front of his former coworkers. Prosecutors say between July 20-13 and November 20-14, he stole drugs -- and a gun -- to support his drug habit. Judge Sessions says Kinney's actions violated the public's trust in law enforcement -- and shattered officers' credibility. Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison says her department is ready to put this behind them.

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((SOT Chief Jen Morrison, Colchester Police 002657 We derive our authority and our ability to keep our community safe from the public trust. So nobody has to tell us how important the public trust is or how egregious Tyler's violations of the public trust were" 002709)) Kinney has to turn himself in at the end of June. Once he's served his sentence -- he will be on three years of supervised release.

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There's good news and bad news for New Hampshire's low unemployment rate.. It's the second-lowest in the country ... But that's creating a problem for some companies that want to hire and can't find the skilled workers they need. New Hampshire's unemployment rate was 2.6 percent in March.

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More homeowners and businesses in the Granite State can now take advantage of a financial incentive for installing solar power. A bill signed by Governor Maggie Hassan .. expands a program that allows solar power generators to sell the energy they don't use back into the electric grid.

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Mother's Day is Sunday -- and if you haven't bought something special yet, Tyler has some ideas this morning! He's live at In Full Bloom in Shelburne. Good morning, Tyler! Good morning, Gina. We're here with owner Kris Engstrom.

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Why flowers? Should we stick with tradition? They aren't cheap... Let's talk about what Mother's Day is all about. There are some alternatives! Candles, small gifts, cards. Scents?

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There's a lot more to buy than just flowers -- we'll talk about some other ideas, coming up later this hour.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) A bit of a break from the rain today - a few sunny breaks to the north in the afternoon, but still the chance for a few showers near MA border. Another round of showers coming in Wed., moving S to N. On-and-off showers Thu. & Fri. Finally a break on Saturday, but another front coming through on Mother's Day with more showers and turning cooler after that.

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Today: Some sunny breaks, north Chance for a few showers, south Highs: 55 to 62 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Variable clouds, north Chance for showers, south Lows: 38 to 45 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Showers, south, moving north Highs: 55 to 62 Wind: SSE 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 40s Highs: 55 to 65 Friday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 40s Highs: 60s Saturday: Partly sunny Lows: 40s Highs: 60s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Mother's Day! Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 40s Highs: 50s Monday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 50s

17} SYRIACEASEFIREAM_HOMEVO


The next 24 to 48 hours may be critical to restoring some type of a sign of a cease-fire in Syria. This -- as U-S Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva. He says negotiators are making progress -- as they work to revive a months-old partial truce. While the Syrian government continues with the ceasefire in some parts of the country -- violence is escalating in others. Hundreds of civilians were killed in the past week alone -- including in an attack on a hospital.

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A cheating scandal in a Texas school district -- and now a sixth person has been indicted and surrendered to authorities. The former assistant Superintendent, James Anderson, was indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and related counts. Anderson -- along with five other former school officials -- are accused of preventing students with limited English-language skills from taking state standardized tests. According to prosecutors, it was an effort to improve test scores and make officials believe the district was improving academically. Anderson is also accused of trying to reduce the African-American population at certain schools. He's set to appear in court today.

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Three New York college students who claimed to be targets of racially motivated attacks now face charges themselves. Prosecutors say they fabricated their story. The 20-year-old students were indicted yesterday on charges of third-degree assault and falsely reporting an incident. All of the women have entered pleas of not guilty. One of their attorneys has said the charges were "unwarranted."

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Investigators are saying music legend Prince had prescription opioid medication on him when he died. Although it's not clear if the meds were a factor in his death, medical experts warn that opioid drug abuse is nothing short of a national crisis. The federal government says it's gotten so bad -- someone is accidentally overdosing every 19 minutes.

21} CHICKENNUGGETSAM_WVO


Foster Farms is recalling more than 220-thousand pounds of its cooked frozen chicken nuggets. The USDA says they may be contaminated with blue plastic or black rubber. The company says it became aware of the problem after customers complained.

22} IVORY_OC__VO


Talk about making a statement -- the President of Kenya set fire to a huge stockpile of ivory. It was in an effort to show his country's commitment to saving African elephants. Tusks from 8000 elephants and horns from 343 rhinos were set on fire. That would be worth over 172-million-dollars on the black market. In the past 10 years in Central Africa they have lost 70-percent of the elephants.

23} BEARAPT_OC__VO


It's bear season here in Vermont and in Colorado -- they're also dealing with bears. Check this out-- fire fighters were trying to coax out a young bear from an apartment. Officials aren't sure how the bear got through two double doors -- down a hallway and up to the second floor but they were able to get him out of there just as the bear was ransacking the fridge!

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A bit of a break from the rain today - a few sunny breaks to the north in the afternoon, but still the chance for a few showers near MA border. Another round of showers coming in Wed., moving S to N. On-and-off showers Thu. & Fri. Finally a break on Saturday, but another front coming through on Mother's Day with more showers and turning cooler after that.

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Resettling refugees -- the debate continues in Rutland. Records expose ex-Cuomo aide was paid by companies with state business. And flowers that you just can't go wrong with this Mother's Day. Tyler is live at In Full Bloom.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defends a former aide who's under federal investigation. Cuomo described Joseph Percoco, his executive deputy secretary until January, as a "good man." Percoco temporarily left government in 2014 to consult for the Democratic governor's campaign and for other companies that did state business. State employees are prohibited from trading on their official influence for personal gain.

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A Massachusetts man is arrested in New Hampshire for prostitution. Canaan Police say 55 year old James Morgan contacted undercover officers .. And offered to pay for sexual acts. He was released on bail .. And will be in court in July. These prostitution stings are on-going .. And police say it began last week with the arrest of 3 other men.

28} BODY30_OC__VO


Investigative reporter Jennifer Costa learns more about how heroin is getting into Vermont. She sat down with the drug task force to find out why so much of this drug trafficking goes undetected. A single dose of heroin that may cost 5 dollars in Springfield or Boston -- will be two or three times more expensive -- in Vermont -- making drug smuggling a lucrative business. And -- police say -- many drug mules are willing to take life threatening risks for a payday.

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((Capt. John Merrigan/Vermont Drug Task Force 00:02:03 if you are one of these people who are trafficking heroin you want to make sure that there's no evidence within the car that leads police to start looking into it a little bit deeper. And the one way to do that is to put all of that evidence inside your body. And as awful as that sounds it's very, very common in the drug trade.")) Drug detection dogs can usually sniff out the best hiding spots -- even if that's inside a person's body. The scent lingers on the seat -- but unless investigators can get a judge to issue body cavity search warrant -- body packing is hard to prove.

30} REFUGEES11_OC__HOME


On the heels of the announcement 100 refugees will be coming to Rutland this fall, dozens showed up at a board of alderman meeting to weigh in on the issue. Eva has more on the meeting.. Usually the portion of this bi monthly meeting, dedicated to public comment, last a few minutes. Last night, it went on for hours.

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((natsound "I want this an open and informative discussion but I also want it to be a very civil one.")) Standing room only at Rutland City Hall as residents both in favor and against the mayor's plan to bring refugees to the city had their first opportunity to weigh in at a public meeting. ((Marsha Cassel 19:47-19:52 "how can we ignore the moral imperative to care about these people?")) Those in favor of the refugee resettlement program wore pins to show their support. ((Victoria Quint//Rutland High School 24:24-24:31: "It seems all too easy to forget that we will be welcoming fellow humans into our communities as our neighbors.")) While there was praise for the culture and hard work refugees stand to bring, it was countered by concerns from some about the secrecy surrounding the process. ((Bill Joubert//West Rutland, VT 1:00:42 "my concern here is I don't think it's a question of whether or not we want to help people, I don't have a problem with helping refugees, I have a problem with a word called transparency, and I don't think there was very much transparency in this.")) ((Kelly Cross//Rutland, VT 58:02-58:06 "i'm here because the way the mayor did this was underhanded and caniving.")) Monday night served as an input session, not a debate. City leaders did not directly respond to concerns but the board president says the issues raised will not be ignored. ((William Notte//Board President 1:45-1:54: "we have multiple months now to have a conversation to better inform ourselves and make people more comfortable with that process, today is the start of that conversation."))

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Mayor Chris Louras was at the meeting listening but did not take the mic to respond...the board of alderman were not notified of the mayor's plan. Another bone of contention...the financial cost. Officials have said funding for the resettlement program would come MOSTLY from the federal government but it has yet to be revealed how much the remaining cost will be.

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There's a new push to save money and reform the criminal justice system. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act looks to reduce incarceration rates -- while keeping violent criminal out of our communities. New Jersey Senator -- Cory Booker -- joined Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, Governor Shumlin, and other Vermont leaders to discuss it. The measure would reduce some mandatory minimum sentences -- by making those changes retroactive on a case-by-case basis.

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(TC 07:02:23 Title 4768)((Sen. Patrick Leahy/D-Vermont: "it is so easy to say we're going to lock somebody up. What are you going to do when they come out?" 07:08:10)) (TC 22:04:27 Title 4770)((Sen. Cory Booker/D-New Jersey: "but more than this we're missing out on the genius of so many of these people - what they could be contributing if that first accident, that first mistake, that first bad step didn't result in a lifetimes worth of punishment." 22;20:01)) Offenders convicted of serious violent felonies would be excluded from early release. The act will also provide opportunity for relief for low-level, non violent drug offenders.

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Mother's Day is less than a week away -- and if you haven't bought something special yet, Tyler has some ideas this morning! He's live at In Full Bloom in Shelburne. Good morning, Tyler! Good morning, Gina. We're here with owner Kris Engstrom.

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Why flowers? Should we stick with tradition? They aren't cheap... Let's talk about what Mother's Day is all about. There are some alternatives! Candles, small gifts, cards. Scents?

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There's even more to show you -- stick with us during our next hour.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) A bit of a break from the rain today - a few sunny breaks to the north in the afternoon, but still the chance for a few showers near MA border. Another round of showers coming in Wed., moving S to N. On-and-off showers Thu. & Fri. Finally a break on Saturday, but another front coming through on Mother's Day with more showers and turning cooler after that.

39} FORECAST2_GREEN


Today: Some sunny breaks, north Chance for a few showers, south Highs: 55 to 62 Wind: N 5 to 10 mph Tonight: Variable clouds, north Chance for showers, south Lows: 38 to 45 Wind: Light Wednesday: Mostly cloudy Showers, south, moving north Highs: 55 to 62 Wind: SSE 5 to 15 mph Extended: Thursday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 40s Highs: 55 to 65 Friday: Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 40s Highs: 60s Saturday: Partly sunny Lows: 40s Highs: 60s Hyper-Extended: Sunday: Mother's Day! Mostly cloudy Showers Lows: 40s Highs: 50s Monday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 50s

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The number of U-S distilleries has more than tripled in just three years. I take a tour inside one that's taking off with its Made in Vermont spirits.

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Tucked away in the Mad River Valley ... ((nat rain?)) An unassuming barn is percolating with excitement. (00:00:27:16) ((Al "g-what is this coming out right here? A-this is rye whiskey .g-oh this is it the final product!")) Welcome to Mad River Valley Distillers. Where award winning spirits like whiskey, rum, brandy and bourbon are distilled. (00:04:39:17) ((Al "this is a new project we're working on. g-smells like beer! a-it is, a local brewery brewed it for us and the idea is that it will be just like a scotch whiskey")) The business started three years ago when a couple from Boston bought the property. They wanted to connect with the land and started looking at their apple trees... (19.15:00- 19.35:15) ((Al Hilton/Mad River Distillers " they had an interest and a passion for apple brandy (Calvados) in particular which is made in France. They wanted to try their hand on making french style apple brandy, so they figured with the apples they had plus some cider from apples from other places they would have a good shot at it. ")) Al Hilton was hired to renovate the barn that's now the distillery. He also got a full time gig out of it -- running day to day operations. The company is growing fast. Selling 4-thousand cases of its spirits a year. You can sample them yourself at the tasting rooms in Warren and Waitsfield and now....Burlington. Spirited news for the company! ((Nat)) (20.29:27-20.54:10) ((Al Hilton/Mad River Distillers "We wanted to open up a tasting room in Burlington to drive our products to a different market, being where we are in a rural area, it's hard to make a connection with the consumer. ")) Products range in price from 30-dollars for a bottle of rum to 50 for whiskey. All of the grains are sourced locally (21.35:07- 21.51:21) ((Al Hilton/Mad River Distillers " I think that when people hear Vermont, they just automatically have this thought that it's going to be a good product.")) Toasting to Made in Vermont spirits.

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((tag?)) Stay with us .. Sports is next.

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A bit of a break from the rain today - a few sunny breaks to the north in the afternoon, but still the chance for a few showers near MA border. Another round of showers coming in Wed., moving S to N. On-and-off showers Thu. & Fri. Finally a break on Saturday, but another front coming through on Mother's Day with more showers and turning cooler after that.

44} CAMPAIGN3_OC__VO


The race for president is down to the wire. But most voters already think the primary is practically over. According to a new CNN/ORC poll .. 84 percent of voters nationwide think Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. And 85 percent -- think Hillary Clinton will lead the Democratic ticket. But the numbers haven't stopped Ted Cruz or Bernie Sanders from campaigning hard ahead of today's Indiana primary.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defends a former aide who's under federal investigation. Cuomo described Joseph Percoco, his executive deputy secretary until January, as a "good man." Percoco temporarily left government in 2014 to consult for the Democratic governor's campaign and for other companies that did state business. State employees are prohibited from trading on their official influence for personal gain.

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The former New York Assembly speaker will learn his fate today. Sheldon Silver was found guilty in November in a $5 million corruption case. Today .. The 72 year old Manhattan democrat will get the chance to speak before a judge sentences him.

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A Massachusetts man is arrested in New Hampshire for prostitution. Canaan Police say 55 year old James Morgan contacted undercover officers .. And offered to pay for sexual acts. He was released on bail .. And will be in court in July. These prostitution stings are on-going .. And police say it began last week with the arrest of 3 other men.

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It's four years in prison for a former Colchester police officer for stealing drugs from an evidence locker. Tyler Kinney apologized in federal court in front of his former coworkers. Prosecutors say between July 20-13 and November 20-14, he stole drugs -- and a gun -- to support his drug habit. Judge Sessions says Kinney's actions violated the public's trust in law enforcement -- and shattered officers' credibility. Colchester Police Chief Jennifer Morrison says her department is ready to put this behind them.

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((SOT Chief Jen Morrison, Colchester Police 002657 We derive our authority and our ability to keep our community safe from the public trust. So nobody has to tell us how important the public trust is or how egregious Tyler's violations of the public trust were" 002709)) Kinney has to turn himself in at the end of June.

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Marijuana legalization is in legislative limbo -- with less than a week left in the scheduled session. Pot proponents in the House continue to search for a form of legalization that can secure a majority of support. They'll need to find it by today .. if there's any chance of a legalization bill AND a timely close to the legislative session .. Set to end on Saturday.

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The city council gives the Burlington Town center renovations the green light. Last night .. Residents and business owners gave testimony both for and against the changes. In the end .. the plans were approved .. And now mall developers can move forward with reaching out to investors and begin prepping for construction.

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

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A bit of a break from the rain today - a few sunny breaks to the north in the afternoon, but still the chance for a few showers near MA border. Another round of showers coming in Wed., moving S to N. On-and-off showers Thu. & Fri. Finally a break on Saturday, but another front coming through on Mother's Day with more showers and turning cooler after that.

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A bit of a break from the rain today - a few sunny breaks to the north in the afternoon, but still the chance for a few showers near MA border. Another round of showers coming in Wed., moving S to N. On-and-off showers Thu. & Fri. Finally a break on Saturday, but another front coming through on Mother's Day with more showers and turning cooler after that.

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1} CAMPAIGN3_OC__VO


The race for president is down to the wire. But most voters already think the primary is practically over. According to a new CNN/ORC poll .. 84 percent of voters nationwide think Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. And 85 percent -- think Hillary Clinton will lead the Democratic ticket. But the numbers haven't stopped Ted Cruz or Bernie Sanders from campaigning hard ahead of today's Indiana primary.

2} CUOMOAID3_WHITE


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defends a former aide who's under federal investigation. Cuomo described Joseph Percoco, his executive deputy secretary until January, as a "good man." Percoco temporarily left government in 2014 to consult for the Democratic governor's campaign and for other companies that did state business.

3} NYSILVER3_WVO


The former New York Assembly speaker will learn his fate today. Sheldon Silver was found guilty in November in a $5 million corruption case. Today .. The 72 year old Manhattan democrat will get the chance to speak before a judge sentences him.

4} NHPROSTITUTE3_OC__MUG


A Massachusetts man is arrested in New Hampshire for prostitution. Canaan Police say 55 year old James Morgan contacted undercover officers .. And offered to pay for sexual acts. He was released on bail .. And will be in court in July. These prostitution stings are on-going .. And police say it began last week with the arrest of 3 other men.

5} TOWNCETNER3_WVO


The city council gives the Burlington Town center renovations the green light. Last night .. Residents and business owners gave testimony both for and against the changes. In the end .. the plans were approved .. And now mall developers can move forward with reaching out to investors and begin prepping for construction.

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A bit of a break from the rain today - a few sunny breaks to the north in the afternoon, but still the chance for a few showers near MA border. Another round of showers coming in Wed., moving S to N. On-and-off showers Thu. & Fri. Finally a break on Saturday, but another front coming through on Mother's Day with more showers and turning cooler after that.


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