Tue 22-APR-2014 Early A.M. News Script

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New Hampshire officials have located the body of a man who died after he jumped into a river. Fish and Game wardens say 32-year-old Aaron Hoyt of Northfield -- jumped into the Smith River in Bristol last Monday -- and drowned. Spring runoff made water levels dangerously high -- and the search had to be called off until they dropped. His body was found yesterday below the falls. Investigators say they believe his jump was part of a polar plunge. It's the new craze in which, mostly teens, are pressuring each other to dive into dangerously cold water. Though -- officials say they don't think Hoyt was dared by anyone.

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South Burlington police say they caught a drug dealer. They say they went to a local hotel Monday where they suspected drug activity -- -- and arrested 22-year-old Ronald Harris of Philadelphia. They say he had almost a hundred-50 bags of heroin and about 20 grams of crack cocaine on him. He's now facing drug possession and trafficking charges.

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The Vermont Medical Practice Board is updating the rules on opiates for the first time in almost a decade. A new regulation -- is designed to prevent patients from abusing opiate-based prescription pills. The policy encourages physicians to screen patients for any history of mental health issues or substance abuse. It also asks them to use a prescription-tracking system -- to ensure patients aren't getting opiates from multiple pharmacies.

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The Burlington School Board was back at the table trying to hash out a budget to send to voters. The board passed a revised 67-million dollar budget Monday evening. That's actually bigger than the one shot down by voters on town meeting day. But -- an audit uncovered an additional 2-and-a-half million dollar deficit that has to be made up. The board also voted to add a contingency fund -- to deal with other issues the audit revealed.

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((Miriam 11:14 I added a 150k of a line called 'programs contingency's to perhaps cover any IRS fines or any penalties we might incur or any other over-run.")) The approved budget heads to the full board next week.

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I'm Steve Bottari -- tomorrow morning we'll sit down with a vermont author and her 7-year-old niece -- who together wrote a new childrens book... About confronting the creatures in your nightmares. That's tomorrow -- on the channel three morning news.


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