Tue 24-FEB-2015 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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On the heels of progress, Vermont seems to be falling behind again. A new federal report shows Vermont has the second worst high speed internet access in the country. In 2013 Governor Shumlin announced 99 percent of Vermonters were connected to broadband. But technology keeps improving -- and under the latest federal standards for "adequate broadband speed," Vermont now only has 20 percent of the population covered. According to the FCC's report -- at the end of 2013 -- 80 percent of Vermonters did NOT have access to internet speeds of 25 megabits per second. Compared to New Hampshire where 17 percent of the state's population doesn't have access -- and New York has only 3 percent without adequate speed.

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(TC 00:13:38:22 Tile 9581) ((Chris Recchia/Public Service Commissioner "Trying to use what little money we have, to leverage private investment from the telecommunication companies to invest in those areas that are in need of service." 00:13:52:04)) Recchia says the FCC is expected to rule by the end of this month on whether internet is a necessary service -- and if it does -- then the state will be able to help regulate faster internet access for Vermonters.

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A Springfield man is behind bars this morning -- accused of abusing his 3-month-old son. Authorities have charged 34-year-old Clifford Sprague with domestic assault and cruelty to a child. The charges come following an investigation into an incident last month when the baby was taken to the hospital for a fractured tibia. Sprague is being held for lack of bail and is due in court next month.

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Now without critical records, the town of Essex, New York hopes to get its computer back from the FBI. Town Clerk William Morgan -- seen here in a recent interview -- was arrested on child porn charges earlier this month. Investigators say they found 27-thousand videos -- on one hard drive. Morgan is in federal custody. Two deputy clerks are now acting as town clerk and tax collector. Town officials say the FBI seized the town computer -- containing important documents -- and the computer has yet to be returned.

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Jonathan Gruber's work for Vermont may be over, but the controversy surrounding the consultant returns to the spotlight. The state auditor released a memo indicating Gruber's time cards do not add up. Doug Hoffer began looking into the contract at the request of two state lawmakers. He says Gruber's invoices should have included more detail about the work he performed for the state. Hoffer says the larger concern is the number of hours billed for Gruber's sole research assistant include 14 hour days, seven days a week.

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(00:41:40:00) ((Doug Hoffer - D/P-Vermont the one that jumped out was pretty evident, was both of the first two invoices indicated a certain number of hours, both for Dr. Gruber and for the one, sole research assistant and once I learned that there was only one individual, it became evident that it didn't really square with what would be normal practice)) Vermont amended its contract following coverage of his controversial remarks late last year -- barring any further payment for Gruber's time. He declined to comment on the auditor's claims.

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Despite a growth of the downtown -- Winooski residents say something is missing. But the city is now in the home stretch -- for breaking ground on a new park. Shelby Cashman explains who that space is dedicated to.

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(00:49:55) ((Amber Billey/Winooski Dog Owner "I got him in his little parka to keep warm cause its cold up here.")) (00:49:58) Amber Billey is a proud dog mom. She rescued little Ziggy through an animal foster care program--and has raised her "big hound" Rebel--from a puppy. (00:49:38) ((Amber Billey/Winooski Dog Owner "They bring a lot of happiness.")) (00:49:41) But Billey says-there is no where in urban Winooski--to let her dogs off their leashes. Ziggy and Rebel--are usually confined to their small back yard. (00:50:29) ((Amber Billey "I'm tired of driving to Essex, to Starr Farm, to South Burlington just so I can let my dogs play off leash.")) (00:50:37) And Billey is not the only one tired of keeping her dogs on a short leash. Ben McShane--an Americorps volunteer working with the city's parks and recreation department says--the results of a citywide survey--were clear. More than half of those surveyed--asked for a dog park. (00:24:50) ((NATS Ben "in an underutilized space we feel this is a good fit for it")) (00:24:54) The Winooski city council--agreed. They gave the project a thirty one thousand dollar green light to occupy a vacant green space in the city park on West Allen Street. Now--residents are meeting to weigh in on rules and regulations. (00:28:05) ((Ben McShane "We cant be down there, we don't have eyes down there all the time so putting that challenge out to the volunteers in the community members of just, hey you asked for this, we want to bring it to you, but there are some expectations that go along with that.")) (00:28:16) Expectations like--all owners must pick up after their dogs--with the provided waste bags at the park entrance. And--all dogs must be licensed--wearing proper tags. (00:36:57) ((NATS meeting "A second entrance I think should be strongly considered.")) (00:37:00) ((NATS amber with her dogs)) Billey thinks the Winooski community will treat the park--just like their dogs. With plenty of TLC. (00:51:32) ((Amber Billey "I think we take care of our dogs and we take care of our community. I think the dog park will be a great addition.")) Shelby Cashman Channel 3 News Winooski

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(anchors introduce gary) Coldest morning yet. Breezy today. Clipper tonight into Wednesday with some snow showers, dusting - 2". More cold after that, but lots of sun during the days into Saturday. Frontal system late Sunday into Monday with snow showers.

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Today: Partly sunny Breezy Highs: 10 to 17 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Snow showers Breezy Lows: 5 to 15 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Wednesday: AM snow showers Then gradual clearing Turning blustery, colder Highs: 18 to 25 Wind: S to W 10 to 20 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 0 to -10 Highs: 5 to 15 Friday: Partly cloudy Lows: -10 to -25 Highs: 5 to 15 Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 12 to 22 Hyper-Extended: Sunday: AM sun Clouding up Chance for snow showers late Lows: -5 to 5 Highs: 20s Monday: AM snow showers Some clearing late Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 22 to 32

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Congress has until Friday to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security or risk shutting down. Lauren Lyster has the latest...

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CONGRESS HAS UNTIL FRIDAY TO PASS A BILL FUNDING THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. ON MONDAY, SENATE DEMOCRATS AGAIN FILIBUSTERED A REPUBLICAN FUNDING PROPOSAL FOR THE DEPARTMENT BECAUSE IT'S LINKED TO PROVISIONS THAT WOULD REPEAL PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ON IMMIGRATION. IN AN ATTEMPT AT DE-ESCALATING THE FIGHT, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL NOW PLANS TO UNLINK THE TWO ISSUES…AND BRING A SEPARATE BILL TO THE FLOOR THIS WEEK TO BLOCK THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS WARNED THAT STATES WOULD FEEL THE IMPACT IF THE DEPARTMENT IS FORCED TO SHUT DOWN. THE BATTLE OVER FUNDING THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN COMPLICATED BY A TERROR THREAT AGAINST SHOPPING MALLS IN THE U.S. THE AL-QAIDA-LINKED SOMALI GROUP CALLED FOR "LONE WOLF"-STYLE ATTACKS ON U.S. AND CANADIAN MALLS, SPECIFICALLY NAMING MINNESOTA'S "MALL OF AMERICA." FEDERAL AUTHORITIES SAY THERE IS NO KNOWN THREAT AGAINST ANY SHOPPING CENTER, BUT ARE ADVISING CONSUMERS TO BE VIGILANT. AND, SNOW, SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN CONTINUES TO CAUSE PROBLEMS IN THE DEEP SOUTH. AN ICE STORM ALL-BUT SHUT DOWN SOME HIGHWAYS IN TEXAS MONDAY. IN TENNESSEE, AN ICE STORM KNOCKED OUT POWER TO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS. MEANWHILE THE NORTHEAST IS DEALING WITH ANOTHER DAY OF RECORD-CHALLENGING COLD.... IT COULD HIT ZERO DEGREES THIS MORNING IN NEW YORK. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES. I'M LAUREN LYSTER, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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Welcome Back! Remarkable technology emerging from northern Canada. Nearly a dozen robots and so-called 'Doctors in a box' are being used to help patients in hospitals and clinics. Robot doctors like this one are playing a big part in medical care. The technology allows patients to video link with specialists. Physicians can use smart phones to remotely control the robot and interact via video link with a patient. The doctor can also connect diagnostic equipment such as stethoscopes, ultrasounds, and electro cardiograms to see, touch and hear the patient.

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Few things more frustrating than a cracked screen on a smart phone! Well, a first of its kind tech company in Spain created a do it yourself workshop, which allows you to skip the costly repair price tag and fix your own phone. You only rent a work station for a little more than 11 US dollars, while the company provides the tools and manuals needed. The company is already thinking about expanding their business across Europe.

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Think judges are boring, serious and stodgy? Then you haven't met Texas supreme court justice Don Willett. His sense of humor has made him a star on Twitter.

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((Justice Don Willett/Texas Supreme Court, "People have a view of judges as these sort of dry, humorless, dis-embodied brains. But judges believe it or not, are people too.)) Thousands follow the judge on Twitter and get bombarded with memes, jokes, pictures of his three children and of course, his flashy socks. You won't find any political rants or judicial opinions on his page. He prefers debating whether the S or the C is silent in the word scent.

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Coldest morning yet. Breezy today. Clipper tonight into Wednesday with some snow showers, dusting - 2". More cold after that, but lots of sun during the days into Saturday. Frontal system late Sunday into Monday with snow showers.

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The bitter cold has taken a toll on many of us -- including our animals. Gina Bullard checks out some cute coats that are made in Vermont.

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There are signs of Vermont's deep freeze everywhere... ((nat outside?)) With below zero temperatures only the warmest of coats will cut it. ((nat putting on her coat)) and not just on people. ((nat sheep)) At Landgos Farm in Tunbridge the sheep are staying warm with their natural coats and the lambs are also cozy -- with a little help from Emily Howe. (00:34:19:07) ((Emily Howe/Landgo's Farm "that one's not much better back to the sewing machine")) 18 lambs and counting came early on the farm. Family planning was a little off this year normally the family expects newborns towards the end of March. (00:16:37:29) ((Emily Howe/Landgo's Farm "you separate the ewes and lambs in the fall and we had early frost and didn't think it was going to matter but it mattered")) On a below freezing evening babies were coming fast and furious and Howe knew she had to keep them warm since their coats aren't fully grown in. (00:16:53:13) ((Emily Howe/Landgo's Farm "we went out to the barn there was a shivering little baby there")) So she headed to her kids closets to grab Vermont flannel pajama pants then to her sewing machine. (00:20:51:19) ((Emily Howe/Landgo's Farm "the best way is snip the bottom off a fleece pajama pant shape the belly and make sure they have room here so they don't choke)) (00:02:23:07) ((Emily Howe/Landgo's Farm "this one is elsa because she was almost frozen")) ((nat elsa feeding?)) Elsa is the only lamb so far that stays inside the house -- she had one of the toughest times. And is just like a real baby. (00:07:21:04) ((Emily Howe/Landgo's Farm "we don't have to burp you at least")) (00:00:57:20) ((Emily Howe/Landgo's Farm "she was one of a set of triplets and one was born dead her brother was okay but she was almost dead because of hypothermia we put her in a hot bath of water 3 times before she came to")) Elsa has already outgrown her first lamb coat and so have her friends in the barn which means Howe is busy creating more -- recycling fleece pajamas. Now she won't loose sleep counting her new born sheep -- keeping warm in their Made in Vermont jackets. Gina Bullard Channel 3 News Tunbridge.

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In the headlines this morning: A woman rescued from overnight house fire... a rare plant found in Vermont-- And a principal accused of stealing from his school...

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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 family in Thetford is counting their blessings following a house fire early Saturday morning. This is all that is left of the home of Richard and Roberta Howard. Vermont State police Trooper Sgt Lyle Decker was on patrol on route 5 when he noticed heavy smoke coming from the home. He called dispatch to report a fire in progress. It was at that point he noticed 81-year-old Richard outside the home.

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(( Tile 714 7310_01 Sgt Lyle Decker/Vermont State Police 00:05:55:13" And I just asked him is there anybody else inside and he said his wife was inside , I tried yelling to her a few times but when I opened the door there was just so much smoke that came out and the flames were only about 6 feet or so from where I was standing." 00:06:13:11)) Sgt Decker was eventually able to rescue 82 year old Roberta Howard just before the house errupted into flames. Roberta remains hospitalized in Boston. Investigators believe the blaze may have been the result of a chimney fire.

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A Vermont family now offering a cash reward to help find a killer. 72-year-old Peter Meyer of (KWI - CHI) Quechee was struck and killed in a Savannah, Georgia hit and run on January 4th. His family says he had stopped for the night on the way to his winter home in Florida. Meyer's loved ones are now offering a 125-thousand reward for information leading to the person responsible.

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A Bellows Falls woman is facing charges this morning -- after police say she used a hypodermic needle to hold up a store. Investigators say 29-year-old Mary Graves robbed the Rite-Aid at the Springfield Plaza Monday morning. They say Graves threatened to stab the clerk with a used needle -- unless she got cash. The clerk then handed over the money. Police say multiple tips led them to Graves later that evening.

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A one-time Vermont principal of the year is accused of stealing from his school. About 16-hundred dollars disappeared from the Danville school safe last week. Police say surveillance video shows Principal Edwin Webbley taking the money. Webbley was the 2011 principal of the year when he worked at Vergennes Union High School. In 2012, he faced a DUI charge after police said he crashed his car into the back of his garage. Webbley is due in court on an embezzlement charge next month.

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A plant that no one even knew existed until about twelve years ago is now being found in Vermont. In fact, just a few weeks ago, a worker at the (MISS IS KOY) Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge found a few more patches of the native version of reed grass. Vermont's botanist says a Cornell researcher did genetic testing -- and determined the reed grass is native to North America and dates back two or three thousand years.

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(TC -00:05:32:00) ((Bob Popp/Botanist VT Dept of Fish and Wildlife: It's actually better behaved than its nasty cousin if you will from Eurasia and what I mean by that, you look at this, it's like a small discreet clump of grass and if you look in the middle of it you have other things growing, the non native one will just be a pure stand of like hundreds and hundreds of acres with nothing else growing in there and that's not good for wildlife.)) Popp says, so far, they've found the native reed grass in less than ten spots in Vermont. Julie Kelley takes us along for an icy botany lesson tonight in Wildlife Watch on The Thirty -- at 5:30.

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An hour of science per day is the prescription one Vermont school has for helping students meet new goals for reading and math. Teachers at Williamstown Elementary School are now called content area specialists. They're now responsible for teaching just one subject -- but they're also trained interventionists. With no new staff -- the school has stopped learning trends before students developed special needs or require intensive instruction.

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(14:15 Amanda Mormile/Fourth Grade Science Teacher)(("Having the opportunity for that to be my focus allows me to really differentiate instruction for kids, pick out different topics, hands-on projects and really really get into the science concepts.")) (Jamie Kinnarney/Williamstown Elementary School Principal 47:05)(("It is really looking at science more of the lense that brings everything together compared to the thing that falls off of and we're just focusing on english language arts and math.")) Williamstown Elementary School's new teaching strategies are the topic -- of tonight's 30 Schools in 30 Days. Watch our special report -- on the Channel 3 News at six.

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(anchors introduce gary) Coldest morning yet. Breezy today. Clipper tonight into Wednesday with some snow showers, dusting - 2". More cold after that, but lots of sun during the days into Saturday. Frontal system late Sunday into Monday with snow showers.

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Today: Partly sunny Breezy Highs: 10 to 17 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Snow showers Breezy Lows: 5 to 15 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Wednesday: AM snow showers Then gradual clearing Turning blustery, colder Highs: 18 to 25 Wind: S to W 10 to 20 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 0 to -10 Highs: 5 to 15 Friday: Partly cloudy Lows: -10 to -25 Highs: 5 to 15 Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 12 to 22 Hyper-Extended: Sunday: AM sun Clouding up Chance for snow showers late Lows: -5 to 5 Highs: 20s Monday: AM snow showers Some clearing late Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 22 to 32

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(((Tomorrow In Division 2 hoop, Both St. Michael's teams host Merrimack in their respective season finales. The women need a win to have a chance to make the conference tournament. The men need a win for a chance to host a conference quarterfinal game Friday. Also tomorrow In Division Three, the Castleton men and Norwich women host conference quarterfinal matchups tomorrow night. In the NAC Tourney, The Spartans face Thomas at 6pm at Glenbrook Gym. These two teams met in Castleton a little over a week ago with Thomas getting the win. Rochester grad Pavin Parish didn't play in that game and it's unclear if he will be healthy enough to go tomorrow. The Cadets take on Anna Maria in a GNAC tourney game at 7pm at Andrews Gymnasium. Anna Maria got a home win over Norwich back on January 6th. Since then the Cadets have been on fire, closing out the regular season on an 11 game win streak including a 14 point win over Lasell Saturday. --- Two high school girls hoop semis tonight in Barre. Let's start with D-2 Number 1 Lake Region and number 4 Lyndon. The vikings open the game on a 6-0 run, Madalyn Sanborn gets the feed down low and puts it in for 2. Final seconds of the first, Rylie Nichols gets it off in time and nails the jumper at the buzzer. Lyndon with an 11-7 lead after one. Back come the Rangers in the second. They swing it around to Molly Horton for three in the corner. later, off the rebound, it's Horton taking it in strong for 2 more. Lake Region hangs on for the 45-43 win and a trip to the finals. --- The girls Division 4 semifinal game, number one Mt. St. Joseph and number 4, West Rutland. M-S-J sisters Sarah and Izzy Harvey singing the national anthem before the game with their cousin and Golden horde player, Lauren Harvey. Pretty cool. first quarter, M-S-J's Jenna Eaton the steal and lay-in as the Mounties take a 15-0 lead after one. Second quarter, the long outlet pass goes to Monica Schmelzenbach who splits the D for 2 and the foul. West Rutland tries to battle back, Lauren Harvey with 2 of her team high 7. Golden Horde cutting the deficit to 8. But MSJ was pretty much in control all night, Eaton again for 2. She had a game high 23. Mt. St. Joseph is headed to the D-4 finals, 47-32 the final. --- That's it for now, scott fleishman, channel 3 sports, have a great day.)))

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This morning 3 Minute Wrap. Getting you up to speed every morning -- in just 3 minutes.

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A big set back for Vermont's goal of growing a tech economy. A new federal report shows Vermont has the second worst high speed internet access in the country. In 2013 Governor Shumlin announced 99 percent of Vermonters were connected to broadband. But technology keeps improving -- and under the latest federal standards for "adequate broadband speed," Vermont now only has 20 percent of the population covered. According to the FCC's report -- at the end of 2013 -- 80 percent of Vermonters did NOT have access to internet speeds of 25 megabits per second. Compared to New Hampshire where 17 percent of the state's population doesn't have access -- and New York has only 3 percent without adequate speed.

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The town of Essex, New York is hoping to get its computer back from the FBI. Town Clerk William Morgan -- seen here in a recent interview -- was arrested on child porn charges earlier this month. Investigators say they found 27-thousand videos -- on one hard drive. Morgan is in federal custody. Two deputy clerks are now acting as town clerk and tax collector. Town officials say the FBI seized the town computer -- containing some vital records -- and the computer has yet to be returned.

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A Springfield man is behind bars this morning -- accused of abusing his 3-month-old son. Authorities have charged 34-year-old Clifford Sprague with domestic assault and cruelty to a child. The charges come following an investigation into an incident last month when the baby was taken to the hospital for a fractured tibia. Sprague is being held for lack of bail and is due in court next month.

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The team of Vermont guards -- is back home from Boston this morning. About 40 Green Mountain Boys -- have been helping the city dig out from a series of massive storms. Since leaving Vermont FebRUary 13th -- they've moved 15-thousand cubic yards of snow in the Boston area -- and suburbs. The guard says the city is caught up now and there are no plans for Vermont troops to return.

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With an end of the week deadline looming, the Senate seems unable to move forward on approving funds to keep the Homeland Security Department from shutting down. Democrats have blocked four attempts to advance a Republican measure that would approve funds, but also bar President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration. The president told visiting governors on Monday that a shutdown would have a direct impact on the economy.

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Doctors say an experimental drug shows some early, encouraging signs of effectiveness in its first human test against Ebola in West Africa. But the drug helps only if patients get it soon after their symptoms first appear. A study of the drug, favipiravir (fav-ih-PEER-ah-veer), is still in early stages -- and too few people have been treated. Among those who got the drug when virus levels were still low, survival was 85 percent. That seems better than the roughly 70 percent survival for patients before the study began.

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A new study says exposing young kids to peanuts may prevent peanut allergies. The study in the New England Journal of Medicine says instead of keeping babies away from peanut-based foods, exposing infants to peanuts before age 1 actually helped prevent a peanut allergy in children likely to develop one, lowering the risk by as much as 81 percent.

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

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Coldest morning yet. Breezy today. Clipper tonight into Wednesday with some snow showers, dusting - 2". More cold after that, but lots of sun during the days into Saturday. Frontal system late Sunday into Monday with snow showers.

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With a jam-packed Spring Training Schedule -- the Red Sox will only have 2 days off from March 3rd until April 4th. So there is a lot to talk about. Teenage sports analyst Jasper Goodman joins us now. ((What are we looking for during spring training?))

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((In terms of who to look FOR -- What sort of an impact do you expect the Kung Fu Panda to make?))

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((What do you see the Red Sox doing with their crowded outfield?)) ((How does the pitching staff look?))

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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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Now to our top story this morning. Many trying to access the internet in Vermont have found the service to be painfully slow. It's a problem this rural state has battled for years. On the heels of progress, Vermont seems to be falling behind again. Logan Crawford reports.

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The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies is a place in Burlington where entrepreneurs can come to use high speed internet for their startups. (TC 00:06:39:00 Tile 8184) ((David Bradbury/Vt. Center for Emerging Technologies "I think it's important as tap water is nowadays. It allows us to work, to live, to communicate, from our house, anywhere." 00:06:48:18)) The center has helped some local companies flourish in Burlington -- that might have struggled in more rural areas without fast internet. (TC 00:12:33:03 Tile 8186) ((David Bradbury/Vt. Center for Emerging Technologies "They could never have operated from little Woodstock, Vermont." 00:12:36:04)) In 2013 Governor Shumlin announced 99 percent of Vermonters were connected to broadband. But the FCC just redefined what "adequate broadband speed" is -- and when that standard is applied -- Vermont at only 20 percent of the population covered. GFX: The FCC released a report in January about broadband availability in America. According to the report -- at the end of 2013 -- 80 percent of Vermonters did NOT have access to internet speeds of 25 megabits per second. Compared to New Hampshire where 17 percent of the state's population doesn't have access -- and New York has only 3 percent without adequate speed. (TC 00:12:03:21 Tile 9541) ((Ric Messier/Champlain College "Vermont doesn't have the big population centers that New Hampshire does.)) Ric Messier is the director of cyber security and digital forensics at Champlain College. He says because of Vermont's small and spread out population -- few cable companies are motivated to invest in the Green Mountain State. (TC 00:03:31:08 Tile 9541) ((Ric Messier/Champlain College "The rural nature of Vermont doesn't make it very cost effective for a lot of these providers to come in here and offer good bandwidth to anybody." 00:03:41:25)) He says the sparse internet access hurts Vermont's economy -- driving workers out of state and making it tough to bring work in. (TC 00:08:06:13 Tile 9541) ((Ric Messier/Champlain College "Potential employees can't come here and work for remote companies because we don't have the infrastructure to be able to support them. And that really impacts the economy because we don't have people who are making higher wages in order to really boost our economy here in Vermont." 00:08:26:04)) Messier says the government stepping in may be one solution. He says telephone service was deemed essential and the government made sure everyone had it. But so far - this has not happened with the internet. Vermont Department of Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia says internet is federally regulated -- so it's difficult for the state to help increase access. (TC 00:13:38:22 Tile 9581) ((Chris Recchia/Public Service Commissioner "Trying to use what little money we have, to leverage private investment from the telecommunication companies to invest in those areas that are in need of service." 00:13:52:04)) Recchia says the FCC is expected to rule by the end of this month on whether internet is a necessary service -- and if it does -- then the state will be able to help regulate faster internet access for Vermonters. Logan Crawford, Channel 3 news, Burlington. -3-

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A Springfield man is behind bars this morning -- accused of abusing his 3-month-old son. Authorities have charged 34-year-old Clifford Sprague with domestic assault and cruelty to a child. The charges come following an investigation into an incident last month when the baby was taken to the hospital for a fractured tibia. Sprague is being held for lack of bail and is due in court next month.

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Now without critical records, the town of Essex, New York hopes to get its computer back from the FBI. Town Clerk William Morgan -- seen here in a recent interview -- was arrested on child porn charges earlier this month. Investigators say they found 27-thousand videos -- on one hard drive. Morgan is in federal custody. Two deputy clerks are now acting as town clerk and tax collector. Town officials say the FBI seized the town computer -- containing important documents -- and the computer has yet to be returned.

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Jonathan Gruber's work for Vermont may be over, but the controversy surrounding the consultant returns to the spotlight. The state auditor released a memo indicating Gruber's time cards do not add up. Doug Hoffer began looking into the contract at the request of two state lawmakers. He says Gruber's invoices should have included more detail about the work he performed for the state. Hoffer says the larger concern is the number of hours billed for Gruber's sole research assistant include 14 hour days, seven days a week.

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(00:41:40:00) ((Doug Hoffer - D/P-Vermont the one that jumped out was pretty evident, was both of the first two invoices indicated a certain number of hours, both for Dr. Gruber and for the one, sole research assistant and once I learned that there was only one individual, it became evident that it didn't really square with what would be normal practice)) Vermont amended its contract following coverage of his controversial remarks late last year -- barring any further payment for Gruber's time. He declined to comment on the auditor's claims.

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Despite a growth of the downtown -- Winooski residents say something is missing. But the city is now in the home stretch -- for breaking ground on a new park. Shelby Cashman explains who that space is dedicated to.

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(00:49:55) ((Amber Billey/Winooski Dog Owner "I got him in his little parka to keep warm cause its cold up here.")) (00:49:58) Amber Billey is a proud dog mom. She rescued little Ziggy through an animal foster care program--and has raised her "big hound" Rebel--from a puppy. (00:49:38) ((Amber Billey/Winooski Dog Owner "They bring a lot of happiness.")) (00:49:41) But Billey says-there is no where in urban Winooski--to let her dogs off their leashes. Ziggy and Rebel--are usually confined to their small back yard. (00:50:29) ((Amber Billey "I'm tired of driving to Essex, to Starr Farm, to South Burlington just so I can let my dogs play off leash.")) (00:50:37) And Billey is not the only one tired of keeping her dogs on a short leash. Ben McShane--an Americorps volunteer working with the city's parks and recreation department says--the results of a citywide survey--were clear. More than half of those surveyed--asked for a dog park. (00:24:50) ((NATS Ben "in an underutilized space we feel this is a good fit for it")) (00:24:54) The Winooski city council--agreed. They gave the project a thirty one thousand dollar green light to occupy a vacant green space in the city park on West Allen Street. Now--residents are meeting to weigh in on rules and regulations. (00:28:05) ((Ben McShane "We cant be down there, we don't have eyes down there all the time so putting that challenge out to the volunteers in the community members of just, hey you asked for this, we want to bring it to you, but there are some expectations that go along with that.")) (00:28:16) Expectations like--all owners must pick up after their dogs--with the provided waste bags at the park entrance. And--all dogs must be licensed--wearing proper tags. (00:36:57) ((NATS meeting "A second entrance I think should be strongly considered.")) (00:37:00) ((NATS amber with her dogs)) Billey thinks the Winooski community will treat the park--just like their dogs. With plenty of TLC. (00:51:32) ((Amber Billey "I think we take care of our dogs and we take care of our community. I think the dog park will be a great addition.")) Shelby Cashman Channel 3 News Winooski

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(anchors introduce gary) Coldest morning yet. Breezy today. Clipper tonight into Wednesday with some snow showers, dusting - 2". More cold after that, but lots of sun during the days into Saturday. Frontal system late Sunday into Monday with snow showers.

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Today: Partly sunny Breezy Highs: 10 to 17 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Snow showers Breezy Lows: 5 to 15 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Wednesday: AM snow showers Then gradual clearing Turning blustery, colder Highs: 18 to 25 Wind: S to W 10 to 20 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 0 to -10 Highs: 5 to 15 Friday: Partly cloudy Lows: -10 to -25 Highs: 5 to 15 Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 12 to 22 Hyper-Extended: Sunday: AM sun Clouding up Chance for snow showers late Lows: -5 to 5 Highs: 20s Monday: AM snow showers Some clearing late Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 22 to 32

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Congress has until Friday to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security or risk shutting down. Susan McGinnis reports from Washington --

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(PKG) -nats- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a shot at trying to break the stalemate. Democrats blocked consideration of a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for the fourth time Monday. The bill is tied to provisions that would repeal President Obama's executive actions, which temporarily shield millions of undocumented immigrations from deportation. But Democrats oppose the repeal. McConnell now plans to separate the issues... and introduce a standalone bill this week - that would block the President's orders on immigration: (SOT Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader) It's another way to get the senate unstuck from a democratic filibuster and move the debate forward. Some senate Democrats have already expressed support for debating the two issues individually: (SOT Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand D-New York) "People have really strong opinions on both topics and they should be debated fairly, openly and separately," But many Republicans remain opposed to doing so...and point to a ruling by a Texas judge last week blocking the White House plans. (SOT Sen John Barrasso R-WY) It's time for Democrats to stop defending the President and the White House. (STANDUP SUSAN MCGINNIS CBS NEWS WASHINGTON, D.C.) SHOULD THE DEADLINE ARRIVE WITHOUT A DEAL, 30,000 WORKERS WOULD BE FOULOUGHED.. MANY MORE WOULD BE EXPECTED TO COME TO WORK WITHOUT PAY. (SOT President Obama/ no chyron necessary) These are folks who, if they don't have a paycheck are not going to be able to spend that money in your states. Funding for the department would be cut off at midnight Friday, if Congress fails to act. Susan McGinnis CBS News Washington.

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Police investigating a possible robbery plot encountered a man with what appeared to be a bomb strapped to his body at a Connecticut credit union. The state police bomb squad has rendered the device safe and the man has been taken to a hospital. Police say the events began Monday morning with a report of a home invasion in Bristol and ended at Achieve Financial Credit Union in nearby New Britain. Records show the home is owned by the credit union's chief financial officer. Officials are investigating whether the man was forced by other people to take part in a robbery and whether the device attached to him was a real bomb. The suspects remain at large. No one was injured.

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Officials are reminding the public to scrape off ice and snow from their vehicles before driving. This - after a New York man nearly died when a chunk of ice slammed through his windshield. 23-year-old Frank Kopicki is lucky he only has a head wound. A block of ice flew off a tractor trailer hitting his car's windshield during rush hour on the Tappan Zee Bridge Monday. As you can see, the impact of the crash left him with a gash on his head and covered in blood. Police are looking for the driver of the truck, who they say may not have even realized what happened.

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Welcome Back! Remarkable technology emerging from northern Canada. Nearly a dozen robots and so-called 'Doctors in a box' are being used to help patients in hospitals and clinics. Robot doctors like this one are playing a big part in medical care. The technology allows patients to video link with specialists. Physicians can use smart phones to remotely control the robot and interact via video link with a patient. The doctor can also connect diagnostic equipment such as stethoscopes, ultrasounds, and electro cardiograms to see, touch and hear the patient.

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Few things more frustrating than a cracked screen on a smart phone! Well, a first of its kind tech company in Spain created a do it yourself workshop, which allows you to skip the costly repair price tag and fix your own phone. You only rent a work station for a little more than 11 US dollars, while the company provides the tools and manuals needed. The company is already thinking about expanding their business across Europe.

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Think judges are boring, serious and stodgy? Then you haven't met Texas supreme court justice Don Willett. His sense of humor has made him a star on Twitter.

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((Justice Don Willett/Texas Supreme Court, "People have a view of judges as these sort of dry, humorless, dis-embodied brains. But judges believe it or not, are people too.)) Thousands follow the judge on Twitter and get bombarded with memes, jokes, pictures of his three children and of course, his flashy socks. You won't find any political rants or judicial opinions on his page. He prefers debating whether the S or the C is silent in the word scent.

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Coldest morning yet. Breezy today. Clipper tonight into Wednesday with some snow showers, dusting - 2". More cold after that, but lots of sun during the days into Saturday. Frontal system late Sunday into Monday with snow showers.

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How anger can be bad for your heart. Plus -- the possible health risk for people resistant to aspirin. Eboni Williams has some of the day's top health stories.

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(pkg) A new Australian study finds anger can increase the risk of a heart attack. Researchers say the risk is more than 8 times greater during the two hours after a person gets really angry. Arguments with family or co-workers were the biggest triggers for anger associated heart attacks.. Long lasting contraceptives are becoming more popular with women. CDC data shows more women are using IUD's and hormonal implants because they're effective and safe. and people resistant to aspirin may suffer more severe strokes. That's according to a new study that involved more than 300 stroke patients. Aspirin helps thin the blood and prevents clotting which can cause a stroke. That's a look at some of the day's top health stories. Eboni Williams, CBS New, New York

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In the headlines this morning: A woman rescued from house fire... A heads up for scams this tax season. And a principal accused of stealing from his school...

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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 Vermont family now offering a cash reward to help find a killer. 72-year-old Peter Meyer of (KWI - CHI) Quechee was struck and killed in a Savannah, Georgia hit and run on January 4th. His family says he had stopped for the night on the way to his winter home in Florida. Meyer's loved ones are now offering a 125-thousand reward for information leading to the person responsible.

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A Bellows Falls woman is facing charges this morning -- after police say she used a hypodermic needle to hold up a store. Investigators say 29-year-old Mary Graves robbed the Rite-Aid at the Springfield Plaza Monday morning. They say Graves threatened to stab the clerk with a used needle -- unless she got cash. The clerk then handed over the money. Police say multiple tips led them to Graves later that evening.

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A one-time Vermont principal of the year is accused of stealing from his school. About 16-hundred dollars disappeared from the Danville school safe last week. Police say surveillance video shows Principal Edwin Webbley taking the money. Webbley was the 2011 principal of the year when he worked at Vergennes Union High School. In 2012, he faced a DUI charge after police said he crashed his car into the back of his garage. Webbley is due in court on an embezzlement charge next month.

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This morning state police are warning people about a tax scam. Letters are being sent to Vermonters -- requesting more information to complete tax returns. The letters say they're coming from the IRS and state tax department but they are not. Police say they're a scam. Call the IRS, tax department and state police -- if you get one.

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A team of Vermont guardsmen are bach home from Boston this morning. About 40 Green Mountain Boys -- have been helping the city dig out from a series of massive storms. The team left February 13th. And moved 15-thousand cubic yards of snow in the Boston area -- and suburbs. The guard says the city now has things under control up and there are no plans for Vermont troops to return.

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(anchors introduce gary) Coldest morning yet. Breezy today. Clipper tonight into Wednesday with some snow showers, dusting - 2". More cold after that, but lots of sun during the days into Saturday. Frontal system late Sunday into Monday with snow showers.

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Today: Partly sunny Breezy Highs: 10 to 17 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Tonight: Snow showers Breezy Lows: 5 to 15 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Wednesday: AM snow showers Then gradual clearing Turning blustery, colder Highs: 18 to 25 Wind: S to W 10 to 20 mph Extended: Thursday: Partly sunny Lows: 0 to -10 Highs: 5 to 15 Friday: Partly cloudy Lows: -10 to -25 Highs: 5 to 15 Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 0 to -15 Highs: 12 to 22 Hyper-Extended: Sunday: AM sun Clouding up Chance for snow showers late Lows: -5 to 5 Highs: 20s Monday: AM snow showers Some clearing late Lows: 10 to 20 Highs: 22 to 32

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A plant that no one even knew existed until about twelve years ago is now being found in Vermont. In fact, just a few weeks ago, a worker at the (MISS IS KOY) Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge found a few more patches of the native version of reed grass. Vermont's botanist says a Cornell researcher did genetic testing -- and determined the reed grass is native to North America and dates back two or three thousand years.

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(TC -00:05:32:00) ((Bob Popp/Botanist VT Dept of Fish and Wildlife: It's actually better behaved than its nasty cousin if you will from Eurasia and what I mean by that, you look at this, it's like a small discreet clump of grass and if you look in the middle of it you have other things growing, the non native one will just be a pure stand of like hundreds and hundreds of acres with nothing else growing in there and that's not good for wildlife.)) Popp says, so far, they've found the native reed grass in less than ten spots in Vermont. Julie Kelley takes us along for an icy botany lesson tonight in Wildlife Watch on The Thirty -- at 5:30.

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An hour of science per day is the prescription one Vermont school has for helping students meet new goals for reading and math. Teachers at Williamstown Elementary School are now called content area specialists. They're now responsible for teaching just one subject -- but they're also trained interventionists. With no new staff -- the school has stopped learning trends before students developed special needs or require intensive instruction.

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(14:15 Amanda Mormile/Fourth Grade Science Teacher)(("Having the opportunity for that to be my focus allows me to really differentiate instruction for kids, pick out different topics, hands-on projects and really really get into the science concepts.")) (Jamie Kinnarney/Williamstown Elementary School Principal 47:05)(("It is really looking at science more of the lense that brings everything together compared to the thing that falls off of and we're just focusing on english language arts and math.")) Williamstown Elementary School's new teaching strategies are the topic -- of tonight's 30 Schools in 30 Days. Watch our special report -- on the Channel 3 News at six.

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(((Tomorrow In Division 2 hoop, Both St. Michael's teams host Merrimack in their respective season finales. The women need a win to have a chance to make the conference tournament. The men need a win for a chance to host a conference quarterfinal game Friday. Also tomorrow In Division Three, the Castleton men and Norwich women host conference quarterfinal matchups tomorrow night. In the NAC Tourney, The Spartans face Thomas at 6pm at Glenbrook Gym. These two teams met in Castleton a little over a week ago with Thomas getting the win. Rochester grad Pavin Parish didn't play in that game and it's unclear if he will be healthy enough to go tomorrow. The Cadets take on Anna Maria in a GNAC tourney game at 7pm at Andrews Gymnasium. Anna Maria got a home win over Norwich back on January 6th. Since then the Cadets have been on fire, closing out the regular season on an 11 game win streak including a 14 point win over Lasell Saturday. --- Two high school girls hoop semis tonight in Barre. Let's start with D-2 Number 1 Lake Region and number 4 Lyndon. The vikings open the game on a 6-0 run, Madalyn Sanborn gets the feed down low and puts it in for 2. Final seconds of the first, Rylie Nichols gets it off in time and nails the jumper at the buzzer. Lyndon with an 11-7 lead after one. Back come the Rangers in the second. They swing it around to Molly Horton for three in the corner. later, off the rebound, it's Horton taking it in strong for 2 more. Lake Region hangs on for the 45-43 win and a trip to the finals. --- The girls Division 4 semifinal game, number one Mt. St. Joseph and number 4, West Rutland. M-S-J sisters Sarah and Izzy Harvey singing the national anthem before the game with their cousin and Golden horde player, Lauren Harvey. Pretty cool. first quarter, M-S-J's Jenna Eaton the steal and lay-in as the Mounties take a 15-0 lead after one. Second quarter, the long outlet pass goes to Monica Schmelzenbach who splits the D for 2 and the foul. West Rutland tries to battle back, Lauren Harvey with 2 of her team high 7. Golden Horde cutting the deficit to 8. But MSJ was pretty much in control all night, Eaton again for 2. She had a game high 23. Mt. St. Joseph is headed to the D-4 finals, 47-32 the final. --- That's it for now, scott fleishman, channel 3 sports, have a great day.)))

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Coldest morning yet. Breezy today. Clipper tonight into Wednesday with some snow showers, dusting - 2". More cold after that, but lots of sun during the days into Saturday. Frontal system late Sunday into Monday with snow showers.

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He risked his life to save a woman from a burning home over the weekend. and now -- the State Trooper is sharing his harrowing story -- with our Judy Simpson.

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This is all that is left of the home of Richard and Roberta Howard of Thetford after a fire ravaged the residence early Saturday Morning. Vermont State police Trooper Sgt Lyle Decker was on patrol on route 5 when he noticed heavy smoke coming from the home. He called dispatch to report a fire in progress. It was at that point he noticed 81 year old Richard outside the home. (( Tile 714 7310_01 Sgt Lyle Decker/Vermont State Police 00:05:55:13" And I just asked him is there anybody else inside and he said his wife was inside , I tried yelling to her a few times but when I opened the door there was just so much smoke that came out and the flames were only about 6 feet or so from where I was standing." 00:06:13:11)) At about the same time one of the Howard's sons arrived on the scene and used a ladder to reach the second floor where he thought his mother was. He broke several windows, but did not see her. He moved on to the front of the house. The Thetford Volunteer Fire Department then arrived on the scene. In all, 26 different apparatus from more than 10 departments worked to put out the fire in temperatures well below zero. ((Chad Whitcomb /Thetford Fire Chief : 00:06:54:00 "We had quite a few pieces of apparatus that malfunctioned because of the cold weather because they got froze we also had multiple situations of water sources that we use that would work for a little while than would freeze up." 00:07:09:17 )) Several fire fighters entered the back of the home looking for 82 year old Roberta. Her son continued to try to enter the front of the house. By then 2 other troopers arrived on the scene, they held the son back while Sgt Decker searched from the doorway with his flashlight. He spotted Roberta slumped in a chair in the living room. ((Tile 714 7310_01 Sgt Lyle Decker/Vermont State Police 00:11:40:0-00" But I spotted her legs and her stomach area sitting in a Queen Anne type chair so I yelled back to Trooper Shafer and said I can see her I am going to see if I can crawl in and grab her. And I knew he was there Trooper Shafer that if anything happened to me he would have been able to pull me out." 00:11:57:29)) Sgt Decker crawled on his belly 8 to 10 feet across the floor and grabbed the corner of the chair and pulled the chair, and Roberta to safety. ((JS where you scared? Sgt Lyle Decker/vsp 00:12:29:02 "I dont think i really had time to be at that point thinking back on it, i was it was kind of shocking afterwards I guess but at the time it is just a reaction I just kept on thinking if that was my mother I would want someone to do that for her." 00:12:47:29)) 02/23/2015 16:31:47 ((JS SU Tile 714 7302_01 We spoke with Roberta Howard's daughter , she did not want to be interviewed for our story and was understandably upset. She did tell us that her mother was in stable condition, then asked that we respect the family's privacy." 00:02:46:20 )) While Roberta remains hospitalized in Boston, the home is considered a total loss. The fire is under investigation, but authorities say it does not appear to be suspicious. Judy SImpson Channel three news, Thetford.

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The head of the Vermont State Police was also singing Sgt. Decker's praise. Colonel Tom L'Esperance said quote "I want to recognize Sergeant Lyle Decker for his extraordinary actions in the rescue of Roberta Howard, and his exemplary service to the community of Thetford. The Vermont State Police express sympathy to the Howard family for the loss of their home, but know the tight-knit community of Thetford will stand by the family as it recovers. As for the fire itself -- investigators believe the blaze may have been the result of a chimney fire.

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On the heels of progress, Vermont seems to be falling behind again. A new federal report shows the state has the second worst high speed internet access in the country. In 20-13 Governor Shumlin announced 99 percent of Vermonters were connected to broadband. But technology keeps improving -- and under the latest federal standards for "adequate broadband speed," Vermont now only has 20 percent of the population covered. According to the FCC's report -- at the end of 2013 -- 80 percent of Vermonters did NOT have access to internet speeds of 25 megabits per second, compared to New Hampshire where 17 percent of the state's population doesn't have access. In New York, only 3 percent are without adequate speed.

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A Springfield man is behind bars this morning -- accused of abusing his 3-month-old son. Authorities have charged 34-year-old Clifford Sprague with domestic assault and cruelty to a child. The charges come following an investigation into an incident last month when the baby was taken to the hospital for a fractured tibia. Sprague is being held for lack of bail and is due in court next month.

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A one-time Vermont principal of the year is accused of stealing from his school. About 16-hundred dollars disappeared from the Danville school safe last week. Police say surveillance video shows Principal Edwin Webbley taking the money. Webbley was the 2011 principal of the year when he worked at Vergennes Union High School. In 2012, he faced a DUI charge after police said he crashed his car into the back of his garage. Webbley is due in court on an embezzlement charge next month.

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Jonathan Gruber's work for Vermont may be over, but the controversy surrounding the consultant has retuned to the spotlight. The state auditor released a memo indicating Gruber's time cards do not add up. Doug Hoffer began looking into the contract at the request of two state lawmakers. He says Gruber's invoices should have included more detail about the work he performed for the state. Hoffer says the larger concern is the number of hours billed for Gruber's sole research assistant include 14-hour days, seven days a week.

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(00:41:40:00) ((Doug Hoffer - D/P-Vermont the one that jumped out was pretty evident, was both of the first two invoices indicated a certain number of hours, both for Dr. Gruber and for the one, sole research assistant and once I learned that there was only one individual, it became evident that it didn't really square with what would be normal practice)) Vermont amended its contract following coverage of his controversial remarks late last year -- barring any further payment for Gruber's time. He declined to comment on the auditor's claims.

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Coldest morning yet. Breezy today. Clipper tonight into Wednesday with some snow showers, dusting - 2". More cold after that, but lots of sun during the days into Saturday. Frontal system late Sunday into Monday with snow showers.

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A Springfield man is behind bars this morning -- accused of abusing his 3-month-old son. Authorities have charged 34-year-old Clifford Sprague with domestic assault and cruelty to a child. The charges come following an investigation into an incident last month when the baby was taken to the hospital for a fractured tibia. Sprague is being held for lack of bail and is due in court next month.

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Now without critical records, the town of Essex, New York hopes to get its computer back from the FBI. Town Clerk William Morgan -- seen here in a recent interview -- was arrested on child porn charges earlier this month. Investigators say they found 27-thousand videos -- on one hard drive. Morgan is in federal custody. Two deputy clerks are now acting as town clerk and tax collector. Town officials say the FBI seized the town computer -- containing important documents -- and the computer has yet to be returned.

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Jonathan Gruber's work for Vermont may be over, but the controversy surrounding the consultant has retuned to the spotlight. The state auditor released a memo indicating Gruber's time cards do not add up. Doug Hoffer began looking into the contract at the request of two state lawmakers. He says Gruber's invoices should have included more detail about the work he performed for the state. Hoffer says the larger concern is the number of hours billed for Gruber's sole research assistant include 14-hour days, seven days a week.

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(00:41:40:00) ((Doug Hoffer - D/P-Vermont the one that jumped out was pretty evident, was both of the first two invoices indicated a certain number of hours, both for Dr. Gruber and for the one, sole research assistant and once I learned that there was only one individual, it became evident that it didn't really square with what would be normal practice)) Vermont amended its contract following coverage of his controversial remarks late last year -- barring any further payment for Gruber's time. He declined to comment on the auditor's claims.

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Coldest morning yet. Breezy today. Clipper tonight into Wednesday with some snow showers, dusting - 2". More cold after that, but lots of sun during the days into Saturday. Frontal system late Sunday into Monday with snow showers.

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Good Morning, I'm Eva McKend!

2} BROADBANDAM_VO


On the heels of progress, Vermont seems to be falling behind again. A new federal report shows the state has the second worst high speed internet access in the country. In 20-13 Governor Shumlin announced 99 percent of Vermonters were connected to broadband. But technology keeps improving -- and under the latest federal standards for "adequate broadband speed," Vermont now only has 20 percent of the population covered. According to the FCC's report -- at the end of 2013 -- 80 percent of Vermonters did NOT have access to internet speeds of 25 megabits per second, compared to New Hampshire where 17 percent of the state's population doesn't have access. In New York, only 3 percent are without adequate speed.

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A Vermont family now offering a cash reward to help find a killer. 72-year-old Peter Meyer of (KWI - CHI) Quechee was struck and killed in a Savannah, Georgia hit and run on January 4th. His family says he had stopped for the night on the way to his winter home in Florida. Meyer's loved ones are now offering a 125-thousand dollar reward for information leading to the person responsible.

4} DANVILLE5_VO


A one-time Vermont principal of the year is accused of stealing from his school. About 16-hundred dollars disappeared from the Danville school safe last week. Police say surveillance video shows Principal Edwin Webbley taking the money. Webbley was the 2011 principal of the year when he worked at Vergennes Union High School. In 2012, he faced a DUI charge after police said he crashed his car into the back of his garage. Webbley is due in court on an embezzlement charge next month.

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A team of Vermont guardsmen are back home from Boston this morning. About 40 Green Mountain Boys -- have been helping the city dig out from a series of massive storms. The team left on the 13th. And moved 15-thousand cubic yards of snow in the Boston area -- and suburbs. The guard says the city now has things under control and there are no plans for Vermont troops to return.

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Coldest morning yet. Breezy today. Clipper tonight into Wednesday with some snow showers, dusting - 2". More cold after that, but lots of sun during the days into Saturday. Frontal system late Sunday into Monday with snow showers.


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