Wed 15-OCT-2014 Early A.M. News Script

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One of the most talked-about topics this election season --- how to get a handle on the rising cost of paying for Vermont's public schools. Today -- Democrats in the House -- and the Republican candidate for Governor Scott Milne will offer plans addressing the school funding. House Democrats are holding a news conference at the Statehouse. Milne is due at Spaulding High School in Barre this afternoon. Both sides will outline plans for controlling school costs and reducing pressures on property taxes.

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There are new concerns about tainted heroin in our region. Hartford Police say, there have been several recent overdoses. They're trying to determine if it's linked to possible laced-heroin -- recently discovered in Rutland -- where three people died. And we've learned that police in Canaan, New Hampshire are investigating whether a death there -- is due to heroin as well.

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A heads up this morning about rabies in Clinton County. Health officials confirm a skunk has tested positive for the disease in Altona. It is the first confirmed case in an animal in Clinton County this year. More than a hundred animals that have been tested. They want to remind folks to have your pets vaccinated and keep kids away from wild animals.

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It's been a banner summer and fall for tourism in the Green Mountains. From higher numbers of leaf peepers checking out the capital city -- to visitors camping at Vermont State parks, state tourism officials say the state welcomed more than four million tourists this summer. Fall tourism numbers -- as indicated by meals and room taxes-- are also looking strong. Tourism officials say great weather -- and targeted marketing through social media -- are paying off.

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7-day forecast: warm & windy again today, and humid. Rain moves in tonight. Rain could be heavy at times on Thursday, with possible t-storms. Slowly cooling down going into the weekend. A few showers Friday, mainly early. More showers late Saturday into early Sunday. Sunday will be chilly & blustery.

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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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This morning begins day two of a teacher strike that's impacting thousands of South Burlington families. The union and the school board are at odds over salaries -- and health care benefits. Back in December when negotiations began -- the board wanted to change employee health care plans -- to avoid a budget increase. The teachers insisted on keeping the current health plan, so the board asked teachers to pay more for those benefits and agree to smaller salary increases. The teachers say they are open to discussing options -- but claim the board wont come to the table.

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(00:10:01) ((Eric Stone/South Burlington Teachers Union "We dont want to be here. We want to be in the classroom. Thats where Id like to be today. The only way to make that happen would be to have the board come to the table, reach an agreement, and then we can all go back to work and the kids can go back to school.")) (00:10:12) (00:29:28) ((Martin Lalonde/South Burlington School Board "Today was an arbitrary date set by the association, they knew that we couldnt meet until Thursday, we told them that, when we gave them a counter proposal when we conceded the major issue that was dividing us and yet they've gone ahead.")) (00:29:43) The board says it will be discussing the strike at a regularly scheduled meeting today -- and a special meeting Thursday. Until then -- all schools remain closed -- and all sports and after school activities are cancelled.

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The impact is being felt by South Burlington students and parents. Keith McGilvry takes a closer look at childcare issues and the impact on student athletes.

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Michael Gay had not planned to spend Tuesday playing catch with his neighbors' little boy. ((Michael Gay, South Burlington Parent 00:25:58:00 "It's a scramble, there people out there that don't have a backup plan.)) But when the South Burlington teachers hit the picket lines the father of two high schoolers -- took the day off not to watch his own kids - but to help his friend who was stuck without a sitter. ((00:26:19:00 Michael Gay, South Burlington Parent "it's a struggle for a lot of single parents or even families that are not able to get the time off.)) At Dorset Park parents were teaming up to keep an eye on kids -- and at the Edge Kids and Fitness staff made last minute plans to bring it's school vacation and summer program back for the duration of the strike. ((00:09:55:27Aaron Dieckerhoff, Edge Kids and Fitness "We'll have plenty of space, we'll be open all week, so bring them in if you need to.")) The back and forth between teachers and the school board is impacting older kids too. South Burlington student athletes have been benched from official competition while school is out. ((Cameron Nolting, South Burlington Football Team 00:15:07:00 "We might have a game this weekend, we got to be ready for it, if we weren't to practice, we would be really unprepared for Saturday.)) But the Rebels football team isn't taking the frustration sitting down -- instead players are organizing impromptu practices on their own. ((00:28:02:20 Danielle Boucher SBHS Football Player "Its really disappointing because all the athletes and teams work really hard through the season and you know they get better as the year goes on. )) Governor Shumlin's disappointed too -- He's supporting the kind of binding arbitration that prevents state employees from striking. ((01:17:39:11 Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vt. "It's really destructive when kids cant go to school. And when parents cant go to work because they thought their kids were going to be in school, so I think legislation of that nature has made sense in the past and it makes sense now.)) Gay's hoping for a solution as well -- fearing both sides have lost sight of the families now stuck in the middle. ((Michael Gay, South Burlington Parent 00:26:32:00 "I think they are missing that I think a lot of this could have been done in the summer months.)) For now he says he'll do all he can to help his neighbors until all the city's kids head back to school. ((Michael Gay, South Burlington Parent 00:27:33:00 "If I have to I will work around my schedule and she'll work around hers and we'll make it happen.))

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Allen Prue allegedly confessed -- in 2012 -- to strangling Melissa Jenkins -- with his wife's help. But he claimed the violence ended there. Now the medical examiner says there's more to the story. Dr. Steven Shapiro told the jury told he found bruising and strange injury patterns on Jenkins' body. He testified the circles were caused by a stun gun -- the parallel impressions from a boot tread -- and the checkerboard pattern from a tarp. Shapiro determined Jenkins was beaten and stunned before she died.

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((01:05:23 Dr. Steven Shapiro/Vt. Medical Examiner: "she was beat up strangled and killed. That's pretty bad." BK: like someone went crazy on her. SS: I have no way of knowing what was inside somebody's head doing this.")) Prue's laywer is challenging the state's claim about WHO killed the teacher -- since the autopsy could not determine whether she was strangled by a man or woman.

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We're still in the midst of Fall, but there is already a warning from state officials about the winter driving season. Salt prices are up 40-percent which could put a pinch on just how much towns across Vermont can afford. They say, be prepared that state and town highway crews may be spreading less salt in bad weather. State officials are already urging drivers to take matters into their own hands -- by using winter tires.

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((Robert Ide/Vt. Dept. Of Motor Vehicles 06:32:50:07 I think we can expect perhaps there will be a little less salt used and that may mean that the road surface isn't quite as perfect as we might expect it. But speed is one of the major factors with winter time problem driving 06:33:02:12)) They also emphasize that although you may take comfort in all-wheel drive or all-season tires, snow tires are necessary to prepare for snowy roads.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mainly 60s, some low 70s NE clouds: lots of them, some breaks NE temps/radar: mainly 60s, some 70s; a few showers came through overnight, but bigger batch is well to the west NE dewpoints: low/mid 60s - humid air mass U.S. Clouds/radar: frontal system to our west with lots of rain. We are on the warm side of the front with strong south winds. Forecast clouds/precip: mainly dry today and still windy and warm. And humid. Rain on Thursday with possible t-storms. After that, unsettled with a few showers and gradually cooling back down.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds Windy, warm, humid Highs: 72 to 78 Wind: S 15 to 25 mph Tonight: Rain moving in Muggy Lows: 63 to 70 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Thursday: Periods of rain T-storm possible Highs: 67 to 74 Wind: SE 10 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Mostly cloudy Showers, mainly early Lows: 50s Highs: 60s Saturday: Some AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for showers late Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 55 to 65 Sunday: AM showers Some clearing late Blustery, turning colder Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 42 to 52 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 45 to 55 Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 45 to 55

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A nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas is listed in good condition and issued her first statement - saying she is doing well. She is the first person to contract the Ebola virus in the U.S. after caring for a patient. And now -- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now working to do more to prevent the disease from spreading on U.S. Soil. Kris Van Cleave is in Washington this morning.

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Dozens of people filled the chapel at Texas Christian University -- to pray for Nina Pham (fam). The 26-year-old Nurse and T-C-U graduate contracted the virus helping treat Thomas Eric Duncan - who died of the disease last week. (SOT Sorority Sister) "The spirit about her says she's getting along and I know she is confident in the hospital as well." While it's not clear how Pham caught the virus -- a National Nurses Union says several unidentified nurses at Texas Health told them the hospital was not prepared to treat Ebola cases. But the hospital maintains there are safety measures in place. CDC Director Tom Frieden admits the agency could have done more to prevent the disease from spreading ... And now they *WILL*.. (SOT Frieden) "We will put a team on the ground within hours, with some of the world's leading experts in how to take care of and protect health care workers from Ebola infection." (STANDUP) President Obama wants the world to do more to fight Ebola at the heart of the epidemic in West Africa. He's expected to focus on those efforts during a conference call today with world leaders. ((SOT Anthony Banbury, United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola)) "We either stop Ebola now or we face an entirely unprecedented situation for which we do not have a plan." The World Health Organization says the pace of infection in West Africa could increase to as many as 10-thousand new cases a week within two months...if more isn't done. Kris Van Cleave CBS News Washington.

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Coming up in about fifteen minutes ... We take a closer look at how local hospitals are preparing for Ebola in case they're impacted.

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A 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy is accused of beating a 90-year-old woman to death. Police say Tristan Kurilla was visiting his grandfather -- who was the caretaker for the victim. Police say the 5th grader became angry -- choked the victim with her cane, and punched her in the throat until she died. He's being held without bail. Prosecutors say there was no other legal option than to charge the boy with criminal homicide -- as an adult.

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A homeless man is in custody this morning -- for allegedly stabbing two Boston Park Rangers. Boston police say the 34-year-old Bodio Hutchinson attacked the unarmed rangers Tuesday afternoon on Boston Common. Witnesses say the homeless man became angry when the rangers asked him to put his cigarette. A 46-year-old ranger suffered life-threatening injuries -- and a 23-year-old ranger is in stable condition. Hutchinson already had drug and assault warrents out for him -- and now faces attempted murder charges.

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Using 11-thousand square feet of space -- to entice young entrepreneurs to stay in Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says a new business incubation hub -- could lead to a major generational change. Channel 3's Alex Apple explains how it works.

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Marguerite Dibble likes the cache that comes with saying her business is a "Vermont Company." (28:44 Marguerite Dibble/CEO Game Theory)(("the Vermont brand is something that resonates in a lot of ways.")) She's the CEO of Game Theory -- a game and app development company that she founded immediately after graduating from Champlain College. And now Game Theory has a new home -- VCET @ BTV as it's called. ((Ping Pong nAT)) Vermont's Senior Senator Patrick Leahy ... ((Clapping NAT)) ....joined the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Burlington's mayor and others in hitting the ping pong -- the equivalent of a ribbon cutting -- for Burlington's newest business incubation hub. (Sen. Patrick Leahy 17:13)(("I gotta admit, this is kinda cool.")) VCET @ BTV is a co-working space that gives young businesses networking, capital AND mentoring. Dibble says it's the exchange of ideas that she's BENEFITTING from most. (27:06 Marguerite Dibble)(("Every day I get to talk to people that work at fantastic tech companies to see what they've learned.")) The 11,000 square feet of office space was provided by Fairpoint Communications -- and Senator Leahy secured federal funds to pay for its transformation. (19:45 Sen. Patrick Leahy)(("If I ever could justify an earmark, it was the earmark I got to get this whole thing started a few years ago.")) Startups can rent the space for 100 dollars per person - per month -- something Dibble says makes operating in Burlington affordable. (26:33 Marguerite Dibble)(("Other office spaces in Burlington, you're looking at 350 dollars per month for barely enough room to fit two people.")) The hope is that the hub will lure entrepreneurs to the Queen City. (14:22 Miro Weinberger/BTV Mayor)(("One of the real gaps that was identified a little more than a year ago is that we didn't have one of these co-working spaces, accelerator spaces.")) Last year, the 32 companies that VCET mentored reported 20 million in revenues. And more could soon join that group if VCET @ BTV can keep Vermont businesses at home. (Tom Sullivan 11:50)(("Boy is it just starting in terms of the ascendency in its importance to entrepreneurship.")) AA Channel 3 News Burlington.

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Almanac: Record warm yesterday and no rain Hurricane Gonzalo: Very strong, major hurricane - Category 3, almost 4. Bearing down on Bermuda by end of week, start of weekend. NE clouds: lots of them, some breaks NE temps/radar: mainly 60s, some 70s; a few showers came through overnight, but bigger batch is well to the west NE dewpoints: low/mid 60s - humid air mass

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The impact of the Ebola crisis is being felt at hospitals in our area. The C-D-C is reaching out to hospitals like Dartmouth Hitchcock to make sure steps are being taken to stop any possible spread of the deadly disease. Adam Sullivan has more on the changes being made to protect patients and staff.

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There is new protocol for patients who enter Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center-- both at its main campus, and other facilities across the region. ((Dr. Antonia Altomare/Epidemiologis t: "you will be asked a series of questions. One is what we have always had which is cough to keep track of our influenza activity. But, in addition to that, we will be asking about fever and any international travel. Specifically travel to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.")) (file) The new regulations-- formed in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-- come in response to two confirmed cases of Ebola in Texas. A Liberian man has died from the virus, and a nurse who treated him, is now receiving care. West African countries are entrenched in a major outbreak but, the infectious disease team at DHMC say they are confident they can treat it. ((Altomare: "we are ramping up to be able to treat and handle any patient here at Dartmouth.")) The response plan begins with immediate isolation of a potential case and contact with the CDC. All facets of the facility are involved, from the clinical side, to custodial staff. The updates are coming on a daily, if not hourly basis. ((Jim Alexander/Emergency Management Coordinator: "it's important to know that this is a system wide response. That we plan system wide and we respond that way. And if we have all the disciplines involved in how we are going to respond, we can assure it is as safe as an event as possible.")) (CVPH) And similar plans are being implemented across the country. At CVPH in Plattsburgh, hospital officials say they're working with Clinton County Health Dept, New York State Health Dept, Border Patrol, and the CDC on an updated plan. Doctors also say, there is no reason for the public to panic. ((Altomare: "any cases here are isolated, or imported cases. And there is a very low, to almost no likelihood have an outbreak in this country with our infectious prevention structure.")) ((Sullivan: "hospital officials say the chances of Ebola coming to the region are unlikely, however, they say it is a possibility and they are prepared. Adam Sullivan channel three news in Lebanon, N.H."))

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In the headlines this morning: TAINTED HEROIN --- is laced heroin killing users? PAYING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL --- Democrats plan to outline their plan for controlling costs today. UBER UNDER FIRE --- Vermont's newest car service is not getting high marks from the Better Business Bureau.

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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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There are new concerns about tainted heroin in our region. Hartford Police say, there have been several recent overdoses. They're trying to determine if it's linked to possible laced-heroin -- recently discovered in Rutland -- where three people died. And we've learned that police in Canaan, New Hampshire are investigating whether a death there -- is due to heroin as well.

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A sister and brother have been convicted of embezzling from their dead mother's estate in Rupert. 57-year-old Patricia Merz and 52-year-old Christopher McGuinan sold their mother's home in Rupert for 180-thousand dollars. The estate faced about 88-thousand dollars in bills -- but the siblings spent the entire sum on themselves. Merz faces up to 20 years in prison. Her brother faces up to five years in jail.

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A heads up this morning about rabies in Clinton County. Health officials confirm a skunk has tested positive for the disease in Altona. It is the first confirmed case in an animal in Clinton County this year. More than a hundred animals that have been tested. They want to remind folks to have your pets vaccinated and keep kids away from wild animals.

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One of the most talked-about topics this election season -- has been how to get a handle on rapidly rising costs for Vermont's public schools. Today -- Democrats in the House -- and Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne will offer plans addressing the school funding issue. House Democrats are holding a news conference at the Statehouse -- and Milne is due at Spaulding High School in Barre this afternoon. Both sides will outline plans for controlling school costs and reducing upward pressure on property taxes.

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Uber may be the latest transportation craze -- but it's not necessarily a great deal for consumers. The Better Business Bureau has given the San Franscisco based ride service a failing grade. Uber has grown rapidly across the country -- arriving in Burlington last week. Consumers have been attracted by the ease of arranging and paying for rides thru Uber's smartphone app. But the Better Business Bureau says Uber's practice of "surge pricing" -- charging more when demand rises -- has drawn many complaints.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mainly 60s, some low 70s NE clouds: lots of them, some breaks NE temps/radar: mainly 60s, some 70s; a few showers came through overnight, but bigger batch is well to the west NE dewpoints: low/mid 60s - humid air mass U.S. Clouds/radar: frontal system to our west with lots of rain. We are on the warm side of the front with strong south winds. Forecast clouds/precip: mainly dry today and still windy and warm. And humid. Rain on Thursday with possible t-storms. After that, unsettled with a few showers and gradually cooling back down.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds Windy, warm, humid Highs: 72 to 78 Wind: S 15 to 25 mph Tonight: Rain moving in Muggy Lows: 63 to 70 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Thursday: Periods of rain T-storm possible Highs: 67 to 74 Wind: SE 10 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Mostly cloudy Showers, mainly early Lows: 50s Highs: 60s Saturday: Some AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for showers late Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 55 to 65 Sunday: AM showers Some clearing late Blustery, turning colder Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 42 to 52 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 45 to 55 Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 45 to 55

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A big honor for a newspaper in our region. The Valley News in West Lebanon-- has been named the "2014 New England Newspaper of the Year" for both its daily and Sunday editions. The paper was recognized at the New England Newspaper & Press Association awards banquet. The awards were based on circulation size-- which for the Valley News-- is between 10 and 20 thousand copies.

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((Dan McClory: "we focus on the local community journalism which is important to our readers but we also try to blend local, regional, and national news which there is a demand for. Heavy emphasis on local high school sports, and the arts because we have a lot to offer in this area.")) The newspaper was the ONLY paper in New England to win top marks for both its daily and Sunday editions. Newspaper readers actually did the judging.

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It's been a banner summer and fall for tourism in the Green Mountains. From higher numbers of leaf peepers checking out the capital city -- to visitors camping at Vermont State parks, state tourism officials say the state welcomed more than four million tourists this summer. Fall tourism numbers -- as indicated by meals and room taxes-- are also looking strong. Tourism officials say great weather -- and targeted marketing through social media -- are paying off.

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(TC 01:10:22:18 tile 4073) ((Megan Smith/Vt. Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing "When we say its beautiful here they don't always believe you, but when you can show pictures, we have visitors showing pictures and sharing on social media its really helping us keep the season going)) (01:15:44:04 )((Mike Snyder/ Vt Commissioner of Forest Parks and Recreation " it's been a fantastic year. The weather helps but again its a continuing traditition of paying attention in our state parks, giving the folks what they want and sitting back emnjoying all the good that comes from it.)) The State park visitation this summer of just under one million -- broke a 25-year record.

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(((After the Catamounts got on the board Saturday against Northeastern, it didn't take long for the team to take a big lead. Well, it didn't take long for the Cats to forget about that 6-2 win and move on to their home and home series with Clarkson this weekend. (((Kevin Sneddon/"It's good to play with a swagger, it's good to play with confidence, but we also know that every game is really tough and we have a team that we're facing this weekend that is gritty, extremely good defensively and we're going to fight tooth and nail to get any offense against these guys."))) (((Alexx Pirvitera/"You've got to have a short memory. They talk about the goalies having a short memory, but it's everybody. The next shift is all you're worried about just making the next play on the next shift."))) (((Jonathan Turk/"You just have to keep going with next game mentality and just focus on who is your opponent and not what they did last week."))) --- The Board of Directors for the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl met tonight in Lebanon, New Hampshire. What we know is they decided to play next year's game Saturday, August 1st at Castleton State College. Dartmouth's Memorial Field, where the game has been played for most of its his history, is undergoing renovations this summer. We first reported Friday that the lone Shriners group from New Hampshire voted to pull its sponsorship from the game. The president of the board of directors, Richard Ellis, assured us the game would still be played regardless, but did acknowledge there may have to be changes to the game or how funds are raised. Ellis is expected to release more information about tonight's meeting tomorrow. --- girls high school soccer, Milton visiting Rice. Warm but windy conditions having an affect in this one, scoreless in the first overtime, Rice's Margot Rathke's free kick from just outside the box hits the cross bar. We're going to a second OT. Rice with another great chance in the final minutes, the throw in goes over the Milton defense, Bella Singer has a good look at a shot, but Milton's Kayleigh Reid makes the save. This one ends in a scoreless tie. --- That's it for now, Scott Fleishman, channel 3 sports, have a great day.)))

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NE clouds: lots of them, some breaks NE temps/radar: mainly 60s, some 70s; a few showers came through overnight, but bigger batch is well to the west NE dewpoints: low/mid 60s - humid air mass

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He was told his dog had a life-threatening heart condition -- but the Plattsburgh man refuses to give up on his friend. As Logan Crawford reports -- he's even soliciting help from Japan!

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Esme is an 8 year old japanese chin. His owner Dylan Raskin found him on the streets of Brooklyn when he was just a pup. (TC 00:05:40:05 Tile 4296) ((M. Dylan Raskin/Plattsburgh "My 4 four legged son, my entire world. I found him when he was anywhere between 3 and 6 months old. I could fit him in my palm, just a little guy." 00:05:49:28)) Esme's heart is failing. While on a walk Esme collapsed -- And Raskin rushed him to a vet. (TC 00:07:25:04 Tile 4296) ((M. Dylan Raskin/Plattsburgh "Gave me the grim news, that was in April, that he had mitral valve regurgitation, in the severe stages. He didn't give him much time." 00:07:34:29)) Raskin is doing all he can to save Esme. According to vets -- Esme needs heart surgery. But there are currently no programs for a heart procedure like this in the US for dogs. (TC 00:23:56:25) Tile 4297) ((Nathan Heilman/Qi Veternary Clinic "It's a progressive disease unless it's corrected surgically. Which it would be in humans, but that's not widely available to the veternary community." 00:24:07:27)) Raskin found a veterinarian in Japan who's an expert in cardiovascular surgery for canines. Raskin says he convinced the world-class vet to fly to New York to perform the surgery on Esme. Raskin says the surgery will cost 32-grand. He got a 20-thousand dollar loan from the bank -- sold one of his cars for 2-grand -- and is hoping to raise another 10-thousand in donations to pay for the operation. (TC 00:12:05:04 Tile 4296) ((M. Dylan Raskin/Plattsburgh "He said he would do it but first we needed to find a hospital big enough to accommodate him, his entire team, all his equipment. And that was the next biggest challenge." 00:12:15:14)) 1 of Esme's veterinarians in South Burlington reached out to Cornell University -- asking for the surgery to be performed at the school's animal hospital. Cornell officials say the surgery is scheduled for November. (TC 00:26:37:28 Tile 4297) ((Nathan Heilman/Qi Veternary Clinic "The success-rate is about 50 percent. But if it is successful then he can live medicine-free for the rest of his life." 00:26:46:17)) Raskin says he knows dogs don't live as long as people do, but he's not ready to say goodbye to Esme. (TC 00:08:19:22 Tile 4296) ((M. Dylan Raskin/Plattsburgh "If I'm going to pull anything off, I'm going to give it my all to give him a full life, let him die an old man." 00:08:26:26)) Raskin says vets tell him this surgery is Esme's best chance. And even though it's an expensive option -- Raskin says he doesn't care about debt. All he cares about is the bond between man and his best friend. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Plattsburgh. -3-

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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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We have a Traffic Alert for you this morning.. Interstate 91 north bound between Exits 3 and 4 is temporarily closed as crews work to pull a tractor trailer out of the ditch.. We will update you once the road has been reopened.

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This morning begins day two of a teacher strike that's impacting thousands of South Burlington families. The union and the school board are at odds over salaries -- and health care benefits. Back in December when negotiations began -- the board wanted to change employee health care plans -- to avoid a budget increase. The teachers insisted on keeping the current health plan, so the board asked teachers to pay more for those benefits and agree to smaller salary increases. The teachers say they are open to discussing options -- but claim the board wont come to the table. The board says it will be discussing the strike at a regularly scheduled meeting today -- and a special meeting Thursday. Until then -- all schools remain closed -- and all sports and after school activities are cancelled.

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The impact is being felt by South Burlington students and parents. Keith McGilvry takes a closer look at childcare issues and the impact on student athletes.

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Michael Gay had not planned to spend Tuesday playing catch with his neighbors' little boy. ((Michael Gay, South Burlington Parent 00:25:58:00 "It's a scramble, there people out there that don't have a backup plan.)) But when the South Burlington teachers hit the picket lines the father of two high schoolers -- took the day off not to watch his own kids - but to help his friend who was stuck without a sitter. ((00:26:19:00 Michael Gay, South Burlington Parent "it's a struggle for a lot of single parents or even families that are not able to get the time off.)) At Dorset Park parents were teaming up to keep an eye on kids -- and at the Edge Kids and Fitness staff made last minute plans to bring it's school vacation and summer program back for the duration of the strike. ((00:09:55:27Aaron Dieckerhoff, Edge Kids and Fitness "We'll have plenty of space, we'll be open all week, so bring them in if you need to.")) The back and forth between teachers and the school board is impacting older kids too. South Burlington student athletes have been benched from official competition while school is out. ((Cameron Nolting, South Burlington Football Team 00:15:07:00 "We might have a game this weekend, we got to be ready for it, if we weren't to practice, we would be really unprepared for Saturday.)) But the Rebels football team isn't taking the frustration sitting down -- instead players are organizing impromptu practices on their own. ((00:28:02:20 Danielle Boucher SBHS Football Player "Its really disappointing because all the athletes and teams work really hard through the season and you know they get better as the year goes on. )) Governor Shumlin's disappointed too -- He's supporting the kind of binding arbitration that prevents state employees from striking. ((01:17:39:11 Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vt. "It's really destructive when kids cant go to school. And when parents cant go to work because they thought their kids were going to be in school, so I think legislation of that nature has made sense in the past and it makes sense now.)) Gay's hoping for a solution as well -- fearing both sides have lost sight of the families now stuck in the middle. ((Michael Gay, South Burlington Parent 00:26:32:00 "I think they are missing that I think a lot of this could have been done in the summer months.)) For now he says he'll do all he can to help his neighbors until all the city's kids head back to school. ((Michael Gay, South Burlington Parent 00:27:33:00 "If I have to I will work around my schedule and she'll work around hers and we'll make it happen.))

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Allen Prue allegedly confessed -- in 2012 -- to strangling Melissa Jenkins -- with his wife's help. But he claimed the violence ended there. Now the medical examiner says there's more to the story. Dr. Steven Shapiro told the jury told he found bruising and strange injury patterns on Jenkins' body. He testified the circles were caused by a stun gun -- the parallel impressions from a boot tread -- and the checkerboard pattern from a tarp. Shapiro determined Jenkins was beaten and stunned before she died.

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((01:05:23 Dr. Steven Shapiro/Vt. Medical Examiner: "she was beat up strangled and killed. That's pretty bad." BK: like someone went crazy on her. SS: I have no way of knowing what was inside somebody's head doing this.")) Prue's laywer is challenging the state's claim about WHO killed the teacher -- since the autopsy could not determine whether she was strangled by a man or woman.

8} WINTER5_VO


We're still in the midst of Fall, but there is already a warning from state officials about the winter driving season. Salt prices are up 40-percent which could put a pinch on just how much towns across Vermont can afford. They say, be prepared that state and town highway crews may be spreading less salt in bad weather. State officials are already urging drivers to take matters into their own hands -- by using winter tires.

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((Robert Ide/Vt. Dept. Of Motor Vehicles 06:32:50:07 I think we can expect perhaps there will be a little less salt used and that may mean that the road surface isn't quite as perfect as we might expect it. But speed is one of the major factors with winter time problem driving 06:33:02:12)) They also emphasize that although you may take comfort in all-wheel drive or all-season tires, snow tires are necessary to prepare for snowy roads.

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(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mainly 60s, some low 70s NE clouds: lots of them, some breaks NE temps/radar: mainly 60s, some 70s; a few showers came through overnight, but bigger batch is well to the west NE dewpoints: low/mid 60s - humid air mass U.S. Clouds/radar: frontal system to our west with lots of rain. We are on the warm side of the front with strong south winds. Forecast clouds/precip: mainly dry today and still windy and warm. And humid. Rain on Thursday with possible t-storms. After that, unsettled with a few showers and gradually cooling back down.

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Today: Mix of sun & clouds Windy, warm, humid Highs: 72 to 78 Wind: S 15 to 25 mph Tonight: Rain moving in Muggy Lows: 63 to 70 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Thursday: Periods of rain T-storm possible Highs: 67 to 74 Wind: SE 10 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Mostly cloudy Showers, mainly early Lows: 50s Highs: 60s Saturday: Some AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for showers late Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 55 to 65 Sunday: AM showers Some clearing late Blustery, turning colder Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 42 to 52 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 45 to 55 Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 45 to 55

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A Texas nurse is listed in good condition -- after being the first person to contract the Ebola virus in the U.S. after caring for a patient. And now -- President Obama will speak with world leaders to try and find a solution to prevent the disease from speading further. Here's Susan McGinnis.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA HOLDS A CONFERENCE CALL TODAY WITH THE LEADERS OF BRITAIN, FRANCE, ITALY AND GERMANY TO DISCUSS THE EBOLA OUTBREAK IN WEST AFRICA. THE CALL COMES AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION ANNOUNCED THE CREATION OF A U-S-BASED C-D-C RESPONSE TEAM - AND MORE TRAINING FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS NATIONWIDE. PEOPLE IN TEXAS ARE PRAYING FOR 26-YEAR-OLD NURSE NINA PHAM. SHE BECAME THE FIRST PERSON TO CONTRACT THE VIRUS ON U-S SOIL AFTER CARING FOR THOMAS ERIC DUNCAN - WHO DIED OF THE VIRUS LAST WEEK. PRESIDENT OBAMA MET WITH MILITARY LEADERS FROM 21 COUNTRIES TUESDAY AND WARNED THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS COULD BE A LONG ONE. IN SPITE OF COALITION AIRSTRIKES, ISIS CONTINUES TO BATTLE KURDISH FORCES FOR CONTROL OF KOBANI ON THE SYRIAN TURKISH BORDER. TURKEY HAS COMPLICATED THE FIGHT-- LAUNCHING AIRSTRIKES AGAINST KURDISH REBELS WITHIN ITS OWN BORDERS. THE US AND ALLIES WOULD PREFER TURKEY FIGHT ISIS INSTEAD. AND HUNDREDS OF POLICE OFFICERS IN HONG KONG ARE PUSHING BACK AGAINST PRO-DEMOCRACY DEMONSTRATERS BLOCKING A TUNNEL IN THE CITY. THEY'VE ARRESTED DOZENS AND REMOVED CONCRETE SLABS THE PROTESTERS USED AS ROAD BLOCKS. THE STUDENT-LED PROTESTS ARE NOW IN THEIR THIRD WEEK. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE DAY'S TOP STORIES. I'M SUSAN MCGINNIS, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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Using 11-thousand square feet of space -- to entice young entrepreneurs to stay in Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says a new business incubation hub -- could lead to a major generational change. Channel 3's Alex Apple explains how it works.

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Marguerite Dibble likes the cache that comes with saying her business is a "Vermont Company." (28:44 Marguerite Dibble/CEO Game Theory)(("the Vermont brand is something that resonates in a lot of ways.")) She's the CEO of Game Theory -- a game and app development company that she founded immediately after graduating from Champlain College. And now Game Theory has a new home -- VCET @ BTV as it's called. ((Ping Pong nAT)) Vermont's Senior Senator Patrick Leahy ... ((Clapping NAT)) ....joined the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Burlington's mayor and others in hitting the ping pong -- the equivalent of a ribbon cutting -- for Burlington's newest business incubation hub. (Sen. Patrick Leahy 17:13)(("I gotta admit, this is kinda cool.")) VCET @ BTV is a co-working space that gives young businesses networking, capital AND mentoring. Dibble says it's the exchange of ideas that she's BENEFITTING from most. (27:06 Marguerite Dibble)(("Every day I get to talk to people that work at fantastic tech companies to see what they've learned.")) The 11,000 square feet of office space was provided by Fairpoint Communications -- and Senator Leahy secured federal funds to pay for its transformation. (19:45 Sen. Patrick Leahy)(("If I ever could justify an earmark, it was the earmark I got to get this whole thing started a few years ago.")) Startups can rent the space for 100 dollars per person - per month -- something Dibble says makes operating in Burlington affordable. (26:33 Marguerite Dibble)(("Other office spaces in Burlington, you're looking at 350 dollars per month for barely enough room to fit two people.")) The hope is that the hub will lure entrepreneurs to the Queen City. (14:22 Miro Weinberger/BTV Mayor)(("One of the real gaps that was identified a little more than a year ago is that we didn't have one of these co-working spaces, accelerator spaces.")) Last year, the 32 companies that VCET mentored reported 20 million in revenues. And more could soon join that group if VCET @ BTV can keep Vermont businesses at home. (Tom Sullivan 11:50)(("Boy is it just starting in terms of the ascendency in its importance to entrepreneurship.")) AA Channel 3 News Burlington.

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Almanac: Record warm yesterday and no rain Hurricane Gonzalo: Very strong, major hurricane - Category 3, almost 4. Bearing down on Bermuda by end of week, start of weekend. NE clouds: lots of them, some breaks NE temps/radar: mainly 60s, some 70s; a few showers came through overnight, but bigger batch is well to the west NE dewpoints: low/mid 60s - humid air mass

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He was told his dog had a life-threatening heart condition -- but the Plattsburgh man refuses to give up on his friend. As Logan Crawford reports -- he's even soliciting help from Japan!

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Esme is an 8 year old japanese chin. His owner Dylan Raskin found him on the streets of Brooklyn when he was just a pup. (TC 00:05:40:05 Tile 4296) ((M. Dylan Raskin/Plattsburgh "My 4 four legged son, my entire world. I found him when he was anywhere between 3 and 6 months old. I could fit him in my palm, just a little guy." 00:05:49:28)) Esme's heart is failing. While on a walk Esme collapsed -- And Raskin rushed him to a vet. (TC 00:07:25:04 Tile 4296) ((M. Dylan Raskin/Plattsburgh "Gave me the grim news, that was in April, that he had mitral valve regurgitation, in the severe stages. He didn't give him much time." 00:07:34:29)) Raskin is doing all he can to save Esme. According to vets -- Esme needs heart surgery. But there are currently no programs for a heart procedure like this in the US for dogs. (TC 00:23:56:25) Tile 4297) ((Nathan Heilman/Qi Veternary Clinic "It's a progressive disease unless it's corrected surgically. Which it would be in humans, but that's not widely available to the veternary community." 00:24:07:27)) Raskin found a veterinarian in Japan who's an expert in cardiovascular surgery for canines. Raskin says he convinced the world-class vet to fly to New York to perform the surgery on Esme. Raskin says the surgery will cost 32-grand. He got a 20-thousand dollar loan from the bank -- sold one of his cars for 2-grand -- and is hoping to raise another 10-thousand in donations to pay for the operation. (TC 00:12:05:04 Tile 4296) ((M. Dylan Raskin/Plattsburgh "He said he would do it but first we needed to find a hospital big enough to accommodate him, his entire team, all his equipment. And that was the next biggest challenge." 00:12:15:14)) 1 of Esme's veterinarians in South Burlington reached out to Cornell University -- asking for the surgery to be performed at the school's animal hospital. Cornell officials say the surgery is scheduled for November. (TC 00:26:37:28 Tile 4297) ((Nathan Heilman/Qi Veternary Clinic "The success-rate is about 50 percent. But if it is successful then he can live medicine-free for the rest of his life." 00:26:46:17)) Raskin says he knows dogs don't live as long as people do, but he's not ready to say goodbye to Esme. (TC 00:08:19:22 Tile 4296) ((M. Dylan Raskin/Plattsburgh "If I'm going to pull anything off, I'm going to give it my all to give him a full life, let him die an old man." 00:08:26:26)) Raskin says vets tell him this surgery is Esme's best chance. And even though it's an expensive option -- Raskin says he doesn't care about debt. All he cares about is the bond between man and his best friend. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Plattsburgh. -3-

19} HEADLINES_FONT


In the headlines this morning: TAINTED HEROIN --- is laced heroin killing users? PAYING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL --- Democrats plan to outline their plan for controlling costs today. UBER UNDER FIRE --- Vermont's newest car service is not getting high marks from the Better Business Bureau.

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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.

21} HEROIN6_VO_OC


There are new concerns about tainted heroin in our region. Hartford Police say, there have been several recent overdoses. They're trying to determine if it's linked to possible laced-heroin -- recently discovered in Rutland -- where three people died. And we've learned that police in Canaan, New Hampshire are investigating whether a death there -- is due to heroin as well.

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A heads up this morning about rabies in Clinton County. Health officials confirm a skunk has tested positive for the disease in Altona. It is the first confirmed case in an animal in Clinton County this year. More than a hundred animals that have been tested. They want to remind folks to have your pets vaccinated and keep kids away from wild animals.

23} SCHOOLAM_VO


One of the most talked-about topics this election season -- has been how to get a handle on rapidly rising costs for Vermont's public schools. Today -- Democrats in the House -- and Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne will offer plans addressing the school funding issue. House Democrats are holding a news conference at the Statehouse -- and Milne is due at Spaulding High School in Barre this afternoon. Both sides will outline plans for controlling school costs and reducing upward pressure on property taxes.

24} UBER5_VO


Uber may be the latest transportation craze -- but it's not necessarily a great deal for consumers. The Better Business Bureau has given the San Franscisco based ride service a failing grade. Uber has grown rapidly across the country -- arriving in Burlington last week. Consumers have been attracted by the ease of arranging and paying for rides thru Uber's smartphone app. But the Better Business Bureau says Uber's practice of "surge pricing" -- charging more when demand rises -- has drawn many complaints.

25} WEATHER2_GREEN


(anchors introduce gary) Local temps: mainly 60s, some low 70s NE clouds: lots of them, some breaks NE temps/radar: mainly 60s, some 70s; a few showers came through overnight, but bigger batch is well to the west NE dewpoints: low/mid 60s - humid air mass U.S. Clouds/radar: frontal system to our west with lots of rain. We are on the warm side of the front with strong south winds. Forecast clouds/precip: mainly dry today and still windy and warm. And humid. Rain on Thursday with possible t-storms. After that, unsettled with a few showers and gradually cooling back down.

26} FORECAST2


Today: Mix of sun & clouds Windy, warm, humid Highs: 72 to 78 Wind: S 15 to 25 mph Tonight: Rain moving in Muggy Lows: 63 to 70 Wind: S 10 to 20 mph Thursday: Periods of rain T-storm possible Highs: 67 to 74 Wind: SE 10 to 15 mph Extended: Friday: Mostly cloudy Showers, mainly early Lows: 50s Highs: 60s Saturday: Some AM sun Increasing clouds Chance for showers late Lows: 45 to 55 Highs: 55 to 65 Sunday: AM showers Some clearing late Blustery, turning colder Lows: 35 to 45 Highs: 42 to 52 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Partly cloudy Lows: 25 to 35 Highs: 45 to 55 Tuesday: Partly sunny Lows: 30s Highs: 45 to 55

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28} SPORTSWRAP_PKG


(((After the Catamounts got on the board Saturday against Northeastern, it didn't take long for the team to take a big lead. Well, it didn't take long for the Cats to forget about that 6-2 win and move on to their home and home series with Clarkson this weekend. (((Kevin Sneddon/"It's good to play with a swagger, it's good to play with confidence, but we also know that every game is really tough and we have a team that we're facing this weekend that is gritty, extremely good defensively and we're going to fight tooth and nail to get any offense against these guys."))) (((Alexx Pirvitera/"You've got to have a short memory. They talk about the goalies having a short memory, but it's everybody. The next shift is all you're worried about just making the next play on the next shift."))) (((Jonathan Turk/"You just have to keep going with next game mentality and just focus on who is your opponent and not what they did last week."))) --- The Board of Directors for the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl met tonight in Lebanon, New Hampshire. What we know is they decided to play next year's game Saturday, August 1st at Castleton State College. Dartmouth's Memorial Field, where the game has been played for most of its his history, is undergoing renovations this summer. We first reported Friday that the lone Shriners group from New Hampshire voted to pull its sponsorship from the game. The president of the board of directors, Richard Ellis, assured us the game would still be played regardless, but did acknowledge there may have to be changes to the game or how funds are raised. Ellis is expected to release more information about tonight's meeting tomorrow. --- girls high school soccer, Milton visiting Rice. Warm but windy conditions having an affect in this one, scoreless in the first overtime, Rice's Margot Rathke's free kick from just outside the box hits the cross bar. We're going to a second OT. Rice with another great chance in the final minutes, the throw in goes over the Milton defense, Bella Singer has a good look at a shot, but Milton's Kayleigh Reid makes the save. This one ends in a scoreless tie. --- 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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An update on traffic alert we gave you this morning-- Interstate 91 northbound has been reopened..

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This morning begins day two of a teacher strike that's impacting thousands of South Burlington families. The union and the school board are at odds over salaries -- and health care benefits. Back in December when negotiations began -- the board wanted to change employee health care plans -- to avoid a budget increase. The teachers insisted on keeping the current health plan, so the board asked teachers to pay more for those benefits and agree to smaller salary increases. The teachers say they are open to discussing options -- but claim the board wont come to the table.

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Allen Prue's murder trial continues this morning. The latest testimony came from the medical examiner. Dr. Steven Shapiro told the jury that he found bruising and strange injury patterns on Melissa Jenkins. He testified about injuries from a stun gun, a boot tread -- and a tarp. Shapiro determined that Jenkins was beaten and stunned before she died.

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A 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy is accused of beating a 90-year-old woman to death. Police say Tristan Kurilla was visiting his grandfather -- who was the caretaker for the victim. Police say the 5th grader became angry -- choked the victim with her cane, and punched her in the throat until she died. He's being held without bail. Prosecutors say there was no other legal option than to charge the boy with criminal homicide -- as an adult.

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A New Jersey high school hit by a hazing scandal is now thinking about dropping its football program. Seven football players at Sayreville War Memorial high school face sexual assault charges. Teammates came forward last week with allegations that they were repeatedly sexually abused in the locker room. The school immediately cancelled the rest of the season -- and now the Superintendent is thinking about disbanding the program.

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((Richard Labbe/Sayreville War Memorial Supt."I played football in HS, I played football in college, I coached football for 10 years. No game including football will ever come before the safety and well being of our students.")) The allegations are similar to those made by students at Milton High School -- that resulted in five former players being charged with assault.

36} EBOLA3_W_VO


The nurse who caught Ebola inside a Dallas hospital says she's "doing well." Nina Pham started showing symptoms of the virus last Friday -- after she had been treating Ebola patient Thomas Duncan... who later died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Pham may have caught the virus when she removed her protective gear. The World Health Organization said today there could be as many as 10-thousand new Ebola cases per week by the end of November.

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

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NE clouds: lots of them, some breaks NE temps/radar: mainly 60s, some 70s; a few showers came through overnight, but bigger batch is well to the west NE dewpoints: low/mid 60s - humid air mass

39} VALLEY5_VO


A big honor for a newspaper in our region. The Valley News in West Lebanon-- has been named the "2014 New England Newspaper of the Year" for both its daily and Sunday editions. The paper was recognized at the New England Newspaper & Press Association awards banquet. The awards were based on circulation size-- which for the Valley News-- is between 10 and 20 thousand copies.

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((Dan McClory: "we focus on the local community journalism which is important to our readers but we also try to blend local, regional, and national news which there is a demand for. Heavy emphasis on local high school sports, and the arts because we have a lot to offer in this area.")) The newspaper was the ONLY paper in New England to win top marks for both its daily and Sunday editions. Newspaper readers actually did the judging.

41} TOURISM5_VO


It's been a banner summer and fall for tourism in the Green Mountains. From higher numbers of leaf peepers checking out the capital city -- to visitors camping at Vermont State parks, state tourism officials say the state welcomed more than four million tourists this summer. Fall tourism numbers -- as indicated by meals and room taxes-- are also looking strong. Tourism officials say great weather -- and targeted marketing through social media -- are paying off.

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(TC 01:10:22:18 tile 4073) ((Megan Smith/Vt. Commissioner of Tourism and Marketing "When we say its beautiful here they don't always believe you, but when you can show pictures, we have visitors showing pictures and sharing on social media its really helping us keep the season going)) (01:15:44:04 )((Mike Snyder/ Vt Commissioner of Forest Parks and Recreation " it's been a fantastic year. The weather helps but again its a continuing traditition of paying attention in our state parks, giving the folks what they want and sitting back emnjoying all the good that comes from it.)) The State park visitation this summer of just under one million -- broke a 25-year record.

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1} TEACHERS12_VO


This morning begins day two of a teacher strike that's impacting thousands of South Burlington families. The union and the school board are at odds over salaries -- and health care benefits. Back in December when negotiations began -- the board wanted to change employee health care plans -- to avoid a budget increase. The teachers insisted on keeping the current health plan, so the board asked teachers to pay more for those benefits and agree to smaller salary increases. The teachers say they are open to discussing options -- but claim the board wont come to the table.

2} PRUE5_VO


More testimony today in Allen Prue's murder trial. This comes after the state's medical examiner, Dr. Steven Shapiro, testified about his findings. He told the jury that he found bruising and strange injury patterns on Melissa Jenkins' body. He testified that injuries in the shape of circles were caused by a stun gun. Shapiro determined Jenkins was beaten and stunned before she died.

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((01:05:23 Dr. Steven Shapiro/Vt. Medical Examiner: "she was beat up strangled and killed. That's pretty bad." BK: like someone went crazy on her. SS: I have no way of knowing what was inside somebody's head doing this.")) Prue's laywer is challenging the state's claim about WHO killed the teacher -- since the autopsy could not determine whether she was strangled by a man or woman.

4} HEROIN6_VO_OC


There are new concerns about tainted heroin in our region. Hartford Police say, there have been several recent overdoses. They're trying to determine if it's linked to possible laced-heroin -- recently discovered in Rutland -- where three people died. And we've learned that police in Canaan, New Hampshire are investigating whether a death there -- is due to heroin as well.

5} SCHOOLAM_VO


One of the most talked-about topics this election season -- has been how to get a handle on rapidly rising costs for Vermont's public schools. Today -- Democrats in the House -- and Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne will offer plans addressing the school funding issue. House Democrats are holding a news conference at the Statehouse -- and Milne is due at Spaulding High School in Barre this afternoon. Both sides will outline plans for controlling school costs and reducing upward pressure on property taxes.

6} VCETAM_VO


Senator Patrick Leahy hopes a new hub can attract young people who want to start businesses in Vermont. The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies is an 11,000 square foot business incubation hub. It will give young tech companies resources like mentoring and capital. Startups can rent the space from VCET and use it to grow their company. The new facility is located in the Fairpoint building in downtown Burlington -- and it was transformed by money secured by Senator Leahy.

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7-day forecast: warm & windy again today, and humid. Rain moves in tonight. Rain could be heavy at times on Thursday, with possible t-storms. Slowly cooling down going into the weekend. A few showers Friday, mainly early. More showers late Saturday into early Sunday. Sunday will be chilly & blustery.

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Welcome back... Around halloween time -- it seems that that some people are always looking for a scare. So this morning -- we have Thea Lewis here to talk her book that is filled with chilling encounters of Vermont's Spookiest Places. --Before we get to the locations... What made you want to write this book? -- What makes a place haunted? What kind of ghost stories are we talking about? --What are a few of your favorite locations you write about? -- Are these places that people can visit? -- For those people at home shaking their heads like ya right, what would you say to them? --


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