Wed 18-JAN-2017 Early A.M. News Script

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Today: Snow & sleet winding down to just some scattered snow, rain showers. Temps will be above average, above the freezing mark.

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((THANK GARY)) But first let's get to ...

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As you are waking up this morning ...you may be wondering what your morning commute will be like with the the snow that Gary just told you about. Alex Hirsch is live in South Burlington by I89 and Williston road with a look a outside The roads are slippery this morning. It was a struggle getting into work. Morning commuters are going to want to give themselves some extra time when heading to work. Maybe leave 10-15 early if they can.

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Be careful of drifting and fishtailing out there ...That's when your back wheels lose traction because of the snow and results in an oversteer and your car makes movement kind of like a fishtail. Here is a look at the roads right now... The plow trucks are out...According to VTRANS Plow map there are at least 7 out in the chittenden county area where I am and over 55 out overall in the state. Remember you can check that online now at VTRANS dot com... It's telling me there is one right now at ____________.

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While traveling this morning just be careful...no need to rush... especially on those back roads that havent been plowed or driven on as much. Melissa Thank you Alex we will check back in with you at around 5:30 for updates on the highway conditions.

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A Massachusetts man died overnight in a car crash on Interstate 89. This happened just after 10 o'clock in Montpelier. Vermont State police say the driver, 21-year old Michael Sullivan lost control of his car and slammed into the guardrail. His passenger, 21-year old Sean Bryne was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police noted it was snowing at the time and the roads were covered. No word if speed was a factor in the crash.

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A parking ban is still in effect for some areas across our region. Montpelier officials warn drivers -- cars parked on city streets may be ticketed or towed. The ban is expected to be lifted at 7AM this morning.

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A second armed robbery in a matter of days out of Hartford Vermont. This one happened at the Wilder Mobil Station last night just after 8. Police say they are searching for one suspect who brandished what appeared to be a handgun. Officials say the gunman took off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Authorities don't believe it's the same culprit who held up the Cumberland Farms early Sunday morning.

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Police in Shaftsbury are searching for a thief -- who stole money from a motel. Investigators say someone forced their way through a window at the Iron Kettle Motel on Route 7-A -- sometime late Sunday or early Monday morning.

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Car dealership owners are worried this could become a trend. State police are working this morning to find out why two Rutland dealerships were targeted by thieves -- all over inspection stickers. Taylor Young dives into the case.

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((NATS: "they must have used a crow-bar to break this.")) This is the back door -- thieves wedged open to enter Brileya's Chrystler-Jeep dealership and steal 80 inspection stickers. ((Scott Brileya/Owner: "I find it quite disturbing that they would go to this length to get an inspection book.")) Scott Brileya is the owner of the dealership just off route 7 in Rutland. He showed me the bent padlock that locked the drawer containing the 4 books of inspection stickers. ((Scott Brileya/Owner: "any inspection books that we haven't used are locked in there and so they took what inspection books we had in there left.")) Just four miles down the road -- thieves also broke into Shearer Honda -- walking away with several books of unissued inspection stickers. ((Nats car driving by)) ((Scott Brileya/Owner: "what dollar and cents do they think that they can sell it for an how many do they need?")) Police say fake inspection stickers are out there. Just this past weekend, they say, they stopped a driver in Cambridge with a fake inspection sticker. 37 year old Stephanie Eddy was not charged for that -- but troopers did pick her up on an outstanding warrant. According to state police -- the inspection sticker on her car was not assigned to any vehicle. Back at Brileya's Chrysler-Jeep dealership, the owner says, he knows inspections are getting tougher to pass and he's worried what that may mean for criminals looking to make a buck. ((Scott Brileya/Owner: I'm hoping this is not a trend."))

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One Vermont college is making it a whole lot easier for students to transfer their education from one institution to another. Green Mountain College in Poultney -- will now allow Colby-Sawyer College graduates to enter Green Mountain's graduate programs without paying application fees. That is, if they have a GPA of at least a 3-point-oh. Colby Sawyer is in New London, New Hampshire.

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There's a push to hold FOR-profit colleges more accountable for their students post graduation. That could become a reality if Trump's choice for Education Secretary is approved. A federal rule aims to ensure -- graduates of career college programs earn enough money to repay their student loans. Betsy DeVos was taken to task yesterday with questioning from lawmakers including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

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((Sen. Bernie Sanders/ (I) Vermont: Do you think if you were not a multi-billionaire, if your family has not made hundreds of millions of dollars of contributions to the Republican party do you think you would be sitting here today?" ((Betsy DeVos / Nominee, Education Secretary. As a matter of fact I do think there would be that possibility, I've worked very hard on behalf of parents and children for the last almost 30 years to be a voice for parents, a voice for parents and to empower to make decisions on behalf of their children, primarily low-income children.")) DeVos did not rule out stripping funding from public schools.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his state budget plan. Some big ticket items include free tuition for middle class students, big investments in water quality and help in child care costs. Other budget items include 1 billion dollars in new public education spending, an expanded child care tax credit and 2 billion dollars over 5 years for water quality. The Democrat released the details of the 152 billion dollar budget plan Tuesday. Lawmakers are likely to tweak the budget, which they hope to approve before the new fiscal year begins April 1st.

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Big changes on the way to Beekmantown. The Central School district can expect 18-million dollars in improvements. This comes after voters supported the proposal by more than 200 votes. Upgrades include new educational space, athletic courts and library. A new cafeteria and food serving line for Beekmantown Elementary will also be in the mix.

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It came down to an 8 vote difference. But Jericho residents voted NO on a plan to cut the size of new development in the commercial district along Route 15. The town clerk says 493 people voted no while 485 people voted yes. In the rest of town, land owners would have been limited even further -- to just 12-thousand square-feet. The select board approved the changes in November, but a successful petition driven by opponents put it on the ballot -- stopping those efforts.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Light snow. Local temps: Mainly in low/mid 30s, a few upper 20s. NE radar/temps: Snow moved in late yesterday, and now bulk of steadier snow has moved east, with scattered snow, rain showers to the west. Temps in upper 20s to mid-30s here, lots of mid/upper 30s west and south. U.S. Rad/sat: Storm system moving off to the east now. Forecast clouds/precip: Storm will be winding down this morning to just some scattered snow, rain showers. One last, little disturbance may spread a few snow, rain showers near the Canadian border on Thursday. Temps will stay fairly mild for this time of year.

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Today: Scattered snow, rain showers Highs: 32 to 38 Wind: SSE 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy A few snow, rain showers Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Thursday: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few snow, rain showers Highs: 33 to 40 Wind: Light & variable Extended: Friday: Partly sunny Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 35 to 42 Saturday: Partly sunny Lows: 20s Highs: 35 to 42 Sunday: Partly sunny Lows: 20s Highs: 35 to 42 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Mostly cloudy Rain, sleet, freezing rain developing Turning windy Lows: 20s Highs: 35 to 45 Tuesday: Rain & wind Lows: 30s Highs: 38 to 48

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((TOSS TO ALEX))

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A vital cancer program in the Northeast Kingdom is closing its doors. The cancer program at North Country Hospital in Newport confirmed its shutting down. The small hospital is part of the Dartmouth Hitchcock network -- and Dartmouth says it is consolidating. Hospital officials say patients can stick with their same provider if they go to St. Johnsbury - or other clinics in Littleton, Lancaster or Lebanon, New Hampshire.

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Hundreds of Vermonters will split nearly 160-thousand dollars -- after a settlement with M-V-P Health. The insurance company admits it over-billed 470 people for colorectal screenings --- from October 20-13 until October of last year. MVP must also pay the state a 70-thousand dollar penalty.

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Doctors claim there's a way to help anemia cases in other countries. And it all has to do with post delivery. According to a JAMA study -- if doctors delay claming the umbilical cord after deliver it can improve infant anemia. Researchers say it would help since some developing countries don't have iron fortified formula and supplements.

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Thousands of jobs are up for grabs at the world's largest retail company. Walmart claims it will add 10-thousand positions across the country this year. This comes after the big box store made several announcements outlining job cuts and store closings. Some of the new jobs will come from expanding e-commerce services. There are 6 locations here in Vermont. No word if positions are opening in our region specifically.

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Many of you have noticed the WCAX stream app isn't working. That's because we got rid of it for something a lot easier -- with just the click of a button. All you have to do is log on to our website. You'll be able to watch our news live from there. And the most recent shows will be on demand too. It's a service we just launched this week -- so you can still catch the news -- if you're not in front of a TV. You can look for the pop-up on the website shortly before broadcasts -- and in the future... a permanent link on the homepage.

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They are a sight to see from the window. Beautiful over-sized icicles hanging outside. But what happens when they are found inside your home? Tracy Smith takes a look.

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Reporter: It's not everyday you're watching TV when one of these bad babies falls through your ceiling. FOR CAROL SCHELL, IT WAS A NORMAL EVENING OF WATCHING TV AND DOING LAUNDRY, UNTIL SHE HEARD A BIG CRASH. AFTER LOOKING AROUND AND FINDING NOTHING, SCHELL BRUSHED IT OFF AND STARTED PUTTING AWAY HER LAUNDRY... BUT IT WAS IN HER CLOSET, SHE WOULD DISCOVER THE SOURCE OF THE MYSTERY SOUND. Carol Schell: "I kinda go in and something drips on me and I'm like 'ew' and I look up and here's this icicle hanging out of the closet." WHERE DID THIS OVER-SIZED ICICLE COME FROM? SCHELL LEARNED HER FURNACE EXHAUST PIPE HAD COME LOOSE AFTER HAVING HER ROOF REPAIRED IN THE SUMMER. THE PIPE WAS SPRAYING STEAM, FREEZING JUST AS FAST AS IT WAS DRIPPING FROM THE TRUSSES. Carol Schell: "The big piece, when they brought that down, we were blown away. I mean I just...that scared me, because had that come through that would have been huge." SCHELL SAID AFTER THIS MISHAP, SHE RECOMMENDS EVERYONE GET IN THE ATTIC AND CHECK THINGS OUT EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE... BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU. Carol Schell: "Who ever thought it'd be lucky to have an ice cube fall through your ceiling, but I guess it's lucky in the fact the other option could be I could sit here in the summer time and have a whole house full of mold." IN BILLINGS, I'M TRACY SMITH. -----END-----

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((REACT & TOSS TO GARY))

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NE radar/temps: Snow moved in late yesterday, and now bulk of steadier snow has moved east, with scattered snow, rain showers to the west. Temps in upper 20s to mid-30s here, lots of mid/upper 30s west and south. Today: Snow & sleet winding down to just some scattered snow, rain showers. Temps will be above average, above the freezing mark.

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((TOSS TO ALEX))

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So many questions this morning for New Hampshire officials -- after a body was spotted next to a car engulfed in flames. Plus, a group of students are packing their last few things this morning before heading to Washington DC. And it's a messy start to your morning commute, Alex is live outside to check on the roads.

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Today: Snow & sleet winding down to just some scattered snow, rain showers. Temps will be above average, above the freezing mark.

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The wintry weather could mean a tricky commute for a lot of people this morning. Good thing we sent Alex Hirsch out this morning to check out conditions. He is live in South Burlington by I89... what are the conditions like out there? Talk about high way conditions.

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Where are the plow trucks heading? How many commuters are out so far? Any accidents reported? Slip offs?

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And type of snow? Compact? Slushy? ((QUESTION))

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A close call for a Brandon woman after barely avoiding a collision in Goshen. The rollover accident happened on Carlisle Hill Road just before 5:30 yesterday evening. State police say 33-year old Sarah WideAwake was going 25 miles an hour and claims a car coming in the opposite direction -- swerved into her lane. She told police she avoided the collision and then ending up sliding and rolling downhill. Police don't believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

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One Vermont man is lucky to be alive this morning -- after being hit by an 18-wheeler on an interstate exit ramp. It happened yesterday morning in Lebanon. Authorities say Roderic Ricker and Jeremy Potwin crashed on the exit 20 southbound ramp. Then the Vermont drivers started fighting. Police say Ricker fell into the roadway after Potwin punched him -- and was then hit by a passing 18 wheeler. The 65-year-old was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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A bizarre discovery for New Hampshire state police. After finding a man's body near a burning car in Sturk. State officials say, they got a call Monday morning about a possible crash on Millbrook Road. When they responded, they found a burning car and an unconscious middle aged man nearby. They say, they don't believe that the man died in the fire and they don't think his death is suspicious. They are waiting for a cause of death. His name will not be released until his family is notified.

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There could be a boost in salary for some nurses in the granite state. New Hampshire's Department of Corrections wants state prison nurses to see a 15 percent pay increase over the next five months. That would mean approving close to 240-thousand dollars. Nurses at the state psychiatric hospital and Veterans Home got raises. Officials claim the department struggles to stay competitive in recruiting and keeping nurses on staff.

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A prisoner from Guantanamo Bay has been released... That's according to his lawyer...who works here in Vermont. David Sleigh says Abdul Zahir was transferred to Oman last night . This comes more than 14 years after he was captured in Afghanistan. Sleigh says Zahir served as a translator for the Taliban before the 2001 invasion, including for some high-level Al Qaeda officials. Zahir was arrested in 2002, but never charged. Sleigh says for 10 years lawyers tried to have Zahir released or tried in a fair hearing.

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Inauguration day is just around the corner. However, President elect Trump's foreign and domestic policies are still leaving many feeling uneasy. Dartmouth College is hosting a series of panel discussions--leading up to Friday's inauguration. The first one happened last night. Topics are focused on trade and healthcare. Expert panelists from the college, business and medical schools offer insight -- as to what the American people can expect from a Trump administration.

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((Douglas Irwin/Dartmouth College: "I think we are going to see a test as to whether we should take him literally or not. Certainly if he does all the things he has been talking about, it could be very disruptive and possibly detrimental. But, if the reality is going to be a little different that the rhetoric, not to say this is going to be a normal administration but it is not going to be as extreme as some of the fears are.")) Panel discussions happen on campus and are open to the public. We will have a list of the events online at wcax-dot-com.

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A group of Colchester students are leaving tonight on a trip Washington for the inauguration ceremony. Tyler Dumont caught up with them beforehand.

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These students at Colchester High are about to experience what might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. ((TILE 7707 23:57:01--24:00:23 Sullivan Crady/Attending Inauguration: "I just immediately went for the application as soon as I found out about it.")) 15 of them are about to witness the next president of the United States being sworn into office. ((TILE 7709 26:44:00--26:50:29 Coleman Crady/Attending Inauguration: It's going to be like one of those elections where you'll be able to say 20 years from now, I was there - I witnessed all of this happening.")) Rachel Cohen's students have been in a class called "Election 2016." It started with watching debates -- media analysis -- and then bringing their own thoughts to the classroom. ((TILE 7713 38:13:23--38:22:17 "It was incredible for me as their teacher to be able to sit back and listen to the high level of conversation they were able to engage in.")) But the focus of their talks wasn't on politics...instead, it was on the process -- and strategies -- of getting picked at the ballot box. ((TILE 7711 30:49:19--30:54:12 "We did not talk about oh I like this candidate or this candidates better.")) Dorcas Lohese moved here from Congo three years ago. ((TILE 7711 29:12:14--29:15:00 Dorcas Lohese/Attending Inauguration: "This is like my first presidential election in the U.S.")) For Lohese, and many others in the class, the trip will mark another first. ((TILE 7713 34:40:10--34:45:18 Rachel Cohen/Coordinated Washington, D.C. trip: "At least half of these kids have never been to D.C. before, so this is a huge opportunity for them.")) In addition to President-elect Trump's inauguration, three days will be spent touring the city. Visiting museums and monuments. ((TILE 7707 24:09:21--24:12:20 "The World war Two memorial, the Vietnam memorial, the Korea memorial.")) Taking a look back at the past -- before they get to experience a look at the future. ((TILE 7709 26:18:28--26:28:20 Coleman Crady/Attending Inauguration: "A lot of people think of it as a really powerful thing to witness, but really it's just something that encompasses what our nation values.")) Tyler Dumont -- channel 3 news -- Burlington.

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Despite their attendance, sounds like a lot of politicians will be no-show's for the big event. So far, more than 35 House Democrats pledged to boycott Trump's speech -- after issues with civil rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis. Nearly a million people are expected to attend the swearing in, and hundreds of organizations plan to protest. And yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the Obama Administration of trying to undermine Trump's presidency -- saying those who spread fake allegations are -- quote -- "worse than prostitutes."

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Vermont's two senators are NOT part of that protest. Channel 3 reached out to Patrick Leahy's and Bernie Sanders's offices. Officials confirmed both senators WILL attend the inauguration.

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((2SHOT)) ((GREEN WALL)) Current: Light snow. Local temps: Mainly in low/mid 30s, a few upper 20s. NE radar/temps: Snow moved in late yesterday, and now bulk of steadier snow has moved east, with scattered snow, rain showers to the west. Temps in upper 20s to mid-30s here, lots of mid/upper 30s west and south. U.S. Rad/sat: Storm system moving off to the east now. Forecast clouds/precip: Storm will be winding down this morning to just some scattered snow, rain showers. One last, little disturbance may spread a few snow, rain showers near the Canadian border on Thursday. Temps will stay fairly mild for this time of year.

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Today: Scattered snow, rain showers Highs: 32 to 38 Wind: SSE 5 to 15 mph Tonight: Mostly cloudy A few snow, rain showers Lows: 27 to 34 Wind: S 5 to 10 mph Thursday: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few snow, rain showers Highs: 33 to 40 Wind: Light & variable Extended: Friday: Partly sunny Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 35 to 42 Saturday: Partly sunny Lows: 20s Highs: 35 to 42 Sunday: Partly sunny Lows: 20s Highs: 35 to 42 Hyper-Extended: Monday: Mostly cloudy Rain, sleet, freezing rain developing Turning windy Lows: 20s Highs: 35 to 45 Tuesday: Rain & wind Lows: 30s Highs: 38 to 48

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For Vermont sports teams, it was a good night to have fans inside -- to enjoy some local basketball games. Jack Fitsimmons has this morning's sports wrap.

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((Good morning, Tuesday night was a great night on the hardwood for several local high school and college teams, especially if you like dunks. --- Let's head to Middlebury College, Green Mountain paying a visit to the 15th ranked Panther men. --- Middlebury pushing the fast paced tempo all night. After Green Mountain's Patrick Rittmon hits three of his team high 19 points, The Panthers quickly come down the court and Adisa Majors slams it home. --- Right before the half, Eric McCord with the strong take. He had 16 off the bench. Middlebury up 1 at the break. --- Second half, Nick Tarantino can't quite slam home the rebound, but not to fear, Mt. St. Amour grabs the loose ball and finds Tarantino who puts it in for 2 of his 10 points. --- St. Amour meanwhile, puts in a game high 24. How about the shooters bounce on the three in the second half. --- Middlebury not taking the foot off the gas pedal, off the miss, great pass by Jake Brown to Jack Daly. 12 for Daly. --- Later, Green Mountain's Kenneth Parker lays it in, but again right back down the court, Majors stuffs it. 11 for Majors. --- Middlebury wins 104-79. The panthers are 13-2. --- High school boys basketball, Enosburg on the road to take on Winooski --- this just turned into a showcase game for the Hornets, Mahlik franklin inside to Wade McAlister who spins for the layup --- a few possessions later, Franklin throws it down with authority for two more and he wasn't done --- later Noah Swainbank comes up with the steal and heaves down to Franklin, and you know where this one's going. Franklin showing off the acrobatics all night --- Enosburg cruises to a 64-27 win, the Hornets now 9-0 on the year --- Tonight at 6, we'll have the story of how one family has become synonymous with South Royalton basketball and we'll hear from UVM men's hoops and hockey. Plus we'll let you know who's headed to Cooperstown as part of the 2017 baseball Hall of Fame Class. With your sportswrap, I'm jack Fitzsimmons.

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Vermont guard members are giving the war against ISIS a boost. Two members shared their experience about the war zone. Here's Priscilla Liguori.

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Track 1: It isn't easy to leave home. Josh: "Everyone misses their families. You can see it on a lot of people's faces." (:05) Track 2: But Sargeant Josh Danis says the Vermont National Guard is finding ways to keep loved ones close while serving overseas. D: "We've got our tents all up and everyone's got pictures all around of their families and what not." (:06) Track 3: Sargeant Mary Jane Palumbo was in the army and had children before joining the Guard. D: "With technology nowadays, it makes it easier a little because you get to video chat with them every day." (:06) Sgt. Palumbo is one of the 300 plus Guard members who deployed JUST BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS. TODAY THEY'RE LIVING ON A BASE IN ASIA SUPPORTING COMBAT MISSIONS -AIMED AT TAKING OUT ISIS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN D: "we are working 12 hour days, like I said we are on a 24 hour operation 7 days a week. Pods are up and we're taking care of the mission, coming back empty with bombs and guns, and we're loading them and getting them back up." Track 4: Both sargeants agree that in addition to the support from home, the camaraderie helps keep the guard focused ON OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE. P: "I miss my kids and stuff, family back home... but we are a family here and we support each other so it's really good. I like it." (:12) D: "The other rest of the Vermont International Guard that couldn't come on a trip are looking out for us and making sure that everything at home is going well for us and they're staying in contact and anything we need they take care of us." (:13) Track 4: Danis says pride in the guard's work makes the sacrifice worth it. D: "As soon as we get off work, we talk about the job we just did and how awesome the feeling is to know that we are actually making a difference in the world today." (:10)

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Back here in our region, Vermont National Guard's 15th civil support team is set to train all day today. They will be training at Saint Michael's College in Colchester. The team helps agencies by providing specially trained personnel, communication and equipment to analyze hazardous materials Guard officials say training outside of traditional military facilities is essential.

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NE radar/temps: Snow moved in late yesterday, and now bulk of steadier snow has moved east, with scattered snow, rain showers to the west. Temps in upper 20s to mid-30s here, lots of mid/upper 30s west and south. What to expect: Storm winding down this morning. Stretch of quiet, mild weather end of week through weekend. Another messy storm early next week. ((TOSS TO ALEX))

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We have all heard the expression Lucky Duck Well for one duck in Burlington...it was in fact Lucky! JR Miller says he was walking in Oakledge Park in Burlington recently when he noticed a stuck duck near Lake Champlain. The bird was alive but frozen to a rock. Miller went home and brought back some warm water to try to remove the duck, but soon realized its feathers were still full of ice. So he called a waterfowl rehabilitator who said the duck needed to be completely dry before being released. It stayed in a plastic tote at his house overnight.

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((9646 1:34:10-1:44:00 JR Miller/Saved a Duck: It flew off and it just glided down and landed right with the flock of ducks that was there. the same flock of ducks that was there the day before.)) ((06:13:28-6:18:12 Laura Miller "to see her fly back to her friends and move on as if nothing happened was amazing.)) Miller said it was moving to see the duck he saved soar back to good health.

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((GARY DOES SHORT WX .. TAKES FULL SCREEN ... SHOT COMES BACK OUT TO 4SHOT FOR CLOSE)) Today: Snow & sleet winding down to just some scattered snow, rain showers. Temps will be above average, above the freezing mark.

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Still ahead, Slippery roads could be to blame for the death of a Massachusetts man on I-89 overnight. Plus, new this morning some good news for college students looking to continue their education in the green mountains. And Alex is live with the latest check on our roads to keep you safe as you head out the door. Stay with us.


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