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Good morning:

There's a lot to talk about in the weather forecast this morning.
The area in grey on the Environment Canada map above is where special weather statements have been issued by Environment Canada for a wintry mix of precipitation tonight for most parts of Newfoundland.

The red area is the Burin and Connaigre Peninsula region where rainfall warnings have been issued, with up to 25 to 35 mm expected by Friday morning.

Here's more from Environment Canada.

Special weather statement for most of the island:

A low pressure system south of Cape Cod will track northeastward today and will lie over Eastern Newfoundland by Friday morning before moving of to the northeast later on Friday. A warm front ahead of this low will spread rain over Southeastern Newfoundland this morning and will become heavy at times tonight before tapering off Friday morning. Total rainfall accumulations are expected to be near 20 millimetres for most of eastern and Southern Newfoundland except for the Burin and Connaigre peninsulas where between 25 and 35 millimetres are forecast and a rainfall warning is in effect.

For the west coast, central and northeastern portions of the island rain is expected to begin in the afternoon or evening and change to freezing rain or snow overnight or early Friday morning. For the Great Northern Peninsula precipitation is expected to remain as snow and snowfall accumulations exceeding 10 centimetres are possible.

The public is advised to monitor future forecasts and warnings as warnings may be required or extended.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca.

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Warning for Burin and Connaigre Peninsula:

Rainfall accumulations of 25 to 35 millimetres expected by Friday morning.

This is a warning that significant rainfall is expected in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.

A low pressure system south of Cape Cod will track northeastward today and will lie over Eastern Newfoundland by Friday morning before moving of to the northeast later on Friday. A warm front ahead of this low will spread rain over Southeastern Newfoundland this morning and will become heavy at times tonight before tapering off Friday morning. Total rainfall accumulations are expected to be between 25 and 35 millimetres for the Burin and Connaigre peninsulas.



Thursday January 16, 2014 7:01 
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It's about 2 Celsius and raining this morning in St. John's, with an expected high temperature today of about 4 Celsius.

Here's a look at the Environment Canada weather graphic for St. John's and vicinity and more detailed text version of the forecast.
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:02 
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Thursday January 16, 2014 7:03 
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Today, 16 January
Cloudy. Rain beginning early this morning. Risk of freezing rain this morning. Rainfall amount 5 mm. Fog patches. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h this morning. High plus 4.

Tonight, 16 January
Rain. Amount 10 to 15 mm. Fog patches. Wind becoming southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 overnight. Low plus 1 with temperature rising to 7 by morning.

Friday, 17 January
Rain changing to periods of drizzle near noon. Risk of freezing drizzle in the evening. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Fog patches dissipating in the afternoon. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming northwest 20 gusting to 40 in the afternoon. High 9 with temperature falling to plus 3 in the afternoon.

Saturday, 18 January
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. Low minus 2. High plus 1.

Sunday, 19 January
Periods of rain or snow. Windy. Low zero. High plus 4.

Monday, 20 January
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Windy. Low minus 3. High minus 1.

Tuesday, 21 January
A mix of sun and cloud. Low minus 5. High plus 2.

Wednesday, 22 January
Rain showers or flurries. Low plus 2. High plus 3.
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:03 
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The live webcam view this morning at St. John's International Airport.
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:05 
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Most flights are on schedule at St. John's International Airport this morning, with the exception of some cancellations and delays.

In the arrivals:
A Provincial Airlines flight from Wabush/Goose Bay has been cancelled;
A Provincial Airlines flight from Wabush/Deer Lake has been cancelled;
A WestJet flight from Calgary/Toronto is delayed.

In the departures:
A Provincial Airlines flight to Goose Bay/Wabush has been cancelled.


Thursday January 16, 2014 7:09 
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On the Bell Island ferry service, the MV Norcon Galatea is operating solo while the MV Flanders undergoes mechanical repairs at St. John's.

The MV Grace Sparkes which services St. Brendans is being moved to cover the Bell Island run as soon as possible.

Josh Pennell's story on that is in today's Telegram and online at the link below.
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:15 
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Game of pass-the-ferry leaves St. Brendan’s without. Josh Pennell's story is at ow.ly/sDD6K
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:15 The Telegram
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Thursday January 16, 2014 7:15 
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Most schools in the NL English School District are open today.

However, in the Musgrave Harbour School System, Gill Memorial Academy is closed for the morning, with a further announcement at 11 a.m., while the town makes repairs to the sewer system.
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:22 
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There are a lot of reports of potholes in the St. John's-metro region. Drivers should watch out for them or you could damage your tires and rims.

Here are some Tweets about this.
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:25 
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#nltraffic holy crator batman!! EB CBS BP just before long pond overpass. Really puts a damper on the sparkly new completion! #rimbuster
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:25 Nate O'Brien
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Bay Bulls Rd near Royal Oak Drive, potholes are marked but span the road. Either direction can seriously mess up a car #nltraffic
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:25 Stylin' Steve
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Here are some more traffic Tweets.
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:26 
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@cecilhaire had a very slippery walk home 2 hours ago from merrymeeting down newtown to eliz to prince philip. black ice!! #nltraffic
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:26 Jennifer McCreath
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TCH Gander to GFW is damp at -3•c. Little black ice around but salt shakers are out and about. #nltraffic #nlwx
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:26 Evan
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#nltraffic roads on the north shore very icy. Didn't see salt/sand til Perry's cove
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:27 catherine
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The danger of walking on the streets of St. John's archivalmoments.ca/2014/01/the-da… #history #nltraffic #nlwx
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:27 Lisa M
7:35
Bas Jamieson, who started his broadcast career in 1958 and went on to host VOCM’s Open Line for 40 years, died Wednesday. He was 85.

The Telegram story can be read at http://bit.ly/1eLgfc3

I worked with Bas at Q-Radio, formerly CJON Radio, in St. John's in my early days in journalism before going into the print media.

His brother Colin Jamieson died in December. Here's a link to that article http://bit.ly/1d9lFZt
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:35 
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Thursday January 16, 2014 7:39 Deana StokesSullivan
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Kevin Tobin's editorial cartoon in today's Telegram. pic.twitter.com/2b6EUnvfnC
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:40 Deana StokesSullivan
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James McLeod has a story in today's Telegram about some residents being shocked to find their electricity bills were substantially higher, despite the recent power blackouts on the island.

Here's a link to the online version of that story.
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:43 
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Power bills go up, despite blackouts. James McLeod's story is at ow.ly/sDCoI
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:43 The Telegram
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Here are some more links to Telegram stories on our website today.
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:45 
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Personal-care home forced to close. Bonnie Belec's story can be read at ow.ly/sDCiE
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:45 The Telegram
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Thursday January 16, 2014 7:46 
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St. John’s proposes plan for student union to repay taxes ow.ly/sDCVQ
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:46 The Telegram
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Davion Parnsalu showing signs he’s a keeper for MUN Sea-Hawks men's squad. John Brown's story is online at ow.ly/sDCDq
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:46 The Telegram
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Thursday January 16, 2014 7:46 
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Traditional music for a new generation. Tara Bradbury writes about the 13th annual Young Folk at the Hall ow.ly/sDCJu
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:47 The Telegram
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Thursday January 16, 2014 7:47 
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Burton starts early on 2015 federal campaign- Local - The Telegram. ow.ly/sDLdZ
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:48 The Telegram
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Thursday January 16, 2014 7:49 
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The wind in St. John's exceeded 100 km/h Wednesday. Here's a Tweet by meteorologist Brian Walsh.
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:58 
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The peak wind gust in St Johns on Wednesday was 106 km/h; 3rd day this month with gusts of at least 100 km/h #nlwx #YYT
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:58 Brian Walsh
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At 2:30 AM, the snow depth in St Johns #YYT sits at 8 cm; rain/mild temps will knock that down further today/tonight #nlwx
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:58 Brian Walsh
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Rain has spread across the Avalon this AM: weather.gc.ca/radar/index_e.…; could be some patchy freezing rain; rain tapers to showers this aft #nlwx
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:58 Brian Walsh
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This photo of the full moon over Signal Hill in St. John's was posted last night on Twitter.
Thursday January 16, 2014 7:59 
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Thursday January 16, 2014 7:59 Jonas Roberts
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in police reports, the Holyrood detachment of the RCMP says a 45-year-old man from Salmonier Line was arrested Wednesday for firearm offences and breaches of court orders.

A semi automatic assault rifle was seized. The man is expected to appear in court today and an investigation is continuing.

A concerned Holyrood citizen also called in a complaint of possible impaired driver in the Holyrood area.

RCMP officers were able to intercept a vehicle and a 52-year-old male resident of Deer Park will be in court at a future date for impaired driving charges.

At 1:45 a.m. today, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers responded to a report of a break and entry in progress in the Kilbride area after a concerned citizen phoned police.

Upon arrival police apprehended three men inside a residence. As a result of their investigation, with assistance of the Forensic identification Unit, a 20-year-old man, a 24-year-old man and a 33- year-old man were all charged with break and entry. All three were held at the St. John's lockup until a court appearance.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:05 
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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in Corner Brook is investigating reports of two vehicles being entered and small quantities of change and gas cards taken.

The incidents occurred in the Farmdale Road and Carberry’s Road area. The vehicles were unlocked and there was no damage to the vehicles.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary would like to remind the public to ensure your vehicle is secured when not being used and don’t leave valuables in them. The public is also reminded to call the police if they see any suspicious activity in their area.

Thursday January 16, 2014 8:08 
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On the same topic, the RCMP sent out this release to the media this morning:

RCMP warns homeowners January is the season for break and enters

It’s the month after Christmas and lots of people have returned to work. This means, houses full of expensive Christmas gifts are left unattended for up to eight hours a day!

The RCMP is reminding home owners to secure your home against thieves by following these Home Security Tips:

Illumination: Darkness and shadows are a burglar’s best friends. Use a light-timer to periodically switch on lights to give a “lived-in” appearance when you’re not home. The use of motion-sensing floodlights will also make it harder for a home invader.

Install locks/ Security system: Use of deadbolt locks makes it harder for a burglar to force his way in. A full-service security system will deter him even further (always place the security sticker in your window). Although neither are guaranteed to absolutely protect your home, the longer it takes a burglar to enter, the less likely he’ll stay and try!

Consider visibility factors: Can you look inside your window and see expensive items? If so, chances are a burglar could too, giving him more of a reason to try your house. Keep valuables out of view and keep blinds and drapes closed when you’re not home.

Keep valuables safe: Keep valuable belongings (jewelry, papers, certificates, etc.) out of sight. If possible, keep them in a safety deposit box away from home. Other valuables like TVs and radios should be engraved with your name and phone number which will help police identify your property.

Get to know your neighbour: Form a neighbourhood watch committee. Take note of any suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood. If you’re going on vacation, ask a trusted neighbour to watch your house.

Solving crime takes a community! The public is encouraged to call the RCMP at 1-800-709- RCMP (7267) to report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood or call Crime Stopper to give an anonymous tip at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:09 
8:12
I just received a comment from Russell in Glasgow, Scotland about the photo of the moon I posted in the blog.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:12 
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[Comment From RussellRussell: ] 
I do like that picture Jonas.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:12 Russell
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My blogging colleagues in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are now online.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:15 
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So I see the Confederation Bridge disaster contingency plan is being reviewed, following that recent five hour closure.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:15 Colin Roger MacLean
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It apparently hasn't been update since the bridge opened 16 years ago.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:15 Colin Roger MacLean
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Currant plan calls for bringing in additional aircraft – maybe even military – to carry in food, plus securing year-round ferry serv...
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:15 Colin Roger MacLean
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If you ask me, this would be the opportune time for someone to invent transporters. Wouldn't that be sweet.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:16 Colin Roger MacLean
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Here's a screen shot of the story Colin mentioned about the Confederation Bridge in Prince Edward Island.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:18 
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Thursday January 16, 2014 8:18 
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The Telegram's Gary Grant is on the streets in St. John's where water is accumulating from this morning's rainfall.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:19 
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Wet roads this morning with water buildup. Lot of snow has disappeared. #telynl pic.twitter.com/GL5wBBaHkZ
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:19 Gary Grant
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Hi Colin & John. How are things in PEI & NS this morning?
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:19 Deana StokesSullivan
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn Foggy. But good. St. John's been warm like here?
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:19 Colin Roger MacLean
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn It has been pretty warm and a lot of rain. The snow banks are shrinking.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:21 Deana StokesSullivan
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The Christopher Falconer murder trial is continuing in Pictou County. Here's a Tweet from John Brannen with a link to the story.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:22 
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LATEST UPDATE: Accused asked girlfriend to lie about whereabouts ngnews.ca/News/Local/201… #firstcup
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:22 John Brannen
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn At this point we don't have a whole lot of snow left.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:24 Colin Roger MacLean
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Rain warning in effect for Burin Peninsula, rain in eastern areas. ow.ly/sDOsB
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:26 Deana StokesSullivan
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Here are some Newfoundland photos posted on Instagram this morning.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:27 
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Witch Dr TimWitch Dr Tim : 
The lighthouse at Cape Bonavista, Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canada. #myphotography #me #mine #lighthouse #historic #photographer #sky #f4f #follow4follow #bonavista #newfoundland #nl #canada
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:27 
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Lina LLina L : 
A break in the clouds. #grosmorne #nationalpark #bonnebay #newfoundland #atlanticcanada #explorecanada #eastcoast #coast #maritime #nature #outdoors #hike #hiking #mountains #latergram #throwback
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:27 
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jjewczyk🌸jjewczyk🌸 : 
#7days till #newfoundland #ruggedshores can't wait!! 🙈
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:27 
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Andrew WalshAndrew Walsh : 
#newfoundland #island #islandlife #ocean #eastcoast #bay #landscape #view #scenic #scenery
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:27 
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David O'SullivanDavid O'Sullivan : 
#flyfishing#rainbowtrout#salmon#Atlanticsalmon#barbless#outdoors#camping#brooktrout#catchandrelease#newfoundland
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:28 
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Kennedy SamsonKennedy Samson : 
Bit late now, but sunset from earlier today! #sopretty #sunset #newfoundland #beautiful
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:28 
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Here are some more traffic Tweets posted this morning.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:33 
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I know this is Portugal Cove Road but it looks A lot more like Mario kart! Please slow down and stop swerving in and out. #nltraffic
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:33 Mark Adams
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#nltraffic #cbcnl the new parking meters do not accept the old park card
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:33 Ian Winter
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Joshua Jamieson, a nephew of Bas Jamieson Tweeted a link to the official news release about his uncle's passing. Here it is.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:36 
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Here's the official PRESS RELEASE: NL broadcast icon Bas Jamieson passes away at 85 -justhimself.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/new… Thx again for all your messages.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:36 Joshua Jamieson
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Russell in Scotland makes this comment about the new parking meters in St. John's not accepting old parking cards.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:37 
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[Comment From RussellRussell: ] 
The parking meter comment is just like Glasgow. We go new turnstiles fitted into most of our train station and it will not accept my travel pass. You think people would think of this when implementing new technology.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:37 Russell
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@JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Here's another interesting story. Power bills go up, despite blackouts, by James McLeod ow.ly/sDCoI
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:37 Deana StokesSullivan
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn Interesting. The lady with the heat pumps, if she has two of them I'm not surprised by how much her bill went up.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:37 Colin Roger MacLean
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@TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn If they replaced her oil or wood, $200 a month to heat your home is actually pretty good.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:37 Colin Roger MacLean
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@JournalPMacLean @TelegramDeana @NGNewsJohn I have one heat pump, I am dreading my next bill, took almost 9hrs to reheat house on aux heat
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:41 Paul Noseworthy
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@Paucar01 @JournalPMacLean @NGNewsJohn Interesting, I didn't know heat pumps would drive the electric cost up like that.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:42 Deana StokesSullivan
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Here are some more links to stories in The Telegram today and on our website.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:44 
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Suspect in chainsaw incident hoping for bail - Local - The Telegram. ow.ly/sDP4o
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:44 The Telegram
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Woman charged in stabbing consents to remain in custody - Local - The Telegram. ow.ly/sDOQe
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:44 The Telegram
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No time to inspect snow for garbage, city says. ow.ly/sDOIq
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:44 The Telegram
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Trial set for March for inmates charged with hostage-taking - Local - The Telegram. ow.ly/sDNSh
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:45 The Telegram
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‘They’re both wild stories’ - Local - The Telegram. ow.ly/sDOdN
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:45 The Telegram
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‘I’m embarrassed about how ill-prepared we were’. ow.ly/sDKE5
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:45 The Telegram
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Video: Pickers fans, bike fans - great little film about a bunch of buddies taking their vintage iron for a... tmblr.co/ZT5Fsx14TH8rH
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:48 Ken Simmons
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Here's a Tweet from The Telegram's Peter Jackson. If you're familiar with Bas Jamieson's open line hosting days, you'll get the comment.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:49 
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St. Peter to Bas Jamieson: "Dat you, Bas?" #RIP
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:49 Peter Jackson
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RT @TelyLouis: RIP Bas Jamieson. My condolences to all those who knew and love him.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:49 Peter Jackson
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NDP MHA George Murphy has Tweeted that propane is up about 8 cents a litre today.

There's nothing yet on the NL Petroleum Pricing Office website about the fuel prices this week.

Here's the link if you want to check it later today:

http://www.pub.nf.ca/pponews.htm#2014

And, here's the Tweet I mentioned from George Murphy.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:54 
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Propane up 8 cents a litre this morning?...Just broke me...Will be canceling my order. No longer affordable....
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:54 GeorgeMurphy
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Here's a video posted on YouTube Sunday of biking at Three Pond Barrens.
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:58 
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Thursday January 16, 2014 8:58 
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Well, that's it for the live Telegram blog this morning.

I'll be back Friday morning, 7-9 a.m.

Until then, take care,

Deana SS
email dss@thetelegram.com
On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Thursday January 16, 2014 8:59 
 
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