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Thursday October 24, 2013 6:34 
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Good morning:

Environment Canada has ended its special weather statement for the Avalon Peninsula, Clarenville, Bonavista regions, central Newfoundland, Burin and areas on the south coast.

There's still rain and wind in the forecast for today, 5 to 10 mm, and a chance of showers tonight, an improvement from the forecast yesterday.

The winds tonight are expected to gust up to 60 km/h, as opposed to 80 km/h in previous forecasts.

For mariners, however, there is a gale warning in effect all around the province's coastline. Mariners are advised to monitor the latest marine forecasts for further details and continue to monitor the situation through Canadian Coast Guard radio or Weatheradio stations.

It's warmer today in the St. John's-metro region, currently around 8 degrees Celsius, with the temperature expected to climb to 12 today.

Here's a look at the Environment Canada weather graphic and text version of the forecast for St. John's and vicinity.
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Today, 24 October
Periods of rain. Amount 5 to 10 mm. Fog patches dissipating this afternoon. Wind becoming west 30 km/h gusting to 50 this afternoon. High 12.

Tonight, 24 October
Periods of rain ending this evening then partly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming southwest 40 gusting to 60 this evening. Low plus 5.

Friday, 25 October
A mix of sun and cloud with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind southwest 50 km/h gusting to 70 becoming west 30 gusting to 50 in the evening. High 9.

Saturday, 26 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 2. High 8.

Sunday, 27 October
Cloudy. Low plus 3. High 11.

Monday, 28 October
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 9. High 9.

Tuesday, 29 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Windy. Low plus 2. High plus 5.

Wednesday, 30 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 1. High plus 5.
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:01 
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The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport.
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All flights are on schedule at St. John's International Airport.
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:03 
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On the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service, the MV Flanders is the only vessel in service again today.
The Flanders operating on an enhanced, one-vessel schedule and will be operating throughout the lunch hour.
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Schools in the NL English School District are open today, but there are two announcements in the Labrador West Area School System.

• A. P. Low Primary
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 11 a.m.

Menihek High School
School Closed for the morning, further announcement at 11 a.m.
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:11 
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According to Twitter posts this morning, there's an accident on Topsail Road near Topsail beach and traffic is backed up in the area.
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There seemed to be a rash of accidents Wednesday afternoon.

Here's one photo (below) posted on Twitter by John Riche shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday.
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Thursday October 24, 2013 7:18 John Riche
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Here's another Twitter posting below from a collision in Clarenville.
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Multi vehicle accident at Manitoba-Memorial intersection in Clarenville - avoid #nltraffic pic.twitter.com/AFYuoH5FGA
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:19 Our-Town Clarenville
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Here are a few more Tweets posted late Wednesday.
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Accident on the ruth ave on ramp. #nltraffic
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:20 Noleen Anthony
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Big accident eastbound on the TCH between southern harbour and little harbour east. Fire dept on scene. #nltraffic
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:20 stephanie Marsden
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Accident just west of Arnold's Cove. Traffic stopped #nltraffic
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:20 Andrea Sharpe
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Smash em up! 3 cars on Torbay at the Burger King.#nltraffic
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:21 Ashley Billard
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Accident by the works and aquarena #nltraffic @coast1011
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:21 Clementine
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Two bad accidents: 1 on Westerland by AquaArena, 1 on Torbay by Irving. Emerg on site. Use caution in the rain folks! #nltraffic @CBCNL
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:21 Heide Pearson
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Stopped in massive line 10 KM east of Bull Arm headed eastward, 3 ambulances heading back to Clarenville, this can't be good #nltraffic
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:22 Mark Sexton
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I don't know what was the cause of all this yesterday, but there certainly seemed to be a spike in car crashes.

Donny Dooley, a regular on Twitter , attempted to lighten the mood with this Tweet below.
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:23 
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Nice accident now...Burger King Torbay Rd. where 2 can crash for $9.99! LOL! #nltraffic
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:23 Donny Dooley
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The front page of today's Telegram.
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:25 
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Kevin Tobin's cartoon in today's Telegram, inspired by infighting in Newfoundland's NDP caucus. pic.twitter.com/QU6KA2vf6q
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:29 Deana StokesSullivan
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James McLeod has been following the fallout over a letter signed by NDP caucus members, questioning Lorraine Michael's leadership.

HIs latest story can be read at the link below.
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Kirby’s future with NDP uncertain. James McLeod's story can be read at ow.ly/q7Lmm
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:31 The Telegram
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Ashley Fitzpatrick has a story on page 1 of today's Telegram about a former RCMP officer who has written a book about harassment in the workplace.

Here's a link to that story in the Tweet below.
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Former RCMP officer writes about harassment on the job. Ashley Fitzpatrick's story is online at ow.ly/q7LgA
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:36 The Telegram
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Also, on today's front page of The Telegram, Ashley Fitzpatrick writes about The Telegram not being able to access the cost of Premier Kathy Dunderdale's security detail in China.

That story can be read at the link below.
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:42 
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No access to cost of premier’s security detail in China. Ashley Fitzpatrick's story is online at ow.ly/q7Txe
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:42 The Telegram
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Angus McPhail has another blood donor story in today's Telegram. This one today is about how blood transfusions helped a little boy recover from leukemia.

Here's a link to that story.
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Blood transfusions helped toddler recover from leukemia. Angus McPhail's story is online at ow.ly/q7Mcc
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:43 The Telegram
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Thursday October 24, 2013 7:44 
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There are reports on Twitter of a sudden death in the Firdale Drive area of Airport Heights in St. John's.
A section of the road has been closed by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:50 
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Rosie Gillingham is continuing to cover the David Folker murder trial in St. John's.

Here's a link to her latest story from court.
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Accused murderer wrote that he thanked the devil his girlfriend was gone. Rosie Gillingham's story from court is at ow.ly/q7MJA
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:51 The Telegram
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The Telegram's Barb Sweet has interviewed Elliot Leyton, an expert on serial homicide and Memorial University professor emeritus of anthropology on the issue of gun control.

That story can be read online at
http://bit.ly/1dm5PQY
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:57 
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In the Telegram sports section, Robin Short writes about IceCaps defenceman Ben Chiarot.

His story can be read at the link below.
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Chiarot’s been a big plus for IceCaps . ow.ly/q7Ux4
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:03 The Telegram
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The Telegram's Steve Bartlett has been appointed a new position with the paper.

Here's the official announcement on page 2 of today's Telegram.
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Hearings on the Maritime Link commercial agreement will be held in early November.

Here's the latest story on that from The Canadian Press.

By Michael MacDonald and Michael Tutton
The Canadian Press — Halifax
Nova Scotia’s energy regulator says it will hold hearings next month on a commercial agreement aimed at satisfying its concerns about the proposed $1.5-billion Maritime Link project.
The hearings will be held at the offices of the Utility and Review Board in Halifax from Nov. 6 to 8.

Earlier this week, Nova Scotia energy company Emera said it had met conditions outlined earlier this year by the board by reaching a commercial agreement with Nalcor Energy, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown-owned utility.
The Maritime Link involves building a subsea cable that would link Nova Scotia with Newfoundland, allowing Nova Scotia to buy energy generated by the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric plant, which is under construction in Labrador.

In July, the board said Emera would have to ensure that Nova Scotians have access to the best price for surplus electricity from Muskrat Falls based on market conditions.
The regulator concluded that if that condition was met, the Maritime Link would represent the cheapest energy solution for Nova Scotia, but only by a narrow margin.

Ed Martin, the chief executive of of Nalcor, said in an interview on Wednesday that the latest deal is a “win-win situation.”
“We’ve worked hard to read what the Utilities and Review Board is seeking. Our goal is to meet those needs. ... We’ve worked extremely hard to see what’s good for Newfoundlanders, what’s good for Nova Scotians,” said Martin, who was attending an awards night in Halifax.
Chris Huskilson, the chief executive of Emera, also said in an interview he is confident the deal will meet the board’s requirements.

“We think the agreement we’ve arrived at very strongly meets the condition,” he said.
The board confirmed Monday that a subsidiary of Emera will hold a technical conference to explain the agreement Monday at the Westin Hotel in Halifax.
A panel of experts from Emera will respond to questions from the board and intervenors. However, a board spokeswoman said it was unclear whether the conference would be open to the public.

Todd McDonald, spokesman for the Lower Power Rates Alliance of Nova Scotia, said it appears Emera has altered the proposal it originally submitted to the board earlier this year, raising questions about how much electricity Nova Scotia will actually get from Muskrat Falls and whether the original price predictions will hold.
Huskilson said the new arrangement does use a forecast that predicts lower energy consumption by Nova Scotia, but he said the lower forecast was what the board called for.
He also said the agreement’s assumption of a smaller amount of market-priced energy won’t change the existing forecasts for what the project will cost Nova Scotians.

Huskilson said the new deal still means the Maritime Link will result in electricity price increases of less than one per cent annually for five years, and will then cause rates to fall.
“That is still consistent and still what we believe about the project,” he said.
McDonald said he also has questions about how water levels in Labrador will affect the price and amount of electricity Nova Scotia can buy.
Martin said Nalcor is confident with its projections of surplus, market-priced electricity being available from Labrador.
“Confidence would be an understatement,” he said.
“It’s there, it’s guaranteed to be there, it’s going to be there. Hands down, it’s a fact.”

Nalcor Energy has a 35-year deal with Emera to supply Nova Scotia with 20 per cent of the energy from Muskrat Falls in exchange for paying 20 per cent of the costs of the $7.7-billion project.
However, opponents of the deal have questioned how much it would cost Emera to buy energy in excess of the 20-per-cent block for which it has already negotiated an annual price.

According to Emera’s latest filing, submitted Monday to the board, its so-called Energy Access Agreement with Nalcor “provides commercial assurance that (Emera) will be the first potential Nalcor customer to have access to market-priced energy that Nalcor has available for export.”
The agreement is subject to the board’s approval, but a spokeswoman for the board said it was unclear when a final decision will be made.

The agreement extends to 2041. Emera and Nalcor Energy are aiming to have power flowing from Muskrat Falls in 2017.
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:12 
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Wet day for driving. The wind should pick up later. Some construction still ongoing by the Rooms. #telynl pic.twitter.com/e0whK4oiJs
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:20 Gary Grant
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Slowdown on CBS bypass just fog related - wish ppl would stop switching lanes at the last second stopping the inside lane too. #nltraffic
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:21 Stacey Evans
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Traffic starting to back up on hwy heading out of CBS. Passing lane doing 50 from at least Fowler's rd to weirs. Fog related? #nltraffic
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:21 Carla Crotty
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Thursday October 24, 2013 8:21 Jordan Stringer
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Some traffic Tweets above.
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:22 
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Gas prices in the province are down today 0.8 cents a litre. Furnace oil is down 0.36 cents a litre but propane has increased by 2.7 cents.

If you really want to know why the price of furnace oil is down today, I ordered oil yesterday, expecting another hike in the price today. I think someone is toying with my brain.

Here's the gas prices graphic in today's Telegram.
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:29 
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Thursday October 24, 2013 8:29 
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I just received this comment about drivers speeding on our roads. Darlene is right, if it continues with a rainy day in the forecast, a lot of vehicles will be flying off the roads.
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:31 
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[Comment From DarleneDarlene: ] 
Where r people going in such a hurry...SLOW DOWN....or I'll see you in the ditch...have a great day...
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:31 Darlene
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"WISE words offered on careers"—Some of what was said at the first panel at Women in Sci and Eng conference. thetelegram.com/Business/2013-… #telynl
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:32 Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Sen. Pamela Wallin is denying any wrongdoing in the continuing Senate spending scandal.
Here's a screen capture of the latest story in today's Telegram.
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:35 
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Thursday October 24, 2013 8:35 
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Mini Pumpkin Cakes for Halloween. The recipes are on Canadian Living's website at bit.ly/17j3IF1 pic.twitter.com/vHw8bmTLI6
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:40 Deana StokesSullivan
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Below are some more Halloween-theme goodies and crafts from Canadian Living's website.
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Thursday October 24, 2013 8:44 Dwayne King
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There's a backup of traffic on Pitts Memorial Drive, according to this Twitter post above.
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:44 
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💀 Sarah Kailey💀 Sarah Kailey : 
G'morning cb 🙈 #hometown #newfoundland #cornerbrook #view #mill #sunrise
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:46 
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Michael CoyneMichael Coyne : 
Late Afternoon in the Park #cornerbrook #newfoundland #cbfall
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Some nice photos above of Corner Brook posted on Instagram.
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Andrew WalshAndrew Walsh : 
#newfoundland #canada #awesome #coast #eastcoast #east #ocean #waves #island #islandlife #house #farm #home #bay #like #follow #scenic #scenery
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:47 
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Andrew WalshAndrew Walsh : 
Trinity #views #newfoundland #canada #awesome #coast #eastcoast #east #ocean #waves #island #islandlife #house #farm #home #bay #like #follow #scenic #scenery
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:47 
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Andrew WalshAndrew Walsh : 
Awesome #views at Ramea #newfoundland #canada #awesome #coast #eastcoast #east #ocean #waves #island #islandlife #house #farm #home #bay #like #follow #scenic #scenery
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:47 
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Andrew WalshAndrew Walsh : 
#newfoundland #canada #awesome #coast #eastcoast #east #ocean #waves #island #islandlife #house #home #bay #like #follow #scenic #scenery
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:47 
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Andrew WalshAndrew Walsh : 
#newfoundland #canada #awesome #coast #eastcoast #east #ocean #waves #island #islandlife #house #farm #home #house #bay #like #follow #scenic #scenery
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:47 
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Andrew WalshAndrew Walsh : 
#newfoundland #canada #awesome #coast #eastcoast #east #ocean #waves #island #islandlife #house #home #bay #like #follow #scenic #scenery
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:47 
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Andrew WalshAndrew Walsh : 
#newfoundland #canada #awesome #coast #eastcoast #east #ocean #waves #island #islandlife #house #farm #home #bay #like #follow #scenic #scenery
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:47 
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I had to include these photos in the blog from Andrew Walsh, posted on Instagram.
When I paint, Newfoundland scenes like this are my inspiration.
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:49 
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Speeds are way up EB on the ORR between Paradise and Thorburn this morning.. 70km/h #nltraffic
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:51 StJohnsWorstDrivers
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The barometer is so low today it's off the bottom of the scale. #nlwx pic.twitter.com/IOdl6YPchK
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:52 James McLeod
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I never checked my barometer this morning but this photo posted on Twitter by James McLeod shows a big drop in barometric pressure.

It's a low pressure system that's bringing the rain and wind our way today.
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:54 
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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has confirmed the sudden death of a woman in the Airport Heights area of St. John's.

Here's a link below to a story by Ashley Fitzpatrick.
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:57 
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Sudden death confirmed in Airport Heights. ow.ly/q7ZZK
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:57 The Telegram
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Ashley Fitzpatrick has another story in today's Telegram from a Women In Science and Engineering 25th anniversary conference.

She says participants generally agreed there are plenty of women going into professional fields these days, with many former barriers stripped away.

Here's a link to that story.
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:59 
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WISE words offered on careers. ow.ly/q7UFH
Thursday October 24, 2013 8:59 The Telegram
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Thursday October 24, 2013 9:00 
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Well, it's time again to end the live blog for this morning.

Please drive safely in the rain today.

I'll be back with the live blog Friday morning, 7-9 a.m.

Until then, take care,

Deana SS

email dss@thetelegram.com
On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Thursday October 24, 2013 9:01 
 
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