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Wednesday October 2, 2013 6:42 
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Good morning

It seems like we're back to rain, drizzle and fog in the St. John's-metro region.
Environment Canada is forecasting showers or drizzle this morning and again tonight, but it's still pretty warm. The expected high temperature today and tomorrow is 18 Celsius.

Into the weekend and over the next several days, however, temperatures are expected to drop with highs between 10 and 14 Celsius.

The average high for this time of year, according to Environment Canada is 12.9 Celsius and average low 5.3 Celsius.
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Environment Canada's weather graphic shows possible rain shower activity for the next few days into Saturday for the St. John's-metro region.

And, here's the more detailed text forecast:

Today, 2 October
Cloudy. Showers or periods of drizzle beginning this morning. Fog patches. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming south 20 near noon. High 18.

Tonight, 2 October
Showers or periods of drizzle. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Fog patches. Wind becoming west 20 km/h after midnight. Low 12.

Thursday, 3 October
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers in the morning then a mix of sun and cloud. Wind west 40 km/h gusting to 60. High 16.

Friday, 4 October
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Windy. Low 9. High 14.

Saturday, 5 October
Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Windy. Low 6. High 10.

Sunday, 6 October
Cloudy. Low 7. High 13.

Monday, 7 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 7. High 14.

Tuesday, 8 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 10. High 15.
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Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:03 
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It's hard to believe this photo above is from central Newfoundland, but I guess it's evidence of our warmer summers.

Josh Pennell has a story in today's Telegram about Chris Oram in Wooddale who's growing cantaloupe and other melons.

A link to his story is below.
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Where cantaloupe grow - in central Newfoundland. Josh Pennell's story can be read at ow.ly/ppDZa
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:06 The Telegram
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The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
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All flights are on time at St. John's International Airport this morning.
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On the Bell Island- Portugal Cove ferry service, the MV Beaumont Hamel and MV Sound of Islay are operating this morning.

The Beaumont Hamel is operating on a load and go basis.
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Schools are open in the NL English School District today.
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On Twitter the complaints have already started about traffic backlogs from construction work in Paradise.
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Centre lane of Topsail Road in Paradise heading into St. John's is closed to traffic due to scratch and patch. Traffic backed up #nltraffic
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:14 HolySmokies!
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Topsail Rd at Paradise Irving headed east is 1 lane #NLTRAFFIC #bottleneck
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:14 Nine Finger
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And, here's a sarcastic Tweet, driving the point about parking in fire lanes.
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Parking downtown is terrible. There are not enough fire lanes outside my favourite stores to park in #nltraffic
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:15 Philip Harrington
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TCH Avalon has some drizzle and fog in areas. Please slow down, watch for moose and drive safely! Cst Dennis Hann
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:16 RCMP NL Traffic
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A Transport Truck in median at TCH/Witless Bay Line. Removal will take place sometime this morning. Will advise if any delays. Cst. Hann
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:16 RCMP NL Traffic
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Looking for helicopter to rent for day to get out of paradise or speed boat @975krock @CHOZFM @townofparadise @cecilhaire @cbutt1982
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:18 Troy Wiseman
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Couple of moose grazing roadside on Salmonier Line, Holyrood. #nltraffic @590VOCM
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:18 Mark Lane
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#Nltraffic @townofparadise there may be a few complaints today, hope staff are ready for them. Next time start topsail rd work after 9
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:21 Hal2012
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Wade Reid has posted a photo on Twitter of the transport truck the RCMP are warning about in the median at Trans-Canada Highway/Witless Bay Line. Here's his photo.
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Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:23 Wade Reid
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The front page of today's Telegram.
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Kevin Tobin's cartoon in today's Telegram. pic.twitter.com/RaF7bjD5FL
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:32 Deana StokesSullivan
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I just sent out a Tweet to let blog followers know they can always submit a comment on any topics of interest.

On municipal election night, we kept a special blog running with election updates and the comments were coming in fast and furious. It was great interaction with our readers. So feel free to do the same here.
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You can participate too by sending comments to The Telegram live morning blog ow.ly/ppJMo mobile version ow.ly/ppJNA
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:40 Deana StokesSullivan
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#nltraffic Coming off Trails End 7:25am. Which is the better option? pic.twitter.com/c0GmACkFOF
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:41 Carolyn Boone
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Topsail Road in Paradise is a parking lot from Paradise road to ORR. #nltraffic
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:41 Jon Eddy
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Should be a law against construction during rush hour unless its an emergency. Ridiculous. #nltraffic @townofparadise
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:41 Karen
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@townofparadise half hour to get from paradise road to ORR!! #nltraffic
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:41 Karen
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Ambulance and fire rescue at Mount Pearl swimming pool. Not sure what's happening. #nltraffic
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:41 J.J. Nugent
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More traffic Tweets above.
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Josh Pennell has a story in today's Telegram about Ocean Choice International President Martin Sullivan defending the fishery at the World Seafood Congress.

Here's a link to his story.
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OCI president defends fishery at World Seafood Congress Josh Pennell's story can be read at ow.ly/ppEcJ
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:45 The Telegram
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High praise for Lowry. Brendan McCarthy writes about IceCaps Adam Lowry. The story is at ow.ly/ppEFl
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:46 The Telegram
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Court examines lawyer’s fee for accused murderer. Andrew Robinson's story is online at ow.ly/ppErB
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:46 The Telegram
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Multiple B&E suspect changes pleas to guilty. Andrew Robinson's story can be read at ow.ly/ppFbz
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:47 The Telegram
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Public-sector salaries rise and fall. Barb Sweet's story can be read at ow.ly/ppExY
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:47 The Telegram
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In the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's overnight report, police are investigating what they say was a suspicious fire at Krugers lounge in Kelligrews.

The RNC also responded to an industrial accident last night at St. John's International Airport.

The story on both incidents can be read at the link below.
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RNC investigating suspicious fire, industrial accident. ow.ly/ppLbe
Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:49 The Telegram
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A National Hurricane Center map showing tropical storms being tracked.
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There's another tropical storm system in the Atlantic being tracked by the National Hurricane Center in the United States.

Here's the latest on it from the Associated Press:

Tropical Storm Jerry is drifting westward in the Atlantic Ocean

The Associated Press — Miami

Tropical Storm Jerry is drifting westward in the Atlantic with little change in strength.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 40 mph (65 kph).

The storm is centred about 1,275 miles (2,050 kilometres) east of Bermuda and is moving west near 1 mph (2 kph).
The storm isn’t currently threatening any land.
Jerry is the 10th tropical storm of the Atlantic season.
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The other system highlighted on the map with an orange circle is a disorganized low pressure over the Northwestern Caribbean Sea with shower and thunderstorm activity.

The NHC says it has a medium 30 per cent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within 48 hours.
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National Hurricane Center image.
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Also in the United States, there's still a stalemate among politicians over budget spending and Obama's health care proposals.

Here's the latest from The Associated Press

With much of government closed, no progress on ending spending stalemate - and it could last weeks

The Associated Press — Washington

The political impasse in Congress showed no signs of easing, leaving federal government functions — from informational websites, to national parks, to processing veterans’ claims — in limbo from coast to coast. Lawmakers in both parties ominously suggested the partial shutdown might last for weeks.

A funding cutoff for much of the government began Tuesday as a Republican effort to kill or delay the nation’s health care law stalled action on a short-term, traditionally routine spending bill. Republicans pivoted to a strategy to try to reopen the government piecemeal but were unable to immediately advance the idea in the House of Representatives.

National parks like Yellowstone and Alcatraz Island were shuttered, government websites went dark and hundreds of thousands of nonessential workers reported for a half-day to fill out time cards, hand in their government cellphones and laptops, and change voicemail messages to gird for a deepening shutdown.

About 800,000 employees — about a third of the federal workforce — are being forced off the job in the first government shutdown in 17 years, suspending most nonessential federal programs and services. People classified as essential employees — such as air traffic controllers, Border Patrol agents and most food inspectors — will continue to work.

Even as many government agencies closed their doors, health insurance exchanges that are at the core of President Barack Obama’s health care law were up and running, taking applications for coverage that would start Jan. 1.

“Shutting down our government doesn’t accomplish their stated goal,” Obama said of his Republican opponents at a Rose Garden event hailing implementation of the law. “The Affordable Care Act is a law that passed the House; it passed the Senate. The Supreme Court ruled it constitutional. It was a central issue in last year’s election. It is settled, and it is here to stay. And because of its funding sources, it’s not impacted by a government shutdown.”
Obama accused Republicans of causing the shutdown as part of a non-stop “ideological crusade” to wipe out his signature health care law.

Republican leaders faulted the Democratic-led Senate for killing a request from the Republican-controlled House request to open official negotiations on the temporary spending bill. Senate Democrats led by Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada insist that Republicans give in and pass their simple, straightforward temporary funding bill, known as a continuing resolution.

“None of us want to be in a shutdown. And we’re here to say to the Senate Democrats, ’Come and talk to us,”’ House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said as Republican lawmakers designated to negotiate the shutdown legislation met among themselves before cameras and reporters. “At each and every turn, the Senate Democrats refused to even discuss these proposals.”
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United States President Barack Obama gestures while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday about the government shutdown. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown
Wednesday October 2, 2013 8:03 
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