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Tuesday October 1, 2013 6:38 
Good morning:

It looks like it will be another nice day in the St. John's-metro region, but before I get into the local weather, I figured I should mention that another moose accident occurred Monday night on the Outer Ring Road in St. John's.

Two vehicles were damaged, one hit the moose and the other ran over it in the road. Fortunately, it was a young moose and injuries are not believed to be life-threatening but three people were taken to hospital.

After sunset at night and early in the morning around daylight are the two worst times for moose on our highways.

Here are the photos taken by Telegram photographer Keith Gosse from last night's accident.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:01 
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:01 
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:01 
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:01 
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:01 
And, here's a link to the story

It seems every few days, there are moose-vehicle collisions in the St. John's-metro region. Drivers should really exercise caution when driving at all times and watch the sides of the roads.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:03 
Now, on a brighter note, there's more sun in the forecast today.
It's already 13 degrees Celsius in St. John's and Environment Canada is forecasting a high temperature again today of 24 Celsius, with a mix of sun and cloud.

There's some rain in the forecast, beginning overnight and into Wednesday but temperatures are expected to stay warm.

Here's the Environment Canada weather graphic for St. John's and vicinity and text version of the forecast.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:06 
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:06 
Today, 1 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 24 except 18 along parts of the coast. UV index 4 or moderate.

Tonight, 1 October
Mainly cloudy. Showers beginning before morning. Amount 2 mm. Fog patches developing this evening. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 overnight. Low 13.

Wednesday, 2 October
Showers or periods of drizzle. Amount 5 mm. Fog patches. Wind southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming southwest 20 near noon then light in the evening. High 19.

Thursday, 3 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Windy. Low 12. 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
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 6. High 11.

Monday, 7 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 8. High 14.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:06 
The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:08 
All flights at St. John's International Airport are on time this morning, with the exception of an Air Canada flight from St. John's to Ottawa and Calgary. That flight was scheduled to leave St. John's 6:15 a.m. but its departure was revised to 7:15 a.m.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:11 
On the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service, two vessels are operating today - the MV Beaumont Hamel and MV Sound of Islay.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:13 
Schools in the NL English School District are open today.

There's a notice on the board's website of its annual general meeting on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 9 a.m. at the District Conference Centre, Strawberry Marsh Road, St. John's.

There's a link for more details about the meeting, but when you click into it, the message says the requested resource is not available.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:17 
Take a look at our Street Rehabilitation List for this week to learn where there'll be traffic slowdowns: #nltraffic
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:17 City of St. John's
There are reports on Twitter this morning of a moose-vehicle collision in the west bound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway, near the Avondale Access turnoff.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:19 
And, speaking of moose, lawyer Ches Crosbie is holding a news conference this morning about his class action lawsuit involving victims of moose collisions.
Crosbie was in court Monday arguing against a provincial government applciation to limit plaintiff participation to a two-year period. Crosbie is seeking a 10-year-period.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:25 
Moose Class Action news conference tomorrow 10 a.m. at The Hub, 21 Merrymeeting Rd. Come to show your support, get info #nltraffic #nlmoose
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:25 Ches Crosbie Law
Here's a link to Andrew Robinson's story from Monday's court proceedings
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:27 
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:27 
Premier Kathy Dunderdale's office told The Telegram Monday it won't be commenting on speculation that Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy plans to leave provincial politics.

Media reports were circulating Monday that Kennedy may exit politics in a week or two.

In the meantime, another poll indicates the premier has only a 20 per cent approval rating.

Here's a link below to a story in today's Telegram about that.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:37 
N.L. premier 'struggling bad' in new poll. Ashley Fitzpatrick's story can be read at
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:37 The Telegram
On the other side of the border, some serious budget talks are talking place in the United States.

Last night, the federal government went into a partial shutdown and an estimated 800,000 federal workers are facing uncertainty in the U.S.

Here's a story from The Associated Press. Interestingly, this is the 33rd writethru, a term used in the media for updated versions. That indicates how long the talks were ongoing last night and the twists and turns that developed.

U.S. government shuts down for the 1st time in 17 years

By David Espo
The Associated Press — Washington
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown early Tuesday morning after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the country’s health-care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.
As Congress gridlocked, Obama said a “shutdown will have a very real economic impact on real people, right away,” with hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed and veterans’ centres, national parks, most of the space agency and other government operations shuttered.

He laid the blame at the feet of House Republicans, whom he accused of seeking to tie government funding to ideological demands, “all to save face after making some impossible promises to the extreme right wing of their party.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) responded a short while later on the House floor. “The American people don’t want a shutdown and neither do I,” he said. Yet, he added, the new health care law “is having a devastating impact. ... Something has to be done.”
The stock market dropped on fears that political deadlock between the White House and a tea party-heavy Republican Party would prevail, though analysts suggested significant damage to the national economy was unlikely unless a shutdown lasted more than a few days.

A few minutes before midnight, Budget Director Sylvia Burwell issued a directive to federal agencies to “execute plans for an orderly shutdown.” While an estimated 800,000 federal workers faced furloughs, some critical parts of the government — from the military to air traffic controllers — would remain open.
Among the immediate casualties was tourism at the Capitol. The visitor centre announced it would be closed “due to a lapse in government funding,” and all tours of Congress suspended.
The interruption in federal funding sent divided government into territory unexplored in nearly two decades. Then, Republicans suffered significant political damage and President Bill Clinton benefitted from twin shutdowns. Now, some Republicans said they feared a similar outcome.

If nothing else, some Republicans also conceded it was impossible to use funding legislation to squeeze concessions from the White House on health care. “We can’t win,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
“We’re on the brink,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said shortly after midday as the two houses manoeuvred for political advantage and the Obama administration’s budget office prepared for a partial shutdown, the first since the winter of 1995-96.
On a long day and night in the Capitol, the Senate torpedoed one GOP attempt to tie government financing to changes in “Obamacare.” House Republicans countered with a second despite unmistakable signs their unity was fraying — and Senate Democrats promptly rejected it, as well.

With Republicans defiant, the House voted 228-199 to re-pass their earlier measure and simultaneously request negotiations with the Senate on a compromise. Boehner later sidestepped when asked if he would permit a vote on a standalone spending bill that would allow the government to reopen.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Senate would reject the House move in the morning. “That closes government. They want to close government,” he said of House Republicans.
As legislatiors squabbled, Obama spoke bluntly about House Republicans. “You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you’re supposed to be doing anyway, or just because there’s a law there that you don’t like,” he said. Speaking of the health care law that undergoes a major expansion Tuesday, he said emphatically: “That funding is already in place. You can’t shut it down.”

Some Republicans balked, moderates and conservatives alike.
Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia said it felt as if Republicans were retreating, given their diminishing demands, and Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia said there was not unanimity when the rank and file met to discuss a next move.
Yet for the first time since the showdown began more than a week ago, there was also public dissent from the Republican strategy that has been carried out at the insistence of lawmakers working in tandem with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Rep. Charles Dent (R-Pa.) said he was willing to vote for stand-alone legislation that would keep the government running and contained no health care-related provisions. “I would be supportive of it, and I believe the votes are there in the House to pass it at that point,” the fifth-term congressman said.

Other Republicans sought to blame Democrats for any shutdown, but Dent conceded that Republicans would bear the blame, whether or not they deserved it.
Hours before the possible shutdown, the Senate voted 54-46 to reject the House-passed measure that would have kept the government open but would have delayed implementation of the health care law for a year and permanently repealed a medical device tax that helps finance it.
In response, House Republicans sought different concessions in exchange for allowing the government to remain open. They called for a one-year delay in a requirement in the health care law for individuals to purchase coverage. The same measure also would require members of Congress and their aides as well as the president, the vice-president and the administration’s political appointees to bear the full cost of their own coverage by barring the government from making the customary employer contribution.
“This is a matter of funding the government and providing fairness to the American people,” said Boehner. “Why wouldn’t members of Congress vote for it?”
The vote was 228-201, with a dozen Republicans opposed and nine Democrats in favour.
Unimpressed, Senate Democrats swatted it on a 54-46 party line vote about an hour later.

Obama followed up his public remarks with phone calls to Boehner and the three other top leaders of Congress, telling Republicans he would continue to oppose attempts to delay or cut federal financing of the health care law.
The impact of a shutdown would be felt unevenly.

Many low- to moderate-income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays, and Obama said veterans’ centres would be closed.
About 800,000 federal workers, many already reeling from the effect of automatic budget cuts, would be ordered to report to work Tuesday for about four hours — but only to carry out shutdown-related chores such as changing office voicemail messages and completing time cards.
Some critical services such as patrolling the borders and inspecting meat would continue. Social Security benefits would be sent, and the Medicare and Medicaid health care programs for the elderly and poor would continue to pay doctors and hospitals.
U.S. troops were shielded from any damage to their wallets when Obama signed legislation assuring the military would be paid in the in the event of a shutdown.

That had no impact on those who labour at other agencies.
“I know some other employees, if you don’t have money saved, it’s going to be difficult,” said Thelma Manley, who has spent seven years as a staff assistant with the Internal Revenue Service during a 30-year career in government.
As for herself, she said, “I’m a Christian, I trust in God wholeheartedly and my needs will be met.” She added, “I do have savings, so I can go to the reserve, so to speak.”
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:49 
U.S. President Barack Obama walks away from the podium in the James Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday after speaking about the budget fight in Congress. — The Associated Press photo
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:53 
Back in Newfoundland, traffic snarls are a hot topic in St. John's-metro again this morning. Here are some recent Tweets.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:56 
Paradise is one traffic snarl after another. There is no good way to exit the town in the mornings #nltraffic
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:56 Travis Ivany
Gridlock in paradise at topsail/orr #nltraffic
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:56 Jon Eddy
Fowlers road backing up again at 4 way stop. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:57 marc sample
Came upon a truck doing a Uturn on Team Gushue back to the TCH. You obviously missed the no Uturn sign. More pickup than brains. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:57 Laura MacDonald
Very clear driving going west. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:57 jason
The front page of today's Telegram.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:58 
The editorial cartoon in today's Telegram.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 7:59 
In today's Telegram, Derek Montague of The Labradorian interviews a therapist who says the problem of gas sniffing in Natuashish is getting worse.

His story can be read at the link below.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:02 
Natuashish's gas-sniffing problem getting worse, says therapist. Derek Montague's story can be read at
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:02 The Telegram
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:03 
There's a video as well with the Natuashish story at
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:06 
Andrew Robinson has a story in today's Telegram about arrests made in connection with a disturbance and hostage situation this summer at Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John's.

His story from court can be read in the link below.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:08 
Arrests made in penitentiary hostage situation. Andrew Robinson's story from court is at
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:08 The Telegram
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:10 
Local author and illustrator Jennifer Morgan is visiting schools on the west coast of the island this month, and is looking for stories to help her finish the latest version of her comic book.

Tara Bradbury's full story can be read at the link below.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:13 
Author-illustrator of 'Almost Home' to tour west coast. Tara Bradbury's story is online at
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:13 The Telegram
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:14 
Nice driving today. Light traffic on LeMarchant Road. Still some construction in some areas. #telynl
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:14 Gary Grant
Blue skies again today in St. John's. From Gary Grant's photo, it's shaping up to be a nice day.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:16 
A warning light coming on during a helicopter flight from St. John’s offshore on Saturday was one of two unrelated incidents reported by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) in the past week.

Ashley Fitzpatrick has that story in today's Telegram at the link below.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:17 
Helicopter troubles offshore Newfoundland.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:17 The Telegram
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:17 
Some family homes in Daniel's harbour are now piles of rubble after being damaged by landslides and condemned.

Jeff Elliott of The Northern Pen has that story in today's Telegram.
Here's a link to it below.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:21 
Demolition brings end to trying era. Jeff Elliott's story from Daniel's Harbour can be read at
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:22 The Telegram
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:22 
A tentative deal was announced Monday between the Newfoundland government and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

A link to that story is below.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:23 
Government, CUPE announce tentative agreement.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:23 The Telegram
Traffic delay on Conception Bay Highway through Clarke's Beach. Resurfacing continuing. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:23 The Compass
In a rush this morning? You may wish to avoid CB Highway @ Clarke's Beach/North River. Long delay. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:23 The Compass
"@dieselnewf: Fowlers road backing up again at 4 way stop. #nltraffic". The normal stop and go, then it is a raceway!
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:23 Keith Wareham
Moose accident on the road to the isles between Baytona and Birchy Bay #nltraffic @CHOZFM
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:24 Lesley
More traffic Tweets above and another moose accident.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:24 
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary had a busy night last night in the Northeast Avalon area. Officers responded to 245 calls for service in 24 hours up to early this morning.

I haven't done a thorough editing job on this, but thought I should include the whole media report to show you the kind of incidents our police officers are dealing with on a daily basis.

Here it is:

At 12:09 a.m. this morning, patrol services responded to a possible break and enter in the area of Rosalind Street, St. John’s. As a result, a 46-year-old man was charged with break and enter into a home under construction. The accused was released to appear in court at a later date.

At 10:30 a.m. Monday, patrol services conducted a traffic safety stop on Ropewalk Lane St. John’s and as a result a 57-year-old male was issued tickets for no insurance, no registration, fail transfer ownership and not wearing a seatbelt. The vehicle he was operating was seized.

At 11:25 a.m. Monday, patrol services responded to a complaint of an assault at the hold cells in Provincial court St. John’s. A 36-year -old man was charged with assaulting a peace officer and breach of probation. Accused was held for court. No injuries were sustained as a result of this assault.

At 1:45 p.m. Monday, patrol services conducted a traffic safety stop in Flatrock and as a result charged a 47-year-old woman with refusal of an approved screening device. Accused was released to appear in court at a later date.

At 3 p.m. Monday, patrol services conducted a traffic safety stop on Logy Bay Road in the town of Logy Bay and as a result a 38-year-old woman was charged with impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over 80 mgs. The accused was released to appear in court at a later date.

At 3:05 p.m. Monday, patrol services conducted a traffic safety stop on Logy Bay Road and as a result a 47-year-old man was charged with impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over 80 mgs. The accused was released to appear in court at a later date.

At 4:10 p.m. Monday, patrol services conducted a traffic safety stop on Empire Ave. St. John’s and as a result a 47-year-old man was issued tickets for no insurance, no drivers license, no registration and false plate. The vehicle he was operating was seized.

At 7:46 p.m. Monday, patrol services, fire, ambulance and wildlife responded to a moose vehicle collision on the Outer Ring Road. The vehicle was travelling eastbound when it collided with the animal. Two people were taken to hospital where they were treated and released. The animal died as a result of the collision.

At 10:33 p.m. Monday, patrol services charged a 18-year-old woman with assaulting a police officer and the accused was held for court.

At 11:15 p.m. Monday, patrol services conducted a traffic stop on Queens Road and as a result a 42-year-old male was charged with driving while prohibited. The accused was held for court and the vehicle he was operating was seized.

At 2:55 a.m. this morning, patrol services conducted a traffic stop on Torbay Road and as a result a 23-year-old woman was charged with impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over 80 mgs. The accused was released to appear in court at a later date.

Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:35 
Christine ButlerChristine Butler : 
#SignalHill #StJohns #Newfoundland #709
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:36 
Ben RogersBen Rogers : 
#waterfront #cornerbrook #bay #bayofislands #sun #sunset #newfoundland #night #water #mountains #scenery #night #sky #clouds
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:36 
Kourtney SnowKourtney Snow : 
Beauty sunrise this morning #nofilter #nofliterneeded #beauty #beautiful #newfoundland #sunrise #october #morning #goodmorning
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:37 
Stoney's Flies!Stoney's Flies! : 
#newfoundland #newfie #st.johns #habour #fortamers #boats #fall
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:37 
April SmithApril Smith : 
#stjohns you are absolutely killing me with these #mornings! You are just #toogood! #sunrise #sky #clouds #nl #sun #newfoundland
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:37 
geminitaygeminitay : 
#tree #sunset #beauty #nature #field #fall #autumn #newfoundland
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:37 
Kristen FordKristen Ford : 
October 1st♡ #autumn #love #home #fall #newfoundland #cozy #pretty #halloween
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:37 
Carla McEvoyCarla McEvoy : 
Dandy morning this morning #home #beach #newfoundland #canada #sunrise #morning
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:37 
Kassondra BarryKassondra Barry : 
The prettiest view :) #downtown #stjohns #newfoundland #canada
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:37 
Stephen HeadStephen Head : 
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:38 
Shannon ReardonShannon Reardon : 
#signalhill #stjohns #newfoundland #nofilter
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:38 
Kerri OKerri O : 
October 1st #sunrise #stjohns #newfoundland
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:38 
Amy CroucherAmy Croucher : 
#sunrise #pretty #morning #newfoundland #scenery #loves #nofilter #early #ocean #igdaily #picoftheday
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:38 
Shannon ReardonShannon Reardon : 
Beginning to rise! #stjohns #newfoundland #nofilter #beauty
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:38 
Some photos posted on Instagram this morning. I love the sunrise photos. Beautiful!
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:39 
Expect 15-20 minute traffic delay on CB Highway at Clarke's Beach/North River. Short term problem, though. New road surface. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:43 The Compass
Traffic moving slow both lanes on Hamilton Ave. between Patrick St. and New Gower intersections bc of construction. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:45 Catherine Dillon
There are reports on Twitter of a pedestrian accident at the intersection of Thorburn Road and Exmouth Street.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:47 
Whose brilliant idea was it to start construction at 8 AM on topsail road. Morons! #nltraffic
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:47 Paul Durdle
Another photo posted on Instagram this morning of a bald eagle. They are awesome birds.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:49 
Scott GrantScott Grant : 
#OceanPerch for dinner! #baldeagle #birdofprey #newfoundland #d800 #500mm
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:49 
Shannon ReardonShannon Reardon : 
Nice bell tower in St. Philip's from yesterday evening. #newfoundland
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:49 
Autumn GaleAutumn Gale : 
Spent the most beautiful day in the most beautiful place attempting to learn how to golf. SO MUCH FUN! #didnthitthatball #humbervalleyresort #cornerbrook #newfoundland
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:49 
Two more photos on Instagram. There's some sunny weather this week as well on the province's west coast.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:50 
If you like planes and flying, here's a great photo from The Associated Press this morning from South Korea.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:54 
The Black Eagles, South Korean Air Force's aerobatic team, demonstrates its flying maneuvers during the 65th anniversary of the Armed Forces Day ceremony at Seoul military airport in Seongnam, South Korea. — Associ
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:54 
Canadian Living has recipes online today for 10 best pies and tarts for any occasion at
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:57 
Canadian Living photo
Tuesday October 1, 2013 8:58 
There's a nice reader photo in today's Telegram by Neville Web of Mount Pearl. Here it is.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 9:01 
Tuesday October 1, 2013 9:02 
Shannon ReardonShannon Reardon : 
Sky over Cabot Tower earlier this morning, moments before the sunrise. #cabottower #signalhill #stjohns .#newfoundland #nofilter
Tuesday October 1, 2013 9:03 
Michelle LeBoubonMichelle LeBoubon : 
#instacollage #portauxport #newfoundland
Tuesday October 1, 2013 9:03 
Two more photos posted on Instagram this morning. That's a nice red sky in Shannon Reardon's photo.
Tuesday October 1, 2013 9:04 
Well, that's it for the live blog this morning.

I'll be back again Wednesday morning, 7-9 a.m. with more live news.

Until then, take care,

Deana SS

On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Tuesday October 1, 2013 9:05 
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