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Local duo Take 2 performs at Monument Elementary

BBA students have competed on The Voice and X-Factor
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BENNINGTON >> A pair of local students who have competed on reality shows such as The Voice and The X Factor performed a concert on Thursday for students at Monument Elementary on Monday. Adrian and Julian Woodrow, musically talented identical twins collectively known as Take 2, are residents of Sunderland, and are currently seniors at Burr and Burton Academy. 
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LOCAL NEWS
Stamford man denies drug, motor vehicle charges

A Stamford, Vt., man has pleaded not guilty to drug and motor vehicle charges stemming from a traffic stop in North Adams, Mass., last November. On Nov. 14, Patrick J. Collins, 32, was driving a Mitsubishi SUV allegedly to bring his passenger to Brown Street in North Adams to purchase drugs. North Adams police were tipped off by a member of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force that Collins' Full Story
SPORTS
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Endicott sweeps SVC in NECC battle

Gulls remain unbeaten in conference play
BENNINGTON >> In a men's volleyball matchup between the top two teams in the New England Collegiate Conference, Endicott showed why they are No. 1, but Southern Vermont showed why they aren't far behind in second. The Gulls swept the Mountaineers in three sets to move to 11-0 in NECC play. The game scores were 25-17, 25-20 and 26-24. Full Story
ENTERTAINMENT
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Friday's TV picks: Can 'Hart of Dixie' survive?

Low-rated series airs Season 4 finale. Plus, peek inside the kitchens of 'Disney Dream Cruise.' Full Story
REGION
State's unemployment rate 3.9 percent, lowest in 8 years

MONTPELIER (AP) >> The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of 1 percent in February to 3.9 percent — the first time it's been below 4 percent since May 2007. The rate also was as low as unemployment rates reported before the start of the Great Recession. Full Story
NATION/WORLD
Feds: Baltimore jail illegally keeping juveniles in solitary

BALTIMORE (AP) — Teenagers awaiting trial on adult charges in Baltimore are being kept in solitary confinement far too long — up to 143 days in one case, according to a highly critical review by the U. Full Story

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Maple Open House Weekend: Vermont sugar shacks hold open houses

VERMONT — While many of us are looking forward to snow melting and warmer spring evenings, maple sugar makers are hoping for a few more weeks of winter weather. Full Story
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Performances of 'Stomp' canceled after building collapse

NEW YORK (AP) — Five performances of the propulsive show "Stomp" have been cancelled following an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan's East Village. Full Story


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama launched a campaign to promote his signature healthcare program on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans who say the plan will raise costs and hurt hiring.   Full Story
 
Roger Goodell wants the Dolphins to stay in Miami
The Dolphins don't have one foot out of Miami, according to Roger Goodell. The NFL commissioner said Thursday that the Dolphins don't necessarily have to relocate despite the Florida legislature's refusal last week to fund renovations to Sun Life Stadium. Full Story

Evan Agostini
None of the current crop of TV moms is likely to be voted Mother of the Year, unless the ability to put dinner on the table counts for more than mental health.   Full Story
 
 
Updated: May 10, 2013 3:19:58 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama launched a campaign to promote his signature healthcare program on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans who say the plan will raise costs and hurt hiring.   Full Story
 
 
Updated: May 10, 2013 3:19:58 PM EDT
 
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Obama launches sales pitch for health insurance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama launched a campaign to promote his signature healthcare program on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans who say the plan will raise costs and hurt hiring. Full Story
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Happy Mother's Day, you heartless, killer psycho TV moms

None of the current crop of TV moms is likely to be voted Mother of the Year, unless the ability to put dinner on the table counts for more than mental health. Full Story
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Obama launches sales pitch for health insurance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama launched a campaign to promote his signature healthcare program on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans who say the plan will raise costs and hurt hiring. Full Story