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House agrees to fund Vermont Veterans Home, create working group to eliminate future need

Wants to create working group to eliminate need for state funding by 2018
03/31/2015 09:24 PM EDT
BENNINGTON >> The Vermont House of Representatives has voted apply $5.4 million from the General Fund to the Vermont Veterans' Home, and to create a working group that will study ways the home may eliminate its reliance on the General Fund by 2018. The legislation passed in the House on Friday as part of the appropriations bill. 
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LOCAL NEWS
Police: Pownal woman subjected child to numerous, unnecessary medical tests

BENNINGTON — A Pownal woman is accused of having her child subjected to dozens of invasive, unwarranted medical tests, and lying about the child's health on Social Security Disability applications. Tina Sbrega, 33, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to two misdemeanor counts of welfare fraud, two felony counts of false swearing, two misdemeanor counts of false pretenses Full Story
SPORTS
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Senior-laden Mountaineers aim for new heights, postseason berth

SVC has improved in wins 3 straight years
BENNINGTON >> In the past three seasons, the Southern Vermont College softball team has improved every year, going 6-32 in 2012, 9-21 in 2013 and 11-20 in 2014. Last year's mark was the best in program history and the first-ever New England Collegiate Conference appearance for the Mountaineers — and the senior-laden group looks to keep the train rolling. Full Story
ENTERTAINMENT
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'Mad Men' bids farewell: Why were we so drawn to Don Draper?

Jon Hamm's damaged ad man became one of TV's most iconic characters. Full Story
REGION
Vermont documents: Little monitoring of Medicaid spending

MONTPELIER >> During the past decade, Vermont has spent $675 million setting up Medicaid managed-care programs but has done such a spotty job monitoring them that they can't even be audited. That's the upshot from a letter state Auditor of Accounts Douglas Hoffer sent to lawmakers last week. It followed up on an internal report in January by the Agency of Human Services detailing gaps in 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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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

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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