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    Vermont Veterans' Home honors those who have passed on

    Remembrance ceremony reflects on the lives of 63 members of Vermont Veterans' Home family
    12/17/2014 08:28 PM EST
    BENNINGTON >> The Vermont Veterans Home held a ceremony on Wednesday to honor all members of their community who passed away this year. The program, the Day of Remembrance, which started two years ago, remembered 63 members of the Vets Home family: Charles Bamforth, John Barnet, Giles Becker, Marvin Behrens, Howard Bergeron, Gertrude Bishop, Mary Brostoski, Edward Cameron, James Carley, 
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    Veterans' Home to cut back on patient beds

    BENNINGTON >> The Vermont Veterans' Home Board of Trustees voted on Wednesday to take steps to reduce the number of patient beds it is licensed for, from the current 171 beds to 130. The only no vote came from H. Jamie Percey, the Vermont State Employees Association representative on the board. Full Story
    SPORTS
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    BBA girls skate past Brattleboro

    MANCHESTER >> Powered by Jordan Harmon and Aggie Bisselle, the Burr and Burton Academy girls hockey team picked up a decisive victory on Wednesday, defeating Brattleboro, 5-0, at Riley Rink. Harmon and Bisselle had two goals and two assists each for the Bulldogs (2-1) all of which came in the first two periods of play. Full Story
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    'The Interview' premiere canceled over terrorism threats

    Co-stars Seth Rogen and James Franco pull out of promotional appearances, after hacker group Guardians of Peace threaten action against theaters. Full Story
    REGION
    Gov. Shumlin says single payer not affordable now

    Says economically it won't work
    Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he will not pursue a single payer health care plan in the near future. The governor had pinned his hopes on making Vermont the first state in the nation to implement a single payer system. Three years ago, Shumlin touted Act 48, the framework for single payer as an unparalleled political achievement. Full Story

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    Hikes welcome the solstice in the winter woods

    From valley to ridge, outdoor explorers can enjoy winter
    Each year, the winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year and the gradual conversion to longer days and shorter nights. Full Story
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    AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

    BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found. Full Story
    Among change, gift of jewels for Salvation Army

    DORAL, Fla. (AP) — In one of its famous red kettles in South Florida, the Salvation Army has received a gift worth more than a little bit of change: an emerald and diamond necklace. 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
     
     
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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
     
     
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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