• Poll: Confidence by execs increasing - 01/29/2015 08:37 PM EST
    (Holly Pelczynski — Bennington Banner)
    Reciprocal Weekend welcomes visitors to Vermont snowmobile trails

    Bennington Police Department administers safety checkpoints for out-of-state riders
    01/31/2015 11:18 AM EST
    WOODFORD >> The Bennington Police Department administered snowmobile safety checks in Woodford on Friday for out-of-state riders coming to glide along Vermont trails for the annual Tri-State Reciprocal Weekend. As a part of the Southern Vermont Trail Riders, BPD takes one day each year to have a presence on local snowmobile trails, to make sure the vehicles are in compliance with Vermont 
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    New York teachers union criticizes Gov. Cuomo's education plan
    01/30/2015 09:36 PM EST - ALBANY, N.Y. >> New York school districts and teachers' unions have had a little over a week to look over Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education reform proposal he outlined in his budget address, which, as proposed, would increase education funding by about $1.06 billion, but would not expand curriculum or programs, nor would it make up for lost Foundation Aid or Gap Elimination Adjustment funds. Full Story

    Get health insurance or see tax penalty
    01/30/2015 09:35 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> The current open enrollment period for the federal Affordable Care Act ends on Feb. 15, and local program "navigators" are urging those without health insurance to contact them. Part of the issue is that those without insurance will be facing increasing tax penalties for not having health coverage. Full Story

    Pownal Selectmen finalize town warning for spring ballot
    01/30/2015 09:35 PM EST - POWNAL >> The Pownal Select Board met for its regular meeting on Thursday night, to designate surplus funds; approve the Fiscal Year 2016 general budget and road fund; and to administer the town warning for spring voting. Pownal Internal Auditor Dave Adams was present at the meeting as the selectboard reviewed surpluses and comparative budget reports, in which an apparent reduction in Full Story

    Vermont mulls pulling back crossbow restrictions for deer
    01/30/2015 09:33 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> The state may allow the use of crossbows to hunt deer whenever a normal bow and arrow would be permitted. Right now one needs a special disability permit to use a crossbow in place of a bow, but at its Jan. 21 meeting the Fish and Wildlife Board voted to legalize the use of crossbows "whenever a regular bow and arrow could be used," according to a release from the Fish and Full Story

    Village School of North Bennington head to retire
    01/29/2015 08:48 PM EST - NORTH BENNINGTON >> The head of the Village School of North Bennington has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Tom Martin, who came out of retirement in 2006 to become the principal of the then-North Bennington Graded School, oversaw the transition to an independent school. Full Story

    Hospitals report improvement with OneCare Vermont
    01/29/2015 08:48 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> The local hospital says its experience with an accountable care organization it joined last year has netted positive results for patient care, even if spending goals were not quite reached. Southwestern Vermont Health Care, along with 12 Vermont hospitals and 500 physician practices, joined OneCare Vermont, an accountable care organization, about a year ago. Full Story

    New York police news in brief, Jan. 30
    01/29/2015 08:36 PM EST - Hoosick Falls woman charged with petit larceny following CBS 6 "Perp Patrol" tip GREENWICH, N.Y. >> On Tuesday, Jan. 27, the New York State Police concluded a two and-a-half month theft investigation with the arrest of a Hoosick Falls woman, which was sparked by tips provided to an Albany television news station. Full Story

    Woman pleads not guilty to enabling alcohol consumption by minors
    01/29/2015 11:06 AM EST - BENNINGTON >> A New Year's Eve party where police say at least 15 people were drinking alcohol while under the age of 21 has led to criminal charges for one woman. Kayla Duval, 20, of Anthony Drive, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of enabling the consumption of alcohol by minors. Full Story

    Man accused of stealing Xanax pills
    01/29/2015 11:06 AM EST - Bennington >> A local man is accused of stealing 23 Xanax pills from a woman he was visiting. Robert C. Ferris, 25, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of prescription fraud, and misdemeanor counts of possession of a depressant, and petit larceny. Full Story

    Suspicious package at NYC bus station filled with 1K condoms

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a suspicious package left behind a concrete barrier of a New York City bus station didn't contain any explosives but did have some unexpected contents — 1,000 individually packaged condoms for both men and women. Full Story
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    Ewan McGregor plays Jesus and the devil in Sundance epic

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Epic is not usually a term associated with films coming out of the Sundance Film Festival, which makes director Rodrigo Garcia's imagined story of Jesus's journey through the desert even more striking. Full Story
    Eddie Murphy returning to 'Saturday Night Live'

    The actor and comedian will appear on “SNL’s” 40th anniversary episode, marking his first time on the show in 31 years.