AG, working group to host forum on police bias in Bennington

The state Attorney General and a working group seek input on public's interactions with police and potential bias
10/21/2016 08:52 PM EDT
BENNINGTON >> A forum to be hosted on Tuesday by a working group under the state attorney general will collect input on the public's interactions with police. It's part of a series. The third and final forum will look at how Vermonters have been affected by implicit bias in interactions with law enforcement, according to the office of Attorney General Bill Sorrell. 
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"Grip of Addiction" series to air on WBTN
10/21/2016 08:09 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Issues around the opioid epidemic will be the focus of a four-part series set to air on the local radio station this week. Titled "The Grip of Addiction," WBTN-AM 1370 will broadcast each segment over the air and stream it online twice daily from Monday to Thursday. The series covers the growing heroin problem, the number of overdose-related deaths and the lack of treatment Full Story

MAU schools focus on academic, social, and civic learning
10/21/2016 06:47 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Earlier this week, administrators from both Mount Anthony Union High School and Middle School presented the test scores that will act as a baseline for future years. The presentation took place at the MAU board meeting on Wednesday, and was based off of test scores from the 2015-2016 school year. Full Story

Plaintiffs' attorneys want to see PFOA lawsuit move forward
10/21/2016 09:44 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Plaintiff attorneys are poised to advance a lawsuit filed in May on behalf of Bennington residents over PFOA contamination in water supplies — provided Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics' bid to have the suit dismissed is denied. "We are confident the judge will dismiss this motion," said David Silver, one of several attorneys from four legal firms representing the more Full Story

Dorset reservoir returns to safe level, boil order still remains
10/21/2016 07:08 AM EDT - DORSET >> The Dorset reservoir has returned to a safe level after leaks in the water system were fixed by shutting off the water supply for several nights, according to the Dorset Fire District. Jim McGinnis, water system technician, said there were six definite leaks and three suspected areas that needed to be checked out. Full Story

Solar developers' farming plan, site work scrutinized
10/21/2016 07:07 AM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Two state agencies are concerned that site work and other potential activities on land where developers want to build solar projects could undermine the regulatory process. Site preparation or construction have occurred or could occur at five projects seeking state permits, including the controversial Apple Hill and Chelsea solar projects in Bennington, according to documents Full Story

SVSU Act 46 meeting to be rescheduled
10/21/2016 07:06 AM EDT - BENNINGTON >> The first meeting of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union's Act 46 informal exploratory committee has been delayed at least a week after the committee did not have a quorum. Superintendent Jim Culkeen waited about 15 minutes past the scheduled 6 p.m. start time on Tuesday, but when it became clear that there would not be enough committee members present to hold a meeting, Full Story

Low Lily to present new spin on American folk music
10/21/2016 06:58 AM EDT - BENNINGTON — The inspiration and passion Low Lily has for making music is what makes the trio a thriving Vermont based folk-roots band. Liz Simmons, her husband Flynn Cohen and Lissa Schneckenburger bring together years of music learning, making and teaching to embody a variety of tunes that range from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England, American and contemporary folk. Full Story

Lynx spotted in Londonderry
10/21/2016 07:03 AM EDT - LONDONDERRY — A lone Canada lynx was photographed in the southern Vermont town of Londonderry this June, marking the first confirmed evidence of lynx in Vermont outside the Northeast Kingdom in decades. Lynx are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act and endangered in the state of Vermont. Full Story

Vermont State Police question, release shooter in Wardsboro homicide investigation
10/21/2016 07:03 AM EDT - WARDSBORO — The Vermont State Police released the shooter involved in a homicide on Tuesday night after they brought him in for questioning. According to the Windham County State's Attorney's Office, Kevin Parker, 57, who was taken into custody shortly after the Vermont State Police responded to a call that someone had been shot in a driveway at 682 Gilfeather Road, was questioned and Full Story

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