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Shaftsbury updates residents on PFOA

07/25/2016 09:12 PM EDT
SHAFTSBURY >> The Select Board updated the public about the discovery of PFOA in the town's closed landfill at a special meeting on Monday. The state's Department of Environmental Conservation asked the town to test the landfill, which operated from 1967 to 2006, in June, due to its proximity to North Bennington, where several wells have tested positive for the chemical that was used in the 
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Woman accused of pointing a gun at man holding their baby
07/25/2016 08:32 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> A Hoosick Falls, N.Y. woman is accused of pointing a gun at a man while he held their 7-month-old child. Alicia Burdick, 19, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division Bennington Unit to two felony counts of aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, and misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, and unlawful mischief. Full Story

Police: Drunken driver was playing 'Pokemon Go' during crash

RUTLAND TOWN, VT. >> Vermont State Police say a drunken driver was playing "Pokemon Go" on his cellphone when he crashed his car. Officers responded to a report of a crash at an intersection in Rutland Town at around 8:15 a.m. Sunday. Police say 21-year-old Rutland resident Nicholas Coccia told them he was driving from Chittenden to Rutland and had been hunting Pokemon with friends. Full Story
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The Latest: 2 dead, 16 wounded in nightclub shooting

FORT MYERS, FLA. >> The Latest on a shooting a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida. (all times local): 7:25 a.m. A Florida nightclub says a shooting that left two dead and 16 wounded broke out in the parking lot as parents picked up their children from a party for teens. Club Blu posted on its Facebook page Monday morning that it was trying to give the teens "what we thought was a safe place Full Story
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Turkey criticizes U.S. over cleric accused of coup plot

ISTANBUL >> A top Turkish official on Friday accused the United States of "standing up for savages" by not immediately handing over a U.S.-based Muslim cleric who the government claims orchestrated last week's failed coup. Speaking in Washington, President Barack Obama said there was a legal process for extradition and encouraged Turkey to present evidence. Full Story

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07/25/2016 08:22 PM EDT
Today, July 27 ARLINGTON Barberry workshop and volunteer day: Learn how to manage the invasive plant, barberry. Meet at Arlington Recreational Park (Rte 313 parking lot) at 6 p.m. for a brief workshop followed by a barberry pull in the park and at the Yellow Barn. Join volunteers from Trout Unlimited and the Batten Kill Watershed Comprehensive Invasive Species Management Association. 
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07/24/2016 10:32 PM EDT - Today, July 25 BENNINGTON Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours: The Bennington Free Clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 802-447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen. Elks hosts bingo: Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts bingo at the Bennington Elks, 125 Washington Ave. Full Story

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07/21/2016 08:37 PM EDT - Today, July 22 BENNINGTON Meetings at Turning Point Center: All Recovery meeting, 4 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous, 5:30 p.m. Dual recovery, for those who experience both chemical dependency and an emotional or psychiatric illness, 5:30 p.m. CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. Theater: "Alice in Wonderland" with the Youth Theater Company at 7 p. Full Story

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07/19/2016 10:24 PM EDT - Today, July 20 ARLINGTON Act 148 Recycling Training: The Bennington County Solid Waste Alliance announces a free training will be offered to facilitate compliance with Vermont's Act 148 – Universal Recycling. Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) will facilitate the training. Alliance towns include Arlington, Bennington, Dorset, Glastenbury, Manchester, Pownal, Rupert, Sandgate, Full Story

State warns Vermonters of "poison" parsnip
07/20/2016 07:01 AM EDT - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Department of Health want Vermonters to be aware that a common weed found along many Vermont roadsides can cause painful rashes and raised blisters, similar to second-degree sunburn. "Poison parsnip" (Pastinaca sativa L.), also known as wild parsnip, is found throughout the state. Full Story

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07/18/2016 08:46 PM EDT - Today, July 19 BENNINGTON Multiple Myeloma Support Group: The Southern Vermont Myeloma Support Network (including eastern New York state and the northern Berkshires in MA) will hold a support group meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Resource Room at the SVMC Regional Cancer Center, 140 Hospital Drive We utilize the Difficult Conversations Workbook: Finding a Path through Illness, Full Story

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07/17/2016 09:41 PM EDT - Today, July 18 BENNINGTON Butterfly Workshop: Bennington Battle Monument, "Butterflies Are Free, a welcome back to the Monarch" with Barbara Roan. Rain date will be July 19th; a workshop for children with butterfly crafts and a dance and movement workshop will take place. Children can spend the morning and afternoon making butterflies and exploring caterpillar into butterfly movement, they will Full Story

(Adam Berry)
Are car keys a thing of the past?

The furor over General Motors' deadly ignition switch has the potential to doom the car key, a technology drivers have been using for 65 years. Full Story
(Chris Pizzello)
Famous bidders lining up to buy Clippers

Billionaires, entertainers and athletes alike announced their intentions to pursue the Los Angeles Clippers with varying degrees of seriousness Wednesday, proving the longtime losers will be quite a prize if the NBA is able to wrest control of the team away from Donald Sterling after his lifetime ban for racist remarks. Full Story
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Louis CK is back and grumpier than ever

Louie, who (like Louis) is a New York comic and a divorced father of two daughters, knows struggle and angst and cloudy wonderment. He views life through eyes with a stricken look, dwelling in a state of comfortable dread. Full Story