SABIC Innovative Plastics to shut Pittsfield, Mass., operation

10/08/2015 04:03 PM EDT
PITTSFIELD, MASS. >> SABIC Innovative Plastics has announced that it will close its Pittsfield operation next year as part of a plan to consolidate in Houston, Texas. In a prepared release, the Saudi-based company on Thursday said it "expects to complete the majority of role relocations by midyear, subject to ensuring an orderly transition and maintaining capability and business continuity. 
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Vermont Yankee hearings on spent fuel drag on
10/08/2015 03:01 PM EDT - BRATTLEBORO >> In what it described as Entergy's "cribbed, highly selective, and distorted interpretation" of testimony submitted to the Vermont Public Service Board, the New England Coalition is objecting to Entergy's motion to have evidence submitted by technical consultant Ray Shadis thrown out. Full Story

Rutland doctor intends to run for lieutenant governor

Dr. Louis Meyers, a Rutland physician and relative newcomer to the state, intends to mount a campaign for lieutenant governor as an independent, though he admittedly has much work ahead to mount a serious run. "This is my first foray into politics, and obviously it would be considered a long shot," Meyers told VTDigger in an interview. Full Story
(Mark Lennihan — The Associated Press file)
Amazon challenges Etsy with Amazon Handmade

NEW YORK >> Amazon is launching its site for handcrafted goods called Amazon Handmade on Thursday, hoping to capitalize on shoppers' appetite for homemade goods ahead of the holiday season. The move throws down the gauntlet to craft-selling site Etsy. But at least at the time of launch, the two sites will have a very different seller base, fee structure and stances on manufacturing. Full Story
Vatican: Pope met with gay student, partner in Davis twist

VATICAN CITY >> The Vatican on Friday distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk at the center of the U.S. gay marriage debate, saying she was one of dozens of people the pope greeted as he left Washington and that their encounter "should not be considered a form of support of her position. Full Story

Hoosick Falls Central School helps local food pantry

10/08/2015 05:21 PM EDT
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> Caring for the community is one of the many values taught at Hoosick Falls Central School, and our students excel at it. Our student council is in the middle of the 5th annual 'Fill the Bus' project, collecting nonperishable food items and toiletries for our local food pantry. 
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Public archaeology and volunteering day at Bennington Battlefield
10/08/2015 03:11 PM EDT - WALLOOMSAC, N.Y. >> A Public Archaeology Day will be held at the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site in Walloomsac off Route 67 on Oct. 24 The event is open to the general public and free of charge. Consultants with Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc. and NYS Parks employees will be on hand to share the history of the battle, provide demonstrations of both metal detecting and Full Story

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department announces strategic plan to conserve wildlife
10/08/2015 02:34 PM EDT - MONTPELIER >> The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has released a draft Wildlife Action Plan that lays out the state's strategic vision for conserving species during the next ten years. The plan assesses the health of Vermont's wildlife and wild lands, identifies the problems they face, and outlines the actions needed to conserve them for the long term. Full Story

Wardsboro's Gilfeather Turnip Festival set for Oct. 24
10/08/2015 02:23 PM EDT - WARDSBORO >> Plans are well underway for the 13th Annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m in the Wardsboro Town Hall and under the big tent and many smaller ones on Main Street. The event takes place rain or shine; convenient free parking and free admission. Full Story

VAE Basement Music Series kicks off in its new location
10/08/2015 02:21 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) is thrilled to announce its new location for the Basement Music Series at the Masonic Temple at 504 Main Street in downtown Bennington. The 2016 season kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 9 with Bella's Bartok followed by the Dirty Bourbon River Show on Saturday, Jan. Full Story

Today's calendar
10/08/2015 01:02 PM EDT - Today, Oct. 8 Arlington Veteran meetings: 6 p.m. Combined monthly meeting of the Legionnaires, Sons and Auxiliary — Post 69, 7 p.m. monthly meeting of Arlington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 69, 7 p.m. monthly meeting of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 69. Call 802-375-6157 for additional information. Full Story

American Association of University Women sponsors talk
10/07/2015 03:34 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> The public is invited to a free talk about Hands in Outreach, a Berkshires-based nonprofit organization that sponsors the education of poor girls in Nepal. The speaker will be Hands in Outreach founder and executive director, Ricky Bernstein of Sheffield, Mass. The program will take place on Saturday, Oct. Full Story

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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