(Derek Carson — Bennington Banner)
Bennington Elementary receives $25K for books

Year of the Book provides 8-10 books to every student, more
09/23/2016 06:25 PM EDT
BENNINGTON >> Bennington Elementary was one of five Vermont schools this year to receive a Year of the Book grant from the Children's Literacy Foundation. In order to celebrate the $25,000 grant, CLiF's founder and executive director, Duncan McDougall, visiting the school on Friday, sharing stories about reading with students, and letting every child in the school pick their first book 
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Lt. Gov. Phil Scott speaks at Equinox
09/23/2016 06:25 PM EDT - MANCHESTER >> Lt. Governor, and Republican gubernatorial candidate, Phil Scott, visited Manchester on Friday, speaking to reporters at the Equinox Resort. Among the topics discussed were Scott's views on health care, workforce development, and Act 46. He also spoke at the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems annual meeting, which was taking place at the resort. Full Story

Naked Donald Trump statue stolen in Miami

MIAMI >> Police in South Florida say they have a "person of interest" in the theft of a naked Donald Trump statue. Miami police said on the department's official Twitter account that the statue of the Republican presidential nominee was taken from the Wynwood arts district on Thursday. WSVN-TV (http://bit. Full Story
(Ely Portillo — The Charlotte Observer via AP)
Protesters in police shooting injure officers, shut highway

CHARLOTTE, N.C. >> Authorities used tear gas to disperse protesters in an overnight demonstration that left about a dozen officers injured in North Carolina's largest city and shut down a highway after the fatal shooting of a black man by Charlotte police who said he was armed and posed a threat. Full Story
(Associated Press)
Israeli settlements have grown during Obama years

JERUSALEM >> In his landmark speech to the Arab world seven years ago, President Barack Obama warned that Israeli settlements on occupied territories were undermining hopes for peace. "It is time for these settlements to stop," he declared. As Obama heads into the home stretch of his presidency, he leaves behind an unfulfilled vision. Full Story

VTrans secures additional $16 million in federal highway funds

09/23/2016 08:44 PM EDT
MONTPELIER >> The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has received an additional $16 million in federal highway funding after the state met all of its fiscal year deadlines for federally-funded projects. When states or other federal entities which are funded through the federal highway trust fund do not fully utilize their federal funds in a given year, the Federal Highway 
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Fish and wildlife news
09/23/2016 05:48 PM EDT - Tree stand safety tips for hunters Tree stands get hunters out of sight and smell of wary deer, but they can also get hunters into trouble. Here are some tips from Vermont Fish & Wildlife to help stay safe and get the most out of your tree stand hunting experience: • Choose a live, straight tree. Full Story

On the road: a Vermont travel advisory
09/23/2016 05:48 PM EDT - Did you know that there are a number of driver and vehicle services that you can do on line without going to the Department of Motor Vehicles? That's right from the comfort of your home, in the doctor's office or while watching a sporting event you can: renew your vehicle, ATV, snowmobile or motorboat registration, pay the fee to have your suspended Driver's License reinstated (having met the Full Story

Tax-Aide program seeks new volunteers
09/23/2016 05:48 PM EDT - BURLINGTON >> AARP Tax-Aide, the nation's largest free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, is seeking volunteers to assist in tax preparation. Tax season, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers help prepare federal and state tax returns for low and middle income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. Full Story

World Rabies Day
09/23/2016 05:48 PM EDT - World Rabies Day is September 28th this year. This is a day set aside to raise awareness about the impact of rabies on humans and animals. This year's theme is "Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate." With the aim of educating, the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA)'s One Health Committee has developed an infographic giving basic facts about rabies in Vermont. Full Story

Autumn events
09/23/2016 05:48 PM EDT - MONTPELIER >> In addition to the state's stunning fall foliage, events celebrating autumn, the arts, film, and food and drink are among the highlights for Vermont's calendar in October. Visitors to the state are recommended to book their trips in advance, as several weekends in October are among the busiest of the year for tourism in Vermont. Full Story

$2.8 million grant awarded to Vermont Student Assistance Corpl
09/23/2016 07:11 AM EDT - BURLINGTON — The Vermont congressional delegation announced Monday that Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will receive $2.8 million over six years to encourage more Vermont students to pursue higher education. In a visit to Burlington High School, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said the Talent Search grant will ensure that more Vermonters earn a postsecondary degree or credential needed for 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
(Chris Pizzello)
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