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Man charged with fleeing three-car crash

10/09/2015 07:50 PM EDT
BENNINGTON >> A man who police say fled the scene of a three-car crash that he caused on Northside Drive Thursday afternoon is being held at the Rutland jail. Bennington Police said that Dennis Winchell, 29, of Sunderland, collided with a pickup truck, which led to another vehicle being hit. Winchell fled the scene in his vehicle, leaving it in the parking lot of the nearby Bennington 
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Lighning Jar celebrates grand opening
10/09/2015 06:08 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Bennington's first co-working space celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, bringing out community political , business, and educational leaders. The Lightning Jar collaborative working space, which officially opened on Oct. 1, is located at 194 North Street, inside the Vermont State Employee Credit Union. Full Story

Summit spotlights financial woes faced by women

MONTPELIER >> Women are less economically secure than men, are disproportionately represented in low wage jobs and more often rely on Medicaid for health care, a national labor expert told participants at a summit sponsored by the Vermont Commission on Women and the Women's Legislative Caucus. Latifa Lyles, director of the Women's Bureau at the U. Full Story
Judge approves for $338M oil train settlement

PORTLAND, MAINE >> A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday approved a $338 million settlement fund for victims of the fiery 2013 oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec, clearing the way for payments to victims by year's end. Judge Peter Cary announced his approval after Canadian Pacific dropped its objection and after a Canadian judge gave conditional approval Thursday. 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

Burr and Burton Academy teacher honored with 2015 Victor R. Swenson humanities educator award

10/09/2015 03:56 PM EDT
MONTPELIER >> The Vermont Humanities Council has named Burr and Burton Academy teacher Sigourney "Sunny" Wright as its 2015 humanities educator of the year. VHC will honor Wright with the thirteenth Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award on Nov. 14 at UVM's Dudley H. Davis Center at VHC's fall conference, "Why Do Stories Matter? 
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VEEP offers free hands-on science workshop for every classroom in Vermont
10/09/2015 03:41 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Vermont students can become scientists or energy engineers for a day this year, at no cost to their teacher or school. The Vermont Energy Education Program is offering one free hands-on workshop for every class in Vermont during 2014–15. "VEEP is really excited to have the opportunity to bring a workshop to any class in Vermont that requests one for free," says Cara Full Story

Leahy announces $8.7 million for state's victims of domestic and sexual assault
10/09/2015 03:28 PM EDT - BURLINGTON >> Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., a former prosecutor and longtime champion for crime victims and victims of domestic violence, Friday announced that Vermont will receive more than $8.7 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to support victims of crime and enhance programs that serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Full Story

Today's calendar
10/09/2015 11:51 AM EDT - Today, Oct. 9 DORSET Nunsense: The Dorset Players are back in the Dorset Playhouse at 104 Cheney Road. They will be opening their 88th season with Dan Goggin's musical sensation "Nunsense", directed by Angie Merwin and musical direction by Gary Schmidt. Produced by Paul Michael Brinker, with choreography by Erika Lawlor Schmidt, sets by Mona and Bill Wightman and costumes by Suzi Dorgeloh. 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. Full Story

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

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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
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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