Accused murderer waives speedy trial

09/30/2014 10:10 PM EDT
BENNINGTON -- The man accused of murdering a woman in Manchester nearly 30 years ago waived his right to a speedy trial Tuesday, allowing the case to progress at a slower pace. David A. Morrison, 54, who has pleaded not guilty to a first degree murder charge in connection with the death of Sarah Hunter, had been scheduled for a trial in November, a deadline that concerned Judge John Wesley 
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Six MAUHS students honored for achievement on PSATs
09/30/2014 10:09 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- In addition to the two National Merit Scholarship Program semi-finalists that were announced earlier this month, Mount Anthony Union High School was recently informed that four other students were named Commended Students. After 1.5 million high school students from across the country took the PSAT in October of 2013, high schools were notified in April if any of their Full Story

Montpelier gets boost in eliminating fossil fuels

MONTPELIER-- A long-term plan to eliminate the state capital city’s dependence on fossil fuels is getting a boost from two new projects: one to install more solar panels at an insurance company and another to meet more heating needs with a new biomass heating facility. On Tuesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin and officials with National Life Group insurance and financial services company marked Full Story
Police on manhunt find pipe bombs in woods

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. -- State police searching for a man accused of killing a trooper said Tuesday they found two pipe bombs in the Pennsylvania woods during their manhunt that were capable of causing significant damage. The bombs were not deployed, but they were fully functional and had both trip wires and fuses, Lt. Full Story
Gov. Shumlin's tax filings show $10M in assets

Gov. Peter Shumlin released his 2013 tax return Friday, reporting $721,445 in gross income and total assets worth $10.3 million. Shumlin's 1040 IRS form shows most of his income comes from real estate he owns and rents. He reported $128,639 in wages and $349,091 in income from real estate, royalties, supplemental income and trusts. Full Story



Morning Briefing -- Wednesday

09/30/2014 10:06 PM EDT
Wednesday, Oct. 1 Pies and Charts event BENNINGTON -- Pies and Charts event with Public Assets Institute -- tasty pies and enlightening charts. This event is free. Register at It will be held today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Glass blowing classes MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Parks and Recreation Department is 
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Fifth annual Downhill for Diabetes event
09/30/2014 10:06 PM EDT - KILLINGTON -- Donations for Diabetes is a non-profity charity foundation run by Lynn Pratt, of Pawlet, and her husband to raise money to help find a cure for diabetes. This downhill event has been held for the past four years and it has been a huge success, raising over $60,000. The 5th Annual Downhill for Diabetes Ski and Snowboard Event will be on Saturday, Feb. Full Story

Morning Briefing -- Tuesday, Sept. 30
09/30/2014 09:59 AM EDT - Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose. Doors open at 5 p.m. Story time at Cheney Library HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Story time at Cheney Library in the Story Kitchen will be the theme of the fall preschool story time at Cheney Library. Full Story

Molly Stark open house includes reading tree display
09/29/2014 10:44 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Molly Stark Elementary School hosted an open house on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5 until 6:30 p.m., during which parents of students were able to tour classrooms, view some of their children’s’ work, and participate in a scavenger hunt. Families who completed the scavenger hunt were entered into a raffle to win a $5 gift certificate to the school’s book Full Story

Long Trail School hosts ‘Great and Grand Day’
09/29/2014 10:44 PM EDT - DORSET -- On Friday, Sept. 19, Long Trail School opened its doors to 46 guests above the typical age of classroom attendees. Grandparents and "great friends" of students were invited to spend some time learning about recent initiatives at the school, interacting in classes and discovering what resonates about Long Trail with their hosts. Full Story

School News in Brief
09/29/2014 10:44 PM EDT - Krawczyk named a 2014 URI 101 Mentor KINGSTON, R.I. -- Dylan Krawczyk of Bennington has been named a 2014 URI 101 Mentor. URI 101 Mentors play an influential role helping first-year students in their transition to college. Working with an instructor, URI 101 Mentors create lessons that develop essential academic skills, encourage involvement, improve personal responsibility, and Full Story

Vt. Transportation Board to visit 8 college campuses
09/29/2014 10:44 PM EDT - MONTPELIER -- The Vermont Transportation Board this fall will hold eight public hearings at various college campuses around the state for the purpose of gathering public comment from young adults about transportation-related decisions that factor into the choices they make when deciding where to live and work after graduation. 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