Small business financing roundtable lays out options

08/19/2014 10:58 AM EDT
BENNINGTON -- Many entities exist to help business owners obtain financing, and program representatives gathered at Community College of Vermont on Monday to talk about what they can offer. Peter Odierna, executive director of the Bennington County Industrial Corp., said his group does not provide direct financing. 
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Juvenile arrested in armed robbery of Northside Drive gas station
08/18/2014 10:45 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Police have arrested a juvenile they say committed armed robbery at a gas station Saturday night. According to Bennington Police, at 2:25 a.m. officers responded to Short Stop, a Shell gas station at 110 Northside Drive, where it was reported that a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt and glasses had entered and placed a number of items on the counter to buy. Full Story

Hospitals say cut to Medicaid rate increase bad omen for single-payer

Hospital officials say the Shumlin administration's decision to rescind a slight increase in the Medicaid reimbursement rate doesn't bode well for the governor's signature single payer health care initiative. The retraction of a 1.6 percent increase in Medicaid rates for the first half of fiscal year 2015 enabled the governor to identify a total of $10. Full Story
Study: 100K elephants killed

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found. Warnings about massive elephant slaughters have been ringing for years, but Monday's Full Story
Police: Priests attacked at Phoenix church, 1 dies

PHOENIX -- A badly injured priest managed to administer last rites to his dying fellow clergyman who was fatally shot in a nighttime attack at their Roman Catholic church in downtown Phoenix as police rushed to the scene after the man also called 911. Authorities had no suspects or solid leads as of Thursday afternoon. Full Story

Morning Briefing -- Wednesday

08/19/2014 10:17 PM EDT
Wednesday, Aug. 20 Historical Society picnic MANCHESTER -- This year the annual picnic of the Manchester Historical Society will be held at the Casablanca Motel located at the north end of Manchester Center. The picnic starts at 5:30 p.m. and is open to all, provided that you bring a dish to share for the potluck meal. 
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Business News in Brief
08/19/2014 10:20 PM EDT - Hildene debuts new series MANCHESTER -- President Lincoln appealed to "the better angels of our nature" when he urged citizens to rededicate themselves to the promise of American democracy as "the last best hope of earth." Award-winning producer and director Daniel Karslake will likewise reawaken "the better angels of our nature" when he delivers the inaugural talk for Hildene's Full Story

08/19/2014 10:23 PM EDT - Molly Carson, Miss Vermon International, visits with 8-year-old twins Colby Bowen, a Bear Scout with Shaftsbury Cub Scout Troop 330, and Kaitlyn Bowen, a Brownie Scout with Arlington Girl Scout Troop 30460, before the start of the Bennington Battle Day Parade 2014. Both children enjoyed their first Battle Day Parade by participating on the Cub Scout 330 parade float. Full Story

'Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour' comes to SVAC
08/19/2014 10:32 PM EDT - MANCHESTER -- A rabbi, a Muslim and a minister -- in the form of East Dorset's Rabbi Bob Alper, Kuwait-born Palestinian comic, Mohammed Amer, and the Rev. Jennifer Munroe-Nathans -- bring the internationally acclaimed "Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour" to the Southern Vermont Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. Full Story

SVHC VNA & Hospice earns recognition for veteran care
08/19/2014 10:07 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s VNA & Hospice organization has received level two partnership recognition from the We Honor Veterans campaign. The higher tier in recognition is a result of the VNA & Hospice of SVHC’s commitment to ensuring veterans have access to quality end-of-life care. Full Story

SVHC to honor Kendall, Pezzulich at fifth annual Harvest Ball
08/19/2014 10:35 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- In September, Southwestern Vermont Health Care will honor two individuals, a physician and a community member, for their efforts to advance the health system's vision of healthier communities. The health system will recognize retired surgeon, Dr. Robert A. Pezzulich, with the 2014 Health Care Leadership Award and CEO and chairman of Mack Molding, Don Kendall, with the 2014 Full Story

Appreciation for local VVA chapter
08/19/2014 10:27 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 753 located in Fairfax presented the Vermont Veterans' Home with a Certification of Appreciation on Aug. 14. "We are extremely grateful with the continued support the VVA shows the Veterans and Members that reside on our campus," said Gary Yelle, director of marketing/admission coordinator. 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