Pownal woman accused of medical child abuse, welfare fraud

Police say child was subject to numerous, unnecessary medical tests
03/31/2015 03:57 PM EDT
BENNINGTON >> A Pownal woman is accused of having her child subjected to dozens of invasive, unwarranted medical tests, and lying about the child's health on Social Security Disability applications. Tina Sbrega, 33, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to two misdemeanor counts of welfare fraud, two felony counts of false swearing, two misdemeanor counts of false pretenses 
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Vermont State Police locate woman who hit cruiser in North Carolina
03/31/2015 04:43 PM EDT - Sunderland >> State Police say the driver of a car that collided with a trooper's cruiser Monday morning, then fled the scene, boarded a flight to Charlotte, N.C. where she is currently located. Police said that Trooper Benjamin Barton was on the Route 7 exit ramp in Sunderland when an oncoming car lost control and veered into his lane. Full Story

State cuts could cause libraries to lose federal funding

Librarians around the state say a proposed 17 percent cut in the Department of Libraries' budget will result in the loss of federal funding for library services. The Department of Libraries is part of the Agency of Administration and is poised to receive a $2,275,682 appropriation from the state's general fund for fiscal year 2016. Full Story
Foreign adoptions by Americans reach lowest mark since 1982

NEW YORK >> The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents dropped by 9 percent last year to the lowest level since 1982, according to new State Department figures. The department's report for the 2014 fiscal year shows 6,441 adoptions from abroad, down from 7,094 in 2013 and about 74 percent below the high of 22,884 in 2004. Full Story
Religion news in brief

Palm Sunday and Holy Week Worship and Holy Week at St. Peter's BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Holy Eucharist using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer on Sunday, Palm Sunday, March 29, at the 8 a.m. Service. At the 10 a.m. service, Lanier will celebrate the Eucharist using Rite II, with music and singing. Full Story

Morning Briefing — April 1

03/31/2015 03:21 PM EDT
April 1 BENNINGTON Benefit dinner: The Bennington Elks is holding a benefit dinner, 5:30 p.m. till gone, to benefit Elks National Foundation for Scholarships and Veterans Programs. The Bennington Elks is located at 125 Washington Ave. Music program: The SVMC Cancer Center and Bennington College are offering a special music participation event series for cancer patients and their family members 
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Morning Briefing — March 31
03/30/2015 04:51 PM EDT - Today BENNINGTON Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose: Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose at 5 p.m. Overeaters Anonymous meeting: Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library. Bereavement support group: There is a weekly adult grief support for those who have lost a loved one, every Tuesday at 2:30 p. Full Story

Meetings this week — March 30
03/29/2015 04:59 PM EDT - March 31 SVRTSD Design and Fabrication Advisory Committee meeting: CDC Room C031 at 7 a.m. Agenda: 1. Introductions/Thank you — Board membership 2. Superintendent Lawler 3. Corporation update 4. Scholarship — Choose student(s) 5. Curriculum review — handouts and assignments, program evaluation continued 6. Full Story

Community Calendar this week — March 30
03/29/2015 04:19 PM EDT - Today BENNINGTON Bennington Free Clinic Monday hours: The Bennington Free Clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St. Call for an appointment, 802-447-3700. Drop-ins will not be seen. Elks hosts bingo: Every Monday, the Bennington Elks hosts bingo at the Bennington Elks, 125 Washington Ave. Full Story

Cambridge Environmental Science Program receives grant
03/29/2015 03:54 PM EDT - CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> Students taking environmental science at Cambridge High School, were excited to receive a check for $3,050 from the SCA Tissue Corporation last week. The money was received as part of the 2014 SCA Environmental Education Grant program sponsored by the company. Cambridge science teacher, Steve Butz applied for the grant, seeking funding for his long-term water quality Full Story

Local student named candidate in Presidential Scholars Program
03/29/2015 03:54 PM EDT - WASHINGTON, D.C. >> Brian Murphy, a graduating senior at Mount Anthony Union High School, has been named one of more than 3,900 candidates in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Brian is the son of Kevin and Kathy Murphy. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U. Full Story

Arlington Memorial Middle and High School announces honor roll
03/29/2015 03:54 PM EDT - ARLINGTON >> Arlington Memorial Middle and High School announces the following students' names in recognition of their second quarter grades. To qualify for honor roll status, students must meet GPA requirements. Principal's Honors are awarded to the student who has achieved the highest GPA in the class. 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