MCLA Day of Service set for Saturday

10/21/2014 06:12 AM EDT
NORTH ADAMS >> Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the North Adams Chamber of Commerce and the City of North Adams announce that a "Day of Service — Fall Edition" will take place on Saturday from 10 a. 
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Burlington teachers union, school board ratify contract
10/21/2014 10:04 AM EDT - SOUTH BURLINGTON (AP) - The South Burlington School Board and the teachers union have ratified a three-year contract for teachers following a four-day strike last week. Full Story

Vermont employee health plan premiums to increase 17.9 percent
10/21/2014 03:08 PM EDT - MONTPELIER -- State employee health plans will see a 17. Full Story

EPA puts off Lake Champlain ruling till spring
10/21/2014 02:43 PM EDT - The Environmental Protection Agency has postponed its decision on the restoration of Lake Champlain's water quality until next spring. Stephen Perkins, director of ecosystem protection for the EPA's Boston office, said Wednesday the agency will issue an order by spring 2015, the latest delay in a decision that had been due this fall. Full Story

Vermont earns 'C' for infrastructure quality
10/21/2014 02:41 PM EDT - Vermont has Tropical Storm Irene to thank for a modest improvement in infrastructure quality, as measured by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Vermont chapter of the national professional association (VTASCE) gave Vermont an overall grade to "C" in its 2014 report, presented Thursday in Montpelier. Full Story

CMS survey reveals near drowning in Brattleboro Retreat's adolescent unit
10/21/2014 02:40 PM EDT - The most recent federal survey of the Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital found staff failed to follow protocols in three instances in September; in one of them, a patient nearly drowned. On Sept. 22, a 16-year-old patient with bipolar disorder and acute mania, who was supposed to have constant monitoring with staff no more than an arm's length away at any time, was allowed to bathe Full Story

Burlington College to sell 25 acres to real estate developer
10/21/2014 02:37 PM EDT - BURLINGTON -- Burlington College plans to sell 25 of its 32 lakefront acres to real estate developer Eric Farrell next month for $7 million in an effort to keep the school open, officials said Monday. Interim President Mike Smith said the college has $11.4 million in long-term debt and $300,000 in past-due bills. Full Story

GlobalFoundries to keep IBM plant in Essex going
10/21/2014 02:35 PM EDT - BURLINGTON - International Business Machines will pay $1.5 billion to unload its semiconductor manufacturing unit, the company announced Monday. GlobalFoundries, which is owned by the emirate of Abu Dhabi, is acquiring fabrication plants in Essex Junction and Fishkill, New York, and is expected to retain most of IBM's employees at those facilities, the company told state officials. Full Story

State employees' health plan premiums to increase 17.9 percent
10/21/2014 02:33 PM EDT - State employee health plans will see a 17.9 percent premium increase in 2015, the Department of Human Resources said Monday. That translates to a $286 increase in annual premiums for individuals and $780 for a family in the most popular standard plan, according to figures from Dave Bellini, chairman of the Vermont State Employees Association's committee on benefits. Full Story

City to address violence near N.H. pumpkin fest
10/20/2014 10:11 PM EDT - KEENE, N.H. (AP) -- The governor urged the state’s colleges and universities to punish students involved in violent parties near Keene’s annual pumpkin festival that led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries over the weekend. Meanwhile, Keene officials scheduled a news conference for 4 p. Full Story

Elusive bobcat again escapes from New Jersey home

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A pet bobcat that has repeatedly escaped from its owner's southern New Jersey home is again on the loose. Full Story
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NYC police looking into arrest of subway performer

NEW YORK (AP) — Musicians rallied around a fellow subway performer whose arrest in a busy station came after a confrontation over whether he needed a permit and was captured on video as straphangers jeered police. Full Story
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Renee Zellweger barely recognizable Monday on red carpet

The actress, who hasn’t been in a film since 2010, shows up for Elle’s Annual Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles looking like she’s had some plastic surgery.