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Vermont's new Catholic bishop versed in cyberspace

01/24/2015 06:02 PM EST
SOUTH BURLINGTON >> Vermont's new Roman Catholic bishop is just learning his way around the state, consulting a map to check on the location of some of the state's parishes, but he's already known in cyberspace. The Rev. Christopher Coyne is known as the Catholic Church's first blogging priest to be elevated to a bishop. 
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NH, Maine, Vermont snowmobile sharing coming up next weekend
01/24/2015 06:01 PM EST - CONCORD, N.H. >> Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are going to take part in an upcoming three-day weekend when riders registered in any one of those states can explore the trails of the other two states for free. Starting Friday, Jan. 30, any snowmobile legally registered in any of the participating states is allowed on trails in all three states. Full Story

Coastal storm to dump snow on Maine, NH
01/24/2015 06:01 PM EST - PORTLAND, MAINE >> A coastal storm that's wreaking havoc across the Northeast is making driving difficult in parts of northern New England. A New Hampshire State Police dispatcher in Concord says accidents have been reported all day. A state police cruiser was struck on Interstate 93 in Sanbornton while the trooper had stopped to help a driver whose vehicle had gone off the road. Full Story

Another eagle finds a home on Hogback
01/24/2015 04:17 PM EST - MARLBORO >> The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum is welcoming a new bald eagle to its animal family on Hogback Mountain. Full Story

Berkshire Medical Center set to reopen concussion clinic
01/25/2015 09:24 AM EST - PITTSFIELD - Berkshire Medical Center is reopening its concussion clinic with a new director and a streamlined method of gathering patient referrals. Full Story

Windham County reps support tax-hike moratorium
01/23/2015 11:12 PM EST - BRATTLEBORO >> While there may not be consensus on how to fund public education in Vermont, there is widespread agreement on one issue: Education taxes are too high, causing financial strain among property owners statewide. Full Story

Lawmakers call on Shumlin to abandon state exchange for new federal program
01/23/2015 10:09 PM EST - Rep. Patti Komline, R-Dorset, and several colleagues want Vermont to consider switching to a supported state-based marketplace (SSBM), a new variation of the state-federal partnership option for health exchanges. "What this enables you to do is use as much of the federal exchange as you want," Komline said. Full Story

Vermont deal with lightning-rod health expert under scrutiny
01/24/2015 03:04 PM EST - Vermont is applying a fresh round of scrutiny to its contract with Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who made headlines for talking about "the stupidity of the American voter." State Auditor Doug Hoffer has been reviewing the contract under which Gruber got paid $500 an hour, plus $100 an hour for his assistants. Hoffer said Friday Gruber provided insufficient documentation to support his invoices to the state. Full Story

Snowboarding takes a slide in popularity; experts unfazed
01/23/2015 10:05 PM EST - KILLINGTON >> Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade. Industry experts say it's a sign of the maturing of snowboarding, which grew at a rapid pace in the 1990s and early 2000s. Full Story

Vermont requests federal disaster declaration
01/23/2015 02:02 PM EST - MONTPELIER -- Gov. Peter Shumlin has made a formal request for federal disaster relief to help 10 of Vermont's 14 counties pay for repairs to the power grid and other public infrastructure damaged in a severe winter storm last month. Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington and Windsor counties have shown damages that meet federal standards to qualify Full Story

Naked violinist sues over arrest in Portland last year

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Hillsboro, Oregon, man arrested after playing a violin while naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland last year is suing police. Full Story
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Sundance Quick Quote: Chris Pine on once playing 20 roles

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — "It's a good idea to put out there in the universe that you can do different and varied, kind of sort of things so people don't get tired of you, but I think experientially from the inside it's more fun to do different things, you know? Full Story
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Seth Rogen sorry for 'American Sniper' comments

“The Interview” actor compared Clint Eastwood’s movie to a Nazi propaganda film depicted in “Inglourious Basterds” because both dealt with snipers, he says; but his comments were taken by many to suggest he was dismissing “American Sniper” as pro-war propaganda.