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04/29/2016 09:02 PM EDT
Church shooting suspect's friend to plead COLUMBIA, S.C. >> A friend of the white man accused of fatally shooting nine black church members in South Carolina last year is set to plead guilty to two federal charges, according to an agreement signed by federal prosecutors and filed online Monday. 
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04/29/2016 09:02 PM EDT - TOday Day of prayer and fasting HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church, 484 Hill Road, Hoosick Falls, will be holding a day of prayer and fasting on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for the return of Hoosick Falls resident Brian Jenkins. Brian's family last heard from their loved one one year ago, on April 25, 2015. Full Story

Massachusetts church being moved to make way for casino
04/22/2016 09:46 PM EDT - SPRINGFIELD >> A historic Massachusetts church started slowly rolling along the street Tuesday to make way for a nearly $1 billion casino. After weeks of preparation, crews began moving Springfield's 129-year-old First Spiritualist Church about two football-field lengths, where it will eventually stand next to a skating rink within the MGM Springfield casino's 14-acre footprint. Full Story

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04/22/2016 09:45 PM EDT - sunday Worship, events at St. Peter's BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist on the fifth Sunday of Easter, April 24, at the 8 a.m. service using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite I. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at the 10 a. Full Story

Governor gets bill allowing denial of services to gays
04/01/2016 10:21 PM EDT - JACKSON, MISS. >> Government employees and private businesses in Mississippi could deny services to same-sex couples who want to marry under a bill passed by the House on Friday — one of numerous attempts across the country to enact so-called religious protection statutes after a Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized gay marriage. Full Story

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04/01/2016 10:18 PM EDT - Sunday Worship, events at St. Peter's BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist on the second Sunday of Easter at the 8 a.m. service using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite I. Full Story

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03/18/2016 09:37 PM EDT - Announcement Priest, former principal of Bennington Catholic High school dies BOSTON >> The Rev. Gerard M. Brennan, who was a priest of the Diocese of Burlington from 1953 until 1990, passed away in Boston recently. Father Brennan was ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston on March 3, 1950, and began service in Burlington in 1953. Full Story

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03/11/2016 08:48 PM EST - Sunday 'Spring Forward' at Second Congo BENNINGTON >> "Spring forward" – turn your clocks ahead and spring into the "new thing" that God is creating. Join us in worship at Second Congregational Church, UCC, this Sunday morning at 10 a.m., as we find our way out of the Wilderness of "Old Think" on this Fifth Sunday in Lent. Full Story

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03/04/2016 09:17 PM EST - sunday Worship at St. Peter's BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as we celebrate the Eucharist on the fourth Sunday of Lent, March 6, at the 8 a.m. service. At this service we use the Book of Common Prayer Rite I. At the 10 a.m. service the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated using Rite II with singing and music. Full Story

Price Chopper open to dialogue with Berkshire Interfaith Organization
02/26/2016 09:55 PM EST - NORTH ADAMS, MASS. >> Company executives at Price Chopper on Thursday said they are open to a dialog about ways to provide continued access to affordable quality food for the lower-income neighbors of the Price Chopper on State Road. That message came in response to a call from a representative of the Berkshire Interfaith Organization, who sought a meeting with either the CEO or the Full Story