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    Poet Galway Kinnell dies at 87

    10/30/2014 03:03 PM EDT
    Pulitzer-prize winning poet Galway Kinnell died of leukemia at home in Sheffield on Wednesday. He was 87. Kinnell was famous for his lyrical style and unflinching, direct examination of the unpleasant and the profound. He was Vermont's Poet Laureate from 1989-1993. He won the National Book Award, according to his New York Times obituary, "for a body of poetry that pushed deep into the heart of 
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    Sanders urges FairPoint to return to the bargaining table
    10/30/2014 02:57 PM EDT - BURLINGTON >> Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stepped into the fray between FairPoint Communications and the company's striking workers on Tuesday. At a press conference in Burlington, flanked by union members, Sanders called on FairPoint to return to the bargaining table. But relations between the company and its workers have only become more strained since about 2,000 FairPoint employees in Full Story

    Graniteville landowners oppose two Rock of Ages plants
    10/30/2014 02:49 PM EDT - BARRE TOWN >> More than two dozen residents say an asphalt plant operating at the Rock of Ages quarry is noisy and pollutes the air. In January 2013, Northeast Materials received an Act 250 land-use permit to operate a hot-mix asphalt plant. Now residents are appealing the Act 250 permit in Environmental Court, specifically alleging that the company's air quality permit is flawed. Full Story

    State prepares to help people with Affordable Care Act tax changes
    10/30/2014 02:42 PM EDT - Vermonters receiving premium subsidies through the state's health insurance exchange will have an additional form to file with their income tax returns, and the state is preparing to help. This is the first year that the Affordable Care Act will affect tax returns, and state officials are expecting a good deal of confusion. Full Story

    Rutland man being monitored for Ebola is identified
    10/30/2014 02:32 PM EDT - Rutland man under quarantine for possible exposure to the Ebola virus has been identified as Peter Italia. Italia is being held at an undisclosed location to ensure he does not have the Ebola virus. Vermont officials have said he poses no threat to public health. On his Facebook page, Italia wrote at length about his four-week trip to West Africa, and confirmed that law enforcement and health Full Story

    Vermont man in self quarantine
    10/28/2014 07:17 PM EDT - BURLINGTON >> A Vermont man is in quarantine after his return from West Africa where he visited Guinea and Sierra Leone — two countries that are fighting an Ebola epidemic, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Tuesday. The man, whom Shumlin and other officials would not identify, has not shown any symptoms of Ebola and Shumlin said he poses an "extremely low risk" to others. Full Story

    Popular wildlife management area sees broad expansion
    10/28/2014 04:14 PM EDT - PITTSFORD -- A central Vermont wildlife management area popular with birders and waterfowl hunters has nearly doubled in size, thanks to a donation of land by the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO). The Pomainville Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Pittsford has added two sections of land that will increase the total area from 360 acres to 572 acres. Full Story

    Feds won't let Vermont have Medicare cash
    10/28/2014 03:30 PM EDT - The federal government will not make direct payments from Medicare to Vermont, according to state officials, countering campaign season claims that the Shumlin administration wants to take over Medicare as part of single-payer. Act 48, the 2011 law that sets Vermont on a course toward single-payer, created a framework for Green Mountain Care to absorb Medicare, but only with federal approval. Full Story

    Health care exchange backlog reduced
    10/28/2014 03:23 PM EDT - Vermont Health Connect is still straining to resolve requested changes to people's information or health coverage, some dating back almost a year, just weeks before it must begin processing new customers and renewals. State officials say they are on track to have the site back up before the next open enrollment period begins on Nov. Full Story

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell to speak at Norwich University
    10/28/2014 03:18 PM EDT - Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star U.S. Army general Colin L. Powell will give a presentation at Norwich University on Veterans Day, on Nov. 11. Powell will deliver remarks for the Todd Lecture Series at 7 p.m. in Shapiro Field House. Powell has served four presidents as a military and diplomatic expert over the course of his 50-year career. Full Story

    Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

    LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren's tiara. Producers announced Friday that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of "The Audience. Full Story