• After Hagel, more changes at Defense - 11/25/2014 08:59 PM EST
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    State Board seeks public comment on strategic plan

    11/25/2014 04:59 PM EST
    BARRE -- The Vermont State Board of Education is seeking public input as they draft a statewide strategic plan for the coming five years. Pursuant to 16 V.S.A. ยง 164a., which requires the State Board of Education to "adopt through a public process a statewide strategic education plan to describe how the agency will help schools boards to improve student performance", the Board voted to 
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    GMP crews prepared for first major snowfall of the season
    11/25/2014 04:55 PM EST - COLCHESTER -- The first major storm of the season is expected to hit Vermont just before Thanksgiving, and Green Mountain Power is ready, activating its workforce and external contractors to ensure that any power outages are restored as quickly as possible. "Getting the lights on quickly and safely is priority number one for everyone at GMP, and we are especially aware of the importance Full Story

    Vermont unemployment steady at 4.4 percent
    11/25/2014 03:52 PM EST - Vermont's unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent in October, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Labor. The leveling follows four consecutive months of increases in the seasonally adjusted jobless rate. The U.S. average unemployment rate ticked down one-tenth of a point to 5. Full Story

    Outside report criticizes DCF handling of child deaths
    11/25/2014 03:52 PM EST - WILLISTON >> The Department for Children and Families failed to follow its own policies and moved too quickly to reunify two children with their families when it was not safe, an outside report released Friday found. That push to reunify, along with other system failures, contributed to those children's deaths this year, the report found. Full Story

    Auditor questions state's role in liquor sales
    11/25/2014 03:50 PM EST - State Auditor Doug Hoffer is questioning why the state is in the business of selling liquor, a substance that it also regulates. Hoffer's office issued a report Monday that examines the impact of privatizing the state's liquor distribution system. The auditor's report also suggested ways the Department of Liquor Control could increase its profitability without privatization. Full Story

    'Cadillac' health plan tax expected to cost state $9 million to start
    11/25/2014 03:50 PM EST - The Affordable Care Act's so-called "Cadillac tax" on high-value health insurance plans will cost Vermont an estimated $9 million when it's implemented in 2018, according to a draft report released Monday by the Legislative Joint Fiscal Office. That tax bill is expected to grow to $40 million by 2023. Full Story

    State won't appeal DOC lawsuit
    11/25/2014 03:49 PM EST - The state will not appeal a court decision that deemed it unconstitutional to send male, but not female, inmates out of state, state officials say. In a lower court ruling this summer, Judge Helen Toor ordered the Department of Corrections to return Michael Carpenter, a prisoner sent to Kentucky, to Vermont. Full Story

    Vermonters encouraged to prepare for winter driving
    11/25/2014 02:33 PM EST - WATERBURY -- A snowy forecast for Wednesday and Thursday could create challenges for those traveling on the Thanksgiving holiday. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Bennington and Windham counties and Winter Storm Watches for other areas of the state. Significant snowfall is possible in much of the state. Full Story

    Vermont muzzleloader and second archery deer seasons, Dec. 6 through Dec. 14
    11/25/2014 02:10 PM EST - MONTPELIER -- Vermont's hunters will get one final chance for a deer this year during the muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season. The two seasons run at the same time -- Dec. 6 through Dec. 14. A muzzleloader hunter may take one legal buck anywhere in the state. Full Story

    Southern Vt. native heading to Mali to combat Ebola
    11/24/2014 10:19 PM EST - BRATTLEBORO >> A research paper was what first sent C. Lee Cohen to Mali. She is now heading back to fight a disease that has some parts of the world gripped by fear. The southern Vermont native plans to depart from JFK Airport on Sunday to join other members of Mali Health, a non-governmental organization she co-founded as a pre-med student at Brown University nearly 10 years ago. Full Story

    Passengers in Russia's Arctic give airliner a push

    MOSCOW (AP) — In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to the bitter cold to help it move to the runway. Full Story
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    Brazen, beloved Lebanese singer Sabah dies at 87

    BEIRUT (AP) — Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career. Full Story
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    Bette Midler to Ariana Grande: Clean up your act

    The veteran entertainer complains in an interview that young singers rely too much on selling sex instead of talent.