05/02/2016 10:44 PM EDT - BOSTON >> The number of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts continues to climb, fueled by the use of fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate that's often mixed with heroin, according to statistics released Monday by the state Department of Public Health.   Full Story
Transgender pride flag raised at Boston City Hall
05/02/2016 10:44 PM EDT - BOSTON >> Mayor Marty Walsh says a transgender pride flag raised Monday over Boston City Hall plaza will continue to fly until everyone is equal under the law in Massachusetts. Full Story

05/02/2016 12:12 PM EDT - AMHERST, MASS. >> Two students and a third man have been charged with breaking into a University of Massachusetts Amherst dorm room over the weekend.   Full Story
Police respond to shooting at Rowley shopping plaza
05/02/2016 09:33 AM EDT - ROWLEY, MASS. >> Police are searching for a suspect who shot one teen and fired at another in the same wooded area behind a Rowley shopping center. Full Story

05/02/2016 08:08 AM EDT - BOSTON >> Fire crews battled a three-alarm blaze in Boston's Beacon Hill section that displaced between 20 and 25 people over the weekend.   Full Story
05/02/2016 10:26 PM EDT - To our readers: Today marks the start of a new day here at the Bennington Banner. As I walk through the building lately, there's a level of energy that wasn't so apparent two weeks ago. Readers who have been following the news know that I'm referring to the sale of our newspaper to a group of local, passionate and accomplished business leaders.   Full Story
To our readers: The Bennington Banner and our commitment to you
05/02/2016 10:26 PM EDT - Dear Reader: This is the first edition of the Bennington Banner that has been published by local owners in more than 20 years. About 10 days ago, I announced that on May 2 a group of local investors, including myself, were about to purchase New England Newspapers Inc., the company that owns this newspaper. Full Story

05/02/2016 10:26 PM EDT - POWNAL >> The Pownal Elementary Board has agreed to enter into an agreement to purchase electric credits from a hydro-electric project in North Bennington, pending approval from legal counsel. Bill Scully, who is part of the group Hoosick River Hydro that worked for six years to transform the former Vermont Tissue Mill in North Bennington into the state's second hydroelectric project, said,   Full Story
Mount Anthony Country Club to host Black & White Dance Party Saturday
05/02/2016 08:19 PM EDT - BENNINGTON>>In lieu of embracing spring and leaving winter behind, conjure up your best outfit for Saturday's Black & White Dance Party. From 8 p.m. to midnight, DJ Jim Woodward will mix up a variety of music genres for all ages. A full bar and prizes for best attire interpretation will be available. Full Story

05/02/2016 10:26 PM EDT - ARLINGTON >> The Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union hosted a public forum on Wednesday to give an update on progress under Act 46. The BVSU has been working with state Act 46 consultant Steve Sanborn to find the best path toward coming into compliance with last year's education consolidation law.   Full Story
05/02/2016 10:37 PM EDT - April 4 • The Brattleboro Police Department received a report of at least two thefts from a local grocery store.   Full Story
Bowl for Kids' Sake benefit set for May 7
05/02/2016 10:33 PM EDT - BRATTLEBORO >> Bowl for Kids' Sake is scheduled for May 7 from 9 a. Full Story

05/02/2016 10:32 PM EDT - Although he's more aware than most of the challenges to be faced, Mark Miller expressed optimism Monday over the return of the Brattleboro Reformer and its sister newspapers to local ownership.   Full Story
To our readers: The Reformer and our commitment to you
05/02/2016 10:30 PM EDT - Dear Reader: This is the first edition of the Brattleboro Reformer that has been published by local owners in more than 20 years. Full Story

Chris Mays — Reformer
05/02/2016 10:30 PM EDT - BRATTLEBORO >> The Marina Restaurant Plunge is always a good time and it's always for a good cause.   Full Story