08/30/2015 02:04 PM EDT - FITCHBURG >> In the past six months alone, Kevin MacLean has seen more drug-overdose deaths on the streets than he did in the previous five years.   Full Story
T board facing dogged dilemmas
08/29/2015 05:41 PM EDT - BOSTON >> Now comes the hard part for the new board overseeing the T. The MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board, created in the state budget signed into law by Republican Gov. Full Story

08/29/2015 05:34 PM EDT - BOSTON >> Health insurance base rates are poised to spike for about 300,000 people in Massachusetts.   Full Story
Former prep school studetn convicted of sex charges
08/29/2015 04:57 PM EDT - CONCORD, N.H. >> A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of forcible rape but convicted of lesser sex offenses Friday against a 15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a campus tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could sleep with. Full Story

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08/29/2015 06:59 PM EDT - HOUSTON >> Prosecutors on Saturday charged a 30-year-old man with capital murder in the killing of a sheriff's deputy who was gunned down from behind while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station.   Full Story
Chris Mays — Bennington Banner
08/30/2015 09:43 PM EDT - NORTH BENNINGTON >> Owing to its 150th year anniversary celebration, the historic Park-McCullough House had a few more visitors this weekend than usual. "We've been quite busy this summer," said Mary Feidner, volunteer and board member at the historic house. Guests come not only for the building's Vermont history but its national history too, she said during the community picnic held there   Full Story
Growers see strong apple-picking season in region
08/30/2015 09:42 PM EDT - BOSTON >> As summer winds down in New England, apple-picking season is gearing up with growers forecasting a bumper crop. According to the U.S. Apple Association, the six-state harvest is expected to be about 14 percent higher than last year's and 18 percent above the region's five-year average. Full Story

Andrew McKeever — Manchester Journal
08/28/2015 10:12 PM EDT - DORSET >> Town officials met with representatives of Dorset's two fire districts Monday at the town offices to begin a process of exploring how a consolidation into one fire department — or more collaboration between the two — might occur. By the end of the two-hour long meeting, joined by about 15 townspeople in addition to the members of the East Dorset and Dorset Fire   Full Story
SVSU discusses new administrator, hiring, consolidation
08/27/2015 10:31 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> In a busy meeting on Wednesday, the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union introduced the new director of early childhood education, answered questions from the community about the hiring of the superintendent, and created a committee to study consolidation options in the wake of Act 46. Full Story

08/27/2015 10:29 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> A Select Board member says he won't support readoption of the town plan unless it allows for the rezoning of a long-dormant industrial site. Board member Justin Corcoran said the former Johnson Controls site has been dormant the past 25 years and will likely stay that way unless its spot in the town's industrial zone changes.   Full Story
08/30/2015 09:29 PM EDT - Aug. 6 • The Brattleboro Police Department responded to a business on Putney Road for a report of a customer that had a purse stolen from inside the establishment.   Full Story
Police say Chesterfield bank incident, burglaries not related
08/30/2015 09:23 PM EDT - CHESTERFIELD >> An incident at Brattleboro Savings & Loan in West Chesterfield Friday, and a string of burglaries reported around Chesterfield do not seem to be related, Chesterfield Police Chief Duane Chickering said Saturday. Full Story

08/30/2015 09:23 PM EDT - BRATTLEBORO >> Blasting operations on the north side of the new bridge will resume the week of Aug.   Full Story
Rockingham Planning Commission supports Warner Center project in letter to PSB
08/30/2015 09:22 PM EDT - BELLOWS FALLS >> Confident a proposed wireless communications facility in Warner Center will help expand cell phone service in town, the Rockingham Planning Commission voted last week to support Verizon Wireless's Certificate of Public Good application from Aug. Full Story

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08/30/2015 09:21 PM EDT - BELLOWS FALLS >> There was nothing revolutionary about the services at Parks Place.   Full Story
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2015 VMA photos: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj open together

Miley Cyrus led the pack for over-the-top outfits, while Taylor Swift classes up the night at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.