07/04/2015 05:37 PM EDT - BOSTON >> Meet the state's new fiscal year. Same as the old fiscal year.   Full Story
 
Massachusetts officials say animal cruelty a major problem
07/04/2015 03:07 PM EDT - WORCESTER (AP) >> The link between animal abuse and other violent crimes is well-documented, and law enforcement agencies and courts are recognizing that people who commit serious acts of animal abuse frequently have past criminal histories or are more apt to commit violent crimes against humans. Full Story

07/04/2015 02:29 PM EDT - BOSTON >> A veteran U.S. Secret Service official who was assigned to the presidential protective division and the agency's headquarters was named this week as the Baker administration's undersecretary for homeland security.   Full Story
 
Baker changes tune on timing of Olympic vote
07/04/2015 02:29 PM EDT - BOSTON >> Gov. Charlie Baker back in March articulated a clear preference and rationale for a November 2016 vote on an Olympics ballot question, but now says he does not have a firm opinion on when the vote should occur. Full Story

07/03/2015 06:09 PM EDT - BOSTON >> New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet. Last April, the Department of Defense announced military recruits would start using athletic shoes 100 percent made and manufactured in America, in recognition of a law Congress passed in 1941 requiring the department give preference to American-made goods.   Full Story
 
 
07/03/2015 11:16 AM EDT - BENNINGTON >> A Shaftsbury man who told police he was joking when he told a six-year-old girl he would kill her in her sleep is now being held without bail on felony charges. Justin R. Kuzawski, 24, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Vermont Superior Court to first degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, first degree aggravated domestic assault with a prior conviction, and a   Full Story
 
Bennington Car and Bike Parade planned for July 4
07/02/2015 10:23 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> There's a first time for everything. And this year will see the first-ever Fourth of July Car and Bike Parade in Bennington. "We will meet at the old middle school at 5 p.m.," said Barbara Roan, event organizer. She said she has lots of materials to use for decorating vehicles before the parade goes through town ending up at Willow Park, where the fireworks display will be Full Story

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07/02/2015 10:22 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> The Bennington Free Library kicked off their summer reading series on Tuesday with storytelling by Simon Brooks. Brooks, born in Gloucestershire, England, is an accomplished storyteller, writer, poet, photographer, and audiobook narrator. He first began storytelling in 1990, and, after moving to the United States in 1994, has put on programs at libraries, schools, festivals,   Full Story
 
Rutland man held without bail for allegedly raping 12-year-old girl last year
07/02/2015 10:18 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> A Rutland man was held without bail Thursday after being accused of allegedly allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in June 2014. David G. Orzech, 47, pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court to felony counts of sexual assault - no consent, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, and sexual assault of a victim under 18 entrusted to the actor's care. Full Story

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07/04/2015 01:27 PM EDT - BENNINGTON — The road work scheduled to begin on Northside Drive July 7 is not to be confused with the planned Walmart roundabout project. The work beginning next week is a repaving job, said Christopher Taft, project manager for VTRANS District 1. It will begin at a seam in the pavement near Benmont Avenue and end at a similar seam near the American Legion at the east end of Northside   Full Story
 
 
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07/03/2015 03:37 PM EDT - PUTNEY >> The new owner of The Putney Inn says the rooms of the historic inn are being completely renovated and he expects the inn to re-open some time this summer.   Full Story
 
Dover Farmers Market starts up
07/03/2015 03:37 PM EDT - DOVER >> Farmers markets are popping up everywhere. Full Story

07/03/2015 03:37 PM EDT - HALIFAX >> Earl Holtz left his spot on the Select Board on June 2.   Full Story
 
Guilford Selectboard questions solar developers
07/03/2015 03:33 PM EDT - GUILFORD >> With developers proposing solar arrays totaling more than a megawatt of power output, Selectboard members are educating themselves. Full Story

07/03/2015 03:25 PM EDT - MONTPELIER >> Concerns over the disproportionate suspension and expulsion of students of color and students with disabilities from Vermont's public schools has brought a far-reaching group of stakeholders together this month to meet with the Agency of Education.   Full Story
 
 
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