05/05/2015 06:18 PM EDT - BOSTON >> The building boom across all five University of Massachusetts campuses over the past decade could be coming to an end, according to the outgoing president, as the university approaches its debt limit and will be forced to slow down building growth unless the state assumes some of its debt.   Full Story
 
Pollack defends Baker's MBTA reform plan
05/05/2015 06:18 PM EDT - BOSTON >> Sweeping aside the agency that oversees metro Boston's transit system and reassembling the bureaucracy was a path considered and rejected by a gubernatorial advisory panel, though it is not unreasonable, the state's transportation chief said Tuesday. Full Story

05/05/2015 06:18 PM EDT - BOSTON >> To hear Megan Sandel tell it, an income tax credit for low-income families is akin to a prescription that can reduce the risk of pre-term births and low birthweight babies.   Full Story
 
Children's book aims to lessen fears about EMTs, emergencies
05/05/2015 02:55 PM EDT - LOWELL -- As a child, having a medical emergency or witnessing a loved one having one can be a very scary situation.  Full Story

05/05/2015 12:20 PM EDT - MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) >> Police say a 95-year-old World War II veteran used his cane to fight off a would-be robber in Manchester, New Hampshire.   Full Story
 
 
05/05/2015 07:28 PM EDT - GREENWICH, N.Y. >> Agricultural Stewardship Association has its eyes out for artists who can turn aesthetics into profits. "The theme is how the agricultural landscape informs their work," said Katie Jilek, communications and outreach manager for the association. The Landscapes for Landsake 14th Annual Art Exhibition will feature approximately 30 local artists whose works are sold to   Full Story
 
Remembering Bob Matteson
05/05/2015 07:23 PM EDT - The town of Bennington and, indeed, the state of Vermont lost one of its most distinguished and thoughtful citizens with the death April 13 of Robert J. M. Matteson at the age of 98. Though his status as the "geezer gazelle" was perhaps too prominently noted in news accounts, he should be best remembered by his long-range studies of municipal government and public issues. Full Story

05/05/2015 03:28 PM EDT - SOUTH LONDONDERRY >> Vermont State Police say a resident awoke to the sound of fire popping and looked outside to find flames high in the sky. South Londonderry Champion Fire Company responded to the fire at Under The Mountain Road around 5 a.m. Upon arrival, police said firefighters saw the home completely engulfed in flames.   Full Story
 
Pantry finds bread donor
05/04/2015 09:02 PM EDT - HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> After a warehouse manager at a Pepperidge Farms distribution center heard a local food pantry had lost its bread supplier, his boss reached out. And the first pickup was made on Tuesday, May 5. "They were wonderful," said Dianne Hosterman, executive director of the Hoosick Area Church Association. Full Story

05/04/2015 09:02 PM EDT - Editor's note: This is the second installment of a three-part series on emotional disturbance in Vermont schools. Part 3 will be published on Wednesday. BRATTLEBORO >> Vermont identifies more children with emotional disturbance, as a percentage of all students receiving special education services, than any other state in the country.   Full Story
 
 
Kayla Rice — Reformer
05/05/2015 05:39 PM EDT - WEST BRATTLEBORO >> Firefighters from the tri-state area were back on Melchen Road on Tuesday, one day after containing a 47-acre brush fire that started when a falling tree knocked down an electrical line.   Full Story
 
Newfane officials get good news on Irene recovery
05/05/2015 05:18 PM EDT - NEWFANE >> August will mark four years since Tropical Storm Irene swept through Newfane, and town officials are still cleaning up. Full Story

05/05/2015 03:29 PM EDT - SOUTH LONDONDERRY >> Vermont State Police say a resident awoke to the sound of fire popping and looked outside to find flames high in the sky.   Full Story
 
Immunization: RFK, Jr., opposes elimination of philosophical exemption
05/05/2015 02:31 PM EDT - MONTPELIER >> Star power could give a boost to advocates of a philosophical exemption that allows parents to bypass school immunization requirements for their children. Full Story

05/05/2015 02:09 PM EDT - April 22 • The Brattleboro Police Department responded to a business on Western Avenue for a physical fight in the parking lot.   Full Story
 
 
Authorities find fake skeletons in underwater lawn chairs

CIENEGA SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — A man snorkeling in the Colorado River near the Arizona and California border was terrified — and later embarrassed — when he came across two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs about 40 feet underwater. Full Story
Food critic Josh Ozersky found dead in Chicago hotel

CHICAGO (AP) — Food critic Josh Ozersky, whose witty and snarky writing generally focused on his obsession with all things meat, has died in Chicago. Full Story