Michael Dwyer — The Associated Press
08/04/2015 05:23 PM EDT - PROVIDENCE, R.I. >> A line of powerful thunderstorms rolled through communities in southern New England on Tuesday, toppling trees that killed a driver and injured several campers at a state park and leaving as many as 150,000 electric customers without power at the height of the storms.   Full Story
 
Constitutional amendment proposed for millionaire tax
08/04/2015 05:08 PM EDT - BOSTON >> The coalition behind last year's successful push to guarantee earned sick time for Massachusetts workers has taken the first step on Tuesday toward amending the state's constitution to tax income over $1 million at a higher rate. Full Story

08/04/2015 04:34 PM EDT - HARTFORD, CONN. >> Casino developer MGM Resorts International filed a lawsuit Tuesday against several top state officials, including Democratic Gov.   Full Story
 
Report: Foreclosure activity on rise in Massachusetts
08/04/2015 01:58 PM EDT - BOSTON >> A new report says foreclosure activity is continuing its steady increase in Massachusetts. Full Story

08/04/2015 08:11 AM EDT - WORCESTER (AP) >> Authorities say a woman and her 2-year-old child were wounded in a shooting in Worcester.   Full Story
 
 
08/04/2015 10:19 PM EDT - WILMINGTON >> School board members sat before the Development Review Board in hopes of changing the use of the former Twin Valley High School building. "Right now, it's educational," said Dennis Richter, chairman of the Wilmington School Board. "So we need to have some businesses in there in order to offset the maintenance of the building.   Full Story
 
Brothers charged in connection with $32,000 burglary
08/04/2015 10:19 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Two brothers are accused of stealing $32,000 cash that was hidden inside a jar in the basement of a North Bennington home. Steven J. Russell, 25, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to burglary of an occupied dwelling, grand larceny, and conspiracy to receive stolen property. Full Story

Associated Press
08/04/2015 10:16 PM EDT - LANCASTER, N.H.>> New Hampshire's fire marshal said Tuesday it's not clear why a circus operator proceeded with a show minutes after the National Weather Service put out a severe storm warning. Winds of 60 mph winds collapsed the tent, killing two spectators and sending about 32 others to hospitals.   Full Story
 
Mountain Valley Medical Clinic's decision upsets
08/04/2015 10:14 PM EDT - LONDONDERRY >> Residents and patients are wondering why a local doctor lost her job at Mountain Valley Medical Clinic. "It's clearly an issue here in town," said Margot Wright, a former patient of the clinic and South Londonderry resident. "I think there are good people on the board (of directors). Full Story

Kristopher Radder/Reformer Staff
08/04/2015 10:16 PM EDT - TOWNSHEND >> Fire crews returned to Valley Cares on Aug. 4 to douse flames that popped up the morning after firefighters subdued a four-alarm blaze at the assisted-living facility. Personnel from at least eight fire departments responded to Valley Cares at 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 3 after a lightning strike caused a fire in the attic.   Full Story
 
 
08/04/2015 09:35 PM EDT - BRATTLEBORO >> Brown Bag Lunch Presentations featuring engaging presentations about comfort with digital devices, music therapy, and more.   Full Story
 
Large local employer looking elsewhere
08/04/2015 09:33 PM EDT - BRATTLEBORO >> When Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation Executive Director Adam Grinold found out earlier this year that one of the region's largest employers was contemplating a move outside of Vermont he wanted to know right away what could be done to stop the plan. Full Story

08/04/2015 09:33 PM EDT - WILMINGTON >> A new substation proposed for Gate House Trail is expected to increase power reliability for the Hermitage Club's private ski resort operations and for nearby residences.   Full Story
 
Police Log:
08/04/2015 09:32 PM EDT - Aug. 1 • At 9:30 a.m., the Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Route 5 in Putney. Full Story

Kristopher Radder / Reformer Staff
08/04/2015 09:32 PM EDT - VERNON >> A child care business in Vernon will be able to increase its clientele from nine to the state maximum of 12 after renovation work made possible with a five-figure loan from the Vermont Community Loan Fund.   Full Story
 
 
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Landmark New York hotel can't get bike-sharing rack removed

NEW YORK (AP) — A landmark New York City hotel's bid to get rid of a bicycle-sharing rack from a space across from its entrance has been rejected. Full Story
Report: Ai Weiwei says China promised he can return

BERLIN (AP) — Artist Ai Weiwei says Chinese authorities returned his passport with "almost no" strings attached and promised him that he can return to China. Full Story
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson forced to admit impending fatherhood

A day after band member Liam Payne confirms the news, Tomlinson acknowledges for the first time that he's going to be a dad -- after getting blindsided by question on 'Good Morning America.'