Gerald Herbert — The Associated Press
01/30/2015 06:56 PM EST - GRAND ISLE, LA. >> Nearly two dozen turtles that were stranded by cold weather last year in Massachusetts have successfully undergone rehab and have been returned to waters off Louisiana's coast.   Full Story
 
Deadline to apply for last Massachusetts casino license is Friday
01/30/2015 05:53 PM EST - BOSTON >> A gambling company looking to develop a resort at the Brockton Fairgrounds has applied for the final casino license in Massachusetts. Full Story

01/30/2015 05:53 PM EST - BOSTON >> Many of the first 100 prospective jurors questioned in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have said they can't be impartial because they already believe he's guilty or have a personal connection to the attack that would make it difficult to be objective.   Full Story
 
Massachusetts man charged with corn field assaults held without bail
01/30/2015 08:02 AM EST - WORCESTER >>A Millbury man charged with assaulting three women in a remote Sutton corn field has been held without bail. Full Story

01/30/2015 07:59 AM EST - SPRINGFIELD >> A snow plow driver clearing Springfield streets at the height of this week's snowstorm was surrounded by about 25 angry residents who pelted his truck with snowballs and chunks of ice, smashing the windshield.   Full Story
 
 
01/30/2015 09:36 PM EST - ALBANY, N.Y. >> New York school districts and teachers' unions have had a little over a week to look over Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education reform proposal he outlined in his budget address, which, as proposed, would increase education funding by about $1.06 billion, but would not expand curriculum or programs, nor would it make up for lost Foundation Aid or Gap Elimination Adjustment funds.   Full Story
 
Get health insurance or see tax penalty
01/30/2015 09:35 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> The current open enrollment period for the federal Affordable Care Act ends on Feb. 15, and local program "navigators" are urging those without health insurance to contact them. Part of the issue is that those without insurance will be facing increasing tax penalties for not having health coverage. Full Story

01/30/2015 09:35 PM EST - POWNAL >> The Pownal Select Board met for its regular meeting on Thursday night, to designate surplus funds; approve the Fiscal Year 2016 general budget and road fund; and to administer the town warning for spring voting. Pownal Internal Auditor Dave Adams was present at the meeting as the selectboard reviewed surpluses and comparative budget reports, in which an apparent reduction in   Full Story
 
Vermont mulls pulling back crossbow restrictions for deer
01/30/2015 09:33 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> The state may allow the use of crossbows to hunt deer whenever a normal bow and arrow would be permitted. Right now one needs a special disability permit to use a crossbow in place of a bow, but at its Jan. 21 meeting the Fish and Wildlife Board voted to legalize the use of crossbows "whenever a regular bow and arrow could be used," according to a release from the Fish and Full Story

01/29/2015 08:48 PM EST - NORTH BENNINGTON >> The head of the Village School of North Bennington has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. Tom Martin, who came out of retirement in 2006 to become the principal of the then-North Bennington Graded School, oversaw the transition to an independent school.   Full Story
 
 
01/30/2015 07:59 PM EST - BRATTLEBORO >> The town is going to have to change its emergency notification system due to the closing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.   Full Story
 
Windham County reps tackle financial issues
01/30/2015 07:57 PM EST - BRATTLEBORO >> From budget cuts to economic development to college savings, money was a common theme for Windham County lawmakers in the 2015 legislative session's third full week. Full Story

01/30/2015 07:36 PM EST - DUMMERSTON >> There's some good news for taxpayers in Dummerston School's proposed fiscal year 2016 budget.   Full Story
 
Accused of stealing educational files, Blouin pleads no contest
01/30/2015 07:36 PM EST - KEENE, N.H. >> A Hinsdale woman accused of stealing confidential educational information from the town's high school when she worked there was sentenced Friday to six months in prison, all deferred for two years, after pleading no contest in Keene Superior Court. Full Story

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01/30/2015 07:36 PM EST - HALIFAX >> A historical landmark built in 1840 was destroyed in a fire on Thursday afternoon.   Full Story
 
 
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Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis

TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Full Story
Eddie Murphy returning to 'Saturday Night Live'

The actor and comedian will appear on “SNL’s” 40th anniversary episode, marking his first time on the show in 31 years.