06/24/2016 12:42 PM EDT - BOSTON >> The Massachusetts Senate plans an aggressive approach to bolstering the state's power supplies with renewable resources like hydropower and offshore wind, proposing legislation on Friday that would go further than the House to require the purchase of 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind and roughly 1,500 megawatts of other clean energy resources.   Full Story
 
Citing enforcement disparity, Mass. ACLU backs legalized marijuana
06/24/2016 11:31 AM EDT - BOSTON >> Citing disparities in arrest rates for marijuana possession, the Massachusetts chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday endorsed a ballot campaign seeking to legalize the adult use of marijuana in the state. Full Story

06/24/2016 10:03 AM EDT - WORCESTER, MASS. >> A serial bank robber from Worcester has been sentenced to up to 10 years in state prison after pleading guilty to robbing eight area banks in a three-month period in 2014.   Full Story
 
Prison worker charged with improper sex conduct with inmate
06/24/2016 08:12 AM EDT - BOSTON >> A Suffolk County corrections officer has pleaded not guilty to a charge of improper sexual conduct with an inmate. Full Story

06/24/2016 08:11 AM EDT - SOUTH HADLEY, MASS. >> Authorities say a 26-year-old South Hadley man was killed and a Chicopee (CHIH'-kuh-pee) woman was seriously hurt in an all-terrain vehicle crash on a wooded trail near Skinner State Park.   Full Story
 
 
Courtesy the Office of Peter Welch
06/24/2016 07:13 AM EDT - A sit-in staged by 60 Democrats who called for stricter gun control laws lasted 25 hours in the House Chambers before it ended early Thursday afternoon. Vermont's own U.S. Rep. Peter Welch was among the lawmakers who demanded votes on laws that aim to expand background checks for gun buyers and prevent terrorist suspects from buying firearms.   Full Story
 
Rowley, Brownell clash at SVSU meeting
06/24/2016 07:13 AM EDT - BENNINGTON — Two school board members, chairman Nelson Brownell and alternate Bennington representative Gene Rowley engaged in several heated exchanges at Wednesday's regular meeting of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union board. The first exchange occurred during a motion to authorize superintendent Jim Culkeen to approve nominations in the interim hiring period until the August board Full Story

06/24/2016 07:15 AM EDT - BENNINGTON — Nine properties were sold at the town's tax sale on Thursday, netting over $100,000 in delinquent payments and reducing the total amount owed by about 20 percent. A total of 17 properties were up for sale, according to Town Manager Stuart Hurd. The town bid the minimum amounts on five of the eight properties which did not sell.   Full Story
 
MOSAIC summer programs at MAUMS still have openings
06/24/2016 07:15 AM EDT - BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony Union Middle School's MOSAIC summer program will return this year, and there are still spots available for interested students. The program is running four one-week sessions. Some classes take place over two session, and students are welcome, but not required, to attend both weeks. Full Story

06/24/2016 07:17 AM EDT - SHAFTSBURY — Two cases of rabies have been reported in the area of Shaftsbury and North Bennington. A cow has contracted the disease as well as a gray fox, which attacked a local woman, according to Traci Mulligan, deputy health officer of animal control in Shaftsbury and Arlington. "I've done animal control for 30 years now and when rabies first happened it was well announced.   Full Story
 
 
06/24/2016 05:50 PM EDT - ST. ALBANS >> Some farmers say proposed rules meant to protect Lake Champlain from runoff could jeopardize profits and that the agency has overstepped what legislators intended when they adopted the law requiring those rules.   Full Story
 
Police Log
06/24/2016 12:00 PM EDT - June 10 • The Brattleboro Police Department responded to a call for a male subject falling asleep in the driver seat of his vehicle on Main Street. Full Story

Kris Radder Reformer Staff
06/24/2016 11:06 AM EDT - BRATTLEBORO >> Two state representatives seeking re-election are facing contested races, with two political newcomers throwing their hats into the ring.   Full Story
 
Police Log
06/23/2016 10:16 PM EDT - June 10 • The Brattleboro Police Department responded to a call for a male subject falling asleep in the driver seat of his vehicle on Main Street. Full Story

Courtesy the Office of Peter Welch
06/24/2016 07:47 AM EDT - A sit-in staged by 60 Democrats who called for stricter gun control laws lasted 25 hours in the House Chambers before it ended early Thursday afternoon.   Full Story
 
 
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