09/24/2016 05:31 PM EDT - BOSTON >> When voters head to the polls in November, supporters of a pro-farm animal ballot question want them to have one question in their minds: What would it feel like to spend their entire lives without enough room to stand up, turn around, stretch their arms and legs and lay down again.   Full Story
Warmer waters might prevent baby lobsters from surviving
09/24/2016 07:46 PM EDT - PORTLAND, MAINE — Baby lobsters might not be able to survive in the ocean's waters if the ocean continues to warm at the expected rate. Full Story

Don Treeger — The Associated Press
09/24/2016 03:56 PM EDT - CHICOPEE >> After two years of crashing on a lumpy couch at a friend's house, disabled Marine veteran Ferris Shelton finally has a home of his own.   Full Story
Restored historic ship returning to once-devastated seaport
09/24/2016 07:46 PM EDT - NEW YORK — After a yearlong renovation, an iron-hulled sailing ship built in 1885 is returning to New York City's seaport district as the centerpiece of a museum that is making a comeback after having the wind knocked out of its sails after Superstorm Sandy. Full Story

Christopher Lee — The New York Times
09/24/2016 03:04 PM EDT - NEW YORK >> The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, one of the largest nonprofit home health care agencies in the United States, likes to highlight a lineage going back to its founder, Lillian Wald, who began nursing the poorest immigrant New Yorkers in their homes in 1893.   Full Story
Derek Carson — Bennington Banner
09/23/2016 06:25 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Bennington Elementary was one of five Vermont schools this year to receive a Year of the Book grant from the Children's Literacy Foundation. In order to celebrate the $25,000 grant, CLiF's founder and executive director, Duncan McDougall, visiting the school on Friday, sharing stories about reading with students, and letting every child in the school pick their first book   Full Story
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott speaks at Equinox
09/23/2016 06:25 PM EDT - MANCHESTER >> Lt. Governor, and Republican gubernatorial candidate, Phil Scott, visited Manchester on Friday, speaking to reporters at the Equinox Resort. Among the topics discussed were Scott's views on health care, workforce development, and Act 46. He also spoke at the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems annual meeting, which was taking place at the resort. Full Story

09/23/2016 06:25 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Teachers with the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union have begun contract negotiations with the schools alongside the educational support personnel, with the goal of coming up with a unified solution on healthcare. The educational support personnel (ESP) and teachers both agreed to short-term contracts that will expire at the end of next June, with the teachers signing a   Full Story
Drug court suggested at criminal justice reform event
09/23/2016 02:03 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> A forum and panel discussion on criminal justice reform drew over 50 people on Wednesday. Attendees gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church Meeting House for "Re-Imagining Justice," an event by the nonprofit organization Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform. "The restorative process doesn't happen behind concrete walls," said panelist Michael Washington. Full Story

09/23/2016 12:16 PM EDT - We've pulled the plug on article commenting on the Bennington Banner's website and instead made it convenient to share your comments with us. Many will rejoice in this decision to close down online comments. Some will complain. We're out to raise the quality of discussion about the people, places and things covered on our website.   Full Story
Surveillance Still
09/23/2016 06:59 PM EDT - CONCORD, N.H. >> Dwight Smith, 44, of Hinsdale, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice.   Full Story
Manitou Project in Williamsville hosts equinox celebration
09/23/2016 06:59 PM EDT - WILLIAMSVILLE >> As the days shorten and the nights lengthen, light and dark slowly come into balance. Full Story

Kristopher Radder — Brattleboro Reformer
09/23/2016 06:58 PM EDT - CHESTERFIELD, N.H. >> Work begins on modifying and removing some of the recently installed rumble strips along Route 9 on Monday.   Full Story
Shumlin renews call to keep Vermont Health Connect
09/23/2016 06:48 PM EDT - MONTPELIER >> Gov. Peter Shumlin says Vermont Health Connect is working and that abandoning the exchange now would be a bad decision. Full Story

09/23/2016 12:16 PM EDT - We've pulled the plug on article commenting on Reformer's website and instead made it convenient to share your comments with us.   Full Story
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Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston split up

Taylor Swift decides Tom Hiddleston isn’t the one after all and hands him his walking papers.