Legislature considering new tax increment financing districts

Bennington lawmakers are among those seeking an expansion of the program meant to spur development through public infrastructure spending.

Injured ex-inmate’s suit against private prison is due for hearing

The suit says Corrections Corporation of America, which housed Vermont prisoners in Kentucky, failed to provide a safe environment. The plaintiff was hurt by a saw.

Agreement would free man early after conviction overturned by Vermont Supreme Court

Justices cited errors made in a 2013 jury trial. Under an agreement, Lamar Scales, who was accused of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, could be released without supervision.

Man seeking freedom during possible molestation retrial

The case has been sent back to Superior Court, where he will get a chance at a reduction in his $100,000 bail. He wants to live at a Rutland homeless shelter.

PFOA remediation bill clears Senate, heads to House

A House member said the bill has wide support in that chamber and is likely to pass soon. It requires payment from companies found to have released the chemical.

Full slate of candidates set for new Northshire district board

Voters will be asked to approve the Act 46 merger involving as many as nine towns and fill its first board.

Bennington man serving long term for assault on girl seeks to have conviction, term vacated

Rusty Brooks contends that there were errors or omissions during his three-day jury trial in 2011 that may have affected the outcome.

Saint-Gobain issues summonses to Vermonters who commented on PFOA standards

The company has issued summonses to residents in Bennington County who commented on proposed PFOA regulation.

Trial date set for PFOA contamination suit

Attorneys on both sides are preparing for a trial in October 2018. Efforts toward a possible mediated settlement also will be ongoing.

Way appears clear for sale of Bennington block of buildings

A settlement has been reached regarding a stair tower and elevator connecting one of the downtown buildings to a neighboring structure. And environmental issues at the site are said to be limited.

Contract awarded in search for new Pownal water source

State officials have said identifying, testing and approving a new well for a public water system usually takes a year to 18 months. The current well is contaminated with PFOA.

Nature Conservancy donates parcel for affordable housing

The conservation group says it found a site at the edge of its newly expanded North Pownal natural area that is suitable for a Habitat for Humanity home.

Senators hear from residents about life with PFOA

On a visit to Bennington, committee members were told of the financial and emotional fallout of dealing with contaminated water. “My home is not sellable. It has zero value,” one man said.

Bennington voters to decide rescue squad funding

The Select Board had been open to including a lower amount in its budget, but the squad decided to press ahead with the separate $207,059 request made by citizen petition.