Midday Newscast: July 21, 2008

Deadline today for political candidates to get their names on the ballot for this fall’s elections; two gubernatorial candidates raise serious questions about Vermont Yankee operation; cheese aging facility in Greensboro hopes to help artisan cheesemakers; heavy trucks to be banned from the U.S. Route 4 bridge over the Connecticut River.

Vt. debates 2-year vs. 4-year term

Former governor Madeleine Kunin says she’ll urge lawmakers in the upcoming Legislative session to support a four-year term for governor. Kunin says a longer term is needed because state government is now dealing with more complicated issues. But UVM political science professor Frank Bryan says the plan will insulate governors from voters.