State Agrees To Quicken Investigations Into Elder Abuse

The Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living is promising to eliminate a backlog of investigations into whether elderly Vermonters were abused or neglected. A number of advocacy groups had threatened to sue the department if it did not agree to eliminate what they said was a backlog of 300 cases.

Priest sex abuse trial gets underway

A priest sex abuse trial has opened with the victim’s lawyer telling the jury that the Roman Catholic Diocese chose to protect priests rather than children. The church attorney is saying that the victim waited too long to file a lawsuit.

Midday Newscast: November 12, 2008

State officials want to know whether waste from an old asbestos mind in Lamoille County was used on local roads or construction projects; a group of Franklin County doctors wants to fight prescription drug abuse by requiring patients to sign a contract when they seek pain drugs;

Preventing child sexual abuse

Experts in child sex abuse want to shift the state’s conversation from how to punish offenders, to how to prevent these crimes in the first place. We find out what kids need to know to keep themselves safe.

Diocese will appeal $8.7 million verdict

Lawyers for Vermont’s Roman Catholic Church say they’ll appeal an $8.7 million verdict. On Tuesday, a Chittenden Superior Court jury found in favor of a Colorado man who says he was repeatedly abused by a priest in a Burlington church in the 1970s.

Morning Newscast: May 13, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: A jury in Burlington is expected today to begin deliberating a priest sex abuse case against the Diocese of Burlington. Vermont’s Fish and Wildlife Department says the health of the state’s big-game species is generally good. Biologists say they want that to continue. So they’re drafting new policies that will guide wildlife management for the next decade…