Midday Newscast: July 18, 2008

Vermont Yankee critics say cooling tower problems show pattern of poor management; Bernie Sanders says Al Gore should be applauded for setting a goal of weaning the U.S. off of fossil fuels; It’s another day of hot, sticky weather and dirty air for parts of VT; a major expansion and renovation project has gotten under way at a hospital in southwestern New Hampshire.

Midday Newscast: February 1, 2008

The airline that began serving Rutland earlier this year is expanding again; more criticism is being leveled at Governor Jim Douglas’ budget priorities; some local officials are also unhappy with the governor’s budget proposals; nearly a dozen schools, mostly in Chittenden County, have already closed today because of the weather.

Cape Air expands to New York state

Cape Air – the Massachusetts based airline that provides passenger service to Rutland- is expanding its reach into upstate New York. The regional carrier will begin flights to Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh later this month. As VPR’s Nina Keck reports they may add Albany and three other upstate New York destinations as well.

VPR Evening News September 21st, 2007

Congressman Peter Welch says Congressional Democrats should maintain a tough stand against the Iraqi War policies of the Bush Administration; The Vermont National Guard says 250 members of the Air Guard are returning this weekend from the Middle East this weekend; Fletcher Allen Health Care applies for state permission to build an electronic health records system; The state will spend almost a million dollars to help low income people who were inadvertently cut from fuel assistance programs; Governor Douglas accuses Democratic legislative leaders of being out of the mainstream; Vermont’s Medicaid program will get an infusion of $530,000 as part of a national settlement with a prescription drug maker, and commentator Mary Barrosse Schwartz is planning to visit her local farmer’s market for Eat Local Day.