Smoking in Vermont

As part of VPR’s series, Vermont Quits, we look at how tobacco settlement funds have been used in the state to help people kick the habit.  Also, we get an update on public meetings surrounding a defunct asbestos mine in Eden and Lowell.  And, we bring you the sounds of a unique portable organ.

Midday Newscast: January 13, 2008

Senator Patrick Leahy says he believes the nominee to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat from Illinois should take office; Congressman Peter Welch says some Vermont ideas could serve as national models on national health care and energy efficiency policies;

Health Department reports error in asbestos study

The state Health Department says it made an error in a recent report that pointed to higher cancer rates in towns surrounding an old asbestos mine in northern Vermont. But it says the study still shows higher rates of another asbestos-related disease.

VPR Evening News December 11th, 2008

Vermont’s U.S. Senators reluctantly endorse auto industry bailout; Governor asks for special assistance from Congress; Health Department finds error in recent asbestos report; Essex Junction looking to become more pedestrian-friendly; and commentator Deborah Luskin reminds us to celebrate responsibly.

Absestos mine clean-up to cost more than $200 million

State and federal agencies estimate it will cost more than $200 million to clean up hazardous waste from an asbestos mine in northern Vermont. The government has filed claims in state court and in bankruptcy court as it tries to get the money from the mine’s former owners.

VPR Evening News November 12th, 2008

Senate Dems prioritize a new sexual assault law; Asbestos waste causes concern; New secretary for the Agency of Human Services is announced.; and commentator Henry Homeyer with fall chores to ease the transition to winter.

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;