Midday Newscast: January 22, 2009

A new law inspired by the rape and murder of a girl in Randolph last summer won preliminary approval in the state Senate just a few minutes ago; Gov. Jim Douglas outlines his budget proposals in a couple of hours;

Next steps in punishing sex offenders

Sen. Dick Sears recaps the public testimony his committee has taken on how to punish and treat sex offenders, and gives us a preview of draft recommendations for the Legislature. Also, VPR’s Neal Charnoff goes backstage with a production of "Well" by playwright Lisa Kron.

Funeral held for Brooke Bennett

The funeral service for Brooke Bennett was held today. The 12-year-old Braintree girl’s disappearance and death triggered an intensive federal and state investigation and led to the filing of kidnapping charges against her uncle.

Midday Newscast: July 9, 2008

A major fire hits downtown Springfield overnight; the funeral for 12-year-old Brooke Bennett of Braintree takes place; the Christopher Williams trial is underway; the chief of mental health at Vermont’s Veterans Administration Medical Center is seeing mixed results in treating younger veterans for combat stress.

VPR Evening Newscast, July 7, 2008

VT delegation hop to double low heating assistance money; VSAC loans for college students are going down.  U.S. Border Patrol officer fired shots in a scuffle in the woods at the Derby Line; Aabama authorities file child pornography charges against Brooke Bennett’s former stepfather; commentator Philip Baruth on life, art and the Pixar film WALL-E.