FairPoint service under scrutiny

Problems with the transition from Verizon to FairPoint have raised questions about FairPoint’s ability to deliver services. We talk with FairPoint’s executive vice president, Jeff Allen, about the company’s operations in northern New England. Also, the legal implications of "sexting" and how lawmakers are trying to address the issue.

Midday Newscast: November 7, 2008

Former Gov. Howard Dean says he supports the direction that President-elect Barack Obama is taking in assembling an administration; Senator Bernie Sanders says he will push for a substantial economic stimulus package when Congress returns to session in about 10 days;

Education Bills Raise Controversy

Two education bills are raising controversy at the Statehouse this legislative session. One would abolish the state board of Education and elevate the commissioner’s job to cabinet status; a second bill would repeal last year’s measure that requires a town to vote twice before raising their school budget by a certain percentage. And we look back at the big stories in the week’s news.

Senate faces budget woes

Vermont’s Senate Appropriations committee faces some major challenges in the next two weeks. Because the state economy is slowing down, the committee must cut at least $25 million from their budget for next year.

Midday Newscast: March 11, 2008

Anthony Pollina will officially get into the race for Vermont governor at the end of the week; Sen. Bernie Sanders has some ideas for the federal budget that’s being drafted in Washington this week; more…

Midday Report: August 9, 2007

The state is asking young Vermonters who went away to college, to think about coming home to work; it’s now easier for Vermonters getting food assistance, to shop at farmers’ markets; twice this week the Public Service Board has acted in a manner that’s in conflict with Governor Jim Douglas known positions on energy policy; the Montpelier City Council has scrapped a just-completed property value revision. Dozens of angry residents argued at a meeting last night that there was no rhyme or reason for the values assigned to their properties.

Midday Report: August 1, 2007

Vermont’s fourteen hospitals are before a state review board today, asking for revenue increases that average 10%; a statehouse cook off kicks off Eat Local challenges around Vermont; a convoy hauling a monster electrical transformer continues creeping down Interstate 89 this afternoon; dozens of elected officials from cities across the country lobbied Congress this week for an end to the war in Iraq. police in Claremont, NH are accusing a former credit union teller of stealing $72 thousand.