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.

Turnover of School Superintendents

Every year, nearly one-third of Vermont’s 60 school superintendents are new to their jobs. We look at the impact of high turnover rates, and the job’s aging population. Then, we turn to Vermont students making a difference. High school students in Bristol are crafting their own constitution, and Cape Breton fiddle students are hosting a benefit concert for their teacher who has cancer.