VT Edition Interview: Military and Civil Stability in Aghanistan

As the military and political situation in Afghanistan intensifies, Vermont troops prepare for deployment to the region.  Another Vermonter is also headed for that region: Peter Galbraith has been named deputy UN envoy in Afghanistan. Jane Lindholm talks with Galbraith about the coming surge in both military and civilian efforts and the way forward in the region.

Midday Newscast: January 29, 2009

A lawmaker says the state might have enough money to save a prescription drug subsidy program if it’s willing to crack down on salaries at some nonprofit agencies; a new group in state government has begun looking for ways to help businesses that are struggling in the recession;

Same-sex marriage and civil unions

A new commission has released a report that studies whether equality has been achieved between marriage and civil unions. The commission chair explains the findings, recommendations and next steps for the legal status of same-sex couples in Vermont. Also, President Jack Neuhauser of Saint Michael’s College on the pope’s message to Catholic educators, and summer snack shacks and creemee stands re-open for the season.

Vermont in the Civil War

Virtually every Vermont community lost sons in the Civil War. Author Howard Coffin talks about his search to find each town’s connection to the battle between the states.