Midday Newscast, September 25, 2007

Vermont students are better than average; two Vermont cities are working with other communities throughout New England to help control global climate change; Congressman Peter Welch says he hopes President Bush drops his opposition to expanding a national children’s health insurance program; the editor of the Brattleboro Reformer is joining the Douglas administration.

Midday Newscast, September 24

Former Lt. Governor John “Jack” Burgess has died;people spending time outdoors in Vermont this fall are being warned that this is also a peak season for deer ticks; Dan Davis says he intended to serve out his four-year term as Windham County state’s attorney when he was re-elected last year, but changes in state retirement benefits prompted him to reconsider; about 80 Vermont National Guard engineers are back in the United States after spending almost a year on the ground in Iraq.

Midday Newscast: September 10, 2007

A little more than an hour ago, 104 people stood at the Statehouse and became new citizens of the United States; Senator Patrick Leahy is urging Congress to support legislation to delay new passport requirements to 2009; foresters and landowners from around the Northeast are focusing on global climate change at a meeting in Fairlee today and tomorrow; the Caledonian-Record newspaper in St. Johnsbury was burglarized over the weekend.

Foresters gather to tackle climate change

The warming of the earth could dramatically change the face of Northeast forests. Vermont’s signature sugar maples could begin to decline gradually crowded out by oaks and other species more common in the south. That’s the challenge for owners of timber stands and the foresters and loggers who manage them. As VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, foresters view global warming as both an opportunity and a challenge.