Morning Newscast: July 18, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: Federal regulators have turned down the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s plan to use some of the money from its decommissioning fund for management of the plant’s nuclear waste; Congressman Peter Welch says Congress needs to end the political gridlock over rising energy prices and he’ll back a bipartisan plan that includes additional drilling options for oil companies…

Vermont’s state parks in need of upkeep

Vermont’s state parks remain popular among residents and out-of-state visitors. But many of the parks are showing their age, and the state estimates it would cost $40 million to get them back in shape. As VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, a special commission expects to make recommendations within a month about how to deal with the backlog.