Midday Newscast: January 23, 2009

The Vermont House recommends a cut in the statewide property tax rate next year; in the Senate, a wide-ranging bill that would crack down on sex crimes won final approval earlier today; IBM’s Vermont factory is hurting; Vermont could become the first state with a "smart" electric grid.

Midday Newscast: October 21, 2008

The Orange County sheriff will announce this afternoon that he plans to form a special unit to investigate sexual crimes; Two Vermont teenagers are among six young people who will be recognized tonight in San Francisco for tackling environmental challenges.

Prosecuting sex crimes

The attorney general and most of the state’s prosecutors are in favor of changes that would make it easier to prosecute sex crimes. We talk with Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage about why they support these reforms. And VPR’s Ross Sneyd joins us to analyze how the candidates for governor are approaching this issue.

Interview: Dan DeWalt, on Brattleboro’s Indictment Resolution

This Tuesday on Town Meeting Day, Brattleboro residents will be voting on a ballot article that has caused some controversy around the country. The resolution calls for the indictment of President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, for what it says are crimes against the U.S. Constitution, such as the sanctioning of torture and illegal wiretapping. One of those involved in getting the indictment resolution placed on the ballot is Dan DeWalt. DeWalt is a Selectman from Newfane who, in 2006, introduced an Impeachment Resolution at Town Meeting. He spoke with VPR’s Neal Charnoff.    

Social Justice series explores bias and hate crimes with “The Laramie Project”

At Saint Michael’s College, students want to do something about homophobia, hate crimes and social injustice. So this fall, the school organized a series of events to confront the issue, beginning with a theater production of “The Laramie Project”. The play tells the story of the people of Laramie, Wyoming, and the tragic death of Matthew Shepard in a hate crime nine years ago.

Interview: Sue Montgomery, Desire Munyaneza trial

A war crimes trial resumed in Montreal yesterday after a 3-month hiatus. The case centers around a man named Desire Munyaneza, accused of committing numerous atrocities during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Sue Montgomery is a journalist who has been to Rwanda and is covering the trial for the Montreal Gazette. She spoke with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb about the case.