Midday Newscast: September 17, 2007

Senator Patrick Leahy is greeting the appointment of a new attorney general with some advice to the White House; President Bush announced today he’s appointing retired federal judge Michael Mukasey as attorney general; Transportation officials say a key bridge over southern Lake Champlain is aging and may need to be replaced in the next few years; a group that has raised awareness about suburban sprawl in Vermont is changing its name to reflect its changing mission.

Crown Point Bridge update, replacement eyed

The Crown Point Bridge was pronounced safe after inspections over the past month or so. But the historic span over southern Lake Champlain was designed for another era. So Vermont and New York are trying to figure out whether it can be updated or whether it should be replaced.

Interview: Peter Van Keuren, Crown Point Bridge inspection

f you’re taking the bridge that connects Crown Point, New York with Addison, Vermont today, you may want to give yourself a little extra time. The Crown Point Bridge is undergoing an inspection that started yesterday and continues today. Peter Van Keuren is New York’s Department of Transportation Public Information Coordinator. He spoke with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb and says the span was scheduled for a check-up, but given recent events, there was an added urgency to getting one now.