Morning Newscast: April 25, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: Inspired by a Swanton teenager’s death last year, the Vermont House has approved a much tougher approach to drunken driving; The House has approved legislation that supporters say strengthens Vermont’s mental health parity law; Douglas plans to pick up trash along Interstate 89 today as part of State Employee Green-Up Day…

Midday Newscast April 22, 2008

The leader of the Vermont Senate says he would support a gay marriage bill; Legislators are beginning to review Governor Jim Douglas’ proposed "economic growth package"; Earth Day events are being held across the state today.

VPR coverage of Town Meeting Day and the Vermont Primary

Join VPR and NPR for full coverage of the day’s political activities across Vermont and the country. At 7pm, tune in for VPR’s coverage of Town Meeting Day, hosted by VPR’s Steve Delaney. At 8:30pm, VPR joins NPR’s All Things Considered for updated primary coverage. At 10:00pm, NPR’s Robert Siegel and Melissa Block host NPR’s Primary Special recapping results in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Communities consider broadband proposal on Town Meeting Day

More than 20 towns in eastern and central Vermont are looking to create a new broadband communications network. The effort is being led by a non-profit group that hopes to connect the communities with fiber-optic service for phone, Internet and cable TV. Towns will consider the proposal on Town Meeting Day.