Vt State Police discuss their future mission

The director of the Vermont State Police is calling for a statewide discussion concerning the future mission of the State Police. Col. James Baker says his force is having a difficult time dealing with a number of serious cases, because the troopers are being asked to respond to calls from towns that rely solely on the State Police for all their law enforcement needs.

Public Transportation

Public transportation has always been a problem for residents of Vermont’s small towns and back roads, and the need for public transit is likely to become more acute as the population ages. We talk about new ideas for getting Vermonters where they need to go, and learn about an award-winning program that seems to be working for residents of the Champlain Islands.

New York man to lead Bellows Falls Police

A veteran police chief from Cornwall, N.Y., will become the new leader of the village police department. The village trustees offered the job to Russell “Rusty” O’Dell.

Midday Newscast: September 3, 2007

A state official says the emergency shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant last week was caused by a lack of grease in a bearing that’s part of a large motor-operated valve; two federal grants could help the Vermont Department of Public Safety clear a backlog of DNA samples from old criminal cases; a lading lawmaker is calling for a more uniform approach to domestic violence enforcement in Vermont; the city of Rutland is another step closer to moving its Recreation Department into an Army Reserve Center.