Rules to prevent spread of fish disease prompt debate at bait shops

A big debate is brewing in an unlikely place – Vermont’s bait shops. Emergency rules adopted last fall have placed limits on the sale of wild bait because they may be infected with a fish-killing virus. That’s not sitting well with bait shop owners, who’ve been forced to make a critical business decision. AP Photo/Rob Swanson

VPR Evening News: November 23, 2007

Another Vermont tree goes to Washington for the Capitol Christmas Tree. One candidate could represent both Democrats AND Progressives in the 2008 race for VT Governor. VT biologist concerned over deer disease in NY State possibly heading for VT. VPIRG hoping media attention to understaffed Consumer product Safety Comm. will lead to legislative action on dangerous products, particularly toys.

CDC officials hear complaints about chloramine

Officials from the Centers for Disease control hear from Vermonters about skin irritation and other problems. The officials also plan to visit residents in their homes and may help the state design a study to look at the health impacts of chloramine.

Midday Newscast: September 20, 2007

State officials are encouraging Vermonters who have “advance directives” to put them in an online registry; a student from Rutland has won a college scholarship for her ideas about kitchen technology of the future; one of the issues that will be debated in the federal farm bill this fall is a national tracking program designed to protect consumers from the spread of animal disease; an agency that advises Congress says the U.S. Department of Agriculture should figure out a way to integrate state programs to keep costs down and focus on animals that pose serious risks.