Midday Newscast: August 29, 2008

Howard Dean helps to close the Democratic National Convention in Denver; Vermont State Police to work with three other states this weekend to go after drunk drivers; Students head back to Vermont’s colleges and universities; A New York State Trooper was shot in the hand during a struggle last night in the Adirondacks.

House approves tougher drunken driving rules

Inspired by a Swanton teenager’s death last year, the Vermont House has approved a much tougher approach to drunken driving. The owner of a car could be held responsible if he let an impaired driver use it. VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports.

Midday Newscast April 15, 2008

Congressman Peter Welch says he’s going to push this afternoon for more oversight of contractors working overseas for the U.S. government; the maple sugaring season is slowing down around the state, and in some places it’s already over; more…

Family of teenager killed in drunken-driving crash want DUI penalties stiffened

Several hundred people traveled to the Statehouse yesterday and asked lawmakers to crack down on repeat drunk drivers. The group was motivated by the death of a Swanton teenager last November. The student was killed by a car that was traveling the wrong way on Interstate 89. The driver was a repeat DUI offender, and he’s been charged with being drunk in this case.