VPR Evening News May 21st, 2008

An additional $10 million dollars is pegged for state transportation spending; President Bush vetoed the Farm Bill today, and Congress quickly moved to override him; Senator Leahy sharply questioned the executives of America’s five biggest oil companies about the rising price of oil; The trial of Brian Rooney is nearing its conclusion; and commentator David Moats on the people he met on his round-trip train ride.

Interview: Vermont Tiger’s Geoffrey Norman on the farm bill

Senator Patrick Leahy says the federal farm bill is good news for Vermont. But Geoffrey Norman has a very different view. Norman is a long-time journalist and editor of the on-line journal VermontTiger.com. He says even if the farm bill does contain some good things for Vermont, taken in full consideration, it’s anything but good. Norman speaks with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb.

Morning Newscast: May 16, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: The top member of Governor Jim Douglas’s cabinet, Mike Smith, plans to leave the administration this summer, but he’ll be replaced by Transportation Secretary Neale Lunderville; Acting Health Commissioner Sharon Moffat is also stepping down;A farm bill includes provision allowing Bromley Resort to buy Green Mountain National Forest land is drawing criticism…

VPR Evening News May 15th, 2008

The U.S. Senate passes a five-year extension of the farm bill; Governor Douglas signs a bill that will make it easier for nursing mothers to continue breast-feed their babies after they return to work; Transportation Secretary Neale Lunderville will take over as Secretary of Administration; There are currently no breeding pairs of bald eagles in Vermont; and commentator John Fox on ball games and springtime. 

Morning Newscast: May 15, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: Vermont’s congressional delegation says the federal farm bill passed by the U.S. House is good news for Vermont; Officials at several Vermont electric utilities say more people are falling behind on their bills; Progressive Anthony Pollina says he hoped he’d have a clear shot at defeating Governor Jim Douglas this fall…

Checking in on Vermont’s Dairy industry

We take a look at how Vermont’s dairy farms are faring in today’s economy. Also, we talk with David Goodman about his new book, cowritten with his sister, radio host Amy Goodman. And a remembrance of Ernest Stires, a much-loved musician who died last week.