As some general stores struggle to stay open, communities are finding creative ways to keep them operating. Bob Kinzel provides an update on what the federal stimulus package could mean for Vermont. And Middlebury College student Alexander Manshel reports on Al Sharpton’s recent visit to campus.
The Tax Department says three years of rising property values have built a $20 million surplus in the state’s Education Fund; Senator Patrick Leahy praises President-elect Barack Obama on his choice for attorney general; Senator Leahy also plans a hearing of the Judiciary Committee this week in St. Albans.
Candidates for attorney general say the state needs to do more to combat sexual assaults and other similar crimes; in the race for the U.S. House, several independents are on the ballot against Congressman Peter Welch and Progressive Thomas Hermann; more…
Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.:
commissioner of Housing and Community Affairs is leaving his post to return to
the private sector; Last month, Toyota announced that it had found problems with some of the
frames on its popular Tacoma trucks, and it’s made a busy time of year in Toyota service departments even busier…
anti-war demonstrators have been arrested after locking themselves together
with chains at the General Dynamics office in Burlington.
Police used bolt
cutters to remove and arrest the protesters last night.
According to Attorney General Bill Sorrell, police
officers in Brattleboro "blew
it" when they used Tasers on two peaceful protesters last summer. Sorrell says there’s definitely a place in law
enforcement for Tasers but the Brattleboro case isn’t one of them.