Midday Newscast: August 13, 2008, 2008

Gaye Symington says more troopers should be transferred to special units that investigate sex crimes; a Vermont state senator says the Chinese government has tried to influence state law; artists have been asked to help Vermont tackle its future; some underground fuel tanks in New Hampshire need to be inspected because they might leak hazardous substances.

Midday Newscast: July 2, 2008

Green Mountain Power promotes solar system usage; a contingent of Vermonters is in Quebec City to help commemorate the 400th anniversary of its founding. Vermonters can apply for emergency unemployment benefits soon; the Douglas administration says it can cut 150 government positions without harming public programs.

Leahy gains support for Freedom of Information Act update

Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy has gotten more support for his proposal to strengthen the federal law that protects the public’s right-to-know. Over the weekend he reached an agreement with Republican Senate opponents. But the legislation still needs approval from the President.