VPR Evening News June 26th, 2008

A legislative committee is scrambling to find ways to help Vermonters pay for the skyrocketing cost of heating fuel; Senator Patrick Leahy is applauding the Supreme Court decision overturning the District of Columbia’s tough restrictions on gun ownership; Governor Douglas says Vermont lawmakers didn’t take enough action to lower property tax bills; Dr. Wendy Davis has been appointed the new acting commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health; The Vermont State Police issued an Amber Alert today as part of the search for a missing 12-year-old girl; Two Vermont National Guard soldiers will be decorated with Purple Hearts this weekend; and commentator Bill Shutkin says that when it comes to climate change, vision is more important than technology.

Dubie says state must prepare for fuel emergency

Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie says the state needs to prepare for a possible emergency this winter as Vermonters struggle to pay for home heating fuel. Meanwhile, Vermont fuel dealers say they can’t afford to offer "pre-buy" programs that customers have used to lock in prices for the winter ahead. VPR’s John Dillon reports.