Midday Newscast: April 3, 2008

Members of the Vermont House are voting today on how to pay for roads and bridges; advocates say the state needs to do more to expand health care to Vermonters who can’t afford it; Sen. Patrick Leahy is taking on the Department of Homeland Security again about identification requirements at U.S. borders.

Leahy holds hearing on border issues

The Department of Homeland Security says it’s trying to make borders more secure with its “Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative”. But to many Vermonters and Canadians, the new law stands for daily headaches and long-term worries. Today in Newport, Senator Patrick Leahy chaired a Judiciary Committee hearing on the issue.

VPR Evening News September 28th 2007

Debating the statewide property tax; Vermont’s two largest power companies say they need to be able to change their rates when their own costs for electricity rise or fall; The federal Department of Homeland Security is creating 300 new jobs in Vermont; A new research initiative that’s focused on Lake Champlain and its tributaries has been awarded a six-point-seven million dollar grant; Members of the U.S. House are asking the FCC to review the proposed sale of Verizon’s telephone land lines in the three states; Enthusiasts of four-legged power gather this weekend at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds; and commentator Frank Bryan on the end of September being a time for reflection.