Voices in the Week’s News: August 22, 2008

The state budget and campaign finance problems were only part of the news this week. We also heard in-depth reporting on pollution in Lake Champlain, the attorney general defended how prosecutors go after sex offenders, a new health center was designated for Lamoille County, and oil prices were blamed on market speculators. We listen back to some of the voices in the news this week.

Preventing child sexual abuse

Experts in child sex abuse want to shift the state’s conversation from how to punish offenders, to how to prevent these crimes in the first place. We find out what kids need to know to keep themselves safe.

Voices in the week’s news: August 15, 2008

The Prosecution of sex crimes and state budget cuts were the big stories this week, but we also dealt with flooding from ongoing rains, continues concern about winter heating, and an effort by China to stall a piece of recycling legislation in Vermont. We listen back to some of the voices in the news this week.

Prosecuting sex crimes

The attorney general and most of the state’s prosecutors are in favor of changes that would make it easier to prosecute sex crimes. We talk with Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage about why they support these reforms. And VPR’s Ross Sneyd joins us to analyze how the candidates for governor are approaching this issue.

Montage: Voices in the Week’s News

As the Legislature heads for adjournment this weekend, the news this week was busy with stories on legislative action. The economic stimulus plan, exceptions to the billboard law, toxic plastics in baby toys and the mechanism for raising school budgets were debated. Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning fund, food stamp usage and school test scores were also on people’s minds.

Governor Jim Douglas

The scope of safety assessments at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and a capital gains tax plan are some of the issues we discuss with Governor Jim Douglas. Also, we listen back to some of the voices in the week’s news.