Midday Newscast: August 12, 2008

Vermont Democrats are holding a news conference to criticize Republican energy policy; State crews have worked for 10 days to reopen a highway in Wallingford that was heavily damaged when a beaver dam failed; Michael Jacques’ defense team has hired two New Jersey lawyers who specialize in death penalty cases.

Mental Health Parity

The Vermont House has passed legislation to strengthen the state’s mental health parity law. We talk with Rep. Mike Fisher who supports the measure. Also, we talk to Justice of the Peace Zeke Church about the job of marrying couples, and our series of audio postcards from Vermont towns takes us to Reading, population 707.

Nation’s ski industry hoping for record year

Forget baseball and spring flowers. The nation’s ski resorts are all about skiing and snowboarding even as April begins. A bountiful winter may lead to a record-setting season for the $6 billion industry this year. A year ago, resorts posted a 7 percent drop in visitors nationwide because of a fickle winter.

Inclusion: students with disabilities in the classroom

We talk with filmmaker Dan Habib and University of Vermont education professor Michael Giangreco about the concept of inclusion for students with disabilities, and how it plays out in the classroom. Also, reporter Erin Demuth Judd of the Glens Falls Post-Star tells us whether the north country will see an infusion of economic development aid from New York state. And we ring in the Chinese New Year with celebrants as they prepare banners for New Year’s Day on Thursday.