Vermont farm fields could one day be planted in hemp; Vermont’s state economist says it’s official: the state is
now in a recession; A new report says Vermont’s the second-best place in America to raise children, even if it does have high health
care costs; A new law will require photoelectric smoke
detectors to be installed in every home in Vermont.
Sen. Arlen Specter discusses his battle with cancer in his new book, “Never Give In: Battling Cancer in the
Senate." Specter will be in Vermont this weekend to promote the book. He spoke with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb.
The state Senate gives preliminary approval to a bill that would strengthen the state mental health parity law; This weekend in Barre, the Vermont Frost Heaves are playing host to a couple dozen very tall, very talented men in the ABA All-Star Game.
Some steps are being taken toward closing and
replacing the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury; an energy efficiency measure that became a major
political fight between the governor and the Legislature last year is becoming
law today; Vermont’s faltering economy is being blamed by Democratic
legislators who have abandoned a plan to change the state’s capital gains tax; senior centers in six Vermont communities are sharing in federal money that will
pay for renovations and improvements.
Members of the state employees’ union say they’re uneasy about a
plan that would eliminate 400 jobs from the state work force; legislators are trying to settle some sharp differences today
about how to promote new home construction; 500 fewer businesses registered with Vermont’s
secretary of state in 2007 than in previous years; the weak U.S. dollar has meant a big jump in the number of
foreign visitors to Vermont’s ski resorts.