Midday Newscast: August 5, 2008

Here are the top stories at noon: Rutland has adopted a new ordinance restricting where convicted sex offenders can live after their release from prison; A big swath of forestland in northern New Hampshire has been preserved with the help of snowmobilers, anglers, preservation groups and an anonymous donor…

Debate over big box stores simmers

For a number of years in the 1990s, Wal-Mart stores symbolized Vermont’s debate about its future. Eventually, the big retailer opened stores in Bennington, Rutland, Berlin and Williston, and attention shifted. But the debate was never fully resolved and, now, with new proposals, it’s simmering again. VPR’s Ross Sneyd has more.