Federal nuclear regulators have promised to work with the state on a safety
inspection of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. But
some lawmakers are questioning whether the federal review will satisfy their
demand for a truly independent assessment.
The Douglas Administration wants to scale back a proposed independent review of
the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. Lawmakers
have called for the review as they prepare for a vote next year on whether to
extend the plant’s license for another 20 years.
In almost any year, some of the moving moments come when we pause to reflect on
those who have left the stage during the past few months. And,
as VPR’s Steve Delaney reports, there were some notable departures this year.
things change in the business world, it often affects employment and the
general economy. As
VPR’s Steve Delaney reports, some of those stories during the past year involved
one of the biggest names in business.
In every collection of the year’s top stories, some fit neatly into categories. This is about politics, that’s a weather story. Others just won’t slide neatly into pigeon-holes. VPR’s Steve Delaney reports on some of these stories for our 2007 Year in Review.
a theory that more legislation is passed in odd-numbered years, when lawmakers
are not distracted by running for office. But
as VPR’s Steve Delaney reports, politics seldom took a back seat to policy in
the past twelve months.
In Vermont, the weather is frequently the
news. It makes or breaks growing seasons on the farms and ski season on the
as Steve Delaney reports in this part of our series on the top stories of 2007,
sometimes Mother Nature just gets cranky.
fabric of life in Vermont has a different weave every year. In
2007 it was full of variety. On the lighter side, the state became the official
home of The Simpsons. And
weightier social topics had our attention, especially when it came to one
marijuana case in Windsor County. VPR’s
Steve Delaney has more in the second part of our year in review.
The Annual Christmas Bird Count is underway. We talk with Bridget Butler of Audubon Vermont about which winter birds we’re likely to catch a glimpse of here in Vermont. Then we hear from author and VPR commentator Willem Lange about his much loved Christmas story about Favor Johnson. And we continue our Year in Review series by looking at the top cultural stories of the year.