Hearings begin on sex crime penalties

The probation officer who supervised the man accused of abducting 12-year-old Brooke Bennett says he felt compelled to recommend the release of Michael Jacques from probation on an earlier conviction.

Midday Newscast: March 17, 2008

Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will join Sen. Patrick Leahy for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Rutland next week; the Legislature is considering a bill that would require a state permit for anyone who wants to sell pets; the state of New Hampshire is helping to make sure a proposed wood pellet plant can be built in Berlin; Dino Ambrosini, a retired marble sculptor whose work decorates several public spaces in Rutland, has died.