Midday Newscast: January 23, 2009

The Vermont House recommends a cut in the statewide property tax rate next year; in the Senate, a wide-ranging bill that would crack down on sex crimes won final approval earlier today; IBM’s Vermont factory is hurting; Vermont could become the first state with a "smart" electric grid.

Priest sex abuse trial gets underway

A priest sex abuse trial has opened with the victim’s lawyer telling the jury that the Roman Catholic Diocese chose to protect priests rather than children. The church attorney is saying that the victim waited too long to file a lawsuit.

Midday Newscast: October 21, 2008

The Orange County sheriff will announce this afternoon that he plans to form a special unit to investigate sexual crimes; Two Vermont teenagers are among six young people who will be recognized tonight in San Francisco for tackling environmental challenges.