Morning Newscast: December 26, 2008

Christmas Eve fire destroys historic building in Fairfax; new regulations concern Vermont’s handmade toy industry; in VPR’s continuing series, Sounds of 2008, water flow after a dam excavation in Northfield.

Sounds of 2008: Elton John Fan

This morning, we take up Sounds of 2008, our review of the past year. Singer Elton John’s voice was heard, in person, in Vermont for the first time this year.  

Sounds of 2008: Garrison Keillor

Public radio’s own, Garrison Keillor, headlined the Champlain Valley Fair at the end of the summer. He brought "A Prairie Home Companion” – along with all of the stories, jokes and music – before a sellout crowd.  

Sounds of 2008: Patrick Leahy

We’re listening back to some of the news, and newsmakers, of the past year. And in this election year, Senator Patrick Leahy’s voice was heard across the country.

Sounds of 2008: al Jazeera

Today in our "Sounds of 2008" series, we’re looking at how in Burlington, the Middle East television news network Al Jazeera was itself news.