Voices in the week’s news: May 1, 2009

The budget, raw milk legislation and a possible loss of Federal stimulus dollars made headlines in the last few days. Here are some of the voices from this week’s news.

Rutland residents nervous about increase in crime

Patrick Leahy and Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter — the two most powerful members of the Senate Judiciary Committee — are in Rutland this morning to hear what state and local leaders have to say about the increase in drug related violent crime. As VPR’s Nina Keck reports – many local residents welcome the chance to shine a light on what they call a growing problem.

Specter says mentors needed to prevent crime

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will be meeting in Rutland later this month to hear about the city’s problems with drugs and violent crime. Senator Patrick Leahy will hold the hearing on March 24 along with Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.