State and local police across Vermont
have launched a campaign to increase the number of people who wear seat belts; St.
Johnsbury’s school board wants to hire a private investigator to make sure
children in its schools actually live in town; more…
Last week Vermont Education Commissioner Richard Cate said Vermont
schools aren’t meeting the needs of half of its students. Richard Cate joins us on the program to talk
about what he means when he says the education system needs to be revamped. Also, we explore the connection between St. Michael’s College
and the Ilula Orphan program in Tanzania. And, on this Valentine’s Day, we go looking for love on Burlington’s
inspectors still don’t know what caused the blaze that destroyed St. Mary’s
Church in Mount Holly the Sunday after Christmas. Parishioners
are grateful that no one was hurt and that foul play is not suspected. But
as VPR’s Nina Keck reports, they worry about the church’s future and whether
their tiny community can stay together.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has raised concerns about the level of
phosphorus pollution that the state may allow from the St. Albans sewage treatment plant.
EPA says St.
Albans Bay on Lake
Champlain is already
polluted, so phosphorus levels should be reduced.
A St. Albans man is due in court today to answer charges that he shot and wounded another man following an early morning altercation; FairPoint Communications says it’s ready to answer criticisms of its bid to buy most of Verizon’s northern New England operations; opponents of the war in Iraq are trying to pressure Congress to bring U.S. troops home; Vermont State Police are already preparing for Labor Day with saturation patrols.
Senator Patrick Leahy is seeking a meeting with President Bush to resolve a showdown over the firing of U.S. attorneys. Vermont’s Health Department wants to prevent the spread of several diseases in the state’s schools; police are searching for a man who shot a 20-year-old Berkshire man early this morning in downtown St. Albans following an argument; eight clifftops around Vermont have been reopened to hikers.