Economic Development in the Northeast Kingdom

We broadcast live from the Northeast Kingdom with a look at the region’s economic development plans with Senator Vince Illuzzi and regional planner Steve Patterson. Then we talk with sibling writers Leland Kinsey and Natalie Kinsey-Warnock about what inspires them to write about the Kingdom.

Getting By: Steve Leonard

It’s been pointed out that the definition of a living wage can vary, depending on each worker’s needs and hopes and circumstances. As part of our series on getting by, VPR’s Nina Keck spoke with Steve Leonard. He’s a 24-year-old bottle sorter at the Beer King in Rutland, and he says he’s satisfied – at least for now – with the work and the compensation.

House Minority leader returns to Statehouse

(Host) House Minority leader Steve Adams made an emotional return to the Statehouse on Tuesday, a month after having heart surgery. Adams told his House colleagues that his recuperation is going well and that he expects to be back in Montpelier on a full time basis after Town Meeting Day. But Adams said his return was difficult because of the death of his seat mate, Lyndonville Representative Cola Hudson, late last month: (Adams) "My return is obviously bittersweet I’ve sat in this chair here for seven years and have had the wisdom of seat # 113 guide me in many of the decisions that I’ve made and I as all of you do miss Cola." (Host) Dorset Rep. Patti Komline is the acting head of the House GOP caucus until Adams returns.

Midday Report: August 10, 2007

After an inspection on Monday, the state has reduced the maximum weight allowed on the Tenney Truss Bridge on Route 15-A in Morrisville; Former Governor Howard Dean brings the inner circle of the Democratic National Committee to Burlington this weekend for a strategy session; Vermont’s new buildings commissioner Gerry Myers says he’ll have a recommendation for the Legislature by this winter about where state offices should be located in Bennington; this week a new class of students began their four years of study at the UVM Medical School, including Alan Frascoia from Barre, who was a granite cutter in the family tradition until he chose medicine over stone; VPR’s Steve Delaney hosts his final Midday Report and begins retirement after 50 years in broadcasting.