VPR Evening News October 10th, 2008

Peter Welch supports government role in economic recovery; Intervale compost battle is over; Vermont woman at center of Supreme Court case; NRC scolding Vermont Yankee for inadequate cooling tower fix; Former slave honored in Poultney; and commentator Ruth Page on one of her favorite wildflowers.

Vermont consumer rights case goes to Supreme Court

A Vermont woman is at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case that could determine the rights of consumers to sue over dangerous products. The woman is Diana Levine, a musician who lost her right arm because of a medical disaster. VPR’s John Dillon has the story that leads from the back roads of Marshfield to the marble halls of the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court to hear Vermont case

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will hear a Vermont prosecutor’s appeal in the case of a domestic assault suspect whose conviction was thrown out because it took a court three years to hear his case.

Supreme Court agrees to salary freeze

Vermont’s Supreme Court has agreed to a salary freeze similar to the one applied to executive-branch employees of state government. But Chief Justice Paul Reiber told lawmakers that the judicial branch does not have as much flexibility as the executive branch to absorb budget cuts because it’s required to keep courts open.