Life After 9/11: Changes On The Border

People who live along our border with Canada are among those whose daily lives have been affected by increased security in the post 9/11 era. The first story in our series Life After 9/11 looks at how visiting our ‘neighbors to the north’ has changed in the past decade. 

Blue-Green Algae Bloom At Dangerous Levels On Lake

On Lake Champlain, hot weather and pollution have triggered blooms of toxic blue-green algae. The blooms are a near-annual event. But this year, they’ve reached dangerous levels in Missisquoi Bay. The state Health Department says pets and people should stay out of the affected water. And a town in Quebec that uses the bay for its water supply says the water is no longer safe to drink.

Swanton residents want dam to stay

Some Swanton residents are upset about a proposal to remove a dam from the Mississquoi River as a way to reopen seven miles of spawning habitat for several Lake Champlain fish species.

Midday Newscast: September 25, 2008

A first-of-its-kind auction is under way today in the Northeast; new school test results show that Vermont students are not scoring well in science; despite legal challenges in other towns, Swanton has adopted restrictions on where sex offenders can live.

Family of teenager killed in drunken-driving crash want DUI penalties stiffened

Several hundred people traveled to the Statehouse yesterday and asked lawmakers to crack down on repeat drunk drivers. The group was motivated by the death of a Swanton teenager last November. The student was killed by a car that was traveling the wrong way on Interstate 89. The driver was a repeat DUI offender, and he’s been charged with being drunk in this case.