Wild spaces preserved through philanthropy

In a new book of essays and photography, Huntington writer Tom Butler explores the stories of how some of America’s and New England’s best-loved wild spaces came to be preserved. Also, Chinese lawyers study environmental law in Vermont, and a Sandgate writer puts turns an unsold novel into a hyperserialized multi-media project.

Midday Newscast: October 23, 2008

Political analysts and Governor Jim Douglas’ challengers wonder how the economy will affect the gubernatorial race; University of Vermont officials are dealing with an outbreak of illness on campus that made at least 60 people sick; more…

About that retirement plan….

In this program: Experts have warned for years that Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement, but the unfolding financial crisis gives new urgency to that warning. Also, a 19th century Vermont painter’s images of Montpelier. And, a lesson in stacking firewood.

Democratic lt. governor’s race

The Primary Election is Tuesday and there are two Democrats running for lieutenant governor: former representative Tom Costello of Rutland and businessman Nate Freeman of Northfield.  We’ll find out what they would do as lieutenant governor, and why they want to challenge incumbent Republican Brian Dubie.

Salmon deployed to the Middle East

Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon has been called to active duty for up to nine months with the U.S. Naval Reserve. Salmon says he will leave this weekend for two or three months of training. Then, he’ll be deployed to the Middle East for another six months.

Same-sex marriage and civil unions

A new commission has released a report that studies whether equality has been achieved between marriage and civil unions. The commission chair explains the findings, recommendations and next steps for the legal status of same-sex couples in Vermont. Also, President Jack Neuhauser of Saint Michael’s College on the pope’s message to Catholic educators, and summer snack shacks and creemee stands re-open for the season.