Midday Newscast, September 13th, 2007

The NEA, Vermont’s teachers’ union, says it will mount a campaign this fall to overturn a new education funding law; Vermont Democrats want to know why Governor Jim Douglas hired a Washington lobbyist without putting the job out to bid; a prosecutor won’t drop criminal charges against students accused of stealing exams at Hanover High School.

Interview: Susan Smallheer on Vermont Yankee union vote

More than 150 unionized workers at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant are set to vote today on whether to accept the latest contract deal worked out by union and plant negotiators. The vote was supposed to take place on Saturday, but Rutland Herald reporter Susan Smallheer says the vote was surprisingly cancelled. She spoke with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb about the vote.

Midday Newscast: August 24, 2007

The threat of a strike is looming at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant; two people with extensive backgrounds in communications technology and regulation will lead a new authority designed to get modern communications technology to every corner of the state; the hospital serving the Barre-Montpelier area has won approval for an expansion; a new tool has been added to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s web site allowing hikers to customize routes online through the White Mountains.

Midday Newscast: August 22, 2007

No new talks have been scheduled yet between Vermont Yankee and its unionized workers; Senator Bernie Sanders is holding a press conference this hour with independent filmmaker Robert Greenwald; FairPoint Communications stockholders approved buying Verizon’s operations in northern New England this morning; Folk musician Rusty Jacobs, a founder of the Woods Tea Company died last week.

Midday Report – August 20, 2007

General Dynamics in Burlington receives an Army contract extension worth $107 million; Governor Jim Douglas opposes FairPoint Communications’ plan to buy Verizon’s telephone lines; union workers at Vermont Yankee mull over a contract settlement; the Health Department provides new doses of potassium iodide to people who live in the fallout zone near Vermont Yankee.

Midday Report: August 1, 2007

Vermont’s fourteen hospitals are before a state review board today, asking for revenue increases that average 10%; a statehouse cook off kicks off Eat Local challenges around Vermont; a convoy hauling a monster electrical transformer continues creeping down Interstate 89 this afternoon; dozens of elected officials from cities across the country lobbied Congress this week for an end to the war in Iraq. police in Claremont, NH are accusing a former credit union teller of stealing $72 thousand.