Midday Newscast: March 5, 2008

Here are the top stories at noon: With most of Vermont’s precincts reporting, Obama has 59 percent to Clinton’s 39 percent; Secretary of State Deb Markowitz says turnout yesterday was at 41 percent, which breaks a record set in 1980; Burlington voters approved a bond to renovate the Moran plant, and a bond to update a power plant…

Clinton supporters say support for war hurt candidate

     It was a disappointing night for the supporters of Senator Clinton, who were hoping for a much closer outcome. A small group of campaign workers slowly filtered into Sweetwaters restaurant in downtown Burlington. The evening was essentially over before it started when the national networks called the race for Senator Obama one minute after the polls had closed here.

Obama supporters credit organization, lack of support for war

Senator Barrack Obama scored a decisive victory over Hillary Clinton in Vermont’s Democratic primary. The Illinois senator was propelled to a double-digit lead over Senator Hillary Clinton by voters who said they were motivated by the war in Iraq and the need for change in the political landscape. VPR’s John Dillon reports.

John McCain wins Vermont by large margin

In declaring victory in Vermont, John McCain said he will return during the general election campaign. McCain made his promise in a phone call to a small group of supporters last night. VPR’s Steve Zind reports.

Interview: Sen. Barack Obama on Vermont’s primary

A winner of 11 presidential primaries in a row, Senator Barack Obama hopes Vermont will play a role in keeping that winning streak intact in tomorrow’s Democratic primary voting. The Illinois Senator spoke with us from the campaign trail yesterday by cell phone, and VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb had a chance to ask him about a number of issues of concern to Vermonters.

Clinton, Obama hoping for Vermont’s delegates

Vermont’s presidential primary was once a political backwater. The voting often came long after the race was decided. And the state didn’t have enough delegates to make a difference. That’s all changed this year. Democratic strategists say when the votes are tallied on Tuesday, Vermont will count as much as the big states of Ohio and Texas. VPR’s John Dillon reports.

Morning Newscast: February 27, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: Winter weather is causing school delays and closings; Today is the last day for Vermonters to register if they want to vote in next week’s presidential primaries;  The commissioner of the state Department of Public Service wants a lawmaker sanctioned for telling a state attorney during a meeting that if this were China, someone in her department might be taken out and shot;  Rose-Marie Pelletier of Pownal has an idea for people’s tax rebates, donate it to your community.