Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.:
Governor Jim Douglas’s economic proposal is aimed at boosting construction and making it easier for people to buy homes. But as lawmakers study the plan before the end of the legislative session, there are questions about how much economic growth will actually result. Fire officials in Burlington say a suspicious fire has destroyed a 130-year-old barn at the Intervale Center. Skyrocketing gas prices are spelling hard times for Vermont gas station and convenience store owners. On Friday, 14 police dogs and their handlers will be inducted into the Vermont Police Canine Association Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Pittsford.