Morning Newscast: August 11, 2008

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Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.:

The Vermont Supreme Court is refusing the governor’s request to cut its budget by 5 percent;  Vermont’s rainy summer is taking a toll on farms;  Verizon and Unicel have been fierce competitors in this region. To maintain the competition, regulators say Verizon has to sell Unicel’s assets here and in Washington state;  Montpelier schools will open late this year to accommodate construction at the middle school, which is being investigated for possible asbestos contamination;  Some Vermont prosecutors say there are more effective ways to crack down on sex offenders than imposing longer mandatory minimum sentences.

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