Morning Newscast: April 4, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: Vermont’s Senators say homeowners in their state can use some help; the Vermont Senate wants the state Attorney General to investigate whether oil companies are fixing prices and gouging customers;  a Mendon hotel has been shut down by the state after tests confirmed it as the source for a case of Legionnaires’ disease;  and a worldwide shortage in hops, a key ingredient in beer, is hitting home in Vermont.

Attorney General asked to investigate oil companies

The Vermont Senate wants the state Attorney General to investigate whether oil companies are fixing prices and gouging customers. Senator Bobby Starr represents Essex and Orleans counties. He wants to know why the public is paying record prices, while oil companies earn record profits.