State unveils new program to help Vermonters reduce their home energy use this winter; Two groups involved with mental health care want to know which Vermont doctors got thousands of dollars last year in gifts from drug companies;
Toxic blue-green algae has begun
to bloom in northern reaches of Lake Champlain; Senator Bernie Sanders says
cable television companies should be regulated by the government; most state
offices are closed today in observance of Bennington Battle Day.
Bernie Sanders wants the federal government to crack down on lending companies;
fuel prices are rising while oil companies earn record profits; Vermont’s top transportation official says he’s willing to
consider new ways of raising money to pay for road and bridge repair.
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.
Congressman Peter Welch is critical of a plan that
would protect telephone companies from lawsuits if they allowed federal
wiretaps without a proper court order. The Bush administration says the electronic
surveillance was part of the war on terror – and companies shouldn’t be
penalized for cooperating.
An Ohio company has agreed to spend four-point-six billion dollars to clean up emissions from its power plants.
As VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, American Electric helped fund groundbreaking research at the University of Vermont that demonstrated the company’s emissions contributed to acid rain in Vermont and the Northeast.