Midday Newscast February 27, 2009

Senator Bernie Sanders has proposed expanding community health centers as a step toward national health care reform; during town meeting next week, one central Vermont town will vote whether to reopen a small hydroelectric dam;

Swanton residents want dam to stay

Some Swanton residents are upset about a proposal to remove a dam from the Mississquoi River as a way to reopen seven miles of spawning habitat for several Lake Champlain fish species.

Bellows Falls dam malfunctions

A gate on a Connecticut River dam has malfunctioned and won’t close. Engineers from Vermont and New Hampshire are monitoring the hydroelectric plant in Bellows Falls.