Congressional negotiators have agreed on a renewal of the
farm bill that includes an expanded milk price support program; Negotiators in
the Vermont House and Senate have reached agreement on next year’s budget, one
of the final steps before adjournment; A provision that contains an exemption to the billboard ban
draws criticism; Questions remain about whether Governor Douglas will sign
legislation dealing with the Vermont Yankee decommissioning fund; A St.
Johnsbury company has closed, putting 80 people out of work; Workers have
repaired a gate on a Connecticut River hydroelectric dam; and commentator Mary McCallulm
on one special graduation ceremony.