Here are the top stories at 12:10pm
Gov. Jim Douglas is in Washington today asking Congress to help the states deal with their financial problems; St. Johnsbury is among the Vermont towns that would like to take advantage of an economic stimulus package;
In a new book of essays and photography, Huntington writer Tom Butler explores the stories of how some of America’s and New England’s best-loved wild spaces came to be preserved. Also, Chinese lawyers study environmental law in Vermont, and a Sandgate writer puts turns an unsold novel into a hyperserialized multi-media project.
A commission exploring same-sex marriage is concluding its first meeting; Vermonters who need health insurance can begin enrolling in a new state program in a little more than a month; Vermont’s aging state parks are going to get a close look from the new Governor’s Commission on the Future of State Parks; former Vermont state poet and activist Grace Paley has died.