Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.:
The House today overcame objections from the business community and approved a
bill targeted at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant; At least three Vermonters are among U.S. service members stranded in
Kuwait even though they’re supposed to be headed back from Iraq and
least three Vermonters are among U.S. service members stranded in Kuwait even though they’re supposed to be headed back from Iraq and Afghanistan.
VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, the same delays that have fouled commercial airline
schedules are now affecting the military.
The state has reached a tentative settlement with FairPoint Communications that
could pave the way for the company to acquire Verizon’s land line phone service
settlement must still be approved by the Vermont Public Service Board.
The state Public Service Board has rejected FairPoint Communication’s request
to buy Verizon’s land line phone service in Vermont.
the board also invited FairPoint to submit a revised proposal. And it laid out
some conditions it would impose — if it approved the deal.
State consumer advocates say they have concerns
about a plan by AT&T to acquire a large piece of Unicel’s wireless phone
service in Vermont.
The AT&T acquisition is part of a major
re-shuffling of cell phone providers in the state.
Firefighters in northeastern Vermont are continuing to battle a stubborn brush fire that has been smoldering on a Waterford mountain for almost a week; new passenger service and amenities are coming to several airports in the region.Vermont’s Public Service Board is in the second day of hearings on whether FairPoint Communications should be allowed to buy Verizon’s telephone and broadband businesses in northern New England.
The state is asking young Vermonters who went away to college, to think about coming home to work; it’s now easier for Vermonters getting food assistance, to shop at farmers’ markets; twice this week the Public Service Board has acted in a manner that’s in conflict with Governor Jim Douglas known positions on energy policy; the Montpelier City Council has scrapped a just-completed property value revision. Dozens of angry residents argued at a meeting last night that there was no rhyme or reason for the values assigned to their properties.