Radio Free Vermont: Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Lawmakers might exempt themselves from jury duty

Lawmakers discussing whether they should exempt themselves from jury duty during the legislative session.

Dean Makes Bid for DNC

Howard Dean is once again throwing his hat in the ring, this time he is formally running for head of the National Democratic Party.

St. Albans Student Has Meningitis

"A student at St. Albans Town Elementary School has been hospitalized with meningicoccal disease, or meningitis, an extremely rare disease that affects the brain and spinal column."

Burlington Ballot Wording Questioned By Coalition

"Who gets to ask the question?

That's the question being asked about the ballot language for the Moran plant redevelopment plan by a group of Burlington residents calling themselves the 'Let the People Decide' coalition. They claim the current wording of the question will hide vital information from voters."

Judge Tosses Brent Curtis Subpeona To Tetify In Dodge Case

Rutland Herald: "A judge quashed a subpoena Monday that would have required a Rutland Herald reporter to testify in the Bruce Dodge murder trial."

Windham County Sheriff's Dept Hands Over 4 Illegals To Customs

Four men from Honduras and Mexico.

Rutland Herald Reporter Denies Disorderly Charge

Rutland Herald's reporter Brendan McKenna pleaded innocent Monday to two charges of disordely conduct. Read the story and just imagine what must have transpired in the editor's office the day after it all happened.

Town planners still leery of rail project

Efforts to address the Rutland Town Planning Commission's concerns about the Rutland Railyard Redevelopment Plan haven't gone far enough to gain unconditional support.

Rainville concerned about extending length of Guard active duty

"The leader of the Vermont National Guard says she will speak out against a potential change in Pentagon policy that would allow more frequent call-ups of Guard and Reserve soldiers."

Vermont Lt. Governor bids for ambassador post

"Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie is under consideration for a Bush administration appointment to a United Nations agency that regulates international air travel, according to sources."

Vermont emergency management chief announces resignation

"Vermont Emergency Management Director Albie Lewis announced Tuesday he will resign to take a job in the private sector."

Commissioner says DET reorganization would offer better service

Half of the employment department's regional offices would close, but the services they provide to workers, employers and the unemployed would improve, the department's commissioner told skeptical lawmakers Wednesday.

]Two division directors let go at VTrans

"Vermont's new transportation secretary, heading up an agency rocked by one big highway project doubling in cost and another being halted by a federal judge, has given two top managers their walking papers."