Radio Free Vermont: Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Arctic Cold Grips Northeast

"A deep Arctic freeze refused to relinquish its grip over the Northeast and Midwest early Tuesday, keeping teeth chattering and temperatures at bone-chilling lows."

Norwich University's Band To Play At Inauguration

A local group is gearing up for a big day in Washington: President George W. Bush's second inauguration.

One local college will be striking up the band for the president.

Marching is common at Norwich University. After all, it is a military college.

Lawmakers ask board to go slow on Velco power line

"A bipartisan group of legislators and activists urged Tuesday that the Public Service Board not approve a major new power line for northwestern Vermont until alternatives are studied more thoroughly."

Republican House leader resigns post, citing health issues

"The Republican leader of the House resigned his leadership post Tuesday, citing health issues, shaking up the depleted ranks of the minority party in the first month of the new session."

Ex-Fletcher Allen hospital chief pleads guilty

"The former chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen Health Care pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge that he misled state regulators about the true cost of the hospital's major expansion."

World Learning has new president

"The executive director of the United Nation's Children's Fund has been named the new leader of World Learning and its School for International Training, World Learning officials said Tuesday."

Lawmakers question increases in state's corrections budget

To the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the question was quite clear: Why, in a period of declining crime, is it costing so much to house and supervise Vermont's convicted criminals?

Disaster plan criticized

"Nuclear-Free Vermont is spearheading a public letter-writing campaign that urges Gov. James Douglas to refuse to send a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency that signs off on the emergency evacuation plan."

Man complains about court system, but pleads guilty to drug possession

"A 26-year-old Troy, N.Y. man connected with gang crime nearly squandered a chance for a plea agreement on drug charges Tuesday when he aired grievances about his experience in court."

Ice Fishing Action Picking Up Throughout Vermont

Where is the action? Lake Champlain along the state's western border at over 100 miles long is ranked highly because of the quality and variety of fish you can catch including landlocked salmon, lake trout, brown trout, northern pike, yellow perch, white perch, walleye, crappie, and smelt.

Rural broadband in economic spotlight

Rural areas without broadband Internet access are being left behind as governments and companies across northern New England do more business online, economic development officials say.

Sale of genetically engineered seeds rises in Vermont

Eight companies reported selling a total of 458-thousand pounds of genetically engineered seeds last year, up from 417-thousand pounds in 2003 and 168-thousand points.

Agriculture Secretary Steve Kerr says that' a steep increase."