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Vt. nuclear debate in New York City

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From Vernon, Vermont to New York City, the legal saga over the future of Vermont Yankee has landed in federal court.

Lawyers for both the State of Vermont and Entergy will face off before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. Each side will have just 15 minutes to argue its case.

The state is appealing last year's ruling that found Vermont lawmakers violated federal law by considering the safety of the nuclear plant when voting not to extend its operating license. Yankee's old license expired in March, yet it's still open. This time around the state is spending big bucks for outside counsel.

Legal expert Cheryl Hanna of Vermont Law School says it's tough to predict how the three judge panel will rule. What's clear is that Vermont will not be out lawyered.

Jennifer Reading will be inside the courtroom Monday and will have live reports and expert analysis on the evening news at 5pm and 6pm.

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