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July 10, 2009

Sotomayor's Supreme Debut

US Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is gearing up for Monday's start of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings. And, thanks to digital tech, many local viewers can now watch the whole thing on VPT.

Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, was nominated by Pres. Barack Obama to fill a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court being vacated by Justice David Souter.

Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Commitee, will square off with the panel's ranking GOP member, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) on CBS's "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer.

The Sunday morning news show airs at 10:30 a.m. on WCAX-TV in Vermont.

If you want to watch any of the Sotomayor hearings, they won't be hard to miss on C-SPAN or cable news.

However, Vermont Public Television is offering its viewers another option: You can watch on their new VPT WORLD channel or get a live stream on their website.

“Digital technology allows VPT to program three different channels—our main schedule, VPT Create and VPT World," said VPT president John King in a statement. "We’re happy to be able to offer this timely service on VPT World and to stream it live on our website."

VPT WORLD will carry live gavel-to-gavel coverage by the PBS “NewsHour” team. Coverage will begin Monday, July 13, at approximately 10 a.m. and continue through the afternoon, resuming Tuesday and Wednesday at approximately 9 a.m. and continuing through the afternoon.

In Vermont and bordering areas of New Hampshire, cable subscribers can find VPT WORLD on Comcast channel 174, Charter channel 294, Burlington Telecom channel 306 and on other cable systems, according to VPT.

Viewers who use antennas will find VPT World over the air on broadcast channels 33.4 (Burlington), 20.4 (St. Johnsbury), 41.4 ( Windsor) and 28.4 (Rutland).

OK, so who's bringing the popcorn?

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