February 25, 2002 - News at a Glance

02/25/02 12:00AM



Wireless in Vermont
The first of a five-part series examines town policies on cell tower construction. Read the transcript to this story, or listen to the audio version here. (VPR)

Police Powers
The House on Friday afternoon, by a two to one margin, gave its preliminary approval to legislation that will give law enforcement officers new power to take people into custody. Opponents argued that the measure gives the police too much discretion in determining whom to arrest. (VPR)

Bishop Angell Returns to VT
The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington has decided to cut short a vacation and return to Vermont. The Bishop is determining how the Burlington Diocese should respond to disclosures that the Catholic Archdiocese in Boston has quietly settled sexual abuse claims against more than 70 priests in the last decade. (VPR)

Junkyards in Guilford
The town's effort to crack down on junkyards has become a political issue in next month's Select Board election. (VPR)

This Week in the Statehouse
Vermont lawmakers will concentrate on committee work this week, trying to get bills cleared for floor action. The House Ways and Means Committee is working on revisions to the state income tax law. (AP)

Route 132 Construction
The upgrading project on Route 132 in Sharon will cost more than expected. The road's sub-base is composed of rotting logs and gravel, thereby increasing the project cost. (AP)

Police Dispatch Centers
The Vermont State Police is merging twelve dispatch centers into four. The change sparks complaints that the dispatchers won't know their service regions as well as before the change. (AP)

Medical Malpractice Insurance
Malpractice suits have been settled or stalled because the insurance company that's supposed to pay the claims has failed. One of every four Vermont physicians had Phico Insurance Co. coverage. (AP)

Miller Marketing Fischer Skis
An Austrian ski company that signed a marketing contract with New Hampshire skier Bode Miller before he became an Olympic medallist now hopes to cash in by getting a product boost. (AP)

State Park Reservations
The Vermont state park system reports that some of its prime camping locations are almost booked solid for summer weekends. Reservations are running 20% ahead of last year. (AP)

McKinnon Out of House Race
South Royalton State Representative William McKinnon says he won't seek another term. McKinnon is announcing a run for probate judge in Windsor County. (AP)

State Real Estate Deal
The state is one step closer to a three-way real estate deal in Montpelier involving Vermont Mutual Insurance, and Green Mountain Power. (AP)

Crematory Regulation
Lawmakers are expected to consider this week whether to regulate crematories in the state. Vermont is one of nine states with no regulation of crematories. The facilities need only an air pollution control permit. (AP)

Olympics Medal Count
The Winter Olympic games ended with for Vermont athletes won more medals than delegations from 59 countries. Athletes from this state are bringing home two gold medals and a silver. (AP)
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