April 24, 2002 - News at a Glance

04/24/02 12:00AM



Interview: Planets in Alignment
Steve Delaney interviews astronomer Frank Pakulski on the upcoming alignment of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Reapportionment Compromise
It appears that the Vermont House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement concerning a new reapportionment plan for the House. The details of the compromise are to be released later today. (VPR)

Civil War Battlefield
A civil war battlefield where more than twelve hundred Vermonters fell has been saved from development. The National Park Service will spend just over six million dollars to protect the Wilderness battle site near Fredricksburg, Virginia. Vermont Civil War enthusiasts say preserving the site has been their top priority for years. (VPR)

Environmental Court
The Vermont House has given its strong preliminary approval to legislation that sponsors hope will increase the productivity of the state's Environment Court. (VPR)

Hartford School Contract
Members of the Hartford school support staff delivered a petition to the Hartford School Board yesterday. The petition urges that the union contract currently being negotiated include livable wages and affordable health insurance. (VPR)

Federal Education Money
Vermont Republicans are attacking Governor Howard Dean for suggesting that the state forgo federal education funding. Dean has said he might turn down the money because the state would be required to implement a battery of new standardized tests. (AP)

Airport Security
Vermont National Guard troops are to end their security duties at airports in Burlington and Rutland by the last week in May. (AP)

College Employees' Union
More than 100 employees of Vermont colleges have voted to unionize, joining an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers. (AP)

Gilman Millworkers
100 laid-off workers are still waiting for their last paychecks from the American Paper plant in Gilman, VT. They also complain that the company stopped paying their health insurance, leaving them with no coverage. (AP)

Molester Arrested
Michael Bliss of Vernon has been arrested in California. Bliss was on the FBI's Most Wanted List for child molestation. (AP)

ASC Court Settlement
American Skiing Company is asking a court to limit its damages for breaking a contract to sell the Steamboat Springs resort. ASC hopes to pay not more than $500,000 in damages to the owners of Okemo, who had expected to purchase the Steamboat resort. (AP)

Winooski School Board
The town's revote for a school board seat produced Wendy Whaples Scully as the winner with a three-vote margin. The losing candidate, Thomas Kane, has not yet decided if he will ask for a recount. The second round of balloting was ordered by a judge after the Town Meeting Day election results were disputed. (AP)

Marijuana Bust
Vermont National Guard troops on duty at the Canadian border found more than 100 pounds of marijuana in a truck. The guardsmen summoned police to make an arrest. (AP)

Chan Trial Date Set
Davis Chan of Burlington will go on trial this summer. Chan is accused of killing two business partners three years ago. (AP)
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