April 16, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Interview with Paul Gillies
Steve Delaney and Paul Gillies discuss possible outcomes of a reapportionment stalemate in the Legislature. Gillies is lawyer and former deputy secretary of state. (VPR)

Lobbyists’ Spending
Vermont’s legislative session has entered its fourth month and work for the dozens of lobbyists has become more intense. The most recent lobbyist spending reports show that business groups and the state’s largest health insurance company are the top spenders this year. (VPR)

Senate Reapportionment
The Vermont Senate this week is expected to consider a new reapportionment plan for itself. It appears unlikely that the Senate is going to back a proposal that would shift one senator from the northeast kingdom to the northwestern part of the state. (VPR)

Police Shoot Pittsford Man
A Pittsford man remains hospitalized after being shot by a Vermont state police officer yesterday. State troopers were responding to a domestic dispute when the shooting occurred just off Route 7 in Pittsford. (VPR)

Shooting Death in Waitsfield
Authorities have determined that a Montpelier man found dead in Waitsfield last Friday was shot to death. Twenty-four year old Declan Lyons of Montpelier was killed while working at the American Flatbread Company. (VPR)

Potassium Iodide Demand
The state has started distributing potassium iodide pills to people living near the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, but so far there’s been little demand for the tablets. (VPR)

Veterans’ Health Care
A number of Vermont veterans’ organizations are supporting Congressman Bernie Sanders’ plan to increase health care funding for veterans. (VPR)

Land Trust Acquisition
Two farmers have sold development rights for nearly 1,000 acres of land in Franklin County to the Vermont Land Trust. The deal will keep the land in use for dairy farming. (AP)

Goddard College
The trustees of Goddard College are exploring an alliance with another school to keep the troubled liberal arts college in Plainfield open. The trustees are not yet disclosing potential partners but will revisit the discussion at their June meeting. (AP)

Scoville Family Honored
The parents of 1992 murder victim Patricia Scoville are being recognized in Washington today for their work on behalf of the victims of crimes. (AP)

Texas Company Owes VT Fines
Vermont regulators say a Texas company is trying to close its Vermont operation without paying the fines it owes the state. World Communications Satellite Systems is under investigation for deceptive marketing. (AP)

Dean Fundraising
Governor Howard Dean’s presidential fundraising effort has yielded only $30,000 in the first three months of this year. An aide says Dean is focusing more on traveling and meeting people, than on fundraising. (AP)

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