April 16, 2004 – News at a glance

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Williams speaks at Saint Michael’s
Last week, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jody Williams spoke at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester. The Poultney native was named Nobel Laureate in 1997 for her work to ban anti-personnel land mines. (VPR)

Changes to right to farm law
The Senate Agriculture Committee has heard concerns that proposed changes to the right-to-farm law could make it unconstitutional. The legislation is a top priority for the Douglas Administration. But it’s facing tough questions in the Senate. (VPR)

Interview: Mo Rocca
The University of Vermont’s Speakers Series continues on Friday evening with Mo Rocca, a former “senior correspondent” from the Daily Show, a fake TV news program on Comedy Central. Mitch Wertlieb talks with Rocca about fake news coverage and art the of satire. (VPR)

Leahy lambastes Bush
The United States has squandered the good will showered on it by the world after nine-eleven, according to Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Leahy spoke to students and faculty on Thursday at Brattleboro’s World Learning Incorporated. (VPR)

Identity theft bill
The Senate has given its final approval to legislation that makes it a crime to steal someone’s identity for the purpose of illegally obtaining merchandise in the victim’s name. Backers of the bill say it’s one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. (VPR)

Dubie in Cuba
Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie has been in Cuba since Monday, leading a Vermont delegation that’s trying to build personal and commercial relationships. (VPR)

Photo driver’s license
The Vermont Senate has endorsed a bill that would require all new drivers in the state to have photographs on their licenses. (VPR)

Manchester housing development
An unused gravel pit in Manchester could become the site of 23 expensive homes. The Partridge Hill company has won a permit that will allow it to subdivide a 46-acre gravel pit. (VPR)

Interview: My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun
In 1999, author Theo Padnos was nearing the completion of his PhD in comparative literature. His job search brought him to the Woodstock Correctional Facility, where he was a teacher for just over a year. Padnos used the works of authors such as Mark Twain, Flannery O’Connor and Ken Kesey to connect with an assortment on young Vermont criminals. They in turn shared with him thoughts about their lives, and their crimes. Neal Charnoff talks with Padnos about his new memoir. (VPR)

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