April 2, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Tulloch Changes Plea
Robert Tulloch plans to change his plea of innocent by reason of insanity in the murders of two Dartmouth professors. Tulloch is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the January 2001 stabbing deaths of Half and Susanne Zantop in their Hanover home. He’s expected to plead either guilty or no contest to the crimes. (VPR)

Act 60 Reforms
This could be a key week concerning efforts by House Republicans to make changes to Act 60. Finding consensus in the GOP caucus for any major change is proving to be a difficult task. (VPR)

New Foodbank Program
In 1999, the Vermont Foodbank lost part of it’s main facility when the building roof collapsed. Now with a new building and a new program, the Foodbank is ready to put healthier, fresher food on the table. (VPR)

Britain’s Queen Mum
England’s Queen Mother died Saturday at the age of one hundred and one. Her passing did not go unnoticed among Vermonters with ties to England. (VPR)

Church Abuse Cases
In his Easter homily, Vermont Bishop Kenneth Angell addressed the sexual abuse scandal that has gripped the Catholic Church. Angell apologized for the conduct of some priests and asked Catholics not to despair. (VPR)

Electric Rates
A consumer group says utilities should lower their rates after they sell the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The Vermont Electricity Consumers Coalition represents business and residential customers. (VPR)

Federal Support for Childcare
Congressman Bernie Sanders is calling on Congress to allocate more money in next year’s budget for childcare programs. Sanders says he is very concerned that the Bush administration wants to level fund the federal child care block grant for the next five years. (VPR)

C & S Moves to NH
Governor Howard Dean says he regrets that C & S Wholesale has decided to relocate part of its head-quarters to Keene, NH. The decision will take about 400 jobs out of state. (AP)

Jeffords, Ice Cream and Global Warming
Senator Jim Jeffords is teaming up with Ben & Jerry’s and the Dave Matthews Band to launch a new campaign against global warming. The effort is named after an ice cream flavor, "One Sweet Planet." (AP)

Potassium Iodide
A company that provides potassium iodide capsules says Vermont has received 93,000 doses. The pills are administered to people near nuclear fallout to prevent thyroid cancers. (AP)

Burlington: State of the City
In his annual state of the city address, Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle says he wants a central transport station connecting rail and ferry links with the Burlington bike path. (AP)

Race Discrimination Suit
The Vermont Human Rights Commission is suing a Denny’s Restaurant in South Burlington for discrimination against 2 black customers. (AP)

New Cellular Phone Competitor
Sprint-PCS has joined Verizon and Cellular One in seeking Vermont’s cell phone customers, especially in Burlington and Rutland. (AP)

Closed Paper Mill
A paper mill in Gilman, Vermont is closed over a dispute involving unpaid bills. The mill owes a New Hampshire fuel supplier. 115 people are out of work. (AP)

Prescription Theft
A Westford man faces charges of entering the homes of ill elderly people and stealing their prescription drugs. He could face nine years in prison. (AP)

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