April 24, 2003 – News at a glance

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Act 60 reform bill
An Act 60 reform bill cleared the House Ways and Means committee on Wednesday. Many members of the committee said they are reluctantly backing the measure as a way to help lower property taxes. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Energy efficient state offices
Governor Jim Douglas wants state government – and its taxpayers – to spend less money to heat and light state buildings. So on Wednesday Douglas announced a new partnership that will reduce energy costs for state offices. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean calls for Santorum’s resignation
Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean has called for Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum to resign his leadership position among Senate Republicans. (AP)

Vermont College president
The Union Institute and University, which owns Vermont College in Montpelier, has a new president. Roger Sublett will have offices in Montpelier and at the school’s main campus in Cincinnati. Sublett has been provost and chief operating officer of the Union Institute since March of last year. (AP)

Hampton Inn project approved
Plans to build an 80-room Hampton Inn in Bennington have won state approval. An Act 250 permit issued yesterday includes a requirement that an archeological study be conducted. The developer hopes to break ground on the project this spring or early summer. (AP)

Bennington schools vandalized
Vandals broke into two Bennington schools on Easter Sunday. Officials believe the vandals entered Mount Anthony Union High School and Catamount Elementary School sometime after 9:00 p.m. Both schools are closed this week for spring vacation and won’t reopen until Monday. There is no damage estimate. (AP)

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