April 7, 2004 – News at a glance

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Project introduces nesting bald eagles to Vermont
Vermont is the only state in the continental United States without nesting bald eagles. Even though it’s expected that birds from New Hampshire will take up residence in Vermont in the next several years, the state has launched its own effort to make sure the bald eagle returns. (VPR)

Progressives back governor’s capital gains tax plan
Members of the Progressive Caucus in the Vermont House say they back Governor Jim Douglas’ plan to eliminate the 40 percent exemption on capital gains revenue. (VPR)

Senate identity theft bill
The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted unanimously in favor of legislation to reduce cases of identity theft in Vermont. Committee Chairman Dick Sears says the bill is the most important consumer protection initiative that the Legislature will deal with this year. (VPR)

House passes resolution against new wilderness areas
The Vermont House has gone on record against new wilderness areas in the Green Mountains. Lawmakers endorsed a resolution on Tuesday that calls on the congressional delegation to oppose new wilderness in the National Forest. (VPR)

Three Vermont Guard members wounded in Iraq
Three Vermont National Guard soldiers are recovering from wounds suffered last week in a roadside ambush in Iraq. In the same attack, a New Hampshire National Guard soldier was killed. (AP)

Douglas supports health care bill despite changes
Governor Jim Douglas says he can live with health care legislation moving through the House even though it’s missing a key component he had fought for. (AP)

Canns to make one last run for Senate
Longtime Republican Senator Julius Canns from Caledonia County says he’s running for re-election for the last time. (AP)

Vermonters hope to make the Major Leagues this season
It’s been more than 19 years since a Vermont-born baseball player has made it to the Major Leagues. But that could change this year. Six Vermont baseball players are finishing spring training in Florida and Arizona. (AP)

Bennington Bypass costs
The top Democrat in the Vermont Senate says transportation officials “guessed” when estimating the cost of the second phase of the Bennington Bypass. Senator Peter Welch made his comments as the original estimate more than doubled to $99 million. (AP)

Animal cruelty bill
The future doesn’t look good for an animal cruelty bill that’s been before lawmakers for the last few years. The bill would make animal cruelty a felony. Lawmakers say the measure is too complex for any action to be taken on the bill. (AP)

Dubie headed to Cuba
Vermont Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie is expected to announce today an upcoming state trip to Cuba. Dubie says the goals of next week’s trip are to help establish a relationship between the people of Vermont and the people of Cuba. (AP)

Turnbaugh acquitted
A jury has acquitted a Moretown man accused of killing his co-worker in April 2002. The unanimous verdict yesterday came just hours after lawyers gave their final arguments in the trial of 20-year-old Isaac Turnbaugh. (AP)

Diocese settles abuse case
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington has paid $150,000 to settle a sexual abuse claim against a former priest. As part of the settlement of the case, filed by 38-year-old Robert Douglas II, the diocese admitted it knew the sexual history of the Reverend Alfred Willis. (AP)

Vermont Medicaid program
A new study gives New Hampshire high marks for its Medicare program, and Vermont and Maine ranked second and third. The Dartmouth College study concluded the states that did the best in the study have a high proportion of family doctors who provide low-cost care. (AP)

Identity fraud conviction
A Rutland man will serve six months on house arrest and pay a $3,000 fine in a federal identity fraud case. Prosecutors say that between 1994 and 1998 48-year-old Larry Clough accounts using names and a Social Security number that weren’t his. (AP)

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