April 8, 2002 – News at a Glance

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NH Prison
Robert Tulloch and James Parker are now in the hands of the New Hampshire Prison system. The two Vermont teenagers were sentenced last week for the murders of Dartmouth College professors Half and Susanne Zantop. (VPR)

Brattleboro Church Tries to Heal
A report this week by the Vermont attorney general on a police shooting in Brattleboro has closed the book on the criminal investigation. But the debate over the shooting lives on in the minds of the witnesses. (VPR)

Weak Revenues
Administration Secretary Kathy Hoyt says it’s very likely that the state will need to tap into its “rainy day” funds in order to balance this year’s budget. A new revenue report shows that receipts from the personal income tax and corporate taxes are weaker than projected. (VPR)

Property Tax Increase
The House Ways and Means Committee has voted to raise the statewide property tax by 28 cents. That would pay for changes to the Act 60 education funding law. (VPR)

Ski Museum
The Vermont ski museum is re-opening in Stowe, after failing to thrive in either Brandon or Mendon over the past 14 years. Stowe was an early Vermont ski spot. (AP)

Drug Arrests
Six people were arrested in a multi-agency drug operation in Newport over the weekend. Two are in custody and all await court dates for heroin and marijuana possession. (AP)

Jewish Cemetery
A Jewish group in Stowe has dropped its request that part of a public cemetery be set aside for Jewish burials, after the request started a debate in the town. (AP)

Brattleboro Co-op
The Brattleboro food co-op has decided to stay in its current location, and re-shape the property into an environmentally friendly facility. (AP)

Fire Code Violations
A Bennington restaurant that burned in February had been cited repeatedly for building code violations in the months before the fire, according to town officials. (AP)

Burke Retires
Vermont Highway dispatcher Ray Burke, is retiring at the end of the month after 32 years on the job and on the air. (AP)

Drought Conditions
State officials say Vermont is still 10 to 15 inches below the rainfall levels it needs to break out of a year-long drought. (AP)

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