August 5, 2003 – News at a glance

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Development pressures in Grand Isle County
The Champlain Islands have long been known as a quiet and rural place. But now, Grand Isle has become Vermont’s fastest growing county, and its identity is changing. Where once there were farms and summer cottages, million dollar homes are taking root. In South Hero people are working to meet the challenges of growth. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Episcopal Church allegation
A delegate to the Episcopal Church convention in Minneapolis says Vermont Bishop Thomas Ely was one of a group of bishops who received an e-mail alleging sexual misconduct by the bishop-elect of New Hampshire – and that Ely has been in touch with the person who sent the e-mail. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Declassification of 9/11 report
Both of Vermont’s U.S. senators say they support efforts to declassify most parts of a new report on the terrorist attacks of September 11. The issue could come before the full Senate next month. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Wind power moratorium
A Northeast Kingdom senator who supports renewable energy and conservation says the state needs a moratorium on wind projects. Essex-Orleans Senator Vince Illuzzi says the delay would give officials time to determine where large wind turbines should be built. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Government efficiency
Vermont’s Democratic state auditor is praising the administration of Republican Governor Jim Douglas for its efforts to make government run more efficiently. (VPR)

Advocates hail court decision
Some mental health advocates are praising a recent court decision striking down part of a Vermont law. They say Friday’s decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a milestone in fighting discrimination against those with mental illness. (VPR)

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