December 19, 2002 – News at a glance

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Interview: Douglas transition team
VPR’s Steve Delaney talks with Mike Smith, the head of the transition team for Governor-elect Jim Douglas. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Dean on Iraqi threat
Governor Howard Dean says President Bush must present convincing evidence to the American people that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction before sending any U.S. troops to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Dean, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, says the United States must also be prepared for a long-term commitment in Iraq if military action is taken against that country. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Environmental Board rule changes
Vermont environmental regulators have dropped their attempt to rewrite Act 250 rules. The changes pushed by the Environmental Board would have made it harder for environmental groups to intervene in Act 250 cases. The board now has backed off from the proposal, and says the changes should be part of a broader effort on permit reform. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: novelist Edra Zeisk
VPR’s Neal Charnoff talks with novelist Edra Zeisk about her book, “A Cold Spring,” which is set in Vermont. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Lawsuit filed against Vermont priest
A second Vermont priest is being sued for alleged child sexual abuse. A former Massachusetts man is filing a civil suit in Chittenden Superior Court against the Reverend George Paulin of Ludlow. (VPR)

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