February 22, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Peace Through Sports
This winter, a group of Israeli and Palestinian basketball coaches spent ten days together at the University of Vermont. They attended coaching workshops and played basketball. Their hope is that peace can be built through personal interaction. (VPR)

VT Diocese Investigation
Officials in Vermont’s Roman Catholic Church say they are starting an investigation to determine if there have been recent incidents of sexual abuse in parishes here. (VPR)

Licensing VT Crematories
The gruesome discovery of scores of bodies near a Georgia crematory has renewed calls in Vermont to oversee the facilities. Vermont is one of only eight states that don’t license crematories. A bill in the Legislature would require the operations to be licensed and inspected every year. (VPR)

The Vermont House and Senate are apparently on a collision course concerning the reapportionment of the Legislature this session. (VPR)

Woodstock Jail
A deal has been struck that will keep the Woodstock jail open for now. The Vermont Senate approved the measure by a vote of 17 to 12 this afternoon. (AP)

Early Sugaring
Temperatures reached past 50 degrees today in southern Vermont and at least for the moment, the sap is flowing. (AP)

Miller Medals Again
Steve Delaney and Beth Schmidt discuss the silver medal giant slalom run of New Hampshire’s Bode Miller. Detailed coverage of local players on the U.S. women’s hockey team, which fell to Canada in the gold medal match last night. (VPR)

Steve Delaney talks with Stephanie Quaranta, who has overseen the renovations of the Barre Auditorium. "The Aud" holds the attention of high school basketball fans across Vermont as the longtime host of the state finals. (VPR)

Electronic Filing
The computerized state tax return system should be up and running by today. The system has been troubled by technical problems. (AP)

Courtroom Camers
Seven news organizations are asking the New Hampshire courts for permission to use cameras at the murder trial of Robert Tulloch. (AP)

Dean’s Travel Schedule
Vermont Governor Howard Dean is in Iowa today, speaking on behalf of a Democratic congressional candidate. Dean will be in Washington DC this weekend for a governors’ meeting. (AP)

Weather Aids Low Income Families
Fewer Vermont families are seeking federal fuel assistance this winter. Lower costs and milder weather are credited. (AP)

Pollina Will Seek Public Financing
Former gubernatorial candidate Anthony Pollina plans to seek public funding to run for either governor or lieutenant governor. Technical questions have been raised about his eligibility for public funding. (AP)

College Tuition
The cost of attending college in Vermont is going up by 4-5% across the board. (AP)

NH Governor’s Ratings Stay High
New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen’s job approval rating remains high and steady according to a new survey. Shaheen is running for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat. (AP)

Piercing Law
Vermont teens who want body piercings may have to wait until they’re 18, according to a bill awaiting final passage in the Legislature. The bill provides an exception for earlobe piercing. (AP)

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