February 7, 2003 – News at a glance

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Southwest Corner: rail and air
Officials in Bennington County say improving their transportation infrastructure will go a long way in helping to boost the area’s economy. While work on the bypass is ongoing, it may be years before it’s useable. Bennington may see more immediate results by upgrading it’s rail access and using what transportation assets they have more creatively.

Medicinal marijuana bill
The Senate Health and Welfare committee gave its unanimous approval Thursday afternoon to a medical marijuana bill. The proposal would allow people with chronic and debilitating illnesses to use marijuana for pain relief if their doctor concludes that it is the best option for the patient.

Act 250 reform plan
Governor Jim Douglas has offered more details on his plan to overhaul the state’s environmental permit process. The governor says his proposal will make the process quicker and more predictable. But environmentalists worry that the public could be squeezed out of the state permit review.

Testimony on Act 250 reform plan
A few hours after Governor Jim Douglas unveiled his permit reform proposal, legislative committees invited the public to testify.

Fraud warning
Vermont’s largest power company has warned its customers to be aware of a potential consumer fraud. A spokesman for Central Vermont Public Service Corporation says a man who claimed to be a CVPS employee tried to deceive an elderly resident in Cornwall.

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