July 19, 2003 – News at a glance

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Canadian marijuana law
Public Safety Commissioner Kerry Sleeper says he’s very concerned that the decriminalization of marijuana in Canada will lead to a significant increase in smuggling across the Vermont-Canadian border. Sleeper says the state doesn’t have the resources to deal with this issue on a long term basis. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

PATRIOT Act protest
of people gathered in Montpelier on Friday to protest the USA PATRIOT Act. Speakers say the sweeping federal law, drafted in the months following the September 11 attacks, weakens civil liberties and will do little to protect the country against terrorism. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

VELCO to notify landowners
Developers of a major new power line project have promised to tell all landowners along the route about its plans. The Vermont Electric Power Company wants to build a 60-mile-long high voltage transmission line from West Rutland to South Burlington. (VPR)

Lead abatement
The state of Vermont will be getting $3 million from the federal government to help reduce lead poisoning. The grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide lead abatement services to 250 low income properties in the state. (AP)

Route 11 washout
The beavers did it after all. Vermont state game wardens have determined that human intervention wasn’t involved in a failed beaver dam in Morgan. The dam collapsed last week, washing out a section of Route 111. (AP)

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