March 12, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Housing Shortage
Vermont Housing officials say a growing shortage of affordable housing throughout the state will seriously undermine economic development efforts if the shortage is not reduced in the next few years. (VPR)

Vermont Yankee Settlement Questioned
Last week, the agency that represents ratepayers said new conditions added to the sale of the nuclear power plant will protect consumers. But on Monday, the independent Public Service Board laid out a series of detailed questions it wants the state and the utilities to answer before it rules on the deal. (VPR)

Instant Runoff
Secretary of State Deb Markowitz is urging lawmakers to consider legislation that would implement an instant runoff election system in Vermont. (VPR)

Drought Impact
The yearlong drought in the region may mean fewer mosquitoes this spring, and thereby a smaller chance that West Nile virus will spread through Vermont. Farmers in several Vermont counties are eligible for disaster loans from the Farm Service Agency. (AP)

Bennington Development
The Connecticut man who bought an old industrial site in Bennington says he has no plans for it. Developers are eyeing the land, which is located along the Bennington bypass right-of-way. (AP)

High School Wrestling Controversy
A high school wrestler from Bennington is under investigation for using an illegal chokehold to render an opponent unconscious during the state championship match. (AP)

Springfield Tool Industry
The Springfield Select Board is asking a bankruptcy judge in Delaware to give preference in the sale of two closed machine tool factories, to buyers who say they’ll reopen and restore lost local jobs. (AP)

Border Smuggling
Federal authorities have charged two Vermont men with smuggling marijuana from Canada while they were free on bail. The men had initially been held on the same charges. (AP)

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