March 21, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Next Steps in Abuse Cases
The Catholic Diocese of Burlington says it has finished investigating several recent allegations of sexual misconduct by priests. Meanwhile, the church and the Vermont attorney general’s office say they have received new allegations of abuse by priests. (VPR)

Brattleboro School Closing
Earlier this year, the Brattleboro School Board voted to end regular classes at the Canal Street School, which serves a low-income neighborhood. The new plan calls for the building to be used for HeadStart and pre-school programs instead. It’s an unpopular decision in some quarters. (VPR)

Highgate Egg Farm Expansion
A Canadian company wants to more than double the size of its Franklin County egg farm. The Highgate farm already has 100,000 hens. The owner wants to build a new barn for another 135,000 birds. But a coalition of environmental and farm groups said on Wednesday that they will fight the proposal. (VPR)

The battle over the reapportionment of the Legislature is heating up at the Statehouse. House Republican leaders are unhappy that the Senate is making changes to the House plan, so the House is now prepared to radically change most Senate districts. (VPR)

Federal Campaign Finance Reform Vermont’s two U.S. senators have voted for a campaign finance reform bill that won final approval in the Senate yesterday. New Hampshire’s two senators were the only ones in northern New England to vote “no” on that issue. (AP)

Reapportionment The Vermont House has generated a plan to make radical changes in Vermont Senate districts, as part of a partisan redistricting squabble. (AP)

Bio-Tek Closing in Winooski Forty-four workers at Bio-Tek Instruments in Winooski are losing their jobs. The company has been bought by a Nevada company. Some employees will have the option of relocating. (AP)

Vermont Yankee Safety Drill Westminster went through an emergency preparedness drill this week, to simulate its response to a potential problem at Vermont Yankee. (AP)

UVM Basketball The UVM women’s basketball season ended with a 48-76 loss in the quarterfinals of the WNIT. (AP)

Youth Programs Funding Funding has been all but stripped from a bill restructuring the way Vermont deals with troubled young people. (AP)

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