March 24, 2005 – News at a glance

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Interview: Farming trends in urban and suburban Vermont
Surprising figures on farming activity in Vermont’s most populous county are spurring a new study that the state’s Agriculture secretary calls the first ever comprehensive look at agriculture in urban and suburban Vermont. Mitch Wertlieb discusses the findings of the study with Greg Brown of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. (VPR)

Senate overrides governor’s veto, House vote uncertain
On Wednesday, the Vermont Senate voted to override a gubernatorial veto of a bill that consolidates three state pension funds. The measure will now be considered in the House, where Republicans believe they have the votes to sustain the governor’s veto. (VPR)

Douglas backs legislation to hold violent offenders longer than their sentences
Douglas is pushing legislation that would allow the state to hold violent criminals even after they’ve served their maximum sentence. The governor and his top law enforcement official say the bill is needed to protect the public. But the proposal has raised concerns among civil liberties groups. (VPR)

Schiavo case prompts discussion of end of life care
The legal fight over who controls the fate of Terri Schaivo, the brain-damaged Florida woman whose case has touched Congress and the courts, may have a beneficial side-effect. VPR’s Nina Keck reports it’s making many Americans think about their own end-of-life wishes. (VPR)

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