March 25, 2004 – News at a glance

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Review procedures for wind projects
As part of its deliberation over next year’s Capital Construction Bill, the Vermont House this morning strongly rejected efforts to have wind energy projects placed under the jurisdiction of Act 250. (VPR)

Mobile methadone unit
The state of Vermont is shelving efforts to find a location for a second methadone clinic to treat drug addition. Instead, officials hope to have a mobile clinic operating by late summer (VPR)

Vermont Electric Co-op to become third largest utility
A small Vermont utility is about to get a lot larger. The Vermont Electric Cooperative will close soon on a deal to buy the Northeast Kingdom territory of Citizens Utilities. (VPR)

Outsourcing and state contracts
Key lawmakers are discussing legislation that would prohibit the state from contracting with companies that outsource some of their work overseas. It’s likely that the effort will begin in the Senate. (VPR)

Interview: Legislator’s daughter returns from Iraq
Two legislators who are welcoming family members back from Iraq were honored by their by fellow representatives this week. Neal Charnoff talks with Representative Joe Krawczyk of Bennington, whose daughter Michelle has just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. (VPR)

Senate confirms Justice Reiber
The Vermont Senate has unanimously confirmed the appointment of Paul Reiber to the state Supreme Court. (AP)

Dean to endorse Kerry on Thursday
Howard Dean is getting ready to make his endorsement of John Kerry official. (AP)

Overseas counterfeiting
A Vermont pioneer in the snowboarding industry is worried that its products are being copied, with counterfeits being sold around the world. (AP)

UVM changes varsity sports programs
The University of Vermont is cutting four varsity sports and restoring two others as part of a plan to strengthen its athletic programs. (AP)

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