March 26, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Governor Hoff Remembers LBJ
Forty years ago, Vermont elected Philip Henderson Hoff its first Democrat as governor in more than 100 years. During his tenure, Hoff was highly regarded by President Lyndon Johnson. Newly released tapes of phone conversations between Hoff and LBJ provide an insight into the period when democrats established a foothold in Vermont. (VPR)

Yankee Repairs
An unplanned shutdown at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will come before the plant was scheduled to be sold to a Louisiana energy company. That means Vermont ratepayers ¿ and not the new owners ¿ will eventually have to foot the bill for the repairs. (VPR)

Redrawing House Districts
The Vermont Senate this week is set to consider a plan to reapportion the House. If the Senate passes this bill, House leaders have vowed to get revenge and it’s possible that this issue will not be settled until this summer. (VPR)

Commission on Women
The Dean administration says it will fight a plan to eliminate the independent status of the Governor’s Commission on Women. The House Appropriations Committee on Monday afternoon voted to cut the budget of the Commission by more than $100,000 and to place the Commission directly under the jurisdiction of the governor’s office. (VPR)

Zantop Murder Trial
Lawyers for Robert Tulloch say they don’t want evidence of his plans to kill people for their credit cards admitted as evidence in his trial. (AP)

State Spending Plan
The House Appropriations Committee has approved a broad outline for spending in the next fiscal year. The governor opposes many of the committee’s cuts. (AP)

Vermont Yankee Security
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has made permanent a low mark given to the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The low mark was given last August for security lapses. (AP)

Ski Areas Rebound
Vermont’s ski areas are reporting a late surge, offsetting some of their losses from an almost snowless season. (AP)

Vehicle Registry
Four of the top five types of vehicles registered in Vermont last year were trucks. Ford trucks were the leader in that category. (AP)

Accountant Fraud
An accountant from Menden faces a stiff federal prison term, charged with defrauding a client and her estate. (AP)

Red Lights in Rutland
Rutland police are putting out signs telling drivers that the cost of running a red light is $170.20. The notices are getting a lot of attention. (AP)

Winooski School Board
A disputed school board election in Winooski is to be decided in court after three different recounts produced three different results. (AP)

Prison Break
The FBI is hunting for a bank robber who broke jail in Middlebury on Sunday, taking a guard’s weapon, money and car. (AP)

Drive-by Shooting
A man from Connecticut is in custody after an East Putney drive-by shooting. No one was injured. (AP)

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