March 29, 2004 – News at a glance

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Guardian ad litem program
Every day, courts in Vermont make rulings that can profoundly affect a child. The decisions can involve custody disputes, victims of abuse or neglect, and children who have committed crimes. In each case, it’s the job of a “guardian ad litem” to make sure the court acts in the child’s best interests. (VPR)

School plays at Disney World
Seventy-four middle school students from Shelburne are heading to Orlando Florida Monday morning, to fulfill a musical dream they’ve been working towards for nearly a year. (VPR)

Vermont Yankee review
Vermont and federal regulators are set to gather Wednesday to discuss the recent performance of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, as well as its plans to increase its power production. The Vermont State Nuclear Advisory Panel will hold a meeting from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Vernon Town Hall. (AP)

Public insurance program
Two legislative committees this week will take testimony on why some of Vermont’s public health insurance programs seem to be losing beneficiaries. Enrollment drop-offs have been an issue since the state began requiring participants in the health insurance plans to pay monthly premiums. (AP)

Outsourcing forum
Vermont independent Representative Bernard Sanders is holding a forum Monday night to talk about keeping U.S. jobs in the country. The session is set for 7:30 at Montpelier’s Pavilion Auditorium. (AP)

Abandoned roads and property rights
Some politicians and landowners are rediscovering old abandoned roads across Vermont and worrying about how that will affect property rights. Officials in some towns are trying to map and protect the old rights of way that may date back centuries. But these efforts have led to surprises for some landowners whose deeds show no indication of a byway running through their property. (AP)

Bennington Bypass
Construction is likely to begin this spring on a project that will connect the first phase of the Bennington Bypass to nearby roads. The $135 million bypass will divert motorists bound for popular tourist destinations away from Bennington’s congested downtown streets. (AP)

Canadian border markers
A tiny agency responsible for marking and maintaining the border between the United States and Canada is way behind on its work. The International Boundary Commission warns that border markers are deteriorating and parts of the border are becoming overgrown by trees and brush, to the point that the border’s location could be lost in some areas. (AP)

Crime lab inspection
Vermont public safety officials fear the state’s crime lab might flunk an inspection set for later this year. Overcrowded work spaces and poor ventilation are among the problems cited with the facility at state police headquarters in Waterbury. (AP)

Car break-ins
People in Bennington are being advised to take personal belongings out of their cars after a rash of thefts. Almost two dozen cars were hit last week in Bennington and North Bennington. Corporal Dave Rowland says on Thursday night alone, police received 16 complaints. (AP)

Attempted murder charges
A Lamoille County man faces several charges in connection with an alleged weekend rampage. Police say 20-year-old Brendan Mayworm attacked a Jeffersonville man with a shovel and a ski and later struck a state police officer with a baseball bat. Mayworm faces two charges of attempted murder. (AP)

Man may be cited for living with goats
Vermont state police and humane society officials say they’re very worried about a Corinth man and his 300 goats. Sixty-three-year-old Chris Weathersbee has been living in a farm house with about 70 of his goats. The floors are said to be several inches deep in packed down hay and goat manure. Police say they could decide as early as this week whether to press animal cruelty or neglect charges. (AP)

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