March 3, 2005 – News at a glance

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Jukebox project brings Vermont music to visitors
The visitor centers along Vermont’s interstates have long given out information on Vermont destinations and products. Soon, a number of the centers will market another made in Vermont item: music. (VPR)

School officials pleased with budget results
School officials say they’re pleased that voters supported budgets in most Vermont communities on Town Meeting Day. They say the results demonstrate that most voters understand the difficult factors facing many school boards. (VPR)

Markowitz says resolutions may affect Legislative debate
Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz says resolutions on the Town Meeting Day ballot brought out strong concerns from the voters. One resolution that called for legislative leaders to pursue universal health care in the state was approved in more than 20 towns. (VPR)

Ferrisburgh delays discussion of Grange building’s future
The historic Grange building that was destroyed by fire was on the minds of voters in Ferrisburgh at town meeting on Tuesday. But officials say it’s too soon to discuss what to do about the building. (AP)

Town clerk works from home
Ruth Miller’s commute to work has gotten a lot shorter. The new North Hero town clerk just has to walk into her basement. (AP)

Coppenrath named conference player of the year
University of Vermont basketball star Taylor Coppenrath is the unanimous selection as the America East player of the year. He’s only the second player in conference history to win the award three times. (AP)

Earthquake on Vermont-Quebec border
Officials at Vermont’s emergency management center say they have not received any reports of damage from last night’s earthquake. A small earthquake with a magnitude of 2.5 struck along the U.S.-Canadian border in northern New York on Wednesday night. (AP)

Vermont State Hospital decertification
The Vermont State Employees’ Association is asking the governor to seek recertification of the Vermont State Hospital. Since the federal government’s announcement, the Douglas administration has moved to speed up the closure of the century-old hospital, which currently treats 47 patients. But the state union disagrees with that decision. (AP)

Burlington airport on-time record
About a quarter of flights landing at Burlington International Airport last year were late. The federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics says Burlington’s 76 percent on-time record was worse by two percentage points than the rest of the country’s airports, but an improvement over the record in past years. (AP)

Burlington City Council
Republicans have picked up another seat on the Burlington City Council. Republican Kurt Wright defeated one-term Democrat Russ Ellis in Ward Four of the New North End. Wright held the seat for two terms in the late 1990s. (AP)

Alaska oil drilling
The state chapter of the Sierra Club New Hampshire Public Interest Group hold a news conference on Thursday to respond to Senator Judd Gregg’s comments that oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge should be allowed. Gregg says his fellow Republicans are trying to do what the President wants. (AP)

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