March 30, 2004 – News at a glance

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Outsourcing firum
An overflow crowd turned out Monday night in Montpelier for a town meeting on job outsourcing. (VPR)

Drug re-importation bill will pass
Senator James Jeffords says he’s optimistic that legislation allowing consumers to re-import prescription drugs from Canada will be approved by the U.S. Senate in the coming weeks. Jeffords says the plan has attracted a lot of Republican support in the last month. (VPR)

High-tech business incubator
Top state officials gathered at the University of Vermont on Monday to unveil a new business technology center. The Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, known as VCET, will help start-up companies develop and market high-tech services and products. (VPR)

NRC ruling on Vermont Yankee review
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will not perform the extra independent engineering assessment sought by the Public Service Board at the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor. (AP)

VEDA business loans
The Vermont Economic Development Authority has approved $657,500 to back loans from companies seeking to expand. The financing package will help leverage $1.75 million in loans. (AP)

Water level at Joe’s Pond
Owners of vacation homes around Joe’s Pond in West Danville have been complaining for years about fluctuating water levels and flood conditions caused by a dam at the pond’s southeast corner. (AP)

Douglas on NRC ruling
Governor Jim Douglas says he’s disappointed that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission won’t do an assessment of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The NRC says the current inspection and review procedures at the plant are adequate so a review isn’t needed. (AP)

Homeland security funds
Vermont emergency workers are getting more help from the federal government. The federal government says Vermont will receive an additional $19.3 million. The state has received about $40.2 million since the attacks on the United States. (AP)

New interstate exit proposed
Some House lawmakers want the state to dust off old studies and reconsider building a Bolton exit on Interstate 89. But two key Senate leaders say they want nothing to do with the project. The latest owner of the Bolton Valley ski resort, Bob Fries, is asking for the exit on the 15-mile stretch of Interstate 89 between Waterbury and Richmond. Fries says it would help his business. (AP)

Couple rescued from ice floe
A Quebec couple got an unexpected ride on a Lake Champlain ice floe on Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard in Burlington says 62-year-old Theodures Rayymakers and his wife Annette were ice fishing near Rouses Point, New York, when the ice they were on broke free and started floating north. They were rescued uninjured. (AP)

Joe’s Pond ice out
People who want to participate in the 17th annual Joe’s Pond ice out contest have until Thursday to buy a ticket. For a dollar people get to estimate when a cement block will fall through the ice of the pond and trip a clock that will record the time. (AP)

Turnbaugh trial
Testimony continues on Tuesday in the trial of a Moretown man who is charged with killing his co-worker at American Flatbread in Waitsfield two years ago. Twenty-year- old Isaac Turnbaugh is charged with first-degree murder. Police say he shot 24-year-old Declan Lyons as Lyons worked outside the restaurant. (AP)

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