May 1, 2002 – News at a Glance

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UVM Finances
A study sponsored by the faculty union at the University of Vermont contends UVM is in sound financial condition. The conclusions contradict the University’s claims of serious budget problems. The study is intended to bolster the union position that UVM has the money to increase faculty salaries. (VPR)

Stormwater Legislation
The Senate has unanimously passed a bill to regulate stormwater pollution. The measure approved Tuesday represents a compromise that was reached last week between business and environmental groups. (VPR)

Transportation Bill
The Senate has rejected a House plan to place new business signs along the Interstate. In passing its transportation bill, the Senate also restored state funds for the Champlain Flyer commuter rail project in Chittenden County. (VPR)

Camps on Champion Land
The Vermont House has decided to give a perpetual lease to the people who own camps on the state’s portion of the former Champion Lands. That’s a big change from legislation approved in 1999 which allows camp owners to keep their leases for their lifetime plus 20 years. (VPR)

Ethan Allen Furniture
The Ethan Allen furniture factory is Randolph is closing, with a loss of 150 jobs. Seventy more jobs will go when the company closes its lumber operation in Orleans. (AP)

GOP Congressional Primary
Another Republican candidate is now in the primary field for Congress. Gregory Parke says wants more national security and less government regulation of business. Parke is running against Bill Meub and Karen Kerin. (AP)

Poultney Company Closing
Wedeco-Ideal Horizons is moving to North Carolina with a loss of 90 Vermont jobs. The Poultney company makes ultraviolet sanitation equipment. (AP)

FAHC Psychiatry
Fletcher Allen Health Care will try today to convince regulators to allow the hospital to move its psychiatric unit to Colchester. (AP)

Lunenberg Trespassing
Aaron Powell is back in jail, arrested after moving back into a house in Lunenberg that was foreclosed by a bank and sold to another party. He was first arrested last month on trespassing charges. (AP)

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