May 12, 2004 – News at a glance

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Stormwater bill passes Senate
The Senate has overwhelming passed legislation to clean up stormwater pollution and remove legal roadblocks to development. (VPR)

Final bills before adjournment
Senate Democratic leaders say passage of legislation that holds the manufacturers of genetically modified seeds liable for the contamination of neighboring fields is a top priority in the final days of the current session. Meanwhile, a House Republican leader says she’s not certain if a medical marijuana bill is going to make it to the House floor for a vote before the Legislature adjourns. (VPR)

Interview: Visiting Nurses Association
Governor Jim Douglas kicked off national Nurses Week at Fletcher Allen Hospital Monday, just as another week honoring the men and women of the National Visiting Nurse Association drew to a close. Mitch Wertlieb talks with Sue Larman, the president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire. (VPR)

Jeffords calls for Rumsfeld’s resignation
Senator Jim Jeffords has joined those who are calling for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Jeffords says Rumsfeld must be fired to show the world that the United States is willing to be accountable for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. (VPR)

Circ Highway faces two-year delay
The Douglas administration predicts a two-year delay for the controversial circumferential highway project in Chittenden County. Administration officials say it will take that long to comply with a court order that halted work on the project. (VPR)

Online sex offender registry bill
On Tuesday, the Vermont House gave strong support to legislation that will establish a sex offender registry on the Internet next year. The vote was 129-to-9. (VPR)

Harwick landslides
Work is expected to begin this week to stabilize a hillside in Hardwick that is sliding onto Route 15. Two landslides in recent weeks have closed Route 15 in the area. (AP)

Walter Stockmayer dies at 90
A retired Dartmouth College chemistry professor known for his study of the structure and dynamics of polymer molecules has died. Walter H. Stockmayer died at his home in Norwich on Sunday. (AP)

Early education bill
A bill in the Legislature aimed at expanding early education for three- and four-year-olds in Vermont has stalled. The measure is aimed at improving standards at preschool programs and reorganizing the way they are provided. (AP)

Corporate taxes
The Vermont House wants to change the way the state’s corporate taxes are levied. The new system would tax some out-of-state companies by calculating what percentage of their payrolls, sales and other business functions are in Vermont. (AP)

Okemo expansion
Voters in Ludlow are still behind a plan to create a new recreation district that could lead to a large expansion at the Okemo Mountain ski resort. The approval will allow Okemo Mountain Resort to construct a resort and conference center and condominiums. (AP)

Montpelier-Berlin bike path
A plan to extend a bike path from Montpelier to Berlin is up for a land-use permit. The project, which has been in the works since the early 1990s, is part of a larger plan to extend the bike path to Barre. (AP)

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