May 15, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Diocese Releases Records
The Catholic Diocese of Burlington said Tuesday that six Vermont priests will be placed on administrative leave. The church said it is taking the action while Vermont’s attorney general investigates allegations of sexual misconduct against the priests. VPR’s Steve Zind reports. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: IBM
IBM, Vermont’s largest employer, is expected to confirm the rampant rumors that something big, and probably negative, is about to happen at the chip-making plant. Steve Delaney interviews George Tyler, managing editor of the The Essex Reporter in the speculation in town. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

IBM Announcement Awaited
Concern continues to grow that International Business Machines will trim its Vermont workforce. Some stock analysts have reported that IBM plans to sell its Vermont chip-making plant and lay off 1,000 or more workers. State officials say they don’t know if that’s true, but they’re getting increasingly worried about Vermont’s largest employer. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Medicinal Marijuana Bill
By a vote of 22 to 7, the Senate Tuesday gave its approval to a medical marijuana bill. But the legislation is very different from a plan passed by the House several weeks ago. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Medicaid Spending
One of the most difficult issues for the Legislature to resolve in the final weeks of the session is how to control costs for the state’s Medicaid program. (VPR)

Hyde Running for Auditor
Former Waitsfield Representative Bruce Hyde announced on Tuesday that he’s seeking the Republican nomination for state auditor. He says he’s concerned that the incumbent auditor has inappropriately politicized the office. (VPR)

Ridgeline Development
Dorset voters continued their support Tuesday for a subdivision regulation that protects Dorset’s ridgelines from development. It was the second time the community has approved the amendment to the town’s bylaws. (VPR)

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