May 20, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Vermont Yankee
Hearings have ended on the sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. But the debate continues on whether the 550-megawatt reactor should be remodeled to boost its power output. An anti-nuclear group also wants a top-to-bottom safety review of the 30-year-old plant. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Act 60 Sharing Provision
House Republican leaders say they need some time to review a new Senate Act 60 plan, but it’s clear that the proposal faces some major obstacles in the House. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Parker Transcripts
The New Hampshire attorney general has released transcripts of interviews with 17-year-old James Parker. Parker was sentenced last month for his role in the murders of Dartmouth Professors Half and Suzanna Zantop. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Art and performance came together at Dartmouth College Saturday night at the Epic of American Civilization mural. The colonization of America was the subject of an unusual performance installation called “Mexotica.” (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

INS Expansion
The Vermont Service Center in Saint Albans expects to hire 300 new workers over the next six to eight months, bringing its steadily growing work force to around 1,500 people. (AP)

Bijou Theater
The city of Plattsburgh is trying to solve a musical mystery. Officials in West Hollywood, California recently contacted Plattsburgh Mayor Daniel Stewart to tell him about an antique piano that was discovered in a famous saloon. (AP)

Vermont Yankee Sale
The proposed sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has received its last federal approval and now awaits approval from the Vermont Public Service Board. (AP)

NH Education Funding
Claremont, NH officials say that the reforms in education funding in their state did not make the schools much better, and did not provide the promised tax relief. (AP)

Lyndon Water Reservoir
Vermont state police say they’ve solved the water contamination problem in Lyndon. Five college students face charges for breaking into the water supply that serves the Lyndon State College and 200 homes in Lyndonville. (AP)

“Survivor” Results
Vermont “Survivor” participant Kathy Vavrick-O’Brien lasted until the last episode of the CBS reality television series. A woman from Oregon won the million-dollar prize. (AP)

Pollina Campaign
Independent Congressman Bernie Sanders has begun a round of appearances to boost the candidacy of Anthony Pollina. Pollina is running for lieutenant governor as a Progressive. (AP)

Serial Arsonist Suspected
Police arson investigators are trying to find links in a series of suspicious fires this month in Addison and Chittenden Counties. (AP)

NH Guard Members Return
Two dozen New Hampshire National Guard members are back from an overseas deployment. While in central Asia, they refueled military flights in and out of Afghanistan. (AP)

Rabies Reported in Vermont
Health officials are saying a new wave of rabies infections might be moving north through Vermont, carried mostly by raccoons. Fifty cases have been identified in the past two weeks. (AP)

Jeffords’ Anniversary as Independent
This week marks the first anniversary of Senator Jim Jeffords’ departure from the Republican Party. The decision shifted the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. (AP)

UVM Graduation
Historian and author David McCullough spoke at the University of Vermont’s graduation ceremony yesterday. UVM awarded more than 2,000 degrees. (AP)

Homeowner Causes Regional Power Outage
A local power company may sue a homeowner in Brattleboro. The homeowner cut down a tree, causing it to fall across power lines. Electricity was knocked out for 13,000 homes and businesses in two states. (AP)

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