May 31, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Parishoners Defend Priests
As Attorney General William Sorrell looks into sexual misconduct allegations against six active Vermont priests, members of the parishes are weighing their own responses. Some members are supportive of their priests, and others are waiting to see how the cases are resolved. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Legislature Deadlocked
As lawmakers work to resolve their differences on next year’s budget and a variety of tax issues, virtually no progress is being made on two other key bills ¿ the capital construction bill and the transportation bill. Legislative leaders say they would rather adjourn the session without these bills than give in to the demands of the other chamber. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.)

Diocese Investigation
Attorney General William Sorrell says his office has received allegations of sexual misconduct against one or two still active priests, in addition to the six placed on leave by the Catholic Diocese of Burlington. Sorrell made his comments last night on VPR’s Switchboard. (VPR)

Yankee Decommissioning Fund
State utility regulators will soon decide whether to approve the sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. But before the Public Service Board rules on the sale, it wants to know about a multi-million dollar fund that’s supposed to be used to dismantle the reactor. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean Campaigns in Maine
Vermont Governor Howard Dean is helping some Maine democrats in their electoral bids. Dean was in the Pine Tree State yesterday to support gubernatorial candidate John Baldacci and Senate hopeful Chellie Pingree. (AP)

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