May 6, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Vermont Yankee
A Louisiana company wants to squeeze more life out of an aging Vermont nuclear power plant. But an anti-nuclear group says that before the Entergy Corporation can crank more power out of Vermont Yankee, it first needs permission from the Vermont Legislature. (VPR)

Green-up Day
Saturday is Green-up Day and volunteers are out in force to clean up the Vermont countryside. This year, a group of third- and fourth-graders at Williston’s Allen Brook School have been working on a unique green-up project. (VPR)

Shanley Accusation
In the early 1970s former priest Paul Shanley, who is at the center of the child sexual abuse scandal in Boston, was the leader of a retreat in Weston. At least one of Shanley’s accusers alleges that he was abused in Vermont. (VPR)

Cigarette Tax
House and Senate negotiators will begin work next week over the size of a proposed increase in the state cigarette tax. The issue is directly linked to the future of the state’s drug assistance program for Medicaid recipients. (VPR)

State Budget
The Vermont Senate will take up its budget this week, and already there are visible differences between House and Senate approaches to state spending. (AP)

Legislative Calendar
Senate leader Peter Shumlin says the legacy of this legislative biennium will rest on what the House and Senate accomplish in the next few days. Several pieces of major legislation are still pending, and adjournment may come at the end of next week. (AP)

Maple Tree Place
The Vermont Environmental Board is taking testimony this week on why the Maple Tree Place in Williston not in accordance with the permits it received. (AP)

Morgan Horse Barn
Senator Jim Jeffords will be in Burlington today to announce a federal grant to support a national historic site: the barn at the Morgan Horse Farm owned by the University of Vermont. (AP)

Ryegate Paper Mill
Kimberly Clark is offering to sell a closed paper plant to the Town of Ryegate. Townspeople will decide this week if they want it, even for a hundred dollars. (AP)

Gephardt in NH
Missouri Congressman Dick Gephardt, a potential presidential contender, will be in New Hampshire this week making the rounds of Democratic venues. (AP)

Paper Mills in Bankruptcy
A bankruptcy court judge will be asked today to approve a bid from Fraser Papers of Connecticut for the idled Gorham and Berlin, NH paper mills that closed last August. (AP)

Fogel to Live in Colchester
Incoming UVM President Daniel Fogel is buying a lakefront lot in Colchester. His decision not to live in the president’s house on campus has raised eyebrows in the university community. (AP)

South Burlington Construction
There are major construction programs this season in South Burlington, including a rebuilt mall and several commercial and residential projects along Shelburne Road.

Man Sought to be Arrested
Police and Burlington and Rutland have co-operated to arrest a man who seems to have wanted to be arrested, according to police in both cities. (AP)

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