Midday Report – June 8, 2005

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Top stories developing across the region at the noon hour:

Negotiations continue over the Vermont State Colleges faculty contract and its role in a possible veto of the state budget; Democrats have decided not to fight a threatened veto of their health care package; legislation to beef up security at nuclear power plants is a little closer to becoming law; Howard Dean is defending his recent criticism of Republicans; boaters are being advised to take precautions against zebra mussels, Eurasian milfoil and other aquatic pests; the Department of Employment and Training wants to strengthen ties with the state’s businesses; the man who’s charged with burning the Ferrisburgh Grange Hall will undergo 90 days of psychiatric treatment.

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