Midday Report: Thursday, February 12, 2004

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Top stories developing around the region at the noon hour:

Senator Jim Jeffords is urging the passage of a $318 billion dollar federal highway spending plan; Governor Jim Douglas defends his tax plan against a Democratic alternative that provides for broader distribution of tax revenues; the House takes up a bill that authorizes bartenders to serve two drinks at a time to patrons; the House is also grappling with the details of a bill aimed at increasing the sanctions against harassment in schools; it’s getting harder to find school principals and superintendents – search committees have been getting fewer applications in recent years; Governor Douglas signed a proclamation this morning that gives Korean War veterans the right to receive high school diplomas they missed by being in the armed forces.

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