Midday Report: Tuesday, February 24, 2004

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Top stories developing across the region at the noon hour:

The Vermont House is expected to pass a bill that would require photographs on Vermont drivers’ licenses; the House is also taking up a bill to reform the state’s system of paying workman’s compensation; the Free State Project, which advocates for scaled-back government, is encouraging the town of Killington to secede from Vermont; Governor Douglas discusses National Guard deployments at the National Governors Association meeting; Guard retention rates in Vermont have not declined in recent years, but they’re not rising the way they were before the attacks on New York and Washington; the Vermont state police special units that respond to emergencies are going to be staging a hostage situation drill at the Essex Fairgrounds.

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