Midday Report: Wednesday, February 11, 2004

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Top stories developing across the region at the noon hour:

The owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant are dropping their plans to put up two temporary buildings on the site in Vernon; the Senate is considering a bill for the management of human exposure to mercury, a toxic metal used in a number of industrial applications; in the House, a bill to define and prevent harassment in schools is up for consideration today; in Bennington there’s pressure from some residents to turn an old railroad line into a walking trail; the price of propane and natural gas went up, and this week the price of heating oil is up too, by 17 cents a gallon to a $1.59; Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. there will be a public hearing in the statehouse on one of the year’s more controversial issues, the question of expanded school choice for students in Vermont.

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