April 14, 2003 – News at a glance

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Forum on FCC rules change
Congressman Bernie Sanders will hold a town meeting Monday night on a new federal proposal to allow a single company to own a TV station and a newspaper in the same market. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Military families support group
In several Vermont towns families with loved ones in the military have been joining forces to make it through anxious times. A support group meets once a week in Bennington’s First Baptist Church. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Act 60 legislation
The House Ways and Means committee and the Douglas administration have reached an agreement on an Act 60 reform package. Senate Democratic leaders say they think the package may provide a solid framework for a final deal. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Permit reform legislation
Republicans in the Vermont House staged a political power play on Friday to force the Senate to act on a permit reform bill. But some permit reform advocates worried that the maneuver could actually delay passage of a bill this year. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

South Burlington marine buried
The South Burlington marine who was killed in Iraq earlier this month will be buried Monday with full military honors. Twenty-one-year-old Mark Evnin was killed in combat near Kut shortly after his unit crossed the Tigris River in a drive toward Baghdad. His funeral is scheduled for 1:00 a.m. at the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington. (AP)

Mobile home park sale
The long-awaited sale of a Braintree mobile home park is expected to happen Monday. Tenants of Mobile Acres have worked three times in the last eight years to have their mobile home park purchased and run by a non-profit housing agency. The 96-unit park is one of the largest in Vermont. (AP)

Concepts NREC layoffs
A Wilder company called Concepts NREC has cut 13 full-time employees. Concepts NREC makes machinery for the aerospace and manufacturing industries. Its headquarters are in Wilder, and its factory is in Woburn, Massachusetts. (AP)

Combat medals delayed
The Vermont Veterans’ Affairs office says more than 20,000 Vermonters are waiting for military medals that the state has no money to pay for. The veterans are waiting for the silver Distinguished Service Medal, which the state promised to veterans but can’t deliver this year. The medal goes to combat veterans. (AP)

Tax deadline nears
Vermonters are filing their taxes at a quicker pace than was the case last year. Tax Commissioner Richard Mallary says that as of April 7, the state had received about 177,000 of the 330,000 returns it expects for the 2002 tax year. (AP)

Manchester DUI
The lawyer for a Manchester doctor who is accused of drunken driving wants a blood sample his client submitted to be ruled inadmissible as evidence in court. Doctor James Most faces a criminal charge of driving under the influence with a death resulting. It’s a felony with a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail. (AP)

Mountaineers baseball
The Vermont Mountaineers, a new amateur baseball team, are gearing up to start playing in June. The Mountaineers are made up of college players from across the country. They begin their inaugural season June 7, and they’re going to compete in the 13-team New England Collegiate Baseball League. Half the team’s 42-game schedule will be played at Montpelier Recreational Field. (AP)

Condo associations relax flag rules
Condo associations frequently have tough rules about appearance: everything from what color a unit can be painted, to whether flags can be flown. In the latter case, many Vermont condo associations have been relaxing the rules lately and ignoring or lifting restrictions on flying the stars and stripes. (AP)

The head of the Vermont lottery says he’s going ahead with planning to get the multi-state Powerball lottery game up and running by July 1. The Legislature still has not reached agreement on the mid-year budget adjustment that included provision for the game. (AP)

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