April 16, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: Parti Quebecois
Steve Delaney talks with Jane Davenport, editor of the Montreal Gazette, about election results that voted out of office the provincial French separatist party. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Act 60 reform
According to the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Stowe Representative Dick Marron, a new compromise Act 60 reform plan will lower the average property tax bill in Vermont by roughly 30%. The committee this week is working out the final details of its proposal. (VPR)

Farm assistance package
Legislation that creates an emergency financial aid package for Vermont dairy farmers is moving through the Legislature in record time. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Priests as mandated reporters
The head of Vermont’s Catholic Church told lawmakers Tuesday that the diocese supports a law requiring priests to report allegations of child abuse. But Bishop Kenneth Angell said he had reservations about certain parts of the bill. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

FAHC expansion costs
State regulators want the Fletcher Allen hospital to explain in detail how it could cut costs on its $356 million expansion project. The state last month told Fletcher Allen that it may withdraw approval for the work unless the hospital can show that all the expenses are justified. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Cigarettes sales and taxes
Tobacco lobbyists say the cigarette tax in Vermont and Massachusetts is good for cigarette sales in New Hampshire. (AP)

Chamber president relocates to China
The president of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce is leaving his job to move to Shanghai, China. (AP)

Brush fire near Statehouse
Firefighters on Tuesday evening have a brush fire behind the Vermont Statehouse largely under control. (AP)

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