February 14, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: bird count
VPR’s Steve Delaney talks with Jim Shallow, who is coordinating the Great Back Yard Bird Count for Vermont. The six-day bird starts Friday. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

FAHC board resigns
Eight trustees of the state’s largest hospital say they’ll step down as soon as replacements are found. Board Chairwoman Louise McCarren said the trustees resigned for the good of the institution. (VPR)

McCarren announces resignations at FAHC
VPR’s John Dillon reported live from Fletcher Allen hospital, where Thursday evening the chair of the hospital’s board announced that most of the trustees will step down. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Douglas calls for changes at FAHC
On Friday, Governor Jim Douglas said the best way to restore public trust at Fletcher Allen Health Care is to replace most of the institution’s trustees. (VPR)

State emergency plan
Governor Jim Douglas says the state is reviewing its emergency terrorism response plan because the Bush administration has put the entire country on high alert status. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Affordable housing
For years, developers have said that objections during the permit process stand in the way of addressing the state’s housing shortage. But now, environmental groups say they’ll endorse affordable housing projects, if the developments meet environmental standards and do not contribute to suburban sprawl. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Smallpox vaccine
The state Health Department held its first smallpox vaccine clinic Thursday in Burlington. Most of the recipients were health department employees. (AP)

Powerball bill
The Vermont House has voted by a wide margin in favor of expanding the state lottery to include a big jackpot multi-state game. (AP)

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