February 19, 2003 – News at a glance

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Patriotism and Congress
All three members of Vermont’s Congressional Delegation say it’s essential for the Bush administration to win the support of the United Nations Security Council before taking military action against Iraq. But Vermont’s congressman and two senators say they’ll support the troops if the president decides to go to war without U.N. support. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Public safety in Vermont
VPR’s Steve Delaney interviews Public Safety Commissioner Kerry Sleeper. Sleeper comments on the “orange” alert and responds to federal advice on precautions people can take against possible terrorist attacks. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Jeffords on Bush war policy
Senator Jim Jeffords says he believes President Bush is pursuing a war against Iraq primarily as a way to increase his chances of being re-elected in 2004. (VPR)

Douglas, Leahy meet with IBM
Governor Jim Douglas says senior IBM officials have assured him that the company will remain in Vermont as long as the state addresses key concerns.

Waste water violations
State environmental officials recently fined the town of Shelburne because its sewage plant released too much chlorine and other pollutants into Lake Champlain. The case is not an isolated incident. Other waste water plants in Vermont have violated state and federal pollution standards.

Timber harvest draws criticism
Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to block a timber harvest in the Green Mountain National Forest.

Medicaid cuts
A coalition of health care advocacy groups urged lawmakers on Tuesday to reject Governor Jim Douglas’ plan to reform the state’s Medicaid program.

Missing skiers found
Vermont State Police say search teams have found two teenagers who got lost Monday while skiing at Killington. Authorities say 16-year-old Ed Urso and 15-year-old Alex Urso of Rye, New York, were in good condition when they were located this evening.

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