February 4, 2003 – News at a glance

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Southwest Corner: House Speaker Walter Freed
VPR’s Steve Delaney talks with House Speaker Walter Freed of Dorest, on the political issues that concern southwestern Vermonters. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Southwest Corner: Bennington County’s economy
Someone once called it Vermont’s Forgotten Kingdom. Southwestern Vermont has long felt slighted by state government. But officials say things have changed and the area is poised to become Vermont’s next big growth region. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Constitutional amendments
The Senate Government Operations committee is expected to review a number of proposed constitutional amendments in the next few weeks. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Pakistani immigrants delayed at border
Pakistani immigrants from the United States are crowding the Canadian border crossing north of Plattsburgh, New York. They’re concerned about an approaching deadline requiring many of them to register with the U.S. government. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

VA funding
Congressman Bernie Sanders says a recent decision by the Bush administration to cut health care services to some veterans is an outrage. Sanders is working with other members of Congress to overturn the policy. (VPR)

Hospital oversight
At least a half-dozen bills have been introduced in the Vermont Legislature to change the way hospitals govern themselves. Some of the bills also are hoping to change the way the state provides oversight to the hospitals. (AP)

Saint Michael’s fundraising
Saint Michael’s College has begun the public portion of a $52 million fundraising campaign. (AP)

Chinese New Year
Vermont’s Chinese community gathered in South Burlington Saturday afternoon to usher in the Chinese New Year. (VPR)

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