February 8, 2003 – News at a glance

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FAHC expansion
The state’s largest hospital, Fletcher Allen Health Care, has formally asked state regulators to give their approval to the hospital’s controversial expansion plan. The Renaissance Project has more than doubled in cost since it was first approved, with a new filing that puts the final cost at $356 million. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Proposed permit reform
The Douglas administration has won mixed reviews on its proposal to reform the environmental permitting process. A key part of the plan would change the way environmental groups get involved in Act 250 cases. This part of the plan has won tentative support from one environmental organization, but others fear it would make the process more cumbersome for the public. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

UVM faculty contract
Unionized faculty members at the University of Vermont are celebrating the school’s first union contract. (AP)

State poet
Vermont’s next state poet is a writer and a political activist who has been an eloquent and strong voice for peace for many decades. (AP)

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