Janaury 22, 2002 – News at a glance

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Interview: animals in winter
VPR’s Steve Delaney talks with biology professor Bernd Heinrich about how wild animals adapt to winter. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

State budget
Governor Jim Douglas says he’ll propose a new state budget tomorrow that calls for very limited growth in state spending next year. (VPR)

USA Patriot Act
A group in Brattleboro is asking the Selectboard to consider a resolution that questions the constitutionality of the Homeland Security and USA Patriot acts.

Internet college degrees
Officials warn of Internet degree scams State education officials are warning Vermonters to beware of online degree scams. They say they’re receiving an increasing number of calls from people wondering about the legitimacy of college degrees offered over the Internet. (VPR)

Medicinal marijuana
Backers of a medicinal marijuana bill are optimistic that the full Legislature will give its approval to their proposal this year. However, Governor Jim Douglas has some strong concerns about the measure. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

First bill of the session
The Vermont House has given its preliminary approval to the first bill of the new session. The legislation increases penalties for people who attempt to elude a police officer while operating a car.

Hospital oversight bill
A new legislative proposal would make board meetings of non-profit hospitals open to the public. (AP)

Cold weather closes mountain
Most of the Jay Peak ski resort was closed Tuesday because of high winds. Winds of 30-60 miles-per-hour wind were forecasted at the summit. The National Weather Service forecasts wind chills of minus 35 degrees Tuesday night. (AP)

Permit reform
Lawmakers have begun their efforts at reforming Vermont’s regulatory permit system. (AP)

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