March 14, 2003 – News at a glance

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Women’s Film Festival
For the past 12 years, the Brattleboro Women’s Film Festival has been bringing independent films by and about women to the Brattleboro Area. This year’s festival started last weekend and will continue through March 23. The films are being shown in two Brattleboro theaters and the New Falls Cinema in Bellows Falls. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: Northern Ireland
Steve Delaney talks with Paddy O’Hanlon, a founding member of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association, about the Catholic-Protestant conflict in Northern Ireland. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Iranian nuclear program
A former Iranian United Nations ambassador says the United States will soon be forced to deal with Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Mansour Farhang says despite denials by the Iranian government, he’s certain the country is developing a nuclear bomb. (VPR)

Court hears property tax case
The Vermont Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday in a case that could force the state to overhaul how it calculates the statewide education property tax. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Four-year terms
Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment extending the governor’s term to four years say the future of their amendment may be tied directly to a plan to create four-year terms for lawmakers. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

LaRoche confirmed
The Vermont Senate has given its approval to the most controversial of Governor Jim Douglas’ appointments. By a vote of 21 to 8, the full Senate supported the nomination of Wayne LaRoche to be the state’s new fish and wildlife commissioner. (VPR)

Secrecy of student hearings
The state’s high court considered Thursday whether Lyndon State College’s student disciplinary proceedings should be secret. The court heard arguments against public disclosure from the school’s lawyer and the case in favor of disclosure from a lawyer for the Caledonian Record newspaper. (AP)

Anti-GMO rally
Critics of genetically engineered foods held a rally on the Statehouse lawn this afternoon to celebrate their victory at Town Meeting Day and to bring their case to the Statehouse. Last week 37 Vermont towns passed resolutions against the use of genetic engineering in food production. (AP)

Police monitoring
Montpelier City Council members say they’ll look carefully at procedures for policing parades and protests. They also have given repeated assurances that photographs taken of high school students at an anti-war protest last week have been destroyed. (AP)

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