March 19, 2003 – News at a glance

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ANR investigators
The Legislature may grant police powers to investigators for the Agency of Natural Resources. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on Tuesday from environmental enforcement officers about the dangers they face on the job. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Vermont responds to Orange Alert
Governor Jim Douglas says the state of Vermont is working with the federal Department of Homeland Security to beef up efforts to protect critical infrastructure throughout the state from a potential terrorist attack. Douglas says he has no reason to believe that any site in Vermont will be targeted but he says the state must be prepared for terrorist activities. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

High school antiwar protests
As war with Iraq seems increasingly inevitable, opponents of U.S. led attacks have become more visible and vocal. From Essex to Brattleboro, Vermonters who disagree with Bush administration policy have taken to the streets to make themselves heard. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Douglas Act 60 plan
Governor Jim Douglas says it’s very likely that he’ll present the Legislature with a comprehensive plan to reform Act 60 in the near future. (VPR)

Vermont Senate debates war
The Vermont Senate Tuesday afternoon debated the merits of the impending war against Iraq. (VPR)

Catamounts leave for Utah
The coaches, players and trainers of UVM’s men’s basketball team left for the national championship tournament early Tuesday morning from Burlington. (VPR)

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