March 28, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: sweeter maple trees Steve
Delaney talks with a UVM scientist who is researching a breed of maple trees that produces a higher sugar content than standard maples. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Leahy on Iraq
Senator Patrick Leahy says a U.S. military victory in Iraq will not have much meaning unless America is willing to take an active role in the reconstruction of Iraq after the war. (VPR)

Families at food banks
According to a new report, demand for the services at Vermont’s food shelves and community kitchens has risen 40% in the last two years. The report was released by the state office of Economic Opportunity. (VPR)

Troopers in state budget
Governor Jim Douglas says it’s absolutely critical for the Legislature to support his plan to add 10 new state troopers in next year’s budget. Douglas says a recent drug bust in central Vermont involving out of state dealers highlights the need to increase the size of the state police force. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Milton sewer dispute
The town of Milton and a statewide environmental group have settled a long dispute that threatened to stall a new sewer project. The disagreement was over the possibility of sprawl development. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Wounded Vermont soldier
Governor Jim Douglas interrupted his press conference at the Statehouse Thursday to take a call from a 19-year-old Marine from Dorset who was wounded in Iraq over the weekend. (VPR)

Williams arrested
Former Putney resident Jody Williams has been arrested in an anti-war protest near the White House. Williams shared the Nobel Peace Prize six years ago for her work against land mines. Wednesday, she was part of a group of protesters that climbed over police barricades near the White House. A total of 65 people were taken into custody. (AP)

Guardmember harassed
The Vermont National Guard confirms an incident in which teenagers threw rocks at a soldier. The Guard member was not injured when she was confronted by the teenagers at a Plainfield convenience store last Friday. A Guard spokesperson says there have been a number of minor episodes of harassment of guard members recently. (AP)

Anthrax hoax arrest
A Vermont man has been charged with sending a suspicious letter to a New Hampshire newspaper office at the height of the 2001 anthrax scare. Thirty-one-year-old Alexander Garrison of Norwich was arrested yesterday. He is accused of sending a letter containing a powdery substance to the Valley News in October 2001. (AP)

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