May 2, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: ‘Weekend of Hope’
Steve Delaney talks with the organizer of “Weekend of Hope,” an event in Stowe for cancer survivors and their families. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Early bottle bill passed 50 years ago
This spring marks the fiftieth anniversary of Vermont’s passage of the nation’s first returnable bottle bill. The law was short lived, but as VPR’s Steve Zind reports, the legislation in 1953 was the first step leading to the passage of Vermont’s landmark returnable container law. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

House approves Act 60 compromise plan
A compromise Act 60 school funding plan won approval on Thursday in the Vermont House. The bill shifts some of the burden of the statewide property tax to the sales tax. The House defeated an effort to substitute an income tax surcharge for the sales tax. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

State moves forward on public utility authorization
A key Senate committee is moving ahead with a plan that would allow the state to buy power dams along the Connecticut River. The proposal also won support from State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding. He says it makes sense for Vermont to be ready to buy the dams if the price is right. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Senate passes state budget
The Vermont Senate has given its okay to the state budget for next year. The budget proposal increases overall state spending by roughly 1.7%. (VPR)

Former client sues defunct law firm
A Vermont man convicted of bank fraud is now taking his former lawyers to court. Roger Lussier alleges that the now-dissolved law firm of Bailey, Fishman and Leonard represented him ineffectively in 1993 bank fraud case. (VPR)

Rescued cats need home
A family living with 65 cats in a third-floor apartment in Woodstock must be out by Friday. But 10 cats still need homes or shelter before then. (VPR)

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