May 27, 2003 – News at a glance

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Federal tax and state revenues
Congress has passed a $330 billion tax cut, and state officials want to make sure Vermont doesn’t collect less in taxes as a result. Vermonters pay taxes based on a portion of their federal taxable income, so changes on the federal level have a ripple effect on the state. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

ECHO Center opens this weekend
new center devoted to Lake Champlain opens this Saturday on Burlington’s waterfront. The $15 million facility is part aquarium, part natural history museum. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Legislature resumes work
Vermont lawmakers are trying to resolve their differences on some key legislative issues as the session nears its end. House and Senate leaders have agreed that conference committees will resume their work Tuesday. (AP)

Federal budget allocation
Vermont’s top budget writers are expecting more requests for money this week now that the state will be receiving a windfall from the federal government. Over the next year and a half, the state expects to receive nearly $85 million. (AP)

Seniors meet Sanders
Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders is hosting town meetings across the state Tuesday for senior citizens. Sanders says the meetings will touch on issues including Social Security, prescription drugs and Medicare programs. (AP)

Memorial Day observed
State offices were open but quiet Monday on Memorial Day. Vermont is the only state that follows the tradition of observing the holiday on May 30. State workers will have Friday off. A bill has been proposed in the Vermont House that would make the state’s Memorial Day holiday the last Monday in May like the rest of the country. (AP)

Montpelier fire investigation
A structural engineer is expected to help fire investigators in Vermont’s capital city decide how to proceed. Officials decided Sunday to put their investigation on hold because of concerns about the structural integrity of a building ravaged by fire. (AP)

University Mall fire
Officials are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out at the University Mall Monday. The fire in the Dream Machine video arcade delayed the opening of the mall until 2:00 p.m.. No one was injured but there was heavy smoke throughout the building. (AP)

Marathon runner recovering
Relatives say a runner who collapsed during the Vermont City Marathon is improving. Seventy-year-old David Hershberg remained in critical condition last night at Fletcher Allen Health Care. He collapsed with a heart attack near the near the six-mile mark of the 26.2 mile marathon on Sunday. (AP)

Vegetable oil bus trip
A group of Middlebury College students has made it all the way from Vermont to West Virginia in their bus that runs on used vegetable oil. The students, who left Vermont last week, plan to drive the school bus all the way to Washington state by mid-June. (AP)

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