May 30, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: State parks open
Steve Delaney talks with Larry Simino, director of Vermont’s state parks, about improvements to the parks for the summer season. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Reporting mandate for child abuse
Governor Douglas signed legislation this week requiring members of the clergy to report allegations of child sexual abuse. The new law might have an effect on reporting abuse cases. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Adjournment in sight
Legislative leaders have resolved their differences over the state budget for next year. That paves the way for the General Assembly to adjourn Friday. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean’s expanded offices
For the third time in a year, Howard Dean’s presidential campaign has outgrown its offices. This week, Dean’s staff moved to larger quarters in South Burlington. The move shows a campaign operation that is now among the biggest of the Democratic field. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Sanders wants tax cut provision corrected
Congressman Bernie Sanders says he wants Congress to restore tax credits for low income working families – credits that were stripped at the last minute from the new federal tax cut law. (VPR)

Dean says patients can impact health costs
Campaigning in Concord, New Hampshire Thursday, Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean says Americans need to take more responsibility for their health care. (AP)

Memorial Day observed
The state of Vermont is officially celebrating Memorial Day Friday. While many Americans marked the holiday Monday, Vermont is the only state that follows the tradition of observing it on May 30. Organizers say a Memorial Day ceremony this afternoon will have a special significance this year because of the two Vermonters who died in the war in Iraq in April. (AP)

Corrow appointed to Education Board
A former state senator who had a run-in with the state teachers’ union for being a volunteer teacher has been appointed to the Vemront Board of Education. William Corrow is the latest appointee to the board by Governor James Douglas. And like the previous three, he’s a staunch supporter of school choice. (AP)

Ryegate mill
A man who bought a Vermont mill for $100 last summer says he’s now a step closer to reopening it after being awarded a tax credit. Ronald Morgan says he wants to put former Kimberly-Clark employees back to work in East Ryegate. (AP)

Bliss to plead guilty
The first Vermonter ever placed on the FBI’s ten most wanted list plans to plead guilty in a sexual assault case. Federal Public Defender Barbara O’Connor says Michael Bliss will change his plea at a hearing next week. But she won’t say what charges he’ll admit he committed. He was set to go to trial on June 17. (AP)

Rutland airport improvements
The Rutland State Airport has won $1.5 million in federal assistance. The money will be used for improvements to the taxiways and aprons at the airport in Clarendon. Officials say the improvements will reduce the number of planes on the runway, strengthen security and make operating conditions at the airport safer. (AP)

UVM dean takes medical leave
University of Vermont medical school dean Joseph Warshaw is taking a leave beginning next month. The 66-year-old dean is taking a medical leave. He has been fighting cancer for about a year and will undergo a bone marrow transplant this summer. (AP)

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