May 9, 2003 – News at a glance

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Capital bill
The Vermont Senate on Thursday gave preliminary approval to legislation that allocates nearly $40 million in state and local construction projects. The bill includes $250,000 to study the feasibility of having the state buy eight hydroelectric dams in the Connecticut River Valley. (VPR)

FCC rules change
If the federal government eases rules on ownership there could be dramatic changes in the Vermont media market. The Federal Communications Commission will decide next month whether to lift the rule that now prevents a newspaper company from owning a local TV station. Experts say if the FCC changes the ownership rules, some Vermont media outlets could change hands. (VPR)

Expanded home health care
The Douglas administration is seeking a waiver from the federal government to allow the state to expand home and community based health care programs for elderly Vermonters. (VPR)

FAHC’s bond rating drops
The credit rating for Vermont’s largest hospital is being downgraded by one of the Wall Street rating firms. (AP)

Efficiency Vermont wins award
Efficiency Vermont is one of the five winners of the innovations in government award, given by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. (AP)

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