The Vermont Legislature is getting ready to convene for the 2014 session.
The leaders of the House and Senate say the session that is starting Tuesday will focus on erasing a projected $70 million state budget shortfall and grappling with the growing abuse of opium-based drugs that is wrecking lives and driving crime.
Democratic House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell say committees will begin work Tuesday.
Smith and Campbell say lawmakers will need to work hard to erase the projected budget deficit without raising taxes.
Authorities say they have removed the main wreckage of a small plane from an upstate New York pond, but a brain cancer patient who was on the volunteer medical flight remains missing.
A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said Tuesday the fuselage was pulled out of the water in Ephratah, an hour west of Albany. It will be taken for inspection along with debris found in the surrounding area.
The Stamford Advocate is reporting that the pilot of a small plane that crashed Friday night in Ephratah, New York has been identified.
The man identified as the pilot of the plane was John Campbell of Stamford, Connecticut. Campbell was a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, a nonprofit group that arranges free air transportation for the sick.
The plane was carrying cancer patient Frank Amerosa and his wife to Rome, New York. They were coming from Boston, where Amerosa was being treated for brain cancer.