April 23, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Moose on the Roads
Steve Delaney interviews Cedric Alexander, a moose biologist at the Department Fish and Wildlife. Alexander discusses the balance between moose and people. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Garelick Farms Operations
The former Fairdale Farms dairy plant in Bennington will be closing in June. The company, now known as Garelick Farms of Vermont, will transfer roughly half of its 125 employees to its facility in East Greenbush, N.Y. (VPR)

Abenaki Video
A new video, produced by the Vermont Folklife Center and an Abenaki advisory group, aims to help Vermont educators teach about the state’s native culture. (VPR)

School Choice
It appears that the issue of school choice is dead for the session. The House passed a new plan last week but Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Shumlin says the proposal is flawed. And Shumlin says the Senate doesn’t have the time to address the legislation this year. (VPR)

Gilman Millworkers
After months of struggling to keep operating, a Gilman Vermont paper plant has closed at least temporarily. Union officials say negotiations are underway between the plants owners and operators and the facility could reopen as early as midweek. (VPR)

"Clean Skies" Reaction
Vermont’s two senators are unsupportive of the president’s "Clean Skies" air pollution abatement plan. They say it does less than the current clean air laws. (AP)

Mega-Buck Unclaimed
Vermont’s Lottery Commission says nobody has yet claimed the million-dollar winning Mega-Bucks ticket sold in Burlington on Saturday. (AP)

Terrorism Alert
The FBI says its warnings about possible terrorist attacks on Northeastern banks are still in effect, but with no new information on such a possibility. (AP)

Canada-U.S. Boat Traffic
Tourist industry officials are fretting over a new federal rule that makes it harder for Canadian boat owners to get inspection-free passage into American waters on Lake Champlain. (AP)

Financial Fraud
Vermont’s U.S. attorney is seeking more assets from the owners of a Bennington financial company that the government claims has defrauded its clients in three states. (AP)

Summer Concerts
The Vermont summer concert scene should be quiet this year with only Ben and Jerry’s and a slimmed-down Reggae Fest on the books for the season. (AP)

Bottle Return Program
Senator James Jeffords used Earth Day to introduce his latest effort to get a national bottle return law enacted. (AP)

Rutland Medical Center
The Central Vermont Public Service electric company has given the Rutland Medical Center a $100,000 grant to help fund new facilities at the hospital. (AP)

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