August 1, 2003 – News at a glance

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Powerball revenues
During its first month of operation, revenues from Powerball are running more than 50% above projections, but state lottery officials believe that things will settle down in the coming months. State Lottery Director Alan Yandow says the state has been very lucky during its initial experience with Powerball. (VPR)

Firefighters against Dean
Vermont firefighters have contacted their New Hampshire counterparts to tell them that Howard Dean doesn’t have their support in his campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination. (VPR)

Rise in milk prices projected
Vermont dairy farmers will soon get more money in their milk checks. A leading dairy economist predicts milk prices will rise this month and through the fall. But farmers say it won’t be enough to erase a year and a half of rock bottom prices. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Leahy argues religion with Bush
Senator Patrick Leahy is accusing the White House of engaging in “religious McCarthyism.” The administration claims Leahy opposes one of the president’s judicial nominees because the person is a Catholic. Leahy, who’s Catholic, says it’s the most outrageous charge that he’s encountered during his five terms in the U.S. Senate. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

State GOP calls for Dean records
Vermont Republicans are calling on former Governor Howard Dean to release his gubernatorial records. (AP)

Margaret Garland dies at 81
Margaret Garland, former chairwoman of the state Environmental Board, civil libertarian, and aviation pioneer has died. Garland, who was 81, died today at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. (AP)

Tubbs closing in Brandon
A maker of upscale furniture based in Brandon is closing its doors, laying off 142 workers. Vermont Tubbs President Lee Houston announced Thursday that he had not been able to find a buyer for the company that went on the market in December. (AP)

Bogner may add jobs in Newport
Sportswear manufacturer Bogner of America has won a new line of business that could add as many as 15 new jobs to its Newport headquarters. Bogner will distribute a Japanese line of skiwear from its headquarters. Early last month Bogner took over North American distribution and administration for Phenix Ski and Sport Incorporated. (AP)

IBM age discrimination
Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders is hailing a new court ruling as a victory for IBM employees. A federal judge in Illinois ruled Thursday that IBM had illegally discriminated against older workers when it altered its pension plans in the 1990s. (AP)

Missisquoi dam removal
Vermont’s wildlife commissioner is proposing to remove the Swanton dam from the Missisquoi River. But some local officials say Commissioner Wayne Laroche’s proposal could face “very strong resistance” from Swanton residents who want to keep the dam. (AP)

Dean in northern New England
Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean will be back in northern New England Saturday. He starts out in New Hampshire and then heads to Maine. Thursday Dean was in San Francisco, where he delivered the first major environmental address of his campaign. (AP)

Teacher charged with sexual assault
An Essex High School math teacher has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. Thirty-year-old Richard Bugbee of Saint Albans was charged this week with sexual assault of a minor. He pleaded innocent and is free on a $25,000 bail bond. (AP)

Guilty plea in overdose death
A South Burlington man could serve life in prison for his role in a heroin overdose death. Shawn Gibson pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge that he gave 22-year-old Jill McCarthy the heroin that caused her to die two years ago. (AP)

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