August 10, 2004 – News at a Glance

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Critics Say New Policy Hides Nuclear Safety Problems from Public
Federal regulators will no longer reveal security problems discovered at nuclear power plants. The new policy applies to Vermont Yankee, and critics say it will keep the public in the dark about important safety issues. (VPR)

Whiffle Ball at Little Fenway
Fenway Park holds a special place in the heart of a Red Sox fan. So much so, that one fan built a painstakingly detailed replica in his back yard. Last season, Pat O’Connor invited Mitch Wertlieb on a tour of this Essex whiffle ball landmark. (VPR)

Services for General Cram to be Held Tuesday
The funeral service for Major General Reginald Cram – the leader of the Vermont National Guard from 1967 until 1981 – will be held Tuesday in Burlington. General Cram died on Friday. (VPR)

Air Guard Soldiers Return
About 200 members of the Vermont Air National Guard are return home Tuesday. The soldiers, part of the 158th Fighter Wing, are scheduled to arrive at their base in South Burlington Tuesday morning. (AP)

Suit Against Lowe’s Construction Rejected
A judge has rejected an environmental group’s request to stop construction of a Lowe’s Home Center store in South Burlington. The Conservation Law Foundation had sought to stop construction of the 151,000-square-foot store over fears that the work would pollute nearby Potash Brook. (AP)

Vermont Yankee Contract Dispute
Management officials at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant say they hope they can resolve a contract dispute with workers before August 19. That is both the date set by a unit of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for a possible strike, and the date the CEO of Entergy Nuclear – the plant’s parent company – is scheduled to visit. (AP)

Municipal Bus Drivers Contract
Unionized bus drivers at the Chittenden County Transportation Authority have rejected a contract offer and voted in favor of a strike. A Union official says drivers will continue operating CCTA buses for now. The union says mediation is likely the next step. (AP)

Bennington College Gift
Bennington College has received its largest single gift in its 72-year history. A Massachusetts couple has given the school $10 million. The college intends to use the fund to attract the best teachers, improve its library and support special projects. (AP)

Burlington Tax Resolution Postponed
The Burlington City Council has postponed a vote on a resolution that would add a new one-cent property tax for a city land conservation fund. The tax would raise about $186,000 a year to leverage money from other sources to buy and maintain so-called “significant natural areas.” (AP)

Captive Insurance Training
The University of Vermont has joined a captive insurance industry group to launch a new educational program to serve the industry, the first of its kind in the nation. Captive insurance is a specialized form of self-insurance in which companies establish their own licensed, regulated insurance companies. (AP)

Dean TV Can Wait
Former Vermont Governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean says he’s not ready to change careers from political activist to talk show host. Dean, whose Dean for America presidential campaign has morphed into the Democracy for America political action group, substituted for the host of a cable television talk show Sunday night. Dean filled in as host for CNBC’s “Topic A With Tina Brown.” (AP)

Drunken Boating Charges
A Burlington man is facing charges after the boat he was piloting crashed early Tuesday morning on Lake Champlain. Thirty-year-old Todd Ellsworth was operating the boat in Mallets Bay when it ran aground. He faces charges of boating while intoxicated and careless and negligent operati

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