August 12, 2003 – News at a glance

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Lake sturgeon comeback
A century ago, Lake Champlain sturgeon were sought after by commercial fishermen. Today the prehistoric fish is an endangered species. Biologists have been studying the fish for the last several years and as VPR’s Steve Zind reports, there are signs the sturgeon is making a comeback. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Clarendon contamination study
State environmental officials are expanding their review of possible chemical contamination in Clarendon. Residents there have raised concerns about a cluster of cancer cases, as VPR’s John Dillon reports. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Gerald Pease dies, 88
The town of Middlesex said goodbye to one of its oldest and most colorful residents on Monday. Gerald Pease was a lifelong dairy farmer whose life touched many in the central Vermont community. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Adelphia appeals PSB order
Vermont’s largest cable service provider has filed an appeal of an order by the state Public Service Board. A representative with Adelphia Cable Communications says the company filed its appeal in federal court on Friday. (AP)

Bennington airport
Neighbors of the William H. Morse State Airport in Bennington are concerned the state might expand the runways there. (AP)

BISHCA deputy named
Vermont has a new deputy commissioner of health care administration. Nurse Practitioner and attorney Paulette Thabault has been chosen as second in command for regulating health insurance and hospitals. In her new job, she’ll review spending on projects such as Fletcher Allen Health Care’s expansion. (AP)

Dean in PA
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean told voters in Philadelphia Monday that Republicans just can’t handle money. Dean spoke to more than 3,000 supporters at Philadelphia’s Visitor Center Park. He told them it was the largest group that has come out in support of his campaign yet. (AP)

Teacher misconduct
The director of athletics at Milton High School has been charged with sexual assault of a student. Thirty-four-year-old Jaimie Rugg appeared in court Monday in Burlington to answer charges that he had sexual relations with a 15-year-old student. Rugg is athletic director and drama coach at Milton High School. (AP)

Hiker gives up record
A fast-moving hiker from Oregon has called it quits on the Long Trail. Thirty-two-year-old Ted Keizer, who also goes by the name of ‘Cave Dog,’ was trying to break the four-day, 15-hour speed record for hiking all of the 265-mile trail. But he quit Monday, just 17 miles from Vermont’s southern border. He says bad weather and exhaustion put an end to his quest. (AP)

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