August 13, 2002

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Interview: campaign finance law
Steve Delaney talks with professor Eric Davis about the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recent ruling on Vermont’s campaign finance law. Davis teaches political science at Middlebury College. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Looking back at 1977
Twenty-five years ago, when Vermont Public Radio went on the air, Vermonters lives were very different than they are today. Some of those differences are significant, others are simply small reminders of another time. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

State budget cuts
The Dean administration’s plan to reduce state spending includes eliminating 88 state jobs and cutting a variety of government programs. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Agencies react to budget cuts
About half of the $11 million in proposed state budget cuts fall on the Agency of Human Services. It’s the largest agency of state government, and it offers services to some of the state’s neediest citizens. (VPR)

Invasive hogweed
The Vermont Department of Agriculture is urging people who spend time outdoors to watch out for noxious hogweed. The invasive plant’s sap can cause severe skin irritation, blisters and swelling if not handled properly. (VPR)

Moyers plea
Public television journalist Bill Moyers pleaded guilty today in a Bennington courtroom to a charge of negligent driving. (AP)

Legionnaire’s Disease
The recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease has sickened at least 15 people. State health officials confirmed the fifteenth case yesterday. One of the people infected with the disease is still hospitalized. Most of the confirmed cases involve people who live or have spent time in Waterbury. (AP)

U.S. Airways
Passengers of U.S. Airways are likely to see no changes in the wake of the airline’s bankruptcy filing over the weekend. A federal judge gave U.S. Airways approval yesterday to keep running while it tries to reorganize its finances. The airline says it will honor all tickets and make no immediate changes to its schedule. (AP)

Wetland fine
A Fairfield dairy farmer has agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty to settle claims that he illegally filled in a wetland. A federal judge in Burlington approved the settlement in a civil claim against farmer Henry Magnan. (AP)

Fatal accident on I-93
A Vermont trucker was killed and a Connecticut couple injured when the truck crossed into oncoming traffic on Interstate 93 Sunday morning and slammed into a motorhome. The crash closed Interstate 93 in New Hampshire for about six hours. State police identified the trucker as 38-year-old Douglas Gamble of Newport Center, Vermont. (AP)

Windham sheriff’s candidate
A Democratic candidate for sheriff has confirmed rumors that he was once demoted in the department he now hopes to lead. Claude Weyant of Grafton worked for the Windham County Sheriff’s Department in the 1980s and 1990s. He says he was demoted after what he calls a “consensual relationship” with a dispatcher ended. (AP)

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