August 20, 2004 – News at a Glance

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Giuliani Addresses Vermont Emergency Responders
As workers at Vermont Yankee voted to approve their new contract Thursday, the plant’s owner, Entergy, was hosting a dinner in Brattleboro for emergency responders. The main speaker was Rudolf Giuliani. The former New York Mayor is using the lessons of 9/11 to reinforce the importance of anticipating the unexpected. (VPR)

Wal-Mart’s Proposed St. Albans Store
The developer of a proposed Wal-Mart in Franklin County says the company has told him it will not scale down the size of the store. Wal-Mart is seeking local and state approval for a 150,000 square foot outlet in St. Albans Town. (VPR)

Interview: Julia Child’s Culinary Legacy
One week ago today one of the world’s best-known culinary personalities died, just a few days shy of her 92nd birthday. Julia Child was admired by and influenced generations of chefs, including Michel LeBorgne, who was a friend of Child’s. Michel LeBorgne is the founding chef instructor at the New England Culinary Institute, and he talks with Mitch Wertlieb about Child. (VPR)

Vermont Yankee Workers Vote on Contract
A tentative settlement has been reached in contract talks at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. On Thursday evening, union members are voting on whether to approve the deal. The current contract expires at midnight, and workers had threatened to strike if the talks failed to reach an agreement. (VPR)

Interview: Court Rules on Campaign Finance Law
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an important decision this week that essentially upholds a key provision of Vermont’s campaign finance reform law that limits spending in political campaigns. One person who’s been examining the impact of this ruling is Montpelier attorney Paul Gillies, who served as deputy secretary of state from 1981 to 1992. Bob Kinzel talks with Gillies about the court’s decision. (VPR)

Algae Blooms Spread in Lake Champlain
The Vermont Health Department says toxic blue green algae has spread in northern Lake Champlain, and the Department is warning people to avoid contact with the dangerous blooms. (VPR)

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