August 22, 2002 – News at a glance

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Interview: Lyndon water security
Steve Delaney talks with Art Sanborn about new secuirty measures for the town of Lyndon’s water supply. Sanborn is the Lyndon Municipal Administrator. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Circ Highway public comment
The public has less than two weeks to comment on a new highway planned for Chittenden County. The state Transportation Agency wants public comments on its environmental assessment of the sixteen-mile Circumferential Highway. But critics say the assessment itself is flawed and overlooks some of the potential impacts of the road project. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

State pension funds
State Auditor Elizabeth Ready is calling on State Treasurer Jim Douglas to take a more active role in protecting the state’s pension funds. Douglas says Ready’s comments are purely political. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Legionnaire’s source
Vermont health officials investigating an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Waterbury say four cooling towers are probably to blame. (AP)

Moose hunt
The Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued 365 moose-hunting permits this year – an increase of about 65% over the number that went out last year. (AP)

Job satisfaction survey
A new survey shows only a bare majority of Americans like their jobs and New Englanders like their jobs the least. The Conference Group, a nonprofit business association, found New Englanders and those in their 30’s and 40’s are the least happy with their jobs. (AP)

Lyndonville Savings Bank
A settlement has ended the Lyndonville Savings Bank’s multimillion dollar lawsuit against its former bank president, Roger Lussier. Neither side is releasing details. The case is one of the biggest bank frauds in Vermont history. (AP)

State rescinds tax credits
It may be another sign of tough economic times in Vermont. Several companies awarded state tax credits after promising expansions have not delivered on those promises. The state panel that gives out the tax credits yesterday rescinded them from ten companies. (AP)

Trout disease
A disease that can be fatal to fish has been found in one of Vermont’s most famous trout streams. State Biologist Eric Palmer says trout whirling disease has been found in a number of states in the region, so it’s not a surprise it’s reached Vermont. (AP)

Wholesale electricity market
A merger plan regarding the wholesale electricity markets in New York and New England will be filed with federal regulators within the next few days. That’s what operators of the markets announced yesterday. The new market would cover a total of seven states. (AP)

Nader’s group joins Yankee debate
An environmental and consumer group founded by Ralph Nader has joined the debate over who should get any extra money in the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant’s decommissioning fund. Public Citizen has joined the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution and Citizens Awareness Network, which have filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over the issue. (AP)

No plea deal in Kopp case
A federal judge has rejected a plea deal for a couple accused of helping anti-abortion extremist James Kopp hide from the law. If convicted at trial, Loretta Marra and her husband Dennis Malvasi could each be sentenced to up to ten years in prison. (AP)

Teddy Bear stock
Vermont Teddy Bear has announced it will buy back up to three million shares of its common stock at $3.50 per share, a 52% premium over its closing price on Tuesday. The move drove the stock price up yesterday to nearly $3.40 a share. More than 21,000 changed hands yesterday, about four and a half times the stock’s average trading volume. (AP)

Manufactured house ordered removed
A Rutland judge has ruled that a couple who had a manufactured home installed in a development that bars them must move the structure. Neighbors sued when Francis and Deborah Clogston had a home in two sections brought in and installed on a concrete base. The Clogstons argue that since being installed, their house is not a mobile home but a permanent structure. (AP)

NH wildfires
New Hampshire firefighters will be back in the woods today in several communities, working to put out hot spots from wildfires. The fires have been burning in New Durham, Shelburne, Wentwork, Jackson and Richmond. (AP)

Milton school budget surplus
School officials in Milton say they’ll consult with taxpayers before deciding what to do with a newly discovered $1.2 million budget surplus. Money budgeted but not spent in previous years makes up most of the surplus. (AP)

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