August 7, 2002 – News at a glance

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Gubernatorial candidates series: Jim Douglas
Although he has run twelve statewide campaigns since 1980, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Douglas is putting together the largest organization that he’s ever had for this year’s race. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Woodward shooting
The FBI is investigating whether Brattleboro police violated Robert Woodward’s civil rights when they shot him six times last December. Attorney General William Sorrell concluded that the shooting was legally justified, but he says he welcomes the new federal investigation. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

UVM faculty contract
The faculty and administration at the University of Vermont have both filed complaints of bad-faith bargaining. The complaints center on public comments that have been made on both sides. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

FAHC investigation
Fletcher Allen Health Care trustees have named Vermont Law School Dean L. Kinvin Wroth to serve on the special committee investigating allegations that the hospital officials deliberately skirted state regulations. (VPR)

Trapp Lodge expansion
The Trapp Family Lodge is seeking state permission to build an $18 million condo development on its land in Stowe. (AP)

Vermont veterans
Vermont veterans have been recognized for the first time with newly designed medals. (AP)

Needle exchange
Saint Johnsbury is the latest Vermont town to host a needle exchange program for intravenous drug users. The Vermont CARES office for the Northeast Kingdom launched the program this week. (AP)

Sampson murder plea
A report says Gary Sampson, the man who is accused of killing three people last summer in New England, wants to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. Gary Sampson was arrested in Vermont after he allegedly killed two men in Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire last July. (AP)

Firearms violation
A 39-year-old Mount Holly man is on his way to federal prison for firearms violations. Authorities say Clark Yeargan was found in possession of several guns, a violation of federal law given that he’d had a previous felony conviction in Connecticut. (AP)

Milton truss bridge
A century-old metal truss bridge in Milton is going to be removed from its place and put in storage. It will join 14 other truss bridges that the state is holding on to as part of a historic bridge program. The state stores the bridges in case towns want to use them as walking or bike paths. (AP)

Blueberry Lake Dam
Officials in Warren say they’ll await the results of an engineering study on a local dam before determining whether a lake has to be drained. The town-owned dam that holds Blueberry Lake in place has several problems, including a seepage spot 14 feet below the top of the structure. (AP)

Motorists advised of moose
Moose are wandering the roads of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and motorists are being advised to be cautious. In recent days there have been four vehicles involved in crashes with the large animals. (AP)

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