August 8, 2002 – News at a glance

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Gubernatorial candidates series: Con Hogan
Independent gubernatorial candidate Con Hogan is traveling around Vermont in a Winnebago this summer and fall. Hogan says the office on wheels symbolizes his approach to this campaign. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Legionnaire’s Disease
State health officials report two more people have been diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease. That brings to nine the number of confirmed cases in Central Vermont.(Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Court restores Vermont campaign limits
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has restored Vermont’s limits on campaign contributions and campaign spending. The judges sent the case back to the federal court in Vermont to decide when to put the provisions into place. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Hospital budgets
A citizens’ panel that reviews hospital budgets in Vermont is asking some tough questions. They want more information in the wake of allegations that the state’s largest hospital tried to circumvent state oversight. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

UVM workers contract
The University of Vermont has reached a tentative contract agreement with the union that represents custodial and maintenance workers. (VPR)

Police drug task force
The new head of the Vermont State Police drug task force says police need more funding for undercover officers to fight the growing use of illegal drugs. Lieutenant Thomas L’Esperance started his new job as commander of the task force last week. L’Esperance has been with the Vermont State Police for 15 years. (AP)

Springfield recreation center
Residents of Springfield continue to debate whether it’s wise to spend three million dollars on a new recreation center. The state is giving the money to the town in return for hosting a new state prison. (AP)

Lyndonville Savings Bank
Low earnings and new technology are costing nine people their jobs at the Lyndonville Savings Bank. The bank employs 69 people. Bank president Charles Bucknam announced the job cuts this week. (AP)

Green Mountain College
Vermont’s Green Mountain College has a new president. The school in Poultney has hired Jack’ Brennan to replace departing president Thomas Benson. (AP)

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