December 12, 2002 – News at a glance

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Interview: Statehouse heroin summit
VPR’s Steve Delaney talks with Attorney General William Sorrell and US Attorney Peter Hall about the heroin conference they are sponsoring for lawmakers in Montpelier. (Listen to the interview online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Hinsdale neighbors’ appeal
A Charlotte farmer has won a round in his legal battle with neighbors. On Tuesday, the state Water Resources Board rejected their appeal of a permit for a manure pit. (VPR)

Timberland for sale
A big chunk of Vermont timberland is up for sale. The Hancock Timber Resource Group wants to sell 10,400 acres of forest in Essex and Orleans counties. But the company says it’s not getting out of the land management business. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean campaign’s progress
Governor Howard Dean says his campaign for president is ahead of where he thought it would be at the end of this year. Dean also acknowledges that his campaign will be the first in recent memory where the candidate’s spouse won’t be an active participant on the campaign trail. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Lott’s comments on Thurmond
Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean says Senator Trent Lott’s comments at a birthday party for retiring Senator Strom Thurmond appear to endorse the segregationist policies of more than 50 years ago. (AP)

FAHC board composition
Governor Howard Dean says adding some consumer members to the Board of Trustees at the state’s largest hospital would be a good idea. (VPR)

Dartmouth-Hitchcock commended
The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has been chosen one of the top 100 hospitals in the country by a leading healthcare data company. (AP)

Winter storm
A winter storm is slowing the morning commute Thursday across Vermont and closing scores of schools. Parts of the state are being hit with snow and freezing rain, while in other areas the storm is all snow. The forecast calls for the storm ending by mid-day. (AP)

State budget
Vermont Governor Howard Dean has been crafting a budget for the fiscal year that begins next July, six months after he leaves office. Dean says he’s doing so in part to show the budget can be balanced despite the state’s tight finances. (AP)

Champlain College
Burlington’s Champlain College is receiving an anonymous one million dollar donation as part of the school’s $12 million capital campaign. Another two million dollars will be part of a matching gift. The money will be used for scholarships and technology. (AP)

Burlington school budget
A preliminary plan in the Burlington school budget would raise expenses almost 5% and it still includes cutting seven teaching positions and all middle-school extracurricular activities. (AP)

Church Street Marketplace
Another block of Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace could be closed to traffic. The Church Street Marketplace Commission and the city council will consider a plan to close the block between Main and College streets to vehicles. (AP)

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