December 13, 2002 – News at a glance

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Face of homelessness
State officials say that more than 9,000 Vermonters have no place to call home. Some stay in shelters or with friends. Others live in cars, and even in tents. Homelessness in Vermont wears many faces and has many causes. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: transportation hotline
VPR’s Steve Delaney talks with Dan Grahovac about a new “511” hotline for emergency road conditions information. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

New BISHCA commissioner
Governor-elect Jim Douglas says his new administration will conduct a thorough investigation of the state’s role in reviewing a controversial expansion project at the Fletcher Allen hospital. Douglas wants to know if state regulators should have been able to foresee some of the major problems that developed in this project. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

FAHC trustees
Former gubernatorial candidate Con Hogan has taken on a new assignment as a trustee of Vermont’s largest hospital. The appointment of Hogan to the board of Fletcher Allen Health Care comes as the hospital tries to recover from a financial scandal. Trustees also named a Burlington pediatrician and two local business leaders to the hospital board. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Heroin conference
By every measure, heroin use in Vermont continues to increase: drug arrests are up, more people are seeking treatment for addiction, and drug related deaths are climbing. In Montpelier Thursday, legislators, law enforcement officials, health care providers and community members met to talk about Vermont’s heroin problem. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Eastern seaboard hiker
A Vermont teenager hopes to be the youngest person ever to hike the length of the Eastern seaboard. (VPR)

Samllpox vaccine
Governor Howard Dean is criticizing a plan by the Bush administration to revive a national smallpox vaccination program. (AP)

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