February 1, 2002 – News At a Glance

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Weather Warning
Winter Weather Warning continues today, with widespread school closings and delays. State officials are urging people to plan extra time to get where they’re going, and to leave early or late for work to reduce rush hour traffic. Ray Burke, state highway dispatcher, says there are icy driving conditions in some areas. (VPR and AP)

Task Force Will Examine Job Growth
Governor Howard Dean has announced the formation of a special economic development task force that will focus on job growth in the Northeast Kingdom and the Springfield region. (VPR)

Dean PAC Raises $111,000
Governor Howard Dean has raised just over $111,000 for his new political action committee. Dean says he’s very pleased that his fundraising efforts for “The Fund for a Healthy America” have exceeded his initial goals. (VPR)

Gunman Robs Armored Car in Rutland
A gunman robbed Berkshire Armored Car Services in Rutland’s Howe Center and made off with nearly $2 million dollars. (VPR)

State May Close Electronic Filing System
Governor Howard Dean says the state may have to discontinue its own electronic income tax program, if bugs in the system can’t be worked out by the end of next week. (VPR)

Vermont Man Placed on FBI Ten Most Wanted List
Federal law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s help in finding Michael Scott Bliss. Officials want Bliss on charges that he repeatedly molested a child. (VPR)

Farm Show May Relocate
The annual Farm Show may leave Barre after 50 years and relocate to the more spacious Champlain Valley Fairgrounds. (AP)

Jeffords Campaign Spending
Senator Jeffords gave back $21,000 to disgruntled donors after he left the Republican Party last May. But a new report on file at the Federal Election Commission says he collected nearly $58,000 from donors nationwide. (AP)

Youth Games Cancelled
The Burlington International Games have been cancelled this year. The youth sports event can’t raise the money or volunteer help needed to continue the games, which had youth of Burlington, Vermont compete with youth from Burlington, Ontario. (AP)

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