February 12, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Powers Wins Gold
Contributing reporter Beth Schmidt is in Salt Lake City, where she’s an editor at the Olympic News Service. Steve Delaney and Beth Schmidt discuss the gold medal win of Vermonter Ross Powers, who led a U.S. sweep in the halfpipe snowboarding medals. (VPR)

Childcare Shortage
Child Care Fund of Vermont held a forum at which three gubernatorial candidates agreed to help ease the shortage of quality, affordable childcare in the state. (VPR)

Housing Shortage
A coalition of state and private groups says that solving the housing shortage in the state requires the attention of builders, environmentalists, banks and community leaders. (VPR)

Dairy Pricing Bill
Senator James Jeffords says he’s confident that Congress will give its approval to a new dairy price support plan that will replace the Northeast Dairy Compact. (VPR)

Campaign Finance Reform
Congressman Bernard Sanders says an upcoming vote on campaign finance reform legislation will be one of the most important issues to come before Congress this year. The legislation would ban the use of “soft money” in political campaigns. (VPR)

State Trooper Killed
A man armed with a rifle shot and killed his girlfriend and a state trooper before killing himself after a domestic dispute Monday morning in Crown Point, New York, state police say. (AP)

Steve Delaney interviewed Kate Casa, editor of the Brattleboro Reformer. Casa talks about the continuing tension in Brattleboro after the December police shooting. Officers fatally shot a disturbed man who entered a church for sanctuary. (VPR)

Calendar Fundraiser a Huge Success
The Men of Maple Corner have taken in $498,000 in proceeds from their semi-nude calendar. The goal was to raise $30,000 for the Community Center in Calais. They haven’t figured out what to do with the extra money. (AP)

ANR Deficit
Auditor Elizabeth Ready says a $4 million deficit in the Agency of Natural Resources budget is affecting businesses that rely on the agency. The deficit has led to reductions in ANR staff that have businesses waiting to receive state permits. (AP)

Water Report Destroyed
The federal government has ordered the University of Vermont and Castleton State College to destroy a study on surface water resources, stating it may aid terrorists in contaminating U.S. drinking water. Libraries at both institutions have complied by destroying the CD Roms containing the report. UVM and Castleton State are repositories for certain federal documents. (AP)

Medical Malpractice Suit
State authorities could call up to 20 witnesses as they try to revoke the medical license of a Morrisville physician. Dr. Robert Baska is facing 27 counts of professional misconduct, including having sex with a patient in a hospital bed. (AP)

First Female Governor of NH Dies at 76
Former New Hampshire Governor Vesta Roy has died. Roy became the state’s first female governor when she was appointed by the Senate to complete the term of Hugh Gallen, who died in office in 1982. Vesta Roy was 76. (AP)

Judicial Retention
Vermont’s only environmental judge has opposition in her bid to retain her seat for another six years. Critics say that Judge Merideth Wright does not work through the docket fast enough; supporters say she needs more administrative help. (AP)

Ice Fisherman Rescued
Eight fishermen were rescued from the ice in Mallett’s Bay on Lake Champlain. Thin ice broke up while they were fishing, stranding them for hours. (AP)

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