July 10, 2002 – News at a Glance

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One of the most familiar sights of a summer evening is the flashing of lightning bugs hovering over lawns and meadows. But there s more to a firefly than meets the casual eye. Recently, a group of Vermonters curious to learn more about these luminous insects recruited the help of a firefly expert. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Expensive Governor s Race
Vermont s gubernatorial candidates are doing a lot of fundraising this summer. They believe that overall spending in their race will break the state record for a governor s race. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

LaBarge Running for Treasurer
John Lebarge, who is retiring as House majority leader, is running for state treasurer. LaBarge is the only Republican who s announced a campaign for treasurer. Jeb Spaulding and Ed Flanagan are vying for the Democratic nomination. (AP)

Income Disparity
The gap between rich and poor in Vermont is widening, according to the 2000 census. Overall the gap between rich poor in Vermont is low when compared to national standards. (AP)

Grafton Evidence
Vermont State Police have seized couch covers and a knife sheath from one of the men accused of murdering two people last month in a state forest near Grafton Village. Investigators are looking for evidence that links Charles Sherman and Michael Perez to the June 24 killings of Greg Enos and Colleen Davis. (AP)

Dean Campaign
Now that Governor Howard Dean is recovered from laryngitis, he is ready again to hit the campaign trail. Dean travels to Colorado on Thursday and then to the National Governors Association meeting in Idaho this weekend. (AP)

Yucca Mountain
Vermont’s two U.S. senators are split on sending nuclear waste to Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Democrat Patrick Leahy supported the plan the passed the Senate Tuesday, though he said he had reservations. Independent James Jeffords voted against the proposal. (AP)

Pharmaceutical Lawsuit
Senators Peter Shumlin and John Bloomer are trying to get state officials around the country to help fight a lawsuit brought by a pharmaceutical company.

Farm Labor
Vermont Dairy Farmers are getting help in finding temporary workers to milk their cows and do other chores. The newly formed Vermont Farm Labor Service Cooperative was started this spring to assess the labor needs of dairy farmers as well as pool workers interested in agricultural jobs. (AP)

Parking in Rutland
Rutland officials are deciding the fate of an aging downtown parking deck. They have until the end of the year to determine whether to repair to tear down the structure. (AP)

Lyndon Flooding
Officials in Lyndon are looking for ways to avoid flooding in the future. Among the issues that need to be determined are the future of a hydroelectric dam on the Passumsic River. (AP)

Murder Suspect Arrested
A woman arrested in Vermont is accused of killing her husband and ex-husband in Delaware. Police accuse 54-year old Linda Charbonneau of plotting the two men s deaths with her daughter and son-in-law. (AP)

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