July 19, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Interview: Historical Society
Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. something special will be happening in Barre. The Vermont Historical Society opens up its brand new showcase. Steve Delaney talks with Gainor Davis, the director of the Vermont Historical Society. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Vermont Yankee Deal
The Mississippi company that planned to buy the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant wants out of the deal unless regulators reverse a condition that they put on the sale. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Time Capsule
Governor Howard Dean opened a time capsule on Thursday that had been hidden in a statue that has been standing on top of the Statehouse dome since 1938. The time capsule was recently discovered by workers who are restoring the base of the statue. (Listen to the story online read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean on Foreign Policy
Governor Howard Dean says he remains hopeful that a peaceful solution can be found to the problems facing the Middle East. Dean says he believes it’s critical for the United States to include “nation building” as key part of this country s foreign policy. (VPR)

Preserved Shipwreck
A late nineteenth century shipwreck discovered on the floor of Lake Champlain will be the subject of a study by the Lake Champlain Maritime Musuem. (VPR)

Dean Campaign
Governor Howard Dean heads off Saturday on another campaign swing. The governor says this swing will last ten days – but he says that he will then be back in Vermont for a while after that. The governor is an all but declared candidate for president. (VPR)

Gilman Mill
A bankruptcy judge will hear arguments from the attorney general’s office Monday seeking to force American Paper Mills of Vermont into bankruptcy. The state’s filing to the court says American Paper has failed to pay its debts, failed to take care of its property, and failed to respond to legal process. The Gilman mill closed last spring, putting more than 100 people out of work. The state’s petition says the mill’s entire work force is owed back wages for two weeks in April. (AP)

Dean Security
The state of Vermont is spending more money to protect Governor Howard Dean as he explores a run for president. Security for the governor cost at least $70,000 last year, up from almost $29,000 in fiscal 2001. Dean says it’s the state’s obligation to protect the governor no matter where he goes. If Dean’s presidential campaign continues, he will eventually become eligible for Secret Service protection. (AP)

Arson Cases in Orange County
Police are asking the public for any information on arson cases that destroyed three Orange County homes in less than an hour. Investigators say the arsonist burned a new log cabin home and two hunting camps located in a ten-mile radius in remote areas of Chelsea and Tunbridge. (AP)

Rural Social Workers
Speakers at a national conference in Maryland yesterday said rural social workers must be better prepared to respond to terrorist attacks. About 100 clinical social workers and academics attended the conference. One was Sam Conant, a disaster mental health instructor from Burlington, Vermont. Conant said many of his rural clients have grown more fearful of urban areas since the September 11 attacks. (AP)

Wild Animals Vaccinated
A rabies vaccination program for wild animals is entering its seventh year. Within the next month more than 400,000 bait pellets are due to be spread over northern Vermont. The pellets are made of fish meal and are designed to vaccinate raccoons from the deadly disease. Laura Bigler of Cornell University says the program is one of the most successful in the country. There have been 658 cases of rabies reported in Vermont since 1994, most of them in raccoons. (AP)

Ski Area Auctioned
The Magic Mountain ski area in Londonderry is headed for the auction block. The trails, lifts and real estate are due to be sold on August 12. Magic reopened in December 1996 after sitting dormant for five years. (AP)

Act 250 Covers Cannon Noise
The state Environmental Board ruled that Rutland High School must quiet its cannon. The school must cut in half the noise from the public address system at the football field and the cannon, which is fired after touchdowns. The school district had argued the Act 250 land-use process didn’t apply in the case, but the Board disagreed. (AP)

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