July 2, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Interview: Summer Theater
Steve Delaney talks with Unadilla Theater founder Bill Blachly about the growth of summer theater in Vermont. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Pittsford Shooting Justified
Attorney General William Sorrell and Rutland County State’s Attorney James Mongeon say a state trooper was justified when he shot a Pittsford man last April. In Rutland on Monday, Sorrell and Mongeon announced the results of their investigations into the shooting. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Terrorism Risk on July 4
The FBI has issued an alert to local law enforcement officials, warning that the July 4 holiday could be a time when terrorist groups might plan an attack. Vermont officials say they’re not planning any extra measures, but they’re not taking the alert lightly either. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

State Pension WorldCom Exposure
State Treasurer Jim Douglas says Vermont’s public pension funds were not affected by the collapse of the WorldCom Corporation, but Douglas is very concerned that consumer confidence has been shaken by a number of recent corporate scandals. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Invention Award
A University of Vermont professor has won the 29th annual Inventor of the Year Award. George Long, a professor of biochemistry, has won the award for his role in the creation of a drug that inhibits blood clotting during the onset of sepsis. (VPR)

Grafton Homicide Suspects Held
Two men charged in connection with last week’s murders in Grafton have both pleaded innocent. The suspects are 20-year-old Michael Perez and 42-year-old Charles Sherman, both of Bellows Falls. (AP)

Vermont Yankee
The Vermont Public Service Board holds a hearing today on a potential buyer’s objections to restrictions imposed on the sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. (AP)

Civil War Artifact Stolen
The Historical Society in Barnard says someone stole a Civil War sword out of its display case, and asks that it be returned soon. (AP)

Crime Rate Down
A new report says the state’s overall crime rate fell by 9% last year, though drug-related crimes rose by 14%. (AP) 9-11 Monument Presented Stone carvers in Barre have inscribed the names of three police officers who died in the World Trade Center collapse on a piece of granite saved from the rubble. The monument was presented to the NYPD. (AP)

New York IBM Plant Sold
IBM officials say the sale of an IBM plant in New York will have no effect on IBM operations in Vermont. The two plants involved make different products. (AP)

Museum Grant
The Freeman Foundation has given almost $7 million for traveling exhibits to be seen in children’s museums to introduce young people to Asia. (AP)

Suspected Drug Dealer Arrested
A Massachusetts man has pled innocent to selling drugs in Rutland. Police say he admitted that he’d made $15,000 selling crack the week before. (AP)

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