July 22, 2003 – News at a glance

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AmeriCorps funding
Governor Jim Douglas has joined with a bi-partisan group of the nation’s governors to urge the Bush administration and Congress to restore money for the AmeriCorps program. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: bear encounters
Steve Delaney talks with a bear specialist from the Department of Fish and Wildlife about the dramatic increase in encounters between bears and people. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

FAHC expansion rises $6.5 million
Costs continue to rise for a major renovation project at Vermont’s largest hospital. Fletcher Allen Health Care recently told state regulators that the final price tag of its Renaissance Project will reach $362.5 million. (VPR)

Kerry on Iraq
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says the United States must enlist other nations to stabilize Iraq. (VPR)

Roberts honored by Mountaineers
The state of Vermont and Vermont’s new entry in the New England Collegiate Baseball League honored former Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts at a special ceremony on Monday. Roberts won 286 games in a major league career that started in 1948 and ended in 1966. (VPR)

Soldier dies in Iraq
Friends and family are remembering a former Vermont man killed in Iraq this week during an ambush. Twenty-three-year-old Justin Garvey grew up in Proctor. Family members say his tour was due to end two days before he died. (AP)

Marshfield Fire Department
Volunteer firefighters in Marshfield have received a $41,000 federal grant for equipment. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Fire Chief Tom Maclay says about $17,000 will be used to replace four aging self-contained breathing apparatus units that are regularly used by firefighters. (AP)

Superintendent law suit
The former principal of Black River High School is suing the school district and its superintendent. Lawyers for Abe Herrera say he was unlawfully terminated from his job and defamed in the process. The school board and superintendent deny those claims, calling them “merit less.” (AP)

Medical Board inquiry
A Burlington physician has been suspended by state regulators after an employee and others accused him of falsely recommending cataract surgeries to patients. The state Medical Practice Board voted unanimously Monday to suspend the license of Doctor David Chase while investigators look into the claims against him. (AP)

Day care worker sentenced
Vermont day care provider could serve up to eight years in prison for injuring a four-month-old child. Karen Tullgren of Colchester was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty earlier this year to an aggravated assault charge. (AP)

Manslaughter guilty plea
A 24-year-old Vermont man who is accused of killing a teenager in New Hampshire has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Cyi Waters admitted to shooting 19-year-old Corey Brink of South Royalton outside an apartment complex last September. Waters is due to be sentenced next month. (AP)

Hazlett mistrial
Prosecutors are dropping a manslaughter charge against a Vermont man following a second mistrial. Nathan Hazlett had been accused of killing another man in a fight. A jury deliberated for hours last week before telling a judge they couldn’t reach a verdict. (AP)

Barnet shooting suspects
Vermont State Police say they’ve arrested one man accused in a drive-by shooting while a second suspect remains at large. Authorities are still looking for 27-year-old Joel Baez in connection with the incident. Police say two men shot several rounds of bullets into a Barnet house, narrowly missing a baby. The incident happened late at night on June 26. (AP)

Putney suspicious death
Vermont State Police say they’re investigating a suspicious death in Putney but are offering few details. Authorities say a woman was found dead on Banning Road there late Monday afternoon. Authorities say they haven’t ruled out whether the death was an accident. (AP)

Miss Vermont law suit
A former Vermont beauty queen has moved to dismiss a lawsuit accusing a Chicago man of telling lies about her on his Web site. But a lawyer for two-time Miss Vermont Katy Johnson says the legal fight isn’t over. Johnson, who is 24, accused Tucker Max of lying about an alleged relationship between them. (AP)

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