July 23, 2002 – News at a glance

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Interview: Loons
Steve Delaney talks with Eric Hansen, a contractor who participating in taking a census of Vermont’s loon population. The loon census was conducted on Saturday across northern New England. Hansen offers his preliminary observation’s on the health of Vermont’s loons. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Hinsdale farm expansion
Some Charlotte residents are fighting a plan to expand a dairy farm adjacent to their neighborhood. The developer of the large farm project says that deed restrictions on the property prevent the neighbors from taking legal action against him. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Death penalty reform bill
Senator Patrick Leahy’s death penalty reform legislation has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. But the future of the measure is uncertain because opponents of the bill may launch a filibuster on the Senate floor. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Village truck traffic
A group opposed to a new access road in Manchester says it will take its fight to the state supreme court. Casella Waste Management plans to build the access road from Route 7A to the Sunderland transfer station. (AP)

Vermont Yankee
It looks like the sale of Vermont Yankee nuclear power isn’t dead yet. The plant’s owners say they reached an agreement yesterday with Entergy Nuclear that will give Entergy the money it wants from the decommissioning fund and protect Vermont ratepayers. (AP)

Democrats criticize Sununu
In New Hampshire, Democrats accuse Representative John Sununu of hypocrisy, after he and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development toured a federal housing project that Sununu voted against. Sununu is running in New Hampshire’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. (AP)

Canadian border
The United States and Canada are setting up more joint border policing units in Ontario and Quebec to improve security. There are no details yet on how the Vermont border with Quebec will be affected. (AP)

Stowe-Morrisville bridge
Traffic should be flowing this fall over a new high-tech bridge on Route 100 between Stowe and Morrisville. The 144-foot bridge over the Ryder Brook boasts several new technologies. Among them is a switch from steel to a type of plastic bars in the concrete deck. (AP)

UVM athletic director retires
The man who led the University of Vermont’s athletic programs through good times and bad is retiring. Rick Farnham has been athletic director at UVM for 10 years. UVM has won a number of titles, but also endured the hockey hazing scandal of 1999-2000. (AP)

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