July 29, 2004 – News at a Glance

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Prison Health Care Hearings
The Department of Corrections wants public input on how to provide health services to inmates. On Wednesday evening department officials got an earful. They heard from nurses who have worked in the prisons who say the care is below standard. (VPR)

Interview: Charlotte Land Deal
A prominent stretch of land along Route 7 in Charlotte is now off limits to development projects following a joint effort by a group of Charlotte residents and local conservation groups. The deal protects 88 acres of land and has been dubbed the South Charlotte Greenbelt Project. Mitch Wertlieb talks with the executive director of one of the groups involved in the project, Kate Lampton of the Champlain Valley Greenbelt Alliance. (VPR)

New Needle Exchange Rules
The State of Vermont will likely allow changes to needle exchange programs in Burlington, Brattleboro and St. Johnsbury in an attempt to boost participation. The programs offer free needles to intravenous drug users. (VPR)

Leahy at DNC
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy addressed the Democratic National Convention in Boston on Wednesday, focusing his comments on foreign policy. (VPR)

Vermont World Trade Office
The state announced a new program today for Vermont businesses seeking international markets for their products. Commerce Secretary Kevin Dorn says the new Vermont World Trade Office will replace the Vermont Global Trade Partnership, whose federal funding is coming to an end. (VPR)

Police at Construction Zones
Drivers can expect to see more police at construction zones on Vermont’s highways and byways. The program coincides with public service announcements on television and radio aimed at increasing public awareness of work zone safety. (AP)

Canal Schooner to Visit New York
A Vermont-built replica of a nineteenth century sailing ship will visit the New York side of Lake Champlain in late summer. The 80-foot “Lois McClure” was and is designed after mid-1800s canal schooners that sailed on Lake Champlain en route to and from the Hudson River. (AP)

FAHC Financial Reports
State regulators are threatening Fletcher Allen Health care with fines of $1,000 a day if the Burlington hospital fails to turn in the proper financial reports. Health Care Commissioner John Crowley says Fletcher Allen “knowingly failed to comply” with the state’s mandate for detailed quarterly financial reports. (AP)

Coventry Landfill
Community leaders in southern Quebec want to have a say in plans to expand the Coventry landfill. Vermont’s District seven environmental Commission is due to discuss the role of Quebec in the expansion of the landfill next month. The landfill is in an international watershed. (AP)

Hudson River Swim
A Colchester, Vermont, acupuncturist is doing his part to help clean up New York’s Hudson River. Thirty-six-year-old Chris Swain yesterday ended a 315-mile, eight-week swim the length of the Hudson River. During his trip Swain spoke to schools, community leaders, and others. (AP)

Reggae Festival Cancelled
The Vermont Roots Reggae Festival has been canceled. The two weekend concerts in Newport were supposed to take place this Saturday and next weekend. But festival organizers canceled the concerts on Tuesday and are refunding ticket holders. (AP)

No New Trial for Martin
The man convicted of boating while intoxicated after the boat he was sailing capsized and killed two children won’t be getting a new trial. Attorneys for George Dean Martin, 48, of Charlotte had asked a just to order a new trial. Martin is facing 10 years in prison. (AP)

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