June 1, 2004 – News at a glance

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Interview: UVM librarian awarded for work on USA Patriot Act
A University of Vermont librarian was honored last month for helping to create a bill that would scale back provisions of the USA Patriot Act. Trina Magi received the Vermont Library Association’s Sarah C. Hagar Award and the Hugh M. Hefner I Amendment Award. Mitch Wertlieb talks with Magi, who says she became concerned that the Act would compromise the constitutional rights of library users. (VPR)

Vermont veterans attend dedication of World War II memorial
Three busloads of Vermont veterans traveled to Washington D.C. over the weekend for the dedication of the National World War II memorial. (VPR)

Dummerston honors Kyle Gilbert on Memorial Day
This Memorial Day weekend, communities all over Vermont have been honoring those who gave their lives serving their country. The town of Dummerston held its observance Sunday night in the local Grange Hall. Veterans and fallen soldiers of all eras were recognized. (VPR)

Leahy lauds decision on organic food standards
Senator Patrick Leahy says a decision by the Bush administration to drop its plan to weaken standards for a national organic certification program is good news for Vermont’s organic farming industry. (VPR)

Trial court judges
Vermont is looking to fill two posts on the state trial court bench. The spots are left open by the retirement of Judge Francis McCaffrey and the announced retirement of Judge Alan Cook this summer. (AP)

Terrorism information system criticized
Civil libertarians say a system that gives local police in New York and Vermont access to federal counter-terrorism information poses a risk of arrest and detention without cause. The New York Civil Liberties Union warns the system lacks safeguards needed to protect people from the misuse of information. (AP)

Drug treatment center in Bradford
Vermont’s new residential drug treatment center in Bradford is expected to open early next month. The treatment center is being established at a former nursing home. It’s going to be called Valley Vista. State health officials had hoped the center would open by May, but coming up with a contract took longer than expected. (AP)

Single payer health insurance
The Brattleboro Select Board is going to hear about single-payer health insurance at its meeting Tuesday. A group called Vermont Citizens Campaign for Health is presenting a plan for single-payer insurance to the board. Jessie Haas, who is president of the campaign’s board of directors, wants the Select Board to help the group promote the plan to the state Legislature. (AP)

Motorcycle safety classes
Vermont motor vehicles officials are preparing a mandatory four-hour classroom course for new motorcyclists. The state is working with the nonprofit Motorcycle Safety Foundation to come up with the course. (AP)

School may relocate
A private boarding school for troubled teens in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, may relocate to North Bennington. The DeSisto School plans to meet with North Bennington school officials soon. (AP)

Veterans memorial in Burlington
A group in Burlington is raising money for a memorial to Navy veterans. The memorial will be similar to a statue of a sailor that stands at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. It will stand at Burlington’s Lake Champlain waterfront. It will be made of bronze and will be seven feet tall. (AP)

Worst climate rating
Burlington has one of the country’s worst climates, according to a book that rates cities in the U.S. and Canada. Bert Sperling and Peter Sanders, authors of “Cities Ranked and Rated,” based their ratings on cost of living and education as well as climate. (AP)

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