June 19, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Interview: Middle East Peace Effort
Steve Delaney talks with Ambassador Thomas Pickering about peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Pickering will speaking Thursday at a panel discussion in Manchester. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Drug Marketing Law
The nation’s pharmaceutical industry says it won’t challenge Vermont’s new drug law in court. The law, which goes into effect on July 1, requires drug salespeople to report how much they spend to influence doctors to use their products. It’s the only reporting provision of its kind in the country. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Racine Announces for Governor
Douglas Racine officially announced his candidacy for governor Tuesday. Speaking before supporters in Burlington, Racine emphasized economic issues as top priorities. (Listen to the interview online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Angell Returns from Conference
Bishop Kenneth Angell of the Catholic Diocese of Burlington says he’s returned from the Dallas conference of bishops with a determination to “see the task through.” (AP)

Legislators Retire
Veteran legislators Nancy Chard and Tom Little have said they will not seek re-election, citing personal reasons. (AP)

Ludlow Police
A report on the Ludlow Police Department says its activities last spring appeared to be heavy-handed, and was critical of a sergeant who has since left. (AP)

Job Applications at IBM
IBM has received 300 applications for 200 jobs in its manufacturing division. The company says some of the applicants are among the 1,000 who lost their IBM jobs earlier in the month. (AP)

Unemployment Rate
Vermont’s unemployment rate is up a tenth of a point last month to 4%, a figure that does not include the 1,000 job losses at IBM. (AP)

Springfield Tool Jobs
A Springfield company is trying to buy the Bryant Grinder Co. from the successful bidder at a bankruptcy auction. The local group is seeking to assure that machine tool jobs stay in Vermont. (AP)

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