June 5, 2002 – News at a Glance

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988 Layoffs at IBM
IBM cut 988 jobs at its Essex Junction Microelectronics plant Tuesday. It’s one of the single largest job cuts in the state’s history. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean Reacts to IBM Announcement
IBM’s layoffs come only a week after the state economist issued pessimistic projections for Vermont’s economic health. The state has put together a plan to help the laid off employees at IBM find new jobs. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: Milton School Budget
Steve Delaney interviews the Milton superintendent of schools on yesterday’s school budget vote. The initial budget was soundly defeated on Town Meeting Day. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Blind Golfers Hit the Links
Since the U.S. Blind Golf Association was organized in the early 1950s, golf leagues for the blind and visually impaired have been established in nearly every state in the country. Now a Randolph Center woman is trying to organize a league in Vermont. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Senate Passes Budget
The State Senate approved a new budget yesterday, even though new revenue predictions contain forecasts of shortfalls in the millions. (AP)

Kopp Returned to Buffalo
Anti-abortion activist James Kopp is being flown back to Buffalo, New York from France, where he was arrested last year. He faces charges in the sniper murder four years ago of Dr. Barnet Slepian, an abortion provider. (AP)

Alien Smuggling
A Guatemalan man living in Canada was in federal court in Burlington yesterday on charges of trying to smuggle six Costa Ricans into the U.S. at the Derby Line crossing. He faces ten years if convicted. (AP)

Tulloch Moved to Berlin, NH
Vermont teen Robert Tulloch is being moved from a prison in Concord, NH to another in Berlin, NH. Tulloch is serving a life term for the stabbing murders of two Dartmouth professors last year. (AP)

Springfield Recreation Center
Springfield residents voted yesterday to use the $3 million they’re getting from the state for hosting a new prison, to build a recreation center. (AP)

Lyme Disease
A Vermont Department of Health study has shown that dogs, and therefore probably people too, can catch Lyme Disease. The disease is tick-borne and common in southern New England, but not yet documented among people in Vermont. (AP)

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