June 8, 2004 – News at a glance

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Montpelier mourns loss of Sgt. Jamie Gray
Montpelier is mourning the death this morning of Vermont National Guard member Sargent Jamie Gray. The 29-year-old from East Montpelier was killed Monday in Iraq when his armored vehicle drove by a roadside bomb. (VPR)

Vermont National Guardsman killed in Iraq
Another Vermonter has been killed in Iraq. Sergeant Jamie Gray of East Montpelier died today when a roadside bomb exploded. Two other members of the Vermont National Guard were injured in the attack south of Baghdad. (AP)

Hemlock pest found in Vermont
For the first time, an insect that destroys hemlock trees has been found in Vermont. State officials say it’s too early to tell how significant the threat is, but they’re optimistic they can prevent its spread. (VPR)

Identity theft law
Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell says identity theft can and does happen in Vermont. On Monday in Manchester, Sorrell and state Senator Dick Sears of Bennington explained that a new law will make this crime a felony. (VPR)

State expects $20 million surplus
Despite slower than projected revenue growth last month, Administration Secretary Michael Smith says it’s likely that the state will end the fiscal year with roughly a $20 million surplus. Smith says he’s optimistic because he says there are clear signs that the Vermont economy is rebounding. (VPR)

Daley pleads guilty to manslaughter
The New Hampshire man accused of killing state trooper Michael Johnson with his car pleaded guilty today to involuntary manslaughter in a plea agreement. Twenty-four-year-old Eric Daley, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, also pleaded guilty to six other charges, including several drug possession charges. (AP)

Book interview: ‘A View from Vermont’
In the new collection of essays “A View From Vermont,” author Helen Husher gives the reader a fresh interpretation of everyday life in Vermont. Husher writes about topics familiar to Vermonters, such as mud season, how to care for your tractor, and the pleasure of reading the local police blotter. At the same time, Husher punctures the quaint stereotypes so often associated with the state, and explores the unique relationship between individuality and community. (VPR)

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