May 2, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Interview: Employment Trends
Steve Delaney interviews Molly Lambert, secretary of the Agency on Commerce and Community Development. Lambert discusses recent factory closings in Vermont and growth areas that are offsetting those layoffs. (VPR)

Vermont Yankee Sale
Vermont utilities say that they got a good deal when they sold the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, despite the higher price to be paid for the Seabrook reactor in New Hampshire. (VPR)

Barak in NH
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ahud Barak was in Hanover, New Hampshire Wednesday. Barak met with students and delivered an afternoon address. Barak says he’s not optimistic that the situation in the Middle East will improve in the short term. (VPR)

Senate Tax Bill
The Vermont Senate last night voted 18 to 11 to approve legislation that makes changes to the state’s income tax system. As part of the debate, the Senate also supported a plan to raise the state cigarette tax by 67 cents a pack, after rejecting a proposal to increase it by $1.06. (VPR)

Drought Continues
April brought rain but not enough to make a big dent in the drought. Vermont is currently at one inch less rainfall than the annual average. (AP)

Bennington College Gift
An alumna has given Bennington College $5 million, the school’s biggest gift ever. (AP)

Woodstock Supermarket
Woodstock once again has a supermarket, months after the last one closed. (AP)

Import-Export Bank
Congressman Bernie Sanders says there is growing opposition to the policies of the Export-Import Bank, which he says does not protect American workers from the impact of foreign labor. (AP)

Manchester Woman Turns 109
Vermont’s oldest resident, Ruth Colter of Manchester, says she got to be 109 by by eating fresh vegetables. (AP)

State officials are worried about the impact of job lossed at two Ethan Allen furniture plants in Randolph and Orleans. (AP)

ASC Stock
The stock of American Skiing Company dropped to $.06 after a major holder sold off three million shares of the troubled company. (AP)

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