May 21, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Gilman Paper Mill
Workers at the idle American Paper Company mill in the northeast kingdom town of Gilman met today to get a progress report on a long list against the mill’s owners. (VPR)

Interview: Governor Dean
Steve Delaney interviews Governor Howard Dean on the governor’s leading role in opposing the Bush adaministration’s education bill, passed earlier this year by Congress. (VPR)

The Jeffords Effect: Senator Reflects on the Past Year
VPR’s Bob Kinzel examines how Jeffords’ decision has personally affected the Senator and how it has touched the entire country in the first part of our series, “The Jeffords Effect.” (VPR)

Chronic Wasting Disease
Vermont officials have banned imports of deer and elk into the state as they try to stop the spread of an incurable illness that’s related to mad cow disease. The action by the state Wildlife and Agriculture Departments follows the discovery last winter that the disease had moved from western states to deer herds in the Midwest. (VPR)

Act 60 Reform
A conference committee on Act 60 appears to be deadlocked over new changes to the state’s education funding law. House Republican leaders on Monday rejected a new Senate Democratic compromise plan for Act 60. (VPR)

Gates Foundation Grant
A one million dollar grant to improve global health was announced Monday in Burlington. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation selected the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International as recipient of the 2002 Gates Award for Global Health. (VPR)

VLS Alumna Resigns
An assistant district attorney in Alaska has resigned after officials at Vermont Law School reported she plagiarized an article three years ago. Twenty-six-year old Kim Carnot told the Anchorage Daily News she was very sorry for copying the article and will accept the consequences. (AP)

Infant Hearing Tests
Two national groups are giving Vermont low marks for its work on having infants screened for hearing problems. The National Campaign for Hearing Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics released a state-by-state report today on the screenings. Vermont was one of the six states that got the lowest ranking of “unsatisfactory.” (AP)

Ford Names CFO
The Ford Motor Company is asking its former vice chairman, a Vermont native, to return to the company as chief financial officer. Sixty-seven-year-old Allan Gilmour is a dairy farmer’s son who grew up in Barnet. Gilmour is on the Board of Trustees of St. Johnsbury Academy. He retired from Ford seven years ago and now lives in Dearborn, Michigan. (AP)

Hill Announces Candidacy for AG
A well-known Middlebury lawyer plans to run for the office of attorney general as a Progressive. Thirty-eight-year-old Cindy Hill is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association who says she wants to work for environmental issues, for juvenile justice, and for protection of civil rights. Hill has been practicing law in Middlebury for ten years. (AP)

Lyndonville Reservoir
The ban on water use in Lyndonville has ended. Testing has confirmed the claims by the college that the students who broke into the reservoir not poison the water. (AP)

Environmental Cleanup Projects
The EPA has awarded grants to two Vermont locales for cleanup activities at polluted sites in Rutland and Bellows Falls. (AP)

Brandon Town Offices
Brandon will vote next month on whether to move the town office and police department a mile out of the town center to the former Brandon Training School. (AP)

Microchip Contract at IBM
IBM has announced a new contract to make chips in Vermont for a California computer company that uses them in laptops and cell phones. (AP)

Representative Bernie Sanders says NAFTA and other trade agreements have drained good industrial jobs out of Vermont. (AP)

Housing Shortage
Two apartment projects in the Burlington area should help ease the shortage of affordable housing in Vermont’s Chittenden County. (AP)

Dartmouth College Expansion
Dartmouth College officials plan to do better in explaining an expansion project that has the neighbors worried enough to form a blocking committee. (AP)

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