May 30, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Interview: Bug Season
Steve Delaney talks with Jon Tumel about black flies, mosquitos and other pests of srping. Tumel is the insect specialist at the Vermont Department of Agriculture. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

ASC Defaults on Loans
There’s more bad news for American Skiing, the resort company that owns two ski areas in Vermont. The company’s real estate subsidiary has defaulted on its loans and banks have begun the process of taking over the properties. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Champion Reserve Lands
As the Legislature moves toward a possible weekend adjournment, strong disagreements still exist between the House and the Senate. One split is over the future use of the state’s portion of the Champion lands. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean Forms PAC
Governor Howard Dean is moving closer to a formal decision to run for president. Dean says he’ll create a political action committee later this week that will help finance a presidential campaign. (VPR)

IBM Layoffs
IBM’s Global Services unit in Essex Junction will see a layoff of fewer than ten employees. But company officials say they are not the much-anticipated layoffs that Vermont officials fear could see hundreds of people losing their jobs. (AP)

Dean Presidential Campaign
Governor Howard Dean’s ranking has been moved up from 9 to 8 in ABC-TV’s rating of possible Democratic presidential contenders. (AP)

Economic Forecast
Economic prospects look brighter for New England according to an academic study, but Vermont will lag behind the trend. (AP)

Financing Heroin Treatment
Lawmakers working on the Vermont budget have been told that expenditures for heroin treatment have exceeded budgeted amounts, and will also be higher next year. (AP)

Priests on Leave
Parishioners in Bellows Falls are wondering where their priest went. He left a note on Friday saying he was going on extended medical leave, but it’s not known if he’s one of the six placed on leave for investigation of possible sexual misconduct. (AP)

Federal officials are trying to keep a rabies outbreak among raccoons from spreading north into Canada. (AP)

Legislative Session Ending
Vermont lawmakers are tossing personal jibes at each other under the “last days” tension of the legislative session. (AP)

Lake Rescues
The U.S. Coast Guard had five rescue calls on Lake Champlain yesterday, and expects more as the weather warms and boating season takes off. (AP)

Police Documents Released to Family
The attorney for the widow of a man killed by police in Williston in September has seen the police records of that incident that she requested. The shooting was ruled justified. (AP)

Campaign Spending Limits
Two Democrats vying for the state treasurer’s nomination are disagreeing over how much of a limit they should set on primary campaign spending. (AP)

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