October 11, 2002 – News at a glance

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Behind the numbers: Legislative vote for governor
Competition for a number of seats in the Vermont Senate this year has thrown into question which party will have a majority when the Legislature convenes in January. The make up of the Legislature could affect who the next governor and lieutenant governor will be. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: Ari Fleischer on press and the presidency
Steve Delaney talks with White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. Fleischer will be in Vermont Sunday to give a speech at Middlebury College on the “Press and the Presidency.” (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Candidates’ debate: attorney general
Attorney General Bill Sorrell says he supports legislation that adds religious organizations to the list of groups that must report allegations of child sexual abuse. However the Progressive Party candidate for attorney general, Cindy Hill, strongly disagrees with Sorrell’s position. (VPR)

Iraq resolution
The U.S. House gave its strong approval on Thursday to a resolution authorizing President Bush to take military action against Iraq. Congressman Bernie Sanders voted against the proposal. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Colchester bomb scare
Seven buildings in Colchester were evacuated today after a man made threats against a Veterans Administration clinic. Police used a robot and bomb sniffing dogs to sweep the Fort Ethan Allen buildings. They later determined the threat was a hoax. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Guggenhein dies at age 78
Filmmaker Charles Guggenheim died Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Guggenhiem was one of the country’s pre-eminent documentary filmmakers. Guggenheim also had a Vermont connection. (VPR)

Tracking teen drivers
Rutland County sheriff’s department wants to communicate with the parents of teenagers who get in trouble with law. (AP)

FAHC permits
Vermont’s largest hospital hasn’t given state regulators an update on its expansion project in a year. The permits given to Fletcher Allen Health Care say updates should be given every six months, once the bidding process is complete. Officials say the bidding isn’t finished. (AP)

Former Stratton Mountain owner buys Bolton
Another attempt to keep the financially troubled Bolton Valley ski area going. Bob Fries, a former president of the Stratton Mountain ski resort, is leading a group of investors hoping to buy the resort, formally known as Bolton Valley Holiday Resort. (AP)

Burlington murder suspects arraigned
Two people are due to be arraigned Friday in connection with a fatal shooting in Burlington this week. The shooting killed 27-year-old Elrehaine Whiteley of New York City. Police say he was shot as he sat on a car between two buildings. Two people were arrested soon after the shooting, and another two were arrested yesterday. (AP)

Gov. candidate released from jail
A fringe gubernatorial candidate is out of jail today after being arrested on charges she practiced law without a license. Marilynn “Mom” Christian of Clarendon is running for governor on the Restore Justice-Freedom ticket. She is due in court again later this month. (AP)

Crash site revisited
The widow and children of a pilot whose Air Force bomber crashed in the woods of northern Vermont in 1957 are visiting the site of the crash today for the first time. The B-47 bomber crashed and exploded in the Cold Hollow Mountains between Enosburg and Montgomery. All four men aboard were killed instantly. (AP)

Dean campaign swing
Vermont Governor Howard Dean is expected to be in Savannah, Georgia, today for a meeting of the South Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Dean has been traveling extensively in his presidential bid. After his trip to Georgia, he’s due to go to Wisconsin and then on to California. (AP)

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