October 14, 2002 – News at a glance

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Political ads on television
With the election just three weeks away, the airwaves will soon be saturated with political advertisements. Vermont’s two leading gubernatorial candidates are taking a very different approach in their electronic campaigns. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Wind project proposed for Manchester
The Manchester Planning Commission has raised questions about a large-scale wind energy project that’s planned for one of the highest peaks in town. The commission this week voted not to support the project until it learns more details about how it would look on the scenic mountaintop. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

FDA approves heroin new treatment
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a drug that officials say should dramatically improve treatment for heroin addiction in Vermont. The approval comes after years of clinical trials at the University of Vermont School of Medicine. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

White House, Leahy disagreement
The Bush administration is accusing Senator Patrick Leahy of breaking Senate protocol by refusing to consider a judicial nominee from South Carolina. Leahy’s office says the charge is little more than a right wing political attack. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean appoint two judges
Governor Howard Dean today announced that he has appointed Assistant Attorney General Katherine Hayes and Burlington attorney Geoffrey Crawford. (AP)

Bomb threat suspect in court
A federal judge in Burlington has ordered 55-year old Roger Stockham to have a psychiatric exam. Police say Stockham made a bomb threat in Colchester Thursday. (AP)

VT Yankee union
A federal mediator has been asked to help with contract talks between security workers at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and their employer. The security guards formed a union earlier this year and are trying to reach a contract with Wackenhut Corporation. (AP)

Rutland House race
One of this year’s most interesting races for the Vermont House is in Rutland where two running against each other due to legislative redistricting. Republican Thomas DePoy is running against Democrat Cheryl Mazzariello Hooker. (AP)

Rutland road closure
Some business owners are upset with a plan to briefly close U.S. Route 4 tomorrow while the Rutland High School goes through an evacuation drill. The closure is expected to last an hour. But for business owners say that could cost them money. (AP)

Train accident
A Rutland man’s legs were severed this weekend when he tried to crawl under a moving train. Police say 18-year-old Joshua Pike was trying to cross train tracks in an industrial area near downtown Rutland on Saturday. Vermont Railway says a train was moving slowly through the area conducting a brake check at the time of the accident. (AP)

UVM budget
The University of Vermont is planning to ask the Legislature for a 3% budget increase next year. The school’s board of trustees agreed Saturday to make the $37.3 million request. It’s about one million dollars more than this year. (AP)

UVM student diversity
The University of Vermont is continuing its efforts to attract a more diverse student body. University officials are working with high schools in New York City and the Boston area in hopes of attracting minority students to Vermont. (AP)

Students protest Ari Fleischer
As many as 1,500 people turned out in Middlebury yesterday to protest the appearance of White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. He was in town to receive an award and deliver a lecture at Middlebury College. Fleischer graduated from Middlebury in 1982. (AP)

Doctors receive commendation
Four psychiatrists at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington are being honored for working against a plan to move the hospital’s mental health unit. Doctors Richard Bernstein, Paul Newhouse, Terry Rabinowitz and Scott Waterman will receive awards next month. (AP)

Richford murder-arson
The condition of a Richford man accused of killing his wife and then setting his house on fire has improved. Richard Allain is charged with second-degree murder and arson. Janet Allain, 56, was found dead Saturday in the burned-out frame of the couple’s house. (AP)

Calais quarry
A granite quarry near Maple Corners in Calais could be operating again soon. Earlier this month the developers of the project received an Act 250 land use permit they need to begin operations. But it’s not clear if operations will begin this fall or wait until spring. (AP)

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