October 16, 2002 – News at a glance

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Historical society director retires
The director of the Vermont Historical Society is stepping down. Gainor Davis says she’ll leave in December, after six years on the job. (VPR)

U.S. House candidates debate
In a debate Tuesday night, incumbent Independent Congressman Bernie Sanders and his Republican opponent Bill Meub clashed over tax policies, ways to reduce prescription drug prices, social security taxes and the recent resolution giving the President the authority to take military action against Iraq. (VPR)

FAHC disclosures
State regulators have asked Fletcher Allen Health Care to scale back the size of its massive expansion project. The Burlington hospital is under state and federal investigation for allegedly concealing tens of millions of dollars in project costs. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

GOP lawmakers may choose Pollina
A group of House Republican lawmakers say they may vote for Progressive Anthony Pollina for lieutenant governor. The group says Pollina is more trustworthy than Shumlin. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean quiet on Iraq resolution
Governor Howard Dean won’t say if he supports a congressional resolution that authorizes the use of force against Iraq. (VPR)

Possible job cuts at Ben & Jerry’s
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade says there are job cuts pending at its headquarters. (AP)

Douglas, Dubie on job creation
Republican gubernatorial candidate James Douglas and lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie say they want to change the state’s priorities by directing more money toward job creation. (AP)

ASC re-audit
The American Skiing Company is going to have to re-audit its books for 2000 and 2001 because its former accounting firm, Arthur Anderson, has gone out of business. American Skiing used to be based in Maine. It owns resorts in New England and out west. (AP)

Part-time student visas
Good news for Canadians who cross the border every day to attend college in Vermont. The U.S. House has approved a new visa for part-time students. Before last year’s attacks, the Immigration and Naturalization Service allowed part-time students to attend classes with general visitor visas. (AP)

Brattleboro drug meeting
Residents and town officials in Brattleboro say drug dealers and users have taken over to the point where people are afraid to leave their homes. About 50 Brattleboro residents came out last night for a Select Board meeting to talk about the town’s drug problem. Some of them said they are afraid of reprisals from drug dealers if they complain. (AP)

Springfield police officers
Town officials in Springfield have decided to delay action on putting a police officer in their schools. Springfield recently received a $125,000 federal grant that would pay the officer’s salary for three years. The officer would work with the town police during summer months. (AP)

Elizabeth Mine
The Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t think the Elizabeth Mine Superfund project in Strafford poses a great risk to the public or the environment. The project was denied funding last year under the federal Superfund toxic waste cleanup program. (AP)

Teachers’ contract negotiations
South Burlington teachers and the school board should have a report in hand by the end of the month to help them end a stalemate over pay and benefits. Teachers and the school board have failed to settle a contract after months of negotiations. (AP)

St. Johnsbury fire
Investigators say materials such as cigarettes or a pipe caused a fire that killed a 94-year-old man in Saint Johnsbury Tuesday. Lyle Silloway was pronounced dead after being pulled from his duplex apartment at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. (AP)

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