October 23, 2002 – News at a glance

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Lt. gov candidates on “Switchboard”
The three major party candidates for lieutenant governor debated a wide variety of issues Tuesday night in a special debate on Vermont Public Radio. (VPR)

Bishops’ sexual abuse policy
Last summer, American bishops endorsed a new policy that deals with sexual abuse by Catholic priests. The policy is being questioned by the Vatican, but Catholic officials in Vermont say that they will continue to put the policy in place. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Vermont historian on sniper shootings
A Vermont historian has an unusual perspective on the sniper killings in Maryland and Virginia. Howard Coffin was staying in a Fredericksburg motel when a woman was killed by the sniper a few hundred yards away from his room. (VPR)

Governor’s race negative campaigning
With two weeks to go in the campaign, the major party candidates for governor have started running TV ads that paint unflattering portraits of their opponents. (Listen online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Prescription drug mail order program
A legislative coalition that’s working to lower drug prices has a new plan to buy pharmaceuticals in Canada. The coalition wants to form a non-profit organization that would use a mail order system to import drugs purchased north of the border. (Listen online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean presidential campaign
The campaign of Vermont Governor Howard Dean for president of the United States has buzz and momentum. That’s according to an in-depth analysis of the early going in the campaign for the 2004 Democratic nomination. The ABC News Political Unit ranks Dean seventh among the Democratic contenders. (AP)

Army helmets
A Newport company that makes specialized helmets for the U.S. military is getting more business. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy announced today that MSA Gallet will share a $5.6 million contract to design the next generation of the army helmet. (AP)

Construction fines
The government proposes fining a contractor from Lyme, New Hampshire more than $17,000 for safety violations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the violations included inadequate safety barriers around an elevator shaft at a Hanover construction site. A Vermont construction worker fell to his death there in August. (AP)

Gilman reservoir break-in
A break-in and vandalism this weekend at a public water supply in Gilman (Vermont) is being seen as a copycat crime. Essex County Sheriff Amos Colby says he thinks the crime was committed by young people mimicking a similar crime in Lyndon last spring. (AP)

Lyndon reservoir sentencing
The fifth Lyndon State College student accused of vandalizing a Lyndon water system has been sentenced. Twenty-one-year-old Jimmy Ray Thayer of Danville, Connecticut, has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful mischief. Thayer and four other students faced charges for the April incident where a tank serving a public water supply was disturbed.

Child negligence sentence
A Rutland woman won’t go to jail after being convicted of leaving her three children, ages 10, 6 and 4, home alone for three days. Kelly Rantanen was sentenced to three years on probation yesterday after appearing in court. (AP)

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