October 29, 2002 – News at a glance

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Interview: developmental needs of boys
Steve Delaney talks with Dr. William Pollack, author of “Real Boys: Rescuing our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood.” (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Gov. candidates on Act 250
As the gubernatorial candidates focus on jobs and the economy, they also debate ways to reform Vermont’s environmental permit process. The proposals range from rewriting the state’s major development control law to using more specialists to guide companies through the permit maze. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Gubernatorial candidates meet at Rotary forum
With election day just a week away, the major candidates for governor on Monday afternoon discussed health care, Act 60 and economic development at a special forum in Montpelier. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Constitutional amendment
A new coalition wants voters to support a proposed amendment to the Vermont Constitution on Election Day. (VPR)

Sanders endorses Racine
Independent Congressman Bernie Sanders is endorsing Democrat Doug Racine in the race for governor. (VPR)

Gilman water safe to drink
People using the Gilman water system don’t have to boil the water any more. (AP)

Positive economic forecast
State economist Jeffrey Carr says the Vermont economy is starting to turn a corner. Carr says the state will see job growth after the start of the New Year. By summer 2004, employment should return to the levels that Vermont had when the downturn started in early 2001. (AP)

Douglas on Act 60
Republican gubernatorial candidate James Douglas is highlighting what he describes as the shortcomings in Vermont’s education funding law. Douglas says he wants to eliminate the sharing pool into which wealthier towns such as Stowe must pay a portion of their education property taxes to help support poorer schools. (AP)

Bennington Senate seats
In Bennington County, all four state Senate candidates have been on the ballot at least once before. But this year Bennington voters could help determine whether the Democrats retain control of the Senate or whether it gets handed over to the Republicans for the first time in six years. (AP)

Disabled employment
Vermont Governor Howard Dean is encouraging employers to hire people with disabilities. At a news conference yesterday Dean urged Vermont companies to demonstrate their commitment to equal employment for all Vermonters. (AP)

Gov. candidates on Springfield prison opening
The three leading candidates for Vermont governor all agree they would not delay the opening of a new prison in Springfield in an effort to save money. Democratic Lieutenant Governor Doug Racine, Republican state Treasurer James Douglas and independent Con Hogan all say the prison — now under construction — should open as soon as it’s ready. (AP)

Yankee refueling
Entergy’s Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is back in operation after a 21-day refueling outage. The plant temporarily shut down on October 5 and was back on line again on Sunday. (AP)

Election fraud officer
The state has a new federal election officer responsible for investigating potential complaints of election fraud in Vermont. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Conroy has been appointed to the position. Conroy and FBI agents will be on duty on Election Day in Vermont to take any complaints of election fraud. (AP)

Boxelder insect
Entomologists at the University of Vermont say an insect that’s a newcomer to the state shouldn’t really bug anybody. Many residents have been inquiring about the boxelder bug, a half-inch long insect that’s brownish-black with brick-red striping. The scientists say the bug isn’t harmful to humans or houses. (AP)

Wilmington historic district ruling
The durability of vinyl siding outweighs any minor visual differences between that and wooden clapboards. So says a Vermont Environmental Court judge who ended a dispute in Wilmington by declaring that a historic building can be sided with vinyl. (AP)

Heroin arrest
A 25-year-old Saint Johnsbury woman is being held on $10,000 bail after her second arrest in two weeks for allegedly bringing heroin to Vermont from Connecticut. Police say Rebecca Scelza and 28-year-old James Ingerson III of Lancaster, New Hampshire, were stopped on Interstate 91 in Putney. (AP)

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