October 3, 2002 – News at a glance

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Federal education law
A new study says Vermont schools and taxpayers would be better off if the state rejected the money associated with the new federal education law. The study says the federal government won’t cover the full cost of meeting the law’s new mandates. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Bush’s priorities questioned
Senator James Jeffords on Wednesday urged President Bush to pay more attention to the pressing domestic issues facing the country. (VPR)

Methadone clinic turns away users
A Massachusetts-based methadone program used by recovering heroin addicts in Vermont says it has no more room. The situation has created problems for Vermonters seeking treatment because the state currently has no methadone programs. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Gov. candidates debate family leave
Vermont’s gubernatorial candidates debated a wide variety of issues at a special campaign forum sponsored by several women’s groups on Wednesday. Several hundred people attended the debate, which took place in the House Chamber at the Statehouse. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Selma choir tours Vermont
The high school chorale from Selma, Alabama brought its music to schools and churches in Chittenden County this week. The tour offers Vermonters a chance to get to know African-American students from the south, and to hear their songs. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

FAHC nurses’ union
Today is the second and final day of voting in a union drive among nurses at Fletcher Allen Health Care. A union effort there failed four years ago, but this time union organizers say they think they’ve got a much better chance. (AP)

State education spending
The Dean administration says tight budget times mean Vermont needs to hold down the state’s share of spending for public education in the next fiscal year. But advocates for towns and schools say that really means balancing the state budget on the backs of local property taxpayers. (AP)

Gov. candidates on parental notification
Parental notification for teenagers seeking abortions was the issue at a gubernatorial debate yesterday. Republican Jim Douglas is in favor of it and the Democrat Doug Racine is opposed.

West Nile virus
Vermont health officials are awaiting confirmation of two suspected cases of West Nile virus in humans in the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has not confirmed either of the cases yet. (AP)

Springfield tool auction
Many of the mills, drills, scales and lathes that made the Springfield machine tool industry are up for sale. The company BF Acquisition bought out machine tool makers Fellows, Bryant Grinder and Jones & Lamson. BF Acquisition has since sold those businesses to several other machine tool companies. Now it’s selling equipment from those businesses. (AP)

Hartford nudity ordinance
Supporters of a town-wide ban on nudity in Hartford say they don’t see a need to put the issue before voters again. But opponents of the ordinance banning nudity on sidewalks, in nightclubs and in other places in town say they believe many local residents didn’t understand the ordinance when voting on it last month. (AP)

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