September 17, 2002 – News at a glance

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VPR poll results, part 1
According to a new VPR poll, Democrat Doug Racine holds a slight lead over Republican Jim Douglas in the race for governor. In Part 1 of this week’s series “The Pulse of Vermont,” VPR’s Bob Kinzel also reports on the results of the U.S. House contest. (VPR)

Cheney fundraising stop
The Vermont Republican Party is preparing for a visit from Vice President Dick Cheney later this week. The vice president’s brief Vermont appearance could be the most lucrative fundraising event in the state Party’s history. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Boettcher resigns
The controversial top administrator at the state’s largest hospital has left his job. Trustees of Fletcher Allen Health Care announced Monday that William Boettcher resigned, six weeks after the Board placed him on paid leave. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Racine on job creation
Lieutenant Governor Doug Racine wants to make job creation the centerpiece of his gubernatorial campaign. On Monday, Racine outlined a series of measures he says will promote small businesses and expand job training opportunities for Vermonters. (VPR)

Spaulding High School hazing
Eight students from Spaulding High School in Barre have been fined after a hazing incident last month. One of the students who took part videotaped the hazing, in which upperclassmen hit ninth-graders with a hockey stick, a piece of wood, and other items. (AP)

West Nile virus
Horse owners in Vermont are asking veterinarians how to protect their animals from West Nile virus. In the last two months, the virus has been found in three horses in Vermont – in Franklin, Addison and Orleans counties. One of the horses had to be euthanized. (AP)

Hospital budgets
Vermont’s top health care regulator has approved most hospital budgets for next year. Commissioner Betsy Costle overruled the Public Oversight Commission’s recommendation and approved the Northwestern Medical Center budget as that hospital had submitted it. (AP)

Crematory oversight board
A new board set to oversee the state’s cremation industry will meet for the first time today. The two-member board was created by the Legislature to set regulations for the nine crematories in Vermont. (AP)

Milk prices
Agriculture commissioners from around New England are expected to meet today in Vermont to talk about low milk prices. Commissioner Leon Graves is set to meet with his counterparts from Maine, New Hampshire and New York. (AP)

Highgate egg farm
A decision on an expansion permit for a Highgate egg farm is expected in early October. But an advocacy group opposed to the expansion wants the Vermont Department of Agriculture to delay its decision until the state Legislature can consider the issue. (AP)

Colchester Legislature candidate
The son of a Colchester man who was killed in a bike accident will run for state representative in his father’s place. Colchester Democrats nominated 23-year-old Andy MacLeay last week. His father, William MacLeay, died last month after being hit by a drunken driver. (AP)

Restaurant discrimination suit
Denny’s restaurant in South Burlington has settled a racial discrimination suit without a trial. Under the settlement, the restaurant must pay $2,000 each to two black customers who complained they were forced to sit in a darkened section of the restaurant two years ago. (AP)

Springfield factory
A machine tool factory in Springfield is up and running again after months of inactivity. The new owner of Bryant Grinder Corporation has moved the plant into a new building and hired 25 full-time employees. (AP)

Burlington transit center
The city of Burlington is receiving federal funds to build a new transit center. The $3.6 million grant was announced Monday. Officials say the transit center will be located near the ferry to Plattsburgh, New York.

Manchester tax revenues
The Manchester Select Board is considering a request by the local Chamber of Commerce to share in some tax revenues. Select Board members say they probably won’t decide whether to back the request until they begin their budget deliberations. (AP)

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