September 20, 2004 – News at a glance

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Teaching kids to manage credit
A rising number of college students are struggling to pay off credit card debt. Financial experts say this is partly due to a lack of education about money management early in life – both at home and at school. Today, in the first of two parts, VPR’s Nina Keck examines the young person’s financial education. (VPR)

New statewide weekly paper
A new statewide weekly newspaper will be on the newsstands soon. The paper also plans to publish news on a daily Web site. The “Vermont Guardian” has opened offices in Winooski and Brattleboro. (VPR)

Interview: Dewey Award winner
The John Dewey Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the education of young people in America and this year for the first time, the award was presented at John Dewey’s alma mater – the University of Vermont. The award’s recipient this year was Carl Glickman, president of the Institute for Schools, Education and Democracy in Athens, Georgia. Mitch Wertlieb talks with Glickman from his part-time residence in St. Albans. (VPR)

Lt. gov. candidates debate
The candidates for lieutenant governor will meet in debate Monday afternoon. Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie, Democrat Cheryl Rivers and Progressive Steve Hingtgen will talk about campaign issues in Burlington at a forum sponsored by the Vermont Trade Office. (AP)

Alternative fuel conference
A daylong conference will be held this week at the Statehouse on alternative fuel. The focus of Wednesday’s conference will be biodiesel fuel. Cooking fat, animal fat and oils produced from soybeans can be processed and used for fuel in diesel engines. (AP)

Neighborhood stormwater project
Homeowners in two neighborhoods in South Burlington are learning how rain barrels and soil-testing kits can help prevent stormwater pollution and flooded basements. A $225,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency is paying for the research project. Neighbors met with University of Vermont researchers this weekend. (AP)

Cormorant population control
State wildlife biologists have shot or trapped 208 cormorants on Lake Champlain this summer. This is the first time the state has used the so-called “lethal control” to manage the growing population. (AP)

Catholic Church fundraising
The Vermont Catholic Church says concerns about churches closing in Vermont have slowed its efforts to reach its $2.3 million fundraising goal for the year. Some members aren’t pledging because they are concerned the church may close or consolidate some local parishes. (AP)

Zen Buddist ordination
The Vermont Zen Center in Shelburne has ordained its first priest. The ceremony Sunday was the first Buddhist ordination in Vermont. Sixty-four-year-old Holly Callery of Charlotte has become one of two priests at the center. The other priest was ordained in New York before moving to Vermont. (AP)

Winooski River celebration
Artists, activists and others paraded through downtown Montpelier Monday to celebrate the Winooski River. The seventh annual River Pageant parade is intended to promote the ecological health of the river that runs from the state capital to Lake Champlain. (AP)

Orange County burglaries
Vermont State Police are investigating a string of burglaries in Bradford, Fairlee and Thetford. The Ompompanoosuc Mills in Thetford was broken into and several vending machines were vandalized and cash was stolen. The cash register and about $300 were taken from the Fairlee Diner. (AP)

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