September 24, 2002 – News at a glance

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Online campaigning
More and more candidates for public office are utilizing the Internet as part of their campaigns. In 2002, it’s almost expected that a political candidate would have his or her own web site. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Priest investigations
Vermont’s attorney general has finished looking into sexual misconduct charges against two Roman Catholic priests. William Sorrell says the allegations against the two were serious, but no criminal charges will be filed. Sorrell says his office continues to investigate allegations against nearly 40 Vermont priests, including eight who are still active in the ministry. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Gov. candidates debate economic issues
Economic issues dominated a campaign forum in Burlington Monday. The state’s leading candidates for governor outlined their plans to change the state’s environmental permit process to make it easier for businesses to grow. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Environmental scorecard
The Vermont Alliance of Conservation Voters released its Environmental Scorecard for the Vermont Legislature Monday. The Alliance also endorsed 94 candidates for the General Assembly. (VPR)

Railroad layoffs
Amtrak says it’s laying off ticket-selling staff at its four ticket stations in Essex Junction, Saint Albans, White River Junction and Rutland. Six people will lose their jobs. Amtrak riders in Vermont will have to reserve seats through their travel agents, or make the reservations themselves by phone or online. (AP)

School board sex offender
A former Burlington School Board member faces one to two years’ probation and possible sex offender counseling for improperly touching two young women while giving them massages last year. Elwood “Ike” Isley pleaded guilty in May to two misdemeanor counts of prohibited acts. (AP)

Lottery embezzlement
A convenience store manager charged with stealing nearly $19,000 in lottery tickets could face up to a year in jail if he enters a plea bargain. Chad Blake pleaded innocent in June to embezzling the instant lottery tickets from the Manchester Short Stop Exxon Station. (AP)

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