September 24, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: Randall’s book nominated for Pulitzer
Mitch Wertlieb talks with Vermont biographer Willard Sterne Randall. His biography of Alexander Hamilton is nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Commuter use of Park and Ride lots increases
Transportation officials say that despite the recent increase in gasoline prices there hasn’t been a spike in the number of people who carpool to work. Instead, there’s been a slow but steady rise in ride sharing. And that’s put pressure on the state’s existing network of Park and Ride Lots. (VPR)

OMYA permit decision expected on Thursday
The state of Vermont plans to issue a preliminary decision on Thursday concerning the disposal of mineral wastes from the OMYA mine in Pittsford. (VPR)

Jeffords to support EPA nominee despite Bush record
Senator Jim Jeffords says it’s likely that he’ll vote in favor of President Bush’s new nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency. In the last few weeks, Jeffords has issued a number of blistering criticisms of the president’s environmental record. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Residents renew opposition to Charlotte large farm
A group of Charlotte residents has renewed its opposition to a dairy farm expansion. The Hinsdale family is continuing to seek a large farm permit for a new barn and a manure pit. But “Citizens for Safe Farming” has concerns about possible air and water pollution from the large dairy operation. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: Dean rallies supporters in Boston
Neal Charnoff talks with WBUR’s Fred Thyce, who attended Howard Dean campaign rally in Copley Square in Boston Tuesday. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Missisquoi Bay bridge
Construction of the Missisquoi Bay Bridge in Swanton is moving forward. The District Six Environmental Board has granted an Act 250 land use permit for the project. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2004 and be finished in 2007. (AP)

Brattleboro bank robberies
Police are investigating the report of two robberies in Brattleboro yesterday afternoon. Police say it appears one suspect tried to rob two banks within 15 minutes of each other. Police would not say if any money was taken. (AP)

National Guard deployment
Fifty Vermont Army National Guard soldiers will leave Wednesday for Afghanistan. The troops are being deployed to train a new Afghan National Army. Members of the third Battalion 172nd Infantry have been ordered to duty for up to one year. (AP)

Teacher discipline cases
The Vermont Department of Education is going to post on the Internet information about cases of teachers who have been disciplined. Information about disciplinary cases against other licensed professionals are already available on the Internet. (AP)

Psychiatric hospital reforms
The Vermont State Hospital isn’t going to challenge a federal decision to withhold $700,000 in funding. Instead, hospital officials say they will focus on making the changes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is demanding. (AP)

Isabel aftermath
The high winds from Hurricane Isabel did not harm any Vermont crops. Many farmers worried the hurricane would damage apple and silage corn during prime harvest season. But farmers reported little or no damage despite the wind gusts in some areas of the state. (AP)

Canadian border crossing
A system aimed at allowing low-risk travelers to get through U.S.-Canada border quicker is running into delays in northern New York and Vermont. Officials had hoped to have the system in place now. But equipment delays have pushed it back. Officials now say November. (AP)

McCarren leaving Vermont
The chairman of the board of Vermont’s largest hospital is headed west. The Burlington weekly newspaper Seven Days is reporting that Louise McCarren has been appointed CEO of the Western Electricity Coordinating Council based in Salt Lake City. (AP)

Suspicious death
On Wednesday friends gathered to remember James Ferrin, a homeless man whose death has been ruled suspicious. Ferrin’s body was found near Interstate 189 in South Burlington more than two weeks ago. Ferrin’s wife, Jenna, and others in the homeless community say they believe Ferrin was murdered. (AP)

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