September 26, 2002 – News at a glance

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Interview: Alaskan wildlife refuge
Steve Delaney talks with Tim Leach, one of the coordinators of a bike campaign against oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Listen to the interview online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean visits Jimmy Carter
Governor Howard Dean traveled to Georgia Wednesday afternoon to meet with former President Jimmy Carter. The governor says the Carter presidential campaign of 1976 serves as a model for Dean’s own presidential effort. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Vermont Pure expansion permit
Vermont Pure Springs has received the go-ahead to expand its spring site in Randolph. The company’s plans have drawn fire from some local residents who object to increased traffic caused by the expansion. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Death penalty ruling
Lawyers and scholars say a death penalty decision handed down Tuesday by a Vermont judge may provide new legal argument for those challenging capital punishment. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Genius grant
Children’s author Karen Hesse of Brattleboro is the recipient of a $500,000 genius grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Hesse’s children’s novels “Out of the Dust” and “Witness” are acclaimed for examining American history, using a combination of poetry and prose. (AP)

Welfare caseload
A seven-year study by Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation finds that the statewide welfare caseload declined from nearly 10,000 recipients in 1994 to fewer than 6,000 during 2000. The study’s authors attribute that drop to a mandate that single parents go back to work after getting welfare money for 30 months. (AP)

Campaign fundraising reports: governor’s race
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Doug Racine reports he’s raised $387,000 so far. He’s spent $118,000, so he has nearly $269,000 in the bank. Republican candidate James Douglas has raised nearly $482,000 and spent $377,000. That leaves him $104,000 still to spend. (AP)

Campaign fundraising reports: lt. governor’s race
Democrat Peter Shumlin is leading in the race to raise money for the lieutenant governor’s campaign. He’s got $57,000 left in the bank. Republican Brian Dubie still has $24,000 left. Progressive Anthony Pollina has $17,000 left. (AP)

Campaign fundraising reports: Flanagan
The official reports now are showing how much money Democrat Edward Flanagan spent in his losing bid for the nomination for state treasurer. Campaign spending reports filed yesterday say Flanagan raised a record-breaking $235,455 and spent all but about $50 dollars of it. He loaned or gave nearly $187,000 of his own money to his campaign. (AP)

Heroin dealer in court
The trial opens Thursday for a Massachusetts man suspected of being one of Burlington’s largest heroin dealers. Edwin Laboy of Springfield, Massachusetts is charged with selling heroin and cocaine and giving heroin to a young woman who overdosed and nearly died last year. (AP)

Jail escape
A convicted bank robber who handcuffed a sheriff’s deputy and escaped from jail has pleaded guilty to federal escape charges. Ronald Nelson Foley of Newport was waiting to be sentenced for robbing a bank in Newport when he escaped from the Middlebury jail in March. (AP)

VT-NH solid waste district
Members of the New Hampshire-Vermont Solid Waste Project are discussing what to do when the project expires in five years. Many of the Vermont towns in the 29-town waste district want to form their own district without New Hampshire. (AP)

Barre historic site
The Socialist Labor Party Hall in Barre has won a national preservation award. The hall will receive one of 16 awards from the Washington-based National Trust for Historic Preservation. The building served as a school and social center for Italian granite workers in the early 1900s. The Barre Historical Society bought the hall seven years ago and has been restoring it ever since. (AP)

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