September 29, 2004 – News at a glance

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The Fall Forest: effects of acid rain
Over the next ten days during Morning Edition, VPR goes into the woods to take a close look at the fall forest. Today, we travel to Jericho, for a conversation with Dr. Hubert Vogelmann, known to many as “Hub.” Dr. Vogelmann is a professor emeritus of botany at UVM, regarded as a pioneer in the study of acid rain. I joined Hub Vogelmann on his daily walk through the woods to talk about his research on Camel’s Hump, and the health of the forest. (VPR)

Lt. governor’s race
The head of the Vermont Progressive Party says she’s disappointed that Democrats are trying to use scare tactics in an effort to convince voters not to support her party’s candidate for lieutenant governor. (VPR)

Federal transportation bill
Governor Jim Douglas says the state will have to scale back some of its transportation projects in the coming year if Congress doesn’t support increased spending in a national transportation bill. The Bush administration is taking a hard line with Congress over the issue and the president has threatened to veto the legislation that Douglas wants to see enacted. (VPR)

Dean campaigns for Rutland Democrats
Rutland County hasn’t had a Democratic senator since 1992. In his first official Vermont campaign appearance of the election season, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean stopped in Rutland on Tuesday to endorse the three Democrats running for state Senate. (VPR)

Supreme Court appointment
Governor Jim Douglas says he doesn’t know whether he’ll appoint a new member and a chief justice to the Vermont Supreme Court before the November election. Douglas calls the selection of a chief justice the most important decision a governor makes and says he wants to take the necessary time to consider it. (AP)

Civil union custody dispute
A Virginia judge has awarded full custody of a two-year-old girl to her mother after the break-up of the mother’s Vermont civil union. The decision by Frederick County Circuit Judge John Prosser is the latest twist in a case that has resulted in conflicting decisions by courts in Vermont and Virginia. (AP)

Man completes swim of Lake Champlain
A Colchester man met his goal of swimming the length of Lake Champlain on Tuesday. Thirty-six-year-old Christopher Swain arrived in Quebec shortly before 2 o’clock this afternoon. (AP)

Douglas comments on Ready
Vermont Governor Jim Douglas says voters should take seriously that Auditor of Accounts Elizabeth Ready has misrepresented her academic credentials. Douglas’s comments follow revelations that Ready’s biographies contained inaccurate information. (AP)

Border checkpoint lighting
Vermont transportation officials are asking the U.S. Border Patrol to improve warning signs and lighting at a checkpoint on Interstate 91. State Transportation Agency officials worry about the possibility of an accident like one at a checkpoint last week in New York state, where four people died. (AP)

Lowe’s construction stopped
Work is just about done closing up a construction site around a proposed Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in South Burlington. Construction was halted after the Vermont Water Resources Board last month ruled that the Lowe’s construction risked dumping sediments into nearby Potash Brook. (AP)

MVP health program
One of Vermont’s largest health insurance carriers has begun offering additional pay to physicians if a high percentage of their patients undergo certain procedures. MVP Health Care announced Tuesday it has established the state’s first “pay-for-performance” program. (AP)

Saint Michael’s College gift
The founder of the IDX computer software company is donating one million dollars to Saint Michael’s College in Colchester. The money given by Richard Tarrant, a 1964 Saint Michael’s grad, will be used to fund student scholarships. (AP)

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