September 3, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: Judy Dean focused on medicine
For all of Howard Dean’s political life, his wife Judy has maintained a private profile. In the second part of Judy Dean’s conversation with Bob Kinzel, the wife of the former Vermont governor talks about the major influences in her life and the importance of her medical career. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Interview: Rail to trails
Mitch Wertlieb talks with a representative from Rails to Trails, an organization that converts abandoned railroad beds into hiking and biking paths. The group is studying the possibility of creating a new recreation path between Saint Albans and Saint Johnsbury. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Psychiatric hospital improvements
Governor Jim Douglas will outline the state’s plan to improve services at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury on Wednesday. (VPR)

Clean Air Act lawsuit
The state of Vermont plans to join a regional lawsuit to overturn new rules issued by the Bush administration. The rules exempt older power plants in the Midwest from provisions of the Clean Air Act. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Cancer rates in Clarendon
State officials promised on Tuesday to help Clarendon residents learn if toxic chemicals have caused a number of cancer cases in town. (VPR)

Bioterrorism funding
Vermont will be getting $8.1 million to prepare for bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson announced the funding Tuesday. (AP)

Law School dean steps down
L. Kinvin Wroth, the dean of the Vermont Law School, is resigning next summer. The school’s Board of Trustees is now looking for a replacement. (AP)

UVM finances
As classes begin today at the University of Vermont, the school is in relatively good shape compared to many other state universities around the country. (AP)

Chamber names new president
The Vermont State Chamber of Commerce has concluded its four-month search for a new president. Duane Marsh of Midland, Michigan, has been chosen to replace Christopher Barbieri, who stepped down this spring. (AP)

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