September 30, 2002 – News at a glance

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Sounds of Vermont: the train
Time was when railroads were the primary means of travel in Vermont. Then the automobile took over, and the sound of a distant train became mostly a nostalgic memory. For our series, Sounds of Vermont, VPR’s Betty Smith takes a ride on the Green Mountain Flyer. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Diocese fundraising
The Roman Catholic of Diocese annual fund drive ends today and church officials say the drive will fall short of its goal. The diocese says it’s clear child sexual abuse allegations against a number of Vermont priests have had an impact on this year’s fundraising effort. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

State’s attorney races
There are some heated races in Vermont this fall for state’s attorney seats. Out of Vermont’s 14 counties, seven seats for the part-time job are being contested. Prosecutors, like sheriffs, are elected once every four years. (AP)

Flu shots
Vermonters seeking an annual shot against influenza shouldn’t have any problems finding one for the first time in three years. Health care officials say supplies are ample and available this year, and people can wait until December and still be covered. (AP)

Honey price supports
A new farm program will pay beekeepers when the price for honey falls below a certain level. The Vermont Beekeepers Association says that will help protect the industry from a market made volatile by weather, pests and foreign imports. (AP)

Dean criticizes Bush
Vermont Governor Howard Dean says President Bush still hasn’t made a strong enough case for a strike against Iraq. Dean said on the CBS program “Face the Nation” that he believes the United States must first gain international support. (AP)

FAHC nurses union
Nurses at Vermont’s largest hospital are going to get a chance to vote this week on whether to join a union. Union organizers say the hospital administration has failed to live up to the promises it made four years ago when a similar union vote was defeated. (AP)

Bow hunting season
A Vermont wildlife biologist says deer hunters can expect a good bow season this year. According to John Buck, Vermont’s deer population is healthy and growing. The fall bow season starts next October 6 and lasts until October 27. (AP)

Veterans’ lapel pins
Some Vermonters will honor the nation’s veterans on Election Day by wearing lapel pins. The Secretary of State’s Office is coordinating the special program, with help from veterans’ groups. The state has received more than 300 requests. The deadline is October 15. (AP)

Waste depot relocation
Some South Burlington residents are objecting to plans to move a hazardous waste transfer station to their neighborhood. The Chittenden Solid Waste District is seeking approval to open what officials call a waste depot on Airport Parkway. (AP)

Tree stress
The U.S. Forest Service and the University of Vermont are about to publish a study that shows that the flaming red leaves on sugar maple trees are caused by tree stress. (AP)

Vermont prescription drug law
New Hampshire’s next governor and Legislature may be looking to Vermont as they debate the best way to bring down the cost of prescription drugs. Vermont recently enacted a law to cut its spiraling prescription drug costs with price concessions from drug makers. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Fernald likes Vermont’s law, while Republican Craig Benson says it won’t work for New Hampshire. (AP)

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