September 9, 2002 – News at a glance

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September 11 ceremonies
Vermonters will mark the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in a variety of ways. Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Security construction at Statehouse
Government embarked on many security improvements in the past year. One of those projects involved increased security at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. Workers are putting the finishing touches on the project now. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Utilities’ financial turnaround
Over the last two years, there’s been a dramatic turnaround in the financial health of Vermont two largest electric utilities. At one time, Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service were facing possible bankruptcy. Now they’re doing well in spite of a sputtering economy. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Rutland airport
One year after September 11, air travel nationwide remains sluggish. And many of the major airlines are struggling to stay in business. Burlington International Airport has managed to buck the trend – they’ve seen a 20% increase in ridership in the last two years, due mainly to increased competition among airlines. Rutland airport, which has only one passenger carrier, is having a tougher time. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Statewide primaries
There’s only a day left before Vermonters go to the pools for the primary elections. A lot of experts are saying they expect turnout to be fairly light because there are only four statewide contests. (AP)

Local primaries
There are a slew of local races to be decided a tomorrow’s primary elections. In Windham County, there are primaries for state Senate and sheriff. Grand Isle Democrats have races for sheriff and state’s attorney. And there are primaries for assistant judge in Orange and Bennington counties. (AP)

North Hero town hall
Voters in North Hero are trying to decide what to do with their town hall. They’ve been presented with the options of repairing flood damage in the basement and a cracked beam in the roof caused by last spring’s earthquake. Or they could opt to tear down the building built in 1930 and replace it with a new structure. (AP)

Dean presidential campaign
Vermont Governor Howard Dean is back in New Hampshire today. Dean, who’s exploring a run for president, is making several stops across the state today. Dean has said he plans to formally announce his run for president after leaving office in January. (AP)

School ceremonies
Most schools across Vermont will have remembrances of the attacks on New York and Washington this week. But they’re likely to be low-key and brief. They may include moments of silence or perhaps a tree planting ceremony. (AP)

Wednesday events
This Wednesday will be a day of solemn remembrance for many public officials in Vermont. Governor Howard Dean plans to be at Windsor High School on September 11. In Burlington, U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions plans to swear in two dozen people as new U.S. citizens. (AP)

Central Vermont road planning
A series of meetings begins this week on transportation planning for central Vermont. The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission is seeking to update its overall plan on how well the roads, public transportation and facilities are serving the region. (AP)

Cell tower planned
A cellular communications company is trying again to put antennas atop Mount Anthony in Bennington. A previous plan already has been rejected but Sprint has revised its proposal. Now it wants to put three antennas at the top of a 70-foot tower instead of six antennas. (AP)

NH plane crash
A memorial service will be held Thursday for seven family members who died in a plane crash in Swanzey, New Hampshire last week. They had been visiting another relative in Newfane, Vermont, during Labor Day weekend. (AP)

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