April 22, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: Earth Day
Steve Delaney talks with Brian McGrath of Green Mountain College. McGrath is coordinator of campus activities at GMC. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Dean targets student voters
Former Governor Howard Dean says his campaign to win the Democratic presidential nomination hinges on the support of young voters. Dean is speaking on college campuses and expanding his Internet web site to attract voters between the ages of 18 and 35. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Court case on stormwater runoff
An environmental group went to court on Monday to stop what it says is illegal water pollution of Lake Champlain and a nearby stream. The Conservation Law Foundation filed the suit in federal court in Burlington. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Harward Union wins Grammy award
The Grammy Awards Foundation announced another round of music awards last week. These Grammys went to high schools that offer excellent music education. Among the 50 national winners is Harwood Union High School in Duxbury. (VPR)

Goodrich layoffs
The Goodrich Corporation in Vergennes will lay off 35 workers this week. President Harry Arnold says the job cuts are in response to an economic slowdown in the airline industry. (AP)

Fire danger
Despite the rainy forecast, Vermonters are being warned to be careful with fire. The National Weather Service says there has been little rainfall across Vermont and the danger of brush and grassfires is high. (AP)

Taft corners housing
Two developers have sued the town of Williston and several town officials, claiming the town wrongfully blocked them from building an affordable housing unit near Taft Corners. Brett Grabowski and Gerry Milot want clearance from the town to built 110 units of housing. (AP)

Williston school budget
A petition drive is hoping to force the revote of a $12 million school budget in the town of Williston. The budget was initially defeated by voters, but approved by 21 votes on April 2. Some don’t like the tactics used to win approval. (AP)

Demolition threatened in Act 250 case
The Vermont Environmental Board could order the demolition of a 15-year-old house in Dover that was built without an Act 250 land-use permit. Earlier this month the board gave homeowner Peter Tsimortos of Massachusetts 30 days to decide whether to appeal. Tsimortos also faces fines. (AP)

Cocaine dealer sentenced
A 53-year-old Colchester man was sentenced to serve more than five years in prison on federal drug charges Monday. Ricky Paquette was charged 18 months ago with three other men with conspiring to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. Prosecutors said the men were selling cocaine from Boston in Burlington bars. (AP)

Clerical error declares man dead
A Woodstock man says he feels fine — even though the Social Security Administration declared him dead in January. Jim Pierce, a retired banker, first noticed there was a problem with his status when his social security check failed to show up in his bank account. Then the hospital called to say his bills weren’t being paid. The Social Security Administration says the mix up was caused by a clerical error. (AP)

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