April 8, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: historical society director
Steve Delaney talks with Kevin Graffanino, the new director of the Vermont Historical Society. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Sanders votes against war budget
Congressman Bernie Sanders was one of the very few members of Congress to vote against the Iraq war budget bill late last week. Sanders says he hopes his vote sends a strong message to President Bush. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Wallace speaks on clinical depression
Veteran broadcast journalist Mike Wallace says when he first suffered from severe depression he was too ashamed to seek treatment. Wallace, the co-editor of the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” was in Vermont on Monday as part of a conference designed to reduce barriers to hiring people with disabilities. (Listen to the story online or read transcript.) (VPR)

Rogan named as Dean’s deputy campaign manager
A top official at Central Vermont Public Service Corporation will work on former Governor Howard Dean’s presidential campaign. (VPR)

Wheels suspends service
The Wheels Transportation Services is no longer carrying passengers. Wheels serves 23 towns in Central Vermont and is the main mode of public transportation between Montpelier and Barre. (VPR)

‘Pine tree’ cell tower
Verizon has won a state permit to build a stealth cellular telephone tower in the Northeast Kingdom town of Coventry. (AP)

Permit reform
The Vermont Senate is expected to begin debate Wednesday on reforming the state’s environmental permit system. But the permit reform has nothing to do with Vermont’s much-discussed Act 250 land-use law. Instead, the subject will be local planning and zoning. (AP)

Vermont Yankee drill
There is going to be an emergency drill at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant today. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Nuclear Regulatory Commission will grade the day-long exercise involving emergency personnel from Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. (AP)

Philip Morris lawsuit
The state of Vermont is asking an Illinois judge to reduce a $12 billion bond being required of cigarette-maker Philip Morris. Vermont is being joined by 36 other states and territories. The bond is part of a class action lawsuit Phillip Morris lost. (AP)

Clarendon health census
A Clarendon citizens’ group is asking all town residents to help track cases of leukemia and other life-threatening diseases. Organizers say an inordinate number of people in the community have come down with leukemia and other cancers. (AP)

Clavelle sworn in
Mayor Peter Clavelle took his oath of office Monday night, becoming the longest serving mayor in Burlington. Clavelle is serving his seventh term as mayor of Vermont’s largest city. Newly elected and re-elected city councilors also took the oath of office at the annual meeting at City Hall. (AP)

Noise petition
A number of residents in downtown Burlington are asking the city for help in controlling noise from area bars. Forty-five residents, most of whom live in the Burlington Housing Authority building on College Street, have signed a petition asking for a resolution regulating loud music from bars and from patrons walking home. (AP)

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