August 12, 2004 – Midday Report

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Top stories developing across the region at the noon hour:

By the weekend tiny Coventry will be the biggest town in Vermont, with 70,000 or more Phish fans crowding in for a concert; Vermont’s health commissioner says a recent federal inspection of the state hospital in Waterbury produced an “almost perfect” score, and that the slight discrepancy found should not delay its re-certification; the health department launched a campaign this morning to create a smoke-free zone around all Vermont children; VT Atty Gen William Sorrell says the drug company Schering Plough will pay the state hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties for misrepresenting the cost of its allergy drug Claritin; elsewhere, the schedule for political debates continues to shape up, and the major candidates for Governor campaign in different parts of Vermont.

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