January 28, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: prohibition in Vermont
VPR’s Steve Delaney talks with Chris Bray about a Vermont History Center event that explores the prohibition era in the state. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Dubie settling in
Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie says he plans to work closely with Governor Jim Douglas on a variety of economic development issues in the coming months. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Nectar’s changes hands
Burlington marked the end an era on Monday, when the historic Nectar’s Restaurant changed hands. Over the years, the eatery has been known as a political gathering place. It’s also been known for its fries and for Phish, the band that got its start there. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Brownfields clean up plan
Governor Jim Douglas has unveiled a plan to redevelop some of Vermont’s older industrial sites that have been abandoned because of the presence of hazardous pollutants. (VPR)

Environmental Board chair named
Governor Jim Douglas has appointed an economic development executive to be chairwoman of the Vermont Environmental board. Douglas says Patricia Moulton-Powden understands the links between the economy and the environment. She’ll replace current Environmental Board Chairwoman, Marcy Harding, who was appointed by former Governor Howard Dean. (AP)

Sunderland appointed to House seat
A Rutland engineer will fill the Vermont House seat vacated when Kevin Mullin was appointed to the state Senate. David Sunderland was appointed to the seat by Governor Jim Douglas. Sunderland has never held elected office, but he describes himself as a lifelong Republican. (AP)

Springfield jobs summit
Governor Jim Douglas met Monday with employers in Springfield, a town hit hard by manufacturing losses. The job summit was the sixth in an ongoing series for Douglas. The Springfield businesses shared their concerns and talked about ways to attract more jobs to their area. (AP)

Smoke-free bars
The Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont wants the Legislature to ban smoking in bars. The group says people who work in bars need to be protected from second-hand smoke. Under current Vermont law smoking is banned in most indoor locations. Bars are exempt. (AP)

Firewood donation project
A Woodstock man has started his own fuel assistance program in Vermont and New Hampshire. Bryan Ferro collects and delivers donated firewood to needy households. He started the Upper Valley Wood program as a community service project in high school in the 1990s, after reading about an elderly couple who had died from the cold in their home. (AP)

Woman sentenced for 9-11 fraud
A Burlington woman who lied about losing seven family members in the World Trade Center attacks and stealing from her employer will spend 45 days on a prison work crew. Carrie Anne Drumm was accused of accepting $1,200 in donations. (AP)

Debt center closes amid fraud allegations
The Bennington debt reduction company being investigated by state and federal authorities has closed its doors. The move yesterday by the Law Centers for Consumer Protection put several dozen people out of work. Several dozen people are losing their jobs. (AP)

Killington resort theft
Two Killington employees are facing charges they stole thousands of dollars and merchandise from the ski resort over the past two years. Twenty-two-year-old Nicholas Koscinski and Jayson Unaitis, of Killington, were arrested on Saturday. Police say the pair had been stealing from the ski shop where they worked and from customers. (AP)

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