July 15, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: Bishop Angell
In the first of a two-part interview, Bishop Angell discusses the impact of a continuing decline in the number of priests due to retirement. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Dairy Farmers of Vermont
Dairy Farmers of Vermont officially goes into business Tuesday as an advocacy group for getting higher milk prices for their members. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Female prison population
The state Corrections Department wants to move about 100 female inmates to the Windsor prison. The plan is designed to relieve overcrowding at other facilities. Officials hope to make the move when the new, 350-bed Springfield jail opens this fall. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Sanders against prescription bill
Congressman Bernie Sanders says a Medicare prescription drug bill that passed the House recently is little more than a cynical effort by political leaders to fool the public and reward the country’s largest drug companies. Sanders is hopeful that the proposal can be significantly improved in the coming weeks. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Adelphia tries to curtail rural service
Some Vermonters who’ve been waiting for cable TV to come to their areas may have to wait a lot longer. Adelphia Cable Communications is trying to trim back on commitments it made to the state two years ago to extend its service into some rural areas. (AP)

Dean in Texas
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean was in Texas Monday address a Hispanic advocacy group in Austin. Dean, who is running for president, attended the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, an influential national group. Dean told the group the nation needs to reform its immigration policy. (AP)

Burlington transportation finances
Burlington officials are trying to determine how much it’s going to cost them now that a planned waterfront transit center has been canceled. Two-thirds of the funding for the project was supposed to come from the Federal Transit Administration. The city already has spent some of the money it was promised. (AP)

Rutland parking garage
The state is beginning to recover some of its investment in a Rutland parking garage. But most of the money is being paid by the state itself. The Buildings and General Services Department is charging the Transportation Agency a monthly rate of $45 per space for the 225 spaces leased for state workers. (AP)

Beaver dam washes out road
The state Department of Transportation says it could cost as much as a million dollars to fix a stretch of state road that was washed out when a beaver dam burst in Morgan last week. The dam burst on Friday. It washed out Route 111 between Island Pond and Morgan, and took out two driveways and a pond as well. (AP)

Connecticut River inner tubing
Police from Vermont and New Hampshire say they plan to crack down on the annual floating “tubestock'” party scheduled for this weekend on the Connecticut River. Police expect as many as 1,500 people this year at Tubestock. Participants shove off early in the day on rafts made of inner tubes, and many have alcohol with them. (AP)

Child abuse conviction
A Killington man has been sentenced to up to 15 years for the sexual assault of a nine-year-old boy. Twenty-two-year-old Ryan Grace already is serving time in federal prison for child pornography convictions. He agreed to plead no contest in state court to sexual assault on a minor. (AP)

Disorderly conduct
A Montpelier man is due to be arraigned on disorderly conduct charges Tuesday for an incident at the state records building in Middlesex. Police say arrested 34-year-old Geoffrey Haas after they got a call from the General Services Public Records Building asking for help with a problematic customer. (AP)

Forgery charges in Law Centers case
An Albany, New York man has pleaded innocent to forgery charges in connection with his work at a Bennington firm. Federal prosecutors say 28-year-old Myron Thomas worked for the Law Centers for Consumer Protection. The law center used to promise to help clients reduce debt until officials ordered it closed in January. (AP)

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