July 2, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: Powerball in Vermont
Steve Delaney talks with the director of the Vermont lottery, Alan Yandow, about the Powerball lottery game. After a lengthy debate, the state Legislature agreed to let Vermont join the multi-state lottery game. Tickets went on sale Tuesday. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Horace Beck dies
Long time Ripton resident, teacher and folklorist Horace Beck died at his home Tuesday. Beck’s distinctive voice was familiar to VPR listeners for his commentaries and Camel’s Hump narratives. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Vermont’s fiscal outlook
The state of Vermont has just closed the books on the 2003 fiscal year. Administration Secretary Michael Smith says there’s a good chance the state will meet its revenue projections for the year. It’s a sharp contrast to the fiscal health of many other states. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Personal locator beacons
An unusual demonstration took place Tuesday morning in Waterbury. Police, military and state officials staged a mock rescue to introduce a new method for locating people who are in distress. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Troubled insurance company
The failure of a Philadelphia-based insurance company isn’t expected to have a big impact on the Vermont towns, school districts and sheriffs’ departments that once got coverage from it. (AP)

Windsor prison
Windsor might become home to Vermont’s second all-female prison, if the governor accepts a recommendation from a Corrections Department task force. (AP)

Steinhurst dismissal
The president pro tem of the Vermont Senate has sharply criticized Public Service Commissioner David O’Brien for dismissing his department’s longtime planning chief. (AP)

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