Saturday November 17, 2012

Vt. to get $1.1 million drug settlement

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont’s attorney general says the state will receive $1.1 million as part of a national settlement with pharmaceutical manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline over allegations that the company deceptively marketed a diabetes drug.

The complaint accuses GlaxoSmithKline LLC of engaging in unfair and deceptive practices by misrepresenting Avandia’s cardiovascular risks and safety profile. Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell said Thursday that GlaxoSmithKline has reached a $90 million settlement with 37 other attorneys general and has agreed to change how it markets and promotes diabetes drugs.

Bellows Falls middle school renovations
to be done soon

BELLOWS FALLS (AP) -- Renovations at a Vermont middle school are nearly done.

Officials say the work should be done at the Bellows Falls Middle School by the time students return from the Thanksgiving holiday.

Christopher Kibbe, superintendent for the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union, said nearly 75 percent of the $10 million rehabilitation project is finished. He said some of the priority classrooms and administrative offices should be open soon.

Much of the first floor is done, including the gymnasium and the reception area. There’s also a new security system.


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Work was ahead of schedule through the summer, but construction fell two weeks behind in August and caused an extended delay in the opening of school.

Administrators say they have adjusted the calendar so the students do not miss any time.

UVM police: student jumps out of
third floor window

BURLINGTON (AP) -- A University of Vermont student is hospitalized in fair condition after jumping out of a third floor dormitory room.

UVM police were responding to a noise complaint in McCann Hall on the Trinity campus Wednesday night. They told WCAX-TV that while they were talking to a student about drugs and alcohol found his room, he jumped out of a window.

UVM has not released the student’s name.

First wind turbine up on Georgia Mountain

GEORGIA (AP) -- The head of a company developing a wind project on the Milton-Georgia line in Vermont says the first turbine is up.

David Blittersdorf is the chief executive officer of AllEarth Renewables. The Georgia Mountain Community Wind project is located on the Georgia mountain. The plan is for two wind turbines in Milton and two in Georgia.

Some neighbors have fought the project, with legal action developing earlier this year when some opponents sought to camp in the project’s blast zone.

Cape Cod officer
to spend 10 days
on Vermont work crew

BURLINGTON (AP) -- A Cape Cod police officer is going to spend 10 days on a Vermont Department of Corrections work crew to settle charges he was caught driving drunk twice in the Burlington area.

Scott Kynoch, 48, of Mashpee, Mass., pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of driving while intoxicated and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Kynoch was stopped by police in Chittenden County in May and July. In both cases he was over the legal limit for driving.

Conn. man sentenced for drug dealing

MONTPELIER (AP) -- A Connecticut man has been sentenced in Vermont to more than 21 years in prison on crack cocaine and gun charges.

Court records say 35-year-old Frank Annette of New Haven, Conn., was the leader of a drug ring, conspiring to distribute crack cocaine, heroin and other drugs in the Windsor area. He was convicted of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack cocaine, conspiracy to possess a firearm and aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime.