August 11, 2003 – News at a glance

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Children’s book art provokes nostalgia
In 1947, Clement Hurd illustrated the popular and enduring children’s book,”Goodnight Moon.” That work now anchors a new exhibition at the Shelburne Museum called “From Goodnight Moon to Art Dog.” It’s a tribute to the talents of the late Clement Hurd, his wife Edith, and their son Thacher Hurd. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Rain damage in southern Vermont
Governor Jim Douglas is going to be touring parts of southern Vermont Monday to view areas hit by heavy rains recently. Several towns had roads washed out by the heavy rains. He’s already ordered the Emergency Management division to seek federal assistance. (AP)

Creosote poles removed
Vermont’s largest telephone company is pulling up poles. Verizon has removed almost 200 new utility poles in recent weeks as part of an agreement to discontinue the use of poles treated with creosote. Some fear creosote is unhealthy. (AP)

Voters weigh Dean, Kerry
Some New Hampshire supporters of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry say they’d rather vote for former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. But they feel Kerry is more electable than Dean is. (AP)

Canadian exchange rate
A favorable exchange rate for the Canadian dollar is bringing an influx of Canadians south of the border. They come south looking for bargains and entertainment. And it’s caught the attention of Vermont retailers, restaurant owners and hoteliers (AP)

Pharmacist shortage
Vermont is facing a severe shortage of pharmacists. The shortage is causing some drug stores to use robots to help fill prescriptions while others are cutting back pharmacy hours. The areas with the greatest need are Burlington, Essex Junction, Fairfield, Lyndonville and Montpelier. (AP)

Computer tax holiday
Vermont’s three-day tax holiday on computer purchases is paying dividends for retailers and people looking to buy new computers. The tax holiday ends Monday. The program is designed to encourage Vermonters to keep up with technological advances. (AP)

Moose on roadways
There’s yet another warning to Vermont motorists about the dangers of moose on the highways. Drivers in parts of central and southern Vermont are having more encounters with moose. Biologists say moose are extending their range in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. (AP)

Flowers in the median
There’s an experiment underway in a portion of the median strip of Interstate 89 in Bolton. The Vermont Agency of Transportation is looking for the most hardy flowers and plants that can grow there in hopes finding the right combination that can look nice and reduce the use of herbicides. (AP)

Senior center expansion
The overcrowded Winooski Senior Center needs more room. Membership at the center has grown from about 60 people to 250 since early this year. Officials are hoping to add a 30 x 40-foot addition for a game room and more kitchen space. They’ve already raised $25,000. (AP)

Child pornography sentence
A Burlington man is headed to prison for at least two years for receiving child pornography. Prosecutors say 52-year-old Christopher Leeper got the material over the Internet. A search of his home found hundreds of such images stored on diskettes. (AP)

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