August 26, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: women’s suffrage
Mitch Wertlieb talks with historian Marilyn Blackwell about the anniversary of the nineteenth amendment. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Kunin to teach at UVM and Saint Michael’s
Saint Michael’s College and the University of Vermont have collaborated to invite a former Vermont governor to teach classes. Madeleine May Kunin will serve as a distinguished visiting professor in political science at both institutions starting this fall. (VPR)

Democrats and Progressives collaborate
Democratic and Progressive Party leaders say they’re interested in working together on certain legislative and statewide races during the 2004 election. However Republican officials think the collaboration will present GOP candidates with a great opportunity to win more races next year. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

DET layoffs
Union leaders are criticizing the Douglas administration for its proposal to cut up to 30 jobs in the state office that helps laid off workers. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Fleischer to fundraise Vermont
President Bush’s former press secretary will be the featured guest at a political fundraiser in Vermont this week. Ari Fleischer will be the speaker at a luncheon Thursday at Vermont National Country Club in South Burlington. (AP)

Dean campaign nears fundraising goal
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean continues his high-profile national tour Tuesday. (AP)

Clean Air Act
Vermont Senator James Jeffords says a new report provides more evidence that the Bush administration shouldn’t weaken the Clean Air Act. Last December, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency eased pollution-control requirements for utilities, oil companies and manufacturers. (AP)

Bank e-mail scam
Banknorth Group is warning customers about an e-mail scam run by someone who wants access to customers’ Social Security and other numbers. The company, which is based in Maine, is working with the FBI and other authorities to stop the scam. (AP)

Student assault
A former Missisquoi Valley Union High School student who severely beat a fellow senior on campus in June has been sentenced to serve time in prison. Nineteen-year-old Richard Franolich of Highgate Center was sentenced to serve up to one year, with all but 18 days suspended. He pleaded guilty last week to attempted aggravated assault. (AP)

Construction zone speeding
A Burlington man is facing criminal charges after police say he drove more than 100 miles per hour through a construction zone Monday. Vermont State Police in Brattleboro say 27-year-old Michael Bailey sped past construction on Interstate 91 in Dummerston, and then tried to hide in a parking lot. (AP)

Vermont Day at Fenway Park
It was Vermont day in Fenway Park Monday. The Boston Red Sox included a group of Vermont children and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas in their pre-game ceremonies. The seven children who took part live at the Allenbrook Home for Youth in South Burlington. (AP)

School in session
Most Burlington pupils will be back in the classroom Tuesday, although high school sophomores through seniors start Wednesday. It’s also the first day of classes for elementary students in Colchester and all pupils in the Essex Town School District. (AP)

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