August 27, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: Dean in New York City
Mitch Wertlieb talks with a reporter from WNYC who attended Tuesday night’s Dean campaign rally in New York City. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Jeffords against administration power plant rule
Senator Jim Jeffords says a decision by the Bush administration to grant an exemption to the Clean Air Act will result in the unnecessary death of several thousand people in the future. (VPR)

State says separate Yankee review unnecessary
The state of Vermont does not support an independent federal safety review of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Opponents of a plan to increase power at the plant by 20% say it makes sense to do a full, top-to-bottom study of the 31-year-old reactor. But Public Service Commission David O’Brien says the review is not needed, and could unnecessarily alarm the public. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean weighs decision to take public financing
Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean has reached his goal of raising a million dollars during his four-day campaign swing across the country. Dean’s surprising success at raising money is causing him to reconsider his pledge to take public funds for his campaign. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Colgan Air flight crashes on Cape Cod
A spokeswoman for Colgan Air says a plane carrying two crew members crashed Tuesday off Cape Cod. Colgan Air is a carrier for U.S. Airways Express and also serves the Rutland State Airport in Vermont. (AP)

Guard troops will deploy to Balkans next spring
A Vermont-based Army National Guard unit are scheduled to go to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The troops will serve in a regular rotation of peace keepers. (AP)

Select board won’t support Bennington dental clinic
The Bennington select board has decided not to give money to a clinic that would help people without access to dental care. A select board member cited financial strain as a reason for the decision. (AP)

Brattleboro police contract may help retain officers
Brattleboro wants to encourage local police officers to stay on, instead of joining the state police. The Brattleboro police department has long struggled over what to do about losing officers to the state police. (AP)

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