December 10, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: Democrats debate in New Hampshire
Mitch Wertlieb talks with John Dillon about Tuesday night’s debate between the Democratic presidential candidates. John Dillon attended the debate, which was held on the heels of Al Gore endorsement of Howard Dean earlier that day. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Home-State Record: Joe Lieberman
Today in our series on the home-state records of the Democratic presidential candidates we look at Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman. While many thought his name recognition from the 2000 election would put him near the top of the field today, his moderate history is not lighting a fire at home. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: Dam removal on Connecticut River
Mitch Wertlieb talks with David Deen, steward of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, about the need for dam removal in Vermont waterways. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Health Department simplifies potassium iodide program
The Vermont Health Department has launched a new effort to make potassium iodide pills available to residents near the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant; the response has been strong. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Gore endorsement gives major boost to Dean campaign
Political analysts say former Vice President Al Gore’s endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean will give a major boost to Dean’s candidacy all across the country. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

New Medicare law may reduce drug benefits in Vermont
The Medicare bill that President Bush signed on Monday could force some Vermonters to pay more for their prescription medicines. The bill sets up a new, federal prescription drug benefit. But it’s less generous than an existing state plan. And there are estimates it could cost the state several million dollars to fill the gap in coverage. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Hall nominated to second circuit court of appeals
Vermont’s top federal prosecutor is in line to become a federal appeals court judge. (AP)

Banknorth continues Massachusetts expansion
The Maine-based Banknorth Group announced today it has reached an agreement to purchase the parent company of Cape Cod Bank and Trust. The all-stock deal is valued at approximately $300 million. (AP)

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