December 16, 2004 – News at a glance

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The Home Front: Impact on police
The war in Iraq is taking an especially heavy toll on police agencies around the state. That’s because many police officers also pursue part-time military careers. Today in our series on “The Home Front,” VPR’s John Dillon reports that the call-ups have also taken a personal toll on police families. (VPR)

Flu vaccine available
This fall, a nationwide shortage of vaccine prompted the Vermont Health Department to strictly regulate who could receive flu shots. Now the department says it’s relaxing those restrictions and making the shots available to more people. (VPR)

Lake cleanup program
Governor Jim Douglas says providing more money for efforts to help clean up Lake Champlain will be a top budget priority for the new fiscal year. Douglas says this program will be one of the few areas in the state budget where he will recommend an increase in spending. (VPR)

Nude lamp’s place at the Statehouse
The saga of a nude statue at the Statehouse appears to be resolved but a group that’s working to restore the state capital building isn’t pleased with the compromise. (VPR)

Protest at U-32 high school
Police were called to the U-32 High School in East Montpelier on Wednesday during a protest at the school. The assistant principal says several students were protesting the school’s discipline policies and refused to go to class. (AP)

NRC public meeting
Thursday night’s meeting in Brattleboro between the public and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is going to be subject to some new restrictions. Officials are worried about the size of the crowd that might show up at the six p-m session at Brattleboro Union High School, so they’re issuing tickets for the event. (AP)

Guard families to visit Camp Shelby
A Christmas trip to Mississippi is being organized so Vermonters can visit National Guard members undergoing training there. About 665 Vermont soldiers are being trained at Camp Shelby in southeast Mississippi. Some will go to Kuwait, others Iraq. (AP)

Hostage takers face charges
Four New Yorkers and a Massachusetts teenager are facing charges that they held five people hostage at gunpoint in a Brandon home for up to 10 hours. The five suspects fled the home on Town Farm Road around 9 p.m. on Tuesday after one of the hostages had secretly called police. (AP)

Heroin arrest
Police have arrested the owner of a Barton daycare on charges of selling heroin. Twenty-six-old Mary Stone and 36-year-old Kevin Temple were arrested on Tuesday at Mary’s Day Care. They have lost their daycare license and are free on bail. (AP)

Innocent plea in Vernon shooting death
A Brattleboro man is pleading innocent to a second-degree murder charge for shooting a Vernon man last month. Forty-year-old Timothy Grover was released without bail. Grover claims he shot James Kellom to protect another man who was being beaten with a baseball bat. (AP)

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