December 7, 2004 – News at a glance

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Mount Anthony Union assessments
Bennington’s high school and middle school got some unwanted publicity recently. They became the first schools in the state to be placed in ‘corrective action’ under the No Child Left Behind Act. But Bennington’s Mount Anthony Union High School principal says the schools were unfairly targeted by a flawed federal system. (VPR)

Children’s illustrator Trina Schart Hyman
The accomplished children’s book illustrator Trina Schart Hyman passed away last month following a struggle with recurring cancer. She was 65 years old. Trina Schart Hyman was prolific throughout her career, illustrating more than 150 books, and won the genres highest honor the Caldecott Medal for Illustrating– three times. Among her best known works were Saint George and the Dragon and a 1984 re-telling of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Hyman lived in Lyme, New Hampshire since 1966. (VPR)

Leahy, Sanders support intelligence bill
Senator Patrick Leahy says he’s optimistic that Congress will pass legislation this week that restructures the country’s intelligence agencies. Leahy says it appears that a new compromise plan will break the stalemate. (VPR)

Town meeting resolution focuses on National Guard
Vermonters opposed to the war in Iraq want to take their case to Town Meeting. They hope to get a resolution on the ballot that calls for a special commission to look into the use of the National Guard. That commission would examine whether deployments have hurt the Guard’s ability to respond to emergencies at home. (VPR)

Democratic leaders differ on approach to health care
The two most powerful Democrats in the Vermont Legislature have different approaches to health care reform. Incoming House Speaker Gaye Symington She says her ultimate goal is making sure all Vermonters have access to health care. Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Welch says he shares that goal but he worries about promising too much. (AP)

Hearing on streams classification cancelled
A public hearing on a proposal to add greater protection to the headwater streams in the Green Mountain National Forest has been canceled. (VPR)

Bellows Falls energy purchase
A state authority has agreed to purchase at least 25 percent of the power produced at the Bellows Falls hydroelectric dam. The Vermont Hydroelectric Power Authority voted on Monday to buy power from the two private companies that actually will operate the dam, which will be owned by the town of Rockingham. (AP)

Dean on Democratic races
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean is calling on the nation’s Democrats to fight for victory across the country. Dean says Democrats should not cede wide swaths of the South and West to Republicans. Dean lost a presidential bid earlier this year in the primaries. (AP)

General Dynamics defense contract
The General Dynamics Technology Center in Burlington will manage a $13 million Pentagon contract for gun barrels for fighter aircraft. The company announced on Monday that it had won the contract to produce nearly 200,000 30-millimeter gun barrels. (AP)

Mount Sunapee
The National Park Service has told the state of New Hampshire it will not object to a proposed expansion of the Mount Sunapee ski resort. Mount Sunapee General Manager Jay Gamble says the approval of plans to add a new lift and trails is good news. Sunapee is operated by the owner of Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont. (AP)

Vermont State Fair dispute
The president and general manager of the Vermont State Fair are poised for a showdown over who will lead the annual event. The confrontation will take place at the annual meeting on Wednesday of the Rutland County Agricultural Society. It comes weeks after society president Robert Kelley was served with a no trespass order by the fair’s general manager, Richard Rivers. (AP)

UVM men’s hockey
The University of Vermont men’s hockey team is one of the ten best teams in the nation. U.S. College Hockey Online released rankings on Tuesday that have UVM at number 10, up a notch from last week’s ranking of 11. The Cats play Harvard on Tuesday. (AP)

High school football
A new alignment has been approved for high school football in Vermont. The new plan eliminates one division and also cancels the eight-man version of the sport. The Vermont Principals’ Association Football Committee adopted the two-year plan on Monday. (AP)

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