February 18, 2004 – News at a glance

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Dean weighs campaign’s future after loss in Wisconsin
After finishing third in the Wisconsin primary, Howard Dean flew back to Vermont with the future of his presidential campaign very much in doubt. But in a fiery speech to supporters Tuesday night, he said the work of transforming his party and the political process had only just begun.

Jeffords encourages Dean to stay in race
Senator Jim Jeffords says he hopes Howard Dean will stay in the Democratic presidential race for as long as possible.

Judge rules against sealing Dean’s records
A Vermont judge has ruled that the state’s procedure to seal the records of former governor Howard Dean is not valid and must be changed. The decision calls for an indexing of all records and requires Dean to detail why a specific document should be sealed under the doctrine of executive privilege. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Report says Corrections Dept failed to enforce policy
A report released on Tuesday says the Vermont Department of Corrections has failed to enforce policies for dealing with at-risk prisoners. The report says the failure may have contributed to the death of an inmate last May. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Rivers joins contest for lieutenant governor’s office
Former state senator Cheryl Rivers has kicked off her campaign seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. (VPR)

Settlement awarded for injured Corrections employees
A jury has awarded two Corrections Department employees more than $100,000 for a workplace accident four years ago. (AP)

Legislature reviews penalties for fleeing police
The Vermont State Police is urging the Legislature to toughen the law that governs police chases. (AP)

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