February 2, 2004 – News at a glance

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Senate considers expansion of state methadone program
The Vermont Senate this week is expected to consider Legislation that’s designed to expand the number of people who can participate in the state’s methadone program. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean regrets campaign spending
Howard Dean says his campaign took a gamble in Iowa and New Hampshire, and it didn’t pay off. Dean was once the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Dean said he regretted burning through most of the $41 million his campaign raised last year. (AP)

Dean campaign expenses
Presidential hopeful Howard Dean made campaign staff and consultants one of his biggest expenses last year in campaign spending. Dean raised a record $41 million last year. He spent more than $6.5 million on staff salaries and related expenses — and more than $2 million on consultants. (AP)

Mercury labeling
A bill up for debate in the Vermont Senate would extend the state’s mercury labeling law. It proposes to prohibit mercury’s use in a number of situations. The bill would ban the use of mercury in school science labs, ban the sale of some mercury-containing products like fever thermometers and update Vermont’s labeling requirements. (AP)

Deer season bill
A bill aimed at restoring Vermont’s deer herd would halt antlerless and spikehorn deer hunting, and shorten the fall bow season to 16 days in Vermont. Representative Robert Helm, a Republican from Castleton, is the primary sponsor of the bill. Helm wants to draw attention to the issue of poor deer hunting in Vermont. (AP)

Bradford drug treatment center
Town officials in Bradford signed off this weekend on a drug treatment facility for the town. The Bradford Zoning Board of Adjustment voted unanimously on Saturday to approve the project. Vermont officials announced in December that they planned an inpatient drug treatment facility in a former nursing home in Bradford. (AP)

January cold
Forecasters say the January that ended Saturday was more typical of central Canada than the northeastern United States. January was one of the coldest months on record in Vermont. It got down to 38 below in Enosburg Falls, a northern town that’s one of the coldest spots in the state. (AP)

Armored car robbery still unsolved
The bandit who stole nearly $2 million from an armored car company in Rutland is still on the run after two years. Saturday was the anniversary of the crime, which happened at a building on the outskirts of Rutland. The robber tied up and handcuffed two guards who had just arrived for work and took $1.9 million in cash. (AP)

Local sales tax
Williston voters will decide at town meeting whether they want to retain their local sales tax. If they say no, they would go back to raising all of their government revenues off the property tax. Officials say the town’s tax rate could go up 20 cents per $100 of property valuation if voters opt out of the local sales tax. (AP)

Explosive device plea
A Windham teenager faces up to ten years in jail and a $5,000 fine for allegedly fashioning a grenade using information from the Internet. Seventeen-year-old Kyle Farace pleaded not guilty in Vermont District Court in Brattleboro last week. He’s charged with possession of an explosive device. He was released into the custody of his family. (AP)

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