February 5, 2004 – News at a glance

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Shumlin won’t run for governor
Former Senate Democratic leader Peter Shumlin says he won’t be a candidate for governor this year. Burlington Mayor, Peter Clavelle, says he’s relieved by Shumlin’s decision because it means that Clavelle probably won’t face a bruising primary fight to win the Democratic nomination. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Supporters still committed to Dean
Wednesday night, according to Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, nearly 200,000 people were signed up to attend Dean Meetups around the country. Supporters at the Meetup in Brattleboro are trying to stay positive, despite the candidate’s recent decline. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Permit reform
Vermont legislators have agreed that appeals to development and environmental permits should occur in one place. But who can have status in the hearings on development proposals and how permits are appealed are both issues that are unresolved.

Teacher qualifications called into question
As part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, public school teachers who teach core subjects like math, English and history must be highly qualified. Last week, 8,000 teachers in Vermont received letters informing them of this requirement. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Railyard would displace residents
Rutland residents living near a proposed route of a new railroad line don’t want to give up their homes. (AP)

Swanton Packing closes
One of the largest meatpacking plants in Vermont is out of business. Swanton Packing closed its doors last week because of federal regulations designed to prevent the spread of mad cow disease. (AP)

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