January 10, 2004 – News at a glance

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Harkin endorses Dean
Less than 24 hours after a damaging story broke about disparaging comments Dean made about the Iowa caucuses four years ago, he’s being endorsed by that state’s senior Democrat, Senator Tom Harkin. (AP)

Ads back marijuana bill
A national organization that favors the decriminalization of marijuana has launched a TV campaign in Vermont. The ad urges people to contact lawmakers and Governor Jim Douglas in support of a medical marijuana bill. Douglas says he has serious problems with the marijuana legislation. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Clark outlines health care plan
Democratic presidential candidate General Wesley Clark outlined his health care plan to an audience at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on Friday. Clark says he’s troubled by a system that provides better care to those who can afford it and says as president he would increase health care access for Americans. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Sex-offender directory
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dick Sears, says he wants to put names and pictures of the state’s most dangerous sex offenders on the Internet. (AP)

Animals prepare for the cold
A winter cold snap can mean different things depending on who – or what – you are. For the power companies, it’s a time of worry about overloaded grids. For plumbers it means working overtime on people’s frozen pipe. At the Montshire Science Museum in Norwich, it’s an occasion for curiosity. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Energy conservation during cold spell
Vermont’s largest utility is asking customers to conserve energy over the next couple of days. Central Vermont Public Service says bitter cold has pushed electricity use to near record levels. (AP)

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