January 15, 2004 – News at a glance

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Dean begins 5-day Iowa bus tour
Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean plans to barnstorm across Iowa by bus during the next five days. Dean kicked off the tour Wednesday night in Des Moines with the help from some well known friends. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Adelphia settlement
A federal bankruptcy court in New York has opened the way for Adelphia Communications to keep an old promise in Vermont. (VPR)

Bennington zoning
Nearly a hundred Bennington residents braved Wednesday night’s cold to attend a forum on big box stores and smart growth’ strategies. The town is in the process of deciding whether to rezone some of its industrial land for retail growth. (VPR)

Interview: Mountaintop Film Festival
A week-long film festival kicks off today at the Eclipse Theater in Waitsfield. Over 25 human rights films, including some by Vermont filmmakers, will be presented to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King. Mitch Wertlieb talks with organizer Claudia Becker. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Kunin, Welch campaign for Dean
Several prominent Vermonters traveled to southern New Hampshire on Wednesday to support Howard Dean’s presidential campaign. The Democrats also tried to serve as a truth squad of sorts and worked to dispel negative impressions about the former governor’s temperament and character. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean wins DC primary
Howard Dean’s first primary victory on Tuesday came in a contest that received scant attention from the campaigns of the Democratic candidates for president. Dean garnered 43 percent of the vote in the District of Columbia, compared to 34 percent for Al Sharpton. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Cold weather continues
There’s still more to say about the very cold weather this week. The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association has made an emergency request to the state to seek an exemption for the hours fuel truck drivers can work each day; the utilities continue to ask Vermonters for conservation; mechanics are advising how to treat cars kindly during the cold. (VPR)

Bush registers for Vermont ballot
President Bush is formally a candidate for re-election in Vermont. His national campaign chairman, former Montana Governor Marc Racicot, filed the paperwork at the secretary of state’s office on Wednesday. (AP)

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