January 16, 2004 – News at a glance

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Dean relies on organizers to pull ahead
New polls indicate that the Democratic presidential race in Iowa has now become a four-person race with just four days to go before Monday night’s caucuses. VPR’s Bob Kinzel examines how the campaign of Howard Dean hopes to organize its volunteers for a victory on Monday night. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: Kucinich hopeful in NH
Mitch Wertlieb talks with the New Hampshire media coordinator for Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

New methods for distributing methadone
Speaking Thursday night on VPR’s Switchboard program, Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Paul Jarris said the state will soon allow limited take-home methadone treatment at a Burlington clinic. (VPR)

Changing landscape in Iowa race
Neal Charnoff talks with Bob Kinzel, who reports from the campaign trail in Iowa on the changing poll numbers of Howard Dean and his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination. Drake University professor Dennis Goldford comments on the final days of campaigning before Iowans go to caucus on Monday. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Governor Douglas calls for energy conservation
Governor Jim Douglas asked Vermonters to lower their electricity use on Thursday night because of a shortage of power in southern New England. (VPR)

Vermont State Hospital
Although a new report says the Vermont State Hospital should be closed, Governor Jim Douglas says the institution has to be kept open for now. But the governor says that in the long term the state must find a better way to care for the mentally ill. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Racial harassment in schools
Although Vermont and the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Thursday was the civil rights leader’s birthday. Advocates gathered in the Statehouse Thursday and used the day to push for legislation that would strengthen laws against racial harassment in schools. (VPR)

State plans for rise in tax receipts
Economists say the economic recovery has begun in Vermont, but significant uncertainties remain. They say there’s enough optimism to believe the economy is strong enough to expect state government’s collection of taxes and fees to increase. (AP)

School cost containment
A legislative committee that was set up to find ways to cut Vermont’s education costs issued its recommendations on Thursday. (AP)

Proposed hockey arena at UVM
Vermont Commerce Secretary Kevin Dorn will head a committee to explore whether a new multi-purpose arena should be built at the University of Vermont. (AP)

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