January 27, 2004 – News at a glance

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What’s at stake for Dean
All the major Democratic presidential candidates will be frantically crisscrossing New Hampshire on Tuesday in search of last minute votes for the primary election. As VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports, there’s a lot at stake for Howard Dean. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: Dixville Notch, NH casts first votes
The town of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire kept with tradition at midnight by casting the first votes in the first-in-the-nation primary. Mitch Wertlieb talks with Art McGrath, a reporter for the Caledonian Record, who was in Dixville Notch as the voting began. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Manchester crowd greets Dean
In his last full day of campaigning before the New Hampshire primary, Howard Dean worked hard to win over undecided voters. During a campaign rally in Manchester, Dean criticized his Democratic rivals, but focused more of his attacks on President Bush. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Documented bear killed by hunters
A New Hampshire black bear that was featured in a National Geographic special has been shot and killed by hunters. The bear, named “Yoda,” had been adopted as an orphaned cub by naturalist Ben Kilham and was an important part of Kilham’s research. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Voting begins in NH primary
Voting is under way for the New Hampshire primary. Most public opinion polls give Massachusetts Senator John Kerry a double-digit lead over former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. But campaign strategists say Dean and North Carolina Senator John Edwards have momentum. (AP)

Judy Dean campaigns in NH
Howard Dean is getting some help in the final moments of the New Hampshire primary campaign from his wife Judy. The former Vermont governor and his wife, who are both physicians, accepted stethoscopes on Monday from two Doctors for Dean in Manchester. (AP)

Union members campaign for Dean
A government employees union is spending at least a $1.5 million to try to get non-union members out to vote for Howard Dean in several early primaries. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees political action committee has spent more than a million dollars in recent weeks on ads, polling, phone banks, and other activities. (AP)

Classes hone campaign skills
House Speaker Walter Freed is urging his fellow Republicans to attend “campaign school.” The classes teach legislators – particularly those in their first term – to hone their political skills. Democrats also have been busy recruiting candidates and periodically conducting weekend candidate training sessions. (AP)

Belvidere school to close
Elementary school students from Belvidere will be attending school in Waterville next year. The Belvidere Central School Board has voted to close the Belvidere school, at least for now. The Belvidere school has only 21 students and a per-pupil cost of about $20,000. The town has been debating the future of its school for several months. (AP)

Home Depot protested in Brattleboro
A group in Brattleboro is protesting the town’s new Home Depot store. Petitions and demonstrations marked the store’s first weekend of business on Saturday. Home Depot officials say there is local demand for the store’s goods and services. (AP)

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum re-opens
One of Vermont’s first public libraries is re-opening its doors after a year-long renovation project. The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum underwent a year-long, $1.2 million renovation to update the library’s heating and plumbing systems. Grants also helped pay for the restoration of the building’s original hand-painted ceiling, light fixtures and windows. (AP)

Gone With the Wind
A signed first edition of the Civil War novel “Gone with the Wind” has a new owner. The book turned up at the desk of a small bookseller in Plainfield last week. It was sold a few days later to a Lamoille County woman for $2,700. (AP)

Banks warn of e-mail scam
The Vermont Bankers Association is warning Vermonters about an e-mail scam. The e-mail claims to be from federal banking regulators and accuses recipients of violating the Patriot Act. It asks people to click on a link to verify their identity. The Bankers Association says to delete the message. (AP)

Police seek ex-husband of slain woman
Vermont State Police are seeking the ex-husband of a 41-year-old Bethel woman found dead last week. Police believe 35-year-old William Kimmick, who goes by the nickname Al, killed Kathryn Kimmick and then fled the country. The estranged couple’s two young children have been placed in state custody. (AP)

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