July 31, 2003 – News at a glance

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Clyde River debate continues
Two environmental groups say a recent ruling by the Water Resources Board will harm salmon habitat in the Clyde River near Newport. The Vermont Natural Resources Council has asked the board to reconsider its recent decision that allows the utility to reduce stream flows. But the utility’s lawyer says the board’s decision goes a long way to improve water quality in the river.

Edwards supports UN assistance
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is urging President Bush to seek the support of the United Nations to secure a lasting peace in Iraq. Edwards, a first term senator from North Carolina, made his comments in an interview with a group of reporters from Vermont and New Hampshire.

Abenaki criticize Dean
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean could have opposition from an unexpected quarter in Vermont in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Amtrak service may be state’s responsibility
State transportation officials say they have a lot of concerns and questions about the Bush administration’s new plan to restructure Amtrak, the nation’s passenger rail network.

Discount air service
Atlantic Coast Airlines currently operates United Express commuter planes for the bankrupt United Airlines. But Atlantic Coast says it can run the same routes for 30-40% lower fares.

River unaffected by gas leak
Contamination from an abandoned gas station in Barnet doesn’t appear to be spreading to the nearby Passumpsic River.

Milk vending in schools
Milk vending machines in Vermont schools appears to be an idea that’s catching on. Only Burlington, Bennington and Brattleboro schools had milk vending machines when school closed in June. This coming year, at least a dozen more school districts will add themselves to the list.

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