June 15, 2004 – News at a glance

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Vermont Guard deploys detachment to Iraq

Two dozen Vermont National Guard soldiers were deployed on Monday for eventual service in Iraq. The deployment was held at a special ceremony at the Burlington International Airport. The group will receive additional training in Mississippi before accepting their assignment to serve as military police in Iraq. (VPR)

Sergeant Jamie Gray buried in Calais
Sergeant Jamie Gray was the third member of the Vermont National Guard to die in the war in Iraq. At his funeral service on Monday in the Vermont hills, he was remembered as a giving person. (VPR)

Clarendon air tests
Clarendon FIRST plans to begin air testing at the town’s elementary and high schools in the next few days. Clarendon FIRST, which stands for Families Interested in Researching Sickness Together, was formed last year to raise concerns about the high rate of cancer in the town. (VPR)

Teacher standards
Vermont teachers are getting good marks under a national education law. Almost all of Vermont’s licensed teachers have met a federal education standard that requires them to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the subjects they teach. (AP)

Senators’ financial information
Vermont’s U.S. senators have released their financial information. (AP)

Listed phone numbers
A company that creates databases for pollsters says Vermont leads the country in the percentage of households with listed phone numbers. (AP)

McMullen’s Senate race
U.S. Senate candidate Jack McMullen is scheduled to formally announce his bid Tuesday afternoon in Burlington. This is McMullen’s second shot at the seat held by five-term U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat. (AP)

Adjutants general
Top National Guard commanders from across the country are meeting this week in South Burlington. The adjutants general are discussing the latest issues facing the Guard, including its growing role in Iraq and the war on terrorism. (AP)

Vermont service medals
The state of Vermont is honoring some of its military veterans. Governor Jim Douglas presented more than 100 state service medals to a group of veterans Monday on the Statehouse lawn in Montpelier. (AP)

Technical school planning
Planners of a proposed technical academy for Chittenden County think they’ve found a way to save between $10 million and $15 million in start-up costs. The plan is to put the academy’s 28 programs in one building instead of two. (AP)

Insanity defense tested
Can a murder defendant use the insanity defense if he worsened his own mental state with illegal drugs? The Vermont Supreme Court has been asked to consider that question in the case of 22-year-old Jacob Sexton, who is charged in the September 2000 beating death of a woman in Winooski. (AP)

Untreated sex offender released
Police in Springfield are urging residents to take extra precautions due to the upcoming release of an untreated sex offender from prison. Officials say 42-year-old Daniel Emerson, who had three sexual assault convictions in the early 1980s, is reaching the end of his maximum 20 year sentence without having completed sex offender treatment. (AP)

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