June 16, 2004 – News at a glance

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Veterans and PTSD
The Veterans’ Administration is alerting civilian health care providers to be on the lookout for signs of stress in returning combat veterans. (VPR)

Democrats and swing voters
Former Governor Howard Dean says the key to the Democrats winning the White House in November is for presidential candidate John Kerry to energize the base constituency of the Party, and not to concentrate on the so-called swing voters. (VPR)

Interview: Ski resorts annual meeting
You wouldn’t know it from the weather outside, but it’s time to talk skiing. At least that’s what the members of the Ski Areas Association are set to do Thursday, as they gather for their annual conference. The Association is taking stock of the winter that just passed and will talk about what needs to be done to improve things next season. Mitch Wertlieb talks with David Dillon, president of the Ski Areas Association. (VPR)

McMullen announces candidacy
Burlington businessman Jack McMullen formally launched his campaign to win the Republican U.S. Senate nomination Tuesday afternoon. McMullen says incumbent five-term Democrat Patrick Leahy has been in the Senate for too long and has become part of the partisan gridlock in Congress. (VPR)

Vermont man helps Afghanistan
For the past two years a Vermont man has been traveling to Afghanistan to help in efforts to rebuild the country. Jonathan Hoffman is a kind of one-man relief organization operating in a world of large international aid groups. (VPR)

National Guard plans for change
A top National Guard official who is in Vermont this week for a meeting with adjutants general from around the country says the role of the Guard will continue to change. (AP)

Sugarbush cancels hotel plans
The Sugarbush ski resort in Warren is canceling plans to build a 280,000 square foot hotel. Officials say they couldn’t secure enough financing to pay for the construction of the Lodge at Lincoln Peak. (AP)

Vermont Yankee uprate
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will brief state regulators later this month on its plan to conduct an in-depth review of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The NRC has announced that it will conduct a 4,000-hour engineering assessment to determine whether Vermont Yankee can boost its power by 20 percent. (AP)

Veto session
Not all of Vermont’s lawmakers may be excited to return to the Statehouse for Wednesday’s special session but the gathering is expected not to last too long. The Legislature is coming back to address a veto by Governor Jim Douglas of a bill having to do with underinsured motorists. (AP)

Dubie campaign announcement
Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie is scheduled to talk about his campaign intentions this afternoon. Dubie hasn’t said whether he’ll run for re-election this year, although it’s expected that he will. (AP)

National Guard morale
The commander of the U.S. National Guard says troop morale is high despite a growing number of Guard and Reserve fatalities in Iraq. Lieutenant General Steven Blum says one indication is the rate of re-enlistment among Guard members, which he says is the highest since before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (AP)

Defense contracts in Vermont
Taking advantage of the fact that the nation’s adjutants general were in Vermont, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and Governor Jim Douglas highlighted the firms in the state that provide work to the defense industry. Leahy and Douglas spoke at an exposition Tuesday being held in conjunction with the conference of adjutants general. (AP)

Town’s fire chief deployed to Iraq
Lyndonville will be losing its fire chief to the war on terror this summer. Chief Greg Hopkins is an F-16 mechanic with the Vermont Air National Guard. His unit has been activated for overseas deployment next month. (AP)

Champlain Valley Fairgrounds expansion
Vermont’s largest fairgrounds are going to get bigger. Champlain Valley Exposition officials have announced plans for a $2.5 million expansion at the Essex Junction facility. Construction on the indoor soccer field and special event facilities will start this fall. (AP)

Search for missing teen
The Vermont State Police are once again asking for the public’s help in locating a 17-year-old Sheldon girl. Brianna Maitland has been missing since March 17 when she left work in Montgomery. (AP)

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