May 19, 2004 – News at a glance

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Clavelle criticizes Douglas’ leadership on transportation
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Peter Clavelle says the primary reason he’s running for governor this year is because he feels incumbent Republican governor Jim Douglas has failed to provide effective leadership on a number of key issues facing the state. (VPR)

Interview: Brattleboro civilian police review
The Brattleboro Select Board last night agreed to a committee that will study the possibility of a civilian review board for the town’s police department. The vote was 3 to 2. Mitch Wertlieb talks with the lead organizer of the Committee for Brattleboro Civilian Review Board, Thom Namaya. (VPR)

Missing fuel rod parts
After a lengthy search with a robotic camera, technicians at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant have not found missing fuel rod segments in the spent fuel pool. The investigation to locate the pieces continues, with Yankee officials sifting through thousands of documents, some dating back 25 years. (VPR)

Medical marijuana compromise
Senate President Pro Tem Peter Welch says the Senate is expected to accept the House’s more restrictive plan on medical marijuana to ensure that a bill passes this year. Governor Jim Douglas says allowing the bill to become law without his signature is one of the options he’s reviewing with this legislation. (VPR)

CVU High School anti-harassment program
More than 1,600 incidents of school-based harassment were reported in Vermont in 2002. Most had to do with students’ race, gender or sexual identity. A pilot program to prevent bullying is now underway at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, and the program seems to be working. (VPR)

Anti-bullying bill signed into law
Governor Jim Douglas signed a bill into law Tuesday that requires all schools to develop comprehensive procedures and policies to prevent bullying. (VPR)

Dean campaigns with Kerry in Oregon
Howard Dean joined former rival John Kerry on the presidential campaign trail in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday. (AP)

Public Service Board fines Verizon
Vermont’s largest telephone company must pay $8 million to customers for failing to meet certain performance standards last year. (AP)

Phish receives permit for August concert
The band Phish is headed to the Northeast Kingdom this summer. The Vermont jam band plans to hold a two-day summer festival at the Newport State Airport in Coventry in mid-August. Vermont State Police issued a permit on Tuesday for the concert. (AP)

Lawmakers at the Vermont Statehouse are still seeking the deals needed to adjourn for the year. House and Senate negotiators, who on Tuesday appeared close to adjournment on a variety of issues, now appear stuck. They’ll be at it again Wednesday. (AP)

Economic outlook
Vermont’s economy is continuing to improve. State economist Jeffrey Carr says the start of a strong construction season and improvements in the manufacturing sector are among the many signals of an improving economy. (AP)

Air Guard deployment
More than 100 members of the Vermont Air National Guard are going to be deployed at the end of this month. Vermont already has more than 300 National Guard members serving as part of the war on terrorism, about 200 of them in Iraq. The latest deployment is expected to last three months. (AP)

Dean to speak at Hawaii convention
Howard Dean is going to be the keynote speaker at the Hawaii Democratic Party’s annual convention next weekend. Dean is a former candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. He finished fourth in Hawaii’s caucus in February.

Eurasian milfoil infestation
Property owners at Lake Hortonia and Burr Pond are raising money for another dose of a chemical that kills Eurasian water milfoil. Milfoil is a long, feathery plant that grows up from the bottom of lakes and ponds to form a dense, slimy mat on the water’s surface. It has infested many of the nation’s lakes and ponds. (AP)

Marlboro student movie
A movie written and produced by two Marlboro College graduates is going to be shown at the Lake Placid Film Festival next month. The movie “Senses of Place” was written by Matthew Temple and directed by Patrick McMahill. (AP)

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