May 21, 2004 – News at a glance

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Interview: State political conventions
The Republicans and the Democrats are both holding their state conventions Saturday, both choosing delegates to their national nominating conventions this summer, and both telling the party faithful that their formula for the future is the only way to go. Steve Delaney talks with the chairs of both parties about their prospects for this election year. (VPR)

Legislature adjourns
The final gavel has come down on the 2004 Legislative session. Adjournment came after disagreements between the House and the Senate over next year’s capital construction bill were worked out late Thursday afternoon. (VPR)

Sanders urges progressive running mate for Kerry
Congressman Bernie Sanders says Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry could improve his chances of winning in November by selecting a running mate who’s taken strong progressive positions on the key issues facing the country. (VPR)

Interview: UVM celebrates 200th commencement
The excitement of commencement season is in full swing, and at the University of Vermont there’s an extra spring in the step of faculty officials and members of the class of 2004, who will graduate this Sunday. That’s because UVM is celebrating a bicentennial commencement ceremony. Mitch Wertlieb talks with University of Vermont President Dan Fogel. (VPR)

Legislature acts on several bills as adjournment nears
The Legislature is heading towards adjournment on Thursday night and a number of key bills were adopted on this final day of the session. (VPR)

Leaders assess accomplishments of 2004 Legislature
Governor Jim Douglas says the legislative session that’s just ending was one of the most productive in recent years. The governor says lawmakers worked in a bi-partisan fashion to advance most of his legislative agenda. (VPR)

Unemployment rate
Vermont’s unemployment rate was steady last month at 3.6 percent. The national rate was 5.6 percent. (AP)

Storm ruled not a tornado
A storm that ripped through Florence Tuesday evening was not a tornado, according to the National Weather Service. (AP)

Burlington man climbs Everest
A Burlington man has made it to the top of Mount Everest as part of a Connecticut-based expedition. The 28-year-old Dave Watson called his parents in Connecticut at about 10:15 Wednesday night from the summit of the 29,035-foot mountain. (AP)

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