Morning Newscast: September 17, 2008

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Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.:

It’s official: Voter turnout in last week’s Vermont primary election was only 8.5 percent, which officials say is the lowest in recent memory; The first statewide poll shows incumbent Republican Governor Jim Douglas with a roughly 15 point lead over Democratic candidate Gaye Symington.  Independent candidate Anthony Pollina ran a distant third in the poll; Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., calls himself a proud Democrat, but says he’ll accept the Republican congressional nomination; New Hampshire Governor John Lynch has asked President Bush to declare that Hillsborough, Merrimack and Strafford counties suffered a major disaster as a result of flash flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Hannah; Police are vowing to step up efforts to hold unsafe drivers responsible after two hit-and-run accidents in which cars struck bicyclists in as many days in Burlington and South Burlington.

AP Photo/Toby Talbot

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