November 17, 2004 – News at a glance

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Fish and Wildlife revenues
Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Wayne LaRoche says declining revenues from hunting and fishing license fees will continue to force his department to look elsewhere for money. (VPR)

Canadian flu vaccine falls through
Vermont’s health commissioner says a plan to bring more than 150,000 doses of flu vaccine to Vermont from Canada has fallen through. But the state does hope to receive a small stock of vaccine from Canada in the next two months. (VPR)

Wind commission proposal
Vermonters got a chance to respond on Tuesday to recommendations on how “large wind energy projects” will be regulated. Developers like the proposal to keep the review out of Act 250. But others say the robust critique of the development law is necessary. (VPR)

Schools assessment results
Commissioner Richard Cate says that he’s not overly concerned that 39 schools in the state have failed to meet standards established by the No Child Left Behind education law. That represents roughly 13 percent of all schools in the state. (VPR)

Mount Anthony to receive assistance
Two Vermont schools will receive added technical assistance and other help because of poor test scores. Mount Anthony Union High School and Middle School in Bennington both failed for a fourth year to make a measure known as adequate yearly progress. (AP)

Dean’s possible DNC run
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean is sounding out fellow Democrats about whether he should become their chairman. Officials say Dean has telephoned members of the Democratic National Committee. He’s judging whether there’s support for him to seek the chairman’s post that is being vacated by Terry McAuliffe. (AP)

Federal dairy program
Vermont Governor Jim Douglas is joining his counterparts in lobbying for continuation of a federal dairy program. Douglas and the other governors say Congress should extend the Milk Income Loss Contract program. Douglas says the program was helpful in helping Vermont’s dairy farms work through the historically low milk prices of 2002 and early 2003. (AP)

Cuba trade deal
Agriculture Secretary Steve Kerr says he has completed a deal to sell $6 million in powdered milk to Cuba. Cuba has agreed to purchase powdered milk through DairyAmerica, a California-based marketing cooperative. Part of the order would come from the Saint Albans Co-op and Agri-Mark, Vermont’s two major dairy cooperatives. (AP)

Russian doctors visit Vermont
Nine physicians and one medical journalist from Russia got a close-up look at Vermont’s first methadone clinic. On a tour sponsored by Waitsfield-based Project Harmony, the group visited The Chittenden Center, which dispenses daily methadone doses to 130 addicts. (AP)

UVM pays students after pot arrest
The University of Vermont will pay cash settlements to two students who were arrested during last spring’s marijuana smoke-in on campus. Thomas Wheeler and Nikolai Sears both claimed their First Amendment rights were violated. The American Civil Liberties Union says the two students will receive $7,500 each. (AP)

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