November 20, 2003 – News at a Glance

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Interview: Great American Smoke-Out
The Great American Smoke Out is today. VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb talks with Karen Garbarino of Vermont’s Department of Health about the effort locally…

Interview: Philip Baruth’s “The X-President”
In the new novel “The X President”, the year is 2055, and the United States is on the losing side of the latest world war. Neal Charnoff talks with author Philip Baruth…

For years, bullying was seen as a normal, if unpleasant, part of growing up. Despite efforts nationwide to take a hard line on bullying, many kids continue to be isolated and victimized by their peers .

VT delegates oppose gay marriage amendment
All three members of Vermont’s congressional delegation say they will oppose a federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Cigna and Fletcher Allen settle contract dispute
Cigna and Fletcher Allen Health Care have settled a contract dispute that threatened to leave thousands of people without coverage at the state’s largest hospital.

Newport student expelled
A high school student in Newport has been expelled for taking a a small, unloaded pistol to school last week.

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum scheduled to reopen next year
The historic Saint Johnsbury Athenaeum will reopen early next year after months of renovation.

New home for Lipizzan Stallions
Grand Isle County’s most important tourist attraction has found a new home.

Flood watch in effect for most of Vermont until 7 P.M.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for most of Vermont. Rain that started last night is expected to continue through midday today. The flood watch will remain in effect until seven o-clock tonight.

Dean only Democratic presidential candidate stumping in NH today
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean has New Hampshire to himself today to campaign for Democratic presidential primary votes. Dean holds a town hall meeting this afternoon in Henniker. In the evening he will attend a forum in Manchester at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and later speak to pupils at Salem High School.

$10 Million downtown Rutland courthouse construction starts
Construction of a new ten million dollar courthouse in downtown Rutland, VT has begun. Bulldozers and dump trucks have been busy digging up dirt, grass and a few maple trees in front of the existing Vermont District Court to begin new parking lots.

S. Burlington man pleads guilty to assaulting teenage son.
A South Burlington, VT man with a lengthy criminal record has pleaded guilty to assaulting his teenage son. The plea agreement that 39-year-old Paul Gracey reached with prosecutors should lead to a prison sentence of eight to 15 years.

Sen. Illuzi says Rockingham hydro purchase could lower electric rates
A key state senator says Vermont could be ready to bid on eight hydroelectric dams by the first of the year. But Senator Vincent Illuzzi says Governor James Douglas must show interest first. Illuzzi has been an advocate of the state taking over ownership of the network of dams on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers. But the governor and his administration have been cool to the plan. The dams are owned by U-S-Gen New England, a wholesale power provider that filed for bankruptcy July eighth. Illuzzi is one of six state legislators and utility officials serving on a commission exploring the idea.

Brattleboro High Sch. Students debate dropping Colonel mascot
Students debated yesterday whether the Brattleboro Union High School mascot should be changed from the Colonel, which some consider to be a racist symbol. Fourteen students participated in a formal debate on the issue before a school gathering of 500 students yesterday.

Bennington planners vote against zoning changes
The Bennington, VT Planning Commission will recommend against rezoning 29 acres from industrial to commercial use. Commissioners say the entire community needs to debate whether zoning should permit a 170-thousand-square-foot retail store and grocery on the former factory site.

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