November 25, 2003 – News at a Glance

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Interview: State Rep. Lippert on Gay/Lesbian conference
Vermont state representative Bill Lippert returned to the state from the west coast yesterday, where he’d been attending a conference of the International Network of Gay and Lesbian officials in San Diego. Mitch Wertlieb talked with him about the meeting…

VT develops wind tower policy
State environmental officials will ask the public whether wind towers should be built on state land. Vermont is developing a policy that will govern how its ridgelines can be used for wind towers.

No agreement on how to raise milk prices for farmers
A series of meetings between a group representing more than 3 hundred Vermont farmers and several large dairy cooperatives has failed to produce agreement on how to raise milk prices for farmers.

Laos hands over remains Charlie Dean’s remains
Laos has handed over to the United States the remains of four people, including one set believed to be those of the brother of U-S presidential candidate Howard Dean. They have been taken to a forensic lab in Hawaii for positive identification.

UVM seeks new soccer coaches
The University of Vermont is looking for new coaches for the men’s and women’s soccer teams. After eight seasons as head coach of men’s soccer, Roy Patton has resigned. Women’s coach Jodie Kenyon announced her resignation earlier this month.

PA 2nd state after Vermont to have a female adjutant general.
Pennsylvania’s National Guard could soon have the nation’s next female adjutant general. Brigadier General Jessica L. Wright would become the nation’s second female adjutant general after Major General Martha Rainville who was elected by Vermont Legislature in 1997.

Sherrif killed in traffic accident
An Essex County deputy sheriff is dead following an on-duty traffic accident on U-S Route two in Lunenburg. The Vermont State Police say 54-year-old Deputy Ruby Rainault was killed yesterday morning as she was making a U-turn.

Gov. Douglas creates Interagency Council on Homelessness
Governor James Douglas has signed an executive order creating the Vermont Interagency Council on Homelessness. The commission will be made up of 15 members who will represent the state and private social service agencies such as the Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the Agency of Human Services.

Death penalty case against Gary Sampson to go forward
A federal judge has ruled that the death penalty case against confessed killer Gary Sampson can move forward. Sampson was arrested in Vermont after killing two people in Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire in 2001.

Racine won’t run for Governor next year
Former Lieutenant governor Douglas Racine says he’s not going to run for governor next year. Racine ran last year as a Democrat against Republican James Douglas — who narrowly defeated him. He had been considering a bid for the Democratic Party’s nomination in the next election. But now Racine says personal and political considerations have led him to change his mind.

Gephardt, Kerry attack Dean in Iowa debate
Representative Dick Gephardt and Senator John Kerry took aim at former Vermont Governor Howard Dean last night in an Iowa debate. Gephardt is tied with Dean in Iowa polls — and Kerry is trying to salvage his candidacy by erasing Dean’s double-digit lead in New Hampshire. They accused their rival of flip-flopping on his support for Medicare and opposition to war in Iraq.

Arrest in Barre car crash case
A 37-year-old man is in police custody after a car crash over the weekend that killed a Berlin (Vermont) teenager. Alejandro Alvarez was on parole for burglaries in Chittenden and Addison Counties when his truck slammed into a car full of young people Saturday. Police won’t say if he has been charged with any crime in connection with the accident.

Groton bank robber would face federal charges
Federal authorities last night were investigating a bank robbery in Groton. The robbery happened around one-o-clock yesterday afternoon at the Merchants Bank. Authorities say they were looking for a male suspect who stole an undisclosed amount of money.

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