October 24, 2003 – News at a glance

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Drug re-importation
Governor Jim Douglas says he’s looking at the possibility of taking legal action against the Bush administration to allow states to re-import prescription drugs from Canada.

Legal battle over global warming
Vermont has joined 11 other states in a legal effort to force the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Guard barracks conditions
Senator Patrick Leahy says the Bush administration is treating many National Guard troops as “second class soldiers” because the troops are not receiving proper medical care after serving in Iraq. Leahy called on the president to immediately rectify this situation.

Organic farmers protest state GMO policy
Farmers opposed to the use of genetically engineered crops took their complaints to the Agency of Agriculture on Thursday. They worry that their products could be cross-pollinated or contaminated by the genetically modified varieties. They want Agriculture Secretary Steve Kerr to impose a moratorium, but Kerr says that’s not allowed under the law.

NEXUS border crossing
Crossing the U.S.-Canadian border should get easier for people who move back and forth regularly. The governments of Canada and the United States inaugurated a center on Thursday where people can enroll in the NEXUS border crossing program.

Lieberman loses ground in New York poll
In the Democratic presidential campaign, Howard Dean has erased Joe Lieberman’s lead in New York state, according to a new poll from Marist College.

Medicaid payment changes
A legislative committee has given the green light for changing the way some 30,000 Vermonters pay for their health programs.

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