October 27, 2003 – News at a glance

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Mammography registry
Whenever a Vermont woman goes in for a mammogram, she’s asked to voluntarily provide information about her medical history. For the past decade the information and exam results have been used in the Vermont Mammography Registry – the nation’s only statewide breast cancer screening registry. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: Weekend protests
Mitch Wertlieb talks with a participant in this weekend’s protest against U.S. policy in Iraq. Peace rallies were held across the country, including in Montpelier. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Professional town jobs
The fabric of community life in Vermont has been sustained for generations by the volunteers who step forward in every town to run for local office, or to serve on unpaid boards and commissions. In part three of our series on the public service jobs of Vermont, VPR’s Steve Delaney explores the civic duties that may not survive as elective offices. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Presidential campaign
Despite weeks of attacks by rivals, Democrat Howard Dean holds a 13-point lead over John Kerry in New Hampshire. That’s according to a poll released on Sunday by the Boston Globe and WBZ television. Dean was ahead of Kerry, 37% to 24%. (AP)

Community policing program
The state police and representatives from 18 central Vermont towns are teaming up to fight crime. State Police Lieutenant David Harrington met Saturday in Middlesex with representatives of the community to discuss a community advisory board. (AP)

College matches state grants
Green Mountain College is hoping to lure more Vermont students to its campus by increasing financial aid. The liberal arts college with 700 students is promising to match any financial aid grants made to state residents by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. (AP)

Provost trial
The trial of a Fairfax man accused of shooting to death four people two years ago is heading into its second week. The 36-year-old Douglas Provost is charged with killing 46-year-old Mitchell Bishop; his 18-year-old daughter Jessica Bishop; 19-year-old George Weatherwax and 20-year-old Deric Davis. (AP)

Burlington bus service
A shuttle bus service in Burlington’s New North End may be canceled due to lack of use. Officials at the Chittenden County Transportation Authority say there aren’t enough riders to justify the cost of the bus, called the Shopper Hopper. (AP)

Winooski bike bridge
Construction is under way on a bicycle bridge that will cross the mouth of the Winooski River connecting bike paths in Burlington and Colchester. The 560-foot, $3.1 million span is due to be completed by June. (AP)

School solar program
Some Burlington school children are going to be getting some real-life lessons about solar energy. A program called Solar on Schools will be installing solar panels at the Champlain Elementary School within the next few weeks. (AP)

Eyeglass trick-or-treat
Two third grade classes from the Poultney Elementary School will be collecting used eyeglasses as well as candy when they go trick or treating this week. The classes enrolled in a national campaign to collect used eyeglasses for people in develop

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