October 8, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: Vermont Woman begins publishing
Mitch Wertlieb talks with Sue Gillis, publisher of Vermont Woman. The newspaper launches on Thursday with a mix of editorial and news content. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Dean frontrunner in Iowa race
According to Iowa State University political science professor Steffan Schmidt, there’s no doubt that Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean has emerged as the front runner in the race to win the Iowa caucuses.

Waste disposal payment
Vermont will pay Texas to develop a nuclear waste dump, even though construction for the project hasn’t started. The Douglas administration says the state is obligated to pay the money under a 1993 contract. But critics say the state should renegotiate to strike a better deal. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean childhood program
Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean rolled out the first part of his early childhood education plan on Tuesday. The program is modeled directly after the “Success by Six” initiative that Dean implemented in Vermont. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interstate 89 reopens after crash
Part of Interstate 89 between Richmond and Waterbury was closed on Tuesday following a truck crash. (AP)

New Hampshire maple expansion
Lancaster, New Hampshire, may soon have the largest maple sugaring operation in either Vermont or New Hampshire. (AP)

FAHC expansion
A regulatory panel says Fletcher Allen Health Care should be allowed to continue its $362 million expansion. The Public Oversight Commission recommended that the hospital receive a permit with nine conditions including that Fletcher Allen regularly report to the state on the project’s status and the hospital’s financial well-being. (AP)

Springfield inmates move in
The first six inmates are now living in Vermont’s new prison. Superintendent Keith Tallon says he expects to have 50 inmates in the facility by Friday. The first 100 inmates are coming from Windsor. The prison is built to hold 350 inmates. (AP)

Prison suicide
A Vermont inmate serving a life sentence for murder has committed suicide in the Saint Albans jail. James Quigley is the fifth inmate to die in jail this year. Guards found Quigley hanging in his cell Tuesday morning. (AP)

Cormorant disease
Researchers have identified the disease that killed about 150 of double-crested cormorants in Lake Champlain this summer. New York State Environmental Commissioner Erin Crotty says the disease is Cormorant Newcastle Virus and is not considered a threat to humans or to farm animals. (AP)

MacArthur genius grant
A California artist who designed three exhibits for the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich is the winner of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” Forty-three-year-old Ned Kahn designed the Montshire’s wind wall and the mist fountain. (AP)

Kerry and Dean on Red Sox
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry is challenging presidential rival Howard Dean’s allegiance to the Boston Red Sox. Kerry says that if New York beats Boston in the best-of-seven series that begins Wednesday he’ll send New England clam chowder to Dean’s campaign. Dean says he’s a Red Sox fan. (AP)

Winning recipe
The pie recipe of a 13-year-old eighth grader from Walden will be reproduced thousands of times for a new frozen pie company. Elektra Zolnoski won a high-stakes bake-off at the New England Culinary institute on Tuesday in Essex. Her pie was chosen from 13 entries. (AP)

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