September 18, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: International Day of Peace
Mitch Wertlieb talks with Sally Black of the Vermont Peace Academy. The Academy is sending 50 students to New York City for the “International Day of Peace.” (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Clark’s impact on Dean
Retired General Wesley Clark has formally entered the race to win the Democratic presidential nomination. Some political observers believe that Clark’s candidacy could help the campaign of former governor Howard Dean. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Permit reform
A leading Senate Democrat wants the Environmental Board to hold back on permit reform to give the Legislature time to addresses the issue. The Environmental Board oversees the Act 250 development review law. Its proposed changes in Act 250 rules received mixed reviews at a public hearing on Wednesday. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Book interview: ‘The Path’
Neal CHarnoff talks with Chet Raymo, author of “The Path – A One Mile Walk Through the Universe.” In the book, Raymo connects a familiar landscape of wildflowers, granite and weeds to the worlds of science, history and literature. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Canadian drug reimportation
Some U.S. lawmakers say they’re building momentum to pass legislation allowing the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. The group of House members includes Congressman Bernie Sanders from Vermont. (AP)

Entergy information sharing
Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant are being criticized by state regulators. Public Service Board members said on Wednesday Entergy Nuclear has been slow in sharing information about plans to boost the plant’s power output. (AP)

National poll finds Bush ahead
President Bush is ahead of the Democratic presidential candidates in a new poll. The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute found that Bush outdistanced his Democratic rivals – including former Vermont Governor Howard Dean – by at least 10 points or more in a survey conducted earlier this month. (AP)

California Democratic poll
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean has become the clear front-runner among Democratic presidential contenders in California. The poll also found that each of the top Democrats in the field placed even with President Bush in head-to-head matchups among registered voters. (AP)

Dean plans Boston rally
Howard Dean plans a speech and campaign rally next week in rival John Kerry’s back yard. The rally will take place within miles of Kerry’s Beacon Hill home, but a spokesman for the senator’s campaign brushed off Dean’s visit. (AP)

Domestic violence grant money
The City of Winooski is receiving a federal grant to help fight domestic violence. The nearly $500,000 grant will be used to help increase offender arrests and to help victims recover from domestic abuse. (AP)

Townsend votes to stay in school district
Townshend is going to stay in the Leland and Gray Union High School district. An effort to withdraw from the district was defeated by voters yesterday by a five-to-one margin. School Board Chairwoman Loree Zeif says the outcome is positive for the town and students. (AP)

South Hero town meeting changes
The town of South Hero is giving up on one of Vermont’s most revered institutions: deciding all town business from the floor of the Town Meeting Day gathering. And townspeople voted the same way twice. A move to overturn the earlier decision was defeated. (AP)

Commuter bus service
People who travel between Burlington and Montpelier every day are about to get a new transportation option. Starting Monday a commuter bus will travel between the two cities, making stops at the commuter parking lots in Montpelier, Waterbury and Richmond. (AP)

UVM campus street to be closes
The University of Vermont and the city of Burlington are moving forward with plans to turn a campus street into a pedestrian walkway. University Place is on the west side of the UVM green. It connects Main Street and Colchester Avenue. (AP)

Swanton chief opposes suspect’s release
The Swanton Village Police Chief is upset about a judge’s decision to release a Vermont man pending his trial. Police Chief Mike McCarthy says the man, who has pleaded innocent to charges he attacked a police officer over the weekend, is dangerous. (AP)

Ready injured
Vermont State Auditor Elizabeth Ready was injured in a bicycle accident Tuesday. (AP)

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