September 3, 2004 – News at a Glance

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Labeling Rules Seek to Define What is Made in Vermont
Business leaders are concerned about proposed regulations that cover how the Vermont label can be used. The advocates say the new rules could be prohibitive and costly for Vermont companies. (VPR)

Interview: Republican Convention Wraps Up in New York
President Bush has spoken, the GOP faithful have reveled in the rally cry of “Four More Years,” and the city that never sleeps is looking forward to perhaps at least a short nap to recover from the hectic pace of life since the Republican National Convention came to town. Mitch Wertlieb talks with Skip Valley, the Vermont Republican Party’s National Committeman. (VPR)

Leahy Opponent Pushes 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
There’s a little known contest in the race for U.S. Senate. Craig Hill from Montpelier is challenging Senator Patrick Leahy for the Democratic nomination. Hill says he’s running to publicize a widely discredited conspiracy theory about the September 11 terrorist attacks. (VPR)

Rivers’ Lt. Gov. Campaign
Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Cheryl Rivers says the state needs to take a much more aggressive stand to help lower the cost of prescription drugs. Rivers says the Douglas administration has failed to show any real leadership on this issue. (VPR)

Interview: RNC Delegate Kate Purcell
All this week VPR has provided reports from some of the Vermont delegates at the Republican National Convention in New York City. One of those delegates is Kate Purcell of South Burlington. VPR’s Bob Kinzel spoke with her about some of the key events of this convention week. (VPR)

Backstage with ‘Book Group’
Thetford Vermont may seem a long way from Broadway, but for many years it’s been at the center of a vibrant regional theater community. The Eclipse Grange on Thetford Hill is home to the Parish Players and hosts a variety of independent productions. Currently the original comedy, “Book Group,” is making its debut there. (VPR)

National Guard Homecoming
Friday is homecoming day for about 50 Vermont Army National Guard soldiers who are coming home from Afghanistan. A private return ceremony is scheduled for Friday afternoon in South Burlington. The soldiers have been in the United States since Sunday. (AP)

Gubernatorial Campaign Satire
There’s a new ad in Vermont’s gubernatorial campaign. Democrats are trying to link Governor Jim Douglas’ election prospects to President Bush. So they’ve posted a satirical ad on their Web site that depicts the governor as a cheerleader for Bush. (AP)

NEK Rail Lines
Business owners in the Northeast Kingdom want the state to understand how important access to rail lines is for them. About 15 people turned out in St. Johnsbury for a Vermont Agency of Transportation public hearing on plans to update the state’s rail plan. (AP)

ByPass Specialty Signs
Bennington officials are upset the Vermont Transportation Agency isn’t planning the specialty signs promised for the first leg of the Bennington Bypass. Town officials had believed that the state would honor their requests for specialty signs. (AP)

Holiday Safety
Vermont State Police wants to make sure this is a safe weekend on the roadways. And they have a simple message for motorists: buckle up and slow down. Police say they’ll be stepping up patrols across the state over the Labor Day weekend. (AP)

Montpelier School Merger
A committee has recommended that Montpelier close its middle school and merge it into the existing elementary and high schools. The committee says the Main Street Middle School, which accommodates 300 students, is the district’s greatest financial liability because of its poor condition. (AP)

Milton School Board Controversy
The three remaining members of the Milton school board are resisting calls for their resignation. About 70 people attended the board’s meeting Thursday night and about a quarter of them spoke. Board members Brenda Steady and Jay Stevens resolutely said they would not resign. Interim chairman Ron Dudley restated his intentions to leave the board soon. (AP)

Cornish Colony Museum
New Hampshire’s historic Cornish Colony Museum may move to Vermont. A Windsor group is considering moving the museum from Cornish, New Hampshire, and saving the institution, which is on the brink of closing. The museum houses the works of painter Maxfield Parrish and others. (AP)

Hiker Injured
It was a hike to remember earlier this week for a couple from Seattle who were honeymooning in Vermont. The 38-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, fell and apparently broke her leg while descending from Hunger Mountain. The Waterbury Backcountry Rescue Team was dispatched to the mountain after receiving an emergency 911 call. (AP)

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