September 4, 2003 – News at a glance

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Dean in New Mexico
Howard Dean took his presidential campaign to New Mexico on Wednesday and asked his followers to redouble their efforts to sign up new volunteers. (VPR)

RFB returns to airwaves
In Brattleboro, a radio station shut down by the Federal Communications Commission this summer for operating without a license, is back on the air. Radio Free Brattleboro says its authority to broadcast comes from the community rather than the FCC. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Environmental hazards in schools
Three years ago, the Vermont Legislature passed the School Environmental Health Act. Last year the Health Department was criticized for failing to follow up on the legislation by implementing an effective program to help schools minimize the dangers posed by environmental hazards like chemicals, dust and mold. Now critics say the program is working and the Health Department says more schools are taking steps to cut down on environmental problems. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Indian mascot criticized
The Vermont Human Rights Commission is recommending to school officials in Danville that they stop using their school mascot, an Indian. (AP)

Police expansion
Vermont will get 15 new law enforcement officers thanks to a federal grant. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says one million dollars from the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Program. The program has already helped hire more than 250 officers. (AP)

Electric transmission
Vermonters will get a chance today to tell the Public Service Board what they think about a plan to upgrade electric transmission lines in the state. The board is holding the first of three public sessions today at the Barre auditorium. (AP)

Health care costs
A panel that oversees hospital spending to keep down health care costs says Vermont hospitals are at a crucial point. The Public Oversight Commission recommended some of the highest rate increases in years and agreed that the state’s hospitals need to get rising costs under control. (AP)

Measles alert
The Vermont Health Department is warning people to be on the lookout for measles. The call comes a week after an infected individual spent time in the Burlington area. Measles is a potentially fatal disease spread through droplets in the air. (AP)

Hinesburg school
The principal at the Hinesburg Community School says the building’s mold problem should be fixed by Monday. Mold was found earlier this week in two wings of the building. School children were removed from class and the area was sealed off. The mold is being cleaned. (AP)

Minor League Baseball
The Vermont Expos ended their season with another loss last night at Centennial Field. The Expos were defeated by the Lowell Spinners 4-0 in a season finale for both teams. Vermont finished the season 19 to 56, the worst record of any New York-Penn League team in ten years. (AP)

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