March 20, 2003 – News at a glance

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Interview: General Rainville
Steve Delaney talks with the adjutant general of the Vermont Air and Army National Guard, Major General Martha Rainville. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Drug trafficking bill
The House Wednesday afternoon gave its preliminary approval to legislation that increases penalties for people convicted of selling drugs. However the bill does not include a key provision that Governor Jim Douglas was supporting. (VPR)

Vermont deploys Guard members
Thirty additional members of the Vermont Army National Guard are shipping out. They’ll be deployed with troops somewhere in Southwest Asia, North Africa or the Middle East. Its not known if any of them will be serving in the Iraqi War effort. (VPR)

Dean claims the ‘Democratic wing’
Former Governor Howard Dean is emerging as the leading anti war candidate in a crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls. Campaigning in New Hampshire this week, Dean said he still believes the 2004 election will be a referendum on the state of the national economy and may not be dominated by foreign issues like Iraq. (VPR)

Demonstrators show support for troops
About 70 people gathered in Montpelier Wednesday to show support for the armed services. The crowd had a serious tone as they gathered on the steps of the Statehouse. (VPR)

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