May 7, 2003 – News at a glance

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Southerners size up Dean’s chances
For Howard Dean, South Carolina is an important early primary in his quest for the presidency. But the former Vermont governor faces low name recognition and a crowded field of Democrats in the South. It’s also a big question how voters there will react to Vermont’s civil union law, which Dean signed. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: Genetically modified seeds
Steve Delaney talks with Brian Tokar, who coordinates the Biotech Project at the Institute for Social Ecology. Tokar participated in Tuesday’s lobbying effort in support of labeling genetically modified seeds. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Act 250 reform unlikely this year
It now appears very unlikely that the Legislature is going to pass a bill this year that makes significant reforms to Act 250. The Senate has given its approval to a bill that deals with local zoning permits while the House has passed legislation that makes key changes to the current Act 250 review process. (VPR)

Drug trafficking bill
The Vermont Senate has given a strong endorsement to legislation that’s designed to crack down on drug trafficking in the state. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

CVPS receives award
Governor Jim Douglas was in Killington on Tuesday to honor Central Vermont Public Service Corporation’s efforts to protect the environment. He presented CVPS with two Governor’s Awards for Excellence at the utility’s annual shareholder meeting. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Seat belt law
After several hours of debate, the Vermont House rejected a plan on Tuesday to give police officers additional authority to enforce the state’s seat belt law. (VPR)

Officer will turn over photos
A Barre Town police officer says he will give school officials copies of photographs he took of student projects at Spaulding High School. (AP)

Book interview: ‘Pearl of Kuwait’
Neal Charnoff talks with Vermont novelist Tom Paine about his new book, a comic adventure set during the first Gulf War. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

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