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CYBERSECURITY COMPETITION FOR VERMONT STUDENTS

Montpelier, Vt.: Office of the Gov reports - Governor Scott today announced that Vermont will partner with the SANS Institute to bring the Girls Go CyberStart challenge to Vermont for a second year, providing high school girls with cybersecurity skills and career exploration opportunities. Girls Go CyberStart is a free, forward-thinking cybersecurity skills program designed to educate and inspire high school girls about the opportunities and rewards of…
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Imerys Talc America mine declares bankruptcy over J & J Baby Powder asbestos lawsuits. US DOJ opens investigation.

Ludlow, VT: The "world's leading talc producer", Imerys Talc America, will continue to mine premium talc at its Vermont mines as bankruptcy proceeds due to mesothelioma lawsuit losses. Imerys Talc and pharma giant Johnson and Johnson of New Brunswick, NJ were ordered to pay $117 million in damages after a jury found their popular baby powder product contained asbestos that caused cancer. Plaintiff convinced a…
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Sub Zero + Intoxication = Death

Family Of UVM Student Who Died Of Hypothermia Starts Awareness Campaign. Nineteen-year-old Connor Gage died of hypothermia that was exacerbated by acute intoxication. He was walking alone on North Winooski Avenue in Burlington on a night when temperatures were below zero when he passed out. Share More: VPR Preliminary autopsy reports indicate University of Vermont first-year student Connor Gage died from exposure in sub-zero temperatures…
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VERMONT LAUNCHES “SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING” PSA CONTEST

Montpelier, Vt: Office of the Governor reports – Governor Phil Scott and Vermont-NEA (VT-NEA) President Don Tinney today announced a joint initiative inviting Vermont middle and high school students to create a “See Something, Say Something” video public service announcement (PSA), which will be used by the Agency of Education (AOE) and VT-NEA to promote awareness and reporting of school safety threats across the state.…
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VERMONT YANKEE NUCLEAR POWER STATION SOLD TO NORTHSTAR; ENVIRONMENTAL CLEAN-UP TO COMMENCE PURSUANT TO AGREEMENT WITH STATE REGULATORS

Montpelier, VT: Gov reports – Today, the NorthStar Group Services (NorthStar) became the new owner of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (VYNPS). Under its ownership, NorthStar will commence decommissioning and environmental clean-up work at the facility on an expedited timeline, which will allow the site to become available for reuse decades earlier than previously planned. The VYNPS ceased operations at the end of 2014…
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GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT DELIVERS SECOND INAUGURAL ADDRESS

Montpelier, VT: Gov reports – Governor Phil Scott today delivered his second inaugural address, calling for collaboration to address Vermont’s most significant challenges. To address Vermont’s demographics - and the ripple effects of those trends on the economy and affordability - the Governor emphasized a sense of urgency to expand Vermont’s labor force. “Our stagnant population is threatening every service we deliver, every program we administer and every investment…
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VERMONT REQUESTS FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION

Montpelier, VT: Government reports – Governor Phil Scott has requested federal disaster funds to assist five Vermont counties in repairing public infrastructure damaged in the recent severe winter storm that began on November 26, 2018. Communities and public utilities in Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans and Washington Counties sustained damage exceeding the minimum threshold for federal disaster assistance eligibility. A Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) by the Federal…
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Under the Golden Dome – VT State legislature removes Politicians Home Phone & Addresses

Montpellier, VT: VT State legislature removes Politicians Home Phone & Addresses. After House lawmakers saw an increase in threats during the last legislative biennium, the Speaker of the House and Capitol Police chief have decided to take representatives’ personal contact information off the Vermont Legislature’s website. While the website previously Share More:
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MINING – Pharma major knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos lurked in its talc Baby Powder

(Reuters) - Shares of Johnson & Johnson () fell 10 percent on Friday and were on track to post their biggest percentage drop in more than 16 years, after Reuters reported that the pharma major knew for decades that cancer-causing asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder. Share More:  Ludlow, VT: Imerys Talc America mines operates in the Vermont Green Mountains. According to Imery, Talc is a…
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