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16 Individuals Charged or Arrested For Drug Trafficking Crimes as Part of Joint Law Enforcement Effort

ATF Boston Fields report - On April 16, 2019, the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional law enforcement effort that focused on drug trafficking in the area of Brattleboro, ; During the three-day operation conducted last week by federal, state, local, and county officers, and federal and state prosecutors, law enforcement arrested or charged 16 individuals, searched 3 residences…
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Mining TALC – Johnson & Johnson Issues Statement on April 9 Reuters Article

Talc Baby Powder New Brunswick, NJ J&J reports – We stand behind Johnson’s Baby Powder because science confirms it is free of asbestos and safe to use. The accusations being made against our company are not only false, but the idea that we would purposefully and systematically target a community with bad intentions is unreasonable and absurd. We’re caught between sad and angry that anyone…
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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.

Talc and fragrance. Photo by Stanley Brick (C) 2019. 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. Imery Mine in Ludlow, VT. Imerys Talc and pharma giant Johnson and Johnson of New Brunswick, NJ were ordered to pay $117 million in damages after a jury…
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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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You Can’t See It or Smell It. Know How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The news this week that a malfunctioning boiler in a Vermont apartment building led to dangerously elevated levels of carbon monoxide, is an important reminder for Vermonters to make sure they know how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. The alarm from a carbon monoxide detector in the basement helped to prevent a possible tragedy. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible, deadly gas. You can't see,…
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Winter Stirs – Vail Resorts Closes Its Acquisition of Okemo Mountain Resort, Mount Sunapee Resort and Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Ludlow, VT: As part of Vail Resorts’ plans for a new regional approach to managing its resorts in the northeast, the company is promoting Kirkwood general manager and Vice President Doug Pierini to Chief Operating Officer of the new Northeast Region. He will also serve as Okemo general manager, effective Oct. 25. Pierini has worked for Vail Resorts for eight years. Pierini got his start…
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Historic Occurrences – 1938 Great New England and Long Island Express Hurricane killed 682+ people

  ATLANTIC STRONG - Sept. 21 1938 - The majority of the storm damage was from storm surge and wind. The winds reached up to 150 mph with waves surging to around 25–35 feet high. Readings from the Blue Hills Observatory showed sustained winds topping 120 miles per hour, with a gust of 186 miles per hour. The 1938 New England Hurricane (also referred to as the Great New England Hurricane and Long Island…
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INDUSTRIAL OPIOID DISASTER – Vermont Sues Purdue Pharma For Its Opioids Marketing Practices

G Alleges Deceptive and Unfair Acts and Public Nuisance.  Vermont Attorney General Donovan announced that today his office filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act and public nuisance law concerning Purdue’s marketing and promotion of opioids. Purdue is the manufacturer of Oxycontin. “The State of Vermont has been hit hard by the opioid…
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