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So-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe

Justice Department Announces that Commitment to Reducing Violent Crime Stemming from Illegal Immigration will be Required for Participation in Public Safety Partnership Program Washington, DC: The Department of Justice today announced that, in order to be selected for participation in the Department’s Public Safety Partnership (PSP) program, local jurisdictions must show a commitment to reducing crime stemming from illegal immigration.   In making the announcement,…
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Two Iranian Nationals Charged in Hacking of Vermont Software Company

An indictment was unsealed today charging Mohammed Reza Rezakhah, 39 and Mohammed Saeed Ajily, 35, both Iranian nationals, with a criminal conspiracy relating to computer fraud and abuse, unauthorized access to, and theft of information from, computers, wire fraud, exporting a defense article without a license, and violating sanctions against Iran. The court issued arrest warrants for both defendants. Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security…
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13 CONNECTICUT RIVER POWER DAMS THAT RESTRICT STORM FLOOD WATER FLOW UP FOR SALE

Vermont and New Hampshire, New England: - 13 River hydroelectric Powered Dams located along the Connecticut and Deerfield River are near purchase by a Boston Company. The Dams may be subject to flooding when water levels rise. During Hurricane Irene 2011 massive tropical rains, strong upstream flooding occurred with the green generating dams contributing to reducing river flows. The Otter - Queechee River flowed backwards from…
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Failure to navigate a vehicle

Killington, VT:  February 27, 2017 at approximately 1:00 AM Vermont State Police were notified of an unattended vehicle that had struck a tree on VT RT 100 North in the town of Killington.  Investigation revealed that Jason Evans was traveling north on VT RT 100 when he failed to navigate a corner and drove into a tree.  Evans was picked up and transported to Rutland…
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WATER DISASTERS – Are Rocks Exposed During Mountain Development Causing Dead Rivers, Downstream Illness ?

COMMON DRINKING WATER CONTAMINANTS AND ISSUES IN VERMONT. Vermont’s bedrock contains naturally occurring elements such as radioactive elements (uranium, radium, and radon), iron, arsenic, and manganese. Nitrate is a compound that occurs naturally in water in low background amounts, while fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. Some contaminants are human-made and enter water sources because of human activities. NATURAL DRINKING WATER CONTAMINANTS AND/OR ISSUES The Health…
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LEAD POISONING PREVENTION GUIDANCE

Vermont Health - Children who have lead poisoning don’t look or act sick. But lead can cause serious health problems. Children can get lead poisoning in their own home, apartment, or day care. Lead is found in buildings built before 1978 and can also come from work or hobbies—such as auto body work, painting or scraping paint, making stained glass, or casting lead toys, sinkers, or…
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Radon Awareness – Test, Fix and Breathe Easy

BURLINGTON – When it comes to making sure Vermonters understand the importance of getting homes tested for radon gas, the students in Daryl Kuhn’s science class are right on it. The 7 th and 8th grade “Team Infinity” students at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington submitted their artwork for this year’s Radon Poster Contest and received first, second and third prize, as well as honorable…
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Vermont Youth Take on Flavored Tobacco

Students to rally at the State House and meet with legislators about the dangers flavored tobacco products and advertising pose to young Vermonters MONTPELIER – Gummy bear, cotton candy, bubble gum and peanut butter cup are among the thousands of flavors found in tobacco products on the market today. Regulations ban such flavoring in cigarettes, but other tobacco-related products – including smokeless tobacco, cigars and…
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GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ANNOUNCES EXTENDED CABINET APPOINTMENTS

21 February 2017 Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Emily Boedecker as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Riley Allen as deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Service. “I’m excited to have both Emily and Riley join our team, as they will both be dedicated public servants, and are committed to the missions of their respective…
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GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT AND QUEBEC PREMIER PHILIPPE COUILLARD COMMIT TO ENHANCED VERMONT-QUEBEC RELATIONS

17 February 2017 Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott and members of his senior staff and cabinet traveled to Québec City this week for the first official meetings with their Québec counterparts, as well as meeting with businesses and industry groups in the Province. “Our partnership with Québec plays an important role in our work to grow Vermont’s economy, retain and attract businesses to Vermont,…
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Significant Snow – Clear Snow from Floor Heating Vents

Vermont - Likelihood of significant snow ? As it piles up make sure you clear snow from floor heating vents. A blocked vent can cause deadly carbon monoxide (CO) to come back into the home. If you lose power and use a generator always run it outside and away from windows and vents. Ensure you have smoke and CO detectors in your home! Deep snow and…
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Operation Borderline Vermont – 26 facing charges related to distribution of heroin

Vermont - On February 14, 2017, 26 individuals were arrested in Orleans County for various offenses related to heroin and opiate trafficking. These arrests stem from an ongoing investigation established by the Vermont Drug Task Force in cooperation with the Vermont State Police, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Newport City Police Department, the Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont,…
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GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT MEETING WITH QUEBEC PREMIER PHILIPPE COUILLARD TO STRENGTHEN ECONOMIC, SECURITY, ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY PARTNERSHIPS

15 February 2017 Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott and members of his senior staff and cabinet will travel to Quebec City today for the Governor’s first official meetings with their counterparts in Quebec, Vermont’s largest trade partner. Gov. Scott will also meet with several businesses with current and prospective ties to Vermont. “A strong collaboration and partnership with Quebec is essential to strengthening Vermont’s economy,…
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STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ON HEROIN AND OPIATE TRAFFICKING ARRESTS IN ORLEANS COUNTY

14 February 2017 Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement: “I want to thank the local, state, and federal agencies who collaborated on this long investigation, resulting in 26 arrests. This enforcement effort stemmed from a sudden surge of overdoses in Orleans County, and reflects our commitment to ending drug trafficking in our local communities. “I applaud the Vermont Drug Task…
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Injury Prevention

Injuries are not simply "accidents" – random acts of fate or the result of carelessness – but events to be understood and prevented. Research and experience show that most injuries are completely preventable. Injury, not disease, is the leading killer of our children, teens and young adults. Both intentional and unintentional injuries rank among the top 10 leading causes of death for every age group. In…
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VT Floats Bill To Expand Workers’ Comp To Cover Mental Health For Emergency Responders

Montpelier, VT: via VPR - A bill introduced in Montpelier Tuesday is designed to make sure emergency responders in Vermont get the help they need when the job takes a toll on their mental health. There's already a law on the books that calls for parity between traditional health care and mental health services, but Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, a Democrat from Bradford, says some areas…
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