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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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Awareness - Preparedness - Resiliency

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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Five Years After Hurricane Irene, Vermont Still Striving for Resilience

Vermont's vulnerability to flooding was the harsh reality Irene drove home in 2011. More than 2,400 roads, 800 homes and businesses, 300 bridges (including historic covered bridges) and a half dozen railroad lines were destroyed or damaged, according to the National Oceanic Administration Agency (NOAA). Pulling Together What also was revealed during Irene was Vermonters' determination to work together in the worst of circumstances. The…
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RUTLAND FIRST – Stand Up For Your Neighbors

Rutland, VT: Activist group forms to support refugee resettlement. Rutland First website states: We are a group of sympathetic and deeply concerned Rutland residents, who understand the sufferings and displacements not only of Syrians but of other in strife-torn areas of the world. While we recognize that resettling a hundred or several thousands of refugees will never solve the problems of millions that have to…
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