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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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Electronic Health Records Developer To Pay Second Largest Recovery In The History Of The District Of Vermont — $57.25 Million — To Settle False Claims Act Allegations

VT STRONG NEWS - USDOJ Vermont reports - The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated today that Greenway Health, LLC (Greenway), a Tampa, Florida-based developer of electronic health records (EHR) software, will pay $ million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that Greenway caused its users to submit false claims to the government by misrepresenting the capabilities of its…
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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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Happy Moo Year – Good News for Dairy Farmers

Improvements Made to Margin Protection Program Vermont dairy farmers could see much needed relief in the 2018 Farm Bill which was signed into law last week in Washington. The 2018 Margin Protection Program provided valuable dollars to our state's dairy farmers and began to increase the confidence of our farmers in this type of insurance program. With the signing of the Agriculture Improvement Act of…
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VT Senator Sanders Statement after Senate Passes Yemen War Powers Resolution

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) spoke at a press conference Thursday after the Senate voted 56-41 to pass his resolution calling for an end to US military support to the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen war. See below for a transcript of his remarks: "Thank you all very much for being here. Let me begin by thanking Senator Lee and Senator Murphy for the great work…
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Vail Resorts’ Stock Suffered Greatest Loss In History

New York, NY: - MTN Vail Resorts Inc stock drops $ per share closing at $ SnowBrains .com reports - Vail Resorts’ stock price fell off a cliff Friday, enduring the biggest single-day loss in its history when they reported bigger than expected losses and slower than expected revenue gains for season pass sales for its most recent financial quarter, reports the Denver Post. You might…
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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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Vermont State Police Bomb Squad safely disposes of explosives found in Wallingford

WALLINGFORD, Vermont – The Vermont State Police Bomb Squad safely disposed of commercial explosives including dynamite found in a private residence in Wallingford on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. On Thursday, Nov. 1, VSP-Rutland was contacted by an employee from an auction company regarding a suspected explosives magazine found at a property in Wallingford that was being prepared for sale. Information obtained by the auction company…
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