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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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Three Vermonters Indicted for Conspiring to Barter Firearm for Drugs

USDOJ ATF reports - The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that a federal grand jury’s indictment was unsealed yesterday that charged Jennifer Griffin, Kenneth Stone, and Gregory Miller with conspiring to use an Armscor of the Philippines, model M1911-A1F .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, in violation of 18 § 924(o). …
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Shrewsbury Man Sentenced to 65 Months Imprisonment for Federal Gun Offenses Involving Unlawful Possession of Machine Gun

VT STRONG NEWS - DOJ Vermont reports - The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that on March 26, 2019, Frank Weir, 57, of Shrewsbury, was sentenced by District Judge Christina Reiss to 65 months imprisonment. Weir had previously pled guilty to a two-count indictment and agreed to the 65-month ; The first count charged Weir with possessing a…
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Vermont state trooper revived with Narcan following vehicle stop

LEICESTER, Vermont (March 16, 2019) VTSP report — A Vermont state trooper is recovering Saturday after he collapsed following a traffic stop in the Addison County town of Leicester and was revived by multiple doses of Narcan. The incident began at about 11:25 Friday, March 15, 2019, when Acting Sgt. Brett Flansburg of the New Haven Barracks stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on…
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KILLINGTON CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION FINED FOR FAILING TO RESPOND TO ELEVATED LEAD LEVELS IN DRINKING WATER

VT STRONG news - DEC reports March 12, 2019 Montpelier, VT – The Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that Edgemont Owners Association, Inc., which operates the public drinking water system serving the Edgemont Condominiums in Killington, was fined $11,250 for failing to take required response measures after a test of the its drinking water system revealed lead levels above the…
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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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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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