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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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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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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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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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11 SEPTEMBER 2018 - Vergennes, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today visited Vergennes Union High School to address the student body and speak the need to restore civility and end political polarization. Below is a full transcript of his address. Governor Scott: Good afternoon. Thanks for having me here today, and hopefully you won’t have any extra homework because you’re missing your afternoon class! It’s great…
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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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Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced 239 Vermont schools have been awarded school safety grants totaling $4 million, which will fund infrastructure upgrades designed to improve school safety. $4 Million in Facilities Grants; $1 Million for Planning and Training This funding is possible through a $5 million funding package proposed by Scott and passed by the Legislature this spring. An initial $4 million…
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Montpelier, Vt. – Vermont’s 2018 Clean Water Week, which kicked off Sunday and runs through August 4, celebrates Vermont’s lakes, rivers and wetlands, as well as the tremendous efforts of businesses, farms, communities and organizations to protect and restore clean water. Clean water is essential to Vermont’s health, quality of life and strong economy. It supports diverse recreational opportunities, serves as a major drinking water…
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Londonderry EMS Volunteers Receive Mental Health Support After 5 Deaths In Community

via VPR - Londonderry, VT: Vermont’s first responders can face life-and-death situations any time they show up at a scene. But this week the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad dealt with five fatalities, and now support is being provided to these volunteers that serve this community. The five fatalities in the community occurred in just a three-day span. Last Friday the rescue squad Share More: ;mc_eid=f9d830f457#stream/0
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Montpelier, Vt. – More than 250 Vermont schools have applied for funding to make security upgrades to their facilities. The State will award $4 million in grants by this fall to help schools strengthen security, using guidance from a statewide safety assessment conducted earlier this year. Governor Phil Scott ordered the assessmentsafter an alleged school shooting plot was uncovered and averted in Fair Haven in February.…
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BRAT Volunteers Supporting Clean Water

White River Junction, VT: Since 2014, the Black River Action Team has conducted weekly sampling at several area swimming holes all summer long. BRAT volunteers are trained to collect their samples carefully, following protocols set forth by the State of Vermont and Endyne Labs (a nationally-accredited facility in Lebanon NH). Endyne tests the samples for fecal coliform, which are present in the gut of all…
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Awareness - Preparedness - Resiliency

WATER DISASTERS – Contaminated Valley Water Buttermilk Falls Black River Cavendish eColi Spikes 10X during July 4th Week

Ludlow, VT: - VALLEY WATER DISASTERS - The Black River Action Team has recorded eColi Levels above the EPA's Upper Safe Limit of 235 cfu at Buttermilk Falls 2,420 cfu; Graven Field 276 cfu; Black River Okemo Valley Cavendish Gorge 345 cfu. Water is unsafe for swimming. It is recommended to out of the water when it appears cloudy and within 24 hours of heavy…
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Sanders, Welch Announce $4 Million in New Funds for Vermont to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

BURLINGTON, Vt., June 18 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced Monday that Vermont is set to receive $4 million through the State Opioid Response Grants program to help fight Vermont’s opioid epidemic. In 2017, Vermont saw opioid-related deaths increase by 5 percent to a total of 101.  Furthermore, fentanyl deaths spiked by 30 percent and, according to the Vermont Department…
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CBP Runs for Special Olympics

Law Enforcement Torch Run raises $1600 for worthy cause HIGHGATE SPRINGS, Vt. – , Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers and employees at the Highgate Springs, Vt. Port of Entry (POE) participated in the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Vermont Special Olympics, June 1. This year was the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics Vermont. Every year, the Flame of Hope is carried by Law…
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Montpelier, Vt. –  Governor Phil Scott today signed bills ,  and , relating to violence reduction and gun safety. Below is a transcript of his address. Governor Scott: On February 16, I was in my office preparing for the day ahead, when everything changed. That morning, I was handed a document containing charges against an 18-year-old, outlining his detailed plan to carry out a school shooting here in Vermont.…
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