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Industrial Opioid Disaster – Brattleboro Overdoses Highest in VT

Green Cross Strong news – VT Digger .org reports – Brattleboro, VT: BRATTLEBORO — Local Police Chief Michael Fitzgerald stood by listening as Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson read the proverbial riot act to drug dealers who’ve pushed this southeastern town’s opioid overdose numbers to the highest in the state. … Share More: 
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July 4th annual Naturalization Ceremony at Plymouth Notch

The Calvin Coolidge Historic Foundation reports Plymouth Notch, VT: Join the Coolidge Foundation on July 4th for the annual Naturalization Ceremony at Plymouth Notch! This year nineteen immigrants hailing from 13 countries – Bhutan, Brazil, Burma, China, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ghana, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Poland, Singapore, and Sudan - will be sworn in as American 4th | 10:00 | Plymouth Notch | 3780 Rt-100A
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Man-Made & Natural Disasters

President Donald J. Trump Approves Vermont Disaster Declaration

US STRONG NEWS - Washington, DC: The White House reports Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe storm and flooding on April 15, 2019. Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit…
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Eight Men Face Child Pornography Related Charges

VT STRONG NEWS - DOJustice Burlington Vermont reports Attorney Christina E. Nolan and Vermont Attorney General T. J. Donovan announced today that eight men were arrested in mid-May for possession/promotion of child pornography. The arrests were made as a result of Operation Bada Bing. Operation Bada Bing, which was conducted by Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), involved…
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VT STRONG NEWS Industrial Opioid Disaster – Attorney General Donovan Sues Sackler Family, Makers of OxyContin

Mount Snow Owner Sued. Lawsuit Alleges Violations of Consumer Protection Act, Unjust Enrichment, Public Nuisance. Office of the Attorney General of Vermont reports Montpelier, VT: Attorney General Donovan has sued eight members of the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma , makers of the opioid OxyContin, among others. The lawsuit alleges that for over two decades the Sacklers personally oversaw Purdue’s deceptive marketing campaign. They…
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Awareness - Preparedness - Resiliency

Vermont Joins Antitrust Lawsuit Against Teva Pharmaceuticals, 19 Other Generic Drug Manufacturers, 15 Individuals

VT STRONG NEWS - Montpellier, VT: Office of the Attorney General reports - Lawsuit Alleges Conspiracy to Fix Prices on 100+ Different Generic Drugs. Attorney General Donovan joined 43 states in in filing suit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers. The lawsuit alleges a broad conspiracy to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce competition, and unreasonably restrain trade for…
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VT STRONG NEWS – NEW HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT FOR SCHOOL SAFETY PLANNING, TRAINING AND EXERCISE

Margolis Healy team receives grant to enhance level of school emergency preparedness. STATE OF VERMONT Agency of Education reports - Barre, VT: On behalf of Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson and myself, I am pleased to announce that we have awarded a new school safety planning, training and exercise grant to Margolis Healy. The intent of this grant award is to assist all…
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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 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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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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NEWS

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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