Halloween storm causes over $3 million in damage statewide

Halloween storm causes over $3 million in damage statewide

ERIN PETENKO VT Digger Nearly 100 Vermont towns have reported some $3 million in damage and counting from the record-breaking Halloween storm that left about 100,000 people without power and washed out roads across the state.  As of Monday, Nov. 4, power had been restored to almost everyone who lost it. Two utilities – Green… Read More »

Donovan: In defense of food assistance — 3SquaresVT public comment period ends Sept. 23

Donovan: In defense of food assistance — 3SquaresVT public comment period ends Sept. 23

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that his office will be submitting comments in opposition to the Trump ad-ministration’s proposal to cut food assistance for Vermonters. The announcement was made at a Sept. 11 press con-ference held in South Burlington at Hunger Free Vermont’s headquarters on Eastwood Drive. Joining Donovan and his staff were Anore Horton,… Read More »

State orders unlicensed entities to cease-and-desist insurance calls

The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation issued a cease-and-desist order July 31 against four entities and one individual alleged to be violating state law by deceptively marketing and soliciting unlicensed health insurance to Vermonters. The order requires the following respondents to immediately stop soliciting or offering the unlicensed health insurance in Vermont: Vermont Alliance for… Read More »

Kinney Drugs to stop selling e-cigarettes and vaping products

GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. – Kinney Drugs stores in Vermont and New York will no longer sell electronic cigarettes and vaping products, the chain announced June 28. In a press release, senior director of marketing and advertising Judith R. Cowden stated that the change is part of the company’s “ongoing effort to promote responsible access to tobacco… Read More »

Percentage of deaths involving fentanyl continue to increase

Newly released data from the Vermont Department of Health indicates that state and community efforts continue to slow the upward spiral of accidental opioid deaths. Preliminary data for 2018 shows that 110 Vermonters died from opioid overdoses, up two percent from 2017. However, the rate of increase in opioid-related deaths has dropped significantly over the… Read More »

State launches Infants in the Workplace program

Governor Phil Scott, Secretary of Administration Susanne Young, and Human Resources Commissioner Beth Fastiggi announced an “Infants in the Workplace” program for state employees. The policy will allow a state employee the option to bring their infant children up to the age of six months to work. The program is set to launch on Friday,… Read More »

Vt. Highway deaths total 68 in 2018, down slightly: Lawmakers weighing preliminary numbers for pot-related driving offenses

By KIT NORTON VTDIGGER.ORG The number of highway deaths in Vermont was slightly down in 2018 compared to the year before, according to preliminary data from the Vermont Agency of Transportation Office of Highway Safety. In 2018, there were 60 crashes in which 68 people died on Vermont highways. The year before, 70 people died… Read More »

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