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Vermont State Police The investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s fatal police shooting in the town of Orange remains active and ongoing. During a struggle with a man over a sawed-off shotgun, the trooper discharged his department-issued firearm, striking the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. This is the first fatal shooting involving a member of the Vermont State Police since July 2022.

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Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) has observed significant symptoms of white pine needle damage (WPND) affecting eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) trees across Vermont. WPND is caused by a complex of four fungal species, that infects newly emerged needles. Although the infected needles remain asymptomatic in the first year, the following spring, they turn yellow, then brown, and eventually fall off prematurely. While WPND rarely kills trees outright, it can reduce their growth and overall health. Residents are advised not to panic if they observe these symptoms in their backyard trees. Vermont’s white pines are resilient, and otherwise healthy trees are expected to recover from this damage. There is no need for removal of affected trees.

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Vermont Business Magazine With the beginning of summer and anglers fishing from shore, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department reminds people that open fires and swimming are prohibited at all Vermont state fishing access areas. Open fires and their remnants, create unsafe areas for other anglers and boaters to use and enjoy.  The remnants of these fires are also unhealthy for the animals and fish that live in the adjacent waters.  Fish and Wildlife cleans up the toxic waste left by open fires on state lands annually at considerable expense. Swimming at fishing access areas is prohibited due to safety concerns and because the primary uses of the fishing access areas is for launching and retrieving motorboats and for shore fishing. 

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Vermont Natural Resources Council The Legislature will reconvene next week on June 17th to vote on whether or not to override the governor’s vetoes of two important environmental bills: Modernizing Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard (H.289); and Protecting Pollinators from Harmful Pesticides (H.706). (It is uncertain whether the governor will veto a third bill, H.687, that would modernize Act 250). This will require a two-thirds majority of votes in support for the bill to be enacted. 

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Vermont Business Magazine The Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP) will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, June 17, 2024 from 12:00 noon to 1 PM.  A hybrid format will be used for this meeting.  In accordance with Vermont Open Meeting Law, the following physical location will be available for those wishing to attend this meeting in-person: Governor Hunt House, Small Meeting Room (1st Floor, rear of the building), 320 Governor Hunt Road, Vernon.

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Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott signed four bills into law, as passed by the General Assembly. These include H.644, An act relating to access to records by individuals who were in foster care. Scott said: "This bill will allow Vermonters to access their files from their time in foster care, which is important because I believe everyone deserves to know about their past."

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The Vermont State Police is investigating an incident in which a man was shot and killed by a state trooper Wednesday afternoon, June 12, 2024, in the town of Orange. The shooting occurred at about 1:25 p.m. outside a home on Spencer Road. The man was pronounced deceased on scene. His identity is unknown at this time. The trooper was uninjured but was brought to Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin for evaluation as a precaution. This investigation is in its earliest stages and involves detectives with the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigations, uniformed troopers from Field Force Division, and the Victim Services Unit. The Crime Scene Search Team will respond to the location of the shooting to process the scene.

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Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Public has partnered with Front Porch Forum on outreach efforts for its Citizens Agenda initiative during the 2024 election season. The Citizens Agenda model of election news coverage aims to put people — not preconceived ideas — at the center of the reporting process. To accomplish that, Vermont Public is taking its cues from Vermonters to ensure their concerns inform candidate debates, voter guides and more. Vermont Public is traveling around the state throughout the year to hear from Vermonters in person and inviting participation online.

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Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) today, with 31 of his colleagues in the Senate, called on the National Mediation Board (NMB) to urgently resolve unfairly delayed contract negotiations that have left more than 100,000 flight attendants and airline workers stuck in expired contracts without the ability to strike – all while cost-of-living expenses are on the rise and airline carriers rake in record-breaking profits. “We are concerned about the increasing number of contract negotiations before the NMB that are being unnecessarily drawn out at the expense of workers,” wrote the senators. “We understand that there are ongoing negotiations that have dragged on for as long as five years and we have heard from workers who are rightfully frustrated that they are being subjected to unfair delays in bargaining. Without new contracts, these workers are left further and further behind…”

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Vermont Business Magazine NECANN will host its 5th Annual Vermont Cannabis & Hemp Convention June 14-15 at the Champlain Valley Expo Center in Essex Junction presented by Berkshire Bank. This year’s event will feature 15 speaker sessions with 40+ expert cannabis speakers with sessions on a variety of cannabis issues related to the Vermont industry. On the expo floor, there’ll be 100+ exhibitors covering the full spectrum of the industry: growing, distribution, brand development, ancillary businesses and more. The convention’s keynote address will be delivered by Riley Kirk on the topic: Understanding Cannabis Science to Help Consumers at 1pm Saturday June 15.

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Vermont Business Magazine U.S. Senator Peter Welch (D-Vt.), member of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), shared a new report released this week by the JEC’s Democratic staff finding that flooding causes as much as $496 billion in losses each year. On Friday afternoon, Welch will visit two sites in Windham County that are hosting floodplain restoration and mitigation projects. In July 2023, Vermont experienced several days of nonstop rain, with nearly nine inches of rainfall falling on parts of the state. The torrential rain caused flash flooding, washouts, and mudslides across the state. Homes, businesses, farms, and public infrastructure were damaged, and many were completely destroyed.  

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Vermont Business Magazine More than two hundred Vermont counselors, social workers, nurses, health care providers, and other health and human service professionals will come together on June 14th as part of the Collaborative to Advance Mental Health Treatment and Substance Use Recovery for Everyone (C.A.R.E). The Whole Person Care: Enhancing Substance Use Disorder & Mental Health Treatment conference is centered around the importance of holistic care for people with Substance Use and Mental Health concerns.