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Trooper ruled justified in Bristol shooting

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 1:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that his office has reviewed the non-fatal, officer-involved-shooting incident that occurred on December 3, 2019, in Bristol, Vermont. The Attorney General’s Office is declining to prosecute Vermont State Police Trooper Robert Helm and Trooper Matthew Hood for possible charges related to the non-fatal shooting of Greg West, Bristol, VT.

Vermont manure spreading ban ends today

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 10:27am -- tim

Farmers Encouraged to Review Manure Spreading Rules Going Forward

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont will smell more like Vermont starting today. The state's winter manure spreading ban has ended, April 1, but with another wet March having brought challenging field conditions to many parts of Vermont, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is issuing a spring stewardship reminder to Vermont farmers and Custom Manure Applicators. 

SIT safely repatriates 920 students in massive global evacuation effort

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 5:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The School for International Training, based in Brattleboro, has successfully repatriated more than 900 study abroad and graduate students in an exhaustive international mobilization effort launched on March 15 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The relocation of 914 undergraduate and six graduate students — many of them from remote locations — means that all SIT students in the field who intended to return home have done so. Nine study abroad undergraduate students signed waivers and chose to remain in country.

Leahy: DOJ OIG interim FISA report 'damning'

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 5:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Leahy: “We have been working to reform our nation’s surveillance authorities for years, and, as we predicted, this damning initial report makes clear our work is not done. The significant errors that the Inspector General uncovered in his 478 page report in December on the origins of Crossfire Hurricane do not appear to be isolated incidents..."

Sanders, AOC, Omar call for lifting sanctions as Iran reels from coronavirus

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 5:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) led nearly three dozen lawmakers in urging the Trump Administration to ease sanctions against Iran, as the country suffers from a major humanitarian crisis triggered by COVID-19. The letter comes just two weeks after the Trump Administration levied additional sanctions against Iran in the midst of the pandemic, which has to date killed more than 2,600 Iranians.

Walmart, Target, Costco directed to cease in-person sales of non-essential items

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 5:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) is directing large “big box” retailers, such as Walmart, Target and Costco, with in-store sales of food, beverage and pharmacy, as well as electronics, toys, clothing, and the like to cease in-person sales of non-essential items in order to reduce the number of people coming into the stores.

Hoffman: People working during the pandemic need a living wage too

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 3:55pm -- tim

by Jack Hoffman, Senior Analyst at Public Assets Institute The $2.2 trillion federal stimulus bill will keep the wolf from the door for millions of people who can’t work and businesses forced to close because of the coronavirus pandemic—at least for a while. Congress rightly recognized its first priority is to see that people with no money coming in have enough to live on.

VDH COVID-19 Update: 293 cases with 13 deaths

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 2:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health reported this afternoon that there are 37 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with one more death. The number of total cases now is 293 with 13 total deaths. There are 21 total patients with COVID-19 currently being treated in Vermont hospitals, while another 52 are hospitalized and are being monitored. While Chittenden County still has by far the most known cases with 152, Addison County is now second with 23 as the counties around Chittenden are showing an increase. Windsor, which is unchanged from the weekend, and Bennington County have 18. There are still no cases reported in Grand Isle or Essex counties.

New law to fast track qualified healthcare professionals during COVID-19 state of emergency

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 2:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced the Governor’s signing of a bill, H742 signed into law as Act 91 on March 30, creating fast tracks for out-of-state licensed healthcare and mental health professionals, retired healthcare and mental health professionals, and new graduates to join or return to the Vermont workforce in order to address the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

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