Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Joe Flynn has requested a Preliminary Damage Assessment team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine if any county in the state qualifies for federal disaster aid. If the assessment is approved by FEMA, the teams will be in-state early next week.
According to former Governor Jim Douglas, the Republican Party has two paths it can follow in the future.
One is to promote a narrow group of issues based on a strict ideological and inflexible point of view. The other is to become a “big tent” Party that allows its members to have different positions on a number of controversial social issues such as same sex marriage and abortion.
Douglas says it is now clear that the inflexible approach, as promoted by many local Tea Party groups, is not the path that the GOP should pursue in the future.
Last year, nearly a quarter of Vermont’s middle school students, and a higher percentage of secondary school students, were labeled “substantially below proficient” in a standardized science test given throughout the United States.
School districts are adjusting lesson plans to bring up those scores. And in the Northeast Kingdom, there’s an unusual hands-on approach to learning about astronomy.
Governor Peter Shumlin says that the new law decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana should allow law enforcement to deal with is a more pressing drug problem in Vermont.
“I would argue, that if you want to talk about the biggest threat to our downtowns, to our quality of life, to a low crime rate, which we’ve always enjoyed in this state, to our family members being destroyed by an epidemic, it’s opiates," Shumlin said. "It’s heroin. It’s Oxycontin. It’s all of the issues that are driving crime in this state.”
State officials are adding up the total damage after heavy storms dumped rain on eastern Chittenden County last night, causing localized flooding.
Governor Peter Shumlin says the state is trying to determine if the damage in Jericho, Underhill, Essex and Cambridge exceeds a million dollars – that’s the threshold required to apply for federal disaster funding.
Andrew Fletcher and his wife left their house in Underhill Thursday night when the stream next near them began rising. Their home is at the bottom of a hill, where a dirt road meets Route 15.