WTSA News For Your Thursday August 18:

WTSA News For Your Thursday August 18:

In the wake of a spike in violent crime and a workforce crisis — Governor Phil Scott has a new plan of action — to address public safety issues across Vermont. The 10-point framework – focuses on three main objectives… the first – to strengthen front-line law enforcement capacity – and prioritize the immediate reduction, prevention and prosecution of violent crime – in the whole state. These initiatives ensure that the Vermont State Police can provide mutual aid to local departments — and hire retired officers to temporarily fill vacancies. The second objective — to increase prosecutorial capacity and help the courts eliminate the backlog. The Attorney General’s office will redouble its efforts on major crimes, including those related to drugs and human trafficking…While the justice system streamlines court proceedings. And the third goal – to prioritize long-term violence prevention policies, systems and services. That means — expanding the role of Vermont’s intelligence agency — and applying Vermont’s pandemic response model to public safety, social services, and mental health.

Covid 19 cases in Vermont are down, but new virus-related hospitalizations are up. The Vermont Department of Health says there were 50 new Covid-related hospitalizations in the week ending Saturday. There were 451 new reported cases of the virus.

The Vermont Natural Resources Agency wants to change the rules for electric vehicles in the state. These proposed amendments establish standards for automobile manufacturers that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and criteria air pollutants from passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and engines that are delivered for sale or commissioned in Vermont. The proposed changes will also require automakers to deliver more electric and low-emission vehicles to Vermont. Six hearings, including one online, are scheduled for the month of September

Vermont nuclear Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Decommissioning The federal committee on nuclear waste policy has been postponed. Due to an unexpected change in the guest speaker schedule, the previously announced August 22 meeting has been cancelled. A new meeting date (probably early September) will be announced at a later date.

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has reached a tentative settlement with opioid maker Endo over its role in promoting the opioid crisis. Endo, an Ireland-based drugmaker with US headquarters in Pennsylvania, manufactured generic and branded opioids, including Percocet and Endocet, and Opana ER, before its withdrawal from the market in 2017. The settlement will require Endo International plc and its lenders to pay up to $450 million to participating states and local governments, turn over millions of documents related to its role in the opioid crisis for publication, and forever ban the marketing of Endo’s opioids.

Former Vice President Mike Pence made several stops in New Hampshire on Wednesday, fueling speculation that he could be gearing up for a presidential election in 2024. New Hampshire’s first primary lasts more than a year and a half. away, but potential contenders have started testing the waters here. This includes Pence. The former vice president attended a meeting in Littleton with a local candidate, Carrie Gendreau, who is running for a seat in the state Senate. New Hampshire’s state primary election will be held on September 13.

LOTTERY NUMBERS:

TRI STATE PICK 3 3-2-5

TRI STATE PICK 4 3-0-8-7

TRI STATE GIMME 5 14-20-22-28-32

TRI STATE MEGABUCKS 5-13-32-36-41 MEGA BALL 4

POWERBALL 23-28-41-50-55 POWERBALL 24

MASS BOX 3-7-23-29-35

SPORTS WTSA:

Christian Arroyo had three hits and three rbi as the Red Sox rolled over Pittsburgh Wednesday night, 8-3. Teams play again tonight, Josh Winckowski on the mound for Boston, first pitch is at 7:05.

Josh Donaldson hit a grand slam in the 10e, as the Yankees avoided another loss with a big win over Seattle on Wednesday night, 8-7. Yankees host Toronto tonight, Frankie Montas on the mound for New York, first pitch is at 7:05.

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