Saturday March 23, 2013

11 Vt. State Police dogs getting protective vests

WATERBURY (AP) -- Eleven Vermont State Police dogs are getting protective vests thanks to a nationwide campaign.

The group Vested Interest in K9s collected money from March 13 through March 20 through a website and raised more than $155,000 that allowed it to outfit more than 163 police dogs across the country with the vests.

Each vest costs about $950.

In Vermont, the vests were awarded to Trooper Jason Schlesinger and his dog Arrow; Trooper Justin Busby and Vincent; Trooper Rich Slusser and Drager; Trooper Eugene Duplissis and Argus; Trooper Krista Maurice and Cole; Trooper Christian Hunt and Reiko; Trooper Dustin Robinson and Sandy; Trooper Derek Rolandini and Kovu; Trooper Clark Lombardi and Cairo; Trooper Max Trenowsky and Burke; and Trooper Michelle LeBlanc and Casko.

Senate advances tar sands regulation bill

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Senate has advanced legislation that would toughen environmental review over an oil pipeline if its use sees significant changes.

Preliminary approval Friday came without any substantial debate on the bill. It follows concerns voiced by environmental groups that owners of the Portland Montreal Pipe Line are looking to reverse its current east-to-west flow and begin shipping so-called tar sands oil from western Canada through northern New England for loading onto ships in Maine.

The Senate was to take up the bill on Thursday but delayed action until Friday after a law firm representing the pipeline’s owner pointed to potential legal problems with the bill.

Approval came on an overwhelming voice vote.