Fifteen people have been confirmed killed and Quebec Police estimate 60 remain missing following the derailment and explosion Saturday of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway cars carrying crude oil. The Toronto Globe and Mail reports Quebec officials believe there are grounds for criminal prosecution. That comes as the chairman of the rail company visits the site of the devastation and blames the train engineer. Two advocacy groups in Vermont are warning that the derailment that incinerated the center of a small city in Quebec’s Eastern Townships shows the dangers of continued use of fossil fuels.
Vermont’s Democratic congressman and a Republican representative from New York have submitted legislation that would restrict U.S. involvement in Syria. The two were on C-SPAN Wednesday morning to discuss their bill.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and the head of Federal Emergency Management Agency operations in the state say they've never seen such a series of flash flooding events as have hit the state in recent weeks.
The U.S. Air Force is expected to decide where it will base the new F-35 fighter jets by the end of the year. The Burlington International Airport, which houses the Vermont National Guard, is one of the preferred sites. Two cities near the flight path for the proposed F-35 fighter jet held hearings last night regarding the Air Force plan to house the plane in Vermont. One of the city councils reversed a previous vote and will now support the new jet.