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Local & Regional Briefs: April 14, 2014

Police: Dogs Weren’t Shot But Were Struck by Vehicle

Windsor — Two dogs that police first believed were shot and thrown out of a vehcile, instead died from being struck on the highway, police said Sunday.

Through a necropsy of pitbulls Dunkin and Diesel it was determined that wounds previously thought to be gunshot wounds were puncture wounds sustained during a motor vehicle collision, police said in a news release Sunday.

Both dogs were believed to have been killed instantly, presumably by a tractor-trailer type vehicle. Time of the collision is estimated to be around 6:30 a.m. Saturday

As previously reported the dogs went missing at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday. The owner was outside with the dogs at the time they ran off and did make a concerted effort to find the dogs.

The Windsor Police Department is requesting that anyone with information contact Officer Ryan Palmer at 802-295-9425.

N.H. Residents Need to Eat More Fruits, Vegetables

Concord — A new report says New Hampshire residents aren’t getting enough fruit and vegetables.

On average in the United States, adults consume 1.6 services of vegetables per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In New Hampshire, adults average 1.8 servings. The recommendation is for at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day. According to the report, in 2013 30 percent of adults and 37 percent of adolescents in New Hampshire reported eating fruits less than once a day, while 18 percent of adults and 32 percent of adolescents reported eating vegetables less than once a day. However, New Hampshire has fewer healthier food retailers compared with the national average.

“As more is learned about nutrition and its effect on our overall health, the more important the consumption of fruits and vegetables becomes as part of a healthy diet,” said Dr. José Montero, director of public health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Montero said he is pleased that New Hampshire ranks above average, “but we can and should do better for ourselves and our families and New Hampshire.”

Vermont Officials Release New Radon Tracking Site

Montpelier (ap) — A new web resource is available that allows Vermont residents to explore connections between radon, smoking and lung cancer in their communities.

According to state officials, one in eight Vermont homes has elevated levels of radon, a natural but radioactive gas that seeps into houses from soil and bedrock. It’s the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Vermonters who both smoke and live in a home with radon are at an extra high risk.

About 380 Vermonters die annually from lung cancer. Fifty of those are associated with radon and among them, the majority also were smokers, the Health Department said.

“Lung cancer deaths from radon and smoking are preventable,” said tracking program manager David Grass. “Radon problems are relatively inexpensive to fix, and quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to reduce your risk of lung cancer.” The resource is online at www.healthvermont.gov/tracking/rslc.aspx.

The Health Department also has free radon test kits available by calling 800-439-8550 or emailing radon(at)state.vt.us.

— Staff and Wire Reports

Vermont School Streamlining Effort Sees Changes

Montpelier — Another committee of the Vermont House has put its imprint on a school consolidation bill, but it may be getting too late in the legislative session to pass the measure this year.

A school governance bill aimed at streamlining school districts and eliminating many school boards cleared the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday.

The panel restored financial incentives for school districts to consolidate, which had not been included in an earlier version of the bill.

But Senate Education Committee Chairman Dick McCormack has been expressing doubts about whether his committee will have time to study and pass the bill this year. Online: