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BC-VT--Vermont News Digest 1:30 pm, VT

May 16, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Thursday, May 16, 2019.

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Vermont. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the northern New England desk at 802-229-0577. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

GUNS-WAITING PERIOD

MONTPELIER, Vt. _Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott says he hasn’t decided whether he will sign a proposal that would establish a 24-hour waiting period to buy handguns. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio became the latest entry into the 2020 Democratic presidential race on Thursday, bringing the primary field to nearly two dozen candidates. SENT: 2,100 words.

IN BRIEF:

DOGS KILLED: Police are putting pet owners on alert in northwestern Vermont after a number of dogs were found tortured and killed.

ABORTION VERMONT: Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who supports abortion rights, says he hasn’t decided yet whether he will sign a bill passed by the state Legislature that protects a woman’s access to abortion services.

STATEHOUSE PROTEST: At least three people have been arrested after a group of climate protesters disrupted a session of the Vermont House of Representatives.

DEADLY WRONG-WAY CRASH: A psychiatrist originally hired by the state has testified for the defense that a Vermont man was legally insane when he drove the wrong way on an interstate and crashed into an oncoming vehicle, killing five teenagers.

BLACK LEGISLATOR HARASSMENT-POLICE: Officials in a Vermont town are seeking an outside review of the police department’s policies and practices in the wake of criticism of the department’s response to reports of racial harassment of a black former state lawmaker.

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